Ongoing Adult Programs
Cardio Fit Kickboxing
This kickboxing class is more than just kickboxing! Instructors Sherri Hermens and Sarah Wilder have incorporated many different fat burning exercises in this class. This is a fun workout for all fitness levels. Come join in with a great group for a fun class that is changing all the time!
Ongoing: T & Th | 4 – 5 pm | SPRD | $7 drop-in/$44 per month
Ecstatic Dance has been cancelled for the rest of the calendar year. Please check back in January to see if any classes have been rescheduled.
This class is geared to the Core/Ab & Back, Glutes/Legs, Arms/Chest, and is presented on The Mat! Shannon Rackowski, certified Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Aerobics Instructor brings over 30 years of experience to her classes. Be prepared to use weights, bands, dowels, and more.
M | 10:30 – 11:15 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes
W | 10 – 10:45 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes
Step Aerobics is a low impact cardio-class which utilizes 4, 6, and 8 inch steps, providing a rhythmic level of intensity. Weights, dowels, and other types of apparatus are used to create a higher intensity if so desired.
Ongoing: W | 9 – 9:45 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$40 for 8 classes
Stretch & Flex
Are you feeling stiff in your joints? Have you lost your flexibility? How is your balance? This class will assist you in all of these areas and more. We use chairs, never go down on the floor, and we use different apparatus to help tone, condition, and strengthen your body. This 30 minute class is filled with great fun, music, and laughter so come join us! Taught by Shannon Rackowski.
Ongoing: T & TH | 10:00-10:30 am | SPRD | $5 drop-in or $40 for 10 classes
Join Carol Ast-Milchen for a fun-filled hour of total body workout using a spicy, upbeat mixture of Latin and International music such as the meringue, salsa, cumbia, and mambo as well as other styles including hip-hop and belly dancing. Zumba is a cardio class that combines easy to follow dance moves and fitness elements. All students should workout at their own fitness level and intensity. Students will learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like toning sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their targeted zones. Just let loose and feel the music, no prior dance experience is necessary. Open to everyone 13 years and older.
M | 9 – 10 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$60 for 11 classes
Th| 8:30 – 9:30 am | SPRD | $6 drop-in/$60 for 11 classes
Other Adult Programs
The art of Tai Chi, with over 500 years history, is often called a “moving meditation”. Join Master Jianfeng Chen from China in this 5 week course as he guides you through the foundations and philosophy of Yang style Tai Chi. A few of the positive effects of Tai Chi are increased flexibility, balance, strengthening of muscles and tendons and increased mindfulness which aids in the prevention of fall risks and overall health. No experience necessary, just wear loose comfortable clothing.
W | October 17 – November 14 | 11 -11:45 am | SPRD | $60 for 5 week series
W | January 9 – February 6 | 11 -11:45 am | SPRD | $60 for 5 week series
W | February 13 – March 13 | 11 -11:45 am | SPRD | $60 for 5 week series
Future Adult Programs
E Komo Mai, come join the fun and learn some fundamental skills to get you playing the ukulele quickly! The focus will be on learning to read and play cords along with different strumming techniques and even a little finger picking for this 5 week class. No musical experience is needed. If you don’t have a ukulele one can be provided. Instructor: Peggy Tehan.
October 25 – November 29 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | TH | SPRD | $75 for 6 sessions
Ages 10 and up.
Come learn how to play the fiddle! This class will be a fun exploration of how to play the fiddle designed for total beginners. No music experience is needed – we will learn to play by ear, without sheet music. We’ll learn how to hold the fiddle, how to find the notes on each string and you’ll be playing basic tunes before you know it! Learning to play the fiddle in a group environment is so much fun because together we’ll sound better than any of us would sound alone. We’ll also start listening to fiddle music from around the world and figure out how this amazing instrument sounds in different cultures!
Nov. 29 – Feb. 14 | TH | 6:00-7:00pm | SPRD | $100
Winter Indoor Walking
SPRD is bringing back a community service free of charge for Winter Indoor Walking. In partnership with Sisters School District and Sisters Park & Recreation District, Sisters Middle School will once again open it’s doors for winter walking. Rules of participation do apply: No alcohol or tobacco. Food and water allowed. No Running. Do not block open doors, and stay on designated walking areas. Maps available at SPRD & SMS.
Dec 3 – March 29 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm | M – F | SMS | FREE
Evening of Friendly Agers
Sisters is growing quickly and beautifully and so are their older adults. However, many of them are unfortunately at risk. Some are already experiencing social isolation, depression and anxiety due to different factors such as physical disability, slow cognitive deterioration due to age, lack of close relatives and in some cases loss of their loved ones. On the other side of the spectrum of life we have new generations flourishing that are ready to absorb what the environment can provide to them. They are ready with energy and curiosity, constantly constructing new knowledge while in the process of navigating sensory motor skills to concentration and reversibility to abstract thinking. For the most part, the younger generations are all supported and enhanced with positive, healthy relationships and attachments that a family can and should provide to our emerging and growing youth.
SPRD in collaboration with Claudia Bisso-Fetzer, Ph.D. will launch a 12- week program, “The Evening of Friendly Agers”, that will be presented to the Sisters Community during a Gala Event in the Spring of 2019. The goal of this program is to connect seniors and youth to lower the physical and mental state of mind of older adults’ social isolation, depression and anxiety as well as to improve their memory and cognitive functioning. It’s like giving their brain a workout! In other words, this program has the purpose of energizing our older adult community while at the same time improving their self-esteem, all while building a strong and healthy relationship with our growing youth community.
It is expected that through interrelated activities emphasized on cooperation and sharing between both communities, older adults will experience lower levels of social isolation while our younger generations will absorb a healthier emotional and cognitive development. Once the program is complete, a summative evaluation will be applied by Dr. Claudia Bisso-Fetzer and the outcome will be shared to our community.
Stay tuned for more information from SPRD about this fascinating program made by our community, to our community. More to come in our Spring Guide.
SAGE: Senior Activities, Gatherings, & Enrichment
Council On Aging Of Central Oregon
Free Services for Older Adults in Sisters Country
The Council on Aging and SPRD are partnering to provide information and resources on a range of topics relevant to older adults living in Sisters. Visit the SAGE (Senior Activities, Gatherings & Experiences) room to browse the resource shelves or to pick up a class announcement, brochure, or list of free Council on Aging services specific to the needs of those 60 and over.
For individual assistance or an appointment to talk with our Information Specialist in Sisters, call the Council on Aging at (541) 678-5483.
SAGE Room Open: Mon – Fri 11 am – 4 pm
Table Tennis: Tuesdays/Thursdays 1 – 4 pm
Let’s Play Games: Wednesdays 1 – 4 pm
Come and join our senior community at SPRD. We have group games such as Mexican Train Dominoes, Scrabble, Mahjong or start a Pinochle or Gin Rummy group. Come play Table Tennis, also known as Ping Pong, or create a series of new games for your group. Interested in reserving time in the newly re-modeled senior room? Contact SPRD.
Adult Program Sponsorships
Are you looking to help others in your community? SPRD is looking for business, companies, individuals, and organizations that can help those in need. Many of our SAGE (Senior Activities, Gatherings, & Experiences) adults are on fixed incomes, and we at SPRD are reaching out to those that might be willing to enrich the quality of their lives by sponsoring excursions, gatherings, and any assistance with their needs. Call or e-mail us at 541-549-2091 or [email protected]
SPRD Senior Scholarships
Sisters Park and Recreation District is now offering senior scholarship awards. This program is for seniors who want to participate in our classes and/or excursions and need extra help paying for those activities. If you are interested or know of a senior that might benefit from such funding please contact SPRD at 541-549-2091.
SPRD partners with the following organizations to provide funding through scholarships for the seniors in Sisters Country: City of Sisters, Deschutes County, and St. Charles Foundation.
Volunteer or Contractor Opportunities
Use your time, talent, and ideas to make a difference at Sisters Park and Recreation District. As a volunteer or contractor, you can share your knowledge and skills with our seniors, youth, and some of the many events that we sponsor and partnership with. We are looking for individuals who love to teach, share, and give to others. Come help your center be all that you want it to be and support your community!