The Big Spring Senior Center is supported in part by a grant from the Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services; the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Aging. Transportation is available through the Cumberland County Department of Transportation.
Programs and Activities
Our Grab-N-Go Takeout Program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays includes a hot and a frozen meal for a recommended donation of $2 for those 60 and older. Our Sit-Down Meal Program is on Tuesdays and Thursdays and includes a hot meal.
Our Newsletter can be found on our website: www.bigspringseniorcenter.weebly.com where you can find our monthly menu and our activities. Registration for meals is required no later than noon the previous business day.
Our current activities include:
Thursday, November 10 at 9:00 a.m.: Senior Wellness Exercise Program: Held at First United Presbyterian Church, 111 West Big Spring Avenue, Newville, the senior center is offering a new exercise program for senior men and women 60 and better. This program, instructed by Ellie Stambaugh of the Carlisle YMCA, will concentrate on strength, balance, coordination, endurance, and flexibility. Keeping to basics, exercise will take place standing or sitting to a little dance to music centered on the oldies of the 50’s and 60’s. Per class charge is $3 for seniors and $5 for those 50-59.
Thursday, November 10 at 9:30 a.m. Play 500: Come play 500 with our dedicated group of card players.
Thursday, November 10 the Lunch Bunch will be going to Sunnyside Family Restaurant, 850 N. Hanover St., Carlisle. Please contact the Senior Center if you want to join the carpool at the Senior Center which leaves at 11:00 a.m. We will meet at Sunnyside Family Restaurant at 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, November 10 at 1:30 p.m. Play Board/Card Games: Don’t ever consider playing games as frivolous; studies show that it stimulates your brain, which helps counter the aging process.
Friday, November 11: The Big Spring Senior Center will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
Friday, November 11 at 9:00 a.m. Walk with Ease Group Walking Program (Yes, we are walking today even though the Senior Center is closed!): Are you looking for a walking group? Well, here it is. We
meet at the Newville Trailhead, do some pre-walking stretches, walk for approximately 45 minutes to an hour and end with post-walking stretches. Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Walking will be at your own pace. If you are new to this group, please call-in advance.
Monday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. Zumba Gold: Zumba Gold: Held at First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Avenue, Newville, the cost is $3 per class for those 60-plus, and $5 per class. For those 50-59. Zumba Gold is a low-intensity version of the Latin dance-inspired fitness class aimed at a more mature audience. Research at Minot State University in North Dakota has indicated that Zumba not only influences physical fitness, but also on cognitive (mental) function. Just walk in.
Monday, November 14 at 1:30 p.m. Watercolor Class & Adult Coloring Class: Do you have an interest in water coloring? It takes space, inspiration, and motivation, and we can help. Join our friendly group of painters with our instructor, Kathleen Schungel, a retired art teacher from Cumberland Valley School District and a Big Spring resident. The cost is $1 per week to the Big Spring Senior Center, and $5 per week to the instructor. Class size is limited. Call 717-776-4478 to reserve your seat. Water coloring not your jive but you love experimenting with colors? How about coming out for our Adult Coloring Class. We provide the colored pencils and the Adult Coloring Books. Drop-ins are welcome.
Tuesday, November 15 at 9 a.m. Crafts: We will be redecorating the Senior Center for upcoming holidays we could use your help, hands, and ideas. Also, we are making ornaments for the Capitol Christmas Tree and other fun crafts.
Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00 a.m. Walk with Ease Group Walking Program: Are you looking for a walking group? Well, here it is. We meet at the Newville Trailhead, do some pre-walking stretches, walk for approximately 45 minutes to an hour and end with post-walking stretches. Come join us at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Walking will be at your own pace.
Tuesday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. T’ai Chi for Arthritis: T’ai Chi helps your balance; it is a good fall preventer. To register call 717-776-4478. Location: First United Presbyterian Church, 111
West Big Spring Avenue, Newville. If you would like to participate in the T’ai Chi class but cannot attend in person, consider Zooming in. For the login information, please contact the Senior Center for
information. Until further notice the class is FREE (compliments of the County Office of Aging & Community Services) but we will be requesting a $1 donation towards space rental.
Tuesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. Jewelry Making Class: Kathleen Schungel, who studied jewelry fabrication in college, will teach the techniques to create a variety of jewelry items. Cost for the jewelry
class is $5.
Wednesday, November 16 at 8:30 a.m. Yoga: The class is held at First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Ave., Newville. Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing, and relaxation. The cost for a 10-week program is $55 for members of Big Spring Senior Center, and $65 for non-members. Registration and payment are due before you start a class. Call 717-776-4478 to register.
Wednesday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. Tea & Talk: Join us for a cup of tea, coffee or bring your favorite beverage. The topic is “What would you do if you won the lottery?”
Wednesday, November 16 at 1p.m. Bible Study: Pastor Chris Faylor of the Big Spring Heights Church of God will be discussing the topic “Abiding in the Vine, Producing Fruit That Will Remain”. Drop ins are welcome.
Wednesday, November 16 at 1:30 9.m. Bicycle Club: Join a group of senior riders at the Newville Trail Head on Rails to Trails for a leisurely one-hour ride on this well-maintained trail.
Allenberry Matinee Show “Winter Wonderettes” Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.: The Wonderettes are
back to help you ring in the holidays! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual
Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative
ingenuity to save the holiday party. Featuring great 60’s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa
Clause is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result
is, of course, marvelous. This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences
of all ages. Group ticket price for those 60+/military have been secured for this event. Please call the
WANTED! Christmas Cookie Tins for the Big Spring Senior Center’s annual cookie exchange by Friday,
Visit our webpage at www.bigspringseniorcenter.weebly.com for information. Annual membership fee
of $25 entitles you to a mailed newsletter, reduced trip fees, and reduced exercise fees. The Big Spring
Senior Center is supported in part by a grant from the Cumberland County Office of Aging & Community
Services; the Pennsylvania Department of Aging; and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration of Aging. Transportation is available through the Cumberland County Department of
Transportation. Senior center staff can help with that process. Call 717-776-4478 for more information.