Various programs — Many recreational and community education programs are offered by the city’s parks-recreation department.
Among them are learn to roller skate, inline roller skating, driver education, youth and adult sports, dancing and fitness, stop smoking seminars, youth camps, dog obedience, gardening and home improvement.
Aurora Seniors meet weekdays in the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail in front of AHS.
Starting January 2014, non-residents must pay a $5 annual fee to receive the bi-monthly seniors newsletter and will be charged an additional $1 per person for each trip offered.
Programs include bingo, computer classes, wellness checks, knitting, arthritis exercise, Silver Sneakers, health screenings, card games, chair volleyball, breakfast and lunch outings, speakers and theme parties.
Among activities are: Gentle yoga Fridays at 10 a.m., chair volleyball Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., arthritis foundation exercise Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m., bingo Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., blood pressure clinics the second Tuesday of each month from 10 to 10:30 a.m., knitting Thursdays at 1 p.m. and penny poker Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Lara Poduska provides podiatric services by appointment at 216-662-0027. For HEAP information, call Community Action Council at 330-297-1456.
Walking videos are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. and watercolor painting is Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Tec Tuesdays will run through May 2014 at Harmon School for those needing help with laptops, digital cameras, tablets, phones and e-readers.
A New Year’s luncheon will be Jan. 8 at noon. The Aurora/Walden book club will meet Jan. 13 to discuss “The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer and Feb. 10 to discuss “Escape from Camp 14” by Blaine Harden.
A wellness clinic and soup cookoff will be Jan. 27 at noon. The Retired Old Men Eating Out group will visit Doogan’s on Jan. 14 and Papous Tap and Grill on Feb. 18. A lunch and learn program about heart health will be Feb. 3 at noon and one called “Science and Spirituality Reconciled” will be Feb. 27 and March 5 at 11 a.m.
New Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin will talk about the “State of the City” on Feb. 5 at noon, while a Valentine’s Day luncheon will be Feb. 12 at noon.
Trips coming up are: Jan. 9 — “Hello Dolly” at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron; Jan. 13 — lunch bunch to PF Chang’s; Jan. 15 — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Jan. 16 — Akron Art Museum; Jan. 20 — dinner group to Burnt Wood Tavern; Jan. 22 — Northfield Racino; Jan. 23 — Allen Theater for “Yentl”; Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Feb. 6 — Palace Theater for “Porgy & Bess”; Feb. 7 — Cleveland Orchestra at Sverance Hall; Feb. 10 — lunch bunch at Red Lobster; Feb. 13 — Cleveland Home and Garden Show at IX Center; Feb. 19 — Horseshoe Casino; Feb. 23 — Kent State University for “Legally Blonde”; Feb. 24 — dinner group at Arnie’s West Branch Steakhouse.
The parks-rec department is in the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail. Hours are weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.