Weekly Newsletter
To View our Programming and Register
Register:  


You can also register by calling our front desk at 320-255-7245.  

MDH has released this information:
 
Because the Delta variant is shown to spread more easily, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends everyone, both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people continue to mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect one another.

Beginning January 1, 2022, some Medicare Supplement Health Plans are changing who their fitness reimbursement coverage will be. We ask you to confirm with your Health Insurance to see if they have the following listed below. The Whitney Senior Center is enrolled with these plans and will be ready to accept. 
 
SilverSneakers - some BCBS plans Check your eligibility - Home | SilverSneakers

One Pass - possibly Medica/ UCare see attached pdf to call to confirm eligibility with your Health Plan after January 1

RenewActive - United Health Care   https://UHCRenewActive.com

Do you have SilverSneakers? Do you attend our fitness classes online?
Please fill out your monthly attendance so we can receive reimbursement for your attendance.


Santa to a Senior Program
The Home Instead Be a Santa to a Senior Program identifies seniors who may not otherwise receive gifts during the holiday season and finds out what items they need. The purpose of the program is to provide holiday cheer and gift giving to seniors who are least likely to receive a present during the holiday season, are lonely and financially challenged. Home Instead is partnering with the Whitney Senior Center this year to put on this event.

If you are interested in receiving a gift, you are welcome to view the wish list and fill out the form.




To Donate:

  • Find a participating Be a Santa to a Senior location. (Whitney Senior Center will be a location mid November)

  • Remove bulb with senior’s gift request from a tree.

  • Purchase the requested gift listed on the bulb through Amazon.

  • We will gather as a group to wrap the presents.
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Upcoming This Week
Monday, 11/29
Special Programming:


Unable to join in person?


Meeting ID: 895 6997 0915
Passcode: Sleep
Weekly Ongoing Programming:






Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681

Passcode: 527330

This Monday, check out the Tour at Whitney.

Pre-registration is appreciate to ensure the copy of handouts.

To register: 320-255-7245
SilverSneakers
Boom Muscle
Mondays
11 to 11:30 AM



Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681 
Passcode: 527330 






If you play or ever played bridge, join us for a few hours of enjoyable card playing. Singles welcome! We gather from 11:30 to noon. play practice hands until 12:30, then we keep score from 12:30 until 3:00 PM. No Instruction is offered.
Spring Forest Qigong
Mondays and Wednesdays
Noon to 1pm



Meeting ID 835 0494 6681
Password: 527330
Duplicate Bridge

All who play bridge are welcome to join us. You can bring your own partner or we will help to get you one. For assistance to find a partner contact:
Kory 320-292-5001
Roger 320-761-5626

Gentle Pilates
Mondays and Thursdays
1:30 to 2:30 PM



Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681
Password: 527330
Tuesday, 11/30
Special Events:

Join Mayor Dave Kleis for a townhall meeting! Meet the Mayor, ask a few questions, and learn more about the Great City of Saint Cloud


Weekly Ongoing Programming
EnhanceFitness

Tuesday
Friday
Saturday
11:00am-12:00pm
Mahjongg
Every Tuesday
1:00 to 3:00 PM



Woodcarving
Every Tuesday
8:00 to Noon

All levels of woodcarving experience welcome at this fun and social group. Bring your own tools for individual carving projects. No instruction.


TED Circles 
Tuesday, 1 pm  
This week's Topic:
How to spark your curiosity, scientifically


Join through Zoom at this LINK

November Theme: Exploration

What does exploration mean for the future of society, science, and our individual lives? Let's explore exploration!




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Every Tuesday
1 to 3 PM

Yoga
Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:30 AM
Thursdays 11:30 to 12:30 PM

Yoga teaches us how to stretch the body, focus the mind, pay attention to the breath, and live in the present moment with a greater sense of ease and well-being. This class will teach you techniques to increase strength, flexibility, and balance the body.

Instructor: Sally Metz



Join in person or on Zoom
Line Dancing
Tuesdays 1pm



To Register or more information:

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Conversational German
2:30 to 3:30 PM
Informal conversation for participants with an intermediate knowledge of speaking, reading, and writing German. The group sets each week's conversation topic in advance; some preparation is recommended.


Meeting ID: 840 8377 0781
Passcode: German
Wednesday, 12/1
Special Events
Topic this month:
How to Use Amazon


Meeting ID:
841 3001 2539

Passcode: Tech

To register (performers)


To register (audience)


First event will take place
in-person only.
 PAY for project at Thomsens 


Create a wreath, kissing ball, or holiday spruce top arrangement with help from our experts. The perfect way to kick off the holiday season and receive a beautiful accent for your home! 

Weekly Ongoing Programming


Zumba
Wednesdays 9am









This class is offered in-person only
Senior Yoga
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturdays
10:00 to 10:45 AM

Register for in-person
Click on the day below:
JOIN AT THIS LINK
Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681
Passcode: 527330
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Did you know our Coffee Corner is open?

Join us daily to sit in the coffee corner with friends and enjoy a cup of coffee and play a game or two! Or simply just enjoy the company of your community members!
Spirituality Group
Every Wednesday
10:30 to 11:30AM


Unable to come in person, join on Zoom

Meeting ID:
819 0989 5290
Passcode: Wednesdays
If you play Bridge, come and join us for an afternoon of fun!

Free for Whitney Senior Center Members or Purchase a Day Pass for $5.00

Spring Forest Qigong
Mondays and Wednesdays
Noon to 1pm



Meeting ID 835 0494 6681
Password: 527330
Cribbage Club
Wednesdays 1:00 to 4:00 PM
Cribbage is a card game that involves playing and grouping cards in combinations to gain points. 
This is a four-player group for experienced cribbage players. 

Free for members or purchase a day pass for $5.00!

All are welcome!


Thursday, 12/2
Special Events:
In-person in the Coffee Corner
Weekly Ongoing Programming
SilverSneakers Boom Muscle  

Thursdays 9:00 to 9:30am

Boom Muscle incorporates athletic-based exercises that improve upper body conditioning. You'll move through several "blocks", which are groups of exercises that focus on different muscle groups. The focus of this class is on toning muscles and building overall strength.  

Note: this class intended for the active senior and will be taught both in person and virtually.  


Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681 
Passcode: 527330 

To Register for In-Person

Quilting Group
Every Thursday
9:00 to 3:00 PM

Come and join in a day of hand quilting. Willing to assist beginners in learning this fine art of finishing your quilt.

Come and go at your leisure!

Welcome to a fun day and hope to see you there!


Texas Hold'em
9:30am-12:00pm

Texas Hold'em is a fun group that enjoys playing cards together. All are welcome! Free for Whitney Senior Center Members or purchase a day pass for $5.00.


Gentle Pilates with Lori
Mondays and Thursdays
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Looking for a gentle yet powerful way to improve your core strength and posture while gaining flexibility? Gentle Pilates offers exactly that. Plus, it provides an excellent way to stay healthy—particularly when it comes to balance and stability—without pounding the joints. This class addresses alignment, breathing, and sequencing to create a program of body awareness and core strength. 


JOIN AT THIS LINK
Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681
Passcode: 527330
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Setting Intentions with Mindful Meditation

Thursdays 1:00 to 1:15 pm

Simply connect to your chosen course with no required result: mindful breathing, body scans, and guided mindful meditations. You will be led through a series of relaxation techniques to prepare the body and mind for intention setting to deepen the purpose in your life. 


Join Zoom Click LINK
Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681
Passcode: 527330
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Friday, 12/3
Special Events
Rejuv Medical Friday Wellness Series
9:30am-10:30am


Meeting ID: 889 2404 3120
Passcode: 421065


 Looking to spread holiday cheer this season? Give a holiday gift to a senior! Join us for an informational presentation on the history behind the program, how to purchase a gift, and how you can support a senior in our community this holiday season.



Meeting ID: 816 0700 1379
Passcode: Santa

Weekly Ongoing Programming
Zumba
Friday's 10 am

This dance fitness class is fun, energetic, and will make you feel amazing! Its low-impact and easy-to-follow choreography offers a total workout of cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, coordination, and flexibility. Come prepared to dance, sweat, and smile! Best suited for active seniors.

This class will be offered in person only.
EnhanceFitness
Tuesday, Fridays, and Saturdays
11 am to 12:00 pm

To Reigster:


EnhanceFitness is an evidence-based program designed to improve the overall functional fitness and well-being of older adults. The exercises focus on four key areas important to health and fitness: stretching and flexibility; low impact aerobics; strength training; and balance.


JOIN AT THIS LINK
Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681
Passcode: 527330


If you are new to our WSC Fitness Classes and/or have not filled out your 2021 Fitness Waiver, please fill out at this LINK and submit. Here is the link to the SilverSneakers Waiver.
Whitney Duplicate Bridge Club



Afternoon: 12:30 to 4 PM



To Register



Saturday 12/4
We are open Saturdays from 8:00 AM until Noon.

Come in and use the fitness center, have coffee, play Billiards, or join an exercise class.

To view:
AmeriCorps RSVP Highlight

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP volunteers help tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges. We offer a variety of one-time and on-going volunteer opportunities within 150 regional sites. There is no cost or minimum number of service hours for RSVP volunteers.

If you are age 55+ and live in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, or Wright Counties, attend a one hour RSVP Start-Up session at Whitney Senior Center to learn more. Upcoming sessions include December 2, 9, or 16 at 10:30 am.

Save your spot by contacting rsvp@ci.stcloud.mn.us or calling 320-255-7295.
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WHIT Nutrition Series
Prep the halls! Join Session III of our WHIT Nutritional Series on planning your holiday menu! Work through the challenges of having fun on special occasions without jeopardizing some of the healthy practices you are developing and/or have worked on throughout the year. Participants will receive a WHIT packet outlining basic nutrition guidance, a positive mindset, and strategies for developing healthy habits.




Pickleball Toy Drive
Come on out for our Pickleball Toy Drive at Whitney Recreation Center Saturday, December 11th from 8 am-12 pm!
Please help our community by donating a new, unwrapped toy and bringing a smile to a child this holiday season. All toys and monetary donations will stay within our community.

We ask all players to welcome new participants and to share courts.



Call 320-255-7276
Fitness Classes
On Demand Fitness Classes!
Whitney Senior Center Members can now watch their favorite fitness classes and instructors on demand through SchedulesPlus.






Fitness Classes

Check out our Fitness Classes on Zoom and In-person - find the dates and times in our Whitney Time Magazine
 
If you are attending through Zoom, only SilverSneakers at this time will reimburse for these classes. If you have SilverSneakers please make sure to mark your attendance with the following links:





Note: Silver & Fit will only reimburse for in-person attendance.

If you do not have SilverSneakers and are attending the virtual classes, we ask you to please consider making a donation of $3.50 per class which is reflective of the cost of classes in-person. You can make a contribution by mailing a check or calling the front desk and putting on a credit or debit card at 320-255-7245.  

If you are new to our WSC Fitness Classes and/or have not filled out your 2021 Fitness Waiver, please fill out at this LINK and submit. Here is the link to the SilverSneakers Waiver.


JOIN AT THIS LINK TO ALL FITNESS CLASSES
Meeting ID: 835 0494 6681
Passcode: 527330
Community Resources
Senior Dining


Catholic Charities Congregate dining at Whitney Senior Center is Open! Join us from 11 am to 12:30 pm. 

Sit down for a hot lunch in the Whitney Senior Center dining room. Hot meals are also available for take-out if you are not able to dine at Whitney.

For more information call
(320) 650-3065

Stay Connected MN 

One of the strongest ways to support mental well-being is by staying connected to ourselves, our friends, and the world around us. Supporting and connecting with one another can help all of us be well. You can help support mental well-being in your community or organization by sharing information and resources for connecting.  

Vaccine Connector 

The State of Minnesota is committed to the equitable distribution of safe and effective vaccines for protection against COVID-19. As vaccine supply increases and doses become more widely available, opportunities to get vaccinated will expand.  



New Technology
Please Scan-in and Scan out Each Day!
Watch this short video to see how to use our new self-scanning stations. Located on the East and West entrance and next to the TV station near the front desk. You are still able to utilize the front desk but if you want to skip the wait, try it out!

Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action)

Create a great offer by adding words like "free" "personalized" "complimentary" or "customized." A sense of urgency often helps readers take an action, so think about inserting phrases like "for a limited time only" or "only 7 remaining!"