By Barbara Wells
The Meridian Star
Meridian Activity Center is pleased to introduce Danielle Brown, who will be assisting in the office, answering the phone and helping folks find the right class. Our summer classes begin on Monday, so she is here just in time! Her impressions of the Center:
"When first entering the Meridian Activity Center I was apprehensive, but after seeing all that it offers my mind was quickly at ease. The area is so large with so many classrooms and so many activities. The teachers are very experienced and helpful. The many groups of people are all so nice and friendly, which puts a smile on your face and warms your heart. I was the new face that suddenly became a face that some would look forward to seeing.
"The sweet charm of the older students makes you want to come back every day. The staff is more than willing to go above and beyond in doing anything asked of them. The Meridian Activity is the new age hot spot for anyone 21 and older. The center has an array of things to do. Everyone can find a craft or class to be involved in. The Meridian Activity Center is an exciting place to pursue any passion.
At the Center
Bocce Ball! Many readers may know Steve Owen from his writing classes here at the Center. Now he comes to us with two night classes to introduce a new activity.
“Bocce” is a sport for young and old alike, but is a wonderful “soft” competitive sport for older adults because it does not require strenuous activity. Although not popular in the United States, there are certain ethnic groups who enjoy bocce. In South American countries and European nations such as Italy and Portugal, Bocce Ball is well known. In the British-influenced nations around the globe, this sport is given the quaint name, “Lawn Bowling.”
This beginning bocce class will begin June 9 at 6 p.m. and will last until 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m., depending on how involved the games get. First, there will be beginners instruction in fundamentals of the game such as bowling techniques and how to score.
Although Mr. Owen will “host” the class and provide instruction, if there is someone in our community who has played, coached and/or simply knows how to instruct bocce, Steve will gladly step aside and let that person coach. He will continue to serve as host to make sure items are set up, the class runs smoothly, etc.
• Monday: Dates of bocce class: June 9-July 14, 2014 / Will not meet if bad weather
• Thursday: Bocce practice for Special Olympics Adult Bocce Team — from 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Special items to consider bringing: lawn chairs and bug spray.
I spoke with Katherine Horne recently about leading another reading/discussion group. She is very much interested if we can get enough people to make it worthwhile. An 11 a.m. meeting toward the end of the week would be an ideal time as she is a "morning person." Call (601) 485-1812 if interested.
Our iPad class begins Monday at 6 p.m.; a few seats are still available. Call if interested; the price is only $20 for five nights with Michael Remy.
Computer classes with Tom Milhorn will begin again June 11 at 1 p.m.; June 12 at 9 a.m.; and June 16 at 6 p.m. We hope to have Windows 8.1 installed in time for classes at the end of summer. Right now, we are teaching Windows 7 and Windows 8 Beginning classes.
Don’t forget Slimnastics and Zumba at 4:30 p.m. By paying $20 in advance at the first of each month for Zumba, you can get seven classes FREE! Both classes are a great workout. Come give them a try.
As classes for summer begin again on Monday, we look forward to getting everyone registered and in their rooms with no problem! Classes not meeting this summer are: Decorative Painting on Mondays, Floral Arranging on Monday night and Stained Glass on Monday night.
We have had some interest in our cake decorating class on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.. If you are a returning student wanting an advanced class, be sure to call to let me know and we can begin a class on June 10.
Take a hint from Danielle Brown and come for a visit to Meridian Activity Center. We are not far from Meridian High School or Northwest Junior High School. The best approach is 29th Avenue, taking a turn west on 36th Street — watch for our signs. Turn down 32nd Avenue and you cannot miss us at the end of that street. Phone (601) 485-1812 for information.
• Barbara Wells is director of Meridian Activity Center. You may e-mail her at email@example.com