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50+ Program

The 50+ Program has something for everyone. Designed to keep older adults actively engaged in the community, the 50+ Program serves those seeking opportunity to become involved and stay connected.

Bloomington offers a unique opportunity for those who are 50+ participants and want to be involved and leaders in the planning, developing and implementing of activities and programs. Learn how you can become a 50+ Leader today.

Arts and Crafts

Each group meets at Creekside Community Center.  Donations are accepted and new members are always welcome.  There is no fee to join unless otherwise noted.

Boutique

Made by local residents, the Creekside Boutique offers a wide variety of handcrafted items for sale. Open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. and Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. a

Items include: crocheted and knitted items (scarves, mittens, slippers, towels and baby clothes), jackets, caps, towels, floral arrangements, wood items, handmade quilts, dolls (dresses and furniture)

Ceramics

Select from an assortment of greenware and bisque to paint or glaze. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fees apply for materials used.

Crafts & Quilting

Share your talents with this group Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Crafts and quilts are made using donated materials. Many of the items are donated to various charities.

Lapidary

Cut and polish rocks and gemstones into decorative pieces. Training and supplies are provided. There is a $1 fee per visit. Open Tuesdays, 1 - 4 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Leatherworking

Check out leatherworking and learn to make crafts and works of art out of leather Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Limited tools and scrap leather are provided to practice with.

Needleworkers

Socialize while creating blankets, scarves and other clothing items Thursdays, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Each year, local charities and schools receive an average 3,200 items are donated from this group.

Woodcarvers

Learn the art of woodcarving Wednesdays, 9 – 11 a.m. Carve various items. Participants must provide their own wood.

Woodshop

This fully equipped woodshop is available to those looking to design and work on various projects. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 – 11 a.m. There is a $1 fee per visit. Participants must pass a proficiency test and wear an ID badge.

Cards

Each group meets at Creekside Community Center. Donations are accepted and new members are always welcome. There is no fee to join unless otherwise noted.

Club 500

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 – 3 p.m.
Card tournaments held throughout the year on Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.
Tournament dates: February 14, March 14, May 9, July 11, September 12, October 10, December 12
Lessons the first Monday and even months, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Cribbage

Wednesdays, 1  3:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:45  3 p.m.
Cribbage tournaments held the third Saturday of each month, 1:15 p.m. 

Duplicate Bridge

Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 12:15 p.m.  3:15 p.m. 

Social Bridge

Thursdays, 12:15  3:15 p.m. 

Women's Evening Bridge

First and third Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 10 p.m.
To join, contact Lois at 952-890-3086, TTY 952-563-4933.

Euchre

Wednesdays, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Card tournaments held throughout the year on Saturdays, 12:30 p.m.
Tournament dates: April 11, June 13, August 8, November 14
Lessons: the first Monday of even months, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Hearts

First Monday of each month, 12:30 – 3 p.m.

Education

AARP Smart Driver Program

Refresh your driving skills and perhaps qualify for lower insurance rates. Held monthly, daytime and evening, 8-hour initial class and 4-hour refresher courses. Reservations required. Fees apply.

Download the AARP Smart Driver classes for:

Byte Syte Advanced Computer User Group (ACUG)

Experienced computer users meet to discuss various topics and participate in demonstrations. Meets the second and fourth Friday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Educational Discussion Group

Discuss educational topics. Meets the last Monday of January – June, September and October, 1 – 2 p.m.

iPad Tutoring

Free iPad tutoring the first Thursday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Bring your own iPad or simply enjoy a demonstration.

Library

The Creekside Library has an extensive collection of books available for anyone to borrow.

Open Computer Lab

Bring your technology questions to Open Computer Lab. Tutors are on hand Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents per visit.

Poetry Class

For poets of all levels, this class is led by award winning and published poet, Jerry Neren. Meeting the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry class participants are encouraged to submit poems to the annual poetry contest.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Practice and improve your English skills. This program provides small group tutoring in a relaxed and informal setting. A variety of skills are taught including writing, basic conversation and daily life skills. This program does not provide an English proficiency test. Offered Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Writers Club

Writers of all skill levels welcome. Bring out the best writer in you in whichever genre you prefer. Meets the fourth Thursday (January – October) and the third Thursday (November – December), 1 – 3 p.m.

Fitness

Locations may vary. New members are always welcome. There is no fee to join unless otherwise noted.

Bone Builders

This class focuses on strengthening muscles and promoting balance and stability. Hand and ankle weights are provided. Tuesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. Saturdays, 9 – 10 a.m.

Born Again Jocks

Men’s sports leagues including bocce ball, bowling, tennis, golf, softball, table tennis and volleyball. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877, TTY 952-563-8740. Fees may apply.

Chair Yoga

Learn a gentle form of yoga, how to adapt and accommodate exercises and proper breathing techniques.

  • Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • 6-week sessions: $30 for the session or $7 drop-in fee for Bloomington residents, $42 for the session or $9 drop-in fee for non-residents.

Low Impact Exercise

Offering a light and moderate way to exercise, this class focuses on balance, low impact aerobics and strength training. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 – 10 a.m.

Walking Club

Get moving with the Walking Club. This group meets Spring through Fall at various walking paths and trails throughout the City. Contact 952-563-4944, TTY 952-563-4933 for specific dates and times.

Zumba Gold

ZUMBA® uses choreographed exercise to target your heart, lungs and muscles to give you the ultimate workout.

  • Fridays, 9 – 10 a.m.
  • 7-week sessions: $35 for the session or a $7 drop-in fee for Bloomington residents, $49 for a session or a $9 drop-in fee for non-residents.

Leadership

Creekside Memorial Trust Fund

The Creekside Senior Memorial Trust Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that assists individuals who desire to create a memorial to someone, living or dead, in the following ways: encouraging donations to fund the memorial, maintaining memorial books and distributing trust funds for the general benefit of the 50+ Program.

Board members review proposals from 50+ Leaders to determine if the request will benefit Creekside programs.

50+ Leaders

Become involved in the planning, developing and implementing of activities and programs for the 50+ Program.

Music

Each group meets at Creekside Community Center. Music groups are available for performances in Bloomington and the greater metropolitan area. New members are always welcome. There is no fee to join unless otherwise noted.

The Bloomingtones

A mixed choral group who sing a wide variety of music from all eras for pleasure and entertainment. Rehearsals are Fridays, 9 a.m.

Classic Country Music

Join, listen or dance as a group of musicians provide a FREE country concert every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Creekside Community Center.

Creekside Crickets

An instrumental band of autoharp, harmonicas, guitars, mandolin, banjos and accordion. They sing and play oldies, country and folk. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 9 a.m.

Thursday Musical Interlude

Drop by Creekside Community Center for the Thursday Musical Interlude to enjoy great musical performances from local artists.

Recreation

Locations may vary.  New members are always welcome.  There is no fee to join unless otherwise noted.

Bocce Babes

A women’s social group playing bocce ball and other fun activities such as boat trips, pool parties, farmers markets, the Macy’s holiday display and more June – January.  For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877, TTY 952-563-8740. Fees may apply.

Bocce Ball

Summer co-ed and women’s leagues are held at Creekside Community Center and Valley View Field June – August.  Fees apply.

Bowling

Men’s leagues meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at Southtown Lanes.  For more information, contact 952-881-7731, TTY 952-563-4933. Fees apply.

Field Trips

Local day trips offered once a month.  Leaving from and returning to Creekside.  Registration required.  Fees apply.

Flower Club

Plant and maintain flower beds at various locations throughout Bloomington and at Creekside.  Offered May – September.  Create and design planters at Creekside.

Golf

Co-ed leagues meet Monday mornings at Hyland Greens Golf Course.  For more information, contact 952-881-6863, TTY 952-563-4933.  Fees apply.

Informal Games

Stop in the library for informal card games, board games or puzzles.  Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Nintendo Wii Bowling League

Stay active and fit while playing virtual bowling on the Nintendo Wii.  Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

Pool

Calling ALL pool players!  Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ladies: Thursdays, 1 p.m.

Tournaments: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays, 6 p.m.

$12 annual membership fee.

Recreational Equipment

Stop by the office to pick up equipment for bocce ball, shuffleboard, table tennis and Nintendo Wii (bowling, tennis and golf) to use at Creekside.  Based on room availability.

Wellness

Locations may vary. There is no fee to join unless otherwise noted.

Clinic Services

Dakim BrainFitness System

This touchscreen computer program gives you a fully personalized workout to maintain brain fitness and slow the effects of cognitive decline. Stop by Creekside Community Center for a quick demonstration, complete an application and begin your personal brain fitness program today.

Foot Care

Meet with professional foot care nurses to address personal concerns regarding thickened and fungal nails, corns, calluses, bunions, nerve and circulation deficits and other matters. Offered Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, contact Happy Feet at 763-560-5136. Appointment required. Fees apply.

Health Insurance Counseling

Schedule an appointment to sit down with a trained volunteer from Senior Community Services to answer questions about Medicare, how it works and what options are available. Schedule an appointment the second Tuesday of each month, 9 – 11 a.m. For more information, contact Creekside Community Center.

Blood Pressure Checks

Get your blood pressure checked the first Wednesday of each month, 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Creekside Community Center. There is no appointment necessary. A Bloomington Public Health nurse will also be available to discuss health-related topics such as medication and resources.

Hearing Testing

Get your hearing tested the second Wednesday of even months, 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. For more information, contact Creekside Community Center. Appointment required.

Medical Equipment Loan

Reserve wheelchairs, walkers and canes for short-term use. For more information, contact Creekside Community Center. A deposit is required.

Martin Luther Care Center Caregiver Support Group

This Alzheimer's Association affiliated support group focuses on emotional support, sharing experiences and exchanging information specific to Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Meets the first and third Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Get Acquainted with the 50+ Program

Learn about all the activities and programs offered to those 50+ the second Thursday of each month, 9:30 a.m. Register for a session and enjoy a free lunch on us. Reserve your seat at least three days in advance.

Upcoming dates: May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13

Human Services Division Cancellation Policy

Cancellation made by Human Services
Due to lack of enrollment.................................................................100% refund
Cancellation by participant*
Prior to registration deadline..............100% refund or credit, less $5 processing fee
After registration deadline....................................................................NO refund
*Please refer to individual programs for exceptions to this policy.

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