Programs for Ages 50+
Designed to keep ages 50+ and all adults with a disability actively engaged in the community, these programs serve 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.
- July 2021 Activity Calendar coming soon.
Creekside Community Center Program Guidelines
- Masks welcomed, but not required.
- Sign-in required for all daily programming. In case there is a possible exposure to COVID-19, we need accurate sign in sheets. Sign in sheets will be located in individual rooms.
- New updated registration forms required for everyone attending a Creekside program. The first time you attend a program at Creekside you will be required to complete a new registration form, which must be updated annually.
- Participants are allowed to bring their own coffee, water, beverages and food. Sharing homemade food is discouraged.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after programs. Hand sanitizer stations are located at each entrance and in classrooms. All participants should wash or use hand sanitizer before and after each program.
- Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Stay home if any symptoms are present or if you are unvaccinated and may have been exposed to the virus.
- Your vaccine status is private. No one is required to share their vaccine status with anyone who’s not involved in their medical care.
Offered in partnership with Artistry, these classes are led by skilled professionals with subject matter expertise and a commitment to each student's development. No previous art experience required. All materials provided.
Class schedule coming soon.
Finish incomplete projects or challenge your inner artist and create something beautiful with donated supplies we have on hand. Mondays, 1 - 3 p.m.
Check out leatherworking and learn to make crafts and works of art out of leather Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Tools, leather, and dyes available to use.
Socialize while creating blankets, scarves and other clothing items Thursdays, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Each year, local charities and schools receive an average 4,000 items are donated from this group.
North Star Scrollers
All ability levels are welcomed to learn everything about scroll sawing the first Saturday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., September-May. $20 annual dues.
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.
Rock Shop (Lapidary)
Cut and polish rocks and gemstones into decorative pieces. Training and supplies are provided. There is a $2 fee per visit. Open Tuesdays, 1 – 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn the art of woodcarving Wednesdays, 9 – 11 a.m. Carve various items. Participants must provide their own wood.
This fully equipped wood shop is available to those looking to design and work on various projects. Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. There is a $1 fee per visit. Participants must pass a proficiency test and wear an ID badge.
Mondays, 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. $0.50 to play.
Thursdays, 12:15 – 3:15 p.m. $0.50 to play.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. $0.50 to play.
Thursdays, 12:30 – 3 p.m. $1 to play.
Wednesdays, 9 – 11:30 a.m. $0.50 to play.
Hand and Foot Canasta
Mondays, 12 – 3:30 p.m. $1 to play.
Single deck. Mondays, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. $0.50 to play.
AARP Smart Driver Program
Refresh your driving skills and qualify for lower insurance rates. Tuesdays. 8-hour initial class and 4-hour refresher courses. Registration required. Fees apply.
Classes will resume at Creekside in September.
AARP has suspended in-person Driver Safety classes through August 31, 2021 due to the Coronavirus situation and to ensure the safety of all participants and instructors. AARP is offering over 20% discount for online classes, available at www.aarpdriversafety.org, promo code DRIVINGSKILLS.
Byte Syte Advanced Computer User Group (ACUG)
Experienced computer users meet to discuss various topics and participate in demonstrations the second and fourth Friday of each month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Dakim BrainFitness System
This touch screen computer program gives you a fully personalized workout to maintain brain fitness and slow the effects of cognitive decline. Stop by Creekside for a quick demonstration, complete an application and begin your personal brain fitness program today.
The Creekside Library has an extensive collection of books and puzzles available for anyone to borrow.
Open Computer Lab
Tutors are on hand to help with PC technology questions Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Bring your own laptop, tablet or cell phone.
Writers of all skill levels welcome. Bring out the best writer in you in whichever genre you prefer. Meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Thursday, January – October and the third Thursday, November – December.
A modified form of yoga, using exercise principles of traditional yoga to increase participant's health and fitness by replacing a floor mat with a chair. Offered on Fridays in 6-week sessions. Fee for classes.
September dates coming soon.
Gentle Mat Yoga
Learn a gentle form of yoga with modified movements and proper breathing techniques. Offered on Tuesdays in 6-week sessions. Fee for classes.
September dates coming soon.
Line Dancing—Country Kickers
These fun, instructor led classes will help increase balance and memory while exercising as a group. Free and open to men and women of all ages and dancing abilities.
- Beginner Class, Mondays, 2 – 3 p.m.
Low Impact Exercise
Offering a light and moderate way to exercise, this class focuses on balance, low impact aerobics and strength training at not cost.
- Days and times coming soon.
SAIL (Stay Active Independent for Life)
A group based exercise and education program focusing on strengthening muscles and promoting balance and stability. This program includes a combination of aerobic conditioning, progressive strength training, and balance exercises shown to impact risk of falling. Hand and ankle weights are provided. Space is limited. No cost to participate. Class is taught by trained RSVP Wellness leaders.
- Mondays, 1 – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
Bloomington Public Health
Health Insurance Counseling
Schedule an appointment with Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 (Monday – Friday, 8 – 4:30 p.m.). Health insurance counseling is provided by state-certified health insurance counseling volunteers and is available at no cost. Health insurance counselors assist clients with:
- Understanding the basics of Medicare and Medical Assistance
- Choosing a Medicare supplement
- Choosing a Medicare Part D plan
- Ensuring proper processing of Medicare and medical assistance claims
- Assisting with health insurance forms
- Exploring ways to lower prescription drug costs
The Nurse Is In
Talk with a Bloomington Public Health Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. regarding:
- Fall prevention education
- Medication review
- Blood pressure check
- Active aging
- Understanding lab results
- Education with diagnosis
- Healthy living tips
- Contacting your clinic
- Assistance contacting your insurance company
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.
Become involved in the planning, developing and implementing of activities and programs for the 50+ Program.
Music groups are available for performances in Bloomington and the greater metropolitan area.
A mixed choral group who sing a wide variety of music from all eras for pleasure and entertainment. Rehearsals are Fridays, 9:30 a.m. September - May.
Classic Country Music Jam
Join, listen or dance as a group of musicians provide a FREE country concert Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Creekside Community Center.
This band plays and sings oldies, country, polkas, waltzes, and show tunes at various venues in the area. Welcoming new members of all abilities that have an interest in music. Rehearsals are Thursdays, 9 a.m. September – May.
A women’s social group playing bocce ball and other activities such as boat trips, pool parties, farmers markets, and more June – January. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877. Fees may apply.
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. Fees may apply.
Create and design flower containers and gardens at Creekside. Donations of plants and gardening tools are accepted and can be picked up by volunteers. Monthly group meetings the fourth Wednesday of each month, January through October, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Holds an Annual Plant Exchange the first Saturday in June, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. every year.
Informal games and equipment
Puzzles, card and board games in the library. Bocce ball, shuffleboard, table tennis, and Nintendo Wii (bowling, tennis, and golf) equipment to check out and use at Creekside.
Calling ALL pool players! $12 annual membership fee.
- Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Friday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Ladies: Thursdays, 1 p.m.
Cancellation made due to lack of enrollment: 100% refund
- Prior to registration deadline: 100% refund, less $5 processing fee
- After registration deadline: NO refund