Senior citizens don’t need to look far for a reason to get out of the house. Tupelo Department of Parks and Recreation offers a variety of entertaining options for the post-50 crowd.
“Mayor (Jack) Reed is pushing to get people more active, and that includes seniors,” said Leigh Ann Kuykendall, recreation director. “We want to provide ways for people to have social interaction and physical activities. It’s just good for well-being.”
The Bel-Air Senior Recreation Center on Country Club Road is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Activities include scrapbooking classes, card games, line dance lessons and more.
“We still have people who tell us, ‘Oh, we didn’t know you had a senior center,’” Kuykendall said. “We’ve been open for three years.”
Most activities are free, unless there’s an instructor involved. The country western line dance class runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. A new beginner class will start at 1 p.m. June 29.
“It’s $3 per class,” she said. “It’s really good exercise.”
The Young at Heart Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first, second, third and fourth Thursdays at Bel-Air for food, fellowship and dancing.
“We usually have between 60 to 70 people,” said Jonathan Powell, club president. “It’s a great organization. We’re really grateful to have it.”
The Lively Hearts Club meets on the second and fourth Friday at C.C. Augustus Center.
“They meet from noon to 2 p.m. They’re trying to build their group up,” Kuykendall said. “They do programs about safety, exercise and nutrition.”
The Tupelo Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Bel-Air at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and 1 p.m. on Friday. In addition, the Grand Slam Duplication Bridge Club meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bel-Air, while the Dixie Trix Bridge Club uses the venue at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
On the exercise front, seniors get discounted greens fees at Bel-Air Golf Course on Monday.
Aquatics classes at Rob Leake City Pool include low-impact water aerobics from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for $10 a month.
In addition, senior aquatics classes for ages 50 and up are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and the cost is $10 a month.
And anyone who’s ever cut a rug knows that dancing is a fine workout. The Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club meets at a variety of locations, and new members are always welcome.
“Just give something a try,” Kuykendall said. “You might get caught up in it.”
Find out more
– For general information about Tupelo De-
partment of Parks and Recreation’s senior
services, call (662) 841-6440, or visit
– For specific information, contact the fol-
• Young at Heart Club – Jonathan Powell,
• Lively Hearts Club – Lynda Beverly, 842-
• Tupelo Ballroom Dance Club – Doug
• Duplicate bridge clubs – Gloria Hol-
comb, 321-1760, or Betty Martin, 862-3388.
• Bel-Air Senior Recreation Center – Pat
• Senior aquatics classes – 841-6440. many times
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