Senior Programs (Fall/Winter)

Welcome to Medicare Seminar - Free

Are you going to be eligible for Medicare soon? Have you been on Medicare and want to better understand what it offers? This free, two-hour seminar is offered by SHIIP counselors on Tuesday, October 18. The program covers Medicare Part A and B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance. Call the USRC office to register. Registration Deadline: Oct. 11  

 Zumba class at Senior Center

Senior Fitness

The Urbandale Senior Recreation Center offers over 24 fitness classes of varying styles and intensity levels each week. Our fitness classes are very popular, and we think we can safely say we have something for everyone. Some classes include: Chair Yoga, Cardio & Strength, Zumba Gold, Line Dance, Yoga, Seated Exercise, Pilates, Cardio Dance, Kickboxing and more. We also offer small group personal training experiences. Please see the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center Fall Newsletter for a listing of current class offerings. Registration for classes from October-December 2022 opens on September 1, 2022.

Senior Special Events

Social Programs

New Member Orientation - Free

If you’re new to the USRC, or are considering registering for programs or would like more information on what is offered and how to get started, drop by during one of the following times for a brief tour and time to ask questions with USRC staff. No registration is needed–meet in the lobby at 10 am. Wed. Sept 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8. No registration Nneeded. Location: Urbandale Senior Recreation Center.

Planning Committee - Free

The USRC Planning Committee meets six times per year to provide ideas, input, and feedback on the programs and services offered at the USRC. The Planning Committee welcomes involvement of all members. We'd love to have you join us for a meeting! Tues. Oct. 18, 2-3PM;  Dec. 13, 2-3 PM. No registration required. Location:  Urbandale Senior Recreation Center

Podcasts and Pizza: Wondery's Against the Odds: Thai Cave Rescue - Free

Come listen to a podcast once a week over pizza, and then stick around for further discussion if you'd like! It's not necessary to attend every week, so if you are out of town once or twice, you can still enjoy the weeks you are here! (Min 4/Max 16). Potential Explicit Content. Registration Deadline: Oct. 4. Click here to register

Podcasts and Pizza: Wondery's American Scandal: Three Mile Island - Free

Come listen to a podcast once a week over pizza, and then stick around for further discussion if you'd like! It's not necessary to attend every week, so if you are out of town once or twice, you can still enjoy the weeks you are here! (Min 4/Max 16). Registration Deadline: Nov. 22 Click here to register

Jewelry Making

Craft Workshops

Alcohol Ink Ornaments - $15

Using highly pigmented alcohol inks, create 10 unique ceramic ornaments. (Min 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Sep. 1 Click here to register

Landscape Painting Class - $40

Come paint a beautiful landscape with Marcy from 515 Wine With Design! Marcy will give you all of the necessary materials and instruction to make this beautiful work of art. Acrylic on canvas 20″ x 20″ canvas. This program is supported in memory of Rose Griffiths, a former member and talented painter. (Min 4/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Sep. 15 Click Here to Register

Origami: Fall Leaves - $15

Learn the traditional art of paper folding. Step-by-step, we'll use fun and colorful papers to create the beauty of fallen autumn leaves to decorate with. No experience necessary. (Min 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Sep. 5 Click Here to Register

Wreath Making with Kim - $25

No matter the season, adding a wreath to your home is sure to bring a festive mood to your indoor or outdoor decor. Join Kim as she teaches us to make our own ribbon wreaths to enjoy this holiday season! Registration Deadline: Oct. 27 Click Here to Register

Polymer Clay Workshop - $15

Learn how to work with polymer clay and chooose your preferred projects. Create a keychain, magnet, or earrings. The first session we'll work on creating our projects, and during the second session, we'll finish and assemble the pieces. (Min 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Oct. 31 Click Here to Register 

Beaded Jewelry Workshop - $5

This workshop provides you with the opportunity to make jewelry with our bead supplies. Choose whatever style of piece you prefer; earrings, necklace, bracelets, keychains, etc. Some sample pieces will be available to give you ideas and a staff person will be on-site to assist. (Min 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Nov. 25 Click Here to Register

Holiday Scented Simmer Jars - $12

Assemble a few jars of a homemade holiday stovetop potpourri that will make your house smell incredible this winter. These jars make a great gift for those you want to share the warmth of the holiday season with, who might not appreciate the extra clutter of traditional gifts. We will send you home with a few jars completed and instructions to make more on your own! (Min 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Dec. 12 Click Here to Register

Resin Paperweight - $10

Create a custom paperweight with resin. This project is straightforward, but also allows you to customize to suit your style and personality. (Min 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Jan. 2 Click Here to Register

Acrylic Pour Painting - $TBA

Join us  as the Des Moines Art Center instructs us in the art of Paint Pouring to create fun new projects. Paint pouring is a method of painting using a variety of styles and techniques that artists of all skill levels can enjoy. All materials will be provided. (Min. 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Jan. 23 Click Here to Register 

Soapmaking with Alex - $20

Alex from ByWysteria will be teaching us the ways of Melt & Pour soap! With your pick of fragrances, color, and even dried flowers you will be making around 1.5 pounds of soap to bring home and enjoy, or share! (Min. 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Mar. 20 Click Here to Register

People enjoying an educational lecture

Educational Sessions

History of Banned Books in the US - Free

Join Urbandale Public Library staff as we explore some of the most popular banned books throughout history. They'll discuss some background of the books, the reasons why they were banned, and more interesting information. (Min 6/Max 36). Registration Deadline: Sep. 8 Click Here to Register

Managing Money with the Alzheimer's Association - Free

This program will feature tips for managing someone else's finance, how to prepare for future care costs, and the benefits of early planning. (Min 8/Max 16). Registration Deadline: Sep. 28 Click Here to Register

The Circle of Care: Caregiving and Care-receiving in Late Adulthood - $5

Dr. Krista Brittain, Psy.D. will lead an educational session about how to navigate adjusting relationships for caregiving and care-receiving in late adulthood. She'll discuss the changing relationships you may experience with doctors, partners, parents, children, and extended family. Discussion will also cover the vulnerability that is necessary when communicating about the dynamics of sharing caregiving responsibilities. Whether you are a new caregiver for a parent, partner, child or grandchild, or are beginning to receive care in new ways yourself, this session will provide you with insight and tools for successfully navigating these changes as we age. In her practice, Dr. Brittain provides assessment and feels it is a joy and an honor to see people come to understand themselves and their family members better through this process. She has witnessed how this new and better understanding helps to get people the support and help they need, as well as to increase the compassion they have for themselves, and help families find a way forward when they feel stuck. (Min 5/Max 50). Registration Deadline: Sep. 29 Click Here to Register

Learn to Play Mahjongg - $40

Mahjongg is a game of Chinese origin, usually played by four players in which tiles bearing various designs are drawn and discarded until one player has an entire hand of winning combinations. It is similar to the game rummy. This class is here to get you up and running in this growing game of strategy! Class fee includes necessary instructional booklet for play. (Min. 8/Max. 16). Registration Deadline: Sep. 29 Click Here to Register

McDivitt Grove Cemetery Tour - Free

Join Mary Polson from the Urbandale Historical Society for a tour of the McDivitt Grove Cemetery in Urbandale. This cemetery is full of fascinating history. The land was originally sold in 1853 to William McDivitt, a pioneer settler, whose name the cemetery still bears. The cemetery is the site of a former schoolhouse before being deeded for cemetery purposes in 1870. Participants will learn about the history of Urbandale and who is interred in the cemetery that helped shape the City of Urbandale and Urbandale Schools, along with other interesting information. (Min 5/Max 50). Registration Deadline: Oct. 4 Click Here to Register

Haunted Iowa - $5

Join author Chad Lewis on a ghostly journey to some of the most haunted places in the state. It covers the entire state, but will include some sights close to the home. From phantom creatures prowling the woods to graveyard apparitions located in your own backyard. No place in Iowa is without its own hauntings! (Min 10/Max 50). Registration Deadline: Oct. 6 Click Here to Register

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s - Free

Presented by the Alzheimer's Association, become familiar with the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. You'll learn the difference from normal aging, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others. (Min 8/Max 16). Registration Deadline: Nov. 2 Click Here to Register

Food Bank of Iowa - Free

Thousands of Iowans struggle with food insecurity. Learn how the Food Bank of Iowa is working to help. We'll learn about their mission, operations, impact and take a tour of the facility. This educational session will take place at the Food Bank of Iowa, 2220 E 17th St, Des Moines. Optional transportation is available to this program for a $12 fee. Transportation will load at 12:30PM at the USRC and return at approximately 3PM. Please select if you are planning to use our transportation when you register. (Min 6/Max 24). Registration Deadline: Nov. 9 Click Here to Register

Building the Dream: Constructing the Gateway Arch - Free

The process of creating the Gateway Arch took many years before its completion in 1966. Join us for a presentation by a National Park Service Ranger on the Gateway Arch and the architectural significance of this structure. You'll be taken back to the 1960s to learn about the process of conceiving, designing, and building the tallest national monument in the US. (Min 8/Max 16). Registration Deadline: Nov. 23 Click Here to Register

Buy. Eat. Live Healthy - Free

Buy. Eat. Live Healthy educators support individuals and families in making healthy choices on a tight grocery budget. Lessons focus on nutrition education, cooking skills, grocery budget management and active living. Each lesson includes information on nutrition and physical activity, and includes cooking or tasting a recipe. In addition, participants are given tools to help them make behavior changes including cutting mats, measuring cups and spoons, and cookbooks. (Min 8/Max 36). Registration Deadline: Jan. 5 Click Here to Register

Alzheimer's Association Effective Communication Strategies - Free

This program for caregivers explains the communication changes that take place throughout the course of Alzheimer's disease, how to decode and respond to the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. (Min 8/Max 16). Registration Deadline: Feb. 9 Click Here to Register

Alzheimer's Association: Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia - Free

Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. (Min 8/Max 16). Registration Deadline: Feb. 23 Click Here to Register

Endless Possibilities: Iowa's African American History - Free\

Presented by the African American Museum of Iowa. Iowa was the first state in the U.S. to officially integrate its public schools in 1868, just three years after the Civil War ended. Surprised?  This and so much more is part of Iowa’s wealth of African American history. From York, the first African American in Iowa and member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, to the first Black president, Barack Obama, African American history is American history and Iowa has many stories to share. Min. 10/Max 50. Registration Deadline: Jan. 27 Click Here to Register

Lewis and Clark - Free

“Lewis and Clark in Iowa” begins with the story before the expedition: the sale of the Louisiana Purchase to the United States. Tracing the 1803 course from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania to St. Charles, Missouri, Shurr discusses the background of the many “players” of the expedition including York, the engages and Seaman. Moving up the Missouri River focus shifts to events occurring in Iowa such as the death of Sgt. Floyd. An accompanying PowerPoint presentation shows the keelboat and the pirogues with actual photos taken in St. Charles and at the Onawa Lewis and Clark State Park. The audience will be exposed to the many “firsts” that occurred in Iowa, the true peril of this journey and the return of Lewis and Clark to civilization at journey’s end. (Min 10/Max 50). Registration Deadline: Mar. 17 Click Here to Register

Senior Technology Help Learning Something New

Technology Assistance

One-on-One Tech Assistance Program

Looking for a little help with your phone, tablet, or computer? Need some tips on managing your email inbox? Struggling with a new app on your phone? Waukee High School students will be available for one-on-one assistance with your tech questions. 25-minute appointments will be held on Thursday afternoons beginning on Oct. 6. To sign up, please give us a call in the office. Registration Deadline: Call USRC to register


Special Events

Picnic Pick Up - $9

You may pick up your meal inside the Urbandale Senior Recreation Center from 12:00-12:30PM on the day of your picnic. Multiple Registration Deadlines. Click Here to Register

Bingo - $1

Join us for exciting bingo action! All dimes played per round will go into that round's jackpot! If you are lucky enough to get a Bingo, that jackpot is yours. $1 to play, plus 10 cents per card per round. (Max 2 cards/round). Registration Deadline: Oct. 13 Click Here to Register

Veterans Brunch - Free to Veterans and Spouses , $13 for non-Veterans 

Join us at Giovannetti Shelter at Walker-Johnston Park for our annual Veterans Day Brunch in celebration and remembrance on Nov. 10th. This event is free to Veterans and their spouses. $13 for all others. Everyone is welcome. Registration is required. Catered by MainStreet Cafe in Ankeny. Registration Deadline: Nov. 2 Click Here to Register

Gift Wrapping Party - $8

The holiday season can be stressful, and finding time to get all of your gift giving tasks done can be a challenge. Once you have spent so much time buying holiday gifts, the last thing you might feel like doing is wrapping them. This year instead of dreading this task, why not do it with friends? Sign up for our wrapping party and we will supply the wrapping trappings including; wrapping paper, gift tags, bows, tape, and ribbon. Please bring your own boxes, and gift bags. Registration Deadline: Dec. 2 Click Here to Register

Holiday Meal and Music - $15

Our biggest annual event is back! Join us for a holiday meal with friends. We'll have holiday music performed by Urbandale High School singers and decorations to get you in the holiday spirit. Bring a friend or two to the celebration! (Min 40/Max 150). Registration Deadline: Dec. 9 Click Here to Register 

Bluegrass and BBQ Winter Party - $16

Shake off of your winter blues with a barbecue dinner with friends and the music of the Black Dirt Ramblers. This is a great event to bring new friends who have never experienced a party at the USRC. (Min 40/Max 150). Registration Deadline: Jan. 13 Click Here to Register

Mini Golf - Seniors Open - $TBA

Information and Registration Deadline: TBA 

Urbandale Open - Mini Golf - TBA

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Senior Ballroom Dance

Indoor Sports and Recreation

Learn to Ballroom Dance - $40

Come learn several different styles of ballroom dance! This class will be a fun introduction to many styles, including waltz, swing, tango, etc. Sign up with a partner or as an individual--it's sure to be a good time! There will be no class on Monday, Oct. 3rd. (Min 12/Max 24). Registration Deadline: Sep. 5 Click Here to Register

Winter Shuffleboard League - $10/team

Our shuffleboard league is back on! Sign up your two-person team for our Monday or Tuesday league. Leagues will be a round robin regular season for 6 weeks, with an all day single elimination tournament on the 7th week. (Min 4 teams/Max 12 teams). Registration Deadline: Oct. 10 Click Here to Register

Learn to Play Shuffleboard - $5

If you've always wanted to learn how to play tabletop Shuffleboard, this is the class for you! We'll walk through the rules of the game, with instructions and demonstrations. We'll also play a few rounds, so you can get a feel for a real game. We hope that after this session, you'll join us for our winter league (and maybe even find a team member in the class)! (Min 3/Max 8). Various Registration Deadlines. Click Here to Register

Drop-In Pickleball for Beginners - $3/person/day

Two Courts are available for drop-in play for beginner pickleball players. Balls and paddles are available, or bring your own. Drop-In Pickleball begins Sep. 7. (Max 16). Registration Deadline: first come first served, pay at USRC.

USRC Fall 2022 Fitness Challenge - $15

Regular exercise provides many health benefits as we age. Exercise can improve strength, balance, energy, mental health, and cognitive function. Register to be a part of our Fall Fitness Challenge and track your minutes on our cardio equiPMent, in our fitness classes, or exercise you complete on your own. Prizes will be awarded for several different categories! This is a great way to push yourself to stay active as more activities move indoors. Register at any time during the challenge, but registration is required by Nov. 1 to receive a special challenge t-shirt. Challenge tracking info will be emailed to registered participants at the start of the challenge, or upon registration after Oct. 1. Registration Deadline: Ongoing Click Here to Register

Pickleball Courts at Walker Johnston Park

Outdoor Sports and Recreation

Pickleball Doubles Tournament - $20

This one-day pickleball tournament is a great chance to play! Two divisions will be offered. Division I: 18-54 years and Division II: 55+. Both players must be in the same age bracket. Check-in begins at 7:45am. This tournament is a partnership with Scheels. This event is not sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association (this is just for fun!) Tournament will take place at Walker Johnston Park, 8900 Douglas Ave. Prizes will be awarded. Space is limited. Call the USRC office to register.

Healthiest State Walk - Free

The Annual Walk is an opportunity to join thousands of other Iowans statewide in walking for 30 minutes. Being physically active is one of the most important steps that people of all ages and abilities can take to improve their health. Walking is an easy, accessible and affordable way to improve your physical, mental and social health. We'll depart from the USRC and walk together for 30 minutes. You have the option to continue your walk on your own after that. Drop-in participants are welcome. Participants that pre-register will receive a fun bag of treats! (Min 8). Registration Deadline: Sep. 28 Click Here to Register

Yellow Banks Park - Free

Sign up for this hiking group and we'll meet at the trailhead of each hike before setting off together. Please wear comfortable, protective footwear and bring water, sunscreen or a hat, and appropriate clothing. There is no fee for these hikes, so let's get out there and start hiking! Registration Deadline: Sep. 16 Click Here to Register

Seniors sitting on a bench together

Senior Trips

Gold Star Military Museum and Iowa Veterans Cemetery Tour - Free, Transportation $10

This trip will provide you with the opportunity to see some of Central Iowa’s facilities committed to honoring our veterans. Our first stop will be the Gold Star Museum. The Iowa Gold Star Military Museum's mission is to honor and depict the military experience of Iowa citizens in all wars, homeland defense and Iowa service. The Museum’s purpose is to collect, preserve and exhibit materials that illustrate the story of Iowa’s military past from statehood to the present. Next we’ll head to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel where we’ll receive a brief overview of the first federally funded construction of a state-owned and operated veterans cemetery in the State of Iowa. If you are planning to drive yourself, please note that in your registration. Transportation is available for $10. The Gold Star Museum tour will begin at 9:00 AM. (Min 6/Max 24). Registration Deadline: Aug. 25 Click Here to Register

Reiman Garden Tour - $40

We're traveling to Reiman Gardens in Ames! Along with general admission to the gardens, we will also get a guided tour and a special program on their stunning annual exhibit! We'll end the day with a late lunch at Hickory Park, and then head back to the USRC. (Min 8/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Sep. 2 Click Here to Register 

Central Grove Orchard: Apple Picking - $35

Take a trip to Center Grove Orchard. You'll enjoy lunch in the Hay Cafe, followed by a hayride and apple picking. Each participant will receive one 1/4 peck u-pick bag to pick your own bag of apples in the orchard. Once the group is done picking, we will then hop on the hayride and head back to the farmyard. (Min 10/Max 24). Registration Deadline: Sep. 7 Click Here to Register

Pumpkin Patch - $35

Come and visit Center Grove Orchard for that magical time of year--Fall! You will get to pick your own pumpkin, enjoy a hayride around the orchard, and enjoy a lunch on site. Registration fee includes one pumpkin, hayride, and lunch. Please bring your own money for other produce and country store purchases. Min. 10/Max 12. Registration Deadline: Oct. 5 Click Here to Register

Fall Colors Tour: Brenton Arboretum and Boone Scenic Valley Railroad - $99

Iowa's fall colors should be on full display for this trip. We'll travel to Brenton Arboretum in Dallas Center on a charter bus. Our tour guide will board the bus for a one-hour driving tour, discussing the collections, research and arboretum history. We'll travel to Dutch Oven Bakery in Boone where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. You can also purchase some tasty treats like dutch letters or apple bread to bring home.  Then we'll head to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad for an 11-mile round-trip ride from Boone to the old coal mining town of Fraser in 1920’s era coach cars for an unparalleled view of the river valley. Registration includes lunch,  transportation, admissions, tickets, & gratuities. (Min 30/Max 40). Registration Deadline: Oct. 13 Click Here to Register

Dining Club: Big Al's BBQ - $12

Join us as we travel all over central Iowa for some amazing eats! We will visit those small town, hole-in-the-wall restaurants we've all heard about, but never tried. Registration includes transportation. Please bring money for your lunch. (Min 5/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Oct. 19 Click Here to Register

Outlets of Des Moines - $12

Join us for a day at the Outlets of Des Moines and get a head start on your holiday shopping! (Or get something for yourself, we won't judge.) While out and about, you can enjoy lunch at any of the restaurants found in the outlets on your own. (Min 6/Max 12). Registration Deadline: Nov. 8 Click Here to Register