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Thrive Calendar: Oct. 24-Dec. 31

Thrive Calendar: Oct. 24-Dec. 31

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please call ahead to check on your event and class status.



Aging Partners Fitness Center — 555 S. Ninth St., 402-441-7575.

Asian Senior Center — 144 N. 44th St., 402-477-3446.

Belmont Center — 1234 Judson St., 402-441-7990.

Downtown Center — 1005 O St., 402-441-7154.

Lake Street Center — 2400 S. 11th St., 402-441-7157.

Northeast Center — 6300 Platte Ave., 402-441-7151.

Bennet Center — American Legion Hall, 970 Monroe St., 402-416-7693.

Firth Center — 311 Nemaha St., Firth, 402-416-7693.

Hickman Center — Hickman Community Center, 115 Locust St., 402-416-7693.

Additional locations — Butler, Fillmore, Polk, Saline, Seward and York counties. For information call 800-247-0938.


Aging Partner's Fitness Center hours of operation — 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

All ages are welcome at the fitness center. Cardio equipment, strength training equipment, free weights, balance and other exercise tools are available. There is a $10 monthly suggested contribution for age 60 and over and family caregivers of any age. A $15 fee is required for under age 60. A certified personal trainer is available at no additional cost, by appointment only.

For most Health and Fitness classes, there is a $4 per class suggested contribution for age 60 and over and family caregivers of any age. A $5 per class fee for under age 60 is required. Punch cards are available. Registration is required for all classes by calling 402-441-7575. Please register early as classes that do not have sufficient enrollment will be canceled.

Online Aging Partners Health and Fitness Classes via Zoom

We will have a limited selection of classes available on Zoom, in addition to our in-person classes. Please call 402-441-7575 to register for the Zoom classes. You will be sent information about how to access Zoom and the specific classes you are interested in. Prior to the classes, you will need to download the Zoom app on your electronic device.

All in-person classes, with the exception of workshops, may be changed to online Zoom classes, only due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check status when you call 402-441-7575 to register.


Evidence-Based Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Classes — Evidence-based programs are supported by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Injury Prevention Program and the state of Nebraska Unit on Aging.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (Level I) in-person — 11 a.m.-noon. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 19 - Jan. 13, (no class Nov. 11 & 25.)  This class is for people new to Tai Chi or those wanting to continue working on the basic Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance eight forms. It is a fall prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi, to help older adults improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. Suggested contribution is $2 per class, or $48 per session, Eastridge Presbyterian Church 1135 Eastridge Drive. 

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (Level II) in-person — 1-2 p.m. Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to noon, FridaysOct. 19 - Jan. 18 (no class Nov. 26, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.) This class is for people who have completed one or more sessions of Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Level I. Classes are designed for people who want to continue with the traditional eight forms, with less instruction and some variations. Suggested contribution is $2 per class, or $48 per session, Eastridge Presbyterian Church 1135 Eastridge Drive. 

Chair Yoga in-person — 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 13 -Dec. 1. Chair yoga is one of the gentlest forms of yoga available. It is a unique style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. Poses are done seated, or the chair is used for support during standing and balance poses. Emphasis will be on breathing, balance and taking things at your own pace. Chair yoga is suitable for all ages, fitness levels and physical conditions. Beginners are welcome, Eastridge Presbyterian Church 1135 Eastridge Drive.

Dance for Life (12-week sessions)

* In-person — 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 15 -Dec. 1, Auld Pavilion, Antelope Park, 1650 Memorial Drive.

* Zoom — 2-3 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 13 -Nov. 29. Register: 402-441-7575.

Each class focuses on balance, strength and cardio health through a unique combination of dance steps done to popular oldies music. Synchronized movements isolate and strengthen muscle groups, increase heart rate and improve core stability. Participants warm up from the chair, move to standing, transition to dance then cool down with standing and seated movements.

Qigong Refresh and Recharge (12-week sessions)

* In-person — 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 16-Dec. 16, St. Mark's United Methodist Church. 

Zoom — 10-11 a.m. Sept. 13-Nov. 29. Register: 402-441-7575.

This ancient meditative practice focuses on slow, gentle movements relieving aching muscles, stiff joints, improve balance, flexibility and increase energy. Movements begin from a chair, move to standing, closing with seated stretches and breath exercises. This class is appropriate for individuals at all levels of ability. 

Stepping On: Building Confidence, Reducing Falls — 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16, Eastmont Towers 6305 O St.

Stepping On is a community-based fall prevention program intended to educate participants and build confidence to reduce or eliminate falls. Classes meet for two hours, once a week for seven weeks. Participants learn the most up-to-date information about fall prevention. Workshop topics include simple and fun balance and strength exercises; along with information about how vision, medication, safe walking outside and footwear can aid in the prevention of falls.

Living Well with Diabetes — 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 16, Hickman Community Center, 115 Locust St.

This six-week, two-hour, evidence-based program provides important information about diabetes in an easy-to-follow format. Facilitators will lead participants through a variety of essential topics including: Understanding the different types of diabetes; Introduction to healthy eating and meal planning; Exercise: how much, what type and when to exercise; Understanding how food works with diabetes; Problem-solving and creating action plans; Medication usage; Talking to the doctor; Preventing low and high blood sugars; Self-monitoring: how, when, where and why; Dealing with depression; Relaxation techniques; Proper foot care and Strategies for sick days.

Caregiver Support Group — 5-6 p.m. Meets the second Tuesday of every month, room 137, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 8550 Pioneers Blvd., enter through door #9 on the South side of St. Mark’s, turn left and go downstairs.

Caregivers take care of family members and friends. But who takes care of the caregiver? Support groups provide hope, information and a safe environment to share concerns. The Aging Partners Caregiver Support Group is led by a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner. Eligible caregivers are the following: An individual of any age providing care for an older adult, age 60; providing care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury or a related brain disorder: people over the age of 55 and raising a grandchild. Walk-ins are welcome. Registration is not required. 

Foot Clinics and Senior Health Promotion Services

* Aging Partners Foot Clinics and UNMC Senior Health Promotion Services are by appointment only and will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church’s Vermeer Education Center and the Downtown Senior Center. Social distancing and sanitation guidelines are followed. Please call 402-441-7506 to make an appointment for foot clinic services. Foot clinics are subject to cancellation or changes at any time due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

* Senior Health Promotion Services are available to those age 60 and over. The following services will be available: comprehensive foot care, blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol screenings, osteoporosis screenings and health education. Ear care will only be available at the Downtown Senior Center location. A $15 suggested contribution will help these services continue. Services available are subject to change, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. For locations and the complete schedule of services: call 402-441-7506 or 402-441-7575.

Downtown Fright Fest with The Music Bingo Guy — Oct. 29. 10 a.m. Bingo; 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Enjoy a spooky, Halloween-themed lunch, Downtown Center 1005 O St. A $4 suggested meal contribution is suggested for age 60 and over. Join in the fun of the Downtown Center Fright Fest, including treats provided by Brentwood Estates, scary decorations and The Music Bingo Guy. Come dressed as your favorite spook or character. Reserve your meal: call 402-441-7154.

Veteran’s Salute Dinner and Dance Auld Pavilion at Antelope Park — Nov. 5. 5:30 p.m. Dinner; 6 p.m. show starts, 1650 Memorial Dr. Cost is $10 per person $5 transportation, in Lincoln only. Join us for a dinner and dance to honor those who have served us so well during the course of our history as a nation. Ware celebrating with an evening of great food and classic rock and roll by Mojo Filter. Dinner is catered from Hy-Vee including: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, veggie, roll and dessert is apple crisp. Reservations and payment is due by noon, Nov. 1. Call 404-441-7158.

"A Christmas Carol" at Omaha Community Playhouse —  Dec. 8, 7 p.m. show, 6915 Cass St, Omaha. 5:30 p.m. bus leaves Walmart returns immediately following the performance. Cost of the event is $55. Transportation is provided from Walmart, 3400 N. 85th St. to Omaha, on Arrow Stage Lines. Park at the west end of the parking lot. Transportation, from your home, to and from Walmart, is available for an additional $5, round trip. "A Christmas Carol "is a timeless tale of remembering the joy of family, friends and the spirit of Christmas. We nee 30 people to make this trip. Reservations and payment are due by noon, Nov. 5. Reservations: call 402-441-7158.

Holiday Dinner and Dance (for Senior Center members only) — Dec. 15. 5:30 p.m. Dinner; 6 p.m. show starts. Auld Pavilion, Antelope Park, 1650 Memorial Drive. Cost is $15, dinner and show; $5 transportation. Live music with Joe McCarthy and Mike McCracken. Dinner is catered from Hy-Vee including: Ham, potatoes au-gratin, veggies, roll and a brownie. Give-a-ways throughout the evening. Reservations are due by noon, Dec. 6. Reservations: call 402-441-7158.

Harpist Heidi Beran Christmas Concert — 10-11 a.m. Dec. 23, Downtown Center 1005 O St. A $4 suggested meal contribution is suggested for  age 60 and over.  Enjoy a wonderful Christmas Concert performed by the talented Heidi Beran. Heidi is a freelance harpist and private music educator in the Lincoln, Nebraska area. Reservations are do by Dec. 21. Reservations: call 402-441-7154.

For locations and complete schedule of events, call 402-441-7506 or 402-441-7575.


* Strength Training for Women — 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 11. This class will help you improve bone density, balance and strength, women of all fitness levels welcome. $125, Bryan LifePointe members; $150, nonmembers, 7501 S. 27th St. Register: or 402-481-6300 (press zero).

* Size wise Exercise class — 7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 11-Nov. 17. $50, Bryan LifePointe members; $70, non-members. Designed for those people with weight, limiting them from doing daily activities. Learn to make exercise a part of your life, 7301 S. 27th St. Register: or 402-481-6300 (press zero).


All events are located at the Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center, 301 S. 68th St. Place, unless otherwise specified. Below is a sampling of Continuing Education Classes. For more classes, including Zoom classes, go to or call 402-437-2700.

Confections — 9 a.m.-noon, Nov. 20, $39. Learn how to make caramel, nougat, marshmallows and taffy, room 104, Keyword: confection.

Macarons —  9 am-noon, Oct. 30. Discover how to make this unique cookie, room 104. Keyword: Macarons.

Landscaping with Evergreens — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 18, $29. Find out what tree, shrub and flowers last all year long, room 404. Keyword: landscaping.


FALL TERM 2: Oct 25-Dec 11, 2021

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has set their fall term 2, with a variety of courses. OLLI is designed for adults age 50 years plus. Curiosity never retires. Get a course catalog:


OLLI at UNL has established COVID-19 guidelines for in-person activities to ensure the health and safety of participants. Fall term 2 runs from October 25-December 11, 2021. In-person courses have limited enrollment. Courses are streamed live on Zoom and on-demand on Canvas.


A Visit to Spoon River — 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 16, $10. Enjoy watching and listening to a Reader’s Theatre performance of excerpts from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. The free verse epitaphs tell stories of the town’s citizens who are all now “sleeping on the hill.” Ten actors and Judy Hart, director, will bring some of these Spoon River residents back to life in a prepared reading, without costumes or props. If you are interested in acting in this production, register for the cast meeting course. Instructor is Judy Hart, Angels Theater Company, acting coach, teaching artist, producer, actor and director. Deadline to register Nov. 9. Register for this event and the cast meeting:

"Oh, the Oratorio! The Music of Handel’s Messiah" — 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov 18; 3-5:30 p.m. Nov 28, $10 for both dates. Sing with others during the holiday season. OLLI presents an opportunity to join with Abendmusik for the annual “Messiah Community Sing." Sing along and also learn juicy details about the composer and the evolution of the chorale. You get an exclusive lesson with Pamela Starr, emeritus professor of Music History, at the UNL Glenn Korff School of Music. Deadline to register is Nov. 16. Register:


MONDAYS (Starting Oct 25)

Food for Thought: Nutrition and the Aging Brain

Hardy Trees for Nebraska Landscapes

Call Out the Guard: New Missions, Facilities and Challenges

150 Years of Science at the State Museum

Faux CFP Football Rankings

Hand Built Clay Pottery

Building Bridges: Visiting the Tri-Faith Commons

Museum of American Speed Tour

Wide World of Textiles

Moving in the Right Direction: Senior Housing Issues

Stand-Up Comedy Writing Workshop

“A Visit to Spoon River” - Cast Meeting

TUESDAYS (Starting Oct 26)

The Era of Reconstruction and Its Aftermath

The Great Cathedrals Part II

Aging at Home

Top Ten Mistakes Made in Estate Planning

Normal ZZZs and the Impact on Our Lives

Three German Medieval Epics in Film and Text

Postcards from Nebraska

Backstage at the Rep:“Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea”

Old Testament Theology

WEDNESDAYS (Starting Oct 27)

Nebraska in the Making: 56 Years for 93 Counties

Duncan Aviation Facilities Tour

Under the Apple Tree

Exploring Presidential Leadership

Digitizing Memories

Digital Photography

Introduction to Bridge II

Notre Dame: A French Treasure

World War I Propaganda: How to Beat Ploughshares into Swords

Uranium: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Basic Printmaking

Beginning Bridge II

The Magic of the Metropolitan Opera

The Magic of the Metropolitan Opera: “Cinderella”

Linguistic Diversity in the United States

The History of Lincoln’s Schools & Churches

THURSDAYS (Starting Oct 28)

Renewable Energy Tour

Understanding Greek and Roman Technology Part I

Gentle Yoga

Tours of Senior Living Centers

Souper Themed Lunches

Learn the Ukulele 22257CR 22

Hyperspace in Hypertime Part II

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Who, Why and How of Conspiracy Theories

Mass Incarceration Reform in Nebraska

Spillover of Novel Viruses into the Human Population

FRIDAYS (Starting Oct 29)

Rock Climbing

Turn Friday into “Fri-Yay” with Friday Fitness Club

Nebraska Innovation Studio: Learn Through Making

The Neurological Origins of Human Behavior

Nebraska’s Unique Legislature: What makes it work?

Home Fit 22271CR 25

Chemical Senses and Nutrition

Mah Jongg

SUNDAY (Nov 7)

Art at the Assemblage: Ginnever-The Art of Perspective


Courses on-demand — Over 70 hours of programming to view at any time, available on Canvas, at a single cost. You are able to start and stop course at your convenience.

Courses livestreamed — available via Zoom.


League of Women Voters Lincoln-Lancaster County via Zoom

The League of Women Voters Lincoln-Lancaster County continues its Lunch and Learn series via Zoom this fall. All programs are open to the public and are free. 

Meetings schedule is: Noon, Nov 4. “Lincoln’s Vision for a Climate-Smart Future.” Speaker is Miki Esposito, J.D., Senior Policy Advisor to Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, City of Lincoln; Noon, Dec 9. “Lincoln Airport Capital Improvements.” Speaker is David Haring, Airport Director and Zachary Mora James, Board Chair.

Register: for more information. Please include the word registration in the subject line. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link via email in return. All programs begin at noon.


The Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society is open to anyone interested in genealogy and history or who has ancestors from this area of Nebraska. Resources, education, and camaraderie are all part of being involved with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society. There are many additional benefits when you become a member. Whether thousands of miles away or right here in Nebraska, you can enjoy benefits by membership in the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society. Website:

To become a new member, please go to the membership menu option on the left side of the website page and join online or join by mail. More information or questions: email or


Lincoln Ostomy meetings — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. The Lincoln Ostomy Association has returned to in-person meetings and will abide by any mandates for COVID-19. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 8230 South St.

We are a support group for all ostomates. Our website address: We offer Zoom for our meetings and in person or phone visitations.


Aging Partners Nutrition Consultation — Mature adults needing assessments, intervention, planning, counseling, coordination and follow-up with service providers, call 402-441-7575.

COVID-19 disaster relief hotline — Nebraskans who have questions or who are experiencing legal problems due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency can get legal advice and help through the free hotline at 844-268-5627. Types of legal issues associated with COVID-19 and focused on by the hotline are: evictions, rent issues, debt mortgage foreclosures, unemployment insurance, employee rights, government benefits, Medicaid and medical insurance claims, domestic abuse, elder abuse and exploitation, drafting wills, helping small businesses and more. Hotline hours of operation are: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday; also 1-3 p.m. Friday.

Graceful In-Home Health care — Services include bathing assistance, disability care, flight companionship, light chores, maternity care, meal preparations, transportation services. Free consultation available, call 402-387-7933.

Home Care Partners of Nebraska — After a dismissal from the hospital or when someone needs additional care with day-to-day needs or help in their residence, including housekeeping and transportation services. Information: or 402-780-1211 (24 hours).

Health insurance and financial counseling — What you need to know when you turn 65, working past age 65, Parts A, B, D and Advantage Plans; Medicare supplements, yearly changes, updates, complaints, errors, appeals, open enrollment and low-income assistance programs, call 402-441-7070 or 800-247-0938.

Legal Aid of Nebraska — Free legal advice and assistance to Nebraska residents age 60 and up through the Elder Access Line. Call 800-527-7249, 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday; also 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Nebraska Family Caregiver support: Lifespan Respite Network — Caregiving is rewarding, but is also demanding and stressful at times. To supply help for the helpers, the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Network offers information, education, support and allows the family caregiver to go to the grocery store, appointments, enjoy time with friends and do anything to relieve the stress of being a caregiver. Call 866-737-7483 or 402-274-3993.

NeighborLNK— The goal of this free program is to serve seniors 60+ or people with disabilities who are homebound as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply for services by calling 402-441-7575 to a get a neighbor application packet or by emailing

Parkinson's support group meetings — Meetings are usually held on the fourth Sunday of each month via Zoom. Zoom links are sent out prior to the meetings. To get on the email list to join the meetings contact: More

Tabitha Meals on Wheels Delivery of a hot, noon meal, 365 days a year. Allowing seniors to stay at home longer and be independent, call 402-486-8589, please leave a message.


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Weekend editor

Alex Lantz is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has had various roles at the Journal Star since 2012. He currently manages the news section on weekends and oversees the internship program.

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