Community Education

Several programs are held at Allen Senior Recreation Center throughout the year about various topics such as AARP Safe Driving Program, Lunch and Learns, Medical Screenings and Seminars. Please refer to the Center-Link newsletter for dates and times for programs listed below.

Bible Study

Meet fellow members to discuss the Bible in an open and welcoming environment. Enjoy this nondenominational gathering for fun and fellowship. Led by volunteer facilitator Nabeel Sarah. Cost: FREE
Thursdays, March 5-April 30 | noon - 2 p.m.



Piano Lessons


Playing the piano can help those who are suffering with arthritis, dementia, high blood pressure, stress and other conditions. Bonnie Harrison is an experienced music and piano teacher/ Enjoy 30-minute lessons for a discounted “senior” monthly fee. Specific times available to new students.
Tuesdays, March 3-31 (five lessons) - $78
Tuesdays, April 7-28 (four lessons) - $63
Thursdays, March 5-26 (four lessons) - $63
Thursdays, April 3-30 (five lessons) - $78

Cooking with Spice and Herbs


Join Linda Hampton of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services as she presents health information regarding the prevention and care for many issues. Class includes a demonstration of a healthy recipe to use in your own home. Cost: $2
Thursday, April 9 | 11 a.m. - noon


How to Stretch Your Food Dollars


Join Linda Hampton of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services as she presents health information regarding the prevention and care for many issues. Class includes a demonstration of a healthy recipe to use in your own home. Cost: $2
Thursday, March 12 | 11 a.m. - noon


UnitedHealthcare: Health Benefits Q&A


Traci Grover of UnitedHealthcare will answer questions and provide updates to prepare for open enrollment. Sign up for an informative session. Choose to attend one-on-one, or with a couple of friends or family members. There will be no product sales. Cost: FREE, no registration required
Wednesday, March 4 | 11:30 a.m. - noon
Wednesday, April 1 | 11:30 a.m. - noon

Let's Ketchup on Tomatoes

Interested in learning how to grow this delicious fruit? This garden treasure can be challenging to grow in the extreme climate and soils of North Texas. Get tips on how to get the most production out of your tomato plants. Class covers variety selection, proper planting, best irrigation practices, and pest and disease control. Brought to you by City of Allen’s Sustainable Landscape Series and Texas A&M AgriLife Water University. Cost: FREE
Monday, March 30 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Mental Aerobics


This class is designed to help you maintain your cognitive skills, which are associated with lower incidence of dementia and increased functional independence. Enjoy this time as a group with different types of brain exercises. Cost: FREE
Mondays, March 9 and March 23 | 11:15 a.m. - noon
Mondays, April 13 and April 27 | 11:15 a.m. - noon

Internet Safety Class


Returning seminar by popular request. Become aware of security/privacy settings to help you from becoming a victim of scams and abuse. Learn how to identify and avoid harmful internet scams and protect your personal information online. Bring your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Cost: FREE
Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10 | 1 - 2 p.m.

Art Sparks


Enjoy this art appreciation program where you can explore some of the great masterpieces of the art world without leaving the ASRC. We’ll show artwork, discuss the artists and history, and lead a discussion about the art. Cost: FREE
History of Photography
Friday, March 13 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Dian Arbus, Photographer
Friday, April 10 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

AARP Driver Safety


Learn defensive driving techniques and evidence-based strategies to keep you safe on the roads and reduce your overall maintenance and car insurance costs. Fee is payable to instructor by cash or check on the day of class. Cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-AARP members.
Monday, March 16 | 12:30 - 5 p.m.

Allen Police Department: Chat with Change


Officer Chance Graves hosts a one-hour meet and greet with Senior Center members. Join the conversation! This session has no specific topic but is a chance to tell Ofc. Graves what you’d like to hear him discuss at future meetings. Bring your questions and Ofc. Graves will bring some insight into the conversation. Admission only costs you a hug or a firm handshake! Cost: FREE
Wednesday, March 18 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Left, Center, Right and Medicare


Sometimes finding the right direction in Medicare is tough. Renee Elsner has a wealth of knowledge about Medicare options, and she’ll teach you how to play a fun directional game of dice. Mark your calendar, Renee is here on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Cost: FREE
Tuesday, March 14 | 11 a.m. - noon
Tuesday, April 28 | 11 a.m. - noon

Medical City of McKinney presents "Advance Care and Palliative Care"


Does your family know your wishes for ways to support you if you become ill? What does the term palliative care mean? What are your plans for 2020 to improve your quality of life? Join Dr. Cheryl Thaxton, palliative care nurse practitioner at Medical Center McKinney, to learn more about advance care planning and how it can help your family fulfill your wishes in a time of need. Cost: FREE
Wednesday, April 15 | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Herb Your Enthusiasm: Herb Gardening


Get the most out of your landscape or kitchen garden by choosing from the assortment of tasty and beautiful herbs adapted to Texas. Learn about everything from design and plant selection, proper soil prep and planting techniques, to the many uses of our favorite herbs inside and outside the home. It’s a great thyme! Brought to you by City of Allen’s Sustainable Landscape Series and Texas A&M AgriLife Water University. Cost: FREE
Wednesday, April 22 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

AARP Smart Driver Technology


Discover how to get the most out of vehicle safety technology. Understanding how the newest car technology works can make driving safer and more enjoyable. Register for a fun 90-minute Smart DriverTEK workshop to learn the benefits of the safety features and how to use them. Cost: FREE
Monday, April 20 | 1 - 2:30 p.m.