June 22, 2008

Computer Classes Set for Seniors

By Elaine De Valle, The Miami Herald

Jun. 22--Seniors in Coral Gables who had gotten used to the flurry of activities at University Baptist Church across from the city's Youth Center may have found themselves bored last week when the church closed the city's senior activity center to have a summer Bible camp.

But the chock-full program will return next week with the Monday Morning Coffee Club at 10 a.m. and the Monday movie, 2003's Master and Commander, Dancercise classes three times a week and the Knit for a Cause group that knits or crochets items to donate to a favorite charity every third Thursday.

The weeklong break also gave city staff the opportunity to start setting up a computer lab where classes will be offered starting next month.

Two three-week introduction to computers courses geared for real beginners -- which includes basic mouse and keyboard skills -- begins July 10. Customizing desktops, managing files and much more will be covered for a fee of $90 per session.

The adult activity center, at 624 Anastasia Ave., will offer other new programs, including a conversational Spanish class beginning July 11, a five-week scrapbooking course beginning July 9 and a fitness class called Healthy Life: So You Want to Live to be 100, starting July 9.

Fees for the Spanish class are $7 a day and the others are $55 for five sessions.

Other ongoing activities include monthly blood pressure screening by Coral Gables firefighters and the weekly Wednesday social lunch catered by Catering By Lovables for $5.

The Gables parks and recreation department, which runs the adult activity center, also plans a trip to Dolphin Stadium to see the Marlins play the Mets on July 28, and a free lunch and lecture with the chief medical director of the Gables fire department on July 21.

Some events, like the latter two, require advance reservations. Seats can be reserved and more information found by calling 305-460-5609.

Seniors must register and sign up for activities at the War Memorial Youth Center's registration office, 405 University Dr., or during the Monday Morning Coffee in Room 112 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Coral Gables Adult Activity Center, 624 Anastasia Ave.


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