Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Senior Citizens Can Get a Workout in Neptune

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Senior Citizens Can Get a Workout in Neptune

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Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY

In one room, several women stood up and held hands as they pledged to support each other in their efforts to lose weight.

In another room, a dozen senior citizens practiced the Chinese martial arts exercise tai chi, moving back and forth in slow motion before a mirror.

In the large main room of the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center Thursday, more senior citizens sat at a table playing the card game Canasta.

"To be back here is good," said Beverly Denneen, leader of the weight loss support group called Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, or TOPS.

"It's nice to come back."

The center at 2004 Forrest Ave. is up and running again for a full fall schedule of activities after renovations during the summer curtailed some activities and classes.

A $92,000 grant through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs provided the facility, which serves seniors citizens from throughout the Beaches, with new wiring, carpeting, ceilings, paint, parking lot and sidewalk improvements and more.

New "green" energy-saving florescent lighting was installed throughout the building, said Director Leslie Lyne.

The floors were covered with carpet tiles made of recycled materials.

New ceilings and fresh paint brighten the rooms.

And a new surround-sound system was installed for Monday Movie Madness films, which will begin Monday with Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

A packed September schedule includes many free or small fee-based classes and activities.

They include tap dancing, Scrabble and yoga on Mondays; acrylic painting, Fitness for Seniors and Duplicate Bridge on Tuesdays; Mahjong, poker and a beading- and jewelry-making class on Wednesdays; TOPS, Canasta and tai chi chih with instructor Rhonda Maurer on Thursdays; and "sit and sew" quilting on Fridays.

A colorful queen-sized quilt hand-appliqued by Coastal Quilters members hangs on one wall of the main room, to be auctioned off Sept. …

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