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Senior Center
Center news, events, and updates.

Adult Recreation provides opportunities for life enrichment through activity and knowledge and is offered at several locations including the Fort Collins Senior Center, Club Tico, Pottery Studio and Northside Aztlan Center.

Program focus includes:

  • Aquatics
  • Arts
  • Crafts and pottery
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Leisure learning
  • Gardening
  • Fitness and wellness
  • Outdoor activities
  • Social programs and events
  • Travel

Additionally a number of services and community resources are made available on site at the Senior Center.


Experience the World of Africa

Experience the World through members of the Fort Collins community who generously share their hereditary culture or those who have had the opportunity to study, to reside or to travel, provide a glimpse of ways of the world through art, music, food, dance, religion, traditions, history, geology and the influence of politics.

This September, Experience the World of Africa at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. This region of the world is viewed as the “Cradle of Humankind” and is currently experiencing much political and social change. Amazing scenery, high mountains, jungles, volcanoes and the deepest lakes in the world are in this area. The land is still splitting and will rupture and break off in approximately 10 million years. This series is presented by the Global Village Museum and the City of Fort Collins.

Ongoing displays will be viewable at the Fort Collins Senior Center during our exploration of Africa including memorabilia, artifacts and art. Pick up your copy of the Africa themed book list at the Senior Center Front Desk and movie guides provided so that you can learn more about it.

All events will be held at the Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. For more information call 970.221.6644, or visit the Senior Center to purchase tickets.

Lunch and Lecture: Who and Why Did People Settle in East Africa Rift Valley.
John Roberts, retired State Department and World Traveler will share his vast knowledge of one of the most interesting and unusual parts of the world, the Rift Valley of Africa.  He will talk about the unusual geologic facts that supported the aboriginal and migrating people.
            Date: Thursday, 10/2
            Time: 11:30 – 1:30 PM,
            Price: $20 or $16 for Senior Center Members
            Note:  Lunch will be included.  Please indicate special dietary needs at registration.

Lunch and Lecture: Postcards from Burundi
William Timpson, professor, School of Education at CSU, has dedicated his life to the pursuit of world peace.  He established the University of Ngozi in Northern Burundi, a country that has suffered from warfare, corruption and poor access to education.  Timpson will share his extensive experiences.
            Date: Thursday, 10/9
            Time: 11:30 – 1:30 PM
            Price: $20 or $16 for Senior Center Members
            Note:  Lunch will be included.  Please indicate special dietary needs at registration

Showcase: Africa Cradle of Humankind
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum houses many human fossils from Africa which is known as the Cradle of Humankind.  The Museum will present a live interactive tour of their Human Origins exhibits.  Participants will be able to ask questions of the tour guide.
            Date: Tuesday, 10/14
            Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
            Price: $10 or $5 for Senior Center Members
            Note: Seating begins at 12:30 PM

Lunch and Lecture: Ugandan Experience
Carolyn Griebe has traveled to Uganda six times.  Her latest trip lasted three months in which she taught women self-sufficiency, fitted people with glasses and dedicated wells 5 and 6 in the East African country.  Hear her story and be amazed.
            Date: Thursday, 10/23
            Time: 11:30 – 1:30 PM
            Price: $20 or $16 for Senior Center Members
            Note: Lunch will be included. Please indicate special dietary needs at registration.

African Night
Experience drumming, dancing, crafts and exotic food from the East African Rift Valley with community members from the region.  There will be a chance to participate in African drumming with the African Drum and Dance Collective of Fort Collins, enjoy professional photography by Marjorie Morningstar, and shop at the African Bazar.
            Date: Monday, 10/27
            Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
            Price: Tickets at the door $20
            Note: Doors open at 6:00 PM.

Showcase: East African Art
The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present a live interactive tour of their East African Art exhibits and explain the differences in the origins and the sophistication of the tribal pieces.  The participants will be able to ask questions.
            Date: Tuesday, 10/28
            Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
            Price: $10 or $5 for Senior Center Members
            Note: Seating begins at 12:30 PM

Fall Health and Wellness programs are here! (PDF)

In collaboration with the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, Columbine, and UCHealth have developed a wide variety of health and wellness programs for adults. This community partnership has enabled Recreation to increase service levels and enhance offerings while utilizing the expertise of Columbine and UCHealth. All three organizations have cooperated to build a solid, community inspired health and wellness program that benefits the community.

Check out the Fall programs now available.  Registration for Fall programming starts August 7.

Senior Center Expansion Construction Updates

October 25, 2013
The expansion has begun.  You'll notice that the safety construction fence has been installed, please do not cross the fence so crews can work safely and efficiently.  We are becoming familiar with new parking situation.  If you are visiting the Senior Center during busy hours (typically mornings until about 11:00 AM) you might consider using the second entrance (west entrance) to the parking lot.  After turning into the lot, look to your right because there are frequently spaces available there.  After you park follow the construction fence with the green netting to the entrance on the east side of the building.  Look for the entry signs.

If you need assistance with the entry door or with the back patio doors you will find a newly installed doorbell located on a post.  Ring it and staff will be there to help you get in the building. 

There are bike racks in the back of the building and some will be relocated near the front door as soon as possible.  Please be patient with us as not all our changes can happen at one time.  The bus stop is not located on Raintree and you will see the bus bench at that location. 

What is going on in the building?
Crews have started dismantling the administration area. Doors and windows are being removed so they can be re-used in the addition or repurposed.

Next week the admin area will be detached from the main building and demolition of it will begin.  Be prepared for some noise.

Keep checking our site for future construction updates. 

Thanks for your patience while we build a bigger, better Senior Center. 

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