West Carroll: Taneytown Senior Center a playground for young at heart

West Carroll: Taneytown Senior Center a playground for young at heart
The Taneytown Senior & Community Center, located at 220 Roberts Mill Road, is open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those 60 and older can enjoy the many amenities offered. (Courtesy photo)

The Taneytown Senior & Community Center is truly a playground for the young at heart.

The center, located at 220 Roberts Mill Road, is open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those 60 and older can enjoy the many amenities offered.


Those interested can join in a variety of card games including pinochle, bridge or push rummy. There’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy the company of like-minded individuals with Team Jeopardy, genealogy, billiards, ping-pong, bingo, and a computer lab. Avid readers should consider joining the center’s newly formed book club.

Jennifer Burr, who serves as the center manager, said, “We’ve partnered with Pam Kraemer of Taneytown library and now have a book club that meets the third Friday of the month at the center. [Kraemer] provides all of the books and the group is growing. We have about 12-15 ladies currently and they’ve only been together 3 months.”

Said Kraemer: “There has been a good response for this once-a-month club. We have read and discussed one book so far and will be continuing into the spring and summer.”

If you’ve ever been interested in trying the art of stained glass but didn’t know where to start, the Senior Center now offers stained glass classes on Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. For just $25 for a six-week session, you’ll be introduced to the art with one-on-one instruction from the instructors. The next session starts in February. There is no experience necessary, but space is limited so if you are interested, reserve your spot early!

Throughout the year, presentations are made by a variety of agencies on a variety of topics that pertain to the seniors. Some of those include Renter’s Rights (presented by Maryland Legal Aid), Law Day, AARP Safe Driver Course, and Scam Prevention Talks.

Shawn Roper, assistant manager at the Senior Center, gives two lunch n’ learns each month on various nutrition topics. Terry Serio, from the University of MD Extension office, comes in once a month to discuss nutrition.

If your New Year’s resolution includes continuing on your healthy path or want to try a new exercise, the center offers a variety of fitness classes. Yvette Castillo, a fitness instructor well-known in the area for her high energy Zumba classes, will be tailoring a class she calls Zumba Gold to the senior population. Castillo said, [seniors] can “shake it at their own pace!”

A new exercise class available at the center is Belly Dancing. This art form has been around for centuries, with multiple ideas on how it originated. One such theory indicates the belly dance may have originated as a “family dance done at such occasions as weddings, births, and festivals.”

No matter where belly dancing came from it is a great (and healthy) way to exercise while enjoying dance. Each session is 12 weeks. Fee is just $25. Alex Shilling, the instructor for the class said, “It’s a fairly new class so it would be great to get the word out and get more ladies interested.”

Of course, seniors can take advantage of the onsite exercise room which is equipped with two treadmills, stationary bikes, a rowing machine, and more. The exercise room is open all day (same hours as the center).

Tuesdays, unwind and treat yourself to a massage therapy session. Massage therapy is available by appointment only so contact Angie at 410-984-9027.

Unsure if any class is right for you or you missed the beginning of a session? Accordin to Burr, “Yes, they can always start in the middle of the session. They can also sit in on one class before registering/paying to see if it’s something that they’d be interested in joining.”

There is so much more going on at the Taneytown Senior Center than can’t fit into this column! For more information on Taneytown Senior Center activities or to reserve a spot in a class contact Burr at 410-386-2700 or email the center at