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Programs at Bernalillo County’s senior centers include art classes, scrapbooking, tai chi, and more

WATCH: Full Interview with Veronica Cordova, Bernalillo County Office of Senior and Social Services Community Program Specialist

by: Allison Keys

Posted: Nov 16, 2021 / 8:59 AM MSTUpdated: 11/16/2021 / 9:06 AM MST

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Bernalillo County’s senior centers are open to adults ages 50 and up and offer a variety of different programs from city sketches and watercolors to tai chi, chair yoga, and scrapbooking classes. Community Program Specialist Veronica Cordova highlights the personal programs they offer for local adults.

Bernalillo County has the following four senior centers:

  • Raymond G. Sanchez Senior Center: 9800 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque NM, 87114 (505)314-0082
  • Rio Bravo Senior Center: 3910 Isleta Boulevard SW, Albuquerque NM 87105 (505)314-0049
  • Paradise hill: 5901 Paradise Boulevard NW, Albuquerque NM 87114 (505)314-0246
  • Whispering pines: (20 miles south on South 14, right on Canary, left on Lark) # 6 Lark Rd, Tijeras NM, 87059 (505)281-8003

Lunch is served in the centers, and residents 60 and over are entitled to free meals, while those under 60 receive discounted rates. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and reservations must be made at 12:00 noon the previous working day. Transport to the centers is provided for those who live within a five kilometer radius of the centers. Masks are currently required.

Various activities and programs are planned in the senior centers to enable older people to get involved and take action. No membership fee is required to attend the centers, and additional ongoing activities include bingo, crafts, quilting, sewing, movies, field trips, and more.

For more information and a full list of programs and activities available, visit bernco.gov. Upcoming courses will also be posted online on the Facebook account of the Bernalillo County Office of Senior and Social Services.

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