Catching up with Our Seniors Here at the Community Center! – By Bethiah Shuemaker


Here at the Manassas Park Community Center (MPCC), seniors have a wide variety of programs and special events designed to stimulate and exercise both minds and bodies. The Community Center offers seniors and active adults two program options:  Active Adult membership for folks ages 55-64, and Senior Passport membership program for folks, ages 65+. The seniors at MPCC are a friendly group who really love to socialize, to exercise, and to always keep learning—and sharing knowledge!

There are many special events at MPCC to keep seniors engaged.

The next special event scheduled is the Senior Pot Luck Chill Chaser on Wednesday, January 25, from 10:30 am – 1pm. If you like music, you will love Ted who will be playing guitar! This event is a great way to get acquainted with other active adults. Bring a soup or a side to share and enjoy catching up with friends or meet some new friends. You’ll find the folks here at the Community Center are a friendly bunch!

Each week, there is something new for the seniors at the Community Center. Seniors and active adults can always stop by and socialize, learn a game or craft, and if you like to bake, we do that too! In fact, last Wednesday, the seniors baked several batches of chocolate chip cookies as an annual service project honoring one of the City of Manassas Park Departments. This year, the City of Manassas Park Police Department received the honor for continuously keeping our city safe!

Every Wednesday, the Senior Social group meets from 10:30am-12pm. On the third Wednesday of the month, we meet at the Community Center and go out to celebrate folks who have a birthday during that month. I am looking forward to celebrating the January birthdays at Red Robin this month. With great events like these, it’s easy to see why the Senior Social group is the longest running program at MPCC.

During the month of December, the seniors also wrapped up several annual service projects as part of our charity crafting program:  18 scarves were made and sent to the senior red scarf project for Foster Care to Success.  Novant hospital received a beautiful collection of baby afghans, hats, and booties all knitted by the seniors. If you like crafting, we do several projects and have easy-to-follow patterns available. And, we also collected over 100 Slim Jims for active duty service personnel.

If you haven’t tried Pickleball (which is a sport that combines tennis, racquetball, and badminton), you really must give it a try! Although Pickleball is a game from the 1970’s, it is enjoying a huge comeback as one of the hottest games in the DC metro area.

There is also a variety of water, yoga, and strengthening classes available for seniors and active adults to get the low impact workout they want. In the summer, don’t miss the water walking class held at Signal Bay Waterpark. I always say I can do exercises in the water that I can’t do on land.

We are always adding new programs and I encourage my fellow seniors and active adults to check out the great programs, classes, and special events especially for you at the Manassas Park Community Center!

Bethiah Shuemaker is the Recreation Specialist for Seniors for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at


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