BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, July 5 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.


WEDNESDAY MOVIES - 'THROUGH THE DECADES':   Every Wednesday afternoon in July at 2:00pm. We will be going through the decades and showing "Casablanca" from the 40's, "12 Angry Men" from the 50's, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" from the 60's and "Rocky" from the 70's. Come out and enjoy a movie from the series each week on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. The movies will be shown in chronological order. All movies are rated PG-13. Free, sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. (Motion picture license # 12137390)


GUITAR LESSONS: Three new classes begin on Monday, July 10. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm.   Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight-week course is $40 payable to the instructor on the first day of class.   For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.   


ALL-AMERICAN HOT DOG LUNCHEON: Tuesday, July 11 beginning at noon. In celebration of Independence Week, the Ambassadors Club will host a hot dog luncheon with all the trimmings prior to our weekly bingo game. Cost is $2.00 for a hot dog plate (includes drink). Bingo begins at 1:00pm for $1.50 per person. No reservations are necessary.


HANDMADE ALL OCCASION CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, July 11 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Members need to register in advance by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.


HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, July 12 at 12:00pm. Dr. Jeffrey "Jeff" Zeckser of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Novant Health Orthopedics will discuss non-surgical treatment for low back pain. Lunch will be provided. The Health and Fitness club is open to all adults 55 and older who are interested in improving their health or learning about health matters. This event is sponsored by Novant and The Laurels of Salisbury. There is no charge for this program, but you must register by July 10th to receive lunch. To register, stop by the front desk or call 704-216-7714.


WALK-ABOUTS CLUB MEETING: Thursday, July 13 at 1:00pm, the Walk-Abouts will meet at Rufty-Holmes for a meeting to discuss the walks for the rest of the year. Everyone is welcome.   Please call 704-216-7714 if you have any questions.


WELCOME RECEPTION: Thursday, July 20 from 3 - 4:30pm. Please join us for a 'meet & greet' with our new Executive Director, Nan Buehrer. Light Refreshments will be served. No reservations are necessary.


ANNUAL MEETING OF RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER, INC: Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30pm at the Senior Center. The Annual Meeting of the local non-profit corporation that owns and operates the Senior Center. The Board of Directors will review the past administrative year, adopt a new budget, elect Officers and Directors, and evaluate Strategic Plan ideas. A picnic dinner will be served. Open to the public. Guests should make reservations by July 18 by calling 704-216-7714.


YOUNG AT HEART: Wednesday, July 26 at 11:30am.Milton Iossi, who retired from a career in the Foreign Service, will be speaking about "National Security Threats, 2017." Bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, and to register your attendance, call 704-216-7714.

WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, July 26 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.


OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO CATAWBA MEADOWS: Friday, July 28. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am. The group will be leaving early to beat the heat, carpooling to the Catawba Meadows in Morganton, NC. Bring water, a snack, insect repellant and $3.00 to help drivers with gas. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.


BUS TRIP TO BARN DINNER THEATRE: Tuesday August 22. Motor coach transportation will leave the Center at 11:30am to travel to Greensboro, NC, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch before being entertained with the show "Nunsense." We will return around 5:30pm.


The cost is $60 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, July 5 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.


NEW COMPUTER CLASSES: Please pre-register by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. Class fee is $10 and must be paid at time of registration. Participants must be registered with the Center.


Internet Basics: Wednesday, July 19 from 1:00 - 4:00pm. For people who are new to surfing the web, this class will offer the opportunity to explore popular sites and how to use them as well as discussing safety issues while you are online. Cost is $10.


Windows 10: Monday, July 24 from 5:30 - 7:30pm. For this class, participants must bring their own Windows 10 laptop. We will look at Windows 10 and discuss problems encountered by class members. Questions asked will guide the direction of the class following a brief overview of Windows 10. Cost is $10.


LIVING HEALTHY WITH DIABETES: Starting August 7 from 4:30-7:00 pm. This evidenced based class meets every Monday through September 18.   Facing the challenge of diabetes? Living Healthy with Diabetes can help. This class is geared towards those diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, or caregivers of people who have the diagnosis. Participants will gain practical ways to help manage diabetes through healthy diet and nutrition, and exercise. Sessions also cover medications and other treatment choices, how to reduce stress, and better ways to talk with doctors and family members about the condition. Learn from trained leaders. Set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health and your life. The 2-1/2 hour weekly class will meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.   Space is limited. For more information or to sign up, call the center at 704-216-7714.


ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit.  


Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday, except July 4th, from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.


Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm.   Free with refreshments.


Chair Volleyball will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm in the Fitness Annex.


Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, July 7 from 8:30am - 11:30am in the Addie Rhem Morris Room.



TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am

Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm

Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm

Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, July 3 at 8:30am

Military Officers Association Chapter - Monday, July10 at noon

Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, July 10 at 2:00pm

Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00pm

Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, July 13 at 9:00am

Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, July 13 at 6:30pm

National Active & Retired Federal Employees - Monday, July 17 at 1:00pm

Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, July 18 at noon

Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, July 20 at 1:00pm

Carolina Artists - Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm

Young at Heart Club - Wednesday, July 26 at 11:30am


There will be no July AARP meeting. The next Chapter meeting will be on Thursday, August 3.


LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.


BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information. Free.










APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.


APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.


ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.


"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.


INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.


GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.


GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.