Senio r Moments at Baca
Volume 1, Issue 2 May/June 2009
WINNERS of the
Allen R. Baca Center
301 W. Bagdad, Bldg 2 Membership
Round Rock, TX 78664
Membership at Baca is a privilege will be posted in
we should all take advantage of.
Supervisor For a nominal fee, your member- the Baca lobby.
ship entitles you to all the magnifi-
Make sure you
cent programs Baca has to offer. It
offers opportunity for socialization,
recreation, and education. congratulate our
Remember a current membership WINNERS!!
card or a day fee is required to par-
ticipate in our programs or use the THANK YOU
to all of our
Robert Ray Check your card for your expira-
Bus Driver tion date and help support Baca
Bill Byars because we’re the Best!
Custodian If you have suggestions or comments
Charles Jackson for next year’s games, drop us a note
in the suggestion box or speak with
one of our staff members.
Round Rock Parks and
Mission: People dedicated
& empowered to create a
Wellness Corner—Loser Update
positive and memorable The Baca Center has another hefty ladies on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 am and
experience in people’s update on the Biggest Loser contest men Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 am and
lives. with a total of 115.75 lbs & 28.75” then coed classes each Tuesday or
lost in 4 months of the program. Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm.
Vision: An active, vibrant
& beautiful city with a di- If you didn’t get in on the current GET OFF THE COUCH and become
versified and quality parks contest, it will be offered again begin- one of Baca’s Biggest Losers.
and recreation system that ning May 19th through August.
produces economic, health, Cost will be $8/month for members
& social benefits for the and $13/month for non-members.
entire community. Program will run May - August with
Baca Weekly Ongoing Activities
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 am 9:00am 10:00am 9:00am 9:00am
Pool Sharkettes Cardio Combo Chicken Foot Cardio Combo Intro to Tai Chi
10:30am 10:00am 10:30am 10:30am 10:00am
Sittercize Craft Corner Sittercize Sittercize Tai Chi
10:15 am 10:30am 12:30pm 12:30pm
Beg. Line Dancing Sittercize Duplicate Bridge Spanish for Fun 12:30pm
12:30pm 1:00pm 1:00pm
Int. Line Dancing
Pinochle Dominoes “42”’ Bridge Fun 1:00pm
12:15pm Texas Canasta Canasta Club Sing Along
Advanced Computer Help Hand/Foot Canasta
Line Dancing 1:00pm Tap Dancing
Computer Help Tejano Time
1:00pm Ballroom Dancing
Duplicate Bridge 7:00pm
Canasta Evening Bridge
Monthly Meetings and Activities Williamson Burnet
Activity Dates Times County Opportunities
Art Club 1st & 3rd Friday 1:00pm (WBCO)
AARP - general meeting 2nd Wednesday 1:00pm WBCO offers a well-balanced
lunch Mon-Fri. at 11:45am.
AARP - board meeting 3rd Wednesday 1:00pm
Registration and 24 hour ad-
Bunco 1st & 3rd Tuesday 6:30pm vance reservation is recom-
Cuisine Critics 4th Wednesday 11:00am mended by contacting Cris at
255-4970. First timers may
Garden Club 1st Monday 9:30am stop by the WBCO office.
Book Discussions 2nd Tuesday 1:00pm Meals are $6.00 each for
those under 60 yrs. and a
Pool Sharks Tuesdays/Thursdays 9 am-Noon suggested $2.00 donation for
Pool Sharkettes Mondays 9:30-11:30am those 60 and over.
Menu is available online at:
Pub Club 3rd Friday 5:00-11:00pm
Baca Babes 1st Wednesday 10:30am
Site Council 1st Thursday 9:30am
Tejano Time Thursdays 1:00pm Menu is subject to change
Travel Club—June/Sept 1st Wednesday 1:00pm
Wii Love to Bowl 4th Friday 8:30-10:00am 255-4970
AARP: "AARP is dedicated to enhancing qual- Pub Club: This club will be the hit of Austin as we
ity of life for all as we age. We lead positive hang out at a different pub each month. Cover and
social change and deliver value to members meal are on your own. $5/month.
through information, advocacy and service." Red Hat Baca Babes: Join this ‘dis-organiza-tion’ for
Membership in AARP is open to any person a fun time! Members are encouraged to wear red or
age 50 or above. You must be a member of the pink hats and purple outfits.
National Chapter to be a member of the local
chapter. Senior Cardio Combo: Low impact aerobics is floor
aerobics without any jumping and is perfect for the be-
Art Club: The club includes artists of all me- ginner or advanced level.
dia such as oil, acrylic, pen and ink as well as
watercolor. New artists welcome! Sing-A-Long: Singing popular songs from the 20th
Century. Show tunes, country & pop music. Song books
Ballroom Dancing: Come learn all the great
provided, so join us for a good time!
ballroom dancing styles! Must pre-register at
least 1 day in advance. Class needs 3 couples Sittercize: Participants perform resistance exercises
(6 participants) pre-registered to hold class. in chairs with hand weights.
Bingo: BINGO! Come play bingo with us. $2. Spanish for Fun: Come practice Spanish with Pilar
Book Discussions: Participants discuss short Weiss from Spain!
readings in fiction, drama, poetry, and essays. Tap Dancing: For a real toe tappin’ time, spend your
New book reading begins July 14. Contact afternoon with this lively bunch and tap your way to
email@example.com. fun and fitness. Come to dance or come to learn. $2.
Bunco: Knowledge of the game is optional but Tai Chi: A Chinese martial art and meditative move-
having a good time is mandatory! Please call ment class designed to increase your sense of balance,
the office to reserve a spot. Bring a finger food cardiovascular fitness and joint flexibility. Members
to share with the group. Coffee is provided. $3, non-members $4.
Fee covers the cost of the prizes. $3.
Tejano Time: This is a self led group that will use
Computer Help: Our computer expert will be their own music to dance authentic Tejano.
available to answer your questions.
Travel Club: This group meets every other month to
Computer Basics: A computer class to learn
discuss/suggest day and extended trips.
computer operation, e-mail, internet, and
more. Each class is six weeks in length. Wii Love to Bowl: Come try out our Wii bowling
game and participate in a new Wii Bowling League. No
Craft Corner: Come get crafty with us! This
class makes all different kinds of crafts.
Cuisine Critics: This group will visit local
restaurants, write a review for the newsletter,
learn new recipes, and have guest speakers.
Line Dancing: Classes offered for all levels. Allen R. Baca Site Council
Members $3, non-members $4.
The Site Council’s goal is to create and foster a positive
Pool Sharks: This is for the men and they voice for the Baca Center while promoting membership
meet each Tuesday and Thursday for some and encouraging other seniors to become more active in
great times shooting pool. Baca activities.
Pool Sharkettes: This is a GIRLS ONLY The Site Council’s next meetings are:
group that will learn how to shoot pool like a May 6 at 9:30 am
professional. No experience needed!! June 3 at 9:30 am
Site Council meetings are open to the public.
Games Night—May 29
The Baca Center will be hosting its first Games Night for Seniors on May 29, 6-9
pm. We will have ALL kinds of games for the fun at heart. Cards, bingo, bunco,
Texas Hold’em, Wii bowling, etc. Beer, wine and light snacks will be provided
courtesy of Advance Pain Care. Advance tickets on sale beginning April 6 - $7,
after May 17 - $10 (member prices, non-members add $5). Code #12316
Flag Day Luncheon & Speaker—Jack Woodville London
Let’s celebrate the birthday of our precious American Flag on Monday, June 15,
12-2 pm with a special WBCO luncheon and author Jack Woodville London. Jack
wrote the first book “Virginia’s War: Tierra, Texas 1944” of his World War II his-
torical fiction trilogy, “French Letters”. London traveled extensively and devel-
oped an avid interest in history and has had articles published in several profes-
Jack will bring copies of his book for purchase and signing. Don’t miss this special
event as we pay tribute to our American Flag.
July 4th Parade at Frontier Days—July 4
Check out the Baca Center float as we celebrate July 4th in the Frontier Days Parade down
Main Street. You can ride on the Fun Bus, walk with the float or just come watch the parade. If
you are interested in helping us prepare the float, please give the Baca Center a call. Look for
the Baca Site Council members riding on this year’s float. If you would like to ride the Fun Bus
you can sign up at the front desk. Don’t forget to wear your patriotic outfit. Course #13484
Please help us welcome Donna Bethke and Robert Ray to the Baca staff. Donna and Robert are
our new evening recreation leaders. Donna was a Program Specialist with the State of Texas for
30 years. She is now living in Round Rock and enjoying family and friends. Robert retired from
the Army and is now pursuing a career as an EMT/firefighter.
Monthly Member Birthday Party!
THANKS to HEB for their generous donation for our birthday cakes.
Stop by and enjoy dessert.
May 27 & June 24
Thank you for the generous donations:
Round Rock High School for the Senior Prom & Egg Hunt
GARDEN CLUB—Monday, 9:30 am
May 4—Spring Plant Exchange
June 1—Conserving Water: Guidelines for Watering Lawns and Gardens
BOOK DISCUSSIONS GROUP—Tuesday, 1:00 pm
May 12—Excerpt from “Discipline and Punishment” by Michael Foucault
June 9—Short story “Interpreter or Maladres” by Jhumpa Lahiri
New discussion group begins July 14—“Great Conversations 4”
ART CLUB—Friday, 1:00 pm
May 1—“Marketing Your Art” by Terri Waggoner
May 15—“Painting with Crayons” by Judy Johnson
June 5—“Oil Painting Portrait Demonstration” by Cliff Harrington
June 19—Art Club Member Auction—Bring your donations
CHECK OUT THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF AARP!
If you are 50 years old or older, working or retired, now is the time to become a member!
We deliver value to members through information, advocacy, service, fellowship & fun.
Upcoming Programs—Wednesday, 1:00 pm
May 13—Potluck with entertainment by Dr. Lina Bolding “A Musical Tribute to Mothers”
June 10—“Good Nutrition for Seniors” offered by Scott & White
AARP Driver Safety Course—Now only 1 Day
Monday, May 18, 8:30 am—12:30 pm
The course is offered every two months and drivers get a 10% discount for
three years on most insurance plans.
Pre-registration at the Baca front desk is required.
Cost is $12/$14 to be paid to the instructor at the class.
Financial Basics Self Discovery
"Is the stock market and the economy on your What you don’t know about your self but
mind? Would you like some answers to your should is going to be a 6 week series for a
questions? This is not a product pushing semi- small group of like minded individuals who
will explore the alternatives. There will be six
nar. This class is a fun and educational pro-
interactive classes covering Aromatherapy,
gram going over the financial basics. It's in- Reflexology, Color Therapy, Indian Head
tended for anyone who would like to increase Massage, Auricular Therapy and Nutrition.
their financial understanding. Starting with a
historical perspective and building to today". May 4-June 15 #13483
9:30-10:45 am in the TV Room
Thursdays in Computer Lab
May 14-June 11 #13453
Un Baile Tejano
June 18-July 16 #13454
9:30 am Free w/current membership
Please pre-register at Baca front desk.
Un dia de semana
In the afternoon
Guitar Lessons A group of senior citizens
Dance to lively tunes.
Do you have an acoustic guitar that you have The music is Mexican
always wanted to learn how to play? This be- Tejano if you will
ginning guitar class will include the basics to Mostly fast and loud
begin your guitar-playing journey. We will The ladies can’t sit still.
study notes on the guitar, basic chords and There’s more ladies than men
technique. Also included will be learning to And some of us are gringos
read chord charts and tabulature. Instructor Trying to keep up
has many years of teaching experience and Tho’ we don’t speak the lingo.
would like to share it with others. No matter, it’s the beat
Wednesdays in TV room That makes the happy feet
May 6-June 10, 2009 Come on all you vatos
9:00 am-10:30 am Previous Students #13476 Put on your zapatos!
10:30 am-12:00 pm Beginners #13477 By Eugene Faires
Fee: $10/members (written for the Tejano Dance Group)
Baca’s World Traveler
Do you travel with the Baca Center? Sign up to get your travel pass-
port and be sure to get your passport stamped each trip you take with
the Baca Center. The person that has taken the most Baca trips and
gotten their passport stamped by the end of November will win a
prize at the December 2nd Travel Club Meeting.
Baca Cuisine Critics
La Cocina Gino’s Italian Restaurant
602 McNeil Road 1701 South Mays St.
The Baca Center Cuisine Critics recently ven- The Baca Center Cuisine Critics gave the high-
tured out to La Cocina Restaurant. Evaluation est marks to Gino’s for their great Italian-
forms indicated that all Baca Critics were de- American food and ambiance. The group re-
lighted with the atmosphere, service, and food. ceived a personal visit by Gino’s daughter to
They had their own special green sauce that discuss their menu options and daily specials.
was fiery and delicious. Some noted that the The group agreed that the value was great for
menu could be a bit more descriptive and that the money. Many of the group frequent the
one dish, the Chili Relleno, while delicious, restaurant for lunch and dinner on a regular
would have benefited from more spices. Never- basis.
theless, the Baca Cuisine Critics gave highest The restaurant opened in Round Rock in 1993
or next to highest grades in all categories and by Gino and his family. Gino prepares the
there was unanimous agreement that they sauce every morning with the freshest ingredi-
would recommend this restaurant to others. La ents to ensure his sauce is perfect. Gino’s
Cocina is owned by its chef, Ismael Diaz, who nephew Emanuele makes the dough and bread
provides a selection of reasonably priced both fresh daily. The Minardi family welcomes you
Mexican and Italian dishes. The restaurant is to enjoy their proud heritage Monday-Saturday
open Mondays from 11 am-9 pm; Tuesdays 11 am-3 pm and 5-10 pm. Check out their web
through Saturdays from 8 am to 9 pm; and specials at: www.ginosroundrock.net.
Sunday from 8 am to 2 pm.
Trips, Trips, Trips
If you like to see new things, are subject to change. Re- that are unable to use the
museums, plays, movies, res- turn time is an estimated restroom or participate on
taurants, parks, concerts then time of return, it depends their own will need to bring
you’ll want to travel with the on traffic, event wrap up, along a companion and all
Baca Center. and any travel delays. Day fees apply. You will also need
ALL trips in the newsletter trippers should check in with to tell the Baca staff of your
will be available for regis- the bus driver for exact depar- condition when you register so
tration on the first busi- ture and arrival times. If a proper arrangements can be
ness day of the newsletter member has a medical condi- made for use of the lift.
month (i.e. May/June tion and must pre-board on DON’T FORGET YOUR BACA
newsletter is May 1, July/ the bus, a doctor’s note must PASSPORT!
Aug. newsletter is July 1, be on file with the staff. ALL
etc.). Payment is due at time participants MUST have an
of registration. Members may emergency medical form on
register one additional person file prior to each trip. Parking
per trip at time of registra- for an extended or overnight
tion. Non-member guests trip is on the lower level of the
please add $5 to the cost of parking garage.
each trip. Times and events Participants in wheelchairs
Trips, Trips, and more Trips!
OYO = On Your Own Please Check in with the driver before each trip. Payment is required at time of sign up.
TRIP CANCELLATION POLICY
In the event of a cancellation, a CREDIT for the amount of the trip will be added to your account ONLY IF:
1) The Allen R. Baca Center cancels the trip.
2) A substitution has been made from the waiting list to fill your spot.
A) If no substitution can be made and the request is made 14 calendar days or less from the start date of
the trip, all fees are forfeited.
B) If no substitution can be made and the request is made 15 calendar days or more from the start date of
the trip, a credit for the amount of the trip will be applied to your account or you will be assessed a $25
processing fee for a refund.
A $25 processing will be applied for cancellations of Baca transportation provided overnight trips.
Trips sponsored by outside travel companies will be subject to policies of the travel company.
Online registration is a great way to sign up for trips without the hassle of waiting in line!
Visit www.roundrockrecreation.com for online sign up.
ALL REGISTRATION FOR MAY AND JUNE TRIPS
WILL BEGIN APRIL 27, 2009 AT 8:00 AM
Sunday, May 3 TEMPLE AIR SHOW
Depart: 11:00 am There will be planes for viewing and a great air show. Bring your
Return: 6:00 pm lawn chair, sunscreen and water bottle. Ticket included in price.
Cost: $21 (Meal OYO) www.centraltexasairshow.com Course #13456
Friday, May 8 HISTORIC HOMES & BAYLOR BEAR HABITAT
Depart: 8:00 am Come tour 2 of Waco’s famous historic homes and visit the Baylor
Return: 3:00 pm Bear’s habitat. Ticket for home tours included.
Cost $18 (Meal OYO) www.wacocvb.com Course #12892
Monday, May 11 LAKEWAY SHOPPING & IGUANA GRILL
Depart: 10:00 am There are plenty of places to shop and visit while traveling through
Return: 3:00 pm Lakeway. We will eat at the Iguana Grill on the way home.
Cost: $6 (Meal OYO) www.iguanagrillaustin.com
www.lakeway.com Course #13457
Wednesday, May 13 ANTIQUE ROSE EMPORIUM & BLUE BELL CREAMERY
Depart: 8:00 am Stroll through beautiful pathways of roses and then tour and taste
Return: 4:00 pm some Blue Bell ice cream. Lunch will be at Purcell's. Ticket to
Cost: $14 (Meal OYO) creamery is included in price.
www.bluebell.com Course #13458
Trips, Trips, and more Trips!
Friday, May 15 PUB CLUB GOES TO WALBURG BIERGARTEN
Depart: 5:00 pm Dinner, dancing and live music at the Walburg Biergarten. Wear
Return: 11:00 pm your dancing shoes. There is NO cover charge.
Cost: $5 (Meal OYO) www.walburgrestaurant.net Course #12951
Sunday, May 17 LONESTAR ROLLERGIRLS
Depart: 5:30 pm Come watch the Rollergirls dual it out on a banked-track. There
Return: 10:00 pm will be food/refreshments available and live music. This will be a
Cost: $14 trip that everyone will be talking about.
www.txrd.com Course #13459
Tuesday, May 19 SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDENS
Depart: 8:00 am Come see the beautiful gardens and conservatory, eat lunch at the
Return: 4:00 pm Carriage House Bistro and visit the gift shop.
Cost: $17 (Meal OYO) www.sabot.org Course #13460
Thursday, May 21 SAM BASS THEATRE—SORDID LIVES
Depart: 7:30 pm They will be performing Sordid Lives which is a hilarious tale of
Return: 10:00 pm loss, love and white trash etiquette in a small Texas town.
Cost: $14 www.sambasstheatre.org Course #13461
Wednesday, May 27 PAINTED CHURCH TOUR IN SCHULENBURG
Depart: 8:00 am Come get a special tour of Schulenburg and some of the gorgeous
Return: 5:00 pm historic churches. Each participant will need to bring $2 cash to tip
Cost: $17 + $2 cash the tour guide. We will eat lunch at Frank's Restaurant.
(Meal OYO) www.schulenburgchurches.org Course #13462
Sunday, May 31 OASIS—THE BREW
Depart: 6:00 pm Learn how to salsa dance and watch the sunset with live entertain-
Return: 10:00 pm ment from The Brew. No cover charge.
Cost: $5 (Meal OYO) www.oasis-austin.com Course #13474
Tuesday, June 2 HOOVER’S RESTAURANT AND UT TOWER
Depart: 3:00 pm Hoovers Restaurant is famous for their home cooking. We will eat
Return: 7:00 pm and then get a tour of the top of UT Tower.
Cost: $10 (Meal OYO) www.hooverscooking.com Course #13466
Thursday, June 4 ESTERS FOLLIES
Depart: 7:00 pm This is a hysterical comedy with singing, magic, great performer
Return: 10:00 pm and a great 6th Street atmosphere. The show changes every six
Cost: $25 months so if you went last time it will be a whole new show.
www.esthersfollies.com Course #13463
Trips, Trips, and more Trips!
Tuesday, June 9 WHOLE FOODS MARKET DOWNTOWN AND LUNCH
Depart: 10:00 am Whole Foods has organic and unique brands of foods. We will eat
Return: 2:00 pm lunch at the cafe and check out the rooftop.
Cost: $5 (Meal OYO) www.wholefoodsmarket.com Course #13464
Wednesday, June 10 IT’S ABOUT THYME GARDEN CENTER & LUNCH
Depart: 9:00 am This is one of Texas's top nurseries and garden centers in Austin.
Return: 1:00 pm You can buy plants, get information on landscaping and get a
Cost: $5 (Meal OYO) special tour of their facility. Lunch on the way back.
www.itsaboutthyme.com Course #13465
Thursday, June 11 MICHAEL ANGELO’S
Depart: 10:00 am Learn the history of Michael Angelo’s and get a tour of the plant.
Return: 1:00 pm Snacks and slide show provided.
Cost: $4 www.michaelangelos.com Course #13467
Saturday, June 13 VINEYARD OLD WORLD STONE CARVING & ART SHOW
Depart: 10:00 am The Vineyard in Florence is 30 acres of beauty and grapes. There
Return: 4:00 pm will be stone carvers creating beautiful works of art. Art Show fea-
Cost: $10 (Meal OYO) tures Russell Art and many other artists. Vendors with food/ re-
freshments will be available.
www.thevineyardatflorence.com Course #13468
Tuesday, June 16 BENINI GALLERIES AND SCULPTURES
Depart: 10:00 am You will be amazed at the beautiful sculptures that encompass this
Return: 3:00 pm 130 acre ranch in Johnson City. We will drive through the ranch
Cost: $9 (Meal OYO) and tour their studio. We will eat lunch prior to returning.
www.sculptureranch.com Course #13472
Friday, June 19 PUB CLUB GOES TO TAYLOR SPJST
Depart: 5:00 pm Lets go dancing at the Taylor SPJST Hall. We will have more infor-
Return: 11:00 pm mation later as to the music.
Cost $5 (Meal OYO) Course #12904
Extended Trip—Alaskan Cruising
Sept. 6-13, 2009 Sail the Inside Passage to Alaska
Enjoy the majestic scenery of the inside passage of Alaska for 7 nights aboard the Star Princess.
Non-Ocean View—$1588/double occupancy Ocean View—$1738/double occupancy
Price includes round-trip airfare to Seattle, cruise and taxes.
$100 fully refundable deposit (before June 9, 2009) due at time of booking.
To reserve your spot, please contact Sally Fisher in Round Rock at 255-6690
Trips, Trips, and more Trips!
Sunday, June 21 NUTTY BROWN CAFÉ BRUNCH
Depart: 10:30 am Fabulous Sunday brunch buffet. There will be live entertainment
Return: 2:00 pm and a great brunch.
Cost: $5 (Meal OYO) www.nuttybrown.com Course #13470
Monday, June 22 STEINER RANCH STEAKHOUSE
Depart: 4:30 pm They have great steaks cooked just the way you like them and
Return: 7:30 pm down home hospitality while overlooking the beautiful Lake Travis
Cost: $5 (Meal OYO) and Texas Hill Country.
www.steinersteakhouse.com Course #13469
Saturday, June 27 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN AT PLAZA THEATRE
Depart: 12:00 pm You are sure to enjoy this old time musical put on by the Plaza
Return: 10:00 pm Theatre in Cleburne. We will stop and eat dinner after the show.
Cost: $27 (Meal OYO) www.plaza-theatre.com Course #13471
Monday-Thursday 9 am - 6 pm
Friday 8 am - 3 pm
Handcrafted items, sterling silver jewelry,
fashion jewelry, cards, paintings, mugs,
Jim Shore, Boyds Bears, games, music,
clocks, and holiday gifts.
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