OPC invites community to explore free classes

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published March 16, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Older Persons’ Commission is giving the community a chance to “Spring into Action” this month with a variety of free classes and programs designed to introduce people to the community senior center.

All residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township are invited to sample a variety of classes and activities to be held at the Older Persons’ Commission March 17-23. 

OPC Executive Director Renee Cortright said the Spring into Action event is a great way for people to find out why the OPC truly is the place to be for older adults.

“The center has been a hidden gem for too long,” she said in a statement.

“Membership is a part of living in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, and we want people 50 and older to come and see all of the amazing programs and services we have to offer.”

OPC Enrichment Manager Dianne Bubnar said she feels like the community at large sometimes doesn’t realize what’s actually going on over at the building.

“They think that we are still just maybe playing cards and knitting, so they don’t realize the scope of the program. Some people have said to me, ‘Oh, I’ve driven by that building, but I have never stopped in,’ and that just intrigues me that someone would drive by such a huge building and such a large campus and that they wouldn’t stop in to actually check it out,” she said.

The highlights of the Spring into Action event week, according to OPC staff, include a screening of “The Age of Love” at 6 p.m. March 22 and a special presentation by FOX 2 news reporter Roop Raj titled “How We Can Make a Difference” at 1:15 p.m. March 23.

Guests can sample woodshop, paper crafting, watercolor, glass fusing and wire wrap classes, as well as participate in tai chi, yoga and pickleball fitness classes, or watch demonstrations about OPC personal training or cycling.

Every week, Bubnar said, there are probably close to 50 classes and programs at the OPC, which offers resources through its health and wellness department, adult day services, support groups and more.

“The whole idea of this event is to raise the awareness in our three communities of what is available to people when they come to the OPC. We don’t want anyone sitting at home by themselves wondering what to do with all their free time. Some seniors don’t have any free time, but there are other people who aren’t as busy. We like people to come to OPC because when people come here, they make new friendships,” she said.

Pre-registration is required for all Spring into Action events. Residents can register for a maximum of three free events, plus the movie, by calling (248) 656-1403, ext. 0. The OPC is located at 650 Letica Drive in Rochester. For more information, visit www.opcseniorcenter.org or call (248) 656-1403.