Canasta, quilting, bingo, bus trips to Black Hawk and much, much more, the Highlands Ranch Senior Club has no shortage of fun for those 55 and older.
“We have doubled in size over the last year and a half but it still seems that about half the seniors in Highlands Ranch don’t even know we exist,” said club president Ron Winter. “I always feel bad thinking that we are having a luncheon and there might be 90 to 100 people there, but somebody is sitting at home that could be having fun.”
The 10-year-old club, which is based out of Southridge Recreation Center, has 232 members and counting, and Winter said the activities list is constantly expanding.
“We are looking for active people,” he said. “If somebody has an idea for a card game or whatever it happens to be and is interested in getting it started and chairing that activity, we will work with them on getting it going.”
Recent activities added to the menu of fun include second helpings of canasta and bridge, bingo, and a monthly visit from the Highlands Ranch Genealogical Society slated for the third Friday of the month.
The club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that receives supports from the Highlands Ranch Community Association, Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association and Douglas County, charges $10 per year for dues or $1 per activity. The bus trips, which head to such locales as area theaters, the state Capitol, jazz clubs and Walmart, vary in cost.
Lunches cost $7 and are the second Wednesday of every month. Musical acts such as Bob Hayworth from The Kingston Trio, The Joe Peterson Orchestra and The Root’n Toot’n Dixie Band play the catered affairs.
Winter said the best way to get involved is to pick up a newsletter at the Highlands Ranch Library or any of the four HRCA recreation centers and see which activities interest you — or just come to a lunch. If interested in attending a lunch, people are asked to contact Mary Miller at 303-683-3268.
People can also visit www.hrcaonline.org and click on the tab in the center of the page for “programs and events,” click on “senior programming,” and then click on “Senior Club” on the left-hand side of the page.
“Don’t underestimate how much fun we are having,” Winter said. “There’s Mahjong, hand and foot, Bunco, poker, RummiKub and then some.”
“It keeps you busy,” said Ken Barton, the club’s chairman of the games. “You could do something here every day if you wanted. The bottom line is that no senior that lives in Highlands Ranch should say, ‘I have nothing to do.’ We welcome everybody.”