Granados Adult and Senior Center
||500 Freiling 78213
||Monday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
||$7 annual fee for participants 60 and over; $15 for participants 18 to 59
|| Nancy Durham
||Granados Gazette Newsletter (March/April) PDF 213 kb
Join in the fun at Virginia Marie Granados Adult and Senior Center, a place where friends meet. Seniors are invited to participate in many recreational, educational and social programs. With a focus on encouraging healthy lifestyles, both physical and mental, a variety of classes are offered for your enjoyment. For the fitness conscious, a weight room with cardio and strength training equipment is available. To register for these activities, a registration book is located at the front
desk and suggestions for additional programs or activities are always welcome. Volunteers play an instrumental part in the programs at Granados. Do you have a hobby to share or a talent to teach? Please consider volunteering at the center.
Upcoming 2014 Events
Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMP)
March 7th, through April 18. (No class March 14.)
Take control of your life. This FREE program provides support so you can take control of your health and learn how to better manage the symptoms of diabetes. Developed by the Stanford University School of Patient Education, this 6 week class will meet on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required and a minimum of 10 participants are needed. Class is offered by the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.
Friday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m.
It’s time to plant the spring garden and get dirt under your fingernails. Join Sir Oliver "Smitty" Smith, Master Gardener, as he helps us grow our own fresh vegetables. Register in the notebook to reserve your containers then join us on to plant your own garden. Some plants provided. Bring your own gloves and any special herbs or vegetables you wish to plant.
"Smart Devices" Help
Friday, March 7, or April 11, from 1-2:15 p.m.
Get one-on-one help with your I-Pad, Nook, Kindle or Smart Phone from George Sohocki of A to Z Helpers Pre-register at the front desk for a 15 minute time slot.
Monday, March 17, at 10 a.m.
Food Bank Nutritionist Matthew Molpus will present "Eat More Whole Foods" and "Spices of Cancer Protection" on Monday, April 7th, at 10 a.m. Matt shares recipes, samples of tasty (and healthy) treats while talking about simple changes to make our favorite recipes a little healthier. Learn how to spice up your life!
Wednesday, March 19, at 10 a.m.
"The hills are alive…" Join Rebekah Bustamante as she talks about the "Sound of Music" tour and the Patron Saints birthday celebration the day she toured the Castle in Salzburg. Pictures of the only suspension bridge in Europe and other castles will be shared. Do you know about the healing waterfall that runs through the city? She’ll have music and souvenirs from the area.
Mental Gymnastics-Exercises for the Brain
1st and 3rd Thursday, March 6 & 20th, April 3 & 17, at 2 p.m.
Discover a new approach to an old problem. Improve while appreciating your six senses; get re-acquainted with common sense; and, Experience hidden treasures within. Lead by Solus Meek and Bob Altfather of Effervescent Moments Fee of $5 per class.
AARP Smart Driver Course (Formerly Safety Driving Class)
Thursday, March 27, from noon to 4 p.m.
Learn to be safe on the roads and watch out for the other driver. You may get a discount on your auto insurance (check with your agent); however, this class is not good for ticket dismissal. cost is $15 for AARP members ($20 for non-members,) payable to the instructor the day of class. Preregister by calling Granados at 207-3285.
on the 2nd Monday of the month, Monday, April 14
Jesus Gonzalez from Omega Hearing Aids provides free screenings and hearing aid cleaning. Sign up in the notebook for a time. (No screening in March due to Spring Break.) The available appointments vary from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
April 2, 1 p.m.
Put on your thinking caps and join the Senior Games Scrabble tournament. Anyone 50+ playing at any level can join this tournament. Senior Games registration is required. Call Granados for more information.
Programs and Activities
The center offers a wide assortment of programs and activities, including:
- Stretch and Flex Exercise
- Total body toning
- Card Games
- Line Dancing
- Zumba Fitness
- Container Gardening
- AARP Safety Driving Class
- Fall Prevention Classes
- Computer Classes
- Oil and Acrylic Painting
- Jewelry Making Workshops
- Cake Decorating
- Computer classes
- Field trips
- Holiday celebrations
- Book Club
- Movie Club
- Nutrition Classes
- Diabetes Awareness
- Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar checks
- Fitness Room
- Arts and crafts
- Senior Outdoor Fest
- Chili Cook-off
- Educational Speakers
The property for the Virginia Marie Granados Community Center and Park was donated to the City of San Antonio by the Granados family in 2003. The center is named in memory of Virginia Marie Granados. A native San Antonian, Mrs. Granados lived just one mile north of the center and park. She passed away in 1990. Her youngest son Mark purchased the property in 2000 and donated the home formerly owned by the Gillespie family and the surrounding five-acre property to the City of San Antonio.
Mrs. Granados began her career as a San Antonio Police Officer, but after starting a family, transitioned into the field of education. She served as a secretary for Whittier Middle School, Lee High School and the San Antonio Independent School District’s Central Office. Her husband Mariano, a retired U.S. Marshal, passed away in September 2012. They are survived by sons Michael, Steven and Mark, and six grandchildren.
In 2008, the Parks and Recreation Department, along with District 1 City Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros, celebrated the groundbreaking for the renovation of the existing home as an adult and senior citizen activity center.
This project consisted of the rehabilitation of an existing structure on the park property for use as an adult and senior activity center with associated site improvements to include a park entry driveway, parking and connecting sidewalks. The renovations included a meeting/multi-purpose room, food preparation area, classrooms, small meeting/activity room, exercise room, accessible restrooms, and staff offices/reception area.
The project, funded with $1,465,346 in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 108 Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and 2007 reprogrammed CDBG, was completed in January 2009 and the center opened for business.