Senior Center Programs

Orange County Senior Centers suspending activities due to the COVID-19 virus.

Effective Monday, March 16, Orange County Department on Aging suspended activities at both senior centers due to the risks presented by COVID-19 virus.  Read the press release here

See our new or modified Community Based Services and ONLINE Programs under the tabs below.

Download a paper copy of our monthly Virtual Activity Calendar including all of our videos, live classes and online programs. Register for classes online, choose display option "detail" and multiple activity search option to get started today!

  1. ONLINE Programs & Activities
  2. Lunch Program
  3. Fit Seniors ONLINE

  • Afternoon Jazz with Gary! “Over the last few years, I’ve been doing some video recording in the studio. Each week (Thursday) you’ll get a video, mostly Jazz based, but also some Great American Songbook, Pop or Latin. They will be a mixed bag of piano/vocal, solo piano, piano & EWI (electronic wind instrument), or piano & accordion. I hope you enjoy them and that they can take your mind away from the current troubles in the world. You may also visit my website for more information on myself, other audio-only tracks, photos, CDs and my calendar (which is currently on hold). Thank you for tuning in. —Gary” Here is a link to the website: http://www.garybrunotte.com/
    Watch the videos on the dates below, or at your leisure:
    June 25th https://youtu.be/EsRr_zg7I7Q Billie Joel
    July 2 https://youtu.be/r96ddCUYDAU Two For The Road
    July 9 https://youtu.be/bhnEkqR5_d4 Feel Like Making’ Love
    July 16 https://youtu.be/JsYDy0TUnWE I Remember You
    July 23 https://youtu.be/groXexsfyEg You Stepped ...
    July 30 https://youtu.be/6pZLqhqq9dI Feel Like ...
    August 6 https://youtu.be/_qR2MQTNMkQ Spring Can Really Can Really Hang You Up
    August 13 https://youtu.be/gScGg_opuZ4 Stardust
    August 20 https://youtu.be/94bnkIcTjTQ Skylark
    August 27 https://youtu.be/eiH1_CIz7vU Stolen Moments
    September 3 https://youtu.be/4y-RTstM2XI The Very Thought of You
    September 10 https://youtu.be/xxZLBO2qYdk Slappin the Cakes on Me
    September 17 https://youtu.be/66SYVM867As Girl From Ipanema
    September 24 https://youtu.be/shWvJuMsItw I Should Care
    October 1 https://youtu.be/3MwiA4u4x3Q Old Devil Moon
    October 8 https://youtu.be/LLuSlm-a3OM Jazz Medley "Emily" "Chopin Prelude in C minor" "Moaning"
    October 15 https://youtu.be/w0_7vML1WTY Gershwin Medley "S’wonderful" "Someone to watch over Me" "Embraceable You"
    October 22 https://youtu.be/QrgR6cVbl8I My Romance - updated
    October 29 https://youtu.be/VK4SJ-DTp24 All the Things You Are - updated
    November 5 https://youtu.be/nuTj7Zk-nsY Milonga del Angel - accordion/piano
    November 12 https://youtu.be/rlZMuNUFR9c Milonga del Angel - clavietta/piano
    November19 https://youtu.be/-k7UBeP85HE Milonga del Angel - piano only

  • Container Gardening For Beginners
    Learn how to beautify your porch, patio, or walkway with beautiful flowers throughout the summer. This class will teach you how to avoid using too much potting soil and how to design and arrange flowers to create a special look. Program will be led by Master Gardner, Patty Meehan.

    YouTube: Click link to watch https://youtu.be/nmkB1R0DSs4

  • Creative Conversations via The Cloud 
    Join Dr. Ho, conversation moderator, for 6 weeks of interesting, inevitable conversations prompted by stimulating questions adopted from TimeSlips, an international network of artists and caregivers committed to bringing joy to late life and founded by MacArthur Fellow, Anne Basting. This social outlet will enable you to think and converse differently, openly and confidently. You will find this setting comfortable, inspiring and enjoyable as you share your response to the beautiful question posed by the group leader with your peers. 

    Conversations will last no more than 30-45 minutes every Monday at 10 AM, from June 22 - July 27. You do not have to join all conversations, join as you wish.

    To register, please call 919-968-2070. All participants will receive questions, link and other information at registration. 

  • FINANCIAL PLAN for FINAL EXPENSES 

    This is a Basic to advanced financial Education seminars with instructor, Jan. P. MBA Transamerica (Licensed in NC; SC; VA; WI ) In this 45 mines course, we will introduce the Financial strategy; tools and tips for the senior to plan for their final financial expenses, and final solutions. Course will meet every other Wednesday beginning August 5. For additional information, please contact Jan Pang at jan.transamerica@gmail.com or by phone at 919-667-8258. One on one virtual consultation will be available as needed. Google meet up link below.

    Fee: FREE
    Date: Wed, Aug 5, 19; Sept 2, 16, 30: Oct 14, 28: Nov 11 (will not meet on Nov 25 due to holiday)
    Time: 3pm -4 pm
    Link: https://meet.google.com/tqx-qcwx-ayk?authuser=0

  • Fit Seniors exercise at home with live OCDOA virtual classes, videos and guides.

  • HOME FIRE SAFETY FOR SENIORS – VIRTUAL CLASS

    Older adults are twice as likely to be harmed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. This free online class focuses on home fire-safety risks that seniors may face, and provides education and solutions to promote independent living. Hosted by the Chapel Hill Fire Department: Emily N Powell, CFPS, Fire and Life Safety Educator & Inspector I. Class will conclude with a question and answer session to address individual’s concerns. Min: 5/Max: 20.

    Register by: Calling 919-968-2070

    Fee: FREE
    Date: Wed, Aug 19; Oct 21 (342205-05, 06)
    Time: 2 pm
    Link: Zoom meeting ID and passcode will be emailed before class.

  • Intarsia Woodcarving: Dean Pricer, teaches Intarsia Woodcarving at the Passmore Center and shares basic information about this craft. During this introduction you will learn what Intarsia woodcarving is, tools needed, and see examples of his work. He invites you to join the woodcarving group (once the center reopens) that meets Wednesdays at 1 pm.

    View: https://youtu.be/m5LU4Z0ZigI

  • Jazz Performance
    As we usher in the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy Jazz Artist, Gary Brunotte, performing “Here’s to Life”.

  • Line Dance Class 
    This class is a fun way to exercise both your body and your mind. Join with others and learn and basic steps to the most popular line dances. Instructor: Bruce Gillooly.

    Date: Thursdays
    Time: 11:30 am
    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81810463689?pwd=U0lJRXdnVTFsUFdBa1YxZ0UvS2ZJQT09

  • Live Music with Chuck Alford: What’s your pleasure, Beach Music, Oldies, Motown, Country, or maybe all of those sounds? Durham native, Chuck Alford, invites you to join him for live performances every Thursday night via Facebook. His wife, Carol Bryant Alford, is a great host and you may learn a dance step or two.

    Date: Thursdays
    Time: 7 pm
    Link: https://www.facebook.com/carol.b.alford.7

  • Passmore’s Pandemic Performance 

    Vermouth was the first thing I ran out of, so I started pouring gin over ice and calling it a quarantine-e. My wife called it a cry for help. Then Michael told me Moose camp was cancelled for the first time in 40 years. Something had to be done, but what? Like an answer from heaven, Terry Colville reached out and we decided to create ‘Passmore’s Pandemic Performances’, e-records you can attach to e-mails and send to anyone. Email Terry and let us know how you like the e-album. ~Marty Fitzpatrick, Producer 

    • Michael, Marty and Moose (e-Album #1) Join Michael, Marty, and Moose for the first performance in our series. Enjoy original songs written and performed by Dr. Michael Debartolo and Marty Fitzpatrick. Album #1 includes the following songs, Old School, which addresses our technology struggles; I Want to Wash My Hands (Beatle Tune); Moose Camp, an inspirational song about a world that takes care of each other; and many more.

  • Pressed Flowers Canvas
    During this class you will learn how to create a beautiful piece of art using flowers from your garden or wildflowers. This class will show you how to use pressed flowers on a small canvas or in a frame to brighten up any room. Class is taught by Patty Meehan, Master Gardner and leader of the Passmore Garden Club.

    YouTube: Click to watch https://youtu.be/S6NHGTl6qfo

  • Prime Time Players Online Readers’ Theater Series
    Orange County Department on Aging’s in-house theatrical group, Prime Time Players (PTP), present their first-ever, online Reader’s Theater Production series. As a new way of connecting with their audience, PTP will bring a virtual production every other Tuesday for your enjoyment. Join them for a new program every other Tuesday. or watch at your leisure by clicking on the available links below:

Subscribe to the Prime Time Players of Chapel Hill YouTube Channel to access all of their performances.

  • Program 4 Jazz
    Program of Jazz (p4j).performs original poetry and the stuff from your sophomore lit survey courses, reinterpreted through jazz, R&B and bop. p4j is occasionally offered at the Seymour Center and Lord Byron (Clark Holtzman) teaches Wednesday@One Poetry at Seymour weekly, at least weekly before COVID-19.

    Be sure to check out his class when we get back to the center, visit https://www.program4jazz.com/ for stories, poems, and beats, and subscribe to his YouTube Channel for notifications of new videos!

  • Quilting at Home with Friends on Google Meet

    Looking to quilt with a fun group? Work on your own, or group project. Most of the group quilts are donated to charity. While we will not be meeting in person at the present time, join us for show and tell, advice on your project, or other tips. For information or questions, please email Susan Zeisel susanzeisel@gmail.com

    Date/Time: Every Monday from 10 am - 12 noon
    Activity Code: 354024-02
    Location: Google Meet https://meet.google.com/uex-uped-cne

  • Seymour Tech Remote Learning:
    We are offering FREE remote technology courses via Zoom. Visit www.seymourtechcenter.org to find the July & August schedule, course descriptions, and to sign up for your remote learning class today!

  • Soap Making
    Soap making is easy and fun to do! In this video you will learn the basic steps to creating a variety of soaps using items you might already have in your pantry. Homemade soap makes a great gift to share with your family and friends. Instructor: Toni Shaw.

    YouTube: Click to watch https://youtu.be/0nRTMntSu9Y

  • Song Swap Online Zoom Meet Up

    Bring your favorite songs and/or your acoustic instruments, and let’s make some music! Folk, blues, old time, bluegrass, or original songs - whatever suits your mood or your style, all are welcome. The free entertaining meet up will be led by Ralph Besser. Group will meet the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. If you love music and singing, contact Ralph via email at ralphabesser@gmail.com for Zoom details or questions.

  • Tap Dancing: Did you tap dance as a child? If you are interested in tapping again, this is the class for you. You will learn a number of routines with others who have rekindled their love of dance.

    Date: Tuesdays
    Time: 10 am
    Join Zoom Meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82560435784?pwd=VHdwRnN0WW1GeksxaDN0UXlpVXFiQT09

  • THE LOCAL REPORTER—A NEW NEWS SOURCE IN OUR COMMUNITY

    Our community needs a community newspaper -- and hasn’t had a real one in years. The Local Reporter is trying to fill that gap. We’ll explain how The Local Reporter came to be, what it does, what it can do, and how you can help it get there. Join this interesting discussion on a Zoom to learn more, enjoy great discussion and Q& A. You may also visit our web page at http://thelocalreporter.press. Min: 7/Max: 50. Register by calling 919-968-2070. If you have questions you may contact instructor, Neil Offen at 919-428-3175.

    Register by: Tues, Jul 28

    Fee: FREE
    Date: Tues, Aug 4 (323108-01)
    Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Link: You will receive a link via email prior to class.

  • Tune In Tuesdays (now daily): Join Steve Toll live as he performs a variety of songs, conversation and stories. Due to the popularity of this program, Steve is now performing his, Tune in Tuesdays, on a dailybasis. Steve performs a variety of music throughout the decades and as you listen you will find yourself clapping and singing along to these beloved tunes. Every day you can lift your spirit and benefit from, the power of music.


    To register, please call 919-245-2015.
    Date: Daily
    Time: 1 – 1:30 pm
    Contact https://www.facebook.com/ComForCareCorporate/

  • Wednesdays@One Poetry Reading

    If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your poetic horizons, to cultivate your own writing, to engage with other writers of poetry, then Wednesdays@One Poetry is for you. We share poems, react to each other’s work and encourage one another as we work on poetry projects together.

    We meet at the Seymour Center on Wednesdays at 1 pm and hope to be back on-site soon. In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy the YouTube video featuring poetry readings by our own Seymour Center poets here: https://youtu.be/HvQmWPy2u7w (Reading April 22, 2020).

    Contact One Poetry instructor, Clark Holtzman at choltzman@runbox.com for more information and how to join the group.

  • Voting Safely in the 2020 Election
    The Orange County Department on Aging and the Project EngAGE Policy and Advocacy Senior Resource Team invite the public to attend a virtual presentation, Voting Safely in the 2020 Election. 

    Presenters from, You Can Vote, a nonpartisan voting rights group that works to educate and empower voters, will share how you can safely vote this fall, and how you can make sure your voice is heard and your vote counts in the 2020 election!

    Learn how to:
    *Vote by mail
    *Complete the absentee ballot request form
    *Complete the absentee ballot
    *Find your sample ballot
    *Check your voter registration
    *Share tools with eligible voters to successfully vote on November 3, 2020.

    The meeting room will accept entry beginning at 3:45 pm to assist with any questions or issues with using the platform prior to the start of the program.

    Date/Time: Thursday, August 13; 4:00 – 5:15 pm

    GOTO_Meeting Platform
    Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
    https://www.gotomeet.me/GOTO_Meeting_AGING_02
    You can also dial in using your phone. 
    United States: +1 (872) 240-3212  Access Code: 127-828-013

    Technology assistance requests must be made by August 10.  Contact Shenae McPherson at shmcpherson@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-4243.

  • Wholmmovies is a video production project of Carroll and Jay Enterkin that seeks to produce quality informative and entertaining videos. The Enterkin’s will be creating new videos covering a wide range of topics, including local history, cycling, hobbies, true crime and much more. Current series include: "The Story of Efland and Cedar Grove, NC" sharing the history of these two small, but historic communities; and "Cycling Country Roads" ride along with the Carroll and Jay as they explore backroads, byways, greenways and more by bicycle.


Online Activities: Download a staff curated list of online activities that mirror some of our drop in activities including crosswords, card games, reading books, painting, table tennis, DIY projects, and more.

To see all of the Department on Aging’s new and modified programs, visit our COVID-19 Resources for Seniors page.

The Orange County Department on Aging’s two senior centers offer a variety of programs including classes, lunches, trips, and much more. Visit us to relax, socialize, and immerse yourself in wellness, creativity, intellectual stimulation, volunteerism, and community.

"Membership" to our senior centers is free, just complete the Senior Centers Registration Form (PDF) and return it to either of our senior centers to get started. Some programs are fee-based and priority is given to people at least 55 years of age. Browse this page or check out the Senior Times to learn more.

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  1. PASSMORE CENTER

    Physical Address
    103 Meadowlands Dr.
    Hillsborough, NC 27278


    Directions

    Mailing Address
    PO Box 8181
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Phone: 919-245-2015


  1. SEYMOUR CENTER

    Physical Address
    2551 Homestead Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516


    Directions

    Phone: 919-968-2070