Special events

The Brown Bag Seminar Series

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Moss A

June 5, 6, 12 and 26

Weekly seminar topics are listed below. Additional sessions may be scheduled and announced via email updates.

  • Friday, June 5
    Writing in the Moment

    Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing but never knew how to get started? In this class, writers of all levels can experience the freedom to write in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere. Free writing, or stream of consciousness, is a compassionate approach that focuses on the process, not the product. Individuals will choose topics that interest them. If they feel comfortable doing so, participants will share their writing in a safe, non-judgmental environment without being critiqued. The class will alternate between writing and reading, then discuss the experience. Bring paper, a writing utensil and an openness to your innate abilities as a writer. No electronic devices please.
    Suzanne Norton got her start writing children's picture books. Her poetry, essays and short stories have been published in Well Versed Anthology, Spirit Seeker magazine and online, where she has served as a guest blogger, as well as maintaining her own blog. Suzanne has led women's writing circles, writing workshops and retreats. She believes every person is a writer.
  • Saturday, June 6
    Laura Lee's Healthy Plate

    Meet at Laura Lee's Healthy Plate, located inside Wilson's Fitness on Forum Blvd
    Learn how to make some quick and easy healthy recipes for the summer as well as protein shakes and smoothies. Understand the benefits of healthy fats, protein and dark leafy greens. Knowing more about why and how to eat certain healthy foods will only motivate you to live a healthier lifestyle!
    Laura Lee Brown grew up as the youngest of nine with two parents who showed her the way to a healthy living. After running track for the University of Missouri, she became a certified personal trainer, whole food cook and a healthy lifestyle coach. Currently, she is proprietor of Laura Lee's Healthy Plate.
  • Friday, June 12
    The New World of Reading: Digital and Print

    Reading today is not like it has always been. New technology offers more options for reading books. In this session we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of e-books, types of e-readers, other options for e-reading, where to buy books, where to get free or cheap books and reading gadgets.
    Diane Peterson is a retired school library media specialist, who reviews and blogs about romance novels. She is currently involved in a research project examining the elements of romance fiction. Peterson has bachelor's degrees in elementary education and English and master's degrees in elementary education and educational technology. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
  • Friday, June 19
    No Brown Bag session unless announced at a later date
  • Friday, June 26
    Learn to Play the Melody Chimes

    This course will teach you how to play popular songs on the melody chimes. The Columbia Parks and Recreation Senior Melody Chime Ensemble will perform a few of their favorite selections. After a performance, you will be invited to join us. Our method of teaching will enable you to play the classic tunes by the end of the session.
    Cookie Hagan is a retired recreation supervisor with the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. She serves as a volunteer recreation leader directing the senior and adaptive melody chime choirs and the ukulele ensemble. Under her direction, these groups perform at public schools, retirement facilities, hospitals, churches and at community special events.

Extramural Travel Club

Every second Wednesday

2 p.m.

Club Room at the Grindstone Hy-Vee

The Travel Club, originally an OLLI class, is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, tales, opportunities, photos, destinations and deals. We've had presentations on extended living in a foreign country, purchasing the right camera and the merits of traveling alone or in a group. If any of this sounds enticing, join the Travel Club at their monthly meetings.

Please share your email address with sharonkinden@yahoo.com and she'll add you to the mailing list for reminders and minutes of the topics and Web resources discussed.

El Club de Español


3 to 4:30 p.m.

Hillcrest C

This Spanish club is for participants who have studied the present and the preterite tenses in Spanish.
The Parks and Recreation charge for using the room is $20 per person for the entire year. Call Judy Elliott (573-445-3194) if you plan to participate in El Club de Español.

Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks

10 a.m.
Pastries and Coffee at 9:30 a.m.

Hillcrest D

Book selling and signing will follow the Book Talks

Your participation is welcome on the first Saturday of the month. Admission is $3, or you can purchase a 10-event punch card for $25. Please thank the sponsors for their book talk support.

  • May 2
    • The Unraveling of Mercy Louis (2015)
      by Keija Parssinen
    • Sponsor
      Quarry Heights Writers Workshop
  • June 6
    • Show Me Famous Missourians (2014)
      by Alice Anna Reese
    • Sponsor
      Compass Flower Press
  • July 11
    • Show Me the Gold (2014)
      by Carolyn Mulford
    • Sponsor
      Ashland Mystery Book Club
  • Aug. 1
    • Telling Lives: The Perils and Pleasures of Biographies (in-progress — 2015) by
      By Steve Weinberg
    • Sponsor
      Marlene Lee

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+

The Moss Building is available for weekend rentals and some mid-week dates on a limited basis. With space for 150 people, this is a great place for meetings, birthdays, graduations, wedding receptions, reunions and other events. Two large rooms share a lobby, and there is a small prep kitchen with stove, microwave and refrigerator/freezer. Rental includes tables and chairs. At $35 an hour (with a 2 hour minimum plus a refundable deposit), the Moss Building is an affordable and versatile space for your next gathering.

The outdoor shelter at Waters-Moss will be available for rental soon. The shelter features a playground, eight picnic tables, grill and restrooms.

For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460.

50+ Tours

Hop on board the bus and join Columbia Parks and Recreation for fun and relaxation. Day trips to the following destinations are scheduled from May through August. Travel is always an adventure that enriches your life. 50+ Tour members only make the experience richer!

Travel with 50+ Tours and get the mailed newsletter for $20 annually. Get more information on upcoming trips in the 50+ Tours brochure, available in the Hillcrest and Moss building lobbies, by calling 573-874-7475, or by going online to GoColumbiaMo.com and search for "Senior/50+."

New Theatre in Overland Park

  • Hairspray
    Wednesday, May 27
  • The Addams Family
    Wednesday, Aug. 12

Day trips

  • Powell Gardens (east of Kansas City)
    Wednesday, June 10
    View LEGO® sculptures among the plants. This is a great outing to enjoy with your grandchildren.
  • Kansas City
    Wednesday, July 15
    This trip includes lunch at Lidia's, followed by your choice of a tour of the World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial or shopping at Crown Center.