Three organizations with many offerings

Seasonal fitness, meditation and range of motion programs for seniors

Residents of Longboat Key have plenty of opportunity to learn, exercise or gather socially at public and private organizations at different areas of the island that is 11 miles in length. These organizations cater to the demographics of the island, many are retired seniors that remain active. The three facilities I discuss today offer plenty of opportunities to its constituents on the island.

A non-profit educational center focuses on education and fitness

Longboat Key Education Center
Longboat Key Education Center - Courses taught are liberal arts and science classes for seniors who want to extend their knowledge and fitness.

The Longboat Key Education Center at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Centre Shops of Longboat Key sell out many of their programs in January and February so registration early is critical during these two months. There are fall, winter and spring terms with many programs offered to members and non-members. These are non-credited classes in many of the liberal and science arts disciplines. They also offer field trips for bird watching enthusiasts and discussions on current topics of interest.

On Mondays an Advanced Intermediate Bridge class is offered from 1 to 2:30 PM. Topics such as contract, duplicate and bridge bidding are discussed in these classes of advanced tactics. Qigong for Health and Vitality is offered in the mornings from 9 to 10 AM each Friday. Qigong is an adaptation of exercises and breathing control developed by the Chinese. The term ends in three weeks on February 22 but those interested can still get involved through a pro-rated tuition rate.

Bayfront Recreation Center is a public facility run by the town of Longboat Key

Longboat Key Recreation Center
Bayfront Recreation Center - The Longboat Key town operates this facility with many seasonal fitness programs Monday to Saturday.

A wide variety of activities are available at the Bayfront Recreation Center on the northern half of Longboat Key. It is family-oriented recreational park with something for all ages including a dog park with separate sections for small and big canines. The kayak launch is operated sunrise to sunset by the private company, Happy Paddler Kayak Tours and Ecoventures, LLC. This company also offers annual kayak storage. Walking paths guide visitors along scenic views of Sarasota Bay and the Bayfront Park has a handicap-accessible Gulf beach section across the main road at 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Basketball, pickleball, shuffleboard and tennis courts are available for more active residents.

The main building of Bayfront Park is the recreational center. Here you will find educational and exercise activities Monday through Saturday, some of these activities are offered multiple times throughout the week. Different instructors teach these classes depending on the program that is offered. The costs vary among members and non-members, generally $10 and $15 for each respectively. They are also offered by season, extending mostly through the peak winter months.

Each Monday and Wednesday at 10 AM the activity Moving Free: Yoga Stretch, Core and Meditation, is designed to increase flexibility and range of motion among senior adults. Pumping the Prime is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and prepares its students for a program of muscle strength development with a focus on metabolism. Muscles and More is a similar program on the same days to help maintain body strength.

Tuesdays and Thursdays you will find two separate programs taught by one instructor, Debby McClung, one after another starting at 9 AM and finishing before noon. The first is a Pilates Mat Class, followed by the Feel Good Yoga program. Debby also teaches a class for veterans with PTSD problems each Thursday at 4 PM in the Feel Good Yoga studio at 6350 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Nia, a low impact exercise program that is a health and fitness alternative is taught each Saturday at 10 AM in the Longboat Key Recreation Center.

Temple Beth Israel, a denominational house of worship with many outside activities

The Paradise Center at Temple Beth Israel
Temple Beth Israel - This faith-based organization offers many fitness programs for seniors in its Paradise Center. Its location and size is also fitting for local organizations to hold its own programs.

If you are looking for a full schedule of fitness activities and social events, look at the event schedule of the Temple Beth Israel. A place of worship for the Jewish Faith, the Paradise Center there offers similar physical maintenance programs as the Recreation Center and Educational Center mentioned above. The Paradise Center is a non-profit program as well with its mission for the residents of Longboat Key to live life to its fullest.

Tai Chi, a Chinese martial arts program that teaches defense and health benefits is taught each Monday at 10 AM. On Tuesdays the Yoga and Meditation Class focuses on breathing techniques and joint mobilization. This increases strength, flexibility and balance with each hour-long program at 10 AM. On Thursdays a combination of Zumba and Mat Pilates from 10 to 11 AM is designed to build core strength and movement among active seniors.

Our Town - Our Future series offers a discussion each Wednesday at 10:30 AM with different topics presented by locals leaders. The Bay presented by Bill Waddill, managing director at the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization will begin the series next Wednesday. The Sarasota Bayfront is undergoing drastic changes that will continue the revitalization of the downtown area. Dr. Michael Crosby CEO of the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium will discuss the programs and future of the aquarium on February 13 as it prepares for a move to Nathan Benderson Park. Selby Botanical Gardens is also upgrading its grounds in Sarasota that will be discussed February 20 by Jennifer Rominiecki, CEO. The following week a discussion on the future of the theatrical The Players Centre in downtown Sarasota will be discussed by Donna DeFant, its board of directors chairman.

Social gatherings take place at The Paradise Center such as the Fridays @ Paradise Café, beginning at 10:30 AM each week. Coffee, tea and snacks are served in an atmosphere of social interaction through activities, from games to music. There are other programs each week in the Paradise Center such as Mah Jongg each week from 1 to 3 PM. The Chinese based tile game has spread around the world since the 20th century. Visit their website for many programs of community interest at Temple Beth Israel.

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