West U Virtual Play

While our facilities are closed you can still play virtually. We are offering various virtual activities to keep you physically and mentally active during these challenging times.

Fall Hi Neighbor

Hi Neighbor Fall 2020

Games and Activities

Price is Right Wheel

Virtual Bingo

You will need two Bingo cards and a way to mark your cards (like seeds or buttons) during this virtual Bingo game played online or by phone, using Join.me. Email Patricia Noren at pnoren@westutx.gov. for more information. or call the office at 713-662-5896.

When:  Fridays, at 2:00 p.m.

Trivia

Trivia Game

Test your trivia skills with this fun filled game held over the phone for residents and volunteers only. Email Patricia Noren at pnoren@westutx.gov for details on how to play.

When:  Tuesday, October 20, 11 AM

Virtual Painting Class with Instructor Rachel Hix 

Grab a glass of wine and join us online (using Facebook Live) for this wonderful vitual series of painting class instruction. Rachel will provide online tutorials in a step by step process. Its is so easy to do and beginners are welcomed. A short supply list will be provided. (Supplies purchased separately). You will have two weeks to view the videos and complete a project worthy of framing. Call the office to register, receive the supply list and pay over the phone with a credit card. Cost of the class is $20.00

Videos available on Facebook LIve with registration (This class will begin when we get 10 registered attendees).

Laurie’s Kitchen 

Learn how to cook tortilla soup the way your mother would teach you in Laurie’s Kitchen. While on the pandemic lock-down Laurie has tapped her family cookbook to teach everyone how to make her homegrown family recipes and share the stories behind each dish while she raises money for the local food bank. Watch Laurie’s YouTube channel as she makes  Laurie’s Tortilla Soup   Her videos are inspiring and entertaining!

See Laurie’s next live cooking show on Facebook Live:  Laurie’s Kitchen Facebook Laurie will giving West U a shout out on her next show! And stay tuned, Ed Heathcott might be making an appearance soon! 

Update on AARP Tax Help

The AARP Foundation will begin advertising self-preparation options and a "Help Desk".

  • A self-prep option, providing taxpayers with free access to software so they can prepare taxes on they own, is available at signup.aarpfoundation.org/preparing-your-taxes-online/.
  • If taxpayers would like help completing their own taxes, they can request the assistance of a volunteer to coach them through the process via phone or computer screen-sharing. Visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or call 1-888-AARPNOW for information and updates.

Identifying A Stroke Lecture Dr. James Grotta

On Thursday, October 15, Dr. James Grotta provided a very informative virtual lecture on strokes, and discussed the Mobile Stroke Unit which serves the community. To view the recorded lecture, find the link below:

https://recordings.join.me/xG1OgiqjGU2RaCavp0b3PQ


Virtual Classes for Senior Adults

Early Risers

Billies class is especially designed for an older age group. It combines stretching, toning and flexibility training.

When:  This class is prerecorded so you can take it anytime at your own pace. (YouTube)

YouTube Link

Come Dance with Me!

Dance the time away with Elsa Campbell as she teaches you the steps need for line dancing in the comfort of your home. 

When:  Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Facebook Live

When operations resume Elsa will be teaching line dance classes at the Community Building on Mondays and Thursdays.

Facebook Live Link

Meditation Class

Calm your mind, settle your body and find a softer focus to your day. If your are interested in taking a live zoom mediation class contact Toby Brooks at tbrooks@westutx.gov for more details on dates, links, etc.

Best Stretch Ever

No impact principles from yoga and Pilates to improve flexibility, posture, balance and strength. Join Jeryl Shultz during her live zoom class, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 AM. Free. If you are interested in the Zoom link for the class, Contact Toby Brooks at tbrooks@westutx.gov or call  713.662.5895. 

Thursday Evening Yoga

This virtual gentle yoga class will increase strength and range of motion.Classes taught via Zoom with instructor Esther Tell. Classes held on Thursdays at 5 PM. Email tbrooks@westutx.gov for the Zoom class information. Free

Chair Yoga

Studies have shown that Chair Yoga can be extremely helpful when it comes to combating stress, fatigue and pain. Instructor, Esther Tell hosts this virtual YouTube class for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

When:  This class is prerecorded so you can take it anytime at your own pace. (YouTube

Additional 10 Minute Chair Yoga Video with Esther:  https://youtu.be/KOKbYcN3_z8 

Tai Chi

This exercise tones, strengthens and improves balance and posture. If your interested any improving any of those components join us for a live Zoom class. For details on when this class meets, links, and etc. contact Toby Brooks at tbrooks@westutx.gov.

Virtual Park Tours

Live Owl Cam, Montana

Watch the Great Horned Owls at the Roger’s Place live webcam in Carlo, Montana. A family of owls in their natural habitat.  

https://explore.org/livecams/birds/great-horned-owl-cam

Live Brown Bear Cam, Alaska

Watch salmon leaping up the falls, while brown bears compete with each other for the best fishing spots. The largest and most successful bears can catch and eat more than 30 salmon (over 120 pounds) per day! Bears are most abundant at Brooks Falls in late June and July during the sockeye salmon migration, but also keep an eye out for bald eagles, lots of gulls, and maybe even the occasional wolf trying to partake in the salmon buffet 

https://explore.org/livecams/brown-bears/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls

Live Bald Eagle Cam, California 

From the west end of Catalina Island, where the sun sets over the ocean, watch as this lifelong pair of eagle parents lay and protect eggs, feed their chicks and teach them to hunt and fly.

This eagle pair is a success story, part of a bald eagle restoration program started by the Institute for Wildlife Studies in 1980. Their nest has been active since 1991 and has been streaming live since 2005.

https://explore.org/livecams/birds/bald-eagle-west-end-catalina

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Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

This virtual tour lets you explore glaciers, fjords and icebergs located in the Alaskan wilderness. Descend into an icy crevasse, kayak through majestic icebergs and even see how a glacier melts and the effects that climate change has on this frozen terrain.

Hawaii Volcanoes

Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Fly over an active volcano, explore a lava tube and look out across volcanic cliffs. This virtual tour lets you explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, which is a cave formed by flowing lava, which can drain lava from a volcano during an eruptions. You can even see the effects of an eruption from 1959.

Carlsbad

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, this popular park has over 100 caves. On this virtual tour, you can take a walk through the fascinating caverns, view incredible rock formations and even see thousands of bats who live in the cave system. You can even experience life as a bat thanks to this park’s impressive simulation.

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Beautiful, red and orange hoodoos of this famous desert landscape are now on full display, even if you’re in your living room. This virtual tour centered on Sunset Point lets you enjoy the star-filled night sky from this dark sky. Get up close and personal with the park’s unique rock formations, and even take a horseback ride through the canyon from the comfort of your own home.

Tortugas National Park

Discover Great White Sharks at San Clemente State Beach

Join a California State Parks Lifeguard, to discover the importance of Great White Sharks and their environment! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=16&v=KzczG_WfbU4&feature=emb_title


Virtual Museum Tours

La Galleria Nazionale, Rome Italy

La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea keeps the complete collection of international and Italian art from the XIX to the XXI century, composed of 20.000 artworks, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations and it represents the major artistic movements from the last two centuries.

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/La-Galleria-Nazionale

Saruq Al-Hadid Museum, UAE

The archaeological museum in UAE has artifacts from the recently discovered archaeological site of Saruq Al-Hadid, which dates back to the iron age.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=65&v=c5KodDM4zOs&feature=emb_title

American Museum of Natural History, NYC

From its founding in 1869 to the present, the American Museum of Natural History has remained an institution equally dedicated to public education and scientific research. The concept of the habitat diorama was a natural outgrowth of an early tradition of using an art form (taxidermy) to teach science and natural history. Here's a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the Museum's dioramas were created. 

https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/windows-on-nature/XgLSyh9jcPHUKw

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul

One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.