While out facilities are closed you can still play virtually. Below are various virtual activities to keep you physically and mentally active during these challenging times.
Games and Activities
West U Price is Right
Ever wanted to be a contestant on the Price is Right? Now’s you chance as we will be playing this wildly popular game via phone. For details on how to play email Patricia Noren at email@example.com.
When: Monday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Test your trivia skills with this fun filled game held over the phone for residents and volunteers only. Email Patricia Noren at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to play.
When: Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
West University Adult Coloring Contest
You must be a resident or volunteer for West U to participate and over the age of 50. Arrange to submit your artwork by emailing Patricia Noren @ email@example.com.
1st Prize: $50 gift card to Hobby Lobby. 2nd Prize: $25 gift card to Hobby Lobby. Sponsored by LivHome Care. Artwork must be submitted after July 10. Contest ends July 30 and winners will be announced August 10.
The Community Building is holding a Feathered Frenzy Free For All, which is a fantastic drive by, bird seed giveaway on Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m - 10:30 a.m.. Simply drive your car down Milton Street @ Auden (behind the Community Building) where Toby and Patricia will be there to greet you, with a free bundle of bird seed that have been carefully assembled by the National Charity League Girls Heart of Texas. Please RSVP (so we have a head count) for your complimentary bird seed bundle by calling 713 662 5895 or email Toby Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Wednesday, June 10 from 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
National Audubon Society
Outside your door, on your way to work, at the beach, birds are everywhere. Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first pair of binoculars or an experienced birder in search of identification tips, we have it all here for you. So go on, start exploring in this virtual setting.
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!
Virtual Classes for Senior Adults
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)
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 operations resume Elsa will be teaching line dance classes at the Community Building on Mondays and Thursdays.
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 email@example.com 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, Mondays and Fridays at 11 AM. Free. If you are interested in the zoom link for the class, Contact Toby Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.662.5895.
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 email@example.com.
Virtual Park Tours
Texas Parks and Wildlife Birding 101
With more species than other states, Texas birds are as varied and colorful as its people. We’ll show you where to see them in this surprisingly addictive hobby. This virtual tour will show you some of the best sites around Texas.
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.
Hawai’i 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.
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.
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.
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Thanks to this virtual tour, you no longer have to book a seaplane or boat to get there. Visit the Civil War-ear Fort Jefferson, swim through the third largest coral reef in the world and even take an exploratory dive into a shipwreck from 1907.
Virtual Museum Tours
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace
Go inside the Queen’s official London residence and working royal palace with this virtual tour showcasing the beauty of Buckingham Palace.
British Museum, London
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.
Musee Dorsay, Paris
Musee Dorsay Paris is hands-down, one of the world’s richest and most exciting museums. Its permanent collection houses countless great works by masters of early modern including Matisse, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh and Rodin. You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 to 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cezanne and Gauguin.
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
J. Paul Getty Museum hosts European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a street view tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts and photographs.