CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The newest club at the Berewick Recreation Center in Steele Creek is all about the 50-and-better set.
Anyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the new Senior Club during a free meeting at the center on April 13. The meeting is from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and will include demonstrations in line dancing, chair and low-impact aerobics, and water color painting.
Berewick's Senior Club follows on the success of similar clubs at other Mecklenburg County Recreation Centers, where members join for a low annual fee.
"We've had a lot of phone calls and e-mails ... seniors and adults are interested in having something to do," said Carla Platter, recreation specialist for the center, which opened in January.
Organizers say the fiftysomething-plus set want their own programs. They may be newcomers who moved to the Charlotte area to help with grandchildren. Or they may be people looking to socialize outside of work, volunteer time, enjoy gym sessions or other activities.
Enthusiasm has run strong in south Charlotte. Last year, a weekly Summer Leisure and Learn series at William Davie Park drew seniors in for classes on technology, cooking, crafting and other activities.
The Senior Club at the 521 Recreation Center also hosted special summer events last year, including kayaking.
Platter said although the Berewick club is for 50 and up, 40-somethings are welcome to bring ideas to the planning meeting. She's also spreading word to neighborhood associations and churches.
The rec center shares space with Berewick Elementary School.