January 16, 2019
Staying physically active and socially engaged in your later years helps one live a longer and more well-rounded life. Unbeknownst to many, most cities have a variety of services available for the seniors in their community. The city of Downey offers a plethora of engaging recreational activities at the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center.
After completing a mandatory 1-hour orientation, seniors 50 years and older are welcome to use the fitness center. Seniors are able to utilize both aerobic and weight training machines. Available equipment includes treadmills, stationary bicycles, a leg press machine, step machine, and free weights. The fitness room is open Monday to Saturday. Call the center at (562) 904-7223 for the most current operating hours.
The Billiards Room has three full-size billiards tables and pool sticks available for use anytime the senior center is open. During the summer, tournaments are held for beginner and advanced levels.
Cafe Quil at the Barbara J. Riley Senior Center consists of themed dinners and live entertainment held at various times during the year. Dinner tickets are $5 per senior and must be purchased in advance. The parties are from 5 PM to 7 PM. For upcoming dates and events, call 562-904-7223.
Computer Lab and Library
The computer lab is open during normal operating hours and is furnished with six computers and two printers (bring your own paper). The library has a small selection of books that include large print, Spanish, and reference.
The movie of the week is shown in the TV room at 9 AM and 1 PM on Wednesdays.
Board Games, Trivia, Cards, and Puzzles
On Thursday and Friday afternoons (call (562) 904-7223 for current times) get together to play your favorite game or put together a new puzzle. Board games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, and more are available. Games and puzzles such as Sudoku and Rummikub are up for grabs as well.
Chess and Checkers
If you fancy a one-on-one game of chess or checkers, drop in and play a game or two every Monday and Friday from 1 PM to 5 PM.
Please note that these services and activities are accurate at the time of writing this post but we suggest you call the Barbara J. Riley Community and Senior Center at (562) 904-7223 to confirm all dates and times.