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Maintenance Week The Tallahassee Senior Center will be closed June 22-26 for maintenance. The center will re-open on Monday, June 29.
We will be closed on Monday, May 25th in honor of Memorial Day.
We will be closed Friday, July 3rd in honor of Independence Day.
Please join us in congratulating our 2015 Silver Star Award winners. Each recipient is nominated and selected as a Silver Star for his or her life service after turning age 60. The 2015 class, as others before them, exemplify positive living and community contributions that make a difference in the lives of others. Stars come from all walks of life and they continue to give selflessly of themselves no matter what their age or audience. To view these Silver Stars, visit our Donations and Foundations page.
Capital City Senior Games 2015
9 Age Divisions
10 Torch Bearers
279 Gold Medals
88 Age of oldest athlete, Bill Stowe, Bronze Medal in Golf
14 Most Events of One Athlete, Bob Keller, Age 81
73 in Golf, Johnny Lee Brown, 75-79
6:39 Fastest 1500 Meter Race, Joseph McVeigh, 70-74
25'.75" Triple Jump, Jamiya Amuwo, 65-69
256 Highest Bowling Score, Richard Leslie, 65-69
12'7" Long Jump, Jocelyn Lowther, 60-64
855 Score in Archery, Rick Hardman, 55-59
86 Points in Basketball Shooting, Doug Carlson, 50-54
81 Points in Basketball Shooting, Leigh Ceci, 50-54
34.9 Meters Discus, Ivan Maldonado, 50-54
315 Pounds in Power Lifting, Michael Mitts, 50-54
40.6 Meters Javelin, Charles Williams, 50-54
Many thanks to our Sponsors & Partners
- Capital Health Plan
- Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
- Audiology Associates
- Tallahassee Spine Center, Dr. Keith West, D.C.
- Visit Tallahassee Sports Council
- Friends of Our Parks
- Tallahassee Senior Center Foundation
- Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs
|(l to r) Leigh Ceci, Carolyn Faust, Sheila Salyer, Barbara Rodman, Rose Blackburn and Bonnie Abellera get ready to shoot hoops.
||At the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center, (l to r) archers take aim.
|Javelin thrower Belinda Wharton gets a "boost" from sideline cheering enthusiast Bobby Ellison. Wharton threw 25.46 meters in 55-59 age group.
||Cheryl Bakker runs the 800 meter for a Gold Medal!
||Rubia Byrd carries the Senior Games' torch as family runs alongside. The Torch Run kicked off the 2015 games in Tallahassee and runners led athlethes to a welcome reception hosted by Anna Johnson.
For more results, visit our senior games page.
Local Women's Duo serving Tallahassee Pickleball to National Audience
By Nick Gandy, Director of Communications, Florida Sports Foundation
Larae Donnellan and Judy Lyle are competing at the 2015 National Senior Games in an effort to put Tallahassee on Florida's Pickleball map.
With a women's doubles medal to their credit from the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships, they qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games in Bloomington/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and will play in the crowded and talented 65-69 age group.
"It will be interesting," said Donnellan, speaking between games at the Lafayette Park Sue McCollum Center. "Judy and I are training like crazy. We play six or seven days a week."
Donnellan and Lyle come from creative backgrounds. Larae Donnellan recently retired as a journalism and public relations professor at Florida A&M after a career in higher education that began in 1975. Judy Lyle is an artist who made and sold her own pottery.
Since their retirements, the duo exploded on the Florida Pickleball scene and are taking steps to shape Tallahassee as the next hotbed of the sport in North Florida. Donnellan started playing pickleball while still working at FAMU but her schedule only allowed her to play once or twice a week. Once she retired on June 30, 2014, there has been no looking back.
"I'm really having fun as a senior athlete," Donnellan said. "I have always been busy and active in my career and have always been competitive. I've found another part of me." That thirst for competition led Donnellan and Lyle, along with two other Tallahassee pickleball players, Susan Campbell and Charlie Giblon, to The Villages, where they took 10 hours of lessons with 25-time Florida Senior Games champion Deb Harrison.
"We paid for 10 hours but we got a lot more than that," Donnellan said of the experience. "We played for four days, Sunday through Wednesday, and played against top level senior players. Oh boy, that was something."
The spirit Donnellan brings to the game is reflected in Lyle, who has a strong tennis background of playing at a high level. She played on several league teams over the years at the number one position and according to Donnellan, is "the best female pickleball player in Tallahassee." I'm a newcomer to the sport, "Lyle said. "I've only been playing about two years. Most of the top pickleball teams have a tennis background."
Lyle seems to be the strategist of the Tallahassee duo and claims she is still learning the different strategies and shots of the game. She watches videos of top players online and videos her own matches to find ways to improve.
"In pickleball, you can improve with age," she said. "It's more of a net game and there's not as much movement. The size of the court allows people to pick it up and improve their game in their senior years."
While the duo is focused on being competitive at the National Senior Games in Minnesota, there's another reason for the trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. They both have family ties to the state and will spend time with relatives during their stay of more than a week. Their women's doubles bracket begins Friday, July 7 and women's singles does not begin until the following Tuesday, July 14.
Donnellan earned bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Minnesota and has a sister in Minneapolis. Lyle's husband has family in Minneapolis and in nearby Bemidji. Donnellan's career brought her many different places before settling in Tallahassee. She earned her PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Albany, NY, and taught in Idaho, Vermont and Tennessee before her final 13 years before at Florida A&M, where she was also a department head.
Whatever their outcome at the 2015 National Senior Games, Tallahassee's voice will be heard. With Donnellan's enthusiasm for the game, evident at Florida Senior Day, where she demonstrated with local partners and curious onlookers in the Capitol Courtyard, combined with Lyle's strategic insights and talent, expect a smashing success.
Other Tallahassee senior athletes registered to compete in the 2015 National Senior Games, July 3-16, 2015 in Bloomington/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (as of April 20) include Kermit Brown (Archery), Barbara Goltz (Swimming) Anthony Hardiman (Golf) and Carol "Zippy" Wartenberg (Softball).
6th annual Lifelong Learning Extravaganza
The 6th annual Lifelong Learning Extravaganza (L3X) attracted nearly 400 participants from the greater Tallahassee area, some as far away as Atlanta. Fifty one classes were offered this year at a variety of venues as far north as Thomasville and as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. On-site learning and experiences took place at venues such as Tallahassee Museum, the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Council on Arts & Culture, B Sharp's Jazz Café, and the MagLab just to mention a few.
Participants enjoyed lectures, tours, outdoor hikes, boat cruises, cooking and canning classes, entertainment, sing-a-longs, dinner, and mini-festivals. It was a power-packed week of fun, leisure learning, and new experiences. 2016 L3X will be offered April 4 - 8.
Whole Foods Market, OLLIE and FSU sponsored this year's extravaganza in a partnership with the TSC & Foundation, Leon County Senior Outreach, Tallahassee Museum, TCC, and Westminster Oasks Retirement Community.
We hope you enjoy the memories capturedin our photo frenzy below.
|6th Annual Lifelong Learning Extravaganza
|This architectural class takes time for fun as they approach the Governor's Mansion and "The Grove." Other sites on the tour included buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and along the Downtown Historic Trail.
|It is the L3X version of Night at the Museum Comes to Life for those on L3X Night Creature Discovery as participants navigate in darkness seeking bobcats at the Tallahassee Museum.
||Night of Creature Discovery finds class up close and personal with one of Florida's own!
|What do you see in a day at Gulf Specimen Sea Laboratory? It's amazing what's in those tanks!
||What do you see in a day at the Gulf Specimen Sea Laboratory in Panacea? Bobby Christmas could tell you "snails, starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins, sponges, colorful sea anemones, sand dollars and more sea life than you can imagine."
||"Scarlet" (Lynn Kimmel) pours tea for her special guests. This popular event at Tara's Tea Room presents a warm and inviting room for tea sippers, lovers of southern scones and tall tales. Westminster Oaks hosted the beautifully staged tea with just the perfect ambiance.
|The guided hike of Leon Sinks Geological Area draws a large group of adventures for a fascinating introduction to the wonders of karst topography. Hikers could marvel at the array of wet and dry sinkholes, peek into a cave and see early spring botanical wonders.
||Tallahassee Senior Foundation board member Edna Owens (center) and others find that the Lake Ella Grower's Market offers fresh produce just right for making a delicious meal.
|Eva Carrillo-Crowdis of Simply Panama appears in costume for dancing at the first International Heritage Festival at L3X. The colorful and lively event brought in dancers, musicians, foods and wares from different cultures represented in Tallahassee. Participating from Tallahassee's international community were the Philippines, India, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, the Middle East, China and Australia.