Senior Programs

Community Transportation Service

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a door-to-door transportation service for Bedford Residents. Service is available for senior citizens 60 years of age and older and disabled persons over the age of 18 and can be used for medical appointments and errands such as banking, grocery shopping, etc. Service is not available to residents in nursing, assisted living or retirement facilities. A wheelchair accessible van is available. Boundary lines for all trips are: north - UH Ahuja Medical Center; south - Northfield Plaza; east - City of Solon; west - Marymount Hospital.

Transportation service operates: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. A fee of $2 per roundtrip is required.   An application must be on file with the Parks & Recreation Department prior to service.

Click here for transportation guidelines and application.  For more information call 440-735-6570 or email recreation@bedfordoh.gov.

 

Wellness Check Program

The City of Bedford has a program for residents age 65 and older and/or those who may be isolated and desire a periodic wellness check.  Those who participate in the program will be contacted via telephone by City staff periodically as a means of ensuring the well-being of the resident.  All residents are urged to call 9-1-1 for any life threatening emergency, and to contact a physician should they exhibit signs or symptoms of coronavirus or other illnesses of concern.  To enroll in the program or for additional questions, residents can call the Parks & Recreation Department at 440-735-6570, email recreation@bedfordoh.gov, or visit the City’s coronavirus/COVID-19 web page, https://bedfordoh.gov/departments/coronavirus-information to submit an electronic form.  All current resident members of the Bedford Senior Club and residents currently enrolled in the City’s senior transportation services are being contacted directly about the program.

 

Senior Club

The Senior Club meets at Ellenwood Center on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Bedford residents age 55 and older are welcome to join.  Annual dues are just $15!   At the gatherings, members share a brief business meeting, enjoy lunch with beverages and desserts, and take pleasure in plenty of social time with friends. Following a delicious lunch folks can choose from a variety of activities including bingo, card games, or a movie. The Senior Club also plans a variety of field trips and special outings to museums, theaters, concerts, and other great events.  Food, friends, and fun! Come join us today!

Update: Senior Club meetings and in-person activities have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check back for for information.

Sunshine Grab & Go Bags

Register for a free bag of sunshine! Our Sunshine Bags will include a craft, instructions, and additional extension activities to do at home. Each youth bag will also include a complimentary book from Cleveland’s Kids Book Bank. Limited supplies available. Check the week for drive-thru pickup times. If you cannot make a pickup time, please arrange a curbside appointment with Recreation staff.

These bags are free to Bedford children and Bedford Senior Club members; registration is required. If you are interested in joining the Bedford Senior Club, please call 440-735-6570.

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Sunshine Week #1
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, June 30bag of sunshine
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Patriotic Wands & Uncle Sam Masks for ages 3-5
Patriotic Wands & Necklace for ages 6-8
Patriotic Wands & Patriotic Straw Wreath for ages 9-14
Patriotic String Art for Bedford Senior Club Members

Sunshine Week #2
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, July 14
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Paper Suncatchers & Sunglasses for ages 3-5
Paint Suncatchers & Sunglasses for ages 6-8
Crystal Sun Catchers & Sunglasses for ages 9-14
Crystal Sun Catchers for Bedford Senior Club Members

Sunshine Week #3
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, July 28
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Shark Painting & Shark Puppet for ages 3-5
Ocean in a Bottle & Watercolor Shells for ages 6-8
Shell Creatures & Shark Velvet Poster for ages 9-14
Sealife Paper Quilling for Bedford Senior Club Members

Sunshine Week #4
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, August 4
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Sports Magnet & Pennant for ages 3-5
Sports Wreath & Pennant for ages 6-8
Giant Fingers & Sport Necklace for ages 9-14
Football Fleece Tie Pillow Senior Club Member

Sunshine Week #5
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, August 18 11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Homemade Playdough & I-Spy Bottles for ages 3-5
Homemade Playdough & Robots for ages 6-8
Homemade Slime & Origami Kit for ages 9-14
Origami Kit for Bedford Senior Club Members

 

Video/Call-in BINGO

Join us for a fast paced, fun-filled virtual BINGO game! We will play classic “5 in a Row” BINGO plus some other fun games like “Postage Stamp” and “Picture Frame”. Play for fun with your Bedford neighbors!

Each pre-registered player will receive a playing card to keep at home. Players will receive an email or mailed letter with login information to join via Zoom by telephone or video call.

DATES & LOCATION:Bingo Card
Second & Fourth Wednesdays of the Month
July 8, 22, August 12, 26
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Zoom (Telephone or Video Call)

FEE: Free to Bedford Resident Seniors

Click Here to Register

 

Creation Bags for Home

For kids & adults!  These special program bags include an opportunity to craft on your own or in a live session with others via Zoom. Check the programs for drive-thru pickup times. If you cannot make a pickup time, please arrange a curbside appointment with Recreation staff.

Instructor: Recreation Staff
Location: Zoom

Creation Week #1
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, June 30
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Make Your Own Fairy Garden for ages 6+
Bedford Resident $10 / Non-Resident $12

Mosaic Garden Stakes for ages 12+
Bedford Resident $10 / Non-Resident $12

Creation Week #2
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, July 14
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Make Your Own Furry Friend (Teddy Bear) for ages 6+
Bedford Resident $10 / Non-Resident $12

Fleece Tied Throw Pillow (Peace Sign) for ages 10+
Bedford Resident $10 / Non-Resident $12

Creation Week #3
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, July 28
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Tie Dye Art for the Family
We supply the dye, you supply the gear.
Bedford Resident $14 / Non-Resident $16

Creation Week #4
Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, August 4
11:00-11:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm

Make Your Own Furry Friend (Tiger) for ages 6+
Bedford Resident $10 / Non-Resident $12

Bearcat Paw String Art for Ages 12+
Bedford Resident $10 / Non-Resident $12

Click Here to Register

 

 

Entertainment from Independence Village

Independence Village of Aurora invites Bedford Seniors to join their free virtual entertainment events via Facebook Live.

Performances are typically Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. Go to www.facebook.com/IndependenceVillageAurora to join the live entertainment and to watch previous live events.

Past Entertainment/Presentations available for anytime viewing:
Graeme James: A folk-style live concert performance
Dean Martin: A tribute concert to “The King of Cool”
World War II: Planning for D-Day
The Killer: A live Jerry Lee Lewis tribute performance
Charles Avison: Historic sports stories and their lessons
The Man in Black: A live Johnny Cash tribute performance
Ohio Bird Sanctuary: Birds of prey
Jonny James: A live country music performance

Click here for to access Independence Village of Aurora's Facebook page

 

Daybreak Online Yoga Studio

Daybreak

Bedford Parks & Recreation continues our partnership with Bedford’s own Daybreak Yoga Studio. Before the COVID-19 pandemic instructor Dawn Rivers taught classes at Ellenwood Center. Now, she offers her popular yoga classes via Zoom. Daybreak Yoga Studio is pleased to extend several discount opportunities to the Bedford community.

If you are interested in registering for an individual class, use the code  RECYOGA  for $3 off each livestream online class through August 31.

Click here for a special deal on 10 classes for $50. This package is good for one year from the time of purchase.

Visit https://daybreak.yoga to learn more about the studio and register for  upcoming classes.

 

Share the Bedford Experience Photo Contest

Participate in our photography competition! We encourage all shutterbugs and nature lovers to capture their favorite views of Bedford and the adventures throughout our beautiful city and parks. Show us Bedford’s history and buildings, parks and trails, gardens, wildlife… even your pets, homes and everyday family activities and summer traditions.

You can submit your photos via email or social media.

Facebook: Like us on Facebook, Tag Bedford Parks & Recreation (@BedfordRecreation), tell us about your photo and location, and add #BedfordOhioExperience

Twitter: Follow us on Twitter, Tag Bedford Parks & Recreation (@BedfordRec), tell us about your photo and location, and add #BedfordOhioExperience

Instagram: Follow us on Instagram, Tag Bedford Parks & Recreation (@BedfordOHRec), tell us about your photo and location, and add #BedfordOhioExperience

Email: Email your photo to sgnoddie@bedfordoh.gov and tell us about your photo and location.

We will share our favorite photos of the #BedfordOhioExperience on our social media. Winning photos will be showcased in our future brochure publication, including the front cover!

 

Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Bedford Parks & Recreation will be hiding geocaches at our local parks: Ellenwood, Greencroft, Taft, and Interstate. Geocache boxes come in all different sha pes and sizes and will be in a camouflaged container in a safe but non-intrusive place. When you find our cache, please do not take it with you. Write your name and date in the log. In a larger cache, if you are comfortable, you may take something but then that means you leave something to swap! Come prepared with a pencil or pen. Our caches will be available starting June 20!

Get out, get active and be one of the first to find our caches! For those seasoned trackers, help our four Travel Bugs go on their first adventures!

Download the app Geocaching by Groundspeak Inc. Create a login or link to your Google, Facebook, or Apple account. Turn on your location and you will immediately see dozens of geocaches within Bedford, especially within the Bedford Reservations.

Starting June 20, find our caches in local parks. Click here for details!

To learn more about Geocaching, visit www.geocaching.com.

 

Staycation: Virtual Travel Center

Your vacation may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore a new destination! Museums, theaters, national landmarks and other popular attractions are offering virtual experiences for online visitors. We have compiled a list of great sites to visit for local, national and international virtual experiences from the comfort of your own home.

Please feel free to share some of your great discoveries with us to add to our growing list.

Click Here to Register

 

Senior Line Dancing

This lively group of seniors meets every Monday from 10:30 - 11:30am at Ellenwood Recreation Center to get a little exercise and to socialize. This activity is free to all resident seniors.

Update: This program has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check back for for information.

 

Reach With Rhythm Workout

Seniors that want to sit up, shape up and have fun while listening to great music will enjoy this gentle chair aerobics class that aims at stretching, strengthening, and toning your muscles. This class meets at the Ellenwood Recreation Center every Thursday morning from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. The cost is only $1.00 per class so bring a friend and have some fun while getting in shape.

Update: This program has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check back for for information.

 

University Hospitals Walking Club

The walking club has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but check back for updates as this program will likely resume in the future.  Prior to the pandemic the group met Monday mornings at Ellenwood Center.

 

Northeast Ohio Mind Challenge

The Bedford Senior Club entered a team in the 2020 Northeast Ohio Mind Challenge.  Unfortunately the competition was complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic., but not before Bedford was able to compete in the Southwest Region with 8 other communities including Bedford Heights, Garfield Heights, Seven Hills, and Broadview Heights.

Look for information on future Mind Challenge events!

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