The J’s Creve Coeur location serves as an epicenter for a nationally-recognized Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC). A NORC includes adults, ages 60 and older, living in a designated service area. St. Louis’ area is coordinated by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis in partnership with the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Services and Washington University Center for Aging.
If you are 65 and older and are interested in learning, meeting new people and exploring some of the cultural institutions in our community, the St. Louis NORC is the place to be. Ongoing programs include: chair yoga, current topic discussions, knitting, drawing, power, and Wii Games. Programs are help year round.
NORC is a unique program. Through its partnership with the J, NORC members receive a reduced rate on fitness membership. Programs are open to the community, but benefits such as the reduced membership to the J is contingent on NORC membership.
NORC services available through the J:
- Special J membership rate
- Transportation to a variety of schedule destinations
- Fitness classes
- Educational and cultural programs covering a variety of topics
Ongoing, Monday – Friday, 10am-3pm
- $35 for an individual membership
- $50 for a couple’s membership
Membership is based on home location (limited to a small area of Creve Coeur)
To discuss your interest, eligibility of NORC services and membership, or to inquire about current activities and upcoming opportunities, please contact Laura Press Millner, 314-442-3255.
Upcoming Special Events
Drama Group for the 60+ Community
Fridays, October 5 – December 7
The Gathering Place at the J (2 Millstone Campus Drive)
Tuesdays, November 20 – January 22
Covenant Place II, Lower Level (8 Millstone Campus Drive)
Through prepared scenes and monologues, improvisations and theater games, as well as original student work, participants will increase creative skills, improve memory and concentration, boost self-confidence, and enjoy a positive group experience. Group meets weekly for 8 weeks. No theatrical experience necessary. Open to all. Inquire about limited funding available for transportation to/from drama group. Must register in advance. Contact Laura Press Millner at 314-442-3255.
NORC members & Covenant Place residents: $10/8-week session OR$2/class
Non-NORC members: $15/8-week session OR $2.50/class
Chair Yoga (TGP)
Every Tuesday, November 6 – November 27
The NORC Chair Yoga class is ongoing and focuses on flexibility, balance, stress relief, and camaraderie. This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your physical routine and have fun simultaneously. Led by J instructor, Nancy LeClaire. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Every Tuesday, 12:30-1:45pm
All are welcome to a lively discussion of current events. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Every Tuesday, 1:15-2:30pm
NORC Knit Group is collaborating with Covenant Place to meet for a weekly knit group. Enjoy socializing, knitting, crocheting, crafting and receiving instruction from volunteer knit expert, Jerri Livingston on Tuesdays at 1:15pm in the Covenant II building, Lower Level (near the Management offices). All welcome. Contact Laura at 314-442-3255 for information, directions and to RSVP.
Historic Kimmswick Shopping and Blue Owl Restaurant Bus Trip $10
Wednesday, November 7, 9:30am-3pm
Visit Historic River Town, Kimmswick, Missouri – a step back in time to 1859. Enjoy craft and specialty shops and lunch out at Blue Owl Restaurant – Home of the Levee High Apple Pie. Cost of lunch on own, bus transportation is $10. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Individual appt/consultations re: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment with Claim Volunteers (JFED)
Thursday, November 8, 9am-2m
Make an Individual appt with MO Claim volunteers to discuss options re: Open Enrollment Medicare Part D – “prescription plans” for 2019. Meet at JFed, Brodsky Library. RSVP to 442-3255.
Monthly Film Series: Ken Burns presents on America’s Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Part 1 of 2 (TGP)
Monday, November 12, 1-2:15pm
Ken Burns presents Frank Lloyd Wright, the greatest of all American architects. Learn of the man, who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Part One of Two parts. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Dinner Out at O’Fallon Brewery – 45 Progress Parkway
Thursday, November 15, 4:30-6:30pm
Enjoy dinner out with friends and neighbors. Cost of meal on own. RSVP to Joan at 442-3834.
Book Group – Educated by Tara Westover (TGP)
Friday, November 16, 1pm-2:30pm
Read designated book in advance and prepare for lively discussion. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Intro to Drama Course with Sheri Terry (LL of Cov II)
Every Tuesday, November 20 – January 22, 6-7:30pm
8-week Intro to Drama Course led by Sheri Terry Educator and Artistic Director of Sensational Seniors. Enjoy role playing, skits, improv and more. NO theatrical experience required, all for enjoyment. Class size is limited. Cost is $10 for members and Covenant residents; $15 for non-members for the entire 8-week course. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Creative Expressions Art Group (TGP)
Wednesday, November 21, 10:30-11:30am
Led by Artist Joanne Szapszewicz, express thoughts and emotions through creativity at this monthly art group. Artist journal required for class. Space is limited. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Wii Brain Games – play Jeopardy and stretch your brain (TGP)
Monday, November 26, 1-2pm
Play Jeopardy and exercise your brain (TGP) Enjoy fun with your NORC neighbors. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Conversation Project – Talking Matters Part 2 of 2 part course(TGP)
Wednesday, November 28, 10:30am-12pm
The Conversation Project is a joint outreach effort by JF&CS and Vitas Healthcare, Part 2 of Two-part course to discuss successful methods of communication, expressions and peer sharing. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Men’s Breakfast at Creve Coeur McDonalds (11521 Olive Blvd)
Friday, November 30, 9-10am
Enjoy breakfast with the men of NORC. Cost on own. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Cybersecurity Basics (TGP)
Monday, December 3, 1:30-3pm
Protect yourself when using personal computers and smartphones. Become aware of victimization, identity theft, scams and how to prevent becoming hacked. Led by Diana Matthis, Jewish Federation’s Central Services, IT and Project Manager. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Every Tuesday, December 4-18, 11-11:45pm
The NORC Chair Yoga class is ongoing and focuses on flexibility, balance, stress relief, and camaraderie. Led by J instructor, Nancy LeClaire, this is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your physical routine and have fun simultaneously. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
OASIS presents ROM Dance with Katherine Meirink, PT (TGP)
Wednesday, December 5, 1-3pm
Learn of the ROM Dance Sequence – a flowing progression of dance-like movements incorporating all major joint motions of the body. The seven-minute sequence is based on the principles of T’ai-Chi Ch’aun. Presented by Katerine Meirink, PT. RSVP to 314-442-3255.
Gateway Arch – Museum of Westward Expansion Bus Trip $10
Thursday, December 6, 9:30am-3pm
Newly-renovated Museum of Westward Expansion – trace the story of Native Americans, explorers, pioneers, and rebels – all who made America possible. Payment is due at time of RSVP. $10/person. Advance reservations required. RSVP to 314-442-3255.