Senior Center Programs

Orange County Senior Centers suspending activities due to the COVID-19 virus.

Effective Monday, March 16, Orange County Department on Aging suspended activities at both senior centers due to the risks presented by COVID-19 virus.  Read the press release here

See our new or modified Community Based Services and ONLINE Programs below:

  1. ONLINE Programs & Activities
  2. Lunch Program
  3. Fit Seniors ONLINE

  • Afternoon Jazz with Gary! 

    “Over the last few years, I’ve been doing some video recording in the studio. Each week (Thursday) you’ll get a video, mostly Jazz based, but also some Great American Songbook, Pop or Latin. They will be a mixed bag of piano/vocal, solo piano, piano & EWI (electronic wind instrument), or piano & accordion. I hope you enjoy them and that they can take your mind away from the current troubles in the world. You may also visit my website for more information on myself, other audio-only tracks, photos, CDs and my calendar (which is currently on hold). Thank you for tuning in. —Gary” Here is a link to the website:

     Watch the videos on the dates below, or at your leisure:
    June 25th Billie Joel
    July 2 Two For The Road
    July 9 Feel Like Making’ Love
    July 16 I Remember You
    July 23 You Stepped ...
    July 30 Feel Like ...
    August 6 Spring Can Really Can Really Hang You Up
    August 13 Stardust
    August 20 Skylark
    August 27 Stolen Moments
    September 3 The Very Thought of You
    September 10 Slappin the Cakes on Me
    September 17 Girl From Ipanema
    September 24 I Should Care
    October 1 Old Devil Moon
    October 8 Jazz Medley "Emily" "Chopin Prelude in C minor" "Moaning"
    October 15 Gershwin Medley "S’wonderful" "Someone to watch over Me" "Embraceable You"
    October 22 My Romance - updated
    October 29 All the Things You Are - updated
    November 5 Milonga del Angel - accordion/piano
    November 12 Milonga del Angel - clavietta/piano
    November19 Milonga del Angel - piano only

  • Being Better than Before: A FREE WEBINAR SERIES for the Mature Worker
    Please join us for a four-part webinar series designed to help the Mature Worker. We’ll provide advice on how to find a job you love. We’ll share principles and practices for growing your creative capacity and developing your best entrepreneurial behaviors. And we’ll show you productive ways to think about this new world we’ll be living in from now on—the changes we will find as we step back into it will be profound, and we need to be prepared for wave after wave of changes that will continue to wash over us for years to come.

    Each webinar is 90 minutes long and will be led by four folks who have been serving the 50+ community for years.

    • Mike Komives MBA, Employment Specialist, Orange County Department on Aging, helps mature workers improve their job finding skills.
    • Heidi Hackney, MC, CPCC, ACC- Owner/Coach, Dream Reach, LLC, will help you apply your values and tap into your talents to serve your job search.
    • Mark Tully: Partner, Being Better than Before, will help you understand the neuroscience behind your preferred business behaviors.
    • Carl Nordgren Partner, Being Better than Before, will help you develop the creative and entrepreneurial qualities of those preferred business behaviors.

Between them they have helped thousands of mature workers identify the job they’ll enjoy doing most, find that job, and then perform consistently at peak levels. They’ve been revising and extending their content to suit this new world and look forward to sharing their insights with you.

Time: 10-11:30 am
Wednesday, June 17
Friday, June 19
Wednesday, June 24
Friday, June 26

Please register by calling the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070. All registrants will receive Zoom ID and passcode via email prior to June 17th. Zoom Webinars will be fast paced and the hosts will invite your participation.

  • Being Better than Before: Living a fulfilling and creative life in the new world (Part II)
    A free webinar filled with optimism about our futures. 

As you look out at this new world, what do you see?

We see the pandemic as both a tragedy—and we hope you and your family are navigating it well—and as an important reminder that we live in a world filled with unexpected changes.

We believe that whatever you intend to do living in this new world you will do it more successfully, more gracefully, even more joyously, if you approach it as the most creative version of yourself, with the goal of being better than before.

We are offering two fast paced and entertaining webinars that will:

  • Share new research about the biological changes happening to a 55+ brain that invite us to take on a creative renewal
  • Share the creative concepts that will accelerate the growth of your creative capacities.
  • Explore the neuroscience behind why we have favorite behaviors and how we can strengthen them
  • Guide you in the creation of your personal Being Better than Before plan

Webinar led by:

  • Mark Tully, who will help you understand why you favor certain behaviors through by exploring the links between how you think and what you do.
  • Carl Nordgren, who will help you embrace that each of us is born with remarkable creative capacities and will share concepts and strategies for growing them.
  • Heidi Hackney, who will provide practical tips on how to integrate these creative concepts and neurological insights into your life.

Time: 10 – 11:30 am
Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, July 8

Register for program by calling the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070. All registrants will receive Zoom ID and passcode via email prior to July 1. Webinar will be fast paced and the hosts will invite your participation.

  • Container Gardening For Beginners
    Learn how to beautify your porch, patio, or walkway with beautiful flowers throughout the summer. This class will teach you how to avoid using too much potting soil and how to design and arrange flowers to create a special look. Program will be led by Master Gardner, Patty Meehan.

    YouTube: Click link to watch

  • Creative Conversations via The Cloud 
    Join Dr. Ho, conversation moderator, for 6 weeks of interesting, inevitable conversations prompted by stimulating questions adopted from TimeSlips, an international network of artists and caregivers committed to bringing joy to late life and founded by MacArthur Fellow, Anne Basting. This social outlet will enable you to think and converse differently, openly and confidently. You will find this setting comfortable, inspiring and enjoyable as you share your response to the beautiful question posed by the group leader with your peers. 

    Conversations will last no more than 30-45 minutes every Monday at 10 AM, from June 22 - July 27.

    To register, please call 919-968-2070. All participants will receive questions, link and other information at registration. 

  • Fit Seniors exercise at home with live OCDOA virtual classes, videos and guides.

  • Intarsia Woodcarving: Dean Pricer, teaches Intarsia Woodcarving at the Passmore Center and shares basic information about this craft. During this introduction you will learn what Intarsia woodcarving is, tools needed, and see examples of his work. He invites you to join the woodcarving group (once the center reopens) that meets Wednesdays at 1 pm.


  • Jazz Performance
    As we usher in the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy Jazz Artist, Gary Brunotte, performing “Here’s to Life”.

  • Let’s Talk About Mental Health During COVID
    Join us for a facilitated discussion as we openly and supportively discuss mental wellness and the struggles of staying mentally healthy during COVID. A panel of experts will share their knowledge and experiences on how to address the concerns and obstacles we all could experience, as well as strategies for maintaining your mental wellness.

    Panelists include:

    • Michelle Chambers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of Therapeutic Family Solutions
    • Nancy Ruffner, Board Certified Patient Advocate and owner of NAVIGATE NC LLC
    • Nancy Loeffler, founder of Being With Grief and the author of The Alchemy of Grief, Your Journey to Wholeness, and its Companion Journal

Thu, Jul 23, 2020 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)

Please join the discussion from your computer, tablet or smartphone.   

You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3311 / Access Code: 776-460-093 

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

For more information, please contact Shenae McPherson or Kim Lamon-Loperfido

If technology assistance is needed, please contact Shenae McPherson at 919-245-4243 by Monday, July 20.

  • Line Dance Class 
    This class is a fun way to exercise both your body and your mind. Join with others and learn and basic steps to the most popular line dances. Instructor: Bruce Gillooly.

    Date: Thursdays
    Time: 11:30 am
    Join Zoom Meeting:

  • Live Music with Chuck Alford: What’s your pleasure, Beach Music, Oldies, Motown, Country, or maybe all of those sounds? Durham native, Chuck Alford, invites you to join him for live performances every Thursday night via Facebook. His wife, Carol Bryant Alford, is a great host and you may learn a dance step or two.

    Date: Thursdays
    Time: 7 pm

  • Passmore’s Pandemic Performance 

    Vermouth was the first thing I ran out of, so I started pouring gin over ice and calling it a quarantine-e. My wife called it a cry for help. Then Michael told me Moose camp was cancelled for the first time in 40 years. Something had to be done, but what? Like an answer from heaven, Terry Colville reached out and we decided to create ‘Passmore’s Pandemic Performances’, e-records you can attach to e-mails and send to anyone. Email Terry and let us know how you like the e-album. ~Marty Fitzpatrick, Producer 

    • Michael, Marty and Moose (e-Album #1) Join Michael, Marty, and Moose for the first performance in our series. Enjoy original songs written and performed by Dr. Michael Debartolo and Marty Fitzpatrick. Album #1 includes the following songs, Old School, which addresses our technology struggles; I Want to Wash My Hands (Beatle Tune); Moose Camp, an inspirational song about a world that takes care of each other; and many more.

  • Pressed Flowers Canvas
    During this class you will learn how to create a beautiful piece of art using flowers from your garden or wildflowers. This class will show you how to use pressed flowers on a small canvas or in a frame to brighten up any room. Class is taught by Patty Meehan, Master Gardner and leader of the Passmore Garden Club.

    YouTube: Click to watch

  • Prime Time Players Online Readers’ Theater Series
    Orange County Department on Aging’s in-house theatrical group, Prime Time Players (PTP), present their first-ever, online Reader’s Theater Production series. As a new way of connecting with their audience, PTP will bring a virtual production every other Tuesday for your enjoyment. Join them for a new program every other Tuesday. or watch at your leisure by clicking on the available links below:

Subscribe to the Prime Time Players of Chapel Hill YouTube Channel to access all of their performances.

  • Program 4 Jazz
    Program of Jazz (p4j).performs original poetry and the stuff from your sophomore lit survey courses, reinterpreted through jazz, R&B and bop. p4j is occasionally offered at the Seymour Center and Lord Byron (Clark Holtzman) teaches Wednesday@One Poetry at Seymour weekly, at least weekly before COVID-19.

    Be sure to check out his class when we get back to the center, visit for stories, poems, and beats, and subscribe to his YouTube Channel for notifications of new videos!

  • Seymour Tech Remote Learning:
    We are offering FREE remote technology courses via Zoom. Find the schedule and sign up for these remote learning courses at Find the course you want and simply click the link to enroll for each class.

  • Soap Making
    Soap making is easy and fun to do! In this video you will learn the basic steps to creating a variety of soaps using items you might already have in your pantry. Homemade soap makes a great gift to share with your family and friends. Instructor: Toni Shaw.

    YouTube: Click to watch

  • Song Swap Online Zoom Meet Up

    Bring your favorite songs and/or your acoustic instruments, and let’s make some music! Folk, blues, old time, bluegrass, or original songs - whatever suits your mood or your style, all are welcome. The free entertaining meet up will be led by Ralph Besser. Group will meet the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. If you love music and singing, contact Ralph via email at for Zoom details or questions.

  • Tap Dancing: Did you tap dance as a child? If you are interested in tapping again, this is the class for you. You will learn a number of routines with others who have rekindled their love of dance.

    Date: Tuesdays
    Time: 10 am
    Join Zoom Meeting:

  • Tune In Tuesdays (now daily): Join Steve Toll live as he performs a variety of songs, conversation and stories. Due to the popularity of this program, Steve is now performing his, Tune in Tuesdays, on a daily basis. Steve performs a variety of music throughout the decades and as you listen you will find yourself clapping and singing along to these beloved tunes. Every day you can lift your spirit and benefit from, the power of music.

    To register, please call 919-245-2015.
    Date: Daily
    Time: 1 – 1:30 pm

  • Wednesdays@One Poetry Reading

    If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your poetic horizons, to cultivate your own writing, to engage with other writers of poetry, then Wednesdays@One Poetry is for you. We share poems, react to each other’s work and encourage one another as we work on poetry projects together.

    We meet at the Seymour Center on Wednesdays at 1 pm and hope to be back on-site soon. In the meantime, we hope you will enjoy the YouTube video featuring poetry readings by our own Seymour Center poets here: (Reading April 22, 2020).

    Contact One Poetry instructor, Clark Holtzman at for more information and how to join the group.

  • Wholmmovies is a video production project of Carroll and Jay Enterkin that seeks to produce quality informative and entertaining videos. The Enterkin’s will be creating new videos covering a wide range of topics, including local history, cycling, hobbies, true crime and much more. Current series include: "The Story of Efland and Cedar Grove, NC" sharing the history of these two small, but historic communities; and "Cycling Country Roads" ride along with the Carroll and Jay as they explore backroads, byways, greenways and more by bicycle.

Online Activities: Download a staff curated list of online activities that mirror some of our drop in activities including crosswords, card games, reading books, painting, table tennis, DIY projects, and more.

To see all of the Department on Aging’s new and modified programs, visit our COVID-19 Resources for Seniors page.

The Orange County Department on Aging’s two senior centers offer a variety of programs including classes, lunches, trips, and much more. Visit us to relax, socialize, and immerse yourself in wellness, creativity, intellectual stimulation, volunteerism, and community.

"Membership" to our senior centers is free, just complete the Senior Centers Registration Form (PDF) and return it to either of our senior centers to get started. Some programs are fee-based and priority is given to people at least 55 years of age. Browse this page or check out the Senior Times to learn more.

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    Physical Address
    103 Meadowlands Dr.
    Hillsborough, NC 27278


    Mailing Address
    PO Box 8181
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Phone: 919-245-2015


    Physical Address
    2551 Homestead Road
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516


    Phone: 919-968-2070