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Center for Active Living

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney


About York's Center for Active Living

The Center for Active Living, a division of York Parks and Recreation Department, is located at 36 Main Street in York Beach. The Center is dedicated to providing individuals in our community, age 50 and over, with opportunities to socialize, recreate, learn, and be well through participation in activities and programs that are designed to enrich the mind, body, and spirit. We are open year-round, Monday – Friday from 9:00am- 4:00pm, except for holidays and winter break (Christmas Eve – New Year’s Day). All are welcome, whether it’s to participate in one of our many programs or simply for coffee and conversation. Some programs do require advanced registration. Don't miss out on the opportunity to engage in meaningful programs and activities at the Center for Active Living. Drop by or call the Center at (207) 363-1036 for more information.


Adults 50 years of age and older are invited to participate. York residents are given priority for programs. Non-residents pay an annual user fee of $25.00 (July 1st – June 30th).

Dining Room & Meal Program

We proudly serve home-cooked lunch Tuesdays – Fridays.  Lunch is provided Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for dine-in and on Wednesdays you have the option of dine-in or pick-up. A limited number of meals are provided Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for delivery by our volunteers or for pick-up based on advance request and inability to come into the center for a meal. Our in-house chef works to provide the very best in both variety and quality of meals. A meal donation of $5.00 is suggested. Periodically throughout the year, there are special lunches that are slightly more expensive and may require reservations be made further in advance. To enjoy one of our lunches, a reservation is required by the Friday prior to the week you desire a meal(s).  To make a reservation, call the Center (207-363-1036), Monday -Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm (please do not call during lunch time, 11:30am-1:00pm). Meals could be limited, we recommend that you register early.


General Information: FIRST CLASS FREE!

  • Registration is done at the Center for Active Living - payment by check or credit/debit card.
  • Punch cards can be purchased for 5 or 8 classes at a time and can be used for any of the three classes - Balance Fun & Workouts,
    Line Dancing and/or Shake it Up - $5.00 per class.
  • Purchase the full session by the month or the punch card for flexibility.



Balance Fun & Workouts

Balance &FunJonnaJonna Dijkstra, ACE Certified Personal Trainer & Senior Fitness Consultant, offers exercise programs designed to promote health and wellness. Jonna offers modifications during the program to match your ability. We use hand weights and bodyweight exercises to get you moving and connecting with your body. During class Jonna offers tips and suggestions about balance, nutrition and lifestyle changes to maintain better health. All abilities are welcome!

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11am at the York Beach Fire House
$5.00 per class
Pay by the month or purchase a punch card for 5 or 8 classes

Line Dancing

LineDancingDiane Anderson teaches a choreographed routine with a repeated sequence of steps. A low impact, fun exercise for the mind as well as the body. Dances to popular music include waltz, fox trot, jitterbug, mambo, and rumba. All easy movements to work our muscles, joints, balance and memory. No partner necessary!

Wednesdays 10-11am
Fridays 9:30-10:30am
at the Center for Active Living
$5.00 per class
Pay by the month or purchase a punch card for 5 or 8 classes

Shake It Up

ShakeitUp'Shake It Up' is a lively and active dance class disguised as an exercise class! This fun-filled class, instructed by Rhonda DiCarlo is full of work out moves with a strong focus on dancing. Class begins with a warm up and ends with a cool down, with strategic stretching in different dance routines. The routines are easy to follow for all fitness levels, with an upbeat mixture of American, Latin and International music.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10am
at the York Beach Fire House
$5.00 per class
Pay by the month or purchase a punch card for 5 or 8 classes

Video Instructed Classes - FREE!

Aerobic exercise with a group to a video in the Center for Active Living's large activity room.
Go at your own pace and drop-ins are always welcome!

Mondays - 9-9:45am

Wednesdays - 9-9:45am

Fridays - 8:30 - 9:15am

TAI CHI by Video
Both beginners and experienced participants are invited to join the group.

Fridays - 1-2pm



jonathans dinner out2Breakfast Out - Sunny's in Lee, NH (Tuesday, May 21)
Bus leaves at 8:00am and we’ll return at approximately 11:30am Cost $4.00

Lunch Out - No Lunch Out for May - See Day Trips for other options. 

Dinner Out - Oak Street Bistro, Alfred, ME (Thursday, May 30th)
Bus leaves at 3:45pm and we’ll return at approximately 7:30pm Cost $4.00


  • Registration begins when the program is first listed in The Scoop, in accordance with registration dates, and continues until the program is full or the registration deadline, whichever comes first. Waitlist will always be available should the trip sell out.
  • You may only register for yourself, your spouse, and/or significant other.
  • Payment is required at time of registration. If you are unable to pay the full amount at time of registration, a payment plan can be arranged.
  • In order to provide great prices for trips, we must follow strict enrollment numbers and payment deadlines. In the event we must cancel a trip, you will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel a trip, you will receive a refund if we can fill your spot in a timely manner.

Our bus does not have restroom facilities; however, we will make an effort to visit a rest stop, when available, should the ride to our destination be longer than 1  1/2 hours. We will call everyone who has registered for a trip 1-2 days in advance to confirm times. It is very important that you arrive at the pick-up location prior to the designated departure time so that we stay on schedule.



Cliff House Movie & Lunch - Monday, May 13th 11am-4pm FREE Movie - Lunch $ on your own

It’s movie & lunch day at the beautiful Cliff House in Cape Neddick.  We will start with a delicious lunch at their NUBBS Lobster Shack overlooking the cliffs.  We’ll be viewing the classic 1987 film ‘Dirty Dancing’ with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in their comfortable in-house theatre.


Tour of Vermont - Tuesday, May 28th 7am-6pm $40.00 - Lunch $ on your own

We’re heading to Vermont for a jam-packed day of Vermont goodness! We’ll be making several stops such as King Arthur Baking Co., Quechee Gorge, Cabot Cheese, Vermont Antique Mall and more. Hop on the bus and enjoy the day touring the Green Mountain State and all its beauty!


Peak’s Island Golf Cart Tour - Friday, June 14th 8am-4pm $40.00 - Lunch $ on your own

Here’s your opportunity to see the stunning PEAK’S ISLAND! We’ll take the ferry out of Portland and arrive on Peak’s where we’ll have a 75-minute guided golf cart tour of the island. Our guides will talk about the history of the island and we’ll experience first hand this unique island life. After our tour we’ll have time for lunch and a walkabout around the small village area before heading back to Portland on the Ferry.


  • Registration begins when the program is first listed in The Scoop, in accordance with registration dates, and continues until the program is full or the registration deadline, whichever comes first. Waitlist will always be available should the trip sell out.
  • You may only register for yourself, your spouse, and/or significant other.
  • Payment is required at time of registration. If you are unable to pay the full amount at time of registration, a payment plan can be arranged.
  • In order to provide great prices for trips, we must follow strict enrollment numbers and payment deadlines. In the event we must cancel a trip, you will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel a trip, you will receive a refund if we can fill your spot in a timely manner.

Our bus does not have restroom facilities; however, we will make an effort to visit a rest stop, when available, should the ride to our destination be longer than 1  1/2 hours. We will call everyone who has registered for a trip 1-2 days in advance to confirm times. It is very important that you arrive at the pick-up location prior to the designated departure time so that we stay on schedule.


The Center for Active Living offers 2-3 overnight trips each year. Currently, we have groups going to Washington, DC in May 2024 and the Canadian Rockies in September 2024. See the attached flyers for more details.

Canadian Rockies


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Join these active hikers, and others, on an upcoming walk/hike. Always let us know if you plan to participate so that we can give you all the details and to let you know if there is any change in our plans due to weather, etc. Our hikes are always meet-ups (drive on your own) unless otherwise specified.

Bring a water bottle, good walking shoes, a walking stick, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen and a camera!

Nature Sit & Journaling with White Pine
Tuesday, May 21st 9-11am

White Pine will lead our group on this outing at York Land Trust on Longneck Marsh Road. We’ll walk through the field and wooded trails to choose a sit-spot and connect with nature allowing for a calm and meditative experience for journal writing.


CAL Hiking Club Mount Agamenticus
Friday, May 10th 9-10:30am

Meet in the main Summit Lot for FREE parking and we’ll explore the shorter trails at Mt. A with other CAL hikers. Be sure to wear good foot gear and bring your water bottle, snack and walking stick.


Birding with Diane at Mount Agamenticus
Thursday, May 23rd 9am

Join Diane Losier and other CAL birding enthusiasts, to learn about migratory birds that will be returning or passing through our area. We’ll have the opportunity to see Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Thrushes, and more. We’ll be meeting in the main Summit Lot for FREE parking at 9am.








Monday, May 6th
Armchair Travels with Dewey
Come join Dewey and enjoy a casual discussion about his travels.  He will share pictures, stories, and facts about San Blas Islands, Panama.

Tuesday, May 14th
OT Emily Wehrwein/Dry Needling
Come learn about Dry Needling, a manual therapy trigger point release technique that can help all kinds of orthopedic conditions. Join Emily, an occupational therapist, to learn about the science behind dry needling, which diagnoses it’s used for, and if it’s right for you!

Wednesday, May 15th
Brianna Henward presents
Fall Asleep/Stay Asleep

We all have trouble sleeping at one time or another. Come and learn some good tips to ensure a better night’s rest.




Derby Hat Craft - $2.00
Monday - May 20th 1-3pm

Bring your own hat to decorate and we’ll provide the embellishments!
Wear it on Derby Day, May 31st and enter it in BEST HAT




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The Center for Active Living offers several Special Events throughout the year. Watch for updates and information each month in the SCOOP. 
Here's a few of those fun events:

Potluck Dinners

Lobster Feast with the Masons

Chowder Fundraiser

Stake-out with the YPD

CAL's Thanksgiving 

Holiday Christmas Party

Halloween Celebration

Valentine Tea

A Night in Vegas

Fall Fair

Spring Fair

Summer Camp

Winter Camp





White Pine Programs

York Public Library

Portsmouth Senior Center


Southern Maine Agency on Aging

St. Aspinquid Masonic Lodge

AARP Age-Friendly Network

SOS - Serving Our Seniors

York Beach Fire Department

The Cliff House



If you need help with Food, Housing, Health, Transportation, Faith and Socialization, please click the link below to find more information on where to get assistance in the York area.


Current and Ongoing Programs


BINGO for Fun

Yes, we do get excited about our BINGO games each month! Once a month, and sometimes twice, we gather for a lively afternoon of Bingo. Check the SCOOP each month to check on dates and times.


Board & Card Games

CAL members enjoy a wide variety of weekly games including Mahjong, Poker, Cribbage, Bridge and Mexican Train Dominoes. Check the schedule link below to see when your favorite game is being played and join in the fun with a group that likes that game, too!


Blood Pressure & Glucose Clinic

The York Beach Fire Department offers a FREE Blood Pressure and Glucose Clinic once a month at the Center. This is a drop-in clinic with no appointment necessary. Usually, the second Monday of the month from 2-2:30. Check the monthly calendar or call the center to check if the clinic will take place.


Books, Videos & Puzzles

The Center for Active Living has a wide variety of books, videos and puzzles that are available to borrow. Drop in during regular business hours to browse the many shelves for your reading and viewing pleasure and check out the hallway shelves by the card room for an assortment of jigsaw puzzles. When you are ready to return your borrowed items you can leave them in the drop box near the entrance door. We welcome donations of gently used items that are not older than 5 years to add to our collection.


CAL Book Club

The CAL Book Club meets every month to discuss a recently read book provided by the York Public Library's inter-loan system. You pick up the book at the Center for Active Living and come back to participate in the discussion with the group. Easy-peasy and lots of fun being able to share your thoughts and opinions on the book with others.


CAL Gals Club

Ladies of CAL provide a safe and non-judgmental environment to promote friendship and camaraderie while sharing information and reducing isolation. We’ll engage in meaningful conversations while addressing concerns related to aging and life’s challenges, offering tools and resources to better understand our journey.

See the current calendar for the next CAL Gal Club meeting.



CAL's Game Show Day

Keep your eye on the calendar for our very popular GAME SHOW DAY at CAL. Recent game shows have included Wheel of Fortune, Friend Connection and $10,000 Pyramid. Always fun and always unpredictable, CAL puts their own spin on each game and you never know what will happen! 



CAL's Vinyl Cafe

Bring your vintage vinyl albums and your 45's, too, and share in the nostalgia with other music lovers. We listen to everything from jazz to rock'n roll and everything in between. Be ready for a spontaneous dance party mixed with a lot of reminiscing! Check the calendar for the next date for the Vinyl Cafe.


Candlepin Bowling

Our active and friendly bowling group gathers once a month for candlepin bowling at the Bowl-O-Rama in Portsmouth on Lafayette Road. We welcome all levels of bowlers from beginners to well- seasoned for non-competitive games. Play one string or all three! The group usually meets the second Tuesday of each month but always check the current calendar for possible changes.



Conversational French

Join Volunteer Instructor, Christine Yanco and our new Conversational French group to get a French refresher or get started on a new journey. Maybe you have an upcoming trip planned and need to learn a few simple phrases to help with communication in a French speaking country. All abilities are welcome to join in. 



Drumming with Patsy Onatah

A traditional Drum Circle with Patsy Onatah is both relaxing and invigorating. Patsy loves sharing her passion for drumming, and she brings out the power of rhythm in all of us. Bring your own drum/small percussion if you have it. Patsy brings extras to share if you don’t have one. Usually the third Tuesday of each month. Check the calendar for this month's gathering.

Class charge is $5.00



Haircuts with Susan

Haircuts and other trims (eyebrows and beards) are offered by Susan twice a month on the first and third Mondays. Pay Susan directly ($15) by cash or check at time of service. Call or drop-in to check on availability. Schedule is subject to change on Monday holidays.


Late Night at the Center

CAL members are invited to the center for extended hours (4-8pm) on LATE NIGHT for fun & games. Choose from Wii Bowling, Scrabble, Rummykub, Cribbage and other card and/or board games. Bring a new game to teach or join in on an established favorite. 

Check the calendar for this month's LATE NIGHT!


Movie Monday

Who doesn't enjoy popcorn and a good movie? Gather with other film enthusiasts and enjoy a popular comedy or drama. Give us some movie recommendations and we'll see what we can do. Always FREE and everyone is welcome to join in! Check the calendar for this month's Movie Monday.


Peace of Mind

YCSA's Family Services Manager and Town of York General Assistance Director, Janie Sweeney, joins us two mornings per month and offers guidance and support to our members. Make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with Janie if you need help finding area resources pertaining to Medicare, housing, food security and more.



Seasonal Pickleball at CAL runs from June to October, depending on the weather. We have portable nets and paddles/balls for those interested in playing in the parking lot at CAL. Check back in June to find out which mornings the group will meet. All are welcome to play for FREE!


Sing-Along with Art

For the love of SONG! We have found that this one simple program is the best therapy around. Each month we come up with a different music theme, print out the lyrics so that everyone can follow and then sing like nobody can hear you. No judgement here. Turn a mediocre day into a great one by joining the Sing-Along with Art!


Tech Help

Do you need help with your cell phone, tablet, or laptop? Volunteer, Shaun Morrill, provides tech assistance each month on the 4th Thursday from 11am-2pm. Appointments can be made at the front desk at CAL - 363-1036.
Check the current calendar for exact date.


Program Registration

The majority of programs require advance registration; please see The Scoop for program details and deadline dates to register. Programs identified as “drop-in” do not require advance registration; just come. For programs requiring registration, you can register by phone or walk-in at the Center for Active Living (207-363-1036), Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  You can also register online, except for meals, at  Please see The Scoop for registration dates. Registration for programs is on-going after the initial registration date based on space and if there is a deadline date. Register early as many programs fill up.  Waitlists are maintained for programs that fill-up.

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Meet the Team

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Art Jacobs - Program Coordinator

After more than 30 years with the Rochester Recreation Department, Art was ready for a new challenge and became the Program Coordinator at CAL in 2022. With a vast amount of experience, a fantastic sense of humor and a wide variety of programs in his playbook he has brought unity to the CAL community. A fun-loving, outdoorsman and a natural born singer/performer/comedian, Art brings a good time wherever he goes. When he’s not putting long days in at CAL, you’ll find him hunting & fishing and cherishing family time with his wife, Michelle and adult daughters, Aubrey and Hannah and son in-law, Reggie.

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Kim Tilton – CAL Coordinator
Kim joined the CAL team in August of 2023, coming from Newmarket Rec’s Sunrise Sunset Center in Newmarket, NH. Kim worked with older adults in the Newmarket Community for 15+ years, first with Meals on Wheels and continued as the Program Director for the Sunrise Sunset Activity Center. Providing interesting and fun programming and events has always been her goal, combined with advocacy and compassion for the senior population. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband, David, trail walking, gardening and kayaking and in the colder months she spends her free time cooking, reading and playing games. Being at the beach with family and friends in any season, is her ‘happy place’.


Obie Murphy – CAL Custodian

Obie Murphy’s connection to York began back in 1938 when her immigrant Irish grandparents built a summer cottage. She spent her childhood exploring York and worked at the York Harbor Reading Room as a teenager, where her culinary journey began by eating lots of delicious, local ice cream. Originally from Newton, MA, she attended Providence College and yearned to surf in California. She took to the west by way of Yellowstone National Park, becoming a backcountry interpretive specialist (aka educator). The Olympic National Forest and Mt. Hood would become home for the next 12 years as she worked on the mountain as a ski instructor, ranger, rescue & patrol and when the recreation budget was cut, she worked as a fire fighter and drove a tanker and as if that wasn’t enough, she spent 16 years as a migrant educator/ELL specialist. She is the mother of three adult children, and happily, a grandmother who actively enjoys the outdoors, skiing, entertaining & cooking. She states: “Growing up in York was the best thing that ever happened to me. I love the sense of community and tradition.” When not walking her dog on the beach or volunteering for the Lions Club she is busy keeping the Center for Active Living in tip top shape and works seasonally at the Nubble Lighthouse Gift Shop. 


Sean Carey – CAL
In-house Chef

We welcomed Sean to the CAL team in August of 2023. Sean began his early culinary career at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport and during the winter months was fortunate enough to cook at their sister resort, the Beach Cabana Club in Delray Beach, Florida. Before coming to CAL, Sean spent the last 20+ years cooking for the residents at a non-profit re-entry program in Portland. Originally from Western Maine, he now resides in Lyman with his family. In his off-time, Sean enjoys fishing, canoeing, watching sports, walking his dogs and of course, cooking for and spending time with his family. His new family at CAL are thoroughly enjoying his delicious food and he continues to build his fan base. We’re very happy to have you with us, Sean, and please keep those great meals coming!

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Becky Osgood – CAL Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in York, Becky became a perfect addition to our CAL crew in 2022. She graduated from York High School and went on to become a professional Dog Groomer and a Certified Nursing Assistant before becoming the Administrative Assistant at CAL. Her CNA training and love of the York Community coupled with her top-notch organizational skills is an ideal fit for her at CAL. She has been married to York Beach Fire Fighter Dave Osgood for 25 years and their extended family, daughter Heather, son-in-law Cory, and granddaughter Lil, all live close by on the Osgood family property. She’s fortunate to have her Dad living in York and her sister close by in Barrington, NH. Family and friends are always top priority, and her love of animals, gardening, cooking and a variety of outdoor activities, keep her busy outside of CAL.

Frequently Asked Questions About CAL

Where is the Center for Active Living?

The Center for Active Living is located at 36 Main Street in York Beach. Our parking and main entrance are in the back of the building.

When are you open?

Year round, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
We are closed on the following holidays:
Christmas, New Year's Day, MLK/Civil Rights Day, Presidents' Day, Patriots Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day. 

How do I know what’s going on at the Center for Active Living?

We publish a monthly newsletter, The SCOOP, which is available at the end of each month to let you know what is coming up for trips, events and programs.

Do I have to be a York resident to participate?

No, we welcome non-residents. Non-residents, however, pay an annual user fee of $25.00 (July 1st – June 30th).

Do I have to be enrolled in a program to stop by the Center for Active Living?

No! Older adults are welcome anytime. Stop by to say hi, meet a friend, enjoy a cup of coffee and some conversation, borrow a book, play a game, work on a puzzle.

Are your programs limited?

Some programs are limited in size. Therefore, we recommend registering early for programs that you do not want to miss out on.

How do I register for a program?

You can register in person, by phone, and for some programs online through the Rec1 program here.

Do I have to register for your programs if I want to participate?

Some programs require pre-registration but there are some that are designed to be drop-in style. If pre-registration is required, it will be indicated in the program write-up in The Scoop.

How do I know what you are serving for lunch?

Our menu is published monthly here.

Do I have to make a reservation if I want to join you for lunch?

Yes, reservations need to be made by Friday, 2pm the week prior to when you desire a meal.

If I want to join you for lunch, what time should I be there?

Dine-In meals are served at 12:00 noon. We ask that you arrive and sign-in for lunch at 11:30pm.

Do you deliver meals?

We provide a very limited delivery service a few times a week to older adults living in York who are unable to drive and have no one else to pick-up their meal.

I heard that I had to bring my own silverware to lunch, is that true?

Dine-in meals are served complete with plates and silverware. We do not, however, provide silverware for drive-thru pick-up meals.

Do you have a transportation program?

We do not provide transportation to and from the Center.

If I register for a trip, is the deposit refundable?

Most deposits are refundable up until an advertised deadline date. After that, deposits are non- refundable.

Is trip Insurance available?

Our day trips do not have trip insurance available. Most of our longer, overnight trips have a reasonably priced insurance option for participants

Sign up for the Scoop

THE SCOOP is our monthly newsletter and program guide. THE SCOOP is where you’ll find detailed information regarding all that is going on at the Center for Active Living including a complete program listing and lunch menu.

Click here for the most recent SCOOP newsletter.