Senior Activities at Louden Nelson

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Downtown Senior Center Activities

The Downtown Senior Center provides recreational activities through the Parks and Recreation department. All Activities are ongoing drop-in classes with no pre-registration required. Come in at a convenient date, sign our rosters, note the suggested donation of $1 to $5 per class depending on the activity, and jump right in. Our professional teachers and friendly attendees will bring you up to speed and make you feel welcome. For more information, check out our page in the Parks and Recreation Activity Guide or scroll down. 

BOOK CLUB (Ages 45+)
First Tuesday of the Month, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Meet for an hour (or so) to discuss current book selections and future books. Led by Irma Andrews. FREE

Tuesdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Bring positive changes to your mind and body through simple stretches, breath work and readings. Connect to your inner wisdom therefore giving yourself choice of thoughts, actions and feelings. Reduce stress and anxiety to improve your health. Led by Xander Abrams, PhD. FREE

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11:00 - 11:30 am

Gentle exercises are perfect for older adults wanting to increase circulation and flexibility. Come enjoy gentle sitting stretches for the arms, shoulders, neck and torso with a few standing exercises for the legs and lower body as well. This class is suitable for all abilities and fitness levels.

Suggested Donation: 
City Residents $1.00 Non-City Residents $1.25


Mondays, Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 am

Gentle stretching and breathing relax the body and build strength. Beginners are welcomed. The ability to get down and up from the floor is the only requirement. Mats and other equipment are provided. Inspired by Gail Lewis. Taught by Tara Gasta and Lyona Thibault.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $5.00 Non-City Residents $5.50

BOOMER YOGA (Ages 45+)
Fridays 10:00 - 11:30 am

Advanced stretching and breathing exercises designed for the student who wants a bit more challenge. Recommended for ages 45 and up or for those with previous yoga experience. Taught by Lyona Thibault.
Suggested Donation: 
City Residents $5.00 Non-City Residents $5.50

Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 am (BEGINNER CLASS)

Line dancing isn’t just country western! Jazz, waltz and contemporary music are just some of the genres you will kick up your heels to in this ongoing class. Meet new friends, get some exercise and have a whole lot of fun. No partner needed! Taught by Judy Zwerling, Helen Waller, and Judi Cobb. 

Suggested Donation:
City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:00pm

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise system benefiting the internal organs and joints, circulation and breathing. Practice restores and tunes agility, balance, flexibility, endurance, focus, power and zest.  Taught by John Doane.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25

One Wednesday a Month, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us in the auditorium for a free film once a month!  FREE

The next movie being shown will be The African Queen on December 20th from 1-3pm.

Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm 

Wang Ji Wu’s Sixteen Exercises for Health and Strength Training is a Qi Gong set which enhances the circulatory system as well as the body’s joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments as they are moved through their full range of motion. Participants will find it beneficial in its simplicity and will appreciate its profound generation of energy. Well suited for all. Taught by Drew Ho.
Suggested Donation: City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25

One Thursday a Month , 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This program will include various speakers, films, photography and discussions. Led by Joya Chatterjee. FREE

The next session covering "Christmas Markets in Europe" will be on Thursday, December 13th from 1-3pm.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, and the first Saturday of the month 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Depot Freight Building, 119 Center St.

Start your day with a rousing game of ping pong! Competition grade
tables and volunteers are available to help newcomers
get up to speed.
Membership fee $5.00 per month or $50 per year. Go to the
Louden Nelson Community Center to sign up.


The Senior Computer Center of Santa Cruz offers members (55 and up) the opportunity to learn and use mobile phones, Macintosh and PCs. Courses are taught by volunteer instructors at the Louden Nelson Community Center.
Membership benefits include use of the computer lab during scheduled sessions and eligibility to register for a variety of courses. Lab facilities include desktop computers, laptops, printers, and internet access. Membership is $25 per year. Scholarships are available.
Introductory and intermediate classes are offered each session on both Mac and PC platforms. If you are interested in becoming a member, call 420-6180.

 Contact the Downtown Senior Office at 831-420-6180 with questions or for additional information.

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