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.

PERIODIC ACTIVITIES

ABSOLUTE BEGINNER LINE DANCING
Wednesdays, 10/3-10/23 10:45 am - 11:45 am 

Emphasis on learning basic steps and several beginning dances for people who have never line danced before. 

TRAVEL TALKS
Thursdays 11/7-12/19, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This program will include various speakers, films, photography and discussions. Led by Joya Chatterjee with guest speakers Gaby Litsky (11/14) and Bill Bischoff (11/21). Tentative schedule below. FREE 
Week 1- Nov 7:     Exploring on your own in Bulgaria
                               Romania: Beyond Transylvania into the Transfagaran
                               The Danube Delta.
Week 2- Nov 14:  Trekking/ Camping the Pan American Highway
                               National Parks, Alaska to Mexico 
                               Packing Light
Week 3- Nov 21:  Travelling and Teaching in Thailand 
                               Easy Steps to Great Travel Photography
Weeks 4-6 (Dec 5, 12, 19): subject matter to be determined by participants

SENIOR CINEMA
One Thursday 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 Shining on Thursday, October 31st.

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Mondays, 9/30-11/4

Hospice of Santa Cruz invites you to attend a support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one. When we share our story in a safe place, we find that we are not alone and begin to find our way through loss. Drop-in and free.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES  

LIVING TO TELL THE TALES: A MEMOIR WRITING CLASS
Mondays (Returning 10/14), 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Local seniors write and share memoirs taught by Kathryn Cowan, formerly memoirs instructor at Cabrillo College. 

EXERCISE CLASS
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

EJERCICIO EN ESPANOL (EXERCISE IN SPANISH)
Martes y Jueves  11:00 - 11:30 am (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Los ejercicios suaves son perfectos para adultos mayores que desean aumentar la circulación y la flexibilidad. Venga a disfrutar estiramientos suaves para los brazos, hombros, cuello, y torso. Con algunos ejercicios de pie para las piernas y la parte inferior del cuerpo también. Esta clase es adecuada para todas las habilidades y niveles de condición física.

Donación sugerida:
Residentes de la ciudad $ 1.00, Residentes no municipales $ 1.25

GENTLE YOGA
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10:00 - 11:30 am

Slow, gentle movement and breathing with an emphasis on maintaining physical and mental balance. Beginners are welcome.  The ability to get down and up from the floor is the only requirement, using a chair or the wall for support if needed. Mats and other props are provided. Taught by Tara Gasta and instructors from the Yoga For All Movement.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $5.00 Non-City Residents $5.50

PING PONG CLUB
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.

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

SENIOR GARDEN CLUB
Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Do you have a green thumb? Or wanting to learn basic gardening techniques? All skills levels are welcome to join our new Garden Club! Led by local gardeners Rina Weingold and Tom Fordham. FREE

LINE DANCING
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 Helen Waller and Judi Cobb. 

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

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INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI AND QI GONG
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

WRITE THROUGH IT: A CREATIVE WRITING CLASS
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

In a fun and safe setting, we will utilize journaling, personal and narrative essays, poetry and other modes leading to heightened self awareness and new discoveries leading to poetry, personal essays and other formats useful in creating memoirs. Facilitated by published poet and author, Ellen Hart, MA.E.

BOOMER QI GONG (Ages 45+)
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

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRACTICE (60+)
Thursdays , 9:00 am -10:00 am

Drop in and join in on a 60+ women's basketball practice. Enjoy practicing basketball drills and half court play! 

GROUP KARAOKE FUN WITH GINA
Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sing along in a group-karaoke environment that is completely accepting of all diverse voices with the goal of having a good time! No experience necessary, just sing along and have fun!

SENIOR COMPUTER CENTER OF SANTA CRUZ

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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