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.
CREATIVE WRITING FOR FUN (Ages 45+)
Mondays, 1:00-2:30 pm
Learn how to make creative writing easy and enjoyable in this friendly and supportive class. Stories, poetry, journaling, memoirs. Taught by Beverly Boyd.
City Residents $4.00 Non-City Residents $4.25
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
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.
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.
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.
City Residents $5.00 Non-City Residents $5.50
AEROBIC LINE DANCING
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 am
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.
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI AND QI GONG
Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 12:00pm
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise system benefiting the internal organs and joints. Taught by John Doane.
City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25
BOOMER QI GONG (Ages 45+)
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Wang Ji Wu’s Sixteen Exercises for Health and Strength Training is a Qigong 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
ALL INCLUSIVE TAI CHI & QI GONG
Saturdays, 10 am - 11 am
Slow, gentle, free flow movements for all body types. Chair Tai Chi/ sitting Tai Chi included. This class is based on the Chen Family Tai Chi Chuan and is geared toward increasing and maintaining balance, energy, focus, relaxation, stamina and agility. Instructor Ceylan Cemali has over 15 years of teaching internal arts.
POETRY and MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP
Every other Tuesday, 10 am - 11 am
Santa Cruz area seniors work on memoirs and draw on their narrative gifts to do so. Taught by Santa Cruz's Poet Laureate, Robert Sward.
PING PONG CLUB
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 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.
SENIOR COMPUTER CENTER OF SANTA CRUZ
The Senior Computer Center of Santa Cruz offers members (55 and up) the opportunity to learn and use 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.