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.
LIVING TO TELL THE TALES: A MEMOIR WRITING CLASS
Mondays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Local seniors write and share memoirs taught by Kathryn Cowan, formerly memoirs instructor at Cabrillo College.
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.
City Residents $1.00 Non-City Residents $1.25
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.
City Residents $5.00 Non-City Residents $5.50
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
MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
Tuesdays (returning 6/11), 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
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
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.
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI AND QI GONG
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.
City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25
WRITE THROUGH IT: A CREATIVE WRITING CLASS
Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:00 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
ORIGAMI BOX MAKING
Third Wednesday of the Month, starting April 17, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Get your hands moving as you learn to make origami boxes. This Japanese folk art transforms a sheet of paper into a little box with folding and sculpting techniques. Taught by Gail Charlotte. Materials are provided, but students are welcome to bring their own paper. FREE
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 "Visiting Croatia and the Dalmatian Coast" on Thursday, June 13 from 1-3pm.
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 Little Miss Sunshine on June 27th from 1-3pm.
GROUP KARAOKE FUN WITH GINA
Fridays, 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!
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Will return on Mondays in Fall 2019, 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.
SENIOR DOWNSIZING 123
Second Saturday of the month starting 6/08, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Many topics like real estate selling and buying vs. renting, how to best reduce belongings and emotional issues will be covered all while trying to maintain peace of mind. Instructor Peter Martin.
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.
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.