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Downtown Senior Center
Activities & Classes
The Downtown Senior Center offers classes and activities for ages 55 and up, as well as boomer classes for ages 45 and up. All courses are drop-in classes with no sign up or registration required!  Classes collect suggested donations, ranging from $1 to $5 depending on the course and the equiptment required.
Click below to learn more about our individual class offerings and prices

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 Joyce Keller M.S.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $4.00 Non-City Residents $4.25

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

Ongoing gentle exercise perfect for older adults wanting to increase circulation and flexibility.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $1.00 Non-City Residents $1.25

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10:00 - 11:30 am
Gentle stretching and breathing relax the body and build strength. The newly added Friday class (45 and up) is designed for the student who wants a bit more challenge. Inspired by Gail Lewis. Taught by Tara Gasta and Lyona Thibault.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $5.00 Non-City Residents $5.50

Mondays, 1:30-2:30 pm
Yoga is great for all ages and abilities but some find it difficult to get down and up from floor positions. This class is designed for those individuals. Remaining seated in a chair, you are led through a series of movements that will stretch your body, boost your confidence and improve your well-being. Taught by Lyona Thibault.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $3.00 Non-City Residents $3.50

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 and Judi Cobb.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25

Tuesdays, 11:00 am - Noon

T'ai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise system benefiting the internal organs and joints. Taught by Dale Strawhacker, with over 20 years of experience.
Suggested Donation:
City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25

Boomer QI GONG
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 pm (45 years and up) 

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 Gene Ervin.
Suggested Donation: City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25

First Tuesday of the Month, 9:30 - 10:30 am

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

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45 Plus Activities



Specific class information is available through Parks and Recreation's online registration service, instaReg. Registration may also be done online if you have an account set up and know your Account and PIN #, or through the Parks and Recreation Registration office, 420-5270. Click here for more registration information.


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 14 computers, 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. Classes are typically $20 for a course of instruction. If you are interested in becoming a member, call 420-6180 or email Membership applications and more information are also available on the web at:

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Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Start your day with a rousing game of Ping Pong. Not only is this great exercise but a fun way to meet new friends. No partners necessary and all levels welcome. Players rotate turns in order from a sign-in sheet. Free!


Last updated: 7/25/2014 10:39:29 AM