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Activities & Classes

Creative Writing for Fun
Exercise Class
Gentle Yoga
Chair Yoga
Senior Massage by Twin Lakes College
Introduction to T'ai Chi and Chikung
Qi-Gong 45 years and up
Boomer Qi Gong
Aerobic Line Dancing
Book Club
Senior Computer Center of Santa Cruz
45-Plus Acitivities


Lunch at the Carnation Café
Information & Referral
FREE Blood Pressure Checks
FREE Hearing Tests and Hearing Aid Battery Checks
HICAP Appointments

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

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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

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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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Tuesdays by appointment, 1:30 or 2:30 pm
Spring Quarter, April 29-June 10
Beginning students practice what they are learning in massage school under professional supervision. Massage is conducted in a one-room setting. Students will practice light Swedish acupressure, energy work, or other modality (no deep tissue or full body massages).
Pre-registration is required. Appointments will be taken beginning Tuesday, April 22. 
Call 420-6180.
Suggested donation is $10 to $15.

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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Parks and Recreation bus trips depart from and return to the Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street. Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled time. Free parking permits are available for permit areas of Maple and Washington Streets, and the Police Station lot.

Specific trip 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.
Call 420-6180 for more information about the trips.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Experience an exciting day of thoroughbred horse racing while watching from the luxurious surroundings of the Turf Club. The club is designed theater-style with a wall of glass facing the race course and lake turf course. It is situated at the highest point at Golden Gate Fields affording a completely unobstructed panoramic view of the action as well as the Berkeley Hills.Enjoy the all-you-can-eat, "prime rib buffet." If you’ve never experienced a day at the races, don’t worry. Each group is assigned a host to enhance your experience and answer questions. The Turf Club has a "smart casual" dress code: "All guests are requested to dress in a smart casual style. Stylish denim or festive hats are welcome as is casual footwear including tennis shoes. We STRONGLY discourage: Sweatpants/suits, T-shirts, baseball hats, and thong style shoes. Guests who arrive in shorts of any style, tank tops (sleeveless shirts), or clothing with offensive logos will be denied access to the Turf Club and offered seats in the "Club House."
The fee includes charter bus transportation, admission fee and lunch buffet.
COST: $ 70.00 Resident, $ 48.00 Senior Resident, $ 88.00 Non-Resident, $ 70.00 Senior Non-Resident

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George will examine the extraordinary body of work created by the artist of and at Lake George, New York. From 1918 until the early 1930’s, Georgia O’Keeffe lived for part of the year at Alfred Stieglitz’s 36-acre family property situated just north of Lake George Village, along the western shore of this 30-mile-long glacial lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Despite the fact that the Lake George work was critical to Georgia O’Keeffe’s development of her signature style of modernism and abstraction, this is the first major exhibition and publication devoted to this period of her career.
On the shores of Lake George, O’Keeffe found a place to concentrate on her work without the distractions of her life in New York City. Working in her humble studio, nicknamed the “shanty,” she reveled in the discovery of new subjects that included landscapes, flowers, fruit, trees, leaves and architecture. Lake George served as a rural retreat for the artist, providing the basic material for her art, which in turn evoked the spirit of place that was essential to O’Keeffe’s modern approach to the natural world and influenced her subsequent work in New Mexico.
Also on exhibit is The Bay Bridge: A Work in Progress, 1933-1936. This exhibition presents a newly acquired group of photographs by Peter Stackpole (1913-1997) documenting the bridge’s original construction in the 1930’s – the first works by this important Bay Area photographer to enter the Museum’s collection.
Trip includes transportation and all admissions. Lunch is on your own in the de Young Cafe or bring a bag lunch to enjoy in the park!

COST: $ 60.00 Resident, $ 38.00 Senior Resident, $ 78.00 Non-Resident, $ 60.00 Senior Non-Resident

Thursday, August 14, 2014
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

What could be better than a summer stroll through the streets of Carmel looking at historic buildings, stopping in the many unique shops and finding the perfect spot to enjoy a lunch? How about getting a chance to see some classic cars destined for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance?
Join us as we take advantage of the week leading up to Concours d’Elegance when the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance winds its way through Pebble Beach and on to Carmel where the cars will be on display right on Ocean Avenue!
For those who prefer a different kind of Carmel experience, we will arrange a drop off at the Carmel Mission Basilica where you can explore the over 200 year old Mission grounds on a self-guided tour. Admission to the Mission is $6.50 for adults and $4.00 for seniors.
Pricing includes coach travel. Lunch and admissions are not included.
COST: $26.00 Resident, $21.00 Senior Resident, $36.00 Non-Resident 

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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!

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am
Pickle ball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong, with a smaller court, bigger paddle than ping pong and a slower moving ball. It is less strenuous than tennis but just as much fun. This is a great way to get some exercise, meet some new friends, and most of all, have a great time. Pickle ball is also played at Mike Fox Park on Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 am. FREE

LUNCH AT THE CARNATION CAFÉ A delicious lunch is served Monday-Friday at noon in the dining room to persons 60 years and up. Stop by and pick up a calendar complete with menu and special activities that happen at lunch. Advance reservations are recommended. Suggested donation of $2.50. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Transportation is available. Call 427-0901 one day ahead by 1:00 p.m.

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INFORMATION & REFERRAL A Senior Network Services counselor is available every third Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-noon to answer questions about services relevant to seniors. No appointment needed. FREE.

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FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS Blood pressure checks are provided on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10:30-noon.  No appointment is necessary.  FREE.

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HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP) APPOINTMENTS Trained counselor available every Tuesday and Wednesday, by appointment, 1:15 and 2:30 pm. Evaluation of Medicare supplemental insurance, HMOs, long term care insurance and claims assistance. Call 462-5510 for appointment. FREE.

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Last updated: 4/22/2014 9:01:30 AM