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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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Tuesdays & (Thursdays, starting in September), 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Qi Gong is the art of cultivating ones life-force and overall well-being. In this class, we will focus on breathing exercises and gentle rhythmic meditative movements to enliven, balance, and restore youthful vitality throughout the whole body, especially the spine and joints. This class also offers methods to help balance the emotions, with the goal of inner peace and happiness. Led by Lewis Regen. This class is suitable for all ages, however it is particularly useful for seniors and those looking to become more comfortable in their bodies.
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, 10:30 - 11:30 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
Fall Quarter, October 1 - November 19
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, September 24. 
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, September 19, 2013 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside. Join us for a day on the Stanford University campus and visit the renowned museum where you will find exhibits from Africa, Asia, Europe, ancient Greece and Rome as well as contemporary art. Special exhibitions include: Faith Embodied: Saints from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.The 16 prints in this exhibition explore different narrative strategies that artists employed to represent the deeds, miraculous visions, and martyrdoms of the saints. Manet and the Graphic Arts in France, 1860–1880 features the death and destruction that occurred in the streets of Paris during the Commune of 1871 that affected artists of the generation who lived through it or even fought in it, as did Edouard Manet (1832-1883). This exhibition examines how printmakers, draftsmen, and photographers depicted the factors that led to this traumatic event as well as the conflict itself and the changes it brought to Paris.
An optional docent-led tour of the Rodin sculpture garden will be scheduled.
Trip goes rain or shine. Lunch is on your own at the Cool Cafe or bring your own to enjoy in the gardens surrounding the museum.
COST: $ 35.00 Resident, $ 28.00 Senior Resident, $ 46.00 Non-Resident, $ 35.00 Senior Non-Resident


Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Ferry Building Marketplace is a people's marketplace serving residents and travelers alike. Located within the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest of local fish. Restaurants and cafés serve cuisine representing the quality and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s best chefs.
Outside, the world-famous Farmer's Market will be in full swing with their annual Harvest Festival. After a 10-minute introduction by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) you will have plenty of time to explore a wide variety of farm products. This market also offers fine artisan foodstuffs, delicious baked goods, and lots of options for breakfast and lunch. In addition to shopping and eating, visit their demonstration kitchen and watch cider-pressing and butter-making demonstrations amongst other activities.
Lunch is on your own. Trip goes rain or shine.
COST: $ 35.00 Resident, $ 28.00 Senior Resident, $ 46.00 Non-Resident, $ 35.00 Senior Non-Resident

UNION SQUARE, San Francisco  #17004
Friday, December 6, 2013,  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy San Francisco’s Union Square during the holidays. The day is yours to explore, people-watch or do some holiday shopping. Lunch on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in the area or bring a lunch to picnic in the Square.
COST: $ 35.00 Resident, $ 28.00 Senior Resident, $ 46.00 Non-Resident, $ 35.00 Senior 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. 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: 8/14/2013 8:56:26 AM