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Senior Activities at Louden Nelson

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In consideration of recommendations from Santa Cruz County Public Health and the CDC recommendations, Louden Nelson Community Center will be closed until further notice. For more information, see Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 Response.

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.

See all of our classes offered Virtually online in Red below. For more activities, visit our Virtual Recreation website. If you are able, please consider making an online donation to keep our classes going. 


One Thursday a Month, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us in the auditorium for a full movie theater experience (popcorn included) once a month!  FREE

One Thursday Monthly, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This program will include various speakers, films, photography and discussions. Led by Joya Chatterjee with guest speakers. Topics to be determined. FREE 

Off for the summer for travels and returning October 1st for 8 weeks in a row.


Mondays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Local seniors write and share memoirs taught by Kathryn Cowan, formerly memoirs instructor at Cabrillo College.

Join us on Zoom at 1pm on Mondays

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. 

 Practice from home here! 

Suggested Donation: 
City Residents $1.00 Non-City Residents $1.25

Martes y Jueves  11:00 - 11:30 am (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

Los ejercicios suaves son perfectos para adultos mayores que desean aumentar la circulación y la flexibilidad. Venga a disfrutar estiramientos suaves para los brazos, hombros, cuello, y torso. Con algunos ejercicios de pie para las piernas y la parte inferior del cuerpo también. Esta clase es adecuada para todas las habilidades y niveles de condición física.

Ejercicio para Adultos Mayores

Donación sugerida:
Residentes de la ciudad $ 1.00, Residentes no municipales $ 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.

Join us for a VIRTUAL yoga class from the comfort of your own home on Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays at 10am.

Join us on Zoom at 10am for our next Monday class

Join us on Zoom at 10am for our next Wednesday class

Join us on Zoom at 10am for our next Friday class

Suggested Donation:
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

Join us on Zoom at 10:30am on Tuesday, July 7 to discuss a book of your choice! Be prepared to share your reflections for 2 minutes of a book you have recently read. 

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. 

Join us for a Virtual Line Dance Class from the comfort of your own home! 

Join us on Zoom at 9:30am for our next class

Suggested Donation: City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25


Tuesdays, Wednesdays Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

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.
Suggested Donation:

Join us on Zoom at 11am for our next class.

City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25

Thursdays 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.

Join us on Zoom at 1:30pm for our next Thursday Qi Gong Class

Suggested Donation: City Residents $2.00 Non-City Residents $2.25

(Weather permitting)

Do you have a green thumb? Or wanting to learn basic gardening techniques? All skills levels are welcome to join our new Garden Club! Call 831-420-6180 to get involved based on your availability! Led by local gardeners Rina Weingold and Tom Fordham. FREE

Thursdays , 9:30 am -10:30 am

Drop in and join in on a 60+ women's basketball practice. Enjoy practicing basketball drills and half court play! 

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.


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.

 Contact the Downtown Senior Office at 831-420-6180 with questions or for additional information.

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