Senior Center

The Sierra 2 Senior Center is part of the non-profit Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association located in Room 12 at the Sierra 2 Center. It is open to all seniors 50+ years old Monday-Friday. Hours vary depending on the scheduled activities. The Senior Center was established in November 2000 to provide seniors the opportunity to continue to learn, meet new people and be actively involved in the community. 

Listed below is a calendar of scheduled activities and events. All classes and events take place in Room 12, unless noted otherwise. Classes are free (donations accepted) or fee based where noted.  For more information on any of these activities or events, call the Senior Center office at (916) 455-6339.

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Sponsor Information
The Sierra 2 Senior Center is helped by many local businesses that provide financial support to help make our programs possible. The benefits of this sponsorship are tremendous. If you are a business/company interested in sponsoring the Senior Center, please email Executive Director Terri Shettle at, for more information.

The Senior Center would like to thank the following generous donors for their support:
Eskaton Monroe Lodge
Angela Mia-Lyon Real Estate

Senior Center Announcements
Facilitation Notes--8/28/13

On-Going Activities - Link to a heading below:
Cards and Games

Monthly Calendar
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November 2015



Fall Prevention: Flex, Stretch and Balance
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
4 classes: $20
8 classes: $40
Instructor: Pat Shaw
Phone: (916) 856-0136
Movements to guide you through proper body alignment, balance and breathing. Low impact class. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Exercises are both seated and standing.

Gentle Yoga
Days: Wednesday & Friday
Time: 10-11:15 a.m.
Fees: $10/Drop-Ins; $30/4-classes; $60/8-classes
Instructor: Pat Shaw
Phone: (916) 856-0136
This class is structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, chairs and straps are used for safe practice and to allow the body to fully achieve positions comfortably. This is a slow paced class focused on stretching all body areas to release stress and tension from joints and muscles. Floor work is optional.

Tai Chi
Time: Thursdays, 10:30- 11:15 a.m.
$40/ per month
Instructor: Frank Gaviola

Pole Walking Clinic and Just Walking (combined)
Time: Thursdays, 9 a.m.
Fee: First instructional class is $5
Pole-walking is popular in Europe, and not just for seniors – it’s for everyone.  Pole walking helps seniors and others with chronic pain to continue walking exercise with reduced stress on joints, increased arm movement, and improved posture. Never tried it? You'll receive a brief introduction before trying the poles. Bring your own poles or pay a $5 fee to use the Senior Center poles.

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Book Club
Date: 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Book Club list:
December 14: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
January 11: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
February 8: My Hollywood by Mona Simpson
March 14: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
April 11: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Book club participants read the book of the month prior to each meeting.

Popcorn & Movie
Dates: Third Tuesday
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $1-3 (includes free popcorn)
November 17: "Strangers in Good Company"
Synopsis: A bus breaks down in the Canadian wilderness. Seven elderly women, average age 71 and one 27 year old, are stranded at a deserted farmhouse. They have only their wits, their memories, and eventually some roasted frogs' legs, to sustain them. Through the long days and nights this remarkable group of strangers share their life stories and exchange intimate thoughts; turning the crisis into a magical time of humor and spirit. Featuring non-professional actors and spontaneous dialogue, this memorable film dissolves the barrier between fiction and reality, weaving a heartwarming tale of friendship and courage.

Everyone Can Drum: Beginning Drumming
Time: Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
Fee: $5 per class
Join Olivia Yasmin James, from Fenix African Drum and Dance, to share some rhythm and fun! No experience needed. Bring your own drum or use theirs. 

Life History Writing
Time: Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.
Share and write stories about life experiences.

Beginning Drawing
No classes in November and December
Time: Thursdays, 9-10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Patris
Phone: (916) 397-8958
Fee: $48 per 4 week session
Perfect beginning class to learn the fundamentals of drawing.

Open Art Studio
Time: Fridays Noon-3 p.m. (except the last Friday)
Location: Room 11
Bring in your current art or craft project to work on while socializing. Projects that participants are working on include painting, knitting, quilting, embroidery, ceramics and jewelry.

Date: November 20 and December 18
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Location: Room 12
Bring your appetite and a favorite dish to share while enjoying the company of friends and new acquaintances!

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Cards and Games

Time: Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
A fun card game combining Gin and Canasta.

Times: Mondays (except 2nd Mondays), 10-Noon

Fun Bridge
Time: Thursdays, 1-4 p.m.

Time: Fridays,12:30-3:00 p.m.

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My Story Project
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Monday & Tuesdays
In the "My Story Project” a skilled team of senior volunteers helps other seniors create DVD's containing their memories, stories and photos. This project was started in 2011 with a grant and has helped 50+ seniors complete videos. Taping takes place in the Senior Center. Senior volunteers receive on-going training in digital video, computer technologies, and coaching other seniors to organize the material they wish to include on the DVD. This training assures a professional quality experience in coaching, camera work and editing, including the integration of photos into the story. Take the journey to find out who you are today, and who you have been in the past, and share your story with family and friends. Please call the Senior Center at (916) 455-6339 to find out more about the program, volunteer or to book a recording session.

Garden Club
Date: Monday, November 16
Time: 10-Noon
Location: Room 9
The Sierra 2 Senior Center Garden Club creates, provides new plantings and upkeep of the Sierra 2 Center grounds. Meetings focus on  concepts, planning and scheduling of projects as well as visiting guest speakers.

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Fall Prevention and Home Safety
Free Presentation
Tuesday, Nov. 24
Room 12
Did you know? 1 out of every 3 seniors who live independently at home will experience a major fall each year?
Presentation topics include:
•    The facts about falls
•    Things to consider in the home
•    Identifying external and internal factor that attribute to falls
•    What you can do to prevent falls
•    How to get up properly if you do fall
A sign-up sheet is posted in the Senior Center or call 455-6339 to reserve a seat.

Free Chair Massage
Wednesday, Nov. 18 & Dec. 9
Certified Massage Therapist, Sam Soun, is offering free 15 minute chair massages. Sam is certified in senior and chair massage.  Whether you are seeking to relax, relieve injuries, reduce stress, cope or manage chronic health conditions, he will personalize each session to maximize your experience. Sign-up sheets are posted in the Senior Center or call 455-6339 to reserve a seat.

Bridge Education
Do you have some bridge experience, perhaps long ago, and would like to return to the game? Do you play now but are not familiar with the more accurate modern bidding systems and would like to learn? The Bridge Education course is appropriate for players with some experience who want to improve their bidding skills. Each lesson includes discussion, handouts and exercises. Following each class students may then join the current Fun Bridge group that meets from 1-4 p.m. on Thursdays and, either try playing, or just observe. If interested, please call or email Steve Synhorst at (916) 628-0075 or Dates, times and fee to be determined based on interest.

Holiday Craft Faire
Date: Friday, December 4
Time: 10am-6pm
Rooms: 9, 10 and 12
Kick off the holidays and start your gift shopping at the Sierra 2 Senior Center's Annual Jewelry & Holiday Craft Sale. Browse rooms filled with unique gifts created by local artisans and crafters. There will be new, vintage and handcrafted jewelry for sale as well holiday crafts, ornaments, hand knitted, quilted, crocheted and embroidered items. Refreshments will also be offered. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at $1.00 each or $5.00 for eight.  Raffle proceeds benefit the Sierra 2 Senior Center. If you would like to participate as a vendor, complete and mail in the vendor application form. To volunteer the day of the event, sign up in the Senior Center or call the office.

Senior Committee Meeting
Date: Dec. 1
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 9

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