Senior Center

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 free-timers and older adults during the week 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. Activities and classes are free  or fee based where noted. Donations are appreciated. 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 Terri@sierra2.org, 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

Monthly Activities Calendar
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September 2016
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NEW ACTIVITIES:

One-on-One Tech Support
Dates: Third Monday of each month
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: Room 12
Instructor: Deborah King
Fees: $15 for a 1 hour session

Valuable one-on-one help is available! Bring your questions regarding specific problems you're having and Deborah King, expert technology coach, will assist you! She can answer questions regarding your laptop, smart phone or tablet. 

Nonfiction Book Club
Dates: Third Thursday of each month
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The first meeting is on October 20th. Please bring your book suggestions and prepare to vote on your favorites to read as a group. The first book will be discussed at November's meeting.
 

Mandalas
Dates: Mondays
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 11
Instructor: Sam Soun
Fees: $20/month; $6 to drop-in

Instructor Sam Soun will teach the fundamentals of drawing mandalas, build a 'toolkit' of shapes, symbols, and images, learn to draw inspiration from a variety of sources, and engage in relaxing color therapy. 
 

New to Windows 10?
Dates: 9/19, 9/21, 9/26, 9/28, 10/3
Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. (2 hours w/15-min break)
Location: Room 11
Instructor: Deborah King
Fees: $40 (for 5-weeks)

This class covers the most important new features of Windows 10 including: personalizing your start screen, system settings, ease of access features, and working with Cortana and Edge. Also covered: the built-in photo editing app and the new & improved anti-virus feature included in Windows 10. Course curriculum included.

Class attendance is limited to 8 students; students must provide their own laptops for the class. 

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Events

 

FREE Grief & Loss Support Group
Dates: Tuesdays beginning September 6 - October11
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
Location: Room 12

Hosted by Susan Willis, the Bereavement Coordinator with Rx Hospice Care, this group is designed to build a tool kit to help manage grief and support. All are welcome to this free 6-week series.
 

Get Your Photos Out of Chaos Workshop
Date: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location: Room 12
Hosted by Judy Bujold of Captured Moments  
Fee: $35

Bring your biggest bag, box, or tote full of photos & memories, and we will discuss the ABC's of organizing your memories and review software options for photo organizing. In this workshop, you will complete a few organizing activities and get to pick 100 of your favorite photos for digital scanning. We recommend you bring a flash drive to take home your photos. You can also bring your laptop to continue organizing your digital files.

This workshop is limited to 10 students. Please register in advance with the Sierra 2 Center or Senior Center offices.

AARP Driver Safety Course

Date: November 14 & 15
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 10
Instructor: Jim Finnegan
Phone: (916) 804-9777
Fees: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non- AARP members
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Fitness

PLEASE NOTE: Pat Shaw's classes (Healthy Back, Fall Prevention, and Gentle Yoga) are on hold until further notice.


Fall Prevention: Flex, Stretch and Balance
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Fees:
4 classes: $20
8 classes: $35
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: Wednesdays 
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.

SENIOR CENTER WELLNESS PROGRAM
Try a Wellness Program class today!  

10-class punch cards - $60
5-class punch cards - $35
Drop-in fee - $10


WELLNESS PROGRAM CLASSES:

Healthy Back

Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
A Healthy and Flexible Spine Equals a Healthy Body! This new class is for anyone wanting to keep their spine healthy, recover from chronic back pain or injury and avoid future pain.  Using yoga-inspired stretches, this class will help strengthen core muscles, increase flexibility, improve your posture, and relax the muscles around the spine. Healthy Back is suitable for most fitness levels. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. A mat and thick towel is needed.

Instructor Pat Shaw also teaches Fall Prevention and Gentle Yoga with the Senior Center. All of her classes improve stability, balance, and flexibility!
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Chair Massage

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.; 2:40 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. 
*Call to schedule and appointment*
Location: varies
Feel relaxed and relieved with a 15-minute chair massage! Certified Massage Therapist, Sam Soun, is trained in a variety of massage techniques, including: relaxation massage, deep tissue, aroma therapy, senior massage, and chair massage.  Sam will personalize each session to your specific needs, whether you are seeking to relax, relieve injuries, reduce stress, cope or manage chronic health conditions. 

Chair Exercises with Allison
2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Room 10

Chair exercise is a safe & fun way to develop confidence and better body movement. It also enhances cognitive function, increases range-of-motion, helps maintain or increase muscle tone, and promotes balance. Oh, and, it is fun!
Our chair exercise program introduces important foot and leg exercises that are vital for semi-elder individuals. Strengthening the lower body is one of the most effective methods of preserving one's independence and health.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy. No need to wear heavy athletic shoes; comfortable, padded socks work great. This class is suitable for individuals with walkers and wheelchairs.

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Fitness Walking & Lessons
Thursdays, 9;00 a.m.
Pole rental: $5, Purchase poles: $70
Walking is FREE
Meets in the parking lot by the basketball courts
Formerly known as Pole Walking & Clinic, this group meets every Thursday morning for a fast-paced spin around the neighborhood. All fitness levels are welcome. Walking is great for your heart and your back, and spending time outdoors is beneficial to your mental wellness!  Some walkers reach for walking poles to increase the intensity of the walk. Pole walking is popular in Europe and improves your pace, endurance and upper-body strength.

If you are new to pole walking, you can take a lesson with Angela Mia to learn the correct pole walking technique. Cost for Lesson: $10/ drop-in; punch cards accepted. 

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Tai Chi 
Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Location: Studio 3 (Mon); Room 12 (Thurs)
Boost your balance and prevent falls by practicing the ancient Chinese form of exercise, Tai Chi, with instructor Michael Shane. This low-impact practice works to focus the mind on slow movement to reduce stress and produce mental calm, while deep breathing and standing meditation refocus consciousness and restore energy and physical balance. 

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Yoga + You
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Room 12
Stretch your body and your mind! Find your inner potential through controlled breathing and asanas, or yoga postures. Yogini Heera invites you to learn techniques of self-healing & being more mindful through controlled breathing, yoga postures, short guided meditation & relaxation. This class is suitable for all fitness levels. 

Instructor Heera Kulkarni is a certified yoga instructor from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in India. She is a Yoga Shiromani, which mean the jewel of the crown of yoga. Get your yoga mats ready!

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 Leisure

Book Club
Date: 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Book Club list:
October 10: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
November 14; Everything I Never Told You by Cynthia Ng
December 12: The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
Book club participants read the book of the month prior to each meeting.

Popcorn & Movie
Dates: Third Tuesday
Time: 1-3:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $1-3 (includes free popcorn)
October 18: The Martian
November 15: Big Fish

December: TBD

 

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
Dates:
September 1, 8, 22 and 29
October 6 and 13
December 8,15,22 and 29
Time: 9-10:15 a.m.
Fee: $36/month or $13/drop-in
Instructor: Patris
Phone: (916) 397-8958
Web: artist-patris.com
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.

Potluck
Date: Last Friday
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

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

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

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

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

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Education

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.

Volunteers Needed for Filming
The My Story Project at the Sierra 2 Senior Center films the life stories from older adults and produces a DVD to share with their family and friends. The presentations are organized with the help of a “story coach” who works with the star of the video. Other volunteers operate the camera equipment, set up lights and backgrounds, and finally edit the video with photos integrated into the DVD. Additional volunteers are sought to help with this project, especially those with MAC computer experience. Please contact the Senior Center at 455-6339 for more information. 




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