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 call the Senior Center Coordinator, Phoebe Celestin, at (916) 452-3005 for more information.

The Senior Center would like to thank the following generous donors for their support:
Eskaton Monroe Lodge
Rhukala Monument
Angela Mia-Lyon Real Estate
Avalon Hearing Aid Center
Japanese Automotive Specialists (2023 Q St.)
Comfort Zone Senior In-Home Services
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Rx Staffing & Home Care
Molina Healthcare

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

On-Going Activities - Link to a heading below:
Fitness
Leisure
Cards and Games
Education
Events

Fitness

Community Acupuncture Clinic
Dates:
September 8 & 22
October 7 & 21
November 4 & 18
December 2 & 16
Time: 9:45-11:15 a.m.
Fee: $15
Practitioner Zoë Griffin is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist.  For information visit zoegriffin.com or call (916) 212-2170.

Hatha Yoga
Times: Tuesdays, 9:45-11:00 a.m.
(Begins September 30)
Hatha Yoga is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world. Hatha Yoga uses postures (asana) and conscious breathing (Pranayama) in combination with mental focus to develop awareness, strength and flexibility, and relaxation. Through proper alignment and mindful actions of the body, Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner.

Fall Prevention: Flex, Stretch and Balance
Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fees:
$20 for 4 classes
$40 for 8 classes
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
Time: Wednesdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Instructor: Pat Shaw
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: Wednesdays, 10:30- 10:45 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.

Meditation/Movement/Verse
Time: Fridays, 9:45-11 a.m.
Instructor: Alexa Mergen
This is a class for creative contemplation where poems set the tone for a gentle moving meditation and breath awareness. Themes are linked to seasons, the rhythm of nature and events. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a journal.

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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:
September 8: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
October 13: The Little Friend by Donna Tart
November 10: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
December 8: Orphan Train: A Novel by Christine Baker Kline
Book club participants read the book of the month prior to each meeting.

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, 1-3 p.m.
Share and write stories about life experiences.

Beginning Drawing
Time: Thursdays, 9-10:15 a.m.
Instructor: Patris
Phone: (916) 397-8958
Web: artist-patris.com
Fee: $48 per 4 week session
Perfect beginning class to learn the fundamentals of drawing.

Travel Writing
Time: Fridays, 11am-12:30pm
Fee: $3/ per class
Instructor: Phoebe Celestin
Writing practice geared towards travel and building descriptive abilities.

Crafts & Conversation, Sierra 2 Jewels and Open Art Studio
Time: Fridays 11-3 p.m. (except the last Friday)
Bring in your current craft project to work on, or help sort and repair jewelry for annual sale, while socializing.

Potluck
Date: Last Friday of the month
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Location: Room 10
Come join, or make new, friends and share food and conversation.
 

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Cards and Games

Ginasta
Time: Mondays (except 2nd Mondays), 9:30-11:30 a.m.
A fun card game combining Gin and Canasta.

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

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

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

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Education

My Story Project
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Mondays: Meetings
3rd Tuesdays: Film class; $1-5 donation
Location: Room 12
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 to find out more about the program, volunteer or to book a recording session.

My Story Film Class
Dates: Third Tuesday
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Donation: $2 (includes free popcorn)

Arts & Music Lecture Series
Topic: African American Art
Dates: August 19 & 26; September 2 & 9
Time: 3-4pm
Fee: $30/ 4 classes
Instructor: Robert Coleman
Class topics will coincide with the exhibits and music series being held at the Crocker Art Museum.

Computer Basics
Dates: September 17 & 24; October 1, 8, 15 & 22
Time: 9-10am
Fee: $40/ 6 classes
Instructor: Marganne Meyers
Learn how to make friends with your computer in this fun and basic skills class.

What You Need to Know About Email
Dates: September 19 & 26; October 1, 8, 15 & 22
Time: 9-10 a.m.
Location: Room 11
Fee: $35 for 3 classes
Learn how email works, email etiquette, how to get rid of "spam" and how to create email stationary and Ecards.

Improv Acting with Jetta
Time: Last Friday, 3-5 p.m. 
Fee: $5 per class
Improv is acting without memorizing. Participants are given a situation, and they then must respond creatively. Sharpen your mind while having fun! This workshop starts with warm-ups so please be on time. 

AARP Driver's Safety Classes
Date: September 8 & 9
Instructor: Jim Finnergan
Phone: (916) 804-9777

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Events

Senior Committee Meeting
Date: 1st Monday of the month
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Quarterly All Senior Center Meeting
Dates: September 17 and December 17
Time: 3:00 p.m.

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