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, 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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Pilates with Lauren
Date: Fridays, starting January 6th
Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location: Studio 3
Taught by Lauren Lange, BASI-certified Pilates instructor 
Fee: Wellness Program Prices 

Join us for a free class on Friday, January 6th! All you need is a yoga mat & water. 

Instructor Lauren will teach the basics of proper posture and form, as you ease into beginning mat Pilates exercises. This class is safe, low-impact and great for  just about every fitness level! Pilates has been proven to strengthen the core, boost balance, and improve posture!

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Get Your Photos Out of Chaos Workshop
Date: Tuesday, January 17th
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Location: Room 12
Hosted by Judy Bujold of Captured Moments  
Fee: $35; Advanced Registration Required

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.

Photo Memory Book Making Workshop
Date: Tuesday, January 24th and Tuesday, January 31st
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Location: Room 11
Hosted by Judy Bujold of Captured Moments  
Fee: $60 
Advanced Registration Required; Call 452-3005

In this two day workshop, you'll learn the step by step process on how to make your own Photo Memory Book using, an Internet-based image publishing service. Mixbook lets you upload your favorite photos, pick themes, and design pages that pop! At the end of class, you'll be ready to order a custom photo memory book, full of memories to treasure for years to come!

A laptop and an external drive or flash drive that contains 200 photos is required. Please make sure that you know how to connect to the wireless internet prior to class.

Grief & Loss Support Group
Date: Fridays, January 6- February 10
Time: 9:30.-11:00 a.m.
Location: Room 12
Bereavement Coordinator at Rx Hospice, Susan Willis leads this free group that allows people to exlore their losses in an open and caring environment. Develop tools to manage grief in an intimate group of wonderful people. All are welcome. Free. 

Advanced Directives Clinic
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m. 
Location: Room 12
Bought to you by Rx Hospice

AARP Driver Safety Course

Date: February 13 & 14
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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Fall Prevention: Flex, Stretch and Balance
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Fees: $20/ 4 classes; $35/ 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
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.

Try a Wellness Program class today!  

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


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!

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. 

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.


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. 


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. 


Yoga + You
***January classes cancelled; will be back in February***
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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Book Club
Date: 2nd Monday of the month
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Book Club list:
January 9: The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
February 13: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
March 13: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
April 10: The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
Book club participants read the book of the month prior to each meeting.

Nonfiction Book Club
Dates: Third Thursday of each month
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
January 19: The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
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)
January 17: Jungle Book (the new live action film)


Everyone Can Drum: Beginning Drumming
Time: Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m.
Location: Studio 1
New rates start January: $7/class or $25/month
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: No Class Dec-Mar; Check back in Spring.
Time: 9-10:15 a.m.
Fee: $36/month or $13/drop-in
Instructor: Patris
Phone: (916) 397-8958
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: 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

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 (except the Third Monday & Tuesday of each month)
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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