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 seniors 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. 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

Special Event!

The week officially kicks off with an Orientation Brunch on Monday, July 18th from 10 a.m. to noon. Enjoy a free continental breakfast while learning about all that the Senior Center has to offer. Pick up an Activity Bingo card and sign up for the activities you'd like to participate in that week. Here's what we have:

Open House Activity Calendar

(Click to enlarge - Copies available at Sierra 2 Center) 

All the activities this week are FREE! You can find information about our regular & on-going activities below. The Open House will also feature some new activities:

  • Making Mandalas - Introduction to mandalas followed by a instructions on how to draw your own. Open coloring time is included.
  • Reflective Collage - A creative and fun journey to self-discovery and reflection through collage and card-making.
  • Printing Booth - Local artist Heather Hogan will lead a printing activity where you can crank the press & print the Sierra 2 Senior Center logo on a t-shirt to keep. Bring your own shirt from home or use one of ours. 
  • Lunch & Learn: Genealogy - A presentation for those new to genealogy. Sandwiches and chips will be served.
  • Chair Exercises with Allison - Join certified instructor Allison Sabraw with her safe & fun chair exercise program, designed to promote strength, balance and confidence. A fun activity will be introduced at the end.
  • Summer Succulents Workshop - Nancy Sporleder, former educator, keen gardener, and succulent hobbyist, will talk about caring for succulents and guide you througha  planting project with succulents in tea cups and flower pots to take home.
  • Cooking for 1 or 2 - Come learn strategies, tips, and recipes for making good meals for just you or your spouse. Tortilla pizzas will be made in class- yum!

 The Open House winds down with a Reception on Friday, July 22nd at 2pm. Munch on hors d'oeuvres while you mingle with old friends and new acquaintances. Wine will be served. Turn your Activity Bingo card in for raffle tickets for an opportunity to win big! 

Thank you to Angela Mia (Lyon Real Estate) for her generous support of the Senior Center and Open House event.

If you have questions about the Open House, please contact Katie Byram at (916) 452-3005 or

Monthly Activities Calendar
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July 2016

Click or scroll to learn more about our on-going activities and classes:

Cards and Games


Fall Prevention: Flex, Stretch and Balance
Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 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.

Try a Wellness Program class today!  

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


Healthy Back

Time: 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

Times: 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. 

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 
Time: Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Location: Room 12
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. 

Instructor Michael Shane, a Shodan black belt in Shorin-Ji Ryu karate, has been studying and teaching Tai Chi since 2007. He currently teaches Tai Chi at treatment centers in the Sacramento and Roseville area.


Yoga + You
Time: Fridays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Studio 3
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:
July 11: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
August 8: The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
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)
July 19: Magic in the Moonlight
August 16: Pan

September 20: At Middleton
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
July 7, 21 and 28
August 4,11 and 25
September 1, 8, 22 and 29
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
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. 

Garden Club
Time: Second Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.
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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AARP Driver Safety Course
Date: August 8 & 9
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

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

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