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. 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 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

 

SENIOR CENTER WELLNESS PROGRAM
Sierra 2 Center is introducing a new program that offers a fresh approach to health, fitness and recreation.  Participants can buy an affordable 10-class punch card for $60, or pay a $10 drop-in fee, that will give them access to a wide range of classes.  The punch card system allows participants the flexibility to attend classes that best suits their schedule. Stop by the Sierra 2 Center office to purchase a card today!

WELLNESS PROGRAM CLASSES:

Healthy Back

Time: Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Garden Room
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. Pat will take you through the movements slowly and safely, and incorporate advanced stretches as backs get stronger. She will also modify movements for participants as needed. 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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Practical Nutrition
Time: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Room 9
Join Percy McManus, a seasoned nutritional consultant, as she shares simple, practical nutritional advice that will bring you better health and energy. These classes will cover specific health issues and ways to correct them through good foods and healthy habits. This class is all about common sense — the laws of health are simple, and they’ve never changed!
Topics:
March 1:  How to Reverse Hypertension
March 8: Simple Steps to Better Digestion
March 15: Foods that Improve Circulation
March 22: Brain Fog and Brain Food
March 29: Strengthening Your Immune System
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Chair Massage

Time: Wednesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 9
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. Massage therapy is health and self-care through touch!

Walk-ins welcome, however we recommend calling to make an appointment.
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Fitness Walking & Lessons
Thursdays, 9 am
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; $6 with punch card (10-class card is $60)

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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.
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Yoga + You
Time: Fridays, 11:30-12:30 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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On-Going Senior Center Activities Listed Below
Fitness
Leisure
Cards and Games
Education
Events

Fitness

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

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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:
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)

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:
February 4, 11 & 25
March 3, 10 & 31
April 7, 21 & 28
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.

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.

Hot Topic Tuesday
Time: Last Tuesday, 10-11 a.m.
Monthly presentations focus on topics of interest that are beneficial to seniors and their families. Local community organizations and instructors provide information and free materials to participants on topics such as: Home Safety; Fall Prevention; Senior Living Options; Wills & Estates and many more. Presentations are free and open to Senior Center participants and the public. So bring a friend! Free presentations are listed below under the Events header.



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Events

Hot Topic Tuesday: Free Telephones
Date: February 23
Time: 10-11 a.m.
FREE Presentation
Visit or call the Senior Center to reserve a seat.
Special guest Victoria Chavez-Harling, the Outreach Specialist for the California Telephone Access Program, will explain the history of this state program that offers free phones for qualified individuals. The three easy requirements (live in CA, have home or cell phone service,
and a need whether it be hearing, seeing, moving etc.) and how to complete the application in order to receive a FREE phone. There will be display equipment to demonstrate what is available.

AARP Driver Safety Program
Dates:
March 7 & 8
May 9 & 10
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $15 (AARP members) or $20 (non-members)
March Registration Form
Contact: Jim Finnegan/AARP
Phone: (916) 804-9777
This is an 8-hour course as mandated by AARP and the State of California.

Hot Topic Tuesday: Creative Cooking for 1 or 2
Date: March 29
Time: 10-11 a.m.
FREE Presentation
Visit or call the Senior Center to reserve a seat.
Hot Topic Tuesday’s Free Presentation in March will provide cooking ideas and recipes for just one or two people. Included will be a hands-on cooking demonstration of making microwave cakes in a mug and mini pizzas. Please bring a microwave safe mug to bake your cake in!

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 ssynhorst@yahoo.com. Dates, times and fee to be determined based on interest.

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

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