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2060 W. College Ave • Santa Rosa, CA 95401 • 707-543-3745 • • Volume: 2 Issue: 2

Inside this Issue! Mark your Calendar

Lots of planned activities....... 2

Spring/Summer Activity Guide See what’s in it for you .......... 2

Instructor Spotlight

Kathryn Cerasoli Art instructor... 4

Health & Fitness Corner

Exercise, Blood Pressure, and Health .................................. 4

History in our Midst

C.P. Huntington Engine #74...... 5

Did you know?

Sonoma Access, get where you want to go .................... 5

Noteworthy Upcoming Opportunities

Senior Expo, AARP Driving and more …................................... 6

Spring Summer Activity Guide Your Spring/Summer Activity Guide has arrived in the mail! Please take a look at all of the fun things we have arranged for you and your family to participate in this season. Here are some highlights of new programs available for the 50+ community. Oil & Acrylic Painting with Christian Learning the techniques, medium and materials from French artist Christian Quintin while painting on canvas or wood panels during a two hour session allows one to free one’s own voice and to discover the incomparable and magic flow of these mediums. List of suggested supplies provided. Min 8 Max 20 Mon 3/3-3/24, 1p-3p, Person Senior Wing, Fee: $54 (S.R. Resident $44) Pre-Register #70579. Additional sessions of this class are available. Mosaics with Kathryn (5 Weeks) Brighten your life with a handcrafted mosaic piece for your home. In this class we will create a mosaic vase, lamp, shelf, or frame using glass and plates. Glass and plates are an ideal mosaic medium as they are lighter and easier to snip to size. Students will become familiar with basic skills, adhesives, tools, tricks and techniques. Don’t miss this opportunity to create a special project and

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add some color and bling to your life. All materials including vases and frames are included, but students are encouraged to bring favorite plates and glass pieces as well as project pieces to cover. Min 8 Max 12 Thurs, 4/3-5/1 - 10am-12:00pm, Person Senior Wing Rm. 26, Fee: $80 (S.R. Resident $70) Pre Register #70589 Strength Circuit Training 60+ (6 Weeks) Strength Circuit Training for the 60+ adult is a great way to stay in shape to keep doing the things you love. Rid yourself of aches and pains while developing strength, endurance, and coordination. This class is appropriate for beginning to intermediate students. Instructor Guy Bondi. Mons 3/31-5/5, 11am-11:45a, Studio -2460 W 3rd St. Suite 2474, Fee: $80 (S.R. Resident $70) Pre Register #70867 Practical Movement (4 Weeks) Gentle, yet mindful movement can help prepare us to move through life safely and comfortably and in balance. With a foundation based in Pilates core work, this class will help you learn how to move, stretch and bend to navigate through real life challenges. T/Th 5/6-5/29, 10:30a-11:30a, Person Senior Wing, Fee: $50 (S.R. Resident $40). Pre Register #70621

Mark Your Calendar

BVSC = Bennett Valley Senior Center PSW = Person Senior Wing LBHG = Luther Burbank Home & Garden

MARCH Mar 7 Dance, Larry Broderick Trio, Finley Mar 14 St. Patrick’s Day Dance, Tom Shader Trio, Finley Mar 20 First Day of Spring Mar 20 Pool Tournament, BVSC Mar 21 Dance, Steve Luther DJ, Finley Mar 22 Big Buck$ Bingo, BVSC Mar 28 Sho-Ka-Wah Casino Trip Mar 28 Dance, Carl Green, Finley

APRIL Apr 4 Dance, Larry Broderick Trio, Finley Apr 11 Dance, Tom Shader Trio, Finley Apr 17 Pool Tournament, BVSC Apr 18 Dance, Steve Luther DJ, Finley April 25 Sho-Ka-Wah Casino Trip Apr 25 Dance, Manny Gutierrez, Finley


May 3 Senior Expo, Person Senior Wing 9a-12p

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Noteworthy Upcoming Opportunities • Learn to Ride the Bus Class Learn how to use the efficient public transportation system and get where you want to go. Did you know City Bus has a 96% on-time rate, and you can buy bus passes online? This informative seminar will help you learn about these options as well as the basics including fares, routes and trip planning. Mon, April 14, 2014, 9:30-10:00am, Bennett Valley Senior Center. Please RSVP, #69361. • AARP Drivers Safety Courses It is time to brush-up on your defensive driving techniques in an AARP Drivers Safety Course. $18 AARP Members, $23 for Non-Members. Full Course – Tu/Th April 15 and 17, 2014, 9:30-1:30p, Person Senior Wing. Register #69535 Refresher Course - Tues, April 10, 2015, 9:30-2:00p, Person Senior Wing. Register # 69534 • AARP Tax Aide Program The AARP Tax Aide program is available this year at the Franklin Clubhouse, 2095 Franklin Ave. Santa Rosa. Preparers will be available until April 15, 2014, M-Th 9a-3p. • Thursday Morning Motivations Hamilton Relay CapTel Program Presented by Lindsay Bariani Struggling to hear or understand what people say on the telephone? Are you looking for a free solution? Join us for a short presentation on captioned telephone to hear the benefits and features and best of all how to get one for free! Thurs, March 13, 2014, 10:30-11:30am, Bennett Valley Senior Center, Please RSVP#69352 Right at Home presents: Your Life/Your Choice Presented by Roy Johnston and Bill Livingston Learn more about your choices when it comes to planning your future and protecting yourself. Topics include; recognizing fraud, planning care, protecting your rights and assets and more! Thurs, April 10, 2014, 10:30-11:30am, Bennett Valley Senior Center, Please RSVP #69353 Suddenly Senior Join this interactive presentation to discuss being a part of the “Sandwich Generation” - caring for aging parents and other family members. This role can present many challenges. It’s best to plan before panic. We will discuss how to optimize resources to ensure you’re covering all bases. Thurs, Mar 27, 2014, 2-3:30pm, Person Senior Wing, Please RSVP #71818.


Drop-In Activity Schedule Bennett Valley Senior Center 704 Bennett Valley Rd • (707) 545-8608

Person Senior Wing 2060 College Ave. • (707) 543-3745

MONDAY 9:00-10:10 Tai Chi 9:00-10:30 Computer Classes 9:00-10:00 Morning Exercise 10:30-12:00 Needlecraft 11:00-2:00 Bingo 11:00-12:30 Computer Classes TUESDAY 9:00-10:30 Basic Spanish 9:30-11:00 Intermediate Spanish 11:00-12:30 Advanced Spanish 11:00-12:30 Conversational Spanish 10:30-12:00 Introduction to Spanish 10:00-11:00 Stretch & Bend 10:30-11:30 Better Balance Wednesday 9:00-10:00 Rosen Method Exercise 9:00-10:00 Morning Exercise 9:00-10:30 Computer Classes 9:00-12:00 Ladies Billiards 10:00-12:00 Blood Pressure (4th Wed) 10:30-11:30 Laughter Yoga 10:30-2:00 Chinese Mahjong 11:00-12:30 Computer Classes 11:00-12:30 Line Dance 12:00-2:00 Party Bridge Thursday 9:00-10:00 Tai Chi w/ Dr Carl 9:00-11:00 Wii Games 10:00-11:00 Stretch & Bend 10:15-11:30 Silver Singers Choral 10:30-12:00 Neuropathy 1st Thurs 10:30-11:30 Thurs Morn Motivations 2nd Th 10:30-12:30 Whist 11:15-2:00 Party Bridge Lessons 11:00-12:00 Caregiver Support 3rd Thurs 11:00-12:00 Use It or Lose It 3rd Thurs 12:00-1:00 Legal Aid Clinic 1st Thurs FRIDAY 9:00-11:00 Computer Lab 9:00-10:00 Morning Exercise 9:00-10:00 Chair Yoga

MONDAY 9:00-10:00 9:30-10:30 10:00-12:00 10:00-2:00 10:30-12:00 11:00-12:00 11:30-12:30 12:30-3:30 12:30-4:00 1:30-3:00 TUESDAY 9:30-10:30 10:00-11:00 12:30-4:00 11:30-12:30 1:00-3:00 1:30-2:30 2:00-4:00 WEDNESDAY 9:30-10:30 10:00-11:30 11:30-12:30 12:30-4:00 12:30-3:00 1:00-4:00 1:30-4:30 2:00-4:30 THURSDAY 9:30-10:30 11:30-12:30 2:30-4:30 FRIDAY 9:00-10:00 9:30-10:30 10:00-12:30 10:30-11:30 10:30-12:00 12:30-4:00 12:30-4:00 12:45-4:30 2:00-3:00

$4.00 Pre Reg $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 Pre Reg $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $3.00 $4.00 $7.00 $2.00 Pre-Reg $2.00 FREE $2.00 $2.00 Pre-Reg $2.00 $2.00 $3.00 $2.00 $3.00 $2.00 $2.00 FREE $2.00 $2.00 Free Free Free $1.00 $2.00 $4.00

Boomer Blast Fitness Line Dance Rebels Knit Pickers Hand and Foot History Beginning Ukulele Yoga with Donna Party Bridge Pinochle Book Club 3rd Mon

$6.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $7.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00

Pilates as We Age Zumba Basics Bridge/Exp Players Yoga with Donna Pedro Belly Dance Fitness Photography 1st & 2nd Tues

$7.00 $6.00 $2.00 $7.00 $2.00 $5.00 $2.00

Line Dance Rebels Discussion Group Yoga with Donna Pinochle Ukulele Scrabble Ping Pong Cribbage

$2.00 $2.00 $7.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00

Pilates as We Age Yoga with Donna Intermediate Line Dance

$7.00 $7.00 $4.00

Boomer Blast Fitness Line Dance Rebels Mah Jong Better Balance Experienced Line Dance Pinochle Bridge/Exp Players Ping Pong Line Dance Practice

$6.00 $2.00 $2.00 $4.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00 $2.00

Finley Community Center

• Free activities require a Senior Center Membership

MONDAY 12:30-4:15 FRIDAY 1:00-4:00 3

Duplicate Bridge


Ballroom Dance


Instructor Spotlight Welcoming Kathryn Cerasoli to the Person Senior Wing If you have been tucking away special objects for years but aren’t sure exactly what to do with them, Kathryn Cerasoli can help you make those objects shine. Kathryn helps students to experiment with different techniques and ideas to make a unique and individualistic piece of usable art. Kathryn will be offering both a Mosaics and Collage class at the Person Senior Wing this spring. Kathryn is a gifted instructor and has been teaching art with Recreation and Park for more than 20 years. Kathryn’s artistic range is broad. She has a niche for using odds and ends to create three-

dimensional art as well as a passion for painting with acrylic and watercolors, both small and large. She paints abstract and super realistic fruit, veggie, other odds and ends and an occasional landscape. Besides painting pictures she has done professional murals for commercial and residential projects. Don’t let those saved objects stay tucked away in your closet any longer! Come learn how to make a beautiful piece of art for your home. Mosaics with Kathryn Thurs, 4/3-5/1 - 10am-12:00pm, Person Senior Wing Fee: $80 (S.R. Resident $70) #70589

Kathryn Cerasoli The Art of Collage with Kathryn Tues, 5/6-5/27 - 12:30-2:30pm Person Senior Wing Fee: $75 (S.R. Resident $65) #70590

Health & Fitness Corner Did you know one of the many benefits of Yoga is a reduction in blood pressure? weight loss. But with yoga, you could, perhaps, avoid the need for medication.”

Studies show on-going Yoga practice can lead to a moderate reduction in a pre-hypertensive state. As Dr. Debbie Cohen from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia summarizes, “With a reduction of 4 to 5mm Hg, you could really have an impact on their cardiovascular-disease risk. I think you should obviously use yoga as an adjunct to other lifestyle modifications, such as

We thought it would be fun to put this science to the test. Join us at the Person Senior Wing on March 5th and June 4th. Medical staff from Golden Living Center will be available to take your blood pressure before “Yoga with Donna” and a second time after class. We think you may be pleasantly surprised with the results – there is nothing like immediate results to keep us motivated to exercise!


If you would like to see what Yoga can do for you, give it a try! The following Yoga programs are drop-in. Yoga with Donna, Person Senior Wing – M-Th 11:30a-12:30p, $7 Chair Yoga, Bennett Valley Senior Center – Fri, 9a-10a, $4 Laughter Yoga, Bennett Valley Senior Center, 2nd Wed of the month, 10:30a-11:30a, $2 SOURCE: O’Riordan, Michael. “Hatha Yoga Reduces Blood Pressure in Mildly Hypertensive Patients,” www.medscape. com. May 20, 2013

History In Our Midst The loveable little train at Howarth Park Spring is here and Howarth Park’s train, the C.P. Huntington Engine #74, is rounding the track with passenger cars of happy families once again. The engine has been a marquee attraction in Santa Rosa for 44 years. If you’ve been around Santa Rosa long enough, you might remember the original miniature steam engine that was established by “Pop” Lampson in the 1950s. In 1969, the original train was replaced by Engine #74 and the first of what would turn out to be hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of passengers hopped on board. This past year alone, the C.P. Huntington has made roughly 2,500 laps around the track providing rides for 50,000 passengers.

While Engine #74 is still hard at work making children smile and laugh, the reality of its age is frequent break downs and rising maintenance costs. If you visit the park on a regular basis, odds are that you have seen the red “NOT OPEN” sign posted next to the train’s picture. Although Howarth Park has a number of other wonderful attractions, there is no denying that the park is just not the same when the train isn’t running. Unfortunately, keeping the training running is becoming increasingly difficult. Locating parts and or kits to rebuild components can be time consuming and often means the train is out of service for even longer periods of time. Finally, neither of the passenger cars meets compliance with

the Americans with Disabilities Act which means some park patrons may not currently have access to the train. Howarth Park will need a new train in the near future. Fortunately, the Santa Rosa Parks Foundation, a recently founded non-profit organization, is actively fundraising for a new train engine and a passenger car that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. You may remember seeing the Santa Rosa Parks Foundation at our 3rd Annual Crab Feed, where they hosted the bar as a fundraiser! If you would like to make a donation or get involved in the efforts of the Santa Rosa Parks Foundation, please visit

Did You Know? “Sonoma Access” Bringing Public, Private and Non-Profit Transportation Options Together Administration (FTA), Santa Rosa Transit staff brought together key Sonoma County Organizations to Transportation is pressing issue for create a robust One-Call, One-Click our 50+ community. The Senior transportation resource “Sonoma Centers receive countless questions Access.” This new resource is a hub regarding transportation concerns. of transportation information and Each inquiry is complex, as each individual’s situation is unique. We referral center available to help you get where you need to go. “Sonoma have struggled to provide people Access” brings together information with the best answers; until now! on all of the public, private and nonWe are excited to announce, that with funding from the New Freedom profit transportation options available grant from the Federal Transportation in Sonoma County. 5

If you or a loved one is struggling with the transition from driving, this resource can help you get where you want to go. Visit Sonoma Access on the web at or by calling 211.

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Zest for Life March/April 2014  
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