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Sept/Oct 2013

2060 W. College Ave • Santa Rosa, CA 95401 • 707-543-3745 • • Volume: 1 Issue: 1

Inside this Issue! Mark your Calendar

Lots of planned activities...... 2

Join Us! And Bring a Friend

Annual Membership Drive... 2

Instructor Spotlight

Meet Berenice Iriks…............ 4

Health & Fitness Corner

Games are Good for the Brain ...........................… 4

History in Our Midst

DeTurk Round Barn .............. 5

Did you know?

Medical Equipment Recycling…........................... 5

Noteworthy Upcoming Opportunities

Zumba Basics, Photography and more! …........................ 6

OKTOBERFEST! Sponsored by Sunrise Rotary

BE READY! September is National Preparedness Month September is National Preparedness Month and a great time to ask yourself – “am I ready?” Do you have an emergency kit for your home? Do you know how to program emergency numbers into your iphone? Have you made an emergency plan with your neighbors? Recreation & Parks has a diverse selection of classes to help prepare you for whatever life may bring. Here’s what’s coming up soon … Survival Skills – Stayin’ Alive Unexpected events like an earthquake, fire or vehicle accident could change your life in just seconds. In this class, you will learn what to do before, during and immediately after these types of events. Instructor: Eric Peterson Tue, 9/10 6p-9p, Person Sr. Wing/Room 1, $65 (S.R. Resident $55) #68883

Introduction to Using Your Iphone & Ipad Your iPhone and iPad can do so much- learn their full potential! This is an interactive, hands-on class, so bring your iPhone or iPad and your questions. Instructor: Richard Lazovick Thurs, 8/29, 6p-9p Person Sr. Wing/Multi-Purpose – 4B Rm $55 (S.R. Resident $45) #69048 Social Security Planning Find out what you need to know to make the most of your retirement benefits. The decisions you make today can have a tremendous bearing on the total amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime. Instructor: Marie Theilade Thurs, 9/19, 10a - 11:30a, Person Senior Wing, $2, pre-register #69290

Plan Ahead with your Neighbors! Master-Plan Your Affairs Join COPE (Citizens Organized to Learn what basic documents and Prepare for Emergencies) a City information you need to obtain and sponsored program. Whether you how to organize 30 essential topics live in an apartment or home, it’s in an easy-to-follow A-Z records great to “know” your neighbors in an book. Prepare a book to assist your emergency. Contact the Santa Rosa own personal planning, your famFire Department to start a COPE ily, and professionals in managing group - develop individual response important financial, legal and perplans, create emergency supply kits, sonal affairs. Instructor: Julie Jones and outreach to your neighbors.  To Thurs, 9/19, 6p-8p, Finley/Maple get involved contact Sharon Carlin, Rm $68 (S.R. Resident $58) #68914 Community Outreach Specialist, 707-543-3549,


Mark Your Calendar

BVSC = Bennett Valley Senior Center PSW = Person Senior Wing


9/2 CLOSED Labor Day 9/6 Golf Tournament, BV Golf Course 9/9 Learn to Ride the Bus Class, BVSC 9/11 Flu Shot Clinic, BVSC 9/19 9-Ball Pool Tournament, BVSC 9/20 Movie in the Park, Howarth Park 9/20 Oktoberfest, Finley 9/22 Autumn Begins 9/25 Flu Shot Clinic, BVSC 9/25 Safe Medicine Disposal Event, PSW 9/27 Sho-Ka-Wah Casino Trip


10/10 Senior Art Exhibit Reception, Finley 10/14 Learn to Ride the Bus Class, BVSC 10/14 Flu Shot Clinic, BVSC 10/17 Autumn BBQ on the Patio, BVSC 10/17 9-Ball Pool Tournament, BVSC 10/19 Floating Pumpkin Patch, Ridgway 10/25 Sho-Ka-Wah Casino Trip 10/26 Halloween at Howarth Park 10/30 Halloween Costume Dance, Finley

Save The Date for these Holiday Favorites! Dec 7 & 8

• Dickens Holiday Crafts Fair • Luther Burbank Home & Garden Holiday Open House Dec 20

• Holiday Dinner at Person Senior Wing


Fri, 9/20, 11:30a-1p, Finley, pre-sale tickets $5, $10 at the door. Come to our annual Oktoberfest and celebrate the autumn season with a complete BBQ lunch and biergarten.

Join The Club! The 2013/14 membership drive is underway - have you purchased your membership yet? To continue our operations, we must leverage resources from a variety of sources. This includes, fundraising, volunteer hours, corporate sponsors, and participant contributions. Your contribution in the form of an annual senior membership keeps our centers running. By purchasing a senior membership for ($24 individual, $40 couple) you allow us to provide drop-in programs, lecture and services at an affordable fee. This contribution also helps us to upgrade and replace specialized equipment, mail the Zest for Life Newsletter directly to your home and offer discount classes and special events. The Santa Rosa Senior Centers rely on the generous support of our community to provide quality programming and services. The Santa Rosa Senior Centers’ existing members and staff are always ready to welcome new faces to the center. We offer a variety of engaging and inspiring experiences and we want you to discover your passions and to try something new. If you do not see that special “something” in our list of activities, let us know we would love to help you get it started. If you have a friend or family member that may enjoy the social, educational and health benefits of the center, and its classes, please invite them for a visit. We want your help to get the word out and build our 50+ community: invite a friend, pick-up and post an activity flyer at your senior housing, doctor’s office or other senior friendly business, or give the gift of a membership to a friend.

Fall Winter Activity Guide

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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 9:30-11:00 Exp Beginner Spanish 9:30-11:00 Intermediate Spanish 11:00-12:30 Advanced Spanish 11:00-12:30 Conversational Spanish 10:00-1:00 Bridge Lessons 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 9:30-12:00 Blood Pressure 10:30-2:00 Chinese Mahjong 11:00-12-30 Computer Classes 11:00-12:30 Line Dance 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 11:00-2:00 Bingo

MONDAY 9:00-10:00 Boomer Blast Fitness 9:30-10:30 Line Dance Rebels 10:00-12:00 Needlecraft (begins Sept. 16) 10:00-2:00 Hand & Foot (begins Sept. 16) 10:30-12:00 History 11:00-12:00 Beginning Ukulele 11:30-12:30 Yoga with Donna 12:00-12:30 Harmonica 12:30-3:30 Party Bridge 1:30 - 3:00 Book Club 3rd Mon TUESDAY 9:30-10:30 Pilates as We Age 10:00-11:00 Zumba Basics (begins Oct. 15) 12:30-4:00 Bridge/Exp Players 11:30-12:30 Yoga with Donna 1:00-3:00 Pedro 1:30-2:30 Belly Dance Fitness 2:00-4:00 Photography 1st & 2nd Tues WEDNESDAY 9:30-10:30 Line Dance Rebels 10:00-11:30 Discussion Group 11:30-12:30 Yoga with Donna 12:30-4:00 Pinochle 12:00-3:00 Experienced Ukulele 1:00-4:00 Scrabble 1:30-4:30 Ping Pong THURSDAY 9:30-10:30 Pilates as We Age 11:30-12:30 Yoga with Donna 1:00-4:00 Texas Hold’em Poker FRIDAY 9:00-10:00 Boomer Blast Fitness 9:30-10:30 Line Dance Rebels 10:00-12:30 Mah Jong (begins 10/11) 10:30-11:30 Better Balance 10:30-12:00 Experienced Line Dance 12:30-4:00 Pinochle 12:30-4:00 Bridge/Exp Players 12:45-4:30 Ping Pong

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• Free activities require a Senior Center Membership • September Book Club “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery

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Finley Community Center

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

Please Note:

Pinochle Duplicate Bridge

$2.00 $4.00

Ballroom Dance


3 • Line Dance Rebels will be taking a break 8/19 – 9/9.

Instructor Spotlight Introducing Berenice Iriks, Watercolor Instructor Berenice Iriks has a passion for painting, especially in watercolor. She is attracted to watercolor because of “the beautiful transparency and fluidity of the medium.” Although she has drawn and painted her whole life, she began a serious study of art at the Santa Rosa Junior College as an adult, and her skills and enthusiasm blossomed. She was thrilled to become an adjunct faculty member at the same SRJC, to teach watercolor classes. As an art teacher Berenice is particularly interested in helping students develop their knowledge, skills and confidence. Each student is

encouraged to develop their own manner of painting. Berenice is known for her patience and her cheerful attitude. In her classes, you can study the basic techniques or enjoy a more advanced exploration of painting in watercolor. Join Berenice at the Person Senior Wing for one of her upcoming Watercolor classes. All classes run by the month & require pre-registration. Wed, 1:30-4:30pm or Thurs 1:304:30p. Class fees vary, call center for details.

Berenice Iriks working with a student

Health & Fitness Corner Games are Good for the Brain

We all know that exercise is good for our bodies: we stretch, bend and sweat to keep our muscles, heart and lungs healthy. But, we often forget to exercise our brains. Scientists believe that exercising our brains can create a ‘cognitive reserve’ that will help us stay sharp as we age. Additionally, exercising our brains can have a variety of positive effects including improved memory, attention and alertness – all the more reason to engage our minds, meet new people and have fun. We suggest you try out one of these new card games at the Person Senior Wing:

Learn to Play Cribbage for Beginners Cribbage is a unique card game. The object of the game is to score the most points by making card combinations of 15 using pairs, runs and flushes. (4 weeks) Wed, 11/6-11/27, 1-2pm, Person Senior Wing. Pre-Register, $8 #68853 Learn to Play Pedro Pedro is a card game played with four players divided into partners that uses a standard deck of cards. Object is to win all the point cards (ace, jack, ten, two, and (2) pedros). Winners are the partners that have the highest point score after eight hands. (4 weeks) Tues, 11/5-11/26, 11am-1pm, Person Senior Wing. Pre-Register $12 #69172


Learn to Play Mah Jong A Chinese game played with tiles. Easy to learn! Instructor: Guy Richards. (3 weeks) 10/11-10/25, 10am-12:30pm, Person Senior Wing, Pre-Register $6 #69219. Ongoing drop-in play begins Fri, 10/11, 10am-12:30pm, Person Senior Wing, $2. Please contact front desk before first session if you are interested in playing. (707) 543-3745. Drop-in Hand and Foot Come play a fun, challenging and easy to learn card game. We will play as well as teach those who are not familiar with the game. Each player is dealt two hands of cards – the hand, which is played first and the foot, which is played second. The object is to play all of your cards by melding them. Bring your card skill and a little luck to the table! Begins Mon, 9/16, 10am-2pm, Person Senior Wing, $2.

History In Our Midst A closer look at the beautiful DeTurk Round Barn The DeTurk Round Barn, located in the historic West End Neighborhood, is one of the last examples of its type of architecture in California and quite probably in the western United States. A total of three polygonal/round barns are located in Sonoma County, but only the DeTurk Round Barn is truly round. It is included in the National and California Register of Historic Places and is the only structure under public ownership and open to the public. The barn was originally built in 1891 for Isaac DeTurk’s prize winning trotting horses, including Anteeo, a prize winning stallion. Isaac DeTurk was a vineyard owner and one of the first winery owners in Sonoma County. He owned a 140-acre Yulupa Ranch in Bennett Valley and 1,200 acres of

Los Guilicos Rancho east of Kenwood, California. His largest winery was located in the red building across from the DeTurk Round Barn and was equipped with 640,000 gallons of cooperage and had a storage capacity of a million gallons. In 2007, the City of Santa Rosa received funds from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment to renovate, restore and stabilize the interior of DeTurk Round Barn. The renovation restored the structure’s original beauty while adding modern touches to bring it in to the current century. The DeTurk Round Barn now includes 7,500 square feet of open banquet and meeting space, elevator access to the second floor mezzanine, a catering kitchen, a 24-foot-diameter ceiling fan, radiant floor heating, a

DeTurk Round Barn high-tech audio-visual system, unique lighting and flat-screen televisions, and a sound system. This local treasure is not only a historic site, but also an active event center perfect for family reunions, holiday parties, and other special occasions. For more information about renting DeTurk Round Barn, please visit www.srcity. org/deturkroundbarn or email

Did You Know? Medical Equipment Recycling in Santa Rosa The Sonoma County Section on Aging’s Medical Equipment Recycling program was developed to keep useful medical equipment circulating and in-use throughout Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. The successful program has kept thousands of dollars’ worth of medical supplies out of the county landfills and provided necessary medical equipment to those in need. There is a great variety of items available including wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, hospital beds, disposable briefs and other medical supplies.

If you have any medical equipment or supplies, that are no longer needed, simply drop them off at the recycling center (address below). Please only bring gently used items, as the center does not have the ability to repair donations. Your donation efforts will have a two-fold benefit – keeping these items out of the landfill and, moreover, helping someone in need. If you are in-need of medical equipment for yourself or a loved-one, all products at the recycling center are available FREE. New items arrive daily, so it’s worth the trip to check out their inventory.


Medical Equipment Recycling Be a part of this inspiring program which helps tackle health care needs, make lives better and protects the environment. The program is located at Careful Moving & Storage, 812 Donahue Street in Santa Rosa. The room is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. For more information on medical equipment recycling, contact Yvonne Baginski, Vice President of Section on Aging at (707) 226-7127.

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Recreation & Parks

2060 W. College Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Noteworthy Upcoming Opportunities • Portrait Photography Thurs, 9/5-9/26, 9:30-11:30am, Person Senior Wing, $42 non-res/ $32 res # 68286 Take your photography to another level in this class. Learn about classical lighting patterns of the face, how to pose and arrange group portraits and many other techniques.

• Thursday Morning Motivations

• Zumba Basics Drop-in Class Begins Tues, 10/15, 10-11am, Person Senior Wing. $6 drop-in Learn the fun and basic Zumba moves to energetic latin and international music. All ages and fitness levels are welcome.

Preventing Diabetes Come learn about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The program is part of the evidence-based CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program, which proves that through healthier eating, increased physical activity, and weight loss, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes by 58%. Thur, 9/12, 10:30-11:30am, Bennett Valley Senior Center. Pre-Register #64347

• New Needlecraft Group Forming Mon, beginning 9/16, 10a-12p, Person Senior Wing, $2 drop-in There’s always a reason to pick up knitting needles and delicious yarn, and now we have a very good reason to do just that! Wouldn’t you feel good this winter knowing that a few people in your community had warm winter clothes partly because of you? Then this group is for you!

• Better Balance Special Event Sun, 10/6, 1p-4p, Person Senior Wing Better Balance Instructor, Vanessa Kettler, will be hosting an open house reception with refreshments and performances to celebrate the release of her 4 instructional videos “Building Better Balance.” Join Vanessa’s Better Balance Class Tue, 10:30• Safe Medicine Disposal Event 11:30am, Bennett Valley Senior Center or Fri,10:30-11:30am, Bring your unused, unwanted, or unneeded medicine to this Person Senior Wing, $4 drop-in. event for safe disposal. Weds, 9/18, 10am-2pm, Person Senior Wing For accessible information call (707)543-3292/ TDD (707) 543-3289 M-F 8am-5pm


Zest for Life Sept/Oct 2013  
Zest for Life Sept/Oct 2013