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Senior Lifestyles

Los Altos Senior Center Briefs

The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For reservations and more information, call 947-2797 or visit www.losaltosrecreation.org.

 

Volunteer opportunity

The Senior Center seeks volunteers to man the front desk. Openings are available 8:30 a.m. to noon or noon to 3:30 p.m. on a weekly, biweekly or substitute basis.

Duties include greeting newcomers and introducing them to the center, answering questions and phones, making confirmation calls and maintaining the coffee bar.

Guest speakers and presentations

• “2012 Medicare Updates and Changes,” 12:30-1:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Connie Corrales, HICAP program manager at the Council on Aging, is scheduled to speak. Admission is free. Bring a brown bag lunch and the center will provide dessert.

The Community Services Agency, the Council on Aging and the Los Altos Senior Center co-sponsor the event.

• “Special Recipes for the Holidays,” noon Nov. 8. Nurses will be on hand to share healthful and quick appetizers for holiday gatherings. Bring a holiday appetizer recipe if you have one. Donations will be accepted to defray the cost of the treats. If you plan to attend, RSVP to the center.

The Senior Center, master’s students from the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and the Community Services Agency co-sponsor the event.

Classes

• Today’s Essential Websites, 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 15. Instructor Justin Cecil will demonstrate how to use a variety of websites. Laptop computers will be provided, but participants may bring their fully charged personal laptops if preferred. Email and basic computer skills are required for participation. Topics include: iTunes, Sept. 13; digital photo editing programs, Sept. 20; Facebook, Sept. 27; Craigslist, Oct. 4; Amazon, Oct. 11; eBay, Oct. 18; Yelp, Oct. 25; Skype, Nov. 1; Google, Nov. 8; and Open Table, Nov. 15.

Participants should register by 5 p.m. the Monday before class. Register online or in person at the Senior Center or Recreation Department. Cost is $7 per class for members, $9 for nonmembers.

• Tai Chi for Life, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 27 through Nov. 8. Learn tai chi, a mindful, internal martial art that flows in gentle and slow whole-body movements. The class aims to promote health, balance, flexibility, strength and clarity.

Classes cost $9 for members, $11 for nonmembers.

• Beginning Digital Scrapbooking, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 30. Instructor Jenny Warila will lead a hands-on workshop to create a production-ready digital book of images (photos, scanned documents, etc.) using Picaboo (www.picaboo.com).

Participants may bring their own images or practice with instructor-provided materials. Bring a fully charged personal laptop computer with free Picaboo software installed (visit picaboo.com to download), or borrow a Senior Center laptop. Cost is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers.

An intermediate Digital Scrapbooking class is scheduled 9-11 a.m. Oct. 14. Participants can continue working on their photo book projects and learn advanced Picaboo techniques.

• Artventures, 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through Dec. 14. Artventures is a drop-in gathering of artists of all skill levels. Cost is $1 for members, $3 for nonmembers.

 

Activities

• Adult Services Resource Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25, Timpany Center, 730 Empey Way, San Jose. The free event, in its 19th year, offers information, health screenings and resource networking for consumers, caretakers and adult-services professionals.

Santa Clara County’s Social Services Agency’s Department of Aging and Adult Services and San Jose State University’s Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations and Friends of the Human Relations co-sponsor the fair.

Day trip

• Holiday Show Extravaganza, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Finocchio’s, a North Beach nightclub with men performing as women, was the first of its kind in San Francisco and a favorite tourist spot from the 1930s to 1999, when it closed its doors. Former cast members still perform and will showcase their talents in the exclusive Holiday Show Extravaganza. Cost is $86 members (plus $1 cash for bus driver’s tip), $89 (plus $1 cash) nonmembers. The fee includes roundtrip motorcoach transportation, lunch at the Fratellanza Club and the holiday performance.

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