The Healdsburg Senior Center has been serving the community
since 1986. The center is located at 133 Matheson St. in downtown
Healdsburg and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
center gives preference to adults 60 and older. If there is
available space, adults of all ages are welcome to participate in
any program of interest. Unless otherwise noted, all programs and
classes are free of charge.
The Senior Center will be closed Monday, September 7 in
observance of Labor Day.
Please note: Most of our programs and all our classes and bus
trips which require a fee, need a minimum number of participants to
be held. Please register early if a class or trip interests you to
avoid possible cancellations of programs due to lack of enrollment.
Assistance with activity fee available for eligible
Digital Photography Seminar
Do you want to switch to a digital camera but feel you need to
know more before you buy? Do you have a digital camera but do not
know what to do with your pictures once you have taken them? This
presentation is for you! The agenda includes: choosing a camera,
understanding mega pixels, photo editing software, common editing
problems, old photo restoration and photo printing. Monday, Aug.
31, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Fee: $15 Senior Center Member/$20
Bus Trip – The Broadway Musical: South Pacific
The musical “South Pacific” swept the 2008 Tony Awards, winning
seven honors including Best Musical Revival and Best Director for
Bartlett Sher. Set on a tropical island during World War II, the
musical tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples and how
their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and by their
own prejudices. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted
Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair “There is
Nothin’ Like a Dame.” Fee: Members $95/Non-Members $105. Fee
assistance available for those eligible.
New Programs!
A Tour of Ancient Rome
In this exciting new class, taught by Justin Shannon, M.A.,
participants will be taken on a tour of ancient Rome. Explore the
lives, art, literature and architecture of the ancient Romans,
learn to read the ancient Latin inscriptions, study Roman history
and discuss the major turning points in Western civilization and
more. Justin Shannon was born and raised in Healdsburg. He has a
master’s degree in Latin Literature from the University of Oregon
in 2001, and teaches Latin and Roman history at the Sonoma Country
Day School and SRJC. Justin has a passion for discovering and
sharing the connections between the life of the ancient Romans and
our own. Mondays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 26, 6-week session. Fee: $69.
Art for Non-Artists!
Join artist Judy Markoff for two fun afternoon workshops where
participants will have any opportunity to be creative in a
non-critical environment. No art experience or talent needed! All
art supplies will be on hand so no need to bring anything but
yourself, your enthusiasm and creativity! No charge.
Workshop #1: Sept. 16, 1:30 to 3 pm. Create a meaningful and
personal collage from magazine pages.
Workshop #2: Sept. 23, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Using torn tissue we will
create pictures or abstract design just for the fun and personal
Eight Weeks to Brain Fitness
This class will demonstrate how you can use the four pathways to
brain fitness on a daily basis. Learn how to talk to your brain for
positive results; remember names; remember where you put things;
increase curiosity about life; improve short term memory; increase
confidence and enjoy being alive! Instructor: Chance Massaro, M.A.
Fridays, Sept. 25 – Nov. 14. 8-Week Session. Fee: $77.
Singing for Pleasure
Come sing for the pleasure of doing so in our new program of the
same name: Singing for Pleasure Chorus. Under the direction of
Michelle Holland, piano and vocal teacher, participants will learn
and practice easy vocal techniques to increase personal enjoyment
of singing. This program is open to everyone — those with singing
experience and those without! No audition required. We promise it
will be a fun and uplifting! Michelle has been a piano and voice
teacher for over 20 years. Her passion is music and sharing it with
others. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15 – Oct. 20. Fee:
$20 members/$25 non-members.
Art 101 with George Espinosa
This class gives all students, whether a beginner or an advanced
art student, an opportunity to receive expert guidance and
direction in the creation of their own art projects. George, an art
instructor for over 25 years, utilizes various media and techniques
to teach art. His focus is on design, color and composition. This
is a loosely structured program with the curriculum driven by the
interests or needs of the students. Individual instruction in the
fundamentals of painting and drawing is offered as needed. There is
no charge for this class. Mondays, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Fitness Programs
Gentle Yoga
This is an excellent class for improving flexibility, breathing
capacity, balance and muscle strength. The Wednesday class is a
predominately seated class; the Friday class is on the floor.
Participants now can opt to take the Wednesday class from 10 to 11
a.m. or a new Friday class, also from 10 to 11 a.m. Or you can do
both each week. Classes are held at Healdsburg Yoga Studio. Both
are taught by Deborah Karish, a licensed chiropractor and yoga
instructor who specializes in working with older adults. Wednesdays
beginning Sept. 9; Fridays beginning Sept. 11. Fee: $65 for a
6-week session or $105 for both (a 20 percent discount).
Senior Strength Training
The benefits of strength training are many, particularly as you
grow older. In this program of predominately seated exercises you
will use light weights and resistance bands to improve overall
strength and flexibility in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Basic equipment is provided. Mondays and Thursdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m.
New session begins Sept. 10. Fee: $20 per month.
center activity offerings
Art Class Novice to advanced — All mediums.Work on your own
project with guidance. Mondays, 1:30 p.m.
Bingo! Nickel per card. Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.
Blood Pressure Clinic Get your pressure checked by a trained RN.
Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m.
Book Club – New! Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.
Bridge— Tayman Park Group Party bridge — New players welcome.
Call for more information. Mondays, 1 p.m.
Chess & Checkers Exercise your brain and have some fun.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Current Events Forum Discuss local, national and international
affairs. Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Game Time Board & card games just for fun. Tuesdays, 1
Handworkers Group Quilting, knitting, crocheting and more. Share
your expertise or learn from anothers. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP) Appointment required.
Wednesday mornings.
Incontro: Practice Your Italian! Practice your Italian in this
informal group. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays monthly at 2:30
Linus Project Knit or crochet blankets for needy children.
Second Monday monthly at 2 p.m. Sept. 14.
Lifestories Writing Group This is a group led class. Wednesdays,
1 p.m.
Literary Café Poetry, literary readings and the like. Open mic
as time allows. Sept. 8, 7 p.m.
Lunch Program Provided by the Council on Aging. Monday through
Thursday, noon. $4 donation. Brunch served on Fridays from 11 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m.
Philosophy Class Enjoy thinking? You’ll like this discussion
group. Thursdays, 1 p.m.
Ping Pong Casual ping pong practice and impromptu games.
Fridays, 1:30 p.m.
Recollections Group Sharing stories and experiences from the
past. Thursdays 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Spanish Conversation Group Come practice your Spanish – novice
speakers welcome. Fridays, 2:30 p.m.
Woodcarving Class Beginners and experienced carvers. Thursdays 1
A.A.R.P. Healdsburg Chapter Meeting First Wednesday monthly,
Sept. 2, 1:30 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group For loved ones taking care
of someone with dementia. First Thursday monthly, Sept. 3, 10
Friends of the Senior Center A non-profit organization that
supports the Center. Second Tuesday monthly, 9 a.m.
Sept. 8.
Senior Citizens Advisory Commission An advisory board to City
Council on issues affecting senior residents. Sept. 17, 9:30
Senior Citizen’s Club Potluck Come join the fun! Fourth Monday,
Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

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