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Calendar for the Week of May 25, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Monday Memorial Day – Senior Center Closed
Monday 5:00 pm Wine ‘n Dine, Mimi’s reservations required
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio – rain cancels
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

 

Trivia Fact of the Month

Brought to you by Trivia Fan-atics

Filming Jurassic Park was no walk in the park. The best dinosaur movies in the past were done with stop-motion photography, but Steven Spielberg wanted to push the effects envelope. After interviewing every effects shop in town, a cadre of effects people were assembled. Stan Winston created the live action dinosaurs, which were to be quick, mobile, full-size animals. At first, Steven Spielberg wanted the dinosaurs to be life-size, but later deemed the idea too expensive and unconvincing.

There were two animatronic Tyrannosaurus built for filming. One was a full-body version, the other only consisted of a head and was used for close-ups. The full T-Rex measured 40ft., weighed 12,000 pounds and was extremely powerful. . The crew had to have safety meetings about it. They used flashing lights to announce when it was about to come on to alert the crew, because if you stood next to it and the head went by at speed, it felt like a bus going by.

Unfortunately, the T-rex occasionally malfunctioned, due to the rain. Producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls, “The T. rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. We’d be, like, eating lunch, and all of a sudden a T-rex would come alive. At first we didn’t know what was happening, and then we realized it was the rain. You’d hear people start screaming.”

The T-Rex chasing the Jeep was the most difficult scene to animate. There’s no frame of reference for a running animal of that size; it took two months to figure out how to get it to run, they would run the sequence backwards to see all the mistakes. They were also able to use the computer to add little details to authenticate the scene, e.g. the T-Rex running through puddles of water and leaving splashes, etc. The splashing was filmed individually and then the computer added it to the T-Rex’s footsteps. When the T-Rex comes through the glass roof of the Ford Explorer in the first attack, the glass was not meant to break, producing noticeably genuine screams from the children.

After going through all that, the T-Rex makes only four appearances in the film. There are only 15 minutes of actual dinosaur footage in the film: 9 minutes are Stan Winston’s animatronics, 6 minutes of it is ILM’s CGI.

Calendar for the Week of May 18, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Monday 9:00 am Card Making reservations required
Monday 9:30 am Advisory Board Meeting Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Investment Discussion Group Lounge
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Thursday 11:00 am – 1:15 pm Senior Legal Services appointment required
Thursday 1:00 pm Travel Presentation
Friday doors open 10:30 am
reservations honored until 11:30 am
Friday Social & Mothers/Fathers Day Celebration reservations required

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

Let’s Sing

Friday, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Senior Center, Social Hall

Drop in singers welcome, Lyrics provided

We sing songs from the Big Band Era and from Broadway musicals.  We perform at assisted living places to brighten the day of the residents.  Some vocal instruction is included.

Some songs we sing are: Get me to the Church on Time, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Give My Regards to Broadway, Buttons and Bows, Moonlight Bay, It’s a Grand Night for Singing, Ragtime Cowboy Joe.

If you have questions contact Robin at 925-437-4411 or email letssing100@gmail.com (note the double s in letssing) or drop in.

 

Drop-In Fees

As of April 15, all drop in fees have been raised to $1.  This includes bridge, Pinochle, Book Club, Mah Jongg, Trivia, Bingo and Sing-A-Long.

Calendar for the Week of May 11, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Monday 1:00 pm ScreenTime, Marvin Hamlisch Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio – rain cancels
Wednesday 9:30 am – 11:00 am Blood Pressure Screening Lobby, drop-in, no appointment
Wednesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Wednesday 2:00 pm Memory Loss Prevention Series Assembly Hall
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies sign up required

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

“Village Concept” Helps Seniors Age in Their Own Homes

In just five words, a young Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz evokes an image that makes most of us smile: “There’s no place like home!”
Yet as we grow older, these words may give cause for concern. Will we be able to remain in our homes and neighborhoods as we age? Or find ourselves forced to live in a residential community or assisted living facility?
Walnut Creek Senior Club members Bob and Cindy Mohler have been asking themselves these questions since they retired ten years ago. The couple wants to keep living independently in their home in the Northgate area of Walnut Creek, where they’ve lived since the 1980s, but worry they may need help doing so in the years ahead.
Cindy Mohler explains: “Our goal is to stay in our home while being able to access the services we need as we age. But bus service in our neighborhood is nonexistent, and we already have experienced difficulties getting reliable contractors to help around the house.”
To address these concerns the Mohlers have become active in a local membership-based, grassroots networking organization called Walnut Creek Village. The group’s mission is to support people living independently in their own homes – safely, happily and healthfully – by connecting them with the social, practical and professional assistance they may need now or in the future.

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