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Senior Peer Counseling

Peer counselors can assist seniors in coping with issues including anxiety, depression, fear, loneliness, family or other concerns.

Sponsored by the Contra Costa Health Services Department.

Individual 45-minute sessions offered the first three Thursdays of the month.  Sign up for an appointment at the front desk or call 943-5851.

Starts January 2015

Calendar for the Week of December 15, 2014

Day Time Event Location
Monday 9:30 am Advisory Board Meeting Lounge
Monday 5:00 pm Wine ‘n Dine, Back Forty Texas BBQ reservations required
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies, Paraiso Drive to Crow Canyon Blvd.
Tuesday doors open at 11:00 am Annual Holiday Luncheon reservation required
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies, Winter Walk and Year-End Gathering

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.

South African Wildflowers

a Slide Presentation by Yulan Tong
Monday, January 26, 2015, 1:00 pm

Come and join us for a spectacular slide show presentation by Yulan Tong about South African wildflowers.  From exotic protea to the commonplace but beautiful African daisy, her skillful photographs will delight you!

Yulan is a retired chemist who has been living in the Bay Area for fifty years.  Her interest in native plants has also lead her to become an active volunteer at Mt. Diablo State Park.

 

Trivia Fact for December 2014

Brought to you by Trivia Fan-atics

Ask anyone to name the greatest zeppelin disaster, and they will immediately think of the Hindenburg. The LZ 129 Hindenburg flew from March 1936 until it was destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937, while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey. There were 36 fatalities. This was the last of the great airship disasters; it was preceded by the crashes of the British R38 in 1921 (44 dead), the US airship Roma in 1922 (34 dead), the French Dixmude in 1923 (52 dead), the British R101 in 1930 (48 dead), and the USS Akron in 1933 (73 dead). Only the Roma had fewer fatalities.

 

So why was the Hindenburg using hydrogen instead of helium?

Helium was initially selected for the lifting gas because it was the safest for airships, as it is not flammable. At the time, however, helium was relatively rare and extremely expensive, as the gas was only available as a byproduct of mined natural gas reserves found in the United States. Because of its expense and rarity, American rigid airships using helium were forced to conserve the gas and this hampered their operation. Hydrogen, by comparison, could be cheaply produced by any industrialized nation and being lighter than helium also provided more lift.

Despite a U.S. ban on the export of helium under the Helium Control Act of 1927, the Germans designed the Hindenburg to use the far safer gas in the belief that they could convince the US government to license its export. When the National Munitions Control Board refused to lift the export ban, the designers were forced to re-engineer the Hindenburg to use hydrogen. Despite the danger of using flammable hydrogen, no alternative gas could be produced in adequate quantities. The Germans’ long history of flying hydrogen-filled passenger airships without a single injury or fatality created a widely held belief that they had mastered the safe use of hydrogen.

 

Calendar for the Week of December 8, 2014

Day Time Event Location
Monday 12:30 pm Screentime Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies, Newhall Community Park
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
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies, Planet Walk

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.

County Connection Free Rides for Seniors Update

A year ago we posted that the County Connection launched a six month program giving free rides to seniors from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Now that the program is permanent, how is it working for Walnut Creek?

Route 1, Rossmoor to Shadelands, runs once an hour. Routes 2 and 7 don’t even run during the free hours. None of the buses run past 8:00 pm. Most teenagers have a later curfew.

Most of Walnut Creek doesn’t even have bus service. Who is going to walk 5 blocks to a bus stop? Many people in our club can’t walk 5 blocks.

The number one reason that people move from their home to assisted living is losing their drivers license. I wonder why?

 

Advisory Board Minutes for October 20, 2014

 Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
October 20, 2014

President Fred Rentschler called the meeting to order at 9:30am.

In attendance were members: Annette Hammond, Linda Ausplund, Rolando Salazar, Cindy Mohler, Bob Mohler, Wayne Slater, Dorothy Carver, Evan Almdale, Sharon Doherty. Also in attendance were staff Preston Jones and Debbie Landesman. Guests included Fred Watson of the PROS Committee.

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