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Club 55 Ski Club Pre-Season Meeting

Wednesday, November 13, 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Walnut Creek Senior Center, Conference Room

 

Join Club 55 and go skiing every Wednesday January through March at Sugar Bowl, Sierra@Tahoe, and Kirkwood.

Enjoy mid-week rates, short lines and best of all, no driving!  Weekly ski trips are scheduled for Wednesdays, weather permitting.  We ski at locations in the Tahoe area.

If you are interested in joining Club 55, please attend our pre-season meeting on T for details.  We’ll  cover registration procedures, the schedule for the season, and program logistics.

For more information, contact  Roger Lamm –  rlamm@yahoo.com

 

Calendar for the Week of November 10, 2019

Day Time Event Location
Monday Veterans Day – Senior Center Closed
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – beginner Lobby
Tuesday 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Medicare Counseling Day appointment required
Tuesday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Market Day Outdoor Plaza
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio
Wednesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Bazaar’s Holiday Sale Multipurpose Room
Wednesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Wednesday 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Annual Ski Club Meeting Conference Room
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – advanced Lobby
Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Senior Peer Counseling appointment 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.

Medicare Counseling Day

November 12,  9:30 am -2:00 pm

FREE

Learn about Medicare health plans in this informative workshop. With prescription drug plans changing each year, it is important to become educated in your healthcare options.  You will need to complete a worksheet prior to making an individualized counseling appointment.  Registered HICAP counselors will be available to review your Medicare drug or health plan and help you decide on best coverage.

Call HIICAP at 925-602-4163 or got to http://www.cchicap.org.

 

Bazaar’s Holiday Sale

Wednesdays, November 6 & 13
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Walnut Creek Senior Center, 1375 Civic Park Drive
Multipurpose Room

The Walnut Creek Seniors Club Bazaar Group invites you shop their holiday sale!  Sip on coffee and tea while you browse for decorative creations to grace your home and share with loved ones.  Cuddly blankets, scarves and hats o keep you warm, handmade jewelry, greeting cards, cloth children’s’ books plus tasty bake sale treats and much more.

Questions? Call (925) 943-5851 for more information.

 

Calendar for the Week of November 3, 2019

Day Time Event Location
Sunday 9:00 am – 11:30 am Pancake Breakfast Civic Park Community Center
Monday 1:00 pm Movie, Coco Lounge
Monday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Simple Will Preparation appointment required
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – beginner Lobby
Tuesday 1:00 pm Hooked On Books, The Dry Lounge
Wednesday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Bazaar’s Holiday Sale Multipurpose Room
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Social Hall
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – advanced Lobby

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.

What the News Isn’t Telling You About Apps

Lots of news stories are running about how apps are stealing our data.  They suggest that we should be careful about the apps we download.  But that doesn’t go far enough.  Every app is designed to be a data sucking machine.  Your data is worth money, and the more information they have on you, the more valuable it becomes.  And they certainly not going to pay you the value of your data.

So what can you do.  I prefer to contact a company through a browser, because browsers are limited in the data they can steal.  And browsers are responding to privacy concerns by blocking trackers and ads.  The exception is Chrome.  It’s part of the great Google data sucking machine.  When it requires you to log in before you use it, that’s your big hint.  I wouldn’t have it on my computer.

You can also find free ad blockers like Ghostery.  Although as the browsers become more capable at blocking ads and trackers, they may clash with ad blockers.

Avoid social media like the plague.  They design privacy settings to be difficult to set, and they hide the amount of data they take, not only from you but your friends.  When I said in 2014 that Facebook was a privacy disaster, people looked at me like I was crazy.  Then in 2018, the Cambridge Analytica scandel was exposed.  Who’s laughing now.  I lived for over 65 years without social media, and I doubt that not using it will be the cause of my death.

Finally, you can limit the amount of data your apps can access.  On Android, run the app “Settings”.  Choose “Privacy and Emergency”; then select “App permissions”.  You will see a list of data and devices that apps can access.  Pick a permission, like microphone and camera, and you will see a list of apps, and whether each app can access the permission.  What you find may surprise you.  Google Play (an app store) had permission to access my contacts.  I try to guard my contacts, as other people have entrusted me with their data.  So I turned contacts off, and Google Play complains twice a day, but it works.

I’m sure the iPhone has similar features, but I’m not familiar with it.  I invite anyone who is to comment on this article with the information.

 

Trunk Or Treat

Friday October 25, 2019, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Civic Park Parking Lot – Free

Calling all ghouls vampires and princesses.  Walnut Creek Recreation is hosting their first ever “Trunk-or-Treat”  in downtown Civic Park!  Bring your little ones to walk through “candy lane” where decorative trunks are filled with Halloween spirit and sweet/non-sweet treat are given out.  Stop by our entertaining booths filled with activities, games and even picturesque opportunities!  Visit our food trucks and beverage areas for a tasty treat or drink.  ,Make sure to bring a bag for your child’s treats!  No registration required.  Event is weather dependent.  Heavy rain conditions will cancel.

To inquire about hosting a booth, volunteer opportunities, or for more information, please call (925) 943-5899 ext. 2311 or email cendejas@walnut-creek.org