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Walnut Creek Village Newsletter – March 2017


Whether you’ll eat corned beef and cabbage, toast Saint Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland who lived from AD 385-461 and died at the ripe old age – at that time – of 76), or simply wear green, we wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Editor’s pick for an Irish history lesson: How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill (1995), which details how St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and also preserved Western culture on “the isle of saints and scholars,” while Europe was being overrun by barbarians.
No one need remind Northern Californians that winter weather can wreak havoc with our schedules – and the same can be said for the 150 Villages across the U.S. that were set to celebrate the Village Movement 15th Anniversary with Atul Gawande, M.D., author of Being Mortal on Monday, February 13. A raging snowstorm shut down Boston and the library that was set to broadcast the live-streaming interview with Dr. Gawande – and disappointed thousands of Village elders nationwide.
The Village to Village Network, the organization that planned this broadcast, has promised to reschedule Dr. Gawande’s discussion on the value of community and opportunities as we grow older – but as yet we don’t have a date and time. Please stay tuned for an update!

Tuesday, March 21, 2-3:30 pm
Have you heard about Walnut Creek Village but want to talk with someone one-on-one for more information? This month we’re hosting another Living Room Chat, an informal discussion about the Village concept, plans for our spring launch and membership/volunteer opportunities. This event takes place in private homes, so please call or email us if you’re interested in attending this get-together: 925-956-1990; or email
Join us for the March 23 Lunch ‘N’ Learn to hear from Sharon Beck, founder of Mac-Senior ( Sharon is dedicated to helping seniors get the most out of their iPads, iPhones and Macs, so they can stay in touch with their families through FaceTime and with the world at large through the internet. Seating is limited to 30 people, so reserve now before this fills up.
Lunch is generously provided by Atria Walnut Creek.
Where: Atria Walnut Creek, 1400 Montego, Walnut Creek
When: Thursday, March 23, 11 am – 1 pm
RSVP: Please register at the Lamorinda Village website or call 925-253-2300, by Monday, March 20, at noon. Please provide your name, phone number and email address for registration.
Parking: There is a circular drop-off driveway for mobility-challenged people, and ample street parking in the immediate neighborhood.
This program is presented by Diablo Valley Villages (Clayton Valley, Lamorinda and Walnut Creek Villages).

The 22nd annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival takes place March 2-12 at the Cinemark Theaters in Pleasant Hill.This year’s cinematic lineup is exceptionally strong and brings international and independent films to the big screen. You can see offerings from Argentina, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the USA. Visit for the lineup and schedule, or call 925-240-3053.

In the January/February 2017 AARP Bulletin, Candy Sagon wrote that
in medicine, men have long ruled. From the animals used in drug trials (overwhelmingly male) to the patients enrolled in clinical trials (predominantly male) to the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment (mostly based on men), a man’s biology has been the guiding force for decades.
The result is that women have at times been misdiagnosed and even harmed, because tests, dosages, symptoms and treatments for major diseases have long been based on what medical schools and medical research still consider the archetypal patient: the 154-pound white male.
But thanks to urging by the federal government, as well as more inclusive research, medicine is beginning to look at the different ways men and women react to drugs and diseases. Women and men metabolize drugs differently, experience different side effects and derive different benefits from the same treatments – even something as common as taking a low-dose aspirin for heart attack prevention. In women, this treatment raises the risk for stomach bleeding and is better at reducing the risk for stroke than preventing a first heart attack. In men, it’s the reverse – better for preventing a first heart attack, not so good for preventing a stroke.
Learn more:

Do you know which technologies can help you live independently? suggests:
1. Tablet computers, such as the Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface. If you’ve ever wanted to Skype with your grandchild who lives in a different state, there’s never been a better time to give it a try.
2. Home security systems, including motion sensors.
3. Health tracking gadgets, like Fitbit or Nike+ devices. They let active seniorsnot only monitor their physical activity throughout the day, but also set goals for themselves.
4. Monitoring services, to provide long-distance caregivers with a wealth of information, such as movement patterns and medication uses.
5. Medication dispensing systems. Do you ever find it hard to remember which medications to take and when? These systems make it easier.
Learn more:
The Walnut Creek Seniors Club’s Bazaar Group holds its annual March Madness Sale March 15 and 29. Shop for great bargains in this selection of handcrafted items such as knit scarves and hats, baby and children’s items, quilts, bags and purses, kitchen décor, gifts, greeting cards, jewelry and more. The sale is held 10 am to 2 pm at the Civic Park Community Center’s Multipurpose Room (1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek). Questions? Call 925-943-5851.

Cinco de Mayo Bingo

Friday, May 5
Assembly Hall, Civic Park Community Center

Bingo 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (doors open at 9:30 am)
Lunch begins at 12:00 noon

Tickets $8:  includes 2 Bingo Cards and lunch

Tickets available now at the Civic Park Community Center
or Call (925)943-5851 to reserve your space.

Limited  space – Get your ticket early!


March 2017 Newsletter

Apparently, some people have been asking where’s the newsletter?  Well it’s on the City of Walnut Creek’s web page for 50+.  As this is an extremely large file, I don’t see any reason to duplicate it.  There is a link for the city site titled “Walnut Creek Seniors City Site” on the left side of each web page.  It’s listed under the subtitle “Seniors“.   When you go to this page, just click on the link for the month you want under “Check Out Our Newsletters“.

To make it easier, here is the link for the March 2017 Newsletter.  The city will take the newsletter down on May 1, so if you want a permanent copy, download and save it.

March 2017 Friday Social

Lunch, entertainment &  Birthday Celebration
Friday, March 24, 10:30 am

Meal Cost: $5 per person
Professionally catered meal from Sunrise Bistro

Entertainment by Denny Colleret – guitar/vocals.


Come dance, enjoy lunch and music in a fun, social environment.

Advance meal reservation required.  Call (925) 943-5851 no later than this Wednesday February 15 tor reserve your lunch!

Doors open at 10:30 am.  Lunch served until 11:30 am.  Reservations will be honored until 11:30  and them offered to those on the waiting list.

Open to all!  It does not have to be your birthday for you to join in on the fun!

A BIG thank you to Hillendale Home Care, our Friday Social sponsor!

Civic Park Parking Lot Under Construction This Spring

The Civic Park Community Center parking lot will be under construction from

Monday, March 27 – -Friday, May 5, 2017

The Civic Park parking lot is being enhanced with the installation of lighting.  Please plan accordingly as parking will be limited during this time (including the back parking lot closest to community center).

Participants are encouraged to carpool, plan for a ride that can drop you off close to the facility and/or utilize other parking facilities in downtown Walnut Creek.

Classes and ongoing Drop-in programs will be notified of this parking lot closure.

Thank you!




Calendar for the Week of March 19, 2017

Day Time Event Location
Monday 9:30 am Advisory Board Meeting Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – easy Lobby
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Investment Discussion Group – canceled Lounge
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – advanced Lobby
Thursday 11:00 am – 1:15 pm Senior Legal Services appointment required
Friday doors open 10:30 am
reservations honored until 11:30 am
Friday Social & Birthday 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.

Investment Discussion Group Meeting, February 21, 2017


Our next meeting will be on Tuesday Feb, 21, 2017   WCSC, at 1;30 pm.  I have had several e mails regarding our sharing of our portfolios,  We do not consider it bragging if you wish to reveal your percentages of return on your investments.  We do not ask for dollar amounts, it isn’t important if your account has ten thousand invested or ten million invested.  The idea is to share how you arrived at the final years increase in value. Was it by stocks, bonds, funds, or a combination of sorts.  So don’t be shy, lets here from more of you.  There were several members of our group that wanted to share last month but were unable to attend our meeting.  If you would to present your reports, I will be at the meeting about one o clock and we will make copies for the group, using the copy machine at the center.  E mail me if you have questions.

Remember the annual dues for the club are due now, and a parking sticker for the library garage is free at the front desk.  Coffee and Cookies as usual, and we ask for a $1.00 dollar free will donation.

Hope to see you there.
Best Regards,  Wayne Slater