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Senior Center Closed Until Further Notice

The Civic Park Community Center is closed indefinitely and all activities are canceled.  The center was closed on March 12 by the Contra Costa Board of Health; it was supposed to reopen March 26.  To add insult to injury, the shelter in place has been extended indefinitely by the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, and they think we should go backward.  Who wants to get a haircut outdoors!

It has been 147 days since this madness started.

Why are we going backward?

The Lyft program is still running, but because of budget cuts Lyft services will face greater restrictions and potential reductions.

Calendar for the Week of August 9, 2020

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Thursday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm The Beauty of Art History Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia with Justin and Preston Zoom

This calendar publishes all Zoom activities. See the Zoom Weekly Activity page for links and details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

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

Don’t Forget – The Beauty of Art History

Zoom Session

Zoom Session

4 Part Series
August 6, 13, 20, 27
Thursdays, 1 pm to 2:30

 

This is fun review of the portraits beginning with the Italian Renaissance and ending with the invention of photography.

Because the class will be viewing images, using a computer is preferable to using a phone with a small screen. To join this limited Zoom series email David at: dhartness@aol.com. He will send you a confirmation and further instruction.

Join Trivia Fan-atics for Zoom Trivia

Zoom Session

Zoom Session

Wednesday August 12, 2020
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

The Walnut Creek Senior Club Trivia Fanatics are holding their next trivia session via ZOOM on Wednesday August 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It’s open to all seniors, but space is limited.  If you are interested, please contact Bob Mohler at bobmohler82@gmail.com. You will receive an email invitation with a link to the ZOOM session a day or so prior to the Trivia session.

When you click on the Zoom link, it will download and run the zoom program.

If you are not familiar with ZOOM, we suggest you visit the following website for further information. The Website is: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us. You will also find links to test your equipment.

Calendar for the Week of August 2, 2020

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Tuesday 1:00 pm Hooked on Books Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Thursday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm The Beauty of Art History Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia with Justin and Preston Zoom

This calendar publishes all Zoom activities, with the links. See the Zoom Weekly Activity page for details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

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

Everything Old Comes Around Again

Sometimes seniors are stereotyped as set in their ways, insisting that the old way are always better.  The truth is that when you are privileged to live long enough you end up experiencing both the old way of doing things and the new way.  And you know what you like better.

Covid 19 has brought back a number of old-fashioned things that I thought had died out.  I wonder what young people think of them.

I read in the Wall Street Journal that Wal-Mart is going to use some of their parking lots for drive in theaters.  Parents used to love them because you got a double feature for less than the price of one movie in an indoor theater.  Kids used to love them because they didn’t have to sit still in a seat for two hours.  Teenagers loved them for the privacy.   I have mixed feelings about the drive ins coming back.  I have fond memories of watching A Hard Days Night and 2001 A Space Odyssey for the first time in drive ins.  The current autos have vastly better sound systems than the old speaker on a stick of the fifties, but are vastly inferior in comfort to the cars of the fifties and sixties.  And you need an engineer to figure how to keep the lights off and the sound on when you turn off the car.

I am anxiously awaiting the first drive in restaurant complete with window trays and carhops.  They don’t even have to wear roller skates; I’m going.  No more cold take-out.

Another thing in the Wall Street Journal; drive-up teller stations with pneumatic tubes are popular again.  These never became widespread, but were used to add a drive-up window when there wasn’t room for a window against the building.  Talking to a teller on the television and exchanging paper receipts by pneumatic tube was quite the novelty in the sixties.  Of course, they became obsolete immediately when ATMs came out.  They were never removed because those pneumatic tubes were buried.  Now people prefer them to getting Covid 19.

I hear people are longing for real walls.  People who are working at home have discovered how messy kitchens get when real cooking is being done.  They make a wonderful background for Zoom meetings.  Not to mentions the TV noise or the even greater noise of a child who has been told to turn the TV off.  There’s also the joy of trying to watch TV while the dishwasher is running or someone is cooking fish or broccoli.  People who are sheltering at home are discovering why the walls were there in the first place.  Now if we can only stop them from painting everything prison grey.

Curlers we wore in the sixtoes

We were dumb enough to sleep on these.

Life would really be great if they brought back 25 cent gas.  Oh well, I’ll be happy if nobody tries to bring back rotary phones or hair curlers.

 

Hooked on Books meets July 4 on Zoom

August  4, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Click this link to join the meeting.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81974435873?pwd=L0FRYXg1b1JuTUZrankyaFJuWnhIdz09

Meeting ID: 819 7443 5873

Password: 863721

August Book: Charlie Lovett, First Impressions

This is a literary mystery woven around Jane Austen’s life. Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London. Two customers queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life. Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.

 

Calendar for the Week of July 26, 2020

Day Time Event Location
Monday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Garden Wizards Zoom
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia with Justin and Preston Zoom

This calendar publishes all Zoom activities, with the links. See the Zoom Weekly Activity page for details on weekly activities, and the posts for more details on other activities.

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

Join Trivia Fan-atics for Zoom Trivia

Zoom Session

Zoom Session

Wednesday July 29, 2020
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

The Walnut Creek Senior Club Trivia Fanatics are holding their next trivia session via ZOOM on Wednesday July 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It’s open to all seniors, but space is limited.  If you are interested, please contact Bob Mohler at bobmohler82@gmail.com. You will receive an email invitation with a link to the ZOOM session a day or so prior to the Trivia session.

When you click on the Zoom link, it will download and run the zoom program.

If you are not familiar with ZOOM, we suggest you visit the following website for further information. The Website is: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us. You will also find links to test your equipment.

Help Us Write the History of the Walnut Creek Seniors Club

The Seniors Club would like to put together a history of the Walnut Creek Senior Center for the Newsletter. This will need to be an oral history, made from the memories of people who have taken part in Senior Center activities over the years. Please send your memories and experiences to this newsletter at wcseniorsnews@gmail.com.