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Advisory Board Minutes for January 27, 2020

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
January 27, 2020

 

President Mark Pitzlin called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. and welcomed members and guests.

Present:  Mark Pitzlin, Rolando Salazar, Fred Rentschler, Annette Hammond, Barbara Bacon, Wayne

Slater, Jody Johnson, Kat Reisinger – Staff, Vanessa Rodriquez – Staff, Guests Robin Wolf and Bob Joe,  and Fred Weston, Parks & Rec.

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Senior Center Closed Until Further Notice

At the request of the Contra Costa Board of Health the Civic Park Community Center is closed indefinitely and all activities are canceled.  The center was closed on March 12; it was supposed to reopen March 26.  Now the shelter in place has been extended until May 3.

It has been 21 days since this madness started, and still counting …

The Lyft program is still running.

Walnut Creek Rec. Transportation Program

Do you need a ride to a medical appointment, to the grocery store, or to participate in activities in Walnut Creek?  For $1 each way, the minibus can help you get to where you need to go within the City of Walnut Creek, Monday through Friday between 8:45 am and 3:40 pm  If you need a ride outside of minibus hours, the Expanded Transportation Pilot Program utilizes Lyft to schedule rides for passengers without cell phones and allows current Lyft users the ability to use the service from their cell phones.

Minibus Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday 8:45 am – 3:40 pm

Extended Service – Lyft
Monday to Friday 3:40 pm -8:45 am
Saturday & Sunday All Day

To use the minibuses you must be a member of the Walnut Creek Senior Club.  To use the Expanded Transportation Pilot Program, Walnut Creek Senor Club members will need to complete the application form and meet with the program coordinator during a scheduled appointment.  Members must be at least 60 years of age.  Please visit the front desk or call (925) 943-5852 for more information.

 

Spring Quarterly Social

Canceled Due to Closure of Senior Center

Friday, March 20,    1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Civic Park Community Center, Assembly Hall

Join us in celebrating the first day of spring at the quarterly social.  Bring a friend or make a new one there.  Enjoy delicious food catered by Eliza catering.  Entertainment provided by Glen Snyder.  See you there!

$10 tickets on sale now at the front desk,
($15) per ticket after March 15

Questions? Call (925)943-5851

 

Calendar for the Week of March 8, 2020

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – beginner Lobby
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:30 am AARP Smart DriverTEK Workshop Lounge
Tuesday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Market Day Outdoor Plaza
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio – rain cancels
Wednesday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – advanced Lobby
Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Senior Peer Counseling appointment required
Friday 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Storytelling Program Multipurpose Room

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.

AARP Tax Aide Program for 2019 Forms

 

FREE TAX PREPARATION

Tax-Aide’s AARP sponsored program offers FREE 2019 tax return preparation by volunteer IRS certified tax counselors.  Service is offered to people of all ages who need to file basic income tax forms.  Tax-Aide does not specify an income limit but the service targets low and moderate income taxpayers of any age with special attention given to seniors 60 plus.

Appointments are being made now; service is available until February 2, 2020.  They will not offer tax-aide on April 16, 2020.

AARP tax-aide information is quite extensive.  To find more sites or a detailed list of what to bring, visit their web site at:
https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

For information or to make an appointment for the Tax-Aide sites serving Walnut Creek area, please call one of the numbers below:
Walnut Creek Senior Club site 943-5851
Walnut Creek Grace Presbyterian Church site 405-6278
Walnut Creek St. Paul’s Episcopal Church site 979-5013
General Information and other site locations 726-3199

Appointments begin the first week of February

To complete your tax return, Tax-Aide will need you to bring the following to the appointment:
Government issued Photo ID for the taxpayer and spouse

Social Security Card or ITIN letter for all individuals to be listed on the return

Social Security numbers for recipients of any alimony or spousal support paid by you

Evidence of deductions

Your 2018 Tax Return

Copies of all 2019 W-2s, 1098s and 1099s

Other income- tax documents received from payers of wages, Social Security , pensions, dividends,  interest, IRA distributions and any other income

Evidence of medical coverage  Covered California: all documents including form 1095

Evidence of education expenses

Checking or savings account information if you want to direct deposit any refund(s) or direct debit any amounts due

Free AARP Smart DriverTEK Workshop

Tuesday,  March 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Lounge, Senior Center

Come and attend our free 90 minute Smart DriverTEK workshop  and learn how to utilize the latest high tech safety features in your current car and what technology to look for when shopping for a new car.   You will also lean the safety benefits of blind spot warning systems, forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, smart headlights and more!

Call 1-877-0458 to register.