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Drop In Programs

Mah-Jongg

Come and play American Mah-Jongg with us! Both experienced and new players are welcome.   $1 drop in.  Official Rules for American Mah-jongg: National Mah jongg League

Petanque!

Learn to play this French game that’s a cross between bocce ball and horseshoes.  It’s fun and easy, and no experience is required.

Trivia Fan-Atics

Do you enjoy the challenge of playing trivia?  Want to have a good laugh and lots of fun while you exercise your brain?  Then this is the activity for you!  Join us on  the first Wednesday of each month for a fun filled afternoon of trivia challenge.  This is a drop-in activity so no registration is required.  Your hosts will be Bob and Cindy Mohler.

Walking Buddies

Welcome to the Walking Buddies Group!  We are all members of the Walnut Creek Seniors’ Club and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays to do a little exercise with nice people who enjoy walking and hiking. However, to join our group you must be a member of the Walnut Creek Seniors’ Club.

The Tuesday group is generally a beginner’s group for those who have not been walking or hiking in a while and want to get back in shape and for those who just don’t like to walk by themselves.

On Tuesdays, we walk segments of the Contra Costa Canal Trail, the Iron Horse Trail, the Lafayette-Moraga Trail and several other trails we have “blazed.”  The segments are usually paved, flat and easy to walk.  Almost everyone can do them at their own pace since we walk approximately 2 miles in one direction and return the same way.  If someone is slower than the others or gets tired, they can turn back to the starting point or wait for the group to catch up with them on the return.  There is little chance you will get lost and if you have a cell phone, we can keep in touch, if necessary.

The walks are a total of 3 to 4 miles and last approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours.  Many of the Tuesday group members also hike on Thursdays.  We gather at the Senior Center at 8:15 A.M. and leave promptly at 8:30 A.M. in car pools.  There is a $1 drop-in fee.

The Thursday group goes on more aggressive walks and hikes.  We generally go into the nearby Open Spaces, Regional and State parks and follow trails that are gravel, dirt or sometimes paved.  We mostly hike where there are gentle slopes, although sometimes there are moderate ones that can be a little strenuous.  Most people who have been hiking and walking for a while or have been with the Tuesday group several times can do the Thursday hikes without much trouble.  Hikers should be able to manage a 5-mile moderate hike with some elevation gain up to 600-800 feet.  We also gather for these hikes at the Senior Center at 8:15 A.M. and leave at 8:30 A.M. in car pools.  There is a $1 drop-in fee.

The Thursday group also plans occasional all-day hikes in different places in the Bay Area. Sign up is required and members must have hiked with our group at least twice in the previous two months.  We have gone to locations such as the Marin Headlands, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, Uvas Regional Park near Gilroy and Point Reyes in the North Bay.  We typically leave Walnut Creek about 9 A.M. from Heather Farm, carpool to the location, hike for an hour or so, have a box lunch and hike another hour or so.  We return to Walnut Creek between 3 P.M. and 4 P.M.  The drop-in fee depends on the distance we will travel.  If we use the BART system, we each pay our own fares.

About once or twice a year, hikes are planned to places like Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Asilomar.  Sign up is also required for these and the requirement of having hiked twice in the previous two months with us applies.  Space is limited.  The outing is usually planned for two or three days.  Accommodations are reserved near the hike area and rooms are shared.  The organizers will advise hikers how much the event will cost, collect the money and pay for the costs incurred.  Meals are in local eateries and food is also taken and shared by the hikers for group meals.

We welcome all new hikers.  Join us and have a great time.

 

For Tuesday hikes, contact:
Rolando Salazar, (925) 934-8830
John Walkinshaw, (925) 933-8220

For Thursday hikes, contact:
Anne Sheldon, (925) 930-0259
Mona Taucher, (925) 937-9041

 

 

 

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