Activities, News

Medicare & Health Plans

 

November 3, 2022 at 2 pm

FREE!

What’s happening with your Medicare prescription drug or Advantage plan for the coming year? Medicare Open Enrollment occurs from mid-October through the beginning of December. Every year plans change their covered drugs, copayments, physician networks and more. Even if you like your current plan, it may no longer be best for you in 2023. In addition, your health care needs may have changed. Attend this “Medicare Changes for 2023 in Contra Costa County” presentation. You’ll get an overview of the 2023 changes affecting Medicare Prescription and Advantage Plans in Contra Costa County. You’ll learn about your coverage options and receive instructions on how to access helpful Medicare open enrollment material. 

Civic Park Senior Center

Register online here      or by calling (925) 295-1490

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Oct. 30, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Hooked on Books Senior Center
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Zoom
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in
Thursday 2:00 pm Medicare & Health Plans Civic Center

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages 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.

Activities

On ZOOM – Trivia Fan-atics

November 2, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Drop-in group.  No drop-in fee
We meet the first Wednesday of the month.

by Bob Mohler

We recently took a survey of our players to see if they wanted to continue on Zoom or meet at Civic Park. The overwhelming majority voted in favor of continuing on Zoom, and so we shall.
We are changing our frequency, however. Starting with June, we will be having only one Trivia meeting per month.
For a Zoom link email Bob Mohler at bobmohler82@gmail.com

Here are some questions from one of our members, so you can test your Trivia skills:

Can You Answer These Trivia Questions?

Trivia Questions to get the wheels turning.
Trivia Questions from the July 6, 2022, WCSC Trivia Session:

  1. MEDICINE: What is the name of the arm bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow?
  2. GARDENING: Many legumes, including clover and alfalfa, have the ability to transfer this element from the atmosphere into their roots.
  3. Opera: An 1876 staging of this composer’s operas created the iconic image of the horned Viking helmet. Who was the composer?
  4. NEW YORK YANKEES: Who caught Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series?
  5. PRESIDENTS: In 1910, who was the first president to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game?

ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST. Good Luck!

TRIVIA ANSWERS:

  1. Humerus
  2. Nitrogen
  3. Richard Wagner
  4. Yogi Berra
  5. William Howard Taft
Activities

Hooked on Books meets November 1

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Drop-in Group.  Members $2, Non-members $5

November Book: – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.

 

Meets the first Tuesday of the month.


Hooked on Books has a different discussion leader each month. Books are chosen by group discussion and often by a vote.

2022 BOOK LIST

November 1 – The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
December 6 – Anxious People by Frederik Backman
January 3, 2023 – A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

 

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Oct. 23, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Monday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Perennials Garden Group Social Hall
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Petanque Lobby check in
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 9:30 am – 10:30 am Creative Water Coloring Senior Center
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages 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.

News

Title IX: Women in Senior Sports

by Donn King

I would like to offer a prediction: it is my belief that within 10 to 15 years, the Creakers population will be at least 50% female. Women are in ascendency in every field of endeavor, and thanks to Title IX, none more than in women’s athletics. Title IX prohibited sex-based restriction to educational programs or institutions which received federal money. It was more a you-can’t-do, as opposed to a what-you-have-to-do, kind of bill. Title IX was written by Senator Birch Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, in 1972 and passed into law in 1973.

Here is the entire text: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

The bill was not explicitly about women’s athletics, but suddenly, women’s sports in schools were required to receive the same funding emphasis as men’s. If your institution wanted to continue to receive federal money, you had to offer equal opportunity to women, and that included athletics. Of course, there was a lag time, and inconsistent enforcement, and it took a while to take hold in schools all over the country, but eventually it did, and it changed the athletic landscape in the US for women, for all time.

Most of the current Creaker population grew up way before Title IX. Most of us are children of an era when boys played sports and women cooked and kept house. Consequently, our current aging sports environment is dominated by men. By the way, God bless us. Men have made lots of mistakes, but we’ve tried our best, and we’ve had a good run. But what will happen when the post Title IX generation wives and mothers who are retiring, their children out of the house, remember how good it felt to hit the ball hard and catch a fly ball? When will they start looking around for a senior softball league?

Spoiler alert: Women don’t throw like girls anymore.

And even more softball specific: Today, there are virtually no male fast pitch, or slow pitch, softball programs in high schools or college athletics. My informants who have daughters and granddaughters assure me of this. Those programs are all female. Where do we think these women will want to go to stay active now that they have some discretionary time? There are also arguments that boys spend more time indoors these days, on video games screen time, and less time on the playing fields. That may amount to less demand coming from senior males in the future.

Currently there are already several women in the Creakers. I predict that in the near future there will be a steady stream of women coming into the Creaker Nation. If you think it seems that all the accountants and physicians, lawyers, judges, and politicians are all female these days, just look around and see who is playing next to you at shortstop and behind you in left center. Can she hit a line drive on the grass, or stretch a single into a double? I bet she can; can you?

Activities

Perennials Garden Club

How to Create a Fall Wreath

Monday, October 24, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Drop-in group   Members $2, Non-members $5

by Jane West

Steven Brown, from City College of San Francisco, will do a one-hour presentation/demonstration that includes several “you can do” designs. Projects will include an herbal healing wreath, a living succulent wreath/centerpiece, and an arrangement of materials from the garden. A Fall centerpiece idea and a sustainable arrangement will also be displayed. This is your opportunity to get hands-on instruction about floral design. Mr. Brown will review the basic simple steps to arrange flowers/garlands like a Pro. Get a jump start on your holiday preparations with helpful hints and doable steps. Please contact Jane West at ginger20749@yahoo.com for more information.

Steven Brown, AIFD, MFA, CCF, CFD, CSFA, has taught Horticulture and Floristry at City College San Francisco (CCSF) for the past 35 years. He is currently the longest serving faculty elected Chair for the Environmental Horticulture/Floristry Department. Steven is Co-Chair of Facilities at the College and serves on many other committees as well. Steven’s goal is to facilitate the best learning environment possible in Horticulture and Floral Design and hopes that he has made a difference in the lives of others.

The Perennials do not meet during November and December, but resume in January.
The Perennials is a drop-in garden club. There is no special garden club fee other than the regular meeting drop-in fee of $2 (seniors club members) or $5 (non-members).

At the CIVIC PARK SENIOR CENTER
Room: Social Hall

Meets the 4th Monday of the month.

For more information and to receive emails about future garden speakers, email Jane at ginger20749@yahoo.com.

 

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of Oct. 16, 2022

Day Time Event Location
Monday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Perennials Garden Group Social Hall
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 10:00 am – 11:00 am Native Plant Growers Meet at the Gardens
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Mah Jong Multi-purpose Room
Wednesday 12:00 am – 3:00 pm Bridge Assembly Hall
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Qi Gong Back Patio
Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm BINGO Multi-purpose Room
Thursday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Let’s Sing! Lobby check in
Thursday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Investment Discussion Group Senior Center

This calendar publishes all activities. See the Zoom and in-person Weekly Activity pages 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.

News

Let’s Sing Will Start Performing Again

 

Let’s Sing stopped performing at assisted living places during the shutdown. Now after more than two years, the group will resuming performing to brighten the day of residents. Let’s Sing participants are enjoying practicing on the shady front patio of the Civic Park Community Center in September. The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 1 pm.

For more information email rzzwolf@gmail.com or just drop in. A free lyrics book is available.

 
 

Activities

Senior Travel Presentation

Thursday October 13, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm,
Civic Park Senior Center

The Walnut Creek Travel Program for Adult 50+ has many new travel opportunities this coming year and next year! Join us at Civic Park Community Center to hear Lisa Mittone of Travel Center Tours showcase the upcoming day trips. These include everything from local San Francisco trips, wineries, Fleet Week and more! Joan Thornton from Premier World Tours will then present on some exciting extended travel opportunities for both 2022 and 2023. There will also be time at the end to sign up for upcoming trips.

Come with questions and hear about fun travel opportunities! Call 925-295-1490 or email artsrec@walnut-creek.org with questions.
**Parking information is online in the description and will be provided via registration notes on your receipt.