News

Opening Date: Thursday, September 9

On Thursday, September 9th, The Seniors Center on Civic Drive will reopen for business, but with Covid-19 still a factor, there will be new requirements in place as we attempt to return to normalcy. Every person who enters a City owned building will be required to prove they have been vaccinated. And once in the building, masks are required. The proof of vaccination needed is the Covid-19 vaccination card you were given when you received the shots. The City will be using a 3rd party program called FastScreen by Curacubby to do this. This is a smartphone app that will verify that the vaccination form you have in your possession is legitimate. The program is not up and running yet, so for now there will be City employees on site who will walk you through this process. You can also take a photo of both sides of the vaccination card and save them to your phone or bring the actual vaccination card with you, but you must follow these procedures to get in the building. And you must have a mask with you to get into the building. You can call The Seniors Center voicemail line at
925 943 5851 Or The City voicemail line at 925 943 5852 or 925 295 1490 for more information.

There will also be a few changes to the way The Seniors Club operates. Right now the groups that will be functioning are: Bingo, Bridge, The Perennial Garden group, The native Plant Garden Project, The Creakers, Qi Gong, Bicycling, Hooked on Books, The Investment Club, Let’s Sing, Mah Jongg, Petanque, The Ski Club, Tennis, Trivia, and Walking Buddies. If you are a member of any of these groups, call your group leader for more information on specifics. Currently, many of the on-site groups will continue to use Zoom for a while but others will start in-person meeting this month. Check below for times and dates of the group meeting.

We appreciate that most of you have renewed your dues for 2021 already. One of the new policies of The Seniors Club is that everyone must be a current member to join any group. If you have not renewed yet, you can use the internet or mail in your application. The application form and internet links are below. Or you can pay in person at the Seniors Center. But if you pay in person, remember to have your vaccination card, a mask, and patience.

Another new procedure will be a $2 mandatory drop-in fee for all the on-site group meetings. We will explain the collection system at the group meetings.

There obviously will be some bumps in the road as we return to in-person meetings and there will be some confusion and frustration as we adjust to a different reality. But we all have the same goal, to better our lives as seniors.

Becoming a member

You must be a member in order to participate in any drop-in or Zoom groups.  Unless you enjoy standing in line to become a member, you can sign up online. Our membership page https://wcseniorsclub2020.wordpress.com/membership/ contains all the details, including a form that you can print out , and a number for telephone help.  After Sept. 9 staff will be available to help during Civic Park Community Center open hours. – Monday through Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Don’t wait until the last minute.

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of September 5, 2021

Day Time Event Location
Monday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Tuesday 1:00 pm Hooked on Books Zoom
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Friday 12:50 pm Let’s Sing! Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia with Justin 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.

Activities

Join Trivia Fan-atics for Zoom Trivia

Wednesday September 8, 2021
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Zoom Session

The Walnut Creek Senior Club Trivia Fanatics are holding their next trivia session via ZOOM on Wednesday, September 28. 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.

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of August 29, 2021

Day Time Event Location
Monday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Friday 12:50 pm Let’s Sing! Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia with Justin 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.

Activities

Join Trivia Fan-atics for Zoom Trivia

Wednesday August 25, 2021
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Zoom Session

The Walnut Creek Senior Club Trivia Fanatics are holding their next trivia session via ZOOM on Wednesday,  August 25, 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.

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of August 22, 2021

Day Time Event Location
Monday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Monday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Perennials Garden Group Zoom
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Friday 12:50 pm Let’s Sing! Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia with Justin 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.

News

President’s Message

by Fred Rentschler, WC Seniors Club President

This month I can finally give you some concrete information on the reopening of the Seniors Center and new procedures that will be in place. First, The Seniors Center will open on Thursday, September 9th. The Center hours will be from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday through Thursday. During business hours there will be a City employee at the front desk to assist you. The new hours are due to budget constraints forced on the City by the Covid epidemic.

Also, with the current Covid guidelines still in effect, before you can enter the building The City will have a simple health screening questionnaire that you can access from your smart phone or answer in person. There will be no restrictions in the building for social distancing but masks may still be required in the building depending on the regulations still in effect in September. Things will be different but if we all show some patience, we can work this out fairly easily.

There will also be some changes in the way The Club does business. The drop-in fee for group meetings that used to be optional will be raised to $2 and will be required this year. The major change will be The Club going to an electronic system that will issue membership cards with a bar code to everyone that will allow you to enter the building and prepay the group drop-in fee. This is a complicated system and, to be honest, there will be a learning curve, both for you and us until we get the system working smoothly. So again, expect changes, expect some confusion and expect a return to normalcy soon.

 

How to Get Help with Returning to the Senior Center

by Kat Reisinger
Program Manager, Walnut Creek Recreation

Our goal is to work with the Seniors Club to reduce the amount of bumps along the way as you return to the Senior Center and to provide the high quality services and programs that you are used to. We are excited to see everybody on site. Stay tuned for emails from the City that will outline how to get your new membership card as well as pay for drop-in programs.

If you need assistance in returning to the Senior Center, you can call the senior hotline at 925-943-5852 and reach a staff member. If you leave a message, it will be returned promptly.

You can also reach staff at cpcc@walnut-creek.org. If you have general questions about programs and events or want to register for a call, you can call the customer service line at 925-295-1490 seven days a week from 9 am – 4 pm.

 

 

Activities

Perennials Garden Group Zoom Meeting

Cottage Gardens, From Traditional to Modern

Monday, August 23 from 10 am to 11:30 am

Have you wondered what makes a garden a cottage garden? Robin Wolf will use vivid photographs to explore the design elements of cottage gardens, including curves, massing plants, creating height, and visual elements that act as anchors. Are cottage gardens really a random jumble of plants or are they planned to look that way? We will see some restored historic cottage gardens that are now on the British National Trust, including the family home of Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, and Beatrix Potter’s garden around her cottage. These gardens give us the opportunity to point out design features. Then we will turn to drought-tolerant plants for a California cottage garden that can replace the water-thirsty plants of the traditional cottage garden.

To get a Zoom link, email Jane at ginger20749@yahoo.com

Civic Park Gardening Opportunities
Gardening opportunities in Civic Park through the Seniors Club include:

1. Planting a small garden in the back patio of the Senior Center after the Senior Center reopens.

2. Planting more native plants in the new Garden Strip adjacent to the Senior Center starting in August.

3. “Sprucing up” and weeding the first half of the Creek Walk starting in August.

This work will be done on a drop-in basis so you can come to as many or as few one-hour sessions as you like. The gardening work will be done on Tuesday mornings. if you might be interested, email the newsletter at wcseniorsnews@gmail.com (seniors is plural) or click here to email Robin and let us know which project interests you.

Weekly Calendar

Calendar for the Week of August 15, 2021

Day Time Event Location
Monday 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Qi Gong Zoom
Tuesday 8:45 am Walking Buddies various
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Thursday 1:00 pm Ancient Art History Zoom
Friday 8:45 am – 4:15 pm Senior Day Trip: Presidio Heather Farm
Friday 12:50 pm Let’s Sing! Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia with Justin 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.

Activities, News

Walking Buddies

Photo Above: Twelve Walking Buddies participated in the hike via Larkey Park on May 18, which we described in a recent WCSC newsletter. The picture was taken at the turnaround point by Dan Crowley.

 

by Rolando Salazar

Take a Hike Where Egrets Have Been Spotted
In August you can hike with the Walking Buddies and expect to see a number of birds. The route winds up on a Water District service road that runs parallel to Grayson Creek. Rolando Salazar says, “One day while hiking along Grayson Creek, I came within less than 10 feet of a Snowy White Egret along the side of the creek who showed no concern of my being there. I have a brochure from the Audubon Society that shows all the birds that are commonly found along the creek. There are a lot of them, so we should keep our eyes open”.

The hike along Grayson Creek starts at Walden Park on Civic Drive. We will walk as far as W. Hookson Rd. in Pleasant Hill and return the same way we came. It is a different and nice walk. The trails are all paved and flat. I clocked the walk at about an hour and 25 minutes, so it is about 4 miles total. We welcome all new hikers

For more information contact Rolando Salazar at rsalazar94598@gmail.com.

The schedule is online at  Hike Schedule for July-December 2021 (tripod.com)