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Walking Buddies: Hiking on paved or gravel paths

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

Meet at the Trailhead
Tuesdays at 8:45 am.
Drop-in group
Walks are about 4 miles or 1 1/2 hours on flat paved or gravel trails.

The year 2022 is here and the Walking Buddies group is planning its Tuesday walks/hikes for the year.

In January, our first walk will begin at the Concord end of the Iron Horse Trail. We start at the trailhead on Concord Ave. and walk to Hillcrest Community Park. This is an open walk with no shade. The trail follows the Walnut Creek Channel north and to the actual beginning of the IHT. The section also parallels Buchanan Airfield. There is a connection to the Delta De Anza Trail which leads into Hillcrest Community Park, which we will follow and where we will turn around and return to our starting point. It will be close to 4 miles or about an hour and twenty minutes.

The Iron Horse Trail is a multi-use, whole-access trail between the cities of Concord and Dublin. It follows the Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977. It begins in Concord near Highway 4, and continues through Concord, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo, San Ramon and ends near the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station.

It is one of the trails which we will be walking in segments of approximately 2 miles (total round-trip of 4 miles) during the year. The entire trail is almost 30 miles. We will alternate between the IHT, Contra Costa Canal Trail, Lafayette-Moraga Trail, Ygnacio Canal Trail and other locations in the area throughout the year.

If you would like to join the Walking Buddies group on these walks, contact Rolando Salazar at rsalazar94598@gmail.com for information.

 

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Advisory Board Meeting, Nov. 15, 2021

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
November 15, 2021

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Kent Clancy, Wayne Slater, Bob Mohler, Cindy Mohler, Robin Wolf, Richard Sanders,  Donn King, Ellen Sarbone, and Preston Jones and Kat Reisinger – staff.

Call to order on Zoom at 9:33 am by President Fred Rentschler.

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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year

by Jody Johnson

Here we are nearing the end of 2021 – a year that will live in our minds for a lonnnng time! There have been so many disruptions for so many of us, our loved ones, for businesses that we all depend on. As we enter 2022 we can only hope and plan on a better, brighter tomorrow. As a club, Walnut Creek Seniors has been a home for many of us – offering a variety of activities that we have come to depend on – Book Club, Investment, Travel, Mah Jongg, Creakers, Walking Buddies – to name a few. We can continue to enhance our lives by attending classes and activities that are open – you might try one of the new groups, such as Qi Gong and the Perennials Garden Club. Being involved as much as possible enriches our lives and is vital to our well being. Be kind to yourself – reach out to your friends – keep in touch – embrace those who mean a lot to you. Make that phone call you’ve been putting off – someone might say “hearing your voice just made my day”!

I tried to write this “end of the year” article using as many words with double letters as I could – how many can you find?

(Spoiler Alert! My count 23)

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Discouraging Deer, Part 2

by Robin Wolf

Photo below: Pelargonium Geranium

Deer regularly visit the gardens that volunteers are planting around the Senior Center. To discourage them we choose mostly deer resistant native plants, such as California Fuchsia, Seaside Daisies, Flowering Currants, Coral Bells, and Lupines. Then in the spring we intersperse these plants with Marigolds that have a strong scent that deer dislike. As the Marigolds fade in late summer, we replace them with geraniums, also with a strong smell. We prefer Pelargonium geraniums (see photo above) with stiff leaves that scratch a deer’s nose). We also use Rosemary whose pointed leaves tickles a deer’s nose.

We also plant creeping Diamond Heights Ceanothus (California Lilac) which is tasty to deer. For protection from deer, we plant the Lilacs next to a native Yerba Buena. Then we pull the stiff, scented Yerba Buena leaves over our creeping Lilac. Lastly, while the plants are small and vulnerable, we put small twigs over parts of the plants. We cannot guarantee that what has worked for us will work in your yard. Yet, our deer visitors come often to smell, then decide that it is not worth the aggravation and go away. If you would like to participate in this gardening project, email wcseniorsnews@gmail.com

 

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Creaker Winter Ball

by Donn King

Creaker softball is rapidly de-escalating into the quietude of winter. In some ways, many ways really, this is my favorite time of the Creaker season. There are lots of rainouts, and no attachments to wins or losses. I love the cold, wet mornings and the greenness of the fields. It’s an introspective time, a time to walk the fields, smell the grass, and reflect on the sublime beauty of sports and the friendships that grow out of successes and failures on the playing fields.

All too soon, the days will become longer and warmer and we will be assigned to actual teams. We will rouse ourselves back into normal life, take ourselves seriously once again, and return to earnest striving. Working hard is necessary, but we must also have times of relaxation. Winter provides that respite and I love it for that.

Most Creakers whom I know try just as hard to do well and contribute during the winter as in the summer, but there is a gentleness about the winter, especially the northern California winter, that is forgiving. In the winter the highs are a little less high, and the lows a little less low.

I love playing Creaker softball in the summer, but I never look forward to the end of the winter season.

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Outdoor Hikes 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

Meet at the Trailhead
Tuesdays at 8:45 am.
Drop-in group
Walks are about 4 miles or 1 1/2 hours on flat paved or gravel trails.

There are four main canal trails in our area where the Walking Buddies visit: the Iron Horse Trail, Contra Costa Canal Trail, Lafayette-Moraga Trail and Ygnacio Canal Trail. We break them up into approximately 2-mile segments and do the entire trail during the year, in addition to other walks.

We are planning on doing a segment of the Ygnacio Canal Trail on Dec. 7 starting at San Miguel Park near the dog exercising area and going to Oak Grove Rd. and back. We will follow the trail which runs parallel to the narrow Ygnacio Valley Canal through shaded areas bordering residential back yards and past the Rancho San Miguel Swim Club. We will walk as far as Oak Grove Rd., turn around and return to San Miguel Park for a walk measuring about 4 miles. These are all pleasant walks and are great for exercising and breathing fresh air in quiet areas usually away from the hustle and bustle around us.

Contact Rolando Salazar at rsalazar94598@gmail.com if you would like to join us. We only require that you be a member of the Walnut Creek Seniors Club and agree to the Club’s liability waiver. Descriptions and directions are emailed to you weekly and we start around 8:45 AM and are typically back by 10:15 or 10:30 AM.

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

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211 Resource Referral Service

At one time, this blog tried to find services for seniors in Walnut Creek and list the link.  That was before I discovered 211.  They are doing the same thing, and providing live help instead of a link.

211 is a comprehensive source of locally curated social services information.

They are local experts who’s goal is to make finding help easier. Trained specialists are available 24/7 to help you access the best local resources and services to address any need.

Call, text, or chat with your local 211 to speak with a community resource specialist in your area who will help you find services and resources that are available to you. You’ll find help with:

  • supplemental food and nutrition programs
  • shelter and housing options and utilities assistance
  • emergency information and disaster relief
  • employment and education opportunities
  • services for veterans
  • health care, vaccination and health epidemic information
  • addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
  • reentry help for ex-offenders
  • support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs
  • a safe, confidential path out of physical and/or emotional domestic abuse

To speak with a live, trained service professional in your area, call 211. All calls are confidential. Accessible 24/7/365 • 180 Languages • Completely Confidential

Their website is: https://www.211.org/

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Creaker Winter Ball

by Donn King

Now that the regular summer softball season is concluded, the tournaments are over and the champions have been crowned, it’s time to start Creaker Winter Ball. In California we are fortunate to live in a climate that supports year-round outdoor sports. There is no extra fee for participation in Winter Ball and the tone is more casual. There are no team jerseys and wins and losses are not recorded.

For some Creakers, Winter Ball is the best time of the year. It’s a good time to try your hand at a new defensive position, try different batting techniques, or experiment with playing in a more skillful division. Winter Ball is friendly; there is less commitment. Winter Ball allows you to stay in touch with your friends, keep your skills from getting rusty, and play with a different assortment of softball colleagues and friends.

This year Winter Ball starts in mid October and runs through February.