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Advisory Board Minutes for December 21, 2020

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
December 21, 2020

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Bob Mohler, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Cindy Mohler, Robin Wolf, Dave Dredge, Donn King, Regina Harwig and Kat Reisinger – staff.

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Contra Costa Senior Legal Services

Available by telephone

CCSLS is available to consult with clients about urgent matters such as tenants’ rights, prevention of elder abuse, and debtors’ rights. They are also available to assist with Advance Health Care Directives and legal consults by telephone. All other less urgent matters and those requiring in-person visits can be scheduled after the shelter in place has lifted.

CCSLS is open and is available by telephone. Staff is working remotely, so please leave a message and your call will be returned as quickly as possible.

Need an appointment? Call (925)609-7900 and leave a voicemail with detailed information, including your name, phone number and questions.

Link to CCC Senior Legal Services website:  Senior Legal Services

 

 

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Message from the City of Walnut Creek – Storm Preparedness

Walnut Creek Residents,

The City of Walnut Creek has restocked sandbag supplies at a variety of locations, and is encouraging residents to prepare now rather than wait for the rains to come.

Sand and bags are available for you at the following sites:

  • Lancaster Road across from Orchard Lane
  • Heather Farm Park Community Center parking lot (North end)
  • Larkey Park parking lot
  • Howe Homestead Park parking lot
  • Rudgear Park parking lot

Please bring a shovel, and a family member to help if possible. It is much easier to fill sandbags as a team than on your own. The City is also encouraging people to check for leaves and other debris in the gutters of your home and along your street, especially near drains. If you experience localized flooding in your neighborhood during weekday business hours, please contact Walnut Creek Public Works at 925-943-5854. After hours, please contact the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 925-943-5844.

Visit the City’s homepage at walnut-creek.org for reminders about locations in the City and throughout the County, as well as an informational video to watch showing you how to properly fill and set sandbags along your home or business property.

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Free AARP Tax Aide

Before the Covid Shutdown, volunteers offered in-person help with tax preparation at the Senior Center sponsored by AARP. The Senior Center is temporarily closed and no tax help is available there. People who are seeking help can call the AARP Tax Aide Appointment Line (St. Paul’s Scan Center) at (925) 979-5013. They have a voicemail that is updated periodically, and if available, they will provide appointments.

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Advisory Board Minutes for November 16, 2020

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
November 16, 2020

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Bob Mohler, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Kent Clancy, Cindy Mohler, Robin Wolf, Dave Dredge, Donn King.  Also in attendance were Fred Weston from PROS and Dorothy Mussey, Regina Harwig and Ellen Sarbone –WCSC members and potential Board members. Kat Reisinger – staff.

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Hello Walking Buddies

Although our walking/hiking activities are currently suspended because of County regulations prohibiting gatherings of persons not from the same household, we have been working to line up our hiking schedule so that we will be ready to go when it is allowed. At the last Walnut Creek Seniors Club board meeting, it was suggested that the Center probably won’t be opened until mid-year. Hopefully though, if the pandemic situation in Contra Costa County improves and some restrictions are lifted, we might be able to have limited activities like we did from September 2020 to December 2020. That is my hope; I will keep you posted.

In the meantime, a Walking Buddies schedule is now online, starting with February and limited to Tuesdays, so that we will be ready to roll when we get the go-ahead. I’m looking forward to resuming our activities, as I am sure you are too.

Stay safe, wear your masks and get your vaccination when it becomes available. Also, remember that you must be a member of the Walnut Creek Seniors Club to participate in our group. Membership renewal information is in the newsletter and on this website.

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

Best regards,
Rolando

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New Year’s Superstitions

Superstition is something we encounter every day: You should pick only Mondays for all new beginnings, or brides should have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Superstition tells us that bad luck arrives when a black cat crosses your path, you break a mirror, or you walk under a ladder. On Friday the 13th something is bound to go wrong.

People around the world celebrate New Years’ with rituals thought to bring good luck and prosperity. Especially prepared food is one such ritual. In the South, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring good luck, prosperity, and money. At exactly 12 o’clock, Spanish people have a custom of eating 12 grapes – one for all 12 months of the year to come. Greek people eat a specially prepared cake with a coin in it – for happiness and good luck the next year. The first piece is for baby Jesus, the second for the father of the house, and the third for the home. If the coin is found in the third slice the family can look forward to happiness throughout the whole year.

In Britain, traditional New Year gifts are coal for the fire, bread for the table, and a drink for the master’s house. Brazilians wear white clothes on New Year’s Eve and if they want good luck they have to jump seven waves and throw flowers in the sea. Some people believe that if you put a citrus seed in your wallet, that assures that your wallet will never be empty. Large grapefruit seeds are preferred, placed in the paper money compartment!!!

Filipino people scatter coins all over and around the house to have money in the coming year. If you have Danish friends, don’t be alarmed to see them stand on a chair and jump into the New Year just at midnight. This symbolizes the hope for a better time and eases the transition from old to new.

We all need a good, workable superstition to transition from 2020 to 2021!!

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Library Book Delivery Now Available for Homebound Seniors

In addition to grocery delivery, food pantry bags and farmer’s market goodies, the Arts + Recreation Senior Care Team has expanded services for seniors. Through the Neighbor Express Walnut Creek Program, homebound seniors are now able to request delivery of Library books from the WC Downtown location.

  • Step 1. Seniors can reserve their books from the Walnut Creek library at https://ccclib.org/
  • Step 2. Receive an emailed confirmation that your books are available for pick up.
  • Step 3. Request a delivery by a community volunteer at Neighbor Express

For questions about how to access the library site, please call 925-943-5852 or email cpcc@walnut-creek.org

Any individual or household can purchase a Farmer’s Market pre-packaged box!
If you are a homebound senior Neighbor Express will deliver them.

If you are a senior sheltering in place, a partnership with the Arts + Recreation staff is available to coordinating with community volunteers from Neighbor Express to deliver pre-packaged Good to Go boxes from the Sunday Farmer’s Market for homebound seniors or individuals with immuno-compromised systems only.

How does this work?
The pre-ordered box includes a seasonal mix of produce, to include vegetables and fruit. All products are from your Certified Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market growers and handpicked by the grower at the farm to guarantee freshness.

IF YOU ARE NOT A HOMEBOUND SENIOR: Simply order your prepackaged box directly from the Farmer’s Market for curbside pick up after 10:00 am Sunday. You will receive confirmation from the Farmer’s Market directly with instructions.

IF YOU ARE A HOMEBOUND SENIOR: Pre-packaged boxes will be picked up by volunteers on Sunday and delivered to your home early afternoon. Make sure to order BOTH your box on the Farmer’s Market website AND request a delivery through the Neighbor Express site.

HOW TO ORDER FARMERS MARKET BOX

  • Step 1: Go the Farmers Market Website and click on “Shop Now” for a Pre Order Good to Go Box.
  • Step 2: Click “Order Now” .
  • Step 3: You can get either a vegetable & fruit box for $35, a smaller bag of items for $25 or add in 1 Dozen Eggs for $5 for a total of $40.
  • Step 4: Follow the prompts and purchase your box using a credit card. A receipt will be emailed to you.
  • Step 5: IMPORTANT FOR HOMEBOUND SENIORS – You must go into Neighbor Express site and “Request a Delivery.” On the grocery notes section, indicate that you are requesting a pick up for the Farmer’s Market Box. A staff member will call you to confirm we have received your order and answer any questions you have.
  • Step 6: Your box will be delivered Sunday morning between 10 – 11am.

Please let us know if there is a specific location to put your box if you will not be home.

A Couple Notes:

  • Farmers Market can only accept credit card orders online for these boxes through the Farmer’s Market website. If you would like a staff member to fill out your form for you, please call 925-322-0264 and have your credit card ready.
  • We cannot guarantee what produce is in your box however, in general, it will contain items that can be easily used to cook with. You will receive an email on Friday outlining what is in your box and who grew it.
  • There is a limited number boxes available as so please fill out the form as it’s first come, first service.
  • Make sure to go to Neighbor Express AFTER you order your box from the Farmer’s Market site to request the delivery.

If you need assistance filling out the forms or have questions, please call us at 925-322-0264.

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Advisory Board Minutes for October 19, 2020

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
October 19, 2020

Present:  Fred Rentschler, Jody Johnson, Bob Mohler, Jeanne Wolf, Wayne Slater, Rolando Salazar, Cindy Mohler, Robin Wolf, Dave Dredge, Donn King.  Also in attendance was Fred Weston from PROS and Dorothy Mussey, Regina Harwig and Ellen Sarbone –WCSC members and potential Board members.

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Festive Lights for Festive Nights

City of Walnut Creek Event
Cost: $10 includes raffle or Free with no raffle
Registration ends December 18

Enjoy the magic of the holiday season with shimmering lights and holiday displays of wonder. Decorate your house, business and/or car with decorations from all faiths and holiday themes. Register your house and be entered into a Winter Holiday Decoration Contest. Every paid registration will be entered into a raffle for a drawing – winners to receive a gift card. All registrants are invited to email photos of their decorated item to be entered into a contest for “Best Decorations.” Submit your photo by 12/22 to ArtsRecEvents@walnut-creek.org. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be featured on social media platforms. All registrations will receive a map of decorated houses and businesses that you can peruse with your family to bring some holiday joy to the end of 2020! 

Register Here