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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS to Seniors Club Board

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer on behalf of your Walnut Creek Seniors Club, we invite you to nominate candidates for the upcoming election to the WCSC Advisory Board.
This is your chance to make a difference and serve in an important role that directly influences the ongoing success of the Seniors Club!
For more information, or to nominate yourself or others, email Fred Rentschler at ftrents@comcast.net by October 10.

Positions Available:
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee

Ballots will be available in the November issue of the newsletter.


WHAT IS THE WALNUT CREEK SENIORS CLUB?

If you join the Board of the WC Seniors Club you will have a chance to help shape the future of events sponsored by the WC Seniors Club at the WC  Senior Center. The Walnut Creek Seniors Club is a non-profit organization that has had an association with the Walnut Creek Senior Center for many decades. The Seniors Club is run by volunteers and sponsors drop-in groups and events at the Senior Center. With the shutdown, the Seniors Club has begun to sponsors Zoom Events and Groups.

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Walnut Creek Neighbor Express

Walnut Creek Neighbor Express matches volunteers with those in need of grocery delivery  The City of Walnut Creek has partnered with U.S. Digital Response (USDR), a volunteer-run, non-partisan effort to help connect one neighbor to another to deliver groceries and provide a helping hand to the vulnerable community members during COVID-19.

Through the new Walnut Creek Neighbor Express website, vulnerable community members can request frozen meals, order your usual groceries, or ask for other help you may need. A volunteer will bring your delivery right to your door!

How does it work?

Seniors can visit this site to request a grocery/meal drop off or helping hand.  Please note, it can take up to a couple of days to get paired with a volunteer and schedule a delivery. However, the phone lines are staffed 7 days a week 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and you will be connected with a real live person who can help you get started or answer questions.
If you don’t have access to internet, call 925-322-0264 and a City of Walnut Creek staff member can fill out the form for you.

Questions? Email volunteer@walnut-creek.org

Are you healthy and want to volunteer?

Please visit here and sign up to volunteer.

  • Once your form is submitted, a City of Walnut Creek staff member will call you to get some additional information, answer your questions, and get you set up to match with a community member who needs a delivery.
  • Volunteer shifts can be a one-time drop off or more ongoing support with regular deliveries.
  • Questions? Email volunteer@walnut-creek.org

Spread the word! Share the website, walnutcreek.neighborexpress.org, with friends and family in Walnut Creek.

Looking for Neighbor Express in other communities? Visit neighborexpress.org for the latest info. City of Concord is currently accepting requests and volunteers, and more communities nationwide are expected to join soon.

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Newsletter Roulette

this is not an FYI post

For the time being, the newsletter is being produced by volunteers on the Seniors Club board.  We are sending by email, due to resource constraints.

Unfortunately, it’s like the Wild West out in email land.  First, we don’t send to people who asked to get no email from us.  Then, a number of email providers see a lot of copies going to their members, decide it’s spam, and don’t pass it through at all.  Then our member’s email programs decide it’s spam and place it in the spam bucket.  Gmail has a category called Promotions which most advertisements end up in.  I finally found my June newsletter in Promotions, but my husband got his in the inbox.  Go figure.

The July newsletter went out July 19.  If you have not received it contact wcseniorsnews@gmail.com. You can greatly increase your chances of getting it in the future if you add wcseniors@walnut-creek.org to your contacts or address book to prevent the future newsletters from going to your Junk or Spam folder.  Do it now!  Your newsletter will not be delivered by Pony Express!

We haven’t forgotten our members who don’t have email.

The  Seniors Club currently has 200 members who do not have the internet. These tend to be seniors who are older and more isolated. The Club pays to have the newsletter printed for hand delivery to those seniors. Senior Center staff have developed a group of volunteers in the program, Neighbor Express, who among other things, deliver the printed newsletter to our 200 seniors without internet.  This person to person visit, while social distancing, is important because these seniors often have few visitors and tend to be lonely.

A Seniors Club Board member received phone calls from at least 7 different people who had the last newsletter personally delivered to their front door. Every one of them was thrilled and delighted to be remembered. Two of them wanted to know if they could expect this to happen again – it meant that much to them.
If you know someone who would like to receive the Seniors Club News, email wcseniorsnews@gmail.com.

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Contra Costa libraries are back with contactless pickup service.

I just got this email from one of my favorite places – the Contra Costa Library.

Beginning Monday, June 15, the Library will offer Front Door Service at 23 community libraries. The service will allow you to pick-up books, DVDs and audiobooks that you have placed on hold.

If you have holds on the shelf from early March, before the Health Order began, you will have the opportunity to make an appointment first. The Library must clear the thousands of holds currently on library shelves to make room for new holds. If you have holds on the shelf, you will be contacted with instructions explaining how to make an appointment to pick up your materials. Appointments are encouraged, but not required. If you come to the library without an appointment you may experience a longer wait.

New holds can be placed beginning on Thursday, June 18.

Once you are notified that your new holds are ready, you will need to make an appointment at your community library and schedule a pick-up time. After arriving at the library for your appointment, you will need to call or text the number on the sign at the front of the building. Staff will confirm your library card number and collect your items. Your holds will be put in a bag with your name on it and placed on a table at the front door. It is a safe, contactless process.

Front Door Service will be available during regularly scheduled hours at 23 locations. See the full list of locations and hours here. All libraries will be closed on Sundays. Front Door Service will not be available at the Pinole, Pleasant Hill or Prewett locations until further notice.

For your safety and that of our staff, Library items will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours in between each use. Staff will wash their hands frequently, wear masks and observe social distancing protocols. We ask that you also wear a mask when approaching the front door and observe social distancing guidelines. All returns should be placed in the book drop.

For questions about library services, contact staff via Chat, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or text questions to (925) 290-7627.

Editors Note:  The chat link also includes a link for texting.

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Covia Well Connected offers free meetings over computer or telephone

Recently we ran posts on Covia’s Well connected service. The City of Walnut Creek’s Arts and Recreation department recently found the link to their summer catalog.  Covia’s Summer Catalog

The catalog runs 48 pages, so it’s not possible to list all classes.  Here is a sampling:

 

Fun & Games: Charades

Mondays  3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

A spin on the classic guessing game! Join a team, choose a person, place, thing, movie or book title, and give verbal clues, without giving the game away! Facilitated by Lisa Wynne

Link to: Fun and Games Groups

 

Health & Wellness: Long-Term Care Options & Medi-Cal

June 16 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of the basics of Medi-Cal (Medicaid in states other than CA) coverage, and learn how to protect yourself and your assets by understanding Medi-Cal estate recovery rules, and spousal impoverishment provisions. We will also discuss Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers, which provide coverage for services normally provided in a nursing home.
Presented by Amber Roberts, LTC Advocate, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform

Link to: Health & Wellness Presentations

Arts & Good Reads: Personal Storytelling

June 19 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Stagebridge storytellers take personal memories, classic stories, folk tales and historical events, and turn them into engaging personal narratives. Hear these stories come alive! For more information about Stagebridge, call (510) 444-4755 or visit stagebridge.org.
Facilitated by Clara Kamunde, Stagebridge, California

Link to: Arts & Good Reads

 

Reflections & Meditation: Daily Gratitude

Everyday 9:00 am – 9:30 am & Everyday 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Call our daily Gratitude Groups to share what you feel grateful for in a safe and welcoming space. Listen to others share as well for an inspiring way to begin each day!
Facilitated by Kaevalya Banks, Betty Broadley, Marie Hamilton, Lynn Millar, Nicolette Noyes, Patt Schroeder, Kathleen Torres, and Tom White

Link to: Reflections and Gratitude

 

Fun & Games: Tall Tales

Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

A spin on the classic guessing game! Join a team, choose a person, place, thing, movie or book title, and give verbal clues, without giving the game away! Facilitated by Lisa Wynne

 

How It Works

1) Look at the program listing in the catalog and find the activities that interest you.
• There is no limit to the number of activities you may participate in.
• You can enroll and participate at any time throughout the session.

2) Once enrolled, you will receive the following:
• A current Catalog with group description and dates
• A Participant Calendar with times listed in your time zone as well as information about how to access groups
• An Activity Checklist to sign up to receive handouts and/or email invites to select groups
• All groups may be joined by telephone using a toll-free phone number.
• All groups may be joined online using a computer or any device you use to connect to the Internet.
• Sign up with the Well Connected office; you’ll receive an email with a link to join online
• Well Connected can call you into any group.
• To be called into any group, please contact the Well Connected office.

3) Call (877) 797-7299 to learn more about a class or program, to request handouts on selected activities, or if you are new to Well Connected so we can answer questions and get you set up.

Well Connected is accessible to low vision and blind participants. Materials are available in large print, Braille, and audio.

 

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Calendar for the Week of June 14, 2020

Day Time Event Location
Monday 10:30 am – 11:15 am Senior Chair Yoga Zoom
Tuesday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Wednesday 9:00 am – 9:30 am Health Coach Zoom
Thursday 10:00 am – 10:40 pm What Are You Planting? Zoom
Thursday 12:30 pm BINGO Zoom
Friday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Morning Meditation Zoom
Friday 1:00 pm Trivia Zoom
Friday 2:00 pm – 2:20 pm 30 Min Stretch & Mobility Workout Zoom
Saturday 10:00 am – 10:30 am Zumba Gold Zoom

This calendar publishes all Zoom activities, with the links. See the Zoom Weekly Activity page for 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.

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211 Resource Referral Service

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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City of Walnut Creek Resources

The city has done a tremendous job of supporting seniors.

Here is a list:

Senior Hotline: 925-943-5852

Staffed 7 days a week from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.  Leave a message after hours and they will call you back.

Neighbor Express: https://walnutcreek.neighborexpress.org/ or 925-256-3533

Free neighbor to neighbor Volunteer Connection for grocery delivery and meal drop off.

Transportation Program

Seniors over 60 can join the Walnut Creek Seniors Club and schedule free rides through Lyft for essential trips within Walnut Creek.

New extended transportation dispatching hours, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

To join and schedule rides call 925-256-3533

Arts & Rec Virtual Community Center

A Treasure Trove of links at https://www.walnut-creek.org/departments/arts-and-recreation/arts-rec-virtual-community-center.

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer to make deliveries for seniors in Walnut Creek.  Sign up athttps://walnutcreek.neighborexpress.org/

Check out the opportunities to support community at walnut-creek.org/coronavirus

 

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Advisory Board Minutes for April 27, 2020

Walnut Creek Seniors Club
Advisory Board Meeting
April 27, 2020

 

Welcome and call to order on Zoom at 9:35 am by President Mark Pitzlen.

 

Present: Mark Pitzlen, Bob Mohler, Cindy Mohler, Wayne Slater, Robin Wolf, Kent Clancy, Jody Johnson, Jeanne Wolf, Rolando Salazar, Fred Rentschler.

Also in attendance were Kat Reisinger, Vannessa Cendejas. Preston Jones (staff).

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