Activities, News

Native Plant Growers

Tuesday mornings, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Free – No drop-in fee

Meet at the Bird Habitat Garden at the entry to the small parking lot – with the green plastic fence and colorful flags.

Do you want to plant California native plants to create an environment friendly to birds and butterflies? Come join the Native Plant Growers. Just stop by the Bird Habitat Garden Civic Park. There are also jobs to do at home if you don’t want to dig in the dirt. We have potted small plants and need people to take them home for a month and water them before they are ready to go into the garden in Civic Park. We also need people to take home donated pots, wash them, and bring them back.

Activities

Hooked on Books meets August 2

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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

August Book: – The Lincoln Highway, by Amor Towles

In June 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the work farm where he has just served a year for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother and head west where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future.

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, Towles’s third novel will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

 

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

August 2 – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
September 6 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
October 4 – Code Girls by Liza Mundy
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

 

Activities

Perennials Garden Group

The Water Wise Garden

Monday, July 25, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

by Jane West

Did you know there are specific water conserving species of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses? Do you know how to manage thirsty plants such as roses and vegetables?

Perennials Garden Club will host “How to create and maintain a water wise garden in the Bay Area,” presented by Shannon Fitzpatrick from the Sloat Garden Center. A water wise garden may create a beautiful captivating landscape. Replace thirsty lawns with flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees and potentially use 66% less water. Shannon will cover guidelines about when to water to limit evaporation, grouping plants with similar moisture needs, the use of native plants, and other gardening best practices for maximizing our precious, limited resource.

Shannon Fitzpatrick is the East Bay Events Coordinator for Sloat Garden Center, as well as the Assistant Store Manager for the Pleasant Hill retail location. Shannon has a diverse background in Landscape Design and hosts many webinars on varied topics through Sloat’s Zoom education program. You can find webinars at sloatgardens.com

At the CIVIC PARK SENIOR CENTER
Room: Social Hall

Meets the 4th Monday of the month.

For more information and to get on the email list for monthly notifications, email Jane at ginger20749@yahoo.com.

 

Activities

Hooked on Books meets July 5

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In-person at the Senior Center.  Members $2, Non-members $5

July Book: – The Maze at Windermere, by Gregory Blake Smith

A richly layered novel of love, ambition, and duplicity, set against the storied seascape of Newport, Rhode Island

A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest–the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress’s diamond necklace–launches a narrative odyssey that braids together three centuries of aspiration and adversity. A witty and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk scheme to marry into a fortune; a young writer soon to make his mark turns himself to his craft with harrowing social consequences; an aristocratic British officer during the American Revolution carries on a courtship that leads to murder; and, in Newport’s earliest days, a tragically orphaned Quaker girl imagines a way forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited.

In The Maze at Windermere Gregory Blake Smith weaves these intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart.

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

July 5 – The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
August 2 – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
September 6 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
October 4 – Code Girls by Liza Mundy
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

 

Activities

Perennials Garden Group

Garden Design with Linda Middleton

Monday, June 27, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

Does your garden require too much maintenance for your busy schedule? Learn about Garden Design at the next Perennials Garden Club meeting where Linda Middleton will share tips on designing your garden. Following these fun, social, and informative meetings there will be a discussion and a FREE plant raffle!

Linda Middleton has been the owner/president of Terralinda Design for 18 years and offers landscape design and consultation for clients in the East Bay.

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.

 

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Hooked on Books meets June 7

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In-person at the Senior Center.  Members $2, Non-members $5

June Book: – Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders, or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

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

June 7 – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
July 5 – The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
August 2 – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
September 6 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
October 4 – Code Girls by Liza Mundy
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

 

Activities

Perennials Garden Group

Add Perennials to Brighten Your Garden

Monday, May 23, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

by Jane West

Perennials are favorite plants to have in your garden. They add a splash of color, and, unlike annuals, perennials return year after year.

There are multiple, different kinds of perennials – flowers, vines, grasses and shrubs that infuse your garden with color, texture and fragrance for years to come. Hear Shawna Anderson discuss the numerous aspects of Perennials – how to care for them, annual amendments, and how to groom annually to keep your perennials appearing healthy and happy! You will learn comprehensive methods to manage your perennial plants; keep them looking pristine in your garden. Shawna is a Garden guru and will share her expertise to support you and your garden efforts.

Shawna Anderson is the owner of “Thrillersfillersandspillers.com” and an Advanced California Certified Nursery professional for Orchard nursery in Lafayette, California. In 2006 Shawna completed her studies in Horticulture at Diablo Valley College, in 2013 she became a Certified Master Gardener for Contra Costa County.

At the SENIOR CENTER
Room: Social Hall

Meets the 4th Monday of the month.
For meeting notifications, email Jane at ginger20749@yahoo.com.

 

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Join Trivia Fan-atics for Zoom Trivia

Wednesday May 18, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Zoom Session

Every other week on Wednesdays.  Starting in June, we will play the first Wednesday of the month.
Drop-in Zoom group.  No drop-in fee

For a Zoom link email Bob Mohler at bobmohler82@gmail.com

How Do Trivia Fan-atics Play Trivia?

by Bob Mohler

We have to admit, we did not invent the format we use for Trivia. In fact, we modeled our trivia game on the trivia games played multiple times per day on Princess Cruise ships. Before the Covid 19 pandemic, my wife and I cruised once or twice yearly, and we really enjoyed the way that Princess conducted the game. Trivia was very popular and competitive on Princess ships with good sized crowds attending all sessions.

We followed the same format when we played Trivia at the Senior Center before the pandemic. Since then, we have been playing on Zoom and we have followed the same format except we are unable to form teams, other than players who are cohabitating. We created two categories of winners – singles and couples, and we award applause to each category.

Here are 10 questions from a set used in March. These are nostalgia questions from the fifties. Do you remember these?

1) “House of Wax” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon” were movies that were released in 1953. They were made with something called “stereoscopic linear polarization”, better known as what?

2) Why was the first McDonald’s drive-through created in 1975 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, near Fort Huachuca?

3) The “Yankee Clipper” retired from baseball in 1951. He hit safely in 56 games, breaking a record which had stood since 1897. Who was he?

4) “Rock Around the Clock”, an early rock and roll song, was released in 1953. What was the band called?

5) In 1956, Elvis Presley appeared in his first movie. The original title was “The Reno Brothers”, but was changed to the title of a song that Elvis sang in the movie. Name the song or the movie.

6) Complete the Campbell soup slogan. Have you had your soup ______?

7) Complete the General Motors slogan. See the USA ___ ___ _________?

8) Complete the slogan. Winston tastes good ___ ___ ____ _________?

9) Name the cereal that was shot from guns.

10) Complete this slogan. Look ma, no _________!

So, if you like trivia, just send bobmohler82@gmail.com an email, and we’ll send you an invitation. The more the merrier.

When you get the email with the link, just click on the blue Zoom link, and 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.

By the way, the answers are at the bottom of this post Good luck.

 

Answers to Trivia Questions
1) 3-D
2) to serve military members who were not permitted to get out of their cars off-post while wearing fatigues
3) Joe DiMaggio
4) Bill Haley and His Comets.
5) Viva Las Vegas or Love me Tender.
6) Have you had your soup today?
7) See the USA in your Chevrolet.
8) Winston tastes good like a cigarette should.
9) Quaker Puffed Wheat or Rice
10) Look ma, no cavities! (Crest toothpaste)

 

Activities

Hooked on Books meets May 3

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Hooked on Books has moved back to the Senior Center!

 

May Book: he Secret Life of Groceries, by Benjamin Lorry

This book is an investigation into the human lives at the heart of the American grocery store. What does it take to run the American supermarket? How do products get to shelves? Who sets the price? And who suffers the consequences of increased convenience and efficiency? In this exposé, author Benjamin Lorr pulls back the curtain on this highly secretive industry. Combining deep sourcing and immersive reporting, Lorr leads a wild investigation in which we learn the secrets of Trader Joe’s success from Trader Joe himself, why truckers call their job “sharecropping on wheels,” what it takes for a product to earn certification labels like “organic” and “fair trade,” the struggles entrepreneurs face as they fight for shelf space, including essential tips, tricks, and traps for any new food business, the truth behind the alarming slave trade in the shrimp industry and much more.

 

Meets the first Tuesday of the month.
In-person at the Senior Center
Members $2, Non-members $5


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

2022 BOOK LIST

May 3 – The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr
June 7 – Small Great Things by Jodi Picault
July 5 – The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith
August 2 – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
September 6 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
October 4 – Code Girls by Liza Mundy
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