If you have an item to list in this calendar, fax to Linda Olvera, 928-5657; e-mail lolvera@santa mariatimes.com or mail to Linda Olvera, PO Box 400, Santa Maria, CA 93456. Include time, date, address of event and contact phone number. Items must be received at least two weeks in advance of the event.
Luis OASIS Senior Center, 420 Soares Ave., Old Orcutt, has free activities Dec. 14 to 19. Info: 937-9750.
Monday: 8:30 a.m. HAM Radio Operators; 9:45 a.m. Arthritis Exercise Class; 11:15 a.m. CAC Lunch; Noon Bridge; 1 p.m. Wii Fit; 1 p.m. Faceting & Silversmithing; 5 p.m. Oasis Christmas Potluck: 8 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. ard Making; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reflexology, $15 for 30 min. appt.; 11:15 a.m. CAC Senior Nutrition Lunch; 1 p.m. Wii Fit; 1 p.m. Creative Arts Expressions; 7 p.m. Orcutt Garden Club; 8 p.m. Alanon Family Group.
Wednesday: 9:45 a.m. Arthritis Exercise Class; 11:15 a.m. CAC Senior Nurition Lunch; Noon Beginning Ukulele Class, 714-8848 to register; 1 p.m. Oasis Ukulele Band; 2 p.m. New Grievers Support Group.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. Commodities Hand-Outs; 11:15 a.m. CAC Senior Nutrition Lunch; Noon Pinochle; 1 p.m. Bereavement Phase II; 6 p.m. Weight Watchers; 6:30 p.m. Line Dancing.
Friday: 9 a.m. Painters; 9 a.m. Ceramics; 11:15 a.m. CAC Senior Nutrition Lunch; 12:30 p.m. Hand & Foot Card Game; 1 p.m. Wii Fit; 1 p.m. Faceting & Silversmithing.
Saturday: Celebrate Christmas Around the World potluck and Christmas carols, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Center.
Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County (CAC) provides daily hot nutritious lunches to low income seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following locations: Elwin Mussell Senior Center, Atkinson, Union Plaza, Luis Oasis Senior Center, and Guadalupe Senior Center. There is no charge for the meals, but a suggested donation of $2.75 is appreciated.
For seniors who cannot leave their home, CAC also provides home delivered meals. Call 925-3010 to make lunch reservations or for more information about home delivered meals. The deadline to reserve lunch is 2 p.m. the previous day.
Monday, Dec. 14: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Broccoli, Dinner Roll, Orange, Milk.
Tuesday, Dec. 15: Teriyaki Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Mixed Vegetables, Fruit Mix, Milk.
Wednesday, Dec. 16: Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Green Salad, Fruit Mix, Milk.
Thursday, Dec. 17: Shepherd’s Pie, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Orange, Milk.
Friday, Dec. 18: Chicken Cordon Bleu, Rice Pilaf, Mixed Vegetables, Dinner Roll, Fruit Mix, Milk.
Bring nourishment and a smile to clients of the Senior Nutrition Program in Nipomo. If you can spare an hour each Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a valid CA driver’s license and your own vehicle, the Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County needs your help. The nonprofit has been providing hot meals to seniors throughout the county since 1993 and currently provides 40,000 meals a year to homes and community sites. Info: 925-1066 or 541-3312.
Community Partners in Caring is seeking volunteers to help seniors in need in the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valleys. Call 925-8000, 737-1976 or 688-1100 for information on how to join a group of volunteers making a difference in the quality of life for the senior population.
If you are 60 years young and looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community while earning a non-declarable income, consider becoming a Foster Grandparent Volunteer. The Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Program seeks caring individuals who can devote 15 hours a week at local schools working one-on-one with children. For details, contact Diana Slais at 884-7226 or (800) 322-6994, Ext. 7226.
Disabled American veterans in need, who qualify, may apply for funds to The Vance Memorial Fund, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 218, 112 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101; John Kerr at 688-5337.
City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department offers an array of services to meet the needs of older adults in the community, and works with community organizations that provide additional programs and services in city facilities. Programs range from lunch programs and low vision evaluations to dance classes. Classes and program listings can be found in the City of Santa Maria Recreation Guide, available at the Recreation and Parks Office, 615 S. McClelland St., or at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 E. Park Ave. They can also be accessed on the City’s Web site at www.ci.santa-maria.ca.us.
Free Senior Exercise Classes are at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Church Hall at First United Methodist Church, 275 N. Halcyon Road, Arroyo Grande; 481-2692 or www.WorshipWeekly.com.
AARP Driver Safety Program offers an 8-hour (2 days) or 4-hour classroom refresher course especially designed for drivers age 55 and over. The new 4-hour class at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center is for drivers who have taken the 8-hour class in the last five years. Drivers age 55 plus completing either class will receive a DMV certificate that provides a three-year reduction in their auto insurance premium. To pre-register for the next class, call the City of Santa Maria’s Elwin Mussell Senior Center at 925-0951, Ext. 207.
Santa Maria Valley Physical Therapy Group offers classes at 820 E. Enos Drive, Santa Maria. Call 928-8257 for further information.
n How to Prepare for Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery: This is a free class for patients who are about to undergo rotator cuff repair and want to find out what to expect with recovery and rehabilitation. The class will be taught by Tom Meenzhuber, PT who has 30 years experience rehabilitating rotator cuff repairs.
n How to Prepare for Total Joint Replacement Surgery: The free class is held the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Call to reserve your space.
n Preparing for hip, knee or shoulder replacement surgery: If you don’t fully understand the surgical procedure and don’t know what to expect after your surgery, this free class is for you.
n Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Classes: Low impact exercises in a 92 degree heated therapy pool. The monthly fee for the 1-hour class is $35 for twice a week or $45 for 3 times a week. Call to reserve your space.
Senior Ballroom Dance Club meets at 7 p.m. every Friday at Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo for singles and couples, age 55 and older, who enjoy ballroom dancing or would like lessons; Dorothy, 489-5481 or e-mail email@example.com.
Santa Maria Duplicate Bridge will be held at the following times: 12:45 Mondays; 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Fridays. Lessons are offered at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 1350 Suey Road, Santa Maria. Call Vi at 929-0113 or Joe, 928-1415 for more information.
If you are 55 and older, and need a job, call Senior Employment Services at 934-3537 or stop by 2450 Professional Parkway, Suite 220, Santa Maria. If eligible, you may earn money while looking for a permanent job.
La Lucha, Spanish PACE (People With Arthritis Can Exercise) meets 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Senior Center, 4545 10th St., Guadalupe; 343-2525.
If you’re at least 50, and would like to enhance your life through tap dancing, join the Central Coast Follies from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each Monday, at the Moose Lodge in Pismo Beach; Emily, 543-9542 for details.
Senior Citizens Club has free activities at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 E. Park Ave., Santa Maria. Info: 925-0951, Ext. 207.
Bunco, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., first Tuesday.
Travel Club Office, 12:30 to 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Beginning bridge, 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesday.
Book exchange, 1 to 3 p.m., first and third Wednesdays.
Movies, 1:15 to 4 p.m. Thursday.
Party bridge, 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dixieland band, 10 a.m. Thursday.
Folk and round dance, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Thursday.
Bingo, 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.
Duplicate bridge, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; 12:15 to 4 p.m. Monday.
GenSpan Foundation will be working with Manzanita Public Charter School at 991 Mountain View Blvd., VAFB, placing volunteer mentors in the classroom. If interested in volunteering, call Brenda at 614-4968.
Elwin Mussell Senior Center Dances are held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 E. Park Ave., Santa Maria. The dance is open to all ages with music provided by Charlie B and Terry Nunez. Cost is $5 per person, including refreshments; Ardeth, 925-3775 or Bonnie at 348-9234.
An “Active Fit Seniors” class is offered by the Pismo Beach Recreation Division, 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pismo Beach Veterans’ Hall, 780 Bello St., Pismo Beach. Cost: $40 per month. Info and to register: 773-7063.
Free minor home repairs are offered by the EOC to seniors in the Santa Maria area; 541-4122 or (800) 495-0501, Ext. 10 or 12.
Men and women 50 and older are invited to senior softball, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Thursday at Hagerman Softball Field, Santa Maria; Wes, 287-9684 or Ruth at 925-8364.
Sunshine Seniors, a social club involved in community service projects, group travel, fund-raising and monthly get-togethers, meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month, St. Mary’s Church Hall, 302 S. Miller St., Santa Maria; 934-3896.
Computerrooters — This senior group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first Thursday of each month at Ramona Garden Park, 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach. Call 489-6230 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Hatters Ladies’ Fun Tennis meets Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly, weather permitting. Info: Dot at 928-8266, or Nancy at 928-2760.
The Senior Resource Directory is available, at no charge, at senior centers and health care facilities throughout the community, or may be mailed to homebound seniors by calling the Area Agency on Aging at (800) 510-2020, or visit www.centralcoastseniors.org.
The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is dedicated to helping all Medicare beneficiaries with help in billing problems, insurance claims, denials or appeals. Appointments are free, confidential. Info: 928-5663 or (800) 434-0222.
Senior Dial A Ride — SMOOTH provides curb-to-curb transportation for seniors 60 and older in the Santa Maria and Orcutt areas, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A questionnaire is requested to initiate service. Cost is $2 each way. Call 922-8476 or 922-0146 for information.
Central Coast Assistive Technology Center offers low cost, vision and hearing programs and services to individuals with permanent or progressive vision or hearing impairments. Services include evaluation and free loan of appropriate assistive technology (CCTVs, assisted listening devices, etc.) to help in all facets of independent living. These services are by appointment only. Call CCATC at 549-7420, or e-mail email@example.com.
RSVP matches volunteers who are 55 and older with nonprofit and public agencies throughout the Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Ynez communities. The following is a partial list: hospital pharmacy, caregivers, office clerks, patrol, activity leaders, food service and deliverers, museum docents, committee advisory members, drivers, nursing care, support personnel, special events personnel, animal care, aides in health care centers, libraries and senior centers. To volunteer, or for a complete list of volunteer opportunities, call 922-9931 or stop by 1660-B S. Broadway in Santa Maria.
Senior Connection offers the following, free of charge. Call Senior Connection at 928-2552 or (800) 510-2020 for information.
Specialized information and assistance program for senior citizens, caregivers and their families in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
Updated lists of senior housing opportunities in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Three housing lists are maintained: Independent Living, Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing.
Utility Assistance Programs can help reduce the cost of gas and electric bills for low-income seniors.
The Senior Wheels USA Program makes power wheelchairs available at no cost to senior and permanently disabled citizens who qualify. The power wheelchairs are provided to those who can no longer walk or self-propel a manual wheelchair, and who meet additional guidelines of the program. No deposit is required. If a patient’s need is for use in the home, call (800) 246-6010.