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Summertime in Sacramento for Seniors (Part 1)…

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Summertime in Sacramento for Seniors (Part 1)…

Events, Classes, Music, Theater, and more…

Just because we are a little older, and maybe do not move as quickly, doesn’t mean there are not plenty of things we can still do! Sacramento is home to a wide variety of places and events that are geared towards seniors, and those that incorporate people of every age! We have decided to help put some of those events and places together to help you plan your summer excursions.

The Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center is the heart of operations for the City of Sacramento Older Adult Services division. In addition to providing a wide array of services, the center is a gathering place for people who come together to stretch their horizons, have fun, learn new things, make friends and discover the joys of life after age 50.

The Sacramento Senior Citizens Club at the Hart Senior Center is a great place to go to connect with other seniors in your area. They offer different social gatherings, such as:

 The Manitos, which is a group of Spanish speaking seniors, the group is conducted entirely in Spanish and features games, food, songs, exercise and more. Educational seminars and other presentations are scheduled frequently. The gatherings are free. Blind Social which is for blind, low-vision and seeing friends get together for conversation, socialization, games and snacks. Volunteers assist group members as needed. The gathering is free.

Older Women’s League (OWL) is the only national grassroots membership organization that focuses exclusively on issues unique to women as they age. OWL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts research, education and advocacy activities to improve the status and quality of life of mid-life and older women.

Sacramento Senior Citizens Club provides events for the entertainment, education, and social interaction of Sacramento seniors. This social group offers monthly casino trips, as well as weekly Bingo games and Sunday dances. The group holds their regular meetings at the Hart Senior Center. Club membership includes dues.

The Wisdom Project mission is to create a community for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) elders and allies in the greater Sacramento area. Community meetings will feature guest speakers, social networking, community building and valuable information for LGBT older adults.

These are just a few of the wonderful programs offered by The Hart Center.

If theater is more up your alley, the B Street Theater is where you need to be! Whether you prefer to watch from a seat or be a lead in the play, the B Street Theater has something for everyone! They offer classes for both children and adults and performances for the light hearted to the serious theater Aficionado.  Located at 2711 B Street, Sacramento CA 95816

If you are more interested in cooling off this summer, head out to get one of Sacramento’s  frozen-treat institutions: Gunther’s Quality Ice Cream, serving specialty ice creams including Swiss Orange Chip and Green Tea; Vic’s Ice Cream, with favorites like Cappuccino Chip; Burr’s Fountain, where you can order a milkshake made with any ice cream flavor on the menu; and The Original Hagen’s Orange Freeze, which uses Merlino’s famous recipe to make its tasty treats in flavors such as mango, mint chocolate chip and coconut cream.

Tour the Capitol. It’s free, it’s architecturally stunning and it’s historically rich: You can get the complete history of California’s governors as you wander among their portraits in the squeaky-clean hallways. (Check out former Gov. Jerry Brown’s portrait on the third floor—painted in an unconventional abstract style compared to the other, more realistic gubernatorial portraits. No surprise.) The tour is informative and entertaining with fun stories about the history of the architect and builders, and of the Governors who have resided there.

Tune into local music at Pops in the Park, concerts held in East Sacramento and River Park neighborhood parks; Friday Night Concerts in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza downtown; and Harmony on the River, held along River Walk Park in West Sacramento.

Sacramento has so many wonderful activities to offer to the senior community, make sure you get out and enjoy them!

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