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Special Events and Workshops

WRITING WORKSHOP; WINTER SESSION:  Tuesdays, January 8th & 15th and Tuesdays, February 12th & 19th. 1pm-3pm Cost: $20/month. Facilitator: Marie Taylor holds a MA in English and worked as a freelance copywriter for more than 30 years. "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed”. -Ernest Hemingway

Writing is a solitary occupation. Commitment and self-discipline are needed – as is the companionship of other writers. At times, a writing workshop can provide the outside stimulation you may need to break through challenges.

In this four-part winter workshop, we will review the basic elements of effective writing that can be applied to short stories, novels, memoirs and essays. Each two-hour class will focus on a specific topic such as elements of storytelling, character and plot development, world-building and effective editing. We’ll share our experiences and challenges as well as inspiration.

BOOKS WITH HART: Friday, February 1st. 10:00-11:30 a.m. Cost: FREE Copies available at Hart Center reception desk on a first come, first served basis beginning Friday, January 4th. “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Alberto Urrea A beloved and ailing patriarch. Big Angel has summoned his Mexican-American family for one last legendary birthday party. But then his mother dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader.

TRIPLE-R Caregiver and Dementia Workshop Series:

  • Permission to Live (Life After Caregiving) Workshop Series: New ten session series starts on January 2, 2019.  This series is designed to work with individuals struggling to reclaim their life after being a long-term caregiver.  Participants are encouraged to rediscover their talents and dreams, work with feelings of grief or guilt and move along on the path of having a full life after caregiving.  Cost is $20 for all ten sessions, limited scholarship available. For additional information or questions/concerns, contact Stephanie Wilson (916) 808-1591 or
  • Dementia Communication Workshop: Communication is difficult when someone has dementia. Please join us January 4th, 9:30am to 10:45am for the Dementia Communication Workshop. This workshop provided in partnership with Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, will provide tips for effective dementia communication and strategies for dealing with difficult dementia situations such as wandering. Cost: Free.
  • Caregiving and the Search for Self (What Happened to my Life) Workshop Series: As a caregiver you often hear that you need to take care of yourself, but how do you really do that?  This ten session workshop series will explore sustainable self-care.  The program will explore cultivating compassion (and combating compassion fatigue) as well as physical, emotional and spiritual health.  Each session will be an opportunity to add new skills and flexibility in caring for yourself while caring for your loved one. The next session starts January 9, 2019.  Cost: $20 for all ten sessions, limited scholarship is available. 
  •  Monthly Dementia Caregiver Support Group- The City of Sacramento hosts a monthly Alzheimer’s Association support group for caregivers taking care of a loved one with dementia every second Friday of the month.  Support group meetings provide education and emotional support so that caregivers do not feel alone. Those providing care for their loved ones with dementia have a wealth of experience to share with each other and can also look to each other for support and advice. Cost: Free.

Taiko Drumming w/Kristy Oshiro: Beginning Lessons-Mondays, January 14, & 28. 3:45p-4:45p Cost $20/2 Lessons

Taiko Drumming w/Kristy Oshiro: Intermediate Lessons-Wednesdays, January 16, 23, & 30. 3:45p-4:45p Cost $30/3 Lessons

Sketching 101 w/Marie Taylor: Fridays, January 4, 11 & 18. 1pm-2:30pm, Cost: $20/month and Fridays, February 1, 8 & 15. 1pm-2:30pm, Cost: $20/month Registration begins January 2nd. When you were a child you could draw anything, but as an adult you may have forgotten how.  Luckily, you’re retired now and can be as silly as you want.  If your ready to let that inner artist loose again, join us for “Sketching 101.” Perfection not needed…or expected!!  The goal in sketching isn’t to make a ‘perfect’ picture but to capture the spirit of your subject.  During this course you will practice the basic techniques of sketching and most importantly, train our eyes to ‘see’ rather than just look.  If it’s been a long time since you put a picture on the fridge, wake up the inner artist and make Friday your art day.  Bring your own supplies or use ours. Hurry and register, class fills up fast!!

Cinema and Conversation Circle w/ Latifu Munirah: Friday, January 25th, 9:45am-11:45am. Cost: Free.

Apple iPhone and Android Phone 101: Get to know the functions and features of Apple's iPhone and Android phones, including opening and closing apps, connecting to Wi-Fi, settings, display, calendar, and email. Register today for an individual 45-minute session available every Friday in August at Hart Senior Center! Call or stop by the front desk to register; $8 a session.

Great Books: FREE - Great Books Discussion Group: Fourth Monday of each month, 10a-Noon

POETRY APPRECIATION SERIES:  Poetry by Marianne Moore & Wallace Stevens,  Friday, January 25th, 1pm—2:45pm.  Cost: $5  
Poetry Appreciation starts the year off with two of the finest poets of the 20th century, Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens. Both are noted for their masterful use of language and linguistic precision. Moore’s work is frequently grouped with poets such as T.S. EliotWilliam Carlos WilliamsEzra Pound, and later, Elizabeth Bishop. Her poetry is characterized by acute observations of people, places, animals, and art.  Stevens had a long career as an insurance executive and is a rare example of a poet whose main output came at a fairly advanced age. Some have argued that his best poetry was written after he turned 60. He was a master stylist with an extraordinary vocabulary and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955. To register, visit or call the Hart Senior Center’s front desk. 

Writing for Self-Discovery; “Emotional Decluttering”: Every 2nd Friday of each month, 10am-12pm.  Cost: FREE   *Topics change every month. Writing materials will be provided.  Sessions will be facilitated by volunteer Latifu Munirah. This course will help you refine your thoughts and focus on the very things that support us in living the best phase of our lives.  During each session, we will engage in personal expressive writing exercises to get to the heart of our happiness.  Writings will remain confidential, while everyone will be encouraged to share what they discovered or learned, and how they plan to use the information gathered to live a more fulfilled life.  Space is limited, sign up in advance by visiting or calling the front reception desk.

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE:  The 8-hour course is split into two sessions. Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15.  1pm– 5pm This 8-hour course is for people who have not previously taken an AARP driver course, or who have taken it three or more years ago.  Topics include: defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, and new traffic laws and rules of the road. There are no tests to pass. Simply sign up and learn! Upon completion you may be eligible for a multi-year discount on your car insurance. Consult your insurance agent for details. Cost: $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members.  For information on how to register with the AARP instructor and to pick up the registration form, visit the front desk or call 916-808-5462.

KEEP YOUR ‘TRY SOMETHING NEW’ RESOLUTION WITH TAI CHI! Mondays, 10:30am- 11:30am.  Try something new for the upcoming year! Tai Chi, a slow-moving meditative exercise used for relaxation, has the additional benefit of improving balance and preventing falls. Studies show that practicing Tai Chi help decrease stress and anxiety and help increase energy, stamina, flexibility, and muscle strength. The fundamental principles of traditional Tai Chi involve weight bearing stances, postural correct body alignment and coordinated movements performed in a slow, continuous, circular and flowing manner. Please visit Hart Senior Center or call (916) 808-5462 for monthly rates.

TECHCONNECTION: ONLINE BANKING PROGRAM Do you want to feel independent and comfortable when navigating through online banking? Online banking offers plenty of advantages. Anyone can do it from just about anywhere, and it is easy once you learn how. We will be hosting an educational workshop using the Ready, Set, Bank program, facilitated by TechConnections Coordinator Quincia Burleson.  Please visit or call the front desk for registration details! 


2019 Workshops: 

Mark Your Calendars! 

Free Tax Appointments for 2019 Tax Returns: the scheduling of appointments will begin Monday, January 14th.

The AARP tax assistance program will be conducted again at the Hart Center for seniors 60+ with low to moderate incomes;   All appointments will be on Tuesdays beginning in February 2019,  and can be made by visiting or calling the front desk.  In addition, VITA tax assistance will be held on Saturdays at the Hart Center for people of all ages who have incomes under $54,000.  This service is provided by Franchise Tax Board volunteers.  For Saturday appointments, call (916) 845-4516.