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virtual activities and Resource center

Welcome to the Youth, Parks, and Community Enrichment Department’s Virtual Activities and Resource Center!

This is your place for fun, education, and resources through these unprecedented times. With our in-person programs postponed and facilities temporarily closed, we will continue to share activities and resources to keep the Sacramento community active, connected, and informed. We are committed together to empower our youth, strengthen our neighborhoods, and provide life-enriching programs for a beautiful, livable community.

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Instagram Icon and Link to YPCE Instagram pageVisit this page often or follow us on Instagram and Facebook for new updates and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, active and informed. Also, tag us at  and use the hashtag #YPCESAC to share how you are staying connected through parks and recreation!

Youth 0-5

Activities/Games

Recycled Art

Activities from other Sources

Activities on Video

Arts, Crafts, & Education

COLORING & ACTIVITY SHEETS

PARENT/GUARDIAN RESOURCES

Physical Activity

Youth K-6

How to Make Slime

 

Activities/Games

Recycled Art

Activities from other Sources

Activities on Video

Virtual Tours and Live cams

Aquariums & Zoos

Destination Sites & Art Galleries

Arts, Crafts & Education

COLORING & ACTIVITY SHEETS

PARENT/GUARDIAN RESOURCES

Books

  • ZIP Books (Free Brand new books shipped to your house / only have to return them to the library when they reopen) (Sacramento Public Library) (All you need is a Library card)

  • ZIP Books if you are not in Sacramento County - Click on this map to see if the libraries in your area take part in this program)

Expanded Learning Resources: Diversity, Access, and Equity

Physical Activity

Baseball/Softball

  • MLB @ Home
    Need something fun to do while at home? Your favorite baseball teams have you covered. Lots of MLB teams are posting games, coloring pages and more to help keep young baseball fans busy. Check out these baseball-themed activities from MLB and teams around the league. MLB Games and Activities

Basketball

Exercise Games and Activities

  • BOKS
    With many schools being closed and kids at home, BOKS has many games and activities to keep young people active and happy during this difficult time. Anxiety is at an all-time high and one of the best ways to reduce stress in young people and adults is to get exercise– here are some free and accessible resources that can be done at home.
    BOKS Games and Activities

Football

  • NFL @ Home
    Keeping active while social distancing is an important part of staying home and staying strong. With Prepare to Play virtual videos, training for ages 14 and up can be done anywhere at home and without much equipment — all you need is a little space and some determination. Check back weekly for new videos. 
    NFL@Home Training videos

Recess

  • Recess at Home
    Recess at home. Young people need play to stay active and engaged. We want to share our expertise to help keep kids engaged in play during this challenging time.
    PlayWorks Recess at Home

Skateboarding

Skateboarding Cont.

  • Programs

Soccer

Yoga

Science at Home

Teens

Trick Shot Challenge 

 

more opportunities to get Outside

Looking for some activities and adventure for you and the family? Get out and explore the best trails in Sacramento, and nearby Cities. Trails vary from beginner to expert, so all can enjoy the breathtaking scenery that awaits.

Books

  • ZIP Books (Free Brand new books shipped to your house / only have to return them to the library when they reopen) (Sacramento Public Library) (All you need is a Library card)

  • ZIP Books if you are not in Sacramento County - Click on this map to see if the libraries in your area take part in this program)

Diversity, Access, and Equity

Upcoming Events

Activities/Crafts

College

College Tours

Workforce development

Cooking at Home

Food Project "How to" Videos & Recipes:

Mental Health

Physical Activities

Basketball

Football

  • NFL @ Home
    Keeping active while social distancing is an important part of staying home and staying strong. With Prepare to Play virtual videos, training for ages 14 and up can be done anywhere at home and without much equipment — all you need is a little space and some determination. Check back weekly for new videos. 
    NFL@Home Training videos

Baseball/ Softball 

  • MLB @ Home
    Need something fun to do while at home? Your favorite baseball teams have you covered. Lots of MLB teams are posting games, coloring pages and more to help keep young baseball fans busy. Check out these baseball-themed activities from MLB and teams around the league.
    MLB Games and Activities

Fitness

  • PlayWorks
    Recess at home. Young people need play to stay active and engaged. We want to share our expertise to help keep kids engaged in play during this challenging time.
    PlayWorks Recess at Home

  • BOKS
    With many schools being closed and kids at home, BOKS has many games and activities to keep young people active and happy during this difficult time. Anxiety is at an all-time high and one of the best ways to reduce stress in young people and adults is to get exercise– here are some free and accessible resources that can be done at home.
    BOKS Games and Activities

Skateboarding

Soccer

YMCA

City of Sacramento Videos

Resources

Science at Home

Virtual Tours and Live cams

Aquariums & Zoos

Destination Sites & Art Galleries

Youth Workforce Development Program

Adults

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR "COCKTAIL" VIDEO

  

Activities at City Facilities

Pickleball in two locations

 

opportunities to get Outside

Looking for some activities and adventure for you and the family? Get out and explore the best trails in Sacramento, and nearby Cities. Trails vary from beginner to expert, so all can enjoy the breathtaking scenery that awaits.

More Physical Activity Resources

  • American Heart Association Health and Fitness
    Heart healthy fitness, inspiration and resources to help you lead a healthy lifestyle and stay active. 

  • Get Active
    A basic overview of how regular physical activity promotes mental and physical health! Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving.

  • What's Your Move - Adult (PDF)

  • Guide to Physical Activity
    Examples of moderate-intensity amounts of physical activity, common chores, and sporting activities.

  • Exercise and Physical Activity
    Find tips on how to fit exercise into your daily life safely and get motivated to get moving! A comprehensive guide to getting started, workout equipment, fitness tracking, and the different types of exercise.

  • Play with Heart
    Description: Join our one of our community partner’s Street Soccer USA, as they review some exercises to do at home to stay in shape.

  • YMCA Health and Fitness
    Health and Fitness videos for the whole family to keep you active and moving.

Mental Health

National Water Safety Month

Printable Resources

Parent/Guardian Resources

Books

  • ZIP Books (Free Brand new books shipped to your house / only have to return them to the library when they reopen) (Sacramento Public Library) (All you need is a Library card)

  • ZIP Books if you are not in Sacramento County - Click on this map to see if the libraries in your area take part in this program)

Expanded Learning Resources: Diversity, Access, and Equity

Wellness:

Activities

city of sacramento Videos

Safety and Outdoor Videos

"How to Make..." Videos

Food Project "How to" Videos & Recipes:

Gardening

Virtual Tours and Live Cams

Aquariums & Zoos

Destination Sites & Art Galleries

Cooking at Home

Food Project "How to" Videos & Recipes:

Water Safety Links

Want to become a Water Guardian? Click here to take the quiz! 

Older Adults

 

Activities at City Facilities

Pickleball in two locations

 

Outdoor Opportunities

Looking for some activities and adventure for you and the family? Get out and explore the best trails in Sacramento, and nearby Cities. Trails vary from beginner to expert, so all can enjoy the breathtaking scenery that awaits.

Power to Improve

Hart Senior Center is a part of the City of Sacramento's
Department of Youth, Parks, &Community Enrichment
(better known as YPCE or Yippsy), once known simply as
"Parks & Rec". YPCE is updating its Master Plan to guide
us in identifying and carrying out the community’s vision
and priorities for services over the next 20 years!

  • Using a combination of professional expertise and
    public input, the Master Plan will help Sacramento
  • Provide equitable and accessible parks and
    recreation opportunities
  • Evaluate and improve park conditions
    and maintenance
  • Expand recreation and community enrichment
    programs to better serve all residents
  • Support and empower youth in our communities
  • Taking this short survey is your opportunity
    to let us know what's important to you: Survey Link

Sacramento COVID RELIEF Digital Equity Response

 Digital Resources are Available at No Cost

Apply to receive internet services or a computer
Don't let the pandemic put you out of touch. You may qualify to receive internet services, computers and digital training at no costs if you are eligible for public assistance programs and live in the City of Sacramento. Stay connected while ensuring the safety of yourself and others.
Call 211 or visit: SacramentoCOVIDRelief.org/Digital to apply and learn more

"Great Plates Delivered”

An exciting new program is underway for Sacramento seniors through a partnership between the City of Sacramento and local restaurants. Great Plates Delivered, funded by FEMA and the City of Sacramento, provides home delivered restaurant meals to seniors sheltering at home during the COVID19 pandemic. Most seniors in the city qualify. Get all the details here. 

FREE ONLINE TAX ASSISTANCE

Although Hart Senior Center remains closed for in-person operations, resources for tax assistance are available.

AARP Tax-Aide is providing online methods for the preparation of taxes--at no cost. AARP can connect you with a volunteer to assist you or they can connect you with self filing software to prepare and file your own tax returns. For more information visit https://taxaideqa.aarp.org/hc/en-us

ProgramVolunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is offering appointment only drop-off and online services.
Please dial 211 for further information on available drop off locations or visit http://www.cityofsacramento.org/HR/Volunteer-Opportunities/VITA

 

Caring Neighborhoods

Caring Neighbors Logo

A recent email received from the AARP Foundation announced that this coming Monday, September 28 is National Good Neighbor Day. This certainly is a day to take to heart during the pandemic, a lonely time for many of us. In fact, the Foundation is sponsoring the Good Neighbor Challenge, with great ideas for making sure that isolated neighbors have some connection to the outside world while sheltering at home. AARP Foundation Good Neighbor Challenge

For years, here in Sacramento, our Caring Neighborhoods Program has similarly encouraged residents to make connections with older people who are aging in place in our neighborhoods. Although efforts during the pandemic need to take social distancing into account, many of the strategies laid out on our Caring Neighborhoods Webpage are more important than ever. Check it out!

If you're someone in need of a friendly phone call, let us know. Hart Senior Center staff are concerned about you and would look forward to giving you a call on a regular basis. Let us know by calling Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm | (916) 808-5462.

Health

Falls Prevention Awareness

The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things, 
but one thing is still the same… 
Falling is NOT a Normal Part of Aging. 
Take the First Step to Prevent a Fall. 
RSVP Today! 
                                     
• Check your fall risk at ncoa.org/FallsFreeCheckUp 
• Learn how to stay safe at home and in the community. 

Need Money for Groceries? CalFresh Can Help!

CalFresh ( formally called Food Stamps) is an entitlement program which provides money for groceries if you qualify!

Amy Dierlam, CalFresh Outreach Director from River City Food Bank will be presenting on Wednesday, January 20th at 2pm through Zoom Video Conference with the following information:

  • River City Food bank services and distribution locations/hours
  • CalFresh eligibility requirements
  • How to apply and get through the application process
  • How to make the most of your benefits
  • How to stay on CalFresh and make sure you don’t get discontinued
  • The ways River City Food bank staff can assist you with CalFresh!

To Sign Up, please call the Hart Senior Center at (916)808-5462 or Register below.

Registration link:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofsacparksandrec/Activity_Search/12653

Activities

Starting February 5th

FOLK ART @ HOME – AROUND THE WORLD

Our popular folk art drawing series continues this year with a trip around the world as we sample the folk art traditions of countries and cultures internationally.

Sign up today and twice a month you will receive an email newsletter with information on a particular culture and step-by-step instructions to create one of their signature folk art pieces. Our worldwide travels begins in February in the British Isles and delve into the symbols and arts of the Celtic culture. In March our journey will continue to Poland, Russia and the Ukraine. Pack your artistic bags for a once-in-a-lifetime journey with your tour guide, Marie Taylor.

Call the Hart Center at 916-808-5462 or Register below to be placed on the Folk Art mailing list.

Registration Link:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofsacparksandrec/Activity_Search/11837

Strength and Balance Instructor

STRENGTH & BALANCE VIDEO!

Hart Senior Center seems very quiet these days, especially Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings when the center is normally teaming with people who come for Joe Miguel’s Strength & Balance class. Joe’s hoping his students are finding ways to stay fit, but in case you’re having a hard time getting off the couch, we’ve created a video of Joe going through the regular Strength & Balance routine, in his own unique, down-home style.
If you’d like a link to the video, send an email to Linda at LThao3@cityofsacramento.org.

 

Virtual Zumba Toning with Kelly (for ages 50+) 

Virtual Zumba Toning with Kelly

Tuesdays from 10AM-11AM / January 26th to February 23rd
This virtual class incorporates physical exercises using light Zumba weights and dance steps to the rhythms of Cumbia, Merengue, Mambo, Salsa, Samba and much more. Join us on Zoom to discover how easy and fun losing weight, toning your muscles and getting in shape can be! Beginners are always welcome, this class is for all levels and shapes.
Course Registration fee: $25 for 5 classes 
Class instructions for Zoom will be provided to registrants the day before class starts. 
Registration Link:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofsacparksandrec/Activity_Search/12680

 

Life History Writing Group

LIFE HISTORY WRITING GROUP

Tuesdays, 10:30am-12Noon
Interested in stimulating your memory and preserving the tales of your life for generations to come? Join Life History Writing through Zoom! Members of the class meet to write the stories of their lives. Participants write and share a story each week with the class. Encouragement and constructive advice will be provided to writers.
To register, click on the link below or call the Hart Center at 916-808-5462. FREE.

*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*

Life History Registration

BEGINNING SOMATIC MUSCLE RELEASE

Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:30PM-1:30PM (ongoing course)
Beginning Somatic Muscle Release is a form of movement designed to reverse the effects of aging. By making our unconscious movement patterns conscious, we can begin to reverse years of stress and trauma held in the body. All movements are gentle and easeful, done lying on a yoga mat or blanket. Come to re-experience the deliciousness of your own natural movement! 

Linda Eisenman has studied meditation and yoga for over 30 years, and in 2020 studied Hanna Somatic through the Novato Institute. She is endlessly fascinated with the movement of the human body. Her goal is to see every senior citizen supple and conscious in their movements. Call the Hart Senior Center to register for free. 
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class. *

Registration Link

Poetry Writing Workshop

Tuesdays 2PM-3:30PM
Join the Poetry Writing Workshop through Zoom for some poetic inspiration and motivation! The workshop is facilitated by Olga Blu Browne, Sue Daly, and Joyce Odam.
Members are encouraged to share an original poem each week and receive positive comments from others. Call the Hart Senior Center to register for free.
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*

Virtual Bingo 11:30 and 1pm

 VIRTUAL BINGO FOR SENIORS

Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm (ongoing course)

Join us on Zoom for a fun afternoon of Bingo while you stay safe at home! Zoom is an audio and video application that works on smart phones, tablets and computers. Never used Zoom? We'll send you everything you need to know after you sign up to play. Winners will receive prizes.
To sign up, email Laura Argueta, largueta@cityofsacramento.org
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*


Express Yourself Through Writing

EXPRESS YOURSELF THROUGH WRITING: CREATIVE IMPROV 

Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm 
Creative Improv is writing group that focuses on creative writing using the fine mix of imagination and experience. This type of writing responds to various conceptions of genre, audience, voice, arrangement, and style. This offering prompts its participants to dive into their knowledge about new media literacies, rich rhetorical situations, and the multiple perspectives that are inherent in any writing activity. Come join us through Zoom on Thursdays to share, explore and build on your creative writing! Materials are provided. Call the Hart Senior Center to register for free. 
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*

Creative Improv Registration

BOOKS WITH HART

Books with Hart Logo

First Fridays of the Month, 10AM- 11:30AM (ongoing course)
Books with Hart discussions are held on the first Fridays of the month, but with a twist: virtual meetings! Please email contact@saclibrary.org for more information on meeting access and to borrow a copy of the book each month.
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*

 

Qi Gong Movement and Meditation
Qi Gong Movement and Meditation

Date: Saturdays
Time: 12:00noon - 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom (link will be provided)*
Fee: Free 

Sheng Zhen Qi Gong is a form of gentle Sitting and Standing Movements practiced for thousands of years to exercise joints & muscles which increase core strengthen & balance. The Meditations facilitate a state of wellbeing & oneness with the universe.
The online Zoom conference will be led by, Jan Polin, a Beijing certified instructor. All levels are welcome. Classes will resume in January. To register, please call the Hart Center at (916) 808-5462.
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*

Register online for Qi Gong Movement and Meditation

Technology Help 

TechConnections
Need Technology Help?

Sheltering at home during the COVID pandemic can make for some very lonely days. Not being able to get out to see family and friends is no fun! During this tough time, many people have learned that technology – smart phones, tablets, and computers – can be a lifesaver. Zoom meetups with friends and family and online art classes, book clubs or bingo can all bring a little joy into a long day at home. The possibilities are endless!

But we all know that technology has its challenges. Perhaps you have had a tough time getting your tech devices to do what you would like them to do. Or maybe you would like to try Zoom but are not sure how to get started. If so, the staff at Ethel Hart Senior Center would like to help!

Call Hart Senior Center at 808-5462

Simply tell us what issues with technology you are having, or what you'd like to do with your tech devices at home. We will ask a few basic questions then link you up with a staff person to provide some help over the phone. We look forward to hearing from you!
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*

GETTING CONNECTED ON ZOOM

If you haven't yet taken the leap into the world of Zoom, the great online tool for connecting with family, taking classes or even playing games with friends, AARP has made it a little easier. Use the tutorial below for everything you need to know to get connected, and let the fun begin! If after viewing the tutorial you need a little one-on-one assistance to get started, call Hart Senior Center at 808-5462. Video Link.

GETTING CONNECTED ON ZOOM

If you haven't yet taken the leap into the world of Zoom, the great online tool for connecting with family, taking classes or even playing games with friends, AARP has made it a little easier. Use the tutorial below for everything you need to know to get connected, and let the fun begin! If after viewing the tutorial you need a little one-on-one assistance to get started, call Hart Senior Center at 808-5462. Video Link.

More Physical Activity Resources

  • American Heart Association Health and Fitness
    Heart healthy fitness, inspiration and resources to help you lead a healthy lifestyle and stay active. 

  • Get Active
    A basic overview of how regular physical activity promotes mental and physical health! Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving.

  • What's Your Move - Adult (PDF)

  • Guide to Physical Activity
    Examples of moderate-intensity amounts of physical activity, common chores, and sporting activities.

  • Exercise and Physical Activity
    Find tips on how to fit exercise into your daily life safely and get motivated to get moving! A comprehensive guide to getting started, workout equipment, fitness tracking, and the different types of exercise.

  • Play with Heart
    Description: Join our one of our community partner’s Street Soccer USA, as they review some exercises to do at home to stay in shape.

  • YMCA Health and Fitness
    Health and Fitness videos for the whole family to keep you active and moving.

Mental Health

National Water Safety Month

Printable Resources

Parent/Guardian Resources

Books

  • ZIP Books (Free Brand new books shipped to your house / only have to return them to the library when they reopen) (Sacramento Public Library) (All you need is a Library card)

  • ZIP Books if you are not in Sacramento County - Click on this map to see if the libraries in your area take part in this program)

Expanded Learning Resources: Diversity, Access, and Equity

Wellness:

Activities

city of sacramento Videos

Safety and Outdoor Videos

"How to Make..." Videos

Food Project "How to" Videos & Recipes:

Gardening

Virtual Tours and Live Cams

Aquariums & Zoos

Destination Sites & Art Galleries

Cooking at Home

Food Project "How to" Videos & Recipes:

Water Safety Links

Want to become a Water Guardian? Click here to take the quiz! 

All Ages/Family Fun

 

Activities at City Facilities

Pickleball in two locations

 

more opportunities to get Outside

Looking for some activities and adventure for you and the family? Get out and explore the best trails in Sacramento, and nearby Cities. Trails vary from beginner to expert, so all can enjoy the breathtaking scenery that awaits.

ACTIVITIES

Recycled Art

ARTS, CRAFTS, AND EDUCATION

Gardening

city of sacramento Videos

Safety and Outdoor Videos

"How to Make..." Videos

Food "How to..." Videos

Cooking at Home

CRAFTS/GAMES

Mental Health

Physical Activity Resources

YMCA Health and Fitness
Health and fitness videos for the whole family to keep you active and moving.

Virtual Tours and Live cams

Aquariums & Zoos

Destination Sites & Art Galleries

Older Adults with Dementia

Triple-R Virtual Activities and Resources

Triple-R at Home

TRIPLE-R AT HOME: FUN ONLINE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

While we are excited by the prospect of a vaccine potentially being available soon, we also know there might be a couple of long winter months we need to get through at home first. Our goal is to make those winter months fun and engaging for older adults, especially those with dementia. We have a safe and fun way to connect with others online. Come experience the camaraderie of Triple-R by participating in our virtual meetups where we play games, laugh, exercise and have fun together. To see a sample of the type of activities offered, view the schedule for December 2020 below.

The City of Sacramento's Older Adult Services division operates Triple-R Adult Day Centers which provide socialization, recreation, and personal care for seniors with dementia while their family caregivers take a break or go to work. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Triple-R has moved its social activities online, providing both live and “on demand” virtual opportunities for people with dementia.

LIVE CLASSES VIA ZOOM Monday-Friday

11:00am-12:00pm via Zoom

(plus “on demand” videos to be watched anytime

Fee: First session free after brief orientation, $40 per month, provides access to all sessions. All activities are appropriate for people with dementia. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11:00am via Zoom online. See below for Caregiver Connection activities on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information on how to participate, please contact Misa Takagi at mtakagi@cityofsacramento.org.

 

  • 11/30- Resistance Band Fitness
  • 12/7 & 12/14- Cardio workout
  • 12/21 Squeeze Ball Workout
  • 12/28- Resistance Band Fitness

Bingo! Every Friday (and more)

  • Classic Bingo! 12/4, 12/18
  • Special Edition Thanksgiving Bingo on 11/24
  • Special Edition Disney Bingo on 12/11
  • Winter Festivities Picture Bingo 12/22

Special Events

  • 11/25 Movie Screening (TBA)
  • 12/3   Celebrating National Cookie Day
  • 12/8   Enjoying Classical Music Pieces together
  • 12/10 Celebrating the birthday of Ole Blue Eyes—Frank Sinatra
  • 12/15 Creating a ornament for the tree!
  • 12/17 Exploring somewhere warm—we are going on a virtual tour of Egypt!
  • 12/23 The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without some caroling
  • 12/29 Exploring International New Year traditions together
  • 12/30 Movie Screening of Saving Mr. Banks

Caregiver Connection

Caregivers need to have fun too!

  • 12/4 & 12/18 Nature Journaling and Discussion
  • 12/2 - Beginning Origami- all skill levels welcome
  • 12/9- BUNCO! A fun and relaxing dice game
  • 12/11 - Support Group (for details see below under Mental Health and Caregiver Resources)
  • 12/16 - Caregiver Café- Meetup with folks who understand what daily caregiving is like.

Caregiver Education

We are now several months into staying at home due to COVID-19. If you are finding it frustrating to communicate with loved one, need some tips on how to make things easier at home or just want to talk to other people who are in the same situation as you are, we have resources for you!

Webinars

Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center:
Holiday Series:

Honoring the December Holidays
Three Part Series and you must register by December 4th

As caregivers, celebrating the holidays can be challenging emotionally as well as relationally. And this year amidst a pandemic, social distancing and wildfires, it can seem almost impossible to find light and love in our traditional holidays. Yet, as much as the holidays are about family and community, they are also about our personal internal experience of life and love. Please join author and speaker Julie Interrante, MA as she facilitates this three-part series exploring ways to honor and celebrate the holidays personally as well as with family and friends. We will talk honestly about all of the feelings and thoughts that arise with each holiday season.

For many of us the December holidays don’t hold the same appeal they did when we were young, when family and friends were closer or when loved ones were healthy and participated in the preparation – cooking, shopping, decorating and wrapping. That doesn’t mean, however, that the holidays cannot bring meaning and joy even in the midst of many changes during the year. In our time together we will explore the deeper meaning of all of the December holidays. There will be time to share stories, concerns and feelings. We will honor cherished memories and consciously begin new traditions that honor the changing nature of life and love.

For more information or to register, go here! 

 

MENTAL HEALTH AND CAREGIVER RESPITE RESOURCES

Monthly Online Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Support group meetings provide education and emotional support so that caregivers do not feel alone, especially during this unprecedented time. 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.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, all support group meetings have moved to phone and online check-ins. The monthly support group facilitated by Triple-R Program Coordinator, Chantell Albers, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association is now offered by phone. The meeting takes place the second Friday of every month from 11a.m.-12p.m. To register for this free service, please contact Denise Davis at ddavis1@alz.org.

24/7 Alzheimer’s Association Helpline

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) is available around the clock, 365 days a year. Through this free service, specialists and master’s-level clinicians offer confidential support and information to people living with the disease, caregivers, families and the public.

Friendship Line California

This is a toll-free line that provides emotional support to older Californians facing loneliness, isolation and anxiety. The number is 1-888-670-1360.

Respite Support

If you need in-home respite, please contact our community partner, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center at (916) 728-9333 for more information about how you can receive additional help while you are providing care for a loved one at home.

 

People with Disabilities

Access Leisure Calendar Virtual Activities 

COVID-19

With the current and evolving COVID-19 situation, all Access Leisure structured programs and events (that require participants to physically meet) are postponed. See our virtual activities, listed below .

We hope to resume regular programming as soon as possible. This decision was difficult to make, and for all of us to work together using appropriate measures we hope to protect the health and well-being of our community. Like the rest of the world, we are adapting and responding to new information and changing protocols as needed daily. We realize there is a lot of fear and anxiety out there, but we are a strong and resilient community.

We look forward to seeing you all via Zoom! (Please see Zoom information on the Word and PDF versions of the calendar and at the bottom of this web page). All Zoom programs are currently free. No registration required. Email us if you have questions or concerns. We hope to be able to meet in person for activities and programs soon. In the meantime, we hope that some of you may enjoy these online gatherings to have some fun during the shelter-in-place time. 

Access Leisure Calendar Virtual Activities 

PARENT AND CARE PROVIDER CHAMPION GROUP 

We are taking a month off from our Champion Group (January 2021) to work on new and meaningful sessions for parents, care providers, and family members. A survey will be available to provide feedback about this group. For more information, email heverett@cityofsacramento.org. Thank you!

Purpose of the Champion Group: While we all navigate these challenging times; Access Leisure staff would like to provide time for parents, family members and care providers of Access Leisure participants to come together to discuss topics as needed. These sessions are meant to be an open discussion and a time to discuss any challenges you are having as well as a time for us to assist you in finding the resources you and your family may need to continue to be healthy at home.

FLYER VERSION ACCESS LEISURE ACTIVITIES

February ACTIVITIES:

Book Club

Web page version access leisure activities

PARENT AND CARE PROVIDER CHAMPION GROUP

We will be meeting on Zoom on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00pm. Our topic in February is “Self-Compassion.” Please see the Champion Group Calendar for Zoom log-in information, or email heverett@cityofsacramento.org for additional details. These sessions are free for parents, family members, and care providers.

Purpose of the Champion Group: While we all navigate these challenging times; Access Leisure staff would like to provide time for parents, family members and care providers of Access Leisure participants to come together to discuss topics as needed. These sessions are meant to be an open discussion and a time to discuss any challenges you are having as well as a time for us to assist you in finding the resources you and your family may need to continue to be healthy at home.

FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES WITH $30 PARTICIPATION FEE

February monthly Zoom fee = $30 per participant (this fee will give you access to ALL of the Zoom activities on the calendar).
Fees will not be reduced if you sign up after February has started. However, you are welcome to join us any time during the month once you have registered. If $30 for the full month is challenging for you financially, please reach out to us. We will work with you to find a solution.
Activity #: 15806
Registration window: 1/20/2021 – 2/26/2021
Register online 

Register over the phone:
Heather, (916) 808-7970 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Cash and checks are not accepted at this time.
Zoom information will be emailed to participants directly.

WELCOME & ZOOM GUIDELINES

Tuesday, February 2nd
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Staff will review expectations for Zoom sessions for the month. These expectations will include basic Zoom etiquette, running through settings, and more. There will also be time to “get to know” everyone in a casual social meeting session. See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

ART & WELLNESS

Wednesday, February 3rd & 17th
10:00am – 11:00am
In each session we will focus on a topic of self-care and learn together.
February 3rd topic: Gratitude
February 17th topic: Leisure at Home
Supplies: For the second half of the activity, you will need paper and something to draw with (if you choose to follow along with the drawing of the day). If you have colored pencils, markers, crayons, or pastels at home – that would be fantastic. That way you can add in some fun colors. See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

GET FIT – WEDNESDAY WORKOUT

Wednesday, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th
5:30pm – 6:00pm
All exercises can be taken at your own pace and can be completed while standing, seated on a mat, seated in a chair… or all the above! Our goal is to provide some time for socializing, movement, and fun! See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

FITNESS FRIDAYS

Friday, February 5th & 19th
11:00am – 11:30am
These Friday morning exercise sessions will review similar workouts to the Wednesday Get Fit sessions. Each session will be unique based on the strengths of the attendees. Exercises can be completed while seated or standing… or both! See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

YOGA

Monday, February 8th & 22nd
4:00pm – 4:45pm
This basic yoga session is great for all experience levels. You may participate while seated or standing. Mats are awesome too, but not required. See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

MORNING MEDITATION

Tuesday, February 9th & 23rd
10:00am – 10:30am
Join us for a quiet and calm morning of meditation and mindfulness. Please note that staff will not allow late arrivals from the waiting room after 10:05am in an effort to keep this Zoom session as focused as possible. No prior experience needed. See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

NAME THAT TUNE

Friday, February 12th
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Staff will lead a fun-filled hour of Name that Tune. All songs will have an element of the theme “love” in them. Get ready for a super fun hour of great music and competition. See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

CINEMA AT HOME

Tuesday, February 16th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Feel free to bring along some tasty snacks… or dinner! Please plan to be “muted” for most of this activity. This month’s theme… love! The movie selection will be determined the day of the event. See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

DANCE PARTY

Friday, February 26th
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Join us for an hour of fun music as we get the weekend started! We’ll play a variety of dancing music for all to enjoy. This is a great event to “dress up” for if you would like. It’s Friday night, let’s dance! See February Activities message above regarding online registration.

SEPARATE FEE-BASED ACTIVITIES 

BOOK CLUB - $10.00, duration of sessions

Wonder, by R.J., Palacio
Thursdays from 4:00pm – 4:45pm
First date: Thursday, December 3rd
Acitivity #: 14996 - Register Online 
(We will skip 12/24 & 12/31 and come back on 1/7/2021)
$10.00 for the duration of the sessions

Program Details:

This program requires prior registration. The final week will be a two hour session to accommodate the full movie version of the book. Anticipated last date of this session: 1/28/2021.

Wonder is a novel about a young boy who is not only navigating childhood, family and friend drama and the ups and downs of school… he lives with a facial difference called Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS). This book is said to be a “page turner” and it is full of amazing life lessons and laughs. The movie version of this book features Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay.

This group is great for all abilities. Join us just to listen or to follow along in the book with us. We are publicizing this group early in hopes that everyone who would like to get a copy of the book has time to do so. Audio books and eBooks are also great!

More Information

ACCESS LEISURE YOUTUBE & FACEBOOK

Looking for more activities and videos? Access Leisure posts activity suggestions and videos on YouTube and on Facebook. Be sure to follow our pages!
YouTube: https://bit.ly/AccessLeisureHome
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/accessleisure

Zoom Information:

We hope to be able to meet in person for activities and programs soon. In the meantime, virtual programming is a great way to enjoy activities and have some fun while we are apart. 
What you will need: internet connection + a Zoom account + a smart phone, laptop, tablet, or a desktop computer. 

  • What you will need: internet connection + a Zoom account + a smart phone, laptop, tablet, or a desktop computer.
  • To create a Zoom account, go to this link: https://zoom.us/
  • If you do not want to create a Zoom account or do not have access to internet and a device you can still join these activities by phone.

All Zoom meeting links, meeting IDs and Zoom phone number will be provided after you have registered for the monthly Zoom sessions and/ or Paint & Sip. Staff will check rosters daily and provide Zoom information accordingly. Please do not share your Zoom links and meeting IDs with anyone. Zoom information is provided only to registered participants. Thank you!

If you would like additional assistance setting up your Zoom account, you may email Heather at heverett@cityofsacramento.org for assistance.
For Monthly Calendar via Email contact: JYarrow@cityofsacramento.org

Additional at-home activity ideas and wellness tips:

  • Keep up with routines
  • Stay in touch with friends, family members, and coworkers by phone, email, and video chat
  • Eat well
  • Drink lots of water
  • Be sure to get enough sleep
  • Email Access Leisure for activity suggestions
  • Follow Access Leisure on Facebook at @Accessleisure for activity ideas and to stay in touch with fellow participants and staff
  • Exercise daily
  • Keep up with hobbies; e.g. art, talking to friends, watching movies, listening to music, etc.
  • Reach out if you need assistance
  • Take walks with people you live with
  • Laugh – read jokes, watch a funny movie

Community Notes

Hello Families and Friends,

As we continue to navigate these difficult and ever-changing times, we have made the following decision to postpone all League Bowling programs at this time. We know that this is a very tough and emotional time for all of us, and your health and well-being is foremost on our minds as we all navigate down this unprecedented path together.

All Bowling programs are cancelled at this time, WE HOPE TO RESUME LEAGUE PLAY NEXT YEAR. 

  • Monday - Pin Pals - Land Park Bowling Center
  • Wednesday - Rock N’ Bowl League – Country Club Bowling Center