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Special Events and Workshops

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! WONDERS OF WATERCOLOR: Tuesday, July 23rd from 1:30pm- 3:30pm. Have you ever seen a picture done in watercolors and wondered if you could create a piece of art just like it? Take a ride on your creative side and join us for a workshop to explore the wonders of watercolors at the Hart Senior Center. Participants do not have to be an artist to express their artistic visions. Visit or call the front desk to register in advance. Facilitated by Allison Sabraw. Cost: $15

EFFIE YEAW’S NATURALIST AT HART PROGRAM: Monday, July 8th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Awake the naturalist in you by attending Effie Yeaw’s “Naturalist at Heart” program brought to you by the Hart Senior Center. Reconnect with nature by attending this educational presentation by one of Effie Yeaw’s Naturalist. Come out to meet some of our favorite animal ambassadors from the Sacramento area. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to explore with us. Please register in advance by visiting or calling the reception desk at 916-808-5462. Space is Limited! Cost: Free

TECHCONNECTIONS: TechConnections, a comprehensive technology literacy program designed specifically for Sacramento’s residents age 50 plus, includes classes on: Computer Basics, System Maintenance and Troubleshooting, Internet, E-mail, Facebook, Smart Phones and Microsoft OneDrive. Please visit or call the front desk for registration details!

PINOCHLE: Thursdays, 10am to 3pm. Love playing cards and want to meet new people? Come experience the joy of playing pinochle here at Hart! Join with other beginning and experienced players for single and double deck games. All levels are welcomed! For more information, contact the Hart Senior Center at (916) 808-5462. Cost: Free

HEARTS ON FIRE: 3 Weeks to a More Inspired & Creative Life, Wednesday, July 10, 17, & 24. 1pm-2:30 pm. Presented by Marie Taylor. Cost: 3 classes/$20
What are you passionate about? Now that we’re retired, we can explore all those interests we put on hold during our working years. We finally have time for writing, art, gardening, music, photography, dance, cooking, sewing, weaving, carpentry, pottery and more. Age just makes that fire in our hearts burn brighter. Understanding the creative process No matter what form our creativity takes, we will encounter challenges as well as opportunities. There will be decisions to be made and questions to be answered. What makes the fire in our hearts keep on burning? What role does inspiration play? How can we deal with self-doubt or criticism? Why do we lose focus or enthusiasm? Do we need more solitude or more support? How do other people participate? Hearts on Fire Workshop Hearts on Fire is a three-part exploration on the creative process and how to live a more joyful and inspired life. The weekly workshop will feature a presentation, group discussion and short exercises including hand-outs and suggested homework. People of all interests and backgrounds are invited and welcomed. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell

MULTI-GENRE WRITING GROUP: Thursdays, 2pm-3:30pm. Cost: Free
Multi-genre writing is a fine mix of imagination and experience. This type of writing responds to various conceptions of genre, audience, voice, arrangement and style. The writing group prompts the participants to tap into their knowledge about new media literacies, rich rhetorical situations, and the multiple perspectives that are inherent in any writing activity. Come join us on Thursdays beginning this month to share, explore and build on your creative writing! Materials are provided and the cost is FREE.

POETRY APPRECIATION SERIES w/Marie Taylor:
Friday, July 26th 1pm-2:30, Cost: $5
Before Bob Dylan, there was Dylan Thomas who has been acknowledged as one of the most important Welsh poets of the 20th century. His writing, with intense lyricism and strong emotions, is noted for original, rhythmic and ingenious use of words and imagery. Join Marie at Poetry Appreciation in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and discover why Thomas is so highly regarded. Register now by calling or visiting the Hart Center.

AMERICAN FOLK-ART w/ Marie Taylor: Friday, July 5th, 12th & 19th.
1pm to 2:30pm. Cost: $20/3 classes
In part 1 of American Folk Art we drew cats, sheep, chickens and rabbits. This month we will continue our survey and create charming scenes of houses, farms and village life. Go into any home and garden shop and you’ll see examples of folk art on cards, calendars, linens, keepsakes and household items. Art by everyday people: Folk art has often been made by people who are self-taught artists, with little or no art training. The style is simple and uncomplicated, with little shading or perspective. You may recognize the names of some of its most famous practitioners - Grandma Moses, Mary Englebreit, Charles Wysocki, Clementine Hunter, Warren Kimball and Jane Wooster Scott. The Good Old Summertime: Folk art is a perfect introduction to art making and the designs can be applied to a variety of items. Join us this summer to explore your creative side while you take a trip down memory lane.

Taiko Drumming w/Kristy Oshiro: Beginning Lessons - Cost: $30/3 Lessons,
Mondays, July 1, 8 & 15. 3:45p-4:45p

Taiko Drumming w/Kristy Oshiro: Intermediate Lessons - Cost: $30/3 Lessons,
Wednesdays, July 3, 10, & 24. 3:45p-4:45p

TAI CHI! Mondays, 10:30am- 11:30am: Cost: $25/4 classes
TAI CHI! Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm: Cost: $25/4 classes
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.

Books With Hart: Friday, August 2nd 10:00-11:30 a.m. Cost: Free
“EDUCATED: A Memoir” by Tara Westover. Copies will be available at the Hart Center’s front reception desk on a first come, first served basis beginning Friday, July 12th. An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was a way home.

Great Books: Monday, July 28th 10a-12pm, Cost: Free This month’s selection- “Individual Freedom,” by George Simmel. Great Books Discussion Group is free. Open to all and meets every fourth Monday of each month.

Writing for Self-Discovery w/ Latifu Munirah: “Goal Setting 101”: Friday July 14th, 10am-11:30am. Cost: FREE Sessions
Facilitated by volunteer Latifu Munirah every 2nd Friday of each month. Writing materials will be provided. Space is limited, sign up in advance by visiting or calling the front reception desk.

Cinema and Conversation Circle w/ Latifu Munirah: Friday, July 26th, 9:45am-11:45am. Cost: Free. Carve out time for movies that matter! Each month will feature a carefully curated shorts and/or feature length selections from independent international and nationally recognized filmmakers, many of which are rarely seen in mainstream theaters. These inspirational, thought-provoking selections will engage your mind and foster reflection, and will be followed by group discussions about the value of the films.

TRIPLE-R Caregiver and Dementia Workshop Series - Cost: $20 for all ten sessions, limited scholarship is available

Permission to Live (Life After Caregiving) Workshop Series: RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. 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. For additional information or questions/concerns, contact Stephanie Wilson (916) 808-1591 or smwilson@cityofsacramento.org. Cost is $20 for all ten sessions, limited scholarship available.

Caregiving and the Search for Self (What Happened to my Life) Workshop Series: RSVP IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. 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.

Monthly Dementia Caregiver Support Group - Cost: Free
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.

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2019 ARTS AND ADVENTURE IN THE SIERRAS SENIOR CAMP: August 5th - 9th, 2019
The City of Sacramento’s 50+ Wellness Program hosts an affordable, mini-vacation at Camp Sacramento in the Eldorado National Forest.  It’s an opportunity to enjoy scenery, participate in professionally led art workshops, and even go adventure day trips like biking along scenic Lake Tahoe—all included in the standard fee.  This year’s Senior Camp offers a wide variety of opportunities during your five-day four-night stay in addition to meals, traditional camp activities and social events.   Lodging is in rustic, but comfortable cabins at this charming, historic camp operated by the City of Sacramento since 1920.  Some campers like to fit in as many activities as possible, but you can do as many or little as you like on your vacation! For more information or to check availability, call or email our 50+ Wellness Coordinator at (916) 808-1593  fiftypluswellness@cityofsacramento.org