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Hart Senior Center Virtual Classes and Workshops

Virtual Classes & Workshops

Message from Ethel Macleod Hart Senior Center

Greetings, Hart Senior Center friends:

Many have inquired about the re-opening of Hart Senior Center. The center is adhering the county and state restrictions, which currently prohibit our opening to the public. We continue to staff the senior center phone in order to answer questions and provide resources to you as you remain safely at home. In addition, we’re hosting several enjoyable virtual activities and classes that we encourage you to try out (see below).

We are also taking this opportunity during this period of closure to make headway on the long-awaited remodeling of the Center. By the time we welcome you all back, the interior of the building will be fresh and new, with a new coat of paint, new flooring, upgraded ADA amenities, and a reconfigured public counter. The new design will actually bring the facility back to the mid-century style of the time it was constructed. The center was built in 1961 by the City of Sacramento, Department of Recreation and Parks as one of the first senior centers in California.
All the best to you; we look forward to seeing you soon!

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: 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.

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.


Sacramento County:
Available Vaccine Appointments!

Available appointments for 65+! Appointments are available today!
You must make an appointment to go to this site. You must be 65+ and be a Sacramento County resident.
Click the following link for this week's appointment:
Check the link routinely for updates on available appointments in the upcoming weeks.
Location: McClellan Park
This is a Drive-Thru site located in the parking lot adjacent to
3144 Palm, McClellan Park, 95652
For more information check out the Sacramento County Public Health website HERE.

Sacramento County Department of Health 

Vaccines for age 50 and Older

Are you 65 or older? Want to be emailed about COVID vaccine info?

If you live in Sacramento County and are 65 years or older and would like to be emailed about future Sacramento County hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinics, please complete this survey. We also encourage you to reach out to your healthcare provider for additional information regarding how to receive your COVID-19 vaccination.


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 on the NCOA Falls Free Check-up page
• 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


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 the AARP Tax Aide page.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is offering appointment only drop-off and online services. Please dial 211 or (916) 845-6758 or visit the web page for further information on available drop off

Part-time Positions Opening at Hart Senior Center

Although the Hart Center has yet to identify a specific date to re-open its doors, we’re gearing up for it. These preparations include recruiting part-time Receptionists to help staff our public counter. If you or someone you know like the idea of working in a fun environment approximately 18 hours, 2 – 5 days per week (we’re flexible!), check out the job postings below. Job responsibilities include welcoming guests, answering telephones, registering people for classes, providing resources to seniors, and recordkeeping.

Please note that two City of Sacramento job classifications – 1) Recreation Aide (Older Adults) and 2) Sr. Recreation Aide (Older Adults) – are utilized to fill the Receptionist positions. Position 1 requires no experience but Position 2 requires experience working in recreational services for seniors. Please apply for both positions, or the one that you meet the qualifications for.

Both positions close Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Below are direct links to job details and application information:


Singers with Hart Warm-up

Thursdays from 11:30am-12nn | Starting April 29th for 4 weeks!
With the advent of vaccines, it is time to re-emerge and assert that there is a choir based at the Hart Center. In this short class, we will dust off our vocal chords and begin to “tweet” again. Prior participation in Singers with Hart is not required. We’ll explore what is possible in a virtual space, in joyful anticipation of in-person singing later in the year (fingers crossed!).
Instructor: Christiana Quick-Cleveland
Register Online or contact the Hart Center at 916-808-5462.


Qi Gong Movement and Meditation

Qi Gong Movement and Meditation

Free practice sessions starting March 20th for 6 weeks!

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 video conference will be lead by, Jan Polin, a Beijing certified instructor. All levels are welcome.
Register Online or call the Hart Center at (916) 808-5462.
*Zoom Video Conference Link will be sent out to registrants the day before class starts.

2021 Our Life Stories- Virtual Conference

Saturday April 17th from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

We are pleased to announce the Our Life Stories Virtual Writers’ Conference on Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. via Zoom. Sponsored by Ethel MacLeod Hart Senior Center and Cosumnes River College, a selection of morning and afternoon workshops designed to promote the creation of memoir, along with a panel discussion on publishing, will be followed by a writing activity for all attendees.

The conference features workshops by celebrated authors Lisa Dominguez Abraham, JoAnn Anglin, Dale Flynn, Bob Stanley, Marcus Crowder, and Kate Washington; a panel discussion moderated by Cecily Hastings with Mary Ellen Burns, Dave Covin, and Emmanuel Sigauke; and an interactive writing activity, The Mindful Muse, led by Lesley and Jessilyn Gale. Workshop topics include:

  • New Eyes - “The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at Life: Shifting Perspectives
  • Writing the Garden
  • Seven Ways In: Turning Your Attention to a Writing Prompt
  • Your Life in Context: Adding Insight to Your Story through Research
  • The People in Our Lives: Details Tell Their Story
  • Register online for this year’s conference HERE.
  • Our Life Stories Video

    Please note that registering for your workshop preferences in advance is not necessary; you will have the opportunity to select morning and afternoon workshops the day of the event.

    The virtual conference fee is $20. Registration closes on April 15. A Zoom link for participating in the conference will be emailed to you the week of April 12. A Zoom account is not required for participation.

    Detailed workshop information can be found at:, along with a registration form for download for those preferring to register by sending a check through the U.S. mail.

    We look forward to your participation in this year’s event!


Hart Folk Art


Pack your artistic bags for a once-in-a-lifetime journey with your tour guide, Marie Taylor.

All Aboard!

We’re heading east … all the way to Poland and Russia to explore their cultures and incredible arts and crafts. Poland is renowned for its colorful embroidery designs, painted boxes, exquisite lace making and paper cutting techniques. In the March 6 issue, we’ll try our hand at embroidery designs.

Russia is famous for lacquerware, decorative painting, nesting dolls, and fabulous Easter eggs. In the March 19 issue, we put on our bunny ears and point an original Easter Egg
– Russian-style.

Fork Art @ Home is a unique art class that is delivered directly to your email address twice a month. Sign up today and join us on our arts and crafts trip around the world.

Register Online or Call the Hart Center at 916-808-5462


No Bake Baking 

Have fun making some yummy treats at home by subscribing to our monthly No-Bake Baking recipes! Every first Thursday of the month, you will receive an email with a recipe and video to make and enjoy a delicious treat!
To sign up, please email Laura Argueta at

Strength and Balance Instructor


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


Virtual Zumba Toning with Kelly (for ages 50+) 

Virtual Zumba Toning with Kelly

Tuesdays from 10AM-11AM / April 6th to May 4th from 10am-11am
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


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


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


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,
Course Registration Fee: FREE
*Zoom Meeting Link will be provided the day before class.*

Express Yourself Through Writing


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 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 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.*

Technology Help 

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.*


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.