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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:

June is almost upon us and we’re all feeling like this has indeed been a “lost Spring.” We hope you’re all healthy (the most important thing!) and that you haven’t been too badly shaken by all the upheaval in our community and beyond.

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!

Hart Senior Center staff

"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.

Virtual Zumba Toning with Kelly (for ages 50+)

Zumba Toning with Kelly (age 50+)

  • Price: $25 for 5 classes
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesdays, August 4 - September 1

Location: Zoom video conference (link will be provided)

 This virtual class incorporates physical exercise 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. To register call Hart Senior Center (916) 808 – 5462 or use the link to register online.

A Dragonfly Mandala and a Cherry Blossom Mandala

Virtual Mandala Mind

As an end-of-summer treat the Mandala drawing lessons will be free in August. Each Friday a new mandala lesson will be emailed to you starting next week! We will be drawing: Apple Blossom Beauty, Dream-time Turtles, Tree of Life and Blue Tao. 
Mandala Registration

 Hart Senior Center's Virtual Bingo Every Thursday at 1pmVirtual Bingo for Seniors

Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 1 pm
Location: Online - Zoom (link will be provided)

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,



Expressing The Inner Voice 

Expressing the Inner Voice Senior Support Group

Date: Wednesdays, July 22nd through August 19th
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Zoom video conference )
Fee: Free
In this time of unpredictability and social distancing, our normal ways of physically connecting with one another have altered. As a result, many of us keep inside those thoughts, feelings, ideas, challenges, and successes we would normally share with others.

Join our five-week support group to connect with others, talk from the heart, provide a listening ear, and be privy to the wisdom of the group. We will spend time reflecting to find the kernels of joy nestled within each day. A question, theme, poem, short talk, or video will shape each week’s focus on support.

To help boost our morale, we will call upon our personal strengths to shape our reactions and actions. To identify your personal strengths, yes you have more than you think, take the free VIA Character Strengths Survey at:

Have your list of VIA Character Strengths beside you for each class, along with pen and paper for writing down your thoughts. Let’s have fun connecting and encouraging one another with new awakenings to our personal strengths.

(Please note, this is not a therapy or counseling group. It is designed for peer support and encouragement.)
To register call Hart Senior Center at (916) 808-5462 or use the link to register online: Senior Support 

A special treat for Strength & Balance Students !

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

Staying Cool During COVID 19

Sacramento’s typical summer weather is here, and staying cool becomes one of each day’s priorities. This year, of course, brings a new challenge since typical strategies such as going to a cool shopping center or movie theater aren’t advised due to COVID 19 risks.

As older adults, we need to be more careful of overheating and heat stroke because our bodies can’t adjust to high temperatures as well as younger bodies can. And older adults are more likely to be dehydrated, which increases the risk. To help keep you safe and comfortable, we’ve rounded up 10 practical ways to help stay cool indoors.

  1. Drink plenty of cool water throughout the day (don’t wait until you feel thirsty) and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

  2. Eat cooling snacks like popsicle (Tip: catch drips with a cupcake liner), or slightly frozen grapes.

  3. Eat light, cold meals like salad or chicken instead of heavy, hot dishes like roast and potatoes.

  4. Do outdoor activities like gardening and exercising early in the morning.

  5. Place a cool washcloth on the back of your neck and a pan of cool water close by to periodically re-cool the towel.

  6. Sit with feet in a pan of cool (but not too cold) water.

  7. Keep the house as cool as possible by keeping shades closed during the hottest part of the day and turning on the AC before the house warms up too much.

  8. Wear layers of lightweight clothing in light colored cotton so it’s easy to adjust to the temperature throughout the day by removing or adding layers.

  9. Take a cool shower, bath, or washcloth wipe-down. For maximum cooling, keep the water just below body temperature.

  10. If you’re feeling unwell, reach out to your doctor for advice.