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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


Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment (YPCE) PHOTO CONTEST

Photo Contest Link

Deadline: October 25
Want a chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift card? Submit photos of what you like about City parks or what makes a great park (e.g., natural features, landscaping, playgrounds, sports fields, trails, programs/events, active recreation spaces). 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place and honorable mentions will all receive gifts and prizes. Photos will be shared on social media and illustrated in Parks Master Plan documents. Upload your photograph by midnight on Sunday, October 25, 2020 to be considered. Photo contest instructions are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, and Hmong.

Grand Prize – Superhero in Action – $100 Best Buy gift card
1st Place - $50 Safeway gift card
2nd Place - $25 Target gift card
3rd Place - $10 Starbucks gift card
Honorable Mention – YPCE swag

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.

2020 Census

 Our Community, Our Country, Our Census

Taking the 9-question #2020Census TODAY online, by phone, or mail is easy, safe, confidential, and it ensures our communities have our fair share of resources and representation for the next ten years. We can't let anyone be undercounted!

 Visit or call 1-844-330-2020 TODAY. #NorCalCensus 




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.



Flu Season Coming Soon

Flu Season Coming Soon

While getting a flu shot is always advisable, during the COVID-19 pandemic it's vitally important. Medical experts advise that everyone over 6 months old receive a shot as early as possible, starting in late September. 

Vaccines are readily available at many locations throughout Sacramento. However, due to the risks of social interaction during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's wise to contact your personal doctor for advice on the best strategy for you. In addition to getting vaccinated at your doctor's office, here are some additional options in Sacramento: 

Pharmacies - all major chain pharmacies are providing flu shots, most with both walk-in and appointment options. For information and to make appointments, go to the pharmacy's website. 

Kaiser South has daily drive-up clinics 9am - 5pm, September 24 - November 27 for members. Other Kaiser facilities also provide flu shots; call or check the Kaiser website for details. 

Sacramento County Flu clinics are being held at many locations, starting September 26. 
To view the 2020 Sacramento County free flu clinic schedule click HERE

Make a plan now on where and when you'll get vaccinated; it's more important than ever this year!

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 
• Learn how to stay safe at home and in the community. 



Qi Gong Movement and Meditation
Qi Gong Movement and Meditation

Date: Saturdays - starting September 5th
Time: 12:00 pm - 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 and muscles which increase core strengthen and balance. The Meditations facilitate a state of well-being and oneness with the universe. The online video conference will be lead by, Jan Polin, a Beijing certified instructor. All levels are welcome.To register please call Hart Senior Center at (916) 808-5462 or use the link or Register online for Qi Gong Movement and Meditation.

 Folk Art (at symbol) Home


The art session continues today!
If you want to make Friday your fun day, sign up for FolkArt@Home. So good, it’s free! Don’t miss it! Register with the link below or call the Hart Center today to be placed on our mailing list.

Folk Art Registration





Books with Hart

Books with Hart Logo

Books with Hart discussions will return on the first Fridays of the month, from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM, but with a twist: virtual meetings! Join us October 2nd for our discussion about the novel "Lost Children Archive" by Valeria Luiselli.

“A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona, heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. As the family drives farther west – through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas – we sense they are on the brink of a crisis; a fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure – both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations.”

Please email for more information on meeting access and to borrow a copy of the book each month.


Expressing The Inner Voice

Title: Senior Support Group - Expressing the Inner Voice
Date: Mondays, October 12th to December 7th
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Zoom video conference )
Fee: Free 

Our Senior Support Group- Expressing the Inner Voice continues in October with new sessions available. 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.

An eight-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 morales, 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.

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.  


Virtual Zumba Toning with Kelly (for ages 50+)

Zumba Toning with Kelly (age 50+)

  • Price: $25 for 5 classes
  • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesdays, October 13th - November 10th

Location: Zoom video conference (link will be provided)

Zumba with Kelly through Zoom! 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. 


 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,



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.

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.