Class Descriptions

The Lifelong Learning and Wellness Program at ACC Senior Services offers a wide array of classes and workshops to accommodate a variety of interests, needs and abilities.

View the ACC Events Calendar for exact dates, times and costs. We welcome your suggestions for new classes or if you are interested in teaching a class, please call (916) 393-9026 ext. 330, or send us an email.

Arts & Culture


Chinese calligraphy and painting

Writing Chinese Calligraphy calms the mind and feeds the soul. Beginners will learn basic writing by “copy writing” until confidence and proficiency are attained. Express yourself with simple strokes and brush techniques in basic painting.

Fusion glass demonstration

This class will discuss the history of glass making and will demonstrate the basics of making fusion glass jewelry. Learn what type of glass is used and what tools and essential items are required.

Ikenobo ikebana

This class provides an ongoing introduction of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging. Learn essential principles and techniques of Ikebana and create your own unique arrangement in each class.

Kimekomi doll making

Kimekomi dolls were first created in 1736 in Kyoto. Kimekomi refers to a method of making dolls by carving narrow grooves on the doll's body and inserting the edge of cloth into the grooves. Students will select their own model of doll and be taught individually by the instructor. Additional material fees vary depending on choice of dolls.

Origami workshop

Learn to fold the symbolic bird, the crane, a flower, also a dollar bill into a shirt to give as gift. Bring a dollar bill to make the shirt. If you want to bring your own origami paper, please bring 10 square sheets, 3"x3" or smaller. You can use gift wrap, but be sure the paper you use is light enough to fold easily.

Painting (acrylic)

Learn how to paint a beautiful landscape without any prior experience. We will explore techniques, colors, artistic inspiration, as well as how to create a painted story. Required materials: oil paints, proper painting brushes, turpentine, easel, charcoal pencil, and canvas.


Learn to prepare various delicious cuisines. Featured dish, lunch, instructions, and recipe(s) are included.

Afghan rice and lamb pilaf (kabuli pulao)

This ethereal mixture of rice and lamb, made with sweet and warming spices, is a favorite dish of Afghans.

Ahi-tuna burger

Sushi grade ahi-tuna in a soy marinade will be lightly seared and served on a bun with wasabi mayonnaise and a mixed green salad on the side. Meal includes caramelized apples with whipped topping for dessert.

Cantonese roast pork (siu yuk)

Cantonese roast pork belly (siu yuk) is usually found in your local restaurant or Asian market. Learn how to make this delicious Cantonese dish with simple step-by-step instructions from preparation to end result -- eating yummy pork with crispy skin while saving money.

Korean seaweed rice rolls and stir-fried rice cakes with beef and vegetables

Learn how to make two popular Korean dishes packed with balanced nutrients made with a variety of colorful ingredients. This class will provide a hands-on experience as you make your own roll for yourself to enjoy.

Pan-seared halibut fillet

A pan-seared fillet of meaty halibut will be served with a cauliflower puree and a brown butter and caper sauce. Meal includes a cupcake for dessert.

Pinwheel steaks

Tender flank steak is butterflied open and filled with spinach, feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Rolled into pinwheels, the steak is pan-seared and served on a bed of creamy goat cheese and mashed potatoes. Meal includes a cookie for dessert.

Stir-fried rice noodles (chow fun)

This dish of fresh rice noodles with chicken, barbecued beef or flank steak and vegetables is a restaurant favorite. It will be served with gai-lan (Chinese broccoli).

Sushi-making for lazy people - part l

This 2-hour class is designed people with little or no sushi-making skills, but would like to impress others with enjoyable and tasty sushi rolls. No fancy tools such as sharp knives and bamboo mats are used. We use lots of imaginatin with our ingredients and have fun.

Sushi-making for lazy people - part ll

This class is for those non-professionals who want a challenge making simple sushi rolls and nigiris to serve and entertain their friends and families. This is a follow-up to Sushi-Making for Lazy People. The class will briefly review the sushi rice-making process, but the bulk of the session will focues on making simple rolls and nigiris.


Ballroom dance (beginning)

Learn basic steps and variations of the fox trot, waltz, rumba, and more, in a casual and friendly atmosphere. No experience necessary. Partners preferred, but not required.

Bon odori (drop-in)

Bon Odori is a style of dancing performed during Obon. Obon or just “Bon” is a Japanese Buddhist custom and a time when ancestors and their sacrifices are remembered and appreciated. The typical Bon dance involves people lining up in a circle around a high wooden scaffold. Practice the basic steps of the Bon Odori, so you can join in the festivities.

Hula (beginning)

Learn the art of dancing the hula starting with the basic steps: kāholo, kao and ami kūkū.

Hula (intermediate)

Learn Auntie Amy's way of dancing the hula and telling a story with hands and swaying hips. Come and share your Aloha Spirit and join in the fun.

Line dance (absolute beginners)

This class is for people with little or no dance experience. Have fun laughing and dancing to great music!

Line dance (beginning improver)

A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows. They all face each other or in the same direction and execute the steps at the same time. Learn the basic steps used in line dancing along with simple dances.

Line dance (intermediate improver)

Dance to a variety of beats: waltz, cha-cha, western, ballroom, and more. A fun class with great people and excellent music.

Tap dance (beginning)

Come to join the fun and learn to tap dance. Master simple steps that can be put together with music to form a dance routine. Great for maintaining and improving balance while having fun.


Japanese conversation (intermediate)

This class focuses on Japanese conversation and vocabulary building. Word order, particles, and grammar in simple sentences will be taught.

Mandarin Chinese (beginning)

Learn the phonetics of Mandarin Chinese using Hanyu Pinyin. Upon completion, students should be able to grasp the basics and have a better understanding of the forming of sounds. Single and compound words are introduced through pronunciation drills.

Spanish (beginning)

This class will focus on understanding the basic structure of Spanish, beginning with verbs and how to conjugate them. Students will also spend time on pronunciation.


Guitar (beginning)

This class will explore an intuitive approach to learning how to play guitar with an emphasis on listening and understanding how a particular song is constructed, then working on the mechanics of how to play it. Proper tuning, basic chord forms, strumming and finger picking and vocal accompaniment will all be discussed and demonstrated. Students are encouraged to choose a song they particularly enjoy and would like to learn. We can use these songs as examples of the process of critically listening to music, and then learning how to play it step-by-step.

Guzheng (Chinese zither)

The Guzheng is a beautiful, expressive instrument. The peaceful music and deep breathing while playing the Guzheng can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Keyboard/piano (ongoing)

Have you always wanted to play piano and never had the time? This class is for you! You will learn the basics using electric Casio keyboards.

Sing for your soul

Singing has long been therapeutic for the soul. Besides being fun, it is regarded as a healing process for many. Join your friends and neighbors as we start a Community Choir. You’ve heard of sing for your supper? Now it’s time to sing for your soul. No experience necessary, but a willingness to learn and have fun.

Singing (beginning)

Looking for your voice? If you ever wanted to learn to sing, this class is for you.

Singing (intermediate)

Do you want to sing but are afraid to try? Now is the time to dive in and find your voice. We will do voice exercises, learn songs, and then have a karaoke practice session. Learn to sing your favorite songs and not worry about memorizing the words.

Taiko for fun (beginning)

The term Taiko refers to any of the various Japanese drums and to the form of ensemble Taiko drumming. In this beginning class, you will learn the history and basics of Taiko.

Ukulele (intermediate)

This class will focus on learning the basic chords and strums that will have you playing many of your favorite songs in just a few simple lessons.

Computer Technology

Computer assistance/Tutoring

Work with an instructor to solve your problems using your own computer and software. Dates and times are by appointment.

Introduction to Computers

This class is designed for beginners or students with limited or no experience with computers. Learn about computer hardware, system components, software and more. No prerequisites, just a desire to learn.


Windows 7 (basic)

This class is for anyone who is new to computers or the Windows 7 Operating System. Learn how to use the computer and the mouse to write and edit letters. Learn to create and organize files and folders on your computer. This class also teaches you how to surf the Internet, send and receive e-mails. The lessons are done in an easy step-by-step fashion.

Windows 7 (intermediate)

This class is a sequel to the Windows 7 (basic) class. It covers some of the most useful, practical and fun components of Windows 7 Operating System. Learn all about computer security, creating user accounts, burning CDs and DVDs, and setting parental controls. In addition, you will learn how to organize your photo collection and view your photos with Widows Photo Viewer and how to use Windows Media Player to play Music CDs and movies.  

Windows 8/8.1 (basic)

This class walks you through the basics of the Windows 8/8.1 operating system in an easy step-by-step manner. Bring your own laptop and mouse (if preferred) and be amazed at how fast you will start having fun with your computer with the new skills and knowledge you gain.

Windows 10 (basic)

This class is for those that have worked with an earlier version of Windows, but are new to Windows 10. All of the most important topics are covered, such as using the internet safely, sending and receiving email and working with files and folders. You will also learn how to organize and view photos and videos and listen to music in Windows 10. You will become familiar with the new Start menu and learn how to adjust the settings to make it easier to work with Windows 10.


Microsoft Excel

Learn how to manage your personal finances with the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. Keep track of your rentals or manage your club's mailing list. In this class you will understand how to enter data, labels and formulas in a worksheet and present it in a meaningful way, such as in bar graphs and pie charts. Excel can do all of your calculations automatically.


Photo editing (beginning)

This is a beginner’s class in the Photoshop Elements 11 or higher. Learn how to do basic color adjustment and cropping and organize and share photos on the internet. The new, easy-to-use editing options make editing easier than ever. For the advanced user, this new version has many of the advanced features as its big brother, Photoshop CS6, but at a fraction of the cost.


Film/video editing (beginning)

Use your digital camera to generate your own documentaries, travelogues or movies of treasured moments and events. Create and organize your still photos, videos, and audio into digital format playbacks on DVD's, PC's, internet, etc. This class will show you the easy drag and drop technique of a popular and inexpensive software. Enhance existing recoreded material with music, voic over, sub-titles, text, color corrections, cropping, slow-motion, and other special audio & video FX's.

Video and special projects editing (intermediate)

Emphasis will be placed on generating your personal video projects into finished & polished products (DVD, YouTube, etc.). Greater depth and time may be spent to help you get the results you want. This class is a continuation of the easy drag and drop software used in the beginning class. Basic experience and skills with consumer level video editing software is recommended for this class.


Internet and email

Learn how to navigate the Internet and search for information more effectively. Do you know the difference between Google, Bing or Yahoo? Learn to surf the WWW with confidence. Download free music and software application safely. Learn tips on how to avoid viruses, malware and spyware.

Introduction to Facebook

This introductory class will show you how to set up an account, manage your security and group access rights, create/organize your events, photos, etc. You will also be able to receive events, feedback, notices, etc., from your participating friends and relatives.

Introduction to Skype

Use your computer to make internet calls to other computers for free and cheap online calls to landline and mobile phones with Skype. Learn how to download Skype for free and use it to keep in touch with friends and family.

Computer security

Keep your computer running smoothly and efficiently. Optimize Windows and clean up your hard drive. Learn to protect your computer from viruses and spyware; manage the settings and clear history in Internet Explorer; defrag the hard drive; use System Restore; use Windows Update; manage start-up programs and back up your data.


Galaxy/Note or Android Tablet

This class is designed for owners of the Samsung Galaxy or Note tablet computer which uses Google’s Android Operating System. Explore the wide range of possibilities, such as instant messages, email, surfing the Internet, taking notes, planning a trip, or keeping a calendar.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Note come equipped with a large number of standard apps (programs) that you can use to work with photos, videos, and music. You can immediately share your photos with others. You will also learn how to download FREE apps from the Google Play Store.



Learn about the Mac using OS X 10/10.4 Yosemite.Learn how to use basic features, such as accessing the Internet, using e-mail and organizing files and folders. Get acquainted with some of the handy tools and apps included on the Mac that make it easy to work with photos, video, and music. Change the look and feel of your Mac interface and learn how to set preferences to make it even easier to work on your Mac. Students must bring their own MacBook (laptop or iMac).

Learn to work with your iPad

Get the most out of your iPad. Send and receive e-mails, surf the internet, make and keep notes, look up addresses and maintain your calendar. The iPad tablet computer also comes with built-in applications for listening to music and taking pictures and videos. You can customize your iPad by adding from thousands of available applications from the App Store.

iPhone with iOS 9.1

Learn to use the iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6 and 6S) with the new operating system iOS 9.1, which is a substantial change from the previous version. Make calls, store contacts, use the calendar, jot down notes, listen to music, send email, browse the internet and more.

Health and Fitness


Aqua fit

This class is designed for active older adults who want to gain or maintain mobility. Aqua fit uses water's natural resistance to increase strength and stamina. This class is focused on strenght training, full body stretches, and body weight exercises with minimal impact on joints. The exercises will help participants increase their cardiovascular health, range of motion, muscular endurance and vitality.

Swimming (beginner)

This beginner swimming class consists of eight 1-1/2 hour sessions and will teach basic water skills and simple swimming strokes that will give you confidence in the pool and improve your overall fitness. Class content will concentrate on skills such as floating, treading water, entering and exiting the water, holding your breath while fully submerged, and freestyle (front crawl).


Pickleball (drop-in outdoor)

Pickleball is a cross between tennis, badminton and table tennis. It is a lot of fun and is easy to play. It is a great way to exercise. No experience or equipment is needed. Loaner paddle and balls will be provided.

Ping Pong (drop-in)

Table tennis, also known as ping pong, is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small, round bat. The game takes place indoors on a hard table divided by a net.

Senior fit

This class is designed to help participants increase flexibility, balance, coordination, agility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. The workout combines aerobic flexibility (stretching), and resistance (strength) training with lots of fun!

Zumba gold

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music and dance that creates a dynamic, exciting and effective cardio workout. This class is designed for beginners and active older adults. It addresses the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs specific to this population. It also helps seniors to start their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. This class is for anyone who wants to join the fitness-party.


Easy Tai Chi

Learn 8-form Yang Style Tai Chi and Da Wu Qigong. Experience the gentle flowing of Tai Chi and treat your whole body to a gentle and relaxing workout.

Tai Chi Gong (beginning/intermediate)

These exercises use the principle of chi flowing properly throughout the body to maintain the equilibrium of yin and yang. Regular practice of these forms will develop better balance and flexibility, gain strength, promote deep relaxation, and improve health. This class will also learn 37 Yang Style Tai Chi and Yi Jin Jing, a traditional Health Qi Gong.

Tai Chi/Qi Gong

Learn the simplified 24-forms of Tai Chi, plus Qi Gong exercises, a healing art combining movement, meditation, and visualization. Ideal for students new to Tai Chi.

Tai Chi self-defense

Learn 24 Yang Style and develop better balance and flexibility.



This course introduces the Iyengar method of hatha yoga. Basic standing, sitting, forward extension, introductory inversion, and restorative postures will be taught. Each class will build upon the prior class. This class will use props to assist the students and may involve hands-on adjustments.

Yoga 101

Learn the fundamentals of yoga poses to increase flexibility, balance, and endurance.

Senior yoga

Enjoy movements designed to maintain joint mobility, muscle strength, and flexibility. This class is gentle, easy to follow, and uses the floor and chairs.

Yoga + Pilates

Stretch, relax, and improve your balance, flexibility, and strength. This class incorporates Pilates moves to strengthen and flatten the abs and improve muscle tone.


Photography and cinematography (beginning)

This class will help you get more out of your camera, camcorder, smart phone. Learn the differences in basic camera functions and when to use them. Tips and techniques for recording video clips and basic computer skills used for camera downloads will be explained and demonstrated. Strategies for getting the type of images you want will be covered, as well as on-line resources.

Wellness Workshops


Art of reading tea leaves

This is an introduction to the ancient art of reading tea leaves. For centuries, people around the world have consulted tea leaves for information concerning romance, health, wealth, happiness, and other life changing issues. Learn about different types of healthy teas, and have fun learning to read the symbols and patterns created by the leaves.

Balance, mobility and coordination

Learn how to move younger and more confidently by using an enjoyable way to improve your balance, mobility, and coordination.There will be hands-on guidance from the instructor.

Body wisdom, breath and movement

Perform easy to follow seated and standing exercises for health and well-being. Most movements are based on eastern techniques for relaxing and reenergizing the body. Use simple qigong postures to stimulate vitalizing “Chi.” Discover the joy of self-massage and acupressure. Slow down with guided imagery and meditative breath-work. Improving your health can be simple and fun.

Brain fitness

This workshop offers information for creating a strategy for keeping your brain fit. In this workshop, you will learn how exercising your body and brain, eating well, staying socially active, managing stress, exercising different parts of the brain, and focusing your attention can support your brain and memory. We will talk about myths about the brain, your personal commitment to brain fitness, and ideas for creating your personal brain fitness plan.

First aid

This is an American Red Cross First Aid certification class. It will prepare you to care for others during a medical emergency until advanced medical personnel take over. Cost includes certificate upon successful completion.

Health benefits of tea

This is an introduction to incorporating healthy and good tasting tea into your busy life. Drink tea and learn about the healing properties of teas that can be bought at your local grocery store. The instructor has studied the healing properties of white, green, oolong teas and herbal blends which may enhance weight loss, help digestion, support heart and immune systems, balance blood pressure and blood sugar.

Introduction to meditation

Meditation has been used for thousands of years by traditional schools of medicine to balance mind and body to promote health. Learn how to use Taoist Healing meditation and Tibetan Nine Point breathing meditation to reduce blood pressure, support heart and immune systems, and balance brain chemistry.

Matter of balance

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity level.

Music for health

Learn ways to relax and relieve anxiety through music. This class may promote wellness, enhance memory, and improve communication.

Self-acupressure (reflexology)

Self-acupressure points are the same body points used in acupuncture, but self-acupressure is a preventive modality used in an attempt to avoid conditions that may require more serious medical interventions. During this class, you will be given a personal acupressure chart designed for you to learn the five or six simple meridian points which can be used to help you stay healthy. The instructor will provide a summary of self-acupressure points and some simple techniques to stimulate pressure points to unblock the flow of energy to your body and awaken body & soul.

Sound therapy: featuring Himalayan singing bowls

Explore the fascinating world of using sound to assist in creating and maintaining health. We will discuss the latest medical research and sound therapy techniques that use classical music, white noise, Hindu and Tibetan Mantra prayers. Experience the calming harmonics of Himalayan Singing Bowls and learn ancient techniques to relax the body and mind and bring balance into your life.

What are allergies and how do they affect us?

What are allergies, and why do they make us so miserable? Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves from allergies? If you have sinus trouble, how do you know if it’s caused by allergies? Get the answers to these questions and more when you attend this 90-minute presentation by a registered respiratory therapist and allergy speciallist. Learn what you can do to protect yourself just in time for the Spring allergy season.


Fall prevention

Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head injuries. In this workshop, you will learn how you can reduce the risk of falling in your home, improve your balance, increase your awareness of hazards outside of your home, and what to do if you fall.

Fall prevention 101

Afraid of falling? Don’t want to fall again? Concerned about a loved one falling? Join certified FallProof™ balance and mobility specialist and evidence-based Stepping On Master Trainer, Kelly Ward in this dynamic workshop and learn about factors that increase the risk of falling and what you can do reduce that risk. She will shed new light on balance and how aging affects stability. You will learn what factors you can change and what you must accept. Since the most effective way to reduce the risk of falling is to engage in a consistent exercise program, be prepared to do a few gentle movements as Kelly guides you through the different types of exercise necessary to help you remain independent!

Self-defense for seniors

Today’s world is riddled with crime and senior citizens are often the victims. Some people see them as easy targets. This does not mean that seniors are helpless. There are self-defense techniques that seniors can use to protect themselves. This is not a Martial Arts class, and there will be no throwing or falling.

Especially for Caregivers


ACC Family caregiver support group

This group is a self-help group run by and for people with challenges/life changing situations involving memory decline, such as dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The group’s purpose is to provide emotional support, encouragement, and affirmation to caregivers of adult family members. The group meets every second Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Parkinson’s Association support group

This support group provides resources, counseling, and support to family caregivers of individuals with Parkinson’s.The group meets every second Thursday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.


The 411 on the three critical health care documents

A two-hour seminar on how to get the three health care forms in place for yourself or a loved one before a crisis hits. These are the forms everyone needs that are RARELY covered in your trust or power of attorney. You can avoid a health care disaster if you have these forms in place befire something happens to you or a loved one.

Dementia conversations

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it is time to talk. Often, conversations with family about dementia and their changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about common difficult conversations: 1. Going to the doctor;

2. Deciding when to stop driving;

3. Making legal and financial plans.

Effective communication strategies

Learn to decode verbal and behavioral communication by someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Participants leave with strategies for meaningful connection with people in early, middle and late stage dementia.

End of life option act

What does the End of Life Option Act mean and what implications does it have now that it has been signed into law in California? Learn exactly what the intent and requirements are surrounding the act.

Public benefits seminar

Learn about various public benefits, including Social Security, Medicare, Med-Cal, Tri-Care, Services Connected Disability Pension, DIC, and the VA Non-Service Connected Aid & Attendance Pension. You and Your family will learn when and how any of these benefits may apply to you or a loved one, who can qualify and how to apply.

The Senior Gems™

The Senior Gems™, Your Guide to Supporting Family Members with Dementia, is a video featuring Teepa Snow. Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist and dementia expert with over 30 years of clinical experience in the field of geriatrics and dementia care. This family-centered video provides an overview of the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as techniques that make a difference.

Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefit and We Honor Veterans

Learn how Veterans Aid & Attendance Pension can help defray the cost of long term care in the home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home. Helen Justice is a veteran and an expert in the health care industry. Also learn about the Yolo Hospice We Honor Veterans program and the special care given at end-of-life of a veteran.

Veterans burial benefits

Dignity Memorial serves more Veterans each year than any other funeral service organization. Please join us to learn what burial and cremation benefits you’re entitled to receive and how to apply for them. All workshop participants will receive a complimentary Veterans Planning Guide.

Free Workshops


Better choices, better health® workshop

The Better Choices Program is a series of two and a half hour classes held once a week for six weeks. It was developed by the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center. It is for people with chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. Learn strategies to take control of your chronic conditions, lower your stress levels, and communicate better with your doctor. These workshops are also recommended for caregivers.

Diabetes academy educational series

Diabetes 101 - Overview of diabetes and its management

Diabetes 101 - Meal planning basics and carb counting

Diabetes 101 - Checking and managing your blood sugar and coping with diabetes

Diabetes 101 - Diabetes medicines: what they are, when they should be used, how do they work

Diabetes 101 - Lifestyle modifications, motivation, stages of change, and setting SMART goals

Diabetes 101 - Better office visits, avoiding complications, and the psychosocial aspects of diabetes

Diabetes self-management workshop

The Diabetes Empowerment Education Program™ (DEEP™) is an evidence-based diabetes education program for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. DEEP encourages lifestyle changes while learning about your diabetes and the way it affects your quality of life. DEEP sessions are interactive and involve demonstrations, role play, games, and other engaging activities for group learning. Six, 2-hour weekly sessions

Five wishes: California’s advanced medical directives

Five Wishes is an advanced medical directive booklet that talks about your personal, emotional, and medical decisions should you become too ill to speak for yourself. Develop an understanding of an important way to control how you will be treated should you become seriously ill. A Five Wishes booklet will be supplied to attendees.

Healthy body and healthy brain

The health of the brain plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working and playing - even sleeping. The good news is that we now know there’s a lot you can do to help keep your brain healthier as you age which may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. This program will offer tips for what you can do to keep you brain healthy and active.

Healthy eating—healthy aging

Eating a variety of foods can help you get the nutrients that your body needs as you age. This workshop will review healthy eating guidelines and nutrition tips for the special needs of older adults. Because older adults are more vulnerable to food poisoning, the importance of food safety will be discussed. Learn how to shop smart for the most nutritious food.

Know the 10 signs: early detection matters

The workshop addresses the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn what is involved in getting a diagnosis, risks associated with Alzheimer’s, and the benefits of early detection.

Microbiology in sickness and in health

Microbes are everywhere—on and in our bodies, on things we touch, on the food we eat, and in the air we breathe. They keep us healthy or do no harm—until they make us ill or pollute our environment. Without microbes, we couldn’t eat or breathe. We will explore how to nurture the good bugs and try to avoid the “bad” bugs. This workshop is for anyone with an interest in the human body and keeping healthy from an infectious disease standpoint.

Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease: the basics

This program will cover topics such as: symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; how Alzheimer’s affects the brain; causes and risk factors; how to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease and the benefits of early detection; how to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease; stages of the disease and treatment; hope for the future and ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help.


Crime prevention thru environmental design (CPTED)

CPTED can reduce opportunities for crime that may be inherent in the design or structures or in the design of neighborhoods. This training will teach you about “Target Hardening.” Making your home the hardest home to break into on the block by upgrading windows, replacing strike plate and hinge screws with longer ones, installing alarm and video systems, keeping gates locked, installing bars on windows, fencing, and protecting HVAC systems.

Domestic violence and elder abuse

Every year, over one million Americans over the age of 65 have been victims of domestic violence. This workshop will cover what is domestic violence, how to spot it, and what to do if you are a victim.

Holiday safety

In all of the excitement, Halloween and Thanksgiving can be times of peril. In this workshop, we will discuss fire hazards, decorating mishaps, auto burglaries and much more.

How safe are you online?

If you use the Internet to shop, communicate or for entertainment, you may be at risk for scams. This presentation will give information on helpful tips to stay safe on the internet, as well as highlight warning signs of common online scams that identity thieves use.

Internet safety

The workshop will cover how to use the internet safely and how to avoid online scams. Topics covered included: identity theft, online banking, and online shopping.

Medicare Fraud

This workshop will discuss forms of Medicare fraud; how to protect yourself from becoming a victim; and how to report suspected fraud. Mary Anne will also explain the services available through the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP).

People with disabilities—how to protect yourself

This workshop will review what is a disability, what make you vulnerable, and how to avoid falling prey to victimization.

Scams and schemes

A presentation of the various common scams that are being perpetrated by criminals throughout Sacramento and ways that you can protect yourself from identity theft, phone scams, internet scams, specific scams perpetrated on the elderly.

Skincare products safety

Ever wonder what ingredients are in your cosmetics products and the effect it has on your skin? This will be an introduction to some of the common chemicals found in cosmetic products that are of concern to the public.


This workshop will go over what is stalking behavior, what do if you are a victim and how to respond. The presentation will also cover crime victim rights in California.


AARP mature driving course

This two-day/eight-hour course is open to all seniors. Individuals who have attended before are also welcome. You will receive a workbook, a current copy of the California Driver Handbook, and be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the course. The certificate is sent to the AARP and may provide a three-year discount on your automobile insurance.

AARP mature driving renewal course

In order to qualify for the 4.5-hour RENEWAL Course, the participant MUST have completed the 8-hour Mature Driving initial course or a previous renewal course within the past four years. (If you have NOT completed such a course, you MUST take the eight-hour course.) The renewal course is very fast-paced but will contain the same information as the longer class. You will receive a workbook, a copy of the DMV handbook and will be awarded a certificate of completion at the end of the course. A duplicate of the certificate will be sent to the AARP and may provide you with a three-year discount on your automobile insurance.

A gift of life

Organ and tissue donation is a heroic act that can help many lives. Many senior citizens believe they are not eligible to be a donor after they pass away, though they may wish to be. This is a myth we want to help dispel. Organ donation is a gift not only to the recipients of organs and tissues, but to the family of the donor, who knows something positive came from the loss of their loved one.

Diverse and drought resistant plants for a valley-wise landscape

This colorful PowerPoint presentation will showcase plants that thrive in our Mediterranean climate with less water. A wide variety of groundcovers, perennials, shrubs and trees will be shown and discussed, including several California natives. A selection of plants with seasonal interest for each month of the year will also be featured.


Through the AARP HomeFit Workshops, we show how simple do-it-yourself repairs — or even larger design projects — can help make your home work for you as you age. Many of the simple home modifications are free, while others may cost less than $35 — and still others less than $75. Learn smart solutions for making your home a great fit.

Home inspection

A home inspection is one of the most important steps you can take to make sure your new home is a sound investment and a safe place to live. It also helps in identifying any necessary repairs for seller to encourage a quick sale. Learn what to expect in a home inspection.

Learn to use regional transit bus and light rail

The biggest reason people choose not to use public transit is simple, they don’t know how! Let Paratransit’s skilled staff of mobility trainers walk you through the skills needed when using public transit service, including planning your routes, fares, making transfers, the use of fare vending machines, boarding and deboarding transit vehicles with and without a mobility device, vehicle features, and much more!

Medicare 101

In this Medicare 101 class, you will learn everything that you need to know to ensure that you have proper coverage and avoid any penalties. The class will also cover changes to Medicare for 2014 and touch on Medi-Cal.

One man's trash is another man's treasure

The presentation covers the mental health diagnosis of Hoarding Disorder, including psychological theories about the origin of the disorder, current treatment options, the risks faced by those with the disorder, the value of community-based Hoarding task forces, and practical suggestions for intervention.

Planning ahead for the inevitable

A 25-minute presentation on why everyone should pre-plan funeral arrangements. Eliminate stress and relieve your family of the burden, know all available choices, get what you want, ensure every detail is covered, and save money.

Selling your home

Learn how to sell your house for the most money in the shortest amount of time and what mistakes to avoid when you sell your home.

Social security: how to pay less or nothing in taxes

Whether you are 55 or 75, there are ways you can minimize or eliminate income taxes on your social security benefits. Come to this informative workshop to learn effective ways to keep more of your hand-earned money. A question/answer period is also included.

Social security presentation

The Social Security Administration administers different programs.This presentation will be about Social Security Retirement benefits. Specifically, we will discuss eligibility rules such as what it means to receive benefits before, during, or after normal retirement age and eligibility requirements to receive spouse’s, divorced spouse’s, or widow’s benefits.

Spring clean more than just your closet

As you empty the gutters, clean your windows, and change out winter linens, don’t forget to dust off your finances.There is a lot that can be done to organize paperwork for retirement plans and review statements to confirm that you receive the proper payments on time.

Tips to get your house ready for sale

Learn how to prepare your house for sale to get great results, including knowing when to remodel your home, how to stage your home to showcase your house for open house.

Understanding disclosure statements for real estate transactions

Learn what disclosures are needed when selling a home and why they are important in helping you to avoid litigation. If you are buying a house, understanding these disclosure help minimize risk of buying a troubled property.

Water Conservation

Every summer is a hot summer in Sacramento, but this summer’s heat poses a real challenge for our region’s water resources. Come learn what you can do to help save water in and around your home. City of Sacramento Department of Utilities staff will present information about the city’s conservation rules, available free services and rebates and what you can do to help save water in our communities. Every drop counts! Spare the Water Sacramento!


Be safe! Protect yourself from distracted driving

According to a report by National Highway Safety Administration, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone at any given daylight moment across America. Join us for a free workshop to learn the dangers of distracted driving, who are the most serious offenders, and some helpful tips on how to avoid these dangerous situations.

Identity theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can harm your finances, credit history, and reputation — and can take time, money, and patience to resolve. Join us for a FREE workshop to learn how to protect your personal information and avoid being a victim of this crime. You will also learn how to identify ID theft and take timely action to clear up the problems and minimize the damage.

Preventing annoying sales calls

Are you constantly bothered by calls from salespeople? Learn about the National Do Not Call Registry and the rules that may reduce the number of sales calls you receive. Find out how to register and how to file a complaint. Are you already registered, but still getting calls? You will also learn why you may still get calls and what calls are not covered by the Registry. In addition, you will find out about what you can do about robocalls.

Senior scams - Just say no!

Seniors are prime targets for financial scams both by persons they know and trust and by strangers. According to a report by MetLife, victims of senior scams lost at least $2.9 billion in 2010. In this FREE workshop, we will provide up-to-date information on various types of senior scams in our community and how to avoid them. Let us help you to protect your assets and maintain your financial well-being.

Take charge of your phone service

Knowing about your phone service options can save you money, help you avoid telephone fraud and ensure that you get the service that is right for you. Find out what you should know when choosing phone services. Learn about discounted local home telephone service and the different types of telephone fraud.

Tips for choosing cell phone service

If you are thinking about buying a cell phone or changing your cell phone service provider, this class is for you. Learn what questions to ask when choosing a service, what you should know before you sign a contract, and how to cut your cell phone costs. Find out how different companies are rated and how to get the best plan for your needs and budget.

Understanding your phone bill

Does your phone bill keep going up? Do you have trouble understanding everything that is on your phone bill? Confused about the different choices in telephone service? We will review what’s on your bill, what charges are unnecessary, and ways you can save money. If you are thinking of dropping your traditional home phone service and going with a wireless, cable-based or internet-based service, we will compare the different services so you can make an informed decision.

Social Clubs

Arts & crafts club

This club meets on Tuesdays from 1:00-2:50 p.m.

Camera club

This club meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Chinese singing club

This club meets on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Crochet club

This club meets on the first and third Friday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. or on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Folk (acoustic) guitar club

This club meets every Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Knitting/crochet club

This club meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Mahjong club

This club meets every Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Senior ping pong club

This club meets every Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Strummers (ukulele) club

This club meets every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Walking club

This club meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.


A day at Apple Hill

Apple Hill, located in the Western Sierra Foothills in El Dorado County, is filled with fruit orchards, breweries, tree farms, wineries and arts & craft stands. A wide variety of apples and other fruits are available. We will visit several orchards such as Abel’s Acres, Boa Vista Orchards, and High Hill Ranch as time permits.

Locke historic district

Established in 1915, Locke is an island of Chinese culture and the only existing town in America built exclusively by and for Chinese immigrants. Visit this prime example of a historic Chinese American rural community. Learn about its unique history and be transported back in time.

Nimbus salmon fish hatchery

The Nimbus Hatchery Visitor Center offers fun and educational activities for children and adults of all ages. Enjoy the on-site nature trail along the American River to view wildlife, as well as the American River Parkway trail directly adjacent to the Nimbus Hatchery. Located in eastern Sacramento County, Nimbus Hatchery raises Chinook salmon and steelhead for release to the American River.

Sacramento historic city cemetery and East Lawn Memorial Park

Join us for a field trip to the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery and East Lawn Memorial Park. The City Cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in Sacramento. Keeping with the popular style of the times, it was designed to resemble a Victorian garden. Traversed by pathways and grand avenues, the cemetery provides a park-like setting for exploring history. East Lawn Memorial Park also holds a wealth of California History and exemplifies the prominence with which East Lawn has always been associated.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. — Henry Ford