Albany

  • Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag and low-vision support group Jan. 18. Health insurance counseling by HICAP 1-3 p.m. Jan. 28. Traditional circle dance class for women of all ages, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Jan. 23; $5. Papier maché, bridge, chess, needlecrafts, world events, literature. Writing memoirs, line dancing, exercise, art and Paratransit information. Home-delivered meals offered. Dinner 4 p.m. weekdays by reservation. 510-524-9122.

    Berkeley

  • Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 1414 Walnut St. Art, exercise, Hebrew and Yiddish, yoga, photography. Holiday programs, bridge, Sunday brunches, and films. Kosher lunch Monday and Thursday. 510-848-0237.

  • North Berkeley Senior Center -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 1901 Hearst Ave. Speakers, classes in languages, writing, dancing, sewing, ceramics and exercise. Scrabble Tuesdays. Movies Mondays and opera videos Fridays. Acting class Wednesdays. Support groups, diabetes education, housing information, health insurance counseling. Assisted grocery shopping at nearby supermarkets. 510-981-5190.


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  • South Berkeley Senior Center -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 2939 Ellis St. Mercy Brown Bag Jan. 18. Birthdays will be celebrated Jan. 25. Tap dancing, hand-building ceramics, line dancing, ming tree class. Arts, crafts, painting, bingo, hearing class, computer classes, tai chi. Gentle exercise Mondays. Assisted grocery shopping at nearby supermarkets. 510-981-5170.

  • St. John's Prime Timers -- 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays. 2727 College Ave. Open to those 50 and older. Arts and crafts, creative writing with Dorothy Witt, cultural studies, yoga for all levels. Light exercises, copper enameling and weaving. Hand-building ceramics class with Diana Bohn; $5 plus materials. Tai chi with Lydia Shiozaki 9:45-10:30 a.m. Thursdays. 510-845-6830.

  • Berkeley/East Bay Gray Panthers -- Meet monthly at North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. At 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Gus Newport, former Berkeley mayor and community development activist, will speak about current politics. People of all ages are welcome. 510-548-9696.

    El Cerrito

  • Christ Lutheran Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays. 780 Ashbury Ave. Conversational German and Spanish, current events, art appreciation, computer lab, line dancing. 510-524-1050.

  • St. John's Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays. 6500 Gladys Ave. On Jan. 22, Rosemary Blaylock will talk about the Creative Kindness Blanket Project. Needlecrafts, painting and drawing, copper enameling, tai chi, sit-down exercises, card and table games. Lunch prepared on site; $3. 510-237-3808; 510-417-0703.

  • The Open House -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays. 6500 Stockton Ave. Exercise classes, balance training and fall prevention, tai chi, folk dancing, watercolor painting. Broadway song, piano music composition, computer classes, creative writing, support groups, excursions and trips. Nintendo Wii, chess, mah jong. 510-559-7677.

    Kensington

  • Kensington Senior Activity Center -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays. Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave. Instruction in conversational German, watercolor painting and meditation group. There will be a salad potluck noon Jan. 24; bring a dish to serve four to six people or donate $3. 510-526-9146.

    crockett

  • Crockett Seniors -- 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Weekdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays. Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St. Bingo and card games. 510-787-2414.

    El Sobrante

  • St. Callistus Senior Activity Center -- 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays. 3580 San Pablo Dam Road. Jewelry making, needlework, painting, quilting. Lunch prepared on site; $2.50. 510-548-2617.

  • Women's Fellowship of the Salvation Army -- 9:30 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays. 4600 Appian Way. Speakers, community projects, Bible studies, trips, parties and music. Open to women of all ages. 510-262-0582.

    Hercules

  • Hercules Senior Center -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekdays. 111 Civic Drive. Social dancing Jan. 25. Crafts, bingo, card games, low-impact and therapeutic exercises, knitting, art, tai chi, hula and tap dancing. English as a second language classes. Health insurance counseling by HICAP. Free legal assistance. Travel Club. 510-799-8219.

    Pinole

  • St. Joseph Seniors -- St. Joseph Catholic Church, 837 Tennent Ave. The group will go to Red Hawk Casino in Placerville on Feb. 7. Sign up at the parish center, 2100 Pear St. All are welcome. 510-741-1756.

  • Pinole Senior Center -- 2500 Charles Ave. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and until 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Pancake breakfast buffet 8:30-11 a.m. Jan. 20; $7 adults, $3 children younger than 12. No reservations needed. Ballroom dancing, to the music of Manny Gutierrez, 8-11 p.m. Jan. 25; $10. Billiards daily. Haircuts, manicures, pedicures and massage by appointment; there's a fee. Lunch for all ages 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays and noon-1 p.m. the rest of the weekdays, for $5.50; takeout available. Homebound seniors in Pinole, El Sobrante, Hercules, Crockett and Rodeo are picked up by van Mondays and Thursdays if they wish to have lunch at the center. 510-724-9800.

    Richmond

  • Alzheimer's Respite Care Center -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 1015 Nevin Ave., Suite 108. Complete care and activities for people with Alzheimer's disease and related conditions. 510-235-6276.

  • May Valley Community Center -- 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. 3530 Morningside Drive. Gentle gym, low-impact exercise class for those 50 and older. Includes stretching, light aerobics, breathing, and relaxation techniques. 510-620-6890.

  • Senior Adult Activity Center -- 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. First Presbyterian Church, 34th Street and Barrett Avenue. Classes on quilting, clay jewelry, place mats. Crafts and porcelain doll making. Games and exercises. 510-234-0954.

  • Richmond Senior Drop-In Center -- 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 2525 Macdonald Ave. Low-cost snack bar open daily. Tea dance with Manny Gutierrez Band 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays; $4 includes refreshments and door prizes. Yuan ji exercises. Aerobics Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Painting and drawing Mondays. Qigong exercise Tuesdays. Chair yoga and table bingo Tuesdays. Exercises for osteoporosis Tuesday and Thursdays. Tap dancing Thursdays. Games, pool and mah-jongg daily. Chess Fridays. Ballroom dancing 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Tango and swing 3 p.m. Fridays. Line dancing. Needlecrafts, puzzles, Chinese calligraphy. Tam's yijin exercise 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; call for location. 510-307-8087.

  • The Annex Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 5801 Huntington Ave. Line dancing Mondays. Drawing, painting, gardening, ceramics and crafts. Gentle exercises. Card games and puzzles. Conversational Spanish and singalong Fridays. Movies and popcorn Jan. 30. 510-620-6812.

  • Neighborhood House of North Richmond Seniors -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 515 Silver Ave. Arts and crafts, card games and movies. Two college-credit classes: "Growing Wiser," 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and English as a second language, 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 510-232-3511.

  • Booker T. Anderson Jr. Senior Center -- 960 So. 47th St. Whist and dominoes Jan. 18. Mercy Brown Bag Jan. 25. Line dancing, 2-4:15 p.m. Thursdays. 510-620-6816.

  • Parchester Village Seniors -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Second and fourth Wednesdays, 900 Williams Drive. Mercy Brown Bag Jan. 18. Games, speakers. 510-620-6823.

    Rodeo

  • Rodeo Senior Citizens Club -- 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays. 189 Parker Ave. 510-787-1587.

    San Pablo

  • San Pablo Senior Adult Center -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 1943 Church Lane. Band, low-impact exercise, card games, excursions. A movie is shown at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free dance with Huey White Show Band, 1-3 p.m. Mondays; includes refreshments. Low-cost haircuts 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays. Bingo Saturdays. 510-215-3096.

  • Davis Park Senior Center -- Bingo, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Maple Hall, 1 Alvarado Square. 510-215-3094.