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- July 4, 2014

Senior Focus

KEEPING BALANCE ... Participants can reduce the fear of falling and learn to shift their thinking from self-defeating patterns to positive ones in A Matter of Balance, an eight-week class beginning July 7. The program includes discussion, exercises and guest speakers and meets Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Price is $25 for Avenidas members, $35 for nonmembers. For more information call 650-289-5436.

AT THE MOVIES ... Popcorn and drinks are served at the Avenidas movie showings every Thursday. This month's selections are "American Hustle" on July 10, "Big Night" on July 17, "The Great Escape" on July 24 and "The English Patient" on July 31. Screening time is 1:30 p.m., and the price is free for Avenidas members, $2 for nonmembers. Also in July, Avenidas will screen "I Was Born a Black Woman," a United Nations Film Festival Association documentary based on the life of the first Afro-Brazilian woman to be elected to Brazil's senate, on Monday, July 7, at 3:30 p.m. for free; and Frank Capra's "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" on Monday, July 14, at 2:30 p.m., for free.

SKIN-CANCER SCREENING ... Palo Alto Medical Foundation dermatologists will check questionable changes on the skin, existing moles, sun-exposed areas and other spots that are of concern. These free screenings are for ages 50-plus; no disrobing is allowed, and waiver is required. Screenings are available on Thursday, July 17, between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at Avenidas. Call 650-289-5400 for an appointment.

PLANNING FOR THE INEVITABLE ... Funerals, from a consumer's perspective, as well as other death-related concerns, will be the topic of a July 20 event, Conversations About Death presented by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. "These discussions are sometimes called 'death cafes,'" said Jennifer Harris, one of the organizers. "They are becoming increasingly popular as people recognize the inevitability of death and the need to plan ahead for this just as we do for other things." A similar event held in May attracted 24 community members, Harris said. Underwritten by the Los Altos Community Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, this month's event will be held on July 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. For more information email or call 650-424-4427.

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