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- January 2, 2015

Senior Focus

WALKING INTO 2015 ... Welcome the new year with a hike! The Avenidas Walkers group kicks off 2015 with an easy walk on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. The group's Tuesday walks, on flatlands or baylands, are on the easy side. Thursday walks, sometimes in the foothills, are moderate to challenging. Call 650-387-5256, visit or email Avenidas volunteer Mark Alguard at for trailhead information or to schedule. It's free.

JEWISH BIOETHICS ... <Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia, the Jewish community liaison for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, will present a Jewish perspective on bioethical dilemmas such as defining life and death and the role of palliative care. Seid-Valencia, who has taught adults, college and high school students, will speak Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Room E-104 of the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. The cost is $15 or one punch on the JCC's Community Tuesday punch card. Information: Contact Michelle Rosengaus at or 650-223-8616.

TELL ME A STORY ... Oral storytelling is an ancient art form made famous by community elders the world over. Now you can become a storyteller by learning where to find the right stories for you and how to use your voice, facial expressions and gestures to make a folk or fairy tale come alive. Librarian, author and storyteller Enid Davis is offering a class for beginners starting Thursday, Jan. 8, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. The class will meet for six weeks and costs $35 for Avenidas members, $40 for nonmembers. Registration: Call 650-289-5400.

J-THURSDAYS ... Enjoy a hot lunch and social hour followed by an engaging program at J-Thursdays, offered the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. This month's events are Jan. 8 and Jan. 22, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. First-time participants get lunch free, and help with transportation may be available. Information: Contact Jennifer O'Leary at 650-223-8664 or

GET ALONG BETTER ... Are your relatives annoying you and getting on your nerves? Join professional mediators Jack Hamilton and Elisabeth Seaman on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and start the new year by learning how to get along better with each other. $30 for Avenidas members; $35 for nonmembers. Registration: Call 650-289-5400.

END CLUTTER? ... Emily Farber, a social worker case manager with Avenidas Care Partners, will offer — "Everything You Want to Know about Hoarding ... But are Afraid to Ask" — from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Room 216 at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Fee is $10. Farber will also facilitate a peer support group, the Clutter Busters Club, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on four Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 10, in the same room. Fee for members is $65, for nonmembers $75. Registration: Call 650-289-5400.

FITNESS AGAINST CANCER ... Certified personal trainers at the Goldman Fitness Center at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center are offering a 12-week strength and fitness program designed for adult cancer survivors who have recently become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment or disease, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 13 through April 2, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Prospective participants must exhibit a strong personal desire to join the class, commit to attending all sessions and give exercise specialist permission to call physician when necessary. Enrollment decisions are made on an individual basis. Information: Contact Bonnie McLaughlin at 650-223-8719 or

JOIN A BOOK CLUB ... All are welcome at the Avenidas Book Group, which kicks off 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with a discussion of "Under the Wide and Starry Sky" by Nancy Horan. The free group meets at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

BOOMERS RETIRING ... The City of Palo Alto and Avenidas are teaming up to offer a Boomer Bootcamp, a planning workshop for baby boomers pondering retirement, on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the new Mitchell Park Community Center. Keynote speaker will be Richard Adler of the Institute for the Future who will discuss what the next 20 years hold for baby boomers. "This conference is focused on the boomer generation who are trying to determine what retirement is going to look like for them," said Mary Hohensee of Avenidas. To register, go to

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