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- October 1, 2021

Senior Focus

AVENIDAS REOPENS... The senior services agency Avenidas reopened the doors to its downtown Palo Alto location on a limited basis Sept. 20. "We are offering some in-person classes, some on Zoom and some a hybrid of both," said spokesperson Kari Martell. "We hope to ramp up in the fall and offer more in-person classes and services, with more hybrid offerings as well." No walk-ins to the building are currently allowed, and staff members will continue to work remotely on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Martell said. The agency's Door to Door Transportation Program, as well as its adult day care center in Mountain View resumed operations in July. But for now, classes at the Avenidas Chinese Community Center, normally located at Cubberley Community Center, will remain completely on Zoom, Martell said.

SLEEP AND AGING... Psychologist and Stanford University clinical instructor Raquel Osorno will discuss what healthy sleep looks like and how it changes as we age in a free, virtual presentation Thursday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.. Osorno will share information on sleep studies and discuss how to promote healthy sleep, how insomnia develops and provide information about existing treatment options. To register, go to, click on "classes," and enter 8378 in the search bar. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link by email.

LGBTQ SENIORS... "Sexuality and Aging" and "Supporting the Next Generation" are among the topics up for discussion at Avenidas' second annual LGBTQ Conference and Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 16. The theme of the virtual, morning-long conference is "the power of acceptance ," and speakers include sexuality educator Jane Fleishman and Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project. The conference is sponsored by the Avenidas Rainbow Collective LGBTQ Seniors Initiative. To register for the free event, go to and click on "events calendar."

LIVE MUSIC IS BACK... The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center celebrates the return of its Music at Noon concert series with a trip "Around the World in 60 Minutes" on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.. Violinist Mads Tolling, pianist and accordion player Colin Hogan, and bassist Gary Brown will present music from the U.S. to Argentina to Denmark and beyond. The concert takes place in the large and well-ventilated Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Participants must provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event. Face masks required. Admission is $15 with advance online registration or $20 at the door. Contact Michelle Rosengaus at [email protected]

Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Contributing Writer Chris Kenrick at [email protected]


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