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Senior Living & Resources

Just for Seniors
Events, activities and opportunities for seniors in the Oakland diocese.


April 18, May 16, June 20

Lunch and Bingo. Every third Monday at St. Anthony Parish, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley. Most start arriving at 11:30 a.m. Lunch followed by Bingo. There is no charge. The program includes occasional bus trips. 925-625-2048.

All Saints Busy Bees Seniors. 22824 Second St. Hayward. Group meets weekly for potluck lunch or Bingo. Frances: 510-846-5300 or Diana: 510-581-0736.


April 15, May 20, June 17

Classic Club (55 and over) group at St. Isidore Parish. 5:30 p.m. third Fridays, 440 La Gonda Way in Danville in the St. Isidore Ministry Center directly across the street from the church, Contact person: Rosalia Achziger, 925-381-0170.

April 20, May 18, June 15
Age of Grace and Wisdom Potluck Luncheons. Third Wednesdays January through October at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1315 Lomitas Ave., Livermore. No charge; just bring a dish to share. Subject to change, contact parish office, 925-447-4549, ext. 115.

May 12, June 9
Monthly senior luncheons. Second Thursdays in the large hall at St. Bonaventure Church, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord. $12 donation, all-you-can-eat. 925-672-5800.

Senior luncheons at St. Augustine Parish, held in the vestibule of the church at 400 Alcatraz Ave, Oakland. The parish's pastoral care team prepares lunch for the seniors. All registered parish members ages 65 and over receive an invitation to the group in the mail. RSVP. Attendees often bring a dish to share, although this is not necessary. Entertainment is always part of the afternoon, as well as the Anointing of the Sick for those who wish it. 510-653-8631.

June 8
All Saints Busy Bees Tea 1:00 p.m. located in the gym.

June 4, July 2
Monthly Anointing Mass. 11 a.m. first Saturdays except in May at Holy Spirit Parish, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. A complementary luncheon for seniors follows the Mass. 510-797-1660.

April 21, May 19, June 16
Golden Friends. 11 a.m. third Thursdays at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 1640 Addison St., Berkeley. Mass in the chapel at 11 a.m. followed by potluck lunch in the rectory. All parishioners over 60 are welcome. 510-843-2244.

Young at Hearts group at St. Isidore Parish. 11 a.m. Mass (when a priest is available), followed by lunch ($3) and Bingo. Located at the St. Isidore Ministry Center, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville (directly across the street from the church). Contact person: Bella Kerrigan, 925-352-3579.


May 6, June 3
The 60-plus-or-minus Club. First Fridays after the 9:30 a.m. Mass in Mt. Tabor Hall, Church of the Transfiguration, 4000 East Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley. 510-538-7941.

Golden Friends is the senior ministry of St. Michael Parish in Livermore. Members meet monthly for lunch and prayer and also for fun outings. For more information contact Wilma at 925-447-8198 or email Wilma.matuska@gmail.com.


Thursday, April 14

The Memory Café opens. 2 to 8 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church Hall, 254 Broadmoor in San Leandro. The Memory Café is a place where people with early onset dementia and their caregivers can socialize in a comfortable environment. Mental, musical and other activities will be offered. Open every Thursday. Information: Tricia Bruketta, 510-931-9336. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

St. Benedict Parish Wellness Group. 6 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Benedict Church, 2245 82nd Ave. Oakland. Parish office: 510-632-1847.

St. John's Seniors. 11 a.m. in the St. John the Baptist Church Community Center, 6500 Gladys Ave., corner of Lexington, El Cerrito. Director: Jan Duckart, 510-527-2850 or 510-237-3808.

Senior Centers/organizations
Saint Mary's Center, a nonprofit organization, provides essential services to improve the quality of life for at-risk seniors and preschoolers in Oakland. 925 Brockhurst St., Oakland, 510-923-9600 or stmaryscenter.org

Senior Resource Guide for North County Nonprofit and Public Agencies. Serving Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont. Alameda County Area Agency on Aging, 6955 Foothill Boulevard, Third Floor, Oakland, 800-510-2020, 510-577-3530 or http://alamedasocialservices.org. Senior Services Coalition shapes public policy: http://seniorservicescoalition.org.

Mercy Brown Bag Program
The Brown Bag program, started by the Mercy Retirement and Care Center in 1985, distributes nutritious bags of groceries to about 6,000 seniors living on a fixed income throughout Alameda County, with more than 500 senior volunteers who help keep the program going. They sort, deliver bags, assist with paperwork and more. Information: 510-534-8540, ext. 369, to find out how you can help or donate.

Alameda Meals on Wheels
Alameda Meals on Wheels is a locally-funded, seven-day-a-week program that has been delivering hot, nourishing meals to Alameda residents since 1973. Each day, holidays included, volunteers deliver a mid-day meal to more than 140 Alameda residents of all ages that need assistance. Subscribers pay on a sliding fee scale, based upon their ability. Office: 510-865-6131, 9 a.m. to noon weekdays.

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