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‘Brain Game,’ bridge instruction coming up at Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center

By Terrie Litwin, RSF Senior Center, executive director

These events are upcoming at the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, 16780 La Gracia, Rancho Santa Fe. Call 858-756-3041 to register, or visit www.rsfseniors.org:

Celebrate the Senior Years:

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Join us at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, for a presentation in celebration of aging! Jon Swartz, M.S., with Seacrest Village Homecare, will present “All the Good That Comes with Aging.”  Reservations not required. Topics covered include the “longevity revolution,” strategies to enhance successful aging, and the importance of exercise, nutrition, and attitude.

The Brain Game: Understanding Mental Fitness:

2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. This interactive presentation will offer creative methods to maintain your mental fitness at any age.  The differences between normal memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, and more challenging memory issues will be discussed by Beverly Sanborn, LCSW. Registration required.

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Watercolor Painting:

Instructor Karen Athens will provide an introduction to watercolor painting. Students will learn about composition, use of color, and painting techniques. All levels of experience welcome! Class meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Next series starts Sept. 2. Reserve to 858 -756-3041.

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Advanced Beginners/Intermediate Bridge

with instructor Scott Farr, beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Cost of this 10-week workshop is $150 paid to the instructor. Registration required.

Balance & Fall Prevention Fitness Class:

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Meets at 10:45 a.m. Monday mornings. Licensed physical therapist Navid Hannanvash leads the class in performing practical and useful exercises to improve balance, strengthen muscles, and help prevent falls. A fee of $5 for each class is paid to the instructor.

Classical Music Appreciation:

Meets from 2-4 p.m. Mondays with next class on Sept. 8, also Sept. 22 and Oct. 6. Instructor Randy Malin leads this class featuring classical composers and the music that has endured through the ages.

Art History Video Lecture:

Meets 2-3:45 p.m. Sept. 15 (also Sept. 29, Oct. 27). Enjoy a fine art history video lecture from the Great Courses Teaching Company.

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Knitting Group:

This informal group meets from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays. Bring a current project or start a new one. Please bring yarn and knitting needles!

Oil Painting Class:

This class is appropriate for all artists from beginning through advanced. Local artist Lynne Zimet instructs. Call 858-756-3041 for information about the next series of classes.

Rancho San Café, French Discussion Group:

Class resumes in August, meeting from 10:30-11:30 a.m. every first and third Thursday. A wonderful opportunity for those with intermediate to advanced French language skills to join host Philippe Faurie and enjoy a cup of coffee while conversing in French.

Blood Pressure Readings:

Free service provided by American Medical Response Ambulance Service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every last Thursday. No appointment necessary.

Acting Class with Monty Silverstone:

Instructor Silverstone, accomplished actor and father of Hollywood actress Alicia Silverstone, will teach students about monologues, scene study, and cold reading from scripts. Call 858-756-3041 for information.

Resource and Referral Service

, available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays: Seniors and their family members can speak with a staff member for valuable information to address a variety of needs. For assistance, or to schedule an appointment, call 858-756-3041.


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