‘Celebrate Shakespeare’ at Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center event


By Terrie Litwin, RSF Senior Center, executive director

How to Comfort Grieving Friends and Family Members – The death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences. It is often hard to know what to say or do when someone you care about is grieving. On Wednesday, April 23, at 2 p.m., Jim Reiser, M.A., with Hospice of the North Coast, will present a free workshop to help you better understand the grief process. He will also offer valuable tips to assist you when providing support to a grieving friend or family member. Registration is not required to attend.

Celebrating William Shakespeare – Come celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday Monday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m., with U-T San Diego columnist Richard Lederer. Richard will highlight Shakespeare’s astonishing contributions to the English language. He will be joined by Alex Sandie and other members of the San Diego Shakespeare Society, who will perform excerpts from the plays and sonnets. Please call to reserve your space (858) 756-3041.

Resource and Referral Service — Available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Seniors and their family members can speak with a staff member and receive valuable information to address a wide variety of needs. For assistance, or to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Center at (858) 756-3041.

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 are welcome! Please call the Senior Center (858)756-3041 for more information.

Balance & Fall Prevention Fitness Class — Monday mornings at 10:45 a.m. (Class resumes Monday, April 21): Licensed Physical Therapist, Jim Prussack, provides practical and useful exercise techniques to improve balance, strengthen muscles, and help prevent falls. A $5 charge for each class is paid to the instructor.

Classical Music Appreciation –Mondays, from 2-4 p.m. (Class resumes Monday, April 28) instructor Randy Malin leads this class featuring classical music composers and the music that has endured through the ages.

Art History Video Lecture – Enjoy a fine art history video lecture from the Great Courses Teaching Company® Mondays from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., (3/31, 4/14).

Knitting Group – This informal group meets weekly on Thursday, from 2-4 p.m. Bring a current project or start a new one. Please bring yarn and knitting needles!

Oil Painting Class – Each Thursday morning from 10 a.m.-noon. This class is appropriate for all artists from beginning through advanced. The instructor is local artist, Lynne Zimet. Please call (858) 756-3041 for more information.

Rancho San Café, French Discussion Group – meets the first and third Thursdays of the month from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 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 Checks – Last Thursday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: This free service is provided by American Medical Response Ambulance Service. No appointment is necessary!

Acting Class with Monty Silverstone – Instructor Monty Silverstone, accomplished actor and father of Hollywood actress Alicia Silverstone, will teach students about monologues, scene study, and cold reading from scripts. Please call (858) 756-3041 for more information.

Calling all Literature Lovers –This workshop lead by Garrett Chaffin-Quiray, includes a discussion of a critically acclaimed author’s work followed by an optional writing workshop for interested participants. Workshop dates are the first Friday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon. (4/4, 5/2, 6/6).