The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall...

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…A Community Resource for All…

Our Mission

We are committed to providing older adults, families and children with a friendly, supportive environment for social interaction, recreational activities, educational opportunities, community involvement, and access to public services.

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Napa, Solano moving ahead with new agency to supervise senior services

https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/napa-solano-moving-ahead-with-new-agency-to-supervise-senior/article_75659a02-6e4c-58fe-a9e1-357484d3d93f.html

Napa County approved a draft agreement along with Solano County to keep Meals on Wheels, senior transportation, senior legal help and other senior services running.

The Napa County Board of Supervisors did so Tuesday despite concerns voiced by local senior advocates. Advocates are afraid a last-minute decision to make Solano County – not Napa County – the program’s administrator isn’t best for seniors.

Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza responded by asking for quarterly updates on the reformulated Area Agency on Aging.

“I would like to give advocates an opportunity to come to this Board and if they’re not satisfied, I’d like to know about it,” he said.

Supervisor Diane Dillon cast the lone dissenting vote. She agreed with advocates that Napa County should be the administrating agency, as was originally planned with no objections from Solano County.

“The demand and desire for excellence in the folks we hire to serve our seniors – that demand and desire I have not seen exist in Solano,” Dillon said.

Napa and Solano counties are seeking to run the new Area Agency on Aging. The nonprofit group that previously had the job surrendered the state-recognized designation effective July 1 amid financial problems.

The reformulated Area Agency on Aging will steer more than $2 million in federal funds to nonprofit groups that serve seniors in the two counties. The state is doing the job until the planned, new version by Napa and Solano counties is up and running.

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Nobody’s Too Young Or Too Old To Enjoy 

The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall

Here’s a quote that may usually refer to older adults. “This business of being age appropriate is ridiculous. Get out there and break the rules.” Dorrie Jacobson. 

But this goes for younger adults too. You don’t have to be a “senior” to enjoy the benefits of the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall with your family and friends. Stop thinking that you can’t be a member and enjoy the events because you’ve got some silly idea that doing so would make you feel older than you are. These are community events for the whole family.

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Senior Health and Social Services Information

Although we live a long way from the Napa Valley we are part of Napa County. As such we are eligible for all the benefits available to older adults in Napa County. 

Comprehensive Services for Older Adults

IN-HOME SUPPORT SERVICES

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES

IHSS PUBLIC AUTHORITY

MEDI-CAL & CALFRESH

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING

VETERANS SERVICES

OLDER ADULT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Mom's Health flyer
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The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall Needs Your Vote!

Become A Member To Show Your Vote of Confidence In The Future of Lake Berryessa.

Who’s a Senior, What’s a Senior?

By Peter Kilkus

One of my favorite sayings is: You don’t stop playing because you get old, you get old because you stop playing!

For those of you who remember the trauma of turning 30 during the “don’t trust anyone over 30” days of the 60s, the turning 60 birthday in the 21st century may feel even worse. But almost no one I know says they feel like a “senior” even though they may be well over 60. I’ve asked younger people to join the Center and they’ve said, “I can’t (translated as “I don’t want to”) because I’m not a “senior”. “Senior” has gotten a bad reputation as “old and decrepit” in too many people’s minds.

Maybe there should be a contest to see what new word can be used to replace “senior”. At one Center Board meeting years ago I mentioned that I just don’t feel like a “senior” and Betty Pedersen, who was 83 at the time, an adventurer and co-founder of the Center 34 years ago, jumped right in with  “Neither do I!”

“Older Adult” is currently the most politically correct term. Maybe we should say “Super Adult” instead of “Senior Citizen”?

So how can we translate philosophy into action at Lake Berryessa? By joining the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall - no matter what your age. The Center is committed to providing older adults, families and children with a friendly, supportive environment for social interaction, recreational activities, educational opportunities, community involvement, and access to public services. And it is the only full-service meeting and event facility in eastern Napa County.

The Center is embarking on a Membership Drive and several fundraising activities to revitalize our local community. We lost ten years - almost a whole generation - of family recreation at Lake Berryessa. We lost our school and most businesses. The thriving resorts have devolved into basic dirt camping facilities. The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall can be a core element in the revitalization of the Lake Berryessa community. But we need your help.

Membership Drive

It doesn’t matter whether you live in St. Helena or Santa Clara, Berryessa Highlands or Belmont, Napa or  Novato - people came from all around the Bay Area, Sacramento and beyond to enjoy Lake Berryessa. Your membership is your vote for the Center’s success. Please join the Lake Berryessa Senior Center to support the Lake Berryessa community during this time of positive change at the lake. There is no age requirement to become a community support member. Families and children are welcome.

Please send your contact information and a check for $25 per person (children are free) made out to Berryessa Senior Citizens and mail it to:

Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall

Spanish Flat Village Center

Unit # 9113

Napa, CA 94558

 Fundraising

Our matching fund challenge grant has been more than met. Thanks to all of our members and friends who have contributed more than $5,000 to date. But our fundraising needs to go on - there’s much left to do.

Please send your donation - large or small - with a check made out to Berryessa Senior Citizens, Inc. (Please specify whether this is check for membership dues or for the matching donation challenge.) and mail it to:

Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall

Spanish Flat Village Center

Unit # 9113

Napa, CA 94558

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Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall Rental Policy

Members

$150 per day

$100 cleaning deposit ($50 refundable if Center is left clean.)

Proof of $1M liability insurance policy

Non-Members

$250 per day

$100 cleaning deposit ($50 refundable if Center is left clean.)

Proof of $1M liability insurance policy

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Reservations need to be made in advance:

707-966-0206

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2018 Photo Album

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Some interesting Senior Center History (Click for full stories.)

Who’s a Senior, What’s a Senior?

The Elsie Plunkett Story

Senior Center Founded by Lake Berryessa Adventurer, Betty Pedersen

What Was It Like To Grow Up At Spanish Flat Resort? Confessions of a Resort Brat (aka Wes Plunkett)

January 20th Community Dinner a Success!

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner 

Bites and Bubbles Open House

May “Mexican Fiesta”

The First Lake Berryessa Annual Horseshoe Tournament Barbecue

Grandparents Day, July 21, 2018

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pKilkus@gmail.com                       © Peter Kilkus 2018