The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall...

…A Community Resource for All…

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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.


Grandparents Day Barbecue and Senior Health Fair

Saturday, July 21, 4 PM - 8:30 PM.


The next big event at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall will be a family fun day. Kids, bring your grandparents. Grandparents, bring your grandchildren.

You in-betweener parent-types are welcome too. See what you can do to control that old grandparent-grandchild dynamic! Friends, family, food, games to enjoy.

This will be an old-fashioned free summertime pot luck barbecue. Hamburgers and chicken served. You’re welcome to bring your own meat to barbecue yourself if you wish. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Free soft drinks for kids. Free beer taste test! We want your opinion.

The horseshoe pits will be open for you pleasure. The pool table will be ready to go. Children’s horseshoes, bean bag toss, and ring toss (adults can play too) will be set-up.

 We can use a few volunteers to help out with set-up, coordinating, and clean-up.


35 Ideas for Interaction Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

The following 35 ideas for interaction between grandparents and grandchildren are intended to trigger even more ideas for fun, teaching opportunities, social and emotional satisfaction. Each section begins with ideas suitable for interaction with the younger upward to the older. Some are good for any and every age.



(1) Compliments on their outstanding attributes—appearance, speech etc.

(2) Commendation for deeds well done—anything from throwing the candy wrapper into the garbage bin to scoring a touchdown in little league baseball

(3) Encouragement and assistance to improve in areas in which they seem challenged

(4) Continual assurance of love in verbal expressions and hugs


(5) Stories featuring the grandchild to demonstrate his worth and his position in the family

(6) Family stories about love and loyalty as well as fights and forgiveness

(7) Bible stories—personal favorites and lessons learned from them

(8) Historical episodes about culture and customs “back in the day”

(9)Selected biographies of people who excelled in areas of interest to the grandchildren

Show and Tell

(10) Sightings of different colors and shapes around the house

(11) Family albums of members past and present

(12) Drawings, paintings, any kind of craft done by family members

(13)Fashion parade of outdated clothes and shoes

Nature Exercises

(14) A walk in the park or an a trail

(15) A visit to the zoo, identifying animals

(16) Identifying plants in the yard and neighborhood

(17) Sea shells or rocks or butterfly collection

(18) Admiring the sunrise, or sunset or a rainbow

Media Exercises

(19) Listening, singing along, talking about and dancing to wholesome song lyrics

(20) Not just watching television; but watching a movie, turning off the television and talking about it

(21) Reading together (newspaper or magazine) testing comprehension, and discussing the subject matter

(22)Learning from the grandchild—features on your cell phone or on his iPhone, how to send an email etc.


(23) A birthday message, gift or visit on the grandchild’s birthday

(24) Special messages for first day back at school

(25) Meaningful gifts after an athletic game, craft exhibition, dance or music recital

(26) Attendance at graduations—school and extracurricular classes

Long Term Projects

For the very young, anything that is not completed in a day is long term. So one or two days may be it all it takes to satisfy the concept for some.

(27) Jigsaw puzzles

(28) Board game competitions, for example, “Who will be the first to win three games?”

(29) Collectibles: postage stamps, hot dog coupons, small round rocks

(30) Planting seeds and waiting for them to grow

Long Distance Interaction

(31) Telephone calls to express love and inquire about the grandchild’s welfare

(32) Video chats on Skype or FaceTime in arranged regular meetings or sharing special occasions to match faces with voices

(33) Text messages—a teenager’s favorite way to communicate

(34) Instant Messaging on popular sites like MSN and Yahoo, or Facebook (if the teenage grandchild will befriend a grandparent)

(35) Snail Mail—the old fashioned way to express


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. 

Senior roller coaster

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.

Senior Health and Social Services Information Will Also Be Available.

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. But the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall is also interested in learning what it’s like for older adults to live in a rural area like ours. How many people over 50, over 60, over 70 actually live in our area? This will help us help them in providing information and services such as physical health services, mental health support services, transportation for medical and other needs.

Transportation to and from Napa can be a challenge for some. A simple example of filling this need is the transportation services provided my Molly’s Angels.

Their mission is to enable seniors the opportunity to remain in their homes longer, helping to maintain their independence and dignity. They provide support services and assistance to promote and improve the quality of life for individuals 60 years of age and older residing in Napa County. Molly's Angels is an alliance of dedicated Napa Valley volunteers who provide door-to-door transportation for seniors to medical and dental appointments, pharmacies, banks, and grocery stores. If we had enough local volunteers we could have a Lake Berryessa branch of Molly’s Angels sponsored by the Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall.    


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


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


Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall Rental Policy


$150 per day

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

Proof of $1M liability insurance policy


$250 per day

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

Proof of $1M liability insurance policy


Reservations need to be made in advance:



2018 Photo Album


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

**********                       © Peter Kilkus 2018