The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall...

…A Community Resource for All…

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A Cool “Cooling Center"

The Lake Berryessa Senior Center & Community Hall will be open today, Saturday June 23, from 10 am - 8 pm as a "cooling center" for those who want/need to get out of the heat & have inadequate or no cooling in their home. Water, popcorn, games, library, cards, hopefully movies, & pool table available. A cool sanctuary for all in need or just a place to hang out ! 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road - just around the corner from the Spanish Flat Village Center.

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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.

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The First Lake Berryessa Annual Horseshoe Tournament Barbecue Was A Success - And Great Fun! 

Click Here Full Photo Album

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

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Mike & Oscar
Carl Horsehoe King
Horseshoe group
Horseshoe Tournament  Tshirt
Horseshoe Tournament  Pinata Girl 3

Horseshoe Tournament  Stu & Darcey 2


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Diabetes Self-Management Study

Dear Senior Center members and friends,

Ivan Watkins is working on a diabetes self-management study with older adults through the University of Texas at Austin.  The study examines ways to improve mobile technology for diabetes self-management among older diabetics.  Any 65+ diabetic can participate, and the study involves a quick survey either online or by phone.     

Participants receive $20 Target gift cards for participating.

If anyone at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center might be interested, please feel free to contact him.

Ivan Watkins, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Information

The University of Texas at Austin

PH: 510-735-4300

Email: iwatkins@utexas.edu

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Diabetic? Age 65 or above?

Participate in a study on diabetes self-management with mobile apps!

Sign up now! Email: DiabetesBayArea@gmail.com OR call (510) 735-4300

Purpose: To understand how mobile apps can be used to improve diabetes self-management for older adults age 65 and above.

Location: This study can be completed either via email through DiabetesBayArea@gmail.com or phone at 510-735-4300.

This study can be completed at your convenience. Call or email to set up a time. You will receive a $20 Target gift card for participating.

This study uses a survey questionnaire and individual interviews on diabetes self-management with mobile apps.

Download the survey at: Diabetes Survey


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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!

While insurance adjusters, health care planners, and social security analysts note with trepidation our lengthening life expectancy, and leisure industries scramble to cater to bored retirees, many of us realize that there is still important, but different, work for “elders” to do.

What is old age for? Anthropological studies conclude that old age is humanity’s greatest invention! On a deeper level old age invented us. It propelled the development of culture, language, and society. A million years ago on the plains of Africa, the first grandmother helped her daughter and grandchildren survive. The deliberate enlistment of grandparents into the work of rearing the young stands as a defining characteristic of human beings.

An African proverb says, “The death of an old person is like the loss of a library”. Our growing number of elders represents an unprecedented windfall to society. Older adults have always made important contributions to the young of their families and communities.

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.

May 2018 was Older Americans Month and the theme, ”Engage at Every Age”, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. Older people are actively participating in life far longer and with robust energy and consciousness.

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,

Spanish Flat Village Center

Unit # 9113

Napa, CA 94558

 Fundraising

The Center has been losing money for several years and we wish to stop that trend with an aggressive fund raising program. We want our "Operations and Maintenance" fund to increase its income and assets dramatically by the end of 2018. Again, we will need your help and participation to do this. 

Matching Fund Grant

One of our members has graciously offered to donate $1,000 as a matching funds "challenge" grant. This member will match your donations dollar for dollar up to $1,000!

Let's get this rolling. 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

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.)

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”

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pKilkus@gmail.com                       © Peter Kilkus 2018