QUESTION:  I am interested in taking a Tai Chi class.  Can you tell me where I can get information about where and when these classes are offered?

  ANSWER:  Tai Chi classes are very popular and offered at most senior centers.  Since you didn’t say what city you lived in I checked with several centers and also have information on other centers that are about to start new sessions.

  I called Moorpark, Simi Valley and Goebel centers and found all three centers offer Tai Chi classes.

  I also received information from the Oxnard Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) about three new classes they are starting in Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura.

  These three new programs will be 12-week programs.  Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance that focus on improving the mobility and balance of older adults.  The classes are free, designed for those age 50 and older and taught by trained certified senior volunteers.

  These 12-week programs are intended for beginners and teach balance skills and good body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements.

  The start dates for these 3 new classes are Monday April 2 in Camarillo, Monday April 23 in Oxnard and Friday May 11 in Ventura.  For more information and reserving a space call (805) 385-8019.

  For more information about the classes in Moorpark call (805) 517-6261, in Simi Valley call (805) 583-6363 and at the Goebel Center (805) 381-2744.

  The Oxnard RSVP is a volunteer recruitment and placement program helping people 55 and older find volunteer positions that match their interests, talents and available time.  To learn more about being an RSVP member or to discuss other volunteer opportunities call (805)  385-8023.



  THURSDAY – March 29 – 1:30 to 3:00 pm – Seminar – “Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring an In-Home Care Agency” – at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley.  Reservations can be made at (805) 583-6363.

  WEDNESDAY – April 4 – 1:00 pm – Dr. Gabriela Sauder, UCLA Health Board Certified geriatrician will present “Health Screenings for Seniors” – at Thousand Oaks Council on Aging Meeting, Civic Arts Plaza Boardroom, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

  SUNDAY – April 8 – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – 10th Annual Community Garage Sale – at Goebel Adult Community Center parking lot located 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks – 50 vendors selling everything you can think of.  For more information call (805) 381-2744.

  THURSDAY – April 12 – 10:00 to 11:30 pm – Seminar – “Save Your Brain” – at Agoura Hills Recreation & Event Center, 29900  Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills.  For reservations call (818) 597-7361.

  FRIDAY – April 13 – 8:30 am to 1:00 pm – AARP Driver Safety Refresher Class – at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.  Cost is $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.  Reservations can be made at (805) 381-2744.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY – April 3 and 4 – Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association diabetes classes – April 3 – 1:00 to 2:30 pm at Livingston Memorial Community Room, 1996 Eastman Avenue in Ventura; April 4 – 10:00 am to Noon – at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi and from 2:30 to 4:00 pm at Camarillo Community Center, Room 3, 1605 Burnley Street.  For information call (805) 642-0239.  No registration needed.


  Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns.  The advocates are located at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road,  Thousand Oaks CA 91362 or call (805) 495-6250 or e-mail bberry@seniorconcerns (please include your telephone number.)  You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.


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