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Learn, Engage, CONNECT!


Join us every Wednesday at 10am for a fun gathering among community members!


Each session will feature a speaker who will present interesting topics for a chance to learn and discuss. This will be an interactive experience and will allow time for participant introductions and time for Q&A.

Wednesday, January 20, 10 AM

Healthy Made Easy: Tips for buying, preparing and ordering nourishing food

Tiffany Holt and Flannery Nielsen

Two nutrition specialists--Tiffany Holt and Flannery Nielsen-- will show you to how to build simple meals from ready to eat ingredients and to navigate meal delivery services to find where healthy meets convenience. Finding time to cook daily can be challenging, especially when you add in the planning, shopping, prepping and cleaning. Enter the assembly style meal! Learn how to simplify your cooking routine and create easy to prepare meals in a jif. We will also review popular meal delivery options, such as Daily Harvest, to help guide your appetite and dollar in the right direction.


Tiffany Holt is an integrative registered dietitian with the Center for Integrative Health (CIH). At this position, she splits her time between clinical care allied with Family Medicine and nutrition research under the Krupp Foundation. Prior to working with CIH, Tiffany worked as the Senior Foodservice Manager and Acute Care Licensing Lead for the UCSD Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research. Additionally, her experiences as a dietetic intern with UC San Diego Health and completion of a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition, from Bastyr University in Washington, have been invaluable training opportunities that she uses daily in her work as an RD. As her practice as a Dietitian continues to expand, her professional mission is to continue to develop a network of friends, coworkers, patients, clients, and readers that share her passion for whole foods, dietetics, and the restoration of health for all. Outside of work, Tiffany serves as the president of the San Diego chapter of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Flannery Nielsen is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who works at Rady Children’s Hospital in addition to seeing individual clients at her private practice in San Diego, CA. She trained at Bastyr University and UC San Diego Health and is passionate about integrative and functional nutrition, gut health, and intuitive eating. She enjoys spending her time cooking up new recipes, rollerblading, and relaxing with her dog, Zoey.

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Wednesday, January 27, 10 AM

Introduction to Memoir Writing 

Kay Sanger

Author and writer, Kay Sanger, will present an introduction to her upcoming 4-part Memoir Writing Series. This introduction to the series will review the tools you will need to begin to tell your life story.


Kay Sanger is an author and writer who has led workshops, written for dozens of publications, and authored seven books, including, Write Your Memoir in 10 Steps. Kay currently teaches writing and facilitates memoir writing groups in Southern California.


The 4-part series will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, and 23rd from 1-2 PM.


Wednesday, February 3, 10 AM

Staying Positive, Facing Frustration, and Creating Opportunities

Cindy Burke, Ph.D.

A new year is often a time for resolutions and intentions. Dr. Burke will share her insights and practical advice regarding things we can do daily to be happier and more at peace, including ten tips and questions to ask ourselves to make each day the best it can be.


Dr. Burke is originally from Miami, Florida, received her B.A. in Psychology from The American University in Washington, D.C. in 1989, and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from UCSD in 1998. As the Director of Research and Program Management for SANDAG, Dr. Burke has spoken regularly with local media outlets and her positive social media posts and words of wisdom from her research received recognition and she is now asked to speak on the topics to groups on a regular basis. Dr. Burke is a runner, reader, and mother of three children, not counting her labradoodle Walter.

Wednesday, February 10, 10 AM

Intro to Sketching

Minnie Valero

Learn about renowned artist Minnie Valero’s artistic process in sketching. Sketching allows you to remember more details than just taking a picture - when traveling or around town. Be bold, dare to sketch the life around you!


Born and raised in Córdoba, Argentina, Minnie Valero immigrated to the US with her family, and pursued a career in public high school education while obtaining Masters degrees in English and Linguistics, Counseling and Educational Policy from UCLA.  Now, she divides her time between her home in California, and her travels around the world (when allowed), painting and teaching art in French, Spanish and English.  


Artist Statement: I enjoy working with watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oils, artfully blending classical and contemporary. I let the painting choose the medium. Portraits, landscapes, figures: my divergent interests in genre stem from a deep love of the interplay of light, shadow, mood and drama, always trying to convey harmony in the composition. I am a contemporary impressionist. The challenge of doing something unusual, and sometimes working with found mediums keeps my work fresh, relevant, and ever evolving. I am now working with original pigments from Nepal. We will see where this leads. I paint with pleasure and passion.

The benefits of art and creating for seniors are endless. Some benefits include:    

  • Increased motor skills and coordination    

  • Cognitive function and stimulation    

  • Improved mood and mental health    

  • Opportunities for social connection

Sketching Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 18 at 3 PM.

Free, open to all.


Missed past presentations? Click below to watch!

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

September 9, Helen Kim and Sofia Puerta Webber. Click here to watch.

Tea Time: History, Tradition and more

September 30, Phillis Carey, The Casual Gourmet. Click here to watch.

Why Should I Respond to the Census?

August 5, Isabel M. Lemus Goyre. Click here to watch.

Time to Refresh Your Garden

August 19, Jackie Siedman. Click here to watch.

Learn the Basics of Italian Wines

July 8, Stefano Poggi. Click here to watch.

Music for the Mind, Body and Soul
July 15, James Clarkston. Click here to watch.

Staying Active While Staying Put: Exercise at Home to Prevent Falls, Retain Balance, Coordination and Strength

July 22, Ulster Napoles. Click here to watch.

Safety In Your Home

July 29, Jetta Russel. Click here to watch.

Real Estate During Covid-19 and Ways to Maximize the Value of your Home

June 3: Bryan Devore. Click here to watch.

Do You Own Your Stuff or Does Your Stuff Own YOU - COVID Edition

June 10: Jami Shapiro. Click here to watch.

Stranded in Another Continent During the Lockdown

June 17: Urs and Ursula Baumann. Click here to watch it.

Immunity Boosting Food + Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle 

June 24: Jennifer Carter. Click here to watch it.

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