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Weekday Lunch. Welcome to lunch! Want to meet new friends? Come join other seniors on weekdays in the Evelyn Hart Event Center, Monday through Friday, from 12-12:30 p.m. Delicious hot and cold lunches are served by a local catering company. Reservations by 9 a.m. two days in advance are appreciated. Call 959.718.1820. Suggested donations: $4.50 per meal. Check the OASIS newsletter for the monthly menu calendar. They are collecting new blankets and throws to give to their Home Delivered Meals clients. They have at least 60 people they would like to give to...and they are asking the community to help reach their goal.


–One Warm Coat, continuing through February 28. They will be collecting new and gently used coats and jackets for our local homeless population. Please bring your donations to the OASIS lobby.

Meal & A Movie on Wednesday, Jan. 29 with the screening of The Wrecking Crew. The meal starts at 12 p.m.; the movie starts at 1 p.m. in the Evelyn Hart Event Center. Call 949.718.1820 the prior Friday to request a meal. Movie Synopsis: Prolific session musicians, The Wrecking Crew, who provided backup instrumentals
for numerous popular bands in the 1960s, are profiled by filmmaker Denny Tedesco, whose father, Tommy, was a member of the band, in this absorbing documentary. Cher, Brian Wilson, Mickey Dolenz, Dick Clark and others reflect on the amazing musicians who backed up the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, the Mamas and the Papas, the Monkees and many more. Starring: Brian Wilson, Cher, Dick Clark, Glen Campbell, Lou Adler and Nancy Sinatra. Running time: 1 hr. 41 min.

–Tax Alert: Beginning in early February 2020, under AARP’s Tax-Aide program, OASIS will be offering free tax preparation services for tax year 2019 to Seniors and Low Income taxpayers. During January, you will begin receiving various Federal and State documents required for tax return preparation. Set these documents aside and bring them to your tax appointment. Such documents include the following:

–W-2: Wages from employment

–SSA 1099: Social Security

–1099-R: Pension/IRA income

–1099-B: Brokerage statements

–1099-INT: Interest income

–1099-DIV: Dividend income

–1099-MISC: Business/Self-Employment income plus associated expenses

–1095-A: If on the Covered California healthcare program

–1099-LTC: If you have long-term care insurance

Tax appointments at OASIS can be scheduled beginning Wednesday, January 8. Some tax documents aren’t sent out until
later in February (such as year-end combined brokerage statements) so make sure you set an appointment date when you will definitely have all the required documents.

TUESDAY NIGHT TOPICS LECTURES will return in 2020. Schedule TBD.


ENC Museum Docents. Interested in spending time helping out the Environmental Nature Center (ENC)? Docents staff the front desk, greet visitors and provide information at the ENC’s state-of-the-art learning facility. Training will cover frequently asked questions, emergency information, and ENC policies and procedures. Commit to volunteering one day a week or just one day a month. This training is for both experienced as well as brand new docents. It is located at 1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach. Volunteer hours: Weekends, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 12-4 p.m. Weekdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 12:30-5 p.m. Register at


Let’s Go Trippin’: Travel Film Series has returned. This group meets every other month. Join the "excursion," for a first-hand account of travels from different presenters and to different locations.

NEW Classes Coming in 2020! Politics of Protest Election, U.S. International Conflict Management, Russia from Tsars to Putin and U.S. Middle East Relations. Politics of Protest takes place from January 27-March 23 from 5-6:45 p.m. in Room 2A.This course examines the evolution of protest politics in the United States. Various methods of dissent and citizen organizing has emerged in America. From the Tea Party Movement to Occupy Wall Street, you will explore the tactics these and other protest groups have employed to achieve their political goals. America was founded on civic engagement. The freedom to openly petition the state of American life is fundamental to what it means to be an American. This course is for those seeking to understand effective civic engagement and the ways people can get involved in discussions about important public issues. (For details of other new classes, see page 16 in the OASIS January newsletter.)

Food for Thought Program: A Creativity Program with Adult Brain Health in Mind on Tuesday, January 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Art Room. Presented by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. When we combine creativity with using our hands while visually engaged, we use multiple areas of our brain all at once, making vital connections. Using one’s creativity throughout a lifetime positively impacts the retention intelligence gained from accumulated knowledge and a lifetime of experiences. This program is limited to 24 participants who are able to commit to all four workshops. Cost: $20 (cash only). Pre-registration and payment in person is required to reserve a spot. Stop by the OASIS office to register.

Men’s Group – Life’s Third Act on Tuesdays, February 4 through March 10 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 5. Seven-week group for individuals age 50 years or better focusing on enhancing communication skills. In late adulthood, many physical and psychological changes take place. How well we adapt to these changes is influenced more by our state of mind than by years live. Join with other men in the journey to find meaning and purpose in life. Facilitated by Robert B. Smith, Ph.D. Space is limited to 15 participants. For questions regarding the group, contact the facilitator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. RSVP to 949.644.3244.

Four Weeks to a Bette Memory on Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10 a.m. in Room 5. Presented by Alzheimer’s Orange County. Remember names and faces, recall appointments and learn to practice everyday memory techniques in this course written and designed by Gary Small, M.D. and Linda Ercoli, Ph.D. for people with mild memory concerns. Nine out of 10 people report improvements in their memory. Cost: $65 is payable to Alzheimer’s Orange County. Contact the organization directly at 949.757.3764.

Intro to the MELT Method of Self Care on Tuesdays, February 25-Mrch 17 from 1-1:40 p.m. in the OASIS Dance Room. For anyone new to the MELT Method, this class must be taken prior to taking the one-hour class. Erase pain and tension brought on by everyday stress, aging and overuse. This simple self-treatment technique can make your whole body feel better and provide relief from neck and low back pain, arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. In this 40-minute class Yvette Casal will teach you the four Rs of MELT: reconnect, re-balance, re-hydrate and release so you can develop a home practice. Please bring a mat and water to drink. New to MELT? Email Casal once you register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost: $50/4. Drop In (no refunds), $15/1.

Great Courses Discussion meets Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. New Topic: “My Favorite Universe,”  to watch Great Courses DVD followed by a group discussion. Meetings are free and RSVP is not required. Takes place in Room 2B. View page 17 in the newsletter for the scheduled topics.

Food for Thought Program: A Creativity Program with Adult Brain Health in Mind on Tuesdays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Art Room. Presented by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. When we combine creativity with using our hands while visually engaged, we use multiple areas of our brain all at once, making vital connections. Using one’s creativity throughout a lifetime positively impacts the retention intelligence gained from accumulated knowledge and a lifetime of experiences. This program is limited to 24 participants who are able to commit to all four workshops. Cost: $20 (cash only). Pre-registration and payment in person is required to reserve a spot. Stop by the OASIS office to register.

Learn a New Language with Portal Languages. Portal Languages teaches Italian, French and Spanish with six- to eight-week courses. Come learn a new skill and make new friends in the New Year. View page 18 in the newsletter for class dates, times and costs.

Sing & Pick Hootenanny Group meets every Friday from 1-3 p.m. Bring your stringed instrument or just come and sing along. Takes place in OASIS Room 5.

OASIS Wood Carvers Seek New Members on Thursdays between 8-11 a.m. This group works on individual projects and welcomes new members. Come any Thursday and see Junie Allen to sign up, or find out more about the group. Instructors are available during class time to assist members. Group members are asked to contribute $15 every three months for class tool and machine maintenance. For more information, visit

A Different Kind of Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Read a different book based on a chosen topic. You will go home with a list of interesting reads. Theme: Historical fiction or fiction. Free.

Beginning Guitar Workshop gets together on ongoing Fridays from 3-4 p.m. and it’s free. No experience is necessary. Come learn to play the guitar in an informal setting. Bring your own acoustic guitar. Takes place in Room 5.

OASIS Sing Along happens on ongoing Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. and it’s free. Join a group of music aficionados who love to sing together, harmonize and learn new tunes. RSVP is not required. Takes place in OASIS Room 1A.

Hula is on ongoing Mondays from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and it’s free. RSVP is not required. Taught by Marianne Ripley.

Head to Toe Fitness on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8-9 a.m. Cost: $65/8. Drop ins $12/1; no refunds. Starting with dynamic stretching and low impact movements, this class includes light-weight training and floor exercises, helping you maintain bone density as it strengthens and stretches muscles throughout the body.

Longevity Stick on ongoing Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and it’s free. These easy-to-learn gentle movements promote physical fitness and mental relaxation. Bring a one-inch round (in diameter) wood stick that has a length equivalent to your body height. Most hardware stores carry wood sticks. Meets at Grant Howald Park, 3000 5th Ave., Corona del Mar.

Zumba Gold classes are offered at varying times. Costs vary. Offered by CS Dance Factory, your dance party workout will have you groovin’ at your own pace. Easy to follow, low-impact dance steps to zesty Latin and international music. Meet new friends while moving and having fun. Improve balance, strength and mobility. The instructors will uplift and energize you.


Open Art Workshop on ongoing Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the OASIS Art Center. Free. No RSVP is required. For students of any medium, this is the perfect time to catch up on class projects.


Current Events Discussion on ongoing Mondays from 5-7 p.m. in the OASIS Library. Free. Join this group to openly discuss current events in a friendly setting. Topics will include news, magazines and movies. Participants are asked to bring an article to share with the group. From time to time, a speaker may present a special topic.

Writing Roundtable Group on ongoing Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in OASIS Room 5. Free. The class is dedicated to improving writing skills by presenting readings then receiving critiques. Authors can bring prepared material, double spaced with a copy for each attendee. A classroom copy machine is required. Content can include short stories, personal essays, a magazine article or poem. Reading time depends upon class attendance. The instructor is Jos Vloet. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Technology Tutoring on Monday, Jan. 27 from 2-3 p.m. in the Computer Lab. Free. RSVP is required. Call 949.644.3244. Bring in your device and get assistance. Instructor is The Grey Haired Geek.

2020 Election on Thursdays, January 30-March 26 with no class on February 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. in OASIS Room 1A. This course examines the policies, people and politics of the 2020 Election. From campaign strategy to voter analysis, you will explore how the 2020 Election for President of the United States is stacking up against the electorate. You will rely on up-to-date candidate policy proposals, such as health care, economic approaches and national security issues to ensure a substantive discussion on the presidential race. This course is for those seeking to listen and share their views on the current state of 2020 Presidential Election Politics and the policies driving public debate. Cost: $60/8. Instructor: Joshua Stone, MPP. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Did you know that Oasis has a library that is well stocked with books and puzzles available for checkout? The library has current hardback and paperback fiction as well as non-fiction and biographies. There are also special collections of military/veteran books, sailing/nautical books and large print books. It is located adjacent to the game room in the front left section of OASIS. Hours are weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are often available, but there is a sign-out sheet so that books can be checked out even if no volunteers are present. 

Donations of books and puzzles are always appreciated. They can be left at the library desk or placed in the book return slot. The library is currently hoping to expand the non-fiction/biography and large print book sections. Please stop by to browse or chat with a volunteer.


Endless Sun Surf Lessons. Newport Beach’s Endless Sun Surf School is offering private and group lessons meet under Newport Pier (Lifeguard headquarters building, lower level) and 24th Street. They teach to any surfing ability. Pro surfers will help you develop confidence, competence and awareness as a surfer. Cost: Private, $75/hr.; Two people, $55/hr./pp.; Three people, $50/hr./pp.; Six+ people, 60/2hr./pp. Book your lesson at

Sailing with the OASIS Sailing Club makes recreational sailing available to members and their guests, and provides instruction in sailing to those members who wish to learn how to handle a sailboat. Enjoy year round sailing in their beautiful Catalina 34MKII sloops, OASIS-V and OASIS-VI. Both are in excellent condition and ready for all-weather operations. Sailing is sometimes tranquil and always enjoyable. More than 150 friendly club members welcome both experienced and new sailors. The Club meets the last Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m.. There is a $42 monthly dues fees. Sailing is free. Google “Oasis Sailing Club” for the website. Call Membership Chair Rob Reid at 510.329.2741 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for membership details. 


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Pickleball – Outdoor Open Courts & Drop-In. Four outdoor courts; no lights. Open Courts: Mon.-Fri., 7-8 a.m. and 12 p.m.-dusk; Sat.-Sun., 7 a.m.-dusk. Drop In: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-12 p.m. A predetermined schedule of play is based on skill levels will be posted at the courts and online. View the schedule at Participants will be required to supply their own paddle. Approved paddles must be used at all times. Visit for the list of approved paddles. Noise reduced balls will be available onsite. Outdoor pickleball is permitted only at the designated courts.

Pickleball – Indoor Drop-In. Three indoor court for doubles play; no partner is required. Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m.; Fridays, 12:30-3:30  p.m. Paddles and indoor balls are available. All skill levels are welcome. Pay and Play. Drop-in cards can be purchased online at City Hall or Newport Beach Community Center. RSVP not required.

Senior Tennis Group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Interested in playing tennis? Come out to the San Joaquin Tennis Courts at 1550 Crown Drive, Corona del Mar. Please note: All play is doubles, no need to bring a partner or sign up in advance. Players ranked 3.0 and above are encouraged to participate. Please bring a racquet and $1 for balls. For more information, contact Linda Hardenbergh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let’s Tee it Up on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Check-in times and costs vary. Get out and hit the course as the weather is warming up. Groups play at four different courses: Monday: Costa Mesa-Los Lagos, $33 for this long and challenging par 72; Wednesday: Fountain Valley-Mile Square Classic Course, $38; Wednesday: Costa Mesa-Mesa Linda, $26, par 70; and Friday: Fountain Valley-Mile Square Players Course, long and challenging, $40. Cart fees vary. Average cost is $12 per person. Reservations required.


Bridge from beginning to advanced and duplicate, learn and advance your skills in this stimulating game. Session times and costs vary.

Mah Jongg when experienced players meet on an ongoing basis on Mondays and Fridays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. in Room 3. Free and RSVP is not required.

Mexican Train where this interactive fun-packed game is played with dominoes. Beginners should come at 1 p.m. on Fridays to learn how to play. Meets on an ongoing basis on Fridays from 1- 4 p.m. in the Library/Game Room. Free and RSVP is not required.

Ping Pong where new players are always welcome. Meets on an ongoing basis on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. in the Event Center. Free and RSVP is not required.

Scrabble where game boards, tiles and official Scrabble dictionary provided. All levels welcome. Meets on an ongoing basis on Monday from 1:30-4 p.m. in Room 2B. Free and RSVP is not required.

Shanghai/May I where if you know how to play Rummy, you’ll pick up this game in no time. Meets on an ongoing basis on Tuesday from 12:30-4 p.m. in the Library/Game Room. Free and RSVP is not required.

Texas Hold’em Players Wanted whether you are a beginner or advanced experienced. Come enjoy treats and a chance to win a gift certificate to In-n-Out Burger. You should know the basics of poker, and new players are welcome. Meets on the first and third Friday every month from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Room 1B. Play for chips only. Free and RSVP is not required.


Daily lunch program where both hot and cold meals are served Monday through Friday from 12-2:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $4.50 and reservations are required two days in advance by calling 949.718.1820. 


Health Screenings with walk-in Blood Pressure Screenings on the first and third Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Visual Aid Screening by the Braille Institute for magnifying when eyeglasses are no longer sufficient. Call 714.821.5000 for an appointment.

Free Medical Lectures provided by Hoag Hospital. Call 949.644.3244 for the schedule.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group where meetings are open to caregivers, family members and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia on the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m.

Caregivers Support Group where “Thrive not Survive” meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in Room 5. Caregiving is challenging. The goal of this group is to increase your confidence as a caregiver, improve the skills that you have developed and offer a safe place to share your feelings. Free and facilitated by the Caregiver Resource Center, 714.446.5030.

Parkinson’s Newly Diagnosed Support Group where a group of people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s meets the second and fourth Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Nasira’s Nutrition Individualized Nutritional Counseling with Nasira Burkholder-Cooley, DRPH, RD, CPT. She is a doctorate-level registered dietician, a certified personal trainer and a yoga instructor. This one-on-one nutrition consultation benefits individuals seeking to optimize their health through diet. If you’re interested in learning more about how good nutrition can help you meet your health goals, set up a nutritional counseling appointment. Fitness consultation is also available. Cost: $80 for a 60-minute consultation. For more information and to set up an appointment, contact Nasira at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call 425.445.3914.

Meals on Wheels where three (3) nutritious meals are delivered Monday through Friday to homebound seniors (60 and older) that qualify for the program. Volunteers take time from their days to use their own vehicles to lovingly ensure that no senior is without a meal. If you have questions about the program, how it works, or if you and a loved one qualify, call 949.718.1811.



The Broad on Wednesday, Jan. 29. It’s time to visit one of our most popular museums. This newest contemporary art museum’s aim is to inspire and foster appreciation of art of our time with a collection of nearly 2,000 works of contemporary art. If you haven’t seen Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror rooms, two are currently on view and can be seen at no additional charge. A new and special exhibit originated by The Broad, “Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again,” is the largest exhibition to date of internationally acclaimed artist, Shirin Nesha. However, there is an additional charge of $20 to view the exhibit which includes 230 photographs and eight video works. Lunch on your own. Departs: 9 a.m. Returns: 5 p.m. Cost: $60/$65.

Grape Expectations – Chocolate, Wine & Exotic Animals on Thursday, Feb. 11. Put on your walking shoes for an action-filled day. First stop will be an alpaca ranch where you will enjoy a guided tour and meet these inquisitive and friendly creatures. You will be able to pet them and will be given snacks to feed them. Afterward, visit the shop with alpaca fleece products. Then to Sugarplum Farms where they have artisanal chocolates and a petting zoo. You will have time to meet their friendly and exotic animals and enjoy a guided tour of the chocolate store with an opportunity to sample and buy your favorites. A boxed lunch will be served at their picnic site. From there, you head to an award-winning boutique winery for wine tasting. On the way home, there is a stop at Tom’s Farms. Departs: 8 a.m. Returns: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $115/$120.

Norton Simon Museum on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Travel to Pasadena to visit the Norton Simon Museum, founded in 1922 and one of OASIS’ favorites. Upon arrival, enjoy an included box lunch at the Norton Simon Garden Café. Afterwards there will be a self-guided audio tour with time to view the exhibits at your own pace and perhaps with a stop in the gift shop. Departs 10:30 a.m. Returns 5 p.m. Cost: $65/$70.

Welk Resort Theatre – A Chorus Line on Saturday, March 7. Travel down to Escondido and enjoy the Welk Theatre’s performance of this stunning Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning musical that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Lunch at the resort included prior to the performance.

Departs 9 a.m. Returns 5 p.m. Cost: $115/$120.

Autry Museum of the American West on Wednesday, March 11. Travel to Griffith Park and visit this world-class museum dedicated to exploring the American West. It was established by Gene Autry to explore and share the comprehensive story of the American West and its multiple cultures. It is organized into three theme areas: Religion and Ritual, Land and Landscape and Migration and Movement. Also, on display will be the 23rd annual Masters of the American West and the Gamble Firearms Gallery which shows more of the context and place of firearms in the Old West. Lunch on your own at one of the park’s most popular cafes, Crossroads West. Departs 8:30 a.m. Returns 5 p.m. Cost: $60/$65.

Wheel of Fortune on Thursday, March 26. Be part of the audience for the taping of this popular show at Sony Studios. Before the show a tasty lunch is included at Cantor’s Deli, one of California’s oldest delis. Departs 11 a.m. Returns 7:30 p.m. Cost: $85/$90.

Note: Day Trip Departure/Return Location is the Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Coast (corner of Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road).


Laughlin - Riverside Resort & Casino Norton Simon Museum on March 17-19. Take a leisurely to trip to Laughlin (bingo on the bus) and then enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the area. Gamble, walk by the river or take a boat ride, shop or just relax. Departs 8:30 a.m. Returns 5:30 p.m. on March 19. Cost: Single, $170; Double, $135pp.

Note: Extended trips can be 3-5 days within driving range or a shorter flight leaving out of Orange County. New trips to be posted.

Gambling trips are scheduled monthly. All trips are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and may sell out. Note: Trips fill up quickly, so sign up early. Travel Office: Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 949.718.1810.

OASIS Senior Center is located at 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar,

92625. Call 949.644.3244. Parking is Free. OASIS Senior Center is on Facebook.

For a complete list of classes, happenings, support groups and trips, visit They are also listed in the quarterly Newport Navigator, available at Newport Beach Public Library branches.


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