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Volume 4, Issue 97  |  December 3, 2019


OASIS Senior Center events, classes, trips...

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HAPPENINGS

Holiday Hours: Offices, Classrooms and Transportation - December 23, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; December 24 through January 1, 2020 - closed. Regular hours will resume January 2, 2020. Fitness Center - December 23, open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (closing early), December 24-26 - closed; December 27-30, open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. (closing early), December 31 and January 1, 2020: closed.

Membership Monthly Get Together on Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Meeting, entertainment and lunch, and as you arrive, enjoy the piano stylings of Deane Bottorf. Be entertained by the Costa Mesa Madrigal Choir. The members of this group are widely acclaimed local students in grades 9 through 12. The choir has performed at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Disneyland Christmas Event, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and Carnegie Hall in New York City. The 36-member Madrigal Choir will sing a Christmas repertoire, directed by award-winning teacher and mentor, Jon Lindfors. Join the festivities in the OASIS Evelyn Hart Event Center for a very memorable Christmas monthly gathering. Menu: Chicken alfredo or spaghetti bolognese with seasoned asparagus and garlic toast. Tickets: $8 members, $10 non-members. This event will sell out, so purchase your tickets early. Next meeting date: January 10, 2020.

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.

California Assembly Office Hours on the second Tuesday of every month, when Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris’s staff will be at the OASIS
Senior Center to meet with members of the community, answer questions about legislation and state services and help you with any state issues you might have. 

Her staff can often help residents with matters related to the DMV, state taxes, veterans’ benefits and Medi-Cal and many other state-related issues. If you are interested in speaking with the staff member, call to make an appointment at 949.644.3244.

SAVE THE DATES:

–Thanksgiving Luncheon: Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 12 p.m. in the Event Center. Tickets for $5 are on sale now. Purchase them in the Administration Office. Cash or check only.

–Holiday Luncheon: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $5 each. Join in for a delicious holiday feast catered by California Fresh. Festive music and entertainment by Dallas and Doll.

Meal & A Movie on Wednesday, Dec. 18 with the screening of The Man Who Invented Christmas. 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: With his most recent books having little success, Victorian novelist Charles Dickens finds himself obliged to self-publish his masterful fable A Christmas Carol – which he hopes will revive his sagging career. 

Starring: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce and Justin Edwards. Running time: 1 hr. 44 min.

–Let’s Go Trippin’ Returns! The group will now meet every other month beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 at 6 p.m. Join in for a presentation on Iran by Rail. For more information, see the listing on page 17 in the OASIS December newsletter.

–Ginny King Memorial Duplicate Bridge Tournament: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m.; the Tournament runs from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration with a partner is required via cash, check or credit card. Register at the Friends of OASIS office. Tickets: $12 per player. For additional information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

–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, 2020. 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.

VOLUNTEERISM

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 www.encenter.org.

CLASSES & ACTIVITIES

NEW Classes Coming in 2020! Politics of Protest, 220 Election, U.S. International Conflict Management, Russia from Tsars to Putin and U.S. Middle East Relations. (For details, see page 16 in the OASIS December newsletter.)

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.

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 https://tinyurl.com/oasiswood.

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.

FINE ARTS

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.

ENRICHMENT

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 Mondays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 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.

OASIS LIBRARY

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.

SPORTS

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 www.endlesssunsurf.com.

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. 

OASIS VI

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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 www.newportneachca.gov/sports. Participants will be required to supply their own paddle. Approved paddles must be used at all times. Visit www.newportbeachca.gov/sports 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.

CARDS & GAMES

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.

MEAL PROGRAMS

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. 

SCREENINGS, SUPPORT GROUPS and COUNSELING

Beating the Holiday Blues on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 2-3 p.m. Join Dr. Alan Levy, clinical psychologist, for an interactive hour, featuring music and pictures, designed to further your understanding of the difficult human communication process and to provide practical help in happily managing the many expectations, changes in routine and potential loneliness that can occur during this special time of year. Takes place in Room 4

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.

TRAVEL

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. AFC Travel Company Presentation. A representative from AFC will be presenting their 2020 tours. This is a very special year, so the perfect tour may be waiting for you. Come find out.

DAY TRIPS

Viejas Casino on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Time for the annual visit to this very popular casino with its 2,000 slot machines, bingo, poker and more. After you collect your winnings you can finish your holiday shopping at the Outlet Center. On the trip going, Bingo on the bus - $1.00. Departs: 8:30 a.m. Returns: 5:30 p.m. Cost: $15/$20.

Mission Inn-Festival of Lights on Thursday, Dec. 5. Motorcoach to Riverside for a magical tour of the Mission Inn and its holiday spectacular. First stop will be an included lunch at the ProAbition Kitchen & Bar. From there to the beautiful Mission Inn Hotel and its dazzling holiday spectacle of more than four million lights. A guided tour of the Inn is included before viewing the holiday displays. Departs: 11:30 a.m. Returns: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $99/$104.

Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, Dec. 14. Celebrate the Christmas season with the 115-member Los Angeles Master Chorale as they sing all your favorite and traditional Christmas carols sprinkled with new arrangements and audience sing-a-longs. The Disney Hall mighty pipe organ will join in the celebration. Lunch on your own prior to the concert. Departs: 11 a.m. Returns: 6 p.m. Cost: $99/$104.

Petersen Automotive Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. This museum is probably best known for its love of wheels. Enjoy a docent-led tour of all three floors viewing more than 150 models from classics to hot rods and learning about the history of the automobile. After lunch, return to the museum for a guided tour of the Vault featuring more than 250 vehicles from around the world including a 1913 Rolls Royce, 1910 Ford Model T, 1923 Mercedes, 1937 Jaguar, 1955 Ferrari and other iconic and rare cars, motorcycles and trucks spanning more than 120 years of automotive history. Lunch on your own at the L.A. Farmers Market. Departs: 8 a.m. Returns: 5 p.m. Cost: $90/$95.

The Broad on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. 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, 2020. 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.

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

EXTENDED TRIPS

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 http://bit.ly/OASISSeniorCenter. They are also listed in the quarterly Newport Navigator, available at Newport Beach Public Library branches.

 

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