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Berkeley, California (Thursday, July 13, 2017) - Come out to the renovated South Berkeley Senior Center on Monday and learn about the many services we offer and community we build for those 55 and over.

There will be a re-opening ceremony on Monday July 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., when guests can take guided tours of a facility renovated to increase accessibility of services for people of all ages and abilities. There will also be food, refreshments and live entertainment!

Membership is free for seniors at both of the City's senior centers and includes access to a variety of classes, services, and social opportunities.

Our Aging Services Division provides classes such as Tai Chi, Zumba, Ceramics, and sewing group. Social and support groups and weekly presentations on health-related and/or social service topics are offered.  Daily excursions are planned, including fieldtrips to local museums, concerts, and movies, as well as help with personal errands and shopping.  The center offers a daily, nutritious, low cost lunch for seniors over the age of 60. For Berkeley seniors with more complex needs, case management services are available.

The South Berkeley Senior Center (2939 Ellis Street), as well as the North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst Avenue),  features event spaces that can be reserved and rented to private community members, organizations, and City Departments and commissions. Rooms in each facility are suitable for meetings, performances, parties, dining, and classroom activities.

"We are excited to have a beautifully renovated Senior Center in South Berkeley, that reflects our respect for elders in the community," says Paul Buddenhagen, the City of Berkeley's Health, Housing and Community Services Director.

The renovations, totaling close to $700,000 were made possible through a mix of local and federal funding. Major improvements include the installation of a new and more inviting ADA accessible reception counter, three additional ADA accessible information counters, and new flooring, wall repair, and fresh paint throughout the building.

The renovated senior center demonstrates the City of Berkeley's commitment to ensure that people of all ages can participate in community activities. In 2016, the City of Berkeley was welcomed to a worldwide network of Aging Friendly Cities by the World Health Organization and AARP, demonstrating Berkeley's commitment to creating livable communities for older adults. The newly renovated South Berkeley Senior Center is part of that vision.

South Berkeley Senior Center, located at 2939 Ellis Street Berkeley, is open Monday through Friday from 8 am - 5 pm. For more information about the center, visit the City of Berkeley Aging Division website or call (510) 981-5170.


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