March Events
Annual Budget Passes the DAAS Commission with Good News and Disappointments 
 
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The Department of Aging and Adult Service budget request was approved at the  Feb.  16th Commission. While significant new staff were added to the In-Home Services Program and Adult Protective Services, community-based services went away pretty much empty handed. Join us for a Rally and Campaign Planning Session for how to ensure neighborhood-based services and supports are not left out of this year's budget.  
 
Help us Fight for a Fair Share of Fair Care
  • Case managers and social workers for the most vulnerable
  • Job opportunities for low-income seniors
  • Added computer training at community labs and for homebound seniors
  • Housing for homeless seniors with serious medical conditions
  • Transportation for the "frailest of the frail" to Adult Day Programs
Monday, March 14
3pm - 4:30pm
at the Koret Auditorium, Main Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Sponsored by CASE (Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly)
 

Seeking Experience & Good Sense at BoardMatch 

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? Come visit Community Living Campaign and 150 other nonprofits -- in one place, at one time, for one purpose...to meet potential board members. The Volunteer Center's  Board Match Event helps make the connection, creating a place for interested volunteers to meet nonprofit staff and board members. 

CLC will be there with a host of other diverse, mission-driven nonprofits. Come see us at this free event and consider taking on a board-level volunteer r ole.

Wednesday, March 2 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco, Union Square - 333 O'Farrell St., Grand Ballroom 

crowd of people looking a displays and talking to board members
book cover showing Saul Alinsky and the words People Power
Community Organizing = 
Building People Power

C ome spend an evening celebrating the life and times of Saul Alinsky and a history of local organizing in San F rancisco with Mike Miller. 
Thursday, March 3 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at  Laborers' International Union Hall, Local 261 - 3271 18th Street
RSVP and get more information at http://bit.ly/saulalinksy
Autographed books available.  Download a flyer to share here .  In good organizing tradition, refreshments will be served.

36th Black Cuisine Festival Provides Great Food

T
h e Bay Area's biggest lip-smacking, finger-lickin' soul food celebration will take place on 
Saturday, March 5th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
1706 Yosemite Ave at Third Street

T he free 36th Annual Black Cuisine Festival, sponsored by Bayview Senior Services, will feature live music, vendor booths, a Kid's zone, and a dazzling variety of food venues. 


Creative Arts & Dementia Symposium 4 Caregivers

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Family caregivers looking for effective ways to engage with loved ones livingwith dementia are invited to a Creative Arts Symposium on: 
Wednesday, March 16, from 10am to 3pm 
Institute on Aging Weinberg Auditorium
3575 Geary Blvd.

Experts from the Alzheimer's Association, Institute on Aging, and Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at Sutter Health's CPMC will lead the  hands-on workshop, which highlights how art, drama, music, and mindfulness can dramatically improve caregiving relationships and quality of life. 

Caregivers will learn about local community arts programs for residents living with dementia, and will leave with new tools and techniques to try at home. 

Register online by March 8 at symposium.kintera.org/creative2016
Cost is $20 per person, which includes beverages, lunch, and free respite care for qualified caregivers.  For more information, contact Rachel Main at rmain@alz.org  or read more about the symposium here .

Computer Classes and Connectivity 
Computer Classes and Tutoring Engage

We have a great roster of classes, tutoring opportunities and presentations. This month's topics include Email & Password Safety, Movies & Music Online, Genealogy, Editing Photos, and more. 

We are also delighted to welcome two new bilingual trainers - Florence Lau and Olga Poveda to increase our classes in Cantonese and Spanish. Stay tuned for more details!  Download the full list of classes and open labs here

We continue to highlight The History Project with one-on-one training, photo scanning and support every Monday at 360 Valencia from 11:00 to 3:00 and at other sites listed on the schedule. See CLC's History Project here.
 
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Boomers and Beyond 

This On Lok sponsored event is an exceptional opportunity hear from and network with key motivators in start-ups, forward-thinking companies, venture capitalists, philanthropists, network integrators, senior care and products-all with a common interest in accelerating silver-tech. 
Thursday, March 31, 5:30 to 8:30
at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. 

Moderator: Katy Fike, PhD, co-founder of Aging 2.0.  Panelists include:  Reg Kelly, OBE, co-founder of QB3, incubator for innovating drug & device delivery;  Mike Masserman, Director of Federal & International Government Relations, Lyft;  Scott Mauvais, Director of Technology and Civic Innovation, Microsoft; Founding Member, SF Tech Council.
Find more information or purchase tickets for Boomers and Beyond here.  Proceeds benefit 30th Street Senior Center. 
Comcast Internet Essentials SF Pilot Excels 
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A few months into the program, the number of low income San Francisco seniors 62 and older who are getting broadband internet for $9.95 per month continues to grow. 

If you or someone you know qualifies, this is a great deal - it's the most cost effective option for home internet that we've found.  Learn more about the Internet Essential for Seniors Program here or by calling 1-855-804-8010.
  
Connectors Build Communities & Friendships
  
  OMI Transportation Fair Gets People Moving
seniors getting information at resource tables and smiling
Transportation is a significant issue for our Cayuga and OMI  neighbors,  especially seniors and those with disabilities. The February CLC Transportation Fair brought together nine local transportation providers. 

Each presented how their service works, how to access by phone or online. They also "set up shop" around the room to talk one-on-one, answer questions, and share information, coupons and such. If you missed the event, you will get great information in the Ingleside Light with an article by Judy Goddess.  CLC is planning another Transportation event in the Bayview later this year. 

Keep up to date with other great OMI activities on the OMI Community Connectors Facebook page


Connections for Healthy Aging Growing 

Healthy Aging Workshop underway at Openhouse.
We're offering both multi-week and single topic Connections for Healthy Workshops this spring. Learn how to be an empowered elder - from healthcare decisions , to your support network, to your legacy, and much more. We have upcoming multi-week Healthy Aging sessions planned at Golden Gate Village, Openhouse, Project Access and San Francisco Village. 

We are also offering a short workshop on the
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Myths of Aging and the Vial of Life
(an easy way to make sure emergency responders can find your medical and other information in an emergency) in the OMI:
Friday, March 11 from 11:00am - 12:15pm
at IT Bookman Community Center, 446 Randolph Street

For more info about upcoming sessions, contact Marcia at marcia.peterzell@comcast.net or call (415) 359-1816

Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards

video of award winners on the steps of city hall
We so appreciate the story that Glenda Hope told at this year's Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards ceremony. Kudos to all involved in making Cayuga the  "Come Back Neighborhood of the Year." and more importantly, modeling what it means to have real community at the neighborhood level.  

Keep up with  Cayuga activities on 
CLC's Videographers in Production (VIP's)

5 diverse seniors is a video lab
Over the past year, a team of folks have been working hard to learn about videotaping, editing and production. They produced a set of short video's for the CLC Awards event in 2015 and were in the studio last week to shoot what they plan to be the first in a monthly series of programs on Community Access channel. Stay tuned to find out when it will air! 
 
CLC also got some on-air time with the help of the Comcast Newsmakers series, produced for Cable TV.   View Newsmaker interview here

The VIP's work is a partnership with the Bay Area Video Coalition. Let us know if you have an interest or experience with video production and would like to get involved with CLC. For more information, contact Judy Auda at 415-826-3194.  

"I Feel Very Rich In My Heart" says Volunteer Carmelita
smiling woman with laptop in garden
Photo from SF Chronicle

A recent article in the SF Chronicle (subscription required) features Cayuga Community Connector Carmelita, who is a regular volunteer at St. Anthony's Dining Room. 

In her Cayuga neighborhood, Carmelita c omes to the Always Active senior exercise classes three times a week, walking up the hill with the aid of two ski poles, often with a friend she's made at the class. She joins us for free workshops on brain health and beginning computer skills, volunteers at yard sales and potlucks, and is helping prepare the neighborhood for emergencies. 

In the SF Chronicle article, 91-year old Carmelita explains, " Nobody's obligating me to give back, but that's how I feel. I feel so blessed that I am given this opportunity to do something for the people who are less fortunate. It makes me feel rich. I feel very rich in my heart."

Experts agree that helping others is good for your health - and a great way to make new friends. CLC is always looking for volunteers to step up as "good neighbors", with a special event planned for April 30th.  If you are interested in helping CLC, call and let us know at 415-821-1003.