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50 and Better Together Monthly Newsletter

March 2017

Upcoming Events

Holiday Hours

The Center will be closed Friday March 31 through Sunday, April 2 in honor of Cesar Chavez Day. Regular hours resume at 9am on Monday, April 3.

Senior Housing Informational Session
Wednesday, March 1 from 5:30-7pm
Need more information about the new senior housing development going up on Texas & Howard? Attend this Housing Informational Session to find out some specifics of the project.  For more information, you may contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 ext. 205 or

Food Bank Community Food Distribution
Tuesday, March 7, 9am in The Center parking lot
The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosts a distribution site once a month for the Community Cares Project of the San Diego Food Bank. On the first Tuesday of every month, 9-10:30am, visit The Center's parking lot for emergency food. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at or contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Senior Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 2, 12-1pm in the Library
This group of senior community members provides input on the 50 & Better Together program here at The Center. These meetings are for anyone interested in our senior services program and activities. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Parkinson’s Disease Presentation
Thursday, March 9 at 12 pm in the Library
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60.  While the average age at onset is 60, some people are diagnosed at 40 or younger. Estimates of the number of people living with the disease vary, but recent research indicates that at least one million people in the United States, and more than five million worldwide, have Parkinson’s disease.  For more information on this event or to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Access to Law Initiative - Free Legal Clinic
Tuesday, March 14 & 28, 9:30-11:30am in the Auditorium
The Access to Law Initiative, a project of California Western School of Law, holds legal clinics the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9am to 11am at The Center. At these clinics, attorneys will be available for free, 30-minute consultations to help evaluate legal issues.

Prostate Cancer Support Group Serving the Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
Tuesday, March 14 & 28, 6:30-8pm in Room 201
William Shi leads this group on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 pm. Please contact William at before attending for the first time. For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Lunch Out with 50 and Better Together 
Friday, March 10 at 12 noon 
Join us at
DZ Akins Deli (6390 Alvarado Rd, 92120) for lunch and conversation. RSVP to Al Kalian at 619.296.0833.  For more information, you may also contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x 205 or   

Lunch & Learn: Financial Peace of Mind in Very Uncertain Times
Wednesday, March 15 from 12-1:30pm in the Library

Is your income/retirement plan safe and savvy? What are the options for the best return on your money? Will your retirement plan be there when you need it – will you outlive your money? Your presenters will address these items and other critical issues for LGBT seniors in today’s uncertain times. Please join us for a delicious meal combined with peace of mind! For more information on this event or to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at or (619) 692-2077 ext. 205.

Senior Food Bank
Tuesday, March 28, 1-3pm in the Auditorium
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older once a month.  Eligible applicants can enroll in the program by applying in person at our site on the day of the event or call the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at 866.350.3663.  For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website or contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Weekly Groups

For more information on current groups, visit the 50 and Better Together page on the Center website.

Art Group: Drawing and Painting
Join others 50 and Better in this multimedia art group and use pencil, pastel, watercolor and more to express yourself. Workshops are held on Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm in group room 2 of The Center. The group is free, but some basic materials may need to be purchased. For information, please
contact LaRue Fields at 619.692.2077 x205 or

Canasta Group
Tuesdays from 12:30-3:30pm in the Library
We will no longer have Saturday Canasta here at The Center. Canasta is a card game in the rummy family of games; it’s also a lot of fun to play!!  50 & Better enthusiastic canasta group meets every Tuesday.  This group is anxious to teach beginners and welcomes players of all levels.  For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Feeling Fit Club
Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-2pm in the Auditorium

These free fitness classes for older adults helps to improve balance, strength, flexibility, and maintain independence.  Suitable for all levels; exercises may be done sitting or standing.  This is a program of the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Aging and Independence Services.  For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619. 692.2077 x205 or

Gentle Yoga
Thursdays from 2:45-3:45pm in the Library
We are pleased to announce that we have Gentle Yoga classes for seniors each Thursday at 2:45 pm in the auditorium of The Center. Improve your health and overall well-being, regardless of age, physical ability or financial status. For more information, please contact LaRue Fields at 619. 692.2077 x205 or

Yoga for Everyone
Mondays from 10:30-11:45am in the Library 
This yoga class is open to all but be advertised on the senior calendar and recorded under senior programs.  Joy Miller, a certified yoga instructor, will lead this very popular class that has been on hiatus for a few months.  We welcome Joy to The LGBT Center and we hope to see all of our regulars to this class come back and support Joy as she puts her heart into her system of exercises for mental and physical Health.  For more information, contact LaRue Fields at or 619.692.2077 x205.

Community Groups

FOG (Fellowship of Older Gays) Rap Group
If you are an older gay male and would like to have a meaningful and lively discussion on current events affecting the gay community, attend this group and broaden your horizons. You will find the dialogue interesting and provocative. For more information,  email

Contact Us

For information on all events and activities in the 50 and Better Club Enewsletter please email us at


Cyber Center

The Cyber Center is open daily from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm.

Toni Atkins Lesbian Health Fund

The Toni Atkins Lesbian Health Fund was established by The Imperial Court de San Diego and The Center to assist low-income and uninsured lesbian and bisexual women in accessing necessary healthcare resources. Pick up an application at The Center (WRC), The Lesbian Health Clinic or get it online in English or Spanish.

Join 50 & Better Together on Facebook

More and more people are joining Facebook, so now we are using it as a way to spread the word about 50 & Better events. Visit us on Facebook today!

Want to Volunteer?

As our program grows, we will need your help to keep it strong! Can you plan events, teach a hands-on workshop, lead a movement class, give a lecture, facilitate a support or discussion group? Even if you just want to help set up chairs, we need and appreciate your help.

To learn more, contact our volunteer coordinator at

Already a volunteer? Don't forget to log your hours here!

Support Senior Services at the Center

No matter what strikes your passion and heart most deeply -- seniors, families, housing, equality work -- there are a menu of giving opportunities to help support the 46,000 service visits for LGBT San Diegans that we provide every year!

Every dollar you can give helps to support the services, projects and programs that make a difference for so many in the LGBT San Diego community.

You don't have to give thousands to make a difference in lives, give what you can and together we can all keep making a difference!

Thank you so much for your generosity and for all you do!

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