Claremont Insider: Senior Excursions

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Senior Excursions

The city website had an announcement for some fun-sounding upcoming excursions for seniors:

Senior News
2008-2009 Senior Excursions Scheduled Announced

The City of Claremont Senior Citizens Program is excited to announce the new lineup of trips and tours for September 2008 all the way through December of 2009. These monthly trips focus on providing the older-adult community with a low cost means to discover the best of Southern California through it's cultural activities, captivating art, and rich history. These trips are a great way to meet new people or just enjoy the company of friends through thrilling adventures. Adults ages 50 and over are welcome to register at Joslyn Center located at 660 N. Mountain Ave. Pre-registration is highly encouraged as most trips sell out well in advance.

Upcoming Senior Excursions:

· Catalina Island - Thursday, August 21
· Temecula Winery Tours - Thursday, September 25.
· Haunted City Tour of San Diego - Thursday, October 16

For more information on any of these trips or to obtain the newest trip brochure, please contact (909) 399-5488.

* Download Excursions Brochure 08-09

There's plenty of other things listed in the brochure, including an October 15th trip to the Getty Museum from 9am to 5pm for $10. Don't know if this includes the Bernini exhibition that just opened, but we hear that's quite a show. The exhibition, called "Bernini and the Birth of Portrait Sculpture," opened August 5th to rave reviews and runs through October 26th.


Hey, speaking of senior activities, the Claremont Courier had a letter last Wednesday signed by Janis Weinberger, Muriel Farritor and Kay Moore. The letter urged the city to not go through with switching the city's senior programs from the Joslyn Senior Center in Larkin Park to the Hughes Community Center:
Imagine the shock to learn last week that the daily luncheon program and many of the senior activities are probably being moved. Workmen were removing the sign, Joslyn Senior Center, from the roof while members of the Committee on Aging were holding their monthly meeting nearby—some learning about the move for the first time. Many had sold the bricks to build the patio floor, many names were inscribed on the bricks.

Were the seniors consulted about this move? Is it a done deal? Will the new location be near the center of Claremont or affordable housing, banks post office, shopping, bus routes, churches or schools? Most public services are currently located near the center of the city and errands can be combined in a single trip. Will the city hall services, museums, art galleries, the library, financial resources and other businesses by nearby?

The city responded to the letter with an informational notice on its website:
Joslyn Center/Hughes Community Center Changeover

The Human Services Department is currently studying the feasibility of relocating the City's senior programs to the Alexander Hughes Community Center and moving recreation programs to the Joslyn Senior Center.

The core of this study is to determine whether this relocation will better accommodate the City's growing senior population and meet the need for expanded senior services, while still serving the recreational needs of youth and families.

The facility change over concept is still in the conceptual stage. There will be a full community process beginning this fall to review the potential benefits and issues associated with the relocation proposal. Information on the community input process will be posted on the City's website as it becomes available. Click below to view the fact sheet for the facility changeover.

* View Fact Sheet (Adobe Acrobat, 21KB)