60PLUS Luncheon
Prior Month's Programs, Presenters and Sponsors

November 14, 2015

Program: The focus on this day is socializing and community building. 

We’d take this opportunity to thank all of the 60Plus Committee members. Thank you Doug Urbanus, Frank Garcia, Bev York,  Joe Eugene, Colleen O’Connell, Larry Friedman, Tom Ellison and Anne Forseberg Marc Zammit.  Deep appreciation also to our volunteer chefs and kitchen helpers: Sarah Scott, Carmel Babich, Mike and Dave Good,  Carla Vaughan and all the volunteers who help at every luncheon. Also special thanks to our Diversity Center Executive Director, Sharon Papo, all Board of Directors, and our 60Plus social work intern, Steven Matzie. And special gratitude to all the gracious partners, husbands and wives who support our supporters. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you all! Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Spotlight Sponsor:

Tammi Blake, Realtor at David Lyng Realtors, 2170 41st Avenue, Capitola CA 95010.(831) 345-9640, www.tammiblack.com. Tammi has 17 years of experience negotiating the best results for her clients. Her sales place her in the top 2% of agents in Santa Cruz County and she is known for her outstanding level of service. “It is important to me that my clients are informed and empowered to make the best choices for themselves and I advocate for them based on these choices.” Call Tammi when you have real estate needs. 

Starlight Sponsor:

 Aegis Living of Aptos is our 2015 corporate sponsor. A leader in senior living, Aegis Living of Aptos offers unique programs for assisted living and memory care, allowing residents to age in place as their needs change. 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos, CA 95003. (831) 706-2977. www.aegisliving.com/aegis-living-of-aptos/

Satellite Sponsor:

Martha Macambridge brings Complete Mailing Service to us again. They specialize in professional data management and offer complete mailing services. 108 Dubois St. Santa Cruz. (831) 425-5556.

September 12, 2015

Program: Water Issues and the California Drought

Presenter: John Laird

John needs no introduction to our community. Indeed, a peek at his Wikipedia entry, first posted in 2006, shows a growing crescendo of accomplishments. Just a sample: running for City Council in 1981, as (was then termed) “an avowed homosexual”, being the first openly gay mayor, founding member and later executive director of the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, KUSP radio host and one of the first two openly gay men elected in 2002 to the California Assembly. These are mere examples of John’s pioneering courage – putting one foot forward at a time and acclimating people to the normalcy of LGBTQ+ people. His interests have included the environment and budgets. The former led to his current appointment in 2011 as California’s Secretary of Natural Resources. He will speak on California’s current water crisis and update us on the drought that has plagued us for the past four years. Will El Nino relieve our stressed aquifers?

Spotlight Sponsor:

Our local Area Agency on Aging has returned to support our 60Plus luncheon. The Seniors Council operates the Area Agency on Aging in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Its mission is to enable older persons to function with independence and dignity in their homes and in the community to their fullest capacity. The Seniors Council programs include: Area Agency on Aging, Project SCOUT, Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, Ti-County In-Kind Program and Companion for Life. Clay Kempf, Executive Director, (831) 688-0400. Visit their web site to learn more. http://www.seniorscouncil.org

Starlight Sponsor:

Our 2015 corporate sponsor is Aegis Living of Aptos.. A leader in senior living, Aegis Living of Aptos offers unique programs for assisted living and memory care, allowing residents to age in place as their needs change. 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos, CA 95003. (831) 706-2977. 

May 9th, 2015

Program: Santa Cruz Theater

Brian Spencer, is a well known Santa Cruz actor, director, producer and playwright. His
Theatre company, Spencer Entertainment Enterprises (SEETheatre), has produced several very well-regarded plays in Santa Cruz. Brian received his BA from SFSU and his MA in Drama with an emphasis in playwriting from SJSU. For today’s program, Brian has selected two short plays and several musical selections.  The first play is ‘Waiting for Seven’ by Philip Hall which will be performed by Karen Schamberg and Helene Simkin Jara; the second play is ‘Can We Talk’ by Jim Schultz which will be performed by Ali Eppy and Nat Robinson. 

Spotlight Sponsor:

Brian Spencer, Spencer Entertainment Enterprises , SEEtheatre, local thespian and 60+ member, has generously sponsored this luncheon. Thanks so much to Brian for all his efforts assisting the 60+ program with media & outreach. Consider attending a local theatre production and supporting the arts.

Starlight Sponsor:

Our 2015 corporate sponsor is Aegis Living of Aptos. The leader in senior living in Aptos, CA, Aegis Living offers uniques programs to meet your needs for assisted living and memory care. This continuation of care allow out residents to age in place as their needs change. 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos, CA 95003. (831) 76-2977.www.aegisliving.com/aegis-living-of-aptos/.

Satellite Sponsor:

Maria Cherem, Millennial Social Media is dedicated to helping small businesses and social profits grow their reach with social media strategies. Our templates, worksheets, and editorial posting calendars remove some of the mystery of engaging with these social tools. maria@mariacherem.com www.mariacherem.com

March 14, 2015

Program:

150 years of preservation in Yosemite

Presenter:

Lisa Murphy Yosemite National Park is one of our nation's treasures, it's preservation began 150 years ago. Lisa Murphy, Interpretive Ranger in Yosemite, will share the story of the early days of the state of California and the preservation movement that became the foundation of the National Park system as well as the California State Parks. Lisa is a dual citizen of Yosemite and Santa Cruz. She migrates to Santa Cruz for the winter months, and heads to the high sierra to spend her summers as the Interpretive Supervisor of the Mather District in Yosemite's high country.

Spotlight Sponsors:

Ami Ebright, Broker/President of Monterey Bay Resources Inc. Monterey Bay Resources Inc. is a private lending and asset management firm in Soquel., (831) 465-9499. http://www.mbrinc.com/ Thanks for your support Ami!
Starlight Sponsor:

Welcome to our 2015 corporate sponsor, Aegis of Aptos. The leader in senior living in Aptos, CA. Aegis Living offers unique programs to meet your needs for assisted living and memory care This continuation of care allows our residents to age in place as their needs change.. 125 Heather Terrace, Aptos, CA 95003. (831) 76-2977. www.aegisliving.com/aegis-living-of-aptos/.
Satellite Sponsor:

Maria Cherem, Millennial Social Media is dedicated to helping small businesses and social profits grow their reach with social media strategies. Our templates, worksheets, and editorial posting calendars remove some of the mystery of engaging with these social tools. maria@mariacherem.com www.mariacherem.com

January 10, 2015

Program:

"Coming out & stories for LGBTQ+ young adults".

Presenters:

A panel of six young adult LGBTQ+ (age 18 - 24) from the Diversity Center's Triangle Speakers Program.

Spotlight Co-Sponsors:

This luncheon is made possible by the generous donations from community benefactors Chris Weir and Sally Arnold, and an anonymous members our regular 60Plus group.

January 11, 2014

Program:

Medication Management

Presenters:

Pharmacist Tom Dembski and Dr. Grace Laurencin presenting.

Spotlight Sponsors:

Teresa Marlow and Andrea Schenk. Real estate agent, Teresa Marlow with Monterey Bay Properties will take care of all of your selling and/or purchasing needs. Cell: 831.818.3430, Office: 831.464.5217 TeresaMarlow.com. Andrea Schenk, mortgage consultant with Santa Cruz Mortgage is ready to assist with your lending needs. 831-824-3451, Andrea@santacruzhomefinance.com
Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. Help is never far away. http://www.comforcare.com/ (831) 427-1553

March 8, 2014

Program:

60Plus LGBTQ+ Senior Program Facebook Page

Presenters:

Maria Cherem and Joe Eugene
Facebook is for kids!
...and for seniors too. We'll introduce our new 60Plus Facebook page and talk about how you can join us. Security and privacy issues will be discussed.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Philip "Andy" Bewley, MBA, CFP. Andy has provided tax and financial planning services in Santa Cruz and the San Francisco Bay Area since 1973. With personal and direct knowledge of how drastically the tax and financial landscape can change, Andy offers experience and knowledge that is of great value. 115 Saxton Avenue, Capitola, CA. (831) 428-2863.

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. Help is never far away. http://www.comforcare.com/ (831) 427-1553.

May 10, 2014

Program:

Local Theatre

Presenters:

Brian Spencer, for Spencer Entertainment Enterprises (SEETheatre), will present a program focused on the upcoming production of ‘Freud's Last Session' at Center Stage in Santa Cruz. The presentation will feature Nick Bilardello (Sigmund Freud) and Andrew Ceglio (C.S. Lewis) in a brief scene from the play.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Local thespian and 60+ member, Brian Spencer, SEEtheatre, has generously sponsored this luncheon. Thanks so much to Brian for all his efforts assisting the 60+ program with media & outreach. Consider attending a local theatre production and supporting the arts.

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. Help is never far away. http://www.comforcare.com/ (831) 427-1553.

Summer hiatus 

September 13, 2014

Program:

Santa Cruz County Trailblazer's panel

Presenters:

Larry Friedman, Marie Henley, Sandy Stone, Patrick Meyer, and Kater Pollock.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Ami Ebright, Broker/President of Monterey Bay Resources Inc. Monterey Bay Resources Inc. is a private lending and asset management firm in Soquel., (831) 465-9499. http://www.mbrinc.com/ Thanks for your support Ami! 

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. Help is never far away. (831) 427-1553 http://www.comforcare.com/

November 8, 2014.

Program:

Our early Thanksgiving luncheon is our most popular event and while most of the focus is on socializing with friends and having fun, we are going to have a short ukulele and hula dance program. Tell friends and join us!

Presenters:

A select group of LGBTQ+ ukelele enthusiasts.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Stephanie Harlan and Aptos Pet and Feed Supply

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. Help is never far away. (831) 427-1553 http://www.comforcare.com/

January 12, 2013

Program:

JazzA and dance.

Spotlight Sponsor:

An anonymous donor has generously sponsored this luncheon.

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. http://www.comforcare.com (831) 427-1553. Help is never far away. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to ComForcare for the generous echo sponsorship throughout 2012. When in need, please remember them for home health care.

March 12, 2013

Program:

Ruth Stiles, board-certified master arborist and horticulturalist.

Spotlight Sponsor:

St. John's Helpful Shop along with 60+ members Andy Pudan and Chris DiMiao. St. John's Helpful Shop is a volunteer-run thrift store, begun by the women of St. John's Episcopal Church 60 years ago, located at the corner of Monterey and Capitola Avenues in Capitola Village. They are a non-profit organization, giving back to local and international humanitarian organizations all after-expense profits.

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. http://wwww.comforcare.com (831) 427-1553.

May 11, 2013

Program:

Preparing for more "Golden Years". Attorney Eileen Hamilton, fiduciary Marsha Keeffer, Long Term Care Insurance specialist Barbara Hansen, financial planner Cheryl Rebottaro, Advanced Health Care Directive advisor Kathy Fahl, and Hospice Transitions Program social worker Shirley Sipena. 

Spotlight Sponsor:

This luncheon has been made possible with the financial support from a generous and anonymous 60+ Senior Program member. Thank you so much!

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. http://www.comforcare.com (831) 427-1553. Help is never far away.

September 14, 2013

Program:

Jane Schwickerath presented an overview of her "LGBTQ+ Aging Cultural Sensitivity Training".

Spotlight Sponsor:

This luncheon has been made possible with the financial support from a generous and anonymous 60+ Senior Program member. Thank you so much!

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. http://www.comforcare.com (831) 427-1553. Help is never far away.

November 9, 2013

Program:

No program following our Thanksgiving luncheon. Socializing, storytelling, laughter and community building is strongly encouraged throughout the afternoon!

Spotlight Sponsors:

Tammi Blake with Lighthouse Realty in Santa Cruz provides professional real estate service for buyers and sellers of residential property. Her goal: to buy or sell your home for the best price and terms possible. She has built her business relationship by referrals based upon trust in her abilities, experience and expertise. 
 
Lighthouse Realty
402 Ingalls St, Ste 5A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060,
(831) 345-9640
www.lighthouserealty.net
Email: tblakeinsc@gmail.com 

Starlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Companion Services, home care specialist in Santa Cruz County working to keep seniors independent in their homes. Help is never far away. http://www.comforcare.com/ (831) 427-1553 

Satellite Sponsor:

Dr. Grace Laurencin
Laurencin Personal Physicians
634 Frederick Street Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Ph: 831.421.9535
email: info@laurencinpp.com
http://www.laurencinpp.com/index.htm

November 10, 2012

Program:

The Second Annual Senior Talent/No Talent Show

Spotlight Sponsor:

Dr. Grace Laurencin, Laurencin Personal Physicians

September 8, 2012

Program:

Palliative Care, Advanced Health Care Directives, and POLST Presenter: Dr. M. Grace Laurencin

Spotlight Sponsors:

The Seniors Council operates the Area Agency on Aging in Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.

Starlight Sponsor: ComForcare Companion Services

July 14, 2012

Program:

"Brain Games"

Presenter:

Tony Walker of ComForcare

Spotlight Sponsors:

Horsnyder Pharmacy and Medical Supplies.

ComForcare Companion Services.

May 12, 2012  

Program:

"Desperately Seeking Snoozin, Sleep Deprivation implications"

Presenter:

William Takashi Hart, M.D. FCCP, FAASM

Spotlight Sponsors:

This luncheon is sponsored by an generous, anonymous donor.

ComForcare Companion Services.

March 10, 2012

Program:

Santa Cruz County Supervisorial Candidate Forum, Co-hosted with the GLBT Alliance, Moderator: Mike Rotkin

Spotlight Sponsors:

St. John's Helpful Shop.

ComForcare Companion Services.

January 14, 2012    

Program:

The Watsonville Bassoon Project

Spotlight Sponsor:

An anonymous donor.

ComForcare Companion Services.

November 2011

Program:

Thanksgiving Feast and Senior Talent Show

Spotlight Sponsor:

Terrance Cavanagh, Realtor.

Starlight Sponsor:

Oak Tree Villa.

September 2011

Program:

Senior Nutrition, "The Fountain of Youth"

Presenters:

Eileen MacKusick, MS, RD

Spotlight Sponsors:

Anonymous Donor

Oak Tree Villa.

July 2011

Program:

The Diversity Center Programs.Triangle Speakers, Transgender, Rainbow Veterans, and the Queer Youth Scene.

Spotlight Sponsors: 

Anonymous Donor

Oak Tree Villa

May 14, 2011

Program:

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

Presenters:

Angela Rocchio and Aleah Lawrence-Pine and Greenspace, owner, Lydia Corser.

Spotlight Sponsor:

ComForcare Senior Services.

Oak Tree Villa.

March 13, 2011

Program:

Emergency Preparedness

Presenter:

Scotts Valley Fire Department.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Professional business consultant, Debbi King, 

Oak Tree Villa.

January 12, 2011

Program:

JazzA & dance.

Spotlight Sponsor:  

St. John's Helpful Shop.

Oak Tree Villa.

November 14, 2010

Annual Thanksgiving Feast

Spotlight Sponsor:

Oak Tree Villa.

ComForcare Companion Services

September 12, 2010

Program:

This program offered a wide range of presenters offering information on:

1)   wills, trusts & power of Attorney for financial matters

2)  caregiver issues (your partner, parents, family, or friends)

3)  Advance Health Care Directives

4)  home funerals and green burials

5)  financial planning & long term care insurance

6)  fiduciary assistance

7)  hospice and grief counseling

Panel Presenters:

Eileen Hamilton, Attorney at Law Debra Houston from Del Mar Caregiver Resource Center Linda Proudfoot from Make Your Wishes Known Initiative Kelsey Ramage & Kate Gorman from Journey with Dignity Andrea Roland, Certified Financial Planner Marsha Keeffer, Fiduciary Julie Boudreau from Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Ginny Barr - in memory of Pamela Clark Patrick and Frank Garcia - in memory of George Silva.

ComForcare Companion Services.

Anonymous donor - in memory of Jane Doxat.

July 11, 2010

Program:

BBQ, Music, games, and FUN. 

Spotlight Sponsor:

Community stewart Ralph Alpert.

ComForcare Companion Services.

May 9, 2010

Program:

Transportation

Presenters:

Augie Webber, from the California State Automobile Association.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Sagadahoc Oil & Gas Corporation. Co-Sponsored by Go Green Cab.

ComForcare Senior Services of Santa Cruz County.

Realtor Claire Sanders

March 14, 2010

Program:

Gardening & member plant exchange.  

Presenters:

Landscape designer, Sally Stoik, gardener extraordinaire, Cobra, and arborist, Ruth Stiles.  

Spotlight Sponsor:

St. John's Helpful Shop.

ComForcare Senior Services of Santa Cruz County.

January 10, 2010

Program:

Pet Companionship

Presenters:

Dr. Janet M. Brennan, DVM,  Jennifer Price, and Kalman Weinfeld.

Spotlight Sponsor:

Aptos Feed and Pet Supply.

ComForcare Senior Services of Santa Cruz County

Kwai Lam Photography 

November 14, 2009

Program:

Annual Thanksgiving luncheon

Sponsor:

Ralph Alpert, a local humanitarian and community friend.

September 13, 2009

Program:

LGBTQ+ Travel

Presenter:

Travel agent Marie Henley.

Sponsor:

Santa Cruz Dance Group.

July 12, 2009

Program:

“Home Sweet Home”

Presenters:

A three person panel with Shannon McGuiness (Organized For Success), Michelle Goldstein (We Can Do It For You) and Carol McGuire (Helping Hands Home Repair).

Sponsor:

Oak Tree Villa.

May 10, 2009

Program:

Scrapbooking

Presenter:

Yvette Keller of Creative Memories

Sponsor:

Brian Spencer

March 8, 2009

Program:

Protect Yourself and Those Around You: Prevent Elder Abuse

Presenter:

Sandy Skezas, MSW is the Adult Services Program Manager for the County of Santa Cruz. and Linda Robinson, Ombudsman and Program Coordinator.

Sponsor:

St. John's Helpful Shop.

January 11, 2009

Program:

Identity Theft and Protection Against

Presenter:

Attorney Morgan Taylor. 

Sponsor:

ComForcare Senior Services

November 9, 2008

Program:

Audience-sung karaoke

Sponsor:

Longtime member of our community, Ralph Alpert.

September 14, 2008

Program:

Real Estate & Housing Issues for LGBTQ+ Seniors

Presenter:

Realtor Terry Cavanagh.

Sponsor:

St. John's Helpful Shop.

July 13, 2008

Program:

The Grey Bears and The Volunteer Center

Presenter:

Grey Bears Development Director, Ed Martinez

Sponsor:

MidCounty Post/Claire Sanders

May 11, 2008

Program:

Hospice Caring Project

Presenter:

Hospice Education Coordinator, Julie Boudeau

Sponsor:

Realtor Terry Cavanagh

March 9, 2008

Program:

Compassionate Communication

Presenter:

Kristin Masters/Deb Abbott/NVC

Sponsor:

Tobacco Free LGBTQ+

January 13, 2008

Program:

Calif. Domestic Partnership Law

Presenter:

Margaret Leonard, Eileen Hamilton, Emily Trexel

Sponsor:

Realtor Claire Sanders

November 11, 2007

Program:

Thanksgiving Party

Presenter:

D.J. Georgia/Dance

Sponsor:

Ralph Alpert

September 7, 2007

Program:

Mental Health and Aging

Presenter:

Dr. Jerry Solomon, Phd

Sponsor:

Realtor Karen Sommerfeld