Education and Recreation

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)

1-800-424-2277 - English

1-877-342-2277 - Español

General information. There is currently no Santa Cruz chapter. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
www.aarp.org

 

BOOK BUDDIES

Santa Cruz Public Libraries
117 Union Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 427-7700 ex. 7615
Books, DVDs, CDs, and audio delivered to people unable to get to the public library due to frailty, extended illness, disability, temporarily homebound, or other. www.santacruzpl.org

 

CABRILLO COLLEGE STROKE & DISABILITY LEARNING CENTER

6500 Soquel Drive HW 1000, Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 477-3300
Education and support for persons who have experienced functional loss due to stroke or other acquired disability. Learn new knowledge and skills, regain abilities, and find ways to maintain maximum independence despite facing life-altering challenges.
www.strokecenter.com

 

CABRILLO COMMUNITY COLLEGE

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6100

Watsonville Center
318 Union Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 786-4700

Accessibility Support Group HUB, 1000 Building, Room 1073
(831) 479-6379
(831) 479-6421
TTY
www.cabrillo.edu

 

CAPITOLA RECREATION

4400 Jade Street, Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 475-5935
Courses of interest for all ages. Ask about senior discounts.
www.cityofcapitola.org/recreation

 

CITY OF SANTA CRUZ PARKS & RECREATION DOWNTOWN SENIORS

Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-6180
Recreation programs and computer classes for older adults. Call for up-to-date information.
www.cityofsantacruz.com/seniors

 

DIVERSITY CENTER

1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
P.O. Box 8280, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
(831) 425-5422
A community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members in Santa Cruz County. Senior Program for 60+ develops opportunities for social, educational, and recreational activities for LGBT seniors to enhance their quality of life.60+ has monthly meetings.
www.diversitycenter.org

 

DMV SAFE DRIVER INFORMATION

1-800-777-0133 Automated 24/7

(510) 563-8998 San Francisco/Oakland senior ombudsman Helping drivers maintain their driving independence. www.dmv.ca.gov

 

DOMINICAN HOSPITAL PEP

610 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 457-7099
PEP (Personal Enrichment Program) offers a variety of classes for seniors: health, exercise, investing, etc. Call for catalog.
www.dignityhealth.org/dominican/pep

 

PAJARO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Watsonville/Aptos/Santa Cruz Adult Education Main Office

294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 786-2160

320 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 786-8225

319 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-3966

Arts and crafts, computers, Spanish, physical fitness, citizenship preparation and more. Wheelchair access.
www.wascae.pvusd.net

 

PALO ALTO MEDICAL FOUNDATION HEALTH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

2880 Soquel Avenue, Suite 1, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 479-6661
Sponsors community education classes.
www.sutterhealth.org/pamf-education

 

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, OPEN SPACE, AND CULTURAL SERVICES

at the Simpkins Family Swim Center

979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 454-7960
(831) 454-7929 Senior programs
Senior Capitola Mall walking program, classes, swimming and water exercise. Call for class locations and times.
Trip registration: (831) 454-7941
www.scparks.com

 

SCORE
(831) 621-3735
Fostering small business communities through mentoring and education.
www.centralcoast.score.org

 

SENIOR COMPUTER CENTER OF SANTA CRUZ Louden Nelson Community Center

301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-6180
Macintosh & PC computer training, iPads and other tablet devices for seniors.
www.seniorcomputer.com

 

SHARED ADVENTURES

P.O. Box 396, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
(831) 459-7210
Brings the outdoors into lives of people with physical challenges & special needs. Provides beach access wheelchairs.

www.sharedadventures.org
www.scaccessguide.com (special needs access guide for Santa Cruz County)

 

SMART DRIVER PROGRAM (831) 247-3097

Certificate for deduction on auto insurance available upon completion of class. Classes offered on monthly basis.

Not limited to AARP members.

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-0111 Automated directory

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE (formerly Lifelong Learners) c/o STARS@UCSC
(831) 459-2552

Over 600 members, mostly between 55 and 85, pursuing social, cultural and educational activities. More than 60 peer interest groups, two monthly lecture series, and short courses taught by emeriti faculty.
olli.ucsc.edu

Transfer & Re-entry Students (STARS) (831) 459-2552

For students age 25 and over who are returning to school after a break in their education, students who are transferring from a community or other college, and students who are also parents.
http://stars.ucsc.edu

Veteran Student Services (831) 459-2552

For students who are military veterans that are transitioning from the military to education.
http://stars.ucsc.edu/veteran/

 

WATSONVILLE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL OUR HEALTHY CIRCLE

75 Nielson Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 763-6092
Chapter of national not-for-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and up. Health and wellness, education, exercise, fun and discounts. www.watsonvillehospital.com

 

WATSONVILLE PARKS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

231 Union Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 768-3240
Classes, trips and activities for seniors.
www.watsonvillerec.com