Event Recaps

Castle

Castle Fire Alarm Event

At Castle there were 18 volunteers from Red Cross that came to install free Smoke Alarms and educate the residents on fire safety/home escape plans at the Castle community. 33 homes had Smoke Alarms installed! Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event a success!

Mother's Day Celebration 

SPARC hosted a fun event for Mother's Day! 10 children and 3 moms came for the lunch and crafts event. Every child decorated a flower, made their mom a bracelet, created a foam card, designed a to go box that was filled with chocolate and filled out a “What I Love About My Mother” handout. Everyone who stayed received free lunch and mingled with the Red Cross volunteers. 

Copacabana

Valentine's at Copacabana

SPARC partnered with the University of La Verne’s Office of Community Engagement to bring their annual MLK Day of Service to Copacabana’s seniors. 8 university volunteers and 16 residents attended. There was a Valentine’s Day card making station, a wildflower planting station and BINGO. SPARC provided lunch and BINGO prizes for everyone.

Smoke Alarms for Copacabana!

30 Red Cross volunteers installed about 80 free smoke detectors in the homes of Copacabana residents. Many of the homes did not have any smoke detectors and a majority of the others homes either had ancient detectors and/or they didn’t work. The smoke detectors the Red Cross installed will last for 10 years so the residents don’t need to worry about new ones for a long time! 

Copacabana Red Cross Event

On October 20th Copacabana had their Red Cross Canvassing Event. Red Cross volunteers canvassed the neighborhood to encourage more signups for the Smoke Alarm Installation. About 40 residents signed up to have Smoke Alarms installed in their homes.

Copacabana Community Engagement Day

On August 25th, Copacabana had their Community Engagement Day with the University of La Verne. Nine volunteers from the university removed weeds and any debris or leaves around 15 homes. After, it was BINGO with seniors. Each volunteer paired up with a senior, and the four BINGO games where played in pairs. The senior in each pair that won, received a gift card from Target.

Copacabana Back to School Event

Copacabana had their Back to School Event. Those that attended painted and were served lunch that consisted of pizza and juice boxes. Every child that attended received a backpack filled with school supplies and 2 books. Two tablets were raffled off. 30 children and 13 adults attended.

Copacabana Tinkerspace Event

Copacabana had their summer event with Kathleen Caine from TinkerSpace. 15 children and 7 adults attended. First, everyone was given a short lesson on motors and circuits.  Then the kids made their very own wobblebots by connecting a circuit with a motor and battery on top of a drawing apparatus which was made from markers and recycled materials. Lunch was served at the end of the event, it consisted of chips donated from the Social Club and sandwiches and cookies. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.

Happy Mother's Day at Copacabana

SPARC stopped by Copacabana's After School Program to do a Mother's Day craft with the kids. After getting all their homework done the kids made Mother's Day cards, painted flower photo holders and made a"love box" filled with chocolate to give to their moms.

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

Several caring volunteers from the University of La Verne were kind enough to help out with the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event at Copacabana. It was a day full of games and activities! Everyone at the Park was invited to participate and enjoy the wonderful day. 
A continental breakfast was provided for the senior early birds. In the afternoon several children and their parents enjoyed games,relay races, the history of MLK day and made their own dream cloud. They had prizes, raffles and the day was finished with a yummy lunch. 
It was a great day to remember that if you can dream it, you can do it! 

Making a difference one child at a time

Copa had it's After School Program Launch this week! The students who attended received a snack, supplies and homework help. To teach is to touch a life forever....

Grandview

Grandview's Festive Holiday Event!

42 children and 25 adults attended Grandview's Festive Holiday Event! Every child received a Festive Craft Kit which included: a snowman craft, holiday activity book, holiday stamp, red and green glitter tattoo and a holiday pin. After, Santa arrived and each child received a mini stocking filled with candy and picked a toy from the toy chest. Dinner was catered by Jakes Italian Bistro and there was a holiday cookie tray for dessert. At the end a holiday basket, $25 Stater Bros gift card and a $50 rent credit were raffled off to the adults.

Grandview Halloween Event

On October 24th, Grandview had a Halloween Event.  28 children and 10 parents attended. Laura from the Center for Oral Health gave a presentation on oral health and 4 children received free screenings.  After, the children decorated pumpkins and glow in the dark glass jar globes with paint, stickers and markers. They then decorated Halloween shaped sugar cookies and enjoyed fruit punch. At the end of the event the sweatshirts were given away to all that signed up.

Grandview and Rancho Del Sol Back to School

On July 27th Grandview and Rancho Del Sol had their Back to School events. Every child who attended received a backpack filled with school supplies and 2 books. Two tablets were raffled off at Grandview and 1 tablet and 16 student packages were raffled at Rancho Del Sol.

 

18 kids and 4 parents attended at Grandview, 45 kids and 10 parents attended at Rancho Del Sol.

Chinese New Year Cultural Exploration event and Grandview

The Children had lots of fun decorating Chinese containers and fortune cookies, as well as creating fans and Chinese drums.

The University of Redlands sent two students to teach the history behind Chinese New Year, the zodiac chart and calligraphy. Every student was given information on their zodiac animal and learned how to write I love you and dog in Chinese. Everyone enjoyed the learning experience and being able to dabble in a new culture. “Lots of luck for this Dog year”!!!!

Hacienda Valley

Hacienda Bocce Ball Grand Opening Tournament

This weekend SPARC hosted its first exciting Bocce Ball Tournament! 45 residents attended the tournament. There were 8 teams of four that battled for the SPARC medals. In the end, the Redneck Rollers took first, SLHB took second and the Late Bloomers took third. George even joined a team and competed with the best of them, unfortunately his team did not make the cut...this time.

 

After the tournament ended everyone received their medals and a great lunch was provided. All the residents enjoyed the morning games whether they were participating or watching. What a great way to spend a spring morning! In the future we are hoping to make this an annual event and even one day have Tropics and Hacienda Play for the Millennium Turk Cup.

Learning to be Prepared at Hacienda

43 Hacienda residents were treated to a yummy continental breakfast while they attended an educational seminar about disaster preparedness. There was a CERT team on hand who focused on teaching residents to use a HAM radio as well as the basic emergency procedures that would occur in Morgan Hill in the event of a natural disaster. The CERT team offered to return if there are enough interested residents for a safety certification course. This would be a really great way to make sure that Hacienda is ready for anything Mother Nature might bring their way. One lucky resident was chosen by raffle for a rent credit of $50.00. What a great morning spent learning how to be prepared while also enjoying the company of other residents!

Lamplighter

Lamplighter Shoe Give Away

22 shoes were given away at Lamplighter. All of the families and children were very excited to receive these brand new shoes! After, thanks to SPARC's partnership with Shoes Fit neighbors mingled at an ice cream social while the kids tried on their new shoes. 

Lamplighter Bike Rodeo

On June 13th, 45 lamplighter residents attended the Bike Rodeo. There were 30 kids and 15 parents. Each child  learned about bike safety, got minor repairs on their bikes, learned how to fit a helmet, rode the safety course, decorated a bike license and enjoyed some lunch. Also, Ecology Action, the bike safety organization, donated 10 items: helmets, reflectors, water bottles and bike accessories that were given away after the lunch.

Las Casitas

Las Casitas Red Cross Seminar

19 Las Casitas residents attended the Red Cross pre-preparedness seminar and dinner. While at the seminar, they signed up for the February 2nd installation, learned about proper escape procedures and information regarding what to do when other natural disasters strike.

Las Casitas Ready and Resilient Seminar

On October 18th, 27 residents from Las Casitas attended the Ready and Resilient Seminar. The seminar was given by the Chief of the Rohnert Park Fire Department, Jim Thompson, who discussed the disasters that are most likely to occur around their community. He covered earthquake, fire and flood preparedness. Each resident left with two manuals that outline important procedures to follow in the event of a disaster along with phone numbers and locations that can be used in the event these emergencies arise.

 

SPARC raffled off four safety backpack starter kits that had flashlights, a first aid kit, hand warmer and a body heat poncho. It was a very informative event and the residents enjoyed dinner and socializing with neighbors. 

Las Casitas Back to School Event

On August 11th, Las Casitas held their Back to School Event. 27 kids and 9 parents attended the program this year. Each child was able to interact with the Museum of Discovery stations, some of which were making teepees, building fort castles out of boxes, creation with packing peanuts, arts and various other crafts. Before the educational activities, everyone enjoyed a light breakfast. After breakfast the supplies were handed out and a tablet was raffled off.

Leisure

Leisure Holiday Event

On December 8th, 95 residents attended Leisure’s holiday program. The children were given gifts that were donated and wrapped by the HOA, then they took a photo with Santa. After, everyone enjoyed a holiday lunch community potluck. This was a great start to the holiday season!

Millbrook

Millbrook Holiday Event

On December 17th, Millbrook had their Holiday Event. Over 40 residents attended. Every child received a Festive Craft Kit which included: a snowman craft, holiday activity book, holiday stamp, red and green glitter tattoo and a holiday pin. Kids enjoyed coloring sheets and a card making activity. Santa Claus and Mrs Clause even made an appearance. Every child received a gift and had the opportunity to take a picture with Santa. After, everyone enjoyed pizza for dinner and decorated cookies for dessert.

Millbrook Summer Teaching Tidepool 

On June 19th, Millbrook had their Summer Teaching Tidepools Event.The children who attended had the opportunity to see and touch a living California tide pools animal. They experienced sea creatures as well as an informative and interactive presentation from two Aquarius Aquarium staff educators. The majority had never even touched or seen a sea star before and really enjoyed the event. 

Palomar East

Palomar East Health & Wellness Fair

Palomar East had their Health & Wellness Fair. 19 vendors and 40 residents participated. Palomar Health offered blood pressure screenings, the Lions Club offered vision screenings and Alex from Massage 4 Ur Health offered free massages. There was also two breakout sessions. Cindy Sawyer from Southwest Lifeline gave a presentation on fall prevention and home safety and LaTanya Runnells from Mental Health America presented on mental health and clarity. Ken Hodor, a resident of Palomar East, gave a technology presentation on how to “surf the web” for health related topics. 7 raffle prizes were raffled off and everyone enjoyed breakfast.

Palomar West

Palomar West Painting Event

On July 10th, Palomar West had their painting on canvas class with Charity Wings. The residents had an amazing time creating some of their own art!

Pillar Ridge

Pillar Ridge Shoe Give Away

114 shoes were given away at Pillar Ridge. The children enjoyed ice cream sandwiches after picking up their shoes. The parents were grateful for not only the shoes, but the abundance of baby clothes that were free to all residents.

Pillar Ridge Halloween

14 parents and 32 children attended this year’s Halloween event in Pillar Ridge. The kids decorated pumpkins, painted glow in the dark glass jar globes and made monster cookies. We had a DJ called, “The Singing Lizard”,  perform music and Halloween tunes that engaged the children for a frightful time. During intermission, the police gave a presentation on Halloween safety, handed out stickers and made crafts with the kids. Lunch was served and small prizes were given to the costume contest winners. 

Back to School at Pillar Ridge

This year, SPARC gave away 113 backpacks filled with supplies and 10 preschool packs that consisted of a book and crayons. Each school aged student left with a new book as well. While the children were collecting their new supplies, the parents took a look through all the clothes that were donated by Carters. The clothing ranged from infant to 4 years old.

 

The Sheriffs brought an inflatable obstacle course, basketball hoops, chalk, imagination station, carnival games, arts and crafts, a cotton candy machines and hotdog station. The volunteers held hacky sack races, hula hoop contests and even did some face painting. All the children and parents had a fabulous time.

Rancho del Sol

Rancho Del Sol Holiday Fun

On December 13th, Rancho Del Sol had their Holiday Event. Over 80 residents attended. Every child received a Festive Craft Kit which included: a snowman craft, holiday activity book, holiday stamp, red and green glitter tattoo and a holiday pin. After, Santa arrived and each child received a gift.

 

Dinner was catered by Jakes Italian Bistro and there was a holiday cookie tray for dessert. At the end 2 holiday baskets, $25 Stater Bros gift card, $25 Hickory Ranch Gift Cards and a $50 rent credit were raffled off to the adults. 

Rancho Del Sol Halloween Fun

On October 29th, Rancho Del Sol had their Halloween Event. 35 children and 9 parents attended this fun event! Laura from the center for Oral Health gave a presentation on oral hygiene and 2 children and 1 mom received free screenings and oral health kits. After, the children decorated pumpkins and glow in the dark glass jars with paint, stickers and markers. The children then decorated Halloween shaped sugar cookies and enjoyed fruit punch. Those that signed up also received their sweatshirts. 

Rancho Del Sol End of Summer Event

On August 2nd, Rancho Del Sol had their end of summer program. Lunch of pizza and juice boxes were provided. Then everyone made fish in a bag slime. After receiving a lesson on the science behind making ice cream in a bag, everyone was able to make their own for dessert. The day ended with a game of water balloon dodgeball. 25 kids had a fun day!

Grandview and Rancho Del Sol Back to School

On July 27th Grandview and Rancho Del Sol had their Back to School events. Every child that attended received a backpack filled with school supplies and 2 books. Two tablets were raffled off at Grandview and 1 tablet and 16 student packages were given at Rancho Del Sol.

 

18 kids and 4 parents attended at Grandview, 45 kids and 10 parents attended at Rancho Del Sol.

Rancho Del Sol 4th of July Event

On June 28th, 30 children enjoyed lunch which was provided by the Yucaipa School District as well as a dessert of a 4th of July themed skewer. The kids made their own skewers using raspberries, blueberries, and mini marshmallows. They then made an American flag craft out of popsicle sticks and a firework craft using paper towel rolls. The kids broke into three teams and they competed against each other at 4 stations. Station 1 was a relay race, station 2 was bowling, station 3 was a water balloon toss and station 4 was a whipped cream eating contest. The winning team got to pick from an assortment of small prizes.

Rancho Feliz

Rancho Feliz Back to School Event

2018- Rancho Feliz had their Back to School event. 65 kids and 20 parents attended the program this year. Each child was able to interact with the Museum of Discovery stations, some of which were making teepees, building fort castles out of boxes, creation with packing peanuts, arts and various other crafts. Everyone enjoyed the lunch that was purchased by the HOA. SPARC handed out supplies and books, followed by raffling off two tablets and five grad packages.

Rancho Feliz Bike Rodeo

2018 - There were a total 25 kids and 10 adults that attended this year’s bike rodeo. 14 helmets were given to the children and 10 bikes were raffled off. One little girl who won a bike, decided to pick the larger sized bike to give to her father as a surprise. This was a touching moment between the two. All the children had the helmets fitted, their bikes repaired by the Bicycle Repair of Sonoma, made bike licenses, rode the safety course and enjoyed lunch. The lunch was provided by the HOA.

Getting Prepared at Rancho Feliz

The Red Cross was kind enough to come out and provide 50 homes with free smoke alarm installations. Residents were also provided a fire escape plan since it is so important for the residents to understand what to do in case of a fire. These can truly be lifesaving lessons! The community came out and helped as well; we had volunteers from The Rohnert Park Fire Department and Carmax on hand to help with this important and informative event.

Rancho Vallecitos

Rancho Vallecitos Art Event

2018- Rancho Vallecitos had their Art Program launch. 25 residents attended and painted a pumpkin truck on a canvas. Dawn and Patty, residents of Rancho Vallecitos, taught the class. Everyone really enjoyed exploring their creative sides and are excited for next months class.

Ranch Vallecitos Lunch and Learn

2018- 27 Rancho Vallecitos residents attended the lunch and learn seminar that covered the topic of Wills and Trusts. Scott, the lawyer from Elder Law in San Diego, gave a wonderful presentation that addressed the importance of a health care directive; married, widowed and divorced claim benefits; HIPPA rules and answered many questions from the residents.  After the seminar concluded, lunch was served and each participant left with their own health care directive forms. 

Rancho Vallecitos Art Class

2018- Rancho Vallecitos had an art class taught by Renetta, an instructor from Charity Wings. 18 residents attended and painted canvasses of A Starry Night. All of the residents really enjoyed the class! Because they enjoyed this event so much, SPARC is going to look into turning this into a monthly event in all three of the San Marcos communities.

Sahara

Sahara Red Cross Sound the Alarm Event

On Saturday Sahara had their Sound the Alarm Event with the Red Cross. 65 volunteers came out and installed 166 free smoke alarms. Some of the volunteers were employees from Arrowhead Water, Lions Club, Wells Fargo and there were City Council Members in attendance as well. Habitat for Humanity was also at Sahara on Saturday, 10 volunteers came to paint the exterior of Space 141. 

Habitat for Humanity helps Sahara Resident

On January 26th, 10 individuals with Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley volunteered at Sahara Mobile Home Park and made a huge difference in one senior's life. Her home was in need of repairs and these volunteers graciously donated their time to remove debris and paint. Thank you Habitat for Humanity! 

Sahara Red Cross Preparedness Seminar

On December 10th, 50 residents attended Sahara's Resident Association Meeting. Following the meeting, Sahara had their Red Cross Preparedness Seminar. Gerald Winkel, Red Cross Preparedness Manager, spoke to the residents about the importance of emergency kits, covered the three major disasters that can affect the Palm Springs area and introduced the Smoke Alarm Event that is set for January 26th. The residents enjoyed a spaghetti dinner and 2 emergency kits and a rent credit were raffled off.

A Matter of Balance at Sahara

On September 20th, 35 Sahara residents attended the A Matter of Balance Information Seminar. Karen Clasen and Suzanne Spencer from the Fall Prevention Program at the Mizell Senior Center gave a presentation on what residents can expect from the class. Many residents expressed interest in participating. The program will be run by three certified Sahara residents. We are planning to start the program either mid-October or early December. After the initial class we are hoping to have the 4 week class several times throughout the year.

Hear USA lunch and learn at the Sahara Community

On May 9th, 22 residents attended the Hear USA lunch and learn at the Sahara community. They discussed hearing loss, how to effectively use hearing aids, how to look out for signs of hearing loss and specifics on testing for hearing loss. There was also a representative from CaptionCall that discussed the ADA phone program for those who are hard of hearing and how they could obtain a free phone if they qualify. To qualify they need to have a certain level of hearing loss.

 

5 residents did a preliminary hearing screening in the clubhouse and 10 more made appointments at HearUSA’s Palm Desert location so they can have the extensive, full hour assessment.

 

Everyone was served lunch and truly enjoyed learning more about this topic. 

To be prepared is half the victory

Sahara had their lunch and learn seminar yesterday. We would like to thank Attorney Monica Ambos who spoke to several residents about advanced healthcare directives. The residents were educated about being prepared for the unexpected and enjoyed their hot lunch provided by Interfaith as well as drinks and dessert brought by Mission Hills Assisted living. We are very thankful for all of these wonderful people and their kind donations to our wonderful residents at Sahara.

San Juan

San Juan Smoke Detector Installation

75 Red Cross volunteers, including several high schools and the OC Fire Authority, installed free smoke alarms and offered disaster preparedness information to San Juan Mobile Estate residents. SPARC provided lunch for everyone.

San Juan Back to School

On July 28th, San Juan had their Back to School Event. 27 kids and 12 parents attended. Lynne Kaplan and four volunteers from Urban Arts OC gave a drawing and art lesson to the kids. After, everyone was able to choose from a variety of animals to paint on a canvas; all of the supplies were donated. Each child received a backpack filled with school supplies and 4 books to take home with them. One tablet was raffled off. For lunch they had pizza and juice. Everyone really enjoyed the event!

Scam Seminar at San Juan Capistrano

We were very lucky to have different speakers share their knowledge with the residents about fraud and scamming topics while eating catered food from NYC Catering last week.

Jane from the Contractor State License Board spoke about contractor fraud.
Deputy Pierce from the Orange County Sheriffs Department spoke about the three most common scams: identity theft, IRS telephone scams and pretending to be your grandchild telephone scams.


John Getty from the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau spoke about cemetery and funeral scams.
Jean Campbell the last speaker for the night was from Senior Medicare Patrol, who spoke about the importance of protecting yourself and your Medicare, as well as other popular scams.

 

All of the speakers handed out several informational pamphlets to the residents and prizes were raffled off at the end of the seminar. We hope that all of this information will help the community in the future. BE SAFE!

The Tropics

The Tropics Senior Warm Kit and Wellness Seminar

On December 7th, the Tropics had a Senior Warm Kit and Wellness Seminar. There were 52 residents that attended and all were able to leave with a warm kit that they assembled themselves. We had three speakers that provided valuable information to those who attended the program. The speakers were:

 

Paratransit discussed clipper cards and senior transportation options

Spectrum discussed the HEAP program, which assists those in need with their PG &E bills. They may also be able to provide items such as a new water heater if they qualify. There will be an application workshop on January 10th where Spectrum will come assist those that need help applying for the program.

Doterra discussed the benefits of essential oils for personal health/wellness of the body and mind.

Tropics Launches Tai Chi Program

On June 15th, 22 residents attended the Tai Chi launch at Tropics. All the residents had a wonderful response . Fitness items were raffled off, which included water bottles, pedometer, hand weights and a cool-down towel. After the class, residents were given healthy snacks. 

Resource fair at The Tropics

60 residents and 30 vendors attended this year’s resource fair at Tropics. We had three breakout sessions: Strength and Balance exercise class, Diabetes seminar and Seniors with Technology seminar. Five vendors donated raffle prizes: a treats gift basket, free wills and trust consultation, coffee and mug kit, ceramic vase, environment friendly materials and bags and $50 dollars off rent credit.

Life is all about balance

Several seniors attended the Tropics Tai Chi class launch . They were able to focus on their inner Zen while improving on balance. The instructor from Life ElderCare was positive, full of energy and very patient when teaching the class. After the class, the seniors had healthy snacks (fruit, yogurt and veggies) and a $50 off rent raffle. The group was very pleased with the class and looking forward to the next one, which will take place Thursdays from 1-2. This is an 8 week course that will run 2 times a week.

Vista de Santa Barbara
Westlake

Westlake Alzheimer Presentation

On September 26th, Westlake had an event with Vicki Reinhold from the Alzheimer's Association and Jarrod Sieberg from the DMV. The presentation covered topics including: healthy living for your brain and body and tips from the latest research, driver safety and the aging driver, as well as local transportation services. Lunch was served to the residents that attended.

CPR at Westlake

On July 16th SPARC held CPR/AED Training at Westlake. Lunch was provided. Everyone who attended learned when and how to properly use an AED, CPR, how they both work in regards to our bodies and how to respond to an emergency while waiting for emergency services. The residents even had the opportunity to practice CPR on a dummy

 

Everyone that attended left with a little note card describing signs of when CPR is needed and pictures of the steps to take.

The Woods

The Woods Food Bank Event

On October 3rd 115 bags of food were distributed to residents at the Woods. About 46 bags were delivered to spaces for residents unable to make it to pick up the food.

 

This was an awesome event that helped so many within the park!!

The Woods Healthy Living Event

On August 21st, The Woods had their event with Vicki Reinhold from the Alzheimer's Association and Jarrod Sieberg from the DMV. The presentation covered topics including; healthy living for your brain and body and tips from the latest research, driver safety and the aging driver, as well as local transportation services. Lunch was served to the 28 attendees.

The Woods Launches Matter of Balance Program

On Monday May, 7th The Woods had the launch of their A Matter of Balance program. All 14 slots were quickly filled. Since there was such great interest in the class we are planning on launching a second program directly after the first one finishes. Attendees enjoyed healthy snacks that included; yogurt, tangerines, Nutri Grain Bars and water. The first 2 classes are introduction and discussion classes, exercises will begin the third week. Classes will continue every Monday for 8 weeks, for 2 hours each.