By Leon Casas

CEO, Sierra Senior Providers-Senior Center

In 1996, Sierra Senior Providers Inc. entered into a contractual agreement with the County of Tuolumne to make the Tuolumne County Senior Center available through the nonprofit organization to continue the delivery of various programs and services to seniors, including making available the center for general community use.

In essence, our local center is a combined senior center and community center serving the whole community. One of the many services that the center provides is making its facility available for general community use. Examples include family events (birthday parties, baby showers, reunions, etc.), community meetings, support groups, workshops, fundraising events, hobby interest groups and more.

The center features a commercial kitchen, large dining room (dining capacity 112) and PA system, three individual meeting rooms or one large meeting area, including a small kitchen. If you are interested in reserving space, contact the center and we would be glad to provide a walk-through of what we have available, including reasonable rental rates. Come by and check it out.


Bingo is held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Cost is $15 for one bingo package with buffet-style lunch. Anyone 18 years and older is welcome to play. Win cash and prizes. A good way to get out of the heat, give yourself a treat, have something to eat and have fun out of the sun. Bingo is also held from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays at the center. Cost is $10. All Bingo proceeds directly benefit the programs and services of the Senior Center.

Refresher course
for older drivers

A free workshop presented by the California Highway Patrol will offer tips on how to keep driving longer and more safely. The class is intended to refresh driving skills and knowledge of rules of the road and offers a possible “safe driver” discount on insurance.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19 at the center. To sign-up or for more information, call CHP Officer Faustino Pulido at (209) 984-3944, email him at or contact the center at (209) 533-2622.

Meals & Wheels
for Meals on Wheels

The 11th annual fundraiser, Meals & Wheels for Meals On Wheels, will have a “Come Together” Beatles theme.

Join us for a fun and exciting evening including live entertainment, gourmet dinner, train ride, live and silent auctions, raffle prizes, best dressed contest and more.

The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Your support and contribution will help the center to share a meal with a senior in our community. Tickets cost $75 per person, or reserve a table of eight for $600.

Nutrient of the month

Folate is essential for metabolism, healthy nervous, digestive and immune systems, red blood cells, bones and hair. Many elderly people are at risk of folate deficiency. Deficiency can cause mental difficulties as we age. Folate deficiency is linked to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis, constipation, cataracts, headaches and infertility.

Good sources of folate are dark leafy greens, citrus, dried peas and beans, liver, walnuts, almonds, asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Cereals, grains and breads are now commonly fortified with folate.

For more information on any of the above, call or drop by the Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekedays, call (209) 533-2622, or go online to