There is currently a private Line Dance class on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm (costs $5 per week), and one through Hancock on Monday evenings (for free to the community). Both are taught by Jeannette and Henry Bergeron. The purpose is to socialize, exercise, and learn new line dances. There are currently around 20 students in each class.
Arthritis Exercise: MW 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
This program first came to OASIS in 1999, through Barbara Westbrook and the Arthritis Foundation, with 22 members. There are now 45 members, and the group is delightful and active, with cheerful music and games. The purpose is increased strength and flexibility through range of motion exercises.
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Oasis Bridge Club: Monday 12 to 4 p.m.
Maureen Rice began this club at the Oasis 24 years ago. They play at the Oasis on Mondays, 12 noon to 4pm. There is a turnover of members, but the club membership remains at around 30, where it began. The current coordinators are Diane Rudy and Barbara Frickelton. The cost is $1 per week. The purpose of this club is for socialization and mental exercise.
Hand & Foot Card Players Friday 12:30 to 4 p.m.
This is a card game based on Canasta - easy to learn and easy to play. Anyone is welcome to join the group. You do not need to be a member of the Oasis to play.
Commodities Food Distribution: 3rd Thursday of each month 9:30 to 11:30am
Oasis began handing out food provided by USDA Commodity Food Network at least 20 years ago. The group is now led by Alexina Tyo, a retired Professor who is just over 90 years old. This group of 12 volunteer senior citizens comes together on the 3rd Thursday of each month, to purchase food from the Foodbank of SB County, sort and bag it, and hand it out to over 80 low-income families in our community. Oasis pays for the supplies. Eligibility is based on income.
Oasis Pancake Breakfast: 2nd Saturday of each month 8 to 10 a.m.
This breakfast is served from 8am to 10am on the 2nd Saturday of each month. They have been serving here for years. This breakfast doubles as a small fundraiser for the Center, as well as a fun social activity for our Members. Lois Davis is currently the Chairperson, and a crew of around half a dozen prepares, serves, and cleans up for the breakfast. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Anyone can come and enjoy!
Oasis Members Potluck: 2nd Monday of each month 6 p.m.
This monthly activity, held at 6pm on the 2nd Monday of each month, is also the monthly Oasis Membership meeting, and the annual election for new Board Members takes place during the May Potluck. Each person is asked to bring a dish, as well as their place setting. There is always live entertainment, and door prizes. It is free to all Members and guests, and around 30 show up each month. Doreen Page is currently the Chair person for the Potluck committee.
CAC Senior Nutrition Lunch MTWTF 11:15 a.m.
Oasis Ukulele Band: Wednesday 1 to 4 p.m.
This band was started by Ben Tromp in 2003, with 8 members. There are currently 30 members. Dave Renshaw, from the band, teaches Ukulele class here at the Center on Wednesdays, at noon, right before the band practices from 1pm to 4pm in our main hall. , as an additional activity for Seniors and the Center; learning to play the Ukulele, providing entertainment to the community. Mr. Ray Reynante, from Hawaii, currently leads the band. They play for many community events, for non-profits and senior citizen organizations, as well as for luaus.
HAM Radio Operators: HAM Radio Operators Monday 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
This group first started meeting at the Oasis in the late 80s or early 90s, led by Jack Tyo, Alexinas late husband. There were originally 50 to 60 members, who got together to chat and trade ideas and equipment. Ernie Sloan is the current coordinator, and the group is currently down to less than a dozen members. The group meets on Mondays at 8:30 am. There is no cost to join, and no membership required by the group. The group donates weekly to the Oasis.
Knitting, Crocheting and Tatting: Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 12
Taught by Maria Tromp, with around 20 members, this class focuses on all needle arts. It was first taught here in the 1990s, and is still quite popular, with beautiful work being done by the participants, many of whom have donated their hand-made beauties to the Oasis.
Card Makers: Card Makers Tuesday 9 a.m. to 12
This group takes used greeting cards of all kinds, cuts out the usable parts, and using card stock and construction papers, makes new greeting cards out of the old. There are around 10 member now, and the class has been going since 2000. Many donate their old cards to this group, and the new cards are sold for 75 cents a piece, which is donated back to the Oasis.
Orcutt Garden Club 3rd Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. from September through May. Guests are welcome. Info: Betty 934-5772.
Intermediate Senior Exercise: MWF 8 to 9:30 a. m.
This noisy, active, upbeat class has been offered through Allan Hancock Community College since 1980. Instructor Rhoda Sharpe had 30 students to start, and now Lisa Griffith teaches upwards of 60 students! The main purpose of this class is to increase cardiovascular strength, strengthen muscles and bones, and improve balance, all while having fun to lively music. Students sign up through Hancock, free of charge. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday, 8 am to 9:30am.
Put Some Muscle in Your Life: Friday 8 to 9:30 a.m.
This body conditioning class is also offered through Hancock, free of charge. It began in 1994, with instructor Lisa Griffith, with 15 members, and has now grown to a group of 50. The main purpose of this class, is to strengthen muscles, and improve balance and mobility.
Oasis Pilates & Yoga for Older Adults:
Tuesday & Thursday - 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
$20 per month ~ New students are welcome to come and try their first class for free. Open to anyone over 50 years of age. This class focuses on stretch and relaxation, to strengthen the core muscles of the body, helping to prevent back pain and to gain flexibility and balance. Participants may use a chair for all poses in the class. Please call Carly for any questions 805-354-8061.
Reflexology Appointments: Appointments Tuesday, 10 am to 12 noon.
This is a new addition to the activities we offer here at the Oasis. Janice Lewis first began offering Reflexology appointments in September of 2008. She is certified by the International Institute of Reflexology. Reflexology is a holistic approach to relieving stress and promoting relaxation, through specific massage techniques for the hands and feet. Appointments are available every Tuesday, from 10 am to 12 noon. The cost is $20 per session, anyone may sign up.
Faceting and Silversmithing: MF 1 to 4 p.m.
Professor Brandon Marshall, who reached 90 years old a few years ago, first started teaching this class in 2001 or 2002. It began first at the Mussel Senior Center, through Hancock College. When Hancock dropped the class, they moved it to the Oasis. There are currently 10 members enrolled. Mr. Marshall likes to keep the numbers down, so he only accepts 10 students at a time, and there are currently several people on a waiting list. Individuals enroll in this class to learn the skills used to make jewelry. Each member must obtain their materials and tools, so the cost varies. Members also chip in a dollar per class to donate to the Oasis.
Painting in Oil and Acrylics: Tuesday 1 to 4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to noon.
There are currently two painting classes at the Oasis, which began around 10 years ago. The one on Tuesdays, 1pm to 4pm, is taught through Hancock, and the one on Fridays from 9am to 12noon is an independent painters class. Both classes are free to the community, and both give donations to the Oasis on a regular basis. The purpose of both classes is to improve and expand the students skills through working with and being critiqued by other artists. Shirley Wallace currently teaches the Tuesday class. There are currently around 30 students between the two classes.
Ceramics: Friday 9 a.m. to 12
The Oasis Ceramics class was started by Mrs. Rosemary Hill in 1985. We have a kiln in the back room. Students work with fresh clay as well as with premade items. They make ceramics and paint them, and are charged a set minimal fee for kiln use. The class is led by Carol Rodriguez, who is also responsible for kiln upkeep and usage. The class is held Friday mornings from 9am to noon.
Pinochle Card Players TH 12 to 2 p.m.
Pinochle is a trick-taking game typically for two, three or four players and played with a 48 card deck. Players score points by trick-taking and also by forming combinations of cards into melds.Each hand is played in three phases: bidding, melds, and tricks.
General Grievers Support Group W 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Good Grief Social Club: Thursday 1 p.m. to 2:30
This group has been meeting for over 10 years, and currently has over 30 members. Each person in this group has suffered the loss of a spouse, and has made it to the moving on stage of grief. They talk of their loss very little, and the focus is mostly on moving on, making friends, and finding happiness in everyday life. Susan Bydalek currently runs this group.
New Grievers Support Group:
This groups was started at the Oasis in September 2008, when it became apparent that there was a need for a grief support group for the newly bereaved. Anyone who has suffered a significant loss is welcome. The group is facilitated by Patty Bennett, from Hospice, and several other volunteer Grief Counselors. It is free to the community, and everyone is welcome.
Orcutt Historical Society 3rd Saturday of each month 10 a.m. to 12
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 2nd Wednesday of each month 11am to 2pm