Cooling Center Beats The Heat

by Amelia Anderson

The Senior Center has been designated a Cooling Center by the City of Los Angeles with extended hours open 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday to shelter folks from high double digit and triple digit heat.

Located in Sunland Park at 8640 Fenwick, you are also invited to participate in the many activities provided by the Department of Recreation and Parks during the week 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Ongoing programs include exercise like walking, yoga and dance; movies, knitting and Bingo; along with arts and crafts. Some donation requested, including $3 for Seniors 60+ for a nutritious hot lunch. All others $5.

Special programs from the Department of Aging will discuss resources to help in daily needs like: Handiman Home Help; Senior Abuse, Transportation, and Educational Programs. Classes are open to adults of all ages. Come to class to sign up. Please bring water and wear comfort-able clothing. Phone is: (818) 353- 9571 or (818) 352-5282.

The Library is our next greatest resource. It’s cool and fun. A heady trip. Just imagine, you can travel the world for free… through newspapers, magazines, books – and on the computer! Did you know you can get help with basic computer skills by joining Computer Class weekly 11 a.m.– 12 p.m.? Deena, our Librarian, will help you learn computer skills to find information, and set up an e-mail account. Five (5) computers reserved – first come, first served.

This air conditioned environment is not only pleasant reprise from sweltering heat, but the quiet induces thought. Like it can save time ie. “Let the fingers do the walking.” Information can be quickly obtained and translated into numerous languages on topics such as: Health Plans that satisfy your needs and meet your budget; Social Security benefits; U.S Citizenship: an overview of requirements and how to apply; Deferred action for Childhood arrivals; and the minimum documents necessary for employers. Changes in state DMV law is posted. Along with the new Minimum Wage Increase on July 1st to $10.50 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees; and $12. for employers with 26 or more employees.

The Library also has a program to help adults learn to read. Call (213) 228-7037. They show movies, too. And you can attend a 3 hour Computer Boot Camp to become eligible to buy a $149. Core 2 Duo Desktop and Flat Screen Monitor for Low Income Families. In fact, come hear the Story of the Sunland-Tujunga Branch Library on Tuesday, July 25 at 5 p.m. It’s located at 7771 Foothill Blvd., (818) 352-4481 or LAPLSunland.

And another cool place is the Bolton Hall Museum open every Sunday and Tuesday 1 – 4 p.m. It’s our S-T history located at 10110 Commerce Avenue in Tujunga. The current exhibit is “Only the Oaks Remain,” Lloyd Hit’s cool story of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, and will run through August 6. Extended hours for this exhibit are 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays, July 20 and 27, and August 3. It’s free, but you may wish to join the Little Landers Society for $25. to help ensure ongoing programming. Maybe I’ll see you at 6 p.m. on August 1 for National Night Out to honor and speak with our police.

And don’t forget to stay cool!

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