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Free May Preparedness Trainings

Join Alameda County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program for a special training on May 21, 2015 “Building a Culture of Preparedness at Your Organization”.

Please also see the May Training Flyer for additional classes.

  • Building a Culture of Preparedness at Your Organization (May 21, 2015) – newly added (free) training!
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The Alameda County Libraries will present regional programs at three libraries:


Thursday, May 2 – 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

1247 Marin Ave.      510-526-3720


Wednesday, May 15 – 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

3600 Norbridge Ave.      510-667-7900


Wednesday, June 19 – 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

2400 Stevenson Blvd.      510-745-1401

Representatives from The Veterans Service Office will be discussing:

  • V.A. non-service connected pension (for qualified veterans)
  • Death pension (for surviving spouses)
  • Dependency & Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses
  • V.A. compensation (for veterans who have current disabilities that may be service related)
  • Getting enrolled in the V.A. medical system
  • V.A. Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits
  • V.A. Burial and Funeral Benefits

All Library programs are FREE. No reservations required.

For more information call the Library’s Older Services at 510-745-1491.

Libraries are wheelchair accessible.

An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 working days in advance.

Voice (see appropriate branch) / TTY 888-663-0660.


Spring Activities Guide is Here!

The San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department has launched its 2013 Spring Activities Guide! Summer Sneak Peek, Egg Hunt, Aquatics, Kiddie Kollege, trips, classes… the list goes on and on! There is something for everybody from tots to seniors and individuals to families in the San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Spring Activities Guide! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn something new, meet new friends, get in shape and get involved in our community!


For information on current course offerings, please visit Spring Activities or visit the Recreation and Human Services Department homepage.



News That Matters to Seniors


Beloved Cal State University East Bay Alumna and Senior Moments Super Senior, Ida Cotton, Passed Away

Our beloved Super Senior Ida Cotton passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 6 in Oakland. She was 86 years old.

Cotton fulfilled her dream of obtaining an education when she graduated with a master’s degree in counseling and gerontology from Cal State East Bay at the age of 85. While her graduation was astonishing, it was also bitter sweet since graduation meant leaving her student housing only to be faced with homelessness. Her plight to find housing after graduation was covered by CBS – 5 (KPIX) and Senior Moments was there to help her. Dr. Sally Murphy, Cotton’s academic advisor, was desperately trying to find a place for her to live.  Senior Moments collaborated with Dr. Murphy and other community organizations to help make Ms. Ida’s move possible.

Delane Sims, founder and chair of Senior Moments states, “I feel so proud that we can take solace in knowing we did what we could to help Ms. Ida move to a place where she could be content before she passed away. While I am deeply saddened by the death of Ms. Ida, I take great pride in knowing Senior Moments contributed to her happiness.”

“I was always interested in reading, knowing about more than I did know,” Cotton said. She was born to sharecroppers in the South during the Great Depression and worked around her school schedule to help her struggling family. After working the 11pm to 7am shift killing and cleaning chickens, Cotton still attended high school classes at 9am.

When her husband died in 1977,and with her children grown, she found an opportunity to return to school and pursue her education regardless of being 51 years old. Cotton was the first one in her immediate family with the opportunity to go to college. Ida Cotton inspired us all to never give up on our dreams –

Senior Moments will miss Ida Cotton.

Vera Chappelle writes her first book at the age of 81.

About the book: In the compelling memoir Beauty and Truth, Vera Chappelle shares her personal journey beginning in 1938 at a creek in Moscow, Texas, traveling through five continents, and ending in San Francisco, California.

Born as the youngest of seven children who lived with her parents and grandparents on a farm surrounded by cotton and peanut fields, Vera details her father’s childhood on this same farm about thirty or so years earlier. His life was filled with racism and violence as hundreds of insecure white men, whose ignorance prevented them from embracing his family, attempted to make their lives miserable. Vera Chappelle moved from her grandpa’s farm to Houston, Texas when she was five years old. Her family eventually relocates from Texas to California. Vera chronicles how she continued pursuing the creative passions that made her heart sing-the piano, the violin, the choir, Shakespeare, Dickens, and art. Even as trouble brewed at home, Vera chronicles how she was able to emerge from pain and heartache as a child to find peace and joy as an adult.

As Vera’s life story circles back to today, she offers a deeply personal, but incredibly meaningful, life lesson with others-no matter whether we are white, black, yellow or brown with eyes that are slanted, straight, or curved in shape-we are all here to love each other.


Ida Cotton receives her masters at the age of 85.

Read about a unique twist in her quest to obtain her graduate degree.