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Off Deadline: Senior center expansion meets locals' needs

by Jay Thorwaldson

Avenidas' building expansion in downtown Palo Alto is designed to match growth of older Midpeninsula residents.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2019 at 6:55 am

It sounds like a great facility. I look forward to visiting soon. I would like for some elderly long-term visitors to be able to use it. The main problem is going to be transportation, since we are talking about independent people who are beyond driving, bicycling, and walking more than about a half-mile at this point.

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Posted by Doesn't Meet Local Needs
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 31, 2019 at 7:08 am

The story ought to report that public funds and property were spent for a huge project that kicked out the one truly good service that so many seniors cared about there, namely La Comida. Frankly, that was the only reason I ever went to Avenidas. I don't think the people who allowed this tragedy to happen care about seniors at all.

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Posted by Cheng
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 31, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Need to better accommodate Chinese residents of Palo Alto.

Mainland food on lunch menu & space for pin-pong tables & tai chi.

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Posted by Avenidas Member
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2019 at 9:12 pm

Dear Doesn't Meet Local Needs,

While pleasing all the people all of the time is not a likely outcome, the planning and design process associated with the recent Avenidas building renovation gave considerable thought to many, many facets of aging and how best to address local aging issues both in the new facility as well as in the programs offered beyond the walls of the building. Stay tuned for a soon-to-be announcement on senior nutrition offered at the new building. In the meantime, La Comida continues its good work in kproviding seniors with low-cost lunches at Stevenson House. Avenidas will continue it's presence at Cubberly after it re-opens the 540 Bryant building. All of this represents a significant program and geographical expansion of services addressing local needs. Come check it all out!

Dear Cheng,

Please come check out new Avenidas Culture Club offerings including Tai-Chi, Brush Painting, Lotus Dance Fitness, Yuanji Dance classes and more!

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Posted by We'll see
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2019 at 7:11 pm

The headline thinks it can predict the future: "center expansion meets locals' needs"
It remains to be seen.
My own impression of Avenidas is how expensive everything is. Classes are often $100 or more. What shouldbe drop-in classes and events require pre-registration.

Very bureaucratic structure, and money, money, money.

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