Hey…What’s the Big Idea?

posted Jul 30, 2014, 12:59 PM by Wayne Wieseler   [ updated Jul 30, 2014, 12:59 PM ]

Over the past 10 years, we have seen to programs of the Sebastopol Area Senior Center expand in any number of directions. Some may have been in direct response to your requests…some may be playing off programs we have read about or seen elsewhere…some may just be a roll of the dice, an idea that popped up in a brainstorming session or came to somebody in a moment of inspiration.

All of these methods of creating program for the Senior Center have a vital role in our operation. While we all like to think that we can just sit down and come up with the next big idea…it just isn’t that easy.

There are many areas that will always be part of what we offer. Fitness, health, education, current events, travel, and more. Most of these can be found in our Highlights or Program pages of this newsletter. As for the rest…what are your ideas.


When we first moved back into our remodeled and enlarged Senior Center it seemed like the sky was the limit. The vision of the group that conceived our needs was spot on. We needed more space, better organization and the ability to be in step with the business world.

We did all that! The Design and Review Board felt that we also needed to remain in step with the look and feel of our 100 year old neighborhood. We did that as well. A week does not go by when new visitors are amazed at the size of the building, when all they saw was the front.

Upon moving in, the “suggestions” really started to roll in. “Where’s the pool table going to go?” and “We need more room to (fill in the blank”) were heard on a regular basis. All these suggestions and ideas were great, and many of them planted the seeds of what today’s program looks like.


We are not going to remodel the building, so there is really no room for the pool table, but we are always asking for your ideas. What would you like to see? Are there programs at other Senior Center’s you have heard about we might try?

Maybe we can look at using other facilities for some programs. Possibly some things can be done outside, maybe in the park.
Please pass on your ideas to any of the board or staff members. For those who require a bit more stealth, there is a suggestion box on the front counter. A few words can go a long way in growing the Senior Center. What’s YOUR big idea?