Orginial Post: Heart Kitchen provides meals for the “Good Thyme Cafe” senior lunch program weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. (Photo by Cierra Bailey)

Activities at the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD)Senior Services Center are in full swing, including the Open Heart Kitchen “Good Thyme Cafe” lunch program, which offers curbside and walk-up meal service Monday through Friday from 12-1 p.m. Seniors are invited to the Robert Livermore Community Center to pick up fresh meals to-go. Open Heart Kitchen offers the same service at the Pleasanton Senior Center from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Dublin Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on weekdays. Each month, LARPD provides additional items for seniors to take home along with their food. “We try to offer something a little bit different every month, today we have a snack and activity pack. We’ve also done crafts that they can take home, like (decorating) picture frames. But usually, we try to just do something fun for them on a Friday once a month for the drive-thru program,” said LARPD community outreach supervisor David Weisgerber. While navigating the uncertainty of COVID-19, Weisgerber said that LARPD aims to do everything it can to serve seniors within the rules of the changing climate. Since spring 2020, the district has offered outdoor fitness classes at the community center for seniors as well as virtual programs, including technology tutoring led by teen volunteers and other enrichment courses. What’s local journalism worth to you? Support for as little as $5/month. “Our fitness classes are wildly popular, particularly outside,” Weisgerber said. “Of course, there’s other challenges between wildfire smoke and weather — we’ve been doing this all year, so we’ve hit every season at this point with rain and heat — but I think our main theme for the whole thing is just being flexible,” he added, noting that people have been very understanding and cooperative amid the constant changes. “For the most part, those who want to participate are out and about and for the folks who don’t or aren’t quite ready to, have plenty of virtual options,” Weisgerber said. More information about LARPD’s senior programs and resources is available at Granted, back then land was “cheap” and an entire southern California city, Lakewood was famously built full of 2 bedroom and three bedroom 1 bath stucco homes after the war for $8000-$12,000 that your average factory worker returning from the war on the GI bill could afford. We will never see homes that cheap but it would be nice to think creatively to give your “average” middle class earner or essential worker the opportunity to buy a home in the city they work in, like previous generations had, consider smaller homes on smaller lots with the trade off being higher density but a lower sales price, for the opportunity to get onto the housing ladder….look for solutions to high land, development and entitlement costs, and smaller homes could fit into that picture.

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