Mastick Senior Center

Mayor Trish Spencer was among the models at this year’s popular Mastick Senior Center Fashion Show. Master of Ceremonies Gretchen Lipow introduced the 22 senior models wearing donated clothing from the Mastick Thrift Shop. In addition to models parading around the hall, a luncheon was served by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Alameda. The annual event also featured an intermission for door prizes. “The clothing this year was bright and colorful,” said Lipow. “I enjoyed not only describing their outfits, but shouting out in support of the women themselves who were participating.”

AEC Living visited Mastick Senior Center on Wednesday, May 30, to help celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The event, which was free to seniors, offered mini senior fitness tests with a certified personal trainer and free blood-pressure and glucose checks from Alameda Hospital. 

Seniors also attended a presentation about preventing falls in the home, a food demonstration by Dan Avakian from Dan’s Produce and a talk about recycling prescription drugs. Seniors met representatives from Bay Area senior cohousing, assisted living and home-care providers. 


Some 130 concerned residents spent two hours at the Mastick Senior Center last Sunday, Aug. 20. They discussed how Alameda should respond to California’s forthcoming regulations for production and distribution of marijuana. The new state regulations will take effect in January 2018.

Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer initiated the meeting. “There’s much more to discuss than we have time for at City Council meetings,” she said. Vice Mayor Malia Vella and Councilmembers Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft and Jim Oddie joined Spencer at the table. Oddie co-chaired the event.  


Alameda Family Services Senior Connections Case Management will host its first-ever Senior Prom Fundraiser Sunday, June 11, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The fundraiser will support the Senior Connections Program (SCP) which provides clinical case management services for older adults. 

SCP works in conjunction with Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave., the host for the fundraiser, to serve vulnerable and isolated seniors 50 and older.  


Mastick Senior Center abounds with art opportunities for the 50-plus community. The center provides a venue for adults to further develop their creative skills with classes that include stained glass, creative writing, drawing, painting, ceramics, quilting, beaded jewelry design and graphic arts. Mastick’s artists are currently displaying their works in the center’s lobby in a multimedia art exhibition that runs through Nov. 30.