Check out Connections Café

By From page A12 | October 20, 2013

Have you ever wanted to have a conversation with friends, accompanied by soft, live background music, in a relaxed setting? Perhaps learn how to use an iPad, Kindle or computer that is provided while you are there? Or just use devices you already possess in a location that provides free wi-fi?

Come join us every Monday evening, beginning this week, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Valente Room of the Davis Senior Center, at the brand-new Connections Café. You can chat with friends while listening to music from various local entertainers. Light refreshments can be purchased. If you cannot drive at night, call Davis Community Transit (530-747-8240), and they will help you arrange for transportation.

Connections Café is a project developed by the nonprofit Senior Citizens of Davis Inc. and the city of Davis. The concept is to build better social connections with friends, and learn to connect to emergent technology. Also, to use your own computer devices in a welcoming setting.

Already, a number of groups have expressed interest in being a part of this innovative program. The library would like to create a literacy project, to teach folks how to use computer devices to read books. A foster child/grandparent group would like to entice children to teach older adults how to use new technology. And a computer user group has expressed interest in providing computer tutoring.

If the program is successful, it may be expanded in scope. The original idea was developed by a Senior Citizens of Davis focus group called World Café.

* Seniors wanted a place in the Davis Senior Center to have a conversation with friends;

* Those who worked during the day wished to be able to participate;

* It was deemed important to reach out to local talent, giving them a venue to exhibit to an appreciative audience; and

* There was a desire to provide intergenerational socialization.

Ultimately, this project will benefit the Davis Senior Center and its participants. We want to keep our Senior Center vibrant and relevant to everyone. Come check it out!

Elaine Roberts Musser


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