State of California
211 for local services and assistance, visit 211.org/alamedacounty (or call 2-1-1 from any phone)
Born to Age Resource Referral: borntoage.com/alameda-county
AARP Safe Driver Program Online Courses: aarpdriversafety.org
Alameda County Community Food Bank
AARP-Website and #stayhomesavelives print out.
Emeryville Senior Center LINK
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) discount program
National Council on Aging
Museum @ Home
Smithsonian Institute: Take a virtual trip to the Smithsonian Institute.
Getty Museum: With more than 6,000 years worth of creative treasures, the Getty is one of the best places for art on the west coast of the US. virtual tour. As with several of our selection, Google Arts and Culture offers a “museum view” tool to look inside gallery spaces, with clickable artworks presenting further information.
Natural History Museum, London: From the diplodocus to the dodo, botany to butterflies, giant crystals to specimens in jars … the Natural History Museum’s vast collection has long been a favorite of both Londoners and tourists. Get lost in the corridors and gallery spaces – one treat is Dippy the dino, who despite recently going on tour still makes an appearance in the entrance hall in this interactive online guide.
NASA: Both Virginia’s Langley Research Center and Ohio’s Glenn Research Center offer online tours for free. Also, you can try some "augmented reality experiences" via The Space Center Houston’s app.
National Women’s History Museum: Have a late International Women’s Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution’s 26 online exhibits.
Our friends at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona have a lot for us to enjoy from home. They will be live streaming several celestial events. Follow them on Instagram @lowellobservatory for the latest and greatest!
Nature and Virtual Travel @ Home
Google Earth - Take a Virtual Vacation or explore the world!
Yellowstone National Park: Virtually discover Yellowstone National Park
England: Tour England through this 360 video.
Colonial Williamsburg: Take a live look at Colonial Williamsburg.
Take a virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House.
Take a virtual visit and tour to Channel Islands National Park Crater Lake National Park
Discover the stories behind our national parks with the National Park Foundation blog. From the Denali National Park & Preserve’s iconic mushing dogs and the flight path through aviation history to the revolutionary battle at Moores Creek and the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, there are countless stories our parks preserve and share.
Tune into PARKTRACKS, an innovative audio experience that lets you listen to the sounds of our parks, captured by the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, and tap into the trends of tranquility and mindfulness
Filoli Gardens-Bloom Watch plus enjoy a stroll through the Garden from the comfort of your home! See the blooms in the Sunken Garden, Sundial, and Walled Garden.
Virtual Dives with NOAA
Arts and Culture @ Home
Broadway Plays and Musicals - 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals you can watch on stage from home
Virtual Opera Performances- Metropolitan Opera announced it would stream encore presentations on their website each night at 7:30 PM. You can also stream through the Met Opera’s on-demand app.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival- Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s brand-new digital platform that will bring us back together in the coming months by bringing OSF to you.
Cirque du Soleil-Discover a 60-minute special offering you some of our most iconic show moments. Enjoy a front-row seat to the larger-than-life shows of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, ‘’O’’, and LUZIA, with never-before seen angles that can only be experienced on your screen.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals - streaming free online
BBC Radio 4 - The History of the world - podcasts
Drama Online - Online theatrical performances
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Silk Road Home Sessions
California Chamber Orchestra - Mendelssohn Italian Symphony, I. Allegro vivace
New York Live Arts
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive
Harold Prince: The Director’s Life
Theater Works USA
Get the Dirt on Gardening
Gardening Can Help You Battle the Blues of Staying at Home
How to grow food at home from food scraps - DIY and crafts
Easy Origami- Origami Resource Center
Crafting- Naztazia (YouTube)
Crafts by Amanda - Free arts and crafts ideas
5 Min Crafts- YouTube Crafts
Craft projects - Sew, Knit, Crotchet, quilt, and fun for the family too!
Teach yourself to draw - Advice / Where to start? / Drawing tricks! / Sketching-basics / How to get the proportions right - faces / How to draw faces
Woodcarving-Carve along videos series - let’s carve together!
The Kitchn’s Cooking School-The Kitchn’s Cooking School is a 20-day, 20-lesson program where students tackle an essential cooking topic each day. You’ll even have homework! (Free to join at The Kitchn)
Food Techniques-BBC has a nice selection of cooking videos for people with a variety of skill levels. Don’t know how to cut an onion? There’s a class for that. But there are also classes on advanced techniques. (Free at BBC)
Kitchen Chemistry-Most people associate MIT with building those intense robots that rip each other apart in a ring, but MIT also posts online versions of real classes, including one called Kitchen Chemistry. (Free at MIT)
Delia Online Cookery School-Delia Online features a host of cooking technique articles of varying levels of difficulty. Each lesson has step-by-step instructions with photos. (Free at Delia Online)
Fitness @ Home
Since gyms and yoga studios are closed, to keep you motivated to stay active just search online for free workouts, play indoor family activities and games; participate in individual/small group sports; Spring cleaning; and DIY projects to remain healthy and combat stress and anxiety.
Do Yoga with Me - Free yoga videos
Fitness Blender - Variety of free videos
Youtube Home Workout Routines - Many workouts to choose from, ranging from 10-30 minutes. No equipment necessary.
Sweat with SELF (YouTube)
Yoga with Bird (YouTube)
Silver Sneakers (YouTube). Designed for adults 65+
SwimOutlet- live at-home dryland workouts! Starting Monday, @erynkrouse will be hosting a fun IG Live workout from 10-11am PST! Miles McGriff @milesaheadfitness will be on Tues, Thur, & Fri. AND @lexiekellyswim will be on Wed Time to get your dryland workouts on!
U.S. Masters Swimming Dryland Workouts, Stretches for swimmers
FINA- Home Workouts
Zoo and Aquariums @Home
Monterey Bay Aquarium: It can be Shark Week every week thanks to live online footage of Monterey Bay’s Habitat exhibit.
National Aquarium: Walk through tropical waters to the icy tundra in this floor-by-floor tour of the famous, Baltimore-based aquarium.
Aquarium of the Pacific - A collection of webinars, live-cam footage and classes for all ages.
Virtual Tour of the Seattle Aquarium Explore the Great Barrier Reef with Google
Oakland Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between elephant, sun and black bears, and condors in one sitting.
San Diego Zoo: With what may be the most live cam options, this zoo lets you switch between koalas, polar bears, and tigers in one sitting.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo-Webcams
Houston Zoo-Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home!
Woodland Park Zoo-Watch live to keep up with your favorite animals in between visits.
ZooView.TV-A Milwaukee County Zoo and Zoological Society partnership
Explore animal Livecams from all over the world.
Phone Tree Program
Last week, we began making phone calls to every member of the Emeryville Senior Center who has scanned their badge since February 1st. This was over 500 people! We want everyone to know that we care about our members during this difficult time. Whether you need help getting connected to services, or just want a friendly voice to chat with, we are here for you. If you would like a City Staff member to call you, please email Brad at email@example.com.
Supermarkets and Shopping Hours for Older Adults
The following stores are offering special hours or arrangements to assist our older adults in getting groceries safely.
4349 San Pablo Ave
Hours: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Special Hours for Seniors on Wednesdays from 8:00am - 9:00am
1555 40th Street
Hours: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Pak ‘N Save Foods
Special Hours for Seniors on Tuesday and Thursday 7:00am-9:00am
3889 San Pablo Ave
Special hours for Seniors 9:00am-10:00am everyday
5700 Christie Ave
2390 Powell St
Berkeley Bowl West
Special hours for Seniors 9:00am-10:00am everyday
920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley
Mercy Brown Bag
If you are a current Brown Bag recipient and are in need of food during this time, please call (510) 534-8540. Give your Mercy Brown Bag Program card number, name, address, and phone number and we will get the food to you. The next delivery date for members is Thursday April 2nd
Tri City Cafe/ Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels will continue to provide a meal 7 days per week. We have changed the delivery schedule to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19. Deliveries will now be on Mondays and Thursdays with 3 meals provided on Monday and 4 on Thursday. If you live in Emeryville and need Meals on Wheels, call 510-209-1028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also converted our Congregate Lunch Program to Meals on Wheels temporarily.
If you are registered for Congregate Lunch/ Tri-City Cafe and live in Emeryville, North/West Oakland, or South Berkeley, call us at 510-209-1028 or email email@example.com.
If you are not registered for Congregate Meals/Tri-City Cafe and do not live in Emeryville, here are some local Meals on Wheels organizations that are serving your local community.
Oakland/San Leandro/Hayward/Castro Valley/San Lorenzo: 510-582-1263
Is open to provide the following essential services: equipment exchanges, kiosk bill payments, new Internet pick up and mobile device replacement ordering.
For more details on what xfinity is doing for the community and customers in response to COVID-19, visit https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11 AM - 6 PM
BAY STREET BEATS
Fridays @ 5PM
Bay Street Beats Fridays @5 is a new weekly program designed to feature and support local musicians during the current shelter-in-place. Each Friday, at 5 p.m., a local musician will perform live, via a Facebook Live streaming event, courtesy of Bay Street (Bay Street will pay the musicians each week in an effort to continue to support local musicians during this difficult time). Local music fans and supporters are encouraged to tune in and enjoy the local live music from a variety of genres – rock, jazz, folk, blues and more.
Beware fraudulent products claiming a cure
From special teas to essential oils to silver lozenges, numerous companies have been touting that their products have the ability to prevent or treat coronavirus. Recently, the Food & Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warning letters to seven companies whose advertisements made these false claims.
Remember: There currently are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products available to prevent or cure the virus. You can report suspected scams to the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 866-720-5721.
Don’t give money to charities you don’t know
Whenever a crisis occurs, scammers will try to draw on individual goodwill to seek"donations"for a worthy cause. It’s very easy for anyone to set up an account on crowdsourcing platforms to request support from the public.
If you would like to contribute to efforts to support those affected by the coronavirus
pandemic-such as older adults who are homebound and unable to access food or medication, or those who’ve lost employment and need financial relief-be sure to research a charity first. Sites like Charity Navigator, Guidestar, and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance provide comprehensive, vetted reviews of top charities.
Hang up on impostor callers
Phony callers pretending to represent a government agency were one of the top-reported scams in 2019. Last year alone, more than 166,000 people complained to the FTC about fake Social Security calls, wherein victims lost a median $1,500 each.
As more Social Security offices temporarily close and the IRS offers leniency on tax filing, you can bet that scammers will take advantage of these to cold call older adults and convince them to release personal information or face discontinuation of benefits.
Get a call like this? Hang up! Note that government agencies rarely contact persons by phone unless you have ongoing business with them and they never make threats about arrest or legal action. Report suspicious calls to the SSA Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-269-0271, and report instances of IRS-related fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484
Be wary of new investment opportunities
A biotech company you’ve never heard of is working hard on developing a vaccine for the coronavirus. If you buy company stock now, you’re sure to get a windfall when the markets go up, right?
If this sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has warned that fraudsters are using the current news to promote investments in their companies that promise dramatic returns based on so-called "research reports". If you are looking to invest in a company, be sure to do your research and remember that investment scammers often exploit the latest crisis to make themselves rich.