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June 5, 2018 > Senior Travel Troupe offers sociable, affordable adventure

Senior Travel Troupe offers sociable, affordable adventure

By Alfred Hu

If you?re 50 years or over and looking for a chance to travel with others in the same age range with similar interests, then the San Leandro Senior Travel Troupe might be just what you?ve been searching for.

In 2001 the City of San Leandro Recreation and Human Services Department Senior Services formed the San Leandro Senior Travel Troupe to invite people who are 50+ to explore the Bay Area in a safe, affordable, and sociable environment. Besides being a great way to meet new people, it offers opportunities that cater to a wide range of interests from learning tours to adventure travel and volunteering opportunities.

Traveling as a group also offers a number of benefits, such as exploring the local travel treasures throughout the Bay Area without the hassles of driving, reservations and high admission prices, as well as saving money on transportation and hotels. For example, seniors traveling with the Senior Travel Troupe often get discounted rates through Collette Vacations, a travel agency affiliated with the troupe. Another benefit is the safety and comfort afforded when traveling as a group. Since tours require different levels of physical ability, group tour guides will make the level of difficulty known, information often overlooked for those traveling independently.

In the past, the San Leandro Senior Travel Troupe has conducted local tours to exciting places such as the Gilroy Garlic Festival, Mendocino Coast and Fort Bragg, organized outings to musical performances of the Santa Cruz Follies and ?Beach Blanket Babylon,? and even arranged tours to international destinations such as Eastern Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Recent tours visited the Oakland Zoo and Walt Disney Family Museum.

Join the travel troupe on their next outing Wednesday, June 13 to San Jose?s Winchester Mystery House. The unique mansion has stairs leading to the ceiling, doors opening to nowhere, and over 160 rooms that Sarah Winchester added randomly to appease the spirits of victims killed by guns manufactured by her husband?s company.

On Tuesday, July 17, journey to Cornerstone Gardens and Marketplace in Sonoma, which features a collection of world-class shopping, boutiques, wineries, tasting rooms, artisan foods, and art-inspired gardens. Or take in a performance of ?Les Miserables? on Wednesday, August 15 at San Francisco?s Orpheum Theatre.

The travel troupe is limited to a maximum of 40 people; participants must be at least 50 years of age. To attend these tours you may register at either one of the Customer Service offices located at the Marina Community Center (15301 Wicks Boulevard, San Leandro) or the Senior Community Center (13909 E. 14th Street, San Leandro) or online at (click on Activities then Senior Services).

Besides offering a chance for fun travel in a group, there are opportunities to volunteer in the travel troupe. However, volunteers must be working at the Senior Community Center. Currently, Pam Wright and Sue Watson are the Senior Travel Troupe volunteer trip leaders. ?Both have been volunteering with the City of San Leandro for more than five years; they both love to travel and enjoy the company of other seniors,? says Ely Hwang, Recreational Supervisor for the City of San Leandro.

To find out more about this travel troupe you can attend the Senior Travel Troupe Meeting at the Senior Community Center in San Leandro on Friday, August 10. Learn about upcoming exciting day trips and extended travel excursions. Registration is required to attend the meeting and can be done online, by calling (510) 577-3462, or in person at the Senior Community Center and the Marina Community Center. Registration will be open until it hits its capacity of 120 spots. Everyone is welcome and new travelers are encouraged to come.

Winchester Mystery House
Wednesday, Jun 13
9:15 a.m. ? 5:15 p.m.
Cost: $49 residents, $59 non-residents

Cornerstone Gardens and Marketplace
Tuesday, Jul 17
8:15 a.m. ? 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $54 residents, $64 non-residents

Les Miserables
Wednesday, Aug 15
12:15 a.m. ? 5:15 p.m.
Cost: $63 residents, $73 non-residents

Senior Travel Troupe Meeting
Friday, Aug 10
2:00 p.m. ? 4:00 p.m.
Senior Community Center
13909 E 14th St, San Leandro
(510) 577-3462

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