Join us for these Scotts Valley Senior Life Association (SVSLA) events for seniors, including educational opportunities, projects promoting healthy lifestyles, senior health fairs, and fundraising activities.

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Active Projects

New Performing Arts Center for Scotts Valley

SVSLA has served as the conduit for its supporters wishing to help with the construction of a new Performing Arts Center for Scotts Valley which will enhance musical and theatrical opportunities for our community. Consider being a Founding Partner in the effort to build this Performing Arts Center next to the nearby Scotts Valley library. Contributions to date total $6,400. For more information on this exciting project visit

Stay Connected at SVSLA’s weekly Senior Life Online Workshop

Join SVSLA every Monday afternoon at 4 pm for Senior Life Online, an opportunity to chat with local senior citizens and hear a featured speaker discuss a topic of local interest—while safely sheltering in place. After each Zoom presentation, participants are invited to talk about their current experiences, challenges, successes and concerns for themselves and their neighbors. Our schedule of speakers includes:

  • Oct 5 : John B. MacMillian, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSC — COVID-19 diagnostic testing at UCSC
  • Sep 28 :  Gail Pellerin, Santa Cruz County Clerk/Registrar of Voters — mail-in ballots
    Election Observer Panel—Come Watch What We Do
  • Sep 21 :  Dr. Terry Hollenbeck, MD, retired local Emergency Medicine Physician — Seniors & COVID-19
  • Sep 14& :  Bruce McPherson, 5th District Supervisor and former California Secretary of State — County response to wildfire and COVID-19
  • Sep 7 :  share experiences about the wildfire evacuation & COVID-19
  • Aug 13 :  Ross Eric Gibson, author and well-known local historian — downtown Santa Cruz transformations</li>
  • Aug 6 :  Danny Reber, Executive Director of the Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce — the Chamber’s response to support business affected by COVID-19
  • Jul 30 :  Greg Pepping, Executive Director, Coastal Watershed Council

Click this link to register. (Pre-registration is required.)

Joining these calls is easy. However, if you are at all hesitant and want some training in advance, please call our Vice President, George Haas, at (831) 334-7763.

If you missed a workshop, a recording of the workshop will be posted here, if available.


Join SVSLA in making a difference in the lives of Scotts Valley’s senior citizens and students of the Scotts Valley Unified School District. SVSLA recently launched its “Adopt-a-Senior-Program” as another way to help senior citizens in our community. The program’s initial focus is on senior citizens with limited resources who are isolated and lonely. With the support of the Rotary Interact Club at Scotts Valley High School, students will create personalized cards and care packages for seniors. Over time we hope to expand the program to train students in working with seniors. This program will enrich the lives of both local seniors and high school students.

SVSLA has established a GoFundMe campaign to collect monies to directly fund its Adopt-a-Senior-Program. Please donate today! Donations of materials appropriate for the gift baskets are also welcome. Contact SVSLA at (831) 438-1000 to arrange for the donation of materials.

Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors in our Local Schools

SVSLA has teamed up with the Scotts Valley Unified School District to offer senior citizens volunteer opportunities in our local schools. Your unique skills and interests will be matched with a volunteer position that is meaningful to you. Explore the numerous opportunities available, whether it is to help students in the classroom, work in the library, assist with office work, get involved with sports activities, speak to students about a career in your field of expertise, assist in the computer lab, or other activity of interest to you.

Recently, kindergarten programs in SVUSD have become full day instead of half day and many teachers are requesting more hands to manage the longer hours. Senior volunteers would be a welcome addition to the Kindergarten classrooms.

We all know that serving in a rewarding volunteer position definitely makes life more fun. For more information, contact Michelle Stewart, Director of Curriculum with the Scotts Valley Unified School District, at (831) 438-1820, ext. 114, or by email at

Free Water Heater Earthquake Inspections

Secure your water heater before the next earthquake. To coincide with the Great American Shake Out in October, SVSLA is sponsoring free water heater earthquake inspections to ensure your water heater is securely strapped to the wall. Helping Hands volunteers will inspect your water heater and, if necessary, install or replace your water heater straps at no charge to you. This activity is limited to the first 12 seniors in Scotts Valley to sign up. Call (831) 438-1000 soon to sign up.

Upcoming Events

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Are you a senior citizen concerned about yourself and other seniors? SVSLA exists to help all of Scotts Valley’s senior community. We need and would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions about what SVSLA can do to improve senior living for yourself and other seniors. Please share your thoughts and concerns by calling or emailing today.

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Future Activities

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We hope to see you at these upcoming SVSLA activities.

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