Adult Programs

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Welcome to the Midtown Activity Senior Center

The El Cerrito Midtown Activity Senior Center is an active, independent activity center for adults ages 50 and older.  It is a place for all people to participate, establish relationships, and share similar interests with others in a friendly environment.  Patrons are welcome and encouraged to participate in multiple activities.  Join us in continuing to make this a welcoming Center by saying "hello" to someone new, inviting someone to join you for lunch or holding the door open for someone.  

COVID-19 Update

All of us from the City of El Cerrito Recreation Department hope you are doing well as we move through these unprecedented times.  It is essential to understand that the situation is continuously changing as Contra Costa County Health Services (CCHS) reacts to new information.  We recognize the significant impacts this is having on the community we serve.

The City of El Cerrito's response has been and will continue to be thoughtful, calculated, deliberate and in compliance with CCHS's professional recommendations.  As part of the City of El Cerrito's COVID-19 transmission mitigation efforts and in accordance with state and local health orders, the El Cerrito Recreation Department has closed all facilities (including the office) and canceled all specials events and rentals.  All activities and programs for ages 50+ at the Midtown Activity Center and Hana Gardens Senior Center are canceled due to the risk to those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.  These actions will remain in effect until further notice. This remains a fluid situation and the City will continue to work with Contra Costa County Health Services to monitor the situation.

essential senior services during COVID-19 

Senior Nutrition PRograms

CC Cafe To-Go: During the Shelter at Home Mandate, Contra Costa County Health Services is allowing the City of El Cerrito to have staff deliver the meals provided by the county to El Cerrito Residents homes or offer curbside pickup at the Midtown Activity Center to non-residents age 60+.  All meals will be packaged in the home-delivered format, which includes a 3-compartment tray for the frozen entree and side dishes as well as a bread/crackers, milk/drinks, and fruit items.  Individuals interested in the meals will need to request the meal by 12pm on Monday by calling (510) 559-7000 or emailing midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us .  All 7-day meal packs will be delivered on Wednesdays between 11-12:30pm (subject to change).  No congregate format will be available.

If you are new to the CC Cafe Senior Nutrition Program, you must complete Contra Costa County Health Services forms to enroll in the program.  Registration forms can be downloaded http://el-cerrito.org/rECsources or emailed to you or delivered to your home (El Cerrito Residents only).  Call (510) 559-7000 or email midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us to request forms or for more information.

Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels delivers meals and provides safety-checks for seniors (60 years or older) who are home bound, no longer driving, unable to prepare food themselves, and do not have a caregiver who prepares meals.  Meals are provided based on need, not on income. Meals on Wheels, West Contra Costa Region is accepting new clients who are age 60 and older.  Meals are delivered in Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Kensington, North Richmond, Pinole, Point Richmond, Port Costa, Richmond, Rodeo, and San Pablo.  Volunteers deliver meals using County Health Services recommendations for social distancing.  To apply or refer someone for the program, find our about volunteer opportunities or to get more information, call (510) 412-0166 or visit their website.

 Mailing address: 

Meals on Wheels, West Contra Costa Region

2301 Rumrill Blvd

San Pablo, CA 94806

Easy Ride Paratransit Senior & Disabled Transportation service (age 65+)

The City of El Cerrito Easy Ride Paratransit Senior & Disabled Transportation Service is available for essential transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, pharmacy, and bank. 

All trips require advance reservation.  Registration for our Paratransit program is required. 

Call (510) 559-7000 or email midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us to reserve your ride, for more information, to request an application, or to see if you qualify for these services.  

Are you an El Cerrito Resident living within 94530? If so, register today if you are 65 years or older or are a person age 18 or over with disabilities.  

Cost is $2* per trip.  Note: Fees increase to $3 per trip effective July 1, 2021.  Accepted forms of payment include check made out to "City of El Cerrito" or cash. 

Benefits of our low-cost service: 

  • Friendly Staff
  • Low-cost fare compared to local agencies.
  • Efficient and convenient for local appointments.
  • Less wait time versus using public transportation.

New applications require a government issued photo I.D. or a photo I.D. with utlitity bill to verify residency.  If applicant is 18 and older but under 65 years old, it is required to submit a doctor's note verifying medical disability.  Please attach supporting documentation with your transportation application and return to our offices.  Any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (510) 559-7000 or email midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.  

The door-to-door shuttle is a shared-ride van service for seniors (65 and over) and persons 18 and over with a disability who are El Cerrito Residents 94530.  The door-to-door shuttle is funded by Measure J Sales Tax. 

The door-to-door shuttle offers rides to medical appointments, local grocery stores, shopping centers, religious services, and visiting friends for only $2* each way (Note: Fees increase to $3 per trip effective July 1, 2021).  Our service area spans El Cerrito city limits. 

In addition to regular Easy Ride Paratransit Senior & Disabled Transportation Service, we offer monthly Easy Ride Shopping Trips to nearby stores outside of El Cerrito city limits including Pacific East Mall, Costco and Target for $8 round-trip.  Please call (510) 559-7000 or email midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us for dates and times. 

Please be advised that in some cases, reservations are based on driver's availability and social activities that may impact transportation.


Additional resources

For updates on the City and County's response to COVID-19, please visit the links below:

https://cchealth.org/

www.el-cerrito.org/COVID19

To help you find food, Contra Costa County has a new GIS (global information system) mapping tool. It can be used on any mobile device, just like searching for the nearest gas station or cafe on your phone.

Contra Costa County COVID-19 Food Distribution Map url: https://cccgis.link/Food
The tool, developed by Contra Costa County’s IT Department, incorporates data from the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, school districts, senior centers, and other food organizations. It was developed in partnership with 211 Contra Costa, the crisis center. 

Please distribute this map url widely! This is a community tool, and will be continually updated. For additions or corrections to the map, please email Dawn Hartley with the County’s GIS team, or Kate Rauch, in John Gioia’s office. 

County Health Services COVID-19 

LOCATION
The El Cerrito Midtown Activity Center is currently closed to the public. You can reach the Center by calling (510) 559-7000  or by emailing midtown@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.