Effie Yeaw Nature Center offers a Bannister Park hike near Fair Oaks Boulevard, 8 a.m. to noon, at Ancil Hoffman County Park, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael. Free with park entrance fee of $4 per vehicle. (916) 967-0777 or (916) 489-4918.
The Carmichael Cactus and Succulent Society meets at 10 a.m. at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael. Visitors are welcomed. (916) 729-3475.
Mercy General Hospital sponsors an informal talk about advance directives for health care and recent changes in the law, noon, in the hospital's Greenhouse Room A, 4001 J St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 733-6330.
The Organic Gardening Club of Sacramento County meets at 10 a.m. at the Carmichael Park Administration Building, 5750 Grant Ave., Room 1, Carmichael. (916) 635-6724.
The Renaissance Society offers a free informational forum by Dr. David Gibson explaining the high cost of health care, 3 p.m., at Mendocino Hall, Room 1003, California State University at Sacramento campus 6000 J St. (916) 278-7834.
The Wednesday Seniors Club of the Mission Oaks Community Center serves a pancake breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the center's auditorium, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. Cost is $2.50 per person. Open to the public. (916) 481-7784.
The Sacramento German Genealogy Society holds an all-day seminar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael. Guest speaker is genealogist Roger P. Minert. Pre-registration fee is $30 for individuals, $40 per couple, less for society members. (916) 482-8511 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central United Methodist Church presents its first Bunny Trail Spring Craft Faire, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 5265 H St., Sacramento. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds go to the Church Fund. (916) 452-5016.
President Thomas Jefferson Manor holds its annual flea market, 9 a.m., at 5959 66th Ave., Sacramento. Proceeds benefit resident activities programs. (916) 421-9422.
The Society of Military Widows, Sacramento Chapter No. 5, meets at 1 p.m. at the McClellan Aviation Museum, 3204 Palm Ave., North Highlands. (916) 635-6724.
Catholic Healthcare West and Soroptimist International of Sacramento North host a health fair for women, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stanford Settlement, 450 W. El Camino Ave., Sacramento. Free health screenings. Spanish and Russian interpreters will be available. (916) 455-8479 or (916) 925-1296.
University of California Master Gardeners hosts a free gardening and plant care clinic, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Matsuda's Nursery, 8501 Jackson Road, Sacramento. (916) 875-6913.
University of California Master Gardeners hostd a free gardening and plant care clinic, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wal-Mart, 4420 Florin Road, Sacramento. (916) 875-6913.
Elkhorn Chapter 1680 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees holds its meeting and luncheon, 11:30 a.m., at Cherry Island Golf Course, 2360 Elverta Road, Elverta. (916) 332-3071 or (916) 383-8877.
Dr. Michael McCloud, a geriatrician from UC Davis, speaks about how to enjoy better health while aging, 10 a.m. to noon, at Eskaton Village, 3939 Walnut Ave., Carmichael. Free admission, reservations are requested. (916) 334-1072.
Northern California Arts meets at 7 p.m. at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. Guests are welcomed. (916) 971-3713.
The Area 4 Agency for Aging and AARP host "Second Time Around," a free workshop for grandparents assuming parental duties, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Paul Baptist Church, 3996 14th Ave., Sacramento. (916) 486-1876.
The Laguna/Elk Grove Fibromyalgia-Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndromes Support Club meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mimi's Cafe, 9195 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Donation is $5 for newcomers. Limited seating. (916) 685-0383.
Sacramento Storytellers Guild presents its sixth annual Liars Contest, 7:30 p.m., at the Hart Multipurpose Senior Center, 915 27th St., Sacramento. Contestants must arrive by 7 p.m. Entry fee is $10. Free admission, donations accepted. (916) 482-0669.
The CSUS Life Center offers a free forum on anaerobic and aerobic exercise for seniors, hosted by CSUS physical therapy professor Rafael Escamilla, noon to 1 p.m., at the Julia Morgan House, 3731 T St., Sacramento. (916) 451-4357.
The National Health Federation's Sacramento chapter presents a free lecture, "Seven Ways -- Seven Days: Integrate Mind, Body and Spirit," by hypnotherapist Bobbie Brandon, 7 p.m., at the SMUD Building Auditorium, 6201 S St., Sacramento.
The Carmichael Geranium Society meets at 10 a.m. at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse, 5750 Grant Ave., Carmichael. Program includes a presentation on flower arranging. Free admission, visitors welcomed. (916) 332-1493.
Gray Panthers of Sacramento meets at 1 p.m. at the Hart Multipurpose Senior Center, 915 27th St., Sacramento. Guest speaker is Doug Jackson, program manager at Great Valley Center. (916) 332-5980 or (916) 344-4772.
The Renaissance Society, a learning-in-retirement program, offers a free informational forum by Marybeth Webster on energizing and encouraging peacemakers, 3 p.m., at Mendocino Hall, Room 1003, California State University at Sacramento campus, 6000 J St. (916) 278-7834.
The 20th annual Scandinavian Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Parish Center, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento. Festival includes Scandinavian foods, arts and crafts, dancing and music. Admission is $3. (916) 483-4496.
Sacramento Area Navy Reserve Women -- for active and retired reservists -- meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Sizzler restaurant, 2030 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. (916) 372-2395.
Effie Yeaw Nature Center offers a nature walk, 1:30 p.m., at Ancil Hoffman County Park, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael. Program is free with park entrance fee of $4 per vehicle. (916) 489-4918.
The Sacramento chapter of the Older Women's League holds its Wonderful Older Woman Tea, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway, Sacramento. Guest speaker is Dr. George Xakellis of the UC Davis Medical Center. Requested donation is $10. (916) 456-9677.
The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society presents jazz clarinetist Chuck Hedges in concert, noon, at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. Suggested donation at the door is $10 general, $5 children, free for children age 11 and younger. (916) 372-5277.
The Sacramento chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution meets at 11 a.m. at the Sacramento Garden and Arts Center, 330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. Program features vocalist Nadine Salonites of the UC Davis music department. (209) 744-1532.
The California Retired Teachers Association, State Capitol Division 5, meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Casa Garden Restaurant, 2760 Sutterville Road, Sacramento. Program features retired teacher Dorothy Mulvihill telling stories while portraying six famous American women. Cost is $14. Reservation deadline is April 10. Visitors welcomed. (916) 424-6316.
The Women's Connection holds its meeting and brunch, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Casa Garden restaurant, 2760 Sutterville Road, Sacramento. Cost is $13, reservations requested. (916) 835-5480.
The UC Davis Cancer Center's Learn at Lunch free lecture series presents former County Supervisor Sandra Smoley, a registered nurse and breast cancer survivor, speaking on health care legislation and policy issues, noon to 1 p.m. at the UCD Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St., Sacramento. (916) 734-5935.
The Mission Oaks Computer Club meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mission Oaks Community Center, 4701 Gibbons Drive, Carmichael. Visitors welcomed. (916) 483-9685 or www.lanset.com/mocc/comput.htm.
The Highlands Artists Guild meets at 7 p.m. at the North Highlands Community Center, 6040 Watt Ave., North Highlands. Program features a painting demonstration by artist Phyllis Eyman. (916) 721-9313.
The Wellspring Women's Center's Tea and Empathy poetry series presents Jack and Adelle Foley, 7 p.m., at the Hart Multipurpose Senior Center, 915 27th St., Sacramento. Free admission. (916) 444-0699.
The Congress of California Seniors holds its annual state convention at the Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard St., Sacramento. Delegates' pre-registration deadline is March 21, non-delegate deadline is April 18. (916) 442-4474 or 1-800-543-3352.
Photographs from the collection of Frank LaPena, a local artist and educator, are on display through April 4 at the Sacramento Valley Photographic Arts Center's Viewpoint Gallery, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., Sacramento. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. (916) 441-2341 or www.viewpointgallery.org.
California State University at Sacramento presents "Cabaret," through April 6, at University Theatre on campus, 6000 J St. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11 for seniors and students, $16 general. (916) 766-2277.
The Genealogical Association of Sacramento sponsors "Roads To Your Roots," a series of workshops held March 29 and April 5, 1:30 p.m., at the Sacramento Central Library, 828 I St., Sacramento. The workshops are free and open to the public. (916) 489-5614.
Spotlight Dance and Fitness offers its Matinee Dance and Dine Program, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at 646 North Market Blvd., Suite 100, Sacramento. Cost is $4 per week, or $15 for five weeks. Includes free dance lesson. (916) 649-3269 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Sunrise Macular Degeneration Association meets the third Friday of every month, noon to 2 p.m., at Denny's, 6215 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights. Open to those who have macular degeneration, their mates or caregivers, or anyone interested in the subject. (916) 721-1441.
The Golden State Accordion Club, Sacramento Chapter, meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., at the Sheepherder Inn, 11275 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova. (916) 966-5917.
Manitos del Sur, a social club for Spanish speakers, meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, at the Pannell/ Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento. (916) 264-5462 or (916) 443-6348.
Free income tax assistance is available for seniors with low to moderate income every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday through April 15 at the West Sacramento Senior Center, 664 Cummins Way, West Sacramento. (916) 373-5819.
The Sacramento chapter of the Golden State Accordion Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m., at the Sheepherder Inn, 11275 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova. (916) 966-5917.
SeniorNet offers computer classes for seniors at the beginning of each month at Rio Americana High School, 4540 American River Drive, Sacramento. Classes include introduction to computers, word processing, spread sheets, data bases, and the Internet. Participants must pay a $30 annual membership fee, and a $20 fee for each eight-session class. (916) 485-9572.
The City of Sacramento 50+ Wellness Program sponsors ongoing neighborhood walks at various times and locations, many on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The program is free and open to people of all ages. (916) 277-6190.
The UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine's Mini Medical School presents "Aging and Medical Science," an eight-week series of lectures from March 25 through May 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Sunset Community Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin. (916) 734-8045.
Towe Auto Museum celebrates Ford Motor Co.'s centennial, March 29 through July 31, at 2200 Front St., Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (916) 442-6802 or www.toweautomuseum.org.
Capital Singles offers a dance for single seniors, Sundays from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge No. 2103, 5631 Cypress Ave., Carmichael. No membership is required. Dance lessons included with admission. (916) 366-6501.
Friendly 45-Plus Singles, an adult social group for single, divorced or widowed persons 45 and older, meets on the first and third Fridays of each month, 6:30 p.m., at Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights. (916) 331-8196 or (916) 726-1465.
WomanAlive, a women's accountability and empowerment program, meets from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 801 Riverside Ave., Suite 202, Roseville. This a 52-week program with sliding scale fees based on income and ability to pay. First class is free. (916) 929-3039.
AARP's Auburn chapter meets at noon at the Multipurpose Senior Center, DeWitt Complex, 11577 E Ave., Auburn. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., bingo at 10 a.m., potluck at noon. (530) 885-2170.
The Placerville Senior Center offers its caregiver gathering, "My Time," 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the senior center, 937 Spring St., Placerville. Free respite care is available. (530) 621-6180.
The Sacramento Post-Polio Support Group meets at 11 a.m. at the Fairvale Baptist Church, 8660 Madison Ave., Fair Oaks. Guest speaker is Dr. Michael Felix of Kaiser Permanente. (916) 624-0448 or (916) 332-8265.
Sun City Roseville hosts its annual art show at the Timbers Lodge Ballroom, 7050 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Roseville. Show times are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Display includes oils, acrylics, watercolors and more. Many works will be offered for sale. (916) 771-4257.
The Hays Antique Truck Museum of Woodland holds its Spring Swap Meet, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodland Community College parking lot, intersection of County Road 102 and Gibson Road, Woodland. (530) 666-1044.
Sierra Club Seniors takes a six-mile hike along the American River's Middle Fork near Auburn and Forest Hill. Group meets at 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot at Madison Avenue off Interstate 80. Heavy rain cancels the hike. (916) 383-6457 or (916) 729-4481.
Placerville Senior Center offers its caregiver gathering, "The After Five Club," for those providing care for frail, elderly or disabled adults, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Senior Day Care Center, 937-A Spring St., Placerville. (530) 621-6180.
The Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California's Roseville Evening Support Group meets at 3 p.m. at Somer Park Residence, 1 Somer Ridge Drive, Roseville. (916) 448-7001.
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Last Updated 4/1/03
ctrum staff writer
CARMICHAEL -- Looking into his wife Win's eyes, Wayne Lewis heartily concurs with a lyric made famous by soul singer Doris Troy in 1962 -- "All it took was just one look."
The twinkle in his own eyes says it all.
"The second I saw her, I didn't want to be just her dancing partner, I wanted to be part of her life!" Wayne Lewis said during a Tuesday afternoon dance at Mission Oaks Community Center. "Look around this room and tell me if you don't think she's the most beautiful thing on the floor! Wow!"
Taking his compliment in stride, Win Lewis laughed and said, "Meeting him here is like having a Cracker Jack box and reaching in and getting the gift that's inside!"
The Tuesday afternoon dances have been a weekly gift of pleasure at the Mission Oaks Community Center since the center opened in 1982. Many single seniors have found new companions at the dances -- Wayne and Win Lewis, both 87, of Citrus Heights among them.
"My first husband passed away in 1981. A girlfriend and I came over here to dance," Win Lewis remembered.
Wayne Lewis interjected, "I didn't walk up to you and say, 'May I have this dance?' I walked right up to her and asked, 'Would you marry me?' She said, 'Are you crazy?'"
"A neighbor lady had her eye on him," Win Lewis continued. "She said, 'Wayne, I want you to get dressed up and come to the dance.' He said, 'I don't want to go.' She said, 'You're going if I have to drag you!'
"He danced a couple of dances with her. I came in late and pretty soon Wayne comes up, very gentlemanly, and asked me to dance. I said sure. We get out on the floor and he asks me to marry him! I said 'Who let you out?'"
Win advised Wayne to meet a few more ladies, but the former Navy commander and aviator wouldn't waver.
"The minute I saw you, I wanted to marry you and take care of you for the rest of your life," Wayne told her.
"I don't need taking care of," she responded. "I've been doing pretty good so far."
Over time, the two became better acquainted and continued to meet at the Mission Oak dances.
"We made a date to go out to dinner and I could see his good qualities. ... Every time he'd see me, he said, 'I want to marry you.' I told him I was having too much fun being single!"
Eventually, Wayne Lewis' persistence began to pay off.
"I got to thinking, 'What have I got to lose?' So we got married on Valentine's Day 11 years ago," Win Lewis said. "And we come here to dance three times a week. This is our social life, and going to our church."
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