How to meet new friends on Alameda? I'm 68 and leaving some friends in HOT Fresno.

Asked by Doreen Browne-venable, Pittsburgh, PA Mon Sep 2, 2013

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Jennie Wong, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Oct 21, 2013
First try your "interest" groups from Fresno, then try the
Alameda Seniors Mastick Center to browse and sign-up for exercise/computers/art/discussion groups. Also on Bay Farm Island there are various club associations along with your HOA.

Interested in locating property to buy? I can help you, having lived here for several decades. Cell 510.289.3737. Jennie Wong, BHG Realtor
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Valerie Ruma, Agent, Berkeley, CA
Tue Sep 3, 2013
Yes, as others have said, Alameda is a very friendly place. You mentioned that you have a dog so walking your dog along the beach front will certainly bring you new acquaintences as will a visit to the dog park.

If you like to get out on the water (Alameda is an island after all) there are rowing and paddling clubs such as the Alameda Dragonflyers, a paddling group with members of all ages and ethnicities. In fact, they refer to themselves as a social club with a paddling problem~

If you like gardening there is a group called the Alameda Backyard Growers who meet up to share information and produce from their backyard gardens and their motto is "grow some, eat some, and give some away -- to the food bank. They donate their excess produce to the food bank for those in need. You don't even have to have a garden to be part of the group. If you like to garden, but don't have a plot of your own, there is always someone who would appreciate your help in their garden.

So there you have it. All kinds of possibilities for you to make new friends. I'm sure it won't take long. Feel free to be in touch if you would like to know more about any of these groups.
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Mon Sep 2, 2013
Doreen, there is an Alameda Social Club that promotes people to network

Here's an article about how it came about…

And here's where you can see what event(s) are planned

Happily, Alameda offers so many activities ---- if you like to dance, check out Friday night Zydeco dancing class at Eagles (on Alameda Avenue, cross street Park St) You don't need to have a partner just to go. Learn the basic steps first, and then it's dancing all night. Folks ask other folks to dance.

Try that first.

Or if you want to see what seniors do for fun, try Mastick Center They offer a lot of activities as well.

Let me know what kinds of activities you're interested in, and I may be able to help.

Welcome to our beautiful island city :)
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Yes, as others have said, you will find Alameda to be a very friendly place and you will find yourself with many friends in no time. You say you have a dog so just walking your dog along the lovely bay/beach front trail will put you in touch with many people. Also there are dog parks where your dog can run free and play with other dogs. So there you will meet other dog owners.

If you have a taste for getting out on the water (Alameda is an island afterall) you could join the Alameda Dragon Flyers, a dragonboat team made up of people of all ages and ethnicities. Or as they like to refer to themselves, a social club with a paddling problem. The Alameda Backyard Growers is a group that meets to share info and produce from backyard gardens. You don't even need a garden to join. If you like to garden but don't have a garden of your own, there are plenty of people that would love to have help Welcome to Alameda. Feel free to be in touch if you would like more suggestions
Flag Tue Sep 3, 2013
Hi Doreen, you don't have to worry about making friends in Alameda. EVERYONE is very friendly. There are so many things you will find interesting, i.e. diversity, art, wine, beer, beach, parks, pets, and so on. Are you looking to move into a senior living community?? I volunteer at the Oakmont of Cardinal Point, You will fall in love with this place.
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