Dollarhide Senior Center, 1108 North Oleander Ave., offers a variety of activities including information and referral, Dial-A-Ride, Dial-A-Taxi, social clubs, enrichment classes, excursions, nutrition, Braille, employment and MTA Bus Passes. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone: 310-605-5688.
Free income tax service for seniors
AARP is sponsoring a program that will provide free income tax services for seniors through April 10. The program will be offered each Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Dollarhide Senior Center. Appointment needed. Those interested should contact the staff at the center at 310-605-5688.
St. Patrick’s Day Dance
Compton City Councilman Dr. Willie O. Jones will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dance on March 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. The party will be in the main banquet room.
Whale Watching in Newport Beach
Dollarhide will take an excursion to Newport Beach for a whalewatching cruise aboard a 100-passenger vessel. Sightings of sea lions, dolphins and whales are expected. After the cruise the group will lunch at the Harbor Side Restaurant. The trip will depart from Curry Temple CME Church on March 22 at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. The cost is $40 all-inclusive. Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Sign up at the front desk. Because of the late return, Dial-A-Ride transportation will not be available. There will be no refunds issued unless the excursion is cancelled.
Seniors are invited to the game room on Friday, March 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. for a screening of “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” written and produced by Tyler Perry. Gourmet hot dogs and popcorn will be served. Space is limited to the first 30. Sign up at the front desk.
Compton initiative cleanup
The city of Compton has partnered with Justdogood.org to provide a series of cleanups in each City Council district. Seniors can have the exterior of their homes painted and trash removed from their property. To participate, obtain a registration form for the next scheduled cleanup, sponsored by the Compton Initiative.
Dollarhide Dial-A-Ride transportation program hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No transportation is provided between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to accommodate lunch breaks for drivers.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank program will distribute a free food kit once a month. Kits will be distributed on every third Wednesday of the month. The next distribution is set for March 21, between 9 and 11 a.m. Proof of income, Social Security or pension is required.
A new class on bingo is offered every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Bingo boards will be $1 per board per senior.
Art class meets weekly from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Art helps students exercise their brains and teaches organization and design. Students will learn to develop techniques like shading, blending, scumbling and more. Sign up at front desk.
Ceramics classes are regularly scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes are for beginners through advanced and cover all aspects of the crafts.
Taxi vouchers available now
Taxi vouchers are available for the cost of $10 per booklet. To purchase, you must be 55 or older and must have proof of Compton residency, such as a utility bill, a California driver’s license, identification card, Social Security card or medical card. If disabled, you must be between 18 and 54 years of age with a physician’s verification. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Pamela Coleman at 310-605-5694. The new location for the taxi voucher program is 600 North Alameda St., Room 12. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.