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  • Fix it at the Grey Bears Repair Cafe

    SkolnickTHIS Saturday, February 7, 10am-2pm. Bring in your broken appliance, toy, lamp, small furniture item, clothing, bike, etc. and receive guidance from fix-it coaches. Learn how to disassemble, diagnose, and hopefully fix the problem and go home with a working item. Everyone (especially middle school age children) is invited.

    Grey Bears Repair Cafe
    Saturday, February 7
    10am to 2pm
    2710 Chanticleer Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95065

    Things to bring:

    • Your non-working thing (carry-in only);
    • Any tools you already own that might be helpful;
    • Any knowledge or advance research you have done on the issue; and
    • Box, bag and/or small containers for parts. Muffin tins are great for holding tiny bits and pieces while you work.

    Whether you fix your itemLacy_Leuthold_2 or not, you will learn more about how your item was manufactured and how things work. If you are handy and can help repair, please contact the Grey Bears office by calling 831-479-1055 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required. Enjoy coffee and a pastry while you wait for a clinic coach. If your item isn’t repairable we can recycle it while you check the Thrift Store and Computer Electronics Store for a replacement. Questions? Click here for answers to FAQs.

  • Senior Tech Days at Grey Bears

    teen_tech_seniorSaturday, January 31, 11am-2pm. Teen techies will show you how to get the most out of your iPhone, Droid, tablet, laptop, Mac or Windows computer,  etc. Bring your fully charged device and learn new tips and tools!

  • A letter from the Grey Bears Board

    Dear Grey Bears Members:

    After much analysis and discussion, the Grey Bears Board of Directors voted to increase membership rates. Our decision was based on the dramatic growth in our Brown Bag Program over the last 10 years, doubling from 2,200 to more than 4,500. Another factor was the ever rising cost of food collection, refrigeration and distribution. Grey Bears now delivers more than 40,000 pounds of food each week.

    The new membership rates effective January 1, 2015 are:

    1 year            $30
    2 years          $50
    3 years          $70
    Lifetime       $250

    We acknowledge that this may impose a hardship, especially for seniors living on fixed incomes. Those who renew their memberships before December 31, 2014 can still take advantage of the current rates. Grey Bears remains committed to sourcing and delivering the freshest produce and staples to you every week.

    On behalf of the board, staff, volunteers and our community partners, thank you for being part of Grey Bears. Please don’t hesitate to email hidden; JavaScript is required with any questions you may have.


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    Paul Plansky
    Vice Chair
    on behalf of the Grey Bears Board of Directors

  • Please support our Fire Recovery

    The burned buildings from last year’s thrift store fire have been removed, a plethora of donated items are coming in, and we are open for you with terrific values every day. Plans are now underway to replace that thrift store space and improve our entire Chanticleer facility.

    We need your help to rebuild. Please make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the Grey Bears Fire Recovery Fund. Every dollar generated from our thrift store sales supports the Brown Bag Program, and helps us continue our 41-year mission to improve the health and wellbeing of seniors and our community. Thank you!

  • Check out our latest Newsletter

    Line6_thumbs upThe latest Nov-Dec 2014 Newsletter is hot off the presses, including volunteer lifetime award recipients, a visit to Grey Bears by residents of our Sister City in Japan, the 40th Annual Holiday Dinner on Dec. 7, an update on the recent fire, upcoming events and classes, a thrift store holiday bazaar on Dec 2, and more. Click here to read more.