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  • The many benefits of staying active

    The many benefits of staying active

    The cooler seasons can typically be a time of less activity. This can lead to feeling weak or fatigued. While exercise and movement are important for people of all ages, it is especially ...

  • Grey Bears going solar

    Grey Bears going solar

    Support Grey Bears commitment to environmental preservation by donating to the Solar Fund. We're working with Sandbar Solar to install a 17.6 kW system that will provide 93% of our electrical needs on ...

  • Support Grey Bears!

    Support Grey Bears!

    Read about our Big Idea at Santa Cruz Gives where there's still time to make a 2017 tax-deductible donation to the Grey Bears Healthy Food for Seniors program! https://santacruzgives.org/nonprofit/grey-bears/

  • Check out our winter 2017 newsletter

    Check out our winter 2017 newsletter

    Our latest newsletter features the latest on Grey Bears - the 44th Annual Holiday Dinner on December 3rd, two November thrift store sales, the Green Side of E-waste and passage of a new to-go ...

  • The Green Side of E-waste

    The Green Side of E-waste

    While many of us have our eye on the newest iPhone or computer, a group of Grey Bears volunteers is more interested in the electronics we leave behind. Volunteers Greg Brackett, Calvin Olson, ...

  • Chanticleer cardboard baler is running

    Chanticleer cardboard baler is running

    Our cardboard baler is now operating at Chanticleer. We gratefully accept all quantities of cardboard. Due to market restrictions we can no longer accept hard plastics (toys, play structures, patio furniture, storage bins, nursery ...

  • Labor Day Hours

    Labor Day Hours

    The Thrift Store and Chanticleer and Buena Vista Landfill Recycling Centers will all be open normal hours on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. The office, food distribution warehouse and kitchen will be closed ...

  • Cooking Class with Chef Poppy

    Cooking Class with Chef Poppy

    THIS Saturday, June 23 at 10am at Grey Bears. Join Chef Poppy as she creates a simple and delicious seasonal meal. Normally the 4th Saturday monthly, Chef Poppy's cooking class always offers new ...

  • Summer Celebration & 50%-Off Sale

    Summer Celebration & 50%-Off Sale

    TODAY! Thursday, August 1 at Grey Bears Shop, eat, visit, enjoy! Food, refreshments, music, free books and super values in every thrift store department - housewares, furniture, clothing, computers, audio-video gear, medical equipments, sporting ...

  • New thrift store building is open

    New thrift store building is open

    (Santa Cruz Sentinel, by Jondi Gumz) -- Cindy Rady was pleased as punch with her finds Friday. She had a foldable colander, a jeweled tray, an ice cream scoop, a corkscrew and two ...

  • Men’s group at Grey Bears

    Men's group at Grey Bears

    Looking for advice or to talk about issues around aging, health, family matters, relationships and other topics? Grey Bears offers a men's group that meets on Tuesdays at 12:30pm. For more information contact ...

  • Spring 2017 Newsletter

    Spring 2017 Newsletter

    The spring 2017 newsletter is out, including the latest on our new thrift store building, volunteer spotlights on Linda Babcock (pictured) and Joe Jurnecka, pain relief through chair yoga, the amazing health benefits ...

  • Become pain free through Chair Yoga

    Become pain free through Chair Yoga

    Did you wake up feeling stiff and achy this morning? Join the club... most people over the age of 50 probably did, too. This doesn't mean you have to go the whole day ...

  • Joe Jurnecka celebrates 100

    Joe Jurnecka celebrates 100

    Joe Jurnecka celebrated his 100th birthday last Thursday morning while volunteering on the Grey Bears brown bag line. At 8am, 75 other volunteers, including daughter Wendy, stopped filling bags with vegetables, greens, oranges, ...

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Babcock

    Volunteer Spotlight: Linda Babcock

    Linda Babcock Born May 30, 1950 in San Mateo. "My mom and many relatives still live there." Business and art: "Two friends and I had clothing design business in the 80's in San Jose. I ...

  • Recycling goes where? Why everyone’s confused

    Recycling goes where? Why everyone’s confused

    With varying rules city-to-city, it’s not always easy being green By Angela Hill, Bay Area News Group, April 20, 2017 So there you are, in your kitchen, holding an empty juice carton and the fate ...