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  • 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 starts August 7

    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

    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

    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 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

    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

    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 ...

  • Support Groups at Grey Bears

    Support groups for men and women at Grey Bears start soon! Explore issues such as life transitions, aging, relationships, increasing happiness and wellness, and other topics in a comfortable, friendly space. Women's group ...

  • Simple, Healthy Recipes 4 U

    Try one of the dozens of delicious recipes by Chef Poppy and from past newsletters that feature vegetables, fruit and healthy staples like rice, split peas and lentils. Click here to check out ...

  • Habitat with Humanity Partnership

    Grey Bears is excited to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity to help find two new participants for the My House My Home program! Please contact Mark Trabing at (831)-469-4663 to see if ...

  • Repair Cafe in the New York Times

    At Repair Cafes, ‘Beloved but Broken’ Possessions Find New Life New York Times - January 18, 2017 - By Christopher Melejan If you’ve ever despaired of getting your vacuum cleaner fixed or thought that your ...

  • Female Doctors Better for Older Patients

    Female Doctors May Be Better for Older Patients' Health The findings raise questions about if those physicians' methods could be pinpointed and copied By Casey Ross, STAT on December 19, 2016 in Scientific American A new ...

  • Grey Bears accepts Styrofoam

    We accept Styrofoam (EPS6) at both Chanticleer and Buena Vista recycling centers during normal business hours. This material, known as expanded polystyrene or foam 6 (look for a “6” on material), is the ...

  • Help us start the year strong!

    Every dollar you donate is spent on healthy food - for the 4,200 seniors we serve each week through our Brown Bag Program, for our partners in homeless and mental health programs, for the 16,000 ...

  • Grey Bears closed New Year’s Day

    The entire Chanticleer Thrift/Recycling and Buena Vista Landfill campuses are closed today New Year's Day, and will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Warehouse and Brown Bag Deliveries: NO Brown Bag deliveries this week, Jan ...

  • 42nd Annual Holiday Dinner

    THIS Sunday, December 4 at 11:30am - celebrate the holidays at the Grey Bears Annual Holiday Dinner at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The sights, sounds and aromas of the season - including ...