915 27th Street
Phone Number
(916) 808-5462
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday: 8am to 3:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 1pm
Sunday: 12:30pm to 3pm

Under the auspices of the City of Sacramento Department of Parks and Recreation, the Ethel M. Hart Senior Center serves as the heart of operations for Older Adult Services, and is one of the many Senior Centers in Sacramento. A wide range of programs and services are available on site. Center staff are available to help seniors and their families link to other supportive services in the community.

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the staff and policies of the Ethel MacLeod Hart Multipurpose Senior Center to create an environment which welcomes older people, supports their independence, and affirms their dignity. Our mission is accomplished by a commitment to positive personal interactions and the highest quality services and activities possible.

History of the Hart Senior Center: The Sacramento Senior Center was opened in 1961. The center is conveniently located in Marshall Park in midtown Sacramento and has a welcoming and relaxing park-like feeling. The building also has unique architecture, which adds to its park setting. In October of 1994, the center was renamed in honor of Ethel MacLeod Hart for her generosity to the city’s senior citizens.

Some services offered by the Hart Senior Center:

  • Arts and Crafts: Open Ceramics Lab- (Meets Thursdays- $5 materials fee per month, paid at the reception desk), Crafting and Sewing-(Meets Thursdays- Free), Painting a New Language- (Meets Fridays- $20 for 4 sessions), Pastel Landscapes with Reif Erickson (Meets Tuesdays. $25 per lesson), ECHO (Elder Craftsmen Helping Others)- DOES NOT MEET AT HART Contact (916) 991-2810 for more information.
  • Cards, Games and Hobbies: Duplicate Bridge- (Meets Mondays- Free, Interested players should call Joe McCormick at 448-1032), Progressive (Social) Bridge- (Meets Wednesdays and Saturdays, Free), Bridge Lessons- (Meets Wednesdays, Sign up in advance. Free), Pinochle- (Meets Thursdays and Sundays, Free), Scrabble & Crosswords- (Meets Sundays, Free), Social Ping Pong- (Meets Thursdays)
  • Education: Computer Classes – SeniorNet ($40, with the exception of the Low Vision Zoomtext class, which is free), Generations Online- (Monday through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Free), Digital Camera Class- (Meets Thursdays. $20 for 8 sessions. Call to inquire about class availability), Driver Safety Program- (call AARP at 1-888-227-7669 and enter your zip code to be connected with the voicemail box of nearby driver’s safety instructor. Or visit AARP on the web, http://www.aarp.org/families/driver_safety/), Great Books Program- (4th Monday of each month. $26 for materials), Senior Legal Hotline- Legal Workshops for Seniors. (Free)
  • Entertainment: Movies (Fridays), Special Events
  • Exercise, Wellness and Fitness: Balance & Strengthening- (Meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Free), Prime Time Fitness (Meets Monday and Friday), Healing Qi Gong Practice- (Meets Saturdays. Free), Hatha Yoga- (Meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday. $30 for 8 sessions), Chair Yoga- (Meets Wednesday and Friday. $30 for 8 sessions).
  • Friendship Café- (Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. $2.00 suggested donation for adults age 60 and over, guests under age 60 pay a required $5.00 fee. Reservations are required in advance.
  • Music and Dance: Ballroom Dance Practice (Thursdays. Free), Line Dancing- (Meets Thursdays), Hula Dance- (Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Free)
  • Self Help and Support groups: TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) (Meets Thursdays. Annual fees and small monthly dues are collected. Contact Marilyn Young at (916) 359-1019 for more information.
  • Social Gatherings: Art Show (Held in the Fall), Manitos- (Wednesdays, from 9 am to 1 pm. Manitos Club is a social group open to older adults who speak Spanish), Blind Social- (Wednesdays, from 9 am to 1 pm), Hearing Impaired Club- (Thursdays, 8 am to 2 pm)Movie Matinee- (12:30 pm each Friday of the month. Free)
  • Social Services: Brown Bag Pharmacy- (Every first Monday of the month. Please call (916) 808-5462. Free), Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program- (Monday by appointment only.Please call (916) 808-5462. Free), Senior Legal Hotline- Legal Workshops for Seniors (Workshops are held every 4th Thursday of the month and start at 1 pm. Free), Senior Legal Hotline – (Call Senior Legal Hotline directly at (916) 551-2140 and press 3 to speak with a receptionist and request an individual appointment at the Hart Center. Free), Flu Clinics- (Sacramento County holds immunization clinics annually)
  • Writing and Language Arts: Creative Writing & Poetry- (Wednesdays 1 pm to 3 pm), Life History Writing- (Tuesdays 9:30 am to 11 am. Free class; fee for materials $5), Annual Life History Writing Conference- (Typically held in April. Life History manuals are available for sale year round for $5; Visit www.hart-crcwritersconference.org)

See also other Local Services & Organizations, Senior Resources, Sports and Recreation, and Senior Centers.