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Eastside Story: Seniors live, play, learn together

Community: Canyon Country apartment complex also offers activities, classes to its elderly residents

Posted: March 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Carol Chapman, 59, left, and Bruce Hines, 65, relax at the pool at the Canyon Country Senior Apartments on Monday.

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The Mayan calendar may have given 2012 a bad rap, but the owners of one popular senior center on Santa Clarita Valley’s east side painted this year bright for many of the residents who live there.

“We just finished painting the whole facility, inside and out,” said Jacquelyn Barsh, manager of the Canyon Country Senior Apartments on Flying Tiger Drive.

For residents of the 200-unit apartment building, the new year was ushered in smelling fresh and new.

Built in 2003, the 200-unit Canyon Country Senior Apartments are situated between Soledad Canyon Road and Via Princessa on Sierra Highway, wrapping around a communal courtyard that’s anchored with a ranch-sized built-in gas grill barbecue.

The central courtyard enables residents to go to the park without ever leaving their homes.

On a visit to the center late last month, two gray-haired residents sharing a coffee inside the “community clubhouse” said they wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

The clubhouse serves as central meeting place and opens directly onto the courtyard through huge glass doors.

In boasting about the center’s packed calendar of day and night activities, the two residents laughed and pointed to one of the maintenance workers moving chairs in the community.

“I live here, too,” the worker confesses with a smile.

He’s not a senior, but since he helps in providing 24-hour on-site maintenance, he and his family are allowed in.

On Monday mornings, as is routine, doughnuts are brought to the clubhouse and immediately scooped up.

On Monday afternoons, poker hands will be dealt where the doughnuts had been placed.

Friday means bingo.

Aerobic classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The residents take full advantage of all the events, Barsh said

Tops on the list of many are the painting classes, she said.

The apartments have some restrictions about income and one firm limit on pets: No cat or dog can weigh more than 25 pounds, and no resident can have more than two pets.

During a recent visit, residents were eager to provide archival material on the history of their tiny community: photo albums kept on file at the clubhouse. 

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