Senior Planet is full of articles with advice on how to live your golden years to the fullest.But all those wise words are only helpful if you get out in the world and act on them! Fortunately, Senior Planet has a section where you can find out about and sign up for senior-themed social events, either at Senior Planet's headquarters or around the New York City area.
To get to this section, go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser, and click Calendar in the menu on the left side of the screen.
In the main window of the "Calendar" page, you will see what month you are seeing events for. The default view is a week-by-week view. Click Last Week to see events from the previous week, or click Next Week to see what events are coming up. You can also click Monthly View to switch to a month-by-month view.
Events are color-coded. Those whose titles appear in blue or green are put on by Senior Planet, while those whose titles appear in grey are general events around New York City. If you see an event that you might be interested in, click on its title, or click Read More at the end of the preview.
You will now see the details of the event. Click on the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn more about each one.
Title and Date
What the event is called, and what date it is being held.
Here you'll see approximately when the event will start and end, where it is being held, how much it will cost, whether or not an R.S.V.P. is needed, etc. If you click on the text highlighted in red here, Google Maps will show you where the event is located on a map of the surrounding area, so you can get a better idea of exactly where you need to go.
This gives you more detailed information about the event. Note that it will also sometimes give you instructions on how to sign up for the event (as it does in this case), so be sure to read it!
This will let you know what lines on the New York City subway system to take in order to get close to where you need to go.
Click the text in red here to go to the website of the group that's putting on the event. Sometimes, it will lead you to specific information about the event, such as how to sign up for it.
If you know of an event in New York City that your fellow seniors might enjoy, then you can add it to Senior Planet's calendar. Who knows... someone else who goes to the event might become a new friend for you!
Go to www.seniorplanet.org in your web browser and click on Calendar in the left-hand menu.
Scroll down the page until you see Submit Your Event in the left-hand menu, and click it.
You can set up the information for the event on this page. Note that only sections marked with an asterisk (*) need to be filled out, but the more information you give, the easier it will be for people to know what the event is and how to find it.
There's quite a bit of information that you can input, so we'll break it down for you. We'll start with the essential information. Click on the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn about each piece.
Name of Event
Click in this box and type in the name of the event.
Start Date / End Date
Click in the first box here and select from the calendar pop-up the day that the event starts on. If it's a multi-day event, click in the second box here and select from the calendar pop-up the day that the event ends on.
Start Time /End Time
In the first row, click the first box and type in the hour that the event starts. Then click in the second box and type in the minute that the event starts (approximately). Then click the third box and select from the drop-down menu whether the event starts in the morning (AM) or afternoon/evening (PM). Do the same things in the second row, except that these will be the hour, minute, and time of day that the event ends.
Click in this box and type in the street address of the location where the event is being held.
Click in this box and type in the cost of the event. As you can see here, you may want to mention if there are different rates for different age groups, in case some people might want to take family or friends along.
Click in this box and type in the address of a web page that has more information about the event, like how to sign up for it. Be sure to include "http://" to start it.
Next, we'll look at the event's description and whether or not it repeats. Again, click the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn about your options.
Click in this box and type in a short description of the event. Include details like how to sign up for it, what people will do there, and anything that anyone should or needs to bring.
If an event will happen multiple times (for example, if it’s a weekly meeting), you can use the options here to set that up. You can have an event repeat after a certain number of days or weeks, or have it repeat on a specific day of the month. You can also set up the date when you want an event to stop repeating.
Finally, we'll look at setting up the event's contact information, as well as the event itself. Like before, click the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn what to do at each spot.
Click in this box and type in the name of the person in charge of organizing the event.
Click in this box and type in the email of the person in charge of organizing the event.
Click in this box and type in the name of the group that the event organizer is part of.
Contact Phone Number
Click in each of these boxes and type in the respective parts of the phone number of the person who is organizing the event.
Click the respective buttons beside “Yes” or “No” to tell people if they need to reserve their spot at this event, or they can just show up.
When you’ve filled out all of your information, click here to let the Senior Planet community about your event!
And those are the basics of finding, joining, and creating events on Senior Planet!
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