Potrero Heights Park Community and Senior Center

8051 Arroyo Drive
Montebello, CA 90640
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 626-927-5430 Fax: 626-927-5432
Center Director, Maria Cerdas
Email: mcerdas@css.lacounty.gov

Potrero Heights Park Community & Senior Center is a multi-purpose facility designed to provide community residents with social, recreational and educational activities. Staff also provides direct services such as form assistance, information and referrals and short term crisis intervention. Please call the center for more information regarding classes and programs.



  • Once a month

    Members gather to play this popular and entertaining memory game.

  • Every other Monday – 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Back to basics with a class that allows a child to work with their hands.  Motor skills are developed as they create crafts for all occasions.  Children created flying fish out of toilet paper rolls, colorful frames, a tree with their hand prints, and coloring with crayons and markers.

  • Every other Monday – 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Classes cover baking, nutrition, healthy meals and fun experiments with food.  Imagination and creativity is in full swing with the cooking class.

  • The First District In Motion Program targets seniors 55 years and older.  The program is designed to inform and educate seniors residing in the community of the importance of health, nutrition and fitness.  Throughout this program, First District In Motion offers workshops, educational presentations on various health and nutritional topics, fitness classes and exercise activities including Zumba, tai-chi, and walking in a group.

  • This program is under the auspices of the Department of Children and Family Services.  They provide the toys for the program; we attend monthly meetings, return old or damage toys and pick up new ones.  The toys are an assortment of age and socially appropriate toys, games and books for children ages 3 months to 13 years old.  The program has a code of conduct and incentive plan.  It builds good character in children by encouraging honestly, courtesy, promptness, cleanliness and responsibility.  Children may borrow toys once a week and are rewarded for returning toys in good condition and on-time and for continuing their membership.  It rewards children with special points by having a party and receiving toys they get to keep.  Membership is free and requires a parent or guardian to register the child in the program.  Donations of new and near new toys and books are accepted.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Staff leads the walking club.  This exercise program for adults has lots of benefits.  Seniors like it because they say it improves their overall health, it helps manage their weight, and helps with circulation.  They also like the social aspect of walking and talking and enjoying the neighborhood.

  • Teaching seniors the basic terms of computers. Teaching the steps to open programs, send emails and create tables on Microsoft word. Two Sessions per 3 month/8 to 10 week class.

  • Participants are actively engaged during presentations at the center.  Topics presented include:  Problem Solving, Alzheimer’s information, eat smart & live strong, Medicare 101, Social Security Administration, Reflexology, good sleep for emotional well-being, American Cancer Society, suicide prevention, American Diabetes Association.  At the center, the participants can identify with the topics above and often give us feedback on future presentations.

  • 6 Computers are available for the public to use. Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    This is a great activity for seniors as they learn fun Lin Dancers.  They must concentrate and remember a variety of steps which stimulates their mind.  Dancing gives them form, confidence and it’s a great way to exercise.

  • Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Cardio, strength training and flexibility exercises!

  • Friday 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    This activity utilized equipment used to engage seniors in obstacle courses.  They are put into groups, timed and each take turns on the obstacle course designated to the group.  As they complete one course they move on the next activity.

  • Attendance per trip:  50-60 people

    Seniors enjoy trips and visit exciting and interesting attractions such as the Ford Theater, Music Center, Los Angeles County Fair, and Little Tokyo.  They also appreciate the arts and visit the many museums and plays the county has to offer.

  • Once a month

    Members gather to play this popular and entertaining memory game.

  • Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Learn how to crochet in a group environment.  The Crochet club is the perfect place to showcase their work, meet new friends, while learning to crochet.  Seniors crochet blankets, scarfs and tops.  They also crochet corsages for all occasions but more importantly, some crochet scarfs and donate them to women with breast cancer.

  • Wednesdays (6 sessions) 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Participants enjoy learning to make jewelry using various tools and techniques.  They learn beading and wire working techniques and create one-of-a-kind designs.  This class also enhances their jewelry making skills.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Participants enjoy the energy filled, exhilarating, and easy to follow Latin inspired calorie burning fitness dance class.

  • Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Club gathers to create quilts and socialize.  The space provided is perfect for them to spread out and comfortably sew their quilts.

  • Mondays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Monthly attendance:  50

    This class is made up of several adults and seniors who enjoy sewing, socializing and learning intricate patterns they bring to share with each other.  Many have learned to sew blouses, aprons and skirts.

  • Thursdays 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

    Monthly attendance:  85

    This class follows a relaxing and slow moving technique which is great for the mind, body and soul.

  • Every 3rd Tuesday of each month.

    A new release movie is shown each time.  Movies not only bring people together but it makes watching the movie more enjoyable when done in a group setting.  The movies are played in a 80 inch TV screen and we offer popcorn for people to enjoy a movie experience.

  • Every 3rd Thursday of each month.

    A new release kids’s movie is shown.

  • Last Tuesday of the month

    The group chooses books to discuss on a monthly basis.  They periodically invite authors and have a great time learning and fostering new friendships.

  • Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Participants dance to the latest and most popular moves of bachata, cumbia, salsa and merengue all at their own pace.

  • 4th Thursday of each month

    This Neighborhood Watch program serves as a forum for residents to voice their questions and concerns. Law Enforcement representatives attend to provide crime statistics and answer questions.  Also present is a representative from Supervisor Hilda Solis’ office. 

  • 4th Monday of the month

    Participants enjoy creating flavorful dishes and spicing up traditional foods.  This activity is very well received because people take part by sharing food they bring to cook.

  • Saturdays

    Tax Preparation – by appointment only

  • An event for kids with many different activities with a clown and an egg hunt at the amphitheater of the center a day in April annually.

  • A potluck brings the community together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a Day in May annually.

  • An event which brings the community together for hot dogs, games, music and socializing a day in July annually.

  • A costume contest is conducted between adults and kids with snacks a day in October annually.

    • March of Dimes Denim Days Campaign
    • Valentine’s Day
    • Fitness and Wellness Health Event
    • Easter Program
    • Mother’s Day
    • Father’s Day
    • Cinco de Mayo
  • An event to show appreciation to all veterans a day in November annually.

  • A potluck which brings the community together to celebrate Thanksgiving a Day in November annually.

  • Fridays 1:00 9.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Monthly attendance:  TBD (new activity)

    The instructor combines Yoga movements with Pilates to stretch as well as relax the body.  Soothing music plays in the background as participants unwind and enjoy the exercise.

  • Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Seniors participate in the program for a hot, healthy and nutritious lunch.  Seniors enjoy lunch as well as socialize and meet other seniors.

  • An event to gather all center patrons together to dance and socialize with a DJ for the Holidays a day in December annually.