North Oakland Senior Center

The North Oakland Senior Center (NOSC) is located in the beautifully restored former University High School. Annual events at the Center include holiday dances, birthday parties, and flea markets. There are weekly salsa, swing and line dancing classes, along with activities such as Tai Chi and blood pressure screening. The facility has rooms available for public rentals.

Entry into City of Oakland Senior Centers will be Limited to Appointments for Registration Only

Reopening Phase 1
We will continue to open our facilities incrementally, under guidelines provided by local and State government agencies. We will be inviting small groups of members into the facilities to register. Members will receive a phone call and/or email with general information including directions to set up an appointment.

Visiting Guidelines
Prior to facility entry, members will be required to answer a COVID-19 Safety Questionnaire, have their temperature taken, and maintain mask wearing at all times while in the building.

The Following Services/Amenities are Unavailable
~ In-person programs or activities
~ Computer labs, game/pool room, outdoor spaces, and other lounge/program areas for center supported activities.
~ Private facility usage/rentals

The Following Services Remain Available
~ Food Distribution Programs
~ Virtual Programs Platforms


Membership is $12 a year - Such a Deal!
Below is our brand new membership registration form. The updated membership form includes a new demographics section that will help us apply for grants to benefit the Center's programs and services. Keeping in line with our standard center rules, we want to assure you that your personal information will remain confidential.

How to Apply:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Center remains closed to the public. However, you can send your completed registration form and payment by mail (5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way) or drop off it off at the Center, Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Payment options include: check, money order or cash. Please make checks and money orders payable to North Oakland Senior Center.

Questions? Please give us a call at: (510) 597-5085.

Your Membership Matters! By joining or renewing your membership, you make our programs possible.

Member benefits include:

1. Access to our senior community: virtual activities/classes.

2. Quarterly Newsletter mailed to your home.

3. Access to valuable resources: Meal programs, Information & Assistance Specialists, and other critical senior services.

4. Discounted program and event fees.

5. Care packages and fun freebies.

6. Countless opportunities to meet new friends and have fun.

Oaktown Pen Pals Program

Oak Pen Pals Program Logo

Oaktown Pen Pals provides the perfect opportunity to meet someone new while you're at home. A pen and a paper is all you'll need (or type and print if you wish)!

Staff will connect you with a secret pen pal from the Downtown Oakland Senior Center. You will be asked to write five letters over the course of 10 weeks. Don't know what to write about? No worries! We will provide five intriguing prompts to help you get started.

Upon reopening, we will host a special event where Oaktown Pen Pals will have the opportunity to meet their pen pal in person. Interested in joining? Please fill out and return the short application (link below) to NOSC by May 15, 2021 to begin the fun!

NOSC Oaktown Pen Pal Application - Fillable

Online Classes & Events

LAS May-June 2021Flyer
Jun 16, 2021

Legal Assistance for Seniors Spring 2021 Presentations

Consumer Fraud: Scams Targeting Seniors and Tips for Protection and Prevention Where: North Oakland Senior Center Zoom Presentation (You can also dial-in by phone, no internet or computer needed.) When: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Time: 10am-11:30am Call NOSC at 510-597-508…

OAM 05.26.2021 Event Flyer
May 26, 2021

Older Americans Month 2021 Virtual Celebration

Please join us, virtually, as we celebrate Older Americans Month! Watch on Zoom: Please click the link below to join the webinar: 669 900 9128 Webinar ID: 952 5278 8224KDOL TV: Comcast Channel 27 or AT&T Channel 99 …

Brain Health & Aging 2021 Symposium Flyer
Apr 16, 2021

Brain Health & Aging 2021 Symposium

The Downtown Oakland Senior Center (DOSC) is partnering once again with University of California San Francisco's Memory & Aging Center for another Zoom Symposium designed just for you on Friday, April 16, 2021 on the topic of Brain Health &amp…

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Senior Lunch Program

Spectrum is working in collaboration with SOS/Meals on Wheels to deliver chilled, portioned meals. To receive a meal, participants must complete a annual registration form.

Lunch is served: Monday - Friday, 12noon - 1:00p.m.

No senior over 60 will be refused a meal due to lack of funds.

Suggested Donation: $3.75 per meal (Meal ticket: $35.00/10 meals)

Available for drive-through pick-up. Lunch must be reserved 24 hours in advance by calling (510) 597-5085.

Rental Reservations

The North Oakland Senior Center is available for private rentals during non-senior center hours primarily weekends and evenings. Our large multipurpose room accommodates up to 175 people with banquet tables/200 theater-style. Our small classrooms are not available for private parties, but may be used for small meetings or break-out rooms for conference-type events. All rental arrangements are made by appointment only. Please call for more information. Follow this link to reserve the North Oakland Senior Center.


Membership Information

Membership costs are $12 once a year. This fee helps to support program costs.


  • Pool Table
  • Computer Lab
  • Landscaped Senior Patio with Public Art Sculpture
  • Coffee Canteen


  • Health Clinic
  • 2 x weekly massage
  • Sharing Our Stories for Men (support group sponsored by Crisis Support)


Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)

  • Free legal consultations by appointment

Contact Us


North Oakland Senior Center (NOSC)

Map image for North Oakland Senior Center, located at 5714 Martin Luther King Jr Way in Oakland, CA 94609
5714 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, CA 94609

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Open Hours

NOSC remains closed until further notice due to COVID-19. However, staff is available by phone during the following hours.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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