Members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are invited to free events and activities for anyone 50 and older throughout March.
Registration for Zoom activities and most onsite events is required by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Activities & Events, Lectures & Classes, or Resources. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive an email link for joining each activity online. Most Zoom events are recorded and televised on the Pasadena Senior Center YouTube channel.
Diabetes Empowerment and Education Program (DEEP) – Tuesdays, May 2 to Jun. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. This support group is a vital part of many people's diabetes and pre-diabetes management and can have a significant, positive impact on their lives. Presented by Rocio Sepulveda RN of the Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Program. To register or for more information, call 626-397-2068.
Legal Consultations – Thursday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Learn about wills and trusts, conservatorships, durable powers of attorney, and estate planning. To schedule a required appointment, call 626-795-4331.
Stroke Awareness – Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, so educating yourself now is the key to a better outcome. Learn about different types of strokes, how to help prevent strokes, and what to do in a stroke emergency. Presented by Dr. Duy Minh Le, a Kaiser Permanente internal medicine specialist.
Monthly Food Distribution — Friday, May 5, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Pasadena Senior Center. Low-income adults 60 and older receive one free box of food and couples receive two. Each box includes foods that meet specific nutritional needs, such as cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related dairy products, cereals and other grain products, and more. Proof of income and California ID are required for first-time recipients. Boxes are heavy, so bring a pull-behind personal cart to the parking lot between the Pasadena Senior Center and the Metro Gold Line station. Opening boxes on the premises is prohibited. For more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Resources, then Food Distribution Programs or call 626-685-6732.
Movie Matinees – Fridays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Each PSC member who registers may bring one nonmember guest.
May 5: “Fighting for Our Lives” (1975, NR) This documentary film informs viewers of the strike of California grape workers from Coachella to Fresno as they negotiate for a United Farm Workers union contract in 1973, and also depicts their nonviolent struggle against police brutality on the picket lines.
May 12: “The Whale” (2022, R) starring Brendan Fraser and Sadie Sink. A reclusive, morbidly obese English teacher attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.
May 19: “Free Solo” (2018, PG-13). Free soloist climbers use nothing but their own bodies – no equipment of any kind – to scale the faces of immense rock formations. This Academy Award-winning documentary follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing the face of the 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan in Yosemite National Park – without ropes or tools – knowing the outcome would be perfection or death.
May 26: “Bridge of Spies” (2015, PG-13) starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet-captured American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers. This film is based on true events.
Chair Yoga – Tuesday, May 9, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and well-being while sitting on a chair or standing while using a chair for support during this gentle and meditative class.
Cybersecurity: Stay Smart and Safe – Thursday, May 11, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Financial fraud costs older adults nearly $3 billion every year. Learn about the latest scams, fraud, and identify theft schemes that target older adults and how to protect yourself. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Standards and Show Tunes with Bob, Don, and Dave – Thursday, May 11, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Join pianist Bob Lipson and singer Don Snyder with special guest bassist David Young for an afternoon of music featuring everybody's favorite show tunes and standards. Sing along, kick up your heels, and dance, or simply tap your toes to the rhythm of the music.
English as a Second Language (ESL) – Wednesdays, May 17 and 24, at 10 a.m. onsite at the Pasadena Senior Center. If you have friends or loved ones whose first language is Spanish and they have minimal experience speaking English, let them know about this course during which they will learn basic-level conversational English skills to use everyday to understand the language better through reading, writing, listening and speaking. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Special Events or call 626-795-4331. Esta es una clase de ESL sin estrés para estudiantes que tienen experiencia mínima en el uso del idioma Inglés. Los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de aprender Inglés conversacional de nivel básico a través de la lectura, escritura, en auditivo y expresión oral.
Protect Yourself from Fraud – Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) that works with state and federal agencies to investigate claims of financial abuse and fraud and ensure financial service providers follow the law.
Cultural Thursdays: “Rio Grande Anthology” – Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Inspired by the beloved “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters, “Rio Grande Anthology” by playwright Josephine Nericcio imagines the gathering of voices of the dead in a cemetery on the banks of the Rio Grande River in a Texas border town. Thoughts they never shared when they were alive are spoken: unrequited love, children dreamt of but never born, hidden love, and painful truths. Some voices are at peace and others are not, but all are waiting to be heard. Directed by Roberta H. Martinez.
Health Fair and Fresh Produce Distribution – Friday, May 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Health fair services indoors will include blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, updates in Medicare health plans, resources, and more. Preassembled bags of fresh, nutritious vegetables will be distributed on the patio while supplies last courtesy of Order of Malta Mobile Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to bring a bag or personal pull-behind cart to transport the produce home. Registration is not required.
My Life, My Decisions – Thursday, May 25, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about durable powers of attorney and advanced medical directives that ensure your wishes are respected if you become ill or unable to speak, the importance of a dementia directive, and how to resolve issues that may arise when one partner has created investment and retirement accounts unknown by the other and passes away. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Thursday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to noon onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Learn how to resolve conflicts with the help of a trained mediator, including property ownership, landlord/tenant disputes, workplace/employment issues, family disagreements, and more. Presented by Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution.
In addition to online classes, onsite events, and other activities, members, and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are encouraged to visit the website regularly for a quarterly online magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults and more.
The center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. Beginning Monday, March 6, extended spring and summer hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to noon. Rooms are sanitized after each use. Masks are optional.