85 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91105
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center offers many free online activities via Zoom for adults age 50 and older.
Online registration for Zoom activities is required. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive an email link for joining each activity online. Anyone who does not have WiFi or an email address can call 626-795-4331 to receive a number to call to join Zoom events by phone.
Pasadena Senior Center membership and residency in Pasadena are not required.
Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery – Thursday, April 1, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Aging Mastery is an enrichment program developed by the National Council on Aging that encourages older adults to take small steps to improve health, financial well-being and quality of life. Attend this introduction to the program and its philosophy, with a special emphasis on the new realities of aging. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Food Distribution Program — Friday, April 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Low-income adults 60 and older receive one free box of food and couples receive two. Proof of income and California ID are required for first-time recipients. 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. 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. Masks and social distancing are required.
Virtual Class Tasting – Monday and Tuesday, April 5 and 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As the registration period for 25 fee-based spring classes approaches, anyone can choose from more than a dozen of the most popular offerings – from Acting Virtually to Zumba Gold – by attending half-hour “class tastings” for free, meeting the instructors and learning more about the courses.
Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club — Tuesdays, April 6 and 20, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Diehard film fans are invited to watch an edgy and provocative movie the first and third Tuesday of every month, followed by a Zoom discussion. Participants are responsible for watching assigned films on their own in advance on free streaming services (in your browser’s search engine, type the name of the film followed by “streaming”). Prior to registering for these Screening Mimis events, email [email protected] to receive a list of questions about the films to prepare for the discussion and to be added to the mailing list for future Screening Mimis events. Then jump into the Zoom sessions to analyze, probe and critique the films.
Real Estate Seminar – Thursday, April 8, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about the emotional, physical and financial challenges of selling your long-held family home and transitioning to a new residence. Presented by Peter Hujanen of Lotus Realty.
Cultural Thursday: George and Ira Gershwin – Thursday, April 8, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Join pianist Bob Lipson and singer/narrator Don Snyder as they host a fun and interactive journey through the lives and works of George and Ira Gershwin featuring their hit shows and songs, including the opera “Porgy and Bess” and its most famous song “Summertime”; the musical “An American in Paris” and its most beloved songs “The Man I Love” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”; and more.
Alzheimer’s Savvy Caregivers Support Group – Friday, April 9, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. The realities of providing caregiver services to a family member or other person with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming to anyone who does not have much experience. Learn basic knowledge and skills needed to care for your loved one, share your experiences and get your questions answered. You are not alone!
Ask the Athletes: Cycling — Monday, April 12, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Ask the Athletes is a panel discussion and Q and A that focuses on a different sport every month. Co-presented by the California Senior Games Association. This event is part of the Cynthia Rosedale Memorial Sports Talk Series.
Chair Yoga — Tuesday, April 13, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Improve balance, strength and flexibility while sitting in a chair during this gentle and meditative class taught by Kathy Eastwood RN, a Huntington Hospital community outreach nurse and certified yoga instructor.
Exercise and You – Thursday. April 15, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about the importance of aerobics, strengthening, flexibility and balance and how they relate to aging, with a focus on strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily routines.
Cultural Thursday: Poetry with Serena Lin – Thursday, April 22, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Celebrate Earth Day with Serena Lin, a talented high school student who is a poet and filmmaker. Her poems have been featured in the Pasadena Senior Center’s Passport Magazine and she has shared her work as a guest and guest host on the center’s Social Hour. She was profiled by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez in November.
Protect Yourself from Scams and Frauds – Thursday, April 29, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn how to identify scams, report incidents of fraud to law enforcement and develop resources and tools to use when approached by scammers. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Presented by Miles McNeeley of Wise and Healthy Aging.
Cultural Thursday: Five Tips for Family History Fun – Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. One of the fastest growing hobbies, genealogy research combines detective work with history and personal stories. Learn basic techniques of genealogy, including conducting oral history interviews, gathering home resources, anchoring ancestors in place and time with original documents, describing the day-to-day lives of ancestors in writing to share with others, and keeping track of where facts are found. Presented by Jane Neff Rollins, founder of Sherlock Combs Genealogy.
To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4311. Anyone who does not have WiFi or an email address can call 626-795-4311 to receive a number to call to join this Zoom event by phone.
In addition to online classes and other activities, members and nonmembers are encouraged to visit the website regularly for COVID-19 updates for older adults and other timely information, a weekly blog, monthly magazine, ongoing activities throughout the year and more.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. Doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical services for older adults in need. Masks and social distancing are required.