During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., has offered many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older, and now some onsite activities at the center are being reintroduced gradually.
Registration for Zoom events is required by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Events, Clubs and Lectures and then Online Events. 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 phone number to call to listen to live Zoom events.
Space is limited for onsite events. Reservations are recommended by calling 626-795-4331.
Pasadena Senior Center membership and residency in Pasadena are not required for Zoom or onsite events.
Virtual Writers Club — Tuesdays, Aug. 3 to 31, from 10 a.m. to noon via Zoom. Join a group of people who like to write about experiences, real and imagined, and enjoy sharing their writings with others. The club is led by Sam Eisenstein, former instructor of English at Los Angeles Community College.
Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) – Wednesdays, Aug. 4 to Sept. 1, at 9:30 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. In a relaxed and supportive environment, share your experiences with others living with diabetes and learn how to cope with this difficult illness. The DEEP support group is a vital part of many people's diabetes management and can have a significant, positive impact on their lives. Presented by Kathy Eastwood RN of the Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Program.
Fall Prevention and Home Safety – Thursday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. As people get older, physical changes, medical conditions and medications can make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injuries among older adults. Learn strategies for preventing falls during this talk presented by the Foundation for Senior Services.
Cultural Thursday: Jack London, Photographer – Thursday, Aug. 5, at 2 p.m. via Zoom and in-person at Pasadena Senior Center. Jack London is best known for his novels "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang," but his superb work as a documentary photographer is less well known. Sara S. Hodson, retired curator of literary collections at Huntington Library, will discuss the wide range of London's photo works while showing many of his photos, including San Francisco in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and the people and locales of Pacific Islands.
Monthly Food Distribution Program — Friday, Aug. 6, 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. 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. Opening boxes on the premises is prohibited. Masks and social distancing are required.
Art Exploration Club – Fridays, Aug. 6 and 13, at 10 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Calling art lovers at all levels of experience: Express your inner artist and meet some new friends in a casual, relaxed environment. Please bring your own supplies.
Scrabble Club – Fridays, Aug. 6 to 27, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. If you're a wordsmith, come get out of the heat, stretch your brain and enjoy a game of Scrabble.
Summer Evening Concert: Dixieland jazz by Dad's Band Plus One – Monday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. and again at 7:15 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Enjoy a New Orleans-style, toe-tapping evening as Pasadena-based Dad's Band Plus One perform two sets of their festive, traditional Dixieland jazz at the Pasadena Senior Center's refurbished patio. Come for one or stay for both.
Chair Yoga — Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. via Zoom and onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. 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.
Case Management – Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. If you have a problem and don't know where to turn, case managers can assist with issues such as arranging for meals, transportation options, applying for home care services and many other needs.
Nutrition Education – Thursday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Good nutrition is important, no matter what your age. It gives you energy and can help you control your weight, and it may also prevent some diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Learn the value of making healthy nutritional choices at this presentation by Fransini Giraldo RN from the Kaiser Foundation.
Cultural Thursday: An Afternoon of Jazz with Bob Lipson – Thursday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. You may know him as one half of Composer Shows performers, but Bob Lipson plays more than just standards. An accomplished jazz pianist and fan of jazz history, his solo playing is lush and evocative.
Alzheimer's Savvy Caregivers Support Group – Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. 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! This month the focus will be on the latest Alzheimer's research.
Community Engagement and Volunteering – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Doing good works in a community is a time-honored American tradition. Learn about the value of volunteering and identify your skills and abilities that can be used best to assist nonprofit organizations and others. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference for organizations in need, especially now that there have been so many layoffs due to COVID-19. Volunteering can help you make new friends and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others.
Cultural Thursday: Jane Austen's Pantry and a Look at British and Early American Food – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Jan Fahey of the Culinary Historical Society will take participants on a tour through the history of British foods and their influence on early American foods. This event will highlight foods that author Jane Austen (1775-1817) and the characters in her novels would likely have consumed in England's Regency Era and the origins of those foods going back to Neolithic times.
Health Fair – Friday, Aug. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Get free blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, hearing aid consultations and TRUCONNECT phones. Learn about different Medicare health plans and get your questions answered about planning ahead for funeral and burial/cremation plans and coping during times of loss. Call 626-795-4331 for more information.
MUSE/IQUE Offstage Education Workshop – Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Join MUSE/IQUE artistic producer Heather Lipson-Bell and guest artists from the MUSE/IQUE in a Minute! (...or Two) program as they explore music from the musicians’ perspective.
Sun Exposure Warnings – Thursday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Everybody needs some sun exposure to produce vitamin D, which helps calcium absorption for stronger and healthier bones. But how much sun exposure is too much? Unprotected exposure to the sun's UV (ultraviolet) rays can cause damage to the skin, eyes and immune system.
Dispute Resolution – Thursday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Mediation is often a good way to resolve disputes without going to court. A neutral and impartial person, known as a mediator, helps both sides communicate and try to reach a solution to their dispute that is acceptable to them. Mediation can help resolve landlord/tenant disputes, family conflicts, debtor/creditor issues, consumer/merchant problems, neighbor-to-neighbor conflicts and more.
Virtual Book Club: "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See – Friday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m. This month's selection is "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See. Read the book, then join the discussion. This is a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, the enduring connection between mothers and daughters and two women separated by circumstance, culture and distance.
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 Street, is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. During the pandemic, 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, as well as limited occupancy in the library, fitness center and computer lab. Masks and social distancing are required. All who enter are subject to temperature screening, must sanitize their hands upon entry and answer a simple screening questionnaire. Rooms are sanitized after each use.