During the COVID pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street, continues to offer many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older as well as some onsite activities.
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 receives an email link for joining each activity online. Most free events via Zoom are recorded and televised on the Pasadena Senior Center YouTube channel. COVID protocols are observed for all onsite events at the center. All instructors and presenters are required to meet minimum COVID protocols.
Neither Pasadena Senior Center membership nor residency in Pasadena are required for these events. Some activities via Zoom are recorded and are available on the Pasadena Senior Center's YouTube channel.
Keep an Eye on Vision Health – Thursday, June 2, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. As adults age into their 60s and beyond, subtle and often asymptomatic changes in vision health can lead to serious eye diseases and alter eyesight permanently. Jeanette Castellon, a health educator with Optum, will discuss warning signs of age-related vision issues, the importance of regular eye examinations in detecting and treating a number of vision issues, what to expect during a visit to an eye doctor, and more.
Legal Consultations – Thursday, June 2, from 0 a.m. to noon onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Learn about wills and trusts, conservatorships, durable powers of attorney, and estate planning. To find out if you are eligible and to schedule a required appointment, call 626-795-4331.
Monthly Food Distribution Program — Friday, June 3, 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. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Resources, then Food Distribution Programs or call 626-685-6732.
Virtual Writers Club – Fridays, June 3 and 17, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. via Zoom. Join an online group of people who like to write about experiences, real and imagined, and enjoy sharing their writings with others. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Clubs, or call 626-795-4331. Virtual Writers Club meets on the first and third Fridays of every month.
Movie Matinees – Fridays, June 3 to 24, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Each member who registers may bring one nonmember guest.
- June 3: "Red River" (1948, NR) starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. Considered the second greatest Western of all time by the American Film Institute, the film is a partly fictionalized account of the first cattle drive from Texas to Kansas along the Chisholm Trail.
- June 10: "Mulan" (2020, PG-13) starring Liu Yuwei and Donnie Yen. In this live-action version of the animated Disney classic, a fearless teenage girl disguises herself as a male warrior to take the place of her ailing father so he won't have to go to war in China's Imperial Army.
- June 17: "West Side Story" (2021, PG-13) starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler. Stephen Spielberg's adaption of the 1957 classic explores forbidden love and the rivalry between two teenage street gangs in New York City.
- June 24: CODA (2021, PG-13) starring Emilia Jones and Marlee Matlin. As a CODA (child of deaf adults), Ruby is the only hearing person in her family, so when the family business is threatened, she finds herself torn between going to a prestigious music school and her fear of abandoning her loved ones.
To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Friday Movie Matinee or call 626-795-4331. Seating is limited; registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Grief and Loss: Beyond Blue – Tuesdays, June 7 to July 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Grief is a natural response to loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. This six-week support group is designed for anyone 50 and older who has lost a close friend or loved one. It is helpful to allow yourself to grieve your way, share your grief with others and let them support you through the process. The group is facilitated by Denise Traboulsi MSW and Dr. Adria Navarro, resource specialists at the USC-VHH Community Resource Center for Aging. After six weeks, a monthly reunion – an ongoing group – will be available to graduates.
Medicare Enrollment: Be Prepared! – Thursday, June 9, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about the most common mistakes made during Medicare enrollment and how to avoid them, plus the pros and cons of Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplements. Presented by the Foundation for Senior Services.
Music on the Patio: Ice Cream Social with Bob and Don – Thursday, June 9, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Enjoy delicious ice cream while joining pianist Bob Lipson and singer Don Snyder for another afternoon of music on the spacious patio featuring everybody's favorite show tunes and standards. Sing along, kick up your heels or simply tap your toes to the rhythm of the music. Ice cream will be provided by Aetna Medicare Insurance and Rosa Phillips MBA.
Ballet for Balance, Strength, and Flexibility – Thursdays, June 9 to 23, at 9 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Ballet is one of the most powerful ways to work with the trifecta of antiaging: balance, strength, and flexibility. By the end of the three sessions, participants will have learned basic ballet positions, improved their postures, and learned combinations of gentle movements they will continue to work on at home. The course is limited to 20 participants; registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chair Yoga – Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Improve balance, strength, flexibility, and well-being while sitting in a chair or standing while using a chair for support during this gentle and meditative class.
MUSE/IQUE Offstage Education Workshop – Wednesday, June 15, at 4 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Take a deeper look at MUSE/IQUE's 2022 season "L.A. Composed: A Festival of Los Angeles Music." Direct from their own L.A.-area stages, featured guest artists will join in conversation with Heather Lipson Bell, MUSE/IQUE's director of education, community engagement, and digital media.
Is Your Heart Healthy? – Thursday, June 16, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. For anyone who has or is at risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or heart disease, learn how to improve your heart health by making a few simple lifestyle changes. Presented by Kaiser Permanente.
Cultural Thursday: And the Rest is History! – Thursday, June 16, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Nobody tells stories like Miss Etta Mae Mumphries (AKA writer/actor/comedian Karen Bankhead) who is a font of wisdom and has met and influenced exceptional people throughout her extraordinarily long life, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Josephine Baker to Billie Holiday and Sammy Davis Jr. Enjoy this jovial and joyful journey through history with musical accompaniment by actor/singer Pam Trotter.
Health Fair and Produce Distribution – Friday, June 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Services 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. One bag per person.
Premier World Discovery Travel Presentation – Friday, June 17, at 10 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. In partnership with Premier World Discovery Travel, travel opportunities are returning to the Pasadena Senior Center! Come and learn the kinds of adventures that will be offered beginning in the near future.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Thursday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. 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.
Mental Wellness, Mindset, and Acceptance – Thursday, June 23, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Ignoring a challenging situation does not mean it will go away. Join a discussion about acknowledging reality and feelings, and practical ways to accept, adjust and take productive action to bring more peace and fulfillment to daily life. Presented by the Foundation for Senior Services.
Cultural Thursday: Divas Do Duets – Thursday, June 23, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Karen Benjamin and Diana Tash were best friends in high school and shared a special love and talent for singing. Their respective performance paths diverged, with Karen going to Broadway and Diana to opera. Now, 40 years later, they will come together once again to perform a program of duets from Broadway and the classical world.
Brain Health and Aging in Place – Thursday, June 30, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn about the importance of preserving, improving, and strengthening memory for optimum brain health while aging in place. Presented by Dr. Nadine Diaz, a geriatric social worker at the USC Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
Cultural Thursday: The Art of Matthew Brandt – Thursday, June 30, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. From large-scale portraits rendered in molten metal to photographs altered by the forces of nature to images printed in edible materials, Matthew Brandt's artworks are thought-provoking and visually stunning. James Fishburne, director of Forest Lawn Museum, director of Forest Lawn Museum, will take participants on a virtual tour of the museum's exhibition "Light & Matter: The Art of Matthew Brandt" that features more than 100 photographs and multimedia artworks.
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 monthly magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults, 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. During the pandemic, doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services as well as the library, Sy Graff Fitness Center, computer lab, and limited occupancy for events. Rooms are sanitized after each use.
In accordance with Pasadena Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends onsite activities indoors. Masks are optional.