Members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street, are invited to free events and activities for anyone 50 and older. The center is a vital community resource where older adults can age in place while thriving in motion. Residency in Pasadena is not required to attend events and activities.
Registration for Zoom activities and most onsite events is required. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive an email link for joining each activity online.
Legal Consultations – Thursday, Feb. 1, 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.
Diabetes Empowerment and Education – Thursdays, Feb. 1 to March 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.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. Older adults come together to share their personal experiences and learn how to cope with this illness. Presented by Kathy Eastwood RN of the Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Program. To register or for more information, call 626-397-2068.
Don’t Let Your Estate Plan Become Outdated -- Thursday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. An estate plan is a vital tool for ensuring your loved ones and possibly others who you name are taken care of. If you don’t have an estate plan, or if your existing estate plan is not current and up to date, the State of California’s complicated default plan for passing assets on to relatives may come into play when you pass away. In some cases, by default, some or all of your assets may be passed on to distant relatives or others you have never even met! Take control of your own estate plan before it’s too late by attending this important discussion about the steps you should take to protect your loved ones’ futures and provide them, and you, with peace of mind. Presented by Joe Engle, an attorney whose specialty is guiding people through the estate planning process. To register or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Monthly Food Bank Distribution — Friday, Feb. 2, 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 boxes. 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.
Solo Aging -- Thursday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Solo aging is simply aging on your own. For most people, this means aging without a spouse, adult children or other close relatives. Some may be solo agers due to circumstances such as being widowed, divorced, estranged or never having had a spouse or children, which can lead to loneliness, depression and physical ailments; others may be solo agers by choice and they prefer it that way. If you are a solo ager, come to this important discussion to learn how much easier and less stressful it can be if you start planning for the future before a crisis strikes. This includes planning for your financial, physical, medical and emotional well-being. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services. To register or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Screening for Better Health – Thursday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this is certainly true when it comes to your health. Join this discussion about prevention screenings and vaccines that are recommended for adults 65 and older. Presented by SCAN Independence at Home. To register or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Health Fair and Fresh Produce Distribution – Friday, Feb. 16, 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. For more information call 626-795-4331.
Financial Planning: Goal Setting and Investment Considerations – Thursday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. During this informative, casual and fun workshop, learn how to take control of your finances, become a more knowledgeable investor, plan for retirement and protect your income and assets. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services. To register or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Thursday, Feb. 22, 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. To make an appointment, call 626-795-4331.
Scam and Fraud Self-Defense Workshop – Thursday, Feb. 29, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Learn how to identify scams, report instances of fraud to law enforcement and which tools can help combat scammers. A question-and-answer period will follow the discussion. Presented by Wise and Healthy Aging. To register or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Cultural Thursday: Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration – Thursday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m. on the patio at Pasadena Senior Center. The dragon is the most powerful and auspicious symbol in Chinese culture. The Year of the Dragon will be ushered in at the Pasadena Senior Center with a traditional lion dance, martial arts demonstrations and more to welcome strength, power and success. The event will be overseen by master Ken Hui of the Northern Shaolim Kung Fu Association, presenter of the event. To register or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Movie Matinees – Fridays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. February’s movies include three based on true events and one that was, at the time, the highest-grossing musical film of all time. Each PSC member who registers may bring one nonmember guest.
- Feb. 2: Hidden Figures“ (2016, PG) starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer. A team of female African American mathematicians serve a vital role at NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
- Feb. 9: “Grease” (1978, PG) starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fall in love over the summer, they unexpectedly discover they’re now students at the same high school.
- Feb. 16: “JFK” (1991, R) starring Kevin Costner and Joe Pesci. New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison suspects there’s more to the John F. Kennedy assassination than the official story.
- Feb. 23: “Malcolm X” (1992, PG-13) starring Denzel Washington and Angela Bassett. This biographical epic portrays the controversial and influential black and nationalist leader from his early life and career as a small-time gangster to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his eventual assassination.
To register for any or all of these films or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Friday Movie Matinee or call 626-795-4331.
Food Pantry – Ongoing every Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Don’t let financial hardship, being homebound or other issues prevent you from eating healthy food. Pasadena Senior Center volunteers deliver food and other supplies to your door. To request delivery, call 626-685-6732 and leave a message. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Home Tea Program – Ongoing monthly. Anyone 50 and older can sign up to receive tea and an inspirational card once a month. To participate in this program, call 626-685-6732.
The Pasadena Senior Center’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults through caring service with opportunities for social interaction, fitness programs, basic support and needs services, education, volunteerism and community activism. With 10,000 Americans per day becoming older adults, the center is a leader in addressing the issues of aging and provides innovative, cutting-edge and nationally recognized programs for this population group.
As a donor-supported nonprofit, the center operates without any local, state or federal funding and provides more services to older adults in the San Gabriel Valley than any other organization. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. To learn more, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.
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. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday from 8 am to noon. Rooms are sanitized after each use. Masks are optional.