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.
Extended Pasadena Senior Center Hours – Beginning Monday, March 6, extended Pasadena Senior Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:00 am to noon.
Benefits of Antioxidants and Healthy Eating – Thursday, March 2, at 10 am via Zoom. This presentation will focus on a Mediterranean diet – a way of eating based on traditional cuisines of Greece, Italy and other countries that border the Mediterranean Sea – and antioxidants, which can positively affect a person’s immune system, brain function and more. Presented by Kaori Murata-Shih, a Kaiser Permanente registered dietitian.
Legal Consultations – Thursday, March 2, from 10 am 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, March 2 to 16, from 9:30 to 11:30 am 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 Kathy Eastwood RN of the Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Program.
Guided Tour of Pasadena Senior Center – Thursdays, March 2 to 30, at 10 am onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Take a guided tour with a Pasadena Senior Center ambassador and learn how PSC can enhance your life. Visit various areas of the center, peek in on activities and learn everything else about this first-ever accredited senior center in California. To schedule a tour or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on About Us, then About the Facility or call 626-795-4331.
Monthly Food Distribution — Friday, March 3 from 8:30 to 10:30 am 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, March 3, 17, 24, and 31, at 1:00 pm onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Each PSC member who registers may bring one nonmember guest.
March 3: “King Richard” (2021, PG-13) starring Will Smith and Aunjanue Ellis. With a clear vision and a 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to write his daughters Venus and Serena into history after training them at Compton’s neglected public tennis courts. This film is based on true events.
March 17: “My Octopus Teacher” (2020, G). In this documentary film, South African filmmaker Craig Foster meets a curious young octopus while breath-hold diving in a cold underwater kelp forest at a remote location in False Bay near Cape Town and follows her around for a year as they form an unusual bond and she teaches him lessons about the fragility of life and humanity’s connection with nature. This film received the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2021.
March 24: “North by Northwest” (1959, NR) starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint. A New York City advertising executive goes on the run after a group of foreign spies mistakes him for a government agent, and along the way he falls for a woman whose loyalties he begins to doubt.
March 31: “The Secret of Roan Inish” (1994, PG) starring Jeni Courtney and Mick Lally. A young Irish girl sent to live with her grandparents in a remote fishing village listens intently to her grandfather’s many tales of family history as well as mythical seals that turn into humans, then she decides to help unravel family secrets.
The Importance of Family Conversations as We Age – Thursday, March 9, at 10 am via Zoom. Learn about effective communication styles and mediation techniques that can help resolve family issues and rivalries as well as how to develop an aging action plan that considers each person’s needs and desires. Presented by a panel of Foundation for Senior Services specialists.
Standards and Show Tunes with Bob, Don and Dave – Thursday, March 9, at 2 pm 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. This event will take place indoors.
Age Well Roundtable – Friday, March 10, from 1 to 3 pm onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. What’s on your mind? Let’s talk about it! Participants will share experiences, insights, fears and feelings and learn from each other in this supportive and confidential workshop. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Chair Yoga – Tuesday, March 14, at 11 am 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.
Is Your Estate Plan up to Date? – Thursday, March 16, at 10 am via Zoom. How long has it been since you updated your estate plan? If it’s not kept up to date, it could be costly to your loved ones. Joe Engle, an attorney who specializes in leading people through the estate planning process with care, will explain how to avoid the state’s default plan, make your wishes known and take care of your loved ones.
Health Fair and Fresh Produce Distribution – Friday, March 17, from 9 to 11 am onsite at Pasadena Senior Center (while supplies last). 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.
Keep Pets Safe, Loved and Well Cared For – Thursday, March 23, at 10 am via Zoom. The special bond between older adults and their pets can help keep moods boosted and brains healthy. Learn about the health benefits of having a pet as a companion, resources for keeping pets safe, loved, and cared for, and what to consider before adopting or fostering a pet. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Thursday, March 23, from 10 am 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.
Cultural Thursday: Let’s Enjoy Poetry – Thursday, March 23, at 2 pm onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Award-winning poet Lorraine Walker Williams will read from and discuss her latest collection “Audience of One.” Williams is the author of six books of poetry, and her works have been called “heart-rendering, tender, and truthful.”
Stay Active the SAFE Way – Wednesday, March 29, at 9:30 via Zoom. Participation in sports, fitness programs, and other athletics can increase health and wellness in older adults. Students and faculty from Cal State Northridge’s Department of Physical Therapy will inform participants about the Senior Athletes Fitness Exam (SAFE), which tests cardiovascular and muscular fitness, flexibility, and balance, and provides guidance on how to stay active and improve athletic performance as well as overall health.
My Gift to You: The Importance of Planning Ahead – Thursday, March 30, at 10 am via Zoom. Life is a cycle with a beginning and an end. What to do when a loved one passes away is a difficult topic to discuss, and most families spend very little time talking about it. This can cause them to be completely unprepared and overwhelmed by all the details that must be handled when the time comes. A representative from Forest Lawn will explain the responsibilities of survivors and how you and your loved ones can plan ahead to maneuver through this emotional and financial experience.
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.