During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center 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.
Pasadena Senior Center membership and residency in Pasadena are not required for Zoom or onsite events.
Monthly Food Distribution Program — Friday, Oct. 1, 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.
Movie Matinees – Fridays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Watching a movie can be revitalizing and can allow viewers to relax and disconnect for a couple of hours. October's movies are ideal for the weeks leading to Halloween. Each Pasadena Senior Center member may bring one nonmember guest. Oct. 1: "Sleepy Hollow" (1999, R) starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the murders of three people by The Headless Horseman. Oct. 8: "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" (1982, PG) starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore. A young boy summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his homeworld. Oct. 15: "Beetlejuice" (1988, PG) starring Michael Keaton and Geena Davis. The spirits of a deceased couple hire a malicious spirit to drive an unbearable couple out of their home. Oct. 22: "Death Becomes Her" (1992, PG-13) starring Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis. When a woman learns about an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival (Goldie Hawn). Oct. 29: "Coco" (2017, PG) with the voice talents of Anthony Gonzalez and Gael García Bernal. Despite his family's baffling, generations-old ban on music, young Miguel, an aspiring musician, enters the Land of the Dead where he meets an array of characters who help him unlock his family history.
Social Hour – Tuesdays, Oct. 5 to 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Each week Annie Laskey, Pasadena Senior Center's director of events, features a different topic, and participants share their related experiences. Sign in to share or simply to listen and enjoy the company of other participants.
Decluttering, Transitioning, and Relocation – Thursday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Discover the physical and emotional health benefits of decluttering, whether you are interested in simplifying your life, downsizing to prepare for a move to a smaller home or a senior living complex, or cleaning up your living space. Decluttering has physical and emotional benefits that also boost self-confidence and positive behaviors. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Case Management – Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Do you have a problem and don't know where to turn? Call a trained case manager who will assist you with issues such as arranging for meal delivery, transportation options, applying for caregiver services, qualifying for affordable housing, and much more. Provided by Human Services Association.
Medicare 101 Workshop – Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. John Dickey, a Medicare consultant, will discuss the many Medicare options available during the open enrollment period for medical insurance during this talk titled "Medicare Made Easy."
Virtual Painting – Thursday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Express your creative side by painting your very own masterpiece at home. All you need are paper and colored pencils or watercolors. Step-by-step instructions from art teacher Megan Warren will help each participant bring artworks from start to finish. She also will discuss artistic principles and art history so each participant will have a foundation for applying colors.
Music on the Patio: Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks – Thursday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. on the patio behind Pasadena Senior Center. PSC's own Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks will bring their stylish dancing, exuberance, and humor to cheer up everybody's day!
Health Fair – Friday, Oct. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Get free blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, health counseling, community resources, and more.
Arthritis Exercise Classes – Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 18 to Nov. 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. via Zoom. Arthritis and other joint conditions can make it difficult to participate in traditional exercise. Low-impact exercises and gentle activities help increase joint flexibility and range of motion and help maintain muscle strength. The class, twice weekly for five weeks, is presented by Partners in Care.
Downsizing Your Home and Rightsizing Your Life – Thursday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Downsizing can be an overwhelming task at any age and especially during the golden years when a lifetime of treasured photos, keepsakes, and other items accumulate to the point that they are unmanageable. Learn how to create a downsizing plan that works for you and get step-by-step directions for moving techniques as well as tips for navigating transitions. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Music on the Patio: Cory Brendel – Thursday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. on the patio behind Pasadena Senior Center. Back by popular demand, Cory Brendel will perform popular songs with his ukulele from Tin Pan Alley to The Beatles with an emphasis on standards from the 1930s and 1940s.
MUSE/IQUE Offstage Education Workshop – Wednesday, Oct. 27, 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.
Virtual Doc Talk: Breast Cancer – Thursday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Do you know all you should about breast cancer? Dr. Veronica Morales Banta will discuss survival rates, treatments, risks, prevention, symptoms, remission, recurrence, and how to live your best life with breast cancer. Presented by Aetna.
Dispute Resolution – Thursday, Oct. 28, 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.
Cultural Thursdays: The Magnificent Monuments of Paris's Père Lachaise Cemetery – Thursday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Père Lachaise Cemetery is one of the most famous in the world because of its remarkable combination of the beautiful, the historic, and the macabre. Annie Laskey, Pasadena Senior Center's director of events, will share her own photographs of the site along with tales of the cemetery, its monuments, and some of its renowned inhabitants – just in time for Halloween!
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 weekly blog, monthly magazine, COVID-19 updates for older adults, ongoing activities throughout the year, and more.