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     Pasadena Senior Center logo , Saturday, January 1, 2022  Pasadena Senior Center logo , Saturday, January 1, 2022
    Free Events in January January 1, 2022 - January 31, 2022
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    Free Events in January


    During the COVID pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street, offers many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older as well as some onsite activities. 

    Registration for Zoom and host onsite events is required by visiting and clicking on Activities & Events or Lectures & Classes. Everyone who registers for Zoom events receives 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 and listen to live Zoom events. COVID protocols are observed for all onsite events at the center. 

    Neither Pasadena Senior Center membership nor residency in Pasadena is required for these Zoom or onsite events. 

    Monthly Food Distribution Program — Friday, Jan. 7, 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 and click on Resources, then Food Distribution Programs or call 626.685.6732.  

    Movie Matinees – Fridays, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Watching a movie can be revitalizing and can help viewers relax and disconnect for a couple of hours. Jan. 7: "Turner and Hooch" (1989, PG) starring Tom Hanks and Mare Winningham. The closest thing to a witness in a murder case is the victim's big dog, so the detective assigned to the case reluctantly adopts it to keep it safe while he conducts the investigation. Jan. 14: "Mrs. Doubtfire" (1993, PG-13) starring Robin Williams and Sally Field. After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper and nanny to spend time with his children who are under the sole custody of his ex-wife. Jan. 21: "Hotel for Dogs" (2009, PG) starring Emma Roberts and Don Cheadle. An orphaned brother and sister escape from their foster home to an abandoned hotel to provide a safe haven for their dog, which their foster parents hate, as well as other strays in the neighborhood. Jan. 28: "Miss Congeniality" (2000, PG-13) starring Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine. An FBI agent who prides herself as being one of the boys reluctantly agrees to be groomed by a professional coach so she can go undercover as a contestant at the Miss United States pageant to prevent a suspected domestic terrorist from bombing the event.

    Savvy Express Workshop – Mondays, Jan. 10, 24 and 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. This three-part workshop will help participants understand Alzheimer's disease and dementia and learn how to respond to challenging behaviors by loved ones with these conditions.  

    Chair Yoga — Tuesday, Jan. 11, 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 presented by Kathy Eastwood RN, a Huntington Hospital community outreach nurse. 

    Metro Micro – Thursday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Metro's new, on-demand Metro Micro rideshare service offers trips within several zones in Los Angeles County. The short trips, using vehicles with seating for up to 10 passengers, are designed to go hand in hand with Metro's NextGen Bus Plan. 

    Cultural Thursday: Film Composer Max Steiner – Thursday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about this Vienna-born composer who did more than any other composer to establish the language of film music. He was nominated for 24 Academy Awards and won three – for "The Informer" (1935), "Now, Voyager" (1942) and "Since You Went Away" (1944). He was the first recipient of the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for "Life with Father" (1947). Emmy-nominated documentary producer and film historian Steven C. Smith, who specializes in Hollywood history, will present this inspiring and educational program. 

    "Creative Aging" Eight-Week Workshop – Thursdays, Jan. 13 to March 3, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Regular participation in the arts by older adults helps minimize effects of age-related cognitive challenges and contributes to physical, intellectual, and emotional health. Get in touch with the right side of your brain – the artistic and creative side – during this eight-week series of art programs designed to ignite each participant's distinctive expression. Each session will explore a different medium, and all materials will be provided at no cost at the beginning of each class. Previous art experience is not required. Presented by UCLA Visual Arts Performing Arts Education Program. 

    Name that Tune, Name that Scam: Fraud Self-Defense – Thursday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Listen to clips of your favorite songs from the '50s and '60s, then guess the titles and performers. Test your musical knowledge or simply listen in on the fun! After each song, learn about a different common scam plus strategies for fighting fraud. Presented by Miles McNeeley, director of elder abuse prevention for WISE & Healthy Aging.

    Health Fair – Friday, Jan. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Get free blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, advice on making funeral and memorial plans, updates in Medicare health plans, community resources, and more. 

    Cognitive Health – Friday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. via Zoom and onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Cognitive health – the ability to clearly think, learn and remember – is an important component of performing everyday activities and is just one aspect of overall brain health. Factors such as genetics, the environment, and lifestyle are thought to influence cognition, and some of these factors may contribute to a decline in thinking skills and the ability to perform tasks of daily living. Presented by Dr. Seyed Parham Khalili, clinical assistant professor of family medicine at USC's Keck School of Medicine. 

    Brain Health and Wellness – Thursday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Memory loss, decline and brain fog are not inevitable parts of aging. Learn techniques for keeping your brain active and healthy as you age to improve your memory, concentration, and cognitive skills. Presented by Allison Korrey, managing director of Leeza's Care Connection. 

    Music on the Patio: Bob and Don – Thursday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Join singer Don Snyder and pianist Bob Lipson for an afternoon of music 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. 

    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, COVID updates specifically for older adults, 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical services for older adults in need as well as the library, Sy Graff Fitness Center, computer lab, and limited occupancy for events. Masks and social distancing are required. Rooms are sanitized after each use.  


    In accordance with Los Angeles County Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends onsite activities indoors.  

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     Pasadena Cheeseburger Week , Sunday, January 23, 2022  Pasadena Cheeseburger Week , Sunday, January 23, 2022
    Pasadena Cheeseburger Week January 23, 2022 - January 28, 2022
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    Pasadena Cheeseburger Week


    During Pasadena Cheeseburger Week from Sunday, January 23th to Friday, January 28th, Pasadena honors Lionel Sternberger's genius in being the first to put cheese on a hamburger and serve it at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924. More than thirty of Pasadena's favorite restaurants, lounges, and burger joints offer their signature burgers, some special creations, and great deals during Pasadena Cheeseburger Week, including 16 in Old Pasadena! 

    In 1924, as legend has it, teenaged Lionel Sternberger burned one side of a hamburger patty at The Rite Spot, his father’s roadside stand along Colorado Boulevard (then Colorado Street) in west Pasadena. Rather than throw away the spoiled burger, he masked his mistake with a piece of cheese and served it to a very appreciative customer. Word soon spread and customers flocked to The Rite Spot for The Aristocratic Burger, A Hamburger with Cheese. Sternberger’s achievement is the first verified instance of someone serving a hamburger with cheese to a customer.

    Voting in the 2022 Cheeseburger Challenge opens on January 23 and ends on January 28. Voting goes live online on January 23. This annual event is organized by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

    Visit these participating Old Pasadena restaurants for a broad variety of cheeseburgers:

     * Denotes some of the restaurants offering vegan options. Check with individual restaurants for their vegan options and ask about outdoor dining availability. 

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    Old Pasadena Walking Tour February 5, 2022 - December 31, 2022
    10:00 am–11:15 am
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    Old Pasadena Walking Tour


    Pasadena Heritage once again offers the in-person bi-monthly edition of the Old Pasadena Walking Tour, the organization's most popular tour. Explore Old Pasadena with an experienced docent, see the renaissance, and enjoy the architectural variety, fascinating history, virtually unchanged alleyways, and all the authentic details that keep history alive in the 21st Century. Each tour will have a slightly different route and theme so each tour will be slightly different but each lasting approximately one hour and covering a distance of about one mile.

    Pasadena's original downtown, once slated for demolition, is now a shopping and dining destination attracting thousands of visitors every month. Without Pasadena Heritage, this National Register Historic District would have been leveled and all its history and architecture destroyed. Instead, today it is one of the finest examples of downtown revitalization in the country.

    Old Pasadena In-Person Walking Tour

    Saturday, February 5, 10:00 - 11:15 am

    February's tour includes historic Dayton Street and some of Pasadena’s first Black-owned businesses, the first fire station, and the historic Friendship Baptist Church. Groups will be kept small and required to wear masks.

    Tickets: $18 Members | $22 Nonmembers
    Click here to purchase tickets.

    General ticket information: The cost for the tour is $18 for members and $22 for non-members. Reservations are required. Buy your tickets at To purchase by phone, call Pasadena Heritage at 626.441.6333. Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Please note that the tours are exterior only.  


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