Pasadena Senior Center: Lots of Virtual Events

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What’s happening at Pasadena Senior Center? A lot!

By Events Manager

All activities are for adults 50 and over and are free. Participants need not be members of the Pasadena Senior Center or residents of Pasadena. Advance online registration is required for ZOOM events; email instructions are be provided after registration.

Free Acting Class

Friday Nov. 13, 3:30 to 5:00 pm:
Led by actor/playwright/acting coach Dean Ghaffari, the class will feature basic fundamentals of acting using the Sandford Meisner Technique through a series of exercises designed to strengthen participants’ ability to listen, concentrate, imagine and use their inner sense of spontaneity.  If there is enough interest in this free class, it will continue with a 10-week course of classes presented by the Pasadena Senior Center beginning in January. Ghaffari’s more than a dozen stage credits include the role of Rudy in the war drama “Loyalties,” and the role of Sal Mineo in “Rebel with a Cause,” which he wrote. His nearly dozen film credits include “Kateri,” “Stranger by Night” and “Devil’s in the Details.”

How Mt. Wilson Was Saved From the Bobcat Fire

Monday, Nov. 16, 2:00 pm:
David Cendejas, the superintendent at Mount Wilson Observatory, will share his first-hand Bobcat wildfire experiences. (Click for more details).

Monthly Astronomy Series

Beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 4:00 pm:
The series is presented by the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. The first in the series of discussion will be: “Eyes on the Universe:  Southern California’s Leadership in Astronomy Today” presented by Dr. John Mulchaey, director of Carnegies Observatories. The cost is $7 for members of the Pasadena Senior Center and $10 for non-members. (Click for more details).

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10:00 am:
Eating healthy does not have to cost a lot of money. Learn how to stretch your dollars at grocery stores and restaurants, how to avoid food waste at home, why the idea that healthy equals expensive is a myth and more. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Weekly Lectures or call 626-795-4331. Presented by City of Hope.

Author Talk: “Two Summers” by Tim Albert

Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10:30 am:
Tim Albert, author of “Two Summers: Nixon and Trump by Greyhound Bus,” will join us from London to discuss his book filled with observations and memories from two road trips across the U.S., 50 years apart. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.

Cultural Thursday: Meet Bob Lipson

Thursday, Dec. 3, at 2:00 pm:
Over the years, everyone has enjoyed the piano playing of Bob Lipson, co-host of the Great American Songwriters series. Get to know him better, enjoy some of his favorite songs and learn what his musical influences have been. To register for this Zoom event, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.

Chair Yoga

Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10:00 am:
Improve your balance, strength, flexibility and confidence through gentle yoga exercises while sitting in a chair or standing and using a chair for support. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Chair Yoga or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Kathy Eastwood RN.

What You Should Know About Good Nutrition

Thursday, Dec. 10, at 10″00 am:
Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. The kinds of foods and amounts of foods people eat affect the way they feel and how their bodies work. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Weekly Lectures or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Dr. Renee M. Poole.

Cultural Thursday: Great American Composers, Holiday Edition

Thursday, Dec. 10, at 2:00 pm:
Pianist Bob Lipson and singer/presenter Don Snyder will lead participants on an interactive musical event featuring holiday and seasonal favorites such as “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, “Let It Snow,” “Sleigh Ride” and many more. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.

Internet Security and Safety

Friday, Dec. 11, at noon:
Security and safety on the Internet is a high priority for computer issues. Learn about the personal technology that is all around as they use their Macintosh and Windows-based computers, smart phones, tables, eReaders and other internet-connected devices. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Weekly Lectures or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Ken “The Tech Daddy” Gruberman.

Diabetes Support Group

Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 1:00 pm:
Join this support group to share your stories and experiences with diabetes and learn how to cope with diabetes. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Services to Homebound Seniors, then Diabetes Support Group or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Kathy Eastwood RN. The Diabetes Support Group meets the second Wednesday of every month.

1950s Trivia Fun

Thursday, Dec. 17, at 10 am:
Do you remember the ‘50s? Join a lively discussion as participants travel back in time while answering trivia questions to test their memories. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331. Presented by Aetna.

Cultural Thursdays: Meet Don Snyder

Thursday, Dec. 17, at 2:00 pm:
Don Snyder, co-host, singer and presenter at the Great American Composers series, will perform some of his favorite songs from musical theater and the Great American Songbook, interspersed with stories from his long and fascinating career. To register for this Zoom event, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.

Social Hour Special Edition: Holiday Cheer on Christmas Day

Friday, Dec. 25, from 1 to 2:00 pm:
Participants will share lighthearted holiday stories, request Christmas and winter songs from musician Steve Ormond and dance silly dances if they so desire. To register for this Zoom event, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.

Ongoing Classes, Events and Resources

Arthritis Exercise Classes – Ongoing, anytime. Six fitness routines designed to help maintain mobility include range of motion, balance, weight-bearing exercises, stretching and low-intensity aerobics. Be ready with a set of one-pound weights and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Some exercises are done while sitting in chairs and others while standing. To access the classes, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Arthritis Exercise Classes.

Elder Abuse Support – This resource is available to people 65 and older and their families who seek assistance with elder abuse issues. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, response, case management, financial counseling, legal services, access to medical care and personal advocacy. All services are free and confidential. For more information call Aurora Duran, victim service coordinator for Foothill Family, at 626-993-3000.

Feeling Challenged by Technology and Need Help with Zoom? – Through a collaboration with Pasadena Public Library, get solutions to technology issues, learn how to use Zoom and much more. Email ask@cityofpasadena.net/libanswers.com, call 626-744-4066, option 6 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or live chat Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at cityofpasadena.net/library/live-chat.

Food Distribution Program – Ongoing First Friday of every month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Low-income adults 60 and older receive one box of food and couples receive two. 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. Masks and social distancing are required. To enroll in the program or for more information, call 626-685-6732.

LA Opera: Music to Remember – Ongoing Tuesdays at 11:00 am: A variety of classical singers perform each week. To register for these Zoom events, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Webinar Events or call 626-795-4331.

Home Tea Program – If you are in isolation and would like to receive the free gift of tea and an inspirational card once a month to lift your spirits, call 626-685-6732.

Medicare Counseling – Ongoing through Dec. 7. The need for HICAP Medicare Services remains as strong as ever. This year the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period began on Oct. 15 and will end on Dec. 7. Since in-person counseling is not possible during the pandemic, the Center for Health Care Rights (CHCR) has adapted its volunteer counseling program to remote appointments by telephone or via Zoom. To make an appointment, call Sandy Risdon at CHCR at 800-824-0780, ext. 3006. For more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Services to Homebound Seniors.

Meditation – Ongoing, anytime. Relax, breathe and make the most of 20 audio recordings that provide guided meditation during these challenging times when so many older adults feel isolated, lonely, anxious and depressed. To access the recordings, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Meditation.

Social Hour – Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am: Each week a different topic or question guides a discussion for anyone who misses socializing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social hours are moderated by Annie Laskey, Pasadena Senior Center’s director of special events. Share your experiences related to each topic or question, which have ranged from movies and TV to photography to seasonal recipes. To register for these Zoom events or for more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Social Hour or call 626-795-4331.

Telephone Reassurance: Pasadena Senior Center volunteers call older adults in isolation who have signed up for this important program that provides caring connections to help them make it through isolation and loneliness. To be added to the list, call 626-685-6732.

Weekly Blog: Written by Events Director Annie Laskey, the blog consistently includes creative and inspiring ideas for staying safe, sane and engaged during isolation. It can be accessed from the Pasadena Senior Center homepage (pasadenaseniorcenter.org) and clicking on Blog.

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