Pasadena Senior Center’s Celebrations and Programs During COVID-19

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Pasadena Senior Center announces summer celebrations and programs—in the time of COVID-19.

By News Desk

Pasadena Senior Games

For 28 years, the Pasadena Senior Center (PSC) has hosted Senior Games throughout Los Angeles County for adults 50 to 99+ in 20 competitive, Olympic-style games.  This year Annie Laskey, the PSC events director, announced that the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates a virtual celebration.

The virtual celebration via Zoom is scheduled Saturday, July 18, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Athletes, Laskey and others will share photos and videos from past years and fitness tips and friendships forged over the years will be rekindled. Laskey noted that, “These remarkable athletes are shining examples that good health, socialization and optimism all contribute to healthy lifestyles, so we all remain confident that next year they will be able to compete again.”

Athletes are invited to display or wear their medals, T-shirts and/or other memorabilia from prior Pasadena Senior Games during the Zoom celebration. Friends, families and the community are invited to join.

To register or for more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events, call (626) 795-4331 or email sports@pasadenaseniorcenter.org. Everyone who registers online will receive email instructions for accessing the Zoom celebration.

Virtual Summer Classes (Zoom)

In lieu of the usual lineup of summer classes, this year nearly 20 classes in the Creative Arts, Current Events, Dance, Health and Fitness, Languages and Technology.  The classes are for adults 50 and older and will be given online via Zoom from July 13 to September 19. There will be no advance sample classes, or “class tasting” as in past years.

Visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Classes and Lectures to get class descriptions and register. Registration deadline is Friday, July 10. The cost of classes ranges from $30 to $85 for PSC members. Scholarships for low-income seniors are available on a limited basis.

LA Opera: Music to Remember – Ongoing, Tuesdays at 2:00 pm

Members of the LA Opera repertory company will perform each week online via Zoom. For more information and to register, call 626-795-4331.

Arthritis Exercise Class – Ongoing, any time

This series of fitness videos is designed to help maintain mobility and physical fitness through range of motion, balance and weight-bearing exercises, stretching and a short aerobic portion.

To participate, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Arthritis Exercise Classes.

Meditation – Ongoing, any time

Relax, breathe and make the most of 20 audio recordings that provide guided meditation led by Avry Budka.

To participate, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Meditation.

Exercise Classes for Sy Graff Fitness Center Members – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, July 6 to 31, at 10:30 am and noon

Classes are led by instructor Peter Matus via Zoom. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Fitness Center Classes. For membership in the PSC’s Sy Graff Fitness Center, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on About Us or call 626-795-4331.

Cultural Thursdays: Great American Songwriters/Greatest Hits – Thursdays, July 9 to 30, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/performer Don Snyder on Zoom for a fun and interactive journey through the lives and works of some of America’s greatest popular composers.

To register or for more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events.

Virtual Book Club, Friday, July 24, at 1:00 pm

This month’s novel is “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson. Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service.

For more information, call Judy Starlight at 626-685-6760.

In addition to online classes and other activities, members and non-members are encouraged to visit the PSC website regularly for COVID-19 updates and other timely information, a weekly blog, monthly magazine and more.

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 pasadenaseniorcenter.org.

Feeling Challenged by Technology? Help is Available!

 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.

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.

Summer Term Virtual Masters Series: Alan Chapman’s at Home Music

The summer term of The Masters Series presented by the PSC will be virtual via Zoom on Tuesdays, July 7 to Aug. 18, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Dr. Alan Chapman, producer/on-air host at KUSC Classical Radio and a faculty member at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, will present the weekly class, which will dive deep into the history of beloved musical works, genres and composers.

  • Tuesday, July 7 – Two Boys from Brooklyn. This multimedia presentation will examine the lives and works of American composers George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.
  • Tuesday, July 14 – Favorite Pieces, Part 1. Chapman will present a collection of popular musical pieces and the stories behind them.
     
  • Tuesday, July 21 – Inspiration. This multimedia presentation will explore the many sources of inspiration that motivated great composers to write their masterpieces.
     
  • Tuesday, July 28 – Favorite Pieces, Part 2. Chapman will continue his exploration of popular musical pieces and the stories behind them.
     
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4 – Von Chaps in China. In another multimedia presentation, Chapman will share highlights of his family’s 2019 concert tour.
     
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11 – All that Jazz. Big bands and their origins will be discussed.
     
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Watch Your Step. Participants will enjoy a festival of dance music throughout the centuries.

The cost for the series of seven presentations is $90 for members of the PSC and $105 for non-members. This online series is not available for individual lectures.

To register for the summer term of The Masters Series or for more information visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, call 626-795-4331 or email AnnieL@pasadenaseniorcenter.org. Everyone who registers will receive email instructions for joining each week’s Zoom class online.

PSC Virtual 4th of July Celebration and Dance

Don your favorite red, white and blue apparel, set out your picnics, display patriotic decorations and clear some dancing space: The PSC’s 4th of July celebration will be virtual this year via Zoom from noon to 1:30 pm.

Music for dancing featuring classic, toe-tapping tunes will be provided by the Great American Swing Band with special appearances by The Tap Chicks and the color guard of San Marino Scout Troop #351. The cost is free for PSC members and $5 for non-members of all ages.

To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events. Everyone who registers will receive email instructions for joining the festivities online. The virtual Zoom doors will open at 11:45 am.

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