There is something for everyone at the Pasadena Senior Center in February. You DON'T have to be a member to attend! Some events require advance reservations as noted. All events take place at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street.
Chess Lessons – Fridays beginning February 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Harrison Chen, a Flintridge Prep ninth grader, will teach seniors how to play chess with others. Anyone can learn in a few lessons and it's a great way to challenge your mind. Meet others who are just learning; if you already know chess, come seek out a partner!
Tax Time is Coming – Wednesdays and Fridays, February 7 to April 11, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Representatives from the AARP Foundation's Tax-Aide program will assist low- to middle-income seniors ages 50 and older in preparing their federal income tax returns. Appointments are required: (626) 795-4331.
Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, February 7, 14 and 21, at 1 p.m.
Great films captivate us with imaginary worlds brought to life.
- February 7 – "The Butler" (2013) starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey;
- February 14 – "Blue Jasmine" (2013) starring Kate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin;
- February 21 – "Nine" (2009) starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Penélope Cruz.
Caregiver Neglect – Thursday, February 13, at noon.
Most caregivers for older adults are family members. The stress can take a toll on everyone involved and can sometimes lead to elder abuse and neglect. Learn how to identify and prevent abuse and neglect and what caregivers and seniors can do about it. A boxed lunch will be served to the first 50 people with confirmed reservations. (626) 795-4331. Presented by Adult Protective Services.
Write It Down – Friday, February 14, at 11 a.m.
Philip Giroux and Sally Lamb, authors of "Cash Under the Mattress: The Ultimate Estate and Crisis Handbook," will provide tips for creating an in-depth inventory list of your family legacy, making your wishes known and avoiding conflicts between heirs. Light refreshments will be provided.
Health Insurance Counseling – Fridays, February 14 and 28, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Receive information, counseling and advocacy on issues related to Medicare, Medicap, long-term care insurance and prescription drug coverage. Appointments are required: (626) 795-4331. Presented by HICAP.
W.E.B. Du Bois – Tuesday, February 18, at 11 a.m.
Do you know W.E.B. Du Bois was the first black student to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard? Learn more about him from Kenneth Barkin, professor emeritus at UC Riverside, who will also talk about the years Dr. Du Bois spent in Germany. Light refreshments will be provided.
Gourmet Dining Club – Tuesday, February 18, at 5 p.m.
Join us for lively conversation and great food at this month's featured restaurant, Fu Shing, 2960 E. Colorado Blvd. Call team captains Margaret Lawson and Syd Heyman at (626) 794-5858 to make your reservation.
Sex and Seniors – Thursday, February 20, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sexual desires do not simply turn off after a certain age. This fun and exciting conversation will cover romance, myths about sex and aging, tips for enjoyable sex and safer sex precautions to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Health Fair – Friday, February 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Glucose screenings (with two-hour fasting required) and blood pressure and hearing screenings are among the services offered. Health fairs take place the third Friday of every month. For more information call (626) 685-6732.
Smoke Detector Distribution – Friday, February 21, at 10 a.m.
The Pasadena Host Lions Club will donate plug-in smoke detectors to the first 50 low-income seniors who sign up in advance at the front desk at the Pasadena Senior Center. Mandatory training by Pasadena firefighters will precede the distribution.
LA Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor – Monday, February 24, at 1 p.m.
An LA Opera community educator will discuss this Donizetti opera about family honor, betrayal and madness – a tour de force of Italian opera. Lucia's chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception is one of the most iconic scenes in all of opera.
Book Club at the Center – Friday, February 28, at 1 p.m.
Read "The O'Briens" by Pete Behrens and then join other members of the Senior Center Book Club for a discussion. This story of a marriage and a family moving through history – from the first flying machines, through two world wars and the election of JFK – is told with epic precision and wondrous imagination. For more information call Judy Starlight at (626) 685-6706.
For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.
[Founded in 1959, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and over in a friendly environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.]