There is something for everyone at the Pasadena Senior Center in April. You do not 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, unless otherwise noted.
Sharpen Your Mind and Body – Thursday, April 3, at 10 a.m.
Learn how the mind and body are linked. When physical health improves, so does mental health. Presented by Heritage Clinic.
Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, April 4, 11 and 18, at 1 p.m.
Movies can take us to different places and times like nothing else.
April 4 – "American Hustle" (2013, R) starring Christian Bale and Adams;
April 11 – "Nebraska" (2013, R) starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte;
April 18 – "To Catch a Thief" (1955) starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
Ms. Senior Pasadena Pageant – Saturday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of contestants ages 60 and up in elegant evening gowns vying for the title of Ms. Senior Pasadena as they are judged on poise, presence and talent. The winner and first runner up will continue on to the Ms. Senior California Pageant this summer in hopes of eventually becoming Ms. Senior America. If you'd like to be a contestant, call Carol Hess at (562) 595-7422(562) 595-7422.
Cardmaking Workshop – Monday, April 7, from noon to 2 p.m.
Surprise someone special with a personalized, handmade greeting card that reflects your unique style. All materials will be provided. Workshop leaders will help you bring your ideas and designs to life.
Class Tasting – Monday, and Tuesday, April 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.
As the registration period for spring classes approaches, anyone can sample the most popular classes by attending free half-hour sessions, meeting the instructors, learning more about the courses and trying them out.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health – Thursday, April 10, at noon.
Learn to identify signs of stress, know the difference between "blues" and depression and how to seek help when you or a loved one is depressed. A boxed lunch will be served to the first 50 people with confirmed reservations. RSVP to (626) 795-4331(626) 795-4331. Presented by Pacific Clinics.
Chair Yoga – Wednesday, April 16, at 1 p.m.
Improve strength and flexibility in this gentle and meditative class taught by Kathy Eastwood, a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor. The class is limited to 25 participants. Register in advance at the Pasadena Senior Center welcome desk or call (626) 795-4331(626) 795-4331. Chair yoga is offered the third Wednesday of every month. Presented by Huntington Hospital.
Memory Loss Education Series: Living with Early Stage Alzheimer's – Wednesdays, April 16 to 30, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Learn about the diagnosis as well as plans that should be made and resources in the community for caregivers and people with early stage Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Presented by Alzheimer's Association.
Understanding Mental Illness – Thursday, April 17, at 10 a.m.
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, daily functioning and ability to relate to others. The good news is they are treatable and most people can experience relief from their symptoms by participating in individual treatment plans. This workshop will address these issues and how you or a loved one can gain the help you need. Presented by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Health Fair – Friday, April 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Glucose screenings (with two-hour fasting required), blood pressure and hearing screenings are among the services offered. Health fairs take place the third Friday of every month. (626) 685-6732(626) 685-6732.
LA Opera: Thaïs – Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m.
Jules Massenet's romantic tragedy is set in fourth century Alexandria and the Egyptian desert has had many controversial productions. This presentation by an LA Opera community educator will explore the opera's timeless struggle between earthly desire and spiritual redemption that challenges the resolve of the monk Athanaël and the purity of heart of the courtesan Thaïs.
Warning Signs of Mental Illness and Depression – Thursday, April 24, at 10 a.m.
Most serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder rarely appear without warning signs. Learn the early signs of mental illness, how to identify them and what can be done. Presented by L.A. Department of Mental Health.
Book Club at the Center – Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m.
Read "The Madonnas of Leningrad" by Debra Dean and then join other members of the Senior Center Book Club for a discussion. Marina's story moves between Leningrad during World War II and Seattle in modern times. As an elderly woman in Seattle, she cannot hold on to fresh memories but her distant past is preserved in her mind's eye. For more information call Judy Starlight at (626) 685-6706(626) 685-6706.
Pasadena Conference on Aging and Lifestyle Fair – Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Fritz Coleman will open the conference with a keynote address and a full slate of workshops will focus on common interests and concerns among seniors of all ages and abilities. Registration is required. Visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org (click on Events and then Event Online Registration) or call (866) 402-6797(866) 402-6797.
SAVE THE DATE!
Pasadena Senior Games – May 24 to June 29.
[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.]