During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., has offered many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older, and now some onsite activities at the center are being reintroduced gradually.
Registration for Zoom events is required by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Events, Clubs and Lectures and then Online Events. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive 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 to listen to live Zoom events.
Space is limited for onsite events. Reservations are recommended by calling 626-795-4331.
Pasadena Senior Center membership and residency in Pasadena are not required for Zoom or onsite events.
Nutrition Education – Thursday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Good nutrition is important, no matter what your age. It gives you energy and can help you control your weight, and it may also prevent some diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Learn the value of making healthy nutritional choices at this presentation by Fransini Giraldo RN from the Kaiser Foundation. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
Cultural Thursday: An Afternoon of Jazz with Bob Lipson – Thursday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. You may know him as one half of Composer Shows performers, but Bob Lipson plays more than just standards. An accomplished jazz pianist and fan of jazz history, his solo playing is lush and evocative. Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 626-795-4331.
Alzheimer's Savvy Caregivers Support Group – Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. The realities of providing caregiver services to a family member or other person with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming to anyone who does not have much experience. Learn basic knowledge and skills needed to care for your loved one, share your experiences and get your questions answered. You are not alone! This month the focus will be on the latest Alzheimer's research. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then At the Center or call 626-795-4331.
Community Engagement and Volunteering – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Doing good works in a community is a time-honored American tradition. Learn about the value of volunteering and identify your skills and abilities that can be used best to assist nonprofit organizations and others. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference for organizations in need, especially now that there have been so many layoffs due to COVID-19. Volunteering can help you make new friends and enjoy the satisfaction of helping others. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
Cultural Thursday: Jane Austen's Pantry and a Look at British and Early American Food – Thursday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Jan Fahey of the Culinary Historical Society will take participants on a tour through the history of British foods and their influence on early American foods. This event will highlight foods that author Jane Austen (1775-1817) and the characters in her novels would likely have consumed in England's Regency Era and the origins of those foods going back to Neolithic times. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then At the Center or calling 626-795-4331.
Health Fair – Friday, Aug. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Get free blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, hearing aid consultations and TRUCONNECT phones. Learn about different Medicare health plans and get your questions answered about planning ahead for funeral and burial/cremation plans and coping during times of loss. Call 626-795-4331 for more information.
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 COVID-19 updates for older adults and other timely information, a weekly blog, monthly magazine, ongoing activities throughout the year and more.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical services for older adults in need, as well as limited occupancy for events, the library, fitness center and computer lab. Masks and social distancing are required. All who enter are subject to temperature screening, must sanitize their hands upon entry and answer a simple screening questionnaire. Rooms are sanitized after each use.