During the COVID pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., offers many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older as well as some onsite activities.
Registration for Zoom activities and most onsite events is required by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Activities & Events or Lectures & Classes or Resources. Everyone who registers for Zoom events receives an email link for joining each activity online. Most free events via Zoom are recorded and televised on the Pasadena Senior Center YouTube channel. COVID protocols are observed for all onsite events at the center. All instructors and presenters are required to meet minimum COVID protocols.
Neither Pasadena Senior Center membership nor residency in Pasadena are required for these events. Some activities via Zoom are recorded and are available on the Pasadena Senior Center's YouTube channel.
Monthly Food Distribution Program — Friday, April 1, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Pasadena Senior Center. Low-income adults 60 and older receive one free box of food and couples receive two. Each box includes foods that meet specific nutritional needs, such as cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related dairy products, cereals and other grain products, and more. 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. Opening boxes on the premises is prohibited. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Resources, then Food Distribution Programs or call 626-685-6732.
Movie Matinees – Fridays, April 1 to 29, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Each member may bring one nonmember guest. April 1: "The Fighting Seabees" (1944, NR) starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward. During World War II, the U.S. Navy implements a new idea of forming construction battalions (CBs) that also are fighting units in case of Japanese attack. The film is loosely based on true events. April 8: "The Last King of Scotland" (2006, R) starring Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy. The story of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime is recounted through the eyes of his personal physician. The film is based on true events. April 16: "Harvey" (1950, NR) starring James Stewart and Peggy Dow. Due to his insistence that his best friend is an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane – but he may be wiser than anyone else. April 22: "Ford v Ferrari" (2019, PG-13) starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. To defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1966, American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford. The film is based on true events. April 29: "Sister Act" (1992, PG) starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. When a Reno lounge singer is forced to take refuge from the mob at a convent in San Francisco, she ends up turning the convent choir into a soulful chorus complete with a Motown repertoire until the sudden notoriety of the choir jeopardizes her identity. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.net and click on Activities & Events, then Friday Movie Matinee or call 626-795-4331.
Sample Classes for Spring – Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center and (some) live simultaneously via Zoom. Whether you’re interested in taking a fitness course, learning a new language or pursuing a new hobby, come to Class Tasting events, meet the instructors and sit in on free mini-versions of 15 of the 30 fee-based spring courses that will be offered. Each sample class lasts 30 minutes; regular classes begin April 11. To register or for more information, including a complete list of sample classes, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Classes, then Class Tasting or call 626-795-4331.
Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) – Wednesdays, April 6 to 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. In a relaxed and supportive environment, share your experiences with others living with diabetes and learn how to cope with this difficult illness. The DEEP support group is a vital part of many people's diabetes management and can have a significant, positive impact on their lives. Presented by Kathy Eastwood RN of the Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Program. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Classes & Lectures, then Workshops or call 626-795-4331.
Fall Prevention – Thursday, April 7, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. As people get older, physical changes, medical conditions and medications can make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injuries among older adults. Learn strategies for preventing falls during this talk presented by Kathy Eastwood RN, a Huntington Hospital community outreach nurse. To register or for more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Cultural Thursday: Inside the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection – Thursday, April 7, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. The Los Angeles Public Library has an enormous collection of images from the 1850s to the present. It is a treasure trove of images and history that documents all aspects of life in Southern California with an emphasis on L.A. Christina Rice, senior librarian for the photo collection, will introduce participants to the archive and share some tips for searching the more than 135,000-image collection online. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Special Events, or call 626-795-4331.
Chair Yoga — Tuesday, April 12, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Improve balance, strength, flexibility and well-being while sitting in a chair or standing while using a chair for support during this gentle and meditative class. For more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Workshops or call 626-795-4331.
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 a monthly magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical services for older adults in need as well as the library, Sy Graff Fitness Center, computer lab and limited occupancy for events. Rooms are sanitized after each use.
In accordance with Los Angeles County Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends onsite activities indoors. Masks are optional.