Nobody is too old to learn something new. Enjoyment and fulfillment should extend throughout every person’s life to ensure healthy aging. In fact, having new experiences and learning new things can reduce stress, improve brain function and create new opportunities for social interaction.
The Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., offers dozens of winter classes for members ranging from dance, exercise/fitness, hobbies/special interests and technology.
Known as Class Tasting, samplings of 13 of the 32 courses will take place Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Some samplings will be onsite at the Pasadena Senior Center and others will be online via Zoom. Everyone who registers for sample classes via Zoom will receive an email link to the Class Tasting.
As the Jan. 6 registration deadline approaches for the full courses, members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center can sample the most popular offerings for free by attending 30-minute mini-class sessions, meeting the instructors and learning more about the courses.
Tuesday, Jan. 3: 10 a.m. – Strength Training via Zoom, 10 a.m. – Beginner/Intermediate Tap Dancing in the Dance Studio; 10:30 a.m. – Intermedia/Advanced French in the Community Room; 12 p.m. – The Art and Joy of Sewing in the Cliff Benedict Room; 12:30 p.m. – Zumba Gold in the East Pavilion.
Wednesday, Jan. 4: 9 a.m. – Yoga in the East Pavilion; 9:30 a.m. – Beginner French in the Community Room; 10:30 a.m. – Intermediate/Advanced French in the Community Room; 11 a.m. – Qigong and Tai Chi in the East Pavilion; 12 p.m. – BollyX in the East Pavilion; 1 p.m. – Ballroom Dancing in the Dance Studio; 1:30 p.m. – Ballroom Line Dancing in the Dance Studio; 1:30 p.m. – “Let Us Play” Improv in the Cliff Benedict Room.
To register for Class Tastings, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Class Tasting, then Register Online or call 626-795-4331.
The regular winter course schedule will be offered beginning Jan. 9 and will continue through mid-March. Most classes are once a week and some are twice a week. After sampling classes for free Jan. 3 and 4, register for courses at www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org (click on Classes and Lectures, then Classes) or pick up a registration form at the center’s Welcome Desk. The registration deadline is Jan. 6.
While Class Tastings/Sample Classes are available to members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center, Jan. 9 to mid-March courses are available to members only. For membership information, visit the website and click on Donation & Membership.
Most courses range from $45 to $65. Scholarships for low-income members are available on a limited basis. Ask for scholarship information and applications at the Welcome Desk.
For more information, visit the website 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 quarterly online magazine, free food delivery for older adults in need, COVID updates specifically for older adults and more.
The center 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 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 Pasadena 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.