Serving the Community Since 1989
Free December Events at Pasadena Senior Center
There is something for everyone 50 and older in December at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.
You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.
Chair Tap Class Demonstration – Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. Dancing is an art form that helps with coordination, balance, concentration and mental clarity; music raises “happiness levels” and helps with relaxation and tension relief. This class is for people who love to tap but require a chair to do so. Have fun tapping to favorite musical routines. Tap shoes are optional. Presented by Carol Cheadle.
Caregiver Education and Support Group – Wednesdays, Dec. 4 and 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. If you are a caregiver for a loved one, no matter what the person’s age, disability or medical condition is, you may be neglecting your own well-being due to the stress of day-to-day tasks that ensure your loved one is comfortable, safe and provided for. You do not have to be a nursing expert, superhero or saint to be a good caregiver. This support group provides a meaningful time for caregivers to understand their challenging roles, learn from others and focus on their own feelings and needs. Presented by USC Family Caregiver Support Center.
Healthy Holiday Eating – Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. Christmas and other holiday celebrations are just around the corner, and they are all centered around food. According to Consumer Reports, more than 75 percent of people’s annual weight gain occurs during the holidays. Come learn tips for enjoying holiday meals in a balanced way without depriving yourself or eating boring food. Presented by HealthCare Partners.
Legal Consultations – Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. Legal advice will be provided by attorneys regarding conservatorship, wills and trusts, estate planning and durable power of attorney. Appointments are required by calling 626-795- 4331.
Rediscovering Hope – Thursdays, Dec. 5 to 26, at 3 p.m. If you are struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one, you are not alone. This group is for people experiencing grief. Come and talk or just listen. For more information call 626-918-2273, ext. 7455
Food Distribution Program – Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Low-income people 60 and older will receive one box of food and couples will receive two. Proof of income and a California ID are required. Boxes are heavy, so bring a personal grocery cart.
Free Smartphones – Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Get a free fi ve-inch TruConnect Lifeline smartphone through a federal government program that makes affordable wireless service available to lowincome customers who meet income-based or program-based eligibility guidelines. Programs can include SNAP, Medi-Cal and others. A representative will be available on the patio during the Food Distribution Program.
Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, Dec. 6 to 27, at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys movies and the pleasures they bring. Dec. 6: “The House Without a Christmas Tree” (1972, NR) starring Jason Robards and Mildred Natwick. A man embittered by the death of his wife is enraged when his young daughter wins a Christmas tree at school, so she attempts to soften his heart. Dec. 13: “Call Me Mrs. Miracle” (2010, NR) starring Doris Roberts and Jewel Staite. Posing as an unassuming toy department clerk, Mrs. Miracle gets to work at making Christmas meaningful for the owners and customers of a fi nancially troubled New York City department store. Dec. 20: “The Night They Saved Christmas” (1984, NR) starring Jaclyn Smith and Art Carney. A woman and her three children help Santa save his workshop at the North Pole from being destroyed due to nearby oil drilling. Dec. 27: “Love Actually” (2003, R) starring Hugh Grant and Keira Knightley. Stories about various couples in London are interwoven throughout the fi lm, which takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Tree Trimming Party and Holiday Treats – Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Help decorate the Christmas tree, then enjoy coffee, hot cocoa and festive treats at the Coffee Bar.
Tap Chicks Holiday Show – Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. Good cheer will be overfl owing when Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks perform a selection of favorite routines themed for the holidays.
Case Management – Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Get assistance from the Human Services Association for issues such as meals, paperwork, transportation options and home care services. Offered in English and Spanish. Appointments are required by calling 626-795-4331 or stop by the Welcome Desk.
The Sandwich Generation: Preparing for In-Home Care – Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. The Sandwich Generation is made up of people, usually in their 50s through 70s, who care for their aging parents while supporting their own children. Learn about in-home care, board and care homes, retirement communities and skilled nursing facilities during this informative talk presented by Becky Happach of Home Care Assistance.
Cultural Thursdays: Great American Songwriters/Popular Christmas Songs and the Stories Behind Them – Thursday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/singer Don Snyder for holiday and seasonal favorites including “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Let It Snow,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Sleigh Ride” and “The Chipmunk Song.”
How Will Voting Change? – Monday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. Voting Systems for All People, a new, more secure and transparent voting method, will debut in 2020. Los Angeles County, which has more registered voters than 42 states, will give the new system a test run in real time during California’s presidential primary in March. Learn how you can receive an interactive sample ballot, vote at any voting center in the county, and register and vote the same day. Q&A will follow this presentation by the Pasadena League of Women Voters.
Old Pasadena Ambassador Guides: What Do They Do? – Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. – Meet some of the guides who cover Old Pasadena on foot, Segways and bicycles while providing a friendly, welcoming presence in their bright yellow shirts and warm smiles.
Health Fair – Friday, Dec. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. Services include glucose, blood pressure and hearing screenings as well as health and community resources. Call 626-685-6732 for additional details.
For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.
Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.