Members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., are invited to free events and activities for anyone 50 and older throughout December.
Registration for Zoom activities and most onsite events is required by visiting www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and clicking on Activities & Events, Lectures & Classes or Resources. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive an email link for joining each activity online. Most Zoom events are recorded and televised on the Pasadena Senior Center YouTube channel. COVID protocols are observed for all onsite events at the center.
Proof of vaccination is required for anyone who attends onsite events indoors or uses the fitness center. Masks are recommended but not required.
Name that Tune, Name that Scam: Music Trivia and Fraud Prevention – Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Listen to clips of your favorite songs from the '50s and '60s, then guess the titles and performers. Test your musical knowledge or simply listen in on the fun! After each song, learn about a different common scam against older adults plus strategies for fighting fraud. Presented by Miles McNeeley of WISE & Healthy Aging. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Legal Consultations – Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Learn about wills and trusts, conservatorships, durable powers of attorney and estate planning. Presented by attorney Geoffrey Chin. To schedule a required appointment, call 626-795-4331.
Cultural Thursday: Virtual Tour of Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater – Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. Forest Lawn Museum’s current featured exhibit showcases the history of the famous puppeteer who began creating puppets and marionettes as a child in the 1930s and later produced marionette shows for film and television in collaboration with Walt Disney, Elvis Presley and Steven Spielberg. He opened his marionette theater in Los Angeles in 1963. Presented by James Fishburne, director of Forest Lawn Museum. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Cultural Thursdays or call 626-795-4331.
Monthly Food Distribution — Friday, Dec. 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Pasadena Senior Center. Low-income adults 60 and older who show their IDs with proof of age will 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. For more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Resources, then Food Distribution Programs or call 626-685-6732.
Movie Matinees – Fridays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, at 1 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Each PSC member who registers may bring one nonmember guest. Dec. 2: “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” (2022, PG) starring Lesley Manville and Lambert Wilson. In the 1950s, a widowed British cleaning lady’s dream of owning a Christian Dior gown leads her on an adventure in Paris where her unwavering spirit charms the elite people she meets. Dec. 9: “Network” (1976, R) starring Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway. A television network exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit but finds his messages may be difficult to control. Dec. 16: “Jingle All the Way” (1996, PG) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Phil Hartman. A father vows to get his son a popular action figure for Christmas, but every store is sold out and he must compete with everyone else all over town to get one. To register for any or all of these movies or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Friday Movie Matinee or call 626-795-4331.
Step to the Beat: Aerobics – Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 6 and 7, at 9:30 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Improve your cardiovascular system, agility, mobility and balance during this low-impact, fun and interactive class for all levels of fitness. Everyone will enjoy walking or stepping to the beat. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Workshops or call 626-795-4331.
Music of Mesoamerica – Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. The historic region of ancient Mesoamerica, comprised of the modern-day area from southern Mexico to northern Costa Rica, was populated by Aztec, Olmec, Zapotec, Maya and Toltec populations. Composer and educator Christopher Garcia will make a multimedia presentation about the instruments and music of these pre-Columbian civilizations. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Identifying and Understanding Early Signs of Dementia – Thursday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Everyone has moments when their brains give them trouble. Is it simply a senior moment or something else? Tanner Gish, a certified dementia practitioner, will describe typical behavioral changes that signal early dementia, plus strategies recommended by researchers for reducing dementia’s progression. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services.
Chair Yoga – Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Improve balance, strength, flexibility and well-being while sitting on 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.
New Eyes on the Universe: The James Webb Telescope – Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. The James Webb Space Telescope represents one of the most staggering combined feats of science, technology and engineering in human history and is giving astronomers and the worldwide public astonishingly detailed new images of our cosmos. During this multimedia presentation, Dr. John S. Mulchaey, director of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, will explore the secrets these images are revealing as well as new clues to the universe the telescope is expected to unlock. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331
Life Care Planning – Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Who will make your health care decisions in the event you can no longer do so yourself? Explore your values and wishes, decide who should make your health care decisions and fill out an advance health care directive. Presented by Kaiser Permanente Health. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Standards and Show Tunes with Bob and Don – Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Join pianist Bob Lipson and singer Don Snyder with a special guest bassist, David Young, for an afternoon of music featuring everybody's favorite show tunes and standards. Sing along, kick up your heels and dance or simply tap your toes to the rhythm of the music. This event will take place indoors. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Activities & Events, then Special Events or call 626-795-4331.
Health Fair and Fresh Produce Distribution – Friday, Dec. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center (while supplies last). Health fair services indoors will include blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, updates in Medicare health plans, resources and more. Preassembled bags of fresh, nutritious vegetables will be distributed on the patio while supplies last courtesy of Order of Malta Mobile Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to bring a bag or personal pull-behind cart to transport the produce home. Registration is not required. For more information, call 626-795-4331.
Clear Vision: The Key to Aging Well – Thursday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Poor vision impacts your eyes and can lead to social isolation, falls and accidents, depression and chronic health conditions. Optician Timothy Henning will discuss common age-related vision issues and how early detection and lifestyle choices can help prevent progression of vision loss and deter some vision issues as people age. He also will cover important preventive tips and key care essentials for maintaining healthy eyes. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution – Thursday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Learn how to resolve conflicts with the help of a trained mediator, including property ownership, landlord/tenant disputes, workplace/employment issues, family disagreements and more. Presented by Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. To make an appointment, call 626-795-4331.
Cultural Thursday: The Tap Chicks New Year’s Extravaganza – Thursday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. onsite at Pasadena Senior Center. Ring in the new year early with a special celebration and performance by PSC’s own beloved Tap Chicks known for their stylish dancing, fun music, ridiculous jokes and all-around good humor. A reception will follow the performance. Sponsored by Home Instead. To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events & Activities, then Special Events, 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.