During the COVID-19 crisis, the Pasadena Senior Center offers many free online activities via Zoom for adults 50 and older until mandates for isolation and social distancing have been lifted.
Birds of San Diego County and Southern California – Thursday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. More species of birds have been seen in San Diego County than any other county in the U.S. That’s because San Diego has natural zones that range from estuaries and chapparal to mountains and deserts. Presented by Dr. Philip Pryde, professor emeritus of environmental policy at San Diego State University. To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, than Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
MUSE/IQUE – Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. Join Heather Lipson-Bell, MUSE/IQUE’s education director, and professional guest artists for an exploration of music from the perspective of musicians who perform great works. To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
Research Study: Bleeding in the Brain – Thursday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles have joined peers at more than 100 hospitals in the U.S. and other countries to conduct an emergency care research study of bleeding in the brain called FASTEST. This study may affect you or someone you know. Come learn more about it and give your opinions. Presented by Dr. Navdeep Sangha, Kaiser Permanente vascular neurologist. To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Weekly Lectures or call 626-795-4331.
Documentary: “The Huntington Rose Garden Faux Bois Sculptures” – Thursday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. Faux bois (French for false wood) is the nearly lost art of crafting materials to make imitation wood. The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens recently completed a multiyear restoration of their historic faux bois rose garden arbor. Filmmaker and photographer Michael E. Stern will present the documentary film and be on hand for a Q&A with the audience. To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, than Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
Virtual Writers Club – Tuesdays, Jan. 5 to 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Join a group of people who like to write about real or imagined experiences, and share your own with others during this weekly writers’ get-together led by Sam Eisenstein, retired Los Angeles Community College English Department instructor. To register for this Zoom event or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, than Virtual Writers Club or call 626-795-4331.
In addition to online classes and other activities, members and non-members are encouraged to visit the Pasadena Senior Center website (www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org) regularly for COVID-19 updates and other timely information, a weekly blog, monthly magazine, ongoing activities throughout the year and more.
Arthritis Exercise Classes – Ongoing, anytime. Six fitness routines designed to help maintain mobility include range of motion, balance, weight-bearing exercises, stretching and low-intensity aerobics. Be ready with a set of one-pound weights and wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Some exercises are done while sitting in chairs and others while standing. To access the classes, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Arthritis Exercise Classes.
Elder Abuse Support – This resource is available to people 65 and older and their families who seek assistance with elder abuse issues. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, response, case management, financial counseling, legal services, access to medical care and personal advocacy. All services are free and confidential. For more information call Aurora Duran, victim service coordinator for Foothill Family, at 626-993-3000.
Feeling Challenged by Technology and Need Help with Zoom? – Through a collaboration with Pasadena Public Library, get solutions to technology issues, learn how to use Zoom and much more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org/libanswers.com, call 626-744-4066, option 6 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or live chat Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at www.cityofpasadena.net/library/live-chat.
Food Distribution Program – Ongoing First Friday of every month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Low-income adults 60 and older receive one box of food and couples receive two. 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. Masks and social distancing are required. To enroll in the program or for more information, call 626-685-6732.
LA Opera: Music to Remember – Ongoing Tuesdays at 11 a.m. A variety of classical singers perform each week. To register for these Zoom events, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Webinar Events or call 626-795-4331.
Home Tea Program – If you are in isolation and would like to receive the free gift of tea and an inspirational card once a month to lift your spirits, call 626-685-6732.
Meditation – Ongoing, anytime. Relax, breathe and make the most of 20 audio recordings that provide guided meditation during these challenging times when so many older adults feel isolated, lonely, anxious and depressed. To access the recordings, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Online Classes, then Meditation.
Social Hour – Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Each week a different topic or question guides a discussion for anyone who misses socializing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social hours are moderated by Annie Laskey, Pasadena Senior Center’s director of special events. Share your experiences related to each topic or question, which have ranged from movies and TV to photography to seasonal recipes. To register for these Zoom events or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Social Hour or call 626-795-4331.
Telephone Reassurance – Pasadena Senior Center volunteers call older adults in isolation who have signed up for this important program that provides caring connections to help them make it through isolation and loneliness. To be added to the list, call 626-685-6732.
Weekly Blog – Written by Events Director Annie Laskey, the blog consistently includes creative and inspiring ideas for staying safe, sane and engaged during isolation. It can be accessed from the Pasadena Senior Center homepage (www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org) and clicking on Blog.
For more information about online activities and other programs and services of the Pasadena Senior Center during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization. Doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical assistance to older adults in need. Masks are required inside the building, and social distancing is maintained.