Beginning in July, some in-person activities at the center are being reintroduced gradually for adults 50 and older. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center has offered many free online activities via Zoom.
Online registration is required for most events. Everyone who registers for Zoom events will receive an email link for joining each activity online. Anyone who does not have WiFi or an email address can call 626-795-4331 to receive a number to call to listen to live Zoom events by phone.
Pasadena Senior Center membership and residency in Pasadena are not required for these Zoom or in-person events.
Healthy Relationships – Thursday, July 15, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. What are the benefits of staying socially active? What are the risks of isolation? Learn about these issues as well as the importance of building and strengthening friendships as we age. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events, or call 626-795-4331.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles (Olvera Street) – Thursday, July 22, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. El Pueblo de los Angeles historical monument is near the site of the village settled in 1781 by 44 people of Native American, African and European heritages who journeyed more than 1,000 miles from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community. Since that time, Los Angeles as been governed under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the U.S. and has grown into one of the world's largest metropolitan areas. Learn more about the pueblo during this fascinating presentation by Metro. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events, or call 626-795-4331.
Virtual Book Club: "Varina" — Friday, July 23, at 1 p.m. via Zoom. This month’s selection is “Varina” by Charles Frazier. Read the book, then join the discussion. The author returns readers to the time and place of his 1997 National Book Club Award-winning historical novel "Cold Mountain" as he vividly brings to life the chaos and devastation caused by the Civil War. "Varina" is a fictional version of the real-life First Lady of the Confederacy who believed the Confederate States of America was hypocritical folly. She was pro-Union yet also pro-slavery. In the novel she reveals stories behind the saddest, happiest and most dramatic periods of her life. As a teenager with limited marriage prospects, she agrees to wed an older widower named Jefferson Davis, a wealthy Mississippi cotton-plantation owner with 113 slaves, and settle in for a long and quiet life. But Jefferson Davis has political aspirations and serves in a number of state and federal elected and appointed capacities before becoming president of the Confederate States of America, the capital of which is Richmond. Varina's story takes readers through those years as well as to a time when they fled Richmond in defeat with their five children and a former slave while Union troops were on their trail, to her later life as a widow and writer in Upstate New York where she lived in a sanitarium while overcoming her long-time addictions to laudanum and tincture of opium. For more information about Virtual Book Club and to receive a link to the Zoom event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-228-8020.
MUSE/IQUE Offstage Education Workshop -- Wednesday, July 28, at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Join MUSE/IQUE artistic producer Heather Lipson-Bell and guest artists from the MUSE/IQUE in a Minute! (...or Two) program as they explore music from the musicians’ perspective. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events or call 626-795-4331.
Diabetes Education Empowerment Program (DEEP) Support Group — Wednesdays, July 28 to Sept. 1, at 9:30 a.m. at Pasadena Senior Center. 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. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Services for Homebound Seniors, then Diabetes Support Group or call 626-795-4331.
Stay Smart: Safety and Security for Older Adults – Thursday, July 29, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Older adults are often unwitting and vulnerable targets of identity theft, fraud and scams, so knowing how to protect yourself on computers, smart phones and the internet is more important than ever. Learn about frauds aimed at older adults and how to avoid them, plus safety tips and tools to be tech-savvy and cyber-secure. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services. To register, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Events, Clubs and Lectures, then Online Events, or call 626-795-4331.
In addition to online classes and other activities, members and nonmembers are encouraged to visit the website regularly for COVID-19 updates for older adults and other timely information, a weekly blog, monthly magazine, ongoing activities throughout the year 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services and other critical services for older adults in need, as well as limited occupancy in the library, fitness center and computer lab. Masks and social distancing are required. All who enter are subject to temperature screening, must sanitize their hands upon entry and answer a simple screening questionnaire. Rooms are sanitized after each use.