During this period of quarantine, many older adults want to discover new interests, increase activity levels and prevent boredom, loneliness and depression.
The Pasadena Senior Center offers a full lineup of classes for members. Residency in Pasadena is not required. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 30 classes for adults ages 40 and older are offered online via Zoom.
Register for autumn classes no later than Friday, Oct. 9, at www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org. Everyone who registers will receive email instructions for accessing the Zoom classes online.
Most courses are 10 weeks; a few are eight, five and four weeks. All are taught by experienced instructors who are certified in their respective fields. The total cost of each course ranges from $40 to $85 for Pasadena Senior Center members and $50 to $95 for non-members. Scholarships for low-income older adults are available on a limited basis.
• Zumba Gold – Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 12. This low-intensity dance/fitness program features Latin and world rhythms.
• Beginning Tap – Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Oct 13. Learn basic steps during each class, followed by a fun tap routine.
• Intermediate Tap – Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 13. Learn new routines as well as standard routines such as the Shim Sham Shimmy.
• Solo Ballroom Dancing – Wednesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. beginning Oct. 14. No dance partner at home? No problem! Learn basic patterns of rumba, cha cha, waltz and swing, plus leading, following and developing timing and rhythm.
• Solo Ballroom Line Dancing – Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 14. Learn basic steps from foxtrot to cha cha in a line dance format.
• BollyX LIT – Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 16. This low-impact course is Bollywood-inspired, features dynamic choreography and improves coordination and mind-body awareness.
• Strength Training –Mondays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. beginning Oct. 5. If you don’t have free weights, stretchable bands or ankle weights, use anything that creates resistance, such as bottles of water, scarves and cans of soup.
• Beginner/Intermediate Pep Up Your Life – Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 10. This introductory course increases flexibility, balance, muscle mass and bone density.
• Beginner/Intermediate Pep Up Your Life (additional class) – Tuesdays from 8 to 9 a.m. beginning Oct. 13. This introductory course increases flexibility, balance, muscle mass and bone density.
• Beginner/Intermediate Pep Up Your Life (additional class) – Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. beginning Oct. 16. This introductory course increases flexibility, balance, muscle mass and bone density.
• Intermediate/Advanced Pep Up Your Life – Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 10. This advanced course further increases flexibility, balance, muscle mass and bone density.
• Mat Pilates – Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. beginning Oct. 13. This course improves strength, flexibility, balance and coordination while focusing on core postural muscles essential for providing spinal support.
• Yoga and Presence Practice/Meditation – Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon beginning Oct. 13. This course combines balance, strength, flexibility and mindfulness with a unity of mind, body and spirit.
• Yoga – Wednesdays from 9 to 10:25 a.m. beginning Oct. 14. Yoga’s influence is on the precise alignment of the body in the asanas (poses) and careful sequencing and firming of the asanas. This course is for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
• Chair Aerobics – Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. beginning Oct. 14. This course combines low-impact chair aerobics and the use of weights. Participants tone their muscles and increase flexibility.
• Chair Aerobics (additional class) – Fridays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. beginning Oct. 16. This course combines low-impact chair aerobics and the use of weights. Participants tone their muscles and increase flexibility.
• Qigong and Tai Chi –Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. beginning Oct. 15. This course enhances participants’ physical and spiritual well-being through slow, fluid movements that can improve blood flow, reduce stress and increase strength and balance.
Hobbies and Special Interests
• Advanced Watercolors – Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 1. Designed for experienced watercolor painters, each class will feature a different paint-along lesson and share-and-critique session.
• Advanced Watercolors (additional class) – Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning Oct. 1. Designed for experienced watercolor painters, each class will feature a different paint-along lesson and share-and-critique session.
• The Art and Joy of Sewing – Mondays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Oct. 12. Learn how to work with patterns, operate a sewing machine and more. Fabrics will be available for pickup at the Pasadena Senior Center and are included in the cost of the course. All skill levels are welcome.
• Creative Writing – Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. Beginning Oct. 14. Learn how to write poetry, memoirs, novels and more. Constructive criticism will be provided in a supportive and friendly online environment.
• Beginner French 1– Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 14. This course is for anyone new to the language or who took classes so many years ago that they have become rusty. There will be an emphasis on travel terms, basic grammar, present tense and French culture.
• Beginner French 2 – Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning Oct. 12. Continue to build grammar and vocabulary skills and learn past, future and imperfect tenses. There also will be an emphasis on French culture.
• Intermediate French – Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 12. Practice more direct communication, continue building vocabulary and learn conditional and subjunctive forms of the language, plus French culture.
• Advanced French 1 – Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 14. Continue practice in communication, build vocabulary, learn literary tenses and more about French culture.
• Advanced French 2 –Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. beginning Oct 14. This course will include an intensive review of major grammar concepts, increased practice in communication, plus further exploration of French literature and culture.
• Introduction to Spanish – Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 14. Experience a fun introduction to Spanish greetings, vocabulary and grammar, including class discussion and conversation.
• Intermediate Spanish – Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 14 Grammatical skills, vocabulary and conversation will be strengthened so participants will be able to speak, write and read Spanish.
• Making Sense of the News – Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. beginning Oct. 15. This course will explore why some topics make it to the front page or broadcast news while others do not. Learn what makes something newsworthy, who the decision makers are and more.
For more information about programs and services of the Pasadena Senior Center during the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call 626-795-4331.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has been deemed an essential service provider for older adults, so its doors are open five days a week for social services and other assistance to older adults in need. Hours during this period are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.