Looking forward to seeing some extended family this Thanksgiving? It’s important to keep it small and prepare in advance. That means reducing your chances of exposure to the CoronaVirus prior to seeing your loved ones. Here are a few ideas for staying engaged while staying at home, to stay safe before your get together.
Thursday, November 12
Sing Out Loud. Sing-alongs are part of the fun with ComposerShows, a monthly program on Cultural Thursdays. Enjoy witty narration and wonderful music as pianist Bob Lipson and singer Don Snyder lead a fun and interactive musical journey through the life and work of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Thursday, November 12. Event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more info.
Friday, November 13
Calm Your Mind. Meditation instructor Avry Budka guides listeners through meditation exercises in twenty short recorded audio lessons available at any time on PSC’s website. Click here for more info.
Saturday, November 14
Discover an Author. The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, longtime sponsor of PSC’s Masters Series, has a website chock-full of interesting presentations by respected authors. Click here for more info.
Sunday, November 15
Do a Craft Project. Turn to the Norton Simon Museum’s website for ideas of simple arts and crafts activities. Each project is based on works in the museum’s collection and uses easy-to-find materials and features step-by-step instructions. Click here for more info.
Monday, November 16
Learn About the Bobcat Fire. David Cendejas, Mt. Wilson Superintendent, will share his first-hand experience of how Mt. Wilson and numerous firefighters faced and fought back the Bobcat Fire, and of the work needed to restore the important Observatory facilities for use. Presented by Mount Wilson Institute. Monday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. Event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more info.
Tuesday, November 17
Add to Your Knowledge. The final Masters Series program of the year starts November 17. The three-lecture series features Michael A. Genovese, Political Science professor at Loyola Marymount University. On November 17 & 24 he will discuss the culture and politics of America in 1960, the year PSC was founded, and on December 3 will provide a non-partisan analysis of the 2020 November elections. November 17, 24, and December 1 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. $38/members, $45/non-members for the series. Registration required. Click here for more info.
Wednesday, November 18
Enjoy Music. Local concert and multidisciplinary arts organization MUSE/IQUE brings their unique approach to music to PSC via Zoom. MUSE/IQUE’s Artistic Producer, Heather Lipson-Bell, and talented guest artists explore music from the musician’s perspective. Wednesday, November 18 at 2:00 pm. Event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more info.
Thursday, November 19
Have Fun with Food. PSC’s Cultural Thursday program delves into Thanksgiving Tips and Traditions with our own Chef Gabby and Director of Events Annie Laskey. Thursday, November 19, 2:00 pm. Event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more info.
Friday, November 20
Beat Your Arthritis: Instructor Wanda Nelson leads a fitness routine via a set of Arthritis Exercise videos designed to help maintain mobility and physical fitness. The videos can be watched at any time and cover a range of motion, balance, and weight bearing exercises, as well as stretching and a short aerobic portion. Click here for more info.
Saturday, November 21
View Art. PSC’s Watercolor Classes, led by Barbara Medford, have held an annual art exhibit and sale for many years. This year, a virtual exhibit has been curated online with a special category for pandemic-inspired subjects such as a high-stakes poker game with toilet paper as the ante. View Online Art Exhibit.
Sunday, November 22
Reach Out to a Friend. In these trying times, our friends and family help us stay sane and connected. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time, just to say hello and let them know you are thinking of them. It will brighten both the day for both of you.
Monday, November 23
Take a [Virtual] Walk in the [Chinese] Garden. The Huntington’s exceptional Chinese Garden is a place of beauty and meditation. Explore the garden and its history with audio and virtual tours. Click here for more info.
Tuesday, November 24
Be Social. Every Tuesday morning at 10:30am, Events Director Annie Laskey hosts a drop-in hour of conversation on Zoom around a general theme. The topic November 24 will be Mindfulness. Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Event is free, but registration is required. Click here for more info.
Wednesday, November 25
Start a Fitness Routine. Thanksgiving is just the beginning of the holiday season. Stay healthy and fit this season and throughout the year with video exercises and health tips from The National Senior Games Association, governing body of the Pasadena Senior Games. Click here for more info.