85 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 • Tel: 626.795.4331 • www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org
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Free September Events at Pasadena Senior Center
There is something for everyone in September at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. All events listed are free.
You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.
Final Summer Concert in the Park – Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. The Great American Swing Band will feature the sounds of big band, rhythm and blues, jazz and Dixieland in the bandshell at Memorial Park just behind the Pasadena Senior Center. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the BBQ snack bar. All ages are welcome.
Stay Connected with Social Media – Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 1 to 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to keep in touch with family and friends via email, Skype, Facebook and other forms of social media during a 30-minute, one-on-one meeting with an instructor. You’ll choose which applications you want to learn. Bring a laptop or use one of the onsite computers. If you have an email address, bring it and your password. Sign up with Edison at the Welcome Desk.
Smart Phones, Tablets and Computers – Any Questions? – Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 1 to 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. Get the answers you need about technology devices, whether you own them already or are considering a purchase. Learn how to text, check voicemail, set an alarm, navigate the Internet, download apps and more.
Pinochle – Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 1 to 29, at noon. Everyone is invited to play one of the most popular card games in North America. Whether you have never played before or have experience with pinochle, join other players at all levels and make new friends. For more information call 626-584-0413.
Brain Attack! – Thursday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. Strokes can happen at any time, so educating yourself now is the key to a better outcome. Learn about different types of strokes, how to prevent them from happening and what to during a stroke emergency. Presented by Carol Richards, public health nurse with Huntington Hospital.
Healthier Living – Thursdays, Sept. 3 to Oct 8, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Learn how to live an overall healthy life and feel better about yourself during this six-week class designed by Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente. Explore common health concerns, such as fatigue, frustration, anxiety and depression, and learn how to set weekly goals, reduce stress, receive support, have fun and thrive! Reservations are required: 626-685-6730. Presented by Kaiser Permanente.
Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, Sept. 4, 11 and 18. July 3, 10 and 17, at 1 p.m. Sept. 4: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015, PG) starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Sept. 11: Anna Karenina (2012, R) starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. Sept 18: The Music Man (1962, NR) starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.
Cardmaking Workshop – Monday, Sept. 7, from noon to 2 p.m. Surprise a special someone with a personalized, handmade greeting card. Whether it’s a happy birthday, thank you, thinking of you or other sentiment, you’ll create a decorative card in your own unique style and have fun discovering your creativity while workshop leaders help you bring your ideas to life. All materials will be provided. This event will be dedicated to the memory of Adelaide Massengale, the cardmaking workshop leader who passed away recently. Her friend Joyce Henderson will lead the class.
Savvy Caregivers – Wednesdays, Sept. 9 to Oct. 14, at noon. Caregivers will learn basic knowledge and skills needed to care for family members who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Registration is required: 626-685-6730.
What’s New in Dentistry – Thursday, Sept. 10, at noon. Dentistry has changed dramatically over the years. New technology has changed how teeth are lost, fixed and replaced. Learn about the latest information for keeping your teeth healthy and happy. Boxed lunches will be provided to the first 50 people who have made confirmed reservations by calling 626-795-4331. Presented by Roger Anderson DDS and Joel Henriod DDS.
Memories in the Making – Mondays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. This fun and engaging activity can turn into your new hobby! Memories in the Making is a program developed by the Alzheimer’s Association for people with early stage dementias so they can preserve distant memories and capture precious moments through art. Instead of teaching new concepts, this program focuses on skills that remain. No previous artistic experience is necessary. Reservations are required: 626-685-6733.
Parkinson’s Education Group – Tuesdays, Sept. 15, 22 and 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This education and support class explores diagnosis, treatment, maintaining mobility and quality of life. Speakers will include speech, occupational, physical and speech therapists. Registration is encouraged but not required. 626-685-6730. Walk-ins are welcome.
Chair Yoga – Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. Improve your balance, strength and flexibility at this gentle and meditative class taught by Kathy Eastwood, a certified yoga instructor and a registered nurse at Huntington Hospital. Due to popular demand, this class is limited to the first 25 participants. Register in advance at the Welcome Desk or by calling 626-795-4331.
Five Wishes/Advance Directives – Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. Do you know what kind of care you want if you become seriously ill? By filling out a simple form, you can tell your family and friends about your healthcare wishes ahead of time and spare them the uncertainty and confusion that can be associated with trying to make decisions without such a directive. Learn how a healthcare power of attorney is used in California and how to communicate your wishes using a concise yet comprehensive document. This class will highlight Five Wishes, the advance directive used by most doctors and health plans. Attendees will receive forms at no cost. Presented by Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.
Low Vision Screenings – Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Low vision screenings are designed to assist partially sighted people in the selection of magnifiers and other devices to improve reading and other visual tasks. Registration is required in advance for one-hour appointments: 626-795-4331. Presented by the Braille Institute.
Health Fair – Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. A new medical safety identification plan, sponsored by New York Life, has been added to the popular monthly health fair. Bring your list of medications, doctors and emergency contacts and they will be placed on a personal identification card at no cost. Other health fair services include glucose, blood pressure and hearing screenings as well as counseling and health and community resources. For more information call 626-685-6732.
LA Opera: Moby Dick – Monday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Jake Heggie’s modern classic Moby Dick. Based on the Herman Melville novel, whaling ship Captain Ahab’s relentlessly obsession with revenge against a rare white whale puts his crew in mortal danger.
Financial Planning for Long-term Care – Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. As we age, our day-to-day needs often increase and may be costly. Learn how to start planning for who will take care of you when you need it most, how to protect all you’ve worked for – your home, savings and legacy – and how to afford the kind of care you may need. Presented by Jennifer Change, New York Life.
Book Club at the Center – Friday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. Read The Unexpected Mrs. Polifax by Dorothy Gilman and then join other members of the Senior Center Book Club for a discussion. Tired of her life as an elderly widow attending garden club meetings, Mrs. Polifax becomes a CIA agent and finds herself embroiled in a foreign land’s civil war. For more information call Judy Starlight at 626-685-6760.
Founded in 1959, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent nonprofit agency that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and over in a friendly environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.