85 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 • Tel: 626.795.4331 • www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org
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Free October Events at Pasadena Senior Center
There is something for everyone in October at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.
You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.
Citizenship Classes – Wednesdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Make your dreams come true by attending this eight-week session to become a U.S. citizen! The first four weeks will cover some of the American history and U.S. government questions on the citizenship exam, along with discussions about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The four remaining classes will cover more questions on the exam as well as strategies for completing the application for citizenship and having a successful interview.
Cardmaking Workshop – Monday, Oct. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. Surprise a special someone with a personalized, handmade greeting card. Whether it’s happy birthday, happy holidays, 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.
Sample Classes for Fall – Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. As the registration period for fall classes approaches, anyone can sit in on mini versions of more than 20 of the most popular classes from arts and computers to foreign languages and Zumba Gold, meet the instructors and learn more about the courses. Memory Loss Education Series – Tuesdays, Oct. 4 to 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn what can be done to help yourself and those you love deal with memory loss during a four-part series on brain health. Oct. 4: Memory Loss and Aging. Oct. 11: What is Alzheimer’s disease? Oct. 18: Keeping Your Brain Healthy. Oct. 25: Behaviors and Alzheimer’s disease. Presented by Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles. Reservations are required; call 626-685-6730.
Smart Phones, Tablets and Computers – Any Questions? – Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 4 to 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. Get the answers you need about technology devices, whether you own them already or are considering a purchase. Learning how to text, check voicemail, set an alarm, navigate the Internet and download apps is easier than you may think!
Psychological and Social Recovery from Stroke – Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Stroke is emotionally and socially traumatic. Most pain after stroke is felt as physical and social distress. Learn how survivors who participate in outpatient support groups that address psychological and social effects of stroke make more progress in physical recovery, have fewer subsequent strokes and a better quality of life than those who do not. Presented by Stroke Association of Southern California.
Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21, at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys movies and the pleasures they bring. Oct. 7: “Porgy and Bess” (1959, NR) starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge. In 1912 in a South Carolina tenement, a disabled man overlooks the past of a woman trying to break free from her brutish lover. Oct. 14: “Moulin Rouge!” (2001, PG-13) starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. A poet falls in love with a beautiful courtesan who is coveted by a jealous duke. Oct. 21: “The King’s Speech” (2010, R) starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. George VI of England unexpectedly ascends to the throne and is helped by a therapist to overcome a speech impediment. Based on a true story.
Be Medication Savvy: Usage and Safety Tips – Thursday, Oct. 13, at 12:15 p.m. Learn how to achieve the best medical outcomes from your prescription drug therapy, how best to use prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies safely and effectively, tips for cleaning out your medicine cabinet and how to dispose of medications properly. A boxed lunch will be served to the first 50 people who have made confirmed reservations by calling 626-795-4331. Presented by Pharmacist Integrative Healthcare.
LA Opera: Akhnaten – Monday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Philip Glass’s epic tale of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhnaten and his wife Nefertiti. The pharaoh’s command to the populace that they reject all old gods and worship only the new sun god sends them into an uproar that leads to revolution.
Managing Arthritis – Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. Learn about arthritis, a condition that takes more than 100 different forms and affects people of all ages. Explore diagnosis, basic facts, pain relief and common types such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Presented by Arthritis Foundation.
Health Fair – Friday, Oct. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. Services include glucose, varicose vein, vascular health, blood pressure and hearing screenings as well as counseling and health/community resources. Bring your list of medications, doctors and emergency contacts for a free personal identification card sponsored by New York Life. For more information call 626-685-6755.
Medicare Resource Fair and Presentation – Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open enrollment for Medicare is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. Get the information you’ll need to make informed decisions about medical and prescription plans that are best for your needs. Representatives from a variety of health care plans will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about Medicare plans and services and help you compare plans all in one place. At noon a one-hour presentation on Medicare program issues and upcoming changes for 2017 will be presented by Center for Health Care Rights. Although reservations are not required, a boxed lunch will be provided to the first 50 people who have called 626-795-4331 to confirm their attendance.
Need a Senior TAP Card? – Thursday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Metro Mobile Customer Center will come to the Pasadena Senior Center to provide free Senior TAP cards for discounted fares on any Metro transportation route. Applicants must be 62 or older and bring a valid ID. Temporary cards will be issued on the spot so you can ride right away.
Flu Shot Clinic – Wednesday, Nov, 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seniors are at greater risk of serious complications from flu than younger adults. Flu shots will be provided at no cost by the Pasadena Public Health Department for anyone older than 6 months. Visit the Welcome Desk for a required appointment card. For more information call 626-795-4331.
For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.
Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent nonprofit agency that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and older in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.