85 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 • Tel: 626.795.4331 • www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org
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Free March Events at Pasadena Senior Center
There is something for everyone in March 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.
Tax Time – Wednesdays and Fridays through April 14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Representatives from the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program will assist low- to middle-income seniors ages 50 and older in preparing their federal income tax returns. Appointments are required: 626-795-4331. Please note there is no age limit for this service.
Citizenship Classes – Wednesdays through May 17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Make your dreams come true by attending these sessions to become a U.S. citizen! The first classes 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 cover more questions on the exam as well as strategies for completing the application for citizenship and having a successful interview.
Scenic Walkers Club – Wednesdays, March 1 to 29, at 10 a.m. Join this new group for a series of leisurely walks to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise. Alan Colville will give you a list of items to bring, let you know what to expect, provide detailed itineraries and arrange transportation. For more information or to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-221-3741.
Five Wishes/Advance Directives – Thursday, March 2, 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 physicians and health plans. Attendees will receive forms at no cost. Presented by Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.
Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, March 3, 10 and 17, at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys movies and the pleasures they bring. March 3: “The Accountant” (2016, R) starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick. A mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations, then takes on a legitimate client – the U.S. government – to provide cover for his illegal actions. March 10: “The Quiet Man” (1952, NR) starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. An Irish-born American boxer returns to the town of his birth with hopes of burying his past and settling down, then falls in love with a high-spirited young woman with a brutish brother. March 17: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (1967, G) starring Mary Tyler Moore and Julie Andrews. Two recent transplants to the Big Apple in the 1920s find excitement and adventure, but not quite what they expected.
Writing Club – Fridays, March 3 and 17, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you’ve ever considered writing a memoir, poetry, short stories or a novel, you’ll find support and peer feedback in this club. There are two groups – one meets at 11 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. Choose the time that is most convenient for you. If you’re not sure whether you want to join, you’re welcome to come see one of the groups in action. Call Esther Gillies at 323-312-9901 for more information or to arrange for a visit.
Cardmaking Workshop – Monday, March 6, 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.
A Toast to the Joys of Music – Tuesdays, March 7 to 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tom Campbell will play guitar and sing songs in the Senior Center Lounge. Stop by and enjoy his covers of traditional country, country rock, blues, folk, gospel and classic rock originally made famous by Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and many more.
Smart Phones, Tablets and Computers – Any Questions? – Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 7 to 30, 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!
Estate Planning/Long Term Care – Thursday, March 9, at 10 a.m. Learn about the financial tools necessary for creating retirement income for the rest of your life, how to maximize Social Security benefits and how to avoid common retirement risks.
Memories in the Making – Thursdays, March 9 to April 13, at 11 a.m. This program, developed by the Alzheimer’s Association, helps people in early stages of dementias preserve memories through art. Reservations are required by calling 626-685-6732.
Pasadena Symphony: Random Acts of Music – Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. A string quartet of Pasadena Symphony musicians will perform classical and contemporary favorites. Please sign up at the Welcome Desk.
Osteoporosis: Separating Myth from Fact – Thursday, March 16, at 10 a.m. Learn the risks, symptoms, warning signs, treatment options and more. Presented by Dr. William Chiang of Huntington Hospital.
Low Vision Screenings – Thursday, March 16, 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 for one-hour appointments; call 626-795-4331. Presented by the Braille Institute.
Health Fair – Friday, March 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. Services include glucose, 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 626-685-6732.
LA Opera Talk: “The Tales of Hoffmann” – Monday, March 20, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Jacques Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (The Tales of Hoffmann). Driven by drink and self-delusion, the poet Hoffmann his affairs with three women who represent three aspects of love: the mechanical doll Olympia, the consumptive singer Antonia and the courtesan Giulietta. All the while, four villains who try to ruin him represent four characteristics of malevolence.
Macular Degeneration and Other Eye Conditions – Thursday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Learn about free services and solutions to help you cope with vision loss. Presented by the Dale McIntosh Center.
A Pain in the Neck! – Thursday, March 30, at 10 a.m. Do you have neck pain? Learn easy and comfortable exercises to reduce cervical pain and make your neck feel better. Presented by Vincent Physical Therapy.
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.