85 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 • Tel: 626.795.4331 • www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org
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Free May Events at Pasadena Senior Center
There is something for everyone in May 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.
- Get Organized – Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m. Do you feel like you’re buried under a lifetime of treasures? This talk will help overwhelmed seniors and their families learn how to downsize and deal with the practical issues involved when having to relocate. Presented by Gentle Transitions.
- Hypertension, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease (In Spanish) – Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m. This informative talk will help Spanish-speakers learn about the role of diabetes and hypertension in your brain’s health. Presented by Alzheimer’s Association.
- Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, May 2, 9 and 16, at 1 p.m. Movies can take us to different places and times like nothing else. May 2: “12 Years a Slave” (2013, R) starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o; May 9: “Saving Mr. Banks”(2013, PG-13) starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks; May 16: “The Holiday” (2006, PG-13) starring Cameron Diaz and Jude Law.
- Cardmaking Workshop – Monday, May 5, from noon to 2 p.m. Surprise a special someone with a personalized, handmade greeting card. Whether it’s happy birthday, thank you, thinking of you or any 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.
- Speed Up, Clean Up and Revive Your Windows PC – Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 6 to 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. Just like vehicles, computers need a little TLC now and then. Bring your laptop or use a Pasadena Senior Center computer to learn how to optimize your PC, delete programs you don’t use, check for viruses and clean up temporary files and other items to improve Internet browsing speed. Other technical questions will be answered as well.
- Savvy Caregivers – Wednesdays, May 7 to June 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. This six-week program provides caregivers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to care for family members who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Registration is required: (626) 685-6730. Presented by Alzheimer’s Association.
- Improving Balance and Preventing Falls – Thursday, May 8, at noon. Falls are dangerous but can be prevented. Improving balance can help prevent falls and maintain a center of gravity while you perform daily tasks. Learn simple exercises to strengthen your body and brain to prevent injuries. A boxed lunch will be provided to the first 50 people who make confirmed reservations by calling (626) 795-4331. Presented by Vincent Physical Therapy.
- Natural History Museum Lecture – Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. Bob, a Pasadena Senior Center member and a docent with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, will share a history of the museum including the various halls and exhibits that have been shown through the years. He will bring interesting artifacts from the museum for you to see and touch. Light refreshments will be served.
- After Your Loss – Thursday, May 15, at 10 a.m. Facing the loss of a loved one is difficult. Knowing that everyone has different reactions to grief can be helpful in going through the process. Learn about the cyclical nature of grief and how to cope during difficult times. Presented by Forest Lawn.
- Health Fair – Friday, May 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. Glucose, blood pressure and hearing screenings are among the services offered. Health fairs take place the third Friday of every month. (626) 685-6732.
- LA Opera: A Streetcar Named Desire – Monday, May 19, at 1 p.m. Clinging desperately to a masquerade of Southern grace, Blanche DuBois’s world comes apart in a spiral of violence and madness. This presentation by an LA Opera community educator will explore the opera’s faithful adaption from Tennessee Williams’s classic play.
- Protect Yourself from Fraud – Thursday, May 22, at 10 a.m. Unscrupulous people perpetrate scams against seniors to defraud them of money. Learn the most common scams and how to avoid becoming a victim of this growing problem. Presented by the California Department of Business Oversight.
- Book Club at the Center – Friday, May 23, at 1 p.m. Read “The Jane Austen Book Club” by Karen Fowler and then join other members of the Senior Center Book Club for a discussion. In California’s Central Valley, five women and one man get together for six months to discuss Jane Austen’s novels as their marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable and love happens. For more information call Judy Starlight at (626) 685-6706.
- California Senior Games Championships – May 24 to June 29. There will be 28 competitive sporting events for men and women ages 50 and older. Whether you’re interested in competing, volunteering or attending as a spectator, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org (click on Events and then Online Event Registration) or contact Cynthia Rosedale at firstname.lastname@example.org or (626) 685-6724.
- Your Life and Your Legacy – Thursday, May 29, at 10 a.m. Your legacy is important and you should have a say in it. Learn how to save on pre-planning for your funeral and burial. Presented by Rose Hills Memorial Park.
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.