The Fun and Practical

Social hour highlights March events at senior center
By Arroyo Staff

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street, offers many free online activities via Zoom and some on-site activities for adults 50 and older. 

Registration for Zoom activities and on-site events is required by visiting and clicking on “activities and events,” “lectures and classes” or “resources.”

Everyone who registers for Zoom events receives an email link for joining each activity online. Anyone who does not have Wi-Fi or an email address can call 626-795-4331 to receive a phone number to call and listen to live Zoom events. COVID-19 protocols are observed for all on-site events at the center. 

Neither Pasadena Senior Center membership nor residency in Pasadena are required for these events. Some events have other contact information.

Scenic Walks Club

9 a.m. Wednesdays March 2
to March 30

Join the Scenic Walks Club for leisurely strolls to picturesque local sites. Get exercise with other friendly walkers. Contact Scenic Walks Club captain Alan Colville at Colville will reveal the location.  

Music on the Patio
with Cory Brendel

2 p.m. Thursday, March 3;

Cory Brendel will perform popular songs with his ukulele, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles, with an emphasis on standards from the 1930s and 1940s. 

Monthly Food Distribution


8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 4; on-site

Held in the center’s parking lot, the event distributes one free box of food to singles, two to couples, who are low-income adults 60 and older. Each box includes foods that meet specific nutritional needs, such as cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related dairy products, cereals and other grain products. Proof of income and California ID are required for first-time recipients. Boxes are heavy, so bring a pull-behind personal cart to the parking lot between the Pasadena Senior Center and the Metro Gold Line station. Opening boxes on the premises is prohibited. Masks and social distancing are required. 

Movie Matinees

1 p.m. Fridays March 4, March 11, March 18 and March 25;

Members may bring one nonmember guest. The movies are: 

March 4 — “Hidden Figures” (2016, PG), starring Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Costner. 

March 11 — “Once Upon a Time in America” (1984, R), starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. 

March 18- “The Luck of the Irish” (2001, TV-G), starring Ryan Merriman and Henry Gibson. 

March 25 — “Finian’s Rainbow” (1968, G), starring Fred Astaire and Petula Clark.  

Estate Planning, Trust Administration and Estate Administration

10 a.m. Thursday, March 10, via Zoom

Attorney Joe Engle will discuss estate planning, trust administration and estate administration, plus how to avoid probate and why estate planning is important. 

Cultural Thursday — Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Sin and Censorship in the 1930s

2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, via Zoom

From films with topics that ranged from prostitution and drug use to glorified gangsters, brutal monsters and unpunished villains, Hollywood filmmakers defiantly ignored the strict production code guidelines of talking pictures, published in 1930, that were intended to keep movies morally clean. Join film historian and author Steven C. Smith for a look at this raucous Hollywood era. 

My Gift to You: The Importance of Planning Ahead

10 a.m. Thursday, March 17, via Zoom

A representative from Forest Lawn will explain the responsibilities of survivors and how loved ones can plan to maneuver through this emotional and financial experience. 

Guided Tour of Pasadena Senior Center

10 a.m. Thursday, March 17, on-site

Take a guided tour with a Pasadena Senior Center ambassador and learn how the center can change lives. Visit various areas of the center, peek in on activities and learn everything else about the first accredited senior center in California.

Music on the Patio: Bob and Don

2 p.m. Thursday, March 17, on-site

Join singer Don Snyder and pianist Bob Lipson for an afternoon of music featuring Irish songs for St. Patrick’s Day plus favorite American showtunes and standards. 

Produce Distribution

9 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, on-site

Bags of nutritious fresh vegetables will be distributed, courtesy of the Order of Malta Mobile Ministries. One bag per person will be available. Masks, social distancing and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required. 

Cultural Thursday: Mermaids at Brighton: A History of Bathing

2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, via Zoom

Dr. Janet Fahey — a civil and sanitation engineer, environmental consultant and lifetime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America — will lead an exploration of essential sanitary engineering practices employed during Jane Austen’s life and through the ages. 

Cultural Thursday: A Culinary Tour of India

2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, via Zoom and onsite

PSC member and volunteer Suresh Khilnani will take participants on a tour through the food landscape of India. He will show photos, recount related history and tell stories about the intriguing and complex flavors of Indian cuisine. An avid cook, he will share some of his favorite Indian recipes to try at home.  

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