The Fun and Practical

Movie matinees highlight April 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 pasadenaseniorcenter.org 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.

To register, call 626-795-4331 or visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org.

Monthly Food Distribution Program

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 1 | Pasadena Senior Center parking lot

Low-income adults 60 and older receive one free box of food, and couples receive two. Each box includes foods that meet specific nutritional needs, such as cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, dry milk and related dairy products, and 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. Info: 626-685-6732.

Movie Matinees

1 p.m. Fridays in April | Pasadena Senior Center

Each member may bring one nonmember guest. 

The lineup includes:

April 1: “The Fighting Seabees” (1944, NR), starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward. During World War II, the U.S. Navy implements a new idea of forming construction battalions (CBs) that also are fighting units in case of Japanese attack. The film is loosely based on true events. 

April 8: “The Last King of Scotland” (2006, R), starring Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy. The story of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s regime is recounted through the eyes of his personal physician. The film is based on true events. 

April 16: “Harvey” (1950, NR), starring James Stewart and Peggy Dow. Due to his insistence that his best friend is an invisible 6-foot-tall rabbit, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane — but he may be wiser than anyone else. 

April 22: “Ford v Ferrari” (2019, PG-13), starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. To defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford. The film is based on true events. 

April 29: “Sister Act” (1992, PG), starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. When a Reno lounge singer is forced to take refuge from the mob at a convent in San Francisco, she ends up turning the convent choir into a soulful chorus complete with a Motown repertoire until the sudden notoriety of the choir jeopardizes her identity. 

Registration required.

Sample Classes for Spring

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 5

Pasadena Senior Center and partially on Zoom

The public is invited to meet instructors and sit in on free mini-versions of 15 of the 30 fee-based spring courses that will be offered. Each sample class lasts 30 minutes; regular classes begin April 11. 

Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP)

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays April 6 to April 27 

Pasadena Senior Center

Diabetics are invited to share their experiences with others living with it and learn how to cope with this difficult illness. The DEEP support group is a vital part of many people’s diabetes management and can have a significant, positive impact on their lives. Presented by Kathy Eastwood, a Huntington Hospital community outreach nurse. Registration required.

Fall Prevention

10 a.m. Thursday, April 7 | Zoom

As people get older, physical changes, medical conditions and medications can make falls more likely. Learn strategies for preventing falls during this talk with Kathy Eastwood, a Huntington Hospital community outreach nurse. Registration required. 

Cultural Thursday: Inside the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection

2 p.m. Thursday, April 7 | Zoom

The Los Angeles Public Library has an enormous collection of images from the 1850s to the present. It is a treasure trove of images and history that documents all aspects of life in Southern California with an emphasis on LA. Christina Rice, senior librarian for the photo collection, will introduce participants to the archive and share tips for searching the more than 135,000-image collection online. Registration required.

Chair Yoga

11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 | Zoom

Improve balance, strength, flexibility and well-being while sitting in a chair or standing while using a chair for support during this gentle and meditative class 

Options for Financial Security

10 a.m. Thursday, April 14 | Zoom

Learn how life settlements work and who can qualify, how to make the most of a reverse mortgage, and about the value and valuation process of jewelry and other luxury goods. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services. Registration required. 

Music on the Patio: Bob, Don and David

2 p.m. Thursday, April 14 | Pasadena Senior Center

Join pianist Bob Lipson, singer Don Snyder and bassist David Young for another afternoon of music on the spacious patio featuring showtunes and standards. Registration required.

Produce Distribution

9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 15 | Pasadena Senior Center

Bags of nutritious fresh vegetables will be distributed on the patio courtesy of the Order of Malta Mobile Ministries. One bag per person will be available. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. Registration is not required.  

Health Fair

9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 15 | Pasadena Senior Center

Get free blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, updates in Medicare health plans, and community resources. Registration required. 

Guided Tour of Pasadena Senior Center

10 a.m. Thursday, April 21 | Pasadena Senior Center

Take a guided tour with a Pasadena Senior Center ambassador and learn how PSC can enhance your life. Visit various areas of the center, peek in on activities and learn everything else about this first accredited senior center in California. Tours are conducted the third Thursday of every month.

Have a Healthy Heart

10 a.m. Thursday, April 21 | Zoom

Learn at least five habits to keep the heart healthy. Presented by Huntington Hospital. Registration required. 

Cultural Thursday: Celebrate the Pasadena Senior Games

2 p.m. Thursday, April 21 | Zoom

Join Annie Laskey, director of events at PSC and manager of the games, in discussion with special guests who will speak about their experiences in past games. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, this three-decade tradition will return in June and July with competitive athletic events for men and women 50 and older in 15 different sports, including disc golf, pickleball, swimming, and track and field. Registration required. 

MUSE/IQUE Offstage Education Workshop

4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 | Zoom

Take a deeper look at MUSE/IQUE’s 2022 season, “L.A. Composed: A Festival of Los Angeles Music.” Featured guest artists will be in conversation with Heather Lipson Bell, MUSE/IQUE’s director of education, community engagement and digital media. Registration required. 

Healthy Eating Can Be Easy and Fun

10 a.m. Thursday, April 28 | Zoom

Learn how simple it can be to cook healthy whole foods, plan balanced meals, grow a patio vegetable without dirt, easy solutions for optimal health and the importance of fiber and protein. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services. Registration required.

Cultural Thursday: Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks Spring Show 

2 p.m. Thursday, April 28 | Pasadena Senior Center

Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks will present a festive show full of music, dance and laughter. Registration required.

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