The Fun and Practical

Social hour highlights February 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 most 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. 

Social Hour

10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in February

Via Zoom

Annie Laskey, Pasadena Senior Center’s director of events, moderates a different topic every week. Participants share their related experiences and offer tips and suggestions, or simply listen while enjoying the company of others. 

February 1: How do you get around town if you no longer drive? 

February 8: Share something surprising about yourself. What do most people not know about you? 

February 15: What everyday items do you keep on supply? 

February 22: Are you patient with yourself and do you motivate yourself? Do you give yourself some slack when you don’t meet your own expectations? 

What Can Your Mobile Device Do for You?

10 a.m. Thursday, February 3

Via Zoom

Learn how to get the most out of a smartphone, tablet and other mobile devices during this presentation that will provide clear and simple instructions as well as answer all questions. 

Monthly Food Distribution 

Program

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, 

February 4

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, 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 in February 

Pasadena Senior Center

Watching a movie can be revitalizing and can help viewers relax and disconnect for a couple of hours. 

February 4: “As Good as It Gets” (1997, PG-13), with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. A single mother and waitress, an unsociable author and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted during a robbery. 

February 11: “Get on Up” (2014, PG-13), starring Chadwick Boseman and Dan Aykroyd. James Brown rose from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. 

February 18: “Think Like a Man” (2012, PG-13), starring Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart. 

When they discover the women in their lives have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice against them, four friends conspire to turn the tables on them. 

February 25: “Ali” (2001, R), starring Will Smith and Jamie Foxx. 

More than any other athlete and heavyweight champion in history, Muhammad Ali changed the sport of boxing amid triumphs and controversies.  

Chair Yoga

11 a.m. Tuesday, February 8

Via 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.  

Case Management

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 9

Pasadena Senior Center

Meet with a trained case manager who can assist with issues such as meal delivery, transportation options, caregiver services, affordable housing, Social Security, Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh and other subjects. Provided by Human Services Association. 

Is Your Health Care Coverage 

at Risk? 

10 a.m. Thursday, February 10

Via Zoom

Medicare has a large and complex set of rules for what sales agents can and cannot do when, for example, making presentations to prospective recipients, what types of medical tests and procedures are covered, and how claims are handled. 

Learn about the most up-to-date information about Medicare, beneficiary rights, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from current fraud schemes. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services. 

Music on the Patio: Bob and Don

2 p.m. Thursday, February 10

Pasadena Senior Center

Join singer Don Snyder and pianist Bob Lipson for an afternoon of music featuring showtunes and standards. 

Stroke Awareness

10 a.m. Thursday, February 10

Via Zoom

A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, so education is the key to a better outcome. 

Learn about types of strokes, how to help prevent them and what to do in a stroke emergency. Presented by Dr. Navdeep Sangha, a Kaiser Permanente vascular neurologist. 

Cultural Thursday: Chinese New Year Celebration

2 p.m. Thursday, February 17

Pasadena Senior Center’s patio

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger, the auspicious animal associated with strength, bravery and intelligence. Enjoy the traditional lion dance and martial arts demonstrations overseen by master Ken Hui of the Northern Shaolim Kung Fu Association. In the event of rain, the celebration will take place indoors at the center. 

Mediation and Dispute Resolution

10 a.m. to noon Thursday, 

February 24

Via Zoom

Learn how to resolve conflicts with the help of a trained mediator, from property ownership to landlord/tenant disputes, family disagreements and more. Presented by Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. 

Cultural Thursday: Surveying 

African American Historic 

Resources in Altadena 

2 p.m. Thursday, February 24

Via Zoom 

In 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning partnered with Sapphos Environmental Inc. for the creation of a historic context statement and resource survey to bring awareness to Altadena’s African American history. It also identified African American cultural and architectural resources so they can be potentially preserved through the county’s historic preservation ordinance and inform policy on land development plans. 

The project, which was awarded Los Angeles Conservancy’s 2021 Preservation Award, included extensive community outreach, oral histories and coordination with the Altadena Historical Society. Learn more about the project and the community that inspired it during this public Zoom event. 

In addition to online classes, on-site events and other activities, members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center are encouraged to visit the website regularly for a monthly magazine, COVID-19 updates specifically for older adults, and more.  

Masks and social distancing are required. Rooms are sanitized after each use.  

In accordance with Los Angeles County Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends on-site activities indoors.  

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