. . . at Pasadena Senior Center
There is something for everyone at the Pasadena Senior Center in September. Events listed below are free for PSC members. Some events require advance reservations as noted. Not a member? See the end of this article for how to join.
- Final Concert in the Park – Tuesday, September. 3, at 6 p.m. The Great American Swing Band will round out the summer concert series at Memorial Park with the sounds of Big Band, standards, swing, rhythm and blues, jazz and Dixieland. This event is open to members and non-members of all ages! Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the BBQ snack bar. Memorial Park is on Raymond Avenue between Walnut and Holly streets in Pasadena.
- Savvy Caregivers Group – Wednesdays, September 4 to October 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. Alzheimer's disease can present special challenges for caregivers. You are not alone! This group helps caregivers understand the stages of the disease, how to deal with difficult behaviors, how to care for yourself and gain support from others. Registration is required. (800) 540-4442.
- Finding the Right Caregiver – Thursday, September 5, at 10 a.m. Not all professional caregivers provide the same level or quality of service; finding the right fit is important to you and your loved ones. This workshop will help you learn what should be considered when hiring a professional.
- Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, September 6, 13 and 20, at 1 p.m. Great movies can take us to different places and different times unlike anything else.
September 6: "Searching for Sugar Man" (documentary, 2012), featuring Stephen "Sugar" Segerman;
September 13: "The English Patient" (1996) starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Kristin Scott Thomas;
September 20: "Sabrina" (1954) starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden.
- Oh, My Aching Joints! – Thursday, September 12, at noon. Anatomy, exercises and injury prevention for hips, shoulders and knees will be reviewed as well as issues such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. A box lunch will be served to the first 50 members with confirmed reservations. (626) 795-4331.
- LA Opera: Carmen – Monday, September 16, at 1 p.m. Larry Verdugo, LA Opera community educator, will discuss Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" and play some of the intoxicating melodies. No man can resist Carmen's gypsy charm, but when she's ready to move on, watch out!
- A Matter of Balance – Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 17 to October 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. This program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. It is offered in four-week sessions, twice a week. Registration is required. (626) 685-6730.
- Gourmet Dining Club – Tuesday, September 17, at 5 p.m. Join us for lively conversation and great food at this month's featured restaurant, La Nueva Posada, 2835 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. Call team captains Margaret Lawson and Syd Heyman at (626) 794-5858 to make your reservation.
- Social Media Classes – Wednesdays beginning September 18 at 11 and 11:30 a.m. Learn how to visit with family and friends through the Internet! Classes will cover Skype, Facebook, email and other forms of social media. You'll also learn how to register for the social media sites you want so you can stay connected with loved ones. No experience is necessary. Maximum of two members for each 30-minute session. Reservations are required. (626) 795-4331.
- Know Your Health Care Options – Thursday, September 19, at 10 a.m. Are you aware that the state of California will launch Cal MediConnect, a new voluntary program for anyone who has both Med-Cal and Medicare, beginning in January 2014? Come learn what changes this will bring to your health insurance options and what you will need to do to stay fully covered.
- Health Fair – Friday, September 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. Glucose screenings (with two-hour fasting required) and blood pressure and hearing screenings are among the services offered. Health fairs are offered the third Friday of every month. For more information call (626) 685-6732.
- "Victory" – Tuesday, September 24, at 10:30 a.m. This is a moving saga, written and produced by Braille Institute players, of an eagle's loss of sight and his struggle to retain his leadership. Light refreshments will be served.
- Low Income Subsidy – Thursday, September 26, at 10 a.m. Not all Medicare beneficiaries are aware they can qualify for Extra Help, a program that helps cover prescription drug costs. Come to this workshop to find out if it is right for you.
- Book Club at the Center – Friday, September 27, at 1 p.m. Read "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver and then join other members of the Senior Center Book Club for a discussion. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of the novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. For more information call Judy Starlight at (626) 685-6706.
- The Creative Experience Behind Writing a Book – Monday, September 30, at 1 p.m. Lori Jones, author of "Growing up Beautiful," and Julie Brown, author of "The Long Dance Home," will share their experiences in fictional storytelling, from character and plot development to how real life influenced their novels. The authors will also have their novels available for sale.
For information about free events or to become a member of the Pasadena Senior Center, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.
[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.]