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Seniors, Enjoy A Joyful (and Jam-Packed) December With These Free Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

Published on Dec 1, 2022

The Pasadena Senior Center has a jam-packed December planned for local seniors with over 15 free events. 

Members and nonmembers can sign up for and attend these happenings and activities if they are 50 or older. 

Thursday, Dec. 1: 

Name that Tune, Name that Scam: Music Trivia and Fraud Prevention 

Listen to clips of your favorite songs from the ’50s and ’60s, then guess the titles and performers. Test your musical knowledge or simply listen in on the fun! After each song, learn about a different common scam against older adults plus strategies for fighting fraud. Presented by Miles McNeeley of WISE & Healthy Aging at 10 a.m. via Zoom. To register, visit and click on Lectures and Classes, then Informational Lectures.

Legal Consultations

Learn about wills and trusts, conservatorships, durable powers of attorney and estate planning. Presented by attorney Geoffrey Chin. From 10 a.m. to noon onsite. To schedule a required appointment, call the Senior Center. 

Cultural Thursday: Virtual Tour of Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater 

Forest Lawn Museum’s current featured exhibit showcases the history of the famous puppeteer who began creating puppets and marionettes as a child in the 1930s and later produced marionette shows for film and television in collaboration with Walt Disney, Elvis Presley and Steven Spielberg. Presented by James Fishburne, director of Forest Lawn Museum, at 2 p.m. via Zoom. To register or for more information, visit and click on Cultural Thursdays. 

Monthly Food Distribution 

Low-income adults 60 and older who show their IDs with proof of age will 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, and more. Proof of income and California ID are required for first-time recipients. From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot. For more information, visit and click on Resources, then Food Distribution Programs.

Movie Matinees 

Every Friday in December, each PSC member who registers may bring one non-member guest to these movies: Dec. 2: “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” (2022, PG) starring Lesley Manville and Lambert Wilson. Dec. 9: “Network” (1976, R) starring Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway. Dec. 16: “Jingle All the Way” (1996, PG) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Phil Hartman. To register for any or all of these movies or for more information, visit and click on Activities & Events, then Friday Movie Matinee. 


Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 6 and 7:

Step to the Beat: Aerobics

At 9:30 a.m., improve your cardiovascular system, agility, mobility and balance during this low-impact, fun and interactive class for all levels of fitness. Everyone will enjoy walking or stepping to the beat. To register or for more information, visit and click on Lectures & Classes, then Workshops.  


Wednesday, Dec. 7:

Music of Mesoamerica

At 2 p.m. onsite. The historic region of ancient Mesoamerica, comprised of the modern-day area from southern Mexico to northern Costa Rica, was populated by Aztec, Olmec, Zapotec, Maya and Toltec populations. Composer and educator Christopher Garcia will make a multimedia presentation about the instruments and music of these pre-Columbian civilizations. To register or for more information, visit and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures. 


Thursday, Dec. 8:

Identifying and Understanding Early Signs of Dementia 

Everyone has moments when their brains give them trouble. Is it simply a senior moment or something else? Tanner Gish, a certified dementia practitioner, will describe typical behavioral changes that signal early dementia, plus strategies recommended by researchers for reducing dementia’s progression. Presented by Foundation for Senior Services at 10 a.m. via Zoom. 


Tuesday, Dec. 13:

Chair Yoga

Improve balance, strength, flexibility and well-being while sitting on a chair or standing while using a chair for support during this gentle and meditative class. , At 11 a.m. via Zoom. For more information, visit and click on Lectures & Classes, then Workshops. 

New Eyes on the Universe: The James Webb Telescope 

The James Webb Space Telescope represents one of the most staggering combined feats of science, technology and engineering in human history and is giving astronomers and the worldwide public astonishingly detailed new images of our cosmos. During this multimedia presentation, Dr. John S. Mulchaey, director of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, will explore the secrets these images are revealing as well as new clues to the universe the telescope is expected to unlock. 2 p.m. onsite.  To register or for more information, visit and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures. 


Thursday, Dec. 15:

Life Care Planning

Who will make your health care decisions in the event you can no longer do so yourself? Explore your values and wishes, decide who should make your health care decisions and fill out an advance health care directive. Presented by Kaiser Permanente Health. 10 a.m. via Zoom. To register or for more information, visit and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures. 

Standards and Show Tunes with Bob and Don 

Join pianist Bob Lipson and singer Don Snyder with a special guest bassist, David Young, for an afternoon of music featuring everybody’s favorite show tunes and standards. Sing along, kick up your heels and dance or simply tap your toes to the rhythm of the music. This event will take place indoors at 2 p.m.  To register or for more information, visit and click on Activities & Events, then Special Events. 


Friday, Dec. 16:

Health Fair and Fresh Produce Distribution 

Health fair services indoors will include blood pressure and glucose testing, hearing tests, updates in Medicare health plans, resources and more. Preassembled bags of fresh, nutritious vegetables will be distributed on the patio while supplies last courtesy of Order of Malta Mobile Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to bring a bag or personal pull-behind cart to transport the produce home. 9 to 11 a.m. onsite. Registration is not required. 


Thursday, Dec. 22:

Clear Vision: The Key to Aging Well

Poor vision impacts your eyes and can lead to social isolation, falls and accidents, depression and chronic health conditions. Optician Timothy Henning will discuss common age-related vision issues and how early detection and lifestyle choices can help prevent progression of vision loss and deter some vision issues as people age. He also will cover important preventive tips and key care essentials for maintaining healthy eyes. 10 a.m. via Zoom. To register or for more information, visit and click on Lectures & Classes, then Informational Lectures. 

Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Learn how to resolve conflicts with the help of a trained mediator, including property ownership, landlord/tenant disputes, workplace/employment issues, family disagreements and more. Presented by Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. 10 a.m. to noon onsite. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center. 


Thursday, Dec. 29:

Cultural Thursday: The Tap Chicks New Year’s Extravaganza

Ring in the new year early with a special celebration and performance by PSC’s own beloved Tap Chicks known for their stylish dancing, fun music, ridiculous jokes and all-around good humor. A reception will follow the performance. Sponsored by Home Instead. 2 p.m. onsite. To register or for more information, visit and click on Events & Activities, then Special Events. 

The Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has served older adults for more than 60 years. During the pandemic, doors are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for social services as well as the library, Sy Graff Fitness Center, computer lab and limited occupancy for events. Rooms are sanitized after each use.  

In accordance with Pasadena Public Health Department guidelines, proof of COVID vaccination is required for everyone who uses the fitness center or attends onsite activities indoors. Masks are optional. 

For more information, call (626) 795-4331.

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