The Pasadena Senior Center is above and beyond what one would imagine a senior center to be. It’s not housed in a run down, depressing building along a side street; the ol’ folk out of site, out of mind. The Pasadena Senior Center is new-ish (extensive renovations were completed in 1998) and it has lovely art on the walls, warm and inviting colors floor to ceiling, sits on the edge of Memorial Park—Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Music Festival with 50 free concerts right next door—with comings and goings by those on the Metro and visitors to Old Town, and this is even before a discussion of what the center actually offers.
We spent a fun, informative, and inspiring afternoon at the Senior Center this past January at the Festival of Women Authors and coming up in July PSC is the site for being humored by Frozen or taking a walk back in time with The Way We Were; learning how to create personalized, handmade greeting cards; and engaging in a discussion of Maeve Binchy’s A Week in Winter at PSC’s book club. Membership is not required and all ages are welcome.
Seniors (again, membership is not necessary) are welcome to learn about staying in touch with friends and family via social media, participate in brain exercises to boost short term memory, join the travel club that visits “popular destinations and points of interest” by public transportation, learn about hearing loss and hearing aids, about managing arthritis, and receive a glucose screening and blood pressure check.
All for free.
Seventy may be the new forty, but one only has to be fifty years old to qualify as a senior at PSC.
Sometimes, oftentimes, age is an advantage.
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena 91103. PasadenaSeniorCenter.org. 626.795.4331.
This event is not free, but it’s worth a look. “Thanks for the Memories: A USO Show” is a fundraiser for the Pasadena Senior Center and plays at the Sierra Madre Playhouse on June 28th and 29th.
Enjoy a Bob Hope-type USO Show with an engaging story and star-studded entertainment. The show will begin with a rendition of Bob Hope’s first USO Show at March Field and continue through his last in Saudi Arabia. Music will hail our troops and America through the worst of wartimes and celebrate those who served during WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. The show will feature favorite hits from the 30’s through the 80’s.
Tickets: $35, general admission; $30, seniors; $20, veterans; $15, children 12 and under. For reservations, call (626) 355-4318 and push “0”. Find details here.