There is something for everyone in December at the Pasadena Senior Center, located at 85 E. Holly St. You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.
Stay Connected with Social Media
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 4 to 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to keep in touch with family and friends via email, Skype, Facebook and other forms of social media during a 30-minute, one-on-one session with instructor Edison Samuel. You’ll choose which applications you want to learn. Bring a laptop or use one of the onsite computers. If you have an email address, bring it and your password. Sign up at the Welcome Desk or by calling (626) 795-4331.
Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club
Tuesdays, Dec. 4 and 18, at 1:30 p.m. Diehard film fans are invited to watch a movie the first and third Tuesday of every month, preceded by a presentation about the film’s hidden history and followed by lively discussion. On Dec. 4 watch “I Walked with a Zombie” (1943, NR) starring Frances Dee and Tom Conway. A nurse travels to a sugar plantation on a Caribbean island to care for a seemingly comatose woman, then decides to take her patient to a native voodoo practitioner. On Dec. 18 watch “The Red Violin” (1998, R) starring Carlo Cecchi and Samuel L. Jackson. A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries, several owners and many countries, and eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.
Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Get ready for holiday baking with healthy and tasty new dessert recipes and learn how to make traditionally high-sugar desserts healthier and lower in carbs. This is presented by Regal Medical.
Friday Movie Matinees
Fridays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28, at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys watching movies and the pleasures they bring. On Dec. 7 watch “The Children Act” (2018, R) starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci. With her marriage at a breaking point, a judge must decide the case of a 17-year-old boy who refuses a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. On Dec. 14 watch “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996, PG) starring Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington. As a preacher’s struggles to keep his church afloat during hard economic times begins to take a toll on his marriage, an angel is sent to help him out. On Dec. 21 watch “The Night They Saved Christmas” (1984, NR) starring Jaclyn Smith and Art Carney. A woman and her three children help Santa save his toy factory at the North Pole from being destroyed due to nearby oil drilling. On Dec. 28 watch “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018, PG-13) starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding. An Asian-American New Yorker is apprehensive about meeting her longtime boyfriend’s family when she accompanies him to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore.
Improvisation for Lifeskills PLAYshop
Fridays, Dec. 7 and Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tap into your natural, creative talents while enhancing your health and well-being. This series will focus on improv techniques, theater games and creative drama to increase your spontaneity, memory, focus and interactive social and communication skills in a fun, playful and creative environment. Sign up at the Welcome Desk or by calling (626) 795-4331. This workshop is presented by Trisha Jauchler, founder and director of On Bright Wings and Theatre on the Threshold.
Tree Trimming Party and Holiday Treats
Monday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Help decorate the Pasadena Senior Center’s Christmas tree while enjoying holiday music. There will be free coffee, hot cocoa and festive treats at the Coffee Bar.
Healthy Holiday Snacks
Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. Get ready to entertain this holiday season with yummy, guilt-free snacks. A live demonstration will help you learn how to succeed. These snacks are presented by Anthem Blue Cross.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. When “cello” is combined with “celestial,” the result is Cellestial, an ensemble comprised of cello students and music teachers that will perform classical, popular and Christmas music guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.
Spirituality and Aging
Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. Spirituality is the measure of how willing we are to allow grace, some power greater than ourselves, to enter our lives and guide us along the way. Each person has a different interpretation of spirituality. Local spiritual leader Doug Edwards, who brings faith into aging and is director of outreach for be.group, will lead a discussion about this important topic.
For more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.