There is something for everyone in July 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.
Screening Mimis Film Club
July 3 and 17 at 3 p.m. What used to require a monthly fee is now free. Classics, film noir, cult films, documentaries, shorts, foreign films, animated films and more are selected democratically by club members. Each screening is researched and its hidden history presented prior to each viewing. Lively discussions and Q&A follow each screening. Popcorn and other refreshments are provided. Email email@example.com for more information.
A Toast to the Joys of Music
Tuesdays, July 3 to 31 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tom Campbell returns to play his guitar and sing covers of traditional country, country rock, blues, folk, gospel, and classic rock music made famous by The Grateful Dead, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and others.
Thursdays, July 5 – 26 at 1 p.m. Rollicking games of chicken foot dominoes will have you laughing as the tiles cascade. This game is easy enough for beginners yet challenging enough for seasoned players. For more information, call Vicki Leigh at (928) 478-4654.
Friday Movie Matinees
Fridays, July 6, 13 and 20 at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys the experience of watching movies and the pleasures they bring. July 6: “The Great Debaters” (2007, PG) starring Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise. At a small African American college in the 1930s, a professor forms a student debate team that goes on to beat Harvard University in the national debate championships. The film is based on true events. July 13: “An Ordinary Man” (2017, R) starring Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar. An infamous Bosnian Serb war criminal who has spent years on the run, blending in to one new surrounding after another, discovers his new maid in a new location is a secret agent hired to protect him. July 20: “Chicago” (2002, PG) starring Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Two female murderers, one a small-time chorus girl and the other a major Vaudeville star, find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago with the help of a hotshot attorney and a scheming prison matron.
Sample Classes for Summer
Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10 from 8:30 a.m. – noon. Whether you’re interested in taking a fitness course, learning a new language, or pursuing a new hobby, attend a Class Tasting event to meet the instructors and sit in on free mini-versions of fee-based summer courses. Each sample class lasts 30 minutes; regular classes begin July 16.
Wednesday, July 11 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Get assistance from YWCA Intervale with referrals for advocacy, counseling, food banks, home-delivered meals, homemaking and personal care, medical equipment, Social Security, supplemental income, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, transportation, and utility payments. Appointments are required; please call (626) 795-4331. This service is offered in English and Spanish.
Scenic Walkers Club
Wednesdays, July 11 – 25 at 10 a.m. Join members of the Pasadena Senior Center’s Scenic Walkers Club for walks to scenic local places to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise. For more information, including where to meet up each week, contact Scenic Walkers Club coordinator Alan Colville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hypertension: The Silent Killer
Thursday, July 12 at 10 a.m. Kathy Eastwood RN, a Huntington Hospital community outreach nurse, will explain the many ways to prevent or manage high blood pressure.
Throw It Away? No Way!
Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Attend the Repair Café where tinkers, tailors and blade sharpeners will be on hand to repair your appliances, electronics, clothing, toys, tools, knives, jewelry, and other items for free. There will also be a seed and seedling swap, gardening advisor, music for your enjoyment and the Really Free Market with 100 percent off everything – take away items and/or donate items. For more information, or to volunteer as a repairer, email email@example.com. This is a Zero Waste event hosted by Transition Pasadena (www.transitionpasadena.org).
Thursday, July 19 at 10 a.m. Learn about arthritis, a condition that takes more than 100 different forms and affects people of all ages. Explore diagnosis, basic facts, pain relief and common types such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This is presented by the Arthritis Foundation.
Friday, July 20 from 9 – 11 a.m. Services include glucose, blood pressure and hearing screenings, counseling, health and community resources. Call (626) 685-6732 for more information.
Protect Yourself from Fraud
Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Older adults can be vulnerable to simple and complex scams that happen in person, by traditional mail, email, and telephone. Learn about the latest scams and how you can avoid becoming a victim of this growing problem. This is presented by the California Department of Business Oversight.
Friday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m. Guest performing artists from MUSE/IQUE will explore how innovative music from composers ranging from Irving Berlin to Lin-Manuel Miranda and dance groups including Ballet Hispánico make America a musical “home sweet home” for everybody. The first 16 people who register to attend this event at the Welcome Desk will receive complimentary tickets to the July 28 MOVEMENT/ALOUD! concert led by MUSE-IQUE musical director Rachael Worby at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
Live Music at the Scott
Monday, July 30 at 6 p.m. The popular summer concert series for all ages is moving indoors from Memorial Park to the air-conditioned comfort of the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center, with seating for up to 250 people and plenty of room for kicking up your heels. The series will debut July 30 with the Susie Hansen Latin Band performing Latin and salsa music. The concert series will continue every Monday through Sept. 3. Feel free to take a picnic dinner.
For more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.