Pasadena Village Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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First published in the Sept. 8 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Pasadena Village, a nonprofit, commemorates it 10th anniversary by inviting the community to attend its month-long open house.
The open house will feature a wide array of free and low-cost events and programs. The “Open October” calendar reflects the diverse array of member-led offerings that members (55 and older) enjoy every month of the year.
The festivities will kick off with an anniversary celebration Thursday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Shakespeare Club. The event will include live music from Art Deco Entertainment, hosted libations, savory hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes for only $25 a ticket.
Attendees can connect with fellow older adults at free programs including in-person neighborhood walks, ping-pong, share meals together and join Zoom discussion groups on science discoveries, spirituality and racism in America. The entire “Open October” calendar of events can be found at eventbrite.com/cc/open-october-1118279.
Additionally, free cultural and educational presentations include “Conversation with Art: Women Artists Paint Themselves” on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Altadena Library; “Flummoxed about Ballot Measures? Unbiased Info from League of Women Voters” on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.; “An Introduction to Cannabis & CBD” on Zoom on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.; and “Medicare Made Clear” on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at Pasadena Public Library’s La Pintoresca Branch.
In conjunction with Clazzical Notes, the Pasadena Village will hold evant callend called “Treasures: An Evening to Remember” with jazz pianist, music director Lanny Hartley and television and Broadway star Yvette Freeman Hartley at the Women’s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock on Oct. 11 at 5:30 p.m. This reception and concert is free for members and $10 for guests. Those interested in registering can visit villageconcert.eventbrite.com.
Members, friends and supporters are invited for the celebratory evening sponsored by Marsha and Pat Dawe, Nancy Valentine Associates-RE Broker, Dylan Thai-Modern Woodmen of America, and Trust Properties USA. Tickets are $25 and sponsorships are available. To reserve tickets, visit villageanniversary.eventbrite.com.
The “Open October” events reflect some of the member-led offerings that help create community and support older adults who are “aging-in-place” in the greater Pasadena area. Members also receive free one-on-one IT help, rides, help at home, temporary meal assistance and friendly visits as needed.
Pasadena Village germinated more than 10 years ago when a group of Pasadena residents began meeting to explore how they might help each other age in place successfully. The organization learned about Beacon Hill Village, a pioneer in the national Village movement, and began holding small gatherings in homes to talk about how they could make their lives the best they could be. Today, Pasadena Village is made up of 130 older adults who are engaged in life through new friendships, meaningful experiences, involvement in the wider community, and in helping one another in a time of need.