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Pasadena Village makes available recordings of some of our past Zoom presentations. If you missed one or would enjoy viewing one again, visit our Zoom Recordings page. We encourage you to join our future educational programs live on Zoom so you can participate in the Q&A which often isn't included in the recorded presentations.

Mystery After Manzanar: Conversation with Local Author
Naomi Hirahara

Thursday, January 13, 2022, 1:00 pm

Pasadena-based mystery writer Naomi Hirahara will discuss how she created her latest historical novel, Clark and Division, featuring a Japanese American family who has been released to Chicago from Manzanar during World War II. A former editor of The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she has written and edited several nonfiction books and a dozen of mysteries, including the Mas Arai series. Clark and Division has been selected one of Barnes & Noble’s 10 best mysteries in 2021 and is on the shortlist of literary awards in both California and Chicago. Pasadena Village’s Cultural Activities and Inclusivity Committees invite you to this presentation which will include both historic and present-day photographs of Chicago as well as a discussion of her writing process for this novel. For more information, see her website, Use this link to purchase the book: Clark and Division. This event is sponsored by Lagerlof, LLP.

Free. Please call the Village Office to register and get the Zoom link at 626.765.6037

What a Fiduciary Can Do For Older Adults

Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 11:00 am

Meet Ron Stoffers, one of the Village's newest Board members, who will introduce himself, share what a Fiduciary is, and how they can be critical advocates for older adults. Ron joined the Board of Directors, the governing body of the Village, as a non-member volunteer to share his expertise and experience to help the Village grow. A Fiduciary might someday impact your life, so be sure to attend and hear about the role Fiduciaries play in the affairs of older adults. Plenty of time for Q&A following his presentation.

Free. Invite a friend! Call the Village Office at 626 765 6037 to register and get the Zoom link.

Creative Connections Spotlighting Volunteer Mady Schutzman

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 2:00 pm

What happens when a joke is expanded into a short story?
Village volunteer Mady Schutzman will read from her recent book, On the Heels of a Prophet, and discuss her complicated relationship with humor, from her childhood of humiliation amidst a family of Borscht Belt comedians to her current deep appreciation for the logic and power of jokes. Creative Connections is coordinated by Pasadena Village's Cultural Activities Committee and spotlights the creative endeavors of members as well as artists, authors, and other creatives in our community. This will be a hybrid presentation; limited in-person seating available at the Village Office.

Free. Call the Village Office at 626 765 6037 to register and get the Zoom link.

National Villages Day

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 10am to Noon
In the Flintridge Center Lot, 236 W 
Mountain Street, Pasadena, CA 91103

Pasadena Village, an independent nonprofit that connects older adults with each other and the resources they need to continue to live independent, vibrant lives in our community, invites you to celebrate National Villages Day with free coffee and refreshments, raffle prizes, and brief remarks at 11 am to honor the occasion.

Masks Required. RSVP at


Glimpses of Early Black History in Pasadena, 1850-1958

Friday, November 19, 2021, Noon

Pasadena Village's 1619 Project Discussion Group invites you to join guest speaker Adrian Panton, Pasadena Museum of History volunteer and researcher, for an illustrated talk on the rich and complex history of African-Americans in Pasadena. Utilizing historic photos from the Museum’s Archives, many provided by families of early African-American residents, Panton will highlight individuals, families, and historic events related to Black history in the Crown City.

Pasadena Village's 1619 Project Discussion Group meets twice a month and was inspired by the New York Times issue dated August 2019. This is a safe place to talk about the history of racism in America, to understand its origins and its residual impact. The group explores the ideas presented in the magazine in a free ranging discussion of race in America, but does not follow the curriculum offered by The New York Times.

The Importance of Writing Your Memoirs

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 11:00 am

Learn where to start when writing your memoirs during this presentation with memoir ghost-writer Pat Kramer. Pat helps people to record significant personal and family memories, and is offering this free presentation, along with further follow-up with her for a fee, if desired. Family histories are enlightening, and shared stories can bring relatives closer together. Don't let those memories disappear. Write them down now and create a legacy that lives on!

Building Your Financial Village: A Team Approach to Money & Aging

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 2:00 pm

What's a trusted contact? Do you need one on your team? 

Managing your finances can be stressful. As we age, that stress can grow with the realization that, someday, we may need more help. Building a financial team, whether it is professionals, family, or friends, can be crucial to protecting yourself, your assets, and your peace of mind. In this talk, Erica White, partner at Clifford Swan Investment Counselors, will share approaches and pitfalls to building a financial village that have worked well for her older clients.

Defending a Serial Killer: Conversation with Author James Potts

Friday, October 22, 2021, 11:00 am

In the late 1970s, several young girls were raped and murdered as a crime wave swept California. Michael Dee Mattson was convicted of the crimes and sentenced to death. In 1982, Jim Potts—an idealistic African American law student—was recruited by one of his professors to assist in writing a death penalty appeal on behalf of Mattson. In “Defending A Serial Killer: The Right to Counsel,” Potts, a local author, and lawyer, revisits the legal, moral, and ethical dilemmas faced when he discovered a loophole in the case that could potentially free the convicted killer to walk again. Pasadena Village’s Cultural Activities Committee invites you to join Potts for a conversation about the right to counsel and how it can be a struggle for those who work with the US judicial system. Use this link to purchase Defending a Serial Killer at Vroman's Bookstore.

Baking with Hanne: Rustic French Apple Tart

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 3:00 pm

Join Pasadena Village for a free interactive demonstration where you will see and learn the techniques to make a rustic French apple tart, just in time for Fall. It's like an apple pie without the pan. Hanne lives in Santa Rosa, California, but grew up in her native Denmark, and learned to bake from her mother, an avid baker. She teaches a baking class on Zoom every week for her clients at Becoming Independent, the organization she works for, and has found that teaching baking has given both her and the clients she works with great joy.

This event is sponsored by Clifford Swan Investment Counselors

Compassionate Conversations: Effective Communication Strategies from Alzheimer's Association

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 1:00 pm

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and may lose their ability to use words, you can utilize new ways to connect with them. Join Pasadena Village’s Educational Programs Committee, Village Movement California, and the Alzheimer's Association to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. Presenter John Awad is a volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association promoting and participating in public education and working towards a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

History of Chicano Art & Artists with Kathy Gallegos of Avenue 50 Studio

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 2:00 pm

Join the Cultural Activities Committee to hear Kathy Gallegos, owner and founder of Avenue 50 Studios, who will identify individuals who are currently defining Chicano Art. The presentation that will build from significant, and at times insignificant, world events that influenced the development of a new art form known as Chicano Art. Gallegos will explore a few of the most important art organizations rising from the racial justice struggles of the 1960s and 70s. Understanding world events lays the foundation to an understanding of those artists who were at the forefront of the struggle for a Chicano identity and can give context for the continuing struggles of contemporary Chicano artists.

Pet Emergency Preparedness

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 4:00 pm

Wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters can strike at any time. Are you and your pets ready? During an emergency, your pets will be even more dependent on you for their safety and well-being. Learn what you can do to include your pets in your family's emergency plans. Pasadena Village's Educational Programs Committee invites you to join Carmel Mims, founder of Pet Porter Pals, for this webinar that she developed in conjunction with the Pasadena Humane to learn tips on getting prepared, essential items to include in a pet emergency kit, and more! A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Seismic Shift in Real Estate With Prop 19

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 1:00 pm

Homeowners, want to know how Prop 19 may change your estate plans? Have you wanted to move to a smaller home but decided against it because your real estate taxes would soar? Many people plan to leave their home, or other real estate, to their children or other relatives. Prop 19 went into effect in April 2021, and may affect how your properties are taxed and how they transfer to your beneficiaries. Pasadena Village's Educational Programs Committee invites you to join Nancy Valentine, a Licensed Broker Associate with Deasy Penner Podley in Pasadena, to hear about the big, the bad, and the ugly as well as the good changes as a result of Proposition 19.

Benefitting Pasadena Village


Thursday, September 9, 2021, 9:00 - 11:00 am
Pasadena Buddhist Temple, 1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103

For every free COVID-19 vaccine that Pasadena Public Health Department administers on Thursday, September 9 at Pasadena Buddhist Temple, Home Instead Senior Care Pasadena will donate $100 to Pasadena Village, up to $10,000! Join Pasadena Village and Home Instead Pasadena between 9 to 11 am on Thursday, September 9 to get your free first or second dose of Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson.

Sign up online at or call Home Instead Pasadena at 626-486-0800

GUT HEALTH: Prevention, Screening and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer with City of Hope

Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT

Join Dr. Trilokesh Kidambi, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Director of the Colon Cancer Screening Program at City of Hope for a review epidemiology of colon cancer with a discussion of early onset colon cancer. Dr. Kidambi will share methods to prevent colon cancer and define the role of diet in gut health. Plenty of time to have your questions answered following the presentation. Free.

This event is sponsored by Gamble Jones Investment Counsel.

LGBT Inclusive Villages & Belonging

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 1:00 pm

Join Sherrill Wayland from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging for an engaging webinar that will explore the ways Villages can be LGBT inclusive and foster belonging for older adults from all backgrounds and orientations. The Village model is based on the principles and practices of belonging, reciprocity, and mutual aid. Villages are intentional communities that offer social connections, help from intergenerational volunteers, and access to expertise to support healthy aging at home. Some village members – and potential members – have struggled over the years to feel a true sense of belonging. This may be true for your LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community members who may fear being out due to discrimination and stigma. When Villages make a commitment to diversity and equity, inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity, it can provide those who identify as LGBT with a real sense of belonging. This presentation is co-hosted by Pasadena Village's Inclusivity Committee and Village Movement California.

Sun Safety: Skin Cancer Prevention & Risk Factors

Thursday, August 12, 2021, 1:00 pm

Join Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner Chelsea Abad, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, CEN from City of Hope Medical Center for an introduction to skin cancer and what you can do to be safe in the sun. Nurse Practitioner Abad will discuss the risk factors that may apply to you or your loved ones, and explain the common types of skin cancer, how you can look out for them, and what treatments are available. Pasadena Village's Educational Programs Committee invites you to attend, be informed, and bring your questions at this free interactive Zoom presentation.

Stop the Hate: Compassion in San Gabriel Valley

Friday, July 23, 2021, 1:00 pm

Compassion in SGV was born out of necessity: violent crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have made it dangerous to be Asian in California. Many of the victims are elderly. This small, all-volunteer organization provides a chaperone to any AAPI who requests one: a companion while doing errands, opening/closing a place of business, walking home, etc. 

The organization’s mission:
“To help provide a sense of security and unity for the AAPI communities in San Gabriel Valley. We prioritize
compassion and unity above all to stop AAPI hate and foster a community of togetherness.” The Pasadena Village shares these priorities and is looking forward to an ongoing partnership. Please join us for a Zoom presentation and conversation with Compassion in SGV to learn more about what they are doing, and how the Village can help.

What you can do to prevent FINANCIAL ELDER ABUSE

Thursday, July 22, 2021, 12:30 pm

Foothill Family’s Elder Abuse Treatment and Support Program discusses and presents information on the evolving trend on Financial Elder Abuse. Research and studies have uncovered surprising new trends on financial abuse as a direct result of the pandemic and increased online presence. Join Pasadena Village's Educational Programs Committee to become aware of these trends to help your friends and family, and understand some of the current challenges many might face when seeking help.

For over 95 years Foothill Family has focused on equipping families, individuals, and the community with the skills, resources, and knowledge needed to promote strong and enriched futures. 

Pasadena Village is on Facebook Live!
Visionary Aging with Mary Winners

Friday, July 16, 2021, 8:00 am

Join Executive Director Katie Brandon in conversation with Mary Winners during "Visionary Aging with Mary McDonald Winners – Friday Facebook Live Sessions." Katie will explore support systems that older adults need to live independently in their own homes.

Mary is a gerontologist who owns About Senior Solutions, a senior resource, evaluation, placement and advocacy organization dedicated to serving the needs of aging seniors and their family members. Every Friday, Mary holds a Facebook Live conversation sharing resources about aging. Facebook Live can be viewed at

Ageless Sexuality: Reconnecting with Yourself and Others

Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 3:00 pm

Are you missing the pleasure of physical touch and sexual intimacy? Tune in for a conversation around ageless sexuality with therapist and sexologist Nicoletta Heidegger. This chat will provide you with tools, education, and support to reconnect with yourself and others! 

AGING IN PASADENA: A Presentation by
Pasadena Village Executive Director, Katie Brandon, for Pasadena Public Library's Health Month

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Join Pasadena Village's Executive Director Katie Brandon for an overview of aging in the City of Roses. From the earliest Tongva inhabitants to today's residents, older Pasadenans have engaged in leisure activities, mental stimulation, and social interactions, and their legacy has shaped where we are today. Enjoy a glimpse of the life of older adults, learn about some of the nonprofits that serve those from the Boomer and Silent generations, and hear from guest speakers from Pasadena Village, an intentional community of seniors who live independently in their own homes.

< Photo of Julia Bogany, Tongva Elder

Accessibility in the City of Pasadena

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 11:00 am

Pasadena Village's VIPs invite you to join the City of Pasadena's Accessibility Coordinator Ali Everett for an engaging presentation on what you can do when you encounter barriers to accessibility, an overview of the ample resources available, and what the City is doing to ensure access. Find out how you can request captions or other accommodations, and what the City is doing to be prepared for emergencies. There will be ample time for questions and discussions after the presentation.

Pasadena Village in the B4B HOT SEAT!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 7:30 - 9:00am
Business 4 Business (B4B) helps local businesses grow and reach the next level of success. Every month on the 4th Wednesday at 7:30 am on Zoom, business owners and the local community come together to help a person in the Hot Seat with a business concern. Pasadena Village will be in the Hot Seat in June!

The Hot Seat is for someone who needs advice about their business and is asking for constructive help. Executive Director Katie Brandon will share about Pasadena Village and ask for advice on increasing the Village's visibility and attracting new members. Members of the audience offer solutions and advice moderated by B4B Founder/Executive Director Joan De Souza. 

The Historic Ford Place and Blinn House Virtual Tour

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 3:00 pm

Pasadena Village’s Cultural Activities Committee invites you to join Patty Judy, the Education Director of Pasadena Heritage, for a virtual tour of Ford Place which was developed between 1902 and 1916 as an exclusive upscale residential neighborhood. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ford Place is now mostly part of the Fuller Theological Seminary campus. Also, virtually view the interior of the Blinn House, designed by George Washington Maher. 

Guest Speaker Linda Pope Discusses Race Relations in 1950's America

Friday, June 4, 10 am

Pasadena Village's 1619 Discussion Group invites you to join them for another engaging speaker at the June 4 meeting on Zoom. Linda Pope is a black female Ophthalmologist in Houston, Texas. Linda grew up as the daughter of a professional baseball player who dealt with issues of racism in his experience in the Homestead Grays in the Negro Leagues and in the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles in the Major Leagues. Linda attended Oberlin College and Ohio State, and completed her residency in Houston where she subsequently entered private practice for her career. She has presented professional papers in Europe and participated in a medical trip to Central Africa, adding to her wide range of perspective and knowledge. She can relate her experience with race in America from diverse perspectives. 

This will be another informative presentation adding to our awareness of conditions that we face in our present day environment.  Follow us on our 1619 Project Discussion blog to stay up to date on other events and to learn more about our past.

SELF-MEDICATION PITFALLS: How do you tell when your prescribed medications are the problem rather than the solution?

Thursday, June 3, 2021, 2:00 pm

Pasadena Village's Educational Programs Committee invites you to join Nancy Verdin and Ashley Carrasco, from Day One Prevention Programs who will explain when you've crossed the line from using medications to mis-using or abusing your prescription drugs as well as how to properly store and dispose of medications, and where to go for help if they've become a problem. There will be time to answer your questions and respond to your comments. Sign up now for this important one-hour presentation.


May 1 to May 31, 2021

We're honoring Mothers for the entire month of May! We invite you to honor your mother, or someone you consider a mother. We hope you will consider sharing a photo and stories of someone who has make an impact on your life. Have a look at our Honoring Mothers page and consider making a donation in the name of someone you consider a mother.

The Original Busch Gardens:
Adolphus Busch's Gift to Pasadena, California

Saturday, May 29, 2021, 2:00pm

Join author and historian Michael Logan to explore the fascinating history of Pasadena’s original Busch Gardens. The illustrated lecture will feature unique stories and vintage images that will transport viewers back to the Gardens in all their glory. The attraction’s terraced hillsides, waterfalls and ponds, scenic paths, and enchanting fairytale statuary, established it as one of Southern California’s first mega-parks and a world-famous tourist attraction (1905-1938).

In 2001, Pasadena residents and historians Michael Logan and the late Gary Cowles teamed up to launch the most comprehensive research ever done on the Gardens. Now, after an eighteen-year-long journey into the history and lore of this nearly-forgotten treasure, Logan is celebrating the publication of his ground-breaking 200-page book on the topic.

This event sponsored by Lagerlof, LLP

THE RED PLANET! Mars Exploration

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 1:30pm

Pasadena Village’s Educational Programs Committee and "Science Monday" Group invite you to join Louis Friedman, director emeritus of Pasadena's Planetary Society, who will give a presentation that starts with the general history of Mars exploration and concludes with the latest historic landing on February 18th.

Sponsored by Clifford Swan Investment Counselors

Cousins: A Conversation With the Authors

Friday, May 7, 2021 10:00 AM

Connected through slavery, a Black woman and a White woman discover their past—and each other.
The authors are Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby.
What happens when a White woman, Phoebe, contacts a Black woman, Betty, saying she suspects they are connected through slavery? A surprise. Betty responds, “Hello cousin.”

Open to exploring difficult truths and sharing an admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King, they embark on a path towards reconciliation. Each tells her dramatic story - from Betty’s experience desegregating her county’s only high school to Phoebe’s eventual question to Betty: “How do I begin to repair the harms?”

The  book may be ordered from 
Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena. All authors' proceeds from sales of the book are donated to the Kilby Family Scholarship Fund, which offers college scholarships to descendants of the people Phoebe's family enslaved, including Betty's grandchildren.

I'm very excited about this remarkable book. I hope the experiences of Betty and Phoebe will inspire others to sit down at the table of sisterhood and brotherhood to promote racial healing.  —US Senator Tim Kaine

For more information about our discussion series, visit the " 1619 Project Discussion" Blog.

Convalescent Aid Society: Free Medical Equipment Loans

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 11:00am

Join Convalescent Aid Society’s CEO Mark Waterson who will share how one of Pasadena’s oldest nonprofits offers reusable home medical equipment for free to any senior who needs it, as long as they promise to bring it back when they are done with it. Please call the Village Office to register and get the Zoom link at 626.765.6037.

Driving While Elderly

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 1:00pm

Everything you wanted to know about being an older driver in California. Bring your questions about license renewal, REAL IDs, Senior IDs, different testing options, and alternate transportation. Presenter DMV Ombudswoman Tressa Thompson will have the answers for you! Sponsored by the Educational Programs Committee.

Conserving, Protecting & Stewarding Our Precious Open Spaces

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 2:00pm

Cottonwood Canyon Preserve in Pasadena is an important wildlife corridor that serves as the gateway from the San Gabriel Mountains and the Arroyo Seco into the San Rafael Hills. The virtual tour discussion will feature Cottonwood Canyon's importance as a wildlife corridor, the Conservancy's wildlife camera program, as well as highlight the plants that make Cottonwood Canyon such an important habitat, and which make Southern California biodiversity hotspot on the planet.  

Creative Connections: Spotlighting Donna Hummer

,Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 2:00pm

Donna Hummer, of ConceptuaLine, is a graphic designer and artist who specializes in marketing, website design and branding. Her creativity and design expertise helps her business serve a wide variety of clients. She has been working with Pasadena Village to enhance our website, make it more accessible and a more valuable marketing tool. Here’s your chance to meet this dynamic woman who has worked with our Communications Committee to make our visibility on the internet more powerful than ever.