Wrapping Up 2017, Moving Forward in 2018

As we enthusiastically move into our new year of planning and programming, we’d also like to take a moment to reflect on the year that’s passed. EngAGE enjoyed expanding our services to Northern California; opening a new Arts Colony in Glendale, CA; producing two hour-long live radio shows featuring music and stories written and shared by our residents in Portland and Minneapolis. Our CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter traveled extensively as part of his Stanton Fellowship, visiting Amsterdam, Italy, and Ireland. It was an exciting year and we look forward to an equally exciting 2018, all made possible by our generous grantors and supporters. Please click here to read our full summary and see photos. And thank you for your continued interest in EngAGE!


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Financial Scams to Avoid

Every year at this time, scammers start targeting the unsuspecting public with phone calls and emails claiming to be from the IRS. They will either “phish” for information — trying to get you to reveal your social security number, date of birth, etc., so that they can send you a refund — or they will threaten you with a notice of unpaid taxes that must be paid immediately.

The real IRS will never initiate contact with you by phone, email, or on social media.

Learn more about these and other scams here: Financial Scams to Avoid


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News from Cotton’s Point: Discussion Group

Community Outreach Alliance, Right at Home Care , VITAS Healthcare,  and EngAGE collaborate each month to bring important topics for discussion to our residents at Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA. At this session, the topic was “Gratitude.” Residents shared ways they can show appreciation to their neighbors in their community as well as to the organizations that help them. A pivotal moment was when each person shared an experience of gratitude in his/her own life. Residents said they were comforted to hear their friends’ stories.

Cotton's Point Senior Apts. in San Clemente, CA

~ Jennifer Fallon, Program Director

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News from Portofino: Fitness and Yoga

At Portofino Villas in Pomona, CA, residents enjoy getting a good workout weekly with classes in fitness and yoga.

Fitness class at Portofino Villas in Pomona, CA Yoga class at Portofino Villas in Pomona, CA

~ Jennifer Fallon, Program Director

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Experience Talks 1/21: Helene Weinberg – Long Beach Senior Arts Colony and Pacific Avenue Arts Colony

Tune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:30 PM PT on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 99.5 China Lake, 93.7 N. San Diego, streaming live online, and now syndicated on up to 100 Pacifica Network stations! Experience Talks is produced by the non-profit EngAGE, Inc.


Miss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on our website! You’ll also find an archive-in-progress of all of our previous shows there for you to enjoy. New shows are usually posted within 48 hours after broadcast.


SUNDAY 1/21 @ 5:30 PM PT

Helene Weinberg, Program Director, Long Beach Senior Arts Colony (LBSAC) and Pacific Avenue Arts Colony (PacArts in San Pedro) – Helene has worked with EngAGE as a Program Director at two of our Southern California Arts Colonies for almost five years. An award-winning entertainer and educator, she has starred in the touring production of the long-running smash hit, “Forbidden Broadway,” and performed worldwide for corporate, social, and special events. Helene created her business theater and special events company, Out To Lunch Events, in 1994 and debuted her first musical revue, “OUT TO LUNCH – A Whacky Revue of the Workplace,” playing to capacity crowds in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square. Out to Lunch Events continues as a creative boutique production company offering customized live shows and digital media projects written and performed for worldwide audiences. Helene has worked with funny man Drew Carey and with the legendary improv company, The Second City. She wrote and directed the national touring production of “Fashion and Film, On Tour,” starring Shirley Jones, for American Movie Classics, and her voice has been heard on commercials for JC Penney, Goodyear, Cadillac, and KFC. Helene is a returning guest artist and acting coach for Young Actors Camp in L.A.  She also performs improv with The Guerilla Improv Troupe, and works frequently as a musical cabaret artist, actor, radio host, coach, & writer.

Long Beach Senior Arts Colony

Long Beach Senior Arts Colony

The Long Beach Senior Arts Colony– along with The Annex, opened in 2013, and has 200 affordable apartments, an Arts Studio with top flight kiln, Music Performance Spaces including a piano, Computer Media Arts Center, Outdoor Performance Areas, Gardens, Art Gallery, Media Lounge, and a black box theater with professional lighting and sound systems. The Colony partners with a number of community arts and educational organizations.

Pacific Avenue Senior Arts Colony, San Pedro, CA

Pac Arts

The Pacific Avenue Arts Colony (Pac Arts), an arts-focused community for families, opened in 2015 and is located just outside of San Pedro’s thriving Downtown Arts District. A fully affordable, 49-unit apartment community, the Pacific Avenue Arts Colony features six ground floor live/work units, as well as professional-grade art studios and art gallery spaces. Residence in this new community was determined based upon submission of artistic works.


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Age Without Borders: Caregiving Global Summit 1/20 – 1/26

Are you working in the aging industry, or serving as a professional caregiver, and wish you had more information and resources, as well as access to a like-minded community?  Or have you recently taken time out of your life to care for someone you love? Explore the Age Without Borders Global Caregiving Virtual Summit on January 20-26. It features over 60 thought leaders, experts, and luminaries from 17 countries who share leading edge tools, insights, and personal stories via online video sessions. Topics include: inspiration to prevent burnout, caregiving policy updates, financial planning ideas, family coordination, self care, digital tools to improve independence, family caregiver reflections and more.

The sessions for each day are released simultaneously, and you have 48 hours to enjoy them with your Free Pass! Watch at your own pace within the 48-hour window. Don’t have time to watch? Upgrade to the All-Access Pass and get instant, lifetime access to all sessions: over 30 hours of video plus “care package” gifts. The early bird All Access Pass special offer, valid through midnight this Friday, is $97. The All Access Pass once the summit begins will be $147. 

Click here for more information.

[EngAGE Founder/CEO Tim Carpenter was a presenter at last year’s Virtual Summit.] 


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News from The Grove: Winter Gardening

Residents  who have a garden at The Grove in Garden Grove, CA, came out to help clean and plant new vegetables for the winter season! It was beautiful day to be out and enjoying gardening with each other.

~ Lourdes Torres, Program Director


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News from Magnolia@Highland: Collage Class

At Magnolia at Highland Senior Apartments in San Bernardino, CA, a three week Collage Class with a Cal State volunteer brought out residents’ creativity and design skills.

~ Alma Wright, Program Director


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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

At the www.MLKDay.gov website, we’re reminded that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not a day off; it’s a day of service. Visit the site to see the many opportunities that are available to be of service on the day itself and in the future.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”  Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. How will you help?


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Museums Free-for-All Day: Sunday, January 28th

Dozens of local museums invite visitors to attend free of charge on this special day. See the complete list here. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each museum. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information. Museums Free-for-All is partnering with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore participating museums, many of which are a short walk from Metro bus or rail stops. Make your plan by using metro.net. Have fun!


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