Experience Talks 11/29 @ 5 PM PT: Gary Glazner (Alzheimer’s Poetry Project)



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Sunday, November 29 @ 5:00 PM PT
Gary Glazner
with host Dr. Connie Corley


GARY GLAZNER is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP). The APP has been a recipient of numerous awards and has been featured on the PBS News Hour, NBC’s TODAY show, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Events have been held by the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in half of the states in the US and in 4 countries internationally (Australia, Germany, Poland, and S. Korea).


2015 november alzheimers awarenessGlazner is the host and co-producer (with New York Memory Center), of the monthly Memory Arts Café, a series of free art events for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers, and the general public.

Glazner is also the founder of the Institute for Dementia Education and Arts (IDEA), and he’s a poet who was a key figure in the poetry slam movement. Among his published books are: How to Make a Living as a Poet, How to Make a LIFE as a Poet, and his latest book, Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care, is published by Health Professional Press. Gary talks about this book and the amazing stories that unfold in it.


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Happy Thanksgiving from Everyone at EngAGE!

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Cotton’s Point: Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation Art and Creativity Classes


The Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation and EngAGE teamed to provide Art and Creativity classes to Cotton’s Point residents for all of 2015.

Picerne Artist/Art Class Instructor Susie Stockholm: We’re continuing work on our cubist-style drawings. They are a bit challenging in that one must look carefully at the detail. Which lines intersect? Which ones need to be completed to make the shape? Where should each color go? We took some time to show off the collages again, and I took pictures of each of them. Everyone was really tickled with how the cubist paintings turned out. We started on the new assignment, which was to use the eraser as a drawing tool. We created shapes with graphite pencils, then erased to bring out interesting shapes. This is also an interesting exercise to do on the iPad in Paper 53. They all loved this drawing with graphite lesson, and the electric eraser makes such fun designs.

Photo editing was addressed, too. The class re-learned how to open/edit/crop a photo. Next we imported a photo into Procreate. The color wheel lesson was well-received. They created a monochrome color palette, then painted with just those colors.














Creativity Class provides an opportunity for residents to explore their creativity through various mediums. This class supplements and compliments the Art Class, providing an alternate teacher, day, and time for creative expression. This month’s topics included collage paper art using various fall print papers, how to make 3D creations using paper, ways to communicate with old friends through art, painting fall images using stencils, and shading your figures to create a 3D appearance.

Creativity Class Instructor Jennifer Fallon: I pulled out some fall magazines to facilitate our project. Residents said how much they like to color in their adult coloring books in their apartments. They find that it stimulates their minds, as well as makes time go by more quickly. In class, they improvised by creating autumn cards using holiday art paper, and helped each other by creating stencil leaves out of cardboard.

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~ Nancy Goodhart, Vice President


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Casa Bonita: Residents Enjoy EngAGE Senior Olympics

Casa Bonita residents worked hard on their Senior Olympics t-shirts. Twenty-eight enthusiastic residents participated in this year’s Games.



~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Programs Director


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Metro Chinatown: Olympics, Jewelry Making, and Art Class

Sixteen residents of Metro Chinatown participated in the eagerly anticipated EngAGE Senior Olympics, some bringing home medals for their efforts.


Instructor Toni Byrd’s Jewelry Class offers students the opportunity to learn how to design and create jewelry for themselves and others. This month, residents crocheted a pair of earrings. There is great enthusiasm and interest in this hands-on art class.


Instructor Fabian Debora introduced art class participants to charcoal and sketching. Residents are so excited about the new art class that they have requested that Fabian teach more days.


~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Programs Director


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Worth Repeating: Artist Faith Ringgold Updates Sudoku for the Artistic Mind

“Worth Repeating” is a weekly feature on the EngAGE Blog that will bring you previous posts that we think are still timely, interesting, or just plain fun! From 11/24/14:

WORTH-REPEATING“One of Sudoku’s millions of admirers, Faith Ringgold, has turned a brain teaser into a digital work of art – and who better to do so given her stature as an artist whose primary medium is quiltmaking? Sudoku’s rows of single-digit numbers, arranged in nine-by-nine grids, bear more than a passing resemblance to quilts.” Ringgold, 84, is a painter, mixed-media sculptor, author and educator whose work is in the collections of major museums. She describes her new app as “an art-making game.” Quiltuduko replaces the game’s customary numbers with drawings. “[W]hen you complete one of Ringgold’s Quiltuduko puzzles, you find that you’ve created an artwork. In addition to the brain workout, each game now also comes with an aesthetic payoff.” Read more and see images in this interview.


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Tim Carpenter: Trainer at Eisner Foundation Event

On November 18th, the Eisner Foundation held its annual Intergenerational Convening and Training. The purpose of the event was to inspire Eisner Foundation grantees and potential grantees by illustrating the benefits of intergenerational solutions, and sharing a rich variety of practical examples and tools. Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE appeared on the panel along with Marie Brown-Mercadel, Regional Manager, San Diego County; Marianne Haver-Hill, Executive Director, MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity); Tom Kamber, Executive Director, OATS (Older Adults Technology Services); and Carrie Ryan, Generations United 2009 Outstanding Youth Volunteer & current doctoral student; the moderator was Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United.

The panel was followed by breakout sessions with each of the panelists. Tim’s inspiring session focused on using the arts to connect generations, and on place-based strategies connecting unlikely facilities & people, such as the projects between the Burbank Senior Artists Colony and the Burbank Community Day School. (See our recent post about the community garden.)



EngAGE is grateful for the support of the Eisner Foundation for our “EngAGE Across Generations” programming.


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Experience Talks 11/22: Bobbee Zeno Thanksgiving Rewind featuring the EJ Jackson Foundation Annual Turkey Giveaway


01 - KPFK ListenLiveButtonTune in to Experience Talks, our weekly “Radio Magazine for the Experienced Listener,” on Sundays at 5:00 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 EngAGE, Inc.


PODCASTMiss the show? You can always hear it as a podcast on the Listen Page of 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 11/22 @ 5 PM PT

Bobbee Zeno Thanksgiving Rewind:

The EJ Jackson Foundation

Annual Turkey Giveaway

featuring EJ Jackson, Tony King, and Lyn Tavai

with Host Bobbee Zeno

THE EJ JACKSON FOUNDATION marks its 33rd year of community service through its Annual Turkey Giveaway event. More than 12,000 turkey dinners will be given to families, many who line up well in advance of the distribution date, which is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 24th this year. The location is 5924 West Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Volunteers and donors are welcome! Call Lyn Tavai at (800) 522-9955 or email theejjacksonfoundation@yahoo.com.

Get more information on the foundation’s website, and be sure to watch the video below to see the 2013 giveaway in action.

Bobbee Zeno was a supporter of this important event so, in his honor, this week’s show features his 2012 interview with E.J. Jackson, Lyn Tavai of the E.J. Jackson Foundation, and donor/volunteer Tony King (actor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member from the Buffalo Bills).


Experience Talks Host Cynthia Friedlob provides information about places throughout Los Angeles that offer free Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving day. See the list below the video.

Here’s our list. All but one of these worthy efforts require volunteers and donors, and not just for Thanksgiving! Please contact them if you’d like to help.

The LA Mission serves 4,000 meals and distributes blankets and tarps in preparation for the colder winter months. Wednesday, November 25th at 303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles. 213.629.1227

The Fred Jordan Mission‘s annual Thanksgiving banquet will serve turkey dinners to more than 2,000 homeless men, women and children on Skid Row. Thanksgiving day, starts at 8 AM at 445 Towne Avenue in downtown L.A. This will be their 71st celebration. 626.915.1981

The Midnight Mission‘s annual Thanksgiving Street Festival will serve about 2,000 meals on Thanksgiving day from 10 AM to 1 PM.  601 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles. 213.264.9258 ext.1248

For four decades, Union Station Homeless Services has hosted a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 AM to 3 PM, Central Park, 219 So. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. 626.240.4550

Westside Thanksgiving, from the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Center, has three decades of tradition serving the community with a free sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. They also provide haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, and a children’s carnival in the morning. Veterans, students, low-income families, seniors, anyone who is homeless, and anyone who is alone on Thanksgiving is welcome on Thanksgiving day, 11 AM to 3 PM on the campus of the Veterans Association, just off Wilshire Blvd., west of the 405 Freeway. Head to the north campus, near the New Directions building. 310.394.3153

We Give Thanks celebrates 29 years of giving free dinners on Thanksgiving day, 11 AM to 3 PM at the Honda Center in Anaheim. contact@wegivethanksinc.org

Guadalupe Community Center offers their 27th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner for homeless and low-income families at 6933 Remmet Ave. in Canoga Park. They open at 9 AM. 818.340.2050

The Laugh Factory will have their 36th annual Thankgiving Feasts on Thanksgiving day at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. A live comedy show will follow each meal service. You need reservations for this one and they’re fully staffed, so no volunteers are needed. 8001 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 323.656.1336 Ext. 1

Central Community Christian Fellowship‘s 27th annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be served from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the church, 5623 Arlington Ave. in Riverside. If you’re in that neighborhood and are home bound, they will deliver a dinner to you. For home delivery, call 951.689.5806 to make a reservation.

Silverado Burgers will have their 12 annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1091 Sixth Street in Norco, in Riverside County. Hillbilly Reign will be performing live. Also if you are stuck working on the holiday, come by to get a to go box. Information: Brent 951.545.3697.

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Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Senior Olympics Champions + Ceramics Class

Despite the soaring heat, 15 Senior Olympic team members walked to the 14th Street Park with Coach Helene and active living expert Charlie Gandy to prepare for the big game day. Participants sharpened their skills on basketball free throws, tossing the football, ring flinging, and the walking and running relay races. The team even added some extra practice on their own, in hopes of winning the championship trophy!


At 7 am on the morning of the Games, our team met in the main lobby, boarded their team bus, and headed to the event site. Adorned in specially designed cut-up T-shirts created by team captain, Severina, our team made a grand, stylish entrance. Having won the championship last year when we participated in the games for the very first time, the pressure was on to see if we could possibly do it again. Despite the hot, 90-plus degree weather, our team stayed cool under the pressure. As EngAGE founder, Tim Carpenter shouted the cue, “LET THE GAMES BEGIN,” our LBSAC team led the Parade of Banners, which wrapped around the event field. The players then dispersed to the various event areas determined to give their very best.

The team members cheered for one another, they sweated, they laughed, and they played to win! After the field events the teams came inside the large community center and enjoyed lunch, which was followed by the performance competition for both individual and group performances. The competition was tough, with wonderful performances delivered by all the finalists.

As the judges tallied up the points for all 26 teams, the participants danced to the wonderful Rock & Roll group, J.E.S. Band, and waited anxiously for the results. No one was certain of the outcome until the final announcement was made that the 2015 Senior Olympic Champions were…THE LONG BEACH SENIOR ARTS COLONY!  Our team stood up and screamed with delight, jumping up and down with excitement and joy. Team LBSAC took to the stage to accept their medals, proudly holding the coveted Championship Trophy as they posed for pictures.

Here’s the video of the winning team.



“Beginning Ceramics” class instructs residents on working with clay, from learning different techniques of building through glazing and firing the work. Instructor  Colette Brown focused on Throwing, Centering Techniques (review), and Compressing lip and base. She introduced new glazing mixing techniques and using glaze as a “glue” in addition to reviewing how to apply/where not to apply glaze. For the Coil pots, she reviewed techniques in Coiling, Slipping, and Scoring.


~ Helene Weinberg, Creative Programs Director


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Piedmont: Senior Olympics + A Trip to MOCA

The annual EngAGE Senior Olympics brings seniors together from all of our communities in Southern California to compete, socialize, and have lots of fun. Transportation, food, and cheer are provided by EngAGE; smiling faces are provided by happy Piedmont Seniors and friends.




Fitness trainer Jack Witt loves living in Los Angeles and wants to share that love with EngAGE residents. He plans field trip excursions and takes residents of EngAGE properties on tours of local sites. The September trip was to MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Art). “These field-trips are such a great way to see Los Angeles. I am having so much fun!” said a happy resident after the visit.


~ Sidni Appleseed Myles, MPH, Senior Programs Director


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