Free Museum Days in L.A. for September

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The hot weather of September will be upon us very soon. If you want to enjoy an inspiring, creative day out but avoid the heat, consider a visit to a (nicely air conditioned) local museum. “We Like L.A.” has compiled a list of free days at museums that usually charge admission. (You’ll still have to pay for parking.)

For September 2016, the most newsworthy tidbit of information is that both the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and the Natural History Museum are free on every Tuesday of the month.

There are also over two dozen museums in and around Los Angeles that offer free admission all the time, like The Getty, California Science Center, The Hammer Museum, and more. Find a list of all of them here, then go out an enjoy!

 

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News from Magnolia @ Highland: Paper Mache Masks

The Artists’ Roundtable at Magnolia at Highland in San Bernardino, led by instructor Alma Wright, allows beginning and working artists to gather each week to discuss projects, provide feedback, and share in the process of individual creation. Recently, the group worked on making paper mâché masks, “self-portraits in sculptures.” These will be entered into competition at the EngAGE Senior Olympics in September. Instructor’s notes: The students are taking their time sculpting and sanding their masks. They’re always in a happy mood, and are even getting one or two visitors to the class who come to admire their work. Everybody is really motivated to continue working on this project.

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~ Alma Wright, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

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News from Magnolia @ Highland: Fitness

MagHi-2016_06-1Get Fit with Kelsey! Magnolia@Highland residents in San Bernardino, CA, are guided through a customized fitness regimen incorporating aerobic and strength training with music and dance. Instructor Kelsey Brennan focuses on the importance of warming up and keeping hand-eye coordination.

Fun Fitness instructor Rose Cook provides nutrition tips and guides residents through a customized fitness regimen, which includes working on stretches and flexibility, and water aerobics in the community pool.

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~ Alma Wright, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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A Bonus Worth Repeating: Could You “Age in Place” in Your Home?

“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 8/19/15:

WORTH-REPEATING“Much of the attention on America’s rapidly growing aging population is aptly focused on the need for professional, reliable caregivers to help the elderly age in place at home. What we might forget to consider, however, is the equally critical component of ensuring that the homes themselves are eldercare friendly, enabling seniors to live and move with ease despite the limited mobility they inevitably experience as part of the aging process. . . . ‘Although a large majority of older Americans say they want to Age in Place, it is often more easily said than done,’ Louis Tenenbaum, Founder of the grassroots advocacy groups HomesRenewed.org and the Aging in Place Institute, states in a white paper published by the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute.” Read more here about the important relationship of housing design to aging in place.

 

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Worth Repeating: Photographer Douglas Kirkland Looks Back at 80

“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 8/7/15:

WORTH-REPEATINGAt age twenty-four, Douglas Kirkland was hired as a staff photographer for Look magazine and became famous for his 1961 photos of Marilyn Monroe taken for Look’s 25th anniversary issue. He later joined the staff of Life magazine.

Watch a brief video in which Kirkland, now 80, discusses his night photographing Marilyn Monroe — as well as his career of over 50 years taking photos of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, and Coco Chanel.

Learn more at Douglas Kirkland’s website.

 

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Special Guest at 1st NoHoSAC Storytelling Night: Playwright Larry Dean Harris

North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony has a special event coming up next week featuring author Larry Dean Harris. Harris, an award-winning playwright, is a co-founder of Los Angeles based, playwrights-managed “Playwrights 6” and the Los Angeles regional representative of the Dramatists Guild. He is closely affiliated with Celebration Theatre in Hollywood, and is currently developing and performing in the autobiographical “Witness to the Bizarre.” Get more info about Larry Dean Harris here.

If you’d like to join us for this special event, please contact NoHoSAC Creative Programs Director Marlene Nichols at marlene.engage@gmail.com. EngAGE invites the public to attend any of our classes and events whenever space is available.

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~ Marlene Nichols, Creative Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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Experience Talks on Hiatus 8/21 and 8/28 for KPFK Fund Drive

 

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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 the non-profit 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.

 


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Experience Talks will be on hiatus for the next two weeks during the KPFK Fund Drive. Please show your support for the only radio station powered by the people! Click here to donate. Thank you!

 

 

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Meet the Team: Helene Weinberg

EngAGE Creative Programs Director Helene Weinberg shares her thoughts about her work in this personal essay, “A Second Life.”

Helene WeinbergEngaging in creativity lands me in a happy place; tweaking a new song, writing a blog, opening an art show, producing a video. Visual, literal, musical and highly impractical, these erratic shards of sparks hit me hard – most often in my car on my way to work.

I work in Non-Profit Land, which casts a dreamy, disjointed, down-home kind of vibe that resonates with my artist’s soul and reluctant administrative prowess. I’ve always considered myself a right-brained being, so doing left-brained things doesn’t always feel right.

I don’t excel at Excel. I prefer Word – well, words.

How did this entertainer from Cleveland land in Non-Profit Land in La-La Land?

After college I dreamed of moving to LA to be a writer/actor/comic.

I never thought when I finally got here – a few decades later – that I would find my happy place as a Creative Programs Director for EngAGE.

EngAGE, the art of active aging, gives seniors a second life as artists. In over 30 senior residential communities across southern California, EngAGE has built an astounding reputation in enhancing the lives of senior adults by bringing arts, wellness and lifelong learning programs to residents at no cost to them.

In the past couple of years, EngAGE has extended its reach to include multi-generational arts colonies, developing creative programming to help emerging and professional artists live, work and thrive within an artsy, affordable housing community.

I enjoy playing Fairy Godmother to artists of all ages, helping make their dreams come to fruition.  I am honing my left-brain skills as a mediator, educator, administrator, arbitrator, negotiator, facilitator, expeditor and aviator. As a co-pilot, witnessing a spirit soaring to new heights is by far the best perk of this work. Creativity is joy and passion unleashed. It’s contagious and somewhat addictive. I hope to never recover from it.

I still get to perform, produce and write stuff, but I’ve learned that’s not all there is. To be a creative conduit and helping other artists engage and ignite their own shards of sparks is the coolest thing I’ve known in my own second life.

Helene Weinberg is the Creative Programs Director for EngAGE at The Long Beach Senior Arts Colony in Long Beach and The Pacific Avenue Arts Colony in San Pedro, California.

 

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News from Metro Chinatown: Art Class

Art classes provide an opportunity for residents to explore their creativity through various mediums. At The Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts in downtown Los Angeles, residents are working on color theory composition painting. Instructor Fabian Debora says that residents are amazed at their ability to paint, and with time, become more confident. He’s proud that his students are excelling in this creative class.

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~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Programs Director

EngAGE offers a variety of classes, workshops, and special programs at each of our communities. These posts highlight just a small sample.

 

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Welcome to the EngAGE Team: Lorraine Pope

Lorraine PopeEngAGE would like to welcome Lorraine Pope to our team. She is the new Creative Programs Director at the Piedmont Senior Apartments in North Hollywood, CA. Originally from the East coast, Lorraine is a graduate of Northeastern University, with a B.S. in Business Administration.  She later went on to study theatre at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. Over the years, she has developed and created after school programs and summer camp adventures for children of all ages. In addition to working in the marketing department for the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, Ms. Pope has over 15 years of event management experience here in Los Angeles.

 

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