Gen2Gen Contest Offers $500 in Movie Tickets

Who’s your favorite movie mentor? Perhaps Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, Yoda in Star Wars, Rocky in Creed, Lily Tomlin in Grandma, or jazz legend Clark Terry in the compelling documentary,  Keep On Keeping On? Or any one of hundreds of others?

Our friends at Gen2Gen are celebrating intergenerational mentoring relationships on the big screen and asking people over 50 to become mentors in real life. Join the fun by participating in their exciting  contest called “Movies and Mentors!”

Take a look at this great collection of snippets from movies that feature mentoring relationships, then click here to nominate your favorite mentoring movie and get a chance to win $500 in movie tickets! Nominations close at midnight PST on 2/22, so don’t miss out!  #Gen2Gen #MentorIRL @EncoreOrg



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News from NoHo Senior Arts Colony: Reader’s Theater

In North Hollywood, CA, we had another successful performance by the North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony Reader’s Theater in January. The performance was an extension of their American Humor show last fall, and it was as popular as the previous one! Swarms of laughter came from the crowd and everyone enjoyed themselves very much.

Reader’s Theater leader Naomi Monroe said, “Some of the pieces we did had been chosen last time but eliminated then due to the length of the show. There is a treasure trove of material on American Humor. We try to keep the performance to one hour and have focused on comedy. Readers bring in material to read with the emphasis on the theme. We generally are four weeks in developing a script. Then we all read through the script together, followed by rehearsals. We rehearse until a performance hour is ready. It is a great example of the arts process for the community.”

Congratulations to Reader’s Theater for another great evening!

Readers: Eleanor Anasar, Ari Ashkenazo, Jackie Benoit, Gretchen Hailer, Judy Grimes, Martin Green, Naomi Monroe, Fran Siegal, Susan Taylor, Elmarie Wendel

~ Sara Debevec, Program Director





This event is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.














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Presidents’ Day?

Monday, February 19th, marks one of the 10 U.S. legal federal holidays, but it is not a public holiday in all states. Many states also have a different official name for the holiday. In fact, there’s not even agreement among the states on where the apostrophe is placed when the holiday is called Presidents’ Day (or President’s Day or Presidents Day)! There will be no postal service and, while some banks may close, most businesses remain open.

From the History Channel: “Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called ‘Washington’s Birthday’ by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.” Read more about the holiday here.


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News from Dorado: Girl Scout Holiday Caroling

We’re still catching up with all the wonderful holiday activities at our communities!

At Dorado Senior Apartments in Buena Park, CA, the Anaheim Girl Scouts brought their smiling faces, refreshments, home-made ornaments, and beautiful singing voices to share with the residents during the Holiday Season. A perfect example of “Creating Community for All Ages!”

~ Essence Parker, Program Director


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News from NoHo Senior Arts Colony: Photos from Jim Storm’s Mini Art Show Featuring Residents and Their Pets

In January, crowds gathered to admire resident Jim Storm’s portraits of residents and their pets. Jim’s Mini Art Show entitled, “With Love,” at NoHo Senior Arts Colony in North Hollywood, CA,  was a huge success. The photographs speak for themselves!

Over the past several years, photographer Jim Storm has been travelling and photographing people on the move, riding in Greyhound buses, exploring the north western states of Montana, North and South Dakota, with a little Nebraska thrown in on the side.

Visit to see the publicity Jim’s show garnered, with many more photos, including photos that were displayed at the show!

In His Own Words…

As I stepped on board with this project, I had been approached by several people asking the question, “Why?  Why do you want to do something like this?”  My response was shallow and I simply said, “Think it might be fun.”  It’s true. I really said something like that.

It wasn’t until I really started looking at this project and asking myself the question, “Why?”, that I came to understand the really important meaning of these images, not only to me, but to all that became involved.

What strikes me foremost about doing this, seeing the final results, and coming through this process to achieve these final results, was that every single image shows the commitment and undying love that people feel for their pets.  It struck me how important their lives are with that love and understanding, and how committed people are to the welfare of these animals. The more I worked, I came to realize that these relationships are by far a two-way road, and what is felt is felt by the owner and returned by their pets. It was a wonderful thing to see.

I tried to bring these images to light and capture the simple pleasure they have for their animals.  I hope I have achieved this because through this process I have seen first-hand how important both lives are to each other and the joy they feel about their family.

This was a great experience for me and I learned a lot – not just that pets are pets, but what they mean in their own personal way.

I would like to express my gratitude to all that shared this journey with me.

I would also like to thank the ENGAGE organization for their support. So, THANK YOU, Sara Debevec and Nancy Goodhart, for your hard work setting this up. THANK YOU.

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Photographer Jim Storm, front right.


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Tim Carpenter Talks NoHo SAC in Globe & Mail Article

EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter was interviewed for the Globe and Mail newspaper article entitled, “Retire to a resort – where you don’t feel old.” Tim highlighted the programming at North Hollywood Senior Arts Colony, and the article indicates that its development was ahead of the growing international trend towards these types of retirement communities.

The Globe and Mail is Canada’s most widely read newspaper on weekdays and Saturdays, and is often regarded as the country’s “newspaper of record.”


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News from Metro Chinatown: Very Fine Art

EngAGE CEO/Founder Tim Carpenter and COO Nancy Carpenter stopped by Metro Chinatown Senior Lofts in downtown L.A. to check out some current works of art. Tim’s assessment: “Our resident artists at Chinatown are rockin’ it.”


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Photos from Tim Carpenter in San Francsico

Creating a New Old San Francisco - Tim Carpenter, CEO/Founder, EngAGE, Inc.Tim Carpenter, CEO/Founder of EngAGE, was in San Francisco last week for this conference and he sent along photos commemorating his visit. “Great friends and colleagues all – and Maura O’Malley, too – in the pub after a great conference last Friday, A New Old SF!”

Tim Carpenter - New Old San Francisco

Tim took time for a bit of sightseeing, too. Click any photo to enlarge it.


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News from Cotton’s Point: Holiday Happiness

Community Outreach Alliance volunteers delivered over 70 bags of gifts to the residents of Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments on December 21st, and received appreciation, smiles, and love in return. The residents of San Clemente, CA, really love our seniors!

~ Jennifer Fallon, Program Director


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News from ACE/121: Family Clay Workshop

Creative residents of all ages at ACE/121 in Glendale, CA, learn sculpting techniques in the Family Clay Workshop with instructor Meriel Stern.


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