News from Piedmont: Black History Month

On February 18th, the Piedmont  Senior Apartments in North Hollywood, CA, honored Black History Month with a presentation and potluck. Music was performed and speakers told stories about some of the important historical figures. All this was followed by a delicious potluck dinner and enthusiastic birthday celebration. Approximately 100 attendees enjoyed the annual event.

Photo credit: Simone Patti
~ Lorraine Pope, Program Director


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News from Cotton’s Point: Valentine’s Day with Visits of Love

The VOL (Visits of Love ) Club from San Clemente High School brought smiles and love to Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA, in February. The club members brought over 80 handmade Valentines – with chocolate! – to give to the residents. Door-to-door greetings and Valentine treats were enjoyed by all. What a Happy Valentine’s Day for our residents!

~ Jennifer Fallon, Regional Program Director


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A Global Aging Summit — at Home

EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter is a presenter in the Age Without Borders Virtual Summit on February 26th through March 4th.

Over 50 experts in the field of aging will provide seven days of inspiring and engaging 30-minute video-based lectures posted online, with multiple experts featured each day. The summit will show you how to stay mentally and physically healthy, join the encore entrepreneur boom, re-think your paradigms about aging, and get tech savvy. Get your free day pass by registering here.

For the “early bird” registration fee of $97, you can upgrade to the ALL ACCESS PASS, which includes lifetime access to the 50+ speaker sessions, as well as audio downloads, custom guidebook pages and over $300 in bonuses.

Learn more about the summit and about summit founder Kari Henley in this informative article by Matt Perry for California Health Report.

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Reinventing Yourself: Marc Freedman of Encore.Org Knows How

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of, and friend of EngAGE, has literally written the book on reinventing yourself: The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. Hailed by the New York Times as “the voice of aging baby boomers [seeking] meaningful and sustaining work later in life,” Marc’s book offers a recipe for how we can transform America’s coming midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity for the millions of people in their fifties, sixties, and seventies who are searching for answers to the question, “What’s next?”

To learn more, take a listen to an interview  with Marc; Jane Brody, personal health columnist for the New York Times;  Pamela Mitchell, founder and CEO of the Reinvention Institute; and Gretchen Rubin, writer, author and happiness expert:  “Reinventing Your Life, Your Career” on the WBUR (Boston, MA) radio show, On Point, with Tom Ashbrook.


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News from Portofino: Art Class

The residents of Portofino Villas Senior Apartments in Pomona, CA, come to Art Class motivated to learn and create. Working with newspaper was a challenge initially, but they have built their confidence in art over time. This project culminated successfully with pretty and colorful wall decorations. The final work will be displayed at the property for all residents to enjoy.

~ Alma Wright, Regional Program Director

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News from Pac Arts: Speakers Event Recorded for Experience Talks

In January, Pac Arts (Pacific Avenue Arts Colony) in San Pedro, CA, hosted a Speakers Event with Engage Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter interviewing Linda Grimes. Linda is a founder and Managing Director of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District whose mission is to promulgate more public art projects in San Pedro.
Last summer, Linda posted a call for artists for a public mural project and Pac Arts muralist, Luis Sanchez, won the commission for a 100′ mural that has been recently completed next to the Warner Grand Theatre.

Tim’s interview with Linda was broadcast on Experience Talks on 1/29. If you missed the show, you can listen to the podcast here in our Experience Talks Archives.

~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director

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News from Tavarua: Senior Food Program

The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank and EngAGE are working together to bring a wonderful food source to Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA: The Senior Food Program is a federal program that provides monthly supplemental food packages to income eligible senior citizens aged 60 and over. The Food Bank administers the program and distributes USDA-provided food at 37 distribution sites every month throughout San Diego County. Last month, Tavarua participated in the application process.

Now, over 30 residents at Tavarua are receiving the benefit of the Senior Food Program. Each resident receives one box of food per month. The box contains a variety of food including reduced-fat milk, instant non-fat milk, canned meats, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, cheese, rice, pasta, fruit juice, and cereal.

The response from residents was overwhelming. Having the food truck bring boxes to the property greatly relieves some of the stress that our low-income residents feel. They were thrilled to receive their boxes and are already sharing ideas about how to cook with their new food items.

~ Jennifer Fallon, Regional Program Director


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Presidents Day: Become a Citizen Archivist for the National Archives

There are millions of digitized pages of records in the catalog of the National Archives, all freely available to the public. Transcription is an important way for them to improve search results and increase accessibility to those historical records. You can help make that happen. You can become a citizen archivist!

In honor of President’s Day, the National Archives has a new transcription mission on Presidential records. Click here to get started transcribing records in their digital catalog. Help us all move toward a better future by learning from the past!


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News from Tavarua: Hand-Crafting Coasters

Residents at Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA, enjoyed a rainy afternoon making scenic coasters for the community lounge and their own apartments. They used Mod Podge to seal beautiful photos on travertine tile. They enjoyed gathering scenic photos of their city to use for the activity. The artists were thrilled with the outcome and excited for other residents to use their artwork.

~ Tracy Freeburg, Program Assistant


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News from Portofino: Chinese New Year Celebration

The residents of Portofino Villas in Pomona, CA, recently celebrated the Chinese New Year with a festive presentation of native costumes, dances, and singing. Some residents delighted the attendees with their excellent performances, and a professional group was brought to the site to complete the entertainment. The afternoon was filled with eating wonderful Chinese food, sharing light conversation, and enjoying the music.

~ Alma Wright, Regional Program Director


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