A Warm Thank You to the Poets at the EngAGE in Creativity Party for the Arts at BSAC

April is National Poetry Month, an annual event founded in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. It is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

Nancy Goodhart, EngAGE C.A.O., sent along these photos to acknowledge the talented poets who performed at our own celebration of poetry during the recent EngAGE in Creativity party at Burbank Senior Artists Colony in Burbank, CA.  Thank you, poets!

The poets, left to right: Jo Lynda Blake, Dolly Britton, Kit Harper, Abigail Howard

EngAGE Founder and Executive Director joins the enthusiastic audience in a round of applause for the poets who performed at the EngAGE in Creativity party.

~ Photo Credit: Miles Morse


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On the Move: Older Adult Transportation Info Event on 4/28

On the Move Riders Club presents an Older Adult Transportation Pop-Up Event in partnership with Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center on Friday, April 28th, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM .

Come learn everything there is to know about using public transportation. Programming will include services geared to the older adult audience. For more information contact Lilly Ortiz at 213.922.2299 or email at ortizl@metro.net.

Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center
5056 Van Nuys Blvd. 
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Register for FREE tickets at eventbrite.com.
The event is accessible by Metro bus or rail.
To plan your trip use the trip planner at metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO.

On the Move Riders Club connects you to new friends who can teach you about going Metro. Learn from peers who know the ins and outs of getting around on public transportation – then take a test ride together. Club activities are tailored to each group, and can range from group sightseeing trips to one-on-one training for outings to the store, to the doctor or anywhere else you want to go.

On the Move Riders Club has groups throughout Los Angeles County.



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News from Pacific Avenue Arts Colony: Art Show Opening Reception for Regina Argentin

Join us at PacArts for the opening reception for this exciting show!

Regina Argentin received her BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Upon graduation she moved to NYC to pursue her passion as a fine artist. She participated in several shows and fellowship residencies. She then returned to to her native city of Los Angeles to work in the film industry as an art director. She is a professional working artist who exhibits, teaches, and has also established her own fine and decorative arts business.

Her collectors include: Lee Iacocca, F. Lee Bailey, Neil Diamond, Liz and Allen Johnson, Norman Lear, Wendy Goldberg, Jean Pierre Jeunet, Lord Montague, Citibank, and the Four Seasons.

~ Helene Weinberg, Program Director


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Encore.org Announces “Generation to Generation” Kick-Off Event April 20th

Life itself is more enriching when all generations are brought together and we’re able to learn and grow from each other’s journey. This concept has given life to a national movement from our friends at Encore.org, called Generation to Generation, which seeks to bridge all generations and make an impact on the lives of young children – the eventual leaders of tomorrow – at locations such as public libraries, early learning centers, and elementary schools.

Generation to Generation Los Angeles (Gen2Gen LA) is focused on mobilizing adults 50+ to volunteer and mentor children ages 0-8 within Los Angeles County. The campaign is taking root in Los Angeles through a pilot program, which begins in April. Gen2Gen LA aims to recruit 150 older adult volunteers to impact the lives of 1,200 children by June of 2017. This Los Angeles initiative is made possible by a seed grant from the Eisner Foundation and Social Venture Partners.

Here’s how you can participate:

Gen2Gen LA Kick-Off!

Event Details: Speakers (Council member Jose Huizar (invited), Scott Hippert), Refreshments, Community Resource Center (tables set up with partners)

Join us for our kickoff celebration as generations come together in the community of Boyle Heights. Hear from community leaders and sign-up on the spot to volunteer and mentor the young children in your community. The open house event will feature a special children’s performance, small bites, and a resource center. Hope to see you there!

Boyle Heights City Hall Community Room
2130 E 1st Street, First Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90033
April 20th
10am to 12pm

About Generation to Generation

Powered by Encore.org and with a network of more than 70 partner organizations, Generation to Generation aims to mobilize one million adults over 50 to help kids who could greatly benefit from more support — shifting the national narrative away from conflict and social isolation, and towards intergenerational community engagement.


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Experience Talks 4/16: Matt Perry and Dr. Steve Pantilat

Tune 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.


Miss 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


APRIL 16, 2017

MATT PERRY – Journalist, filmmaker, actor and storyteller Matt Perry has had a 6-year tenure at the California Health Report and created the “Aging With Dignity” news blog. He has interviewed some of the leading thinkers about some of the most critical issues of aging.  Matt also created “The World Explained,” a live show he performs at conferences and seminars to break down the barriers between “us” and “them” as people age. Tim Carpenter talks to Matt Perry about trends in aging, empathy, and nothing less than explaining our world.

DR. STEVE PANTILAT – Steve’s new book is LIFE AFTER THE DIAGNOSIS: Expert Advice for Living Well with Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers. It’s a guide for professionals, families and patients when faced with poor prognosis and the need to talk about chronic and end-of-life issues. Dr. Pantilat is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; the Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care; and the founding Director of the UCSF Palliative Care Program. Tim Carpenter talks to Dr. Steve Pantilat about what his 27 years of practice in palliative care has taught him about how we can live better, after the diagnosis.


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News from The Jasmine: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, residents of The Jasmine at Founder’s Village in Fountain Valley, CA, ate tasty holiday food and danced to The Chris Ross Band. The resident Comedy Group also performed a special skit for an enthusiastic audience.

~ Meloney Morse, Regional Program Director


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Tim Carpenter to Speak at “Bridging Generations: Healthier Communities”

EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter will speak on the Plenary Panel – Intergenerational Models at the “Bridging Generations: Healthier Communities” conference in Los Angeles. He’ll be talking about why EngAGE is conducting multi-generational work, our programs and models, and strategies to incorporate intergenerational work into existing practices. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 18th, at The California Endowment. It’s hosted by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles Alliance for Community Health and Aging.
Sponsors are Archstone Foundation and Care1st Health Plan.



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Age Well the Artist’s Way

Friend of EngAGE Sue Ronnenkamp, MHA, sent along this recent article in which she shares her observations about creative aging.

Age Well the Artist’s Way

I’m working my way through Julia Cameron’s latest version of her 12-week “Artist’s Way” course in the new book, It’s Never Too Late to Start Again. I’ve made several journeys through this experience and benefit in positive ways every single time.

I’ve also been reminded once again of the amazing and lasting power of creativity and the arts. This rich resource can be tapped into at any time and greatly enhance the aging experience.

Let these 7 KEYS inspire you to get your creative juices flowing and add life to your years.  Don’t miss out!

  1. Creativity is the secret elixir of life. Famous creatives across a broad span of time demonstrate that vitality and longevity can come from the pursuit of art. This list includes Michelangelo (died at age 88), Frank Lloyd Wright (91), Pablo Picasso (91), Georgia O’Keefe (98), Martha Graham (96) and Jessica Tandy (85).
  2. Creativity doesn’t diminish with age. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz summed this up best: “I don’t wake up as a nonagenarian [in his 90s]. I wake up as a poet. My imagination is just as intense and glowing as ever.” Research confirms this. We have the capacity for creative expression no matter our age, perhaps even more so as we grow older.
  3. Creativity erases both time and age. This is called “creative flow.” Notice this the next time you’re fully engrossed in some creative project – writing, sewing, painting, gardening, cooking, dancing, whatever you truly enjoy! Anything that has this power – at any age – is both a priceless gift and a great blessing.
  4. Creativity is good for our bodies and minds. It’s been proven that creativity also benefits physical health, and helps maintain strong neural networks and mental function into old age. So it’s not just a nice thing; it’s also important for quality of life and successful aging.
  5. Creativity doesn’t impose any deadlines. “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” (George Eliot) Great LATE BLOOMER example: Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until age 78, when arthritis forced her to give up her embroidery work.  This new creative pursuit led to a late-in-life painting career and fame that continued until her death at age 101. You might not end up famous, but never shy away from creativity because of your age.
  6. Creativity has a practical side. Changes that come with aging can’t all be avoided, but they can be approached in many innovative ways. Benjamin Franklin demonstrated this form of artful aging when he invented bifocal glasses for his changing eyesight at age 78. How might you use creativity in this unique way and upgrade your aging experience?
  7. Creative or not – you can still reap the benefits. Simply enjoy and appreciate the arts in any form. Go to the theatre or opera, visit a museum, stop in for a book or poetry reading, attend a concert, read a great book, enjoy a creatively prepared meal, drink in the beauty of a professionally arranged bouquet of flowers. There are so many ways to be inspired in some artful way. Make this a regular practice and you’ll spark more creativity in your life. Your aging experience will be all the better for it!

Sue Ronnenkamp is an “Age Changent” for Baby Boomers and beyond – a play on “change agent” that enlivens her mission to shift the way we view and respond to aging in creative and positive ways. Visit her website at www.agethrive.org.  



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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: “Raisin’ Cane!”


Cheers to the Readers Theatre troupe who presented “Raisin’ Cane!” in March in the theatre at LBSAC.  The show featured poetry, short comedic scenes, and musical numbers, and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show. This marks the Readers Theatre’s fifth season of theatrical productions.

~Helene Weinberg, Program Director


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Just for Fun: Help the National Museum of American History Transcribe Phyllis Diller’s Jokes

Recently, pianist Jim Maurer was a guest on an Experience Talks radio show entitled, “Active Octogenarians.”  He talked about meeting and becoming friends with another classically trained, fine pianist when he was a college student in Ohio — Phyllis Diller. He even got her a job when she was unemployed! Her career certainly took off after those early years in the 1950s (she started performing at the age of 37), and eventually she broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name.

She kept all of her thousands of jokes meticulously organized in her “gag file,” a large card catalog with 51 drawers standing over 4 feet tall. In 2003, she contacted the Smithsonian to see if they’d be interested in a donation representing her career. The “gag file” was their choice.

Now, here’s an invitation from the National Museum of American History:

We invite you to help transcribe all 52,569 notecards in Phyllis Diller’s gag file to assist us in learning more about her comedy while better documenting her impressive career. Transcription will not only help the museum do additional research but will also help create greater access and searchability for the public. Beginning on March 1, 2017, the gag cards will be publicly available through the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center. Digital volunteers will be able to browse through all of the joke cards, transcribe any cards that make them chuckle, and review cards transcribed by other volunteers. Anyone can volunteer to help us transcribe Phyllis Diller’s jokes, or any other project across the Smithsonian. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers like you, researchers and fans around the world will soon be able to explore, share, and enjoy the jokes of Phyllis Diller. [Click here to browse all of the Smithsonian projects that need transcription. You can search by theme or by museum. It’s a great volunteer job!]


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