News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Legacy: A Celebration of Senior Artists


Long Beach Senior Arts Colony in Long Beach, CA.
Nov. 17 – 30 (closed Thanksgiving)
Opening reception: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 5 – 8 p.m.

EngAGE is proud to present this free public art show, sponsored by SCAN HEALTH PLAN. The exhibition features works by Slater Barron, aka the Lint Lady, and several other notable senior artists.

We expect a large turnout for this special event, so please register at this link  — it’s free!

Parking is limited; we encourage you to carpool, use public transportation or a rideshare service.

For more information, contact:
Helene Weinberg
Phone: (562) 436-0700

*If you can’t attend the opening reception, we hope you will have time to stop by during gallery hours to view the work of these amazing artists.

Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday,
Long Beach Senior Arts Colony
200 East Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA 90813

Listen to our radio show, Experience Talks, on November 12th @ 5:30 PM PT (new time!) to hear an interview with a SCAN representative and artists who will be participating in this special exhibition. Tune in to 90.7 KPFK-FM or listen to the livestream on




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News from Magnolia@9th: Hand-Crafting

At Magnolia@9th in San Bernardino, CA,the Craft Class provides not only an opportunity to be creative, but also a sense of community and fulfillment every Monday.






















~ Alma Wright, Regional Program Director


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Affordable Housing Crisis in California

ACE/121, the most recent EngAGE Arts Colony, located in Glendale, CA

The communities EngAGE serves offer either 100% low income rentals or, in some cases, a portion of the total number of units are set aside for low income residents. But there aren’t nearly enough apartments available to meet the demand.  The affordable housing situation is at a crisis level in Los Angeles. Read the quotes and the full articles below to get details.

We desperately need statewide infrastructure projects (some of which Sacramento is attempting to address), but California is not alone in this situation. Every state is dealing with a lack of affordable housing.

The last time this issue was addressed on a national level was in November of 1990 when President George Bush signed the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act. In his statement, he said that the Act “presents us with an opportunity to renew our commitment to the goals we all share: decent, safe, and affordable housing for all Americans.” Has the time come for a national affordable housing master plan?

The California Health Report: California’s Lowest-Income Seniors Desperate for Affordable Housing

While it’s hard to quantify the exact demand for senior affordable housing in California, Los Angeles’ experience this month [October] with its overall affordable housing program offers a telling snap shot. This month the housing authority will open its waiting list for its Section 8 voucher lottery for the first time in 13 years.

Housing authorities anticipate 600,000 people will apply for the 20,000 spots on the wait list. Even then, some people could spend more than a decade waiting on the list, said housing authority spokeswoman Annie Kim.

KCET City Rising: Rising Rent Burden in Los Angeles

Housing experts estimate that Los Angeles needs to produce roughly 5,300 affordable housing units per year to keep up with the demand. The city has averaged only 1,100 units per year since 2006.

Articles by LA Times columnist Steve Lopez:

A Westside apartment with all the amenities for less than $500 — but you had to win the lottery

California has no more vexing problem than its catastrophic shortage of affordable apartments and homes. The state’s powerhouse economy is a world leader, but for the middle class and others, the gold rush is a mirage. The poverty rate is 20%. One-third of renters plow half their income into housing.

L.A.’s crisis: High rents, low pay, homelessness rising and $2,000 doesn’t buy much

It’s not as if solutions do not exist, but political consensus is hard to come by. Every pitch to create more affordable housing — rent control ordinances, requiring developers to include low-income units in new projects, and building on public land — gets pushback from developers, taxpayers, or residents who don’t want low-rent housing near them.

Three stories of hardship put a face on L.A.’s exorbitant housing costs

Last week, the California Supreme Court cited an affordable housing shortage of “epic proportions” and issued a ruling that makes it easier for municipalities to require developers to sell some housing at below-market rates.


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News from ACE/121: Community Day of the Dead Art Installation



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Experience Talks 11/5: Dr. Jonathan Schooler and Denice Thoman

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.

SUNDAY 11/5 @ 5 PM PDT

DR. JONATHAN SCHOOLER is a Professor and principal investigator of the META lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on consciousness, creativity, problem-solving, and decision-making. On the META lab, Dr. Schooler notes: “My lab’s research takes a ‘big picture’ perspective in attempting to understand the nature of mental life and, in particular, consciousness. Combining empirical, philosophical, and contemplative traditions, we address broad questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Some of the topics and associated questions that intrigue us include: Mind-wandering: How does the stream of consciousness flow between the external world and internal thoughts and feelings? Mindfulness: Are there ways of enhancing our capacity to remain focused in the present moment? Creativity: What processes contribute to creative discoveries, and how can we enhance them? We are also interested in broader issues and associated questions regarding the frontiers of science.”

Dr. Schooler’s work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Unilever Corporation, the Center for Consciousness Studies, the Office of Educational Research, the Bower Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the John Templeton Foundation, the Imagination Institute, and the Fetzer Franklin Fund. More info here.

DENICE THOMAN has instructed thousands of citizens on how to be prepared for an emergency event, be it natural phenomenon or man-made, for over 30 years. Her instructional skills have been provided to many organizations and congregations including serving the City of Long Beach as the CERT program’s Director of Education, and the greater Long Beach area Latter Day Saints church as Stake Preparedness Director. Denice has recently retired as the National Coordinator of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and related programs for an major international corporation. Concurrently, she’s a certified CPR, AED (Automated External Defibrillator), and First Aid instructor. She has volunteered her instructional services to those in need. Denice’s motto is: “The time to prepare has passed when the emergency arrives.” Learn more about CERT in Los Angeles here.


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Tim Carpenter on Panel at CAL-ALHFA Conference in Sacramento 11/2

Tim Carpenter, CEO/Founder of EngAGE, will be on a panel at the 2017 CAL-ALHFA Annual Conference entitled, REWINDING THE CLOCK: SENIOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND SERVICES. “New Senior Housing Alternatives” is a key conference topic this year. Learn more here.

CAL-ALHFA (the California Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies) was established in 1989 to represent local housing professionals and agencies in the California State legislature and State housing programs. In conjunction with their national counterpart, NALHFA, they have also worked on housing issues at the federal level. CAL-ALHFA is a non-profit organization with a broad based membership including public and private agencies which develop, finance, and administer programs to create affordable housing in California.


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Reminder: “Four Sight” Art Show Opens 11/2 at Pac Arts

Celebrating the 20th year of First Thursday Art Walk in San Pedro, CA!

On November 2nd, starting at 6 pm, Pac Arts will open their gallery doors for this special show featuring four female artists who have an an ever-evolving eye on art. “Four Sight” casts a light on how we see ourselves, what we long for, and what we leave behind. The exhibit runs through January 2018.

The “Four Sight” opening reception is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Helene Weinberg, Program Director:

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

California Arts Council


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Reminder: Experience Talks Radio Show Live in Portland – Friday, Nov. 3rd

This week!

PDX All Ages Radio Story Hour

Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219

Friday, November 3rd @ 7 p.m.
Gallery Reception @ 6 p.m.

Enjoy a free, fun-filled, and inspirational evening of stories, music, and more at the live Experience Talks Radio Show!

This special “PDX All Ages Radio Story Hour” is the culminating performance of a unique storytelling collaboration between EngAGE, Community Development Partners, Friendly House, the Multnomah Arts Center, and AARP Oregon. The program will be broadcast later in November on EngAGE’s weekly radio show, Experience Talks, on KPFK-FM Los Angeles, and other Pacifica Network stations. The program also streams live at

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the Experience Talks Radio Show live in Portland! Connect with others in your community and become inspired to share your own stories!

EngAGE takes a whole-person approach to community and creative, healthy living by providing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs to thousands of residents in affordable senior and multi-generational apartment communities in Southern California, Oregon, and Minnesota.

Experience Talks is a weekly public radio magazine that shares the experience of dynamic Baby Boomers and beyond in a way that communicates across generations.

Community Development Partners is a forward-thinking organization based in California and focused on meeting the housing needs of local citizens through the thoughtful planning and development of life-enhancing affordable communities.

Friendly House is a non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency that delivers EngAGE programming in Portland.

The Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) provides excellent arts education in the visual and performing arts at an affordable cost to students of all ages. Along with a vibrant arts education program, MAC hosts theater, music and dance performances, gallery exhibitions, and other special events.

AARP Oregon is a trusted and positive force for social change as we age by informing, engaging in, and advocating for practical solutions to help people attain financial and health security, and enabling all to remain valued and actively engaged whether at work or in community.


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News from Magnolia@Highland: Gold Medal Art

Congratulations to all of the communities for their beautiful art entries at the Community Cup in September. Special congratulations to The Artists’ Round Table at Magnolia@Highland in San Bernardino, CA, for bringing home the Gold Medal for their lovely work, “Magnolia Centerpieces” (polymer clay flowers, fabric vases)!


~ Alma Wright, Regional Program Director


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News from Cotton’s Point: Halloween

The residents of Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA, prepped for their annual bingo party with San Clemente High School Visits of Love Club by decorating masks for everyone. Students and residents dressed up, played bingo, and enjoyed each other’s company. The San Clemente Rocks event is an ongoing activity in which the residents paint rocks, then hide them for others to discover. Cottons are very pleased by the community involvement and shared the fun with their guests.

San Clemente rocks — literally!

~ Jennifer Fallon, Program Director and Tracy Freeburg, Program Assistant


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