News from Metro Compton and Buckingham: Masquerade Balls

Residents at The Metro at Compton Senior Apartments in Compton, CA, and Buckingham Senior Apartments in Los Angeles celebrated with Masquerade Balls at both communities. There was plenty of music, dancing, tasty food, and photo ops! Let’s start at Buckingham.

Now, let’s head over to Metro Compton.


~ Regional Program Director, Sandra Vargas


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News from ACE/121: Ernie Silva at Antaeus Theater 6/19

Ernie is an ACE/121 resident! Get tickets here. Watch a 3-minute teaser here.

“Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame” is a sea-green version of the blues! It’s a one-man show that is like watching a bar fight go on between our lead character’s demons, influences, and aspirations. It’s a sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious journey filled with echoes of Shakespeare, Lightning Hopkins, Jack Kerouac, and your local Brooklyn New York archetypes and philosophers. It’s raw, it’s funny, it is universally human, and it is above all intelligent!

This show walks the spiritual alleyways previously stomped through by people like John Leguizamo in “Freak” and Danny Hoch in “Jails, Hospitals and Hip-Hop,” but with an extra element not even found in those two pieces, the enthralling ingredient added by Savannah, our main character’s beloved guitar! Accompanying Silva’s verbal eloquence, from her mouth come voices ranging from the likes of Jimi Hendrix to Andres Segovia, not to mention his own very distinct music. The show is unquestionably not your average thing, it is a New York street kid’s walking, talking proof that high concept tales are also found in broken yet crystal clear street poetry! That same type of heart-filled imagery that can be found enrapturing minds within the writings of Donald Goines just as easily as it can be seen gripping souls when found screaming in a subway, or anywhere you happen to be lucky enough to catch this one of a kind artwork!

“Heavy” has enjoyed a myriad of successes both in the states and internationally. The show has enjoyed full productions in Los Angeles, New York, Scotland, London, Manchester, and Amsterdam and has been met with both statewide and international acclaim.

To learn more about the show visit the website.

About the Artist

A native of Bushwick projects in Brooklyn New York, early on it became obvious that Ernie’s innate abilities for dramatic acting, guitar playing, and stand-up comedy would find some perfect union and form a magical link which “Heavy” puts on full display.

Ernie’s academic life has also been a range of successes. First, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. To build even further, he later added on a Master’s Degree in Acting from the University of Southern California’s Graduate Acting program in 2009. It was during his time at USC that Ernie began to write “Heavy” and make his mark in the world of one man shows.

These days you can find Ernie teaching personal storytelling to teens in inner city schools and incarceration facilities around Southern California.


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Experience Talks 6/4: Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD and Richard P. Brown, MD

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.


JUNE 4, 2017 @ 5 PM PT

Dr. Gerbarg and Dr. Brown, the co-founders of Breath-Body-Mind, an integrative health care practice, have brought their work to a global level, including refugees in South Sudan.

Dr. Gerbarg practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for reducing the effects of stress and trauma, particularly in survivors of mass disasters, including the Southeast Asia Tsunami, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, war in Sudan, Gulf Horizon Oil Spill, veterans, and stress-related medical illnesses. With Dr. Richard P. Brown she has co-authored over 40 scientific articles, book chapters, and health books on complementary and integrative treatments. Learn more here.


Dr. Brown developed a comprehensive neurophysiological theory of the effects of yoga breathing on the mind and body, particularly its benefits in anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Drawing upon his research and experiences as a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), yoga, Qigong, and Open Focus Meditation, he developed the Breath~Body~Mind workshops for health care professionals, yoga teachers, survivors of mass disasters, research studies, people with medical illnesses such as cancer, and the general public. Learn more here.




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Magnolia at Highland: Art Show – June 8th

For the last 3 years, EngAGE has been partnering with the Art Instruction Dept. at CSUSB (CalState University of San Bernardino) to bring 7-week art courses to the residents. These courses are part of their Spring Service Learning Class and Community Outreach Program. The courses are taught by CSUSB art students, who are guided by their instructors. The students come up with a curriculum and lesson plan, and present it to EngAGE for consideration. Then the students get to teach our residents and learn from them. A great example of inter-generational programming and a win-win situation for all involved!

This year, CSUSB was able to bring the residents not one, but two courses: a beginner painting class, and a reflection project using the concept of mirrors.

The participants’ pieces will be on display for their friends and neighbors next week.

Please join us for the show! ~ The Magnolia at Highland Senior Apartments, 2196 Medical Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA 92411.

~ Alma Wright, Regional Program Director


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Aging Reimagined Colloquium: Follow-up

We posted previously about the “Aging Reimagined Colloquium” on April 12, sponsored by SCAN, Long Beach State University, and the City of Long Beach. It featured panel discussions and presentations by educators, city officials, industry leaders, and senior healthcare experts. Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE, and host and producer of the radio show Experience Talks, served as event emcee, lending his significant expertise to further amplify program discussions. The event was a great success, and we recently received this link to view the presentations and videos from that day. There is also a three-minute highlight video that captures the spirit of the effort.


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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: Circle of Unity Art Show Opens June 8

~ 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.




The Eisner Foundation




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News from Riverview: Drawing Class

At Riverview Senior Housing in Minneapolis, MN, residents enjoyed an art class that focused on drawing. These photos were taken by EngAGE Founder and CEO Tim Carpenter who, along with EngAGE Consultant Chuck Leer, participated in the class! (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)


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Memorial Day

A Coast Guardsman stands in silent reverence beside the resting place of a comrade in the Philippines. – The U.S. National Archives, 1944 – Learn more.

The National Council on Aging wrote this blog post about senior loneliness with winter holidays in mind, but noted today that it applies to weekends full of cookouts, too. Good point! And we should remember what Memorial Day is about: even though it’s often celebrated with cookouts, it is commemorating the men and women who gave their lives fighting for us. Many older people have lost friends and loved ones who served, so this is a particularly significant day for them and a significant opportunity for others to make sure they’re not alone.  Learn more about the meaning of Memorial Day here.


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Then and Now Photographs of Centenarians

Photographer Jan Langer has a background in social anthropology which impacted his decision to create a photography project he calls, “Faces of Century.” “Langer sought out centenarians and asked them for photos of themselves in their youth. He then restaged their early photos in black-and-white, using the same simple setting and the same poses, and paired his remarkable series of portraits with his subjects’ images from decades ago. Langer started showing the work in Europe in 2013. Recently, it’s been discovered by the internet and shared on multiple art and design blogs.” Read more here and see some of the fascinating photos from this series. You can also visit the photographer’s website here.


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Good Samaritan Society – Waconia and Westview Acres: Storytelling

At the Good Samaritan Society – Waconia and Westview Acres, in Waconia, MN, a storytelling class led by EngAGE teaching artist Mindy Bolton is underway! A videographer is recording the class for the Good Samaritan Foundation. EngAGE would like to thank Denise Leonhardt, the Good Samaritan Services Coordinator, for her support.

~ Chuck Leer, Consultant


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