News from Cantabria/Asturias: Art Class

Polet Zargarian is the amazing painting teacher at Cantabria/Asturias in North Hollywood, CA, where there is an active painting class. Residents come every week and bring their creativity. One enthusiastic artist made a painting of a Rooster because this is the year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar.

Here are some of the other regulars hard at work.

A proud artist shows off her winter landscape.

~ Elizabeth Sampson, Regional Program Director


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News from Cotton’s Point: A Musical Interlude

Residents at Cotton’s Point Senior Apartments in San Clemente, CA, enjoyed singing along and listening to entertainer Mike Chamberlin recently. Mike has been performing professionally for almost 50 years, and continues to perform for the 55+ communities throughout the West and Southwest. He sang love songs from World War II, and shared stories about the songs and their time period. Residents were taken back in time, recalling those days while singing along with their neighbors. They enjoyed a holiday potluck and raffle, too. Mike Chamberlin’s cds, “Love Songs of World War II” and “Storyteller,” were raffled off for the residents to enjoy.

~ Jennifer Fallon, Regional Program Director


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“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” Minneapolis Performance Set to Air on 3/12 on Experience Talks

“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” performers on stage at Pillsbury House + Theatre in Minneapolis.

“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” will be broadcast on EngAGE’s weekly radio show, Experience Talks, on Sunday, March 12th @ 5 PM PT on 90.7 KPFK-FM Los Angeles and streaming live at “The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” is the culminating performance of a unique story-telling class for seniors, created as a collaboration between EngAGE, CommonBond Communities, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Hippocrates Café, and Aroha Philanthropies.

Click here for a 3-minute video preview!

Teaching Artist T. Mychael Rambo

“The Power of Storytelling” was the first program offered by EngAGE in Minnesota, in partnership with CommonBond Communities at the Riverview Senior Apartments in Minneapolis. The class explored the power of personal storytelling and was taught by T. Mychael Rambo, a regional Emmy Award-winning actor, vocalist, arts educator, and community organizer. This collaboration at Riverview Senior Housing centered around the premise that embracing a whole-person approach to creative and healthy aging can be extremely beneficial to the health and well-being of seniors – specifically by providing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, and intergenerational programs to seniors living in affordable apartment communities.

Actor Shawn Judge

The class, held over 12 weeks, worked toward producing two performances to be recorded for radio broadcast/podcast and performed before a live audience. The resultant shows featured storytelling pieces crafted during the class, with seniors sharing their valuable lifelong personal experiences. Actors (including instructor T. Mychael) were called in to perform the pieces created by students who declined to appear on-stage.

Host Jon Hallberg, MD

“The Artfully Aging Radio Hour” was co-directed by Pillsbury House + Theatre’s Faye Price, and instructor T. Mychael Rambo. Dr. Jon Hallberg of the Hippocrates Café served as host of the event.

EngAGE is a non-profit that transforms aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of wellness and creativity. It provides arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building, and intergenerational programs to senior and family apartment communities in Southern California; Portland, OR; and now in Minneapolis, MN.

Experience Talks is a weekly public radio program that shares and celebrates the experiences of older people.

CommonBond Communities, the Midwest’s largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services, has served the region for over 40 years. It is considered a national leader and innovator in the affordable housing and community development field.

Pillsbury House + Theatre is a popular venue that attracts local and national attention as a model for arts-based community development, bridging the non-profit theatre world and the human service world.

Hippocrates Cafe uses actors and musicians to create performances that explore health care topics through story and song.

Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55.


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Experience Talks 3/5: Jai Uttal; Azita Nahai, PhD; Ardie Bryant (A Bobbee Zeno Rewind) and David Bryant

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.


MARCH 5, 2017 @ 5 PM PT
ARDIE BRYANT – a Bobbee Zeno Rewind

Jai Uttal has been rightly hailed as a world music pioneer. Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, he was among the first to hear the universal heartbeat in the variegated rhythms of the globe. But his powerful, plangent voice and panoramic musical vision have also long been at the core of the yoga community’s tradition of call-and response devotional chanting known as kirtan. While his music is deeply rooted in Indian classical tradition—he studied long and hard under the Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan—it is also plentifully imbued with echoes of reggae, rock, folk, Brazilian music, Bollywood, and other sounds from across the musical universe. All of these diverse and colorful strands are woven together beautifully on Jai’s new album “Roots, Rock, Rama!”, released on March 3rd and now available for purchase. There will be a release party and concert at Wanderlust in Hollywood on March 11th. Tickets here.

Dr. Azita Nahai is a Kundalini Yogi, scholar and therapist. She is the founder of Trauma to Dharma™ ~ an experiential methodology that integrates a holistic mind-body-spirit approach to healing trauma and transforming one’s pain into purpose. As an abuse survivor-turned-thriver, Dr. Nahai experienced a piece missing in her own recovery, and so, she created it. Her decades of research support the use of Kundalini yoga and meditation as a valuable therapeutic modality in post traumatic growth. As a change agent and trauma specialist, she is fueled by her passion to awaken and empower others to become conscious and active participants in their own healing. Dr. Nahai’s anticipated Trauma to Dharma™ book launches in June 2017. Go to for details on the upcoming Trauma to Dharma™ Full Immersion Workshop in LA and future E-Courses.

The final segment of our show will be from the Experience Talks Audio Archives, featuring a clip of the late Bobbee Zeno speaking to the late Ardie Bryant. March marks the memory of Bobbee’s passing in 2014 and what would have been Ardie’s 88th birthday.  David Bryant, Ardie’s son, will comment on his father’s legacy in the worlds of music and dance.

Ardie Bryant was known worldwide as the
“Innovator of Modern Jazz Tap” and the “Ambassador of Tap!”

He was a master jazz tap percussionist, tap preservationist, historian, public speaker, composer, arranger, actor, choreographer and musician with seven decades of professional experience.

He toured the world as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Department of Defense, and the sounds of his percussive feet and his dance memories are preserved as part of the Jazz Oral History Program in the Archives Center of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

As a young boy Ardie was influenced by the music of modern jazz giants Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gilliespie, and is credited with developing a new style of tap he named Modern Jazz Tap.

Ardie also had the privilege of being a university professor who not only taught tap, but also empowered students with valuable words of wisdom on how to succeed in life and the entertainment industry, while educating students about the importance and history of tap and jazz tap as an American art form.

In July 2006 Ardie received the prestigious “Los Angeles Cultural Treasure Award” from the City of Los Angeles.

Learn more about Ardie Bryant here.


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Tim Carpenter at Age Without Borders Virtual Summit – Friday, March 3rd

Don’t miss EngAGE Founder and Executive Director Tim Carpenter on Day 6 at the Age Without Borders Virtual Summit, which continues to tackle more issues of interest and concern to older people. If you haven’t been participating, it’s not too late to get your free Day Pass and enjoy learning from the comfort of your own home!

Click here to sign up now!

Upgrade to the All Access Pass for $197 to get lifetime access to the material presented on all seven days. Watch videos of 55 of the world’s most influential experts in the aging revolution as they show you how to stay mentally and physically healthy, join the encore entrepreneur boom, re-think your paradigms about aging, and get tech savvy.

Day 6 Agenda includes:

Tim Carpenter, Founder Exec. Director, EngAGE, Inc.: “High Engagement As Cure for Senior Loneliness”

Dan Trigub, Lyft, Healthcare Partnerships for senior mobility: “How Lyft is Transforming Senior Transportation & Staffing”

Louis Tenenbaum, Founder, HomesRenewed: “Aging in Place: Take Action!”

Wendi Burkhardt, CEO Silvernest:”Homesharing for Income and Companionship”

Mark Hager & Aaron Murphy: Aging in Place & Universal Design Panel: “An Age Friendly Future – Housing and Communities”

Kerry Hannon, Author, Finance Expert: “How to Launch a Successful Encore Career After 50″

Judy Rough, Director, Certified Senior Advisors, CSA: “Getting Your Ducks in a Row″


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News from Pac Arts: Mural Ceremony

Regina Argentin and Luis Sanchez

On First Thursday, February 2nd , next to the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA, there was a public celebration to unveil the new mural created in the Lilyan Fierman Walkway by Pac Arts resident, Luis Sanchez. L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino spoke about the mural and presented certificates honoring their work to Luis and his mural assistant, Regina Argentin, who also lives at Pac Arts. Afterwards, we celebrated the opening of our new group exhibit, “Art Tank,” which features the work of seven resident artists. The First Thursday Arts Walk tour group made a special visit to our Pac Arts gallery and were given a tour of this wonderful artists’ colony.

Mural artist Luis Sanchez, Councilman Joe Buscaino, Linda Grimes (San Pedro Waterfront Arts District), EnGAGE Program Director Helene Weinberg

~Helene Weinberg, Program Director


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News from Long Beach Senior Arts Colony: “Magical Stars”

We applaud our LBSAC “Magical Stars” who gave us a magical evening of talent in February.  Kudos to resident Veronica Bryant, who wrote, directed, and produced the show with a dedicated team of performers, volunteers, and supporters. The cast included 20 residents who sang, danced, read poetry, and showed their artistic abilities. The Theatre/Community Center was packed to the gills with neighbors and friends, and was a treat for the eyes and ears.

Many of the performances were captured on video to submit to the casting director of NBC’s “Little Big Shots- Forever Young,” which is hosted by funnyman Steve Harvey.  Who knows? Maybe one of our talented residents will get to be featured on the show!

~Helene Weinberg, Program Director


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News from Tavarua: Fitness Classes

Some very committed residents of Tavarua Senior Apartments in Carlsbad, CA, are enjoying fitness classes offered every week.  Fitness instructor Danyll Monroe provides creative programming, with special attention paid to flexibility, strength, and balance. All levels are welcome to this customized fitness program.

~ Tracy Freeburg, Program Assistant


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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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