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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L.A. Adult Residents: Get a High School Diploma

We’ve posted in the past about advanced learning opportunities for older adults, but not everyone is ready for them. Some adults missed the opportunity to complete high school and would like to change that situation. Fortunately, the Los Angeles Public Library has partnered with Gale/Cengage to offer grants so adult learners can obtain a free high school diploma and career certificate with Career Online High School. The program is for adults 19 or older who live in or work for the City of Los Angeles.

To get startedanswer a few online questions to see if the program is right for you. You do not need to be a U.S. Citizen or provide transcripts to get started. After completing the self-assessment you can register for a pre-requisite course.

For more information about how you can qualify for a free grant, read the Career Online High School FAQ or the Los Angeles Public Library student recruitment website. You can also contact the Office of Education and Literacy at 213-228-7540 or


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Experience Talks 4/9: Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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 9, 2017

Legendary poet, Beat Generation publisher, political activist, and co-owner of City Lights, one of the most celebrated independent book stores in America, LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI celebrated his 98th birthday on March 24th. Tim Carpenter talked to him in this interview recorded in 2012. Read more about our national treasure, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, here.



A Coney Island of the Mind, a modern classic, was Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s landmark second volume of poetry, and probably his most beloved. It contains some of Ferlinghetti’s most famous poems, such as “I Am Waiting” and “Junkman’s Obbligato”, which were created for jazz accompaniment. There are approximately a million copies in print, and the book has been translated into over a dozen languages. “The title is taken from Henry Miller’s Into the Night Life. In it, Ferlinghetti expresses the way he felt during a short period in the 1950s. Taken together, his thoughts form a kind of Coney Island of the mind, a kind of circus of the soul.”







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Free Your Inner Artist

Aroha Philanthropies has created another wonderful and inspiring video entitled, 10 Reasons to Free Your Inner Artist.  Take a look, then free your inner artist!

10 Reasons to Free Your Inner Artist from Aroha Philanthropies on Vimeo.


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Artists Whose Most Creative Years Are After 60

The website, Artsy, features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place.

Artsy provided this inspiring article about artists who enjoy creating well into their later years.


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News from Pac Arts: Dive into the Art Tank Closing Reception 4/6

Pacific Avenue Arts Colony
303 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, California 90731 • 310-464-1264



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Tim Carpenter to Emcee SCAN Colloquium on Aging

SCAN, a leading senior-focused organization with the mission of keeping seniors healthy and independent, announced it will co-host a colloquium on aging and independence in partnership with Long Beach State University and the City of Long Beach.

On Wednesday, April 12, the event, “Aging Reimagined: A Community Approach to Health and Independence,” will be held at the Walter Pyramid on Long Beach State University’s campus. It will feature panel discussions and presentations by educators, city officials, industry leaders, and senior healthcare experts. The colloquium is the first of several community and employee engagement initiatives SCAN has planned in 2017 to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.

Tim Carpenter, Founder and Executive Director of EngAGE, and host and producer of the radio show Experience Talks, will serve as event emcee, lending his significant expertise to further amplify program discussions. Attendance at the colloquium is by invitation only, but you can read more about it here.


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News from Metro Chinatown: Food Forward

In an effort to assist residents with their food needs, EngAGE has partnered with Food Forward, a nonprofit that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to needy families across Los Angeles. For The Metro @ Chinatown Senior Lofts residents, the food is from the Brentwood Farmers Market. Eligible residents are always grateful for their monthly deliveries of fresh groceries.

~ Sandra Vargas, Regional Program Director


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Join Us on April 8th for the EngAGE in Creativity Annual Party for the Arts!

You’re invited! Join us and share the fun!

Great ’60s and ’70s music by The Blue Links!

We hope to see you at the party!


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