After Years of Giving Back, Simmons Receives Honors

In recognition of her lifetime of charitable work through the Greater Pasadena area, longtime San Marino resident Rary Simmons will be the guest of honor at the Pasadena Senior Center’s annual Zest Gala this weekend.

Rary Simmons
Rary Simmons

“Being selected as a Zest honoree was a great honor and surprise,” Simmons said in a phone interview. “It’s hard to say no to them. They have something for everybody and they do a good job. It’s a privilege to be able to help.”
Simmons, who raised five children in San Marino, has lived in the community for 65 years, 62 of them in the same home. (“Can’t move,” she quipped. “The closets are too full. It’s too much trouble to clean them out.”) Growing up in the small, affluent community is what inspired her to give so much back, Simmons said.
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Pasadena Senior Center Holds Free Events in March

There is something for everyone in March at the Pasadena Senior Center, located at 85 E. Holly Street. Membership is not required to be attend, but some events require advance reservations as noted.
Friday Movie Matinee — Friday, March 30, at 1 p.m. “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005, PG) starring David Strathairn and George Clooney. Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow decides to try and bring down U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy during the senator’s communism witch hunt.
Tech It Up! The Basics and Benefits of Technology — Monday, March 26, from 3-4:30 p.m. Yelp and Expedia. Presented by Jade Myer, a Pasadena community Gold Award Girl Scout candidate.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program — Mondays and Wednesdays, Through April 11, at 11 a.m. Using low-impact and low-intensity exercises, seniors with arthritis can increase their flexibility, range of motion and muscle strength during this six-week program that can be modified for each person’s need, whether sitting, standing or on the floor. Register by calling (626) 685-6732.
Understanding the Bill of Rights — Monday, March 26, at 1 p.m. The U.S. Constitution has 27 amendments. Learn about the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments that were ratified in 1791 and outline the basic rights and freedoms of American citizens. Presented by Carol Cheadle. Please RSVP at the welcome desk.
Five Wishes/Advance Directives — Thursday, March 29, at 10 a.m. Do you know what kind of care you want if you become seriously ill? By filling out a simple form, you can tell your family and friends about your healthcare wishes ahead of time and spare them the uncertainty and confusion that can be associated with trying to make decisions without such a directive. Learn how a healthcare power of attorney is used in California and how to communicate your wishes with a concise yet comprehensive document. This class will highlight Five Wishes, the advance directive used by most physicians and health plans. Attendees will receive forms at no cost. Presented by Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.

Black History Celebration at Senior Center

Members and nonmembers of the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., are invited to a Black History Month celebration Monday, Feb. 19, from noon-2:30 p.m.
The celebration will include a soul food luncheon, jazz music and more, representing the pride, dignity, grace and inspiration of African-American heritage. The event is sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center Ebony Ladies of Distinction.
Registration is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers.
For more information about the Pasadena Senior Center, visit or call (626) 795-4331.

Basketball League Starts at Pasadena Senior Center

Registration is open and all skill levels are invited for the next season of the Pasadena Senior Center 3×3 Basketball League for women ages 40 and older.
Games will be played Sundays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 and 25 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Braun Athletic Center at Caltech. The registration fee is $35 per player.
Time and location are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.
For more information and to register, contact Oma Soto at or call (323) 320-0948.