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May 17, 2021

Creative Living at MonteCedro provides a wealth of activities to inspire and delight

Life is full of opportunity. This simple truth is a cornerstone of the philosophy that ECS calls Creative Living. Life-long learning has always been an important part of our active senior living communities. Driven and inspired by our commitment to create exceptional services for seniors, we developed the Creative Living Academy. In partnership with residents, staff and knowledge experts in our community, the program has been specifically designed to further enrich opportunities for exploration and discovery.

The MonteCedro Creative Living Academy

At MonteCedro, an ECS community for resort-style senior living in Pasadena, we have a vibrant culture that embraces our Creative Living Academy. Here, our mission is to provide regular educational, cultural, and recreational experiences for our residents. These diverse and stimulating opportunities for growth and fulfillment are delivered in an accessible atmosphere that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful to all.

Jackie Stevens, Regional Director of Creative Living says, “Residents tell us that there isn’t enough time to attend all the activities they are interested in.” True to her word, this month’s events calendar provides residents with a wealth of options.

Regularly Scheduled Events for MonteCedro Residents

Perspective, insight, and growth are important components of a life well lived, so we offer a range of activities. From Ted Talks to Master Classes, meditation to dancing, there is always something happening to stimulate your mind and spirit.

  • Weekly Spanish Class, Mondays 

Join guest instructor Amy Vanni for a fun and engaging language learning journey. Improve practical skills as you develop a foundational understanding, all in a relaxed, enjoyable, and supportive atmosphere.

  • Thoughtful Thursdays, every other Thursday 

Moderated by Chaplain Brian, this discussion group explores the issues of gratitude, compassion, relationships, and other topics important for personal growth and thoughtfulness.

  • Country Line Dance, every other Friday 

Guest instructor Francisco will keep you moving and grooving during this fun-filled hour. Enjoy great music with others as you learn some of the most popular line dances around.

Residents can also take advantage of our in-house Channel 900. Every day there is a variety of regularly scheduled programming to enjoy including general fitness classes, seated Tai Chi classes, music programs, and nature specials.

Special Events

Every month, the MonteCedro Creative Living Academy offers a diverse range of events, both eclectic and topical. The quality is extremely high with renowned experts, both local and national, joining us. From the delightful to the thought-provoking, there is something for everyone. Please note, some events require advanced registration.

  • Goat Yoga!  

Yes, you read that right. Back by popular demand, Goat Yoga blends the benefits of yoga with the delight of baby goats. Class takes place in our own Mountain View Park. All levels participate. Those who prefer to simply watch and enjoy are provided chairs for spectating.

  • Mount Wilson Observatory – History & Science 

Tim Thompson, President Emeritus of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, provides a guided Zoom tour of the observatory. Along the way, he recounts some of the institution’s major scientific achievements. Tim’s incredible knowledge and storytelling abilities has us seeing astronomy in a whole new light.

  • Glorious Music

Julliard-trained pianist Beth Sussman drops by via Zoom, to share her talents. Beth will provide her insight on musical composition as she plays a selection of short classical works, music from the Wizard of Oz and songs by the great Harold Arlen.


These events only reflect a selection of what’s happening. Every month brings new opportunities to discover, explore and embrace life-long learning through our Creative Living Academy.

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