For more than two decades, the City of West Hollywood has organized an annual series of activities to engage its thriving population of older community members during Senior Month, celebrated each May. West Hollywood’s ongoing efforts to support, celebrate, and value older adults is part of the commitment to being an age-friendly city.
The City of West Hollywood’s Senior Advisory Board meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the City’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. This meeting will include a discussion of issues of importance to the older adult community. The meeting will also be livestreamed and available for replay on the City’s WeHoTV YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/wehotv.
Additional programing in May includes:
- Honeycomb Harmonies by Keenan Hartsen – Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Plummer Park’s Vista Lawn, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard – Hosted by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, paint tires and play recycled musical instruments with artist Keenan Hartsen at this interactive art installation in the park.
- 78th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day – Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 12 p.m. at Plummer Park Fiesta Hall, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard – Co-hosted by the City of West Hollywood’s Russian-Speaking Advisory Board and the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center, Helix Collective’s 10-piece film-music ensemble will perform music from the innovative films of the 1920s to 1980s by composers from the former Soviet Union.
- Maysky Classical Night – Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 5 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard – Join the City of West Hollywood’s Russian-Speaking Advisory Board for an evening filled with beautiful classical music. RSVP is requested at https://givebutter.com/2023Maysky
- Walt Disney Family (virtual) Museum Tour – Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 12 p.m. – Join the museum’s certified Storyteller Guide for a virtual journey through the Walt Disney Family Museum. Contact (323) 876-1717 for more information and to register for this virtual tour.
- Human Rights Speakers Series: AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman – Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard – Connie Norman was a fierce, witty, and compassionate AIDS/Trans activist in ’80s and ’90s Los Angeles. The film uniquely and intimately explores the overall story of AIDS activism through the life of Connie Norman, and “ordinary kids achieving the extraordinary” by confronting a plague when others wouldn’t, and essentially defending their right to exist. The event will also include an interactive intergenerational discussion exploring youth-led human rights activism in the past and today. Come learn about the activism of the past to help inform the activism of the future! Free Admission. RSVP Required: https://HRSS-2023May20.eventbrite.com
- Seniors In Action (SIA): Community + Connection + Conversation – Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard – Activities that provide engaging opportunities for participants to learn something new, contribute their talents and experience, and deepen their connection to the West Hollywood Community. This is an interactive experience, so be prepared to participate! Seniors In Action is presented by the West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center in collaboration with the City of West Hollywood’s Senior Advisory Board. Please contact Marina Goldshteyn at email@example.com to sign up and receive more information. SIA events are held monthly on every fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m.
- “Eddy’s World” – Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, Rooms 5 and 6, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard – Film screening, followed by Q&A with director Lyn Goldfarb, Eddy’s daughter. Eddy’s World is an engaging portrait of a 101-year-old toy inventor. Optimistic, creative, and curious, Eddy is an endearing storyteller who shares his philosophies of life and his wisdom on aging. No RSVP required.
Community members ages 50+ are also encouraged to enjoy the many virtual and in-person programs and services offered by Los Angeles LGBT Center Senior Services Department. The Senior Services May newsletter, including the calendar of events and information about how to RSVP is available on the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s website. This month’s highlighted activities are:
- Senior Art Exhibition Opening – Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 5 p.m. in the Gallery at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, located at 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood – Opening reception for the exhibition featuring art created during the Senior Arts Program. The show will run through the month of May.
- National LGBTQ Elders Day – Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Center, located at 1118 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood – Join the Los Angeles LGBT Center for a lunch and service to pay tribute to earlier generations whose activism and bravery have created a path for younger community members to envision a future free from discrimination and stigmatization.
- Art Lecture: Breaking the Gay Code – Wednesday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, located at 1118 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood – Learn about the double lives of iconic queer artists. Discover Caravaggio’s audacious life, John Singer Sargent’s secret muses, the extraordinary female artists living in Boston marriages, and Frida Kahlo’s intimate relationship with Georgia O’Keeffe.
- Senior Showcase – Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, located at 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood – Senior Center groups will come together to showcase their talents including writing, dancing, exercises, and much more!
Senior Month programming is presented by the City of West Hollywood and its Senior Advisory Board, the Activities Program of West Hollywood Comprehensive Services Center of Jewish Family Service LA, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
For more information about additional related programming in the month of May and about senior services in the City of West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org/services/social-services/senior-services. For additional information about City of West Hollywood’s Aging in Place/Aging in Community Strategic Plan, please visit www.weho.org/aging.
For more information, please call the City of West Hollywood’s Social Services Division at (323) 848-6510. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
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