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Due to COVID-19, Keiro has decided to transition all of our scheduled in-person events in 2020 to alternative formats. Read full statement here.

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Keiro partners with dozens of community centers, churches, temples, and groups serving Japanese American and Japanese older adults to provide comprehensive programming to meet the needs of their aging members. After working to identify needs, Keiro and our community partners develop action plans to schedule appropriate classes and trainings.

During the time of COVID-19, Keiro will be hosting various webinars through Zoom. Please use this time to learn something new, and stay connected with Keiro and others!

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For each event, please sign up through the registration link. We will send you a link to attend from Zoom.

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November 2020 Virtual Keiro Forums Calendar

Upcoming Keiro Forum Topics

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Registering for Virtual Keiro Forums

To register for any of the available webinars, please provide your information by filling out the form in the link below each forum description. If you need assistance getting connected to the Zoom meetings, please contact Keiro at programs@keiro.org
All times are in PST.

November 2020 Virtual Keiro Forums Calendar


Virtual Keiro Forums:

You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series Week 5: Social Media presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Tuesday, December 1 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

If you have grandchildren, this presentation is highly recommended.
Ever wonder what social media is really about beyond posting photos and videos? From Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, YouTube and Twitter, we are going to deep dive into how it can be both our greatest ally and mortal enemy. You will learn the do’s and don’ts, slang terminology, what is vlogging and who is a social media influencer and more! 
The You’ve Been Pop Culture’d series is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge about pop culture topics that have defined generations and society. It will encourage and strengthen multigenerational relationships, such as with grandchildren or children, and deepen your respect for and understanding of the evolution of pop culture. The series will discuss the following pop culture topics in order: music, dance, film, television, social media, nerd media, Disney.


Conversation Kitchen with Lauren Yoshiyama
Wednesday, December 2 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Conversation Kitchen is a cooking webinar where participants can engage in different conversations about food. This webinar will be hosted by a Keiro staff member who will be baking Black Sesame cookies and will participate in the group conversations with attendees.


Sharing Our Mother’s Recipes with Marion Nishimura and NJ Nakamura
Thursday, December 3 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Join community members Marion Nishimura and NJ Nakamura for a cooking demonstration featuring some of their mother’s recipes. These childhood friends will demonstrate some family recipes and share how cooking can unite generations and span friendships.


You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series Week 6: Nerd Media presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Tuesday, December 8 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

If you have grandchildren, this presentation is highly recommended.
Did you watch The Big Bang Theory as recommended in Week 4: Television? It’s the one show that celebrates and educates us about nerd media. Nerd media encompasses exactly what you think it does: video games, comic books, superheroes, SciFi franchises, board games, book series, anime/manga…the list goes on. It is one of the largest pop culture topics that is booming in mainstream popularity and has been redefined as “cool.” Hop into your Batmobile as we travel through Gotham City to discover what is nerd media.
The You’ve Been Pop Culture’d series is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge about pop culture topics that have defined generations and society. It will encourage and strengthen multigenerational relationships, such as with grandchildren or children, and deepen your respect for and understanding of the evolution of pop culture. The series will discuss the following pop culture topics in order: music, dance, film, television, social media, nerd media, Disney.


Mochi Madness with Kent Marume
Wednesday, December 9 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us on Wednesday December 9th as Keiro staff pound mochi using usu and kine and guide attendees through the history of mochi. We will also be sharing our favorite mochi stories and hope you can do the same!


Feel Good Vibes: Holiday Edition with Kelsey Uyeda (Live Virtual DJ Experience)
Thursday, December 10 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

There is a reason they say, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Feel Good Vibes: Live Virtual DJ experience is back and just in time for the holiday season. Deck out in your favorite holiday gear as we celebrate the end of 2020 and look forward to a brighter future of hope and joy. Dance, sing-along or listen to the music in the background as you gift yourself with an hour of living your best life. Feel Good Vibes: Live Virtual DJ experience is based in the psychology of music and ranges in music genres and decades. You will perceive positive emotions due to the song’s musical elements (tempo, melodic contour & mode) and hear songs that you are familiar and unfamiliar with.  It is an opportunity to explore new music and develop multigenerational relationships.


You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series Week 7: Disney presented by Kelsey Uyeda
Tuesday, December 15 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

If you have grandchildren, this presentation is highly recommended.
“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” ~Walt Disney
Everyone has a fond Disney memory, whether it was your first Disney film or your first trip to Disneyland. You remember the moment you realized that Disney magic is real and the overwhelming emotions of entering an ageless universe. The final pop culture topic of the series encompasses the pop culture topics of Week 1—Week 6 and provides you with everything you need to know for your next visit to the Disney Parks. Everyone is welcome to wear their favorite Disney gear from Mickey ears to their Mickey Mouse Club t-shirt. Joy, laughter and magic are the greatest gifts in life, so let’s celebrate together with Disney magic!
The You’ve Been Pop Culture’d series is an opportunity for you to gain knowledge about pop culture topics that have defined generations and society. It will encourage and strengthen multigenerational relationships, such as with grandchildren or children, and deepen your respect for and understanding of the evolution of pop culture. The series will discuss the following pop culture topics in order: music, dance, film, television, social media, nerd media, Disney.


Introduction to Senior Housing Options
Wednesday, December 16 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

In this webinar, Keiro staff members Heather Harada and Brandon Leong will provide a general overview of long term care options available for older adults, including the levels of care available and payment methods for different housing options. They will also provide a sneak peak at Keiro’s new online resource directory, to launch in February 2021, to help locate services for older adults in Our Community.


Shibori Demonstration by Haven Lin-Kirk
Thursday, December 17 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Shibori is an ancient Asian technique used to create different patterns on fabric. Join guest speaker Haven Lin-Kirk as she demonstrates different shibori techniques and the dyeing process.
Haven Lin-Kirk has been involved in art and design education for more than 20 years. In addition to being the dean of USC Roski and on the faculty at the school, she frequently lectures and conducts workshops at a number of Southern California organizations including Scripps College, Loyola Marymount University, University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture + Design Museum, and Otis College of Art and Design, among others. Professionally, she is an award-winning designer with a list of clients that includes the Los Angeles Times, Claim Jumpers, Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, Pennzoil, Quark Xpress, Adobe, NASCAR, Random House E-books and Toyota Motor Corporation.
Lin-Kirk is also an accomplished artist, having had exhibitions at the Brewery Arts Complex, PØST Gallery; and Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, in Los Angeles; Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica; Peggy Phelps Gallery at Claremont Graduate University; and Otak Gallery in Dubrovnik, Croatia; among others.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, of Chinese descent, Haven Lin-Kirk moved to Montreal, Canada, and subsequently to the United States as a young child. She has since lived throughout the U.S. and also resided for a short time in Saudi Arabia. She earned a BA at California State University of Fullerton, California and an MFA at Claremont Graduate University. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Arts Excellence (with USC Roski Design students and Ryman Arts, LA), received eight Maggie Awards for excellence in layout and publication design while working in the design field, and was honored by the Los Angeles’ Mayor’s Office as one of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month’s artists.


Kokoro no Hashi (心の橋) presented by Brandon Takahashi
Friday, December 18 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Kokoro no Hashi (心の橋) is an opportunity for highschool students to show off their talent/skill sets to our community. With a variety of acts ranging from dance to magic as well as interviews with the performers, the program is a great way for the younger generation to connect with the older generation.
Brandon Takahashi will be a Junior at Polytechnic School in Pasadena. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus since 2012 and is a member of the Jazz band at school, playing the Vibraphone, keyboard and doing vocals. Through youth leadership programs such as Kizuna and Rising Stars, he is also actively learning about the Japanese American community and ways in which he can engage and provide service.



Past Virtual Keiro Forum Topics:

  • Making Home Safe presented by Alzheimer’s Los Angeles
  • Face Mask Croakie Making with Mary Ellen Wong
  • You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series – Week 3: Film presented by Kelsey Uyeda
  • Winter Snowflake Decoration with Marion Nishimura
  • You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series – Week 2: Dance presented by Kelsey Uyeda
  • Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) Defining Courage Exhibition Virtual Tour
  • You’ve Been Pop Culture’d Series – Week 1: Music presented by Kelsey Uyeda
  • Art Journaling 101 with Audrey Okeya
  • Sumo Wrestling 101 by Matthew Tsunawaki
  • Conversation Kitchen
  • Judo Journey presented by Brent Yasukochi
  • Dietary Supplements for Brain Health – What the Science Says presented by Dr. Bill Liu
  • Crochet for Charity with Alison Yoshihara
  • Meditation and Mindfulness 101
  • Let’s Destress presented by Independence at Home
  • Kabocha Roast with Kent Marume
  • Estate Planning 101 presented by Staci Toji, Esq.
  • Succulent Pumpkin Demonstration by Mary Ellen Wong
  • Self Care with Claire
  • Tech Hour
  • It’s Ok to Say No
  • Active Every Day presented by Independence at Home
  • Community Craft Corner with Mary Ellen Wong
  • Kokoro no Hashi (心の橋) featuring Brandon Takahashi and Friends
  • Team Scattergories
  • How Can Iyashi Care Benefit Me?
  • Feel Good Vibes: Live Virtual DJ Experience by Kelsey Uyeda
  • Summer BBQ Series by Kent Marume
  • Staying Connected Through Social Media
  • Understanding the Safe Use of Pain Medications presented by Independence at Home
  • Community Craft Corner with Marion Nishimura
  • Mottainai Approach to Food Waste Recycling with Amy Honjiyo
  • Ikebana Demonstration by Satsuki Palter
  • Sun Safety and Hydration
  • Caregiver Tips: Everyday Tasks
  • How to Host Virtual Bingo
  • Community Lunch
  • Japanese American Health Overview
  • Heart Health
  • Exploring YouTube
  • Tips on Being a Safe Consumer
  • Senior Scams
  • Earthquake Preparedness
  • Food Delivery Apps

Have any suggestions for future Keiro Virtual Forums?

Email our team at programs@keiro.org with your suggestions for discussion topics.