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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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Registering for Virtual Keiro Forums

To register for any of the available webinars, please provide your information 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

July Virtual Keiro Forums:

Tech Hour
Thursday, July 2 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Come and join us for this Tech Hour where we will use the time to go over any questions that you might have regarding your smartphone or tablet device. We will take this opportunity to help you learn how to overcome barriers that are preventing you from enjoying your device to its fullest!
         Registration Link (Tech Hour Forum)

Lifestyle Changes During COVID-19
Tuesday, July 7 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

COVID-19 has changed several aspects of our lives. As we return back to “normal” how we interact with others and gather outside the house will be different. Join us to learn how to navigate different activities and determine how risky an outing or event may be.
         Registration Link (Lifestyle Changes During COVID-19 Forum)

Summer BBQ Series
Wednesday, July 8 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

In the spirit of summer, The Summer BBQ Series is a program designed to engage in meaningful conversation filled with story-telling and grilling tips and tricks. All to be accompanied by a Keiro program staff member who will be grilling and facilitating the conversation. We encourage all attendees to prepare your own lunch to share with in the forum.
         Registration Link (Summer BBQ Series Forum)

Ikebana with Satsuki Palter
Thursday, July 9 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Satsuki Palter has been an Ikebana artist for 37 years and is certified as a Sub-Grandmaster of Ohara Ikebana. She is president of the Ohara Los Angeles Chapter, the largest chapter in North America, and past president of Ikebana International LA Chapter. She has performed ikebana demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions at the Getty Museum, LA County Museum, LA Arboretum, and Japanese American National Museum, as well as many events such as Anime Expo, and is regularly invited to teach workshops throughout the country. In addition to her role as a leader in the Ikebana community, Satsuki also teaches Japanese tea ceremony. Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, Satsuki has resided in Los Angeles since 1996.
This live demonstration of ikebana floral sculpture will illustrate the various styles of Ohara-ryu, taught by Satsuki Palter, one of the leading ikebana teachers in the country. She will show you how to enjoy the beauty of ikebana.
         Registration Link (Ikebana with Satsuki Palter Forum)

Food Delivery & Pickup Services
Tuesday, July 14 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Come learn about different apps and services for food delivery and pickup. We will cover three categories including food delivery, grocery delivery, and store pickup. A walkthrough and comparison of a few examples will be shown.
         Registration Link (Food Delivery & Pickup Services Forum)

Wednesday, July 15 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Come join us as we play Scattegories a fun word game! Exercise creative thinking skills as you come up with words from a list of categories that start with a specified letter. For example, write down a “Boy’s Name” that starts with the letter “L”.
         Registration Link (Scattergories)

Why Iyashi Care?
Thursday, July 16 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A joint partnership between Keiro and Providence Health & Services, Iyashi Care is a palliative care program for Our Community. Designed to provide resources for families and loved ones when challenges with health arise, Iyashi Care is the extra layer of support involving a team consisting of a doctor, nurse, and social worker. Join this session to hear how Iyashi Care can have a place in the care and wellbeing of your loved ones and why you should consider this Keiro program today.
         Registration Link (Why Iyashi Care? Forum)

Community Craft Corner with Marion Nishimura
Tuesday, July 21 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Join us for our first Community Craft Corner event where we will be making newspaper flower cards taught by Marion Nishimura. We would love for you to craft along with us. You will need the following materials listed below to make this card.
Note: The first 20 guests to sign up before Monday, July 13th will be mailed a watercolor set with one paint brush, two sheets of white card stock, blue tissue paper, and buttons. Please come prepared with the rest of the materials, listed below, if you want craft along with us that day. Even if you do not sign up for this forum by July 13th, you can still follow along by gathering the list of supplies on your own.

Newspaper Flower Card Materials:
White card stock folded 4 ¼”  X  5 ½”
Newspaper (preferably Rafu Shimpo)
Tray of watercolor paint (can also use acrylic or poster paint)
Paintbrush (small or medium)
Blue tissue paper (new or used, larger than the size of the card)
Liquid white glue (Elmer’s Glue)
Small container with lid (to hold water and glue in the lid)
Any color card stock to cut out flower templates
Buttons (optional)
Blow dryer (to help dry your watercolored newspaper faster)
Pen or pencil

Marion Nishimura was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. After 33 years of teaching elementary school, Marion now enjoys being the grandmother to her three grandchildren and staying involved at the Orange County Buddhist Church. She is a member of OCBC’s Project Kokoro Crafts Program, Buddhist Women’s Association, Dharma School, and the Ukulele group.
         Registration Link (Community Craft Corner with Marion Nishimura Forum)

Smartphone Apps to Use at Home
Wednesday, July 22 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This forum will cover a few different iOS applications that can used on your smartphone from the comfort of your home. Join us for an explanation and walkthrough of how to use certain wellness, productivity, and entertainment iOS applications.
         Registration Link (Smartphone Apps to Use at Home Forum)

Mottainai Approach to Food Waste Recycling with Amy Honjiyo
Thursday, July 23 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Want a way to help sustain the earth?
It’s easy!
Collect your food waste. Sprinkle Bokashi. And two weeks later, bury food waste in your backyard.
Then wait two more weeks and your yard is ready for planting!
Come watch a simple demonstration of how to make and use Bokashi. The Bokashi method of food waste recycling originated in Okinawa by Dr. Higa. The active ingredient stops rotting and smells, instead food is fermented and retains its nutritive value. Bokashi enriches your soil and promotes plant growth.
Amy Honjiyo was born in East LA, California, transplanted in the suburbs and foothills, and re-rooted in Monterey Park. Her day jobs consisted of “pushing pencils then tapping keyboards.” She homeschooled a kodomo, and learned the best lessons start from the heart. She is now retired and recycled as a bokashi composting garbage collector in Little Tokyo (however currently staying at home).
         Registration Link (Mottanai Approach to Food Waste Recycling with Amy Honjiyo)

Conversation Kitchen
Tuesday, July 28 | 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 cooking their dish of choice and will participate in the group conversations with attendees.
         Registration Link (Conversation Kitchen Forum)

Understanding the Safe Use of Pain Medications presented by Independence at Home
Wednesday, July 29 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Oh, what a pain! Unfortunately, as we age, the chance of developing a painful condition increases. Pain medications are commonly used, but there are many concerns about their safety. Please join us to discover the safe use of pain medications.
Jenny Alcala-Alonzo is a Health Promotion Representative with Independence at Home and has been working with seniors over 15 years. She works extensively with the community, is bilingual in Spanish, and provides health education focused on older adults and their needs. At Independence at Home, it is their goal to motivate to take action to improve health.
         Registration Link (Understanding the Safe Use of Pain Medications)

Community Bingo
Thursday, July 30 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Do you miss playing Bingo at your community center or seeing you friends? Keiro invites you to virtually connect with others to enjoy a game of Bingo and have a chance to win prizes! Join the Keiro’s Community Bingo game with friends and compete with other community members.
         Registration Link (Community Bingo Forum)

Past Virtual Keiro Forum Topics:

  • 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 with your suggestions for discussion topics.