Recent Events


An interactive show featuring the kids from Moody’s Jazz Camp Artists-in-Residence Program.  Co-sponsored by Sierra Senior Services


Richard Rodgers provided an afternoon of singing, including songs from Broadway, songs from Americana, and just great songs for singing. Rick is a part-time Truckee resident who studied voice under long time, Metropolitan Opera Star, Sherill Milnes, and sang professionally with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Co-sponsored by Sierra Senior Services 


Installation artist Jane Jenny provides ongoing enrichment as she shares unique ways to create art, often using recycled materials.  Seniors leave with their newly created design.
Please contact Sandi Madigan at Sierra Senior Services for more information. 



The Tahoe Youth Ballet, along with several generous donors, provided tickets to a performance of The Tahoe Youth Ballet.  A bus full of seniors was escorted to the performance, where they enjoyed the show, refreshments and camaraderie.  


Performing Artists for Seniors provides free onsite cultural entertainment to low-income seniors. We service San Diego, Truckee/Tahoe and the East Bay area of San Francisco.

The PAFS program focuses on the interaction of performing artists such as ballroom dancers, musicians, and choirs with seniors in low-income areas. What makes our program unique is the structure of the performance; we facilitate audience participation before, during and after the performance so that the seniors are engaged with our performers. It’s not just entertainment, it’s also education, conversation, and stimulation. And it’s fun!

Many of our shows are performed by young adults and children. One of the favorite groups to have perform are children (with their choir or dance class). Our seniors and our performers come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. It is especially rewarding to bring a child entertainer who speaks Russian or Farsi who can communicate in a native language with a senior who might struggle with limited English. You can imagine the joy and personal connection during this unique interaction.


Marcela Smith is the founder and director of PAFS. Her passion for the arts started as a young child when she played Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” in the fourth grade. She continued acting throughout high school and later became a part-time model and spokesperson for various television commercials and print media.

Marcela’s corporate background is in the escrow industry, where she has served as Assistant Vice President and Regional Manager for a national title insurance company. Marcela has served as Vice President on the board of directors for Big Brothers and Sisters of North County in San Diego. She is a Certified Money Management Specialist with Consumer Credit Counselors/Money Management, Inc. She was a volunteer instructor with the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center in Alameda County, where she taught first- time home buyer classes and was an IRS-certified volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides tax return preparation assistance to low-income families. Marcela also taught a series of classes to low-income seniors, including Fraud Awareness & Prevention and Living on a Budget. Both Tri-Valley Housing and CCCS/MMI provide financial literacy education to individuals in order to empower them to take control of their finances.


Dr Patricia Dean was in private practice in Clinical Psychology for 25 years, specializing in mood disorders, neuropsychology and anxiety disorders. She was a professor at Dominican College Graduate School of Clinical Psychology for 12 years, and was the Secretary for the Marin County Psychological Association. Patty created a highly successful pro-bono counseling program for Marin County high schools. Patty brings her compassion, empathetic listening skills and artistic abilities to our program and is well loved by the seniors we serve.

Telephone: (619) 890-8989 Fax: (619) 819-9913




We are in the midst of the application process for 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, therefore your donations are not currently tax-deductible, but are needed. Please email us for more information on our budget and how you can help.

Checks should be made payable to: Performing Artists For Seniors and mailed to:


8033 Run of the Knolls

San Diego, CA 92127


A heartfelt thank you to our featured performers and volunteers:

Jane Jenny, installation artist.

Members of the Lahontan community: Laurie and John Bruns, Patty Dean, Coleen Liedhold, Colleen Haig, Glennis Jones, Wanda Cotton, Anne Birdsong, Ann Russello, Susan Tarantino, Rick Rodgers, Colleen and Art Chapman, Barb Smilie and Paula Sugimoto. 

San Ramon Valley Dance Academy dancers: Katie Colmery, Anna Symons and Millie Hanson.

Truckee High School Drama Club performers: Rachel Bove, Meredith Mattocks, Natalie Cutler and Karlie Mohun.

Student musicians and JJ Morgan's Moody’s Jazz Artists in Residency Program: JJ Morgan, Peter Apfelbaum, Adam Theis, Todd Sickafoose, Liberty Elman, Josh Jones and Ben Wendel. www.moodysbistro.com

Christin Hanna and the Tahoe Youth Ballet

Elizabeth Mier, Harpist www.lizmierharp.com

Noemi Warren with 4 Ever Dance Studio www.4everdancestudio.com

Tahoe Elite Private Car Servie www.tahoeelite.com

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In The News

Read about PAFS events in the community

June 25, 2011 Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, article in The Sierra Sun: www.sierrasun.com

July 19, 2012 Sierra Sun article on Jazz Jam with Moody’s Jazz Camp: www.sierrasun.com

September 19, 2012 Sierra Sun News article on Art Project with Jane Jenny: www.sierrasun.com

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