Pasadena city officials Wednesday launched “Connect Pasadena,” a website to bring free educational and engaging content from various local businesses and cultural institutions to people sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal is to keep Pasadenans “active, entertained and enlightened” as they stay at home and practice social distancing, according to Lisa Derderian, the city’s public information officer.

The site has links to fitness videos, cooking and baking classes, and art and education activities for children. Those interested in adding their own virtual content for others to use can do so through a form on the site.

“With so many events and daily activities being canceled on account of safety measures taken to flatten the curve of COVID-19, both the city of Pasadena and the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau recognize the need for all of us to stay connected while continuing to support our local businesses and institutions,” said Michelle Garrett, the city’s special projects manager.

The site can be viewed by everyone, not just those living in Pasadena, at bit.ly/2USKl8e .

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