Most of us realize it’s difficult moving to a new place. Even if a move is desired, our old home, and our friends and family are left behind. Settling into a new job and a new town can be exciting and exhilarating, but also stressful and, sometimes, depressing. Sometimes even with living awhile in one place, our friends can move away and suddenly our hometown can seem not so familiar and inviting. After having lived in Los Angeles and the Pasadena area for over twenty years, and during the course of several years, we had four of our closest friends move out of town, out of state, and even out of the country—our hang-out buddies were no longer within driving distance, which created an odd sensation that we were “home” but no longer really felt at home.
How about making some new friends? Newcomers and Friends of San Gabriel Valley invite local residents to an array of events throughout the year that include hiking, brunch, movies, mah jong, bridge, crafting, a book club, and day trips. One such day trip, on March 1, is a tour of the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona. (Previous tours have included the Music Center Symphony and Homeboy Industries.)
The 2nd Wednesday of every month a luncheon is held at a local restaurant. March’s location will be in Montrose for a tea and fashion show. Other lunches featured “women voters in terms of their influence in the electorate,” and sisters in crime.
Newcomers Coffee “Meet & Greet”
Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m.
Santa Anita Church, Fireside Room
226 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
To learn more, visit SGVNewcomers.com
Or email SGVNewcomers@gmail.com
Cal Poly Pomona has a CPP farm and store, which sells its own purple, cheddar, and white cauliflower Brussels sprouts, and spinach, as well as citrus. Locally grown strawberries and honey are for purchase, as well as hydroponic beefsteak tomatoes, freshly squeezed orange juice, and even Horsehill Vineyards investiture wine. Or grind our own almond and peanut butters. Or relax and have a pour of CPP’s own craft-brewed beer.
CCP Farm’s Tomatozania is March 10, 11, and 12, offering over 200 varieties of plants at $2.99/plant. The greenhouse is open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.