Good Deeds


Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?

Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?

It’s time once again for the annual Orange and Grapefruit sale, brought to you by Altadena Nursery School. Since 1953 ANS families have offered gourmet-quality California navel oranges and Arizona ruby grapefruit, delivered to your door by the schools’ current families. Only days off the tree and priced well below market rates, the citrus is […]

Five Acres

Five Acres

Founded as an orphanage in 1888, Five Acres now focuses on preventing child abuse and helping victims of abuse. Many of the children it helps live and attend school on the pretty, green Altadena campus; others are placed in foster homes or are guided through the adoption process. Because of the abuse and/or neglect they’ve […]

Pasadena Heritage

Pasadena Heritage

The second largest preservation group in California, Pasadena Heritage has played a big part in saving and showcasing the city’s best assets, from Old Town to the Colorado Street Bridge to the Huntington Hotel. It sponsors two outstanding events, the nationally renowned Craftsman Heritage Weekend in October and the Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge […]

Pasadena Educational Foundation

Pasadena Educational Foundation

Supporting public education in Pasadena is the mission of this group, whose board comprises some of Pasadena’s best and brightest. It raises a good amount of money to support the schools, and it acts as a portal for volunteers and for businesses looking to “adopt” a neighborhood school. The summer enrichment program is particularly worthwhile, […]

The 12 Days of Holiday Helping

The 12 Days of Holiday Helping

As a Pasadena newcomer and intern for Hometown Pasadena, I have witnessed the many ways which the people of the greater Pasadena community have consistently donated their time and money to those in need. While programs and donations for low-income adults and children have recently dwindled in my hometown, Pasadenans continue to give. Keep it […]

Bring Joy to Families in Need

Bring Joy to Families in Need

Many of the client families served by Pasadena’s Foothill Family Service struggle on a day-to-day basis to purchase food and necessities, all while bearing the additional strain of overcoming trauma or abuse or facing other mental health challenges. This year, local schools, businesses and community groups are encouraged to host holiday toy drives to support FFS’s  annual Adopt-A-Family program. With […]

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

Established by a retired teacher and Quaker who saw the challenges faced by young, poor, isolated mothers in Northwest Pasadena, Mother’s Club is a lifeline for many local women. It combines a quality preschool for children with education and support for the mostly Latina moms, with classes in English, parenting skills, career planning, support for […]

Cheek Swab = Free Mimosa

Cheek Swab = Free Mimosa

Altadena resident and blogger Susan Carrier, who recently had hip surgery, was lamenting that she can’t volunteer at any A3M bone marrow drives during her recovery. Since she can’t go to the drives, she’s decided to invite local residents (ages 18 to 60) to come to her to register for the National Bone Marrow Registry. At the […]

E-Waste In, Energizer Bunny Out

E-Waste In, Energizer Bunny Out

With plug-in devices and rechargeable batteries, the Energizer Bunny may be meeting his end. But don’t trash those old-school AAs, allowing their chemicals to seep into the soil. Gather all your obsolete electronics (computers, stereos, clock radios, etc.) and bring them to the E-Waste Collection on Saturday, November 13.  It is free of charge and […]

Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping

Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping

Brisket tacos and an easy way to get a jump on holiday shopping? Yep, it’s a win-win this weekend at an artisan boutique being hosted by the Pasadena Jewish Center & Temple. Look for an appearance by the hot new truck Takosher (we can personally vouch for the brisket tacos, and word is that the […]

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