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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 [...]

Convalescent Aid Society

Convalescent Aid Society

This wonderful group has been laboring in relative obscurity since 1923, and it’s trying to get the word out so more people will take advantage of its services. Its mission is to help people recover from illness and surgery in the comfort of their own homes, by providing the free loan of medical equipment: wheelchairs, [...]

Sprucing Up the Arroyo

Sprucing Up the Arroyo

Joni Mitchell was right, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Fortunately, the vast parking lots abutting the Arroyo Seco near the Rose Bowl have been mitigated by the restoration of much of the Arroyo Watershed, and for that we are grateful to many, especially the Arroyo Seco Foundation. If you ever use [...]

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Our very own Extreme Home Makeover, this affiliate of the international organization has built more than 36 homes for deserving families right here in the San Gabriel Valley. And it’s also helped build houses from Mexico to Sri Lanka. Volunteer aid of every kind is put to excellent use, from making lunch for the construction [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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