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Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

On September 25th, one hundred-twenty Gooden School students became “artful ambassadors for peace.” The students used chalk as their medium and pavement as their canvas as they created artworks reflecting their visions of peace for themselves, others and the world. “Peace feels like a warm hug,” said a third-grader. “Peace sounds like sizzling bacon,” said […]

Honoring the Fallen

Honoring the Fallen

Some of you may know that I serve on the Citizen Support Group for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Center in Pasadena—2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, commonly known as 2/23. The center will be open to the public Thursday, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m. for the dedication of a memorial to fallen U.S. Marines who made the ultimate […]

Don’t Throw Out the Bathwater

Don’t Throw Out the Bathwater

(Official text) Interested in learning how to install your own simple greywater irrigation system? Greywater Corps offers a greywater class and hands-on workshop on Saturday, October 4th, where you will learn all about greywater and then participate in installing a laundry-to-landscape system, converting a washing machine to safe, legal greywater use. This type of system may […]

CROP Hunger Walk

CROP Hunger Walk

Polish Catholics, Serbian Orthodox, Korean Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Swedenborgians, Coptics, American Baptists, and African Methodists. These are just a few of the 37 member communities that make up CWS, Church World Service. Working as partners, their goals are to “eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.” Besides organizing to help […]

“Cheer on the Boys in Blue” Hathaway-Sycamores Fundraiser

“Cheer on the Boys in Blue” Hathaway-Sycamores Fundraiser

We once had the opportunity to work on a Bud Light commercial in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Three days of night shoots. As the craftservice person for the main talent, we were rather over-the-moon because he primary talent was none other than Joe Namath. We admit to a bit of “fangirling,” but remained professional […]

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

“In 1986, we saw an ad in the popular Recycler that read ‘Idaho Cougar, 6 weeks, male, $600.’ We were lucky to have a friend with a zookeeper’s license, a large piece of land and a safe, sturdy enclosure. We had lots of animal experience including previous mentorships with big cat and wolf trainers under […]

Paco’s for Foothill

Paco’s for Foothill

Christina Karagias states that when she was growing up, the restaurant was called La Pinata. She also says, “I had always wanted to buy it, and in 1996, my goal came true.” Christina is owner of Paco’s Mexican Restaurant in Arcadia and she says that half of her current staff is the original staff from […]

Making Real Change

Making Real Change

On August 13th, Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard will unveil a meter. Why so special? This so-called meter is a new “donation meter” for collecting spare change, the proceeds of which will help fund homes for the homeless. Small change as well as credit card donations will be accepted “through (these) uniquely designed meters.” Beginning at 11 […]

Jr. League of Pasadena

Jr. League of Pasadena

Love volunteering? Training? Taking action? Helping women reach their potential? The Junior League of Pasadena holds an open house on August 9th where interested parties may meet current members, ask questions, learn about volunteer projects run in partnership with local nonprofits. Some projects “focus on girls’ health and wellness, art education in Pasadena schools, family […]

Pesky Red Swamp Crayfish

Pesky Red Swamp Crayfish

There are a lot of acronyms involved in this story, like MRT, OBA, and NPS. These are the “big dogs” behind 5 Pasadena students, and many other volunteers, who have been making their way to Malibu in order to restore a balanced environment. It seems Malibu Creek has been overrun with non-native crayfish, specifically the Red […]

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