23rd Annual PFAR Wreath Auction

The 23rd annual holiday wreath auction is back once again, a gift of love, a gift of peace, a gift of happiness, may these all be yours this cheerful holiday season!

Join the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS Charitable foundation for an evening of good cheer, holiday cocktails, an elegant dinner, and the 23rd annual wreath auction! Join us on Friday, December 5th 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Altadena Town & Country Club 2290 Country Club Drive Altadena, CA 91001. Tickets can be purchased online at pfarcf.org/wreathauction for $125 before November 26th and $150 November 27th and after.

Founded in 1907, forty-one of Pasadena’s real estate men came together with the desire to “promote good fellowship and fair dealing” in the industry. Since then their mission is to support local charities actively involved in our community through financial donations with a special emphasis on charities that have low administrative overhead and a focus on disadvantaged and needy populations; to foster tomorrow’s leaders by providing scholarships to graduating public high school students; and to promote public awareness of the positive impact that REALTORS make within our community.

Friday, December 5, 2014. 6:00 p.m. Altadena Town & Country Club 2290 Country Club Drive Altadena, CA 91001. Tickets $125 before November 26th and $150 November 27th and after at pfarcf.org/wreathauction.

-Stephanie Hurtado

Photo courtesy of Pasadena-Foothills Association


5 Events helping Spread the Holiday Cheer this Thanksgiving Day

It’s that time again to bring out the Turkey and holiday cheer! May you have many reasons for love, laughter, and joy this Thanksgiving holiday! Around this time of year it’s a great time to extend a helping hand to those in need as well. We’ve tracked down a few events for you to give back in this joyful and festive holiday.

1. Thanksgiving Day Run and Food Drive

Family, friends, turkey, pie, and food, food, food! Thats what Thanksgiving night is all about so come work up your appetite and join in on all the action before all the festivities begin! The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge invites you to join them on their 21st annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Run and Food Drive. This Thanksgiving event has been a local tradition and a community favorite with families, athletes, and community supporters of all types! Please bring only non-perishable food items for donations.

5K Regular: $35 (Before Tuesday November 25th)
5K On-Site: $40 (Cash & Checks Only)
Kids 1 Mile Regular: $15 (Before Tuesday November 25th)
Kids 1 Mile On-Site: $20 (Cash & Checks Only)

Thursday November 27th 2014
Registration starts at 7:00 a.m.
8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m.
Memorial Park in La Canada Flintridge
1301 Foothill Blvd. La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011.


2. Giving Back For All We Have Received

Everyone deserves to enjoy a plentiful feast of good food, family, and friends! Join Jacobs Deliverance Foundation Corporation in providing Thanksgiving meals to Veterans, Families in need and local Homeless. Lend a helping hand, provide a meal for someone in need, and help fill a turkey basket -Lets come together and give back for all we receive.

Meal ticket Donation: $5
Wednesday November 26th 2014
12pm (noon)
Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103.

3. Join the The Pasadena Senior Center for another year of its Thanksgiving tradition providing beautifully decorated tables, and a delicious Thanksgiving meal specially prepared by Chef Vince -all the holiday favorites; roasted Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, salad and more! Cooking and clean up is all taken care of, simply join us for an evening of thanks!

Thursday November 27th 2014
85 E. Holly St. Pasadena, CA 91103
12 p.m.


4. Tofurkey Trot

Spread the peace! Turkeys need love and peace too! Join us at the Tofurky Trot Run, designed to support both the health and vitality of local communities and raise money for local groups supporting plant based diets. The 5k run, trot, or walk is open to all levels of physical fitness.  It’s a great day to enjoy the company of fellow plant eaters and highlight the benefits of plant based diets on this largely carnivorous holiday. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable, vegan, and other food items and their furry animal companions!

$25 Pre-Registration
$30 On-Site Registration

November 27th 2014
9:00 Start time
Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Lot K, Pasadena, CA


5. Union Station Homeless Services’ Annual Dinners-in-the-Park

The best way to give thanks is to give back. For more than 40 years, community volunteers who are hungry to help have helped Union Station Homeless Services serve thousands of free meals to homeless and low-income adults and families, senior citizens, and those who are alone at the holidays or unable to afford a holiday meal.

Volunteer registration for Thanksgiving is now closed, but the agency is still in need of non-perishable food donations. A Wish List of much needed items can be found at http://unionstationhs.org/?p=3570.The community is invited to drop off these supplies (in the indicated sizes) at 412 S. Raymond.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Health Department regulations, Union Station Homeless Services is no longer able to accept turkey or prepared food donations at the event.

Volunteer Suggested Donation: $10
Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014.
Noon start time
Central Park, Pasadena
Corner of Del Mar Blvd. and Fair Oaks Avenue


Stephanie Hurtado and Jose Florentino

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

PCDA 3rd Annual Toy Drive

Christmas comes but once a year, let’s get together for some holiday cheer! Grab all your dolls and holiday gifts, join us with your generous spirit to spread extra love and holiday spirit!

The Professional Child Development Associates invite you to it’s 3rd Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit children with Autism and other developmental challenges starting Wednesday, November 12th through Sunday, December 21st 2014 at participating businesses: PCDA, Arroyo Insurance Services, American Red Cross, Bea’s Knees Pasadena, Christian Service Ministry ABVM Pasadena, Jones Coffee Roasters, Pasadena Massage Company, Real Food Daily. Run With Us, Stats, Stats Vape Shop, The Old Town Shaving Company, Whole Foods-Foothill & Arroyo. We ask donations be new, unwrapped, and NOT battery operated.

PCDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improve the lives of children and young adults who have autism and other developmental challenges, through leadership in family-centered, multidisciplinary services and professional training as a team under the direction of Diane Cullinane, M.D, developmental pediatrician and Mimi Winer, R.N., M.S., child development specialist.

Wednesday, November 12th – Sunday, December 21st 2014 at participating businesses.

-Stephanie Hurtado

Photo Courtesy of PCDA

Watch the Magic Unfold- Pasadena Waldorf: Elves’ Faire

Get ready for another beautiful, magical Elves’ Faire! This event is created each fall through the creativity, passion, and dedication of the PWS parents, staff, and faculty as a gift to the greater community.


Pasadena Waldorf invites you to the 29th Annual Elves’ Faire. Each fall the Pasadena Waldorf parents, staff, and faculty dedicate their time, creativity, and passion into creating the intricate event known as  the Elves’ Faire. Now on it’s 29th year the event will take place at 209 E. Mariposa St, Altadena CA 91001. The event is free and open to all. Events starts at 10 am and will continue into 4 pm. There will be arts and crafts, games, puppet shows and storytellers, the Elves’ Forest photo studio, music, pixie party, and much more! There will also be different food choices to choose from such as Fairies’ Feast, The Tea Garden, Jack Frost Bake Shoppe, and Beverage Stations.

Waldorf Education is based on educator and philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s (1861-1925) research on child development. The Waldorf approach recognizes the simple insight that children learn in distinctly different ways at different stages of their development. Waldorf teachers are dedicated to teaching in ways that profoundly meet the needs of the developing human being, and the curriculum fosters an unfolding of the student’s natural capacities.


November 22, 2014; 10 am-4 pm; 209 E. Mariposa St, Altadena CA 91001. Admission to Faire is free  (Tickets required for arts & crafts, food, etc.); More info: http://www.elves-faire.com

Jose Florentino

photo courtesy of Elves-Faire.com




Jacob Maarse Annual Holiday Shopping Event

Looking for an evening filled with laughter and good cheer? ’Tis the season to wine and dine! Its that time of year The Junior League of Pasadena presents the seasons annual winter soiree!

The Junior League of Pasadena cordially invites you to the Annual Holiday Shopping Event, Thursday, November 20th 2014 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Jacob Maarse Florists. Tickets are available online at http://www.myJLP.com starting at $35 per person or $110.00 for 4 people before November 15th 2014 and $40 per person starting November 16th. Jacob Maarse will be providing a 10% discount on purchases at the event, and will donate 10% of event sales to JLP.

Founded in 1926, the Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. is a non-profit organization of women whose mission is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve communities through effective actions of leadership. The League welcomes all new members and reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins to join them in their commitment to voluntarism.

Thursday, November 20, 2014. 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Jacob Maarse Florists, 655 East Green Street, Pasadena CA 91101. Tickets $35 per person or $110.00 for 4 people before November 15th 2014 and $40 per person starting November 16th. or http://www.myJLP.com

-Stephanie Hurtado

Photo courtesy of The Junior League of Pasadena

Red Hen Press 20th Anniversary Champagne Luncheon

With the richness of tradition and the promise of tomorrow, Red Hen celebrates 20 years of commitment to publishing literary excellence and promoting literacy for at-risk youth in the community!

Red Hen Press invites you to celebrate its 20th anniversary with an annual champagne luncheon held on Sunday November 16th 2014 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. at The Westin Hotel, Fountain Ballroom 191 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Individual tickets available starting from $125 and tables starting at $1,150. Dressy, casual attire. The afternoon is filled with festivities hi-lighting Red Hen’s traditions with the literary community featuring performances by local school children, a silent action and raffle, and readings by acclaimed authors; Richard Blanco, Pete Fromm, Pam Houston, and Sharon Olds.

Red Hen Press was founded in 1994 by Kate Gale and Mark E. Culi committed to publishing works of literacy excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in local schools. Red Hen Press is dedicated to the art of literature and offers several awards each year including the Benjamin Saltman Award -winner receiving a cash prize and a publication of the winning work. Red Hen also promotes a Writing in Schools program dedicated to promote expression, literacy and creativity in young people.

Sunday November 16th 2014. 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. The Westin Hotel, Fountain Ballroom 191 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Tickets starting from $125. http://redhen.org/events/champagne- anniversary/

-Stephanie Hurtado

Photo courtesy of redhen.org

Westridge School invites you to an Open House, November 8

Discover the substantial benefits of an all-girls education at the Westridge School Open House on Saturday, November 8 at 1 pm. For more than 100 years, Westridge has been dedicated to educating creative, informed, articulate girls in grades 4 through 12.

Westridge’s exceptional academic and extracurricular programs empower young women as leaders, collaborators, and critical thinkers in a community that values balance, intellect, and goodness.

You can meet Westridge students, faculty, and parents, see performances by the Westridge Glee Club and Chamber Orchestra, and tour the campus featuring a state-of-art Performing Arts Center and a LEED-Certified, environmentally sustainable facility dedicated to girls studying science and math. For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.westridge.org/open-house.

Saturday, November 8, 1 pm- 4pm Westridge School, 324 Madeline Drive Pasadena, CA 91105 or www.westridge.org/open-house.
Photo courtesy of Westridge School.