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Pasadena, CA

Fire Family Foundation Raises More than $11,000 for Fight...

More than $11,000 was raised when hundreds of hungry patrons came out on Thursday, Dec. 4 to Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena to support a 3-year-old girl battling cancer and her family. Ten fire departments, 15 engine houses and numerous firefighters arrived to the daylong fundraising event, which saw fire trucks filling the parking lot. Firefighters also crowded around take-out lines all in support of fellow L.A. County firefighter James von Harz and his young daughter Cecilia who has been battling cancer since she was 2-years-old.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Crowell Library Presents Social Security Workshop

According to famed financial journalist Jane Bryant Quinn, the average retiree leaves thousands of dollars on the table* simply because they don’t understand how to optimize their Social Security benefits. This upcoming free workshop at Crowell Public Library offers a chance to avoid this mistake. This informative and easy to understand evening will be led by John Pak, a Certified Financial Planner who will simplify some of the more popular rules as well as the confusing ones.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Crowd-Favorite Incendio Band Returns to Coffee Gallery Ba...

The crowd-favorite Incendio band, only a few months after their last performance, will be back at the Coffee Gallery Backstage on Friday, January 2, 8:00 p.m. The band is expected to play their hit 2013 album “The Shape of Dreams,” which is considered as their first significant release in four years.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Muir BSU Hosts Forum on Police and Race

In line with the nationwide outcry over the killing of African-American males by police officers in Ferguson, MO, New York City and elsewhere the John Muir High School Black Student Union (BSU) organized a forum to address interactions between police and minority communities. A capacity crowd of students and faculty filled the Frank R. Walkup Library on the Muir campus for a panel discussion with the Pasadena Police Department’s two top-ranking officers, Chief Phillip Sanchez and Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls. The panel also included Pasadena NAACP president Gary Moody, attorney Joe Hopkins, Muir history teacher Manuel Rustin and Muir senior Shaka Terry.  (Yesterday | post #1)

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JPL Data Underscore Severity of California Drought, Despi...

In spite of recent rainstorms (inclyding today’s), it will still take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to a new analysis of JPL satellite data. The finding was part of a sobering update on the state’s drought made possible by space and airborne measurements and presented by JPL scientists Dec. 16 at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Such data are giving scientists an unprecedented ability to identify key features of droughts, and can be used to inform water management decisions.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

St. James’ Parish Day School in South Pasadena Adopt Fami...

For the 10th year in a row, the St. James’ Parish Day School in South Pasadena has adopted families in need through the Hillsides holiday adopt-a-family program. This year, the school adopted four families. Without the generosity of organizations like St. James’ Parish Day School, families would not receive gifts for the holidays or have enough food to feed their families. St. James sets up a Christmas tree in its parish hall, and hangs holiday wishes on the tree. Families then take the wish, purchase the gift, and bring it back to the school for delivery to Hillsides.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Operation Polar Wind Nets Toys for Pediatric Patients at ...

The Pasadena Police Air Operations Section and the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST) will conduct their 9th annual Christmas Toy Drive at the Pediatrics Ward of Huntington Memorial Hospital. Pasadena Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez, will escort Santa Clause and his flight suit clad “elves” as they arrive bearing gifts and holiday cheer in their own special rotor-equipped sleigh.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Day One’s Cherishing Children Event Brings Smiles to Hund...

On Friday, December 19th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., come hear the sounds of children giddy with laughter as they throw snow balls, form snow angels behind Pasadena City Hall, and line up to receive a gift from the man-in-red himself during Day One’s fifth annual “Cherishing Children” Holiday Celebration.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

At Caltech, Schiff Announces Federal Funding to Expand Ea...

Local Congressman Adam Schiff today said Congress had approved $5 million in funding to improve and expand the reach of an earthquake early warning system covering California and the West Coast. “It’s absolutely critical that the West Coast implement and build out an earthquake early warning system to give us a heads up before the ‘big one’ hits, so we can save lives and protect infrastructure,” said Schiff.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Honda’s Helpful Guys (and Gals) Help Out at Pasadena’s Un...

Over 125 visitors of Pasadena’s Union Station Homeless Services Adult Center were greeted by a group of Helpful Guys in blue shirts from the SoCal Honda Dealers on Monday, who brought and served a warm holiday meal complete with turkey, stuffing, green beans, dessert and more, alongside handing out gift bags with various winter essentials including socks and hygiene kits.  (Yesterday | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

PCC Speech and Debate Team Garners 13 Awards at Regional ...

Pasadena City College’s Speech and Debate team continued its impressive 2014 tournament run as it took home 13 individual and team awards at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association’s Fall Championships. PCC’s nationally ranked squad competed against 43 other community colleges and universities – including powerhouses UCLA and USC – at the PSCFA regional tournament, which was held Dec. 5 to 7 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.  (Friday Dec 12 | post #1)

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Hillsides Launches Holiday Toy Drive in 55 Local Starbuck...

For the fifth year in a row, Starbucks is sponsoring a toy drive in participating Starbucks stores in the San Gabriel Valley and surrounding area. This year, 55 stores will be participating. The drive will run from December 12 – December 25.  (Friday Dec 12 | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Spontaneous, Interactive Comedy of Ian Bagg at the Ice House

With his naughty, interactive style of stand-up, Ian Bagg pushes buttons and boundaries to hilarious results. He will perform at The Ice House in Pasadena on January 9 and 10. Geoff Keith (Disaster Date, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson) will join him.  (Friday Dec 12 | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

How You Can Win Big Prizes by Finding Metro’s Holiday Fairy

From Saturday to Sunday (December 20 to 21), Metro commuters can join the fun annual Metro Holiday Hunt for a chance to win prizes from the Metro Store and the Destination Discounts partners.  (Friday Dec 12 | post #1)

Pasadena, CA

Rep. Chu Statement on Omnibus Spending Bill

Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted against the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. The bill, which would fund much of the government through 2015, also included a number of unrelated “riders.” One of these would repeal a crucial provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which requires Wall Street banks insured by the government to independently fund their riskiest derivative trading so tax payers are not left accountable.  (Friday Dec 12 | post #1)