News and notes from our community
By André Coleman 08/14/2014
Time for Change
Groups repurpose parking meters to help the homeless
Flintridge Center is teaming with Pasadena city officials and community leaders to initiate a new effort aimed at helping homeless people.
The group was scheduled to kick off the Real Change Movement Wednesday at Fuller Theological Seminary.
The initiative will use donations made at eight restructured parking meters throughout Pasadena to jelp end homelessness in Pasadena, according to Flintridge Center President Jaylene Mosley.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to solutions to homelessness,” Mosley told
Nonprofit organizations that regularly work with the homeless will be required to respond to a request for proposal by the United Way requiring the groups to explain how they would use the money.
In 2007, Denver’s Road Home project set up parking meter-like devices around town where people could deposit coins to help the homeless. Since then, the meters have collected $200,000, according to an ABC News report.
The program is being administered by Pasadena Housing and Career Services Director William Huang.
According to a press release, the number of homeless has declined by 38 percent in the past two years. However, during that period homelessness in Los Angeles County increased by 16 percent.
SIP-tember to Remember
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce celebrates the cocktail
SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail returns to Pasadena for six weeks starting Friday.
During the event, Pasadena will celebrate with some of Pasadena’s favorite restaurants offering their favorite drinks. Participating restaurants include, Trattoria Neapolis, Kings Row Gastropub, Japon Bistro, Vertical Wine Bistro, New York Deli’s Speakeasy, SORRISO, Bar 1886 at the Raymond, Bar Celona and PUNCH.
The event kicks off with a citywide cocktail party to celebrate the 102nd birthday of Julia Child, who was born in Pasadena on Aug. 15, 1912.
The event culminates in a citywide happy birthday toast at 7 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to dress for a 1950s, 1960s or 1970s-era cocktail party.
The event will culminate on Sept. 25 at the Rose Bowl with a Taste of Pasadena and the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Finale.
Drinks being offered for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge include special margaritas, new interpretations of traditional cocktails and some specially created drinks from some of Pasadena’s premier mixologists.
Something for Everyone
Senior Center offers movies and music as summer winds down
The Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena, continues to offer amazing events as the summer winds down. From 9 to 11 a.m. Monday the center will also host a free health fair, featuring free glucose, blood pressure and hearing screenings. At 1 p.m. the center will air the classic film, “Seven Brides for Brothers,” starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, The Perfect Gentleman will perform in Memorial Park, located at North Raymond Avenue and Walnut Street.n
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