Legendary TV producer Norman Lear of ‘All in the Family’ fame speaks Sunday at All Saints Church 

Few people have had a greater impact on American TV and pop culture than Norman Lear, the producer of such groundbreaking TV shows as “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times.” Yet he’s also been a tremendous influence in the world of political activism, having left television in 1981 to form the nonprofit organization People for the American Way to help protect First Amendment rights, strengthen public education and promote electoral and immigration reform.       

Lear will be the guest of honor at 10:15 a.m. this Sunday at the Rector’s Forum at All Saints Church in Pasadena in a discussion about his life, career and the issues he is passionately focused upon. The talk is timely, given the heated political climate of the post-election season, since Lear is also a founder of Declare Yourself, a national nonpartisan nonprofit campaign created to empower and encourage eligible young adults to register and vote. 

His memoir, “Even This I Get to Experience,” provides an inside look at the advent of television and the PBS American Masters biography “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” is airing on Netflix this fall. Lear is a World War II veteran, has received four Emmy awards, a Peabody, and was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton.

All Saints Church is at 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena. Visit allsaints-pas.org.


Pasadena’s annual e-waste disposal event takes place Saturday at Rose Bowl 

Being green during the holiday season in Pasadena doesn’t just mean setting up a Christmas tree. It means that it’s also time for residents and businesses to safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal or business documents shredded at the city’s popular annual e-waste event, held this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday in Parking Lot I of the Rose Bowl, in Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.  The event is sponsored by the city’s Department of Public Works.  

Shredding trucks and e-waste collection sites will be arranged at different stations in Parking Lot I. Look for signs directing you to the event. Motorists, pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area.

E-waste items include computers, keyboards, printers, monitors, laptops, docking stations, scanners, shredders, fax machines, computer mice, telephones, televisions, flat screens, VCRs, DVD players, PDAs, cassette players, tape drives, stereos and household batteries. 

The city is also helping its residents and businesses prevent identity theft by providing free paper shredding during the event. The public can bring a maximum of five legal-size boxes for shredding. Sensitive documents such as receipts, checks, pre-approved credit applications, credit card statements, outdated tax returns, pre-printed envelopes, return address labels and business cards are items that can be shredded.

For more information about the free e-waste collection and document shredding event, visit  cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks http://www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorksor call (626) 744-7311.


Tournament of Roses announces new executive director 

The Tournament of Roses Association has announced the hiring of David Eads as its new executive director/chief executive officer, replacing the current officeholder, William B. Flinn, as he retires after 36 years with the organization.  Eads is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and will be officially joining the Tournament of Roses team in February.   

Eads has held senior executive roles at the LA Chamber since 2000 and reports directly to CEO Gary L. Toebben. .