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JPL engineer Robert Haw discusses solutions to global warming at Pasadena Central Library Sept. 14

Stepping outside amid the past week’s 100-plus degree temperatures should be enough to make any skeptic finally feel the heat about the global warming crisis, yet many people are still lacking the information needed to combat the problem.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Robert Haw hopes to enlighten curious minds by presenting a talk entitled “Misconceptions about Global Warming” at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium inside the Pasadena Central Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Haw will discuss actions that can be taken at the personal level to solve the crisis, as well as the causes of global warming and how it can be conquered affordably within decades. In addition, he will spotlight legislative solutions currently being undertaken at local, state and federal government and explain how they can be enacted faster with public support.

Haw co-founded the Pasadena Foothills chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, an organization devoted to building the political will for a livable planet, in 2012. He has spoken frequently in congressional offices to elected representatives and to public audiences in the foothill communities about a practical and bi-partisan solution to the climate crisis.

A graduate of Stanford University, Haw has spent the past 25 years working for JPL as an interplanetary navigation engineer on exploration missions across the solar system. He is currently working on Soil Mapping Active Passive, or MAP, an Earth-orbiting spacecraft mapping soil moisture levels around the planet, and on NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, the spacecraft being designed by the Mars Sample Return Project for retrieving and returning Mars surface samples to Earth.

The Pasadena Central Library is located at 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena.  Call (626) 744-4066 or visit

Queen for a Day

Tournament of Roses hosts first round of Royal Court and Rose Queen tryouts

The Tournament of Roses will host the first round of tryouts for its 2018 Royal Court and the 100th Rose Queen this Saturday and Monday at the Tournament House.

Participants are selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.

Seven young women will be named to the Royal Court on Oct. 2, and one will be crowned the Rose Queen on Oct. 18. Participants can pre-register for the tryouts by applying at

 Tryouts will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Tournament House, 391 S. Orange

Caring for Kittens

Pasadena Humane Society receives $325,000 grant for 24-hour kitten nursery

The Pasadena Humane Society has provided shelter and care for countless area dogs and cats in need since 1903. That dedication was rewarded on Aug. 24, when the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) provided the nonprofit with a $325,000 grant dedicated to opening the Kitten-Garten, a round-the-clock nursery for kittens four to eight weeks old.

The Kitten-Garten will house kittens transported from Los Angeles County’s Baldwin Park AnimalCare Center, which is operated by the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control. It is projected to save the lives of 1,000 kittens annually, protecting them until they are old enough to be adopted, creating a valuable new resource to help solve the challenging problem of cat overpopulation.

The Pasadena Humane Society is located at 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Adoption hours are 9 5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun. Call (626) 792-7151 or visit