Two-Wheeled Fun

Bike Week Pasadena returns May 13-18

The 11th annual Bike Week Pasadena takes place May 13-18.

The event is designed for most skill levels and age groups in order to promote bicycling as a safe and sustainable way to access daily errands and favorite activities. Bike Week

Pasadena is presented by the biking activist group C.I.C.L.E. and the City of Pasadena.

Participants are asked to bring a working bicycle, lock and nightlights and to be able to ride safely and brake, change gears and balance while stopping and starting. Participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

The week will feature a “Taste of Pasadena” ride from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, while Wednesday night is Women’s Bike Night. Next Thursday, May 16, is Bike to Work Day, with participants invited to leave their cars at home and cycle to work. Next Friday, May 17, will offer Bike-In Movie Night, while the week closes with a Pedal Party to the Rose Pedal on Saturday, May 17. Visit for all meeting times and addresses.

Fresh Start

Stowell Learning Center opens in Pasadena

More than 15 million students and families suffer with learning challenges.

“Sadly, it is a common belief that if you have dyslexia or a learning disability you’re just stuck with it and have to learn to live with it or find ways around it. That is simply not true and not fair,” said Jill Stowell, best-selling author of “At Wit’s End — A Parent’s Guide to Ending the Struggle, Tears and Turmoil of Learning Disabilities,” and founder of Stowell Learning Centers.

On Monday, May 13, Stowell Learning Center opens in Pasadena, providing hope and real solutions for children and adults with learning and attention challenges.

Stowell Learning Center opened in 1984 to help children and adults with dyslexia and other attention and learning challenges become successful, confident, independent learners.  Their experience with thousands of students has shown that most learning and attention challenges can be dramatically improved or completely corrected permanently. 

Stowell Learning Center is at 572 E. Green St, Suite 200, Pasadena. To learn more about Stowell Learning Center, visit or call (877) 774-0444. Jill Stowell and Irene Lee, the new director of the Pasadena Center, are available by appointment for more information and interviews. Contact Lyn Adelstein at (818) 481-8008.

Help Kids Be #Seen

Five Acres seeks help placing children during National Foster Care Awareness Month

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and Pasadena’s premier foster care social service agency Five Acres is seeking to raise awareness of the need to help place Los Angeles County’s 30,000 foster kids in stable homes. The #seen campaign seeks to provide striking visual reminders throughout Pasadena of the efforts to increase the number of foster parents.

Those interested in helping are asked to get a free “Seen” poster to display in their place of work, worship or community. The posters are bright blue, in keeping with the official color of Foster Care Month.

In addition, All Saints Church at 132 N. Euclid Ave. in Pasadena will be lit up blue on May 20. Those who check out the colorful display are asked to share digital media posts with the hashtag #seen and tag photos #fiveacresorg.

Contact Emily Peters at or visit