Author: Celene Vargas

Computers are becoming increasingly important to post-secondary learning

It wasn’t that long ago when children operating computers was an unthinkable concept –– at least until the 1980s, when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed a then-ambitious vision to put computers in every classroom. Since then, schools have seen a shift toward technology-based resources that have changed education. From SmartBoards and Blackboard to potentially never being bored by dry lessons again, going to school no longer means sitting in a chair while a teacher lectures for hours on end. For many students, it means playing educational online games, watching YouTube videos during class and even hearing from experts from...

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Native American Heritage Commission recognizes SG Mountains as sacred land

Along with orders by the Trump administration that can jeopardize the future of at least two dozen national monuments, a small reprieve has been given to those who are fighting to preserve nature: the Native American Heritage Commission has officially recognized the San Gabriel Mountains as sacred land. The mountains, which were designated as a national monument by President Barack Obama in 2014 and one of the monuments currently under review, are intertwined with the origin story and history of the Kizh tribe. Also known as Gabrieleños after the San Gabriel Mission was built by the Spanish, part of...

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Pasadena mayor supports goals of the Paris Climate Agreement but rejects joining coalition

In the weeks leading up to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was going to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, he was met by severe opposition from American mayors who publicly announced on that same day that they will honor the accord at the local level, making themselves de facto signatories to an international treaty. Since June 1, more than 350 mayors across the US have signed up to be a part of the Climate Mayors coalition to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement, saying in a statement that “…if the President wants to break...

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Learning Works uses ‘chasers’ to help troubled students stay in high school and earn their degrees

Every weekday, 26-year-old Roberto Guerra clocks in at work at 8 a.m. and clocks out at 5 p.m. But as a chaser for Learning Works Charter School, this is mostly a formality. “This job right here is day and night,” Guerra said of his position at Learning Works. “I get phone calls in the middle of the night. You have to be committed.” Learning Works is a school for underserved, high-risk teenagers who are in danger of not receiving a high school diploma due to reasons that can range from pregnancies to problems with the law. Its Chaser Program...

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2:30 pm Steven D. Harris Jazz History Pr... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Steven D. Harris Jazz History Pr... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Nov 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Author and jazz historian Steven D. Harris presents “Centennial in Swing: The 100th Anniversary of Jazz on Record,” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The program covers the first jazz recordings in 1917, progressing to the[...]
3:00 pm Pasadena Readers Book Club at Ce... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Pasadena Readers Book Club at Ce... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Nov 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Pasadena Readers Book Club meets to discuss “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm
Ivy Pochoda discusses and signs “Wonder Valley” at 7 p.m.
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9:00 am Reservation Deadline for Pasaden... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Reservation Deadline for Pasaden... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday is the reservation deadline for the Nov. 23 Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center. Cost is $12, $10 for members. Thanksgiving dinner starts at 11:30 a.m., with a festive meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed[...]
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm
David Lebovitz discusses and signs “L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home” at 7 p.m.

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