September 30, 2010
- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Pumpkin Patches & Festivals
- She's History!
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- Plan Ahead
- Disney on Ice Skates to Ontario
- FREE Museum Days in Los Angeles
- Macaroni Kid & Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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- Mothers and More
Does that mean anything to mothers?
The concept of Awareness became real to me about 20 years ago when the only procedure available to women with breast cancer was a mastectomy. At that time, I was beginning my career as a breast cancer surgeon. A few years into it, my gynecologist found a lump in my breast. My first reaction was “I’m 46 years old. I have a daughter in her early twenties studying abroad. I don’t have breast cancer!” This is called hubris, which is excessive pride. I was a specialist in the breast cancer field and I have a lump. It has to be benign. I checked it out myself. Much of my daily work was checking breast lumps and recommending mammograms and ultrasounds for women. BUT ME? Impossible!
I remember calling my daughter in France to tell her that I was going to have a breast biopsy (this was after two needle biopsies showed “some atypical cells” – funny looking cells that physicians are uncertain of the origin). I reassured her that this was definitely benign and only a formality. Then the results of the biopsy came back that it WAS cancer.
Although on one level I could not believe it, due to my training, I knew exactly what I was facing. It was easy at the beginning because I knew exactly what I had to do: just walk like a horse with blinders on. But being a patient exposed a whole new world of vulnerability for me. That was new, and then I realized how awful it was to get stuck with needles, how patronizing some people are in the medical profession, and how insensitive people, even one’s friends, can be. My greatest sadness, as I listened to the news that I had breast cancer, was that I would not see my grandchildren. My daughter was not even married, let alone with children, at that time. But I was fortunate enough to get through it (as we survivors do) and today my greatest joy today is to be with my grandchildren. Because 16 years later, they are the only thing that matters to me.
It is all behind me now. Breast cancer did not kill me. But if you do not think it can happen to you and if you do not get a GOOD breast exam by your gynecologist every year, you too could be guilty of hubris. Testing and screening do not cure cancer, but if detected early enough, it can be cured.
Pamela H. Craig lives in Northern California and France with her husband and is enjoying retiirement after practicing medicine for over 25 years. In addition to spending time with her two grandchildren, Pamela continues to improve her French-speaking skills, enjoys cooking, and has taken up a new hobby of learning to draw and paint.
Lots of fun for the whole family!
It's pumpkin season and ready or not, Halloween is right around the corner. Many of you have asked where to find some pumpkin patches in our area. There are some great pumpking festivities for families, most notably Kidspace's Pumpkin Festival, and if you're up for it, a litte farther is Cal Poly Pomona's Pumpkin but worth the drive. We like to carve pumkins a little closer to Halloween, but throughout the month of October, pumpkin parties abound.
In the meantime, below is a list of some ...
Now Playing @ the Lounge Theater in Hollywood
Last Sunday, I went to see the solo woman play, She’s History: The Most Dangerous Women in America...Then & Now, at Hollywood’s Lounge Theater. I was lucky enough to receive a ticket and I brought my mom and was joined by a friend. I didn’t know what to expect from a one woman show performed by “Cultural Herstorian” Amy Simon. I had seen Amy in a play last January, Expressing Motherhood, which I loved, and I was curious about a performance that asks, “What do bloomers and ...
Where: Paintbox Kids 1383 E. Washington Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Ages 5-9 years.How: Register for workshops by calling 626-808-0330.Cost: $45 per child.For more info: http://www.paintboxkids.com/
Where: Home Depot stores: Glendale store is located at 5040 San Fernando Rd., GlendaleWhen: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Occurs first Saturday of the month.)Who: Kids ages 5-12 years, but younger kids can do it with parents help.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!
Where: Library Park in front of the Library Community Room located at 1115 El Centro Street, South PasadenaWhen: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: Families.How: Until the event, tickets can be reserved at the discounted price of $8 for $10 worth of tickets.Cost: Admission is free to the event, and tickets can be purchased for lunch, drinks, and crafts.For more info: Call Estela at (323) 255-6888 or reserve tickets via email at [email protected]
Where: Flappers Comedy Club 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., BurbankWhen: 12:30 PM (Doors open at 11:30 AM)Who: This is a show for families.How: Purchase tickets at door. Doors open at 11:30, so why not have some delicious food beforehand? A full lunch menu for parents and a ten buck kids´buffet featuring kid-friendly foods: hotdogs, hamburgers, mac and cheese, French fries and, yes, some veggies will be available. Or you can just come for the 12:30 showCost: Tickets are $10 per person.
Where: Kidspace Children's Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Free Family Nights occur the first Tuesday of the month.)Who: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: For more information, www.kidspacemuseum.org or call Mark Thie at (626) 449-9144, ext. 5210; cell: (818) 648-1649.
Where: Downtown Burbank outdoors on San Fernando between Magnolia and Orange GroveWhen: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PMWho: Families with children - go early or make it a date night and stay late.How: Purchase tickets at the door, or advance tickets online now.Cost: $25 for adults, $35 with beer and wine garden; and children under 12, $10. Ticket prices will increase $5 at the door.For more info: http://www.tasteofdowntownburbank.com/index.php
Where: Huntington Hospital, 100 W. California Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AMWho: Moms and baby/parenting professionals.How: Register online.Cost: $30 to register and it includes a light breakfast, a time for networking and a lecture by a expert in different domains primarily focused on motherhood, parenting, early childhood development.
Where: Sierra Madre Public Library 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd in Sierra Madre.When: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (10/2 sale is from 10 - 2:00 PM)Who: Families and book lovers of all ages.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: Call (626) 355-7186 for information.
Where: LA County Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., ArcadiaWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE with museum admission.For more info: http://www.arboretum.org/
-Vroman’s and Pasadena Humane Society staff will be on hand to answer your questions
-All featured pet gift items will be 20% OFF this day only!
As if that wasn't enough, Bruce Cameron, author of the highly popular A Dog's Purpose, will be mingling with the crowd, answering questions and signing books!
Where: Vroman’s stage 695 E. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Families and animal lovers.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/pet-adoption-fair-2
Where: Norton Simon Museum of Art 411 W. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE with museum admission. Adults $8; Patrons 18 and under: FREE; Students with valid ID: FREE.For more info: http://www.nortonsimon.org/
Monday, October 4 through Friday, October 8 - Walk to School Month Celebrated by Pasadena & South Pasadena Schools
Where: Various schools in PasadenaWhen: 8:00 AM (International Walk to School Month is celebrated worldwide throughout October)Who: School-age children.How: Just participate!Cost: FREE!
Where: The Americana at Brand 889 Americana Way, GlendaleWhen: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Every Tuesday)Who: Kids and families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.americanaatbrand.com/
Where: San Marino Library 1890 Huntington Dr., San MarinoWhen: 3:30 PMWho: Parents interested in learning more about California Reading Association.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: For more information, please email the East San Gabriel Valley Reading Council President, Gloria Ramos Gonzalez at [email protected]
Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, corner of Hill and Del Mar, Pasadena 91106When: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PMWho: Mothers with children of all ages.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: https://www.bigtent.com/groups/mmpasadena
Where: Kidspace Children's Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PMWho: Famililes.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
Where: Brookside Park 480 N. Arroyo Blvd Pasadena, CA 91103. Free parking in Rose Bowl Parking Lots I, F, and K.When: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PMWho: Families.Cost: Admission to the festival is FREE (includes musical performances and select crafts). Tickets will be sold for other activities, pumpkins and food. There is a $1.00 fee for the special activities.For more info: Go to http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/pumpkin to learn more.
Where: Levitt Pavilion 85 E. Holly Street, PasadenaWhen: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PMWho: Everyone!How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: Call 626.356.9725 or http://www.oldpasadena.org/gc_calendar_detail.asp?cal_id=1599
Where: Pumpkin Festival is located in the Farm Store parking lot:
4102 S. University Drive, Pomona, CA 91768When: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: Admission to Pumpkin Festival: FREE
Pumpkins from the patch: $5 each ( beach ball size) or 5/$20 (Oct. 16 & 17 only)
Insect Fair: $6 adults; $4 students and children 3-12 years; 2 and under are free!
Pancake Breakfast (Saturday from 8am - 11am): $5 adults, $4 twelve and under
Prices for individual activities such as horse rides and the petting zoo vary.
Where: Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los AngelesWhen: 10:30 AM (10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 16; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 17)Who: Preschoolers and their parents, grandparents, or and/or caregivers.How: Purchase online.Cost: $67.00 - $29.50 for single tickets, depending on seat locations.For more info: http://www.nicklivetour.com/
Where: Once Upon a Time Bookstore 2207 Honolulu Ave., MontroseWhen: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PMWho: Children ages 2-5 years.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: Call 818-248-9668 or http://onceupona.com/pages/calendar.htm
Where: Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada FlintridgeWhen: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: The Harvest Festival and Plant Fair is free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students and $3 children 5-12.For more info: http://www.descansogardens.org/
Where: Orange Grove Park (815 Mission St.)South PasadenaWhen: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PMWho: Families.How: No pre-registration is required to attend this event.Cost: FREE!For more info: For more information, please contact the Recreation Office (815 Mission St.) at (626) 403-7380.
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The stage will be filled with music and magic in every scene including an enchanting undersea kingdom with Ariel and Sebastian, a jungle adventure in the African Pride Lands with Simba and Nala, a Hawaiian luau with ...
List compiled by Macaroni Kid Santa Monica publisher, Courtney Lewis
Monthly Free Museum Days
Page Museum, La Brea Tarpits (1st Tuesday)
Natural History Museum(1st Tuesday)
Huntington Library, (1st Thursday, tickets required)
Norton Simon Museum (1st Friday, 6-9 pm)
Pasadena Museum of California Art (1st Friday)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2nd Tuesday)
Autry Center (2nd Tuesday)
Los Angeles County Arboretum (3rd Tuesday)
Japanese American National Museum (3rd Thursday)
Pacific Asia Museum (4th Friday)
Weekly Free Museum Days
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Grand Ave, Thursday 5-8pm)
Pink Ribbon Style
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, and cure.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there will be a small, subtle pink ribbon in the top right corner of Macaroni Kid Pasadena’s website throughout the entire month of October. It is there to support this very important cause and to remind our readers to do self breast exams and, if they ...
Create Your Own Cupcake Crayons!
Have you ever been going through your kids art supplies only to find about a hundred broken crayons? Instead of throwing them away, keep them and make your own cupcake crayons! My daughter and I love to do arts and crafts together and she is always asking me to make something for her, so when I ran across these two websites, they were the perfect blend of creativity, recycling, ease and fun!
Moving your child to a new town
First, include them in the process. Let them know that you are all in this together. Share your fears and apprehensions and let your kids know how you plan to overcome them ...
The Hope Tree: Kids Talk About Breast Cancer
Laura and Wendy have created a fabulous read for students in grades K-4 citing 10 personal experiences told through furry animals within a support group. The "animals" share their reactions of hearing that someone in their family has breast cancer, how they deal with fear, as well as their emotions and reactions. The animals also talk about ways they try to cheer mom up.
The characters range in age, each with a different view. The final character, Jessie, comes up with an idea to create "The Hope Tree," with each ...
A Unique Mothers Group
Six years ago, pregnant with my second child and in search of mom friends, I attended my first Mothers & More chapter meeting in Pasadena. That night was a memorable one--it marked the beginning of my involvement with a unique organization and an amazing group of women. I remember one member mentioned that in Mothers & More, the focus is on the mother as a whole woman. I didn’t appreciate the significance of that at first, but several things impressed me and kept me coming back. First, everyone felt safe sharing ...
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