October 7, 2010
What it means for me.
know it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month when the pink ribbon parade starts in the grocery aisles, appears on the jackets of sports announcers, and can be found just about anywhere it seems a product is sold. Who isn’t aware of breast cancer these days? But what does it mean for women? Are we supposed to do more now that we’re “aware?”
Breast cancer has been a part of my family and I’m considered high risk. My mother had it, my maternal cousin died from it at the age of 34 with a one year-old at home, my paternal aunt had it, and who know who else had it in my family. I’m aware of breast cancer! What I’m doing is getting annual mammograms and ultrasounds, and doing self-exams every month. I’ve met with the genetic counselors and it was recommended that I not get tested for the breast cancer gene.
So, where does this leave me this month? I’m all for the pink if it’s helping women do what they need to either 1) not get breast cancer by eating a healthy diet and exercising because studies show that diet and exercise can reduce risk; and 2) supporting research to find a cure, drugs to prolong life with the disease, or drugs to prevent the cancer from spreading. “We may have outgrown the breast cancer awareness campaign,” says one breast cancer expert. Maybe we should rethink all this pink.
Breast cancer is not the leading cause of death among women. Heart disease is and breast cancer is second. It’s the leading cancer among women. I could die of a heart attack before breast cancer. But I’m not taking chances, not with my history.
Stay tuned for more about October's pink ribbon campaign.
Have a great weekend!
A fun-filled week and weekend!
Pasadena is alive this weekend! Pasadena's annual ArtNight has turned into a three day affair, beginning with ArtNight. Fun stuff for the whole family is happening in various cultural institutions, museums, stores, restaurants, and other public areas around the city. See all the details below for the ArtWeekend - pick something and have fun! And we can't forget Kidspace's annual Pumpkin Festival, one of LA's biggest fall festivals and fundraiser. My advice for these popular Pasadena events is to arrive early and be prepared for crowds.
If you want a more mellow activity, there are several other events taking place in and around Pasadena. From South Pasadena's Clean Car Expo to hometown Monrovia's Art Fair, there is something for the whole family. The calendar is packed with great happenings for the whole family.
If you know of an event going on, please let me know about it so I can include it in my newsletter.
ArtNight: Saturday, October 8th from 6:00 - 10:00 PM: major museums and other cultural venues will open their doors for free and the city of Pasadena will provide free shuttle service among the venues, including Alliance de Francaise de Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Lineage Dance, Norton Simon Museum, One Colorado, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Symphony and POPS at the Ambassador Auditorium and Shumei Arts Council. Performances will take place in many of the venues.
ArtFood: Saturday, October 9th from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM at 440 S. Lake Ave. in Pasadena: an outdoor food and wine festival located on South Lake Avenue features food tasting and demonstrations. Special guests include Melinda Lee (KNX 1070 and KFWB NEWS TALK 980) and The Bikini Chef. Guests can also enjoy a special themed broadcast of the Home Wizards called “The Art of the Home” and music provided by K-EARTH.
ArtHeritage: Saturday, October 9th: a Latino parade to honor Latino culture and its elders that ends with a Jamaica fair at La Pintoresca Park.
5th Annual Pasadena ArtWalk: Saturday, October 9th 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Colorado & El Molino, Pasadena, in the Pasadena Playhouse Distric: paintings, photography, sculpture and new media by artists who will sell their work in an open-air art market. Children can enjoy art instruction while adults visit with artists and take in dramatic readings, music, art demonstrations and a gallery walk.
ArtRhythm: Saturday, October 9th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Noor Restaurant at Paseo Colorado in Pasdena: a free outdoor evening concert will also take place at Paseo Colorado.
ARTPerformance: Old Pasadena’s Cultural Dance Festival, on Sunday, Oct 10th, where dances from around the world will be performed. This multicultural festival of movement will feature both professionals and amateurs, children and adults, and will take place at Levitt Pavilion and other locations around Old Pasadena. Following each performance, event attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a short lesson on dances from that culture.
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: 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: Various museums & cultural institutions around Pasadena.When: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.armoryarts.org/artnight/index.html
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: The Awesome Playground 5158 York Boulevard (corner of York & Avenue 52) Los Angeles (323) 256-2467When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.theawesomeplayground.com/
Where: Mission St. between Fair Oaks Ave. and Fremont Ave. in the City of South PasadenaWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: Admission to the event is FREE.For more info: http://cleanaircarshow.com/
Where: Several Pasadena locations: 1) Levitt Pavilion 85 E. Holly St.; 2) Lineage Dance 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave.; and 3) Memorial Park 85 E. Holly St.When: 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: 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: Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun ValleyWhen: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Sale for non-members is 10/15 & 10/16.)Who: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE to attend. Friday & Saturday, October 8-9. 8:30-4:30. Members’ Days: 15% off plants (1 gal. & up) and 10% off seed. Memberships available at the door. Friday & Saturday, October 15-16, 8:30-4:30. Discounts to all: 10% off plants (1 gal. & up) and seed.For more info: http://www.theodorepayne.org/
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: Camp Mariposa, 651 E. Mariposa St., Altadena (across from the Altadena Library).When: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: 626.797.8312
Saturday, October 9 through Sunday, October 10 - Reduced Admission @Kidspace during Pumpkin Festival
Where: Kidspace Children's Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PMWho: Families.How: advance registration is required www.kidspacemuseum.org.Cost: There is a $5.00 fee for the special activities and includes admission.For more info: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
Saturday, October 9 through Sunday, October 10 - MOFA's 47th Annual "Celebrate the Arts" in Old Town Monrovia
Where: Monrovia Library Park, 321 South Myrtle Avenue, MonroviaWhen: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: Contact: (626) 802-7873 www.MonroviaFineArts.org
Where: The Folk Tree 217 South Fair Oaks Avenue, just south of Old Pasadena.When: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: For more information, call 626/795-8733 or 626/793-4828 or visit http://www.folktree.com/homepage.htm.
Where: Sukyo Mahikari Centers for Spiritual Development 860 E. Mariposa St. AltadenaWhen: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.350.org/en/eco-event-altadena
Where: Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Grades Pre-K through 5th: 2pm; Grades 6th through 12th: 4pm)Who: Librarians, educators of Pre-K - 12, and home school instructorsHow: To RSVP, please call Vroman's Customer Service at (626) 449-5320.Cost: FREE to attend.For more info: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/
Sunday, October 10 - "Writing the Body" - An Afternoon of Poetry, Art & Music @Flintridge Bookstore & Coffee House
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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/
Wednesday, October 13 - Sunny Tales from Around the World: Children's Storytime with Sunny Stevenson
Where: San Rafael Branch of the Pasadena Public Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd., PasadenaWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Preschoolers and younger.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.pasadenahistory.org/
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: LA County Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., PasadenaWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Monthly event.)Who: Children of all ages are welcome!How: Come early as space is limited to 25.Cost: FREE with admission.For more info: http://www.arboretum.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.
October 10th or 24th
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