October 14, 2010
October is Fair Trade Month
We’ve all seen kids selling big name-brand candy for their school fundraisers and it raises a host of issues. Where does the candy come from? Is it healthy? Who benefits?
And in honor of Fair Trade Month this October, we’ve found a solution that has the right answers to all those questions - Equal Exchange and their fundraising programs. Equal Exchange sells chocolate, tea, coffee, nuts & berries, and more and all their products are produced and sold on a “Fair Trade” model. That is one that brings the farmer and consumer closer together so that more of the consumers’ money ends up in the hands of the farmer, vs. a multi-national corporation.
And they have created a fundraising program that you and your school, church or other non-profit can feel good about. Our sponsor, Equal Exchange, has made it easy to implement a fundraising campaign with step by step guides and a Fair Trade curriculum for teachers so the fundraising effort becomes a learning experience as well. Even their prizes like hacky sacks and soccer balls promote healthy, active kids. If that’s not enough, you could win a trip to Peru to visit a real cacao farm!
The Equal Exchange Fundraiser works as either an event or catalog sale and is a great way to make money for your school while teaching the values of social and environmental stewardship and global responsibility.
To help spread the word, we’re giving away four cases of ten of their amazing chocolate bars (yes, we’ve tried them) to lucky Macaroni Kid readers. To enter, just “Like” Equal Exchange on Facebook, then send an email with the subject “Equal Exchange Fundraising” to [email protected]. Include your mailing address. Winners will be notified by email. Drawing will be held via random.org. Entries are due by October 31, 2010. No purchase necessary. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Entrants must be 18 or over.
Check out their website, www.equalexchange.coop/fundraiser and get involved. Let your school know you’d prefer they work with Equal Exchange, let your friends know, and let’s do some good!
Top Tips for Planning a Winning Halloween Party
Fall is here and asthe last days of summer fade away completely, our little ones’ minds have officially turned from new backpacks and pointy pencils to that all important question—what will they be for Halloween?
Parents know that it takes more than a great costume to make Halloween a true success, especially if you opt for a Halloween party instead of the traditional trick-or-treating. So here are some of our top tips for making this year’s celebration spooky, sweet and sinfully stress-free:
1) Select an appropriate theme.
- Seasonal Arts and Crafts
- "Unplugged" Live Music
- and much more!
Where: The Americana @ Brand GlendaleWhen: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!
Where: Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun ValleyWhen: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE. Discounts to all: 10% off plants (1 gal. & up) and seed.For more info: http://www.theodorepayne.org/
Where: Live Steamers Griffith Park 5202 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. The official address for the Los Angeles Live Steamers is 5202 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park, but the entrance gate for this address is closed at night. The Ghost Train’s dirt parking lot is perhaps a quarter mile east.When: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Ghost train also runs on 10/22 - 10/24 & 10/28 - 10/31.)Who: Families. Riders must be at least 34 inches tall and not weigh over 350 pounds. Riders under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The ride is ideal for child-sized riders, but adults can manage if they do not mind squatting down on the tiny trains for the approximately 20-minute duration.How: Just show up.Cost: FREE, but suggested donation is $7 per person.For more info: http://www.lals.org/ (323) 662-8030
Where: The Americana at Brand GlendaleWhen: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: Visit PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or call us at 626.793.7172.
Where: Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.nortonsimon.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: Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada FlintridgeWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Children's workshop on 10/16 from 11-12:00 PM.)Who: Famililes.How: To register, phone (818) 949-7980.Cost: The event is free with admission to Descanso Gardens. Regular admission to Descanso Gardens is $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, and $3 children 5-12. Cost for workshops is $20 general public, $15 for Descanso members. Space in the workshops is limited; advance registration is required.For more info: For more information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org.
Saturday, October 16 through Sunday, October 31 - Fillmore & Western Railway Pumpkinliner Ride to Pumpkin Patch
Where: Fillmore & Western Railway 351 Santa Clara Street, FillmoreWhen: 10:00 AM (Trips to the pumpkin patch (Ichabog) depart several times a day.)Who: Families.How: Purchase tickets online in advance.Cost: Adults $21; Youth (4-12) $13.75; Child (2-3) $11.75.For more info: http://www.fwry.com/
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: Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 10:30 AMWho: Preschoolers and Kindergartners.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.vromansbookstore.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: Fillmore and Western Railway Co. 351 Santa Clara St., FillmoreWhen: 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Train boards at 5:15 PM)Who: Families with children 8+.How: Reservations required, limited seating. Call 805.524.2545.Cost: Adults $58; youth (8-12 years) $36 includes train ride, dinner, iced tea/coffee, "Ghost Walk," and tax.For more info: http://www.fwry.com/
Where: Travel Town 5200 Zoo Drive, Los AngelesWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: Families and train lovers.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://traveltown.org/
Where: Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM (Second workshop at 2:00 - 3:15 PM with 11 spots left as of 10.13.10.)Who: Children ages 8-13 years.How: Pre-registration is required and can be made by visiting www.workshops.826la.org. Seven spots left (as of 10.13).Cost: FREE!For more info: www.workshops.826la.org
Where: Kidspace Children's Museum 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 10:00 AMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: Admission to Kidspace: $10/person; children under 1 are FREE.For more info: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
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: Once Upon a Time Bookstore 2207 Honolulu Avenue, MontroseWhen: 7:00 PMWho: Best for kids 10-14 years.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.onceupona.com/
Where: Vroman's Bookstore 695 E. Colorado Blvd., PasadenaWhen: 5:00 PMWho: Young adult readers.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.vromansbookstore.com/
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: Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena.When: 2:00 PMWho: Children 8+ with parents or caregivers.How: Tickets can be purchased at the Caltech Ticket Office, 332 South Michigan Avenue, Pasadena.Cost: Tickets to this performance are priced at $5.00 (unreserved seating).For more info: For information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.
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.
Where: LA County Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., ArcadiaWhen: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: $5 per child for Arboretum members/$10 per child for non-members; regular Arboretum admission fees apply for non-members. Admission cash only.For more info: http://www.arboretum.org/
Where: Pacific Asia Museum 46 North Los Robles Ave., PasadenaWhen: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!For more info: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/
Where: South PasadenaWhen: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PMWho: Ages 3 & up.How: For more info, go to www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us or call
(626) 403-7380.Cost: $35. Preorder an apron and chef's hat for additional $15.For more info: www.handstandkids.com
Where: Alegria Avenue in Sierra Madre (Take San Gabriel Ave. exit, turn left at Sierra Madre, left at Hastings Ranch, then right on Alegria Ave.).When: 5:00 PMWho: Families.How: Just show up!Cost: FREE!
- 1 pkg prebaked mini pizza crusts
- 3/4 cup pizza sauce
- 2 sticks of mozzarella string cheese
- 3 large pitted black olives
2. Bake pizza for 8 to 10 minutes until cheese melts. Let cool for 2-3 minutes.
3. Cut olives in half for the body. Remaining pieces cut lengthwise into strips for legs. Assemble spider on each pizza.
Lots of fun for the whole family!
1) Descanso Gardens Harvest Festival - Descanso's horticulture staff and other experts will present talks, demonstrations and workshops through the weekend. Family fun includes a costume parade and sing-along for young folks Saturday. And Patina Catering will sell barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- When: Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Where: Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge
- How: Just show up!
- Cost: The Harvest Festival and Plant Fair is free with ...
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