Friends in Deed

In Our Neighborhood

We live in an active community and there is so much going on in Pasadena, Altadena, and neighboring communities.  Below is information on local events, classes, forums, and more. These events are NOT Friends In Deed sponsored or affiliated events, unless otherwise noted.  For information on each event, please see the corresponding flyer.


Saturdays, from 7:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. – The NELA Connection, a project by Recycled Resources for the Homeless.  The NELA Connection is a drop in center and is open to all our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The drop in center serves a hot breakfast at 8AM and distributes sack lunches at 12:30PM. It is a place to get a hot cup of coffee, a warm meal, clean clothing, and access resources such as bus tokens, laundry soap and tokens for laundry. Learn about how to access homeless services such as housing, mental health, shelters, and how to establish benefits. Our drop in center is a safe place for all, respectful to each individual, and offers a break from day-to-day challenges. There is a weekly support group from 11AM-12PM for those who are interested.  The NELA Connection is located at 5619 Monte Vista Street, Highland Park, CA 90042 (behind All Saints Episcopal Church, inside the Parish Hall).

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February 24 – March 3, 2017 – “USC Mobile Dental Clinic” sponsored by Young & Healthy.  During this week long period, the USC Mobile Dental Clinic will serve 120 children, ages 6-18, with FREE Dental Car.  This Clinic is for the children & youth that live in Altadena, Pasadena, or Sierra Madre, are income eligible, have no dental insurance, have cavities and dental needs, and have a parent/guardian that can commit to several appointments during the week of the clinic. **Space is limited to the first 120 who enroll** Parents/Guardians just need to call us to reserve their spot at 626.795.5166.  















March 11, 2017 – 2nd Annual Making a Difference Benefit Luncheon “For the Love of Women” hosted by the Soroptimist International Altadena/Pasadena.  This year, this annual Luncheon will be honoring State Senator Carol Liu, Jan Sanders, and Lena Kennedy, Door of Hope, and our very own program – The Women’s Room.  This is a chance to honor the work of extraordinary women in our community.  And the work of two important agencies, who address the needs of the under-served women and families of our community, will be rewarded. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see and hear from our leaders all dawning one stage for a pivotal event. Tickets start at $55 and can be purchased HERE or by mailing a check, made out to SIA, PO Box 66, Altadena, CA  91003-1066.  Sponsorships are also available.  Call Brenda Sharp at (626) 398-5667 for more information.















Beginning in January 2017 – Altadena Foothills 4H Club – 4H is a great opportunity for kids to get involved with different activities and beginning this month the Altadena Foothills 4H Club is offering projects in Citizenships, Cross-Stitch, “Growing Dirt”, and Rabbits.  Projects are open to children living in Altadena and neighboring communities.  Click on the below flyer to learn more about each of the current projects.  Membership is paid once per 4H year.  If you qualify for “Free School Lunches”, you may qualify for a “fee waiver”.  If you are interested or if you have questions, please contact Lynette Wiebe at















Ongoing – DPH Public Health Centers – TB Screening Clinic Registration Schedule – Below are locations and schedules for TB Screenings.  Please note: All schedules are subject to change.  Patients should be advised to call the clinic to confirm that a particular session is being held.  Patients are seen on a first come, first served (walk-in) basis.  In general, it is advisable for patients to arrive as early as possible to improve the likelihood of being seen.

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December 14, 2016 – Ongoing – New Homeless & Panhandling Ordinance in Pasadena – This new law will effect many in our community experiencing homelessness.  Please print out and share this information with anyone that would benefit from understanding the new law.

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Fall Semester 2016-17 – English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes, brought to you by the San Gabriel Valley Literacy Council.  If you are interested in learning English, the San Gabriel Valley Literacy Council (SGVLC) is offering FREE ESL classes.  The mission of the SGVLC is to provide English language and citizenship instruction that meets the evolving needs of adult learners in the west San Gabriel Valley. A Citizenship Preparation Class is held each Wednesday, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, at the Pasadena Senior Center (85 E. Holly St., Pasadena). Below is a flyer with the schedule & location of classes, beginning September 19, 2016 through February 4, 2017.  For more information, call 626-298-4731 or email or visit  These classes are FREE and open to the public.
















Saturday, June 4, July 9, & Sept. 17 – Gardening & Cooking Demonstration/Food Tasting with Qachuu Aloom Mother Earth Association from Guatemala – This 3-part series will be held in the Villa-Parke Community Center (363 E. Villa St., Pasadena 91101), from 9:00-11:00am.  There will be gardening & cooking demonstrations, food tastings, and arts & crafts for kids.  In three different workshops, indigenous Mayan farmers will share their wisdom on how to plant, harvest, and prepare the ancient grain, amaranth.  For more information, please contact Erika Redke at (626) 744-6136 or  This event is FREE for all ages and open to the public.

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First Saturday of each month (June 4, July 2, August 6, etc.) – Monthly Seed-To-Table Workshops on the Villa Verde Rooftop Garden at Villa-Parke Community Center (363 E. Villa St., Pasadena).  These workshops will help you to learn skills needed for building a successful garden, harvest, and nutritious meal preparation.  Go from seed to table in these family-friendly workshops!  And if you are interested, you can apply for a garden plot by picking up an application at the Villa-Parke Community Center Front Counter.  The garden plots are $5-6 per month.  For more information about the workshop or garden plots, please contact Erika Redke at (626) 744-6136 or  The workshops are FREE for all ages and open to the public.

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February 12, 2017 – Pasadena Health Fair – From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Sunday, February 12, a FREE Health Fair, organized and hosted by Latino Student Health Project, was held at St. Andrews School (42 Chestnut St., Pasadena 91103).  There were Doctor consultations, Mammograms, Food Donations, and Screenings for Hypertension, Cholesterol, and Diabetes.  This was a FREE for the public.








December 1, 2016 – DSS Staffing, Inc. “Hiring Event” – Hosted by the Tri-City Wellness Center, DSS Staffing is currently hiring for the following positions: warehouse, general labor, forklift, and packing.  Interested job seekers, should bring copies their resume and “dress to impress”.  The Hiring Event will be held at 1407 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA 91767, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Register at










November 22, 2016 – “Thanksgiving Celebration” hosted by Pacific Clinics Hope Drop In Center.  The Hope Drop In Center serves transitional age youth, ages 16-25, and for Thanksgiving provided an evening filled with a Thanksgiving Dinner, giveaways, and a raffle.  The Hope Drop In Center is located at 13001 Ramona Blvd., Suite I, Irwindale, CA 91706.










October 25, 2016, 7:00 PM – Dr. Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D spoke on the subject of “Unpacking the Backpack of Culture: Talking to Our Children about Differences”.  The lecture was presented by Cottage Co-op Nursery School Parent Talk Series.  Talking about culture and differences can be uncomfortable – especially if the conversation is with your children.  It can pull us out of our comfort zone.  Dr. Bhatia spoke regarding how to better have these conversations with your children.  Helping our children learn to be culturally competent and recognize intolerance can only make the world a better place.  The event took place at Pasadena City College, Creveling Lounge (1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 91106).









October 20, 2016 – Job Fair – Pacific Clinics held a Job Fair for young people, ages 16-25, seeking employment.  The Job Fair was held at the HOPE Drop In Center at 13001 Ramona Blvd., Suite I, Irwindale, CA  91706.  This was an opportunity to meet job recruiters from various industries.  



October 12, 2016 – Youth Moving On Job Fair – The Youth Moving On Job Fair was for young people, ages 16-25, seeking employment and career planning information.  The Job Fair was held at 456 E. Orange Grove Blvd. #140, Pasadena, CA 91104.  Employers such as Starbucks, Target, CPK, UPS were on-site!  



October 11, 2016 – The Salvation Army’s Homeless Connect Day – This event will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Tuesday, October 11.  The goal is to deliver direct services to members of our homeless population. People from the Salvation Army will assess the needs of each visitor and link them with appropriate services they need.  They will keep track of everyone’s hard work and share the results.  Some of the services that will be available include flu shots, legal advice, vision & hearing testing, pet therapy, health education, hair cuts, and lunch. Sponsors of this event include Pacific Clinics, Grandview Foundation, Union Station Homeless Services, the business community, service providers, local government, and committed Azusa Pacific University volunteers. It will be held at The Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle Corps located at 180 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena.



October 1 – November 1, 2016 – Congresswoman Judy Chu’s 2016 Domestic Violence Drive.  Congresswoman Chu, in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, held her annual Domestic Violence Drive.  This year, she was joined by Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32).  During the month of October, they collected items such as gently used clothing, toiletries, household cleaning products, and children’s school supplies to help provide resources for the women and children currently in local domestic violence shelters.  



Summer 2016 – The San Gabriel Valley Literacy Council (SGVLC) offered FREE English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to those people interested in learning English over the summer.  The mission of the SGVLC is to provide English language and citizenship instruction that meets the evolving needs of adult learners in the west San Gabriel Valley.  These classes were FREE and open to the public.



Saturday, July 30, 2016 – Assemblymember Chris Holden held his 17th Annual Block Party & Community Resource Fair.  It was a beautiful day and a great time.  We saw lots of old friends and made some new ones.  We are looking forward to next year’s event.  This event was OPEN to the public.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – “Community Garden Beautification Day” with Madison Elementary School.  



Thursday, June 9, 2016 – “Protecting Your Kids Online: A Community Conversation Led by Collaborate Pasadena” – This event was held in The Skyroom, at Lake Avenue Church and was an opportunity to take part in a community conversation about online & social media issues that affect you and your children.  Experts from L.A. City Attorney’s Office, the Pasadena Police Department, and Pasadena Unified School District were on hand.