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readingcdlabel**** Recruiting Readers - this is an update ****

We are still in need of a few more youngsters, 3 months to 10 years, with their parents, grandparents or any adult who is reading to them.  Details regarding this March camera shoot will be provided when you contact us at


piaHi Mom! Lately, every day I find reasons that I am just plain glad to have you as a mom. Was just thinking it right now and wanted to let you know. Life can sure be hard and I feel lucky to have been primed to deal with it by a true soldier. Thanks for all you do!!

                                  -- Pia Smith --

Cirque Du Soleil will make the Kodak Theater in Hollywood its home beginning Summer 2011 ---  Interested?  Start letting us know NOW.  This is a fabulous production.  Tickets are limited and they will go fast!  We will also be organizing tours at the Kodak Theater.  For more information on the show or the "Win a trip" contest, visit



Our shows are now available on AT&T U-Verse.  Tune in to Channel 99, scroll to "PASADENA", then locate "The Arroyo Channel" on the listing.

        ATT U-verse


March is Parenting Awareness Month - sponsored by Day One, a Pasadena local agency.  Shirlee will be providing free parenting classes.  Topics include: Your Kids Your Money and Accessing Resources.  Date/time/place to be announced, check our website Home Page Announcements for update.


Brandi Armstrong

  • Show Videographer
  • YouTube & Wiki Updates

  • Susan Grey

  • Proofreader

  • Carol Hambarian

  • Theater Coordinator

  • volunteers

    Siew Tan

  • Associate Producer
  • Email Marketing
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Website Development

  • Tina Wallin

  • Show Audio Support
  • Web Content Updates

  • Karen Wong

  • Show Segments Research

  • Quinci Williams

  • Administrative Assistant

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    2011 is marked with great promise. Maybe the better word is "opportunity". We have two fabulous new board members who have the skills and outreach crucial to the work we do:  Dr. Emma Oshagan, well known in the Armenian community, and Gerry Lewis, with forty years of expertise gained as a Tournament of Roses member.  Please visit our website

    "Who We Are" page to read more about them.


    Once again, our volunteers are filling the spots paid staff occupy in other organizations.  We are blessed to have Yvette Thomas, Administrative Assistant, who has 20 years experience in Corporate America.  Yvette is the CTO we've never had.

    Our 2010 "Back Story" celebration of 16 years on the tube was a great success thanks to the hard work of board members. What a success! From the over 25 people who attended, two of them followed up by determining we were an organization worthy of their talents. Both Emma and Gerry attended the event held at the City of Pasadena TV station. Next time, we hope you will find time to join us.


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    Wacky or wise?  You tell me
    ....... While some readers may think I'm pretty wacky, I suspect there are many who support my get-tough parenting philosophy ...... More >>>
    Why Tucson?..... The shooting death of Christina Green, the 9-year-old and youngest victim of the Tucson carnage one week ago, raises the question that we always hear when children are ...... More >>>

    Social Security........ Michael Van Essen, health care and benefits advocate, says he doesn't know it all! Maybe not, but what he doesn't know, he sure knows where to send you to find out........  watch the clip >>>
    Are Children Running the Households in Other Countries?...... Talk About Parenting LIVE with Shirlee Smith guest, Weihau Zhang, talks about her parents' love and support. On the show, Weihau and Shirlee discuss cultural differences in raising children....... watch the clip >>>


    "Parenting Styles" - Shirlee's recent workshop at Pasadena's Jackie Robinson Center where she participated in the Akoko Nan organization's series of parent training classes.

    "Praise and Rewards" - part of the "Parenting Styles" series, is available for purchase on DVD. Click on the picture to view the clip.


    We thank everyone on our annual donation letter mailing who sent a contribution and who, as we requested, signed up for the Ralphs & Food4Less programs.


    On the Martin Luther King holiday, with our wonderful volunteers, we targeted certain Ralphs and Food4Less stores to sign up more people for the program. If you were one of the shoppers we met who signed up, thanks again for supporting our work with parents.



    For participation, contact us at

    (626) 296-2777

    If being on camera is not your "cup of tea", you can start your discussion topic at our
    "YOU TALK" Forum

    1. To donate through our website: Click here
    2. To donate through Ralph's Community Program: Register your Ralphs or Food4Less Club card using the following steps.  We will get a percentage of the proceeds with every purchase you make at no cost to you!
      • Click on the links below:-
      • Select PARTICIPANT signup button
      • Enter our NPO# 90343
      • Complete the rest of your information and click Submit.               ralph'sgraphic
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