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In This Issue
.. Featured Activities
.. Shirlee's Desk
.. Training Workshops
.. Volunteer Spotlight
.. What's New
.. Floor-Showing
.. Donor Highlight

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KCET Local Heroes Award Gala at Club Nokia.....  


The KCET/ Union Bank Cultural Diversity Celebration was held at Club Nokia on October 23, and broadcast in November and December.  Twelve Local Heroes, including Shirlee were honored.  Our guests who attended the gala included former Board Members Adelaide Hixon and Greta Pruitt; current Board Members Evelin Garcia, PhD and Tina Wallin; Board Member Emeritus, retired UCLA professor Ivan Light, PhD;  Guillermo Garcia, Warden, California Institution for Women, and his wife Sandra; Dorothy Garcia and husband Tom Harding (Aids Art Project); Penny and Ken Yannayon; Constance Anderson, Regional Business Center; Pia Smith; Virgil Roberts, Esq.; and Victor Muschetto.


Smith & KCET President, Al Jerome
Warden Guillermo Garcia & Smith
Clifton Johnson (Union Bank), Smith and Constance Anderson  (PCR Corp.)
Board Member Evelin Garcia & Ms Teresita, owner of Teresitas Restaurant

Victor Muschetto Photography



training workshops

  • Home Environment
  • Lifestyles
  • Role Models
  • Communication
  • Child Development
  • Accessing Resources
  • Your Kids, Your Money
  • Academic Success
  • Discipline That Works
  • Also Custom Design for clients
Check our website calendar for when and where specific workshops are being offered in 2013.

"As the father of two adult sons, I have firsthand experience of the challenges and rewards involved in raising two young men.  I feel fortunate and proud to say my sons became productive successful members of society.  Credit for their success goes to the good parenting role models in my life and to the efforts and practices my wife and I put in play as young parents.  My wife and I are thankful we matured and learned from our experiences to do a better job with our boys.  However, I am well aware not all parents have been exposed to good parenting skills.  My observations in general, and as a warden in particular, tell me there is a great need to have every parent learn how to do a better job with their children.  I see the results of bad parenting skills in the men and women behind prison walls."

                               Guillermo Garcia
                               Warden, California Institution for Women

   shirlee's desk


2012 was a fantastic year.  With the help of dedicated volunteers and interns, we've made tremendous strides.  Siew Tan tops the list when it comes to dedication - she has been with Talk About Parenting for 7 years!  Joyce Lin, Administrative Assistant, keeps the office running.  The team of students from USC, Marshall School of Business,  designed fundraising strategies and a social media plan.  Michael Oh, one of the graduating seniors, is now working as a financial planner and is still involved with us.

Eric Flores and Viridianna Aguilar from University of La Verne, provided research on California State Prisons.  Nora Marin, assistant for our parenting classes at California Institution for Women, took her assignment a step further and presented our organization to her Criminal Justice class at Chaffey College.

We are looking forward to an exciting 2013.  Happy New Year to everyone!



Volunteer Spotlight


Welcome new board members, Evelin Garcia, Paul Smith, Don Repella and Peggy Sisson.  Without strong committed board members we'd be a flop.  Evelin was a guest on Talk About Parenting Live.  Paul is a new dad of a 4-week-old son.  Peggy has recently retired as Director of Child Care with City of Pasadena, and Don Repella is the father of two young sons.  Learn more about our board members by visiting


Talk About Parenting LIVE with Shirlee Smith, will launch Ustream on-line broadcast.  A new venue, but same great show we've been producing for 17 years, featuring call-in, guest, money saving tips and more.


Launch date: January 27 - Mark your calendar!





Watch our website home page News and Announcements for upcoming 2013 workshops  Also remember to check the website calendar.





Florence Beller

  • Education Research

  • Susan Grey

  • Content Editor/ Proofreader

  • Linda Lavin

  • Consultant

  • volunteers

    Brandi Armstrong, Pamela Davis, Elliot Gold, Dean Lee, Siew Tan, Weihua Zhang 


  • Social Media Team

  • Siew Tan

  • Website Development 
  • Email Marketing
  • Newsletter Design/Editing
  • Social Networking 

  •              >>>>floorshowing <<<<

    Thank You
    .......Giving thanks is quite different from giving gifts.  Giving thanks is a far cry from getting caught up in Black Friday madness that is just a pitch from merchants to keep people spending money by offering them a terrific chance for saving...... More >>>
    An Apple For Christmas..... My longtime friend Arlene McClain-Brown taught me something mighty important about giving Christmas presents to our kids.Arlene was raised in Terry, Miss., the youngest child in a family of many...... More >>>
    Workshop - Your Kids, Your Money.........  watch the clip >>>
    A Soldier's Story (Nightmare)..........  watch the clip >>>
    Thanks to Recent Donors


    Reginald Brown, Esq; Ramon Cortines; Georgia Featherstone; Adelaide Hixon; Linda & Milton Lavin; Paul Litttle; Becky McAlister; Greta Pruitt



    Times are tough and WE know that.  We are grateful for donations, whatever the size.  Donate online through PayPal or send a check to P.O. Box 40547, Pasadena, CA 91114.



    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.  The donation does not come out of YOUR pocket!  It comes from the stores - a percentage of your store purchase!
      • Click on the links below to download the respective scanbar letter:-
      • Bring it to Ralphs or Food4Less when you go shopping
      • Give it to the checkout clerk together with your rewards card or phone number
      • That is all you need to do! 


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