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Vol 2013-04        

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In This Issue
.. Featured Activities
.. Parents Talk
.. Theater Anyone?
.. Floor-Showing
.. Shirlee's Desk
.. What's New
.. Volunteer Spotlight
.. Donor Highlight

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Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle Fund Raiser event took place on Oct. 27th, 3-5 p.m. at Hillsides, featuring Michael D. Antonovich, County Supervisor; Carol Liu, California State Senator; Kimberly Hughes, Warden (A) California Institution for Women; Gloria Barrios, former inmate; Sidney Clifton, daughter of poet Lucille Clifton; and honoring Judge Marguerite D. Downing.




Judge Marguerite D. Downing and Shirlee SmithAudienceMayor Bogaard and Pasadena Police Department attendees
Audience - Pamela Davis, Los Angeles County Supervisor Antonovich, and Retired Judge Philip ArgentoKimberly Hughes, Warden(A) California Institution for Women


Parents have a lot of "one-liners" that have been in use over the years, but we are not so sure if these on this website are still in existence.  For example, encouraging the kids "to eat all their food", with the high cost of groceries, there may not be that much on the plate.


We've long advocated getting our families away from their home entertainment centers and getting them into live theatrical performances. Hollywood Bowl, Mark Taper and Kirk Douglas Theaters have offered amazing discounted opportunities. Recently we sent a representative to attend a Diversity in the Theater Forum held at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Talk About Parenting believes diversity in performances is important but we also believe diversity in audience is equally important and suggest the Pasadena Playhouse develop a program that offers cost assistance for low-income families to attend performances. 


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Asthma is Blowing in the Wind...... It's that time of year when asthma comes crawling from the cracks and crevices, the blowing dust and the floating pollen..... If you're the parent of a child who continually has a stuffy nose, has a hard time breathing, and is always tired......More >>> Microwave and Frying Pans..... We were taught the expected standards of behavior and, just as important, we learned what was going to happen when we crossed the line.  My mother, I'm sure, got weary of listening to her babies cry, but while there was no microwave to pop us into, she could have abandoned us on a streetcar bench......More >>>
   shirlee's desk

You've heard the expression, "Be careful what you ask for, you may get it!".  We got it! Incarcerated moms spread the word about our classes at the prison and we had a waiting list of almost 200. We opened an additional class AND then when our last class graduated, the participants asked for more.


We now have Parent Puzzle 101 for new participants and 201 for moms who've graduated.  
We are also presenting classes focusing on the foster care system and parental rights.


Our classroom volunteer was accepted into graduate school.  We've posted on volunteer match for a replacement. Do you know of someone who is interested?



Your Kids Your Money

Saturday, March 29, 2014,
           10:00am-12:00 noon

Where: Pasadena City College

Fee: $39

Class Description/ Registration:
Click here for details






Solving the Parents Puzzle

Saturdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm,
          February 1, 2014 - June 28, 2014

Where: California Institution for Women (CIW), Chino, CA


End of the year mega surprise - $1,000 awarded to us by the Arcadia Association of Realtors at their "Events 4 Charity Breakfast" on December 11th.


Pictured above are the representatives from the recipient organizations: Arcadia Community Coordinating Council; Assistance League of Arcadia; Foothill Pregnancy Resource Center; Foothill Unity Center Inc.; Hillsides; Journey House Inc.; Monrovia Providers Group; Monrovia Reads; Santa Anita Family YMCA; Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, and the members of the award committee. 


Volunteer Spotlight


In this issue, our volunteer spotlight shines on our new Board Members:
Philip Argento is a retired judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court Criminal Department in the City of Pasadena, where he served on the bench for 23 years. In his retirement, among many other activities, he works part-time on the Assigned Judges Program.Prentice Deadrick is the owner of PDD Consulting which specializes in public administration and public education, non-profit management & strategic planning, community outreach, project management in construction.Ivan Light, Ph.D. Click here to view bio.


Florence Beller

  • Education Research

  • Susan Grey

  • Content Editor/ Proofreader

  • Linda Lavin

  • Consultant

  • volunteers

    Brandi Armstrong, Pamela Davis, Dean Lee,

    Paul Smith,

    Andy Takakjian 


  • Social Media Team

  • Siew Tan

  • Website Maintenance
  • Email Marketing
  • Newsletter Design/Editing

  • donorhighlite
    Thanks to recent donors


    Geoffrey Baum

    Ramon Cortines

    Brenda Dabney, Esq

    Prentice Deadrick

    Michael Freeman, Atty

    Adelaide Hixon

    Joseph Ho, Ph.D.

    Eileen Kushner

    Susan Mandel, Ph.D.

    Jaylene Moseley

    Anthony Portantino, former State Assemblyman

    Greta Pruitt

    Professor Myra Raeder

    Madlyn Richards

    Ann Marie Stephenson, Ph.D.



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