Local Scout Partners With Villa Esperanza Services

Eagle Scout Timothy Wong completed a landscaping project for Villa Esperanza at two of its group homes.

Timothy Wong of Boy Scout Troop 359 completed a garden and landscaping volunteer project for Villa Esperanza Services’ Adult Residential Program as part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. The project supports adults and seniors with intellectual/developmental disabilities living in Villa Esperanza’s group homes.
Wong installed drought-resistant plants at two Villa group homes after months of careful planning. “I had to figure out what to do, where to do it, find volunteers to help me, fundraise enough money to meet my needs, and plan a date and time to do my project,” Wong said.
Wong’s project has brought color and variety to the front lawns of the Wagner and Wynn homes, where residents can contribute to the care of their new plants, and incorporate fresh tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and broccoli into their meal preparation.

Volunteers interested in supporting Villa’s programs may contact volunteer coordinator Katherine Evans at kevans@villaesperanzaservices.org.

Carver Girl Scouts Help ‘Feed Your Neighbor’

Photo courtesy Carver Elementary Girl Scouts
Carver’s Elementary School Girl Scout troops have teamed up to participate in Feed Your Neighbor Service Month. After getting great feedback from girls in the Greater Los Angeles area to do a council-wide service project to fight hunger, the Feed Your Neighbor Service Month Patch Program was launched. The program encourages both community service and service learning. It is being conducted during a time of year when food bank pantries become depleted, and will help the local food banks fill the pantries when giving may not necessarily be on everyone’s mind.

Hang Ten at Carver Carnival

Photo illustration courtesy Carver Elementary School
Carver Carnival Surfer Kids getting ready to ride some waves include (front row, from left) Emmitt Guerrero, Audrey Hail, Stuart Lin, Toby Tung, Justin Hsiang, Brennan Wong, Emily Chan, Howard Ma, Keira Shen, Emily Cheung, Wade Guerrero and Benjamin Tseng. Middle row: Avery Tseng, Piper Tseng, Joshua Lin, Justin Lin, Kenneth Chen, Lucy Wendling, Layla Chen, Bradley Wong, Allison Lin, Mason Chou, Caroline Barberie, Kelsey Lin and Alyssa Lim. Back: Megan Choa, Sophie Lin, Chloe Lang, Piper Summers, Olivia Hail, Karen McGovern, Nathan Yarahmadi, Jack Fuerst, Andrew Campana, Harrison Summers, Samantha Chou, Sarah Chou, Nathan Chan, Keeton Chen, Richard Ma and Kailey Woo.

Carver’s Carnival is coming to town on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It will feature game booths, the Mega Island Obstacle Course bouncer/slide and a talent show. Dining options include Wolfgang Puck and the Go Fusion ’N Grill food truck, as well as a variety of treats: Paradise Drinks, snow cones, cotton candy, churros, and boba and Starbucks coffee drinks. All proceeds from the carnival will help support Carver PTA’s enrichment programs, which include art, music, science, library and technology programs. Visit carvercarnival.com for more information.

Carver Parents Run in ‘Stride’

A group of Carver Elementary School parents gathered recently at Stride, a treadmill running studio in Pasadena, and collectively burned more than 7,500 calories in a 55-minute high intensity interval running/walking class. After the class, each participant received a special “Carver Rocks!” workout towel and smoothie generously donated by Robeks Juice, while Stride raffled off T-shirts and sweatshirts.

Photos courtesy Carver Elementary School
Annie Chui (front row, from left), Nicolett Fuerst, Jennifer Park, Cathy Newton and Jameela Gabriel. Back: Brenda Ho, Alice Chen, Michelle Kwok, Amy Morris, Una Battaglia, Tieu-My Nguyen and Gloria Hou.

There was a special Carver connection — Stride was founded by Katie Ownbey, who grew up in San Marino and is a Carver alumna, and Misa Dugally, whose two daughters attended Carver. The event was one of several buy-in parties offered in conjunction with Carver’s recent parent party; 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Carver’s PTA. Stride is located at 905 Granite Drive.

Girl Scouts Make ‘Whatchamacallits’ at SWAPS Workshop

San Marino Girl Scout Troop 15121 Cadettes hosted a SWAPS-making workshop at the Hill-Harbison House recently. More than 50 San Marino Girl Scouts from various troops were in attendance. The Scouts enjoyed teaching and learning how to make the traditional Girl Scout craft called SWAPS, which means “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” Girl Scout SWAPS are made to be traded later with other troops at various Girl Scout events.

Continue reading “Girl Scouts Make ‘Whatchamacallits’ at SWAPS Workshop”