Families Forward Hosts Tasting Event Oct. 14

Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center Families Forward Twilight Tasting organizers include Veronica Francis, Bobbi Hewins, Kristin Bacon, Monica Shaffer, Anne Marie Pieczarka, Rosiris Paniagua, Sarah Hilbert, and Ginger Mort. Not pictured: Kelly Crowe, Jennifer Dyer, Faith Gustin, and Tanya Reader.
Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center
Families Forward Twilight Tasting organizers include Veronica Francis, Bobbi Hewins, Kristin Bacon, Monica Shaffer, Anne Marie Pieczarka, Rosiris Paniagua, Sarah Hilbert, and Ginger Mort. Not pictured: Kelly Crowe, Jennifer Dyer, Faith Gustin, and Tanya Reader.

What are you craving? A hoppy microbrew? Green corn tamales and mole? A glass of chardonnay with lively music? Families Forward Learning Center, formerly known as Mother’s Club, will host its seventh annual Twilight Tasting featuring live music, a “Wine Wall” and silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 6-10 p.m. Top local restaurants will offer a diverse array of gourmet bites.
Proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit as it continues to serve local at-risk families through an award-winning Two-Generation Learning Program. To purchase tickets, visit Bit.ly/TwilightTasting2017 or call (626) 792-2687, ext. 112.

Families Forward Offers Education Services for High-Risk Parents, Children

Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center Families Forward Learning Center benefits both parents and their children in the northwest Pasadena community.
Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center
Families Forward Learning Center benefits both parents and their children in the northwest Pasadena community.

Like most big families, Families Forward Learning Center members almost always end up gathering in the same spot: the kitchen, of course.
It’s the heart of the home, where breakfasts and lunches are shared and the conversation flows. For young parents living far from any family and struggling financially, it’s where a cup of coffee also offers a reprieve from the pressures of raising young children.
“This is just where everyone comes through, between classes or before or after,” said Berit Anderson, development associate of Families Forward Learning Center, giving a recent tour of the center’s gleaming kitchen and colorful facility. “It really is the heart of our center. I’m sure you can tell today is fish stick day!” Continue reading “Families Forward Offers Education Services for High-Risk Parents, Children”

After 56 Years, Mothers’ Club Becomes Families Forward

Families Forward participants
Families Forward participants

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center has changed its name. It is now called Families Forward Learning Center to reflect the organization’s evolution to preparing families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through a unique two-generation learning program.
“The heart of our organization has always been our staff and the people we serve, and as we become Families Forward, the spirit and legacy of Mothers’ Club will persist in our unmatched commitment to improving the lives of Pasadena’s at-risk families,” said Families Forward Executive Director Hector La Farga Jr.
Joining in the announcement celebration on Thursday were representatives from local elected officials, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Christopher Holden, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and various members of the Pasadena City Council.
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