Why See the ‘Four Seasons’ — Again?

The Salastina Music Society will present Vivaldi’s beloved classic that depicts nature. He wrote poems to accompany his musical depictions of the seasons.
Fall depicts a drunken Bacchanale, with revelers stumbling over each other. Winter depicts the supreme coziness of sitting by a fire as raindrops fell on the roof overhead.
Spring depicts dogs barking in the distance as a shepherd sleeps. Summer depicts the languor of oppressive heat and humidity.
The concert is Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory, 100 N. Hill Ave. Tickets are $32 in advance, $40 at the door, and $10 for students. For more information, visit salastina.org.

Stay Safe, Responsible During Holiday Season

Don’t drink and drive.
That always pertinent message is especially applicable during the holidays, when gatherings are plentiful and often involve alcohol.
“It’s such an expensive mistake to make,” California Highway Patrol Capt. Steve Strull said previously. “It’s financially expensive, and God forbid somebody is ever injured or killed. It’s a major, major crime. If you kill somebody while you’re under the influence, it can be prosecuted as murder, the same way as if you’re using a gun. The only difference is the weapon is not a gun. Talk about turning your life upside down.”
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Enhancing Communication for Cancer Patients

A three-part series dealing with enhancing communication for cancer patients and their families will be given at the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena on Mondays Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. The sessions are free of charge.
Nazare Magaz will discuss how to manage communication in the family when strong feelings and wholesale communication breaks down. Participants will receive mentalization tools and will learn techniques to enhance communication.
The Cancer Support Community-Pasadena is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Call for reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.

Open Studios Art Event Dec. 2 and 3

Open Studios is a vibrant group of artists from Altadena and Pasadena dedicated to the promotion of art and to sharing it with neighbors. It provides twice-yearly free art shows to the community. The next event is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, and includes live demonstrations, food and music.
The Open Studios Art Tour is a self-guided, multi-location event featuring many genres of art from local artists at their studios and retail locations. There will be art for every taste, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, assemblage, photography, jewelry and textiles.
Maps will be available at each studio, and at Hoopla! Emporium and the Altadena Public Library.
Visit openstudios.gallery for artist photos, information, updates and interactive tour maps. Information also is available on the Open Studios Facebook page at facebook.com/AltaOpSt.

Stratford Celebrates Farm-to-School Month

Madeleine Garris, Roman Merrill, Reid Lewis, Christian Chen, Hank Farmer, Nicolas Medina, Ella Khojayan, Margaret Rasmussen, Emery Doumitt, Orla Given, Luke Villanueva and Monroe Plumb
Madeleine Garris, Roman Merrill, Reid Lewis, Christian Chen, Hank Farmer, Nicolas Medina, Ella Khojayan, Margaret Rasmussen, Emery Doumitt, Orla Given, Luke Villanueva and Monroe Plumb

At Stratford School Altadena, November is national farm month and preschoolers are giving thanks for farmers and the delicious food that will be on their Thanksgiving tables. Students have fun learning about how their food goes from farm to table using all of the principles of the school’s STEAM-based curriculum. For more information about Stratford School visit stratfordschools.com.

Assistance League Holds Holiday Faire Dec. 2

The Assistance League of Pasadena is holding its annual Holiday Faire on Dec. 2, from 11 a.m.-4p.m.
The Faire, a craft fair gift shop, is the senior philanthropy of the ALP. All items are lovingly handmade by senior exhibitors who receive 75% of sale proceeds. Items available include holiday décor, toys, children and baby items, household items and many more.
The Faire is located at 820 E. California Blvd. in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 795-4991.

‘Adopt a Family’ for Holidays With Urban Compass Guild

The Urban Compass Guild is seeking support for families in need during the holidays. Guild members include (front row, from left) Kate Kohorst, Clara Hess, Emilie Lanstra, Stephanie Ginn, Claire Fonteno, Monica Schmid and President Laura Thompson. Back: Erika Randall, Tricia Nur, Emily Viola, Whitney Morgan, Jennifer Webster and Director Xochiltl Bravo. Not pictured: Jill Dennis, Rene Dolan, Jennifer Jacobs, Shannon McGuire, Liz Meher, Julie Miller, Kate Sachs, Lyn Salembier, Elisabeth Seitz, Amanda Tracey, Melissa Udell, Marcy Ulrich and Jackie Zimmerman.
The Urban Compass Guild is seeking support for families in need during the holidays. Guild members include (front row, from left) Kate Kohorst, Clara Hess, Emilie Lanstra, Stephanie Ginn, Claire Fonteno, Monica Schmid and President Laura Thompson. Back: Erika Randall, Tricia Nur, Emily Viola, Whitney Morgan, Jennifer Webster and Director Xochiltl Bravo. Not pictured: Jill Dennis, Rene Dolan, Jennifer Jacobs, Shannon McGuire, Liz Meher, Julie Miller, Kate Sachs, Lyn Salembier, Elisabeth Seitz, Amanda Tracey, Melissa Udell, Marcy Ulrich and Jackie Zimmerman.

The Urban Compass Guild — a support organization for the Urban Compass, keeping students and their families out of gangs and into a college pathway — is gearing up for the holiday season with its Adopt A Family program, and is seeking support for its families in need.
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Foothill Family is Making Seasons Brighter

While the holidays can revolve around excitement and fulfillment, it can also be a time of great anxiety for families with few resources. This is where Foothill Family’s Making Seasons Brighter program hopes to help through giving that fosters gratitude and empathy that nurtures empowerment.
More than 90% of Foothill Family’s client children are from poverty-level or low-income families who struggle to stretch very limited resources in meeting even basic needs such as food, clothing and housing. Each year, Foothill Family therapists and case managers identify clients with the highest need and invite them to participate in Making Seasons Brighter. Donations are collected throughout the month of November and in early December. Families are invited to “shop” from these donated items, free of charge, at special boutiques set up at Foothill Family Centers. Rather than watch the holidays happen around them, families become engaged contributors in making a more memorable holiday season.
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PFAR Wreath Auction is Dec. 1

OUTLOOK file photo Gregg Smith, Bill Podley and Brent Chang were among those who attended a prior PFAR Charitable Foundation Wreath Auction. This year’s annual fundraiser is being held on Friday evening, Dec. 1, at the Altadena Town & Country Club.
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Gregg Smith, Bill Podley and Brent Chang were among those who attended a prior PFAR Charitable Foundation Wreath Auction. This year’s annual fundraiser is being held on Friday evening, Dec. 1, at the Altadena Town & Country Club.

The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation will host its largest charity event of the year — its 26th annual Wreath Auction, “A Night in Tinseltown,” on Friday evening, Dec. 1. The charity auction and dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Altadena Town & Country Club.
More than 150 guests are expected to attend. Guests will contend for the finest Christmas wreaths and other auction items during the formal affair.
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Community Fills Kettle at Salvation Army Kickoff

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Salvation Army Captains Terry and Rutendo Masango opened the Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive with the organization’s fun-filled Kickoff Breakfast inside the UCLA locker room in the Rose Bowl last Friday, with 300 people attending the event.
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Salvation Army Captains Terry and Rutendo Masango opened the Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive with the organization’s fun-filled Kickoff Breakfast inside the UCLA locker room in the Rose Bowl last Friday, with 300 people attending the event.

Kathy Larson, the advisory board chair for the Pasadena Salvation Army, admitted to sneaking out to the Rose Bowl Stadium the weekend preceding the organization’s Kettle Kickoff so she could set up one of the Salvation Army’s iconic donation kettles.
As she was approached by a gentleman while setting up, she thought he was probably one of the shoppers at the weekly flea market in the stadium. She had assumed he would, at best, empty out whatever loose change was in his pocket into the kettle. He instead slipped in a $20 bill.
“He said, ‘Salvation Army saved my life,’” Larson said, giving opening remarks for the Kettle Kickoff inside the same stadium last week. “There were probably 20,000 people in there that day, and I heard that three times. And they all put money in the kettle.”
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