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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Eta Lambda Omega Chapter, Pasadena /Altadena Registration Open for Annual “Sister Chat” Event

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pasadena/Altadena Chapter is sponsoring its' Fourth Annual Sister Chat 2014 for high school young ladies between the ages of 15 years - 19 years. Our theme this year is, "Teenage Human Trafficking." The date is November 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The location is at the Altadena Senior Center, 560 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, California 91001.

This year we have planned exciting, "chatting" topics of discussion in a warm comfortable environment that will include many exciting activities, gifts, prizes and so much more!!!

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be served.

Applications to attend this event may be obtained at: http://AKA-ELO.org. They can be mailed to: AKA-ELO, P.O. Box 90013, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Homesteader Harvest and Family Festival

Saturday, October 4, 2014, From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Altadena Library District, 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001, celebrate the fall season and meet your neighbors!

Sponsored, hosted, and coordinated by Library Trustee Meredith McKenzie, the Homesteader Harvest and Family Festival brings good food, music, and fun for the whole family.

Bring the kids!

The festival will have a backyard petting zoo and crafts for all children.

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Wells, Sanchez and Pickens Leadership Week

Black news from Pasadena - Community - MPYD Leadership week

Police Chief Phillip Sanchez stands with the young men of MPYD.

The focus was leadership as Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and gang intervention expert Ricky Pickens addressed three special sessions of "Lunch With the Future," an on-campus motivational speaker series sponsored by Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), the male student support group at John Muir High School.

Drawing on events from his 36 years as a firefighter and his experiences as a youth baseball coach, Fire Chief Wells described leadership qualities including integrity, attitude of service and accountability. When Police Chief Sanchez asked them to describe a leader whom they would follow, MPYD students cited traits such as expertise, trustworthiness and the willingness to listen to your team.

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Reps. Judy Chu and Grace Napolitano Launch Annual Domestic Violence Campaign

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) joined Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park, and other local businesses and women's rights organizations to kick off the 11th Annual Domestic Violence Collection Drive. Started in 2003, the drive collects clothing and supplies for women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and takes place every year during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Reps. Chu and Napolitano released the following statements:

"Every year, more than 10 million calls are made to domestic violence hotlines by women and men across the country. Crimes of Domestic violence take place in every community, to people of all ethnicities and backgrounds," said Rep. Chu. "When a victim finally makes the courageous choice to leave their abuser, they and their children are often forced to literally leave their home with nothing. They deserve better, which is why I am so proud to once again be hosting this drive with wonderful partners throughout the area, who are helping us collect the items needed to assist the victims and begin to rebuild their lives."

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Celebrate National Public Lands Day by Becoming a Friend of the Forest!

Black news from Pasadena - Community - National Forest Foundation - Public Lands DayTujunga, CA —The National Forest Foundation (NFF), the U.S. Forest Service, and Edison International recognized National Public Lands Day by hosting more than 100 volunteers for forest renewal efforts in the Big Tujunga Treasured Landscape. Together, the organizations and volunteers helped to heal a part of the Angeles National Forest that was damaged in the 2009 Station Fire. The event also honored the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Wilderness Act of 1964.

Black news from Pasadena - Community - 2014 Public Lands DayVolunteers from Edison International and its subsidiary Southern California Edison joined volunteers from local groups such as the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and Pacoima Beautiful for hands-on habitat repair and trail maintenance. In addition, NFF staff led more than 30 students from nearby San Fernando High School on a forest exploration, part of the NFF's ongoing Friends of the Forest ®program; for some of the students, this was their first experience in a forest environment.

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