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ELIZABETH JEWELL BUTTERFIELD
Pasadena Village Members enjoyed a lovely art exhibit on March 1, 2018
by our very own
Pasadena Village Member
Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield
Elizabeth is a mixed media art artist whose artwork clearly reveals her passion for a multitude of carefully chosen and unusual objects. The variety of materials Elizabeth selects might include anything from found discarded treasures to beautiful handmade papers with a tasteful mix of her own personal photography incorporated.
As well as being a talented artist, Elizabeth is also an amazing florist!
AT THE PASADENA VILLAGE
"MOM AND POP" BUSINESS
One Friday evening in February, seven Village Members received a special tour of a local business housed just up the road from the Village office.
Greg and Karen Stark are the founders of
Stark Spirits, a true handcrafted small-batch micro-distillery located on North Lincoln Ave. in Pasadena. The visitors were treated to an educational tour of the small, spotlessly clean distillery, with the hand-hammered copper still manufactured in Spain taking center stage. The Starks make whiskeys, rums, orange brandy, aquavit, and gin, paying close attention to every stage of the process. Their products are sold locally at Mission Liquor in Pasadena, and are available on line.
After the tour, Village members were treated to tastings of each of their spirits. All agreed they were a cut above the ordinary brands of alcohol.
The Starks are happy to give additional tours of their business, so let us know if you are interested!
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Out and about at the Huntington Library and Gardens, where the Walkers enjoyed the beautiful cactus gardens in bloom, enjoying conversation and coffee at the pavilion after the walk.
Travel on Public Transportation
A day at the Broad Museum and the
Jasper Johns Exhibit
After traveling on the Pasadena Del Mar Gold Line station to the Chinatown station, the 7 Travel Buddies then transferred to the Dash B bus to arrive at the Broad Museum
But first lunch at the Colburn Conservatory
of Music Cafe before the exhibit
Then it was time for the Broad Museum
and the Jasper Johns Exhibit
READING TO YOUNG CHILDREN
On Saturday, February 14, seven Village
members joined Sue Kujawa at Families Forward, formerly known as Mothers’ Club, to read to a group of lively pre-school children, their younger and older siblings, and their parents, including two fathers. The members met at the beautiful Families Forward learning center, adjacent to Jackie Robinson Center, where they received an orientation and a quick training on the book, song, and activity of the day. Some members were surprised to learn a new song – “Head, shoulders, knees, and toes”, which proved to be a hit with the children, who already knew it, as well as a challenging exercise for the volunteers.
We broke up into two groups, with four Village volunteers working with 10-12 children and 4 – 5 parents. Fortunately there were 2 additional experienced volunteers to help corral and entertain the children. The book that was read was “Full, full, full of Love” about a young boy and his grandmother. After the story was read, the children and parents made a picture frame out of decorated Popsicle sticks, complete with a photo of their family to put in the frame. Some of the highlights – watching the expert, Shizzie Akasaki, patiently working with a very active two year-old, keeping him happily engaged in building a block tower while the book was being read. And then there was the dad who didn’t want to leave until he had finished his picture frame to his satisfaction. Everyone was impressed by the bright, energetic, gregarious children and their loving parents who overcame their shyness to talk with the volunteers. We all agreed we need to do it again.
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Welcome to the Pasadena Village – I am so happy you’re visiting our website! Just so you are clear, we are not a place to live, but a way to live.
The Pasadena Village is part of a national movement – a growing one due to our rising population. There are 300 active Villages with an equal number being formed, an exciting development with powerful implications.
The Pasadena Village was founded in 2010 by a small group of friends and neighbors who wanted an alternative to retirement communities and nursing homes for themselves. They created lists of the services that would help them live their lives in their own homes and their familiar neighborhood: support from friends (and making new ones), educational forums, cultural adventures, rides to stores and doctors’ appointments, referrals to home health care professionals, assistance with minor home maintenance and repairs, check-in telephone calls, and multitudes of other things.
We are a true grass roots, member based organization. We are self-governing and have a board of directors, an executive committee and several committees that keep our nonprofit Village moving forward. Our philosophy is based upon mutual support and active involvement by all members – even the smallest participation will enhance your happiness and life activities and that of our group.
The Village is not a social service organization, but one of support. We cannot provide full time care or meals or manage your life, but we do have fun, learn, make new friends and help each other. Our Village is a work in progress and changes according to members’ needs and choices. If you want a group of people to join you for sketching in the park, hiking, birdwatching, discussing critical issues, you will find them here. If you like to join others for dinner, share your art work, volunteer, come to a support group, this is your organization.
I look forward to meeting you!