The Book of Unknown Americans

OCOSPasadena’s One City, One Story program is back in March! This year’s selection is The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez, the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love and two families whose hopes collide with destiny. It is an extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. Visit http://cityofpasadena.net/library/ocos/ for more information.

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Jericho Road Pasadena Annual Report

Check out our annual report at http://www.jrpasadena.org/sites/default/files/Annual%20Report%202014.pdf. 2014 IMG_9755highlights included incorporating as an independent nonprofit, over 1300 hours of volunteer work provided, worth $182,700!

Many thanks to wonderful graphic design volunteer Terry Griest for creating our annual report again this year!

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Newsletter Articles for Pasadena Senior Center

PSCThe Pasadena Senior Center (PSC – www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org) has offered a wide variety of life-enriching programs for seniors for over 60 years. Because they offer so many services to such a wide range of people, they are constantly working on getting the word out to all Pasadeneans. JRP volunteer C. Reed recently wrote several articles for PSC’s winter and spring newsletters. Check her article on PSC member Gwen Poindexter at http://www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org/images/magazine/PSC-Magazine-2015-02.pdf and fitness teacher Leslie Lollar at http://www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org/images/magazine/PSC-Magazine-2015-03.pdf. You can sign up to receive PSC’s monthly newsletter on their website or drop by to sign up for any of their classes or services. Thanks to C for writing inspiring and informative articles!

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Board Development for Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful

CERBCollaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful (CERB – www.cerb.us) is an all-volunteer organization that works to beautify and green Eagle Rock. Their works improves health and civic pride, as well as reducing water consumption. Their founder was the center of the organization for its first several years in operation, leaving a major leadership gap when he passed away. The very engaged board knew they needed to increase their infrastructure and engage new board members and volunteers to survive. JRP volunteer Mimi worked with them for most of 2014 to set up a good infrastructure, create feasible organizational goals, and train the board on some basics, like fundraising. They’ve already implemented Mimi’s recommendations, resulting in increased giving in Dec. 2014. If you enjoy gardening or want to learn more about drought-tolerant plants, please think about volunteering with them; they’re a passionate, hard-working and fun group. Many thanks to Mimi for helping CERB make Eagle Rock a great place to live!

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Black History Parade and Festival

Black History MonthOn February 21, Pasadena celebrates black history, culture, and achievements in the Pasadena’s 33rd Annual Black History Parade and Festival from 10: a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. at Charles White Park, Fair Oaks Avenue and Ventura Street, in Altadena.  More than 70 entries will be featured in the parade, including the Pasadena Police Department, Wilson Middle School Marching Band, New Buffalo Soldiers, and local dance and drill teams. Please visit the City of Pasadena webpage at:  http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us for more information.

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JRP Office Closed Today

in honor of Presidents Day.

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JRP Wins Community Angel Award

JRP Director Melanie Goodyear and PMH Executive Director Jeannette O'Malley. Photo by Jim Staub.

JRP Director Melanie Goodyear and PMH Executive Director Jeannette O’Malley. Photo by Jim Staub.

The Pasadena Museum of History (www.pasadenahistory.org) recently had its annual members meeting, where they gave JRP their Community Angel award! PMH has been a great nonprofit client; we’ve helped them create a new website (which was a year-long, three-volunteer project), a volunteer database, have provided accounting advice and are writing new material for their Wikipedia page. Thanks to PMH for preserving Pasadena history and increasing civic pride and participation!

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