Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival Boasts Record Weekend

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Costumed children, a sunny pumpkin patch, pony rides and the spooky sounds of the South Pasadena Strings Orchestra officially ushered in fall at the 19th Annual Pumpkin Kidspace Children’s Museum Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.Sponsored by the Circle of Friends, the festive weekend hosted more than 22,000 visitors at Pasadena’s Brookside Park and grossed a record breaking $115,500 for the museum’s operating budget.“Being a part of the most successful Pumpkin Festival in our history has been just amazing,” said Circle of Friends President Laura Thompson. “Knowing that the Circle of Friends is able to produce a fun and festive event for the community and help to contribute to Kidspace at the same time is a great feeling. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers and each of them worked to make Pumpkin Festival happen. I couldn’t be happier or more grateful to be working with such an outstanding group of women.Additionally, the Circle set records for their Very Important Pumpkin program which provides sponsorships for children who would not normally be able to attend the festival. This year, a record number of 415 children were able to celebrate the season with their families. “Our VIP program is what it’s all about and it’s our mission to provide that experience,” said Thompson of the program that works with organizations such as Hillside Family, Urban Compass and Mother’s Club.Local leaders Shannon McGuire, San Marino, and Emily Viola, La Canada, co-chaired the record breaking event and along with Thompson led 100 Circle members and 500 high school volunteers in the planning, staffing and executing of the 19th Annual Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival.Over the course of the weekend, cheery families enjoyed a petting zoo, played carnival games, explored a variety of bouncers and obstacle courses and created seasonal crafts while noshing on fare from local favorites In-N-Out Burger, Robin’s BBQ, Teri & Yaki and Choctal Ice Cream. A new stage layout and stellar musical performances from family favorites like The Hollow Trees, Egg, Earthworm Ensemble, The South Pasadena Sting Orchestra and Th3 Trips added to the festive atmosphere.The Circle of Friends is a group of women dedicated to supporting, via funds and volunteer hours, the operations of Kidspace Children’s Museum. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty 24 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community Newscenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Pumpkin Festival Boasts Record Weekend STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 7, 2013 | 12:19 pm Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Community celebrates mass to remember loss of first-year students

first_imgGrace Doerfler | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins said mass Tuesday night in the stadium to remember first-year students Valeria Espinel and Olivia Laura Rojas.Espinel, originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, lived in Badin Hall and planned to study economics. Rojas, from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, lived in Cavanaugh Hall. She intended to study in the Mendoza College of Business.The community also held in prayer sophomore Eduardo Jose Elias Calderon, who was injured in the crash and remains hospitalized.Family members and friends of Espinel and Rojas traveled to Notre Dame and attended the mass. Others attended from Bolivia, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic through a live stream of the service.Vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding welcomed the community to the memorial service.“We are grateful for your presence as we gather to pray for the eternal rest of two members of the class of 2024,” she said. “We believe that God is holding them gently and in immeasurable love.”University President Fr. John Jenkins presided at the mass, first thanking the families of the two students for traveling to campus. The mass began somberly as Jenkins reflected on the tragedy that occurred Saturday morning.“Olivia and Valeria were with us for too short a time,” he said. “But I’ve heard from their friends, their teachers and their families that they embraced Notre Dame and made it their home. We now gather to remember and pray for these two friends, students, classmates and family members who have been taken from us so suddenly, so soon.”Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick delivered the homily at the service. He acknowledged the tragedy that had shaken the community, noting “the hardship that comes from losing two members of our Notre Dame family to an untimely death.”McCormick’s homily focused on honoring how Espinel and Rojas deeply valued friendship and family. He read from papers each student had written earlier in the semester about how to live a good life and celebrated the friendship between the two young women.“To think that this relationship was somehow simply limited between Valeria and Olivia would be a big mistake,” McCormick said. “Together they built upon each other’s strengths to create a network of great friends and meaningful relationships.”McCormick said sorrow is appropriate in response to these students’ deaths, but he invited the congregation to trust in God’s mercy.“We commend these two sisters of ours to a God who makes all things new — grateful for their lives, thankful for the ways that God has worked through them to give us a clear sense of heaven itself,” he said. “We now commend our sisters to eternal rest.”The mass included a mix of Spanish and English, including music in Spanish provided by Coro Primavera, the University’s Spanish-language choir. The rectors of Cavanaugh Hall and Badin Hall, Jo Cecilio and Sr. Susan Sisko, respectively, offered bilingual prayers of the faithful. Grace Doerfler | The Observer To remember the light of Espinel and Rojas, those gathered in the congregation turned on their flashlights on their phones.At the mass’ conclusion, McCormick asked all those gathered to turn on their phone flashlights “as a way of reflecting back the light that Valeria and Olivia have shown to us.” As lights illuminated the stadium, McCormick addressed the two students’ families.“Family members, we have been blessed to walk among the lights of your two daughters,” he said. “Know that while this day may pass and memories of this particular moment may fade, know that your daughters will walk with us and our community forever.”Tags: Campus Ministry, Mass of Remembrance, Notre Dame Stadium, University President Fr. John Jenkins Thousands of members of the Notre Dame community gathered Tuesday night to remember first-year students Valeria Espinel and Olivia Laura Rojas in a mass held in Notre Dame Stadium. Both students passed away early Saturday morning after being hit by a car.last_img read more

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National 4-H Week

first_imgThe structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities, according to the study.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to georgia4h.org. To find out more about Georgia 4-H in your county, contact your local UGA Extension office. Georgia 4-H’s 172,354 student members will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8. During the week, the state’s largest youth development organization wants to raise awareness of the program that started as a club for farm kids and has grown into a place that helps youth become successful and confident adults. It’s true that 44 percent of Georgia 4-H members live in rural areas, but just 3 percent live on a farm. Fifty-three percent say they live in the city, in a small town or in another urban or suburban setting.Georgia 4-H is available to children in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. The four ‘H’s stand for head, heart, hands and health and are represented by the four-leaf clover. Participating youths develop life skills through hands-on projects involving volunteer work, health, science, engineering, technology, leadership, agriculture and communication. Georgia 4-H is under the umbrella of UGA Extension, and 4-H programs are based on research from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and other UGA colleges. Georgia 4-H agents supplement teachers’ efforts by using after-school lessons and in-school curricula designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards.Georgia 4-H has always had roots in science. In recent years, that emphasis has shifted slightly to include other closely-related disciplines, known as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The strategic inclusion of engineering and technology programs has been a natural fit for Georgia 4-H, as its slogan is “Learn by Doing.” STEM subjects are presented to 4-H members through new STEM 4-H Ambassadors, new projects at 4-H Project Achievement, new in-school club meeting curriculum, and new activities like robotics competitions and Mission Make-It: Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge.“The idea of bringing UGA research and resources to Georgia students through the use of county agents throughout the state was a cutting-edge idea in 1904 and remains so even today,” said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader. “The most important work of 4-H is to help young people become better citizens and enable them to grow into responsible, active adults.”When asked, “attending 4-H camp and making lifelong friends” continues to top the list of Georgia 4-H members’ favorite things about being in 4-H. High-school-age Georgia 4-H youths say their 4-H experience provided them with opportunities to travel, learn leadership skills, give back to their communities and overcome their fears of public speaking.Each year, over 30,000 Georgia 4-H youth perform community service, conduct research, compile portfolios of their accomplishments and learn public speaking skills through oral presentations at 4-H District Project Achievement.Students also learn responsibility through livestock projects, programs and judging. Georgia 4-H partners with Georgia FFA and the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science to provide these programs. Every year, close to 2,500 students complete a year-long process to prepare more than 4,500 animals for exhibition at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show and other competitions.According to a Tufts University study, 4-H members are:Two times more likely to contribute to their communities than youths not in 4-HThree times more physically active than youths not in 4-HFive times more likely to graduate from college than youths not in 4-HTwo times more likely to pursue a career in science than youths not in 4-Hlast_img read more

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UCL: Liverpool beat RB Salzburg 2-0 to make Round of 16

first_imgDefending champions Liverpool reached the Champions League last 16 as Group E winners thanks to two second-half goals against Red Bull Salzburg.The Reds, who needed at least a point to progress, were on the ropes at times against attacking opposition.But from the moment Naby Keita headed in Sadio Mane’s cross, there was only going to be one winner.Mohamed Salah clinched victory 100 seconds later with an excellent finish from a tight angle.Jurgen Klopp’s side needed the three points to top the group after Napoli beat Genk 4-0.The Reds will discover their Champions League last-16 opponents in Monday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland (11:00 GMT). Real and Atletico Madrid are both possible opponents.Salzburg, who had scored 87 goals in 24 games before this, drop into the Europa League last 32. Their 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland had chances to score but failed to become the first player to ever score in his first six Champions League appearances. Source: BBClast_img read more

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