This holiday season, our Pasadena office agents fulfilled the holiday wishes of 25 local children by sponsoring a Five Acres Wish Tree. These children living in foster care will definitely feel the extra love! Organized by Podley Properties agents Michael Robleto & Matt LeSueur, each card on the tree represented ‘gift wishes’ by a specific child. We are grateful of our agents for helping to spread holiday cheer throughout the community.
Five Acres is a non-profit based out of Altadena. Their mission is to promote loving and permanent family solutions to foster children. These three pillars; safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for all of their current programs. They work to preserve successful childcare programs and develop innovative services for children and families in crisis. Five acres has served over 100,000 persons since its founding in 1888. They currently care for 8,700 children and families annually, across five counties!
Find out how you can help or volunteer all year round! Visit 5Acres.org
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To learn more about Foothill Family and how you can help, visit www.foothillfamily.org
Every year communities across the San Gabriel Valley host their own community Halloween and trick or treating events. Podley Properties is proud to participate in these events alongside the rest of the community. You can find the information for this year’s events below. We look forward to seeing you! All events take place on October 31st.
Halloween at One Colorado
5:00pm–8:00pm > Bring your costumed ghosts and ghoulies to trick-or-treat store-to-store in Old Pasadena. Look for our Ambassador Guides and friendly characters who will be handing out treats, greeting our visitors, and posing for photos.
Glendora Village Halloween Walk & Carnival
Walk: 10am-2pm, Carnival: 5-8pm > Trick-or-treat around the village. Stay for games, food, prizes and more!
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
Trick-or-Treat Along Foothill Blvd.
3-5pm > Stop by Podley Properties: 846 Foothill Blvd. and trick-or-treat at other participating merchants along the Blvd. decorated in seasonal decor.
Old Town Monrovia Trick-or-Treat & Halloween Bash
3-6pm > Enjoy an afternoon filled with ghoulish fun of trick-or-treating, costume contests & more. Don’t forget to register your furry friend in the Dog Costume Contest!
Downtown Sierra Madre Trick-or-Treat & Costume Parade
3:30-6:30pm > Stop by Podley Properties: 30 N. Baldwin Ave. Halloween festivities held at Memorial Park with a costume contest for ages 1-14.
Podley Properties agents love their communities, and nothing exemplifies that like the way that they went out to celebrate on the Fourth of July! Below are photos from some of those celebrations. We are already looking forward to next year!
SIERRA MADRE Fourth of July Parade
PASADENA Americafest at the Rose Bowl
This year’s Americafest was just as grand as ever! Along with the incredible fireworks display, the 91st annual show’s pyrotechnics honored the 20-year anniversary of NASA’s Pathfinder mission. That spacecraft was designed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, less than 10 minutes from the Rose Bowl.
MONROVIA Fourth of July Celebration
This year Monrovia’s Fourth of July Concert & Fireworks show featured live music by Night Owl, a decorating contest and of course, a fireworks show! Photos courtesy of Pasadena Star News.
GLENDORA Area Community Celebrations
Podley Properties’ Rana Madain visited a few of her community’s Fourth of July celebrations, including the annual N. La Ramada party, and the Santa Maria/Hacienda celebration.
Happy Fourth of July!
Below is a list of local San Gabriel Valley celebrations that all ages can enjoy.
ARCADIA > First Street Corridor
6-9pm | BBQ, beer garden, live music, shaved ice, pony rides!
Enter to win the Big Giveaway at arcadiadt.com
SIERRA MADRE > Memorial Park
Pre-Party 5:30-10:30pm | Family picnic, beer garden and live music featuring
Sierra Madre’s own, Groovy Lemon Pie!
8pm | Firecrack Fun Run
8-10pm | Women’s Club Breakfast
10-11:30pm | Parade led by Podley Properties Agent Grand Marshal Derek Podrebarac
11am-3pm | Community Picnic
PASADENA | AMERICAFEST > Rose Bowl Stadium
12pm | Parking Lot Opens
2pm | Family Fun Zone Opens
5:30pm | Rose Bowl Gates Open
7pm | Performances Begin
9pm | Fireworks Begin
MONROVIA > Library Park
3pm | Entertainment Begins
7-8:30pm | Live Music
9pm | Fireworks
LA CRESCENTA > Crescenta Valley Highschool
4pm | Celebration for the whole family with a full carnival, food trucks and, of course, a full professional fireworks show. cvfireworks.com
SAN MARINO > Lacy Park
8am | 5K Memorial Run
4-8pm | Family Fun Zone
4:45-6:30pm | Parade
8:30 | Fireworks Celebration Begins
SOUTH PASADENA | FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS > Citywide
7-10am | Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast at South Pasadena Fire Station
10:30am | Opening Ceremony at South Pasadena Library
11am | Parade on Mission Street, from Diamond Avenue to Garfield Park.
12-4pm | Celebration at Garfield Park with games, food & activities for all ages.
9pm | Fireworks Show at South Pasadena High School w/food vendors on site.
We are pleased to announce Sierra Madre’s own Derek Podrebarac as the 2017 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal. “The Grand Marshal is a person whose efforts over a long period of time have benefited to the Sierra Madre community. The Grand Marshal title honors a person or persons’ work, dedication and overall enhancements to our community.” Derek is an inspiring leader and volunteer, and has time and again embodied the spirit of Sierra Madre.
Derek Podrebarac spent the last 17 years calling Sierra Madre home with his family. He was born in Pasadena, grew up in La Crescenta and lived in South Pasadena, Monrovia and now Sierra Madre. Derek exemplifies what it means to be a true Sierra Madrean through his passion for giving back to his community. In addition to serving as a Real Estate Agent for Podley Properties, Derek’s volunteer efforts are felt throughout the community. He frequently volunteers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He gives blood to save the lives of those who rely upon his rare blood type.
Derek is a tireless advocate, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. He spent time rebuild homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and more recently, projects in Mississippi. He generously donates his time to homeless shelters in Pasadena, and is an active leader in his local church. Derek’s passion for baseball has led him to become a devoted leader with the Sierra Madre Little League. He has coached and managed baseball teams in the league for the past seven years, contributing his talents and energy to multiple teams and age groups simultaneously.
Derek selflessly gives his time to improve youth sports in our community for children of all ages and abilities. For example, he organized, and now heads, the Challenger Division for SMLL, a Little League division designed for special needs children. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the league.
In addition, Derek serves as a mentor to youth athletes as a baseball coach at Maranatha High School and other schools throughout the region. His motivation for serving his community stems from his pleasure in meeting and getting to know new people and their interests. He is a shining example of the sort of person who makes Sierra Madre such a magical place to live.
SIERRA MADRE JULY 4TH SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The parade route begins at Sierra Madre Blvd. and Sunnyside Avenue, and travels the length of Sierra Madre Blvd. to Sierra Vista Park.
5:30pm–10:30pm Pre-Party in Memorial Park!
Family picnic, beer garden
& live music featuring Sierra Madre’s own, Groovy Lemon Pie!
Firecracker Fun Run: 8:00am
Women’s Club Breakfast: 8:00am-10:00am
Community Picnic: 11:00am–3:00pm
Article originally appeared on SierraMadreWeekly.com
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
LA ZOO BIG BUNNY’S SPRING FLING
11am-4pm > 5333 Zoo Drive, LOS ANGELES
“Spring into fun” with this annual celebration featuring crafts, photo ops, musical entertainment and the chance to pet real bunnies. lazoo.org
SATURDAY & SUNDAY:
KIDSPACE MUSEUM EGG HUNT
Breakfast: 8:30am, Hunts: Ages 4-5: 9:45am; Ages 6-7: 10:15am; Ages 8-9: 10:45am > Kidspace Museum, PASADENA
Hundreds of candy-filled eggs are hidden throughout just waiting to be found! Create art, learn the bunny hop & pet real bunnies. Pre-registration required. kidspacemuseum.org
SPRING EGG BOWL FESTIVAL
11am-3pm > Rose Bowl Stadium, PASADENA
Celebrate the start of spring by leaping through Pasadena’s largest Egg Bowl and Festival. Bring your camera to capture memorable moments. cityofpasadena.net
SPRING EGG HUNT & HEALTHY KIDS DAY
10am > Recreation Park, MONROVIA
Activities include: Arts & crafts, face painting, carnival games, petting zoo wellness activities, musical entertainment and a visit from the Spring Bunny! cityofmonrovia.org
9am-12pm > LA County Arboretum, ARCADIA
For kids of all ages. Egg hunts take place continuously, baskets provided. Egg Scramble and Egg-Expedition, make & take activities, refreshments & prizes! arboretum.org
GLENDORA EGG HUNT
9-11am > Finkbiner & Gladstone Parks, GLENDORA
This terrific community event also includes balloon artists, storytelling, and face painting. The egg hunt begins promptly at 10am for children 10 & under. ci.glendora.ca.us
SIERRA MADRE EGG HUNT
10am > Memorial Park, SIERRA MADRE
This FREE events inlcudes eggs, candy and a visit with the Easter Bunny for children 12 years of age and younger. cityofsierramadre.org
EASTER EGG HUNT & PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Breakfast: 8:30am, Hunts: Ages 4-5: 9:45am; Ages 6-7: 10:15am; Ages 8-9: 10:45am > Live Oak Park, TEMPLE CITY
Breakfast w/ the Easter Bunny, followed by FREE entertainment including spring crafts, face painting, petting zoo & visits with Hoppy! Don’t forget your basket! templecity.us
EGG’STRAORDINARY SPRING CELEBRATION
Breakfast: 7am, Egg Hunt: 10am > Smith Park, SAN GABRIEL
This FREE event will feature a variety of fun spring-time activities and of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny! sangabrielcity.com
SANTA ANITA PARK EASTER EGG HUNT
12:30pm-3:30pm > Santa Anita Park, ARCADIA
Grab your baskets and bring the whole family for a Sunday fun day. Enjoy the family fun zone, & the Easter Bunny will say hello to all the little jockeys. santaanita.com
Union Rescue Mission Coat Drive
Each year the Union Rescue Mission holds a winter coat drive to help provide warm, lightly used winter coats to those who need them most. Last year Podley helped provide 150 coats. This year Podley Properties provided 252 coats to the drive!
Child S.H.A.R.E. Program’s Annual Toy Drive
Podley Properties proudly participated in the Child S.H.A.R.E. program’s Christmas Toy Drive, providing gifts to children in foster care. Through all of the generous donations, more than 75 toys & approximately $600 in gift cards & cash were donated by Podley Properties this year!
Pasadena Educational Foundation Fundraisers
Throughout the year Podley Properties participates in fundraisers for the Pasadena Educational Foundation. This year, through our Holiday Open House & Gift Boutique, as well as the Rock for PEF program, Podley Properties was able to raise more than $1,400 for the Pasadena Educational Foundation!
Thank you for helping us make Christmas special for these boys!
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