Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Back-to-School

Starting the new school year can be a time of great excitement & anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears (and your own) with these teacher-approved back-to-school tips.

 

Meet the new teacher.
For kids, one of the biggest back-to-school fears is “Will I like my new teacher?” Breaking the ice early on is one of the best ways to calm everyone’s fears. Take advantage of your school’s open house or back-to-school night. Some teachers welcome phone calls or e-mails — another great opportunity to get to know each other before the year begins.

If personal contact with the teacher isn’t possible, try locating the teacher’s picture on a school website or in a yearbook, so your child can put a name with a face. If your child’s teacher sends a welcome letter, be sure to read the letter together.

 

Tour the school.
If your school hosts an open house, be sure to go. Familiarizing your child with the environment will help them avoid a nervous stomach on the first day. Together you can meet their teacher, find their desk, or explore the playground.

With an older child, you might ask them to give you a tour of the school. This will help refresh their memory and yours.

 

Connect with friends.
A familiar friend can make all the difference when heading back to school. You might try calling parents from last year’s class and finding out which children are in your child’s class this year. Refresh these relationships before school starts by scheduling a play date or a school carpool.

 

Tool up.
Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip with your child. Having the right tools will help them feel prepared. While keeping basic needs in mind, allow for a couple of splurges like a cool notebook or a favorite-colored pen. These simple pleasures make going back to school a lot more fun.

School supply lists also provide great insight into the schoolwork ahead. Get your child excited about upcoming projects by explaining how new supplies might be used. Let them practice using supplies that they have not used before — such as colored pencils or a protractor — so they will be comfortable using them in class.

 

Avoid last-minute drilling.
When it’s almost time to stop playing, give a five-minute warning. Giving clear messages to your child is very important.

 

Chat about today’s events and tomorrow’s plans.
While it is important to support learning throughout the summer, don’t spend the last weeks of summer vacation reviewing last year’s curriculum. All kids need some down time before the rigors of school begin. For some kids, last-minute drills can heighten anxiety, reminding them of what they’ve forgotten instead of what they remember.

 

Ease into the routine.
Switching from a summer to a school schedule can be stressful to everyone in the household. Avoid first-day-of-school mayhem by practicing your routine a few days in advance. Set the alarm clock, go through your morning rituals, and get in the car or to the bus stop on time. Routines help children feel comfortable, and establishing a solid school routine will make the first day of school go much smoother.

 

This article originally appeared on pbs.org

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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August 2017 Events Calendar

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Outdoor Movie Series

GLENDORA
Finkbiner Park > SUNDOWN
2: Lego Batman
cityofglendora.org

ARCADIA
City Hall West Lawn > 6:30PM
4: Toy Story
11: Kubo and the Two Strings

arcadiaca.gov

EAT | SEE | HEAR
PASADENA > Music: 7PM, Movie: 8PM
5: Mean Girls (Centennial Square)
25: Depeche Mode (Rose Bowl)
eatseehear.com

SIERRA MADRE
Memorial Park > DUSK
11: Moana
18: Beauty and the Beast
cityofsierramadre.com

ROOFTOP CINEMA
Corporate Center PASADENA > DJ: 6PM, Movie: 8:15PM
Food & snacks available for purchase
12: Top Gun
southlakeavenue.org

MONROVIA
Grand Avenue Park > Open: 7PM, Movie: 8PM
Enjoy an evening of fun in the great outdoors.
12: Moana
cityofmonrovia.org

STREET FOOD CINEMA
Music 6:30PM, Movie: 8:30PM
19: Selena (Los Angeles)
26: 50 First Dates (Glendale)
streetfoodcinema.com

ALTADENA
ALTADENA Library > 3:30PM
25: Beauty and the Beast
altadenalibrary.org

 

Music in the Park

ALTADENA
Farnsworth Park > 7PM
5: The Tuners (Radio Hits)
12: Upstream (Reggae)
19: Kings of 88 (Piano Rock)

26: Nowhere Man (Beatles Tribute)
altadenasheriffs.blogspot.com

ARCADIA
City Hall West Lawn > 6:30PM
Food and drinks available for purchase
3: Swing Cats (Big Band & Swing)
10: Cold Duck (70s & Top 40)

arcadiaca.gov

LA ARBORETUM > 5:30PM
19: Gershwin & Friends
pasadenasymphony-pops.org

GLENDORA
Finkbiner Park Bandshell > 6PM

6: Raymond Michael (Elvis Tribute)
cityofglendora.org

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
Memorial Park > 6-8PM
6: Hollywood U2 (U2 Tribute)
13:
DSB (Journey Tribute)
20:
Pacific Coast Highway (Light Rock)
27:
Hot August Night (Neil Diamond Tribute)

lcf.ca.gov

MONROVIA
Every Sat & Sun > 7-8:30PM

SATURDAYS: Station Square Park
SUNDAYS: Library Park

Visit cityofmonrovia.org for the full concert line-up

PASADENA
Levitt Pavilion
EVERY THUR-SUN

Visit levittpavilionpasadena.org for concert and time info

SIERRA MADRE
Memorial Park > 6-8PM

6: GEM City Jazz Cats (Big Band)
13: Pat O’Brien and the Priest of Love (Rock)
20: Cash Up Front (Johnny Cash Tribute)

cityofsierramadre.com

 

Get Your Motor Runnin’

CLASSIC CARS NIGHT
Lake Avenue Church, PASADENA > 6-8PM

11 & 25: Families & friends share a warm summer evening of fuel, fun & fellowship. The 7th annual Chili Cook-Off will take place on August 25th.
lakeave.org

COMMUNITY SUMMER DANCE NIGHT
ARCADIA Performing Arts Center > 7-9:30PM

12: FREE event for the community with karaoke & dancing under the stars.
arcadiaca.gov

LUAU DANCE FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATION
LA VERNE Community Center > 6-9PM

18: Fun-filled dance party with a DJ, fun decor & refreshments.
cityoflaverne.org

ANNUAL FLASHBACK CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW
GLENDORA Village > 6-11PM

19: Classic trucks, hot rods, fun zone & food.
flashbackinfo.org

 

Fun in the Community

CHALK-FUL OF FUN DAY
PASADENA Musuem of History > 1-4PM

6: Chalk art, crafts, make-your-own sundaes & more. FREE!
pasadenahistory.org

626 NIGHT MARKET
Santa Anita Racetrack, ARCADIA

11-13: One of the biggest festivals of the year with food, entertainment & more!
626nightmarket.com

MONROVIA WINE WALK
Old Town MONROVIA > 3PM

26: Stroll through Old Town while sampling wine & enjoying live music.
facebook.com/monroviaccc

END OF SUMMER FESTIVAL
Descanso Gardens, LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE > 5-10PM

30: Stay in the gardens late for an end of summer celebration!
descansogardens.org

 

 

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Posted on July 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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Podley Properties Celebrates Fourth of July Across the SGV

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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

Fourth of July Grand Marshal - Derek Podrebarac

 

Podley Properties’ own Derek Podrebarac served as Fourth of July Grand Marshal for Sierra Madre’s parade. We are very proud to have Derek in the Podley Properties family!

 

Fourth of July Parade Goers

 

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PASADENA Americafest at the Rose Bowl

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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.

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MONROVIA Fourth of July Celebration

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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.

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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.

 

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Posted on July 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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July 2017 Events Calendar

July 2017

Celebrate 4th of July

SIERRA MADRE
Memorial Park > Times Vary
3: Pre-party with family picnic, beer garden & live music from Groovy Lemon Pie!
4: Firecracker Fun Run, Women’s Club Breakfast, Grand Marshall Derek Podrebarac leads the parade & community picnic!
sierramadre4thofjuly.wordpress.com

CRESCENTA VALLEY FIREWORKS
CRESCENTA VALLEY High School > 4-8:30PM
4: Annual fireworks show with live music, food trucks & plenty of fun for the whole family!
cvfireworks.com

MONROVIA
Library Park > 3PM, Music: 7-8:30PM, Fireworks: 9PM
4: Monrovia’s FREE celebration with live music, entertainment & a fireworks show.
cityofmonrovia.org

PASADENA | AMERICAFEST
Rose Bowl Stadium > Military Spouse Day of Pampering: 10AM, Family Fun Zone: 2PM, Performances: 7PM, Fireworks: 9PM
4: Don’t miss this world-renowned fireworks show & entertainment at America’s Stadium.
rosebowlstadium.com

SAN MARINO
Lacy Park > 7AM, Fireworks: 9PM
4: Patriotic event with food, fun zone, parade, entertainment & fireworks!
cityofsanmarino.org

SOUTH PASADENA | FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS
Locations Vary > 7AM-4PM, Fireworks: 9PM
4: Pancake breakfast, a parade showcasing the balloons & a fireworks display at night.
southpasadenaca.gov

 

Music in the Park

ALTADENA
Farnsworth Park > 7PM
8: The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic
15: The Down Beat Express
22: Bleeding Harp

29: Who’s Next
facebook.com/altadenasheriffsstation

GLENDORA
Finkbiner Park > 6PM

2: The Wise Guys Big Band Machine
9: The Answer to Classic Rock
16: Calistoga Falls
23: The Moon Rays
30: The Bontempo Band
cityofglendora.org

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
Memorial Park > 6-8PM

2: Pat Benatar Tribute
9: Jack Lance Big Band
16: Conductorless Chamber Orchestra
23: Brian Lynn Jones & The Misfit Cowboys
30: 80’s Night Past Action Heroes

lcf.ca.gov

PASADENA
Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park
Every Thurs-Sun
> Times Vary

Visit levittpavilionpasadena.org for concert and time info

SIERRA MADRE
Memorial Park > 6-8PM

2: Corie Cable Kidder
9: Larry Larson
16: JJ Jukebox
23: Skinny Ties
30: NOCONA

cityofsierramadre.com

SOUTH PASADENA
Garfield Park > 5-7PM

9: The Grateful Dads
16: The Fabulous Esquires Band
23: Escape
30: Robert Sarzo

southpasadenaca.gov

 

Movie Nights Under the Stars

SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK
Finkbiner Park, GLENDORA > Sundown

5: Sing
12: Moana
19: Cool Runnings
26: Finding Dory

ci.glendora.ca.us

EAT | SEE | HEAR
Centennial Square, PASADENA > Music: 7PM, Movie: 8PM

8: Singin’ in the Rain
eatseehear.com

FAMILY MOVIE FRIDAYS
Memorial Park, SIERRA MADRE > Dusk

14: Finding Dory
28: A Dog’s Purpose
cityofsierramadre.com

ROOFTOP CINEMA SERIES
Corporate Center, PASADENA > Music: 6PM, Movie: 8:30PM

15: Fast & Furious 6
southlakeavenue.org

NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE NIGHT
MONROVIA > Opens: 7PM, Movie: 8PM

15: Finding Dory (Rotary Park)
29: Zootopia (Station Square Park)

cityofmonrovia.org

STREET FOOD CINEMA
Music: 6:30PM, Movie: 8:30PM

1: Goonies (Victory Park, PASADENA)
22: The Sandlot (Brand Park, GLENDALE)
29: The Hunger Games (Central Park, GLENDALE)

streetfoodcinema.com

 

Fun in the Community

2017 CLASSIC CAR NIGHTS
Lake Avenue Church, PASADENA > 6-8PM

14 & 28: FREE event featuring classic cars, burgers, music and a raffle.
lakeave.org

NIGHT ON THE PLAZA
GLENDORA Public Library > 6PM

15: Enjoy a wonderful evening of fine dining, unique auctions & dancing under the stars.
ci.glendora.ca.us

ANNUAL CRUISE NIGHT
Brand Blvd., GLENDALE > 5:30-10:30PM

15: FREE all-ages event with over 400 cars on display. Live music, fireworks & more!
glendaleca.gov

ALTADENA COMMUNITY PICNIC
Loma Alta Park, ALTADENA > 12-5PM

29: Excellent BBQ, fresh, locally grown food, raffle prizes, garden tours, great music & more!
altadenacommunitygarden.com

MAFA SUMMER ART WALK
Old Town MONROVIA > 7-10PM

29: Annual event where you can shop, sample local cuisine & enjoy live music.
monroviafinearts.org

 

 

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Posted on June 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm
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Reserve Your Ticket to the PFAR Fundraiser!


To purchase tickets, please call Michele Giffin, 626.893.1682

 

PFAR Fundraiser

 

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm
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Podley Shreds 58,000+ lbs. of Paper at the 5th Annual Shred Event!

Podley Properties hosted its 5th annual company-wide Spring Cleaning Shred Event at five office locations, offering this valuable service for free to our clients and community each year. While enjoying coffee, donuts and other refreshments, residents watched on-site trucks safely shred an estimated over 29 tons of paper! That’s more than the combined weight of 3 T-Rexs!

“We are pleased to offer this valuable service for our clients and Community each year. It delights us on how well it is received and appreciated!” stated Ed Afsharian, Manager of the Podley Properties Pasadena office. “We always want to provide important and interactive opportunities or our clients and community.”

Thank you to all the agents who volunteered their time and made this another successful event. We look forward to seeing you all next year, and would like to wish you a clean and green spring!

 

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Podley Shred Event 2017 TOTAL: 58,720 lbs.
Glendora: 15,480 lbs.
La Cañada: 12,180 lbs.
Monrovia: 10,060 lbs.
Pasadena: 12,980 lbs.
Sierra Madre: 8,020 lbs.

 

Visit our Facebook Page for additional photos from the event!

See a video created by Rob Weise from the Pasadena office!

 

 

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm
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May 2017 Events Calendar

 

APR 30-MAY 5 | PASADENA RESTAURANT WEEK
Various PASADENA Restaurants
Award-winning restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at incredible prices!
pasadenarestaurantweek.com


MAY 4
| MAY THE FOURTH

3pm: Kids 5-12, Teens: 4pm > ALTADENA Library
May the Fourth be with you! Hang out with friends, make your own light saber & get your Jedi on.
altadenalibrary.org


MAY 5
| CINCO DE MAYO MARIACHI NIGHT

6-9pm > Descanso Gardens, LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an authentic Mexican buffet & live mariachi music.
descansogardens.org


MAY 6
| ECLECTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ART WALK

3-10pm > Downtown SOUTH PASADENA
FREE family-friendly music fest and art walk with food trucks & a beer/wine garden.
theeclectic.rocks


MAY 6-7
| ANNUAL SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR

Sat: 9:30am-6pm, Sun: 9:30am-5pm > Memorial Park, SIERRA MADRE
2-day event of artists showing and selling their work, as well as food vendors & entertainment.
sierramadrelibraryfriends.org


MAY 7
| ALTADENA ANNUAL HOME TOUR

10am-4pm > ALTADENA Highlands Neighborhood
4 beautiful homes and gardens will be on display. Enjoy food vendors & live entertainment along the tour.
altadenaguild.org

MAY 7 | MONROVIA HISTORIC HOMES TOUR
10am-4pm > Historic Homes Across MONROVIA
MOHPG hosts its 35th annual tour with 6 vintage homes, built from 1901-1921.
mohpg.org


MAY 13
| ART ON PALM

10am-5pm > Arlington Garden, PASADENA
New location for this annual art festival featuring local artists, live music & refreshments.
artonpalm.com


MAY 13
| FOUNTAIN TO THE FALLS 7-MILE RUN

7am > Starts in Library Park, MONROVIA
7th annual race from Library Park to the Canyon Park Waterfall. Medals awarded by age category.
cityofmonrovia.org


MAY 14
| MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

10am-5pm > Huntington Library, SAN MARINO
Treat Mom to an elegant brunch (9:30am & 1pm) and stroll through the gardens to enjoy the roses in full bloom.
huntington.org


MAY 14
| MOTHER’S DAY AT THE CASTLE GREEN

1-5pm > 99 S. Raymond Ave., PASADENA
Take a step back in time and tour the historic Castle Green. Come early & enjoy tea in the ballroom.
friendsofcastlegreen.org


MAY 14
| MOTHER’S DAY AT THE RACES

11am-5pm > Santa Anita Park, ARCADIA
Bring Mom out to enjoy a spectacular day of racing accompanied by brunch at the Turf Terrace Restaurant.
santaanita.com


MAY 16
| CUISINES OF THE FOOTHILLS

5:30-8:30pm > GLENDORA Country Club
Step “Under the Big Top”to taste food, wine & more from 20 different restaurants.
cuisinesofthefoothills.com

MAY 20-21 | MONROVIA DAYS
Times Vary > Library Park, MONROVIA
Annual weekend celebration of family fun with live music, food, art, vendors, activities & a parade.
cityofmonrovia.org


MAY 21
| MUSEUMS OF THE ARROYO DAY

12-5pm > LOS ANGELES & PASADENA Museums
Explore 6 local museums for FREE! Shuttles between museums are available.
museumsofthearroyo.com


MAY 24
| TASTE OF DUARTE

5-8pm > Westminster Gardens, DUARTE
Enjoy a taste of Duarte with food samples, drink tastings, live entertainment & more!
tasteofduarte.com


MAY 26-29
| MEMORIAL WEEKEND FIESTA DAYS

Times Vary > Various LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Locations
Annual, all-encompassing small town community celebration.
lacanadaflintridge.com


MAY 27
| MOUNT WILSON TRAIL RACE

Starts 7am > Mount Wilson Trail, SIERRA MADRE
The second oldest trail race in California returns, along with the Kid’s Fun Run!
mountwilsontrailrace.com

 

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Posted on April 21, 2017 at 9:01 am
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Welcome Spring With Your Local Farmers’ Market!

Farmers' Market

With the changing season comes new, delicious fruits and vegetables at your local farmers’ market, the best place to pick up the freshest fruit available straight from the source. Along with providing important support for your community, you also get to enjoy fresh produce at the peak of it’s deliciousness. These markets are also more environmentally friendly, since the food is local, and typically hormone and pesticide-free.

Your farmers are also great resource to learn where you food comes from and to meet the people who feed you. Many vendors have wonderful recipes and cooking tips specific to the foods they are selling, and are more than happy to share them with you.

Below is a helpful list of markets around the San Gabriel Valley to enjoy this spring, and beyond!

 

FARMERS’ MARKET LIST BY DAY

TUESDAYS

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market > Villa Parke Center, PASADENA
Year Round | 8:30am-12:30pm | pasadenafarmersmarket.org

 

WEDNESDAYS

Altadena Farmers’ Market > 300 W. Palm Street, ALTADENA
Spring/Summer 4-8pm, Winter/Fall 3-7pm | facebook.com/AltadenaFarmersMarket

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market > City Hall Centennial Square, PASADENA
Summer 8:30am-12:30pm | pasadenafarmersmarket.org

 

THURSDAYS

South Pasadena Farmers’ Market > 300 W. Palm Street, ALTADENA
Beginning March 16, 2017 | 4-8pm | southpasadenafarmersmarket.org

San Gabriel Farmers’ Market > Vincent Lugo Park, SAN GABRIEL
Beginning Spring 2017 | sangabrielcity.com

 

FRIDAYS

Farmer’s Market of Monrovia > 612 S. Myrtle Avenue, MONROVIA
Year Round | 5-9pm | yelp.com/farmers-market-of-monrovia

Covina Farmer’s Market > 195 S. Glendora Avenue, WEST COVINA
Year Round | 5-9pm | covinafarmersmarket.com

 

SATURDAYS

La Cañada Flintridge Farmers’ Market > 1346 Foothill Blvd., LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
Year Round | 9am-1pm | yelp.com/farmers-market-of-monrovia

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market > Victory Park, PASADENA
Year Round | 8:30am-12:30pm | pasadenafarmersmarket.org

 

SUNDAYS

Old Pasadena Farmers’ Market > Holly Street at Fair Oaks Avenue, PASADENA
Year Round | 9am-2pm | oldpasadena.org

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 10:14 am
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Podley Properties Giving Back This Holiday Season

Giving back is a very important part of our membership in the community. This holiday season Podley Properties is proud to have participated in the following events.
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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!

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Child S.H.A.R.E. Program’s Annual Toy Drive 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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!

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Pasadena Educational Foundation Fundraisers  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!   

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Finally, we would like to thank the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the Union Rescue Mission and the Child S.H.A.R.E. program for providing us the opportunities to help them in giving back to our wonderful community.
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Posted on December 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm
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