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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.
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
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.
Celebrate 4th of July
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!
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!
Library Park > 3PM, Music: 7-8:30PM, Fireworks: 9PM
4: Monrovia’s FREE celebration with live music, entertainment & a fireworks show.
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.
Lacy Park > 7AM, Fireworks: 9PM
4: Patriotic event with food, fun zone, parade, entertainment & fireworks!
SOUTH PASADENA | FESTIVAL OF BALLOONS
Locations Vary > 7AM-4PM, Fireworks: 9PM
4: Pancake breakfast, a parade showcasing the balloons & a fireworks display at night.
Music in the Park
Farnsworth Park > 7PM
8: The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic
15: The Down Beat Express
22: Bleeding Harp
29: Who’s Next
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
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
Levitt Pavilion, Memorial Park
Every Thurs-Sun > Times Vary
Visit levittpavilionpasadena.org for concert and time info
Memorial Park > 6-8PM
2: Corie Cable Kidder
9: Larry Larson
16: JJ Jukebox
23: Skinny Ties
Garfield Park > 5-7PM
9: The Grateful Dads
16: The Fabulous Esquires Band
30: Robert Sarzo
Movie Nights Under the Stars
SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK
Finkbiner Park, GLENDORA > Sundown
19: Cool Runnings
26: Finding Dory
EAT | SEE | HEAR
Centennial Square, PASADENA > Music: 7PM, Movie: 8PM
8: Singin’ in the Rain
FAMILY MOVIE FRIDAYS
Memorial Park, SIERRA MADRE > Dusk
14: Finding Dory
28: A Dog’s Purpose
ROOFTOP CINEMA SERIES
Corporate Center, PASADENA > Music: 6PM, Movie: 8:30PM
15: Fast & Furious 6
NEIGHBORHOOD MOVIE NIGHT
MONROVIA > Opens: 7PM, Movie: 8PM
15: Finding Dory (Rotary Park)
29: Zootopia (Station Square Park)
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)
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.
NIGHT ON THE PLAZA
GLENDORA Public Library > 6PM
15: Enjoy a wonderful evening of fine dining, unique auctions & dancing under the stars.
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!
ALTADENA COMMUNITY PICNIC
Loma Alta Park, ALTADENA > 12-5PM
29: Excellent BBQ, fresh, locally grown food, raffle prizes, garden tours, great music & more!
MAFA SUMMER ART WALK
Old Town MONROVIA > 7-10PM
29: Annual event where you can shop, sample local cuisine & enjoy live music.
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!
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.
APR 30-MAY 5 | PASADENA RESTAURANT WEEK
Various PASADENA Restaurants
Award-winning restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus at incredible prices!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAY 13 | ART ON PALM
10am-5pm > Arlington Garden, PASADENA
New location for this annual art festival featuring local artists, live music & refreshments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAY 21 | MUSEUMS OF THE ARROYO DAY
12-5pm > LOS ANGELES & PASADENA Museums
Explore 6 local museums for FREE! Shuttles between museums are available.
MAY 24 | TASTE OF DUARTE
5-8pm > Westminster Gardens, DUARTE
Enjoy a taste of Duarte with food samples, drink tastings, live entertainment & more!
MAY 26-29 | MEMORIAL WEEKEND FIESTA DAYS
Times Vary > Various LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Locations
Annual, all-encompassing small town community celebration.
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!
Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, Robb Buzzini moved to Southern California in 2002 and eventually settled in Pasadena in 2010. Robb is a third generation REALTOR®. His grandfather was a mortgage broker and real estate broker, and his father is a real estate broker and has owned and operated a property management company for over 30 years.
Robb views Real Estate as a service industry. His goal is to serve the needs of his clients and help them achieve their goals as they relate to their personal residences or investment properties. “Knowing that you are helping someone with possibly the largest financial transaction of their lives is a tremendous responsibility. I try to put myself in my client’s shoes. I think about the level of commitment and protection I would want my realtor to give me, and then I do everything I can to provide that to the families I represent.”
Prior to becoming an agent and joining Podley, Robb worked in the entertainment industry for several years before becoming a stay-at-home dad in 2010. A former sports anchor and reporter in college, he holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An avid baseball fan he has previously coached at the high school level in both Northern and Southern California. Robb lives in Pasadena with his wife Catherine, their daughter Avery, and son Jack. As a family the Buzzini’s enjoy frequent trips to Disneyland, Legoland and try to visit Hawaii once a year.
April 23rd > Art of the Garden
10:30am-4:30pm | Across ALTADENA, PASADENA & SIERRA MADRE
Enjoy the diverse architectural styles and landscapes showcased on this tour. Sponsored by Creative Arts Group. creativeartsgroup.org
April 23rd-May 21st > Pasadena Showcase House of Design
Private Address | Shuttles From the Rose Bowl Parking Lot, PASADENA
Take a shuttle to the tour of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House at this annual benefit. Visit pasadenashowcase.org for additional visiting info.
April 28th > La Cañada Flintridge Spring Home Tour
9:30-1pm, 3:30-6:30pm. Evening Reception 6-8pm | LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE
Enjoy this home tour put on by the students and parents of La Cañada High School showcasing beautiful homes across the community. lchs78.org
April 30th > 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Tour
10am-4pm | Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood, PASADENA
Stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District & experience this beautiful historic neighborhood. visitpasadena.com
May 7th > Altadena Guild’s 66th Annual Home Tour
10am-4pm | ALTADENA Highlands
Four beautiful homes and gardens will be on display. Enjoy food vendors & live entertainment along the tour. altadenaguild.org
May 7th > MOHPG 35th Annual Historic Homes Tour
10am-4pm | Historic Homes Across MONROVIA
MOHPG hosts the 35th annual tour with six vintage homes, built from 1901-1921. In addition, the 1886 Queen Anne Victorian known as the Anderson House Museum will be open. mohpg.org
May 14th > Castle Green Mother’s Day Tour
1-5pm | 99 S. Raymond Avenue, PASADENA
Tour of Castle Green’s beautifully preserved architecture, and enjoy tea in the ballroom. friendsofcastlegreen.org
Self-Guided > Glendora’s Historic Core: A Walking Tour
All Day | Begin at the Intersection of Glendora Avenue & Foothill Blvd., GLENDORA
This walking tour of Downtown Glendora is intended to foster awareness of the history and built landscape of the community. ci.glendora.ca.us
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
From farmhouse to formal, Mid-Century to Craftsman Bungalow and beyond, the 2017 Art of the Garden Tour sponsored by Creative Arts Group showcases more architectural styles than ever before.
Whether you resonate to exuberant displays of colorful flowers, manicured neoclassical landscapes, casual gardens designed specifically for life with our canine companions or the subtle palette of arid and sun-loving perennial landscapes, enjoy inspiration at the Art of the Garden. This curated selection of gardens exemplifies the best in outdoor design.
Creative Arts Group’s 23rd annual garden tour will take place on the 23rd of April, 2017 from 10:30am to 4:30pm. 5 private gardens in Sierra Madre, Altadena and Pasadena open their gates for this self-guided tour. Selected artists will have work on display in one of the gardens and at Creative Arts Group. The gallery will be open and serving refreshments. The works this year are truly fantastic, and are definitely not to be missed!
Tickets: $30.00 presale or $35 the day of the tour. Additionally, Tickets can be purchased by clicking here, or by calling 626-355-8350, or by visiting Creative Arts Group at 108 N. Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024. We look forward to seeing you at Art of the Garden!
Visit creativeartsgroup.org for additional info