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Nonprofit Brings Beauty From the Ashes of Women’s Cancer Diagnoses

By Emily Glory Peters A woman’s cancer diagnosis is an earth-shattering moment—not only for the patient, but for those who love her. From mingled emotions, a rising sense of helplessness is not uncommon—something Amie Satchu, Pasadena native and founder of Foundation for Living Beauty, sought...

St. Gregory A. & M. Hovsepian School Goes Full STEAM Ahead

By Emily Glory Peters “Don’t throw anything away.” It’s not a hoarder’s mentality—it’s the bedrock of teachers Michele Browning and Arpy Jahjah’s STEAM philosophy at St. Gregory A. & M. Hovsepian School in Pasadena. “For young learners, school is a freight train—it’s cognitive overload,” says Browning,...

Business Struggles? Slide into the Hot Seat at B4B Think Tank

By Emily Glory Peters Picture this: you’re a year (or several) into building your own business and you’ve hit a snag. Perhaps it’s high staff turnover or a low marketing budget—regardless, you know something needs to change to keep your business afloat. Where do you...

The Plant Goddess is Here to Heal your Water Woes

By Emily Glory Peters Summer is nearly here and there are two likely outcomes for your yard—a crispy-brown lawn or something suspiciously green soaking up Los Angeles’ most precious resource: H20. Fortunately, Plant Goddess in Sierra Madre has a third alternative. “I’ve always been about conserving...

Pasadena Mental Health Center Meets Critical Need for Counseling, Trains Next Generation of Therapists

By Emily Glory Peters Therapy. Scorned by some, salvation for others—and inaccessible to many who need it. Back in 1965, a new counseling center sought to change that. Pasadena Mental Health Center (PMHC) opened its doors with one focus in mind: to put high-quality, affordable therapy...

How Drug-Free Treatment is Changing the Game for Some Special Needs Kids

By Emily Glory Peters May is National Mental Health Month, but outside of a social post online, mental health challenges are still unlikely subjects to pop up in your daily conversation. Yet each year, millions of Americans reportedly struggle with mental and behavioral health issues—and...

Inclusive Play, Stress-Free Parties at Dream Big Children’s Center

By Emily Glory Peters Dream big, children. It’s both sound counsel and part of the name for Dream Big Children’s Center, a beautiful indoor playground in Old Town Monrovia. Hidden behind Pinkberry and headed up by founder Cristina Cordeiro, the center has become a popular...

The Cradle Company Wraps New Moms and Families in Judgement-Free Postpartum Support

By Emily Glory Peters Labor is laced with complexities that are unique to a new mom’s experience. After hours beasting through physical and mental pain, a new mom only has about a day or two to absorb all she can from her doctors, nurses and...

Lumen Optometric Shines New Light on Eye Health

By Emily Glory Peters It wasn’t a lifelong fascination with the human eye that prompted Dr. Eric To to go into optometry. It was tutoring underserved kids. “I learned some of my students suffered from vision-related learning disorders. They were thrown into remedial classes or neglected...

Uplifting the “Hidden Poor” Alongside Foothill Unity Center

By Emily Glory Peters Nearly 6,000. That’s the number of volunteers who served food, distributed supplies and fostered hope among similar thousands served by local nonprofit Foothill Unity Center last year. It’s an impressive number in light of April, which just happens to be National Volunteer...
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