First United Methodist Church is Collecting Backpacks and School Supplies

first_img Community News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Summer is here and that’s FUMC’s cue to start collecting backpacks and school supplies for the Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker (ACAC) back to school program. Everyone’s help over the past years has made it possible for children in the foster care system to start the school year with supplies for their specific needs. A collection box for supplies will be placed at the Church inside entrance to Fellowship Hall starting Sunday, June 28th and continuing through the middle of August. For those who have questions please contact Diane Harris at (626) 665-6786. See the list of school supplies that are needed. Large, sturdy backpacks are recommended as most of the caseworker clients are middle and high school age.Other School Supplies Requested:#2 pencils, ballpoint pens (red, blue or black), 3-ring binders (preferably 2 inch), college-ruled filler paper for 3 ring binders, tabbed dividers, 12” rulers, pocket pencil holders (for 3 ring binder), yellow highlighters, single-subject spiral notebooks, pink wedge erasers, 24/box crayons, 12/box colored pencils, glue sticks, composition notebooks, English dictionary and thesaurus (pocket size), small calculators for older grades. NO SCISSORS PLEASE!First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 500 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 796-0157 or visit fumcpasadena.org. Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Community 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. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Faith & Religion News First United Methodist Church is Collecting Backpacks and School Supplies Article and Photo courtesy of FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Published on Friday, June 26, 2015 | 6:18 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Trail Mix: Homeward Bound

first_imgThroughout his career, bluesy songsmith Seth Walker has lived in some of America’s most musical cities: Austin, Nashville, and, currently, New Orleans. But to make his new album, the September-released Gotta Get Back, he decided to revisit the influence of his youth growing up in the piedmont region of North Carolina.Walker was raised on a commune just north of Greensboro. His parents were classical violin teachers, who taught him his first instrument, the cello. But with his mom, dad, and sister, he shared a log home with another family, who also introduced him to the great Texas troubadours like Willie Nelson and Guy Clark. Add in the blues guitar Walker started playing as a student at East Carolina University and it’s easy to understand how he developed a broad roots-based sound as he moved around the South.Family, though, is at the heart of his new album. While writing the songs for Gotta Get Back, his ninth album, Walker played his dad early sketches of the tunes and asked him to arrange string parts. Then after initial recording at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Walker gathered his parents and sister back in North Carolina to add layers to the album at a studio in Chapel Hill. The bond is felt strongest on “Back Again,” a clap-along gospel number so smoothly unified it makes it hard to believe Walker and his family hadn’t played music together in 20 years, when his parents separated.“Getting my family involved made it complete,” Walker said of the recording. “We just put the past aside and played music. It was heavy, but beautiful.”That redemptive spirit lingers throughout most of the new album, which was produced by Jano Rix, Wood Brothers’ drummer and keyboardist. Walker looks to the future through an airy folk-rock groove in “Movin’ On” and sings with hearty optimism in “Turn This Thing Around.”In the title track he sings,” I’ve gotta get back, before I can move ahead.” The album started coming together when Walker was living in Nashville, and he found himself writing songs to potentially impress the Music Row establishment, which ultimately left him feeling creatively compromised. Now recording for the independent label Royal Potato Family, whose roster includes fellow adventurous artists like Garage A Trois, Marco Benevento, and underground jazz legend Steven Bernstein, Walker feels rejuvenated after recently reuniting with family and digging into his musical roots.“I was feeling the teeth of the music business machine, and it was rubbing me wrong,” he said. “I felt like I was calculating my music a little bit, so I made a conscious effort to get back to the reasons why I started doing this in the first place.”Walker will mostly be living in his van throughout the rest of the fall, as he zig-zags around the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast. When he’s off the road, he now hangs his fedora in New Orleans. The new album track “Fire in the Belly,” a gritty, Meters-style funk tune that shows another side of an artist who—after some self-reflection—seems to be in the right place.“People down here eat, sleep, and breathe music,” Walker says of his new home. “It’s a syncopated city. Just being here is definitely influencing my songs.”last_img read more

Mexico police take refuge from Ciudad Juárez drug gangs

first_img CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – About 2,000 police are hunkering down in hotels in Mexico’s most violent city of Ciudad Juárez after a drug gang threatened to kill an officer per day if their chief refused to resign. Eight police officers have already been killed this year in the city across from El Paso, Texas. The mayor of Ciudad Juárez this week ordered police to use several local hotels as temporary barracks to protect themselves from attacks on the way home from work in the city at the heart of the drug violence in Mexico, which has claimed the lives of at least 50,000 I five years. Mayor Héctor Murguía said on Feb. 1 that police would stay in hotels for at least three months, with approximately US$1.5 million put aside to pay for it. Murguía stood by his police chief, Julián Leyzaola, a controversial former soldier who has been asked to resign by human rights groups for his alleged heavy-handed policing. “The chances that [Leyzaola] resigns or that they force him to resign are zero percent,” the mayor told journalists. At the entrance to the Rio motel, on Las Torres Avenue, several patrols stand guard to protect access to the improvised barracks, as others monitor vehicles pass by. Last week, several banners signed by the “New Cartel of Juárez” appeared around the city of 1.3 million, to announce the killing of a police officer each day as long as Leyzaola stayed in charge of the local police. Some of the messages also accused the police chief of protecting another group, “New Generation,” allied to powerful Sinaloa drug cartel of fugitive Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. According to the mayor, the threats only showed how concerned the drug gangs were in the face of Leyzaola. Murders fell to fewer than 2,000 in the city last year – when Leyzaola took control – from 3,100 in 2010. Key leaders of city gangs like “the Aztecas” also were apprehended. Leyzaola already provoked controversy when he led police in another border city, Tijuana in northwest Mexico. Authorities lauded him for reducing crime there but organizations such as Amnesty International sought to put him on trial for the alleged torture of prisoners, backed by witness accounts from at least 25 police. [AFP (Mexico), 01/02/2012; Eluniversal.com.mx (Mexico), 01/02/2012] By Dialogo February 02, 2012last_img read more