Dozens of things to do for you and your whole family.
ISSUE 450:

After the greens and pinks of spring and the reds, whites, and blues of summer, September is when orange comes back on the scene. The first few orange leaves of fall start to appear on the front lawn. Orange pencils tumble out of backpacks. Pumpkins line the walkway into the supermarket, leading to shelves filled with pumpkin spice coffees, cakes, and muffins. So it seems appropriate that September is the month when the whole nation turns orange in support of hunger relief.

Hunger action month is a nationwide campaign designed to mobilize all of us to do something to help end hunger. Here at the Orange Cat, we can't think of a better use of our signature hue. So, we're doing our part. We will donate 5 meals to Feeding America for every share or retweet of a post that includes facts about hunger, up to 450 meals (be sure to tag us or comment on Facebook so we can find it).

In California, 1 in 10 people face hunger, and a quarter of them are children. The figure jumps to 1 in 4 of our neighbors here at home in Los Angeles County. Hunger impacts every neighborhood - urban, suburban, and rural. It impacts regardless of education level, employment, or ethnicity. 

Those are some harrowing statistics, but it's easier to do something about it than you might think. So start by picking up a few extra cans of food the next time you head down that pumpkin-lined walkway into the supermarket. The Foothill Unity Center serves the Pasadena area. It has a wishlist of items on its site that you can then drop off (tip: take the kids and build a tradition of giving and community support). 

Many grocery stores offer pre-packaged bags of goods you can add to your shopping visit. These bags support Feeding America and the LA Food Bank. 

Host a fundraiser for a special event like a birthday or wedding. Instead of gifts, ask them to give meals (like we're doing). You can even create a fundraiser right on Facebook that connects directly to Feeding America.

Do you have a livestreamer in your home? Whether they (or you, no judging) stream their favorite game, make-up tips, or cooking skills, pick one day and host a charity stream. Invite and inspire your views to fight hunger by donating meals.

Or, take advantage of (moderately) cooler September days to do a little baking for a great cause. The Bake Sale for No kid Hungry currently runs year-round, and those that raise more than $1,000 are listed on the site as Rock Stars! 

If you're on the go, as most of us are in September, grab dinner from one of the many restaurants participating in the Dine out for No Kid Hungry campaign through Share our Strength. Thousands of restaurants have come together to raise 10 million dollars to help end childhood hunger in America, and you can help by simply pledging to eat out in September.

And the giving doesn't end this month. As we all know, orange is a great color to flaunt all year round! In November, many grocery stores bring bag the donation bags leading up to Thanksgiving. Buy one. And when spring rolls around, be sure to leave a bag of non-perishable food items for the postman. The National Association of Letter Carrier's "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is on May 10, 2022.

All of these activities are great ways to open the conversation with your kids about hunger and to give them tools to help with this very real problem affecting so many families, just like yours.

For a list of more things that you can do to help alleviate hunger, check out this list on the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank's website.

Go Orange!

Julie & Rob


Blind Date with a Banned Book!

All ages can celebrate the right to knowledge with Hastings Ranch Branch Library from September 26 through October 2. Brave readers can check out a mystery banned book and get a Banned Book Week bookmark. You won't know the book until you remove the wrapper!



Let's #BlueUp and Stand Against Bullying

Your Teen can join this outdoor event for the 15th Annual World Bullying Prevention Month. Wear blue on October 4 and join the rally at Day One Pasadena to help create Care Kits. Registration is required, and spots are limited.



ArtNight with Pasadena Public Library: ¡Viva La Fiesta!

ArtNight Pasadena is back, and it's celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a fantastic agenda of events across their Instagram and YouTube social channels on Friday, October 8. And supply kits are often available for craft projects. Check the site for event details and supply kit info. Here's the schedule:

  • 6:00 PM • Fiesta Storytime • Instagram (@pasadenalibrary)
  • 6:30 pm • Mini Piñatas! • YouTube (pasadenalibrary)
  • 7:00 PM • Crafts with Tiff and Tosh • YouTube (pasadenalibrary)
  • 7:30 PM • Crafts with Tiff and Tosh • YouTube (pasadenalibrary)
  • 8:00 PM • Paint With Us • YouTube (pasadenalibrary) - For teens ages 12-18.
  • 8:30 PM • Guatemalan-inspired Wall Hanging • YouTube (@pasadenalibrary)
  • 8:30 PM • Authors & Their Journeys Recap • Zoom - registration required.
  • 9:00 PM • Amate Crafting • YouTube (@pasadenalibrary) - Amate is a craft from the Mexican state of Puebla and traditionally painted on tree bark, depicting colorful images of daily life, historical events, and nature. The word "amate" comes from the Nahuatl language for "paper." Our version of the craft will be using recyclable paper and a variety of pigments. 
  • 9:30 PM • Book Talk: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage! • YouTube (@pasadenalibrary) - We'll share recent titles for all ages that you can get or download from the Pasadena Public Library!


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the orange cat giving 450 meal drive
We are doing our part by donating meals to Feeding America to help reduce and eliminate hunger in the US. We're asking for your help. Please share facts about hunger in America on your social channels. Tag us or let us know through our Facebook page. For every social share about hunger facts, we'll donate 5 meals to Feeding America, up to 450 meals.

Hunger is all around us. Our neighbors, friends, and even families. Let's not avoid it. When we see hunger and take action, we get that much closer to ending hunger.
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La Pintoresca LEGO Club

Your LEGO builders, ages 5-12 years old (and the adults who are just forced to accompany them - darn it!), come together on Mondays from September 13 through October 11, at 4:30 PM at the La Pintoresca Branch Library to show off your building skills in weekly challenges. Masks are required.



Take & Make: Alpaca Activity

This weaving activity is inspired by the alpacas indigenous to the Peruvian Andes. Open to the whole family. Registration begins September 15 with limited kits available from the Santa Catalin Branch Library. The project continues through October 15.



Take & Make: Loteria

We're big fans of games, so this is HIGH on our list of things to do! Get together with the whole family and make your own version of Loteria, a bingo game that is more than 100 years old. Kits (including game boards) are available from the San Rafael Branch Library. Registration for kits opens on September 15 and runs through September 30 or until supplies last. 



Take & Make: Sugar Skull

This is a twofer! Make a sugar skull now that you can then use during Dia de Los Muertos next month! Kits are available from the Hill Branch Library starting September 15 while supplies last. Call 626-744-7264 with any questions.



Stay & Play

La Pinoresca Branch Library is putting out an open call to all caregivers (grandfolks, aunts, uncles, nannies, etc.) to join them and a resource professional for an hour of play, learning, singing, reading, and fun! Bring your 0-5-year-old on Thursdays through October 14, at 10:30 AM.



Afternoon Games

The whole family is invited to the Villa Parke Community Center Branch Library to play games, from board games to giant dominos. The fun happens on September 14, from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM.



Knitting for Beginners

Teens and Adults can join this zoom class for absolute beginners to knitting! Registration is required and, if you keep practicing, relaxing (and maybe scarves) is sure to happen. 



Family Fun Films

Villa Parke Community Center Branch Library is queuing a movie good for the whole family every Thursday through October 28, from 3:30 PM till 5:30 PM. Call the library at 626-744-6510 for the specific title.



Take & Make: Mini Pumpkin Decorating

Families are invited to pick up a decorating kit and join the pulp-free fun of decorating mini pumpkins in October all month long. Kit reservations open on October 1 online and continue while supplies last.



Take & Make: Papel Picado

Your whole family can learn to make these festive, traditional Mexican decorations out of tissue paper and string. Supply kits are available at Hill Branch Library starting October 1 while supplies last. Call the library with any questions at 626-744-7264



Baila Baila Bilingual Music Concert

Little ones ages 3-5 and their caregivers can register for this

mini-concert celebrating Spanish English bilingualism. The singing, dancing, and learning happen on October 2, from 10:30 AM till 11:00 AM at the Lamanda Park Branch Library. Registration is required, and spots are limited.



Super Smash Fridays!

In the Altadena Libary's Community Room, teens (grades 8-12) smash the competition every other Friday starting October 1, from 4:00 PM till 5:00 PM. Console and controllers are provided by the library. Teens just bring their friends!



paper marbling and book binding projectTeens: Paper Marbling and Book Making

This one is pretty neat. It's a two-week program from the Altadena Public Library. The first session on October 2, from 2:00 PM till 3:30 PM, focuses on learning different techniques for marbling paper. During the second session, your Teen will bind their design into a hand-made book to take home. Registration is required.



Tween Switch Hour

If you have a Tween (ages 8-12) who enjoys playing a Nintendo Switch, the Altadena Library has some fun for them every other Thursday through November 18, from 4 PM till 5 PM. Things kick off with Mario Kart racing on September 23. The library has a limited number of loaner Switches and copies of Mario Kart for kids to use at the event on a first-come, first-serve basis. 



The Power of Hearing

Your kids will learn the science behind sound and the sense of hearing, and how it connects us to our world. If that wasn't enough, they'll then learn to make their own musical instrument! It happens courtesy of LA County Library on September 28 at 5:00 PM. Registration is required.

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NOTE: Story times are subject to change. Please check the sites. Recorded story times are generally available on library YouTube channels.

Teen Inspiration

Check out Altadena Library's Teen Instagram account for BTWN TiTLES, their biweekly posts of book reviews, creativity experiments, and more.

Pasadena Public Library regular storytimes:

Social Media Storytime: Preschool on Mondays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Facebook Live and Thursday at 3:00 - 3:20 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Toddler on Tuesdays at 10:30 - 10:50 AM on Instagram Live


Chinese Mandarin Storytime on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM on Instagram Live


Social Media Storytime: Hora de Cuento en Español on Wednesdays at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Facebook Live


Social Media Storytime: ASL (American Sign Language) on Friday at 4:00 - 4:20 PM on Instagram Live

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