News and events for Transition and sustainability in Pasadena, Altadena, and nearby communities along the Arroyo Seco.

Transition Pasadena

April 2015

Screening: “Mother”

Conscientious Projector

Tuesday, May 14
7:00 pm

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena


This groundbreaking, award-winning documentary, Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, brings to light an issue that fuels our most pressing environmental, economic, humanitarian and social crises – global population growth.

Filmmaker Christophe Fauchére and a bevy of international experts and scientists examine the doubling of the number of people on Earth in the past 50 years and boldly address the reluctance of governments and societies to confront the problem due to its polarizing attendant factors of religion, economics, over-consumption, family planning and gender equality. Paul Erlich, author of the classic The Population Bomb and one of the film’s participants, has said, “Mother is a beautifully crafted and unique film that dispels the myths from business leaders and government that we can grow forever.”
A community discussion follows the film. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.

More info: Conscientious Projector

Arroyo Food Co-op

Community Potluck

Sunday, April 26

Arroyo Food Co-op
494 N Wilson Ave, Pasadena

Join this vibrant community potluck hosted by the Arroyo Food Co-op. They will have a very special speaker (TBA) and newly elected Co-op Board members to add to this already awesome gathering. If you have a project in our community that others need to know, you are invited to speak for 2 minutes and get everyone excited about it. As always, AFC has a tradition of exceptionally GOOD food cooked with love that are being shared in abundance

More info: Arroyo Food Co-op/Facebook.

Pando Populous

“Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization”

June 4 - 7, 2015
Claremont, CA

Nearly 1,000 presenters from some 30 countries and as many as 80 areas of specialty are coming together for the most ambitious transdisciplinary conference ever held on behalf of the planet. The conference focuses on the big ideas that matter for a thriving biosphere. Attendees can join working groups to explore the foundations needed for an ecological civilization.

Speakers include renowned environmental leaders, including Bill McKibben , Vandana Shiva, and Sheri Liao. Other luminaries include John B. Cobb, Jr., Herman Daly, Wes Jackson, Harvey Cox, Brian McLaren, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Joerg Rieger, plus cutting-edge artists, scientists, and many others.

Cost: $300 until May 15, $400 after May 15, with reduced rates for seniors, students, and low-income participants. One-day options are also available.

More info:

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Free Food Garden
at Arroyo Food Co-op

Arroyo Food Co-op
494 N Wilson Ave, Pasadena

The Free Food Garden at the Arroyo Food Co-op is a Transition Pasadena placemaking project, creating a water-wise and food garden and a community gathering space for the neighborhood to enjoy.

Come and participate! Sustaining the Free Food Garden community days are scheduled each week, and posted at the Arroyo Food Co-op Free Food Garden Facebook page, or you can send an email to Sylvia Holmes to get weekly email updates.

Everyone is invited to stop by, meet new friends, and help sustain something wonderful for the whole community!

Free Food Garden at Arroyo Food Co-op

Repair Cafe Pasadena returns to Villa-Parke Community Center in May!

Saturday, May 30 — 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Villa-Parke Community Center
363 Villa Ave., Pasadena


Repair Cafe will be returning to Villa-Parke Community Center on Saturday, May 30 from 10 am to 1 pm.  We are anticipating this will be our biggest Repair Cafe yet!  Bring your broken appliances, toys, treasures, electronics, jewelry or clothing in need of repair. 

Repair Cafe is an idea popping up worldwide for engaging community in an entirely free event where we get to know each other, share skills and information, reduce waste to the landfill and have fun.

If you would like to repair, sew, translate, or triage, contact Therese. See you there!

Repair Café Pasadena

Repair Cafe Pasadena gets covered in the LA Times

Repair Cafe Pasadena was visited in February by LA Times writer Nita Lelyveld and photographer Robert Gauthier. So what did they have to say? Lots!

“Just what was being fixed at the Repair Cafe?

Jessica Ferree brought in a toaster with a lever that no longer held slices down. Sade Musa had a torn skirt with a sagging elastic band. Jean Prinz hoped to get the blades of her scissors honed and have holes drilled into her compost bins.

Anyone with things in need of TLC is welcome to show up at the free monthly event, and volunteers with a range of skills do their best to get the items back in working order. Together, they reduce waste by not just throwing out the old and buying new.”

Read the rest, (a subscription to may be required):

Repair Cafe is an idea popping up worldwide for engaging community in an entirely free event where we get to know each other, share skills and information, reduce waste to the landfill and have fun.

Repair Café Pasadena

Published: April 20, 2015;  CC BY-SA

Transition Pasadena is a community group working to make positive changes in our community as we face global climate change, peak oil, and economic uncertainty. We share our skills working on projects to increase local resilience and strengthen community connections. Our members live in Pasadena, Altadena, and nearby neighborhoods including Highland Park and Eagle Rock.