Poetry Consults

Calling all experienced managers, departmental leaders, board directors and donors, and communication team members interested in new ways to look at how you perceive the world around you and make connections.

Tina Demirdjian, Principal of POETRY CONSULTS is inviting you and a guest(s) to share the powerful and practical benefits of creative expression in the workplace, and in working with Boards and donors. She shares a new way to build more effective teams and better boards.

At POETRY CONSULTS she aims to reach individuals and teams in private, public and nonprofit businesses that operate in dynamic and high stress situations.

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To demonstrate the impact of this work she invites you to join her and other business leaders to discover Creative Approaches to Building Teams, Developing Innovative Social Media Content, and Engaging in Social Responsibility.

To RSVP contact

Tina Demirdjian poetryconsults@gmail.com or call (818) 940-6953

In the Community

Visit the Arroyo Seco Marketplace

Saturday, November 24, 2018

At the Audubon Center at Debs Park4700 N. Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, 90031


Support local vendors on Small Business Saturday!

Visit the 2nd annual Arroyo Seco Marketplace on November 24th from 10am – 4pm. What better way to get ahead of your holiday shopping and support local small businesses and vendors than with our nature themed vendor booths.  They’ll have food, music, activities, and programs running all day long for the whole family.  Stay throughout the day and participate in their raffle. 

Explore the marketplace--you're bound to find something for everyone on your holiday list!


Warm your heart...

And your kitchen with effortless sounds and bread recipes that will carry you through the season.

The New Cooking School of Pasadena [NSOC] is offering a class on Autumn Soups and Breads on Sat, Oct. 20, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Photo by  Jill Heyer  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jill Heyer on Unsplash

For more info Go to: http://www.cookingschoolsofamerica.com/newschoolofcookingpasadenacampus/index.php?page=calendar

Local Community Event – Weekend Walk

Descanso Gardens Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00

Photo by  Drew Coffman  on  Unsplash

See what’s happening in the gardens on these docent-guided walks that highlight points of seasonal interest. Walks begin at the Center Circle.

Included in the price of regular admission, no reservations necessary.

For more information, go to: https://www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/


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Core Stability Advancements and Applications Reformer Workshop

P/oP Studio is ready for this amazing workshop with Karen Clippinger


Sunday, October 14, 2018

9am - 4pm

$200 – Early bird price good until September 21

$250 – Regular price after September 21


Research has advanced our understanding of core stability, including the need for different stimuli to optimally develop strength versus stability.

This workshop will provide numerous exercises and progressions to create the high intensity overload that has been shown to be ideal for fostering core strength.

  • This will be the first presentation of this work outside of a conference format and the only class Karen Clippinger will be teaching in California for the remainder of 2018.

  • It will incorporate large exercise balls and rotator discs into classic and novel reformer exercises for development of multi-planar core stability that will be discussed, demonstrated, and individually practiced.

  • Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of rotation because of its common association with functional movement and injury.

Join Karen and a dedicated group of instructors in an intimate workshop that is part of an on-going education based on the science of the body and its practical applications.

This workshop is appropriate for reformer (only) instructors and all levels of teachers and practitioners.

Urban Chicken Keeping 101

Great class to attend at McDonalds Urban Farm in Altadena!! This class will cover all you need to know to start raising your own backyard urban chickens.



Class includes a farm to table snack and a farm tour for $25.

Adults and children age 8+ welcome.

Sign up at: mcdonaldsurbanfarm.org/classes-events/


Fly the Friendly Skies... of Pasadena's Peekaboo Galleries

The Peekaboo Gallery, a new experiential gallery,

located at 40 Mills Place in Old Pasadena, will be lifting off its next exhibition,

“Welcome Aboard The Friendly Skies: The Art of High Altitude Travel,” on Saturday, August 18. 

 The Friendly Skies exhibit will showcase the finest heirlooms of 100 years of air travel in a striking Jumbo Jet stage set, featuring vintage airline memorabilia and collectibles from a time when traveling aboard a luxury airliner was a magical experience.   


The exhibition, which is on until September 23, will bring together original lithographs and paintings of classic travel art, industrial and commercial aircraft models, and high-flying haute couture in a flight attendant fashion show.

For more information, visit www.peekaboogallery.com or http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/fly-the-friendly-skies-of-pasadenas-peekaboo-galleries/

Wisdom Wednesday

Congratulations to all

School, College, Professional or University 2018 Graduates!

Photo by  Logan Isbell  on  Unsplash

Photo by Logan Isbell on Unsplash

“There is a good reason they call these ceremonies ‘commencement exercises’. Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”
- Orrin Hatch

"All successful people, men and women, are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose." 

- Brian Tracy

Significance of Poppies / Memorial Day

Memorial Day is often seen as the start of summer.

People make plans for barbecues, picnics and perhaps head to the beach.

In our varied communities people still honor the true meaning behind the holiday.



Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Memorial Day started out in 1868 as “Decoration Day” and was observed on May 30.  It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country,” according to the website, VA.gov

Flowers are an important symbol of Memorial Day. 

Many people leave flowers on the graves of fallen veterans. And one flower, in particular, has come to represent the somber holiday.

The poppy is officially recognized as a symbol of remembrance.

The Memorial Day we celebrate today was merged with the wearing of poppies in 1915 after the publication of the poem,  In Flander’s Field, by Lt. Colonel John McCrae, following the second battle of Ypres.

Pilates of Pasadena staff thank all of our military personnel and veterans for their service to our country.

A copy of the poem can be found at the end of this blog.

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Photo Credit: laurentiu-iordache-568420-unsplash.jpg


In Flander’s Field

By Lt. Col. John McCrae, 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly,

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow.,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields


Take up our quarrel with the foe

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields


Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

Maria and family recently visited Wolf Mountain Sanctuary. 

It is a sanctuary for rescued wolves located in Palmdale, and is primarily dedicated to saving the threatened species while lending a helping hand to at-risk local youth. It is also one of the few wolf sanctuaries that hosts interactive wolf educational tours.

Everyone learned about the wolves, about their life in the wild and most importantly, why save the wolf?


A wolf is so noble, so beautiful.

The wolves, as well as other endangered species, are ecological indicators.  It is by studying these species and learning how to preserve them that we learn the main factors affecting our environment.

Visit the organization's website to learn more.


Yes, you get to actually touch a wolf and could most likely get kissed by a wolf … if you want to!!