‘Pasadena’ Category


UNA Pasadena Event: Piece by Piece




Join us, the UNA Pasadena, on February 16th at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena (145 North Raymond Avenue in Old Town Pasadena) from 7-9pm to learn about a beautiful and creative solution to poverty and homelessness.

Piece by Piece is a social enterprise arts organization that has provided low-income and formerly homeless populations with free mosaic workshops since 2008. Using recycled materials, individuals develop marketable skills, confidence, earned income, and an improved quality of life as they integrate into a social network and create gorgeous works of art.

Throughout Los Angeles’ Skid Row and many other inner city locations, Piece by Piece invests in hope and support, skills and income, community and caring.

We will feature a table of beautiful mosaics to enjoy and purchase!

Leigh Adams works for Piece by Piece, teaching three times each week on Skid Row. She is an inspiring teacher, landscaper, & Artist-In-Residence at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

- PARKINGFREE parking can be found on a block north on Raymond and nearby streets or two buildings north of Armory for a flat fee of $6.00. The Memorial Park Station Metro stop is very close as well.

$10 suggested donation, but all are welcome. 
Proceeds go to the ongoing work for our Pasadena Chapter.



Solutions to the drought in California



Water Wisdom with Leigh Adams
Practical, cross-cultural approaches to harvesting, utilizing and conserving water.

It is my honor to introduce my dear friend, colleague and a woman who I call my US mum, Leigh Adams tonight at the UNA Pasadena coffee talk. Leigh is the LA County Arboretum’s Artist-in-Residence, teacher, and garden designer, is currently curating and developing The Crescent Farm – A Living Demonstration of Water Conservation and Sustainable Landscapes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Leigh will present a storyteller’s approach to thinking about, teaching, harvesting and conserving water.

We have droughtbeen in a drought in California for many years and are currently faced   with some tough decisions we must make regarding water.  We are challenged by the ongoing drought, rapidly depleting groundwater, and our own cultural biases. Perhaps a look at how water is used in other cultures may offer some valuable clues to improving our local systems and overcoming these persistent, contemporary cultural difficulties with WATER



At tonight’s event, you will also have an opportunity to see some unique approaches taking place in your own neighborhoods. You will also hear about smart sprinkler irrigation controllers and rebates (in Pasadena rebates are as much as $250) you can receive in your area. For attendees and members you will receive a $40 discount off of a skydrop controller using the code ECMC40. The skydrop controller was created to help consumers monitor real-time weather patterns. The Smart Watering Technology gives you the power of weather based watering which saves time, water and money. Please contact me here or at elena@elenachristopoulos.com for more information on skydrop and how to receive your special offer!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

 $10 donation at the door all proceeds go to the United Nations Association.




Save the Date – Human Rights Day on Dec. 10th!



Happy Thanksgiving to all! As December is around the corner, remember to save the date of the 10th of December. I will be speaking at the International Human Rights Day event. So, join the Mayor of Pasadena, the UNA Pasadena Chapter, Pasadena Water & Power as we discuss our views on the year of the light, sustainability and energy! I hope you can make it.


Many Thanks


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Thank you to everyone who came out this past week to support the UN Film Festival. And many thanks to those who came out to support Brave Miss World. The audience and those who shared their own personal stories of triumph and courage moved me immensely. See you all next year! I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a board member of the UNA Pasadena. #iambrave


Brave Miss World Screening at UNA Pasadena Film Festival


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The 4th Annual UNA Pasadena Film Festival will be hosted at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theater on October 22-23! The festival will spotlight Brave Miss World, Urban Fruit and ten more fantastic documentaries that delve into international issues and how people locally and globally are fighting for and finding solutions!

I have the honor of introducing and presenting, the Emmy nominated documentary, Brave Miss World. It is a film about, “One woman’s quest to turn personal tragedy into global awareness.” My friend, Amy Malin, will accompany me for the screening and a Q&A following the film. We both hope you can make it. It will be screened at 7:30pm at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 on October 22nd. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the film or the festival.