Monday, June 17, 2013

Fun in the Sun - Sun Protection Strategies

Kids are out. The sun is shining. It's time to play. But are your kids sun safe? With summer now in full swing, it's time to start practicing and teaching kids about sun safety. Sunburns, heat stroke and melanoma can easily be prevented by following these guidelines suggested by Linda Ebner Erceg, R.N., M.S., P.H.N., executive director of the Association of Camp Nurses.

                                                                     Photo by: Mission Explore

  • Stay hydrated. Make sure your child is drinking plenty of water during and in between activities.

  • Children should wear sunscreen for minimum protection. Most experts recommend SPF 30, however some professionals do recommend using SPF with minimum coverage of 45.

  • Provide your child with clothing options that protect from harmful rays:
    • Wear a hat with at least a four-inch brim that circles the head or a flap that covers the neck.
    • Use UV-rated sunglasses. Overexposure to UV rays may cause glaucoma.
    • Remind your child to put sunscreen on his or her torso, too!

  • Cloudy days are not exempt. Families should remember to wear sunscreen and take precautions even when the sun isn't shining brightly.

  • Learn to recognize the signs of melanoma by using this ABCD Watch:
    • Asymmetry — if folded in half, the skin mark doesn't match or is unequal in shape.
    • Border — the area has a scalloped or poorly circumscribed border.
    • Color Varies — the area has changed color or varies from one area to another. There may be shades of brown and black, or even red or blue.
    • Diameter — the area is larger than six millimeters (larger than the diameter of a pencil's eraser).

                                                                            Photo by: Mike Baird

Foster excitement in kids to stay sun safe by making it into a game or a fun adventure. Kids will want to take part when they view it as something exciting. Challenge kids to see if they can beat the record for how fast they put their sunblock on. Use your imagination by explaining to them that their sunblock is actually a magical potion that will make them invisible. Most importantly, be an example by staying sun safe yourself.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Grants Benefit 28 San Gabriel Valley Agencies

PASADENA, Calif. (May 30, 2013) – Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation President Jacqueline Howard distributed grant checks totaling $100,000 to 28 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley at the Tournament of Roses Foundation Grant Award Reception held yesterday at Tournament House. Seven of the 28 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients. These organizations are Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, Los Angeles Wilderness Training, Pasadena Panthers, Inc., Pasadena YMCA, Red Hen Press, The Pasadena Village and Vernon Lee Amateur Gymnastics Academy.
Established in 1983, the Tournament of Roses Foundation is a non-profit corporation that manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Tournament of Roses. The Foundation assists charities in the Pasadena area by funding sports and recreation, visual and performing arts, and volunteer motivation and leadership development. These grants, ranging from $1,600 to $7,600 will help support new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors.

The 2013 Tournament of Roses Foundation grant recipients are:

A Noise Within
Classics Live!, a year-round education program
Academy of Music for the Blind
Hiring of three new teachers
Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena
Year-round Aquatics Program
Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills
One-on-One Mentoring Program
Club 21, Learning & Resource Center, Inc.
One week bike camp to teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle without training wheels
College Access Plan
Training sessions for new volunteers and a volunteer recognition program
El Centro de Acción Social
Creating Young Leaders – Summer School in the Park Program
Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County
Outreach to 200 low-income girls in the greater Pasadena area in fall 2013/spring 2014
Light Bringer Project
Three Room 13 creative studios located at John Muir High School, Eliot Middle School and San Rafael Elementary School
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Musical outreach to children from underserved Pasadena elementary schools via the First Experiences in Singing Program
Los Angeles Wilderness Training
Purchase of infrastructure for the Gear Library
Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development
The Oakbridge Summer Camp, a four-day camp provided to at-risk youth at John Muir High School
Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center
Mothers' Club Volunteer Program
Pasadena Arts Council
Support for SAPPA (Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy)
Pasadena Education Network
Parents As Leaders program, free volunteer leadership development programs and workshops for parents of PUSD students
Pasadena Educational Foundation
(Pasadena Unified School District)
ports and recreational activities as part of the PEF Summer Enrichment Program
Pasadena Museum of History
7th & 8th grade Junior Docent volunteers
Pasadena Panthers, Inc.
Purchase new helmets for football program
Pasadena Senior Center
Concerts in the Park, an 11-week series of free evening concerts targeted to a senior population
Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra
The Young Artist’s Concert project
Pasadena YMCA
Scholarships for youth civic engagement programs
Red Hen Press
Ten writing workshops for two classrooms at Cleveland Elementary
San Gabriel Educational Foundation
GHS Instrumental Music Program
Southwest Chamber Music
Musical education programs to serve students at two high schools in Pasadena and Alhambra
Special Olympics San Gabriel Valley
Pasadena aquatics program and weekly practices, uniforms, sports equipment and tournament costs
The Pasadena Village
Development and implementation of a volunteer project to recruit, train and retain volunteers
Vernon Lee Amateur Gymnastics Academy
Scholarship program expansion throughout Pasadena and its surrounding communities
YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley
The four-week Girls Empowerment Summer Camp
The Tournament of Roses Foundation receives donations and gifts from the Tournament of Roses Association, its supporters, and the general public. Organizations or individuals interested in making a contribution or submitting a grant application should contact the Foundation by calling (626) 449-4100 or visiting the Tournament of Roses website: