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The Inspiring Power of Art

This Monday, the auditorium on our Pasadena campus was packed during a back-to-school assembly on the first day of school at our Hillsides Education Center (HEC). The school is full, with 84 students, 20 of them new. As the children…

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Mental Health Series Part 2: Have you had Your Vitamin D Today?

By Alison Bell Some people de-stress through exercise.  Some through meditation.  Others find ample doses of chocolate works best.  But one surprisingly effective method you might not have tried is hand drumming. Playing a hand drum, such as a bongo…

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How to Reassure Your Children in the Wake of the South Pasadena High Shooting Plot

By Alison Bell The day has finally arrived. My “ baby boy,” the youngest of three, is about to start high school. I envisioned this as a poignant time full of back-to-school shopping, lively discussions of his fall schedule and…

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Why this is at the root of a safe community like South Pasadena

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides CEO There is a fine line between vigilance and paranoia. We were reminded this week by the alleged shooting plot at South Pasadena High School that a great deal of caution and fair amount of…

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