Several public educational programs are offered each year; there are Old Pasadena walking tours, custom bus tours, and the Spring Home Tour. The Craftsman Weekend, which is over three days in October, focuses on the American Arts and Crafts Movment and how it affected Pasadena. The organization has nominated more than 200 buildings to the National Register of Historic Places. Plus, there is an Oral History Project where the personal memories of long-time residents are recorded, transcribed, and published. The purpose of these histories is to document the evolving and ever fluid character and landscape of the city over the passing years. Pasadena Heritage maintains a “most endangered list,” where pressing community concerns are listed and work is monitored. A list of volunteer opportunities include tour docent, hospitality, event planning, working information tables, visit host, and general office help. There are jobs for outgoing and friendly people or for people who like to work behind the scenes. Event volunteers work special occasions such as home tours and the Colorado Street Bridge gala. (This year’s fundraiser takes place July 14; approximately 350 volunteers are needed.) A steering committee for the popular Craftsman Weekend forms around the end of each year. Volunteers help with the planning and organizing of exhibits, workshops, and publicity. Home tour volunteers serve as docents and hosts and work a 2 1/2- hour shift in either a speaking or non-speaking role. Some docents lead small groups on tours through the Old Pasadena Historic District on the first Saturday of each month, providing a 2 1/2- hour walking tour or conducting bus tours or Pasadena’s architectural treasures. Training is provided. Those with office skills of any level are needed to help with telephones, mailings, database entry and other administrative tasks; flexible hours and times are available. Call Mia King at (626)441-6333, Ext. 11. Past volunteer opportunities: the Civic Center Big Brothers Big Sisters: bbbs.org or (888) 412- 2447. Descanso Gardens: Tali Arnold, (818) 949-7978 or www.descansogardens.org. Dress for Success: call Janet Lavender, (213) 629-3537 or [email protected] El Centro de Accion Social: Randy Ertll, (626)792-3148, Ext. 2 ,or www.ElCentroPasadena.org. Guide Dogs of America: call Kim, (818) 362-5834. 13445 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar. www.guidedogsofamerica.org. Homestead Museum: Steve Dugan (626) 968-8492, Ext. 222. 15415 E. Don Julian Road, Industry. [email protected] L. A. County Fair: Wendy Talarico at (909) 865-4263 Pasadena Museum of History: Diane Siegel, (626)577-1660, Ext. 20. www.pasadenahistory.org. Petersen Automotive Museum: Clayton at (323)964-6358. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.petersen.org. Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic: call Katie Cowan, (800) 732-8398, Upland. S.S. Lane Victory, (310)519-9545 or www.lanevictory.org. Sierra Madre Playhouse: call Bob Hakman, (626)836-8543. Stitches from the Heart: call Kathy Silverton, (866) 472-6903 or [email protected] VITAS: Kissten O’Brien, (626) 974-2073. 598 S. Grand Ave., Covina. YWCA-Wings: call Amanda Turek at (626) 338-3123 or [email protected] Send information about your organization to [email protected], (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pasadena Heritage has been helping to preserve Pasadena history for 30 years. It is one of the oldest and largest historic preservation groups in California. Its mission is “to identify, preserve and protect the historic, architectural, and cultural resources of the City of Pasadena through advocacy, education, and oral histories.” Successes include saving and revitalizing the formerly derelict Old Pasadena downtown area, the Colorado Street Bridge, and . It also works regularly to protect and enhance individual properties and historic neighborhoods.