We're a small, beautiful, and very complicated town. We don't always agree. Scratch that. As a general population, we never agree; we argue constantly, about almost everything.
Sometimes, when we're all in the same room together, actual or virtual, it's like the Thanksgiving Day Dinner from hell.
Which is why it's not only good, but necessary, that Altadena has a number of grass roots organizations willing to address issues beyond the scope or concern of the town council or chamber of commerce.
We'll take a brief look a look at one a day, for a taste of what's available; why they were formed and how they function.
We'll kick this off with Altadena Heritage.
Altadena Heritage, formed in the mid-1980's, was initially a branch of the Altadena Town Council, organized to protect historically significant homes that were threatened with extinction.
The group is now autonomous, and has been for some time. They've expandedtheir scope over the years, and the group now considers itself "an organization of volunteers dedicated to protecting, preserving, and raising awareness of the rich architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage of our foothills community."
AH holds a number of panel discussions and presentations, open to the public, throughout the year; next on the docket concerns quenching the thirst of a parched Altadena.
And then there are the parties. On October 19th, AH will hold a public celebration at Altadena Stables to commemorate Altadena's rich equestrian life, past and present.
For more information, including membership details, visit their website.