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Nueva Vida

Join us along with Fair Trade Pasadena and Fair Trade South Pas throughout the weekend as we introduce Nueva Vida, a Nicaraguan Fair Trade Sewing Co-op (all free)!

Art by Dewey Tafoya (get your T Shirt Sat & Sunday night!)

Ten Thousand Villages on Saturday the 22nd from 1 – 4 pm at 567 S. Lake Ave.

Enjoy fair trade treats, hear the women share their story, mingle with others, surrounded by beautiful, fairly traded handicrafts, body-care, edibles and a whole lot more.

Mennonite Church Sunday (23rd) morning at 11 am at 1041 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107

Nueva Vida will have an opportunity to share their story at the 11 o’clock service. Come get inspired and hear howa  fair trade cooperative sustained these women.

Holy Family Catholic Church, South Pasadena for the Fair Trade South Pasadena Kick-off  Sunday the 23rd at 6:30 – 8pm.  1524 Fremont Ave in South Pasadena

TASTE free Fair Trade wine, coffee, and chocolate! MEET Nueva Vida, a Nicaraguan Fair Trade Sewing Co-op, and other Fair Traders in our community.  ENJOY music, live tee-shirt silk-screening with artist Dewey Tafoya (available for purchase), free Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade Ice Cream and more. LEARN all about Fair Trade and the Fair Trade Towns movement in a relaxed friendly atmosphere! FIND out what Fair Trade is all about and which South Pasadena businesses feature Fair Trade products in their stores


Celebrating Women’s Day

Find out more about “At the End of Slavery” or watch the trailer below.

Fair Trade Chocolates for Valentines Day!
February 12, 2010, 12:55 am
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Ten Thousand Villages (hearts) Chocolate

Pre-Valentine’s Chocolate Sampling
This Saturday February 13
Noon-5 p.m.

We all know that Valentine’s is really about the chocolate. Come to the store this Saturday and sample some of the best.  Dip something delicious into our fair trade dark chocolate fountain.  Find just the right gift for your Valentine.

Haven’t found the right gift?
Try Skjaak’s Gourmet, Fair Trade & Organic Chocolate Confections!

9 pc. $12

For a Limited time only!
Flavors include one of each: Pecan Caramel, Hearts of Cherry, Hazelnut Cream, Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Cream, Peanut Caramel, Almond Caramel, Peanut Butter Bite, Almond Cream.

  • Certified Fair Trade and Organic;
  • All of the ingredients used are grown with organic methods. No harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically modified ingredients are used;
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives are added.
  • Shares equipment with peanuts/tree nuts.

Thank you for your continued support of our store’s mission. We hope you will visit soon!

567 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Located at Lake and California in the South Lake shopping area.  Parking available behind the store can be accessed from California.

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Holidays at Ten Thousand Villages
December 4, 2009, 9:28 pm
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Ten Thousand Villages & World Fair Trade Day

Join Us For World Fair Trade Day
at Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena!


This Saturday May 9, 2009
2pm – Drum Circle lead by Remo Music Center
2pm-5pm – Live music, refreshments, henna tattoos, giveaways and more.

World Fair Trade Day is a holiday recognized by a global community that believes in the positive difference fair trade can make to celebrate the real results of the growing fair trade movement.  Join us for this festive day of shopping and fun.

Beat poverty.
Beat climate change.
Beat financial crisis.
Beat your drum for a fair trade solution.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday May 10!

Thank you for your continued support of our store’s mission. We hope you will visit soon!

Store Hours:
Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.,
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

496 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: 626-229-9892

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Fiesta At Ten Thousand Villages of Pasadena
Ten Thousand Villages of Pasadena is planning a sizzling summer celebration to mark the second anniversary of selling fair trade products at their store, located at 496 S. Lake Ave, in Pasadena. The fiesta will take place this Saturday, July 5th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Drinks and light food will be served and a free gift will be given with every purchase made. A performance and presentation by Mojácar Flamenco will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pasadena-based Mojácar Flamenco is a dynamic group of flamenco artists led by guitarist Stephen Dick and dance dynamo Katerina Tomás. Together, they offer a virtuosic tour-de-force in which music and dance weave together in tight interplay.
Globally, Ten Thousand Villages works with over 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to bring fair trade jewelry, home décor, gifts and more to the U.S. and Canada. There are 160 retail stores in North America and all of the locations are nonprofit organizations staffed mostly by volunteers. Fair trade enables artisans from around the world to earn a fair wage and provides the opportunity for a better quality of life.
Recently, Ten Thousand Villages was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by the Ethisphere Institute and Forbes Magazine. For more information about the event, please call  626.229.9892.
Ten Thousand Villages Pasadena

496 S. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101

Ask and You Shall Receive!

Remember back to a recent blog about free screenings in Pasadena…vuala! There’s another free and local screening on the first Thursday of July! Come join locals July 3rd at Ten Thousand Villages of Pasadena from 6 to 8:30 and watch “The Corporation”. There will be a discussion following the documentary and it’s rumored that fair trade chocolate and coffee will be served! Find more information about the doc here.

Ten Thousand Villages of Pasadena
496 S. Lake Avenue
Pasadena, CA  91101

Office: (626) 229-9892