LCF Extends Ring.com Rebate Program

Starting Friday, Dec. 1, another 150 La Cañada Flintridge homeowners will have the opportunity to purchase a Ring.com residential video doorbell system at half price.
After residents continued to express interest in the Ring.com rebate, the City Council voted last week to appropriate $7,500 of additional funding to the program. That will permit residents who register for a unique code to receive a $100 discount — covered equally by the city and Ring.com — on the normally $200 system. To receive the code, residents must email at lcf@ring.com with their shipping address. The rebates will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading “LCF Extends Ring.com Rebate Program”

Community Foundation CEO Says Pasadena Has a ‘Big Heart’

Outlook photo Pasadena Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer DeVoll (center) is flanked by R-Lene Mijares de Lang and Dave Davis.
Outlook photo
Pasadena Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer DeVoll (center) is flanked by R-Lene Mijares de Lang and Dave Davis.

On a recent Friday afternoon, Pasadena Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer DeVoll was on cloud nine.
It’s not quite typical for the determined, hard-working CEO, but heading into her 15th year at PCF, DeVoll could safely feel she was coming off a big win.
The night before, PCF presented “Big Heart Small Film,” a culmination of a year’s planning and collaboration with Alibaba Pictures to produce short films about some of the most successful nonprofits the foundation represents. Nine films were featured, highlighting the critical work of Pasadena nonprofits meeting valuable needs in the Pasadena community. Continue reading “Community Foundation CEO Says Pasadena Has a ‘Big Heart’”

LCF Greenlights Flintridge Prep Campus Project

The City Council last week upheld the Planning Commission’s decision allowing Flintridge Prep’s multi-phased campus improvement project to move forward. The council indicated it plans to approve a resolution that will incorporate more updates to the plan at its next meeting on Dec. 5.
Sally Ametrano, a neighbor who lives immediately next to the campus, appealed the Planning Commission’s Oct. 16 ruling, saying she objected to the private school’s plans to build a 17,205 square-foot, 42-feet, 6-inch classroom structure — a Collaborative Leadership Building — in place of the current 3,325-square-foot Alumni House located 23 feet from the property line.
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High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.

A bunch of jolly young elves were hard at work unloading 835 Christmas trees from the back of a semi-trailer truck in the Crescenta Cañada YMCA’s parking lot Sunday afternoon.
One of them was Colin Jacobs, a St. Francis senior sporting dozens of pine needles and grin that would not quit.
“I love this!” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it pays off so it feels good.”
All that effort, by Jacobs and the other 70-plus teens involved in the YMCA’s Youth in Business Club, was a contribution in a longstanding local holiday tradition associated with the YMCA of the Foothills Christmas Tree Lot. The lot has come to provide teenagers an opportunity for real-life work experience while raising funds for kids who need help covering the cost of YMCA programs ranging from swim lessons to camping excursions. Continue reading “High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale”

Community Fills Kettle at Salvation Army Kickoff

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Salvation Army Captains Terry and Rutendo Masango opened the Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive with the organization’s fun-filled Kickoff Breakfast inside the UCLA locker room in the Rose Bowl last Friday, with 300 people attending the event.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
Salvation Army Captains Terry and Rutendo Masango opened the Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive with the organization’s fun-filled Kickoff Breakfast inside the UCLA locker room in the Rose Bowl last Friday, with 300 people attending the event.

Kathy Larson, the advisory board chair for the Pasadena Salvation Army, admitted to sneaking out to the Rose Bowl Stadium the weekend preceding the organization’s Kettle Kickoff so she could set up one of the Salvation Army’s iconic donation kettles.
As she was approached by a gentleman while setting up, she thought he was probably one of the shoppers at the weekly flea market in the stadium. She had assumed he would, at best, empty out whatever loose change was in his pocket into the kettle. He instead slipped in a $20 bill.
“He said, ‘Salvation Army saved my life,’” Larson said, giving opening remarks for the Kettle Kickoff inside the same stadium last week. “There were probably 20,000 people in there that day, and I heard that three times. And they all put money in the kettle.”
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Obituary – David John Milbrodt

David John Milbrodt
David John Milbrodt

(Dec. 3, 1944-Nov. 12, 2017)

David John Milbrodt, 72, passed into God’s arms on Nov. 12 surrounded by his loved ones. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Walter and Gladys Milbrodt, David moved with his family to Ohio when he was 9 months old. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1962 where he was class president and played football and basketball. He attended Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, majoring in mathematics.  He continued his education at Ohio State University where he received a master’s degree in computer science.  He married and accepted a job in Washington, D.C., with the National Security Agency after graduation.
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Enhancing Communication for Cancer Patients

A three-part series dealing with enhancing communication for cancer patients and their families will be given at the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena on Mondays Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 6:30-8 p.m. The sessions are free of charge.
Nazare Magaz will discuss how to manage communication in the family when strong feelings and wholesale communication breaks down. Participants will receive mentalization tools and will learn techniques to enhance communication.
The Cancer Support Community-Pasadena is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Call for reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.

Open Studios Art Event Dec. 2 and 3

Open Studios is a vibrant group of artists from Altadena and Pasadena dedicated to the promotion of art and to sharing it with neighbors. It provides twice-yearly free art shows to the community. The next event is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, and includes live demonstrations, food and music.
The Open Studios Art Tour is a self-guided, multi-location event featuring many genres of art from local artists at their studios and retail locations. There will be art for every taste, including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, assemblage, photography, jewelry and textiles.
Maps will be available at each studio, and at Hoopla! Emporium and the Altadena Public Library.
Visit openstudios.gallery for artist photos, information, updates and interactive tour maps. Information also is available on the Open Studios Facebook page at facebook.com/AltaOpSt.

Stratford Celebrates Farm-to-School Month

Madeleine Garris, Roman Merrill, Reid Lewis, Christian Chen, Hank Farmer, Nicolas Medina, Ella Khojayan, Margaret Rasmussen, Emery Doumitt, Orla Given, Luke Villanueva and Monroe Plumb
Madeleine Garris, Roman Merrill, Reid Lewis, Christian Chen, Hank Farmer, Nicolas Medina, Ella Khojayan, Margaret Rasmussen, Emery Doumitt, Orla Given, Luke Villanueva and Monroe Plumb

At Stratford School Altadena, November is national farm month and preschoolers are giving thanks for farmers and the delicious food that will be on their Thanksgiving tables. Students have fun learning about how their food goes from farm to table using all of the principles of the school’s STEAM-based curriculum. For more information about Stratford School visit stratfordschools.com.

Assistance League Holds Holiday Faire Dec. 2

The Assistance League of Pasadena is holding its annual Holiday Faire on Dec. 2, from 11 a.m.-4p.m.
The Faire, a craft fair gift shop, is the senior philanthropy of the ALP. All items are lovingly handmade by senior exhibitors who receive 75% of sale proceeds. Items available include holiday décor, toys, children and baby items, household items and many more.
The Faire is located at 820 E. California Blvd. in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 795-4991.