Maranatha Teens Provide Homework Help to Rosebud Kids

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Maranatha High School sophomore Nathaniel Nguyen tutors Pasadena Rosebud Academy students (from left) Jacob Shorter, Jeremiah Turnbull and Manny Shorter as part of an outreach program at Maranatha.
Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK
Maranatha High School sophomore Nathaniel Nguyen tutors Pasadena Rosebud Academy students (from left) Jacob Shorter, Jeremiah Turnbull and Manny Shorter as part of an outreach program at Maranatha.

It’s one thing to understand a subject, but it’s entirely something different to be able to pass that knowledge on to someone else.
For a group of students from Maranatha High School, they’re finding this out for themselves. Continue reading “Maranatha Teens Provide Homework Help to Rosebud Kids”

Chandler School Girl Scouts Assist Door of Hope’s Homeless

Chandler School students Emma Stellar, Arianna Stavropoulos, Madison Bradford and Ashley Ahn were among the Girl Scouts who partnered with Pasadena-based Door of Hope, an organization that helps families transition out of homelessness.
Chandler School students Emma Stellar, Arianna Stavropoulos, Madison Bradford and Ashley Ahn were among the Girl Scouts who partnered with Pasadena-based Door of Hope, an organization that helps families transition out of homelessness.

If it is better to give than to receive, then Girl Scout Troop #611 is doing very well.
As part of a community service project, a handful of 8th-grade girls from this troop based out of Chandler School has partnered with the afterschool program at Door of Hope, an organization that helps families transition out of homelessness. Continue reading “Chandler School Girl Scouts Assist Door of Hope’s Homeless”

Pasadena Heritage Remains Faithful to Historic Homes

OUTLOOK photo The Pasadena Heritage Board members gathered on Castle Green’s grand staircase at its recent annual meeting. Members include Matthew Berkley (front row, from left), Daniel Estrada, Brian Baker, Lucinda Over, Claire Bogaard and Ethan Lipsig. Back: John Williams, Tom Seifert, Norm Dupon and Jim Hart.
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The Pasadena Heritage Board members gathered on Castle Green’s grand staircase at its recent annual meeting. Members include Matthew Berkley (front row, from left), Daniel Estrada, Brian Baker, Lucinda Over, Claire Bogaard and Ethan Lipsig. Back: John Williams, Tom Seifert, Norm Dupon and Jim Hart.

It’s hard to imagine the city of Pasadena without its rustic brick facades, historic alleyways and tree-lined streets of tucked-in craftsman bungalows, but those details might well have been paved over if it weren’t for Pasadena Heritage fighting passionately to preserve the past for 40 years. Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Remains Faithful to Historic Homes”

Playhouse Unveils New Lobby Reminiscent of Past

OUTLOOK photo Landscape architect Nord Eriksson, designer Rozalynn Woods, Pasadena Playhouse Board chair Brad King and Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman celebrate the completion of the Playhouse’s revamped lobby.
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Landscape architect Nord Eriksson, designer Rozalynn Woods, Pasadena Playhouse Board chair Brad King and Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman celebrate the completion of the Playhouse’s revamped lobby.

If you stop by the Pasadena Playhouse, you will notice something different about the place. Some of its patrons came together with Playhouse leaders recently to unveil the renovation of the building’s lobby.
The renovation cost more than $100,000, said Brad King, chairman of the Playhouse’s board. Continue reading “Playhouse Unveils New Lobby Reminiscent of Past”

Pacific Clinics: Treating Mentally Ill, Family, Stigma for 90 Years

Jim Balla Pacific Clinics CEO
Jim Balla
Pacific Clinics CEO

As Pacific Clinics celebrates its 90th anniversary advancing behavioral health care in the San Gabriel Valley, President and CEO Jim Balla said there is one true way to honor the milestone: fight the stigma attached to mental illness.
“As we address stigma, we bring to light that these are diseases,” he said. “Nobody asks for these. Just like nobody asks to have cancer or childhood diseases. And the good news is there is appropriate medication that has evolved to treat symptoms. And then we wrap around case management so individuals can recover and live productive lives.” Continue reading “Pacific Clinics: Treating Mentally Ill, Family, Stigma for 90 Years”

Polytechnic Students Strive for ‘Human Connection’ With Workers

Polytechnic School students have developed a relationship with workers at the Pasadena Community Job Center, a kinship that has opened new world views for all those involved. Sophomore Sofia Ceva (from left) and seniors Nicole Larios and Jessica Lopez join with school community outreach coordinator Renee Larios.
Polytechnic School students have developed a relationship with workers at the Pasadena Community Job Center, a kinship that has opened new world views for all those involved. Sophomore Sofia Ceva (from left) and seniors Nicole Larios and Jessica Lopez join with school community outreach coordinator Renee Larios.

It all began with a reading of the “Communist Manifesto.”
The Polytechnic School students were sophomores two years ago, studying the 1848 political diatribe in their western civilization class and discussing the exploitation of workers. Continue reading “Polytechnic Students Strive for ‘Human Connection’ With Workers”

Morning Octane Revs Up Cars, Toys for Tots

Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Pasadena-based Rusnak Auto Group and Toys for Tots sponsored a holiday toy drive as part of a regular Morning Octane event.

Nothing says a toy drive like a car show.
In an effort to help kids all around the San Gabriel Valley who are less fortunate, Rusnak Auto Group combined its Morning Octane on Saturday with a Toys for Tots event in the parking lot of Santa Anita Park with the hopes of gathering gifts for area children. Continue reading “Morning Octane Revs Up Cars, Toys for Tots”

Athletic Gaines Trains PHS Athletes Like the Pros

Photo courtesy Parker Vanderpool Key personnel contributing to the success of Pasadena Unified School District’s partnership with CATZ are Director of Training Darelle Noel, trainer Kendrick Watson, investor Bob Meers, managing partner Catherine Kelly, and trainers Joshua Robinson, Cameron Phillips and Daniel Higuera.
Photo courtesy Parker Vanderpool
Key personnel contributing to the success of Pasadena Unified School District’s partnership with CATZ are Director of Training Darelle Noel, trainer Kendrick Watson, investor Bob Meers, managing partner Catherine Kelly, and trainers Joshua Robinson, Cameron Phillips and Daniel Higuera.

Imagine being a high school athlete and being given a chance to train and prepare like the pros. For more than 100 athletes in the Pasadena Unified School District, this dream has become a reality. Continue reading “Athletic Gaines Trains PHS Athletes Like the Pros”

California Art Club Reignites Artistic Fire, Techniques

Photo courtesy California Art Club Stender Sweeney (left), Cathy Crowser, Peter Adams, Elaine Adams and Don Baker, pictured at the California Art Club’s headquarters on South Grand Avenue in Pasadena, are looking to grow a network of artists.
Photo courtesy California Art Club
Stender Sweeney (left), Cathy Crowser, Peter Adams, Elaine Adams and Don Baker, pictured at the California Art Club’s headquarters on South Grand Avenue in Pasadena, are looking to grow a network of artists.

The making of art involves a lot of blending, whether it’s colors, media or styles.
For the leadership of the California Art Club, that also includes classical technique and modern direction.
“The skills, the craftsmanship were disappearing,” said Elaine Adams, executive director of CAC, speaking about when she and husband Peter joined the organization in 1993. “They (other local artists) were very isolated. By bringing these artists together, the club has given them a freeing spirit to express themselves.” Continue reading “California Art Club Reignites Artistic Fire, Techniques”