‘Planet Earth: Caves’ at Caltech on April 1

“Planet Earth: Caves” will be presented on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturdays series.
The film, which is recommended for ages 8 and older, ventures into the underground world of perpetual darkness and the unknown while exploring caves, tunnels and caverns. The shadowy interiors of these natural structures are a breeding ground for bizarre and remarkable wildlife.
Erika Hamden, a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets to this performance are $10 (unreserved seating) and can be purchased at the Caltech ticket office, 101 Winnett Center on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
Beckman Auditorium is located on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena. For information, call (626) 395-4652.

City Appoints New PWP General Manager

Gurcharan Bawa

City Manager Steve Mermell recently announced the appointment of Gurcharan Bawa as the new general manager for the city’s Water and Power Department. Bawa has been with Pasadena Water and Power since 1992, when he joined as an associate engineer.
Bawa advanced steadily through the department with a variety of jobs, becoming assistant general manager for Power Supply in 2007 and as interim general manager since July 2016. He will oversee a department of about 440 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $272 million. PWP currently provides the power and water needs of the city’s residents and businesses, including about 65,000 electric accounts in Pasadena and 40,000 water accounts in Pasadena and portions of Altadena.
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Leadership Pasadena Discusses Fake News, Fake Science

Astrophysicist and Leadership Pasadena alumnus and past board president Gordon Squires opened the Leadership Pasadena science session at Caltech telling the class that 75% of women and 66% of Ph.D.s believe the news article they were handed at the workshop. And then he told them: None of that was true. He made it up. With that, the class began an in-depth discussion on what news is real and what is fake and what science is evidence-supported and what is fake science.

Coldwell Banker South Lake Agents Lontrice Dorton, Del Lile, Olga Neckelmann, Gary Forecast, Pat Lile and Nina Martin were recognized last week at McKinley School for their volunteer activities throughout the year. They were part of a group of seven that recently painted the girls’ two-story high bathroom, transforming it from drab and dusty to a vibrant purple and yellow. It took the volunteers three days and about 15 hours to complete.

“I thought the percentages were extreme but, heck, it was Gordon. He’s brilliant and an LP alumnus so I believed him. Wow, I was dumb!” said Cindy Bengtson, member of the Leadership Class of 2017.
Squires and Trity Pourbahrami, director of communications for the engineering and applied sciences division at Caltech and a Leadership Pasadena alumna and past board member, provided concrete tools to help the class evaluate news and science articles. Case studies were also worked on requiring the participants to defend both sides of controversial scientific projects currently drawing public opposition.

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Coldwell Banker Agents Get Volunteer Kudos

Coldwell Banker South Lake Agents Lontrice Dorton, Del Lile, Olga Neckelmann, Gary Forecast, Pat Lile and Nina Martin were recognized last week at McKinley School for their volunteer activities throughout the year. They were part of a group of seven that recently painted the girls’ two-story high bathroom, transforming it from drab and dusty to a vibrant purple and yellow. It took the volunteers three days and about 15 hours to complete.

Ribbon-Cutting Opens Credit Union

The recent opening of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new lending branch at Foothill Boulevard and Commonwealth. Attendees included (front row, from left) Pat Anderson, City Manager Mark Alexander, Mayor Jonathan Curtis, CEFCU CIO John Barnfather, CEFCU Board of Directors chair John Patterson, CEFCU President/CEO Rich Harris and CEO board member Mike Miranda.

Online Tickets For ‘Explore JPL’

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge is again using an online ticketing system for the public to sign up to attend this year’s “Explore JPL.” During the event, JPL will open its doors to the public for one weekend. To ensure a safe, enjoyable experience, advance tickets are required.
Tickets are free but limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of five tickets per purchaser. No one will be admitted without a ticket. Visitors to JPL during the event — to be held May 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — must have their tickets in hand, and anyone age 18 or older must show a matching ID. Tickets are not transferable and cannot be sold.
Tickets will be sold for specific time slots and will be available online at 9 a.m. PST on Saturday, March 11, at: explore.jpl.nasa.gov. The site also has additional information.
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PCO, Bassist Join for Rare String Bass Concert

The Pasadena Community Orchestra and studio bassist Connie Deeter will present a rare string bass concert on Friday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. They will play Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and the delightful “Symphony #8,” plus Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite” and the Pichl “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.”
Deeter has performed on about 40 film and TV scores, performs with several Southern California symphonies, and is on the faculties of three local colleges. She will demonstrate her technical skills in the “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.” Bright and fresh music shows why the bass should be a featured soloist far more often.
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CFV to Host Talk on Making a Difference in the Community

How the new political landscape may affect the ability to make a difference in the community will be addressed at a free presentation by political strategist Dan Schnur on Thursday, March 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., in Glendale. The event will be hosted by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos.

Dan Schnur

Check-in and light refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. RSVPs are requested by calling (818) 241-8040 or emailing info@cfverdugos.org. Individuals, families, businesses and community groups are all welcome to attend.
Schnur’s knowledge of the political world, as well as his experience with foundations and community issues, will provide a platform from which community members can continue to explore how best to leverage skills and resources to help create greater impact for good.
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Las Madrinas Gives Gift to CHLA

Bonnie McClure (center), chair of the Associates and Affiliates at CHLA receives a donation from Lisa Brandt (left), incoming Las Madrinas president, and Marcie Newby, outgoing Las Madrinas president.

At its recent annual meeting, Marcie Newby, president of Las Madrinas, presented Bonnie McClure, chairwoman of the Associates and Affiliates of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles a major contribution to complete the $5 million Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment at CHLA on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas. Newby went on to announce the newest project for Las Madrinas: the $5 million Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program, under the direction of Dr. Douglas Nordli Jr., chief of neurology at CHLA.
At this meeting, three Las Madrinas members were honored for their extraordinary generosity to the organization. They are Katrina Cord, Lynn Croft and Kristi Simmons. Their names will be added to the Las Madrinas Plaque displayed in the lobby of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which recognizes the dedication and exceptional commitment of Las Madrinas members to the hospital.