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.
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‘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.

Profectum Foundation’s Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Conference

Profectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend its fifth International Conference, March 31 and April 1, at the Huntington Library in San Marino. “Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment,” is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

The Villa Esperanza team, including (from left) Ariel Hegedus; Casey Gregg, vice president; Gwendolyn Eberhard, speech director; Kelly White, CEO; and Michelle Cox, director of development, were among those who attended last year’s Profectum Foundation conference.

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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.

Arroyo Seco Weekend Music Festival June 24-25

Tom Petty

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be joined by Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and Weezer at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend on June 24-25 weekend to Brookside Park, adjacent to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. Tickets go on sale this Monday, March 20, at 11 a.m.
The event will feature three stages of live music along with curated menus from several of top Los Angeles restaurants and chefs plus craft beer and wine. Free day parking will be available at the festival.
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‘Millionaire’s Row’ Estate Seeks New Owner for $10.5 Million

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The Pasadena landmark John S. Cravens estate, also known as the Red Cross house, is being sold for $10.5 million by the humanitarian organization to find a better fit for its San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter headquarters.
Situated on “Millionaire’s Row,” along tree-lined Orange Grove Boulevard and Madeline Drive, the estate is one of the largest and most significant architectural treasures in Pasadena. Local Sotheby’s International Realtors Gretchen Seager and Josie Tong will represent the sale, and said they will donate their commission to the American Red Cross.
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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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