The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors recently confirmed Lance Tibbet as president for the 2017-18 Tournament of Roses year to provide leadership for the 129th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game.
Tibbet chose “Making a Difference” as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme to encourage creativity in float entries, marching bands and equestrian participants. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses Elects Leadership”
The first time Ann Longyear ever wrote her name, it was to sign her new library card from the Pasadena Public Library when she was just 4 years old.
Now a spry 90 years of age, Longyear has been a lifelong library patron and fierce fundraising champion for the city’s treasured landmark, helping to spearhead the Pasadena Public Library Foundation board back in 1983. In the coming year, the foundation will have granted more than $3 million to the historic building’s refurbishment and maintenance since its inception.
“It’s such a magnificent building, and the inside of the library Continue reading “Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy”
John Watkins has seen a thing or two in his 91 years, but standing on the Rose Bowl stadium’s field on game day in front of 95,000 fans — with another 20 million watching on TV — gave the World War II Navy veteran reason to pause.
“I told them I didn’t sink anybody or do anything heroic to stand behind that goal line,” Watkins said. “But I felt the weight of the U.S. Navy on me; I felt I was representing them, so I just did the best I could.”
That sentiment has helped the lifelong Pasadena resident lead a long and rich life, trying his best always to do right by others. But when he was called up by the Rose Bowl production team, which wanted to honor WWII vets, he hesitated. Continue reading “Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community”
It’s Descanso Gardens, illuminated as you’ve never seen it.
The most familiar of haunts at the beloved botanic gardens have been transformed by the “Enchanted: Forest of Light!” display open to the public until Jan 8. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Glows in New Light”
For most high school students, math and science are the most difficult subjects there are to tackle. Fortunately, some students in Pasadena and surrounding communities are getting help in passing those classes.
Around 75 students who have a C grade or below in math or science have enrolled in the Rise Tutoring Program through the Caltech Y. The program matches students from grades 8-12 with Caltech students for low-cost tutoring to improve their grades in those classes. Continue reading “Pasadena Students Learn From Caltech Tutors”
Pasadena has a history of making sure there is a library no more than one mile from each residence. But now the city has taken proximity to literacy a step further.
Overseen by District 3 Councilmember John Kennedy, the program known as the “Little Free Library” is undergoing tremendous growth. Continue reading “A Little Free Library Near You is Opening Minds”
If you’re going to serve 3,500 meals to some of Southern California’s neediest residents, you’re going to need some help. Luckily for the Los Angeles Mission, the St. Francis High boys basketball team was up to the challenge.
The entire Golden Knights’ roster got up early last Wednesday morning and headed to Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles to help the Mission prepare those meals by getting the turkeys, mashed potatoes and fresh plates of cranberry sauce ready to be served in a holiday feast.
One player, 17-year-old Continue reading “Local Team Serves Up Thanksgiving on Skid Row”
The Salvation Army of Pasadena got a big boost as it started the holiday season, raising more than $62,000 at its third annual Red Kettle Kick-Off Breakfast in the UCLA locker room at the Rose Bowl recently.
And while much of that money was given by sponsors of the event, more than $18,000 was raised by donors at the breakfast, much to the delight of Kathy Larson, advisory board chair for the Salvation Army of Pasadena.
Larson said more money was raised than she expected. Continue reading “Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff”