Tournament of Roses Elects Leadership

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”

Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy

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.

Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Pasadena Public Library Foundation Board members include (from left) Charlie Woo, Ann Longyear, Connie White, Steve Onderdonk, former library Director Jan Sanders and Peter McAniff. (Not pictured: Tempe Brooks and Father Paul Sustayta.)

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”

Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community

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.

Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Pasadena resident John Watkins (center) is joined by his son Stephen Watkins, daughter-in-law Carol, daughter Katherine and granddaughter Madeline at the Rose Bowl game, where he was honored on Jan. 2.

“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”

Pasadena Native Lining Up for College Football Playoff

When pressed to recall a moment that stands out regarding Pasadena native Coleman Shelton, University of Washington offensive line coach Chris Strausser wasn’t able to come up with one.

Photo courtesy Mason Kelley | University of Washington Athletics
Photo courtesy Mason Kelley | University of Washington Athletics
Pasadena native Coleman Shelton took over as center and is a leader of the University of Washington football team. He helped the Huskies capture their first Pac-12 Conference championship since 2000 and earn a berth in the College Football Playoff.

“I don’t really have a story like that to share,” said Strausser, who is also the associate head coach. “[Shelton is] focused and competitive. That’s just how he is on a day-to-day basis. I’ve never had one day where I wished Coleman would have gone harder.” Continue reading “Pasadena Native Lining Up for College Football Playoff”

Bad Weather Shelter Ready to Help Homeless

With the winter season almost upon the San Gabriel Valley, the less fortunate in the community now have a place to escape the colder elements and stay safe.

Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Friends In Deed, based in Pasadena, sponsors the Bad Weather Shelter as well as a food pantry (above).

Thanks to the Pasadena-based charitable organization Friends In Deed, when the weather drops below 40 degrees or when there is at least a 40% chance of rain, the group opens its Bad Weather Shelter. Continue reading “Bad Weather Shelter Ready to Help Homeless”

Descanso Gardens Glows in New Light

Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK The "Enchanted: Forest of Light!" show is open through Jan. 8 at Descanso Gardens. The display blends art and nature for a unique holiday experience.
Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
The “Enchanted: Forest of Light!” show is open through Jan. 8 at Descanso Gardens. The display blends art and nature for a unique holiday experience.

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”

Pasadena Students Learn From Caltech Tutors

Photo courtesy Caltech Caltech students are tutoring 8th-12th-graders from Pasadena Unified schools in a unique program through the Caltech Y.
Photo courtesy Caltech
Caltech students are tutoring 8th-12th-graders from Pasadena Unified schools in a unique program through the Caltech Y.

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”

Local Team Serves Up Thanksgiving on Skid Row

Photo courtesy Aurelia Ventura St. Francis High School basketball players (from left) Daniel Scott, Joey Walsh and Giuseppe Gallo helped prepare Thanksgiving meals for the homeless at Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row.
Photo courtesy Aurelia Ventura
St. Francis High School basketball players (from left) Daniel Scott, Joey Walsh and Giuseppe Gallo helped prepare Thanksgiving meals for the homeless at Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row.

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”

Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Kickoff

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”