Pasadena Pops Features Stellar Guests This Summer

Conductor Michael Feinstein will lead the Pasadena Pops for its star-studded Summer Concert Series at the Los Angeles Arboretum with Liza Minnelli, Alan Cumming, Joel Gray, “Hair Spray Live’s” Madelyn Baillio, “Beautiful’s” Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector, “Grey Garden’s” Rachel York, “Phantom of the Opera’s” Jordan Donica and the Midtown Men. The 2017 Pops season commences June 17-Sept 9 with a five-concert series.
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Americana at Brand to Award Scholarships; Apply Now

The Spirit of American Youth Scholarship presented by Caruso’s the Americana at Brand in Glendale, will be awarded to two graduating high school seniors who reside in or attend a public or private school in the San Fernando or San Gabriel valleys. Qualifying students are those who exhibit academic potential and provide examples of how they’ve contributed to the betterment of their communities. The value of each scholarship is $10,000.
All completed Spirit of American Youth Scholarship applications with essays and teacher recommendation forms must be submitted in person by April 30 to Concierge Services, 889 Americana Way, Suite 330, in Glendale. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by June 1. Scholarship recipients will be announced in August with recipients honored at a special luncheon at the Americana at Brand.
For more information, visit americanaatbrand.com.

Pierce to be Honored by NCL Juniors at Gala

Justene Pierce

Philanthropy and generosity run in Justene Pierce’s genes. Orchestrating charitable acts since the tender age of 5 and following decades of volunteering on behalf of dozens of causes and organizations, Pierce will be honored with the prestigious President’s Award at the annual National Charity League Juniors of San Marino gala Saturday, March 11, at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles. The gala will benefit Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Pierce, who served as president of NCL Juniors of San Marino during 2012-13, credits her philanthropic achievements to her family, which was very active in religious, political and charitable groups.
“When life opens a door for us, you have to have the courage to walk through it,” she says.
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Strong SMHS Showing for All-State Honor Choir

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK San Marino High School seniors Kyle McCall (from left), Allen Liu, Rachel Mochizuki, Jeff Xu, Richard Li and Selina Ho represented SMHS’s choir program at the All-State Honor Choir in San Jose last month.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
San Marino High School seniors Kyle McCall (from left), Allen Liu, Rachel Mochizuki, Jeff Xu, Richard Li and Selina Ho represented SMHS’s choir program at the All-State Honor Choir in San Jose last month.

Six of San Marino High School’s seniors represented the school in San Jose on Presidents’ Day weekend, showcasing their vocal skills among the other 250 or so in California selected for the 2017 All-State Honor Choir. Continue reading “Strong SMHS Showing for All-State Honor Choir”

Teens’ Big Bear Cabin Plan Needs Tweaking

Dear Parent Coach,
My friend’s very mature, very responsible 16-year-old high school senior and her five friends (most aged 17, one 18) want to stay in a family cabin at Big Bear and spend a ski weekend by themselves. They have been upfront about the plans: no parents, no boys, and no objectionable substances are to be included. Their argument is that they’ll be on their own at college next year, so why not let them practice their independence now? My friend is asking me if I think this is wise.  What would you say?
Signed, A Mother of
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Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out

Los Angeles County District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, said she encourages voters to decide on a tax proposition to help address homelessness in the county.
Measure H, which is expected to generate $350 million annually with a quarter-cent sales tax, is a countywide ballot item for the March 7 election. The 10-year tax requires two-thirds approval and would be dedicated to services addressing the county’s large homeless population. Continue reading “Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out”

Green Light for Golden Streets This Sunday

Those who have previously enjoyed CicLAvia events ought to have fun Sunday, March 5, for the long-awaited 626 Golden Streets event that includes San Marino among its stops.
Starting in South Pasadena and running all the way to Azusa, 626 Golden Streets opens up one long route courtesy of Metro to encourage locals to learn more about the surrounding communities and to take advantage of public transportation opportunities. Continue reading “Green Light for Golden Streets This Sunday”

Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School

The Planning Commission, hoping to help fill a vacant property on Huntington Drive, voted to continue a hearing for a prospective business at its Feb. 22 meeting.
Before the decision, the Commission had expressed a desire to work through an issue involving parking at the location, but the applicant’s absence from the meeting precluded substantive discussion. Continue reading “Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School”