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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Gooden School Appoints New Head

The Gooden School will welcome its sixth head of school, Carl Parke, this summer. Parke, currently head of school at LaGrange Academy in LaGrange, Ga., begins his tenure on July 1. Parke will succeed interim head of school Merrily Dunlap.

Carl Parke

“After an extensive nationwide search for a head of school, we are pleased that Parke will be joining us,” said Nadilee Russell, chair of the Gooden School board of trustees. “The combination of his experience as head of school, service to the independent school community, and understanding of a small and nurturing school atmosphere made him an ideal fit for Gooden.”
Parke previously served as head of the upper school and dean of students at the Altamont School in Birmingham, Ala.; as a faculty member at the University of South Florida and Tampa Preparatory in Florida; and as dean of students at Oxbridge Academics in Cambridge, England.
He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Valdosta State University and a master’s in history from the University of South Florida. In addition, he has been a presenter at regional and national independent school conferences and attended the Klingenstein Center Heads of School program at Columbia University.
Parke is also an active volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange and a Rotary Club member.

DAR Hosts Annual Awards Breakfast

The Women’s City Club in Pasadena was the setting for the recent Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter annual awards breakfast. The prestigious DAR History Award was presented to Ian Ruskin, who stars in the one-man play and 2016 film documentary “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine” about the man whose pamphlet “Common Sense” helped convince early Americans to revolt against the British monarchy and create a new nation.

Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter Regent Phyllis Lynes with (from left) Good Citizen Award winners Charisma Marines, Marshall Fundamental High School; Audrey Cameron, Blair High School; Michael Francis Grumble, St. Monica Academy; Rosa Run Mi Llanto, Pasadena High School; Jillian Kislow, Alverno Heights Academy; Melissa Rocha, John Muir High School; and Martin Severance Chapter Good Citizens chair Mary Lou Langedyke.

Several high school seniors were presented with Good Citizen Awards for demonstrating dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in 2016, selected by faculty and staff at their respective schools. One elementary school student was presented with the American History Essay Contest Award for her 2016 essay with the theme “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.”

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.

Pasadena Water and Power Opens College Scholarships Worth $7,500

Pasadena Water and Power is providing Pasadena-area high school seniors with an opportunity to win a college scholarship. A $5,000 and a $2,500 award will be given to the top two high school seniors who write the most creative and thoughtful essays on the topic of water and energy efficiency.
To apply, students must submit an application, academic transcripts and write an essay. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must live within PWP service territory, be currently enrolled as a high school senior in the city of Pasadena, and provide proof of acceptance for the 2017-18 school year at an accredited two-year or four-year post-secondary institution. The application deadline is April 10.
PWP started the education scholarship program in 2014 as part of its commitment to empowering and investing in Pasadena’s youth. To learn more, visit PWPweb.com/Scholarships or call (626) 744-4172.

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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Foothill Family Earns COA Accreditation

Foothill Family has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation. Serving the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale and Burbank through programs supporting mental health care, early childhood development, school-based behavioral health, and youth and family services, Foothill Family employees committed more than a year and countless hours to earn accreditation. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Foothill Family’s programs, services, management and administration.
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Coldwell Banker Honors Top-Tier Performers

Bruce Zipf, president and CEO of NRT, along with Lori Ramirez, the current manager of one of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Premier offices, recently congratulated the brother-sister team of John and Marion Fairbanks for exceptional sales performance throughout 2016 and their tenure of more than 30 years as top performers in the real estate industry.

Bruce Zipf (from left), Marion Fairbanks, Laurie Ramirez and John Fairbanks

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