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. Continue reading “PCO, Bassist Join for Rare String Bass Concert”
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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. Continue reading “Pasadena Pops Features Stellar Guests This Summer”
Allen Lund Co. was honored last week at Verbum Dei High School Mardi Gras’ Gala for the company’s sustained support of the school’s Corporate Work Study Program. The event, which was held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, honored students for their success as well as raised funds for scholarships. Continue reading “Allen Lund Co. Honored at Gala”
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. Continue reading “Foothill Family Earns COA Accreditation”
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.