TACSC Summer Camp Creates Leaders Who Serve

Photo courtesy TACSC TACSC Executive Director Heidi McNiff Johnson, joined by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, recently received the Catholic archdiocese’s Cardinal’s Award and TACSC received the proceeds from that event.
Photo courtesy TACSC
TACSC Executive Director Heidi McNiff Johnson, joined by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, recently received the Catholic archdiocese’s Cardinal’s Award and TACSC received the proceeds from that event.

Catholic sleep-away camp may not sound like the hippest annual event, but the Pasadena summer leadership conference devised by the Association of Catholic Student Councils has become a hot ticket, growing exponentially. The nonprofit’s year-round curriculum now boasts more than 27,000 alumni. Continue reading “TACSC Summer Camp Creates Leaders Who Serve”

SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging

Photo courtesy Flintridge Center Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.
Photo courtesy Flintridge Center
Students at SKILLZ Summer School earn credit recovery and learn life
lessons through the collaborative program organized by the nonprofit organizations Flintridge Center, Stars (formerly known as Lake Avenue Community Foundation) and Day One.

Though summer school often implies relentless hours of absorbing an entire academic year of information in just a few weeks, a collaboration of Pasadena nonprofits has devised an effective mix of credit recovery, fun and life lessons to keep local kids focused and coming back for more. Continue reading “SKILLZ Keeps Summer School Cool, Engaging”

AbilityFirst Helps Make Employment Dreams Work

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Long-time AbilityFirst board member Mark Fedde and his son, Taylor, participate in a “Stroll & Roll” fundraiser for the nonprofit.
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Long-time AbilityFirst board member Mark Fedde and his son, Taylor, participate in a “Stroll & Roll” fundraiser for the nonprofit.

Like any young adult, 27-year-old Jessica
Marrero is steering her own course, working toward becoming a chef and someday earning enough money to afford her own apartment.
The clear-eyed, upbeat Marrero, a determined woman who has Down syndrome, takes her own transportation to work at HOPE Cafe and Catering. She arrives early, promptly changes into her work clothes, keeps a clean work station and smiles broadly at co-workers as she does food preparation. Continue reading “AbilityFirst Helps Make Employment Dreams Work”

HOPE Cafe Thrives on Serving Food With a Mission

Photo courtesy Tony Lancaster HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster and his wife, Ann, donate 10% of their sales back to local nonprofits such as Door of Hope that work to help families experiencing homelessness.
Photo courtesy Tony Lancaster
HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster and his wife, Ann, donate 10% of their sales back to local nonprofits such as Door of Hope that work to help families experiencing homelessness.

Some stories tell themselves, and that of HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster might just be one of those, including chapters that could be titled Rehab, Rebirth and Redemption. Continue reading “HOPE Cafe Thrives on Serving Food With a Mission”

STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech

OUTLOOK photo Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.
OUTLOOK photo
Camper Genesis Montgomery gets help from instructor Michael Dragomir.

At a Norma Coombs Elementary School day camp recently, little hands and fingers flew over Chromebooks, with color puzzle pieces being dragged into place as the campers built a fictional, interactive story through the introductory Scratch coding program.
“You just have to play with it,” Michael Dragomir, a STEAM:CODERS summer camp teacher, told a 3rd-grader, who needed little encouragement as she did just that. She readjusted her headphones and dragged a different piece to see how that might change things up in her virtual-reality fiction, which happened to be a story about two girlfriends chatting in the park. Continue reading “STEAM:CODERS Helps Put Kids on Track in Tech”

City Hears Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal Update

The L.A. County Department of Public Works visited the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday night to give an update and answer questions on the Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project, set to be awarded to a single contractor by early August and with work expected to begin in November.
The project to remove 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment — reduced from 2.4 million cubic yards last year by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors — will likely take place over the course of four years. The project’s initial excavation area will be about 64 acres and bordered by slopes, referred to as a natural habitat area where vegetation will thrive. Continue reading “City Hears Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal Update”

LAMP Mentors Teach What Success Entails

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Harlan Ward, Bertral Washington, Mayor Terry Tornek, Gilbert Holmes and Raphael Henderson gathered at the University Club of Pasadena recently to celebrate the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation’s 2018 LAMP mentor graduates. Six young men and one young woman were awarded scholarships for college at the luncheon, culminating the LAMP mentorship program.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
Harlan Ward, Bertral Washington, Mayor Terry Tornek, Gilbert Holmes and Raphael Henderson gathered at the University Club of Pasadena recently to celebrate the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation’s 2018 LAMP mentor graduates. Six young men and one young woman were awarded scholarships for college at the luncheon, culminating the LAMP mentorship program.

Growing up in Altadena with just his mom, Loyola High School graduate Corey O’Rane-Ealy didn’t have a lot of black male role models in his life.
He learned to tie his own tie and shave on his own, only to realize much later, after some painful results, that he was shaving the wrong way. His barber corrected him.
These are the little things a boy on his own might grow up with. But there were some bigger things, too. Continue reading “LAMP Mentors Teach What Success Entails”

Young Adults Get Warmth, Care at Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena Cancer Support Community Pasadena program coordinator Rachel Koonse (left) has been facilitating a support group for young adults with cancer. Jennifer O’Mahony has been using CSCP’s support services for nearly a year.
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Cancer Support Community Pasadena program coordinator Rachel Koonse (left) has been facilitating a support group for young adults with cancer. Jennifer O’Mahony has been using CSCP’s support services for nearly a year.

When 33-year-old Jennifer O’Mahony was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer a year ago, it wasn’t so much a life interrupted. It was a life under siege.
Four years married and in the upswing of a hard-fought career in fashion design, the Oklahoma native and her husband, Ryan, had moved from the bustling Hollywood neighborhood to settle down in Pasadena. They planned to have a family soon, and a dog, maybe sooner. They were prudent, renting first, before plunging into the crazy real estate market. They priced homes in Altadena. Continue reading “Young Adults Get Warmth, Care at Cancer Support Community”

Boys & Girls Club Lends Love, Training to Shelter Dogs

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club A Boys & Girls Club member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger. The K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit provides the dogs for students to train in a vocational program.
Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club
A Boys & Girls Club member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger. The K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit provides the dogs for students to train in a vocational program.

After 80 years of delivering tried-and-true programs to local youth, the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has recently hit another home run program for its members, one that is particularly hard to resist: helping shelter dogs.
The collaboration with the K9 Youth Alliance nonprofit is “kids helping dogs helping kids,” a program to connect teens with furry friends from Los Angeles Animal Services. They establish a working, loving relationship with shelter dogs through an intense, three-week vocational training program. Continue reading “Boys & Girls Club Lends Love, Training to Shelter Dogs”

Blinn House Foundation to Honor Owners of Historic Blacker House

Photos courtesy Greene & Greene Archives, the Gamble House, USC The Robert Roe Blacker House was built in 1907 by Greene & Greene.
Photos courtesy Greene & Greene Archives, the Gamble House, USC
The Robert Roe Blacker House was built in 1907 by Greene & Greene.

An advertisement to promote the development of Pasadena’s Oak Knoll neighborhood back in the early 1900s may still best describe one of the city’s most historical housing treks:
“If you can afford to live here, you cannot afford to live anywhere else,” the tagline quipped. Continue reading “Blinn House Foundation to Honor Owners of Historic Blacker House”