After 56 Years, Mothers’ Club Becomes Families Forward

Families Forward participants
Families Forward participants

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center has changed its name. It is now called Families Forward Learning Center to reflect the organization’s evolution to preparing families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through a unique two-generation learning program.
“The heart of our organization has always been our staff and the people we serve, and as we become Families Forward, the spirit and legacy of Mothers’ Club will persist in our unmatched commitment to improving the lives of Pasadena’s at-risk families,” said Families Forward Executive Director Hector La Farga Jr.
Joining in the announcement celebration on Thursday were representatives from local elected officials, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Christopher Holden, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and various members of the Pasadena City Council.
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Perrantes Leads St. Francis to Victory in Season Opener

The following was written by Charlie Foy, special to the Outlook

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
St. Francis junior quarterback Darius Perrantes threw for 322 yards, six touchdowns and an interception in his debut last week, leading St. Francis to a 48-21 win over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach.

During the second half, the St. Francis High School student section loudly sang “Sweet Caroline,” A fitting song because Golden Knights football never seemed so good as the varsity team cruised to a 48-21 victory over visiting Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach last week.
In the first half, new quarterback Darius Perrantes, a junior transfer from Encino Crespi, initially started off slow but everything started to click after his first touchdown. Near the end of the first quarter, senior Greg Dulcich broke away from the Mira Costa corner, and Perrantes completed a 38-yard touchdown pass, and there was no looking back for the St. Francis offense.
The Mustangs (0-1 overall) quickly responded with a touchdown pass of their own, and it seemed as if both teams were evenly matched.

On the ensuing drive, Perrantes completed another touchdown pass to Dulcich and later connected with Isaac Cordova for a 64-yard touchdown.
The Mustangs didn’t give up and kept the game within reach after a touchdown midway through the second quarter, cutting St. Francis lead to 21-14 at the half.
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Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Fundraiser Sept. 27

Friends In Deed returns to Castle Green on Sept. 27 for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz while perusing silent auction opportunities.
Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed Community Liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. All have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years. Continue reading “Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Fundraiser Sept. 27”

‘Stars For Tomorrow’ Gala at Rose Bowl Sept. 21

Lake Avenue Community Foundation Executive Director Nancy Stiles and Adam, her husband.
Lake Avenue Community Foundation Executive Director Nancy Stiles and Adam, her husband.

The Lake Avenue Community Foundation’s “Stars For Tomorrow” annual benefit will be held at the Rose Bowl on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the STARS after-school and mentoring programs.
The benefit will begin with a reception at the stadium’s Court of Champions, followed by dinner and live auction inside the UCLA home team locker room.
Live auction items include a Tournament of Roses New Year’s Day VIP package (including Rose Bowl game tickets, Rose Parade tickets, VIP passes to the Rose Bowl Tailgate Luncheon and VIP parking); tickets to an upcoming Coldplay concert (including dinner) at the Rose Bowl; superb Dodger Dugout Club tickets behind home plate; a six-course meal and wine pairing for eight people at a lovely Pasadena home; a one-week Hawaiian vacation in a gorgeous estate on the Big Island; and a one-week vacation to a beautiful beach resort in Cancun.
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Junior League of Pasadena Hosts Open House for Prospective Members

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell Junior League of Pasadena members join the newest class, including Michelle Simonsen (front row, from left), Valerie Villatoro, Kaleigh Farmer, Daniela Posada, Genevieve Steinbarth, Megan Dahlen, Mackenzie Mize and Kristin Kearny. Back: Jessica Torres, Joy Kushner, Samantha Knight, Lauren Misak, Katie McDonald, Andrea Hartwick, Ariana Wall, Sara Snider and Kristen Shelton.
Photo courtesy Nick Boswell
Junior League of Pasadena members join the newest class, including Michelle Simonsen (front row, from left), Valerie Villatoro, Kaleigh Farmer, Daniela Posada, Genevieve Steinbarth, Megan Dahlen, Mackenzie Mize and Kristin Kearny. Back: Jessica Torres, Joy Kushner, Samantha Knight, Lauren Misak, Katie McDonald, Andrea Hartwick, Ariana Wall, Sara Snider and Kristen Shelton.

The Junior League of Pasadena is now accepting new members for the 2017-18 training class, which will begin this month. An informational open house will be held for prospective members interested in joining on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Junior League of Pasadena Headquarters, located at 149 South Madison Ave. in Pasadena. RVSP at bit.ly/jlpopenhouse. Continue reading “Junior League of Pasadena Hosts Open House for Prospective Members”

Get Healthy for Good at Pasadena Heart Walk Sept. 23

The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk returns to Pasadena this fall with an important message for all to get Healthy for Good.
The annual event — scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Rose Bowl -— kicks off with a health and wellness festival featuring fun heart-pumping activities at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K walk at 9 a.m. and post-walk party at 9:30 a.m.
Team up with family, friends and coworkers and take steps together to live healthier and fight heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, and stroke, the leading cause of serious long-term disability. There is no fee to join, but participants are encouraged to help raise funds for the mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s Healthy for Good movement, which aims to rally people to live healthier lives, inspire lasting change and unite the community around the simple idea that making a small change today will create a difference for generations to come.
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Huntington Hospital Named 4th Best in L.A., 9th in California

Huntington Hospital has once again been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2017-18 in Los Angeles and California by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.
Huntington Hospital was named the fourth best hospital in the greater Los Angeles area. The hospital was also named ninth best hospital overall in California and was ranked among the best in the country in gynecology and urology.
Huntington Hospital was also ranked best regional hospital in 15 types of care, with recognition as high-performing in seven adult specialties — diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatric, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology; and in eight common adult procedures and conditions — aortic valve surgery, heart bypass, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.
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Remembering Maldonado’s at Fundraiser on Sept. 13

Bill Maldonado in front of the famous Maldonado’s Restaurant, which opened in 1974.
Bill Maldonado in front of the famous Maldonado’s Restaurant, which opened in 1974.

The 1202 Salon and Spa will host an evening bringing back “Memories of Maldonado’s Restaurant” on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6-9 p.m.
For one night only, 1202 Salon and Spa, located in the former home of Maldonado’s Restaurant at 1202 E. Green St., will bring back the “Memories of Maldonado’s” with a grand piano, live entertainment, bubbles, hors d’oeuvres and surprise guests.
From 1974 to 1994, Maldonado’s Restaurant was an enchanting elegant destination featuring fine dining and entertainment. Inside the dining room, intimate booths and tables encircled Bill Maldonado’s Steinway grand piano in the center creating an old-world setting, which was both romantic and charming. Continue reading “Remembering Maldonado’s at Fundraiser on Sept. 13”

Obituary: Ruth Oswald Schneider

Ruth Oswald Schneider

Ruth Oswald Schneider of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on Aug. 11 peaceably at home at the age of 93 with family by her side. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her family moved to Beverly Hills when she was 2. She graduated from Marlborough School and UCLA. After college, she fell in love with her brother Telford Oswald’s roommate, Frederick Schneider, whom she married in 1948 and then moved to New York where they raised three children. They moved back to California and settled in La Cañada Flintridge in 1983. Fred passed away Aug. 12, 1991. She is survived by her three children, Edith Howes of Toulouse, France; Adam Schneider of Lafayette, Colorado; Fred Jr. of La Cañada Flintridge, and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.