Pasadena Heritage Set for Spring Home Tour March 25

Pasadena Heritage will present a Spring Home Tour and lecture in March celebrating architectural and landscape design spanning more than 130 years.
Inspired by the legendary magazine that has epitomized American living since 1922, the Spring Home Tour, “Better Homes and Gardens,” allows guests to experience noteworthy architecture and landscape design that influence each other and combine to create perfect harmony.
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ChapCare Awarded $75,000 From Taper Foundation

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) has been awarded a $75,000 grant by the S. Mark Taper Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by
supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in local communities.
The grant award will support the provision of more than 490 high-quality medical visits to at-risk and uninsured patients in the San Gabriel Valley over a one-year period.
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Hillsides Gala is Feb. 24

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK Hillsides CEO Joseph Costa and co-chairs Joan McCarthy and John Gong are preparing for this year’s Hillsides gala, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
Hillsides CEO Joseph Costa and co-chairs Joan McCarthy and John Gong are preparing for this year’s Hillsides gala, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Hillsides annual gala, La Nuit des Rêves — the Night of Dreams — will be held on Saturday evening, Feb. 24, at the Langham Huntington Hotel. Proceeds of the gala, which is Hillsides’ largest fundraiser of the year, benefit the 14,000 children, youth and families who Hillsides serves throughout Southern California.
The gala co-chairs are Joan McCarthy and John Gong. The committee consists of Armida Baylon-Stelzer, Cathy Brennan, Kelly Chamberlain, Donna De Mond, Shelly and Mario Fiumani, Megan Foker, Donna B. Ford, Gina Guerra, Stacey Hoppe, Dr. Judith Oh Kim, Ana Maarse, Pamela Mahon, Judy Kenyon Martin, Susan Noce, Susan Pinsky, Courtney Saavedra, Robert and Deborah Simpson, Sara J. Simpson, Maureen Staley, Rebecca Trail and Kim Weleba.
Major sponsors of the gala include Mario and Shelly Fiumani – Pin USA, Jacob Maarse Florists, Kaiser Permanente, Rusnak Auto Group, Sherm and Marge Telleen, The Havner Family Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, Western Asset Management, and Willis Towers Watson.
For tickets or more information, visit hillsides-3700.wedid.it/ or contact Bernie Gore at bgore@hillsides.org.

Alzheimer’s Advocates Speak to USC Trojan Affiliates March 1

Former Pasadena area residents May Gonzalez and Ray Wells will join Maureen McNulty, executive donor advisor of Alzheimer’s Association, for a discussion on “Ray’s Personal Story of his Alzheimer’s Journey” to the USC Trojan Affiliates on Thursday, March 1, at a private home in San Marino. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Former Pasadena area residents May Gonzalez and Ray Wells will join Maureen McNulty, executive donor advisor of Alzheimer’s Association, for a discussion on “Ray’s Personal Story of his Alzheimer’s Journey” to the USC Trojan Affiliates on Thursday, March 1, at a private home in San Marino. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association will speak to the USC Trojan Affiliates on March 1, sharing a personal story of two former Pasadena-area residents who have experienced the ravaging effects of the disease.
Ray Wells, 57, was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 55. As a parent of two, ages 21 and 17, he had been a Realtor in the Greater Pasadena community for nearly 30 years. Much of his career was spent mentoring and training new recruits as a manager for Dilbeck Realtors and later, Teles Properties. He served as the 1997 president of the Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors, as an officer for the California Association of Realtors and as the long-time Master of Ceremonies and leader of the weekly “pitch” meetings, and as the annual Master of Ceremonies for the awards banquet at the Langham Hotel. He and his wife, May, a fellow Realtor, formed a dynamic and successful real estate team.
His life was also filled with being a great dad, participating in all his children’s activities, serving on various boards and as San Marino Tennis Board President.
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Heart Month Comes With Warnings

Lilly Rocha
Lilly Rocha

Lilly Rocha of Pasadena was 37 and at the height of her career when, one morning, she awoke with pain in her arm, jaw and chest. Despite her discomfort, Lilly went to work because “I didn’t have a clue what was going on,” she said.
When a co-worker suggested she could be having a heart attack and should go to a hospital, she didn’t believe him. A heart attack survivor himself, he didn’t take no for an answer and drove her to the ER.
Lilly knew her grandfather died of a heart attack, but she did not realize it happened when he was 37 —the same age she had her heart attack. She also learned that nearly everyone in her mom’s family had heart disease and was struggling with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
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Pasadena Playhouse Launches ‘Community@Play’ Initiative

Cast members perform at the Pasadena Playhouse’s current production of “Pirates of Penzance.”
Cast members perform at the Pasadena Playhouse’s current production of “Pirates of Penzance.”

Pasadena Playhouse is introducing “Community@Play,” a new free ticket initiative allowing thousands of area students and residents to enjoy the transformative power of live theatrical performances at the playhouse. This initiative is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, an active supporter of the Pasadena Playhouse for more than 19 years.
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Veterans Get Golf Lessons From First Tee of Pasadena

The First Tee of Greater Pasadena recently welcomed injured veterans to the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena to teach about the benefits of golf. Thirty-six men and women representing the Wounded Warrior Project participated in a morning that included brunch, golf clinics and camaraderie.
During the golf clinics the First Tee of Greater Pasadena coaches, volunteers and youth demonstrated how the First Tee programming has a positive impact on today’s youth. This event introduced the veterans to the youth programs offered by the First Tee of Greater Pasadena and volunteer opportunities available.
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LCHS Science Students Stage Successful Fair

By Perry Fein
The Outlook

Photos by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOKScience National Honor Society members Alexandra Dudek, Melina Tsotras, Solenn Matuska, Justin Hyon, Kanyar Salahi and Micah Smyth

Students, faculty and local scientists assembled in the La Cañada High School gym on Friday night for a Science Fair. Tri-fold posters adorned tables spread in an oval across the floor, displaying the results of experiments on subjects ranging from how stress affects handwriting to the effects of acid rain on freshwater environments.
“We created the Science National Honors Society this year because we wanted to put on interesting events,” said Micah Smyth, the club’s treasurer. “And the school hasn’t historically held an annual science fair.”
Nine projects were presented, all of which were evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of experts in several scientific specialties, including psychology, biology and engineering. Continue reading “LCHS Science Students Stage Successful Fair”

LCPC Hosting Talk Regarding Bullying

Patricia A. Engert

All parents and grandparents are invited to hear from Patricia A. Engert in the Fellowship Hall of the La Canada Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.
Being a kid today is tough and being a parent today is tougher. The presentation’s goal is to help parents when their kids report they have been teased or bullied at school by teaching them techniques for what they can do and for what they can help instill in their kids.
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