Martin Luther King Celebration on Jan. 15 at McKinley School

On the third Monday of January, the Martin Luther King Community Coalition, along with people all over the nation, will observe Dr. King’s birthday with its annual citywide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration.
Formerly held at the Jackie Robinson Park, the event has been traveling to and hosted by different school sites while the building is under renovation. On Jan. 15, it will be held at McKinley Elementary School at 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., beginning at 8 a.m. with a video presentation and teach-in led by Julie Reynoso, executive director of Elementary Education of the Pasadena Unified School District.
Among the holiday festivities — which is highlighted by the recognition and celebration of student winners in the essay and visual and performing arts contests — keynote speaker Shimica Gaskins will talk about Dr. King’s legacy, why it is still important today and ways we can continue the work and keep his dream alive.
Gaskins is the executive director of the Children’s Defense Fund — California (CDF-CA), a state chapter of the national child advocacy organization founded by Marian Wright Edelman dedicated to leveling the playing field for all children through its policy advocacy and signature programs such as the CDF Freedom Schools patterned after the 1964 institution of the same name that offered supplemental culturally relevant literature and social justice awareness and their Beat the Odds Scholarship event that raises thousands of dollars for deserving students.
For eight years, the PUSD and the CDF-CA have jointly provided a multicultural summer literacy program that helps children, predominantly low-income African-American and Latino students and youth fall in love with reading and boost their self-esteem. The Pasadena LEARNs afterschool program is an official CDF Freedom Schools program partner. This summer, Gaskins was hands on at many of the sites — visiting the schools and reading books to students — including the one held locally at Altadena Elementary.
Before joining the CDF-CA, Gaskins worked in law and public policy specializing in legislative, regulatory and policy issues associated with criminal justice reform and children’s rights. She formerly served as the acting deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked to develop and implement innovative policy initiatives in areas such as criminal justice reform and issues affecting children with incarcerated parents.
Before joining the DOJ, Gaskins was in private practice at Covington & Burling LLP where she managed complex civil litigation.
Not only is Gaskins keeping Dr. King’s dream alive through her career in advocacy, but also through paying it forward through academia, professional development and mentorship. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Catholic University of America and the Charles Hamilton Houston Preparatory Law School Institute, and has published law review articles on sentencing laws, child welfare and voting rights. Gaskins serves as a mentor to many law students and young lawyers. In 2016, she was honored with the National Bar Association’s “40 Under 40 Best Advocates” Award.
The Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s holiday celebration is presented in conjunction with the Pasadena Unified School District, Tournament of Roses, Aspires West Pasadena, Friends Indeed, Scott United Methodist Church, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Pasadena Chapter and the city of Pasadena. For more information, visit

State of the City Address Jan. 16

Mayor Terry Tornek
Mayor Terry Tornek

The public is invited to attend Mayor Terry Tornek’s State of the City address Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Pasadena Unified School District’s John Marshall Fundamental School Gymnasium at 999 N. Allen Ave.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The mayor’s formal program begins at 7 p.m.
Tornek will deliver his annual State of the City message with a review of the city’s finances, as well as updates on several issues about the city’s economy and the status of the Arroyo Seco area. A brief
Q-and-A with the audience traditionally follows.
Vice Mayor John Kennedy will serve as emcee for the evening and students from John Marshall will also participate in the program.
Parking is available on either side of the school, off Allen Avenue. Allow extra time to park, and then walk to the gym, especially if there is inclement weather.
KPAS, the city’s cable TV channel operated by
Pasadena Media, will record the event for broadcast. KPAS is available on Channel 3 for Charter cable subscribers and Channel 99 for AT&T U-verse subscribers. A video stream will also be available on the city’s website,, and at Pasadena Media,

Pasadena Literary Alliance ‘Open Book’ Event Jan. 24

The Pasadena Literary Alliance will hold its “Open Book” series event featuring Percival Everett on Wednesday evening, Jan. 24, at Boston Court (70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena). The two-hour event, with Everett in conversation with David Ulin, begins at 7 p.m.
Everett has been called “one of our culture’s preeminent novelists, a nonpareil ironist-satirist,” by the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of nearly 30 books, including “Erasure,” “I’m Not Sidney Poitier” and his latest novel, “So Much Blue.” In addition to being named one of L.A. Times Best Books of 2017, this most recent book was described by NPR as “a generous, thrilling book by a man who might well be America’s most under-recognized literary master.” The Boston Globe review noted “three stories, scattered across time . . . taken together they add up to a masterpiece.”
In a rare public appearance, Everett will discuss his work and journey as a writer. A distinguished professor of English at USC, he is the recipient of an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Believer Book Award and the 2006 PEN USA Center Award for Fiction.
Meanwhile, Ulin is an author and former book critic and editor for the Los Angeles Times. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the California Book Award, he is assistant professor of English at USC.
Building on the successful Pasadena Festival of Woman Authors event which has been presented annually since 2009, the vision for the new Open Book series is “to provide opportunities for the community to enjoy authors of all kinds — both established and emerging, national and local, men and women, writers of fiction and nonfiction — in settings that complement the author’s work or background and allow for engagement with the attendees,” said Pasadena Literary Alliance Board President Katie Poole.
To purchase tickets to the Jan. 24 event, visit The ticket price of $65 includes pre-program reception with wine and light appetizers; post-program dessert, coffee and conversation; a signed copy of “So Much Blue”; and ongoing support of the Pasadena Literary Alliance grantees.

Hop Aboard the Villa de Vida Train

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
Supporters of Villa de Vida gathered recently at the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum in Griffith Park for fun, fellowship, train rides and lunch. Guests toured the museum, explored rail cars and took train rides. The event was held to thank Villa de Vida’s supporters who help the organization provide affordable housing for adults with developmental disabilities. Among those participating include Blake Longo (from left), Ted Merchant, Denise Longo and Vida de Villa Executive Director Hunter Christian.

Young & Healthy Announces 2018 Gala, Matching Gift

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell “Après Ski With Young & Healthy” Gala Committee members preparing for their big event on Jan. 27 include (seated, front) Lia Miller, Sandy Roberts and Catherine Welch. Back: Jan Cantwell, Justene Pierce, Kathleen Talbot, Linda Hooke, Cristina Navarrete, Mimi Goldstein, Jean Pisano and Karen Peterson. Not pictured: Melissa Wu.
Photo courtesy Nick Boswell
“Après Ski With Young & Healthy” Gala Committee members preparing for their big event on Jan. 27 include (seated, front) Lia Miller, Sandy Roberts and Catherine Welch. Back: Jan Cantwell, Justene Pierce, Kathleen Talbot, Linda Hooke, Cristina Navarrete, Mimi Goldstein, Jean Pisano and Karen Peterson. Not pictured: Melissa Wu.

Young & Healthy, a community-based nonprofit that provides access to medical, dental, mental health, and other health services free of charge to uninsured and underinsured low-income children, will hold its 2018 benefit gala on Jan. 27. The gala will include an opportunity to double the funds raised for the organization on the evening of the event.
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Apply for Classical Concert Artist Competition by Jan. 20

Since 1986, the Pasadena Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition has identified, assisted and featured talented young musicians in the furtherance of their musical career and education. The winner of the competition will appear as guest soloist with the PCO on Friday, May 11, and will receive a $500 cash award. The audition is Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1-4 p.m.
The competition is open to contestants between the ages of 16-25 who perform on the piano or a standard orchestral instrument (voice not admitted). Contestants must be ready to perform an entire concerto or solo work with orchestra accompaniment; judges will determine which portions of the work will be performed at the competition. All music must be performed from memory; the judges may request any portion of the music and may terminate any audition without prejudice to the performer.
Contestants must perform with accompaniment and must provide their own accompanist and one copy of the score for the judges. The judges shall be selected by the Young Artists Audition Committee. Any teacher entering a student in this audition will not be eligible to serve as a judge. The decision of the judges is final and irrevocable. Judging is based on the outstanding performance and suitability to the orchestra. The age of a contestant is not a consideration.
Entry application and online submission form may be accessed at:
A registration fee of $60 must accompany the completed print entry form. An additional fee of $2.75 applies to online applications/payments. Application and registration fee may be mailed to Young Artist Competition, 1020 S. 5th St., Montebello, CA 90640. The closing postmark date for receipt of entries is Jan. 20. It is the responsibility of the contestant to be sure that the application is submitted on time. Due to limited audition times, only the first 12 applications will be accepted. For additional information, call (323) 728-6317.

Obituary: Bryan Louis Herrmann

Bryan Louis Herrmann
Dec. 19, 1935-Dec. 31, 2017

Bryan Louis Herrmann, 82, longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family at dawn on New Year’s Eve.

Bryan Louis Herrmann

Born Dec. 19, 1935, in Los Angeles to Carl and Henrietta Herrmann, he was a true and proud example of a wonderful Southern California life. He made many friendships over the years, attending schools in Glendale, Notre Dame and graduating from Hoover High School, where he loved playing football. There, he would also meet Carol Hutt, who would become his future wife and to whom he would be married for almost 60 years.
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LCPC Holds New Grief Support Seminar Jan. 14

La Cañada Presbyterian Church has announced a new, six-week grief support group to begin on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. in the church library.
Parish associate Peter Hintzoglou, who facilitates the seminar three times a year, has worked with hospice for a number of years. He writes: “Grief is not a weakness. Grief is a normal part of the human experience. There is no timing that one can set when grief will be over. Often, we don’t get over it, we learn to manage it.”
During the seminar, the class will look to such experiences as coping with loneliness, depression, anger and other subjects related to the journey of grief.
All are welcome. There is no fee for the sessions. For more information, call (626) 790-6708. LCPC is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.