Villa Esperanza Lauds Sloans for ‘Leaving an Impression’

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Honorees Tim and Lisa Sloan are joined by Villa Esperanza CEO Kelly White at Villa Esperanza Services’ Blue & White gala, themed “Leave an Impression,” recently held at the Langham Huntington Hotel. The evening celebrated the art of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, of which many pieces were on display and for sale.
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Honorees Tim and Lisa Sloan are joined by Villa Esperanza CEO Kelly White at Villa Esperanza Services’ Blue & White gala, themed “Leave an Impression,” recently held at the Langham Huntington Hotel. The evening celebrated the art of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, of which many pieces were on display and for sale.

In an evening of glitz and giving, more than 250 people came together at the Langham Huntington Hotel on Saturday night as Villa Esperanza Services Blue & White Gallery honored those in the community who make the organization’s programs for the developmentally disabled a possibility. Continue reading “Villa Esperanza Lauds Sloans for ‘Leaving an Impression’”

New Leadership at Pasadena’s Collaborative

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard (left) is joined by Bruce Blomstrom and Robert “Bud” Bishop, the incoming president of the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator.
Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK
Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard (left) is joined by Bruce Blomstrom and Robert “Bud” Bishop, the incoming president of the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator.

As the new president of the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator, Robert “Bud” Bishop will have some pretty big shoes to fill.
Recently named the new top executive at a ceremony at the organization’s headquarters on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, Bishop will be taking over from longtime chief Bruce Blomstrom. Continue reading “New Leadership at Pasadena’s Collaborative”

Bridging the Gap Between First Responders and the Disabled

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Local first responders from the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments were joined by senior leaders from Villa Esperanza Services, AbilityFirst and Professional Child Development Associates during a recent seminar at Ambassador Auditorium.
Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK
Local first responders from the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments were joined by senior leaders from Villa Esperanza Services, AbilityFirst and Professional Child Development Associates during a recent seminar at Ambassador Auditorium.

Emergencies can happen without warning. And although first responders do their best, there are times they come across situations that make the emergency even more challenging, including communicating with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Continue reading “Bridging the Gap Between First Responders and the Disabled”

Maranatha Students Lend Assistance to Harambee Ministries

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Maranatha High School students (from left) Joseph Brumfield, Ashley Oki, Alle Wei, Benjamin Smith and Patrick Lee spent their recent spring break volunteering at Harambee Ministries in Northwest Pasadena.
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Maranatha High School students (from left) Joseph Brumfield, Ashley Oki, Alle Wei, Benjamin Smith and Patrick Lee spent their recent spring break volunteering at Harambee Ministries in Northwest Pasadena.

Whereas most teenagers wouldn’t consider giving up any part of their spring break, a group of students from Maranatha High School simply aren’t ordinary kids.
More than a dozen spent part of their free time assisting the children at Harambee Ministries, helping the youngsters with their studies and acting as big brothers and sisters. Continue reading “Maranatha Students Lend Assistance to Harambee Ministries”

Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday

Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.
Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.

Although Van Halen isn’t coming back to town any time soon, fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be in for a treat as biographer Greg Renoff will speak about the band’s early years here in the San Gabriel Valley, their legendary exploits and how the group really made it big. Continue reading “Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday”

Pasadena Retiree Reflects on Baseball, Investment Culture

Phil Swan Sr., pictured with son Phil, has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout his 88 years.
Phil Swan Sr., pictured with son Phil, has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout his 88 years.

At age 88, Pasadena resident Phil Swan Sr. might be slowing down a bit. But he can’t help reflecting on the wonderful life he’s had in the Crown City, where he was born, raised and ran the successful investment firm Philip V. Swan Associates.
A local through and through, Swan was born in 1929. He graduated from South Pasadena High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and his graduate degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Continue reading “Pasadena Retiree Reflects on Baseball, Investment Culture”

Students Join Forces With Brothers’ Helpers to Feed Homeless

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Flintridge Prep students Ben Baraga (left), Melody Lin and Mia Bella Chavez bag food recently at St. Bede Church, across the street from Prep’s campus. The food is then taken to downtown Los Angeles to feed those who are homeless.
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Flintridge Prep students Ben Baraga (left), Melody Lin and Mia Bella Chavez bag food recently at St. Bede Church, across the street from Prep’s campus. The food is then taken to downtown Los Angeles to feed those who are homeless.

For the past 15 years, local students have been heading to St. Bede Church on their Monday lunch hour to help bag pastries for about 2,000 people who are homeless and hungry on Skid Row.

Michael Roffina, a world history teacher at Flintridge Prep who helps organize his school’s participation, said between 15 and 40 usually participate and several local organizations donate food that would otherwise be thrown away.
“It’s only 10 or 15 minutes, but they bag a lot of stuff,” Roffina said. “It all gets loaded into trucks and gets taken down.” Continue reading “Students Join Forces With Brothers’ Helpers to Feed Homeless”

Armory Center Gala Helps Keep Community Arts Alive

Photo by Chris Sutton / OUTLOOK Gale Kohl and Susan Delaney are serving as co-chairs for the Armory Center for the Arts’ Biennial Art Auction and Gala on Saturday, April 22.
Photo by Chris Sutton / OUTLOOK
Gale Kohl and Susan Delaney are
serving as co-chairs for the Armory Center for the Arts’ Biennial Art Auction and Gala on Saturday, April 22.

Funding for the arts might be under the gun in most American communities, but Armory Center for the Arts is fighting to make sure that isn’t the case in Pasadena.

The Armory will host “Off the Wall” — the Armory’s Biennial Art Auction & Gala — on Saturday, April 22, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at its facility, located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.
Scott Ward, the Armory’s executive director, said the auction and gala serve the purpose of educating the public about the work the Armory does in the area of visual arts.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the Armory,” he said. “It’s an essential gathering of our friends. It’s wonderfully helpful and gives support for our work. It’s a surprisingly fun night.”
Continue reading “Armory Center Gala Helps Keep Community Arts Alive”

Maranatha Teens Provide Homework Help to Rosebud Kids

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Maranatha High School sophomore Nathaniel Nguyen tutors Pasadena Rosebud Academy students (from left) Jacob Shorter, Jeremiah Turnbull and Manny Shorter as part of an outreach program at Maranatha.
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Maranatha High School sophomore Nathaniel Nguyen tutors Pasadena Rosebud Academy students (from left) Jacob Shorter, Jeremiah Turnbull and Manny Shorter as part of an outreach program at Maranatha.

It’s one thing to understand a subject, but it’s entirely something different to be able to pass that knowledge on to someone else.
For a group of students from Maranatha High School, they’re finding this out for themselves. Continue reading “Maranatha Teens Provide Homework Help to Rosebud Kids”