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”
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”
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”
If you’ve noticed a lot more young people walking around town with healthy smiles, it’s no coincidence.
That’s because more than 100 local boys and girls received free dental work and cleanings on Saturday at Westminster Church on Lake Avenue in Altadena, courtesy of Young and Healthy and the USC Mobile Clinic. Continue reading “Young and Healthy Gives Free Dental Care, Happy Smiles”
If it is better to give than to receive, then Girl Scout Troop #611 is doing very well.
As part of a community service project, a handful of 8th-grade girls from this troop based out of Chandler School has partnered with the afterschool program at Door of Hope, an organization that helps families transition out of homelessness. Continue reading “Chandler School Girl Scouts Assist Door of Hope’s Homeless”
If you stop by the Pasadena Playhouse, you will notice something different about the place. Some of its patrons came together with Playhouse leaders recently to unveil the renovation of the building’s lobby.
The renovation cost more than $100,000, said Brad King, chairman of the Playhouse’s board. Continue reading “Playhouse Unveils New Lobby Reminiscent of Past”
As Pacific Clinics celebrates its 90th anniversary advancing behavioral health care in the San Gabriel Valley, President and CEO Jim Balla said there is one true way to honor the milestone: fight the stigma attached to mental illness.
“As we address stigma, we bring to light that these are diseases,” he said. “Nobody asks for these. Just like nobody asks to have cancer or childhood diseases. And the good news is there is appropriate medication that has evolved to treat symptoms. And then we wrap around case management so individuals can recover and live productive lives.” Continue reading “Pacific Clinics: Treating Mentally Ill, Family, Stigma for 90 Years”
Nothing says a toy drive like a car show.
In an effort to help kids all around the San Gabriel Valley who are less fortunate, Rusnak Auto Group combined its Morning Octane on Saturday with a Toys for Tots event in the parking lot of Santa Anita Park with the hopes of gathering gifts for area children. Continue reading “Morning Octane Revs Up Cars, Toys for Tots”