Symphony Kicks Off ’21-22 Season Saturday

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Pasadena Symphony opens its 93rd season with Beethoven Symphony No. 7 on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Ambassador Auditorium. There will be matinee and evening performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.
Acclaimed conductor Joseph Young, who serves as music director of the Berkeley Symphony among other major posts across the U.S., will kick off the 2021-22 Symphony Series as one of seven artistic partners leading the orchestra this season.
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Rose Bowl’s AmericaFest Celebration July 4

AmericaFest, the Rose Bowl’s annual fireworks extravaganza, is returning to the stadium on July 4.

The Rose Bowl Stadium’s annual AmericaFest Celebration, recognized as one of the nation’s largest and longest-running shows to celebrate America’s birthday, will be held on Sunday, July 4. AmericaFest will be an in-person gathering after moving the event to a virtual event format last year due to the global pandemic.

“The Rose Bowl Stadium is so iconic for many things, but the annual AmericaFest is an event that brings all of Pasadena and beyond, together,” said Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo. “Last year, the stadium pivoted the 94-year-old tradition to a virtual event format, but we are thrilled to once again welcome Pasadena back home to celebrate America, at America’s Stadium.”

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Taylor’s Steak House Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Bruce Taylor and his daughter, Sarah, are co-owners of Taylor’s Steak House.

By Nina Aghadjanian
Outlook Valley Sun

Taylor’s Steak House had been a staple in Southland dining circles for decades before local resident Bruce Taylor decided to expand on the success of the family’s downtown Los Angeles restaurant and bring an eatery to his hometown in 1996.
A quarter century later, Taylor’s La Cañada Flintridge location is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 22.
If the local supper club has proven anything, it’s that a fine dining experience and affordable prices aren’t mutually exclusive.
Perhaps food critic Merrill Shindler best summed up Taylor’s standing when he said, “This is an upscale steakhouse with prices half those of its competitors. Taylor’s doesn’t have competitors. It’s achieved the status of legend.”
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Karsh Presented With LCFEF’s Leadership Award

Photos courtesy LCFEF Sid Karsh, the only three-term president in LCFEF’s history, and wife Diane have lived locally for four decades.

Longtime local resident Sid Karsh has been announced as the first-ever recipient of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s Leadership Award.
“We can’t think of a more perfect time to bring positivity and recognition to an exceptional community member that has been a leader for our schools and community for over 40 years,” said LCFEF Executive Director Marilyn Yang. “Sid has been driving change and making a positive impact in our community and beyond.”
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Film Festival Founder Leaves Legacy of Passion for the Arts

Velvet Rhoades

As one close friend coined it, a light went out on Sunday, July 26, when longtime Glendale resident Velvet Rhodes, the idiosyncratic founder of the Glendale International Film Festival, died in hospice care after a four-year battle with stage-4 cancer.
Rhodes, who was 70, is survived by a brother in Tennessee and a cousin in Arizona. She leaves with her friends and colleagues the memory of a strong-willed woman whose fashion ensemble for the day would often announce her arrival to an event, whose passion for performing arts and her festival were positively radioactive, and who, by numerous accounts, would not take “no” for an answer.
“I think really that’s the thing that stood out most about Velvet,” said Elissa Glickman, CEO of Glendale Arts, which operates the Alex Theatre. “At our first meeting, she pitched me an idea and concept that I wasn’t so keen on, but what her project could have brought to the community was so important that she made us believe that our vision could be her vision and it could translate into something really special to our community.”

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High School Sports Delayed Until December in CIF’s New Calendar

The CIF State office’s revised calendar has a two-season format — fall and spring — that would give each sport at least 90% of a normal season. There will not be any athletic competition until December at the earliest. The first week of football is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson

The California Interscholastic Federation released its much-anticipated revised high school athletics calendar for the 2020-21 year, announcing a two-season format scheduled to begin in December.
CIF State, the governing body for prep sports in California, announced its schedule for section playoffs and state tournaments on Monday morning. Soon after, the Southern Section, the largest section in the state with 566 member schools, released a calendar that gives student-athletes an opportunity to play “90% to 100%” of a normal season, according to CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod.
“The reason for [the two-season format] was to help with the overlap of sports and trying to have some separation between two seasons to allow for dual-sport athletes, for coaches that coach more than one sport and for maximizing the utilization of school facilities,” Wigod said in a press conference on Monday.
Fall sports include boys’ and girls’ cross-country, 11- and 8-man football, boys’ and girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ water polo, traditional competitive cheer, gymnastics and field hockey.
Boys’ volleyball would officially kick off high school sports on Dec. 12. Week 1 of football is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8.

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Faith Helps Local Caterer Endure Challenging Times

By Kristi Scott
Special to The Outlook

Tony Lancaster,Owner and Chef of HOPE Cafe & Catering

Many supporters of Door of Hope, a Pasadena-based nonprofit which helps families transition out of homelessness, are familiar with the organization’s meal donor program. The popular program, which allows volunteer groups to serve a prepared dinner to the families at Door of Hope’s transitional housing locations, has been temporarily halted because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Last year, nearly 300 people volunteered as Door of Hope meal donors. And on nights when meal donors are not available, parents take turns cooking for all of the house’s residents.
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Cancer Support Community Relishes Partner in The Agency

Brandon Road, associate manager at The Agency; Patricia Ostiller, director of development at Cancer Support Community Pasadena; Meg Symes, executive director of Cancer Support Community; and Gus Ruelas, a managing partner at The Agency, show a donation check of $10,000 from The Agency to Cancer Support Community.
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Brandon Road, associate manager at The Agency; Patricia Ostiller, director of development at Cancer Support Community Pasadena; Meg Symes, executive director of Cancer Support Community; and Gus Ruelas, a managing partner at The Agency, show a donation check of $10,000 from The Agency to Cancer Support Community.

Part of real estate firm The Agency’s introduction to Pasadena a year ago included a $10,000 donation to well-known nonprofit Cancer Support Community Pasadena, a donation the nonprofit underscored as the beginning of a strong corporate friendship. Continue reading “Cancer Support Community Relishes Partner in The Agency”

Residents Can Take a Swing at Pickleball Sept. 28

The city will launch a pilot pickleball program on Saturday, Sept. 28. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong.
On opening day, there will be pickleball enthusiasts on hand from 8-9 a.m. to provide brief introductions and lessons on the sport. In addition, paddles and balls for visitors will be provided. Continue reading “Residents Can Take a Swing at Pickleball Sept. 28”