Local Resident is New Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus

Local resident Jonathan Weedman has been named the new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the organization announced recently.

Local resident Jonathan Weedman (seated, center), the new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, is pictured with colleagues (seated, from left) Brianne Cohen and Kathleen Wrabley. Back: James Geiger, Taylor Hartley, Kevin Bolling, Lee Lightfoot, Gavin Thrasher and Dr. Joe Nadeau.

An ardent supporter of the arts and of LGBT equal rights advocacy, Weedman is an award-winning business leader and philanthropist who will shepherd the organization’s 270-plus choral membership, as well as work in unison with its team of board and staff members, including its board chair John Duran.
“Jonathan Weedman is admired across greater Los Angeles for his LGBT and fine arts advocacy,” said Duran. “He will lead GMCLA through our next chapters advancing LGBT equality, protecting our youth and teaching about our culture and history.”
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Friends in Deed the Big Winner in High Point’s ‘Souper Bowl’

Nathan Edgar catches the attention of drivers as they pull up to the car line.

High Point Academy’s 3rd-graders served souped-up signs at the school’s car line recently to kick off their traditional “Souper Bowl” competition. Enthusiastic participants donated cans of hearty soups in the names of their favorite Super Bowl teams as they pulled up to the school. The 3rd-graders manned tables decorated with team banners for the Patriots and the Falcons. By the end of the morning, students had collected 47 cans in the name of the Patriots and 99 in the name of the Falcons.
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Pasadena Museum of California Art Expands Free Programs

The Pasadena Museum of California Art has expanded its free monthly programming, beginning with the exhibitions “The Golden Twenties: Portraits and Figure Paintings by Joseph Kleitsch,” “Interstitial” and “Gustave Baumann in California,” on view March 5 through Aug. 6.
Building off the PMCA 123 monthly programming — which includes Free First Fridays, Second Saturday Spotlight Talks and Free Third Thursday Evenings — the expanded PMCA 1234 introduces Free Fourth Wednesday Wee-Reads and now pairs Free Third Thursday Evenings with free community programs.
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Women’s City Club Hosts Blues Night Feb. 25

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is hosting a “Blinn House Blues Night” on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7-9 p.m. at the historic Blinn House (1906) at 160 N. Oakland.
Broadway star Charlotte Crossley and company are singing the blues in celebration of Black History Month. Crossley is best known for her appearances in “The Color Purple,” “Hairspray,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Bette Midler’s “Clams on the Half Shell Revue” and “Twenty Feet From Stardom” to name a few. The event honors one of the many contributions of African Americans to the American songbook.
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Soroptimists to Host Benefit Luncheon

Altadena-Pasadena Soroptimists members are hosting a benefit luncheon at Brookside Country Club on Saturday, March 11, for their second annual Making a Difference benefit.
With a theme of “For the Love of Women,” the event will recognize former state Sen. Carol Liu and former Pasadena Library director and Pasadena Women’s Rally organizer Jan Sanders with Legacy awards. Southern California Women’s Health Conference Founder Lena Kennedy will be honored with a Best for Women award for her leadership in the community, and will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Additionally, Door of Hope and the Women’s Room at Friends in Deed will receive monetary awards to honor their work in helping homeless women and families in the San Gabriel Valley.
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Groundbreaking for MVGH Memory Care Center

Photo courtesy Alisha Zuch
Monte Vista Grove Homes groundbreakers include (from left) Pasadena Vice Mayor Gene Masuda; Mayor Terry Tornek; Deborah Herbert, executive director, MVGH; Marilyn Manning, president of the MVGH Residents’ Association; Gary Demarest, campaign co-chair; Leon Fanniel, board president, MVGH; and Tom Erickson, campaign co-chair.

Monte Vista Grove Homes recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a Memory Care Residence and Wellness Center, which will serve as an added benefit for the San Gabriel Valley community. The Memory Care Residence will provide a much needed specialized level of care that best serves ambulatory seniors with dementia. The Wellness Center will provide a dedicated space for fitness activities as well as physical, occupational and massage therapies.
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Mothers’ Club to Host Power of Two Dinner March 16

Mothers’ Club will host its annual Power of Two Dinner on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m. at Descanso Gardens. The dinner is a fundraiser that provides comprehensive two-generation learning programs to more than 100 low-income families each day. Power of Two is a unique approach of simultaneously educating parent and child so that the entire family can succeed in school and in life.
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Pasadena Museum of History Adds Two Board Members

Pasadena attorneys Stephen Acker and Richard McDonald have been elected to the board of trustees of the Pasadena Museum of History.
As the governing body of Pasadena Museum of History, the volunteer board of trustees acts collectively to guide the museum and further its mission to collect, preserve and share the rich history of Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley. Its individual members are among PMH’s most accomplished and active supporters.
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Connolly to Be Honored at Spiritus Dinner

Monsignor Clem Connolly

Monsignor Clem Connolly will be honored by Social Service Auxiliary of the Sisters of Social Service at a special dinner on Saturday evening, April 1.
Connolly, who served as a priest at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena for three decades, will receive the organization’s prestigious Spiritus Award.
“Monsignor Clem has dedicated his life to help the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in many ways,” said Social Service Auxiliary President Rlene Mijares de Lang. “He has spoken to many groups instilling the word of God, forgiveness, acceptance and love. When Monsignor Clem speaks, his words are listened to.” Continue reading “Connolly to Be Honored at Spiritus Dinner”