Yesterday, today and the remainder of this week have a tradition of being the most optimistic time of the year. No matter how mired one may be in the murky pond of pessimism, the dawn of a new year, even one that finds us gripped by a pandemic, presents a path on which we can discover new and exciting adventures. That is especially true for former NBC4 weatherman Fritz Coleman who, after 39 years of tracking storms and providing Angelenos with information on marine layers, onshore flows, ocean eddies, spotty drizzles, May gray, June gloom, heat waves and seven-day forecasts, retired this past year. “I was nervous about retiring,” said the man who once joked that he was a weatherman in an area of the country that has no weather. “My father’s entire identity was his work and he just imploded when he retired, so I’ve been planning my retirement for over a year so that wouldn’t happen to me.”
The Salvation Army Pasadena will hold its seventh annual Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 20, with a virtual fundraising event to open the holiday season. The program will begin at 8 a.m. Fritz Coleman returns as emcee and Lisa Guerrero, chief investigative reporter for television’s “Inside Edition,” will serve as keynote speaker. Sponsorship levels, including delivered or donated breakfasts, are available. Registration is free for all. To donate or register, visit tinyurl.com/PasadenaKKO.
The heat was on at the Alex Theatre on Saturday, when the venue’s nonprofit management company Glendale Arts surpassed its $95,000 fundraising goal in honor of its 95th birthday milestone, which was celebrated with a 12-hour program presented in a telethon format and livestreamed and telecast on multiple platforms. At the close of the Alex95 event, $98,339 had been raised for the preservation of the city-owned Alex Theatre and the programs and services offered by Glendale Arts, with donations continuing to come in from supporters. The performing arts and entertainment center has reduced its staff since the mandated lockdown took effect in March, but it remains committed to its mission of bringing the community together through the arts and entertainment while continuing to maintain the historic building. Alex95 hosts journalist Palmira Perez-Najarian, former NBC4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman, and comedians Alonzo Bodden, Mary Basmadjian, Matt Kirshen and Michael Rayner entertained viewers throughout the program, sharing the wonder and promise of the Theatre with their own special connections and memories. Program highlights included a guided tour of the Alex, video greetings from performers and artists, and familiar faces from the community, including honorary committee members and area elected officials, including Congressman Adam Schiff, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, Glendale Mayor Vrej Agajanian and City Council members Ara Najarian, Paula Devine, Ardy Kassakhian and Daniel Brotman. “We’re thrilled with the outpouring of support for Alex95, which reaffirms the community’s love for its iconic cultural and architectural landmark,” said Glendale Arts Managing Director Nina Crowe.
Glendale Arts is standing by its mission of bringing the community together through the arts and entertainment, even at a time when restrictions mandated by this unprecedented moment in history have meant that the “together” element of the equation must be achieved virtually. The nonprofit management company of the Alex Theatre is hosting an online celebration to honor the historic performing arts and entertainment center’s 95th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. to raise critical funds needed to preserve the Glendale landmark. The fundraiser will also ensure that the team of professionals who operate it are “able to continue providing programming and services to thousands of beneficiaries ranging from emerging artists and independent promoters to other local nonprofits and neighborhood businesses,” according to Glendale Arts CEO Elissa Glickman.
Good times are on the menu at the Frostig Center’s Brews & Bites beer and food pairing on Saturday, April 7, at 5:30 at the Saddle & Sirloin Club, a rustic riding club in Atwater Village. NBC-4 weathercaster and stand-up comedian Fritz Coleman will serve as emcee. Continue reading “Frostig Center Hosts Brews & Bites April 7”
Independent public television station KCET announced today that multi-Emmy award-winning journalist Val Zavala, an Altadena resident, whose presence has been an integral part of the Southern California media landscape for three decades, is retiring at the end of the month.
Her legacy as a news anchor/producer, Latina role model and a journalist deeply involved in the community she covers will be recognized in a special tribute episode of “SoCal Connected” called “30 Years With Val Zavala” on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. on KCET and will encore on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Continue reading “KCET’s Zavala to Retire After 30 Years”
The Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast, one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year, will be held on Friday morning, Nov. 17, in the UCLA football team’s locker room at the Rose Bowl. The unique location ties into the theme, given the UCLA-USC crosstown rivalry game will be held the following day. Continue reading “Salvation Army Breakfast at Rose Bowl This Friday”
The Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Kickoff Breakfast, one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year, will be held on Friday morning, Nov. 17, in the UCLA football team’s locker room at the Rose Bowl. The unique location ties into the theme, considering the UCLA-USC crosstown rivalry game will be held the following day.
Weatherman Fritz Coleman of NBC-4 will serve as emcee and Steve Carlston, president and general manager NBC-4 Southern California, will be the keynote speaker. Continue reading “Salvation Army Breakfast at Rose Bowl on Nov. 17”