Bacari GDL Brings Italian ‘Cicchetti’ to the Americana at Brand

Robert and Danny Kronfli and executive chef/owner Lior Hillel have opened their third outpost of the Venetian tavern concept, Bacari GDL, joining Bacaro L.A. in Los Angeles and Bacari PDR in Playa Del Rey. Located at the Americana at Brand, Caruso’s shopping, dining and lifestyle destination in Glendale, the Italian-inspired restaurant focuses on fire-roasted dishes made in a wood-burning stone oven, and it incorporates Mediterranean influences from executive chef Lior Hillel’s Israeli heritage.

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Robert (left) and Daniel Kronfli (right) recently opened Bacari GDL with executive chef and owner Lior Hillel.

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Fashion Designer to Speak at Junior League Event

Trina Turk

The Junior League of Pasadena will hold its annual Simply Speaking silent auction and dinner on Saturday, April 29, at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League of Pasadena’s community outreach initiatives and charitable efforts in Pasadena and the surrounding communities.
This year’s event features a keynote speech by Trina Turk, a local fashion designer known throughout the country for her bold and California-inspired line of contemporary apparel, shoes and accessories.
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LCF Gathers for USC San Gabriel Valley Reception

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Rohit Varma, dean of the Keck School of Medicine; Thomas Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, and Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH were on hand for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception last week.

Members of La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities recently gathered at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception.
The San Gabriel Valley Reception (one of five regional gatherings) was created to engage alumni, parents, grateful patients and friends, while introducing the new Keck leadership and highlighting the exciting academic medical research, teaching and patient care taking place at Keck Medicine of USC.
Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH, hosted the event, welcoming all the attendees, including Mary Hovagimian, district representative for Congressman Adam Schiff.
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The Diabetes ABCs Can Help Prevention, Control

Victoria Pacheco

By Victoria Pacheco, RD | Methodist Hospital of Southern California

Diabetes can be a devastating illness for many who may not know how to prevent or control the disease symptoms. Here are a few action steps known as the ABCs of diabetes that can mitigate ill effects of the disease.
A is for Action: Take action before it is too late. If you are trying to prevent diabetes, know what your risks are for developing it. If you already have diabetes, take action to become educated on how to manage your diabetes. Continue reading “The Diabetes ABCs Can Help Prevention, Control”

Put Your Best Fork Forward With Probiotics & Prebiotics

Dr. Crystal Kwan

By Crystal Kwan, MPH, RD, CDE | Huntington Hospital

This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” which celebrates the diverse ways to enjoy healthful choices throughout the day. Did you know that one way to improve your health is to focus on your gut? While research continues to explore the area of prebiotics and probiotics, here is some information about what we do know:

What are Probiotics?
Although we often associate bacteria as harmful agents that spoil food or make us sick, some bacteria are actually good for our health. The GI tract is responsible for the digestion and absorption of nutrients and is home to trillions of bacteria that are important for keeping us healthy. These “good” bacteria are probiotics and help to maintain balance in the gut, keeps the GI tract healthy, and protect against harmful microorganisms. The number of bacteria in your gut is almost 10 times more than the number of your own body cells! Continue reading “Put Your Best Fork Forward With Probiotics & Prebiotics”

Pro Tips to Prevent High School Sports Injuries

By Dr. Alexander Weber | Keck Medicine of USC

Dr. Alexander Weber

Your teenager has practiced hard and made the high school team, but does your athlete know how to prevent an injury from happening?
Winter has officially ended, and everywhere across the country, high school athletes are taking to the field for the spring season. It’s a challenging and rewarding experience that will provide benefits that last a lifetime. It’s also a time for coaches, parents and players to be mindful of the very real risk of injury.
According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, high school athletes are treated for about 2 million injuries each year, accounting for 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations. Although those statistics may sound frightening, the good news is that many of these injuries are preventable.
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Pasadena Senior Center Offers Spring Food Series

The Pasadena Senior Center has announced its spring calendar for the Masters Series on culinary history, scheduled for Tuesdays, April 4 to May 23, from 2-4 p.m. The senior center is located at 85 E. Holly St.
The Masters Series, which embraces lifelong learning, is open to members of the Pasadena Senior Center. Registration for individual classes is $15, or the entire term for $100.
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Five Acres Welcomes New Board Members

Five Acres announced the addition of three new board members to the agency’s Board of Directors. Celeste Liversidge, Scott Street and Erica Tejeda will be joining the board as new members after years of involvement with various Five Acres committees. The three new members were inducted at the agency’s 129th annual meeting, held recently at the Rococo Room in Pasadena.

New Board Members

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Eastside Arts Teaches Life Skills Through Guided Play


At Eastside Arts, the performing arts are a great way to teach kids important life skills through guided play.
Located half a block from the Gold Line at 5917 N. Figueroa St. in northeast Los Angeles, Eastside Arts offers a variety of classes in acting, improvisation and filmmaking for kids ages 5-18. The classes are fun and noncompetitive, focusing on listening, speaking, teamwork and imagination, and are great for shy and outgoing kids alike. Eastside Arts is owned and operated by Elise Robertson and Kathryn Winslow, working actors and moms.
Just added: Acting Classes for Teens! All classes are registering now for the spring session, starting Saturday, March 25. Summer camps for drama and filmmaking start in July. For more information, visit or call (323) 371-8028.