Festival of Women Authors April 8

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors announced the schedule of participating authors for its event on Saturday, April 8, to be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The festival will feature Yaa Gyasi, whose novel “Homegoing” was one of the most talked-about books of 2016; Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of her debut “The Nest”; and Amy Stewart, author of “Lady Cop Makes Trouble,” the second in her historical series, as well as four other outstanding authors. Continue reading “Festival of Women Authors April 8”

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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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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Annual Flower Show Ready to Bloom at Huntington

The North American Clivia Society will hold its 14th annual flower show and sale on March 18 and 19 at the Huntington Library.
The event includes five symposium speakers, a judged show for the 250 entries, a clivia sale, special flower arrangements and a repotting demonstration. Those from amateur to serious gardeners are invited to attend. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Speakers include Helen Marriott from Australia, John Van Der Linde from South Africa, Heidi Nerurkar from Germany, Paul Kloeck from South Africa and Kevin Akins from the U.S. The clivia sale will include a variety of the flowers that are not commonly available in garden stores and plant nurseries.
The event is sponsored by the North American Clivia Society, which is based out of Camarillo, and is free to attend with the price of admission to the Huntington. For more information, visit northamericancliviasociety.org.

Golden Streets Slated for March 5

After being delayed by last summer’s wildfires, Metro’s introductory 626 Golden Streets celebration is slated to ride out from South Pasadena to Azusa on Sunday, March 5.
Surface streets will be opened for people to walk, jog, bike and skate along the entire route that day in a belated commemoration of the Metro Gold Line’s opening. In San Marino, the westbound portion of Huntington Drive will be closed to automobile traffic between Garfield Avenue and Sunset Avenue to accommodate the celebration.
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Villa Esperanza to Host Thoroughbred Race Benefit

Joan Feser enjoys lunch with her children, John, Michael and Juliana, at last year’s race day.

The Villa Esperanza Guild will hold its 19th annual Day of Thoroughbred Racing to benefit Villa Esperanza Services on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. About 200 guests will enjoy an exciting day of racing at Santa Anita Racetrack’s Club House Terrace in Arcadia to help support children and adults with disabilities.
Each year, the guild’s Race Day generates support for Villa’s Hjelte-Phillips Speech and Language Center and Adult Residential Program, two of Villa’s nine programs that help individuals with developmental disabilities gain greater independence and live more fulfilling lives.
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