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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Huntington to Acquire Two Judd Chairs

The Huntington Library and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art recently announced their joint acquisition of two prototype chairs (1979–80) made by American artist Donald Judd (1928–1994). The chairs will join a Judd prototype desk (1978) that LACMA acquired in 2011, thus uniting a suite that will be co-owned by the two institutions. The group will go on view at the Huntington in 2018.
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Trojan Affiliates to Highlight Stroke Awareness March 2

The women of USC Trojan Affiliates will welcome Dr. Nerses Sanossian to speak at the upcoming meeting on Thursday, March 2, about “Stroke Awareness for You and Your Family.”
The meeting will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., at the home of San Marino resident Valerie Gumbiner Weiss. Community members are encouraged to attend.
“Stroke is the leading cause of disability in this country, yet stroke is an entirely preventable disease. We aim to reduce the burden of stroke in Southern California through prevention and education,” Sanossian said.
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Kaleidoscope to Play at the Huntington on Saturday

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra will perform at Rothenberg Hall at the Huntington Library on Saturday, Feb.18, at 8 p.m. The program will feature works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams as well as a West Coast premiere of “Tonight We Tell the Secrets of the World” by Philadelphia-based composer Scott Ordway. Violinist William Hagen will be making his Kaleidoscope debut on “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughn Williams. A pre-concert lecture will be offered by KUSC announcer Brian Lauritzen starting at 7:30 p.m.
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YMCA Launches New Balance Classes

YMCA of the Foothills is launching a new program called Fallproof Balance and Mobility, part of the Balance and Thrive Initiative, which aims to help seniors maintain their balance and lead happy, healthy and active lifestyles.
The classes will be offered Fridays 10:45 a.m.-noon at the CCY location, and Fridays 1-2 p.m. at the VHY location. Tuesdays, the class will be held at the Crescenta Valley Methodist Church from 9:30-10:45 a.m.
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GAMC Offers TAVR Presentation

Dr. Amir Rafie will discuss Transcatheter aortic valve replacement on Saturday, Feb. 25. TAVR is a cardiac surgery that enables patients to receive a new heart valve without undergoing open heart surgery.
TAVR emerged as an advanced and proven alternative for patients with severe aortic stenosis who have been deemed inoperable or are at high risk for conventional valve replacement. TAVR is a new kind of technology performed by expertly trained interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, and it’s saving lives.
Rafie is on the TAVR team at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and is ready to share his clinical expertise and answer questions about this new procedure.
Lunch will be provided and is free for Live Well members. A $10 donation is suggested for nonmembers. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. for those who plan to have lunch. The presentation runs from 2-3 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Estates, 1551 E. Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale. RSVP by calling (818) 409-8091. For more information, visit AdventistHealth/org/Glendale/LiveWell.

Garcetti Makes Appearance

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) was hosted by Sir Michael’s Party Rentals owner Michael Nogueira and his wife Eugenie at their home for a special campaign event in preparation for the upcoming mayoral election. Garcetti was recently endorsed by President Barack Obama, who said “Eric is my friend, loyal ally and visionary mayor of Los Angeles.”

Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21

Tim Sloan

Longtime local resident Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo’s CEO and president, will be the featured speaker at San Marino City Club’s Feb. 21 dinner meeting, it has been announced.

Sloan became CEO in October 2016 and also serves on Wells Fargo’s Board of Directors as well as being a member of the company’s operating and management committees.
“Mr. Sloan is uniquely situated to discuss the meeting’s topic: ‘A CEO Perspective on the Financial Services Industry,’” a City Club spokesperson said. “His experience in all aspects of banking, both wholesale and retail, will provide insights into broader financial and economic issues.” Continue reading “Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21”

Envision Consulting Holds Successful Nonprofit Board Mixer

Envison Consulting, a local nonprofit search and consulting firm, along with sponsors Bolton Insurance and Missionwell, hosted its third successful nonprofit board matchmaking mixer recently in Pasadena.
A total of 19 selected nonprofits from around the Pasadena area, such as Foothill Family, L.A. Arboretum and Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena highlighted their services and board opportunities to more than 40 professionals seeking volunteer opportunities.
“So many of our nonprofit clients and community partners are always looking for qualified board members. We’re happy to create an atmosphere where they can build their boards with ease,” said Partner Matt Kamin. “Bringing together nonprofits with members of the community allows Envision to take an active role in building capacity for nonprofits of all missions and sizes.”
On average, Envision’s nonprofit board matchmaking mixer generates about one to three board members for five nonprofit and builds important connections for everyone that attends.
“We plan to host more board matchmaking mixers throughout the Los Angeles area this year,” added Partner Allison Fuller. “We hope that the mixers are just the launching points for nonprofits and professionals to build solid relationships that benefit our community as a whole.”
For those interested in learning more about the board matchmaking mixers, go to envisionnonprofit.com/board-matchmaking.