Ribbon-Cutting Opens Credit Union

The recent opening of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new lending branch at Foothill Boulevard and Commonwealth. Attendees included (front row, from left) Pat Anderson, City Manager Mark Alexander, Mayor Jonathan Curtis, CEFCU CIO John Barnfather, CEFCU Board of Directors chair John Patterson, CEFCU President/CEO Rich Harris and CEO board member Mike Miranda.

Online Tickets For ‘Explore JPL’

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge is again using an online ticketing system for the public to sign up to attend this year’s “Explore JPL.” During the event, JPL will open its doors to the public for one weekend. To ensure a safe, enjoyable experience, advance tickets are required.
Tickets are free but limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of five tickets per purchaser. No one will be admitted without a ticket. Visitors to JPL during the event — to be held May 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — must have their tickets in hand, and anyone age 18 or older must show a matching ID. Tickets are not transferable and cannot be sold.
Tickets will be sold for specific time slots and will be available online at 9 a.m. PST on Saturday, March 11, at: explore.jpl.nasa.gov. The site also has additional information.
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PCO, Bassist Join for Rare String Bass Concert

The Pasadena Community Orchestra and studio bassist Connie Deeter will present a rare string bass concert on Friday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. They will play Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and the delightful “Symphony #8,” plus Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite” and the Pichl “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.”
Deeter has performed on about 40 film and TV scores, performs with several Southern California symphonies, and is on the faculties of three local colleges. She will demonstrate her technical skills in the “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.” Bright and fresh music shows why the bass should be a featured soloist far more often.
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CFV to Host Talk on Making a Difference in the Community

How the new political landscape may affect the ability to make a difference in the community will be addressed at a free presentation by political strategist Dan Schnur on Thursday, March 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., in Glendale. The event will be hosted by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos.

Dan Schnur

Check-in and light refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. RSVPs are requested by calling (818) 241-8040 or emailing info@cfverdugos.org. Individuals, families, businesses and community groups are all welcome to attend.
Schnur’s knowledge of the political world, as well as his experience with foundations and community issues, will provide a platform from which community members can continue to explore how best to leverage skills and resources to help create greater impact for good.
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Las Madrinas Gives Gift to CHLA

Bonnie McClure (center), chair of the Associates and Affiliates at CHLA receives a donation from Lisa Brandt (left), incoming Las Madrinas president, and Marcie Newby, outgoing Las Madrinas president.

At its recent annual meeting, Marcie Newby, president of Las Madrinas, presented Bonnie McClure, chairwoman of the Associates and Affiliates of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles a major contribution to complete the $5 million Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment at CHLA on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas. Newby went on to announce the newest project for Las Madrinas: the $5 million Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program, under the direction of Dr. Douglas Nordli Jr., chief of neurology at CHLA.
At this meeting, three Las Madrinas members were honored for their extraordinary generosity to the organization. They are Katrina Cord, Lynn Croft and Kristi Simmons. Their names will be added to the Las Madrinas Plaque displayed in the lobby of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which recognizes the dedication and exceptional commitment of Las Madrinas members to the hospital.

Pasadena Pops Features Stellar Guests This Summer

Conductor Michael Feinstein will lead the Pasadena Pops for its star-studded Summer Concert Series at the Los Angeles Arboretum with Liza Minnelli, Alan Cumming, Joel Gray, “Hair Spray Live’s” Madelyn Baillio, “Beautiful’s” Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector, “Grey Garden’s” Rachel York, “Phantom of the Opera’s” Jordan Donica and the Midtown Men. The 2017 Pops season commences June 17-Sept 9 with a five-concert series.
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Coldwell Banker Honors Top-Tier Performers

Bruce Zipf, president and CEO of NRT, along with Lori Ramirez, the current manager of one of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Premier offices, recently congratulated the brother-sister team of John and Marion Fairbanks for exceptional sales performance throughout 2016 and their tenure of more than 30 years as top performers in the real estate industry.

Bruce Zipf (from left), Marion Fairbanks, Laurie Ramirez and John Fairbanks

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Americana at Brand to Award Scholarships; Apply Now

The Spirit of American Youth Scholarship presented by Caruso’s the Americana at Brand in Glendale, will be awarded to two graduating high school seniors who reside in or attend a public or private school in the San Fernando or San Gabriel valleys. Qualifying students are those who exhibit academic potential and provide examples of how they’ve contributed to the betterment of their communities. The value of each scholarship is $10,000.
All completed Spirit of American Youth Scholarship applications with essays and teacher recommendation forms must be submitted in person by April 30 to Concierge Services, 889 Americana Way, Suite 330, in Glendale. Candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by June 1. Scholarship recipients will be announced in August with recipients honored at a special luncheon at the Americana at Brand.
For more information, visit americanaatbrand.com.