Colledge Offers Workshop on March 23

Colledge owner , Jenny Umhofer

Colledge — a leading L.A. college admissions consulting firm — is offering a free workshop that takes participants “Inside the Mind of a College Admissions Officer.” The workshop is Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m.
Record numbers of college applicants are getting into college off wait lists. One Ivy League school — Brown University — reported that 12% of its 2015 admitted students started on the wait list. Why? Because more students are deferring admission than ever before. Insider insights like these are critical for students and families thinking about getting into college.
RSVP for the workshop by calling (626) 344-0332 or go to thecolledge.org/workshops. Colledge is located at 12. S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena.

USC-VHH Women’s Council Hosting St. Patrick’s Day

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Happy Hour on Friday, March 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the hospital’s council rooms.
Proceeds will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that is slated to open later this year.
“Come and join us for a safe, fun and tasty St. Patrick’s Day celebration,” an event spokesperson said. “Everyone is welcome. We hope that you can all join us and we thank you for your support.”
Tickets are $17 and include two drink tickets and appetizers.
For more information or to RSVP, email barbara.jordan@vhh.usc.edu or call (818) 952-2226.

Dignity Health Awards $125K to Charities

Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center recently awarded $125,000 to five community organizations and their accountable care communities. As in past years, GMH awards grants to organizations partnering together to respond to needs identified in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.
In order of ranked concern the needs are: mental health; obesity; substance abuse; diabetes; cardiovascular disease; cancer; stroke; infectious disease; and sexual health/sexually transmitted infections.
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GAMC Center to Address High Obesity Rates

Glendale Adventist Medical Center was recently awarded a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with funding from the California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The grant will support the Champions for Change: Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among low-income Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education eligible populations by providing nutrition education; physical activity promotion; and working to create healthier environments for low-income individuals and families where they live, learn, work, play, pray and shop.
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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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