Valentine Prepares for ‘Sweet Magnolia Nights’

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School
Members of Valentine Elementary School’s 2017 Parent Party Committee recently met to plan the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers include (front row, from left) Stefanie Killackey, Francesca Gill, Parent Party co-chairs Shannon Snaer and Stephanie Giardina, Valentine PTA President Helen Phan and Ellen Tsang. Back: Laura Repstad, Shawna Phelan, Danica Hughes, Michelle Esbenshade, Anna-Marie Grizzell, Carla Repetto, Renita Lin, Amanda Tracey, Vivian Wong, Cathy Yang, Jessica Zhang, Kathy Chow, Celina Duffy, Joelle Grossi and Debbie Merryman. Not pictured: Sarah Kim, Sarah Rome, Kate Sinclair and Daphne Stewart. Funds raised by the Parent Party go directly toward the salaries of school specialists in art, music, computer, library and science. Other areas funded by Parent Party proceeds include new library books and upgrades to school facilities and technology. This year’s event, “Sweet Magnolia Nights,” will be held on Saturday, April 8, starting at 6 p.m. to kick off the Parent Party fundraising, a Girls’ Night In will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, at a private residence.

Huntington Library Acquires Unique Additions in January

The Huntington Library announced recently that it has acquired a unique 10-volume edition of “The Life and Writings of John Muir” that incorporates 260 original photographs — most by Herbert W. Gleason, a nature photographer who inspired the work of Ansel Adams. The items were purchased at the Huntington’s 20th annual Library Collectors’ Council meeting held in January.
The Council also purchased “A Monograph on the Genus Camellia,” an outsize volume containing sumptuous hand-colored aquatint plates after watercolors by Clara Maria Pope, one of a small number of women in England who pursued an artistic career in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Additional purchases included manuscripts by a close member of Galileo’s circle and by an American Revolutionary War officer, as well as a genealogical roll of arms from the Elizabethan era.
“During the past two decades, the Library Collectors’ Council has helped us acquire more than 100 significant items — including rare books, individual manuscripts, archival collections and photographs — and spent nearly $3.9 million doing so,” said David Zeidberg, Avery director of the Library at the Huntington. “We are enormously grateful to the Council for their generous support over the years.”
For more information, visit huntington.org.

Lanterman Museum to Unveil New ‘Legacy’ Exhibition

Frank Lanterman

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will unveil its new exhibition on Feb. 14, titled “The Legacy of Frank Lanterman (1901-1981).”
The exhibition will give insight into the multi-faceted life of this famous La Cañada Flintridge resident. From his early days as a musician and political activist to his 28-year term in the California State Assembly, Lanterman was always a champion for the local community.
He was born on Nov. 4, 1901 to Roy Stanley Lanterman, a physician, and his wife, Emily Constance Lanterman. Frank and his brother Lloyd enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with their father into the local mountains, family outings to the beach and country picnics. Both Lanterman boys developed a great interest in cars and other forms of transportation. They graduated from Glendale High School and attended USC. Frank, who studied the pipe organ at USC, never graduated. Instead, he began a musical career, playing the organ in silent-movie theaters, both locally and abroad.
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‘Little Hats, Big Hearts’ Promotes Healthy Babies, Moms

More than 1,600 babies in Los Angeles will receive a little red hat in February as part of the American Heart Association’s new “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program aimed at promoting healthy babies and moms.
The program launches in L.A. this year and engages volunteers to knit or crochet red hats for babies born in February, in celebration of Heart Month.
As part of the collaborative program with the Children’s Heart Foundation, sponsored locally by Union Bank, babies born in February at participating hospitals will receive a red baby hat.
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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.

Thomson Receives Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Award

Bill Thomson

Local resident Bill Thomson was presented with the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Champion Award in front of nearly 100 attendees at the Rose Bowl’s Terry Donahue Pavilion recently. The award is given annually to a person who has “shown outstanding dedication and leadership in support of the RBAC and its programs to serve all ages, all abilities and all members of our diverse communities,” according to a spokesperson.
Thomson, a long-time RBAC volunteer and leader, was presented the award by John Naber, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist swimmer who is also a member of the RBAC Founding Board of Directors.
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Friends in Deed Women’s Room Fundraiser for Homeless Women

Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.
Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.

A group of local women in 2007, with an invitation from Friends in Deed, opened the Women’s Room, a daytime refuge for women who are alone and homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, many of the original group will be joined by a host of new supporters and friends for a 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser at Brookside Golf Club’s Mediterranean Room adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

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Junior League’s Little Black Dress Program to Fight Poverty

The Junior League of Pasadena will hold its weeklong poverty awareness campaign from Monday, Feb. 6, to Friday, Feb. 10. Many JLP members will wear a single black dress or black ensemble to work each day to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, confidence and opportunities.
This low-cost operation will raise awareness among JLP members and the public about the work being done to support and develop the potential of women by initiating conversations with colleagues, family and friends. Beyond seeing people at their places of work and in the community, these members will be documenting the emotions and tribulations that this project brings up through their individual social media outlets using the #TheLBDI and #JLPLBDI.
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Kidspace Bets on Vegas Theme Benefit Feb. 4

The Circle of Friends is planning a “Vegas Baby!”-themed benefit on Saturday, Feb. 4, to support Kidspace Children’s Museum. The benefit will be held at a local country club where guests will be treated to dinner, dancing and a live auction.
“This year, we are celebrating the city that never sleeps with ‘Vegas Baby!’” said Circle of Friends President Tricia Nur. “Every year we aim to celebrate Kidspace with an epic event and this year is no different. The benefit chairs, Kate Kohorst and Ellie Richardson, are working incredibly hard along with their committees to ensure everyone who walks in the door feels like a high roller. We have live and silent auction items, one-of-a-kind entertainment and incredible patron support. It will be a night to remember.”
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Turtle Island Quartet to Perform at Caltech on Feb. 11

The Turtle Island Quartet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut will present a program titled “Jelly, Rags & Monk” on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.
This Grammy Award-winning quartet is joined by jazz pianist Chestnut for a program of jazz and classical traditions from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.
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