Pasadena Senior Center Offers Spring Food Series

The Pasadena Senior Center has announced its spring calendar for the Masters Series on culinary history, scheduled for Tuesdays, April 4 to May 23, from 2-4 p.m. The senior center is located at 85 E. Holly St.
The Masters Series, which embraces lifelong learning, is open to members of the Pasadena Senior Center. Registration for individual classes is $15, or the entire term for $100.
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Stroll & Roll Benefits AbilityFirst

AbilityFirst, a 91-year-old nonprofit organization serving children and adults with disabilities, is set to host its annual fundraiser and 5K walk called Stroll & Roll. AbilityFirst is honored to name Lauren Potter as this year’s Stroll & Roll Celebrity Champion. The event will be held on Sunday, April 2, at Universal Studios backlot in Universal City. The walk begins at 7:30 a.m., but check-in and a continental breakfast begin at 6 a.m.
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Five Acres Welcomes New Board Members

Five Acres announced the addition of three new board members to the agency’s Board of Directors. Celeste Liversidge, Scott Street and Erica Tejeda will be joining the board as new members after years of involvement with various Five Acres committees. The three new members were inducted at the agency’s 129th annual meeting, held recently at the Rococo Room in Pasadena.

New Board Members

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Eastside Arts Teaches Life Skills Through Guided Play


At Eastside Arts, the performing arts are a great way to teach kids important life skills through guided play.
Located half a block from the Gold Line at 5917 N. Figueroa St. in northeast Los Angeles, Eastside Arts offers a variety of classes in acting, improvisation and filmmaking for kids ages 5-18. The classes are fun and noncompetitive, focusing on listening, speaking, teamwork and imagination, and are great for shy and outgoing kids alike. Eastside Arts is owned and operated by Elise Robertson and Kathryn Winslow, working actors and moms.
Just added: Acting Classes for Teens! All classes are registering now for the spring session, starting Saturday, March 25. Summer camps for drama and filmmaking start in July. For more information, visit or call (323) 371-8028.

League Championship Teams

La Salle Boys’ Soccer
Photo courtesy Anthony Harris
The La Salle High School varsity boys’ soccer team recently captured the Del Rey League title with a 9-1 record. The Lancers (12-11-1 overall) clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff berth and fell to La Cañada, 2-1, in the first round. The Del Rey League championship squad includes (kneeling, from left) Nicholas Reynolds, Jason Helgeson, Corbin Jones, Adrian Puga, Fernando Urteaga, Stephen Burkhart, Alec Berberian, Eric Rivero and Ryan Alvarez. Standing: Curtis Antonides, Nick Zuniga, Neil Angsanto, Luis Serrano, Miles Gelinas, assistant coach Art Karamyan, Michael Gibbs, head coach Edgar Manvelyan, Ryan Sparks, Nicholas Wilson, Julian Prins, Vincent Zuniga and Christopher Dinkel.
Westridge Girls’ Water Polo
The Westridge varsity girls’ water polo recently shared the Prep League championship with Polytechnic with an 11-1 record. The Tigers clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff berth and fell to Downey Warren in the first round. The squad includes (front row, from left) Sammy Chean-Udell and Serena Lewin. Middle: Grace Collins, Marissa Aivizas, Aleen Babikian and Amanda Tse. Back: Mara Raygor, Georgia Bogle, Kira O’Donell, Ava Whist, Brenna Bowlen and Sophia Rubbo.

Valentine Enjoys Sips and Sweets at LadyBird

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School

Valentine parents Jenny Yessaian, Michele Esbenshade, Colleen Tripp, Parent Party co-chair Shannon Snaer, Francesca Gill, PTA President Helen Phan, Parent Party co-chair Stephanie Giardina and Kate Sinclair recently stopped in at LadyBird, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store on Mission Street for the “Sips and Sweets” shopping day benefiting Valentine Elementary School PTA. Valentine parents and friends were treated to cupcakes and beverages as they shopped the boutique’s colorful spring apparel and gift items. This shopping event was coordinated by Gill and was held in conjunction with the PTA’s upcoming “Sweet Magnolia Night” Parent Party, which will take place on Saturday, April 8.

East Meets West Sponsors Parenting Conference

“Parental Self-Care: How Taking Care of Yourself Benefits Your Family” was the topic discussed at a recent parenting conference sponsored by the East Meets West Parent Education Club at Crowell Library. The featured speaker was Professor Marla Brassard, who is director of the School of Psychology at Columbia University. Brassard presented the results of ongoing research into the ability of parents to promote their own strength and well-being in order to be able to continue their job of positive parenting.

Photo courtesy East Meets West Education Club
Tina Wong, Flora Wang, Grace Jeong, Caroline Elliott, Jennifer Lu, Ivy Sun, Mary Brassard, guest speaker Marla Brassard, and Annie and Paul Brassard

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Swirlz Soft Serve Holds Grand Opening

Photo courtesy Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor
Swirlz owner Sepherteen Jew (second from left) stands with daughters Rioghnach, Saerlaith and Caislin Dunn.

Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor held its grand opening recently, and a steady crowd streamed through the doors to sample the organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt for 20% off. Through the month of March, there is a 10% discount off the entire food purchase and a special of a $25 gift card for $20.
Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor is a local family-owned frozen dessert parlor featuring organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt, vegan coconut milk, Dole Whip, gelato and custard, with more than 60 toppings to customize the treat. It is located at 2136 Huntington Drive.

Children’s Hospital NICCU Families to Reunite at Kidspace

A butterfly-themed celebration on Sunday, April 2, will reunite hundreds of patients and their families with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit at Kidspace Children’s Museum for an evening filled with play, fun and laughter.
These children, affectionately called NICCU “graduates,” all spent crucial days, weeks and months in CHLA’s intensive care unit specially designed to meet the needs of critically ill infants. About 800 patients, parents and loved ones will get an opportunity to reunite and celebrate with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during these vital early moments of life.
To commemorate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace have partnered to host the reunion.
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