LCFCC to Host ‘Western Round Up’ March 4

Photo courtesy Erin Holford

La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool students are saddling up to host the 24th annual “Western Round Up” on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The popular western-themed fundraiser features fun pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable slide, carnival games and prizes, silent auction and a raffle to win an iPad Mini (sponsored by Carey Haynes of Partners Trust), Los Gringos Locos Taco carts, a bake sale and more.
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Cherry Blossom Festival Tickets Available

General admission to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens is available now. Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, visitors are required to make advance online reservations for this year’s festival entry.
The festival also has been expanded to two weekends: March 4-5 and March 11-12. Tickets for the gardens’ most popular festival of the year are expected to be booked fast.
Descanso members get free admission, but also must make reservations in advance. A member preview on Friday, March 3, will allow an opportunity to skip the crowds.
Last year, a record 12,000 visitors showed up for the festival, a surge that eclipsed the previous record of just less than 10,000.
Chief Operating Officer Juliann Rooke said Descanso also set a new high last year with 1,000 new memberships over the weekend to boost membership totals to 13,000.
For more information, visit descansogardens.org.

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”

Scouts to Honor Newest Eagles at SMCC

Boy Scouts Troop 358 of San Marino congratulates its newest Eagle Scouts: Patrick Cai, Kevin Diaz-Sevilla, Jaren Huang, Garrett Kawaguchi and Matthew Lee. Their Eagle Scout Court of Honor will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at the San Marino Community Church in the Fellowship Hall. Friends, family and community members are invited to attend.

Local Resident is New Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus

Local resident Jonathan Weedman has been named the new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the organization announced recently.

Local resident Jonathan Weedman (seated, center), the new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, is pictured with colleagues (seated, from left) Brianne Cohen and Kathleen Wrabley. Back: James Geiger, Taylor Hartley, Kevin Bolling, Lee Lightfoot, Gavin Thrasher and Dr. Joe Nadeau.

An ardent supporter of the arts and of LGBT equal rights advocacy, Weedman is an award-winning business leader and philanthropist who will shepherd the organization’s 270-plus choral membership, as well as work in unison with its team of board and staff members, including its board chair John Duran.
“Jonathan Weedman is admired across greater Los Angeles for his LGBT and fine arts advocacy,” said Duran. “He will lead GMCLA through our next chapters advancing LGBT equality, protecting our youth and teaching about our culture and history.”
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Friends in Deed the Big Winner in High Point’s ‘Souper Bowl’

Nathan Edgar catches the attention of drivers as they pull up to the car line.

High Point Academy’s 3rd-graders served souped-up signs at the school’s car line recently to kick off their traditional “Souper Bowl” competition. Enthusiastic participants donated cans of hearty soups in the names of their favorite Super Bowl teams as they pulled up to the school. The 3rd-graders manned tables decorated with team banners for the Patriots and the Falcons. By the end of the morning, students had collected 47 cans in the name of the Patriots and 99 in the name of the Falcons.
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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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Soroptimists to Host Benefit Luncheon

Altadena-Pasadena Soroptimists members are hosting a benefit luncheon at Brookside Country Club on Saturday, March 11, for their second annual Making a Difference benefit.
With a theme of “For the Love of Women,” the event will recognize former state Sen. Carol Liu and former Pasadena Library director and Pasadena Women’s Rally organizer Jan Sanders with Legacy awards. Southern California Women’s Health Conference Founder Lena Kennedy will be honored with a Best for Women award for her leadership in the community, and will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Additionally, Door of Hope and the Women’s Room at Friends in Deed will receive monetary awards to honor their work in helping homeless women and families in the San Gabriel Valley.
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