El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family

Retirement agrees with El Portal owner and Pasadena mainstay Abel Ramirez. Well, kind of.
The restauranteur has been “practicing retirement” for two years now, but most days, you’ll still find him at the Mexican and Yucatan specialty restaurant.
“I’m still having fun with the businesses,” said Abel who turns 75 this week. “There are still a lot of risks and stresses, but what keeps me sane is that I have fun with it. Everybody should do what they love.” Continue reading “El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family”

‘Originalist’ Still Relevant After Scalia’s Death

Photo courtesy Gerlie Collado Actress Jade Wheeler (from left) and criminal defense attorney Mia Yamamoto participate in a post-show conversation after a performance of “The Originalist” at the Pasadena Playhouse on May 4. The conversation was moderated by Pasadena City College history professor Christopher West. 
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Actress Jade Wheeler (from left) and criminal defense attorney Mia Yamamoto participate in a post-show conversation after a performance of “The Originalist” at the Pasadena Playhouse on May 4. The conversation was moderated by Pasadena City College history professor Christopher West.

John Strand’s “The Originalist” has finished its run at Pasadena Playhouse, but the show will go on when it returns to Washington, D.C., this summer.
The three-person act spotlights Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his judicial philosophy of ardent originalism. The play debuted before Scalia’s death last year — lead actor Edward Gero even met with Scalia while preparing for the role — and remains as relevant as ever even after President Donald Trump replaced Scalia in his first 100 days. Continue reading “‘Originalist’ Still Relevant After Scalia’s Death”

College Kids Home for Summer Can Shoulder Responsibilities

Dear Parent Coach,
My daughter is just finishing her freshman year at college and is coming home for the summer. Of course we’re excited to have her back, but it feels a bit awkward not knowing how to deal with a few issues. I’m wondering if I should allow her to have a messy “dorm room,” and are the days of having household chores over? Do we set curfews, or will she keep college hours — after all, we haven’t known how late she’s been coming in while at college. I’d appreciate ideas on how to handle some of these questions.
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Feige Produces Another Winner in ‘Guardians Vol. 2’

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige produced the highly successful “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which made $146.5 million in its opening weekend.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige produced the highly successful “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which made $146.5 million in its opening weekend.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” kicked off the summer movie season with an impressive showing last weekend, topping the domestic box office with $146.5 million.
The sequel, written and directed by James Gunn, improved on its predecessor’s release in 2014 by 55% and is the second film to cross the $100 million mark on opening weekend this year. Continue reading “Feige Produces Another Winner in ‘Guardians Vol. 2’”

Maryvale Honors Local Resident With Hope Award

Pasadena resident Jacquie Dolan, a 48-year member of Maryvale’s Los Angeles Orphanage Guild and foster child advocate, receives the Restoring Hope Award at the fourth Annual Golf Classic.
Pasadena resident Jacquie Dolan, a 48-year member of Maryvale’s Los Angeles Orphanage Guild and foster child advocate, receives the Restoring Hope Award at the fourth Annual Golf Classic.

Maryvale honored Jacquie Dolan, Pasadena resident and longtime member of Maryvale Los Angeles Orphanage Guild, with the fourth annual Restoring Hope Golf Classic recently.
Dolan was recognized for her long-term commitment to Maryvale’s children and her advocacy work for foster children spanning more than four decades. The tournament was held at Angeles National Golf Club.
Dolan joined Maryvale’s Los Angeles Orphanage Guild in 1968, where she and her fellow members have been responsible for raising money to provide opportunities for children that have helped them heal and move beyond the trauma that defined their young lives.
“Jacquie has a heart of gold. She is the ultimate benefactor,” said Carole Tremblay, vice president of Maryvale development and communications. “Not only has she helped raise funds so we can continue our programs, but she has also assumed a leadership role on our board and works directly with the children offering love, encouragement, and mentorship.”
Founded in 1856 by the Daughters of Charity, Maryvale is the oldest children’s charity in Los Angeles County and the first orphanage in the region. Maryvale now cares for traumatized youth in the foster care system, with an intensive residential treatment program for severely abused girls, ages 13 to 18; a nurturing emergency placement center for boys and girls, ages 6 to 12; a family resource center for vulnerable children and families; and two early education centers.

PCDA to Hold ‘Russian Nights’ Black Tie Event

Professional Child Development Associates will hold its second annual “Russian Nights: A Black Tie Affair” on Saturday, May 20, at the home of Carolyn and Craig Watson in South Pasadena. Proceeds from the event will benefit PCDA, which provides therapies and services for children, teens and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.
The Russian-themed evening is highlighted by a cello quartet chamber music recital featuring cellist Ruslan Biryukov. Biryukov will be joined by equally talented cellists Anne Sudu, Efrain Del Pilar and Bryant Golzali. A limited seating of 80 guests will enjoy dinner catered by Chef Claud Beltran of Bacchus’ Kitchen, including a premium seating with specialty caviars and rare delicacies. Following dinner will be an array of auction lots, including rare wines, Willet Bourbon, Russian art pieces and private catered dinners by Chef Beltran.
For more information, contact Robert Bain at (626) 793-7350, ext. 281 or email robertb@pcdateam.org. For online event registration or to learn more about PCDA, visit pcdateam.org.

Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network Receives $200K

Cathy Goyette (front row, from left), Chet Rondinella, Link Dickman, Diane Martin and Betty MacInnes. Middle row: Jesse Ruiz, Neena Bixby, Linda Bolton, Trish Bredesen, Ginny Lechler, Linda Stephens, President and CEO Steve Ralph, Cathi Chadwell, Carl Vail, Kathy Kobayashi and John Simon Taylor. Back: Eileen Koons, Kathleen German, Babs Stewart, Lisa McWaters and Patty Watson Wood.
Cathy Goyette (front row, from left), Chet Rondinella, Link Dickman, Diane Martin and Betty MacInnes. Middle row: Jesse Ruiz, Neena Bixby, Linda Bolton, Trish Bredesen, Ginny Lechler, Linda Stephens, President and CEO Steve Ralph, Cathi Chadwell, Carl Vail, Kathy Kobayashi and John Simon Taylor. Back: Eileen Koons, Kathleen German, Babs Stewart, Lisa McWaters and Patty Watson Wood.

A check for $200,000 was presented April 19 to Huntington Hospital’s Senior Care Network by the Huntington Collection.
The Senior Care Network is a nationally recognized program that helps older and disabled adults and their families remain healthy and independent. The Huntington Collection is a retail shop that sells merchandise through consignment and qualified donations to benefit the Senior Care Network.
The Huntington Collection has contributed more than $8 million to the Senior Care Network since 1984.
For more information about the Senior Care Network and the Huntington Collection, visit huntingtonhospital.org and click on “Community.”

Hillsides Receives $5 Million Grant

Petersen Foundation Director Kevin Strauch, Petersen Foundation President Galeta (Gigi) Carleton, Hillsides President and CEO Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides Board chair Donna Ford and Hillsides Campaign Cabinet co-chair Donald P. Clark.
Petersen Foundation Director Kevin Strauch, Petersen Foundation President Galeta (Gigi) Carleton, Hillsides President and CEO Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides Board chair Donna Ford and Hillsides Campaign Cabinet co-chair Donald P. Clark.

The Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to Hillsides for at-risk teens and young adults. It is the largest grant ever received in the foster care charity’s 104-year history.
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