It was a recent Wednesday afternoon, and the Rev. Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission CEO, had already put in a 38-hour workweek. As head of one of the nation’s largest and oldest missions of its kind, perched in the dubious center of Skid Row on South San Pedro Street, the Pasadena resident has doubled down on his efforts to rescue the estimated 58,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness across L.A. County. Continue reading “Union Rescue Mission Leader Committed to Ending Homelessness”
Two Pasadena-based organizations, codeSpark Academy, the computer science platform for young kids and STEAM:CODERS, a nonprofit organization that teaches underrepresented and underserved kids the basics of STEAM, are celebrating Women’s History Month by hosting Supercoders Camp, a series of girls-coding and game-making workshops each Saturday through March in Pasadena. Continue reading “Supercoders Camp Inspires Young Girls”
The Pasadena Symphony continues its 90th season on Saturday, March 24, with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Music Director David Lockington will open with Alexander Miller’s contemporary overture “Scher” and close with “Enigma Variations of Elgar.” The program centers around a classic Rachmaninoff melody, performed by pianist Andrew von Oeyen. Continue reading “Pasadena Symphony Plays Rachmaninoff on March 24”
When Westridge School graduate Lauren Gibbs told her parents in 2010 she was thinking of leaving her sales manager position and six-figure salary to try out for the United States women’s bobsled team, her parents laughed.
“We all did,” her mother, Akila, said by phone from South Korea. “Even she said that it would make a great cocktail story.”
Four years later, Gibbs, 33, has much more than a cocktail story. She has a silver medal.
She teamed up with decorated Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor and took second last week in the women’s bobsled event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The American duo finished .07 seconds behind gold medalists Mariana Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz of Germany, who won the four-run race with a time of 3 minutes, 22.45 seconds.
“Sharing an Olympic medal with Elana is pretty special,” Gibbs told NBC. “This is her third and my first, so it’s unreal. She’s a legend in this sport, and I’m just honored to be part of her journey.” Continue reading “Former Westridge Athlete Wins Olympic Silver”
Harambee Ministries will present its annual fundraising benefit, “A Dream Fulfilled,” on Saturday, March 3, at Fellowship Monrovia (401 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia). There will be an opening reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.
The benefit will feature Harambee founder John Perkins and keynote speaker Bill Robinson, president emeritus of Whitworth University.
This year, Harambee will honor Union Rescue Mission CEO and Pasadena resident, the Rev. Andy Bales, and Seattle Pacific University President Emeritus Phil Eaton.
Tickets are $150, and RSVPs are
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Pasadena Heritage will present a Spring Home Tour and lecture in March celebrating architectural and landscape design spanning more than 130 years.
Inspired by the legendary magazine that has epitomized American living since 1922, the Spring Home Tour, “Better Homes and Gardens,” allows guests to experience noteworthy architecture and landscape design that influence each other and combine to create perfect harmony. Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Set for Spring Home Tour March 25”
Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) has been awarded a $75,000 grant by the S. Mark Taper Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by
supporting nonprofit organizations and their work in local communities.
The grant award will support the provision of more than 490 high-quality medical visits to at-risk and uninsured patients in the San Gabriel Valley over a one-year period. Continue reading “ChapCare Awarded $75,000 From Taper Foundation”
Young & Healthy, a Pasadena-based nonprofit dedicated to children’s health, will sponsor a free dental clinic for children who qualify, from Friday, Feb. 23, to March 1. This annual event provides free dental care to children in Greater Pasadena — including Altadena, South Pasadena and Sierra Madre — who lack dental insurance. Continue reading “Young & Healthy Sponsors Free Dental Clinic for Children”
Hillsides annual gala, La Nuit des Rêves — the Night of Dreams — will be held on Saturday evening, Feb. 24, at the Langham Huntington Hotel. Proceeds of the gala, which is Hillsides’ largest fundraiser of the year, benefit the 14,000 children, youth and families who Hillsides serves throughout Southern California. Continue reading “Hillsides Gala is Feb. 24”