Military Spouses Treated to Rose Bowl Luxury on July 4

Photo courtesy Dani Perry Madeline Pena (from left), Crystal Zrelak, Esmer Lopez and Sarah Gibson. The military spouses got to know each other before their day of pampering began while brunching on mimosas, pastries and coffee.
Photo courtesy Dani Perry
Madeline Pena (from left), Crystal Zrelak, Esmer Lopez and Sarah Gibson. The military spouses got to know each other before their day of pampering began while brunching on mimosas, pastries and coffee.

Traditionally known as a day of fireworks, picnics and getting together with friends, Independence Day now has a new meaning for several military spouses: a day of pampering.
Sponsored by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation in conjunction with 870-AM, about 30 military spouses were treated to a variety of pleasantries at the Rose Bowl on the morning of July 4.
Lauren Hall, marketing specialist for the Rose Bowl, said the event — the first of its kind — was designed to keep participants’ minds off of everything.
“They’ve come to enjoy breakfast and coffee,” Hall said. “It’s a day they’ve come to relax without children, without spouses, without worrying about anything.”
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Local Teams Affected by CIF’s New Fall Playoff Divisions

The CIF Southern Section recently updated its football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis playoff divisions, and teams from Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic, Maranatha, La Salle and Mayfield senior were affected by the new placements.
The local football programs didn’t see much change. Polytechnic remained in Division 10 and Maranatha will stay in Division 9 this season. The St. Francis football team also enters the upcoming season with no changes and will compete in Division 3 as the fourth highest-rated team with 411.21 points. La Salle, which plays against the Golden Knights in the Angelus League, was bumped up and will now compete in Division 8 after going 7-5 last season.
Three local girls’ volleyball programs will be competing in different divisions this fall. Westridge was moved up to Division 3 after an impressive campaign last year. The Tigers won the Prep League championship and reached the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals.
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Friends in Deed Food Pantry Feeds Hungry, Gives Dignity

Photo by Camila Castellanos
Photo by Camila Castellanos

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” so read the iconic words etched at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
But during the past week of patriotic parties, one wonders if American poet Emma Lazarus, who penned the sonnet for the country’s beacon of freedom, could have imagined that 134 years later, the nation that is considered the world’s wealthiest also would be home to some 42 million people struggling with hunger, including 13 million children and 5.4 million seniors don’t have enough to eat, according to Feeding America.
Perhaps Lazarus might take heart, however, that in communities across America, nonprofits such as Friends in Deed in Pasadena strive to combat that hunger and give dignity back to the working poor through food pantries.
Located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, the interfaith collaborative Friends in Deed food pantry serves as a little market, allowing clients to shop for the food they like and need, especially fresh produce and proteins such as meat and chicken.
“This place is a real life-saver — I’m super appreciative of these guys,” said Ife Sangode, who was shopping at one of the food pantry’s new Thursday openings. The pantry just expanded its hours to open three times per week from the longstanding two days.
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Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra to Play July 24

The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Marvin Neumann and Chad Prado, will perform in Memorial Park in Pasadena on Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m., and is sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center.
The concert will open with the theme from “Psycho.” Also on the program are “The St. Paul Suite” by Holst, “Renew” by the conductor Neumann, “Suite for Strings” by Washburn, “Hoe-Down” by Copland and more.
The concert is free. Validated parking is available in the Holly Street lot. Memorial Park is located at 30 N. Raymond Ave.

Cancer Support Community Honors Farrah Fawcett Foundation

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received a grant from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. From left are CSCP Board President Michael Healy; CSCP Director Meg Symes; Foundation President Alana Stewart; and David Kessler, board member of FFF.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received a grant from the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. From left are CSCP Board President Michael Healy; CSCP Director Meg Symes; Foundation President Alana Stewart; and David Kessler, board member of FFF.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently celebrated the official naming of the Farrah Fawcett Group Room in its facility with a naming ceremony.
Farrah Fawcett started the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007, after being diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. She died June 25, 2009. The foundation funds research for HPV-related cancers, promotes awareness and cancer prevention strategies, and provides patient assistance funds to help those struggling with the expenses of treatment.
“We are so grateful for the foundation’s generous grant to CSCP, and so pleased to have this beautiful new partnership,” remarked Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “We are both organizations working to provide education, support and hope to individuals facing a cancer.”
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Pasadena Pops Plays the ’60s This Saturday

The Pasadena Pops continues its popular outdoor summer concert series with the Midtown Men singing music from “Jersey Boys” on Saturday, July 15, at the L.A. County Arboretum. The Midtown Men bring their Broadway talent, choreography and unique onstage chemistry to the Arboretum to deliver a blast from the past celebrating music from the ’60s, led by resident Pops Conductor Larry Blank. Hits from the Four Seasons, the Beatles, Motown and more, include such old favorites as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Get Ready” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
The production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” The Midtown Men include Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony-Award nominee J. Robert Spencer who shared the Broadway stage for more than 1,000 performances of the mega-hit production.
All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Large LED video screens allow concert-goers to see the artists and orchestra up close, with high-quality sound and production. Free parking and shuttle service are available at the nearby Westfield Santa Anita shopping center.
The Arboretum is at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Single tickets, beginning at $25, and season subscriptions are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, going online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or by purchasing them at the Arboretum on the day of the concert.

Invasive Mosquito Species Found in Pasadena

Eggs from the Aedes albopictus mosquito that can infect humans with viruses such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya have been found recently for the first time in monitoring traps in Pasadena, according to a statement from the Pasadena Public Health Department on Monday.
Health officials emphasized there are no reported cases of locally transmitted Zika or the other two viruses.
“It is important for the public to be aware of the presence of this mosquito, which is different than the local variety of the insect, and to take steps now to help protect yourself and your family against these mosquitoes,” PPHD Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh said.
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Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator Announces Board Change

Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator, a high-tech incubator for early stage start-ups and a regional workforce development magnet for scientists seeking wet lab R&D competency, announced the resignation of William Opel from the board of directors. The resignation was effective June 30.
“Bill has been a board member since PBC first began operations in 2004, and his many contributions have been a significant factor in our growth,” said PBC Chairman and former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. “We are truly grateful for his years of dedicated service and his wise counsel to the board and to management.”
Opel was the president and CEO of Huntington Medical Research Institutes for nearly 40 years. He formed HMRI in the early 1980s, combining three research groups affiliated with Huntington Memorial Hospital, a tertiary medical center and teaching hospital. At that time, he launched one of the country’s first clinical magnetic resonance programs, which went on to gain acclaim in imaging applications development and in clinical spectroscopy.
His leadership at HMRI led to many advances in the field of medicine, including neural engineering, brain mapping, molecular medicine and clinical research. He worked with Huntington Hospital to encourage research projects by both medicine and surgery residents, as well as attending staff, and to expand HMRI’s joint postdoctoral fellowship programs with Caltech. Opel is active in community organizations and is past president of the PCC Foundation.
PBC was established in 2004 by the City of Pasadena, Pasadena City College, and California State University Los Angeles to work collaboratively with Pasadena’s higher education institutions, entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders to provide high tech workforce development and incubate early stage bioscience start-ups. More information is available at pasadena bio.org.

St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tournament

The following was written by Charlie Foy, special to the Outlook.

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson St. Francis head basketball coach Todd Wolfson guided the Golden Knights to an unprecedented 62-53 win over Corona Centennial in a summer tourney.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
St. Francis head basketball coach Todd Wolfson guided the Golden Knights to an unprecedented 62-53 win over Corona Centennial in a summer tourney.

St. Francis is a small school compared to most, and in basketball, the Golden Knights are typically underdogs against big schools; however, that didn’t stop them from an impressive showing at Maranatha High’s Summer Block Party.
Corona Centennial has more than 3,000 students, making the St. Francis student body seem like pebbles in a rock pile. Recently, the teams went head to head, and the Golden Knights pulled away with a 62-53 victory.
Head coach Todd Wolfson reflected on the win: “We had four or five guys step up. We played team basketball. They represented the school and did some good things in all facets of the game. It was a great team victory.”
This year, St. Francis loses star guard Joey Walsh, but that didn’t stop the Golden Knights from beating the Huskies. In the game, rising sophomore Andre Henry scored 29, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out six assists.
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Senior Center’s Free Concerts Begin July 11

Back by popular demand, the Pasadena Senior Center will present free summer concerts from July 11-Aug. 29, showcasing the talents of a variety of popular musical groups that range from jazz to big band to country and more.
The one-hour concerts, every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Gold Shell in Pasadena’s Memorial Park, are open to people of all ages. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic for the perfect summer experience with family and friends.
July 11 — Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks entertain with lively dance routines, Vaudeville-style comedy and clever costumes.
July 18 — Whiskey Hayride performs classic country/rock that will get everybody up and moving.
July 25 — Pasadena Youth Chamber Orchestra features talented high school and college students performing classical music favorites.
Aug. 1 — Susie Hansen Latin Band performs fiery jazz and salsa that will have the audience on their feet and dancing in the aisles.
Aug. 8 — Paddy’s Pig presents timeless Irish pub songs and contemporary Irish rock delivered with plenty of energy.
Aug. 15 —Theater of Vision Productions entertains with “Cirque di Sarray,” a fun and fast-paced carnival show.
Aug. 22 — Grammy-winning Lisa Haley and the Zydekats play lively Cajun Zydeco music with lots of Louisiana spice.
Aug. 29 — The Great American Swing Band features the sounds of big band, rhythm and blues, jazz and Dixieland.
The concerts are sponsored in part by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation. For more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.