First Year Free is a ‘PCC Promise’

Sometimes you have to hear it, see it and read it to believe it: The first year of community college for local, qualifying high school graduates really is free at Pasadena City College — and it doesn’t matter how much, or how little — your parents earn.
In its fledgling roll-out program for the “PCC Promise” this fall, the campaign has garnered about 149 students from 16 high schools around the Pasadena Area Community College District who are attending free of charge. Continue reading “First Year Free is a ‘PCC Promise’”

‘Astronomer’s Dream’ Presented at Caltech

“The Astronomer’s Dream” will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturday series.
This film is a journey through a computer graphic visualization of space, based on data obtained by NASA satellites.
Anna Ho, a Caltech planetary astronomy graduate student, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets are $10 (general admission) and can be purchased at the Caltech Ticket Office, 1200 E. California Blvd., and at the Beckman Auditorium Box Office beginning one hour before the event.
Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. in Pasadena. For information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.

Festival of Women Authors Announce Event Lineup

Peggy Adams (front row, from left), Peggy Gregerson, Norah Morley, Katie Poole, Betty Sargent, Shelley Thompson and Teresa Payton. Back: Prudence Levine, Betty Madden, Amy Ulmer, Brooke Larsen Garlock, Melanie Clark, Rosa White, Liz White, Cynthia Bennett, Terry Shelton, Emily Vitan, Judy Wilson, Leslie Zasa, Linda Turczan and Ellen Carroll.
Peggy Adams (front row, from left), Peggy Gregerson, Norah Morley, Katie Poole, Betty Sargent, Shelley Thompson and Teresa Payton. Back: Prudence Levine, Betty Madden, Amy Ulmer, Brooke Larsen Garlock, Melanie Clark, Rosa White, Liz White, Cynthia Bennett, Terry Shelton, Emily Vitan, Judy Wilson, Leslie Zasa, Linda Turczan and Ellen Carroll.

The 30-plus women on the committee for the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors met at La Casita del Arroyo recently, eager to hear the announcement of authors who will speak at the upcoming April 14 event. It’s the festival’s 10th anniversary, so extra excitement was in the air. The announced authors are: featured author Christina Baker Kline, of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World; Jade Chang, The Wangs Vs The World; Charmaine Craig, Miss Burma; Natashia Deon, Grace; Min Jin Lee, Pachinko; Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle; and Hannah Tinti, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley. Now that the big reveal has been made, reservations for patron tickets and tables are available. Open seating tickets will be on sale Jan. 2. Visit the festival website for more information at pasadenafestivalofwomenauthors.org.

Flintridge Center Paves Positive Pathways for Formerly Incarcerated

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK Flintridge Center staff includes Wyatt Whitlock, Daniel Torres, Jaylene Mosley, Jeffrey Bellissimo, Peter Matich and Emma Gerch. The staff plays multiple roles to engage and help at-risk youth and reintegrate formerly incarcerated adults who seek honest, hard-working jobs.
Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
Flintridge Center staff includes Wyatt Whitlock, Daniel Torres, Jaylene Mosley, Jeffrey Bellissimo, Peter Matich and Emma Gerch. The staff plays multiple roles to engage and help at-risk youth and reintegrate formerly incarcerated adults who seek honest, hard-working jobs.

Bryan Barajas dreams of becoming a journeyman, buying a little home in Pasadena and building a family there.
It’s the first time he’s dreamt in a long time, since dropping out of school in the 9th grade when he had a son, trying to find work, but then embarking on a life that would send him to prison by 2015, facing multiple felonies. Upon exiting, he knew he’d have trouble staying sober and out of trouble, never finding decently paid work with his background record. But he had heard of the Flintridge Center, a nonprofit dedicated to helping combat poverty, community violence and formerly incarcerated individuals.
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La Salle High Senior Crowned 100th Rose Queen

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Rose Queen Isabella Marez (center) reacts to her name being called at last week’s coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Playhouse.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Rose Queen Isabella Marez (center) reacts to her name being called at last week’s coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Alas, there can be only one Rose Queen.
The Tournament of Roses last week crowned Altadena resident and La Salle High School senior Isabella Marez as the 100th Rose Queen for 2018, marking a century of city pride and tradition at the packed Pasadena Playhouse theater. Continue reading “La Salle High Senior Crowned 100th Rose Queen”

Maranatha Students Inspired by City Hall Walk

Mayor Terry Tornek and Maranatha High School Principal John Rouse meet in the early hours last week on the steps of City Hall.
Mayor Terry Tornek and Maranatha High School Principal John Rouse meet in the early hours last week on the steps of City Hall.

Maranatha High School students took a walk of faith last week to Pasadena City Hall, the start of what might become an annual tradition.
Amid the chirping of morning birds and freshly dewed streets on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 19, about 350 students, freshmen to seniors, divvied up into small groups with school staff chaperones and took separate walking tours from the school’s campus to Garfield Avenue.
As they walked, they discussed ways they might volunteer for the city during their student service projects in November. Continue reading “Maranatha Students Inspired by City Hall Walk”

Local Producer Brings Redemptive Stories to the Big Screen

Producer Darren Moorman
Producer Darren Moorman

Darren Moorman has always loved a good story.
Even though he started out acting, over the years, the Pasadena resident found his true calling to be that of producing, finding those great stories and bringing them to light.
“There are so many miraculous stories out there,” Moorman said in a recent telephone interview. “They come in a lot of different ways and forms, like through a book or a news article; I’m just out there reading and listening to people. My heart is kind of focused on redemptive and moving stories.” Continue reading “Local Producer Brings Redemptive Stories to the Big Screen”

Halloween’s Horrors are Insensitive to Younger Children

Dear Parent Coach,
In the past week my children (ages 5 and 7) have had trouble getting to sleep at bedtime. We haven’t had any obvious changes in family life, and they can’t exactly verbalize what they’re bothered by, so I’m starting to think it might be caused by Halloween images they may have seen recently. Could they have this effect?
Signed, Mom   Continue reading “Halloween’s Horrors are Insensitive to Younger Children”

Jenkins to Be Honored at Zest Gala on Oct. 28

Then-Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins (left) poses with Vin Scully, who was grand marshal of the 2014 Rose Parade. Jenkins, a San Marino resident, is being recognized by the Pasadena Senior Center at its Zest Gala later this month for his volunteerism.
Then-Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins (left) poses with Vin Scully, who was grand marshal of the 2014 Rose Parade. Jenkins, a San Marino resident, is being recognized by the Pasadena Senior Center at its Zest Gala later this month for his volunteerism.

Scott Jenkins laughed and offered up a jocular answer when asked about what drives his volunteerism.
“I try to stay out of trouble,” he said in a phone interview. “If I stay busy, I tend to stay out of trouble.”
In reality, growing up and having a career in Pasadena had planted and nurtured the seed of volunteerism and giving back. For his efforts and successes, Pasadena Senior Center is spotlighting Jenkins at its annual Zest Gala on Saturday, Oct. 28. Continue reading “Jenkins to Be Honored at Zest Gala on Oct. 28”

Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez, La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Association
Members of the 2018 Royal Court are Julianne Lauenstein, La Cañada High School; Sydney Pickering, Arcadia High School; Savannah Bradley, Pasadena High School; Georgia Cervenka, LCHS; Lauren Buehner, AHS; Isabella Marez,
La Salle High School; and Alexandra Artura, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

The Tournament of Roses on Monday announced its chosen seven members of the 2018 Royal Court from 37 contending finalists, pulling three young Pasadena women into the time-honored Rose fold.
As a frenzied crowd of family, friends and classmates whooped up their support, Alexandra Artura from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Isabella Marez from La Salle High School; and Savannah Bradley of Pasadena High School, carefully descended the tiered staircase of the historic Tournament house. The wide-eyed girls were part laughing, part crying. Continue reading “Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court”