Little Rock Nine Alumnus Reflects 60 Years Later

Terrence Roberts
Terrence Roberts

When Pasadena resident Terrence Roberts was growing up in the 1950s in Little Rock, Arkansas, he wasn’t allowed to sit in most restaurants or even enter a good number of them, only able to order food from a side window. The rest of his life, he knew, would be defined by racial segregation; where he could walk, live and work, whether he could go to school or get a bank loan or whom he could marry. Every move would be controlled. Continue reading “Little Rock Nine Alumnus Reflects 60 Years Later”

Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’

Photo courtesy Jim Staub Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.
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Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.

In honor of the 100th Rose Queen, Pasadena Museum of History has opened an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“Royals of Pasadena” is on view through Feb. 11 and will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Rose Queen Coronation, to riding on a float in the Rose Parade. Continue reading “Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’”

Caltech Scientist to Speak at Trojan Affiliates Meeting Oct. 5

USC Trojan Affiliates, a philanthropic and social women’s group of USC, invites alumni, parents and friends to attend its upcoming meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at El Portal Restaurant, 695 E. Green St. in Pasadena. The social reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the program and meeting. The evening will feature Vandana Desai, deputy science lead for the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science at Caltech speaking on “Seeing the Universe With Infrared Eyes.” Continue reading “Caltech Scientist to Speak at Trojan Affiliates Meeting Oct. 5”

Leesa Sleep Donates 111 Mattresses to Hillsides Youth and Families

Dr. Drew Pinsky broadcast his KABC radio show live from the Hillsides Peer Resource Center.
Dr. Drew Pinsky broadcast his KABC radio show live from the Hillsides Peer Resource Center.

Norma Flores and her two young daughters were all smiles as they loaded four new mattresses into their mini-van. “This is a huge help for my family,” said Flores. “The ones we have now are old and no good.”
Flores was one of many Hillsides clients to receive free mattresses from Leesa Sleep, an online direct-to consumer luxury mattress company. During a mattress donation event recently held in Pasadena, Leesa donated 111 mattresses to Hillsides youth and families at the site of Hillsides’ Youth Moving On program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Continue reading “Leesa Sleep Donates 111 Mattresses to Hillsides Youth and Families”

American Cancer Society Hope Gala This Saturday

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Jay and Joni Berger, Erin Gilmore, Nan and Ron Okum, Sharleen Bergman, and Amy and Tim Garrity were among those who attended last year’s American Cancer Society Hope Gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16, at Noor in Pasadena.
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Jay and Joni Berger, Erin Gilmore, Nan and Ron Okum, Sharleen Bergman, and Amy and Tim Garrity were among those who attended last year’s American Cancer Society Hope Gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16, at Noor in Pasadena.

The American Cancer Society will hold its San Gabriel Valley Hope Gala, a premier fundraising event in the fight against cancer, this Saturday evening, Sept. 16. The event, to be held at Noor (300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena), begins at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading “American Cancer Society Hope Gala This Saturday”

New Head Named in PCC Impact Campaign

Jack Scott
Jack Scott

Distinguished educator and public servant Jack Scott has been selected to lead an ambitious, multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign to invest in one of the San Gabriel Valley’s most vital economic engines: Pasadena City College.
The Impact Campaign, launched by the nonprofit PCC Foundation and helmed by Scott, is the first comprehensive major gifts campaign in the college’s history. The initiative aims to meet the needs of a rapidly changing 21st century workforce by bridging the “skills gap” between employers’ demands and job seekers’ abilities.
“If you really want to improve the lives of individuals, and also improve the economy of our region, the more we educate our students the better,” said Scott, a former PCC president, state legislator and chancellor of the California Community Colleges System. Scott will reach out to corporations, foundations, alumni and community members to build support for the Impact Campaign. Continue reading “New Head Named in PCC Impact Campaign”

Mayfield Jr., Dilbeck Host Sept. 15 Blood Drive to Benefit City of Hope

Mayfield Junior School, in partnership with Dilbeck Real Estate, is hosting a Community Blood Drive to benefit the City of Hope on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The greater San Gabriel Valley community is encouraged to participate by visiting the MJS campus located adjacent to historic Old Town Pasadena. Donors may schedule an appointment by calling (626) 218-7171 or by logging on to idonateblood4hope.org, use sponsor code MJSP. All donors will receive a City of Hope gift for their blood donation.Mayfield Junior School, in partnership with Dilbeck Real Estate, is hosting a Community Blood Drive to benefit the City of Hope on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continue reading “Mayfield Jr., Dilbeck Host Sept. 15 Blood Drive to Benefit City of Hope”

Pasadena Playhouse Offers Seminar on Musicals

Pasadena Playhouse will offer a 10-week seminar “The Broadway Musical & America” taught by Tony Award-winning producer and New York University professor Adam Epstein. Epstein’s interactive lectures put the musical into focus as a distinctly American phenomenon and a form of cultural production, which both influenced and was influenced by the American political landscape since the end of World War II. The weekly Monday seminars will run from Oct. 2 to Dec. 11 and will be held at Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave.)
Epstein will share the history behind musical theater, including “West Side Story,” “Cabaret,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “A Chorus Line,” “Wicked” and “Hamilton” and how it shaped the American theater landscape. Epstein’s theatrical productions have received 46 Tony nominations and garnered 12 Tony Awards, one of which Epstein himself received as a producer of “Hairspray” in 2003. His other credits include “A View From a Bridge,” “The Crucible,” “Amadeus,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Cry-Baby.”
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Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Concert Sept. 27

OUTLOOK file photo Mayor Terry Tornek and his wife, Maria, were among those who enjoyed last year’s Jazz on the Green concert. This year’s fundraiser, which benefits Pasadena-based Friends In Deed, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
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Mayor Terry Tornek and his wife, Maria, were among those who enjoyed last year’s Jazz on the Green concert. This year’s fundraiser, which benefits Pasadena-based Friends In Deed, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Friends In Deed returns for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Castle Green in Pasadena. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz. There will also be a silent auction.
Friends In Deed, an interfaith nonprofit organization, meets many needs of the most vulnerable residents of greater Pasadena — homeless and at-risk individuals including women and children.
Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed community liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. According to an event spokesperson, the honorees have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.
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Showcase House Accepting Applications for Grants

Musical theater, school marching bands, youth symphony programs and music therapy are just some of the nonprofit organizations that have benefitted from gifts and grants from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. President Marilyn Anderson has announced that applications for gifts and grants are now available at PasadenaShowcase.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 6.
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