Former Polytechnic Golfer Competing in Professional Tour

Victoria Morgan

Victoria Morgan has never had it easy in her golf career. At Polytechnic, the Pasadena native fought for a spot on the varsity boys’ golf team because the school did not have a girls’ program at the time. The former Panther prevailed and was named captain and the team’s most valuable player as a senior in 2012.
Morgan continued to play collegiately at USC as a walk-on and battled to keep her spot on a talented squad. She helped the Trojans reach the NCAA Championships semifinals last spring as a senior and was selected to the All-Pac-12 first team and earned a WGCA All-American honorable mention.
The struggle continues for the former Panther, who will be competing in her ninth Symetra Tour tournament today in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Morgan is fighting for the opportunity to join the LPGA Tour. Continue reading “Former Polytechnic Golfer Competing in Professional Tour”

‘Set Beautiful Free’ Aims to End Human Trafficking Misery

Even from across the world, grassroots efforts can take hold and make a difference for an epidemic almost too abhorrent to imagine.
Pasadena-based committee members for India’s Set Beautiful Free have learned this, after recently immersing themselves in a world so forsaken they couldn’t believe it to be true until they saw it firsthand. They had heard of the organization that helps rescue impoverished women and girls sold into the sex trade, but before they were ready to commit financially and hours of service, they had to see it to believe it. Continue reading “‘Set Beautiful Free’ Aims to End Human Trafficking Misery”

Blood Donations Urgently Needed in the Final Weeks of Summer

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.
In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.
As a special thank-you, those who give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or (800) 733-2767. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Fundraiser Sept. 27

Friends In Deed returns to Castle Green on Sept. 27 for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz while perusing silent auction opportunities. Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed Community Liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. All 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.
The evening will feature a jazz trio with John Pisano, Gene Bertoncini and John Leftwich. Pisano has recorded and toured the globe with artists such as Joe Pass, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Sergio Mendes, Manhattan Transfer and many others. He recorded more than one dozen albums with Joe Pass.
Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” He has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond.
Leftwich, a classical guitarist, has performed with a wide variety of musical luminaries, including Tierney Sutton, Rickie Lee Jones, Chet Baker, Mel Torme and Hubert Laws. His music has been featured in commercials and movies.
For more information, visit friends­indeedpas.org or contact Friends In Deed at (626) 797-2402 or friendsindeedpas@gmail.com. Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available online at friendsindeedpas.org/fid/events/event/2017-jazz-on-the-green.

Flintridge Prep Junior Stokes Passion for Journalism

The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook

Flintridge Prep junior and aspiring journalist Valentina Martinez, 16, attended the 66th annual California Scholastic Press Association’s High School Journalism workshop, held at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The workshop, held from July 9-21, hosted 24 students to teach them real-world experience in the field of journalism. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Junior Stokes Passion for Journalism”

Panto’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tickets on Sale

Photo courtesy Clarence Alford Jordan Fisher (from left), Ben Giroux, Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen in the 2013 production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s  “Aladdin’s Winter Wish” at the Pasadena Playhouse
Photo courtesy Clarence Alford
Jordan Fisher (from left), Ben Giroux, Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen in the 2013 production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s  “Aladdin’s Winter Wish” at the Pasadena Playhouse

Tickets are now on sale for “Beauty and the Beast — A Christmas Rose,” the newest production from Lythgoe Family Panto, in association with Pasadena Playhouse, which expands this winter to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for 15 performances from Dec. 13-24.
The play will be directed by Sheldon Epps and choreographed by Mandy Moore (“La La Land”), with book by Kris Lythgoe and music direction and arrangements by Michael Orland (“American Idol”). Bonnie Lythgoe will serve as executive director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe, and an all-star cast will be announced at a later date.
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Alumnae Bring ‘American Home’ Rehearsals to Westridge

Photo courtesy Westridge School “American Home” director Kate Woodruff, playwright Stephanie Alison Walker and producer/stage manager Betsy Roth.
Photo courtesy Westridge School
“American Home” director Kate Woodruff, playwright Stephanie Alison Walker and producer/stage manager Betsy Roth.

Westridge School alumna Betsy Roth, co-founder of Little Candle Productions, is back on campus to hold play rehearsals for the upcoming production of “American Home,” which opens Aug. 26 at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.
Roth, also an actress, is serving as producer and stage manager, while her sister, Ellie Roth, another Westridge alumna, is prop designer for the upcoming play that explores three tales about the 2008 mortgage crisis from playwright Stephanie Alison Walker.
In 2008, Walker and her husband were among the one in 54 homeowners to receive a foreclosure notice when the American housing market collapsed. As she fought to save her home and her marriage, Walker penned the first draft of “American Home,” a powerful drama featuring a young couple facing eviction from the dream house they stretched to buy; an elderly widow who falls prey to a reverse mortgage scheme; and a minister of the prosperity gospel who must face the flock she’s led astray.
The play runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 24. For more information, visit littlecandleproductions.com.
Questions? Please contact Lisa Vandergriff, director of Alumnae Affairs Westridge School at Lvandergriff@westridge.org or call (626) 799-1053, ext. 244.

Pasadena Symphony Association to Make Magic at Moonlight Sonata Gala

The Pasadena Symphony Association will host its annual Moonlight Sonata Gala on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5:30-10 p.m., which will be a night filled with entertainment, music and dancing held at Pasadena’s historic City Hall.
Music Director David Lockington will host the evening as guests enjoy dinner and live music under the stars in Centennial Square. Distinctive to this year’s gala is lively dancing to close out the night. The evening will start off with libations in the cloistered courtyard. As dinner begins, members of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra will serenade guests along their walk to Centennial Square, where Claud & Co. will provide a four-course meal. The program will feature a live and silent auction along with an awards ceremony honoring three prominent community figures. Dance music will be provided by Tony Galla and the Usual Suspects, a six-piece band that will perform songs from the Great American Songbook.
Another entertainer will be illusionist David Kwong, who recently published “Spellbound: Seven Principles to Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success.”
The Pasadena Symphony Association will honor three Moonlight Sonata luminaries. This year’s Community Luminary is the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association, a dedicated group of volunteers who support the musicians of the Pasadena Symphony Association through the Holiday Look In, an annual fundraising event celebrating its 50th year. Northern Trust will be acknowledged as Corporate Luminary for its generous charitable contributions to the arts; and Philanthropist Luminary Margaret Sedenquist will be recognized for her long, charitable history with the Pasadena Symphony Association and the greater Pasadena community.
Centennial Square is located at 100 N. Garfield Ave. Tickets to the Moonlight Sonata Gala are limited. Individual tickets start at $250 and may be purchased by visiting PasadeanSymphony-Pops.org or by contacting Scott Vandrick, chief development officer at svandrick@PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172, ext.45.

PUSD Community Beats Heat to Achieve Musical Excellence

The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook.

Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK Leo Sanchez, Samantha Romero, Ivan Tovalin, Christian Robles and Mali Rodriguez of Pasadena High School play the last song after a full day rehearsing.
Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK
Leo Sanchez, Samantha Romero, Ivan Tovalin, Christian Robles and Mali Rodriguez of Pasadena High School play the last song after a full day rehearsing.

Although the first week of school has just begun, Pasadena Unified School District high school bands have already been bearing the summer heat during band camp at Marshall Fundamental, John Muir and Pasadena High schools, gearing up for the football and marching band competition seasons.
Band camp is a long-standing tradition in PUSD, but new leaders at Marshall and PHS are hoping to ramp up the somewhat dated music programs. Corey Whitt of Marshall and Bill Benson of PHS as well as veteran director Philip Topping of Muir will lead their school bands in the new school year.
With an East Coast and Midwest background, Whitt’s move to Pasadena has been a challenge, but one that he has taken on readily.
“The biggest difference between the bands back East and here is the size,” said Whitt, a Harvard graduate. “Here, we have many smaller bands, as opposed to a few large bands.”
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