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”

Spiritual Care Guild Oktoberfest Benefits Those in Need

Raise a stein and join the fun on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Care Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Oktoberfest.
This year’s celebration will take place on the campus of Southwestern Academy in San Marino. The school grounds will be transformed into a German biergarten for the evening, complete with oom-pah band, stein-holding contest, beer garden with live coverage of playoff baseball and college football games, and more.
Funds raised at this event will help the Spiritual care Chaplaincy Team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles continue to provide emotional support and comfort to patients and families as they struggle with fear and uncertainty.
Hospital chaplains lend a listening ear to young patients and families who have received a new diagnosis or have had a family member rushed to the emergency room. They stay with families at the end of life or as they sort through ethical decisions.
Chaplains provide spiritual counseling, facilitate comforting rituals and supply religious literature and items that provide patients and families comfort. They work with families of any, or no, particular faith. Last year the Spiritual Care Team reached roughly 150,000 patients and families. No family has to pay for the service of a chaplain. This important work relies largely on donations from caring people such as yourself, so we hope you will join in on the fun at our second annual Oktoberfest that benefits those in need.
The SCG Oktoberfest will be held at Southwestern Academy, 2800 Monterey Road, in San Marino. Tickets are $75 per person.
For more information, to donate or purchase tickets, visit spiritualcareguild.org.

$14.5 Million Grant Awarded to PUSD

PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald
PUSD Superintendent
Brian McDonald

The Pasadena Unified School District has been awarded a $14.5 million Magnet School Assistance Program grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support programs that promote diversity and increase student achievement at three schools located in the district’s northwest neighborhoods: Altadena Elementary, Washington STEAM Magnet and John Muir High School. The grant supports programs that draw diverse students from throughout the community and expands public school choices for parents.
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Randall Breast Center Now Offers New 3-D Exam

Courtesy Christopher Grisanti Photography Jim and Eleanor Randall
Courtesy Christopher Grisanti Photography
Jim and Eleanor Randall

Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center is now home to the latest technology to detect breast cancer. Known as 3-D tomosynthesis, this three-dimensional mammography system provides images of the breast in “slices” from different angles.
Although traditional 2-D mammography remains one of the best tools available for detection of abnormalities, the emergence of 3-D mammogram technology offers patients and doctors the opportunity for greater clarity in imaging. In addition, 3-D mammography detects 20%-40% more invasive cancers and reduces false alarms by up to 40%.
For many women, this means being spared the emotional, practical and economic toll of additional testing, including biopsies, when cancer can be ruled out during the initial mammogram.

Courtesy Skalij Photography Dr. Jon Foran, pictured above with a TOMO machine, is medical director of the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center.
Courtesy Skalij Photography
Dr. Jon Foran, pictured above with a TOMO machine, is medical director of the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center.

“One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime,” said Dr. Jon Foran, medical director of the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center. “We are proud to now offer 3-D tomosynthesis to our patients, helping us improve the detection of breast cancer and reduce false alarms. This ground-breaking technology supports the goal of providing the very best breast cancer screening options to women in our community.”
The new system also provides greater accuracy for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. Eight of nine women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. Breast cancer risk also increases with age, with two out of three invasive breast cancers found in women over age 55.

Young & Healthy Gala Set for Jan. 27

Young & Healthy, a community-based nonprofit that provides access to medical, dental, mental health, and other health services free of charge to uninsured and underinsured low-income children, announces that its 2018 benefit gala will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, and will include an opportunity to double the funds raised for the organization on the evening of the event.
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Funds Poured in for AbilityFirst at the PinotFaire

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Craig Sloane, Lori Gangemi, Mike Farwell and Alan Matoza enjoyed wine tasting at the recent PinotFaire at the Altadena Town & Country Club.
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Craig Sloane, Lori Gangemi, Mike Farwell and Alan Matoza enjoyed wine tasting at the recent PinotFaire at the Altadena Town & Country Club.

The Grand Pinot Tasting “PinotFaire” was recently held at the Altadena Town & Country Club, with a portion of ticket sales benefitting AbilityFirst. It was a gorgeous day to spend the afternoon sipping award-winning wines at the country club. More than 200 guests and wineries enjoyed the event while sipping 120 tastings and eating delicacies from local purveyor Howie’s Market and Alexander’s Prime Meats.
The room was filled with wine aficionados, wine lovers and local supporters. AbilityFirst CEO Lori Gangemi was on hand along with PinotFaire event producers Mike Farwell, Ramon Miramontes and Bonny Garcia. This year brought a new layer to the event — the Best of the Best wine competition, with local California winery Wedell Cellars taking home the prize for first place. A unique event to the community, the Grand Pinot Tasting helped unite the Pasadena and surrounding communities by celebrating and enjoying delicious wines while giving back to a long-standing charity in the community.

Families Forward Hosts Tasting Event Oct. 14

Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center Families Forward Twilight Tasting organizers include Veronica Francis, Bobbi Hewins, Kristin Bacon, Monica Shaffer, Anne Marie Pieczarka, Rosiris Paniagua, Sarah Hilbert, and Ginger Mort. Not pictured: Kelly Crowe, Jennifer Dyer, Faith Gustin, and Tanya Reader.
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Families Forward Twilight Tasting organizers include Veronica Francis, Bobbi Hewins, Kristin Bacon, Monica Shaffer, Anne Marie Pieczarka, Rosiris Paniagua, Sarah Hilbert, and Ginger Mort. Not pictured: Kelly Crowe, Jennifer Dyer, Faith Gustin, and Tanya Reader.

What are you craving? A hoppy microbrew? Green corn tamales and mole? A glass of chardonnay with lively music? Families Forward Learning Center, formerly known as Mother’s Club, will host its seventh annual Twilight Tasting featuring live music, a “Wine Wall” and silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 6-10 p.m. Top local restaurants will offer a diverse array of gourmet bites.
Proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit as it continues to serve local at-risk families through an award-winning Two-Generation Learning Program. To purchase tickets, visit Bit.ly/TwilightTasting2017 or call (626) 792-2687, ext. 112.

Junior League Names New Board

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell The Junior League of Pasadena’s new board includes (front row, from left) Dana Jones, Charlotte Miles, Amy Onderdonk, Sara Hatch and Catie Roheim. Back: Allison Daniels, Kerry Slater, Katy Allamong, Emily Loiacano, Katrina Onderdonk and Kathryn Enright.
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The Junior League of Pasadena’s new board includes (front row, from left) Dana Jones, Charlotte Miles, Amy Onderdonk, Sara Hatch and Catie Roheim. Back: Allison Daniels, Kerry Slater, Katy Allamong, Emily Loiacano, Katrina Onderdonk and Kathryn Enright.

The Junior League of Pasadena has named a new team of women to lead the 91-year-old leadership and training organization.
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Large Crowd Expected at Kidspace’s Annual Pumpkin Festival

Photo courtesy Kidspace Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.
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Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.

The public is invited to Kidspace’s 23rd annual Pumpkin Festival on the weekend of Oct. 14-15 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Brookside Park. Last year, the free event drew almost 20,000 people from across Southern California.
The festival, hosted by the Circle of Friends, features complimentary crafts and live musical performances from acts such as GEM Sisters, BARK, The Alana Banana Show, Revolution Dance Center, Rumbling Rhythms, Cleary Irish Dance and the Hollow Trees.
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