Learning Works Gives Kids Last Shot at High School Diploma

Graduation day was just around the corner for about 70 seniors at Learning Works Charter School, but there were still projects and chapters to complete, papers to turn in, and the tense, palpable energy in the school’s “factory” room reflected as much.
Heads bent, papers spread out, pens and highlighters at the ready; it could have been a snapshot into any high school study hall before finals. But at this alternative Pasadena school for students in grades 9-12, the stakes are much higher. Continue reading “Learning Works Gives Kids Last Shot at High School Diploma”

Humane Society Puts Furry Friends First

It’s been said that animal people aren’t always people people, but Pasadena Humane Society President/CEO Julie Bank, who loves dogs and cats equally, is here to debunk myths.
Now nearly two years at the helm of the beloved Pasadena animal shelter, stationed at a well-known historical landmark building, Bank has made it her mission to improve the lives of all animals and of the people attached to them.
“We’re all about the relationship between people and their animals. Animals are our main audience and customer, but we believe animals are very much a part of the family, bringing a lot of positivity to a family, so we want to do everything we can to strengthen that relationship,” said Bank, who has nearly 30 years of experience in animal welfare work. “My commitment is to animal welfare and to the relationship between people and pets.” Continue reading “Humane Society Puts Furry Friends First”

Muse/ique’s Summer Series Kicks Off June 30 at the Huntington

Muse/ique will celebrate and explore the country’s unique sound in “States/United: Mapping Musical America,” its summer series unfolding at the Huntington Library on June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25.
Performances will take place at the Brown Garden Lawn, adjacent to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Continue reading “Muse/ique’s Summer Series Kicks Off June 30 at the Huntington”

LAMP Mentors Teach What Success Entails

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Harlan Ward, Bertral Washington, Mayor Terry Tornek, Gilbert Holmes and Raphael Henderson gathered at the University Club of Pasadena recently to celebrate the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation’s 2018 LAMP mentor graduates. Six young men and one young woman were awarded scholarships for college at the luncheon, culminating the LAMP mentorship program.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
Harlan Ward, Bertral Washington, Mayor Terry Tornek, Gilbert Holmes and Raphael Henderson gathered at the University Club of Pasadena recently to celebrate the Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation’s 2018 LAMP mentor graduates. Six young men and one young woman were awarded scholarships for college at the luncheon, culminating the LAMP mentorship program.

Growing up in Altadena with just his mom, Loyola High School graduate Corey O’Rane-Ealy didn’t have a lot of black male role models in his life.
He learned to tie his own tie and shave on his own, only to realize much later, after some painful results, that he was shaving the wrong way. His barber corrected him.
These are the little things a boy on his own might grow up with. But there were some bigger things, too. Continue reading “LAMP Mentors Teach What Success Entails”

E-Waste, Documents Shredded June 16

Residents can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal and business documents shredded at the city’s popular free e-waste event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, June 16. The event will be held in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Shredding trucks and e-waste collection sites will be arranged at different stations in Parking Lot I. Look for signs for the event. Motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area.
Continue reading “E-Waste, Documents Shredded June 16”

Villa Gardens Opens New Therapy Room

Photo courtesy Villa Gardens Dmitry Estrin, executive director at Villa Gardens Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pasadena, demonstrates the physical therapy stairs at the recent grand opening of the new Therapy Room. The room features state-of-the-art equipment for all types of physical therapy. Open to the general public, the new room is part of the Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 54-bed skilled nursing community, which is part of the Villa Gardens campus, located at 842 E. Villa St. in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 463-5300 or go to villagardens.org.
Photo courtesy Villa Gardens
Dmitry Estrin, executive director at Villa Gardens Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pasadena, demonstrates the physical therapy stairs at the recent grand opening of the new Therapy Room. The room features state-of-the-art equipment for all types of physical therapy. Open to the general public, the new room is part of the Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 54-bed skilled nursing community, which is part of the Villa Gardens campus, located at 842 E. Villa St. in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 463-5300 or go to villagardens.org.

Charitable Trust Helps Meet Needs of Those With Autism

PCDA Executive Director Diane Cullinane and Firestone Estate trustee Marilynn Garcia celebrate the $500,000 donation.
PCDA Executive Director Diane Cullinane and Firestone Estate trustee Marilynn Garcia celebrate the $500,000 donation.

Professional Child Development Associates has received a $500,000 donation from the Mose J. and Sylvia Dilman Firestone Charitable Trust to expand its ability to serve children with autism or other developmental challenges, and their families. Continue reading “Charitable Trust Helps Meet Needs of Those With Autism”

Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday

Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.
Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.

The city of Pasadena recently celebrated its past and envisioned the future with a free community party that showcased an emphasis on science, technology and creativity. Mayor Terry Tornek, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Chris Holden, City Council members Gene Masuda and Tyrone Hampton, and Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson cut a ceremonial slice of cake to start the proceedings. Continue reading “Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday”