Polytechnic Football Scores Big With Hillsides

Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto Poly Head of School John Bracker said football coach Chris Schmoke, pictured above talking to senior John Genske, is a good mentor to all of his athletes and students.
Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto
Poly Head of School John Bracker said football coach Chris Schmoke, pictured above talking to senior John Genske, is a good mentor to all of his athletes and students.

Hillsides has partnerships with various schools in the Pasadena area, most notably Polytechnic. The union between the foster care organization and Poly began nearly 40 years ago and remains strong to this day.
Hillsides Tutor Coordinator Ian Lee praised Poly students for taking the time to tutor their clients, but working with an agency “dedicated to healing children and young adults, strengthening families and transforming communities through quality comprehensive services and advocacy,” he felt more could be done.
“I’m pretty sure I was the first one brave enough to ask, ‘Would you be open to hosting athletic clinics?’” Lee said. “We never really made a strong connection with an athletic student body group.”
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Fusion Academy’s Flexible Summer Classes

Fusion Pasadena science teacher Marc Missirlian and student Kameline Keshavarzi finish an experiment in the science lab.
Fusion Pasadena science teacher Marc Missirlian and student Kameline Keshavarzi finish an experiment in the science lab.

For students who need to make up a class this summer but have other obligations, Fusion Academy Pasadena offers them the flexibility to do it all. WASC accredited and UC approved courses are taught one-to-one at our friendly and comfortable campus. Students will learn the material like never before.
For more information on Fusion Academy Pasadena, call (323) 258-2012 or go to fusionpasadena.com.

Pasadena Antique Show and Sale June 16-18

Quality antique dealers will fill the Pasadena Center’s Exhibit Hall A with every type of antique imaginable, all on display and all for sale, at the Pasadena Antique Show and Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 16-18. Shoppers can find a wide range of top-quality antiques, fine art, furniture, heirloom jewelry, vintage timepieces, art glass, crystal, folk art, quilts, rugs and many other unique antique treasures. The seasoned enthusiast, beginning collector or just someone browsing should not miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience so many fine collections in one location.
Now in its 40th year, this show is Pasadena’s largest event of its kind. Bustamante exhibitors must abide by an established code of ethics, one of the highest in the industry, which ensures that customers can shop with complete confidence.
The Pasadena Antique Show will be open Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, June 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for children younger than 12. The Pasadena Center is at 300 E. Green St., directly across from the Paseo Colorado mall. Ample parking is available. For more information, call the show promoter at (209) 358-3134 or the Pasadena Center at (626) 793-2122, or visit bustamante-shows.com.

Enduring Heroes Statue Unveiled on Memorial Day

Hundreds of supporters joined families and dignitaries at a moving Memorial Day ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Enduring Heroes statue in Pasadena.

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Unveiled on Monday, the 8-foot bronze Enduring Heroes sculpture, by artist Christopher Slatoff, depicts a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. It was inspired by each of the 11 local soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK
Unveiled on Monday, the 8-foot bronze Enduring Heroes sculpture, by artist Christopher Slatoff, depicts a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. It was inspired by each of the 11 local soldiers who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 8-foot bronze sculpture, stationed prominently in Defenders Park, on the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards, will serve as a tribute to the 11 area soldiers — including San Marino’s J.P. Blecksmith — who gave their lives over the past 15 years in Afghanistan and Iraq.
J.P.’s father, Ed Blecksmith, spoke as a representative for all 11 local Gold Star Families who lost a son or daughter in the War on Terror: “This was a title, Gold Star Family, that none of us sought,” he said. “Losing a child, especially one who has volunteered to serve his or her country during a time of conflict, is a prospect very few families have had to face.”
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Local Bank Helping to Bring Rose Bowl History in Focus

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Executive Director Dedan Brozino (from left), Community Bank CEO David Misch and Rose Bowl CEO Darryl Dunn wrap up filming a commercial on behalf of the Legacy Foundation.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Executive Director Dedan Brozino (from left), Community Bank CEO David Misch and Rose Bowl CEO Darryl Dunn wrap up filming a commercial on behalf of the Legacy Foundation.

David Misch had watched his share of Rose Bowl games on TV, but his first one as a fan inside the stadium this year was one for the books.
Misch hopes to make sure people hear about this and every other game that’s been played at America’s stadium since the inaugural kickoff in 1922. And every concert. And every rally. And everything, really.
Misch, a member of the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Advisory Board and the CEO of Pasadena-based Community Bank, is a Cleveland native who earned both of his degrees from Penn State. He had settled in Pittsburgh and, quite naturally, became a Steelers fan. In 2006, he relocated to Southern California for work and was hired at Community Bank four years ago. Continue reading “Local Bank Helping to Bring Rose Bowl History in Focus”

Free Pasadena Community Orchestra Concert June 10

Pasadena Community Orchestra’s summer Concert in the Park will be held on Saturday evening, June 10, at Sierra Madre Memorial Park (222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.).
The concert, which begins at 6:30, “presents a rare opportunity for the whole family to enjoy accessible orchestral music for free and with free parking,” according to an event spokesperson. “Picnics on the lawn, kids playing or taking a close-up look at the musicians on stage, and even a kid-centric ‘children’s march’ around the park keep it relaxing for everyone. It all makes for a perfect start to a SoCal summer.”
Bethany Pfleuger leads these accomplished amateur musicians in a program of marches, light classics, film scores and Americana. New this year, the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry adds a presentation featuring giant fabric banners and flags to illustrate the rollicking, dramatic tale of Von Suppé’s “Light Cavalry Overture.”
Concerts are made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the city of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, L.A. County Arts Commission, Pasadena Community Foundation, and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.
For further information, call (626) 445-6708 or visit www.pcomusic.org.

Keller Williams Realty Gives to PUSD School

Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK Nancy Morris (front row, from left), Alyssa Rangel, Annie Deng, MaryAnne Locher, Alex Lopez, Cedrick Jihanian, Priscilla Swantner and Quinton. Back: Francisco, Tony Barraza, Steve Hewko, Suzan Fish, Esther Clauson, Cariy Hernandez, Brock Worthen, Robert Hernandez, Stephanie Mora and Matt May.
Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
Nancy Morris (front row, from left), Alyssa Rangel, Annie Deng, MaryAnne Locher, Alex Lopez, Cedrick Jihanian, Priscilla Swantner and Quinton. Back: Francisco, Tony Barraza, Steve Hewko, Suzan Fish, Esther Clauson, Cariy Hernandez, Brock Worthen, Robert Hernandez, Stephanie Mora and Matt May.

The associates of the Pasadena Keller Williams Realty choose to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, Keller Williams’ annual day of service dedicated to Renewing, Energizing and Donating to their local community.
“RED Day is built on the belief that people can and should come together to achieve extraordinary things to help others,” said Brock Worthen, team leader, Pasadena Keller Williams Realty. For RED Day, Keller Williams spent the day at Washington Middle School, a local public school in Pasadena.

Linda Alvarez (front row, from left) and Barbara Hairston. Back: Elizabeth Eichhorn, Saied Rahmati, Jordan Johnson, Eriq Patino, Salonika Oltan, Jeremy Fields, Nancy Hamel, Jonathan Jansen and Brock Worthen.
Linda Alvarez (front row, from left) and Barbara Hairston. Back: Elizabeth Eichhorn, Saied Rahmati, Jordan Johnson, Eriq Patino, Salonika Oltan, Jeremy Fields, Nancy Hamel, Jonathan Jansen and Brock Worthen.

This year they gave more than 240 hours in addition to raising thousands of dollars in donations for the school. The associates performed a variety of tasks from painting, gardening to securing indoor and outdoor furniture. They transformed an old detention room into a warm inviting teacher lounge with new paint and furnishings. Now the teachers have a place where they can relax and synergize. “RED Day just happens to be a one-day expression of the constant state of the Keller Williams culture. We see a need, discover who can meet it and get it done,” said Worthen.

College Women’s Club Celebrates 96th Scholarship Awards

Photo courtesy Shawna McClain Taylor Kim (ELAC) (front row, from left), Anthea Taeuber (Occidental), Pavlina Slezak (Occidental) and Shushanik Gabrielyan (GCC). Back: Destiny Torres (ELAC), Lauren Ahlquist (Fuller) and Angela Dupont (Fuller). Not pictured: Maitreyl Ashok (Caltech), Madison Gilbertson (Fuller) and Vivan Moreno (Art Center).
Photo courtesy Shawna McClain
Taylor Kim (ELAC) (front row, from left), Anthea Taeuber (Occidental), Pavlina Slezak (Occidental) and Shushanik Gabrielyan (GCC). Back: Destiny Torres (ELAC), Lauren Ahlquist (Fuller) and Angela Dupont (Fuller). Not pictured: Maitreyl Ashok (Caltech), Madison Gilbertson (Fuller) and Vivan Moreno (Art Center).

The College Women’s Club of Pasadena honored 10 outstanding women with scholarship awards for the 2017-18 school year. Awards are given to accomplished women at greater Pasadena-area colleges to help them complete their education. Undergraduate winners include: Vivian Moreno of Art Center College of Design, Maitreyl Ashok of Caltech, Taylor Kim and Destiny Torres of East Los Angeles College, Shushanik Gabrielyan of Glendale Community College, and Pavlina Slezak and Anthea Taeuber of Occidental College. The Graduate Fellowship recipients are Lauren Ahlquist, Angela DuPont and Madison Glibertson, all of Fuller Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology. The club’s Scholarship Foundation is held and managed by the Pasadena Community Foundation and awarded $30,000 this year. For more information and to join the College Women’s Club, contact Marilyn Siemon-Burgeson at Mburgeson@earthlink.net.

Enduring Heroes to Honor Local Soldiers With Monument

Enduring Heroes, a group of Pasadena-area residents and Gold Star families, will dedicate a permanent tribute to local soldiers who have given their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Wars on Terror on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29).
Located at the corner of Colorado and Orange Grove in Defenders Park, the Enduring Heroes Memorial will feature an 8-foot bronze sculpture of a combat soldier triumphantly holding the American flag. Christopher Slatoff, a noted local artist, sculpted the piece, using inspiration from the stories of the local Gold Star families.
“We’re proud to see Pasadena take a leadership role in building awareness, education and gratitude for our soldiers who gave their lives to protect our nation,” said Shelly Lowe, Enduring Heroes Steering Committee chairman. “We thank the strong and diverse group of individuals who came together to support this monument and who saw the need to honor our local soldiers.”
The monument pays tribute to soldiers from Pasadena and its neighboring cities — Altadena, La Cañada Flintridge and San Marino. These four cities and their citizens are closely connected in numerous civic and philanthropic pursuits making it equally fitting to band together to honor local warriors.
“The Enduring Heroes Memorial and Dedication will honor these young men and women who stepped into the breach to keep this nation free and independent and who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that freedom,” said Ed Blecksmith, Gold Star father of J.P. Blecksmith and USMC veteran. Continue reading “Enduring Heroes to Honor Local Soldiers With Monument”