No Boundaries Art Exhibit Displays Student Work

Pasadena Unified’s No Boundaries exhibit features 2-D, 3-D and video art.

The art of Pasadena Unified students was on display at the recent 12th annual No Boundaries art exhibit at Pasadena’s Shops on Lake. The exhibit featured more than 500 art pieces from students in every school in the district.
Selected pieces will be included in two installments at the “Bridging Boundaries” exhibition in Pasadena City Hall.

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PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April

Preschools in Pasadena Unified include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

Pasadena Unified School District’s preschools are holding fairs in April for prospective families to tour classrooms, register and learn about the preschool curriculum that is developing creative and confident learners.
Full-day preschools are offered at Pasadena Unified Children’s Centers, where the curriculum features opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery to help build enduring critical thinking skills — and foster confidence so that young children are well-prepared for kindergarten.
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McKinley School Hosts Parent Summit April 8

Charles Heaton, principal of McKinley School, invites parents and community members to the school’s Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8.

McKinley School invites parents to attend its Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The free event includes workshops on adolescent development, navigating high school, strategies for college planning and parenting styles. In the Writers’ Workshop session, parents will get insight into the way that PUSD elementary school students are learning to hone their writing skills with methods used by professional writers.
“The Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents and families to come together to prepare children for the future, whether for the next academic year or for college and careers,” said McKinley School Principal Charles Heaton.
The event is free and open to all parents and families. To register, visit McKinley School is located at 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave.

Leadership Pasadena to Help Law Enforcement, Special Needs Interaction

Capt. Tim Sell, Chief Bertral Washington, Cindy Bengtson and Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza director of development, will attend the Leadership Pasadena event on Apri 24.

Leadership Pasadena, in partnership with Villa Esperanza Services, Ability First and Professional Child Development Associates, is presenting a free 90-minute seminar for families, caregivers or staff caring for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) on how to work with law enforcement and first responders.
The event is Monday, April 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave.
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Fashion Designer to Speak at Junior League Event

Trina Turk

The Junior League of Pasadena will hold its annual Simply Speaking silent auction and dinner on Saturday, April 29, at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League of Pasadena’s community outreach initiatives and charitable efforts in Pasadena and the surrounding communities.
This year’s event features a keynote speech by Trina Turk, a local fashion designer known throughout the country for her bold and California-inspired line of contemporary apparel, shoes and accessories.
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Pasadena City College Announces ‘PCC Promise’

Starting this fall, high school graduates in the San Gabriel Valley will be able to attend Pasadena City College without paying tuition through a new program known as the PCC Promise.
The program is the latest in a growing number of similar programs at two-year colleges around the country designed to give every student access to a college education. As tuition in the CSU and UC systems has skyrocketed by as much as 400% over the past 20 years, vastly outpacing inflation, the PCC Promise intends to lower barriers to ensure that the benefits of college attendance remain available to students of all backgrounds.
“PCC has been a gateway to a better life for residents of our region for more than 90 years,” said PCC Superintendent-President Rajen Vurdien. “The PCC Promise makes sure that gateway remains open for all the students we serve — today and tomorrow.”
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Pasadena Guild of CHLA Seats New Board, Members

Photos courtesy Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital
New associate members include Lisa Jobe, Lynn Cooper, Nancy Cole, Leslie Dennis, Leslie Warburton and Lorna Reed.

Members of the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gathered recently to welcome new active and associate members and to install incoming 2017 officers and board members.
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Senior Girls Delight, Twirl at Prom Dress Giveaway

OUTLOOK photo Tasha Gist, a 17-year-old senior from Pasadena’s Blair High School, tries on high heels with the help of Dea Wilkerson, a Walter Hoving Home “personal shopper” volunteer, at the Salvation Army’s annual Prom Dress Giveaway.
Tasha Gist, a 17-year-old senior from Pasadena’s Blair High School, tries on high heels with the help of Dea Wilkerson, a Walter Hoving Home “personal shopper” volunteer, at the Salvation Army’s annual Prom Dress Giveaway.

A fairy godmother waved her wand recently over 60 teenage girls preparing for their spring prom at Pasadena Salvation
Army’s eighth annual Prom Dress Giveaway.
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Healthy Aging Conference on April 22

Helen Dennis

Seniors ages 50 and older will connect with others, gain new perspectives, increase their knowledge, get energized and more at the free 2017 Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Helen Dennis, a nationally recognized expert on issues related to aging, will open the conference with a keynote address titled “The Retirement Revolution.” She writes about successful aging for several daily newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area, co-authored the 2008 New York Times bestseller “Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women” and was named by PBS’s “Next Avenue” as one of the 50 most influential leaders in aging for 2016. Her firm, Helen Dennis & Associates, specializes in retirement issues and ageism in employment.
The Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging will feature a full slate of workshops focused on common interests and concerns among seniors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
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Mayfield Junior School Parents’ Association Board

Photo courtesy Mayfield Junior School
Under the thoughtful and dynamic leadership of President Paige Hobey and President-elect Teresa Dilbeck, the Mayfield Junior School Parents’ Association Board and its committees, a hard working and enthusiastic group of volunteers, give their time and talent toward the success of many of the programs and events that make Mayfield Junior School exceptional. This year’s board members include (front row, from left) Kate Candelora, Charisse Tolleson, Ann Huntsman, President-elect Dilbeck, President Hobey, Julie Soma, Priscilla Stanton, Cherie Ko and Julia Smith. Back: Betty Rabadi, Susie Baggott, Nicole von Thaden, Nicole Dixon, Stacy Sartor, Rene Dolan, Marcela Rock, Richelle Huizar, Gwenn Palafox, Julie Wong, Karen Limongelli, Andrea Ridl and Pam Halferty. Not pictured: Angela Bohanec, Martha Figueroa, Anna Heredia, Valerie Leiva and Lisa Pratt.