NCL Mothers, Daughters Bond Through Community Service

Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto National Charity League’s Pasadena Area Chapter Ticktockers were honored at the group’s 20th annual Installation and Recognition Tea recently, including the Hourglass Award recipients — girls who volunteered a minimum of 100 hours at multiple local nonprofits — including (front row, from left) Mia Pippert, Sarah Smith, Greta Coontz, Rebecca Daley, Sarah Montgomery, Emily Gray, Maya Barajas-Tavera, Meghan Sullivan and Lauren Tapert. Back: Claire Villegas, Harrisan Smyser, Margaret Hornberger, Caroline Nowak, Camille Burton, Emma Dillion, Emeline Tolleson, Catherine Sanchez, Yumi Balthazar, Kristen McCann, Emily Hornberger, Sarah Ryan, Alexandra Lewis, Taryn Kim, Eva Rodriguez and Mary-Katherine Seley. (Not pictured: Elise Desjarlais, Caroline Diehl, Juliana Fong, Riley Frey, Lauren Goedde, Emma Guevara, Eleanor Holdsworth, Madison Jaffrey, Sarah Johnson, Kyla Kikkawa, Kaley Penichet-Khaw, Katie Pieschala, Cameron Smith and Katrina Torrealba.)
Photo courtesy Jennifer Godwin-Minto
National Charity League’s Pasadena Area Chapter Ticktockers were honored at the group’s 20th annual Installation and Recognition Tea recently, including the Hourglass Award recipients — girls who volunteered a minimum of 100 hours at multiple local nonprofits — including (front row, from left) Mia Pippert, Sarah Smith, Greta Coontz, Rebecca Daley, Sarah Montgomery, Emily Gray, Maya Barajas-Tavera, Meghan Sullivan and Lauren Tapert. Back: Claire Villegas, Harrisan Smyser, Margaret Hornberger, Caroline Nowak, Camille Burton, Emma Dillion, Emeline Tolleson, Catherine Sanchez, Yumi Balthazar, Kristen McCann, Emily Hornberger, Sarah Ryan, Alexandra Lewis, Taryn Kim, Eva Rodriguez and Mary-Katherine Seley. (Not pictured: Elise Desjarlais, Caroline Diehl, Juliana Fong, Riley Frey, Lauren Goedde, Emma Guevara, Eleanor Holdsworth, Madison Jaffrey, Sarah Johnson, Kyla Kikkawa, Kaley Penichet-Khaw, Katie Pieschala, Cameron Smith and Katrina Torrealba.)

They say a daughter is a little girl who grows up to be your best friend.
But before that happens, little girls pass through, as moms know best, what might be called some “trying moments.” Continue reading “NCL Mothers, Daughters Bond Through Community Service”

Cancer Support Meeting June 6

A discussion about life, recurrence, death and cancer will be presented at the Cancer Support Community-Pasadena on Tuesday, June 6, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Author David Kessler will lead the discussion. He will offer a safe place where talking about the fear of death does not mean giving up. Instead, it means learning how to live fully despite cancer. He teaches how fear does not stop death, fear stops life. He will present practical information about how to reduce common fears of recurrence, illness and death and how to find a stronger, richer life after cancer.
Kessler has written five best-selling books. He is a board member of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and is a frequent guest on the “Dr. Oz Show” and a contributing writer to Oprah.com.
The Cancer Support Community-Pasadena is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Make reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.

Pinot Pigs Wine Bar Hosts Loring Winery Tasting

The founders of Pinot Pigs Wine Bar — coming to Pasadena in early 2018 — is hosting a private wine tasting event with Brian Loring of Loring Winery at Alma de la Rosa in Pasadena this Saturday, May 27. Loring will be pouring some of his favorite pinot noirs as well as other varietals. A raffle will benefit AbilityFirst’s programs and services in support of helping people with disabilities achieve their personal best. AbilityFirst offers more than a dozen programs to help individuals transition from childhood to adult life, as well as employment services, job training, and programs to help build social connections and independence.
The tasting kicks off the 8th annual Grand PinotFaire, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Altadena Town & Country Club. The Grand PinotFaire will feature hundreds of wines from notable wineries on the West Coast, paired with delectable cheeses and charcuterie from Howie’s and Alexander’s Prime Meats.
For more information or to RSVP email info@pinotfaire.com or call (626) 862-7441. Space is limited.

Links Award Scholarships to PUSD High School Seniors

Eddie Newman, Michael Johnson, Ulani Mafate, Lauryn Miller, Emon Dolly-Davis, Arreah Wilson, Elise Logan, Isaiah Da Sylverra, Amaya Binns and Yvonne Hill
Eddie Newman, Michael Johnson, Ulani Mafate, Lauryn Miller, Emon Dolly-Davis, Arreah Wilson, Elise Logan, Isaiah Da Sylverra, Amaya Binns and Yvonne Hill

The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links Inc. recently awarded nine Pasadena Unified School District high school seniors and three college students for a total of $24,000 as part of the organization’s Isaac McClelland Memorial Scholarship Program.
Established in 1968, the scholarship was launched in memory of distinguished Los Angeles City Schools Area Superintendent, the late Isaac McClelland. The chapter has awarded over $545,000 in college scholarships to PUSD students.
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Grammy Winner LeAnn Rimes at Arboretum July 8

LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes

“Live at the Arboretum” will kick off its inaugural summer concert festival with Grammy award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes on Saturday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger presenting.
Tickets start at $10 and gates open for picnic dining at 5 p.m.
The outdoor dinner party will offer spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket — each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with family and friends. Among many venue amenities, concertgoers can enjoy the food court with food trucks plus two beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks.
Live at the Arboretum marks its inaugural debut this summer and is presented by Barger, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation, the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Pasadena Pops.
Tickets cost $10, $25 and $35; and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concert. The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia.

Former Hillsides Youth Receives Thursday Club Scholarship

Thursday Club President Sheri Morton (left) and Hillsides project manager Aurelio Mitjans congratulate Hope Morrison on her Philanthropy Award, a scholarship that will help Morrison with college costs.
Thursday Club President Sheri Morton (left) and Hillsides project manager Aurelio Mitjans congratulate Hope Morrison on her Philanthropy Award, a scholarship that will help Morrison with college costs.

The La Cañada Thursday Club recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a local youth, Hope Morrison. Morrison is a former resident of Youth Moving On, a program of Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity. Morrison was selected from eight finalists who have received or currently are receiving services from YMO. She was awarded the check at a tea held at the La Cañada Thursday Club. This is the second year in a row the club has awarded a current or former YMO youth a scholarship.
Morrison, a student at Pasadena City College, is on track to graduate next fall with an associates degree in communications. She hopes to transfer to a UC school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a sports reporter. She also would like to one day open a nonprofit to help youth in foster care.
Currently she works part time as a job coach/mentor at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and interns with the Los Angeles Transition Age Youth Collaborative. She also worked for three years as a full-time law clerk at Children’s Law Center in Monterey Park.
Hillsides’ Youth Moving On (youthmovingon.org) program offers a continuum of support services for transition-age youth 16-25 that includes housing services, a Peer Resource drop-in center and workforce development.
The La Cañada Thursday Club is a social, cultural and philanthropic organization that was founded in 1912 to reach out to the community to assist charitable, nonprofit groups and to further youth in their education.

El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family

Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK Abel Ramirez (right) and his son Armando, who have 22 years of experience providing specialty Yucatan dishes as El Portal restaurant’s co-owners, will celebrate Abel’s 75th birthday on Friday with appetizers, tequila and rum tasting.
Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK
Abel Ramirez (right) and his son Armando, who have 22 years of experience providing specialty Yucatan dishes as El Portal restaurant’s co-owners, will celebrate Abel’s 75th birthday on Friday with appetizers, tequila and rum tasting.

Retirement agrees with El Portal owner and Pasadena mainstay Abel Ramirez. Well, kind of.

The restauranteur has been “practicing retirement” for two years now, but most days, you’ll still find him at the Mexican and Yucatan specialty restaurant.

“I’m still having fun with the businesses,” said Abel who turns 75 this week. “There are still a lot of risks and stresses, but what keeps me sane is that I have fun with it. Everybody should do what they love.” Continue reading “El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family”