Assistance League Invites Prospective Members Oct. 19

Assistance League of Pasadena is holding a Prospective Member Coffee at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, at its chapter office located at 820 E. California Blvd.
Assistance League of Pasadena is an active, dedicated, diverse group of individuals. It is a chapter of Assistance League, a national nonprofit organization formed in 1935. More than 26,000 member volunteers in 120 chapters nationwide operate community programs that impact more than 1.5 million people each year.
The Pasadena chapter has been serving the needs of the Pasadena community since 1941. It has five major philanthropic programs that touch the lives of people of all ages. These programs are supported through membership donations, grants and the chapter’s Treasure Fair thrift shop. Membership is open year-round to both residents and nonresidents of Pasadena.
Interested individuals are invited to RSVP by contacting the Assistance League of Pasadena office at (626) 449-2068 or alpasadena@sbcglobal.net. To learn more about the organization’s philanthropic programs and thrift shop, visit assistanceleague.org/pasadena.

Boys & Girls Club Pasadena Helps Hurricane-Hit Communities

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena The Board of Directors of Pasadena’s Boys & Girls Club collected $1,075 for a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County in Naples, Florida. Local members pictured are Carl Siechert (from left), Katie Yundt, Doug Turley, Maura Sullivan, Chris Wood, Board Chairman John Clayton, Rita Diaz, Tom Link and Rick Warmack.
Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena
The Board of Directors of Pasadena’s Boys & Girls Club collected $1,075 for a donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County in Naples, Florida. Local members pictured are Carl Siechert (from left), Katie Yundt, Doug Turley, Maura Sullivan, Chris Wood, Board Chairman John Clayton, Rita Diaz, Tom Link and Rick Warmack.

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena were motivated to act this past week, following the devastation caused by the hurricanes that hit the United States in August and September.
As news stories showed the rising flood waters and wind-damaged communities, the teenagers from the two Teen Centers in Pasadena arranged to mail care packages to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County in Florida. As soon as shipping operations resume to normal, they also will send a care package to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico.
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Linden Optometry’s Bake Sale Supports World Sight Day

Linden Optometry staff includes (from left) Ashley Torres, Mariana Valdivia, Mizriam Saravia, Katia Escobedo, Luz Paez, Rich Yang, Stephanie Alvarado, Jacsia Polanco, Claudia Munoz, Lilian Colin, Leah Gatti, Christine Lim, Simone Lewis, Jose Lopez, Alex Esparza, Karla Jerez, Nicole Reitz, Bernadette Gutierrez, Saida Montani, Hayk Stambultsyan, Sona Ohanian, Crystal Paxton, Dr. Vivien Chan, Nadia Razavi, Delaney Browning, Jacquelyn Delos Santos and Kyung Eun Min.
Linden Optometry staff includes (from left) Ashley Torres, Mariana Valdivia, Mizriam Saravia, Katia Escobedo, Luz Paez, Rich Yang, Stephanie Alvarado, Jacsia Polanco, Claudia Munoz, Lilian Colin, Leah Gatti, Christine Lim, Simone Lewis, Jose Lopez, Alex Esparza, Karla Jerez, Nicole Reitz, Bernadette Gutierrez, Saida Montani, Hayk Stambultsyan, Sona Ohanian, Crystal Paxton, Dr. Vivien Chan, Nadia Razavi, Delaney Browning, Jacquelyn Delos Santos and Kyung Eun Min.

The doctors and staff at Linden Optometry are taking part in the World Sight Day Challenge to help give the gift of vision to people in underserved communities around the world. The team will hold several bake sales, featuring eyeball cookies and eyeball muffins, to raise money for World Sight Day, today. All funds raised from bake sales will be used to support vision care programs throughout the world, including “Our Children’s Vision.”
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Senior Center Holds Medicare Resource Fair Oct. 18

The Pasadena Senior Center will hold a resource fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., focusing on Medicare, the federal health insurance program for adults 65 and older. The event is open to the public.
With open enrollment for 2018 approaching, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, older adults will receive information they need to make informed decisions about the medical and prescription plans that are best for them.
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Arroyo Advisory Needs Public Input

The Arroyo Advisory Group has launched an online survey for the public’s input on Pasadena’s great city park at onearroyo.org/survey. It will remain there until midnight, Nov. 30.
“The One Arroyo survey is a vital component of our outreach effort and the data gathered will guide AAG in identifying opportunities consistent with public input,” said AAG co-chairs Doug Kranwinkle and Bill Bogaard. Continue reading “Arroyo Advisory Needs Public Input”

Renowned Artist Dinner at Arroyo Chop House Oct. 16

Kenton Nelson
Kenton Nelson

Kenton Nelson, a world-renowned artist and Pasadena resident, will headline the Arroyo Chop House Speaker Series Dinner this Monday evening, Oct. 16. The special event will feature a four-course dinner, including a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres.
Nelson’s paintings have been featured five times on the cover of the New Yorker magazine, and his recent exhibitions have been in Los Angeles and Europe. His oil paintings of figures, objects and architecture have, as one critic said, “singlehandedly resurrected the sun-drenched optimism of New Deal American Painting.”
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Noor Earns Wedding Spot Accolade

Robert Shahnazarian Jr.
Robert Shahnazarian Jr.

Pasadena-based Noor has recently been named by Wedding Spot, a website that networks wedding venues for the benefit of couples planning their nuptials, as a Best of 2017 recipient.
The selections, which are categorized by region (Noor being in Southern California), are based on popularity with the companies’ clients who use the website. Noor joins other locales such as the Grand in Long Beach and Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.
“To be recognized for your work is always a huge honor,” said Robert Shahnazarian Jr., owner and operator of Noor. “We’re surrounded by these hundred-year-old brand names.”
Shahnazarian said among other things, he feels couples appreciate his company’s forwardness with pricing — all calculations include the various fees that come with everything.
“People appreciate it,” he said. “It’s risky in one sense, but we try to make it as clear as possible.”
Wedding Spot touted Noor for its elegant facilities that include majestic views of Pasadena City Hall and the San Gabriel Mountain range, located in historic Old Pasadena. Shahnazarian said he started his business around eight years ago, post-recession, and has produced 1,500-2,000 events with a staff of around 40 employees.
“It’s starting to make me think I have to open up another location,” he said on receiving the accolade.
Shahnazarian explained the name “Noor” has a double meaning — in Armenian, it means pomegranate, which represents the idea of fertility and abundance, whereas in Farsi, Arabic and Hindi, it translates as light or illumination.
“This is someone’s most important day, and it’s our job to bring the families together,” he said.
— Zane Hill

Huntington Hospital, Parkway Grill Hold ‘Food+Wine’ Oct. 29

OUTLOOK file photo Huntington Hospital and Parkway Grill are teaming up for the 33rd annual Fall Food & Wine Festival on Sunday evening, Oct. 29. Among those who attended last year’s event were (front row, from left) Bea Bennett, Alyce Williamson, Pat McNamara and Chantal Bennett. Back: Eileen Read, Melina Audrejich, Gale Kohl, Adele Dinder, Julieta Bennett and Monica Gonzalez.
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Huntington Hospital and Parkway Grill are teaming up for the 33rd annual Fall Food & Wine Festival on Sunday evening, Oct. 29. Among those who attended last year’s event were (front row, from left) Bea Bennett, Alyce Williamson, Pat McNamara and Chantal Bennett. Back: Eileen Read, Melina Audrejich, Gale Kohl, Adele Dinder, Julieta Bennett and Monica Gonzalez.

The 33rd annual “Fall Food+Wine Festival,” presented by Huntington Hospital and Parkway Grill, will be held on Sunday evening, Oct. 29, from 6-10 p.m. There also is a special VIP hour from 5-6 p.m., which includes welcoming champagne sponsors.
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Club 21 Walks For Down Syndrome Awareness

Club 21 Learning and Resource Center will host its 10th annual Together is Better Walk on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Central Park in Pasadena. The walk and family festival raises funds and awareness for Club 21’s programs and services that support children with Down syndrome, and their families and educators.
The walk begins at 10 a.m., followed by a family festival, with music, entertainment, food and games. Last year, nearly 2,500 participants raised more than $216,000.
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Caltech Y Golf Tournament and Auction

Don Brown and Barbara Gee
Don Brown and Barbara Gee

The community is invited to participate in the Caltech Y’s 10th annual Golf Tournament and Auction on Monday, Oct. 30, at Oakmont Country Club. With support from friends, community members and business leaders, the tournament will raise funds for the organization’s volunteer service, leadership and advocacy programs, which have served Caltech and the Pasadena community for 101 years. The tournament will be followed by a dinner and auction and guests are invited to take part in either or both events. Golfers are encouraged to register before Monday, Oct. 16. For more information, visit caltechy.org/support/golf.