Geranium Society Holds Flower Show, Sale May 13-14

The Geranium Society will hold its annual Show and Sale to show off the beautiful flower and foliage of geraniums and pelargoniums on Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., in Ayres Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia.
Entrance to the show and sale is free with admission to the Arboretum.
Geraniums and pelargoniums are drought-tolerant, lush, florific and great smelling. At the show, Geranium Society members will have their prize plants on display, showing off the wide variety of colors, textures, scents, shapes, and flowers that the genera has to offer. At the sale, unusual plants — not available at any box store — will be available. Noted nurseries bringing special sale items include: Robin Parer of Geraniaceae, John Schoustra of Greenwood Daylily Gardens, Matt-Dell Tufenkian of Dominus Plantarum, as well as Geranium Society members with their private collections.

Foothill Family, Foothill Transit Partner for Bus Advertising

Foothill Family CEO Steve Allen and Foothill Family West Covina Center Site Director Daneta Calderon-Vital announce an advertising campaign with Foothill Transit.
Foothill Family CEO Steve Allen and Foothill Family West Covina Center Site Director Daneta Calderon-Vital announce an advertising campaign with Foothill Transit.

In celebration of service to Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley throughout the past 90 years, Foothill Family has partnered with Foothill Transit for a campaign that connects the two organizations by the joint communities that they serve.
As a community partner, Foothill Transit has displayed complimentary advertisements for Foothill Family on their various buses throughout the region, highlighting the services that it provides for the various communities, including programs supporting mental health, early childhood development, school-based behavioral health, and youth and family services. While Foothill Family centers are located in the cities of Pasadena, El Monte, West Covina, Duarte, and most recently, Pomona, more than 24,000 clients are served annually in their homes, at schools, and in local community centers.
“Foothill Family and Foothill Transit are linked by much more than just our names,” said Foothill Family Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen. “Foothill Transit is a well-respected lifeline in a significant swath of Southern California. Because our client and rider communities demographically and geographically intersect, the collaboration is compelling and ideal. We are grateful to Foothill Transit for their generosity and civic-mindedness in helping Foothill Family build brighter futures for children and families in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys.”
In a statement, Foothill Family said the partnership “is a natural merger between two organizations that serve overlapping communities — stretching from downtown Los Angeles to Montclair for Foothill Transit, and the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale and Burbank for Foothill Family.”
Advertising for Foothill Family services brings increased awareness to its programs, including the English/Spanish campaign that gives information to offer prevention, early intervention and treatment of various challenges that affect children and families in the local community. These ads will have a wide reach, currently on display in the vast fleet of Foothill Transit’s 400 buses. Foothill Transit manages the bus operations for 22 cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley region.

Showcase House Premier Night Draws a Crowd

Photo courtesy Melissa Castro Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts President Lynn Mehl (from left), Premiere Night chair Karen Butcher and Premiere Night chair Annette Sellon, and benefit chair Dana Marevich celebrated last Friday.
Photo courtesy Melissa Castro
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts President Lynn Mehl (from left), Premiere Night chair Karen Butcher and Premiere Night chair Annette Sellon, and benefit chair Dana Marevich celebrated last Friday.

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts celebrated its Premiere Night presentation of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design last Friday.
More than 220 guests dressed in evening wear were treated to a grand tour of the 53rd Showcase House — a magnificent English Tudor designed by the prominent architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt in 1916.
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Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017

Maryann Moran Ukropina
Maryann Moran Ukropina

Beloved wife of John R. Ukropina and devoted mother of Marsha Aguirre (Edward) of San Gabriel, Jan Devens (Michael) of San Diego, Rob Ukropina (Joyce) of Newport Coast, and Bill Ukropina (Linan) of Pasadena. Loving grandmother of Scott Reynolds (Ali), Katie Nafius (Ted), Tara MacMillan (Paul), Dwight Devens, Dr. Molly Hall, (Dr. Mark), Jack Ukropina, Jillian Sabaugh (Jason), Max Ukropina, Nicolas Ukropina, Grant Ukropina and Conrad Ukropina. Continue reading “Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017”

Descanso Appoints New Executive Director

Juliann Rooke

Juliann Rooke, chief operating officer at Descanso Gardens, has been selected to be the new executive director of the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden. The announcement was made Tuesday by Amy Lamb, chair of the Descanso Gardens Guild board of trustees. Rooke will step into the position on Sept. 1, following the retirement of current Executive Director David Brown on Aug. 31.
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Project Scientist Founder Wins Women of Influence Award

Sandy Marshall

Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall is the 2017 winner of the Orange County Women of Influence President’s Award sponsored by the Connected Women of Influence. The President’s Award recognizes a woman CEO, president or owner who has demonstrated success, growth and achievement in her business enterprise.
Marshall was chosen from nine finalists who were acknowledged at the awards luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. The finalists received a certificate of recognition by state Sen. John M. W. Moorlach.
“It’s such an honor and privilege to receive this award,” said Marshall. “Our mission at Project Scientist is to educate, coach and advocate for girls with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math. We hope to dispel the stereotypes around girls in STEM and winning this award gives us another platform to inspire girls to become women of influence in fields that are predominantly male dominated.”
While funding national STEM initiatives through the NASCAR Foundation (that Marshall also founded), she learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to doing what she could to make a difference. As a mother of two young girls with a passion for science, Marshall remains committed to changing the status quo for her girls as well as girls across the country.
Project Scientist is now on four university campuses serving more than 1,000 girls annually. For more information about upcoming Project Scientist Summer Academy, visit ProjectScientist.org.

Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch is May 21

Pacific Clinics CEO James Balla, emcee Ellen Leyva, Greg Bowman and Tony Gronroos were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s signature event will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed once again by Leyva, an ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor. Pacific Clinics’ annual fundraiser will assist the organization in providing mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit pacificclinics.org.
Pacific Clinics CEO James Balla, emcee Ellen Leyva, Greg Bowman and Tony Gronroos were among those who attended Pacific Clinics’ Fiesta Brunch last year. This year’s signature event will be held on Sunday, May 21, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club, and will be emceed once again by Leyva, an ABC-7 Eyewitness News anchor. Pacific Clinics’ annual fundraiser will assist the organization in providing mental health services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and employment assistance, supportive housing services, and Head Start and Early Head Start programs to more than 24,000 children each year. To learn more about the Fiesta Brunch, including sponsorship and ticket information, visit pacificclinics.org.

Successful Stroll & Roll Raises Funds for AbilityFirst

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Pasadena resident Christine Young (with Jaclyn Smith) works at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank work center in Pasadena.
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Pasadena resident Christine Young (with Jaclyn Smith) works at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank work center in Pasadena.

More than 2,400 walkers, strollers and rollers joined together recently to raise money. Celebrity champion Lauren Potter, best known for her role as Becky on the TV show “Glee,” alongside longtime honorary chairs Jaclyn Smith of “Charlie’s Angels,” Lee Meriwether and special guest Heather Langenkamp from “A Nightmare Before Elm Street,” joined the Stroll & Roll at the backlot at Universal Studios.
AbilityFirst held the annual fundraising event in support of its mission of serving children and adults with disabilities. The funds raised benefit the 2,000 people and their families served by AbilityFirst each year. AbilityFirst helps children and adults with disabilities achieve their personal best by focusing on the successful transition from childhood to adult life; employment and employment preparation; building social connections and independence; and offering participants and their families an opportunity to refresh and recharge. Each year, this event helps AbilityFirst to raise money for the 91-year-old organization’s programs, including Camp Paivika, its 70-year-old summer camp located in the San Bernardino mountains.

Photo courtesy AbilityFirst Pasadena resident J.C. Asprer
Photo courtesy AbilityFirst
Pasadena resident J.C. Asprer

“We are thrilled with this year’s Stroll & Roll,” said Chief Development Officer Josh Chan. “We experienced one of the largest, most successful, events in our 91-year history with more than 11,000 transactions online. All our staff, participants, their families, corporate teams and sponsors came together in support of AbilityFirst programs in the community.”
Fundraising for Stroll & Roll will continue through May 31 with a matching grant from the AS&F Foundation up to $75,000. Supporters can make their donation by visiting strollandroll.org.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Spring Concerts May 14

“Breathe in Hope” composed by Dale Trumbore will have its world premiere during the Pasadena-based Los Angeles Children’s Chorus spring concerts Sundays, May 7 and 14, at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
The choral work, commissioned by LACC, is set to text found on social media that implores people not to quickly forget recent clashes between African Americans and police.
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Deltas Present Youth Conference for Girls

Photo courtesy Michael Fernandez Conference organizers include Pixie Boyden, Danielle Clark, guest speaker Yara Shahidi, Kenya Parham, Evan McCrary, LaTasha Nesbitt and Nicci Gorham.
Photo courtesy Michael Fernandez
Conference organizers include Pixie Boyden, Danielle Clark, guest speaker Yara Shahidi, Kenya Parham, Evan McCrary, LaTasha Nesbitt and Nicci Gorham.

The Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Pasadena Delta Foundation recently presented the 14th annual Young African-American Women’s Conference for girls in middle and high school.
Following the theme “Soundtrack to Your Success,” the event provided an opportunity for more than 350 girls and their parents/guardians to explore their special talents and interests, identify resources and tools to succeed in college, heighten their awareness of career options and learn about relevant life issues.
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