Five Acres’ 30th Annual Golf Classic is Sept. 18

Photo courtesy Five Acres Five Acres is holding its 30th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 18 in Pasadena. The event’s Sponsorship Committee includes (seated, from left) co-chairs Rustin Mork and Scott Street. Standing: Ryan Dietz, Will Nash, Jim Halferty, John Berger, Joey Reaume, Danny Reaume, Brad Reaume, Jason Berns, David Bolstad, Burke Eiteljorg and Ben Taylor. (Not pictured: Billy Abel, Casey Adams, Jennifer Berger, Don Boline, Travis Buhl, Anthony Cannizzo, Brian Dennis, Bill Hayden, Chris Hoshek, Craig Stewart and Erica Tejeda.)
Photo courtesy Five Acres
Five Acres is holding its 30th annual Golf Classic on Sept. 18 in Pasadena. The event’s Sponsorship Committee includes (seated, from left) co-chairs Rustin Mork and Scott Street. Standing: Ryan Dietz, Will Nash, Jim Halferty, John Berger, Joey Reaume, Danny Reaume, Brad Reaume, Jason Berns, David Bolstad, Burke Eiteljorg and Ben Taylor. (Not pictured: Billy Abel, Casey Adams, Jennifer Berger, Don Boline, Travis Buhl, Anthony Cannizzo, Brian Dennis, Bill Hayden, Chris Hoshek, Craig Stewart and Erica Tejeda.)

Five Acres will hosts its 30th annual Golf Classic and “Mad for Plaid Par-Tee” on Monday, Sept. 18, at a private golf club in Pasadena. The event will raise critical funds to support children and families in Los Angeles, and will also recognize past chairs for their contribution to Five Acres’ mission.
Following the golf tournament, guests are invited to don their finest plaid for the Scottish-themed “Mad for Plaid Par-Tee.” The evening will supply cocktails in the “Tartan Tavern” along with dinner, dancing and live entertainment. Auction items include an eight-day Viking Cruises river cruise, helicopter ride and guitar autographed by Maroon 5.
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Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders

Andrew Friedman
Photo courtesy Jon SooHoo / Dodgers Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena, has helped change baseball culture in Los Angeles since joining the organization in October 2014. The Dodgers boast the league’s best record as they seek their first World Series appearance since 1988.

The Dodgers have ruled the Los Angeles sports scene for the past several years, but the
beloved team is now the talk of Major League Baseball, and for good reason.
“The Dodgers are absolutely amazing,” ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian said on television after L.A. defeated the White Sox last Thursday. Los Angeles had notched its 31st win in the last 35 games, a feat that had not been accomplished since the 1977 Kansas City Royals. “They lead the league in ERA, they lead the league with 10 shutouts and they’re second in the league in runs scored.”
As of Tuesday, the Dodgers also have a major-league-best 69 victories and a double-digit lead in the National League West, which they have won the past four seasons.
“I think it has to do with the number of different guys who have had their fingerprints on the success of the team to date,” said Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, who resides in Pasadena. “We’ve had a few guys who have been consistently way above average, and a number of other guys who have chipped in to give us length in the lineup and rotation.” Continue reading “Pasadena’s Friedman Helps Build Dodgers Into World Series Contenders”

Former Maranatha Star Making His Mark at APU

By Robert Haleblian

Photo courtesy Azusa Pacific University Sports Information
Former Maranatha standout and Pasadena native Andrew Elffers led the Azusa Pacific University football team to its first Division II playoff berth last year. He is a dual-threat quarterback and has rushed for 736 yards and 13 touchdowns the past three seasons with the Cougars.

In the quarterback-rich nature of Southern California football, it is easy to get lost in the mix. With Josh Rosen at UCLA and Sam Darnold at USC, the scene is at an all-time high. In a time where big names and big schools dominate headlines, Pasadena’s own Andrew Elffers is making a name for himself in a less traditional way.
“A huge reason for why I chose APU [was that] I just felt something different about the school,” said Elffers. “The main thing that attracted me to APU was that it was a faith based institution. When I was [deciding] between the Division I offers or going to APU, a Division II school, I knew APU was going to be the best school for me to develop my character as a man, a man of integrity, and as a hard worker [who] cares for others more than [myself].” Continue reading “Former Maranatha Star Making His Mark at APU”

YWCA Girls’ Programs Receive $10K Economic Mobility Grant

Girls Empowerment After-School Program participants show off the artwork they created with ArtReach Club volunteers from Art Center School of Design.
Girls Empowerment After-School Program participants show off the artwork they created with ArtReach Club volunteers from Art Center School of Design.

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley’s Girls’ Empowerment Programs have received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America. These programs include the YWCA Pasadena’s TechGyrls and Express Yourself! after-school programs, and Girls Empowerment Summer Camp.
The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the mission of “eliminating racism, empowering women” through girls’ after-school and summer programs, and adult and senior technology classes, providing women and girls in the Pasadena-Foothill Valley community with the tools and support to achieve their goals.
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Pasadena Pops’ Feinstein Sings Swing on July 29

Principal Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein puts down the conducting baton and picks up the microphone for one night only to celebrate swing, the Rat Pack and more on Saturday, July 29, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
The Pasadena Pops, led by conductor Larry Blank, will perform hits from the kings of swing: Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, and, of course, Frank Sinatra, among others.
An old-fashioned crooner with luxuriant vocals that meld the traditions of old and new, Feinstein has been dubbed the “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” for his preserving, presenting and interpreting of that seminal body of work. Popular tunes include “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and “A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening.”
All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Among many venue amenities, audience members can enjoy pre-ordered gourmet dining packages for on-site pickup from Julienne, Marston’s and Claud & Co. The food court will host food trucks and specialty ice creams by Choctál. Two beverage centers will serve fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks. Patrons may also visit the Pasadena Humane Society’s Mobile Adoption Unit, which will be on the site before each concert with deserving animals in need of adoption as part of the Pups for Pops program.
Large LED video screens allow concert-goers to see the artists and orchestra up close, with high-quality sound and production. Free parking and shuttle service are available at the nearby Westfield Santa Anita shopping center.
The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Single tickets, beginning at $25, and season subscriptions are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, going online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or by purchasing them at the Arboretum on the day of the concert.

Huntington Hospital Announces 2016 Services Report

In 2016, Huntington Hospital provided more than $108 million in healthcare services and support to residents of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, as part of its nonprofit mission to provide significant bene­fits to its communities in the form of free and part-pay hospital care for the uninsured and those with limited means.
“It is our responsibility to identify and address the unmet needs of those underserved in our community,” said Jane Haderlein, Huntington Hospital’s senior vice president of philanthropy and public relations. “Assisting those in need — from our elderly neighbors to families facing financial hardship — is a commitment that we proudly embrace.”
These community benefits include charity care for those patients unable to pay, as well as care expenses underwritten by the hospital that reflect the differences between the actual cost of the care and the amount of money received for patients covered by Medicare or Medi-Cal.
Community benefits support research, education and training, including clinical research, graduate medical education programs, scholarships and continuing education in nursing and many other disciplines. They also encompass benefits directed at the community-at-large, including senior citizens, other vulnerable populations, the underserved and those suffering from specific diseases such as heart failure.
Health screenings, community health fairs and flu shots also were services provided by Huntington Hospital.
Totals for the hospital’s 2016 services include health screening and counseling for 2,400 people; weekly breastfeeding support groups to 3,500 mothers; Senior Care Network Resource Center support and referrals benefiting 5,000 callers; free health education classes for 2,100 people; and long-term care management through Senior Care Network to 725 seniors.
The full report of benefits is detailed in the 2016 Community Benefits report, which can be viewed at huntingtonhospital.org/community/community-benefit.aspx.

Paging Teen Writers to the Library

Teens who fashion themselves as a novelists or poets, or who simply love writing, are welcome to meet others with the same passion at the Teen Writers session at Pasadena Central Library. The free workshop is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the library’s Teen Central.
There will be writing exercises, discussion about writing and an opportunity to bounce ideas around and share work with peers.
Stories and poems produced during these sessions will also be considered for the Teen Zine.
For more information, visit ci.pasadena.ca.us/library or call (626) 744-4066.

No Joke: Comedians Support Pasadena Humane Society

A showcase of popular comedians, including John Caparulo, Huck Flyn and more, will star in a fundraiser for the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the Ice House Comedy Club.
Caparulo is known as the under-dressed everyman on the E! show “Chelsea Lately.” “Cap,” as he’s known by his friends and fans, has also made multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Comedy Central Presents,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Next Generation of Blue Collar,” and as a standout performer in Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show.”
His first one-hour special, “Meet Cap,” was released in 2009 and premiered on Comedy Central the same year. More recently, Caparulo appeared as part of Ron White’s “Salute to the Troops” on CMT, a network on which he became well-known as the host of “Mobile Home Disaster.”
Tickets are $15-$22 and benefit the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA.
For more information, call (626) 577-1894 or visit icehousecomedy.com/event.cfm.

Adaptive Art Reception This Saturday

“We Belong” in Pasadena is the theme for this year’s Adaptive Art Program art show with an artists’ reception from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the Armory Center for the Arts located at 145 N. Raymond Ave.
Original artwork from the program’s participants will be on display at the Armory from July 22 to Sept. 8. The free art show celebrates the artists’ work and the theme of connection and community with skillfully depicted, colorful artwork, featuring acts of kindness, caring and inclusion.
The free opening reception is an opportunity for a first look at the original artwork, along with an opportunity to meet some of the artists and to purchase booklets of the exhibit, while supplies last, for a suggested $10 minimum, tax-deductible donation to the Pasadena Recreation and Parks Foundation, prpf.org. Light refreshments will be served.
This year’s cover is by artist Maria Escobar of Pasadena whose use of geometry and color blocking creates a rhythmic backdrop for a scene depicting an unlikely friendship between a monkey and a lonely goldfish, who yearns to be a part of the outside world. The drawing is titled “We Belong.”
For the duration of the special exhibit, the Armory’s Community Room will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Visit armoryarts.org/webelong for more information, or call (626) 792-5101.
The city’s Human Services and Recreation Department provides the Adaptive Art
program for artists with disabilities who live in the greater Pasadena area. Visit cityofpasadena.net/humanservices for more information.