Wine Tasting at Flintridge Center Sept. 21

Flintridge Center’s board of directors have announced the first “Food, Wine, and Flintridge Center” fundraiser, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Oakmont Country Club (3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale). Tickets to the event are $60 and include wine tasting, light appetizers and an opportunity to purchase fine wines at a discounted price. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting flintridge.org/winetasting or by cash or check. Contact Emma Gerch at (626) 449-0839, ext. 114 or emma@flintridge.org.
All proceeds benefit Flintridge Center’s reintegration and youth development work.

Blood Donations Urgently Needed in the Final Weeks of Summer

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.
In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.
As a special thank-you, those who give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or (800) 733-2767. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Parkway Grill’s Urban Organic Garden Grows on Fine Diners

Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.
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Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.

Nothing tastes quite like it does when it’s fresh from the garden.
Parkway Grill and its Gourmet Organic Garden have proven that mantra for nearly three decades, clinching down a loyal Pasadena fan base who count on the seasonal garden delectables to add the robust flair to the restaurant powerhouse’s California cuisine.
A hidden trove of more than 25 kinds of fruit, vegetables and herbs grow adjacent to the restaurant, as manicured rows of cabbages, peppers, chards, kale and tomatoes practically glow under the trestles of the plump passion fruit. The Parkway Grill’s garden was recently a recipient of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation’s Commercial Design Awards, in conjunction with the Arroyo Chop House, for adding to the enhancement of Pasadena.
“It’s hard to believe, but this was all just an abandoned lot of weeds,” said Parkway Grill co-owner Gregg Smith recently, pausing in front of fragrant peppers. “Now we harvest a ‘backyard to table’ concept; it drives how we cook, using a seasonal, market-driven approach.”
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Vincent Takes Over Maranatha Volleyball Programs

The following was written by Charlie Foy, special to the Outlook.

Maranatha High School recently filled two voids with the hiring of Nina Vincent, an experienced coach who isn’t afraid to take over the varsity girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs this year.

Nina Vincent
Nina Vincent

Volleyball has been a major part of Vincent’s life. She grew up in upstate New York playing the sport in the backyard with family. Her older siblings became role models, and she imitated their every move. They played right-handed, and despite being a lefty, Vincent taught herself to play like her older siblings.
Vincent quickly became a star on her high school team and was noticed by Manhattan College, which gave her a full scholarship.
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Local Baseball Players Recognized by Cal-Hi Sports

Photo courtesy Polytechnic Polytechnic graduate Matthew Queen was one of three local baseball players to earn a spot on one of Cal-Hi Sports’ All-State teams. Marco Martinez of Maranatha and Ethan Patrick of La Salle were also recognized.
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Polytechnic graduate Matthew Queen was one of three local baseball players to earn a spot on one of Cal-Hi Sports’ All-State teams. Marco Martinez of Maranatha and Ethan Patrick of La Salle were also recognized.

Baseball players from Polytechnic, Maranatha High School and La Salle earned Cal-Hi Sports All-State recognition recently.
Matthew Queen, Marco Martinez and Ethan Patrick each made one of the All-State teams selected by Cal-Hi Sports, an online publication that covers the top teams and athletes in California.
Queen, who earned a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section Division 6 first team, made the second team as a multipurpose player in the small schools division. He led the Panthers with .517 and drove in 18 runs, and was just as stellar on the mound with a 6-1 record, 1.22 ERA and 39 strikeouts. Queen was essential to Poly’s bounce-back season in which the team recaptured the Prep League championship.
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Assistance League of Pasadena Installs 2017-18 Board of Directors

Photo courtesy ALP Assistance League of Pasadena 2017-18 Board of Directors include Darlyne Garofalo (front row, from left), Lou Howorth, Ultra Soto-Rojas and Irene Miller. Back: Cynthia Nelson, Roma Kiser, Elizabeth Polenzani, Denise Hornick and Julie Escudero. Not pictured: Ursula Hyman, Sharon Velenzuela and Lynne Young.
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Assistance League of Pasadena 2017-18 Board of Directors include Darlyne Garofalo (front row, from left), Lou Howorth, Ultra Soto-Rojas and Irene Miller. Back: Cynthia Nelson, Roma Kiser, Elizabeth Polenzani, Denise Hornick and Julie Escudero. Not pictured: Ursula Hyman, Sharon Velenzuela and Lynne Young.

Members of the Assistance League of Pasadena gathered at their chapter headquarters on June 12 for their 2017-18 annual Meeting and Installation. President Irene Miller addressed the attendees, sharing many of the year’s accomplishments. She noted that this past year, members and community volunteers contributed more than 17,000 volunteer hours, which equates to more than $400,000 in value.
The evening culminated with the installation of the 2017-18 Board of Directors by Lynn Mehl.
The Assistance League of Pasadena is a chapter of Assistance League — a national, nonprofit, volunteer organization with more than 26,000 member volunteers. Chartered in 1941, Pasadena is one of the longest-standing chapters. Its philanthropic programs include Operation School Bell, Assault Survivor Kits, Bear Hugs, Very Important Performers and Craft Fair Gift Shop. All are supported through donations, grants and its Treasure Fair Thrift Shop revenue.
Operation School Bell provides underserved students with school uniforms, books, shoes and personal care items. Nationally during the year, more than 331,000 children benefited from this program. Assault Survivor Kits helps restore dignity to assault victims by furnishing them with clothing and personal care items when law enforcement retains their clothing for evidence. Bear Hugs provides teddy bears to comfort traumatized, abused and neglected children. Very Important Performers celebrates Pasadena middle school students who have shown dramatic improvements in academics, attendance and behavior or have made a positive difference in their school environment. Craft Fair is a consignment shop showcasing handcrafted items created by individuals over age 50. Its goal is to provide extra income, plus a sense of added productivity in seniors’ later years.
Membership in Assistance League of Pasadena is open year-round. For additional information, contact (626) 449-2068 or visit pasadena.assistanceleague.org.

Thousands to Attend the 5th Rooftop Cinema Series

South Lake Business Association presents the fifth annual Rooftop Cinema Series, a complimentary open-air movie event taking place Saturday, Aug. 12. Guests can enjoy the romantic action drama “Top Gun” during Pasadena’s popular summer event at the Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Ave.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m. to enjoy the resident DJ and pre-show activities. Guests can enjoy a “Top Gun”-themed photo op, bounce houses and family-friendly games, prizes and giveaways. Food vendors include: Dunkin Donuts, Kaboom Kettle Korn, Le Petite Pomme Frites (Mediterranean Cuisine), Los Colorines (Latin Cuisine), Nothing Bundt Cakes and Sushi Burrito.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a reclining beach chair for a comfortable seating experience. The Rooftop Cinema Series has a special VIP seating area offer: Guests must present a printed receipt of a same-day purchase from a South Lake Avenue retailer. This promotion is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“South Lake’s Rooftop Cinema Series is a community-building experience and a fun way for event attendees to learn about the South Lake Avenue District and all it has to offer, said Gina Tleel, executive director of the South Lake Business Association. “South Lake events provide our guests with the opportunity to learn about district updates and provide the South Lake Business Association the opportunity to thank guests for being patrons of the South Lake Avenue District.”
For the complimentary movie and free parking, an RSVP required. Contact southlakeavenue.org or call (626) 792-1259.

Feline Friends at Humane Society’s CatCon Aug. 12 and 13

Volunteer Nilda Hurley of Pasadena
Volunteer Nilda Hurley of Pasadena

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will facilitate on-site adoptions at CatCon, the annual convention where pop culture and cat culture converge. More than 100 cats and kittens will be available for adoption over the course of the two-day event held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The cats and kittens will be housed in the Furever Home Adoption Lounge in partnership with CatCon’s Presenting Sponsor, Rachael Ray Nutrish.
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PCDA Rosé Soiree This Weekend

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK John Tanner, Karen Otamura, Stephanie and Greg McLemore, and Stephanie and Leo Dencik were among those who enjoyed last year’s Rosé Soiree.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
John Tanner, Karen Otamura, Stephanie and Greg McLemore, and Stephanie and Leo Dencik were among those who enjoyed last year’s Rosé Soiree.

Professional Child Development Associates will hold its third annual Rosé Soiree event on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5 and 6, at the historic Blacker House in Pasadena. Proceeds from the event will benefit PCDA, which provides therapies and services for children, teens and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.
For $65, guests will be feted at the Rosé Soiree Main Event, a wine and gourmet food-tasting garden party. Celebrated local chefs and California wineries will participate, curated by Chef Claud Beltran, on Sunday from 6-9 p.m. A $250 patron ticket includes an invitation to the main event as well as a seat at the exclusive pre-event long table al fresco dinner catered by Chef Claud and others to be held on Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
Both parts of the event will take place in the garden of the historic Blacker House, the restored 1907 Greene & Greene craftsman home of PCDA board member Ellen Knell and her husband, Harvey. Following an extensive restoration by the Knells, the home and grounds have been restored to the designs as they were originally conceived, and the house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chef Claud Beltran of Bacchus Restaurant and tap & kitchen, both in Pasadena, is a long-time supporter of PCDA, and a believer that local chefs should contribute to their communities. “PCDA makes a difference in our community for so many families who have a child with special needs, and I am proud to support their work with the Rose Soiree event.”
To purchase tickets, visit pcdateam.org/rosesoiree.

Convalescent Aid Society Gives New Life, Independence

OUTLOOK photo Convalescent Aid Society’s program manager Rex Asucan prepares a wheelchair for one of the group’s 27,000 current clients. Asucan has worked at CAS for 15 years and helps facilitate the daily operations and deliveries of the free, loaned medical equipment.
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Convalescent Aid Society’s program manager Rex Asucan prepares a wheelchair for one of the group’s 27,000 current clients. Asucan has worked at CAS for 15 years and helps facilitate the daily operations and deliveries of the free, loaned medical equipment.

Sylvia Macias and her son, Miguel, struggled since the day the young boy began battling a rare muscle disorder at just 1 year old. Not falling into any known medical condition, the mom fought for her son’s care, battling insurance red tape, countless appointments, misdiagnosis, unhelpful treatments, gaps in health care coverage and Miguel’s ever-changing physical disabilities and needs.
Then she met Convalescent Aid Society. It was the one bright spot during a dark time, she said, recalling the nonprofit as the easiest stop on the healthcare circuit.
“They had us like a ball, bouncing back and forth, seeing so many different specialists, one after another after another without any diagnosis,” the single mom of five recalls. Her nearly adolescent son could no longer squeeze into his childhood wheelchair, which was hurting his brittle bones and fragile frame on a daily basis.
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