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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Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday

Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.
Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.

Although Van Halen isn’t coming back to town any time soon, fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be in for a treat as biographer Greg Renoff will speak about the band’s early years here in the San Gabriel Valley, their legendary exploits and how the group really made it big. Continue reading “Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday”

Walter Hoving Home’s Backyard BBQ Fundraiser May 25

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Joyce Racine, Teresa Wolf and Jeanie Paster were among those who attended a previous year’s Walter Hoving Home Backyard BBQ fundraiser. This year’s event will be on Thursday evening, May 25.
Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK
Joyce Racine, Teresa Wolf and Jeanie Paster were among those who attended a previous year’s Walter Hoving Home Backyard BBQ fundraiser. This year’s event will be on Thursday evening, May 25.

The Walter Hoving Home will celebrate its 11th annual Backyard BBQ fundraiser on Thursday evening, May 25. The event, being held at 127 S. El Molino Ave., begins with a silent auction at 5:30. Dinner buffet lines open at 6 p.m. Smokin Steve’s Pit Barbecue will provide the dinners.
Conner Smith and the Living Water Singers will perform as well as the choir of the women from the home.
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Pasadena Heritage Tour of Churches on Saturday

Pasadena Heritage will host a docent-guided tour of local churches this Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, including interior stops at St. Andrew, First Baptist, All Saints, First Congregational, Fuller Theological, Pasadena Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
“They are all impressive examples of the many inspiring sacred spaces that can be found in downtown Pasadena,” a Pasadena Heritage spokesperson said. “This guided walking tour will focus on the distinctive architecture and interior decorative devices that uplift the eyes and the spirit — carved ceiling beams, hand-painted murals, and richly stained glass motifs. Our previous church tours have been sellouts, and this one will offer the opportunity to enjoy work by leading regional architects designing inspired ecclesiastical buildings.” Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Tour of Churches on Saturday”

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is May 4

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.
Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK
Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.

The 44th annual Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday morning, May 4, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Doors open just before 7 a.m.; the program begins promptly at 7:30.
Proceeds will benefit Friends In Deed, which helps serve the homeless and at-risk population in Greater Pasadena.
The breakfast’s keynote speaker will be John Kobara, who serves as executive director and chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation.
Individual tickets are $35; a “Friends Table” of 10 is $400. Event sponsorships range from $500 to $1,500.
For sponsorship information, call (626) 797-2402 or visit friendsindeedpas@gmail.com.

Polytechnic Edges Rival Flintridge Prep, 4-3

The Polytechnic varsity softball team rallied from a two-run deficit and defeated visiting rival Flintridge Prep, 4-3, in a Prep League game last week.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Panthers got an RBI sacrifice fly from Maddie Magee and a run-scoring single from Megan Kelleher to tie the game. Poly recaptured the lead in the sixth when Ella Cornwell blasted a single to score Ali Ulin.
Pitcher Brennah Bronk retired three Rebels in the top of the seventh to pick up the win and help Poly improve to 4-0 in league. She allowed four hits, three runs and struck out seven. Continue reading “Polytechnic Edges Rival Flintridge Prep, 4-3”

Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture Designs Homes for Legacy Neighborhoods

One of Tim Barber’s projects

The recent trend of building the largest possible home on a residential lot is being halted by outcry from homeowners in the long-established areas of Pasadena, San Marino and La Cañada-Flintridge. Neighborhood associations, city councils and local building codes are becoming more stringent to protect neighborhoods from being “super-sized” with new homes and additions. Strict water-conservation standards have also helped to slow this trend, and have encouraged the use of graywater systems, cisterns and rain gardens. This new appreciation for conserving our resources and preserving our neighborhoods asks the question: Where are the architects capable of adapting our existing buildings?
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