Pasadena Museum of California Art Expands Free Programs

The Pasadena Museum of California Art has expanded its free monthly programming, beginning with the exhibitions “The Golden Twenties: Portraits and Figure Paintings by Joseph Kleitsch,” “Interstitial” and “Gustave Baumann in California,” on view March 5 through Aug. 6.
Building off the PMCA 123 monthly programming — which includes Free First Fridays, Second Saturday Spotlight Talks and Free Third Thursday Evenings — the expanded PMCA 1234 introduces Free Fourth Wednesday Wee-Reads and now pairs Free Third Thursday Evenings with free community programs.
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Women’s City Club Hosts Blues Night Feb. 25

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is hosting a “Blinn House Blues Night” on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7-9 p.m. at the historic Blinn House (1906) at 160 N. Oakland.
Broadway star Charlotte Crossley and company are singing the blues in celebration of Black History Month. Crossley is best known for her appearances in “The Color Purple,” “Hairspray,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Bette Midler’s “Clams on the Half Shell Revue” and “Twenty Feet From Stardom” to name a few. The event honors one of the many contributions of African Americans to the American songbook.
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Soroptimists to Host Benefit Luncheon

Altadena-Pasadena Soroptimists members are hosting a benefit luncheon at Brookside Country Club on Saturday, March 11, for their second annual Making a Difference benefit.
With a theme of “For the Love of Women,” the event will recognize former state Sen. Carol Liu and former Pasadena Library director and Pasadena Women’s Rally organizer Jan Sanders with Legacy awards. Southern California Women’s Health Conference Founder Lena Kennedy will be honored with a Best for Women award for her leadership in the community, and will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Additionally, Door of Hope and the Women’s Room at Friends in Deed will receive monetary awards to honor their work in helping homeless women and families in the San Gabriel Valley.
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Groundbreaking for MVGH Memory Care Center

Photo courtesy Alisha Zuch
Monte Vista Grove Homes groundbreakers include (from left) Pasadena Vice Mayor Gene Masuda; Mayor Terry Tornek; Deborah Herbert, executive director, MVGH; Marilyn Manning, president of the MVGH Residents’ Association; Gary Demarest, campaign co-chair; Leon Fanniel, board president, MVGH; and Tom Erickson, campaign co-chair.

Monte Vista Grove Homes recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a Memory Care Residence and Wellness Center, which will serve as an added benefit for the San Gabriel Valley community. The Memory Care Residence will provide a much needed specialized level of care that best serves ambulatory seniors with dementia. The Wellness Center will provide a dedicated space for fitness activities as well as physical, occupational and massage therapies.
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Mothers’ Club to Host Power of Two Dinner March 16

Mothers’ Club will host its annual Power of Two Dinner on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m. at Descanso Gardens. The dinner is a fundraiser that provides comprehensive two-generation learning programs to more than 100 low-income families each day. Power of Two is a unique approach of simultaneously educating parent and child so that the entire family can succeed in school and in life.
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Pasadena Museum of History Adds Two Board Members

Pasadena attorneys Stephen Acker and Richard McDonald have been elected to the board of trustees of the Pasadena Museum of History.
As the governing body of Pasadena Museum of History, the volunteer board of trustees acts collectively to guide the museum and further its mission to collect, preserve and share the rich history of Pasadena and the West San Gabriel Valley. Its individual members are among PMH’s most accomplished and active supporters.
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Connolly to Be Honored at Spiritus Dinner

Monsignor Clem Connolly

Monsignor Clem Connolly will be honored by Social Service Auxiliary of the Sisters of Social Service at a special dinner on Saturday evening, April 1.
Connolly, who served as a priest at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena for three decades, will receive the organization’s prestigious Spiritus Award.
“Monsignor Clem has dedicated his life to help the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in many ways,” said Social Service Auxiliary President Rlene Mijares de Lang. “He has spoken to many groups instilling the word of God, forgiveness, acceptance and love. When Monsignor Clem speaks, his words are listened to.” Continue reading “Connolly to Be Honored at Spiritus Dinner”

Kaleidoscope to Play at the Huntington on Saturday

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra will perform at Rothenberg Hall at the Huntington Library on Saturday, Feb.18, at 8 p.m. The program will feature works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams as well as a West Coast premiere of “Tonight We Tell the Secrets of the World” by Philadelphia-based composer Scott Ordway. Violinist William Hagen will be making his Kaleidoscope debut on “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughn Williams. A pre-concert lecture will be offered by KUSC announcer Brian Lauritzen starting at 7:30 p.m.
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Poly Students Named in Presidential Scholar Program

Shalini Maya Haupt and Gwendolyn Hashimoto were named candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Polytechnic School seniors Shalini Maya Haupt and Gwendolyn Hashimoto, have been named among 4,000 candidates in the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.5 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.
Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
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Assistance League Celebrates VIP Middle Schoolers

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Assistance League of Pasadena’s Very Important Performers include (in alphabetical order) Mark Araniva Ja’Von Black, James Canada (not pictured), Rosalie Cantero (not pictured), Kaiah Catanese, Hazelle Cortez, Kala Crenshaw, Josiah Cox, Maeiko Dorsey, Yasindu Gunawardena, Bernardo Huizar, Jasmine Martinez, Da’Mesha Moore, Thomas Pico, Justin Ramirez, Michelle Rodriguez-Badillo and Alfonso Sanchez, Ketsy Herrera Sanchez, Kassandra Serna, Joshua Tucker and Lily Valdez. ALP representatives are Michelle Chino, left, and Lorraine Schield.

Middle school students from Pasadena Unified School District schools were recently recognized for their achievements by the Assistance League of Pasadena at the “Very Important Performers” celebration. Each of the seven middle schools selected three students who demonstrated dramatic improvements in academics, attendance and citizenship. The goal of the VIP award is to provide encouragement to students who have chosen to get the most out of their middle school experience.
To learn more about the VIP program or Assistance League of Pasadena, visit pasadena.assistanceleague.org.