Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright
Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK
Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright

The house on Santa Barbara Street in Pasadena’s West Central neighborhood is as unassuming as it is transformative. Nothing about the two-story Craftsman’s exterior indicates the hub of hope it represents for those who often have nowhere else to turn. Known as Elizabeth House, the nonprofit organization nestled amid a residential block has spent the past 22 years providing shelter and support to homeless pregnant women as well as their children. Continue reading “Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms”

Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20

A trio of Pasadena-area private schools recently received prominent placement near the top of an online list published by Niche.com, a popular review website aimed at consolidating detailed information about K-12 schools as well as colleges, cities and neighborhoods. Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic and Westridge were recognized as three of the top 20 private schools in the state. Continue reading “Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20”

PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.
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Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.

In what’s become a Pasadena rite of spring, several hundred local ladies donning extravagant hats and fabulous fashions will flock to the Pasadena Hilton on Saturday, April 16, for the seventh annual “Hat-ti-tude” boutique, luncheon and fashion show. Hosted by the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund, the benefit will raise money toward PACEF’s Scholar Fund for students in the Pasadena Unified School District. But what’s the story behind PACEF, and who are the founders beneath the brims? Continue reading “PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’”

Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company

Dick Cook
Dick Cook

Dick Cook Studios, the namesake venture of one of Hollywood’s heralded nice guys, last month announced a $500-million production deal with Film Carnival, a Chinese movie company.
The burgeoning multimedia entertainment studio led by the former Walt Disney Studios chairman reportedly will adapt the best-selling “Ranger’s Apprentice” children’s book series into a film to be directed by five-time Oscar nominee Paul Haggis. Continue reading “Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company”

Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection

Michael Nogueira
Michael Nogueira

When you’re celebrating a wedding or family milestone, commemorating a loved one, hosting a commercial event or raising money for a cause, the last thing you want to be worrying about on that day is linens and cutlery. Fortunately, you can leave the details to Michael Nogueira, founder and proprietor of Sir Michael’s, a full-service limousine and event rental company that has been coming to hosts’ rescue for more than 30 years. Continue reading “Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection”

Realtors Spread the Love and Read to PUSD Students

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Representatives of the first annual Read Across PASadena program at Washington Accelerated Elementary School include (front row, from left) Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Jacqueline Jacobs and Washington students Jennifer Gonzalez and  Cesar Castelo. Back: Realtors Brock Worthen, Gus Ruelas, Alex Lozano, Drea Valentine and Carrie Benuska.
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Representatives of the first annual Read Across PASadena program at Washington Accelerated Elementary School include (front row, from left) Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Jacqueline Jacobs and Washington students Jennifer Gonzalez and Cesar Castelo. Back: Realtors Brock Worthen, Gus Ruelas, Alex Lozano, Drea Valentine and Carrie Benuska.

For real estate agents in Pasadena, most mornings can include everything from open houses to client meetings to market research. Reading Dr. Seuss books is not generally deemed a common practice along the path toward achieving success in the industry. But that didn’t stop more than 80 local Realtors from flipping through such titles as “The Lorax” at various Pasadena Unified School District campuses earlier this month during the first annual Read Across PASadena initiative. Continue reading “Realtors Spread the Love and Read to PUSD Students”

Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.
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Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.

For high school seniors, prom is a significant rite of passage — a night to dress up, let loose and revel in the culmination of the past four years. It’s also a significant financial undertaking: prom-goers can spend upward of $150 on a ticket alone, not to mention the cost of attire, flowers, food and transportation. For girls in particular, the pressure to have immaculate hair and makeup is topped only by the anxiety of finding the perfect prom dress — and, like most things teenage girls pine after, they don’t come cheap. Continue reading “Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army”

Local Youth Find a PAL in Pasadena Police

Photo courtesy PAL Board The Pasadena Police Activities League Board includes, from left, Barbara Baptie, Kristin Schwarz, Roland Trinh, Laura Brereton Berns, Lori MacPherson, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, Leslie Sobol, Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez, Bob Rodger, Melanie Clark, Brett Moisa, Sarah Horner Fish, Jody Davis and Jill Hawkins.
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The Pasadena Police Activities League Board includes, from left, Barbara Baptie, Kristin Schwarz, Roland Trinh, Laura Brereton Berns, Lori MacPherson, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian, Leslie Sobol, Pasadena Police Chief Philip Sanchez, Bob Rodger, Melanie Clark, Brett Moisa, Sarah Horner Fish, Jody Davis and Jill Hawkins.

Roxanne Haines was 12 years old when she was approached by two police officers while playing softball in a local park. The northwest Pasadena resident had had mixed experiences with cops in the past — her mother worked as an unsworn employee of the Los Angeles Police Department, but she’d also been stopped by police officers while walking home at night. Continue reading “Local Youth Find a PAL in Pasadena Police”

Baseball Field Restored at Jackie Robinson’s Alma Mater

Photo by Nick Ostiller / Outlook At the dedication ceremony for the renovated John Muir High School baseball field, named after Jackie Robinson, are (from left) Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Rich Webster, board member of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation; Brad Ratliff, president of the Tournament of Roses; Bill Flinn, executive director of the Tournament of Roses; and Patrick Conyers,  executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
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At the dedication ceremony for the renovated John Muir High School baseball field, named after Jackie Robinson, are (from left) Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Rich Webster, board member of the Helen and Will Webster Foundation; Brad Ratliff, president of the Tournament of Roses; Bill Flinn, executive director of the Tournament of Roses; and Patrick Conyers, executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

These are the poignant words of Jackie Robinson, one of the most significant pioneers in the history of a country founded by them. Before he became the first African-American to play major-league baseball, persevering through prejudice to pave the way for countless others in every walk of life, Robinson grew up right here on these Pasadena streets. Continue reading “Baseball Field Restored at Jackie Robinson’s Alma Mater”

After 90 Years, Foothill Family Reflects on Past, Present and Future

Photo courtesy Foothill Family Members of Foothill Family’s executive committee include (from left) board Vice Chair Hunt Salembier, board Chair Rob Tolleson, Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen, at-large member Cristina Perez Gonzalez and board Vice Chair Anita Lawler. The agency is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
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Members of Foothill Family’s executive committee include (from left) board Vice Chair Hunt Salembier, board Chair Rob Tolleson, Chief Executive Officer Steve Allen, at-large member Cristina Perez Gonzalez and board Vice Chair Anita Lawler. The agency is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

It all started with a hat. In 1926, a community volunteer named Josephine Marsh passed a hat among her friends to collect money for a Pasadena family in need. From that $100 and the actions of three local ladies, a 90-year legacy of family services was born. While its name and leadership have changed more than a few times over the decades and its services have evolved with the times, the agency now known as Foothill Family remains true to its original mission to empower children and families in their lives through comprehensive counseling and mental health treatment. Continue reading “After 90 Years, Foothill Family Reflects on Past, Present and Future”