Pasadena Heritage Remains Faithful to Historic Homes

OUTLOOK photo The Pasadena Heritage Board members gathered on Castle Green’s grand staircase at its recent annual meeting. Members include Matthew Berkley (front row, from left), Daniel Estrada, Brian Baker, Lucinda Over, Claire Bogaard and Ethan Lipsig. Back: John Williams, Tom Seifert, Norm Dupon and Jim Hart.
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The Pasadena Heritage Board members gathered on Castle Green’s grand staircase at its recent annual meeting. Members include Matthew Berkley (front row, from left), Daniel Estrada, Brian Baker, Lucinda Over, Claire Bogaard and Ethan Lipsig. Back: John Williams, Tom Seifert, Norm Dupon and Jim Hart.

It’s hard to imagine the city of Pasadena without its rustic brick facades, historic alleyways and tree-lined streets of tucked-in craftsman bungalows, but those details might well have been paved over if it weren’t for Pasadena Heritage fighting passionately to preserve the past for 40 years. Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Remains Faithful to Historic Homes”

Pacific Clinics: Treating Mentally Ill, Family, Stigma for 90 Years

Jim Balla Pacific Clinics CEO
Jim Balla
Pacific Clinics CEO

As Pacific Clinics celebrates its 90th anniversary advancing behavioral health care in the San Gabriel Valley, President and CEO Jim Balla said there is one true way to honor the milestone: fight the stigma attached to mental illness.
“As we address stigma, we bring to light that these are diseases,” he said. “Nobody asks for these. Just like nobody asks to have cancer or childhood diseases. And the good news is there is appropriate medication that has evolved to treat symptoms. And then we wrap around case management so individuals can recover and live productive lives.” Continue reading “Pacific Clinics: Treating Mentally Ill, Family, Stigma for 90 Years”

Playhouse Unveils New Lobby Reminiscent of Past

OUTLOOK photo Landscape architect Nord Eriksson, designer Rozalynn Woods, Pasadena Playhouse Board chair Brad King and Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman celebrate the completion of the Playhouse’s revamped lobby.
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Landscape architect Nord Eriksson, designer Rozalynn Woods, Pasadena Playhouse Board chair Brad King and Producing Artistic Director Danny Feldman celebrate the completion of the Playhouse’s revamped lobby.

If you stop by the Pasadena Playhouse, you will notice something different about the place. Some of its patrons came together with Playhouse leaders recently to unveil the renovation of the building’s lobby.
The renovation cost more than $100,000, said Brad King, chairman of the Playhouse’s board. Continue reading “Playhouse Unveils New Lobby Reminiscent of Past”

Polytechnic Students Strive for ‘Human Connection’ With Workers

Polytechnic School students have developed a relationship with workers at the Pasadena Community Job Center, a kinship that has opened new world views for all those involved. Sophomore Sofia Ceva (from left) and seniors Nicole Larios and Jessica Lopez join with school community outreach coordinator Renee Larios.
Polytechnic School students have developed a relationship with workers at the Pasadena Community Job Center, a kinship that has opened new world views for all those involved. Sophomore Sofia Ceva (from left) and seniors Nicole Larios and Jessica Lopez join with school community outreach coordinator Renee Larios.

It all began with a reading of the “Communist Manifesto.”
The Polytechnic School students were sophomores two years ago, studying the 1848 political diatribe in their western civilization class and discussing the exploitation of workers. Continue reading “Polytechnic Students Strive for ‘Human Connection’ With Workers”

Morning Octane Revs Up Cars, Toys for Tots

Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Photo by Shel Segal | OUTLOOK
Pasadena-based Rusnak Auto Group and Toys for Tots sponsored a holiday toy drive as part of a regular Morning Octane event.

Nothing says a toy drive like a car show.
In an effort to help kids all around the San Gabriel Valley who are less fortunate, Rusnak Auto Group combined its Morning Octane on Saturday with a Toys for Tots event in the parking lot of Santa Anita Park with the hopes of gathering gifts for area children. Continue reading “Morning Octane Revs Up Cars, Toys for Tots”

Athletic Gaines Trains PHS Athletes Like the Pros

Photo courtesy Parker Vanderpool Key personnel contributing to the success of Pasadena Unified School District’s partnership with CATZ are Director of Training Darelle Noel, trainer Kendrick Watson, investor Bob Meers, managing partner Catherine Kelly, and trainers Joshua Robinson, Cameron Phillips and Daniel Higuera.
Photo courtesy Parker Vanderpool
Key personnel contributing to the success of Pasadena Unified School District’s partnership with CATZ are Director of Training Darelle Noel, trainer Kendrick Watson, investor Bob Meers, managing partner Catherine Kelly, and trainers Joshua Robinson, Cameron Phillips and Daniel Higuera.

Imagine being a high school athlete and being given a chance to train and prepare like the pros. For more than 100 athletes in the Pasadena Unified School District, this dream has become a reality. Continue reading “Athletic Gaines Trains PHS Athletes Like the Pros”

California Art Club Reignites Artistic Fire, Techniques

Photo courtesy California Art Club Stender Sweeney (left), Cathy Crowser, Peter Adams, Elaine Adams and Don Baker, pictured at the California Art Club’s headquarters on South Grand Avenue in Pasadena, are looking to grow a network of artists.
Photo courtesy California Art Club
Stender Sweeney (left), Cathy Crowser, Peter Adams, Elaine Adams and Don Baker, pictured at the California Art Club’s headquarters on South Grand Avenue in Pasadena, are looking to grow a network of artists.

The making of art involves a lot of blending, whether it’s colors, media or styles.
For the leadership of the California Art Club, that also includes classical technique and modern direction.
“The skills, the craftsmanship were disappearing,” said Elaine Adams, executive director of CAC, speaking about when she and husband Peter joined the organization in 1993. “They (other local artists) were very isolated. By bringing these artists together, the club has given them a freeing spirit to express themselves.” Continue reading “California Art Club Reignites Artistic Fire, Techniques”

Tournament of Roses Elects Leadership

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board of Directors recently confirmed Lance Tibbet as president for the 2017-18 Tournament of Roses year to provide leadership for the 129th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game.
Tibbet chose “Making a Difference” as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme to encourage creativity in float entries, marching bands and equestrian participants. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses Elects Leadership”

Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy

The first time Ann Longyear ever wrote her name, it was to sign her new library card from the Pasadena Public Library when she was just 4 years old.

Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Photo courtesy Pasadena Community Foundation
Pasadena Public Library Foundation Board members include (from left) Charlie Woo, Ann Longyear, Connie White, Steve Onderdonk, former library Director Jan Sanders and Peter McAniff. (Not pictured: Tempe Brooks and Father Paul Sustayta.)

Now a spry 90 years of age, Longyear has been a lifelong library patron and fierce fundraising champion for the city’s treasured landmark, helping to spearhead the Pasadena Public Library Foundation board back in 1983. In the coming year, the foundation will have granted more than $3 million to the historic building’s refurbishment and maintenance since its inception.
“It’s such a magnificent building, and the inside of the library Continue reading “Library Foundation Preserves History and Legacy”

Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community

John Watkins has seen a thing or two in his 91 years, but standing on the Rose Bowl stadium’s field on game day in front of 95,000 fans — with another 20 million watching on TV — gave the World War II Navy veteran reason to pause.

Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Photo courtesy Giuseppe Gallo
Pasadena resident John Watkins (center) is joined by his son Stephen Watkins, daughter-in-law Carol, daughter Katherine and granddaughter Madeline at the Rose Bowl game, where he was honored on Jan. 2.

“I told them I didn’t sink anybody or do anything heroic to stand behind that goal line,” Watkins said. “But I felt the weight of the U.S. Navy on me; I felt I was representing them, so I just did the best I could.”
That sentiment has helped the lifelong Pasadena resident lead a long and rich life, trying his best always to do right by others. But when he was called up by the Rose Bowl production team, which wanted to honor WWII vets, he hesitated. Continue reading “Local WWII Vet Still Serves Country, Community”