President Draws on Deep Roots to Promote Rose Parade

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet is inspired by the ways in which so many bands make a difference in their communities.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet is inspired by the ways in which so many bands make a difference in their communities.

Lance Tibbet’s Pasadena roots are deep. This year’s Tournament of Roses president was born and raised in Pasadena; he graduated from Pasadena High School and attended Pasadena City College. His business — wholesale nursery Magic Growers, Inc. — is based in Pasadena.
“I went through all the schools, my business is here, I live here, a few years ago I said, ‘Maybe I’m a little too provincial, maybe I need to get out into the world?’” Tibbets said.
In the past year, he’s certainly accomplished that — in the most Pasadena role of all.
As president for the 129th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, Tibbet had the enviable task of visiting each of the parade’s marching bands, “traveling around the country and traveling around the world, spreading the good work of the tournament.”
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Royals Court Elizabeth House as Charity of Choice

Photo courtesy Janna Gould Rose Princess Sydney Pickering passes out candy canes to children at Elizabeth House’s recent alumni Christmas party.
Photo courtesy Janna Gould
Rose Princess Sydney Pickering passes out candy canes to children at Elizabeth House’s recent alumni Christmas party.

They may come from different walks of life, but the young women at Elizabeth House and the Tournament of Roses 2018 Royal Court have bonded recently in unexpected ways, eager to ask questions, learn from each other or just have a good giggle.
In its quest to realize this year’s theme of “making a difference” the Royal Court has begun a new tradition — selecting its own charity of choice. The court unanimously voted for Elizabeth House, a nonprofit that provides housing and support services for at-risk or homeless women who are pregnant.
“It was a group decision, but Elizabeth House was definitely the clear winner,” said Princess Lauren Buehner of Arcadia High School. “Once we all found out the mission of the charity and the incredible work they’ve been doing, everyone was on board.”
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Local Doctor Sends Healing Hearts Medical Care to Tijuana

Photo courtesy John Chaides Dr. John Rodarte attends to one of many babies he sees during the Healing Hearts Across Borders’ medical clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.
Photo courtesy John Chaides
Dr. John Rodarte attends to one of many babies he sees during the Healing Hearts Across Borders’ medical clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.

When a pharmaceutical representative casually asked Pasadena pediatrician Dr. John Rodarte if he had any leftover medicine to donate to a clinic in Mexico, Rodarte pretty much stopped in his tracks: “Tell me more.”
Anyone who knows the Huntington Hospital’s department of pediatrics chair knows that meant Rodarte would be riding shotgun on the very next medical mission to Tijuana, Mexico. He had to see for himself the work being done by the late Dr. Kevin Lake, a Pasadena pulmonologist and founder of an informal group providing medical care just across the border in one of the poorest neighborhoods built around a former landfill, called simply “El Dumpe.” 
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Royals of Pasadena Exhibit Extols 100 Years of Tradition

Photo courtesy Suzanne Ehrmann Longest living Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, crowned in 1940 and now age 96, meets 2018 Queen Isabella Marez at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Royals of Pasadena exhibit, showcasing 100 years of elegance and tradition.
Photo courtesy Suzanne Ehrmann
Longest living Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, crowned in 1940 and now age 96, meets 2018 Queen Isabella Marez at the Pasadena Museum of History’s Royals of Pasadena exhibit, showcasing 100 years of elegance and tradition.

When the Pasadena Museum of History began piecing together its “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit, curators felt they were on a bit of a fishing expedition, cautiously dipping into a century of archives that revealed bits and pieces of former royals, as well as years reflecting war, celebration and social change.
They reached out to all the former royals they could locate, asking for memorabilia and photos.
In return, they received a flood of loaned items and, more importantly, memories that tied all the pieces together. More than 70 former queens and princesses responded to the outreach, many personally bringing back the items to the museum. Continue reading “Royals of Pasadena Exhibit Extols 100 Years of Tradition”

Community Foundation CEO Says Pasadena Has a ‘Big Heart’

Outlook photo Pasadena Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer DeVoll (center) is flanked by R-Lene Mijares de Lang and Dave Davis.
Outlook photo
Pasadena Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer DeVoll (center) is flanked by R-Lene Mijares de Lang and Dave Davis.

On a recent Friday afternoon, Pasadena Community Foundation President and CEO Jennifer DeVoll was on cloud nine.
It’s not quite typical for the determined, hard-working CEO, but heading into her 15th year at PCF, DeVoll could safely feel she was coming off a big win.
The night before, PCF presented “Big Heart Small Film,” a culmination of a year’s planning and collaboration with Alibaba Pictures to produce short films about some of the most successful nonprofits the foundation represents. Nine films were featured, highlighting the critical work of Pasadena nonprofits meeting valuable needs in the Pasadena community. Continue reading “Community Foundation CEO Says Pasadena Has a ‘Big Heart’”

Community Fills Kettle at Salvation Army Kickoff

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Salvation Army Captains Terry and Rutendo Masango opened the Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive with the organization’s fun-filled Kickoff Breakfast inside the UCLA locker room in the Rose Bowl last Friday, with 300 people attending the event.
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Salvation Army Captains Terry and Rutendo Masango opened the Pasadena Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle drive with the organization’s fun-filled Kickoff Breakfast inside the UCLA locker room in the Rose Bowl last Friday, with 300 people attending the event.

Kathy Larson, the advisory board chair for the Pasadena Salvation Army, admitted to sneaking out to the Rose Bowl Stadium the weekend preceding the organization’s Kettle Kickoff so she could set up one of the Salvation Army’s iconic donation kettles.
As she was approached by a gentleman while setting up, she thought he was probably one of the shoppers at the weekly flea market in the stadium. She had assumed he would, at best, empty out whatever loose change was in his pocket into the kettle. He instead slipped in a $20 bill.
“He said, ‘Salvation Army saved my life,’” Larson said, giving opening remarks for the Kettle Kickoff inside the same stadium last week. “There were probably 20,000 people in there that day, and I heard that three times. And they all put money in the kettle.”
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‘Pups With a Purpose’ Need Holiday Foster Homes

Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK Pasadena resident Gwen Whitson and her foster puppy, Serenity, have been a team since the yellow Labrador was just 7 weeks old. She’ll return Serenity to the Guide Dogs of America when she’s full-grown and ready to begin her guide dog training at the GDA’s Sylmar facility.
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Pasadena resident Gwen Whitson and her foster puppy, Serenity, have been a team since the
yellow Labrador was just 7 weeks old. She’ll return Serenity to the Guide Dogs of America when she’s full-grown and ready to begin her guide dog training at the GDA’s Sylmar facility.

With the holidays around the corner, Guide Dogs of America is urging Pasadena area residents to scratch an itch — the puppy itch, that is.
The nonprofit, which provides guide dogs to blind and visually impaired people across the U.S. and Canada free of charge, has several litters of puppies that will need to be placed with foster families through December and early January. Continue reading “‘Pups With a Purpose’ Need Holiday Foster Homes”

ArtCenter Gives Artists Edge in Creative Economy

Photo courtesy Juan Posada / ArtCenter College of DesignArtCenter President Lorne Buchman and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Davidson
Photo courtesy Juan Posada / ArtCenter College of Design
ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman and Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Davidson

Starving artists of yesteryear, look no
further.
The ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena is seeking the creative, the innovative, the avant-garde, the interconnected and the just plain different to change the world through — yes, art — but also through development, design, discipline and industry. Continue reading “ArtCenter Gives Artists Edge in Creative Economy”

First Year Free is a ‘PCC Promise’

Sometimes you have to hear it, see it and read it to believe it: The first year of community college for local, qualifying high school graduates really is free at Pasadena City College — and it doesn’t matter how much, or how little — your parents earn.
In its fledgling roll-out program for the “PCC Promise” this fall, the campaign has garnered about 149 students from 16 high schools around the Pasadena Area Community College District who are attending free of charge. Continue reading “First Year Free is a ‘PCC Promise’”

Flintridge Center Paves Positive Pathways for Formerly Incarcerated

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK Flintridge Center staff includes Wyatt Whitlock, Daniel Torres, Jaylene Mosley, Jeffrey Bellissimo, Peter Matich and Emma Gerch. The staff plays multiple roles to engage and help at-risk youth and reintegrate formerly incarcerated adults who seek honest, hard-working jobs.
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Flintridge Center staff includes Wyatt Whitlock, Daniel Torres, Jaylene Mosley, Jeffrey Bellissimo, Peter Matich and Emma Gerch. The staff plays multiple roles to engage and help at-risk youth and reintegrate formerly incarcerated adults who seek honest, hard-working jobs.

Bryan Barajas dreams of becoming a journeyman, buying a little home in Pasadena and building a family there.
It’s the first time he’s dreamt in a long time, since dropping out of school in the 9th grade when he had a son, trying to find work, but then embarking on a life that would send him to prison by 2015, facing multiple felonies. Upon exiting, he knew he’d have trouble staying sober and out of trouble, never finding decently paid work with his background record. But he had heard of the Flintridge Center, a nonprofit dedicated to helping combat poverty, community violence and formerly incarcerated individuals.
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