Pasadena Arts League Awards Grants to Nonprofits

Photo courtesy Pasadena Arts League The Pasadena Arts League 2018 grant recipients include Teresa Daniels (front row, from left), Oakwood Brass; Katie Brandon, L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden; Denise Seider, Hollywood Heart; Karen Keyana, Makoto Taiko; Helen Kim Spitzer, L.A. Children’s Chorus and Melissa Froehlich, Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Back: Thomas Simpson, Pasadena Arts Foundation; Brian Elerding, Lineage Performing Arts; Randy Lakeman, Armory Center for the Arts; and Thomas Coston, Light Bringer Project.
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The Pasadena Arts League 2018 grant recipients include Teresa Daniels (front row, from left), Oakwood Brass; Katie Brandon, L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden; Denise Seider, Hollywood Heart; Karen Keyana, Makoto Taiko; Helen Kim Spitzer, L.A. Children’s Chorus and Melissa Froehlich, Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Back: Thomas Simpson, Pasadena Arts Foundation; Brian Elerding, Lineage Performing Arts; Randy Lakeman, Armory Center for the Arts; and Thomas Coston, Light Bringer Project.

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Thomson Elected Board President at Pasadena Museum of History

Photo courtesy Jim Staub William Thomson Jr.
Photo courtesy Jim Staub
William Thomson Jr.

William Thomson Jr., a distinguished intellectual property litigation attorney with the firm Brooks Kushman P.C. and a former mayor of Pasadena, has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena Museum of History for 2018-19.
A staunch advocate of the museum, Thomson is dedicated to promoting it throughout Pasadena and the Los Angeles area. “Our museum offers a wide range of engaging programs and educational opportunities for people of all ages and interests. It is a well-kept secret, and we will work hard to overcome this and make sure that our mission and resources are recognized throughout Southern California and beyond.”
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LCF’s Erskine Has Book Signing April 24

Daditude

La Cañada Flintridge author and columnist Chris Erskine will take part in a reading and signing of his new book, “Daditude,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.
The book is a collection of Erskine’s favorite columns, which mine the rich worlds of fatherhood, marriage and suburbia. His columns are featured weekly in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and elsewhere nationwide. Erskine also is a staff editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times, as well as the author of two previous books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia.”
For more information, visit prospectparkbooks.com or vromansbookstore.com.

Descanso Gardens to Host Earth Day Celebration

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The activities at Descanso Gardens’ Earth Day celebration Sunday will give families the opportunity to plant seeds.

Earth Day at Descanso Gardens is an opportunity for people to help care for the popular botanical gardens, gain a better understanding of nature and to celebrate the planet, said Jennifer Errico, Descanso Gardens’ public relations manager.
On Sunday, April 22, Descanso Gardens will host a day of activities and volunteer opportunities in honor of Earth Day. The grounds, which include several botanical gardens and a sprawling Oak Woodland, will provide a scenic backdrop for returning members and local families seeking a visceral, hands-on Earth Day experience.
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Award-Winning Chef to Be Featured at Parkway Grill

Ken Frank
Ken Frank

He got his start in Pasadena, and now award-winning chef Ken Frank will return as guest chef at a Pasadena restaurant for three days this month.
Frank, whose restaurant La Toque in Napa earned a prestigious Michelin Star in 2007, plans to bring a variety of options for Parkway Grill diners on April 17, 18 and 19 for the dinner crowd (although some specials will be available for lunch). The self-taught chef said he and Parkway Grill owner Gregg Smith have been talking about the event since January.
“I just had to find a week to sneak out and go do it,” Frank said in a phone interview. “You know, I cook all over the country four or five times a year for all sorts of different events, but I haven’t cooked in Pasadena professionally since I was in high school. It’ll be fun to be back where I started. I’ve known the team at Parkway for a long time.”
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Rotary Club Speaker Discusses Earthquake Readiness

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Glenn Pomeroy, CEO of the California Earthquake Authority, spoke about how the organization operates at a recent Rotary Club meeting.
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Glenn Pomeroy, CEO of the California Earthquake Authority, spoke about how the organization operates at a recent Rotary Club meeting.

Speaking at a Rotary Club of San Marino meeting, California Earthquake Authority CEO Glenn Pomeroy urged residents to be prepared financially for when the inevitable next big earthquake strikes Southern California.
“There’s no place like California, but it has a lot of faults,” he said, eliciting chuckles from the crowd. “There are thousands of faults that crisscross throughout the state. As if that wasn’t enough to contend with, there are earthquakes that happen on unknown faults on a daily basis.” Continue reading “Rotary Club Speaker Discusses Earthquake Readiness”

LCF Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In

A Los Angeles man in his early 20s was arrested for his role in a residential burglary after he walked into the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station on Saturday, Jan. 6, Sgt. Alan Chu said.
According to Chu, the man was the driver of a car involved with a burglary that occurred Nov. 28 in the 4900 block of Alta Canyada Road.
“Two males went into the location, one sat in the car and a neighbor took a picture of the car sitting in the driveway, so we followed up on that lead,” Chu said. Continue reading “LCF Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In”