Adaptive Art Reception This Saturday

“We Belong” in Pasadena is the theme for this year’s Adaptive Art Program art show with an artists’ reception from 3-5 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the Armory Center for the Arts located at 145 N. Raymond Ave.
Original artwork from the program’s participants will be on display at the Armory from July 22 to Sept. 8. The free art show celebrates the artists’ work and the theme of connection and community with skillfully depicted, colorful artwork, featuring acts of kindness, caring and inclusion.
The free opening reception is an opportunity for a first look at the original artwork, along with an opportunity to meet some of the artists and to purchase booklets of the exhibit, while supplies last, for a suggested $10 minimum, tax-deductible donation to the Pasadena Recreation and Parks Foundation, Light refreshments will be served.
This year’s cover is by artist Maria Escobar of Pasadena whose use of geometry and color blocking creates a rhythmic backdrop for a scene depicting an unlikely friendship between a monkey and a lonely goldfish, who yearns to be a part of the outside world. The drawing is titled “We Belong.”
For the duration of the special exhibit, the Armory’s Community Room will be open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Visit for more information, or call (626) 792-5101.
The city’s Human Services and Recreation Department provides the Adaptive Art
program for artists with disabilities who live in the greater Pasadena area. Visit for more information.

Muir High School Pep Squad Holds Clothing Fundraiser

The John Muir High School Pep Squad has been invited to participate in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thursday, Nov. 23. To help support the trip, the students are reaching out to the community for donations of unwanted clothes to help raise money.
The group is accepting the following clothing items: baby clothes, blouses, belts, bras, caps/hats, jeans, pants, purses, skirts, shoes (all kinds), shorts, socks and ties. The following household items are also welcomed: hand towels, body towels and pillow cases.
To donate, put clothing items in trash bags or small bags. Drop bags off on Saturday, July 29, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at John Muir High School in the Pep/Dance Room, which is located on the corner of Forest (between Toolen and Wyoming) behind the boys basketball gym.
For additional information, call (626) 390-3646.

Summer Season of Concerts at Levitt Pavilion Continues

A great season of concerts under the stars will be featured June 29-Sept. 3 at Levitt Pavilion, 85 E. Holly in Pasadena.A great season of concerts under the stars will be featured June 29-Sept. 3 at Levitt Pavilion, 85 E. Holly in Pasadena.The mission of Levitt Pavilion Greater Los Angeles and Pasadena is “Community Through  Music.”

The goal is music accessibility for all, creating stronger and more connected communities, while celebrating the diversity of cultures, promoting appreciation of the arts, and enriching family values through free concerts each summer for the community.The Friends of Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 2003 to present 50 summer concerts annually. Admission is always free, making live music and the arts accessible to all.

The concerts feature a diverse lineup of artists, from acclaimed, emerging talent to seasoned, award-winning performers. Programming is designed to appeal to all tastes, bringing people from all walks of life together to share an evening of great music. As music fills the park, so do families, friends and neighbors from the surrounding area, creating community through music. Since 2003, more than 1 million people have gathered on the lawn at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena to picnic on the grassy lawn and enjoy music under the stars.
Upcoming events:• Jimmy Webb, Saturday,  July 22, 8 p.m.• Lao Tizer Band, Sunday,  July 23, 7 p.m.• The Party Animals, Thursday,  July 27, 7 p.m.• Perla Batalla, Saturday,  July 29, 8 p.m.• The Chambers Brothers  featuring Joe and Willie  Chambers, Sunday,  July 30, 7 p.m.

PEF Helps Students Avoid the Summer Slide

By Max Zeronian
The Outlook

Photo by Max Zeronian / Outlook Kim Enriquez has students raise their hands to pay attention to her next instructions in the Introduction to First Grade course.
Photo by Max Zeronian / Outlook
Kim Enriquez has students raise their hands to pay attention to her next instructions in the Introduction to First Grade course.

Pasadena Unified School District is committed to helping students avoid summertime slipping.
The district offers a Summer Enrichment Program to stimulate more than 1,300 students academically. Known as SEP, the program gives students in grades pre-K-12 opportunities to gain experience for the coming school year.
SEP is run by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has been supporting PUSD for the past 14 years.
“We have what’s called the summer slide,” PEF Executive Director Patrick Conyers said. “Students fall behind in the summer when they don’t have any academic activity.”
PEF’s goal is to give students the opportunity to continue their education during the summer.
To provide tuition assistance to those in need, the foundation fundraises in the community. About 40% of SEP students receive some form of tuition assistance. For the past seven years, PEF has partnered with local businesses to provide students with the best experience possible.
Teaching these programs are a combination of industry experts and Pasadena teachers.
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Kidspace Free Family Night Celebrates Space Discovery

Space fans of all ages can celebrate astronomers at Kidspace Children’s Museum’s next free Family Night, from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The event at the museum will honor science pioneers, such as astronomer Maria Mitchell — discoverer of “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” — through comet art, and building a viewer for the 2017 Aug. 21 solar eclipse and more.
At 6 p.m., an interactive presentation is scheduled in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.
The free Family Nights are intended to highlight cultures and traditions from around the world. Crowds and long admission lines can be expected during summer months.
For more information, call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspace­

Upcoming Kidspace Events

Events for July at Kidspace:
Early Learner Programs: Garden Buds — Seeds & Sprouts, Saturday, July 22, 9:30-11 a.m.: This garden class will provide budding botanists with hands-on experiences designed to cultivate their relationship with plants and nature. Participants will plant in the Harvest Corner, create art with nature, practice scientific observations, and taste some healthy snacks. The class is for children ages 30 to 42 months. Fee is $30 per child. Register online at
National Dance Day is Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m-2 p.m: Join Kidspace for this annual celebration founded by the Dizzy Feet Foundation to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. Learn and practice the official routine at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater. At 12:30 p.m., class members will put the practice to good use for an all-Kidspace dance party. Activities are free with admission.
Kidspace is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. in Brookside Park. Admission is $13 for adults and children. Free for children under 1 year. For more information about Kidspace exhibits, events and other activities, visit

Foothill Unity Center Hosting Campaign Event Aug. 17

Over the last five years, the number of people served by the Foothill Unity Center has more than tripled, making a facilities expansion critical. After years of planning, studying and evaluating, the Foothill Unity Center recently purchased a property at 790 W. Chestnut in Monrovia.
In honor of the close of escrow, Foothill Unity Center will host a campaign announcement event to celebrate with the community. The event will be Thursday, Aug. 17, from 4-6 p.m. The $6 million building campaign is the first capital campaign in the organization’s 37-year history. This is a free event to tour the new facilities and learn more about the organization.
Foothill Unity Center is a Community Action Agency and the primary provider of food, case management/crisis help, and access to health care resources serving clients in Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Azusa, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. The center operates two facilities in Monrovia and one Pasadena. The mission of the organization is to “help neighbors in crisis attain self-sufficiency by partnering with the community and using resources wisely to provide vital support services with love and dignity.”
“The move is a further demonstration of the commitment to support the growing needs of the community with better and broader services,” said Betty McWilliams, executive director. “At more than 28,000 square feet, the property fits Foothill Unity Center perfectly. With the help of the community, the board, staff, donors and a special committee, we were able to pay the initial escrow payment.
“Today, we are half-way to owning a building of our own. We will continue to raise funds and ensure that in the future, rental payments can instead go directly to services for our clients,” McWilliams said.

Pasadena Public Library Receives NEA Grant

Pasadena Public Library has been awarded a $14,000 NEA Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host a community reading of “When the Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka, with activities taking place in 2018. “Pasadena is thrilled to be a recipient,” said Library Director Michelle Perera. “We look forward to engaging the community in dialogue around this special book.”
In partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read is meant to broaden understanding of the world, communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Pasadena Public Library is one of 75 nonprofit organizations to receive funding to host a community reading program between September 2017 and June 2018.
“Through the NEA Big Read, we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it,” said NEA Chairwoman Jane Chu. “These 75 organizations have developed unique plans to celebrate these works, including numerous opportunities for exploration and conversation.”
Since 2006, the NEA has funded more than 1,400 NEA Big Read programs, providing more than $19 million in grants to organizations nationwide. Over the past 11 years, grantees have leveraged more than $42 million in local funding to support their NEA Big Read programs. More than 4.8 million Americans have attended an NEA Big Read event, approximately 79,000 volunteers have participated, and 37,000 community organizations have lent support. Last summer, the NEA announced a new focus on contemporary authors and books written since the NEA was founded 50 years ago. For more information, visit

Realtors’ Books Drive Kids’ Summer Reading Success

Photo courtesy Pasadena Unified School District Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek reads at Hamilton Elementary School at last spring’s Realtors Read Across PASadena event.
Photo courtesy Pasadena Unified School District
Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek reads at Hamilton Elementary School at last spring’s Realtors Read Across PASadena event.

The other day, children’s librarian AnnMarie Hurtado was driving down Walnut Avenue when she spotted a little girl walking, proudly carrying her reading log, a few blocks away from the library.
“I thought, ‘She’s going to the library to get her prize!’” Hurtado said, warmly recalling the moment. “This is kind of like our summer Christmas; it’s our chance to give away books and get kids excited about coming to the library and excited about reading.”
The Pasadena Public Library’s Kids Summer Reading program has steadily gained elementary-age school readership over the years, but it got a big boost in 2016 when local Realtors initiated a massive book drive for 2nd-graders, giving away more than 1,700 books to Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre public schools. In the inset of each book, there is a sticker with a list of each public library location, phone number and hours, so that families have a go-to reference for more summer reading.
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