Love and Laughter at Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy CSCP Cancer Support Community program director Laura Wending (second from left) is joined by comedians Jason Love (left), Andy Hendrickson and Don McMillan at the Pasadena organization’s comedy night.
Photo courtesy CSCP
Cancer Support Community program director Laura Wending (second from left) is joined by comedians Jason Love (left), Andy Hendrickson and Don McMillan at the Pasadena organization’s comedy night.

Laughter is the best medicine. At Cancer Support Community Pasadena, 50 members recently enjoyed an evening of love and laughter, courtesy of comedian Jason Love, who is passionate about bringing free comedy to cancer support communities. Joining Love on stage were comics Andy Hendrickson and Don McMillan, who share Love’s philosophy on the importance of laughter in reducing stress in people facing cancer.
After losing a dear friend to cancer, Love founded a nonprofit called Love & Laughter, which brings standup comedy to cancer support communities throughout the country. “If you could only see how the audience is transformed over the course of an hour,” Love said. “They leave the room in a different body. And that’s kind of the point. You could feel the joy in the room at CSCP.” (For more information, visit jasonlove.com.)
Founded in 1990, Cancer Support Community Pasadena is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing support groups, educational workshops and stress management classes to individuals impacted by cancer. All programs are offered free to cancer patients and their families and friends/caregivers.

Innovative New Public Charter School Opening in Altadena

For parents seeking a high-quality education for their children in the Altadena and Pasadena area, Alma Fuerte Public School might be the answer.
The new public charter school in Altadena will open its doors in August 2017 at Pasadena Unified School District’s Edison Elementary campus located at 119 E. Palm St. Students entering transitional kindergarten through 2nd grade are currently being enrolled.
The free public charter school was founded by a team of Pasadena parents, educational leaders and entrepreneurs, including Pasadena resident Anne Lee, founding director of operations and a former education attorney with two school-age children. The founding team also includes Academic Director Marina Carrasco-Burge, a former instructional leader and curriculum specialist for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles with several years of classroom teaching experience. Alma Fuerte Public School received its charter authorization from the Los Angeles County Board of Education in 2016.
“We are excited to bring a new, innovative elementary school to the Pasadena and Altadena community,” said Lee, who spent many years as a lawyer fighting for the rights of families to have access to a high-quality education. “Alma Fuerte’s focus on hands-on projects, entrepreneurship and personalized learning is unique in the area and a response to increasing demand from local parents for a new public school choice.”
Last year, Alma Fuerte received a prestigious Invent Grant from the NewSchools Venture Fund, the only school in Los Angeles County to receive the award that year. It will ultimately serve transitional kindergarten to 8th grade.
Additional information about Alma Fuerte Public School may be found at almafuerteps.org and facebook.com/almafuerteps.

CHALK Preschool’s Open House is June 20

Alison Mahlebashian, Nicole Rodriguez, Ria Neunuebel, Cindy Ly, Kara Lewis and Reyna Mejia are preparing for CHALK Preschool’s open house on June 20.
Alison Mahlebashian, Nicole Rodriguez, Ria Neunuebel, Cindy Ly, Kara Lewis and Reyna Mejia are preparing for CHALK Preschool’s open house on June 20.

CHALK Preschool and My Gym Children’s Fitness Center continue their strategic partnership, which is designed to serve the growing needs of the innovative Southern California-based preschool — and to parents and their children. The partnership brands the education centers as CHALK Preschool Energized by My Gym to its locations operating in Manhattan Beach, Venice and Westwood. In addition, it creates the infrastructure for expansion of additional locations in communities across California.
The newest CHALK Preschool will host a meet-and-greet open house at the school (700 E. Green St.) on Tuesday, June 20 from 5-7 p.m. The event will be an opportunity for families to meet the staff and find out more about the program. There will be free play in the My Gym classroom and the outdoor playground will be open to the children. Refreshments will be available.
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Pasadena Pops Celebrates ‘The Golden Age’ June 17

Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli

Conductor Michael Feinstein will lead the Pasadena Pops for its star-studded Summer Concert Series at the Los Angeles Arboretum beginning Saturday, June 17, with “Broadway: The Golden Age” with Liza Minnelli, Alan Cuming Joel Grey and Storm Large. The concert program will span the ages, offering something for everyone with jewels from “Cabaret,” “West Side Story,” “Oklahoma,” “Grease” and more.
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Obituary: Holly Hope Raymond Davis

Holly Davis
Holly Davis

Holly Davis was born and raised in Pasadena. She was the middle of three daughters born to Barbara and Morton Raymond. Holly graduated from Pasadena High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s in physical education with an emphasis in dance from USC. While there, Holly was president of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Her husband, David, also attended USC and was president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. They met when her sorority and his fraternity performed together in a satirical musical revue to raise money for local children. Holly and David celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2016. Continue reading “Obituary: Holly Hope Raymond Davis”