San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener

Photo courtesy Angus Leung Olivia Ruiz enters the year as the Rio Hondo League’s top runner. She placed second in the junior race at the Rosemead Invitational.

In his third year at the helm, San Marino High School cross-country coach Angus Leung is starting to notice something he had not seen with his program.
“This team is big,” said Leung. “We have nearly 60 runners this year compared last year’s 40.”
The increase in numbers gives the Titans a lot more than depth. Having more athletes only gives San Marino more potential this season, and the runners noticed that after their first race last weekend.
“A lot of them didn’t know what they were capable of until after Friday,” said Leung, whose teams competed in the Rosemead Invitational last week. “The course was a little longer than 3 miles. They now know what they’re capable of and they were more committed. I could see it. The season is still early, and it was a good start. They are not where I want them to be right now, but so far so good.” Continue reading “San Marino Shows Potential After Season Opener”

American Cancer Society Hope Gala This Saturday

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Jay and Joni Berger, Erin Gilmore, Nan and Ron Okum, Sharleen Bergman, and Amy and Tim Garrity were among those who attended last year’s American Cancer Society Hope Gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16, at Noor in Pasadena.
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Jay and Joni Berger, Erin Gilmore, Nan and Ron Okum, Sharleen Bergman, and Amy and Tim Garrity were among those who attended last year’s American Cancer Society Hope Gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held this Saturday, Sept. 16, at Noor in Pasadena.

The American Cancer Society will hold its San Gabriel Valley Hope Gala, a premier fundraising event in the fight against cancer, this Saturday evening, Sept. 16. The event, to be held at Noor (300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena), begins at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading “American Cancer Society Hope Gala This Saturday”

New Head Named in PCC Impact Campaign

Jack Scott
Jack Scott

Distinguished educator and public servant Jack Scott has been selected to lead an ambitious, multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign to invest in one of the San Gabriel Valley’s most vital economic engines: Pasadena City College.
The Impact Campaign, launched by the nonprofit PCC Foundation and helmed by Scott, is the first comprehensive major gifts campaign in the college’s history. The initiative aims to meet the needs of a rapidly changing 21st century workforce by bridging the “skills gap” between employers’ demands and job seekers’ abilities.
“If you really want to improve the lives of individuals, and also improve the economy of our region, the more we educate our students the better,” said Scott, a former PCC president, state legislator and chancellor of the California Community Colleges System. Scott will reach out to corporations, foundations, alumni and community members to build support for the Impact Campaign. Continue reading “New Head Named in PCC Impact Campaign”

Mayfield Jr., Dilbeck Host Sept. 15 Blood Drive to Benefit City of Hope

Mayfield Junior School, in partnership with Dilbeck Real Estate, is hosting a Community Blood Drive to benefit the City of Hope on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The greater San Gabriel Valley community is encouraged to participate by visiting the MJS campus located adjacent to historic Old Town Pasadena. Donors may schedule an appointment by calling (626) 218-7171 or by logging on to idonateblood4hope.org, use sponsor code MJSP. All donors will receive a City of Hope gift for their blood donation.Mayfield Junior School, in partnership with Dilbeck Real Estate, is hosting a Community Blood Drive to benefit the City of Hope on Friday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continue reading “Mayfield Jr., Dilbeck Host Sept. 15 Blood Drive to Benefit City of Hope”

Pasadena Playhouse Offers Seminar on Musicals

Pasadena Playhouse will offer a 10-week seminar “The Broadway Musical & America” taught by Tony Award-winning producer and New York University professor Adam Epstein. Epstein’s interactive lectures put the musical into focus as a distinctly American phenomenon and a form of cultural production, which both influenced and was influenced by the American political landscape since the end of World War II. The weekly Monday seminars will run from Oct. 2 to Dec. 11 and will be held at Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave.)
Epstein will share the history behind musical theater, including “West Side Story,” “Cabaret,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “A Chorus Line,” “Wicked” and “Hamilton” and how it shaped the American theater landscape. Epstein’s theatrical productions have received 46 Tony nominations and garnered 12 Tony Awards, one of which Epstein himself received as a producer of “Hairspray” in 2003. His other credits include “A View From a Bridge,” “The Crucible,” “Amadeus,” “The Wedding Singer” and “Cry-Baby.”
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Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Concert Sept. 27

OUTLOOK file photo Mayor Terry Tornek and his wife, Maria, were among those who enjoyed last year’s Jazz on the Green concert. This year’s fundraiser, which benefits Pasadena-based Friends In Deed, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27.
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Mayor Terry Tornek and his wife, Maria, were among those who enjoyed last year’s Jazz on the Green concert. This year’s fundraiser, which benefits Pasadena-based Friends In Deed, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Friends In Deed returns for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green, on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Castle Green in Pasadena. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz. There will also be a silent auction.
Friends In Deed, an interfaith nonprofit organization, meets many needs of the most vulnerable residents of greater Pasadena — homeless and at-risk individuals including women and children.
Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed community liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. According to an event spokesperson, the honorees have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.
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Showcase House Accepting Applications for Grants

Musical theater, school marching bands, youth symphony programs and music therapy are just some of the nonprofit organizations that have benefitted from gifts and grants from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. President Marilyn Anderson has announced that applications for gifts and grants are now available at PasadenaShowcase.org. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Oct. 6.
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Ladies Night Out to Benefit Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena Ladies Night Out committee members include (front row, from left) Executive Director Meg Symes, co-chairs Samantha Knight, Lyn Beecher Salembier and Michelle Mendez, and Danielle Gay. Middle row: Mary Rita Katana, Peggy Smith, Alison Hubbs, Kathy Meeks, Christina Kempton and Melissa Alcorn. Back: Toi Treister, Julie Wofford, Tracy Grohs and Vicki Laidig.
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Ladies Night Out committee members include (front row, from left) Executive Director Meg Symes, co-chairs Samantha Knight, Lyn Beecher Salembier and Michelle Mendez, and Danielle Gay. Middle row: Mary Rita Katana, Peggy Smith, Alison Hubbs, Kathy Meeks, Christina Kempton and Melissa Alcorn. Back: Toi Treister, Julie Wofford, Tracy Grohs and Vicki Laidig.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena will host its seventh annual Ladies Night Out, an evening of entertainment, laughter and commemoration, on Thursday, Oct. 5. The celebratory benefit was created to honor the courageous women in the community who have been touched by cancer. The event will be tiki themed and take place at Pasadena’s concert venue “The Rose.” The evening’s events will begin at 6:30 p.m.
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Sept. 24 PinotFaire Benefits AbilityFirst

The Enthusiast Club toasts at the PinotFaire festival.
The Enthusiast Club toasts at the PinotFaire festival.

PinotFaire, Pasadena’s premiere wine festival, will kick off its ninth year at the Altadena Country Club on Sunday, Sept. 24. This year, a portion of ticket proceeds will benefit Pasadena-based nonprofit AbilityFirst, a 91-year-old organization serving children and adults with disabilities and with a new addition of a Best of the Best Wine Tasting Competition, featuring a blind taste test in which participants choose their top three favorite wines.
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After 56 Years, Mothers’ Club Becomes Families Forward

Families Forward participants
Families Forward participants

Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center has changed its name. It is now called Families Forward Learning Center to reflect the organization’s evolution to preparing families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through a unique two-generation learning program.
“The heart of our organization has always been our staff and the people we serve, and as we become Families Forward, the spirit and legacy of Mothers’ Club will persist in our unmatched commitment to improving the lives of Pasadena’s at-risk families,” said Families Forward Executive Director Hector La Farga Jr.
Joining in the announcement celebration on Thursday were representatives from local elected officials, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Christopher Holden, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and various members of the Pasadena City Council.
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