Nonprofits Receive Grants From Arts League

Pasadena Arts League grant recipients include (front row, from left) Jessica Catalan, Harmony Project; Holly Boruck, Surrogate Gallery Projects; Jeanette O’Malley, Pasadena Museum of History; and Liane Shih, Light Bringer Project. Back: Scott Ward, Armory Center for the Arts; Dee Danner, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus; Stephen McCurry, Pasadena Conservatory of Music; Jay Belloli, Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Max Wrightson, Young Musicians Project.
Pasadena Arts League grant recipients include (front row, from left) Jessica Catalan, Harmony Project; Holly Boruck, Surrogate Gallery Projects; Jeanette O’Malley, Pasadena Museum of History; and Liane Shih, Light Bringer Project. Back: Scott Ward, Armory Center for the Arts; Dee Danner, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus; Stephen McCurry, Pasadena Conservatory of Music; Jay Belloli, Pasadena Museum of California Art; and Max Wrightson, Young Musicians Project.

The Pasadena Arts League recently held its annual meeting at the home of Richard and Susan Feinberg in Pasadena. Attending the Garden Party event were Pasadena Arts League members and their grant awardees. Money for the grants was raised from member’s dues and from yearly art activities of the group. This year, nine area arts organizations were awarded grants. B.J. Ledyard, PAL grant chair, announced the winners and distributed checks to the following organizations:
Armory Center for the Arts: art, theater and drama lessons for its Art’s Community Pathways Initiative
Light Bringer Project: an art program for school-age children in the Pasadena called “Room 13”
Harmony Project: music to engage children from under-resourced communities. Children receive four to 10 hours a week of music instruction.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: for financial assistance to underserved children so they can participate in the L.A. Children Chorus
Pasadena Museum of California Art: to support the educational programs for upcoming exhibits
Pasadena Museum of History: for the masterpieces program, which helps to fund Fenyes Mansion Tours for elementary students
Pasadena Conservatory of Music: for financial aid for its outreach programs
Surrogate Gallery Projects: to showcase under-represented artists in pop-up galleries in empty spaces
Young Musicians: for bringing music to grades 6 to 8 at Elliot Middle School
In addition to providing grants to San Gabriel Valley arts organizations, PAL also plans art-related activities for its members. These often include exclusive tours of artist studios, galleries, museums and private art collections in Southern California plus musical and theater events.
The Pasadena Arts League welcomes new members year-round. For more information visit pasadenaartsleague.org or email: info@pasadenaartsleague.org.

Cancer Support Community Bets on June 23 Poker Bowl

Photo courtesy Alma de la Rosa Poker Bowl participants include (front row, from left) Joan Wood, Jane MacKinnon, Patricia Ostiller, Cathy Heflin, Bill Ukropina, CSC Executive Director Meg Symes and CSC Event Coordinator Danielle Gay. Back: Charlie Wood, Bill Young, Ken Russak, John Symes, Marc Wax, Michel Healy and Roy Antoun. Not pictured: Susie Aguirre, Dennis Alfieri, David Balfour, Elita Balfour, John Barger, Karen Beardsley, Janet Braun, Jay Cervenka, Michel Doney, Todd Doney, Ellen Driscoll, Marlene Evans, Peggy Flynn, John Flynn, Kevin Heintz, Meshell Holdo, Clay Marquardt, Julie McCarty, Tom Mills, Chris Morphy, Julie Nesbit, Scott Nesbit, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Marilyn O’Toole, Grace Russak, Marsha Schwizer, Steve Silk, Sue Silk, Lisa Sloan, Tim Sloan, Brad Talt, Susie Talt, Sean Townley, Linan Ukropina, Lauri Wax and Vance Weisbruch.
Photo courtesy Alma de la Rosa
Poker Bowl participants include (front row, from left) Joan Wood, Jane MacKinnon, Patricia Ostiller, Cathy Heflin, Bill Ukropina, CSC Executive Director Meg Symes and CSC Event Coordinator Danielle Gay. Back: Charlie Wood, Bill Young, Ken Russak, John Symes, Marc Wax, Michel Healy and Roy Antoun. Not pictured: Susie Aguirre, Dennis Alfieri, David Balfour, Elita Balfour, John Barger, Karen Beardsley, Janet Braun, Jay Cervenka, Michel Doney, Todd Doney, Ellen Driscoll, Marlene Evans, Peggy Flynn, John Flynn, Kevin Heintz, Meshell Holdo, Clay Marquardt, Julie McCarty, Tom Mills, Chris Morphy, Julie Nesbit, Scott Nesbit, Diana Rafeedie-Nofal, Marilyn O’Toole, Grace Russak, Marsha Schwizer, Steve Silk, Sue Silk, Lisa Sloan, Tim Sloan, Brad Talt, Susie Talt, Sean Townley, Linan Ukropina, Lauri Wax and Vance Weisbruch.

The seventh annual Poker Bowl Tournament will be held on Friday, June 23, at the Flying A Garage in support of Cancer Support Community, Pasadena. More than 150 guests are expected to attend the event and will play Texas Hold’em and Blackjack surrounded by a private collection of antique and perfectly restored automobiles, owned by car collectors Valerie and Aaron Weiss. Dinner will be provided by Son of a Bun and Tacos Chihuahua food trucks, and dessert will be provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Prizes include Dodger tickets, UCLA/Stanford football game tickets and hotel accommodations, Disneyland Park Hopper passes, four Hollywood Bowl tickets and a $1,000 American Express gift card. They will be awarded to the last nine players at the final table. Raffles prizes are two Baume & Mercier watches donated by Mimi et Cie.
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Banner Bank Names New Manager

Jim Boyd
Jim Boyd

James Boyd has joined Banner Bank as manager of the Pasadena branch. Boyd has more than 16 years of branch management experience. He earned a general banking certificate from Woodbury University, certifications from the American Institute of Banking and an associate’s degree from Cerritos College.
Boyd is involved in the community, serving as the president of the Downey Rotary Club. He also serves as a board member for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and the ARC of Downey, Association for Challenged Citizens.
Located at 721 E. Union St., the Pasadena branch is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday. Boyd can be reached at (626) 204-0477.

Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest

A body was discovered and reported by U.S. Forest Service employees at 12:15 p.m. on Monday in Angeles National Forest on Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 20.
Forest Service personnel initially reported a car over the side of the road, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Slater said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined that there was no car, but they did find a body, reportedly badly decomposed.
“So we cordoned off the area and called our homicide bureau,” Slater said. “Due to the position of the body and the presentation of the scene, I can’t even tell you if it was male or anything right now. It was obviously deceased, but I couldn’t tell you more.” Continue reading “Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest”

LC’s Morikawa Helps U.S. Win Arnold Palmer Cup

Photo courtesy Mastro Communications Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa (front row, center) helped Team USA recapture the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club. Morikawa was invited to the competition after a stellar season at Cal.
Photo courtesy Mastro Communications
Former LCHS standout Collin Morikawa (front row, center) helped Team USA recapture the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club. Morikawa was invited to the competition after a stellar season at Cal.

Former La Cañada High School golfer Collin Morikawa helped the United States defeat Europe, 19 1/2-11 1/2, to reclaim the Arnold Palmer Cup last Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Morikawa contributed a few points to the U.S. squad by winning two of four matches.
“It’s just a big honor,” said Morikawa, who is one of the top collegiate golfers at Cal. “This is the first time Mr. Palmer couldn’t be there with us. It’s such a great honor to represent the country and Mr. Palmer. I feel like I didn’t have my best out there, but it was all about keeping the spirits high and keeping the legacy of Mr. Palmer living and representing the nation as best as we can. We were able to win and make history, and it was great to be a part of that.” Continue reading “LC’s Morikawa Helps U.S. Win Arnold Palmer Cup”

SCE Upgrades Mean More Power, Less View for Some in LCF

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Southern California Edison is replacing power poles like the one in Dave Nydam’s front yard with even larger poles to better support new equipment aimed at increased reliabilty.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Southern California Edison is replacing power poles like the one in Dave Nydam’s front yard with even larger poles to better support new equipment aimed at increased reliabilty.

Dave Nydam wants to warn fellow La Cañada Flintridge residents who might also have their front yard encroached upon by upgraded Southern California Edison equipment: It could happen to you.
If it does, a SCE representative said, an impeded view is something of a symbol of improved electrical reliability in the neighborhood, which will be safer for it.
On Thursday, June 8, Nydam was surprised to find a crew at work in his front yard along Hillard Avenue, replacing a pole — 15 inches in diameter — that was planted in the public right-of-way two years ago, with one that measured 18 inches in diameter. Continue reading “SCE Upgrades Mean More Power, Less View for Some in LCF”

Rev. Dr. Donald Frank Berns

Oct. 8, 1947 – June 5, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Don Berns
The Rev. Dr. Don Berns

Don Berns was a Hoosier, born in Indianapolis, to the late Martha (Tufts) and Philip Berns. He was athletic and adventuresome from his boyhood on, from cracking a bullwhip and snapping popsicle sticks from his younger sister’s mouth, to starring as a Little League pitcher, to playing every season’s sports until he focused on tennis in high school and college, followed by golf the rest of his life. He always admired large birds and wanted to fly, and even took some flying lessons, went hang gliding and sky dived once and was planning to go again this summer.
In July 1963, Don was introduced to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the ministry of Young Life. Don’s commitment to God in Christ shaped and formed who he was and how he lived for the rest of his life.
Don was a Duke Blue Devil, graduating from Duke University’s School of Engineering as a Mechanical Engineer, and played varsity tennis all four years. He also was on the European circuit one summer with his Duke Netter pals during his Duke years.
Following graduation, Don used his engineering degree, working with Exxon and his family’s highway construction business, Berns Construction Co., for five years. He always said that the problem-solving skills gained from engineering were excellent preparation for life.
When he sensed God calling him to fulltime Christian ministry, he knew that nothing is wasted in God’s economy, and became a transplant to California, graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. For 12 exciting and fruitful years, Don impacted thousands of teens in youth ministry and directed the intern program, which trained nearly 100 future reverends at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. When Parkinson’s disease made a transition necessary, he switched his focus to ministry in the marketplace (the emphasis of his Doctor of Ministry dissertation) and pastoral care.
Though he was diagnosed with PD at 33, he fought, researched and attacked PD as a challenge and a problem to be solved. To the end of his life, he never gave up learning, hoping and praying for a cure, while inspiring and encouraging many others who battle PD and other chronic and neurological diseases globally.
Don was married to the love of his life, the Rev. Karen Womer Berns for 46 years, 36 of which PD was a part of their relationship. They are the parents of son, Jason, and daughter, Joy Dunn. Don is survived by his beloved and loving family — Karen Berns, Jason Berns and Joy Dunn; their spouses, Laura Berns, and Matt Dunn; and five grandchildren, Kylie, Justin, Dominic, Charlotte and Alexandra, all of whom he cherished. He also treasured his three younger sisters, Kathy Albrektson, Sally John and Peggy Mindrebo, their husbands, Ray Albrektson, Mark John and Norm Mindrebo, and their families.
After fighting the good fight, keeping and sharing the faith, Don passed through the doorway of death peacefully into eternal life on June 5. Don leaves a legacy of Love, Faith, Joy and Perseverance for all those who knew him.
Memorial gifts in Don’s name may be made to:

Young Life Pasadena Area
2275 Huntington Drive, #173,
Pasadena, CA 91108-2640
greaterpasadena.younglife.org

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown,
MD 21741-5014
michaeljfox.org
Tribute to Don: michaeljfox.org/tribute/tribute-page.php?id=20295

Man Drives Off Angeles Crest Hwy. to His Death

A man was killed after driving his pickup truck off the side of Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 27 and plunging approximately 700 feet. Witnesses called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities said.
A Montrose Search and Rescue team worked through the night to recover the man’s body: “Sadly, we can confirm one fatality from last night’s crash,” the organization posted on Twitter. Continue reading “Man Drives Off Angeles Crest Hwy. to His Death”

Multiple Arrests Related to Burglaries

A burglary suspect was arrested early Monday outside of the Wingstop restaurant in the 1900 block of Verdugo Boulevard, authorities said.
According to Crescenta Valley Sheriff Sgt. Alan Chu, a deputy was driving past the location at about 1:55 a.m. when he spotted the suspect — a 19-year-old from Long Beach — peering into the restaurant’s window. When the deputy turned around to investigate the suspect, four other suspects fled on foot. They were wearing hoods and dark clothing that made them difficult to identify, Chu said. Continue reading “Multiple Arrests Related to Burglaries”