Friends of Foster Children Marks 40-Year Legacy

Each November, a trio of trees appears in Arcadia’s Santa Anita Mall the day after Thanksgiving. Unlike other symbols of the impending holiday season, however, these trees aren’t adorned with lights, bells or baubles, but with paper tags, and on each of these tags, three wishes are written. By Christmas Day, those wishes materialize into gifts for foster children living at 10 residential facilities across San Gabriel Valley. Such is the magic of the Sugar Plum Trees, an annual project that has been organized by Friends of Foster Children since 1976. Continue reading “Friends of Foster Children Marks 40-Year Legacy”

Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright
Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK
Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright

The house on Santa Barbara Street in Pasadena’s West Central neighborhood is as unassuming as it is transformative. Nothing about the two-story Craftsman’s exterior indicates the hub of hope it represents for those who often have nowhere else to turn. Known as Elizabeth House, the nonprofit organization nestled amid a residential block has spent the past 22 years providing shelter and support to homeless pregnant women as well as their children. Continue reading “Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms”

At County Spelling Bee, LCE 6th Grader is I-n-v-i-n-c-i-b-l-e

La Cañada Elementary School Principal Emily Blaney made it a point to tell students participating in Spelling Bees on her campus and later at the district office that while most of them would be knocked out, they could find consolation knowing they’d never forget how to spell the word on which they were eliminated.
She’s proof. Ceaselessly got her once. But never again.
LCE 6th-grader Gabriel Gottheim didn’t have to miss sabbatical or demarcate or memorabilia for those words to earn a permanent place in his memory bank. Continue reading “At County Spelling Bee, LCE 6th Grader is I-n-v-i-n-c-i-b-l-e”

Humiliation, Sacrifice and Plenty of Fun at TACH Bash

For the 10th year, La Cañada High School students threw a bash that was sure to get folks in town talking: 250 people showed up, many of them throwing pies in the faces of LCHS students, some of them dumping buckets of water on the teens. One student lost his parking spot at school next to Principal Ian McFeat for the rest of the school year.
All that and more in the name of charity. Continue reading “Humiliation, Sacrifice and Plenty of Fun at TACH Bash”

Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20

A trio of Pasadena-area private schools recently received prominent placement near the top of an online list published by Niche.com, a popular review website aimed at consolidating detailed information about K-12 schools as well as colleges, cities and neighborhoods. Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic and Westridge were recognized as three of the top 20 private schools in the state. Continue reading “Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20”

PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.
Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK
Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.

In what’s become a Pasadena rite of spring, several hundred local ladies donning extravagant hats and fabulous fashions will flock to the Pasadena Hilton on Saturday, April 16, for the seventh annual “Hat-ti-tude” boutique, luncheon and fashion show. Hosted by the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund, the benefit will raise money toward PACEF’s Scholar Fund for students in the Pasadena Unified School District. But what’s the story behind PACEF, and who are the founders beneath the brims? Continue reading “PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’”