Grammy Winner LeAnn Rimes at Arboretum July 8

LeAnn Rimes
LeAnn Rimes

“Live at the Arboretum” will kick off its inaugural summer concert festival with Grammy award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes on Saturday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger presenting.
Tickets start at $10 and gates open for picnic dining at 5 p.m.
The outdoor dinner party will offer spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket — each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with family and friends. Among many venue amenities, concertgoers can enjoy the food court with food trucks plus two beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks.
Live at the Arboretum marks its inaugural debut this summer and is presented by Barger, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation, the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Pasadena Pops.
Tickets cost $10, $25 and $35; and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concert. The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia.

Former Hillsides Youth Receives Thursday Club Scholarship

Thursday Club President Sheri Morton (left) and Hillsides project manager Aurelio Mitjans congratulate Hope Morrison on her Philanthropy Award, a scholarship that will help Morrison with college costs.
Thursday Club President Sheri Morton (left) and Hillsides project manager Aurelio Mitjans congratulate Hope Morrison on her Philanthropy Award, a scholarship that will help Morrison with college costs.

The La Cañada Thursday Club recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a local youth, Hope Morrison. Morrison is a former resident of Youth Moving On, a program of Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity. Morrison was selected from eight finalists who have received or currently are receiving services from YMO. She was awarded the check at a tea held at the La Cañada Thursday Club. This is the second year in a row the club has awarded a current or former YMO youth a scholarship.
Morrison, a student at Pasadena City College, is on track to graduate next fall with an associates degree in communications. She hopes to transfer to a UC school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a sports reporter. She also would like to one day open a nonprofit to help youth in foster care.
Currently she works part time as a job coach/mentor at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and interns with the Los Angeles Transition Age Youth Collaborative. She also worked for three years as a full-time law clerk at Children’s Law Center in Monterey Park.
Hillsides’ Youth Moving On (youthmovingon.org) program offers a continuum of support services for transition-age youth 16-25 that includes housing services, a Peer Resource drop-in center and workforce development.
The La Cañada Thursday Club is a social, cultural and philanthropic organization that was founded in 1912 to reach out to the community to assist charitable, nonprofit groups and to further youth in their education.

El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family

Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK Abel Ramirez (right) and his son Armando, who have 22 years of experience providing specialty Yucatan dishes as El Portal restaurant’s co-owners, will celebrate Abel’s 75th birthday on Friday with appetizers, tequila and rum tasting.
Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK
Abel Ramirez (right) and his son Armando, who have 22 years of experience providing specialty Yucatan dishes as El Portal restaurant’s co-owners, will celebrate Abel’s 75th birthday on Friday with appetizers, tequila and rum tasting.

Retirement agrees with El Portal owner and Pasadena mainstay Abel Ramirez. Well, kind of.

The restauranteur has been “practicing retirement” for two years now, but most days, you’ll still find him at the Mexican and Yucatan specialty restaurant.

“I’m still having fun with the businesses,” said Abel who turns 75 this week. “There are still a lot of risks and stresses, but what keeps me sane is that I have fun with it. Everybody should do what they love.” Continue reading “El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family”

SM Officials Honor Outgoing Longtime City Attorney

He will be gone, but not a ghost, and he certainly won’t be forgotten.
Steve Dorsey, a partner with Richards, Watson and Gershon Attorneys at Law, has formally resigned as the city attorney for San Marino. Dorsey, who grew up here and continues to live here, had served his hometown since May 14, 1986.
“I know I was not thinking 31 years ahead to tonight,” Dorsey said, reflecting on his appointment at the Wednesday, May 10, City Council meeting, “but I do recall how excited I was at the opportunity to represent the city that my family had chosen to call home. That excitement has proven to be well-founded.”
Steve Flower will take over as city attorney. Continue reading “SM Officials Honor Outgoing Longtime City Attorney”

Former Sport Chalet Reaching New Tenant Deal, But Not With Hooters

No, the former Sport Chalet space will not be occupied by a Hooters Restaurant, despite what you might have read on social media.
It also won’t house a skating rink, said Robert Fuelling, senior vice president of IDS Real Estate Group, which owns the Town Center.
IDS is, in fact, closing in on a deal with a tenant for the 45,000-square foot retail space, Fuelling said, adding only that the negotiations are with a national retailer and that an announcement could come within a month. Continue reading “Former Sport Chalet Reaching New Tenant Deal, But Not With Hooters”