New City Club President Kicks Off ’17 With Retreat

Photo courtesy Kristen Van Driel San Marino City Club past presidents include (from left) Pete Loeffler (2012), John Morris (2005), Bill Gunnell (2007), Frank Chen (2016), Dan Biles (2015), Janice Lee-McMahon (2011), Wally Rosvall (2003), David Wang (current), Mort Mortimer (2006), Tom Santley (2004), Dick Ward (1989), Al Boegh (2010), Fritz Seares (1999) and Ken Riley (1995).
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San Marino City Club past presidents include (from left) Pete Loeffler (2012), John Morris (2005), Bill Gunnell (2007), Frank Chen (2016), Dan Biles (2015), Janice Lee-McMahon (2011), Wally Rosvall (2003), David Wang (current), Mort Mortimer (2006), Tom Santley (2004), Dick Ward (1989), Al Boegh (2010), Fritz Seares (1999) and Ken Riley (1995).

The conclusion of a successful board retreat for San Marino City Club helped to set the tone for David Wang’s first year as president of the organization.
The annual retreat, which is held in Palm Springs, brings together the 14 members of SMCC’s board and also past presidents and their spouses. Wang said the retreat this year included a “fairly large cross section” of the latter, especially at the strategic planning meeting.
“It’s a good way to indoctrinate the new board members,” he said in a telephone interview. “This year, it was extremely well attended. We had more past presidents there this year than in recent years.”
That insight proved valuable, Wang said, as he prepares for his year as president. Continue reading “New City Club President Kicks Off ’17 With Retreat”

Snow Day Declared in Lacy Park

Lacy Park was transformed into a winter wonderland recently with tons of snow, sledding, a snowball fight area, snowman-building, bounce houses, slides, music and dancing, and a train ride. Parents grabbed coffee and hot chocolate and enjoyed watching their sunny California kids play in the snow

City Council OKs New Home

Dr. Richard Sun’s first big decision as this year’s mayor came in the form of a contentious tie-breaking vote at the City Council’s first meeting of 2017.
Sun’s vote to deny a petition to classify the home at 1470 Virginia Road as a historical landmark appears to have put to rest a public battle over the residence that has waged since July.
In casting his vote at the Jan. 11 meeting, the preservation-minded Sun also acknowledged that the public outcry for a stronger historical designation process was as loud as it’s been in recent memory and the city needed to enact changes as soon as possible. Continue reading “City Council OKs New Home”

Altadena Library’s Celebration is June 10

Altadena Library’s grand reopening, Summer Reading Program kickoff and 50th anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Being touted as the library’s “biggest event” of the year, it has been officially titled “Growing Up ’Dena.”
This celebration will feature performances for all ages, including Mad Science, Antics, CHROMA, lead vocalist of Santana, Andy Vargas and Souleros, and the Satisfaction Band.
For more information about the main stage lineup and activities throughout the day, visit altadenalibrary.org.

PFAR Wine Tasting and Auction to Benefit Local Charities

The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors Charitable Foundation will host “The Blind Tiger” wine tasting and auction Thursday, June 22, at the Cellar at 26 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena.
The 26th annual event will include a series of activities, including a silent auction and wine toss, followed by a live auction later in the evening. Wine, champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout.
Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in the “Roaring Twenties”-themed apparel, inspired by “The Great Gatsby.”
Sponsorships are sought, with some levels receiving complimentary wine-tasting tickets. For more information, contact Roberta Dominguez at (626) 382-9759.
“The more support we receive from our Realtors, their clients and the community, the more funds we raise each year, allows us to donate to our local charities and give more scholarships,” said Deborah Maxson, PFAR Charitable Foundation chair.
In 2016, the PFAR Charitable Foundation raised almost $100,000, which was distributed to more than 15 charities in the San Gabriel Valley.
Tickets are $75 and are available at pfar.org or by calling Michele at (626) 893-1682. All proceeds will be donated to local charities.

PMCA Appoints New Executive Director

Susana Smith Bautista
Susana Smith Bautista

The board of directors of the Pasadena Museum of California Art recently announced the appointment of Susana Smith Bautista as executive director of the museum, beginning the position this week.
Born and raised in Pasadena, Bautista is an expert on museums, digital technology, the arts and strategic communication. Bautista brings with her a wealth of experience in the museum world, curating exhibitions and creating educational programming and digital media and communication. She is committed to the Pasadena-area community, having served on the city of Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission, the advisory board of Southwest Chamber Music, the board of trustees of Westridge School and the board of directors of Clazzical Notes.
“The board of directors is thrilled to have Susana take the helm of the PMCA,” says PMCA Chairman of the Board Jim Crawford. “She has a proven track record in the art, museum and nonprofit fields. Her specialized focus on museum studies; digital technology and communication; and Latino, Chicano, and Asian art will ensure that the full, diverse scope of California art as well as modern media communication continue to be at the forefront of the PMCA’s programming. With someone as committed to California art as well as to the Pasadena and Los Angeles communities, we are certain that with Susana as executive director, the museum will continue to thrive and be a significant and essential voice within and beyond Los Angeles.”
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Huntington Hospital Hosts National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day

Photo courtesy Huntington Hospital Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, director of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Dr. Paula Verrette, senior vice president and chief medical officer in Quality and Physician Services at Huntington Hospital; Dr. Edward Mena of Huntington Hospital; and Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer at the city of Pasadena Public Health Department, presented at the National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day Stakeholder Breakfast and Conference.
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Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, director of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Dr. Paula Verrette, senior vice president and chief medical officer in Quality and Physician Services at Huntington Hospital; Dr. Edward Mena of Huntington Hospital; and Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, health officer at the city of Pasadena Public Health Department, presented at the National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day Stakeholder Breakfast and Conference.

Huntington Hospital, in partnership with Hep B Free-Los Angeles and the Hepatitis C Task Force of Los Angeles County, hosted a conference and stakeholder breakfast, in conjunction with National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19. The event brought together nearly 100 health advocates, community leaders and religious leaders, who learned about viral hepatitis, particularly Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. The attendees developed strategies to reduce death and disability in their own communities from this preventable disease. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of infectious mortality, and affects up to 5.3 million Americans and 400 million people worldwide.
“It is crucial to bring viral hepatitis awareness to the community,” said Dr. Edward Mena of Huntington Hospital. “We are thankful for organizations such as HEP B Free-Los Angeles and Hepatitis C Task Force of Los Angeles County for bringing our community leaders together to discuss these diseases.”
The conference began with a welcome from Dr. Paula Verrette, senior vice president and chief medical officer, quality and physician services at Huntington Hospital. Dr. Koy Parada of Hep B Free-Los Angeles and Samuel Gonzalez of Hepatitis C Task Force for Los Angeles, served as emcees for the event. Speakers included Dr. Mena, Dr. Tse-Ling Fong of Asian Pacific Liver Center, Dr. Robert Kim-Farley of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and Dr. Ying-Ying Goh from the city of Pasadena Public Health Department.
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Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Casa on June 19

Colleen Williams
Colleen Williams

Pasadena resident and NBC4 anchor Colleen Williams will host her 22nd annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Casa Treatment Center on Monday, June 19, at San Gabriel Country Club. Over the years, the event has raised more than $1 million for Pasadena-based Casa, which provides women struggling with addiction the opportunity to transform their lives.
Leah Rodemich, Casa’s executive director, expressed the organization’s appreciation for Williams’ support through the years. “We are so grateful for the many years of service that Colleen and her family have given to Casa,” Rodemich said. “As a result of their efforts, we have raised more than $1 million, which has enabled us to provide affordable residential, outpatient, day treatment and sober living services to hundreds of women each year.”
An award-winning journalist for three decades, Williams has received numerous industry honors, including multiple Emmy and Golden Mike awards.
Casa (former Casa de las Amigas) was founded in 1967 and was one of the first treatment centers in the country to focus on women. “Casa has been on the forefront of providing professionally supervised alcohol and drug treatment and has been ahead of the curve in providing those services specifically to address the unique needs of women,” a Casa spokesperson said.

Steve Carlston, John Dudley, Leah Rodemich, Colleen Williams and Terry Rosales were among those who enjoyed last year’s Colleen Williams Charity Golf Tournament. This year’s event will be held on Monday, June 19.
Steve Carlston, John Dudley, Leah Rodemich, Colleen Williams and Terry Rosales were among those who enjoyed last year’s Colleen Williams Charity Golf Tournament. This year’s event will be held on Monday, June 19.

Golf tournament registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the event culminates with a dinner and live auction. Tournament sponsorships are available starting at $2,500. To register online, visit casatreatmentcenter.org. For further information, contact Ava Alexandar at (626) 792-2770.

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.