‘Little Hats, Big Hearts’ Promotes Healthy Babies, Moms

More than 1,600 babies in Los Angeles will receive a little red hat in February as part of the American Heart Association’s new “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program aimed at promoting healthy babies and moms.
The program launches in L.A. this year and engages volunteers to knit or crochet red hats for babies born in February, in celebration of Heart Month.
As part of the collaborative program with the Children’s Heart Foundation, sponsored locally by Union Bank, babies born in February at participating hospitals will receive a red baby hat.
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Envision Consulting Holds Successful Nonprofit Board Mixer

Envison Consulting, a local nonprofit search and consulting firm, along with sponsors Bolton Insurance and Missionwell, hosted its third successful nonprofit board matchmaking mixer recently in Pasadena.
A total of 19 selected nonprofits from around the Pasadena area, such as Foothill Family, L.A. Arboretum and Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena highlighted their services and board opportunities to more than 40 professionals seeking volunteer opportunities.
“So many of our nonprofit clients and community partners are always looking for qualified board members. We’re happy to create an atmosphere where they can build their boards with ease,” said Partner Matt Kamin. “Bringing together nonprofits with members of the community allows Envision to take an active role in building capacity for nonprofits of all missions and sizes.”
On average, Envision’s nonprofit board matchmaking mixer generates about one to three board members for five nonprofit and builds important connections for everyone that attends.
“We plan to host more board matchmaking mixers throughout the Los Angeles area this year,” added Partner Allison Fuller. “We hope that the mixers are just the launching points for nonprofits and professionals to build solid relationships that benefit our community as a whole.”
For those interested in learning more about the board matchmaking mixers, go to envisionnonprofit.com/board-matchmaking.

Thomson Receives Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Award

Bill Thomson

Local resident Bill Thomson was presented with the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Champion Award in front of nearly 100 attendees at the Rose Bowl’s Terry Donahue Pavilion recently. The award is given annually to a person who has “shown outstanding dedication and leadership in support of the RBAC and its programs to serve all ages, all abilities and all members of our diverse communities,” according to a spokesperson.
Thomson, a long-time RBAC volunteer and leader, was presented the award by John Naber, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist swimmer who is also a member of the RBAC Founding Board of Directors.
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Friends in Deed Women’s Room Fundraiser for Homeless Women

Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.
Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.

A group of local women in 2007, with an invitation from Friends in Deed, opened the Women’s Room, a daytime refuge for women who are alone and homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, many of the original group will be joined by a host of new supporters and friends for a 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser at Brookside Golf Club’s Mediterranean Room adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

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Obituary: Sally (Hathaway) Lewis Horner

Sally Lewis Horner
Sally Lewis Horner

Jan. 7, 1936 — Jan. 24, 2017

Sally Lewis Horner passed away quietly after a 10-year struggle with dementia, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 24, just two weeks after her 81st birthday. Sally was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Jan. 7, 1936, the daughter of Janet Fraser Lewis and Mahlon E. Lewis. She was raised in Ben Avon Heights, a small community south of Pittsburgh. Sally graduated from Winchester-Thurston School after which she matriculated at Connecticut College for Women in New London, Conn. The summer following her freshman year she met the love of her life, Michael H. Horner, who had just finished his freshman year at Cornell University. Sally graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in Western European History. Continue reading “Obituary: Sally (Hathaway) Lewis Horner”

City’s Fiscal Picture to Be Painted on Feb. 16

The city’s financial forecast — and how to prepare for the future — hopefully will be much clearer after a public meeting about financial issues on Feb. 16.
With the help of actuarial service provider Bartel Associates, the city will present the most current information regarding the city’s unfunded pension liability and its infrastructure needs. It also will use projected revenue streams to help identify the best fiscal decisions to make in the future. Continue reading “City’s Fiscal Picture to Be Painted on Feb. 16”

SMUSD Schools Ranked High in Latest Polls

San Marino Unified School District has earned itself a fan in school and neighborhood data analysis website Niche.com.
The Pittsburgh-based operation listed SMUSD as the No. 7 school district in all of California and the No. 2 district in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, giving the district top marks in academics, its teaching staff and the college readiness of its students (quantified by an A+ rating). Continue reading “SMUSD Schools Ranked High in Latest Polls”