A Gala Time at Huntington Ball

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
Enjoying last Saturday night’s Huntington Ball were (front row, from left) Paul Haaga, Laura Olhasso and Tyler Parker. Back: Heather Haaga, Bill Olhasso and Blythe Haaga Parker. The ball was held under the stars at the Huntington Library and celebrated the library’s unparalleled private collection of books, manuscripts and photographs.

Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod

Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.
Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.

With an unassuming humility, Dick Durant on March 23 accepted the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino at the club’s annual award luncheon.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Durant told the crowd upon receiving his award, brimming with gratitude despite his low-key demeanor. Continue reading “Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod”

Bonsai Tree Artist to Demonstrate Work at Huntington

Award-winning bonsai artist Mauro Stemberger will demonstrate to an audience on April 1 how he creates a living masterpiece for the Huntington Library.
Stemberger, whose passion for bonsai date to his teenage years, will work from 1-4 p.m. that day in crafting his bonsai tree for the Huntington’s Japanese Garden. Visitors will be free to observe on a drop-in basis.
A trained architect, Stemberger frequently travels the world to promote interest in the bonsai tree craft.
For more information, visit huntington.org.

Profectum Foundation’s Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Conference

Profectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend its fifth International Conference, March 31 and April 1, at the Huntington Library in San Marino. “Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment,” is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

The Villa Esperanza team, including (from left) Ariel Hegedus; Casey Gregg, vice president; Gwendolyn Eberhard, speech director; Kelly White, CEO; and Michelle Cox, director of development, were among those who attended last year’s Profectum Foundation conference.

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Huntington Extends Orbit Pavilion Timeline

The Huntington Library has extended its exhibit of the NASA-sponsored Orbit Pavilion installation by six months.
The exhibit, which was designed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory visual strategists Dan Goods and David Delgado, will now run through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Price of admission to the Huntington will grant guests access to the installation.
Orbit Pavilion is essentially a structure-sized conch shell that has speakers filling the dome center that play programmed sounds corresponding to each of the 19 select satellites in orbit when they line up with the applicable speaker. The exhibit mostly plays in real time, although there is periodically an orchestrated rendition played throughout the day.
The exhibit is part of the Huntington’s Five initiative, in which there will be five groups of contemporary artists that are invited to show work during the next five years that corresponds with the Huntington’s history. For more information, visit huntington1.com/five.

Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School

The Planning Commission, hoping to help fill a vacant property on Huntington Drive, voted to continue a hearing for a prospective business at its Feb. 22 meeting.
Before the decision, the Commission had expressed a desire to work through an issue involving parking at the location, but the applicant’s absence from the meeting precluded substantive discussion. Continue reading “Planning Commission to Wait on Decision for Music School”