Students Treat All-Star Teacher to World Series Game

It took less than a day for Rita Brown’s students and their families, past and present, to pool $2,740, well more than the goal of $2,000 they had set.
It was money well-spent.
Brown, a longtime Dodgers fan and teacher at San Marino Community Church Nursery School since 1980, enjoyed an all-expenses-paid trip to Game 2 of this year’s World Series. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, she and her husband were at Dodger Stadium, watching their beloved ball club continue its bid for greatness. Continue reading “Students Treat All-Star Teacher to World Series Game”

Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Fundraiser Sept. 27

Friends In Deed returns to Castle Green on Sept. 27 for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz while perusing silent auction opportunities. Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed Community Liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. All have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.
The evening will feature a jazz trio with John Pisano, Gene Bertoncini and John Leftwich. Pisano has recorded and toured the globe with artists such as Joe Pass, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Sergio Mendes, Manhattan Transfer and many others. He recorded more than one dozen albums with Joe Pass.
Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” He has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond.
Leftwich, a classical guitarist, has performed with a wide variety of musical luminaries, including Tierney Sutton, Rickie Lee Jones, Chet Baker, Mel Torme and Hubert Laws. His music has been featured in commercials and movies.
For more information, visit friends­ or contact Friends In Deed at (626) 797-2402 or Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available online at