First Tee Raises $80k for Youth

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

On a sunny day at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, more than 100 golfers hit the fairways and greens in support of First Tee of Greater Pasadena.
The event grossed more than $80,000 to help fund First Tee programs for Greater Pasadena youth and their families. These programs aim to provide life-changing experiences that build character to empower kids through a lifetime of new challenges and personal growth.
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Dance Theatre’s ‘Nutcracker Ballet’ Arrives Dec. 18

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Pasadena Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” returns to the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse with choreography by Artistic Director Cynthia Young and a cast of more than 50 dancers.
“The Nutcracker Ballet” will offer four showings at the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium:
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Keck Medicine, Methodist Hospital Move Toward Affiliation

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Methodist Hospital of Southern California and Keck Medicine of USC have submitted a notice of their proposed affiliation to the Office of the Attorney General of California for regulatory review and approval.
Following regulatory approval, Methodist Hospital will officially join the Keck Medicine clinical enterprise as USC Arcadia Hospital.
“Our discussions over the last 18 months have given us full confidence that we will operate more strongly together,” said Dan Ausman, president/CEO of Methodist Hospital. “We remain wholly committed to the San Gabriel Valley community and plan to expand residents’ access to highly specialized care in the years to come.”
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Foothill Unity Center Provided Thanksgiving Meals

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

For more than 41 years, Foothill Unity Center has been serving the San Gabriel Valley Foothills with vital support services including food, health, case management, job development, volunteer services and homeless and housing.
As part of these services, the center provides their participants with special events. During Thanksgiving week, nearly 3,000 families were served with holiday food boxes. More than 400 volunteers came together to prepare and distribute these greatly needed food boxes. As part of the continued effort to meet the great need of the community during the COVID-19 crisis, the distribution was done as a drive-thru event, registering participants from their service area and beyond.
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Home for the Holidays

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Fourteen-year-old Bonnie was turned into the shelter just after Thanksgiving last year.
Sadly, the gray and white cat’s owner was no longer able to care for her and made the hard decision to surrender Bonnie to Pasadena Humane.
As the weeks went on, Bonnie was overlooked time and time again. The dozens of kittens around her seemed to quickly find homes while Bonnie waited. After more than a month in our care, our holiday wish for this sweet cat finally came true. Bonnie was adopted just in time to celebrate the New Year in a loving home.
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PEF Honors the Heart of PUSD Schools With BBQ

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

To honor those who serve as the heart of our public schools, Pasadena Educational Foundation kicked off its 50th year with a “Thanks to You BBQ.”
The event was hosted by Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald. A native of Jamaica, McDonald and his barbecue team grilled up jerk chicken for more than 300 Pasadena Unified School District employees who work in the Ed Center, Maintenance and Operations, the offices of Food & Nutrition Services, school principals and assistant principals.
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Friends In Deed’s Bad Weather Shelter Pivots for a Second Year

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Friends In Deed has shifted from its Bad Weather Shelter for a second year in a row due to COVID-19 and ongoing social distancing protocols.
Instead, the local charity will be holding regular and weather-activated supply distribution nights along with a limited number of motel rooms for those experiencing homelessness in the Pasadena area. This program will start in early January 2022 and run through late March.
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, executive director of Friends In Deed, said the organization is pleased to continue offering creative solutions during the pandemic for those experiencing homelessness.
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Westridge Holds Annual Yam Festival

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Photos by Toni LeBel / The Outlook

Every fall, students at Westridge and their parents get creative in their kitchens and whip up a variety of dishes and baked goods that feature that oddly-shaped, sweet orange tuber, the yam.
Among the foods served up by the parents at this year’s event were yam fries, pies, soups, mochi and ice cream, couscous with yams, candied yams, yamadoodle cookies and yam biryani.

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St. Francis, La Salle, Maranatha, Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep Compete

First published in the Dec. 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

St. Francis High School’s varsity cross-country team competed in the CIF-SS Division IV State championships and placed 12th of 25 teams at Fresno’s Woodward Park on Saturday.
Golden Knights junior Hayden Owen (16:13) and sophomore Luke Metcalf (16:20) placed 19th and 26th, respectively, while junior Noe Barraza (76th, 17:09) and senior Tim Parisi (78th, 17:11) finished together. Juniors Edyn Cepeliek (17:30) and Lucas Pichardo (17:47) and freshman Auge Martin (20:44) placed 97th, 115th and 170th for St. Francis.
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