Faith Helps Local Caterer Endure Challenging Times

By Kristi Scott
Special to The Outlook

Tony Lancaster,Owner and Chef of HOPE Cafe & Catering

Many supporters of Door of Hope, a Pasadena-based nonprofit which helps families transition out of homelessness, are familiar with the organization’s meal donor program. The popular program, which allows volunteer groups to serve a prepared dinner to the families at Door of Hope’s transitional housing locations, has been temporarily halted because of the COVID-19 crisis.
Last year, nearly 300 people volunteered as Door of Hope meal donors. And on nights when meal donors are not available, parents take turns cooking for all of the house’s residents.
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Cancer Support Community Relishes Partner in The Agency

Brandon Road, associate manager at The Agency; Patricia Ostiller, director of development at Cancer Support Community Pasadena; Meg Symes, executive director of Cancer Support Community; and Gus Ruelas, a managing partner at The Agency, show a donation check of $10,000 from The Agency to Cancer Support Community.
Photo courtesy Cancer Support Community Pasadena
Brandon Road, associate manager at The Agency; Patricia Ostiller, director of development at Cancer Support Community Pasadena; Meg Symes, executive director of Cancer Support Community; and Gus Ruelas, a managing partner at The Agency, show a donation check of $10,000 from The Agency to Cancer Support Community.

Part of real estate firm The Agency’s introduction to Pasadena a year ago included a $10,000 donation to well-known nonprofit Cancer Support Community Pasadena, a donation the nonprofit underscored as the beginning of a strong corporate friendship. Continue reading “Cancer Support Community Relishes Partner in The Agency”

Residents Can Take a Swing at Pickleball Sept. 28

The city will launch a pilot pickleball program on Saturday, Sept. 28. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and pingpong.
On opening day, there will be pickleball enthusiasts on hand from 8-9 a.m. to provide brief introductions and lessons on the sport. In addition, paddles and balls for visitors will be provided. Continue reading “Residents Can Take a Swing at Pickleball Sept. 28”

Charitable Trust Helps Meet Needs of Those With Autism

PCDA Executive Director Diane Cullinane and Firestone Estate trustee Marilynn Garcia celebrate the $500,000 donation.
PCDA Executive Director Diane Cullinane and Firestone Estate trustee Marilynn Garcia celebrate the $500,000 donation.

Professional Child Development Associates has received a $500,000 donation from the Mose J. and Sylvia Dilman Firestone Charitable Trust to expand its ability to serve children with autism or other developmental challenges, and their families. Continue reading “Charitable Trust Helps Meet Needs of Those With Autism”

Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday

Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.
Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.

The city of Pasadena recently celebrated its past and envisioned the future with a free community party that showcased an emphasis on science, technology and creativity. Mayor Terry Tornek, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Chris Holden, City Council members Gene Masuda and Tyrone Hampton, and Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson cut a ceremonial slice of cake to start the proceedings. Continue reading “Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday”

Local Doctor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Michael Silka

Dr. Michael Silka, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and interim co-director of the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society at the organization’s annual conference in Boston earlier this week.
He is the sixth recipient of the award, which is in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias in children. PACES is a nonprofit organization made up of physicians and allied professionals dedicated to improving care for children and young adults with cardiac rhythm disturbances. It’s the largest society of pediatric heart rhythm specialists in the world.
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LCPC’s Parent Ed Summer Family Class Now Open

LCPC Parent Education Program is excited to announce its Summer Family Class is open for registration.
This four-week class will be taught by experienced educator and mom of seven, Nanette Brown. Brown brings a wealth of experience both as a teacher and as a parent to each and every one of her classes.
She strives to foster the bond between parent and child through compassionate and supportive learning environments, utilizing new research on parenting to inform her class discussions. The summer class is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. from May 23-June 14. Topics will include “Parent Self Care,” “Breaking Busy,” “Intentional Parenting/Mindful Living,” and “How to Connect with Each of Your Children.” The course costs $80 plus a $20 registration fee. Registration is now open online at lacanadapc.org/parented, or by calling (818) 790-6758 ext. 205.
Scholarships and payment plans are available online. Affordable childcare is offered during all class times.
La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.

Spring Home Tour Benefits LCHS

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
Committee members of the La Cañada Spring Home Tour, who are gearing up for the April 27 fundraiser, include (front row, from left) Sharon Grey, Karyn Perez, Cathy Steward, Leanne Forshager, Gillan Frame, Suzanne Jensen, Maral Chatoyan, Mindy DiPaolo, Apala Parikh, Tamar Tujian and Lisa Dick. Back: Jill Chapman, Jennifer Ferry, Sue Auther, Frances Delgatty, Lee Chumo, Christine Chant, Laura Buchanan, Pam Heiberg and Jill Weinlein. Not pictured: Jennifer Fox, Jennifer Jewell, Heather Scherbert, Donna Burdick, Laila Stroben, Stephanie Wiley, Lori Beagle, Hayley Dziak, Betsy Asher Hall, Nicole York Bogen, Heather Ehrhart, Christina Conwell and Stuart McKinney.

The La Cañada Flintridge community has an opportunity to tour a variety of beautifully appointed homes during the upcoming La Cañada Spring Home Tour on Friday, April 27. Tours of four homes are from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continue reading “Spring Home Tour Benefits LCHS”