As one close friend coined it, a light went out on Sunday, July 26, when longtime Glendale resident Velvet Rhodes, the idiosyncratic founder of the Glendale International Film Festival, died in hospice care after a four-year battle with stage-4 cancer. Rhodes, who was 70, is survived by a brother in Tennessee and a cousin in Arizona. She leaves with her friends and colleagues the memory of a strong-willed woman whose fashion ensemble for the day would often announce her arrival to an event, whose passion for performing arts and her festival were positively radioactive, and who, by numerous accounts, would not take “no” for an answer. “I think really that’s the thing that stood out most about Velvet,” said Elissa Glickman, CEO of Glendale Arts, which operates the Alex Theatre. “At our first meeting, she pitched me an idea and concept that I wasn’t so keen on, but what her project could have brought to the community was so important that she made us believe that our vision could be her vision and it could translate into something really special to our community.”
The California Interscholastic Federation released its much-anticipated revised high school athletics calendar for the 2020-21 year, announcing a two-season format scheduled to begin in December. CIF State, the governing body for prep sports in California, announced its schedule for section playoffs and state tournaments on Monday morning. Soon after, the Southern Section, the largest section in the state with 566 member schools, released a calendar that gives student-athletes an opportunity to play “90% to 100%” of a normal season, according to CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod. “The reason for [the two-season format] was to help with the overlap of sports and trying to have some separation between two seasons to allow for dual-sport athletes, for coaches that coach more than one sport and for maximizing the utilization of school facilities,” Wigod said in a press conference on Monday. Fall sports include boys’ and girls’ cross-country, 11- and 8-man football, boys’ and girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ water polo, traditional competitive cheer, gymnastics and field hockey. Boys’ volleyball would officially kick off high school sports on Dec. 12. Week 1 of football is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8.
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. Continue reading “Faith Helps Local Caterer Endure Challenging Times”
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”
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”
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. Continue reading “Local Doctor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award”