Walter Hoving Home’s Backyard BBQ Fundraiser May 24

Beth Greco, Jo Westervelt, Steve Novarro and Joyce Racine were among those who attended a previous year’s Walter Hoving Home Backyard BBQ fundraiser. This year’s event will be Thursday evening, May 24.
Beth Greco, Jo Westervelt, Steve Novarro and Joyce Racine were among those who attended a previous year’s Walter Hoving Home Backyard BBQ fundraiser. This year’s event will be Thursday evening, May 24.

The Walter Hoving Home will celebrate its 12th annual Backyard BBQ fundraiser on Thursday evening, May 24. The event, being held at 127 S. El Molino Ave., begins with a silent auction at 5:30. Dinner buffet lines open at 6 p.m. Smokin Steve’s Pit Barbecue will provide the dinners.
Acoustic guitarist Dennis Agajanian will perform as well as the choir of the women from the home.
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TEDxPasadena Theme Is ‘Transform’ Sept. 22

Dawn Moore, Heather Brunold and Rebecca Haussling have announced this year’s TEDxPasadena theme, “Transform.”
Dawn Moore, Heather Brunold and Rebecca Haussling have announced this year’s TEDxPasadena theme, “Transform.”

TEDxPasadena will bring together thought-leaders for an all-day event with the theme “Transform” on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
This year’s event brings veteran TEDxPasadena and TEDxPasadenaWomen licensee, executive director Heather Brunold, together with new co-organizers: Dawn Moore, heading up production and operations, and Rebecca Haussling, overseeing development and marketing.
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Villa Esperanza to Host Blue & White Gala May 19

Committee members Lia Peterson Miller, Melissa Wu, Susan Jackson, Jeri Wright, Maryann Seduski and Jenny Seto attend a pre-event for Villa Esperanza Services’ upcoming Blue & White Gala. Not pictured: Michelle Cox, Kathy Cunningham, Annissa Deshpande and Marcie Robinson.
Committee members Lia Peterson Miller, Melissa Wu, Susan Jackson, Jeri Wright, Maryann Seduski and Jenny Seto attend a pre-event for Villa Esperanza Services’ upcoming Blue & White Gala. Not pictured: Michelle Cox, Kathy Cunningham, Annissa Deshpande and Marcie Robinson.

Villa Esperanza Services will celebrate “The Spirit of Ohana” at this year’s Blue & White gala on Saturday, May 19. “Ohana” is the Hawaiian word for family, and is often used to describe friends and community as well.
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Huntington Hospital Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety From Leapfrog

Dr. Lori Morgan Huntington Hospital CEO
Dr. Lori Morgan
Huntington Hospital CEO

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, recently released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Huntington Hospital was one of 750 awarded an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. (The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care).
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Poetry Workshop Enriches Five Acres Youth

Matt Lillard and Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis
Matt Lillard and Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis

5JammaSlamma, the foster youth slam poetry workshop hosted by actor Matt Lillard (“Scooby Doo,” “Good Girls”) enjoyed a great turnout at its second annual celebration recently. Accompanied by Hawaii’s poet laureate Kealoha and other notable artists, foster youth from Five Acres performed original works of poetry before 150 guests at Werkartz in downtown Los Angeles.
5JammaSlamma began in 2017 as Lillard’s weeklong workshop to teach foster youth the power of creative writing, bringing in poets and musicians to work with the children. With the support of Engaging the Senses and Say Word, the workshop expanded to a six-month program and will continue to serve children living in residential foster care at Five Acres, one of L.A.’s oldest child and family services nonprofits.
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Local Man Earns Honor

Jonathan Gold
Jonathan Gold

Local resident Jonathan Gold, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and the restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times, is being honored at the Central City Association of Los Angeles’ 24th annual “Treasures of Los Angeles” luncheon on Thursday, May 17. The event, being held at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live, begins at 11 a.m.
Gold won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2007 and was a finalist again in 2011. He began writing the Counter Intelligence column for the L.A. Weekly in 1986, wrote about death metal and gangsta rap for Rolling Stone and Spin, among other places.
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