It’s a Parade Do-Over for Cancer Survivor, Thanks to Nonprofit

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Foundation for Living Beauty members Anita Mendez and Gayle Michel, with Lt. Carolyn Gordon, helped organize a private parade for six-time cancer survivor Stacy Kimmel (top), who was slated to ride on the City of Hope float in the 2020 Rose Parade, but had to cancel due to illness.

The decorations and flowers from last week’s 131st Rose Parade had disappeared, but Stacy Kimmel could still feel the bands’ echoing drums and cheers from thousands accompanying her as she was led down Colorado Boulevard in her own procession on Monday, perched atop a shiny blue convertible and sporting a sash and crown fit for the Rose Queen. Continue reading “It’s a Parade Do-Over for Cancer Survivor, Thanks to Nonprofit”

Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams

Photo courtesy Los Angeles Rams Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.
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Coleman Shelton (center with ball), a Pasadena native, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams six days prior to the team’s season opener.

Coleman Shelton had visited the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum numerous times throughout his life, most notably as a member of the Washington Huskies football team. The Pasadena native mostly set foot on the stadium’s real grass as a rival taking on USC, but that changed last September. Continue reading “Shelton at Home With Los Angeles Rams”

Equine Therapy Gives Free Rein So Kids Can Heal

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The equine therapy nonprofit, Move A Child Higher, known as MACH 1, has given children like Chance, 12, the opportunity to ride horses as an invigorating form of physical therapy. Chance rides Will-o with the help of side-walker volunteers Amilia Kung and Tineke Crossland.

For anyone who must use a wheelchair or has limited physical mobility, the feeling of riding a horse might be akin to the experience of flying: Breathtaking, really, is how it’s described, those powerful strides suddenly moving your body by means of a warm and supple force that almost feels your own.
Joy Rittenhouse knew that the moment she felt it, some 40 years ago, she would never let it go. So Rittenhouse, who overcame polio, has dedicated her life’s work ever since to ensuring other children and adults with physical disabilities can catch a bit of that euphoria, too. And the adrenaline rush of riding a steed is just the icing: More and more research shows that horse riding — or equine therapy — is an effective form of physical strengthening of core muscles and balance.
For 24 years, Rittenhouse has provided that opportunity locally through the nonprofit organization she founded, Move A Child Higher, or MACH 1, so that anyone with disabilities can experience the joy of therapeutic horsemanship and a horseback riding program that offers equine-assisted activities. Continue reading “Equine Therapy Gives Free Rein So Kids Can Heal”

Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League

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The Pasadena Poly varsity football team will be competing in the Rio Hondo League in the 2020 season. Panthers head coach Chris Schmoke (above) is 3-2 against RHL squads since taking over in 2013.

The 2020 high school football season is already looking interesting with the Rio Hondo League adding Pasadena Poly. Continue reading “Pasadena Poly Football Set to Join Rio Hondo League”

Tournament of Roses Preps for New Year’s Parade, Bowl Game

102nd Rose Queen Reflects on Her Reign of Honor

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2020 Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber crowns La Salle College Preparatory senior Camille Kennedy as the 102nd Rose Queen amid much fanfare at the Pasadena Playhouse in October.

It’s hard to believe for 102nd Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, but in less than a week, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, she’ll embark on a trip down Colorado Boulevard with the Royal Court for their greatest show yet at the 131st Rose Parade, waving to nearly 700,000 people and an estimated 65 million television viewers.
For the La Salle College Preparatory senior it’s been a journey: In a little more than two months, she and the six princesses have attended about 130 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community and the Greater Los Angeles area.
“It’s been just a really incredible time, pretty crazy, but really, really great,” Kennedy mused from Tournament House. She’d just finished her semester finals at La Salle that day, and relief washed over her. Now she could focus on the grand finale and enjoying her last moments of the year with court members, with whom she’s grown very close. Continue reading “Tournament of Roses Preps for New Year’s Parade, Bowl Game”

Announcer White Adds to Rose Bowl Tradition

Rose Bowl public address announcer Chuck White will be calling his 20th game when Oregon faces Wisconsin on Jan. 1.
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Rose Bowl public address announcer Chuck White will be calling his 20th game when Oregon faces Wisconsin on Jan. 1.

The experience of the Rose Bowl Game is a memorable one that includes Southern California weather, the San Gabriel Mountains in the background, a battle between two of college football’s best teams and one voice to guide the 94,000-plus fans in attendance. Continue reading “Announcer White Adds to Rose Bowl Tradition”

Club 21 Celebrates Abilities, Inclusion of People With Down Syndrome

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Club 21 board President Eric Gray, Molly Litteken, Gabby Murdoch, board member Leslie Caldwell and Executive Director Nancy Litteken joined recently in the nonprofit’s monthly educational meet-up and Christmas fundraiser at Pasadena Covenant Church.

It appeared to be a Christmas party like any other, as Club 21’s recent celebration unfolded in the Pasadena Covenant Church amid festive decorations, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the serving of hot chocolate and hot dogs, and a celebratory fundraiser offering a wide array of holiday gifts and crafts. Continue reading “Club 21 Celebrates Abilities, Inclusion of People With Down Syndrome”

Local Quarterback Committed to Play at Alabama

Bryce Young
Bryce Young

After leading Santa Ana Mater Dei to a memorable 12-1 season, Pasadena resident Bryce Young was to have signed a national letter of intent as early as Wednesday to play football for head coach Nick Saban at the University of Alabama.
Young was recently named the Gatorade California Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Monarch to win the award.
The announcement of the signing was set to occur during the Outlook’s press deadline. Continue reading “Local Quarterback Committed to Play at Alabama”

At 100, Pasadena NAACP Takes Mission Into New Era

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK  NAACP Pasadena chapter former President Gary Moody (left) joined event co-chairs Juanita West Tillman and Tommy McMullins at the 31st annual Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner in 2016. The branch is celebrating its centennial year.
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NAACP Pasadena chapter former President Gary Moody (left) joined event co-chairs Juanita West Tillman and Tommy McMullins at the 31st annual Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner in 2016. The branch is celebrating its centennial year.

A lot may have changed outwardly in 100 years regarding civil rights for African-Americans and other minorities across the United States, but the NAACP Pasadena Branch is perhaps more acutely aware than anyone of the old adage “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Continue reading “At 100, Pasadena NAACP Takes Mission Into New Era”

In Praise of Pasadena’s Spirit of Giving and Serving

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Years ago, I saw an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times. Its headline read, “Sometimes words aren’t enough. Even for a newspaper.”
That resonated with me. While reporting community news with articles and photographs is vital, a newspaper also has the ability to make a difference in “building community.”
We’re now in our third decade of publication at The Outlook, and covering the remarkable work of our local nonprofit organizations has been a significant mission since the day we launched our company. We’re a family-owned business and have discussed the importance of “giving back” and charity. We are keenly aware that our company is in a unique position to help make a difference, and feel not only that we are blessed, but that we have a social responsibility. Continue reading “In Praise of Pasadena’s Spirit of Giving and Serving”