Restaurateurs Nourish Ties to Nonprofits, Flavor City’s Culture

Pasadena’s restaurateurs
Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
Pasadena’s restaurateurs, many of whom have been operating local eateries for decades, include (front row, from left) Armando Ramirez, Abel Ramirez, Gale Kohl, R-lene Mijares de Lang and Pete Gallanis. Back: Michael Hawkins, Bob Harrison, John Bicos, Michael Osborn, Rick Liss, Robin Salzer and Gregg Smith.

It may have once been known as an idyllic suburban hub surrounded by orange groves and craftsman cottages, but Pasadena’s urban center has morphed in recent decades into a nexus of leisure, entertainment and gastronomy comparable to that of any metropolitan city, with offerings as diverse as the people who inhabit the City of Roses. Continue reading “Restaurateurs Nourish Ties to Nonprofits, Flavor City’s Culture”

Flintridge Prep Edges Top-Seeded Maranatha, 10-8

Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ tennis team
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ tennis team downed Maranatha, 10-8, to claim the first CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship in the history of the program. The historic squad includes David Kim (front row, from left) Leon Liao, Will Lanstra and Patrick Hastings. Back: Neel Sadda, Matin Bagheri, Derek Tran, Gillis Linde, Andrew Megerdichian, Alec Guthrie, Loran Baxter, Owen Smith, Noah Igler, Tim Zhang and Alec Bernardi.

The Flintridge Prep and Maranatha High School varsity boys’ tennis team both overcame great adversity en route to the CIF Southern Section Division 4 championship, but it was the No. 3-seeded Rebels who proved to be more battle-tested as they defeated the top-seeded Minutemen, 10-8, at the Claremont Club last Friday. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Edges Top-Seeded Maranatha, 10-8”

Panthers Denied Title by Calabasas

Polytechnic varsity boys’ tennis team
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
The Polytechnic varsity boys’ tennis team fell to Calabasas, 13-5, in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship match at the Claremont Club last Friday. The Panthers include Kareem Ansari (front row, from left), Harry Foy, Renzo Soatto and Henry Slan. Back: Assistant coach Natalie Langan, Nick Yoong, Walter Corngold, Carson Yu, Mustafa Ansari, Kian Soltani, Ray Fleming, Spencer Wilson, Will Robles and head coach Sam Kang.

The Polytechnic varsity tennis team boasted an unbeaten record going into the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship match and it required a perfect performance from its players to top No. 1-seeded Calabasas.
The Panthers were solid in the first round of matches with two set victories but the Coyotes pulled away in the second to hand Poly its first defeat of the season, 13-5, at the Claremont Club last Friday. Continue reading “Panthers Denied Title by Calabasas”

Creativity Takes Shape at Armory Center for the Arts

Photo courtesy Armory Center for the Arts Armory Center for the Arts instructor Andrew Currey and John Muir High School senior Jaylin Jenkins have worked together to improve Jenkins’ portfolio so he could apply to schools, including Otis College of Art and Design, where he’s been accepted.
Photo courtesy Armory Center for the Arts
Armory Center for the Arts instructor Andrew Currey and John Muir High School senior Jaylin Jenkins have worked together to improve Jenkins’ portfolio so he could apply to schools, including Otis College of Art and Design, where he’s been accepted.

Like many young artists these days, Jaylin Jenkins, 18, started out loving anime. Heavily influenced by the Japanese style of animation, he knew at just 5 that he loved to draw, and he recalls trying to mimic the characters in graphic novels, comics and movies.
Later on, at John Muir High School, Jenkins realized he really might have a shot to attend art school. As a freshman, he had won the Pasadena Unified School District’s annual “No Boundaries” student art exhibit, and Muir’s AP art instructor urged him on. Continue reading “Creativity Takes Shape at Armory Center for the Arts”

To Protect and Preserve: One Arroyo Foundation Boosts Local Treasure

The recently formed One Arroyo Foundation is fundraising to protect and enhance trails within the historic Arroyo Seco, uniting some 22 miles of trails within its 900 acres.
Photo courtesy One Arroyo Foundation
The recently formed One Arroyo Foundation is fundraising to protect and enhance trails within the historic Arroyo Seco, uniting some 22 miles of trails within its 900 acres.

It’s been a great winter for Pasadena’s backyard wilderness, the Arroyo Seco. Steeped in lush green, the local trails crisscrossing the tributary basin emit scents of sage and lilac, and, if you keep climbing, you’ll find a panorama of soft buckwheat hills, interspersed with California’s deep orange poppies and mustard brush, a brook bubbling below. You’ll see hawks overhead, darting lizards and, if you’re lucky, a red and black coast mountain king snake sunning itself on a nearby rock. Continue reading “To Protect and Preserve: One Arroyo Foundation Boosts Local Treasure”

Pacific Clinics’ Head Start Combines Education, Mental Health Services

OUTLOOK file photo Pacific Clinics’ President/CEO Jim Balla and TV news anchor and mental health advocate Ellen Leyva are pictured at last year’s fundraising event for the nonprofit, the Champions of Mental Health annual gala.
OUTLOOK file photo
Pacific Clinics’ President/CEO Jim Balla and TV news anchor and mental health advocate Ellen Leyva are pictured at last year’s fundraising event for the nonprofit, the Champions of Mental Health annual gala.

When Rosa first came to Pacific Clinics for help, the young mother was at the lowest point in her life. A victim of domestic violence, she had finally made a terrifying decision: seek safety for herself and her baby boy, and, in doing so, leave financial security and a home behind.
She felt broken and depressed, and while living at a shelter, Rosa feared for her son’s future. When a contentious custody battle ensued, it tested every fiber of her self-worth and drove her to the brink when she temporarily lost her right to live with Jacob. Worse yet, the young boy had been traumatized, exhibiting behavioral and communication issues by the time she got him back. Continue reading “Pacific Clinics’ Head Start Combines Education, Mental Health Services”

Board Chair’s Loyalty to Huntington Hospital Is Professional, Personal

Photo courtesy Christopher Grisanti Huntington Hospital Board of Directors Chair Jaynie Studenmund and Dr. Lori Morgan, the hospital’s president/CEO, attend a Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony. As Gold Star parents, Studenmund and her husband, Woody, are committed to supporting those who have served in the armed forces.
Photo courtesy Christopher Grisanti
Huntington Hospital Board of Directors Chair Jaynie Studenmund and Dr. Lori Morgan, the hospital’s president/CEO, attend a Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony. As Gold Star parents, Studenmund and her husband, Woody, are committed to supporting those who have served in the armed forces.

She’s been dedicated to volunteerism at Huntington Hospital for 30 years, but Jaynie Studenmund recently saw the hospital through a more personal lens when her husband was admitted there three times in less than a month.
It’s an experience no one hopes to have, and thankfully, husband Woody is on the mend, but it’s given Studenmund a newfound respect for the institution, where she’s been a board member since 1998 and a “lifetime” trustee since 2011.
The experience helped bring home a message she’s long heard: Huntington’s medical staff really does make all the difference.
“An unintended consequence of spending so much time here has been seeing firsthand that our [E.R.] docs and nurses are pretty amazing. Our nurses have a level of dedication, warmth and expertise that is very heartwarming,” she said, noting that the medical staff gave her husband around-the-clock care, passing along vital information amid seamless shift changes. “I’m not an expert or a physician, and when you rely on the hospital to do its job … suddenly this is where rubber meets the road. Continue reading “Board Chair’s Loyalty to Huntington Hospital Is Professional, Personal”

Planned Parenthood Teaches Students to School Peers on Health Advocacy

OUTLOOK photo A group of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley peer advocates discuss updates on their school action project.
OUTLOOK photo
A group of Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley peer advocates discuss updates on their school action project.

Even bipartisan groups agree that health care is complicated, but a contingent of local students is keeping it simple at a grass-roots level, taking charge of their own care through a peer-to-peer education program at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley.
Now in its fourth year, the nonprofit organization’s Peer Advocacy Program has reached youth across 16 school districts in the valley, teaching students how to become their own best advocates when it comes to access to reproductive health care. So far, 38 students have completed the program, but those kids have, in turn, touched a host of others at their schools by creating public service announcements and sharing brochures about the broad range of free services available at PPPSGV.
The program is growing quickly, with 25 students — the largest group ever — participating this year. Continue reading “Planned Parenthood Teaches Students to School Peers on Health Advocacy”

La Salle Downs Flintridge Prep, 205-215

By Alexander Payne
The Outlook

The La Salle varsity boys’ golf team defeated Flintridge prep, 205-215, in a nonleague match at the Altadena Golf Course on Monday.
The Lancers look to extend their league title streak to seven consecutive years as they improved to 9-5 on the season, including a 6-4 mark in league play. Flintridge Prep fell to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in league.
Senior William Kinney led La Salle by shooting a 38, junior David Chen carded a 39 and Aiden Conley wasn’t far behind with a 41. Continue reading “La Salle Downs Flintridge Prep, 205-215”

Local Resident Instrumental in Advancing Philharmonic’s Diverse Goals

Photos courtesy Mathew Imaging  L.A. Philharmonic Executive Director Gail Samuel and Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel
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L.A. Philharmonic Executive Director Gail Samuel and Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel

Gail Samuel has always loved being part of an orchestra. There was something poetic about all the small parts, each instrument and every chord, coming together and building the swell of the ensemble’s greater, symphonic whole.
But Samuel, an accomplished violinist and the daughter of two public high school music teachers, also knew that becoming a performing artist wasn’t her final goal: “I didn’t like spending that much time alone in a practice room,” the Pasadena resident recalled.
Now, however, in her fourth year as executive director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Samuel has found her stride in pushing forward the greater whole of one of the world’s premier orchestras. Her tenure at the L.A. Continue reading “Local Resident Instrumental in Advancing Philharmonic’s Diverse Goals”