Learning New Tricks: Kids Train Shelter Dogs During Pandemic

Photo courtesy Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena
A Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger at a previous K9 Youth Alliance program. Since the pandemic began, the nonprofit K9YA has created a virtual dog-training program for 6th-graders at the club that is seen as a great success.

As it turns out, teaching old dogs new tricks is possible: A beloved program for local youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena recently found a way to break through the COVID-19 pandemic’s barriers to virtually teach kids to help shelter dogs and foster their love for animals.
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Lawler Being Honored at Foothill Family Fundraiser

Anita Lawler

Local resident Anita Lawler, former chairwoman of Foothill Family’s board of directors, is being honored by the organization at its annual “Tip Your Cap & Pass the Hat” fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 22, at noon.
Foothill Family was founded in 1926 in Pasadena by trailblazing community volunteer Josephine Marsh, who “passed the hat” to help neighbors in need, according to a spokesperson.
“To honor this humble origin, we continue Josephine’s legacy by ‘passing the hat’ to raise critical funds to serve our clients through a friendly competition between teams,” a Foothill statement said. “We also continue the tradition of honoring our most gracious community leaders by tipping our caps and thanking them for their service to Foothill Family.
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Local Man Helps Lead Clinical Lab Program for COVID-19 Testing

Erik Bogaard

BGI and MGI recently announced a clinical lab partnership program designed to accelerate population-level testing to help fight the ongoing pandemic. The companies are leading global suppliers of COVID-19 RT-PCR test kits and automated sample preparation systems, including sample transfer and viral RNA extraction.
The program empowers accredited labs with high-quality, readily available technology so they can focus on maximizing productivity.
“In addition to delivering a world-class technology solution for COVID-19 testing programs like Task Force Lab’s, we are pleased to assure our partners that they have access to near limitless testing supplies, both extraction and detection, at a crucial time during this pandemic,” said Jeremy Nickolenko, head of global commercial partnerships for BGI-MGI. “Lack of testing reagents in this country is a myth. Having high-accuracy technology available in local warehouses now has helped TFL and other lab partners offer 24- to 48-hour turnaround times so their customers can get back to normal activity safely.”
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Obituary – Warren Burkhart

May 9, 1965-September 26, 2020

Warren Burkhart

Warren Burkhart was a Glendale boy attending R.D. White Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Glendale High Schools. He graduated from California State University, Northridge earning a B.S. in Health Administration, which he used as a sales executive at CIGNA, Confederation Life, MetLife, and Nippon Life Benefits.
Warren passionately enjoyed friends, music, sports, and his family. He reveled in his sons, David and Stephen, coaching when he could and yelling from the sidelines when he couldn’t, proudly leading the family’s hysterically historical trips, and basking in their accomplishments. Melinda, sweetheart from high school, was by his side laughing all the way.
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PFAR Giving Mobilizes Realtors for School Meal Distributions

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Lynwen Hughes Boatman

Partnering with the Pasadena Educational Foundation, PFAR Giving recently mobilized local Realtors to assist in the distribution of meals to families at Field Elementary and McKinley. The three-day volunteer effort took place as the real estate community served alongside district staff who were also preparing for the school year.
Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors introduced PFAR Giving in May of 2020 to further plant its investment within the community.
“Realtors are the cornerstone of the community and PFAR is committed to being a valuable resource to its communities,” said PFAR President Eddie Ramirez. “It’s very exciting to see our Realtors lean into this wonderful opportunity of service to continue our support of educators and families during this unprecedented time.”
For more details about PFAR Giving, visit pfar.org/give or email giving@pfar.org.

PCC Receives $3 Million Federal Grant

Erika Endrijonas
PCC President

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Pasadena City College a five-year, $3 million grant.
PCC’s project, Putting Career First and Expanding the Network of Care in PCC’s Pathway to Completion for Hispanic Students, has three goals:
1. Academic programs: Develop a multi-faceted approach to career exploration that offers robust internship opportunities contextualized for different careers with content embedded into the curriculum;
2. Institutional management: Build and foster a multi-modal “Network of Care,” a student support model rooted in the fundamental belief that student support and advising is a shared responsibility provided at the individual and group levels; and
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Tournament of Roses Releases Community Impact Report

Volunteerism and investing in the community are among the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ cornerstones. Each year, it provides a Community Impact Report with details about the organization’s commitment to those it serves.
“The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association is a vital community organization focused on positively impacting people through community involvement and charitable giving,” said Carlos Illingworth, senior director of community relations. “The association and the Tournament of Roses Foundation work together to strengthen engagement and drive social impact throughout the region.” Illingworth also serves as executive director of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation.
The engagement and impact efforts include developing and implementing programs around enhancing educational opportunities, investing in the community, strengthening community business partnerships and creating experiences that make a difference. Examples include:
• The 2020 Rose Bowl Game contributed approximately $75.3 million to support universities in the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences.
• To date, the Tournament of Roses has contributed more than $1.3 billion to America’s colleges and universities in support of higher education and collegiate athletics.
• The Tournament of Roses annually donates more than $590,000 to select organizations and individuals within the Greater Pasadena area.

Senior Center Fall Term to Be Virtual Via Zoom

The fall term of the Masters Series presented by the Pasadena Senior Center will be virtual via Zoom Tuesdays, Sept. 22, to Oct. 13, from 2-4 p.m. and will be titled “The Power of Theater.”
The four sessions of the series, which embraces lifelong learning, will explore topics from adaptations and playwrights to Greek origins, socially relevant musicals and plays based on fact.
Beverly Olevin, director, playwright, teacher and award-winning novelist, will present the weekly, interactive classes, which will include scenes from plays that explore the conflicts, joys and journeys of our lives and reveal what makes us laugh, touches our hearts and helps us live richer lives.
• Sept. 22: Novels Turned Into Stage Plays — A great novel does not necessarily make a great play. They are two very different art forms. Explore examples of successful adaptations from novel to stage, including “Crime and Punishment,” “Moby Dick,” “Lord of the Flies” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
• Sept. 29: The Works of Our Best Playwrights — Olevin will discuss plays by Tom Stoppard, Peter Shaffer, Lin Manual Miranda, August Wilson, Eugene O’Neill and William Shakespeare.
• Oct. 6: Spectacle! — Theater from Greek origins to today’s socially relevant musicals will be examined.
• Oct. 13: Plays That Bring Famous People to Life — Explore plays that transform true events into intellectually exciting theater.
The cost for the full series of four presentations is $50 for members of the Pasadena Senior Center and $60 for nonmembers. This online series is not available for payment for individual sessions.
To register for the fall term of the Masters Series or for more information, visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on online classes, call (626) 795-4331 or email AnnieL@pasadenaseniorcenter.org. Everyone who registers will receive email instructions for joining each week’s Zoom class online.
The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has been deemed an essential service provider for older adults, so its doors are open five days a week for social services and other assistance to older adults in need. Hours during this period are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Virtual Cocktail Class, Party Raise Funds for Hathaway-Sycamores

Photos courtesy Hathaway-Sycamores
Hathaway-Sycamores President and CEO Debra Manners and board chair Michael Galper handed out cocktail and charcuterie packages to guests at the Raymond 1886 before the event.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services recently hosted the second virtual “Dinners From the Heart” event of the summer. The agency partnered with the Raymond 1886, the celebrated Pasadena restaurant and cocktail bar for a virtual cocktail class and party.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome from state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who joined the party from Sacramento to show his support and thank the agency for all the work it does.
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Armory Center for the Arts Reaches Out Online to Teach Art

Clockwise from left are Armory teaching artist Heather Hilliard, student Philip Sanchez, teaching artist Joe Sanchez, teaching assistant Nicole Magana, Heritage Square senior property manager Donna Hess and student Jila Ashrafi.

By Jon Lapointe
Special to The Outlook

Heritage Square Senior Apartments resident Philip Sanchez never took an art class and doesn’t like computers. “I’m technology challenged,” Sanchez confessed.
But that hasn’t stopped the 70-year-old from discovering new talents in weekly online art classes for Heritage Square residents taught by Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts and made possible through the generosity of local foundations.
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