Villa Esperanza Students Are Pampered for Prom

For most teenagers around the country, prom is one of the most exciting events of the school year. After all, the opportunity to get dressed up and dance the night away with friends doesn’t come around very often, especially for students in the educational program at Villa Esperanza Services. The nonprofit devoted to the support of those with developmental disabilities made sure that its school-age population received the traditional prom experience earlier this month by hosting a dance at its Pasadena facility. Continue reading “Villa Esperanza Students Are Pampered for Prom”

Drum Tour to Set the Beat at Rose Bowl on July 2

Every New Year’s Day, Pasadena welcomes an eclectic array of marching bands to Colorado Boulevard for the annual Rose Parade. Differences in their styles and choreography help round out the long-standing tradition while supplementing colorful floats on that January morning. But with the Rose Parade still six months away, local residents can look forward to a different event that will feature similar performances involving music and movement. Continue reading “Drum Tour to Set the Beat at Rose Bowl on July 2”

Reassure Kids in Disasters, Part 2

Carefree and innocent childhoods are sometimes unfortunately interrupted by natural disasters, accidents, and other unusual circumstances that require parents to provide an extra measure of reassurance and security for their children.
Children are observant and impressionable, and they rely on their parents to make sense out of occurrences that are frightening or that they’ve never been exposed to previously. Continue reading “Reassure Kids in Disasters, Part 2”

Friends in Deed Seeks Summer Food Donations

For the past several years, Friends in Deed has helped low-income to no-income families in Pasadena offset the rising cost of food so that paying for rent or other monthly necessities doesn’t have to be as difficult to navigate. The interfaith nonprofit’s food pantry is one of about 700 agencies associated with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which delivers nearly 770,000 meals throughout the county every week. But with summer fast approaching, Friends in Deed is bracing for a slight dilemma regarding its food pantry, which relies heavily on private donations. Continue reading “Friends in Deed Seeks Summer Food Donations”

Registration for Fall Parent Education Classes Now Open

The following was written by Katherine Loevinger, special to the Outlook

Registration for La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Fall Program is now open. Entering its 38th year, Parent Ed offers 14 classes for parents of children ages 0-18 that provide education, friendship and sustenance. Classes meet weekly from September through May and attract approximately 400 participants from 22 cities. “Classes fill up fast, so don’t wait to register,” a spokeswoman said. Continue reading “Registration for Fall Parent Education Classes Now Open”

Union Station Waves Goodbye to Its Locomotive CEO

The year was 1973 when a small group of community volunteers opened a storefront hospitality center at the corner of Union Street and Raymond Avenue to serve downtown Pasadena’s poor and homeless population. More than four decades later, the modest organization has expanded to become the leading homeless service agency in the San Gabriel Valley. But the evolution of Union Station Homeless Services would have never transpired without the steadfast vision of CEO Marv Gross, who will be retiring at the end of the month following a successful 21-year run at the helm. Continue reading “Union Station Waves Goodbye to Its Locomotive CEO”

Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1

When my three daughters were young, we occasionally reviewed the “Family Fire Escape Plan.” The girls each had easy-to-open windows in their bedrooms, which were on the ground floor. The simple plan consisted of “Open your window, jump out and we’ll meet on the backyard grass.” Earthquakes were similar: Gather on the stairs under the steel beam (the one the engineer/architect said was “strong enough to hold up a parking structure”). Continue reading “Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1”

Walter Hoving Home President Has Come Full Circle

Beth Greco stood atop the Colorado mountain, digging her skis into the snow. The brisk November chill blasted her face as she peered down the steep incline. With next to no experience traversing black-diamond slopes, Greco knew the idea was dangerously reckless, the type of descent that carried significant risk of injury, or worse. But after a downward spiral with drug addiction had led her to this latest plunge, Greco was very much hoping for the worst. Continue reading “Walter Hoving Home President Has Come Full Circle”

Another National Writing Award for Altadena’s Plaschke

Flip open the sports page of the Los Angeles Times and Bill Plaschke is usually there to greet readers with thought-provoking commentary about a local team or player. He’s lived in that space for the past 20 years as a columnist, constructing opinionated narratives that speak to the city’s fan bases with poignancy. Earlier this month, the Altadena resident took first place in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest for column writing in newspapers with circulations of more than 175,000. It was Plaschke’s sixth time receiving the national honor. Continue reading “Another National Writing Award for Altadena’s Plaschke”

Police Activities League Guides Youth Down Right Path

Deon Brown and Kimberly Sanchez exude confidence as they sit inside a small room at the Salvation Army’s Pasadena Tabernacle on a recent Friday afternoon. At this time of the week, the facility is home to the Pasadena Police Activities League, an enrichment program that not only provides a safe haven for local students after school and during the summer, but also helps police officers build positive relationships with youth in the communities they serve. Both 17 years old, Brown and Sanchez realize that their life trajectories could have gone in very different directions if it weren’t for PAL. Continue reading “Police Activities League Guides Youth Down Right Path”