Champions of Change: Nonprofits Reflect City’s Culture

Local folklore has long claimed Pasadena to have one of the largest numbers of nonprofits per capita in the nation.
And for anyone living here, it would be difficult not to be touched by one, whether it be on the soccer field with AYSO, through efforts to achieve a carbon-free city, at a university like Caltech or Pasadena City College, the local theater, museum, church or even Huntington Hospital. Continue reading “Champions of Change: Nonprofits Reflect City’s Culture”

Tournament of Roses CEO Safeguards Traditions While Seeking Younger Fans

David Eads
David Eads

When it came to leading the Tournament of Roses Association, Executive Director and CEO David Eads knew from the get-go his strategy for guiding one of Pasadena’s oldest and most cherished organizations to new heights would have to be more evolutionary than revolutionary.
“Change was never meant to be a revolution,” said Eads, nearly two years into the top spot. “What we do — the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game and all the related events — are already great. They are world renowned. So all we are doing is some updates and improvements around the edges with the goal of improving the entertainment value of the parade.” Continue reading “Tournament of Roses CEO Safeguards Traditions While Seeking Younger Fans”

Foothill Family Tabs New Chair to Empower Clients

OUTLOOK photo Anita Lawler (center) is taking the helm of the Foothill Family Board of Directors as its new chairwoman. Flanking her are Julietta Perez and Laurie Smith.
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Anita Lawler (center) is taking the helm of the Foothill Family Board of
Directors as its new chairwoman. Flanking her are Julietta Perez and Laurie Smith.

It may have been founded in 1926, but Foothill Family hasn’t spanned more than four generations of change without being nimble. In fact, the nonprofit has never shied from pivoting to fill the largest needs of nearby communities, and considers its foresight and modern vision early hallmarks of the family services-focused organization. Continue reading “Foothill Family Tabs New Chair to Empower Clients”

A Reason to Give Thanks: Pantry Sustains PCC Students

OUTLOOK photo Pasadena City College’s Lancer Pantry supplies food to students in need so that more of them can enjoy good nutrition. Student worker Xavier DuBose and food pantry coordinator Nick Tobin keep the shelves stocked.
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Pasadena City College’s Lancer Pantry supplies food to students in need so that more of them can enjoy good nutrition. Student worker Xavier DuBose and food pantry coordinator Nick Tobin keep the shelves stocked.

As families prepare for their abundant Thanksgiving feasts, Pasadena City College’s Lancer Pantry is again calling attention to an overlooked population it has discreetly served for nearly two years on campus: Students who suffer food insecurity.
Citing recent studies that show that up to 14% of local college students are homeless, and another 22% do not have enough food to sustain a healthy life, the campus has created a program to directly help those on campus with a food pantry that provides bags of groceries and consistent, healthful snacks. Continue reading “A Reason to Give Thanks: Pantry Sustains PCC Students”

Huntington Hospital, Leadership Pasadena Honor Veterans

Photo courtesy Christopher Grisanti The Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony at Huntington Hospital included comments from Cindy Bengtson Budzyn, Leadership Pasadena executive consultant; Jaynie Studenmund, vice chair of the hospital’s board of directors; Dr. Lori J. Morgan, hospital president and CEO; and Lorenzeno Pereyra, a retired U.S. Navy corpsman.
Photo courtesy Christopher Grisanti
The Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony at Huntington Hospital included comments from Cindy Bengtson Budzyn, Leadership Pasadena executive consultant; Jaynie Studenmund, vice chair of the hospital’s board of directors; Dr. Lori J. Morgan, hospital president and CEO; and Lorenzeno Pereyra, a retired U.S. Navy corpsman.

Huntington Hospital hosted its inaugural Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony at the entrance of the hospital as more than 100 nurses, physicians and employees — joined by family and friends — gathered to recognize the service of those in the United States’ military, past and present.
The hospital’s driveway was lined with American flags and names of veterans, several of whom are Huntington employees. Continue reading “Huntington Hospital, Leadership Pasadena Honor Veterans”

Maranatha Defeats Top Seed to Win CIF Championship

Photo courtesy Tom McGuinness The Maranatha High School varsity girls’ tennis team rejoices after defeating Woodcrest Christian and receiving its first CIF-SS championship since 2014.
Photo courtesy Tom McGuinness
The Maranatha High School varsity girls’ tennis team rejoices after defeating Woodcrest Christian and receiving its first CIF-SS championship since 2014.

It was a feeling déjà vu for Maranatha High School girls’ tennis coach Arthur Hsieh, who could not help but have the Minutemen’s 2014 championship run in the back of his mind.
“There were so many parallels,” Hsieh said. “That year was the last time we beat Mayfield Senior, and we beat them this year. The playoff scheduling was similar and the scoring was very close to those in 2014.” Continue reading “Maranatha Defeats Top Seed to Win CIF Championship”

Polytechnic Falls to No. 1 Seed in Championship

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson The Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 runners-up after falling to No. 1 seed Quartz Hill in three sets. The young, talented Panthers include (from left) Ella Mao, Ella Kenny, Kate Salembier, Maggie Jameson, Julia Queen, Deborah Hong, Olive O’Beirne, Kayla Chu, Laila Ward, Lauren Kidman and head coach Katrina Damasco. Not pictured: Zoey Mao and Alex Pappachan.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
The Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team finished as the CIF Southern Section Division 4 runners-up after falling to No. 1 seed Quartz Hill in three sets. The young, talented Panthers include (from left) Ella Mao, Ella Kenny, Kate Salembier, Maggie Jameson, Julia Queen, Deborah Hong, Olive O’Beirne, Kayla Chu, Laila Ward, Lauren Kidman and head coach Katrina Damasco. Not pictured: Zoey Mao and Alex Pappachan.

A young Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team made a surprising run in the postseason, knocking down the No. 2 and 3 seeds on its way to the program’s first CIF Southern Section championship match in seven years.
The Panthers fought toe-to-toe with No. 1-seeded Quartz Hill of Lancaster, showing the host squad how it reached the title match, but a hardened Rebels squad came through with big plays to defeat Poly in three sets, 30-28, 25-23, 25-16, last Saturday. Continue reading “Polytechnic Falls to No. 1 Seed in Championship”

Arboretum’s ‘Moonlight Forest’ Illuminates Garden Treasures

Photos courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn The Arboretum, in collaboration with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., is putting on its first-ever Chinese lantern festival, featuring such displays as this soaring dragon over the garden’s Baldwin Lake.
Photos courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn
The Arboretum, in collaboration with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc., is putting on its first-ever Chinese lantern festival, featuring such displays as this soaring dragon over the garden’s Baldwin Lake.

For those who haven’t visited the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in a while, it might be time to see the historical site in new light as it beckons with dazzling Chinese lanterns set upon a mile-long stretch of the Arboretum’s lush grounds, a festival called “Moonlight Forest: A Magical Lantern Art Festival.”
Open now until Jan. 6, “Moonlight Forest” transforms the Arboretum’s gardens at night into landscapes illuminated by more than 60 displays of larger-than-life, handcrafted lantern art depicting a parade of pandas, dragons, shimmering flowers and more. Continue reading “Arboretum’s ‘Moonlight Forest’ Illuminates Garden Treasures”

It’s All Roses for 101st Queen

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses The Tournament of Roses named Louise Siskel (center) as the 2019 Rose Queen at the coronation ceremony held last week at the Pasadena Playhouse. Flanking her are members of the Royal Court, including (from left) Helen Rossi, Rucha Kadam, Lauren Baydaline, Micaela McElrath, Sherry Ma and Ashley Hackett.
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The Tournament of Roses named Louise Siskel (center) as the 2019 Rose Queen at the coronation ceremony held last week at the Pasadena Playhouse. Flanking her are members of the Royal Court, including (from left) Helen Rossi, Rucha Kadam, Lauren Baydaline, Micaela McElrath, Sherry Ma and Ashley Hackett.

In one of Pasadena’s favorite time-honored traditions, the Tournament of Roses recently announced its 101st Rose Queen, Sequoyah High School senior Louise Siskel, to the delight of a packed Pasadena Playhouse.
Siskel stood momentarily dazed when Tournament President Gerald Freeny called out her school’s name and announced her as queen, reacting only when the six Rose Princesses turned to her, applauding. Continue reading “It’s All Roses for 101st Queen”