Presbyterian Church to Host Organ Concert Feb. 17

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Ensemble
Pasadena Presbyterian Church Ensemble

The “king of instruments” takes center stage in a free concert Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, as the church’s pipe organ is heard with voices and other instruments.
Howard Hanson’s richly textured Concerto for Organ, Strings and Harp anchors a program that includes world premieres of pieces by Maarten Spruijt and Anthony Rispo, along with works by Vaughn Williams and Arvo Pärt. Organists Timothy Howard and Philip Allen Smith are joined by the Pasadena Singers and the Friends of Music Orchestra.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Friends of Music also presents an annual season of evening programs. The weekly Music at Noon series features 30-minute concerts every Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. All events are free to the public. For more information, visit ppcmusic.org.

KCET’s Zavala to Retire After 30 Years

Val Zavala
Val Zavala

Independent public television station KCET announced today that multi-Emmy award-winning journalist Val Zavala, an Altadena resident, whose presence has been an integral part of the Southern California media landscape for three decades, is retiring at the end of the month.
Her legacy as a news anchor/producer, Latina role model and a journalist deeply involved in the community she covers will be recognized in a special tribute episode of “SoCal Connected” called “30 Years With Val Zavala” on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. on KCET and will encore on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
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‘Get Healthy’ Offers Free Health Screenings Feb. 24

Men Educating Men About Health will present its inaugural Get Healthy Altadena event on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Altadena Senior Center. The purpose of the health event is to empower men and women with knowledge of their current health status, and provide traditional and alternative options for health prevention and treatment, including free health screenings.
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Foothill Family Welcomes New Board Members

Foothill Family has welcomed Pasadena community members Pin Tai, William Chu, Carlos Schonfeld and Mike Morey to the Foothill Family Board of Directors. They were nominated and elected by the board for their strengths in community and business leadership and are poised to share their time and talent in support of Foothill Family’s mission to build brighter futures for children and families in the community.

Pin Tai
Pin Tai

Tai is president and CEO of Cathay Bank. He joined Cathay Bank in 1999 as the general manager of New York Region and became executive vice president in 2006 in charge of the Eastern Regions and EVP and chief lending officer in 2013. Tai graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

William Chu
William Chu

Chu is the COO of the Singpoli Group, and president of Invest L.A. Regional Center, a Singpoli-related company. Previously, he served as CEO of First Asian Bank and United Pacific Bank, as well as a senior executive at East West Bank. Chu is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in business administration from USC.

Carlos Schonfeld
Carlos Schonfeld

Schonfeld is a partner at the Capital Group in Los Angeles, where he is both an analyst and portfolio manager. Previously, he worked as a strategy consultant for William Kent International in Washington, DC. Schonfeld is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics. He went on to receive his master’s degree of business administration at Stanford University.

Mike Morey
Mike Morey

Morey is the COO of Bolton & Co. Pasadena Headquarters, and chair of the Bolton Foundation. With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Morey has held management responsibilities in underwriting, marketing and sales with both carriers and agencies. He sits on the advisory board for multiple national property casualty and health insurance carriers and serves on the Azusa Pacific University School of Business Advisory Board.
“Foothill Family is thrilled to have these accomplished and committed individuals on our board of directors. They bring remarkable leadership and expertise, which will help us to better serve the children and families in our communities through our life-changing programs,” said Steve Allen, CEO of Foothill Family.

Alliance Names Its First Executive Director

Andy Wilson
Andy Wilson

Serial tech entrepreneur and prominent civic leader Andy Wilson has been selected as the first executive director of the Alliance for Southern California Innovation (the “Alliance”), a nonprofit established to nurture and accelerate the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern California. In the immediate future, the Alliance will develop initiatives to attract seasoned tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and top talent to Southern California.
As executive director, Wilson will grow the Alliance’s professional staff, execute high-impact programming and expand its collaboration with key players in the SoCal ecosystem, including successful entrepreneurs and top venture capital investors.
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Saint Therese to Honor Matriarch at Gala

Irene Grimm
Irene Grimm

Saint Therese Carmelite School will honor Irene Grimm, parishioner and mother of 17, at its annual fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 9, at Almansor Court.
Grimm epitomizes the theme of the auction: “The Little Way to a Big Difference,” said Father Philip. “From her own work in the home, without fanfare, raising her family with diligence and love, and attention to the little things, she has had a big impact on our community.”
Grimm’s children and grandchildren have been active throughout the area, especially in music and promoting a return to classical education.
In 2015, Saint Therese became the only Los Angeles Archdiocesan parochial school to offer a classical curriculum. The change has had a tremendous effect on test scores and family satisfaction.
For more information, visit sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com. To schedule a tour, call (626) 289-3364.

Westridge Grads Return for College Conversations

Photo courtesy Westridge School Rebecca Wang, Sarah Binns, Christie Huang, Ella Prebel-Jackert, Vivienne Li, Alexandra Langer and Anabel Shuckhart
Photo courtesy Westridge School
Rebecca Wang, Sarah Binns, Christie Huang, Ella Prebel-Jackert, Vivienne Li, Alexandra Langer and Anabel Shuckhart

Westridge School graduates from the class of 2017 (as well as one student from the class of 2013) recently kicked off the school’s Homecoming festivities with the seventh annual College Conversations luncheon for the senior class. The event’s series of individual speakers and panel discussions provided an opportunity for current students to hear firsthand about the experiences of alumnae, now on the other side of the college application process, in an effort to alleviate stress and pressure current seniors feel this time of year.

Mardi Gras Fest to Benefit Methodist Hospital Feb. 13

Photo courtesy Methodist Hospital Mardi Gras King and Queen Dr. John Quigley and wife Margaret will be honored.
Photo courtesy Methodist Hospital
Mardi Gras King and Queen Dr. John Quigley and wife Margaret will be honored.

To honor their dedication and hard work on behalf of patients and families living in the San Gabriel Valley, long-time orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Quigley, and his wife, Margaret, will serve as King and Queen of the Mardi Gras Food Fest 2018.
“We are honored and grateful to be part of such a wonderful community,” said Quigley. “Mardi Gras has always offered friends and supporters of the hospital an opportunity to gather in a comfortable and jovial setting to enjoy one another’s company.”
The 23rd annual Mardi Gras Food Fest will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Sirona’s in Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. More than 900 guests attended the Mardi Gras celebration last year, which raised $175,000 for breast health care and digital mammography services.
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