Large Crowd Expected at Kidspace’s Annual Pumpkin Festival

Photo courtesy Kidspace Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.
Photo courtesy Kidspace
Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.

The public is invited to Kidspace’s 23rd annual Pumpkin Festival on the weekend of Oct. 14-15 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Brookside Park. Last year, the free event drew almost 20,000 people from across Southern California.
The festival, hosted by the Circle of Friends, features complimentary crafts and live musical performances from acts such as GEM Sisters, BARK, The Alana Banana Show, Revolution Dance Center, Rumbling Rhythms, Cleary Irish Dance and the Hollow Trees.
Continue reading “Large Crowd Expected at Kidspace’s Annual Pumpkin Festival”

Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala on Oct. 28

Photo courtesy Pasadena Ronald McDonald House The Gala Committee organizing this year’s An Enchanted Evening Gala includes (front row, from left) Megan Foker, Britta Piotrowski, Lynn Crouse, Janet Sedgwick and Sarah Porath. Middle row: Patrice Cablayan, Jackie Ficht, Valerie Weiss, Victoria Kemp, Komako Leland, Susan Ratliff, Elizabeth Dever and Patricia Kalish. Back: Meg Wasson, Suzanne Brugge and Lydia Valenta.
Photo courtesy Pasadena Ronald McDonald House
The Gala Committee organizing this year’s An Enchanted Evening Gala includes (front row, from left) Megan Foker, Britta Piotrowski, Lynn Crouse, Janet Sedgwick and Sarah Porath. Middle row: Patrice Cablayan, Jackie Ficht, Valerie Weiss, Victoria Kemp, Komako Leland, Susan Ratliff, Elizabeth Dever and Patricia Kalish. Back: Meg Wasson, Suzanne Brugge and Lydia Valenta.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Board of Trustees and the Gala Committee of the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House will hold An Enchanted Evening Gala to raise funds for the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House.
The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. at the Langham Huntington Hotel’s Huntington Ballroom, where DJ Noble will play. Wine and champagne will be donated by longtime supporter San Antonio Winery.
Continue reading “Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala on Oct. 28”

PCDA Harvest Moon Gala is Oct. 1

OUTLOOK file photo Professional Child Development Associates Executive Director Dr. Diane Cullinane and Harvest Moon Gala chair Chelby Crawford are flanked by Bill Cullinane (left) and Gregg Smith in preparation of this year’s PCDA event, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 1.
OUTLOOK file photo
Professional Child Development Associates Executive Director Dr. Diane Cullinane and Harvest Moon Gala chair Chelby Crawford are flanked by Bill Cullinane (left) and Gregg Smith in preparation of this year’s PCDA event, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 1.

Professional Child Development Associates will celebrate 20 years of serving children with autism or other developmental disabilities at its ninth annual Harvest Moon Gala Dinner and Art Auction to be held on Sunday, Oct. 1. All proceeds will benefit PCDA.
Bob Joe will receive this year’s PCDA Community Service Award at the event, which will be held at a private South Pasadena home.
Continue reading “PCDA Harvest Moon Gala is Oct. 1”

Swim With Mike Scholarship Fund Swells With Support

Photo courtesy Dan Avila Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.
Photo courtesy Dan Avila
Ron Orr and Mike Nyeholt, founders of the Swim With Mike organization, attend a 2017 fundraiser at USC to provide scholarships for physically challenged athletes. This year, the nonprofit has awarded 56 scholarship recipients with more than $1 million.

Mike Nyeholt keeps on swimming.
The former three-time All-American swimmer, who was paralyzed from the chest down following a motorcycle accident 37 years ago, is in the pool three, sometimes four times a week. Despite some shoulder injuries, the Pasadena resident still hits the water and is a familiar face to anyone doing laps at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center pool.
He has a lot to swim for. This year, his Swim With Mike nonprofit is bigger than ever, helping 56 physically disabled athletes find new purpose in life through scholarships at colleges nationwide. The Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, based at USC, is the only kind in the country, raising more than $19.6 million and sending recipients to 104 universities across the country since its inception.
Continue reading “Swim With Mike Scholarship Fund Swells With Support”