Families Forward Offers Education Services for High-Risk Parents, Children

Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center Families Forward Learning Center benefits both parents and their children in the northwest Pasadena community.
Photo courtesy Families Forward Learning Center
Families Forward Learning Center benefits both parents and their children in the northwest Pasadena community.

Like most big families, Families Forward Learning Center members almost always end up gathering in the same spot: the kitchen, of course.
It’s the heart of the home, where breakfasts and lunches are shared and the conversation flows. For young parents living far from any family and struggling financially, it’s where a cup of coffee also offers a reprieve from the pressures of raising young children.
“This is just where everyone comes through, between classes or before or after,” said Berit Anderson, development associate of Families Forward Learning Center, giving a recent tour of the center’s gleaming kitchen and colorful facility. “It really is the heart of our center. I’m sure you can tell today is fish stick day!” Continue reading “Families Forward Offers Education Services for High-Risk Parents, Children”

Little Rock Nine Alumnus Reflects 60 Years Later

Terrence Roberts
Terrence Roberts

When Pasadena resident Terrence Roberts was growing up in the 1950s in Little Rock, Arkansas, he wasn’t allowed to sit in most restaurants or even enter a good number of them, only able to order food from a side window. The rest of his life, he knew, would be defined by racial segregation; where he could walk, live and work, whether he could go to school or get a bank loan or whom he could marry. Every move would be controlled. Continue reading “Little Rock Nine Alumnus Reflects 60 Years Later”

Caltech Scientist to Speak at Trojan Affiliates Meeting Oct. 5

USC Trojan Affiliates, a philanthropic and social women’s group of USC, invites alumni, parents and friends to attend its upcoming meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at El Portal Restaurant, 695 E. Green St. in Pasadena. The social reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the program and meeting. The evening will feature Vandana Desai, deputy science lead for the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science at Caltech speaking on “Seeing the Universe With Infrared Eyes.” Continue reading “Caltech Scientist to Speak at Trojan Affiliates Meeting Oct. 5”

Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’

Photo courtesy Jim Staub Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.
Photo courtesy Jim Staub
Past Rose Queens gathered at the opening of the “Royals of Pasadena” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History last week, including (from left) 2005 Rose Queen Ashley Moreno, 1997 Rose Queen Jennifer Halferty Johnson, 1987 Rose Queen Kristin Harris McDonald, 1985 Rose Queen Kristina Smith, 1974 Rose Queen Miranda Barone, 1966 Rose Queen Carole Cota-Gelfuso and 1953 Rose Queen Leah Feland Cullen.

In honor of the 100th Rose Queen, Pasadena Museum of History has opened an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
“Royals of Pasadena” is on view through Feb. 11 and will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court, from the selection process to the Rose Queen Coronation, to riding on a float in the Rose Parade. Continue reading “Museum of History Presents ‘Royals of Pasadena’”

Leesa Sleep Donates 111 Mattresses to Hillsides Youth and Families

Dr. Drew Pinsky broadcast his KABC radio show live from the Hillsides Peer Resource Center.
Dr. Drew Pinsky broadcast his KABC radio show live from the Hillsides Peer Resource Center.

Norma Flores and her two young daughters were all smiles as they loaded four new mattresses into their mini-van. “This is a huge help for my family,” said Flores. “The ones we have now are old and no good.”
Flores was one of many Hillsides clients to receive free mattresses from Leesa Sleep, an online direct-to consumer luxury mattress company. During a mattress donation event recently held in Pasadena, Leesa donated 111 mattresses to Hillsides youth and families at the site of Hillsides’ Youth Moving On program for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Continue reading “Leesa Sleep Donates 111 Mattresses to Hillsides Youth and Families”