Blood Donations Urgently Needed in the Final Weeks of Summer

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.
In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.
As a special thank-you, those who give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or (800) 733-2767. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

Friends In Deed’s ‘Jazz on the Green’ Fundraiser Sept. 27

Friends In Deed returns to Castle Green on Sept. 27 for its annual fundraiser, Jazz on the Green. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., guests will experience the smooth sounds of jazz while perusing silent auction opportunities. Honorees for the event include the Rev. Donna Byrns, Friends In Deed Community Liaison; San Marino Community Church; and Western Rooter. All have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the needs of the Pasadena community and been a valued supporter of Friends In Deed’s mission and programs over the years.
The evening will feature a jazz trio with John Pisano, Gene Bertoncini and John Leftwich. Pisano has recorded and toured the globe with artists such as Joe Pass, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Sergio Mendes, Manhattan Transfer and many others. He recorded more than one dozen albums with Joe Pass.
Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists active today. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international praise and accolades as the “Segovia of jazz.” He has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws and Paul Desmond.
Leftwich, a classical guitarist, has performed with a wide variety of musical luminaries, including Tierney Sutton, Rickie Lee Jones, Chet Baker, Mel Torme and Hubert Laws. His music has been featured in commercials and movies.
For more information, visit friends­indeedpas.org or contact Friends In Deed at (626) 797-2402 or friendsindeedpas@gmail.com. Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available online at friendsindeedpas.org/fid/events/event/2017-jazz-on-the-green.

Flintridge Prep Junior Stokes Passion for Journalism

The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook

Flintridge Prep junior and aspiring journalist Valentina Martinez, 16, attended the 66th annual California Scholastic Press Association’s High School Journalism workshop, held at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The workshop, held from July 9-21, hosted 24 students to teach them real-world experience in the field of journalism. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Junior Stokes Passion for Journalism”

Panto’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tickets on Sale

Photo courtesy Clarence Alford Jordan Fisher (from left), Ben Giroux, Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen in the 2013 production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s  “Aladdin’s Winter Wish” at the Pasadena Playhouse
Photo courtesy Clarence Alford
Jordan Fisher (from left), Ben Giroux, Bruce Vilanch and Ben Vereen in the 2013 production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s  “Aladdin’s Winter Wish” at the Pasadena Playhouse

Tickets are now on sale for “Beauty and the Beast — A Christmas Rose,” the newest production from Lythgoe Family Panto, in association with Pasadena Playhouse, which expands this winter to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for 15 performances from Dec. 13-24.
The play will be directed by Sheldon Epps and choreographed by Mandy Moore (“La La Land”), with book by Kris Lythgoe and music direction and arrangements by Michael Orland (“American Idol”). Bonnie Lythgoe will serve as executive director and oversee the production. Casting is led by Producer Becky Lythgoe, and an all-star cast will be announced at a later date.
Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased online at Continue reading “Panto’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tickets on Sale”

Alumnae Bring ‘American Home’ Rehearsals to Westridge

Photo courtesy Westridge School “American Home” director Kate Woodruff, playwright Stephanie Alison Walker and producer/stage manager Betsy Roth.
Photo courtesy Westridge School
“American Home” director Kate Woodruff, playwright Stephanie Alison Walker and producer/stage manager Betsy Roth.

Westridge School alumna Betsy Roth, co-founder of Little Candle Productions, is back on campus to hold play rehearsals for the upcoming production of “American Home,” which opens Aug. 26 at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena.
Roth, also an actress, is serving as producer and stage manager, while her sister, Ellie Roth, another Westridge alumna, is prop designer for the upcoming play that explores three tales about the 2008 mortgage crisis from playwright Stephanie Alison Walker.
In 2008, Walker and her husband were among the one in 54 homeowners to receive a foreclosure notice when the American housing market collapsed. As she fought to save her home and her marriage, Walker penned the first draft of “American Home,” a powerful drama featuring a young couple facing eviction from the dream house they stretched to buy; an elderly widow who falls prey to a reverse mortgage scheme; and a minister of the prosperity gospel who must face the flock she’s led astray.
The play runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 24. For more information, visit littlecandleproductions.com.
Questions? Please contact Lisa Vandergriff, director of Alumnae Affairs Westridge School at Lvandergriff@westridge.org or call (626) 799-1053, ext. 244.