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”

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”

A Tower of California Cuisine to Cook at Parkway Grill

Photo courtesy Sam Hannah Jeremiah Tower
Photo courtesy Sam Hannah
Jeremiah Tower

Those who enjoy California cuisine will have a chance to enjoy offerings from one of culinary style’s pioneers — Jeremiah Tower — when he serves as guest chef at Parkway Grill during a three-day window in November.
The renowned Bay Area chef, whose past enterprises include the famed Stars restaurant that got its start in San Francisco, will lend his skills to Parkway Grill’s kitchen from Nov. 6-8, replacing the restaurant’s dinner menu in its entirety during that span and mixing in choice offerings with the usual lunch menu. Tower is known for popularizing California cuisine, which emphasizes using locally produced, sustainable ingredients to match the season of the region. Continue reading “A Tower of California Cuisine to Cook at Parkway Grill”

Poly Senior Walks the Walk, and More, to Fight Diabetes

Photo courtesy Meghan Stimmler Taylor Stimmler (far right) rallied friends to join her last year at the JDRF L.A.’s One Walk to help raise money for Type 1 diabetes research. Her team, the Injectibles, includes (front) Martha Gluck and Shaya Naimi. Back: Cameron Carey and Jack Deschenes.
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Taylor Stimmler (far right) rallied friends to join her last year at the JDRF L.A.’s One Walk to help raise money for Type 1 diabetes research. Her team, the Injectibles, includes (front) Martha Gluck and Shaya Naimi. Back: Cameron Carey and Jack Deschenes.

Taylor Stimmler wasn’t born with a superpower, but she embraces the one she has now.
“People point to a dish and I can tell them exactly how many carbs are in it,” joked Stimmler, 18, who just three short years ago was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at her pediatrician’s office.
It’s typical off-the-cuff humor for Stimmler, the lead volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Los Angeles chapter’s Youth Ambassador Program. Apart from organizing family-centered events intended to spread awareness of T1D, provide mentorship to young children and raise funds for research of the disease, Stimmler has created her own community online through group chats with young children of all ages, lending a listening ear, giving encouragement and suggestions or just sharing some “diabetic humor.” Continue reading “Poly Senior Walks the Walk, and More, to Fight Diabetes”

Rosebud Perks Up Prospects of Formerly Homeless Youth

Photo courtesy Rosebud Rosebud manager Stephanie Sharp trains intern Jonathan Tran. The Rosebud was created to provide a vibrant community space, delicious coffee and skilled job training for formerly homeless youth or at-risk former foster youth.
Photo courtesy Rosebud
Rosebud manager Stephanie Sharp trains intern Jonathan Tran. The Rosebud was created to provide a vibrant community space, delicious coffee and skilled job training for formerly homeless youth or at-risk former foster youth.

Nestled in a once-overlooked corridor of East Pasadena, Rosebud coffeehouse is brewing a lot more than premium specialty coffee — it’s serving a higher cause.
The sunny, spacious shop, trimmed with edgy local artworks from a recent exhibit there, was born as a social enterprise with a dual purpose: create a vibrant community space, and use the business for professional job training for at-risk foster youth or formerly homeless youth to teach the skilled art of coffee making. Rosebud pairs the young adults, typically between 18 and 24, with an experienced barista who shares all the tricks of the trade — how to taste coffee, how to tell where it comes from, different brewing techniques and, of course, the painstaking work of latte art, because who doesn’t love an abstract angel floating atop their mocha cappuccino? Continue reading “Rosebud Perks Up Prospects of Formerly Homeless Youth”

Spiritual Care Guild Bolsters Young Patients, Families

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Spiritual Care Guild volunteers include past President Heather Dinger, event chair Kerry Lovelock, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Spiritual Care Department head the Rev. Dagmar Grefe and current President Sara Larson. Spiritual Care Guild supports CHLA’s Spiritual Care Department, making sure no family in crisis is without comfort or support.
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Spiritual Care Guild volunteers include past President Heather Dinger, event chair Kerry Lovelock, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Spiritual Care Department head the Rev. Dagmar Grefe and current President Sara Larson.
Spiritual Care Guild supports CHLA’s Spiritual Care Department, making sure no family in crisis is without comfort or support.

For parents caring for a sick or injured child in the hospital, they’ve known the loneliness and despair that might come in the quiet hours of the night, when staff is reduced and their child is struggling with pain or fear.
When they learned of those parents and their need of support, a group of Pasadena women walked the halls at one of the top pediatric hospitals in California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading “Spiritual Care Guild Bolsters Young Patients, Families”

Lucky Locals Chosen for Coveted 2019 Rose Court

Photo courtesy Pasadena Tournament of Roses Members of the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court include Helen Rossi (Flintridge Prep), Rucha Kadam (La Cañada High School), Lauren Baydaline (Westridge School), Micaela McElrath (Westridge School), Sherry Ma (San Marino High School), Louise Siskel (Sequoyah High School) and Ashley Hackett (John Muir High School).
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Members of the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court include Helen Rossi (Flintridge Prep), Rucha Kadam (La Cañada High School), Lauren Baydaline (Westridge School), Micaela McElrath (Westridge School), Sherry Ma (San Marino High School), Louise Siskel (Sequoyah High School) and Ashley Hackett (John Muir High School).

Nervous chatter filled the dewy morning air as the Tournament of Roses chose seven young women to lead the 2019 Royal Court on Monday, including five local students who will partake in what is considered the city’s closest thing to new world royalty amid a year filled with pomp and splendor.
The lucky local students include two Westridge School girls, Lauren Baydaline and Micaela McElrath, and Ashley Hackett of John Muir High School, Louise Siskel of Sequoyah High School and Helen Rossi of Flintridge Prep, who were welcomed into the time-honored fold amid the frenzied whoops and hollers of hundreds of family and friends gathered on the lawn. Continue reading “Lucky Locals Chosen for Coveted 2019 Rose Court”

Ideal Youth’s Working Concept: Training Teens in Job Skills

Photo courtesy Ideal Youth Ideal Youth students sit in on one of their many job-training sessions, meant to prepare them for the workforce.
Photo courtesy Ideal Youth
Ideal Youth students sit in on one of their many job-training sessions, meant to prepare them for the workforce.

Teenagers out hitting the pavement for their first job are often faced with the same conundrum: no experience, no job.
It’s an uphill battle, and one that students from lower-income families feel twofold — they desperately need extra income to offset personal expenses, yet they don’t have the connections with local business owners to help them clear the hurdle to clinch that first experience.
Ideal Youth set out to rectify that head-scratcher a decade ago, and the nonprofit organization has since tapped into a fountain of formidable youth for local hiring, serving nearly 4,500 students.
Continue reading “Ideal Youth’s Working Concept: Training Teens in Job Skills”