Club 21 Aims to Make Summer Connections

It’s a Wednesday afternoon in mid-July and a group of teenagers are sauntering across the dance floor at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. They practice new routines in pairs, moving from one side of the room to the other as pop music blares, occasionally observing their form in the mirror. Each strut elicits smiles and high-fives from their peers. Although some of these teens have Down syndrome and others do not, there is a natural sense of camaraderie in the shared experience. Continue reading “Club 21 Aims to Make Summer Connections”

Free Animal Doctor Nonprofit Helps Pets Get Vet Care

The following was written by Sydney Chun, special to the Outlook

Holly Green’s dog, Willy, is blind in both eyes and had a painful glaucoma in one eye, so she took him to get the eye removed. However, she didn’t have the $1,000 to pay for surgery, anesthesia and bloodwork, so she reached out to Ryan Boyd at Free Animal Doctor for assistance. Continue reading “Free Animal Doctor Nonprofit Helps Pets Get Vet Care”

Mosqueda Goes to Bat for Old Souls

For as long as she can remember, Pasadena resident Laura Mosqueda has enjoyed the company of older adults. A close-knit relationship with her grandparents while growing up in Southern California played a large role in this reality, as did the inspiration she gleaned from her own parents, both of whom were physicians. This combination of an affinity for the elderly and a desire to help others paved a clear career path for Mosqueda, who has stridden passionately along it for more than 20 years as an innovator and advocate. Continue reading “Mosqueda Goes to Bat for Old Souls”

Dark to Be Honored at Arboretum’s Fundraiser

One of the first weddings that Peggy Dark catered did not begin on a promising note. It was a hot, September afternoon in the early 1980s, and the bright sun wilted her decorative vegetable arrangement. Dark scrambled to cover the table with a nearby umbrella, but a hired musician admonished her for removing shade for the band’s instruments. Continue reading “Dark to Be Honored at Arboretum’s Fundraiser”

Longtime News Anchor Continues to Support Casa

Her face is one of the most recognizable in the Southern California news market. Her reporting for NBC4 has spanned decades and garnered multiple industry honors. But when it comes to anchor Colleen Williams, some of her best work doesn’t take place in front of a camera or in a studio. Since 1995, the longtime Pasadena resident has supported Casa de las Amigas by hosting a yearly golf tournament to raise funds for the residential recovery center that houses women who are overcoming addiction. Continue reading “Longtime News Anchor Continues to Support Casa”

McDonald Steers PUSD Down Right Path

It’s not very often that a child with attention deficit disorder grows up to become the superintendent of a large school district. It’s even less likely when that child is born in Jamaica and that school district is nearly 3,000 miles away in the United States. But for Brian McDonald, overcoming daunting statistics is a welcome challenge that has guided his work for more than 20 years. Continue reading “McDonald Steers PUSD Down Right Path”

Celebrity Coaches Host Football, Dance Camp

The following was written by Avery Yang, special to the Outlook.

During a lull in the activities that Soul Glow’s second annual Football and Dance Camp put in place, a young camper walked up to Ramses Barden — Super Bowl champion, 2004 Flintridge Prep graduate and host of the camp — and without saying a word, crouched down, grabbed hold of his leg and would not let go. Continue reading “Celebrity Coaches Host Football, Dance Camp”

Pasadena Has an Advocate in Kennedy

Lena Kennedy had just been elected to the Blair High School student government when a small earthquake shook Pasadena many years ago. Although damage was minimal, the rumble still littered city streets with debris. Fallen tree branches lay around her neighborhood for days, blocking roadways and becoming safety hazards. At first, Kennedy didn’t think much of the slow cleanup. City workers must be busy, she told herself. But Kennedy soon began to notice something bothersome. Continue reading “Pasadena Has an Advocate in Kennedy”

Poulsen Receives Appointment From Governor

The responsibilities of raising a perfectly healthy infant are already taxing enough on parents. But when their young child has special needs, the stress on a family can skyrocket. This issue has always guided the work of Pasadena resident Marie Poulsen, the chief pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Poulsen believes that the best way to aid a developmentally delayed or disabled baby is by also providing care for the family who is supporting it. Continue reading “Poulsen Receives Appointment From Governor”