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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Pasadena 100 Leads Charge on Use of Clean Energy in City

It’s no secret that California has become one of the nation’s leading states in the call to action on climate change, but in Pasadena, a small group has become a behind-the-scenes force for environmental consciousness in a city that also considers itself in the vanguard of efforts to leave a smaller carbon footprint.
Pasadena 100, an advocacy group pushing for Pasadena Water and Power to offer 100% renewable energy by 2035, believes the utility can ease the path by no longer renewing long-term fossil fuel contracts and also factor in the “social cost of carbon” — the total negative impact of fossil-fuel emissions on the planet, environment and health measured in dollars.
And though many praised Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent signing of a clean-energy bill — Senate Bill 100, which requires the state to source carbon-free utilities for electricity by 2045 — Pasadena 100 believes that it’s feasible to move away from “dirty fuel” even sooner. The city also has maintained it supports the idea, within the constraints of keeping costs low and the lights on, while trying to get the public utility’s energy as clean as possible.
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Operation Walk’s Global Work Puts Lives Back in Stride

The moment a physically disabled patient can stand and walk for the first time without pain is one that Dr. Lawrence Dorr never tires of witnessing.
As an international leader in the field of orthopedics, Dorr has sought to give that gift of mobility and hope to as many as possible, including those who otherwise would never be able to afford it, in some of the most remote places of the world. Through Operation Walk, Dorr found the vehicle that would take him around the globe and change lives — not just of those able to walk again, but of everyone who shares in the experience.

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Dr. Lawrence Dorr, founder of Operation Walk, visits a patient after surgery in Arusha, Tanzania.

“The smiles that spread across their faces are something you never forget — their whole face just lights up,” said Dorr, who founded the organization in 1994 with just a small medical team to perform free knee and hip replacements. “For a person who goes from being completely dependent on others to having that independence again, it’s an incredibly uplifting thing.”
Now, Operation Walk has performed some 12,000 surgeries across 12 countries and has about 20 chapters across the U.S., and in Canada, Ireland and Greece. Continue reading “Operation Walk’s Global Work Puts Lives Back in Stride”

Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestrates Student Opportunities

Photo courtesy Pasadena Symphony Association Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra is expanding programming for Pasadena Unified School District students this year.
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Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra is expanding programming for Pasadena Unified School District students this year.

For any young musician who aspires to feel a part of the crashing crescendos of George Gershwin or Ludwig van Beethoven at a famous concert hall, the chances of doing so through the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra just got a lot better.
The Pasadena Symphony Association’s PYSO is doubling down on its efforts to reach Pasadena Unified School District music students this school year, with help from a grant from the California Arts Commission. The PSA has broadened its partnership with PUSD, extending the Pasadena Symphony Teaching Artists program to additional school sites by doubling its roster of teachers, providing musical instruction to more than 200 students across the district. The program, launched in 2015 with the goal of offsetting budget cuts and condensed music instruction, offers free, supplemental instruction for grades 4-6 that aims to enhance the district’s music program.
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