Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright
Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK
Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright

The house on Santa Barbara Street in Pasadena’s West Central neighborhood is as unassuming as it is transformative. Nothing about the two-story Craftsman’s exterior indicates the hub of hope it represents for those who often have nowhere else to turn. Known as Elizabeth House, the nonprofit organization nestled amid a residential block has spent the past 22 years providing shelter and support to homeless pregnant women as well as their children. Continue reading “Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms”

At County Spelling Bee, LCE 6th Grader is I-n-v-i-n-c-i-b-l-e

La Cañada Elementary School Principal Emily Blaney made it a point to tell students participating in Spelling Bees on her campus and later at the district office that while most of them would be knocked out, they could find consolation knowing they’d never forget how to spell the word on which they were eliminated.
She’s proof. Ceaselessly got her once. But never again.
LCE 6th-grader Gabriel Gottheim didn’t have to miss sabbatical or demarcate or memorabilia for those words to earn a permanent place in his memory bank. Continue reading “At County Spelling Bee, LCE 6th Grader is I-n-v-i-n-c-i-b-l-e”

Humiliation, Sacrifice and Plenty of Fun at TACH Bash

For the 10th year, La Cañada High School students threw a bash that was sure to get folks in town talking: 250 people showed up, many of them throwing pies in the faces of LCHS students, some of them dumping buckets of water on the teens. One student lost his parking spot at school next to Principal Ian McFeat for the rest of the school year.
All that and more in the name of charity. Continue reading “Humiliation, Sacrifice and Plenty of Fun at TACH Bash”

Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20

A trio of Pasadena-area private schools recently received prominent placement near the top of an online list published by Niche.com, a popular review website aimed at consolidating detailed information about K-12 schools as well as colleges, cities and neighborhoods. Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic and Westridge were recognized as three of the top 20 private schools in the state. Continue reading “Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20”

PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.
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Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.

In what’s become a Pasadena rite of spring, several hundred local ladies donning extravagant hats and fabulous fashions will flock to the Pasadena Hilton on Saturday, April 16, for the seventh annual “Hat-ti-tude” boutique, luncheon and fashion show. Hosted by the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund, the benefit will raise money toward PACEF’s Scholar Fund for students in the Pasadena Unified School District. But what’s the story behind PACEF, and who are the founders beneath the brims? Continue reading “PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’”

Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company

Dick Cook
Dick Cook

Dick Cook Studios, the namesake venture of one of Hollywood’s heralded nice guys, last month announced a $500-million production deal with Film Carnival, a Chinese movie company.
The burgeoning multimedia entertainment studio led by the former Walt Disney Studios chairman reportedly will adapt the best-selling “Ranger’s Apprentice” children’s book series into a film to be directed by five-time Oscar nominee Paul Haggis. Continue reading “Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company”

Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection

Michael Nogueira
Michael Nogueira

When you’re celebrating a wedding or family milestone, commemorating a loved one, hosting a commercial event or raising money for a cause, the last thing you want to be worrying about on that day is linens and cutlery. Fortunately, you can leave the details to Michael Nogueira, founder and proprietor of Sir Michael’s, a full-service limousine and event rental company that has been coming to hosts’ rescue for more than 30 years. Continue reading “Sir Michael’s: A Gallant Quest for Party Perfection”

Realtors Spread the Love and Read to PUSD Students

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Representatives of the first annual Read Across PASadena program at Washington Accelerated Elementary School include (front row, from left) Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Jacqueline Jacobs and Washington students Jennifer Gonzalez and  Cesar Castelo. Back: Realtors Brock Worthen, Gus Ruelas, Alex Lozano, Drea Valentine and Carrie Benuska.
Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK
Representatives of the first annual Read Across PASadena program at Washington Accelerated Elementary School include (front row, from left) Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Jacqueline Jacobs and Washington students Jennifer Gonzalez and Cesar Castelo. Back: Realtors Brock Worthen, Gus Ruelas, Alex Lozano, Drea Valentine and Carrie Benuska.

For real estate agents in Pasadena, most mornings can include everything from open houses to client meetings to market research. Reading Dr. Seuss books is not generally deemed a common practice along the path toward achieving success in the industry. But that didn’t stop more than 80 local Realtors from flipping through such titles as “The Lorax” at various Pasadena Unified School District campuses earlier this month during the first annual Read Across PASadena initiative. Continue reading “Realtors Spread the Love and Read to PUSD Students”

Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.
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Monica Flores found a gown fit for a princess at the Salvation Army’s recent Prom Dress Giveaway. The annual event gives high school seniors from low-income families the opportunity to “shop” for a free prom dress from an array of lightly used and brand-new donated frocks.

For high school seniors, prom is a significant rite of passage — a night to dress up, let loose and revel in the culmination of the past four years. It’s also a significant financial undertaking: prom-goers can spend upward of $150 on a ticket alone, not to mention the cost of attire, flowers, food and transportation. For girls in particular, the pressure to have immaculate hair and makeup is topped only by the anxiety of finding the perfect prom dress — and, like most things teenage girls pine after, they don’t come cheap. Continue reading “Seniors Find Fabulous Frocks for Prom at Salvation Army”