Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod

Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.
Enjoying the Rotary Club of San Marino’s annual Paul Harris Award luncheon last week were (front row, from left) Mary Payne, Lucille Norberg and Rotary Club President Gilda Moshir. Back: Bill Payne, Isaac Hung, Paul Harris Award recipient Dick Durant, keynote speaker Katarina Mayers and Jean-Phillippe Hebral.

With an unassuming humility, Dick Durant on March 23 accepted the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary Club of San Marino at the club’s annual award luncheon.
“I’m overwhelmed,” Durant told the crowd upon receiving his award, brimming with gratitude despite his low-key demeanor. Continue reading “Durant’s Illustrious Volunteer Past Earns Rotary’s Paul Harris Nod”

SMHS Principal to Retire This Year

Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson

Teachers and students returned from spring break this week to learn that Mary Johnson, who has served as San Marino High School’s principal for 13 years, will retire at the end of this school year.

“With mixed emotions, I announced to the high school staff today that I will be retiring on June 30 at the end of this school year,” Johnson said in her prepared announcement. “The past 13 years at San Marino High School have been a gift in my life and it is not easy to say goodbye to our dedicated staff, amazing students, exceptional parents and community members who cannot do enough for our school. I thank you for welcoming me to the school and community. I shall hold you in my heart forever.” Continue reading “SMHS Principal to Retire This Year”

Fashion Designer to Speak at Junior League Event

Trina Turk

The Junior League of Pasadena will hold its annual Simply Speaking silent auction and dinner on Saturday, April 29, at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League of Pasadena’s community outreach initiatives and charitable efforts in Pasadena and the surrounding communities.
This year’s event features a keynote speech by Trina Turk, a local fashion designer known throughout the country for her bold and California-inspired line of contemporary apparel, shoes and accessories.
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Pasadena City College Announces ‘PCC Promise’

Starting this fall, high school graduates in the San Gabriel Valley will be able to attend Pasadena City College without paying tuition through a new program known as the PCC Promise.
The program is the latest in a growing number of similar programs at two-year colleges around the country designed to give every student access to a college education. As tuition in the CSU and UC systems has skyrocketed by as much as 400% over the past 20 years, vastly outpacing inflation, the PCC Promise intends to lower barriers to ensure that the benefits of college attendance remain available to students of all backgrounds.
“PCC has been a gateway to a better life for residents of our region for more than 90 years,” said PCC Superintendent-President Rajen Vurdien. “The PCC Promise makes sure that gateway remains open for all the students we serve — today and tomorrow.”
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Pasadena Guild of CHLA Seats New Board, Members

Photos courtesy Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital
New associate members include Lisa Jobe, Lynn Cooper, Nancy Cole, Leslie Dennis, Leslie Warburton and Lorna Reed.

Members of the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles gathered recently to welcome new active and associate members and to install incoming 2017 officers and board members.
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Senior Girls Delight, Twirl at Prom Dress Giveaway

OUTLOOK photo Tasha Gist, a 17-year-old senior from Pasadena’s Blair High School, tries on high heels with the help of Dea Wilkerson, a Walter Hoving Home “personal shopper” volunteer, at the Salvation Army’s annual Prom Dress Giveaway.
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Tasha Gist, a 17-year-old senior from Pasadena’s Blair High School, tries on high heels with the help of Dea Wilkerson, a Walter Hoving Home “personal shopper” volunteer, at the Salvation Army’s annual Prom Dress Giveaway.

A fairy godmother waved her wand recently over 60 teenage girls preparing for their spring prom at Pasadena Salvation
Army’s eighth annual Prom Dress Giveaway.
Clad in cut-off jean shorts, sneakers and ponytails, the young women filed in early, the birds still chirping, giggling excitedly among their friends, moms and guardians. Continue reading “Senior Girls Delight, Twirl at Prom Dress Giveaway”

Healthy Aging Conference on April 22

Helen Dennis

Seniors ages 50 and older will connect with others, gain new perspectives, increase their knowledge, get energized and more at the free 2017 Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Helen Dennis, a nationally recognized expert on issues related to aging, will open the conference with a keynote address titled “The Retirement Revolution.” She writes about successful aging for several daily newspapers in the greater Los Angeles area, co-authored the 2008 New York Times bestseller “Project Renewment: The First Retirement Model for Career Women” and was named by PBS’s “Next Avenue” as one of the 50 most influential leaders in aging for 2016. Her firm, Helen Dennis & Associates, specializes in retirement issues and ageism in employment.
The Pasadena Conference on Healthy Aging will feature a full slate of workshops focused on common interests and concerns among seniors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
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Mayfield Junior School Parents’ Association Board

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Under the thoughtful and dynamic leadership of President Paige Hobey and President-elect Teresa Dilbeck, the Mayfield Junior School Parents’ Association Board and its committees, a hard working and enthusiastic group of volunteers, give their time and talent toward the success of many of the programs and events that make Mayfield Junior School exceptional. This year’s board members include (front row, from left) Kate Candelora, Charisse Tolleson, Ann Huntsman, President-elect Dilbeck, President Hobey, Julie Soma, Priscilla Stanton, Cherie Ko and Julia Smith. Back: Betty Rabadi, Susie Baggott, Nicole von Thaden, Nicole Dixon, Stacy Sartor, Rene Dolan, Marcela Rock, Richelle Huizar, Gwenn Palafox, Julie Wong, Karen Limongelli, Andrea Ridl and Pam Halferty. Not pictured: Angela Bohanec, Martha Figueroa, Anna Heredia, Valerie Leiva and Lisa Pratt.