PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April

Preschools in Pasadena Unified include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

Pasadena Unified School District’s preschools are holding fairs in April for prospective families to tour classrooms, register and learn about the preschool curriculum that is developing creative and confident learners.
Full-day preschools are offered at Pasadena Unified Children’s Centers, where the curriculum features opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery to help build enduring critical thinking skills — and foster confidence so that young children are well-prepared for kindergarten.
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McKinley School Hosts Parent Summit April 8

Charles Heaton, principal of McKinley School, invites parents and community members to the school’s Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8.

McKinley School invites parents to attend its Parent Summit on Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The free event includes workshops on adolescent development, navigating high school, strategies for college planning and parenting styles. In the Writers’ Workshop session, parents will get insight into the way that PUSD elementary school students are learning to hone their writing skills with methods used by professional writers.
“The Parent Summit is an opportunity for parents and families to come together to prepare children for the future, whether for the next academic year or for college and careers,” said McKinley School Principal Charles Heaton.
The event is free and open to all parents and families. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/parent-summit-2017-tickets-32429003021. McKinley School is located at 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave.

Yoga Studio Approved for Downtown Location

The Planning Commission gave the green light to a prospective yoga and meditation studio at its meeting on March 22, provided the owner ensures that parking does not spill over into the City Hall lot.
The studio required a zoning variance because of the relative lack of parking dedicated to the location, which is at 2260 Huntington Drive. The Planning Commission was happy to grant it, however, given the prospect of a new business setting up shop in town. Continue reading “Yoga Studio Approved for Downtown Location”

Leadership Pasadena to Help Law Enforcement, Special Needs Interaction

Capt. Tim Sell, Chief Bertral Washington, Cindy Bengtson and Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza director of development, will attend the Leadership Pasadena event on Apri 24.

Leadership Pasadena, in partnership with Villa Esperanza Services, Ability First and Professional Child Development Associates, is presenting a free 90-minute seminar for families, caregivers or staff caring for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) on how to work with law enforcement and first responders.
The event is Monday, April 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave.
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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”