Celebrating its mission to support literary programs, the Pasadena Literary Alliance recently announced $50,000 in grants awarded in keeping with its mission of supporting literary programs.
The group awarded one $10,000 grant each to Pasadena City College (for writers in residence and its summer creative writing academy), Pasadena Senior Center (for its Masters Series lifelong learning program), Pasadena Public Library (for its One City, One Story program), PEN America (for its Emerging Voices Fellowship stipend) and WriteGirl (for its high school student writing seminars). Continue reading “Local Agencies Share $50K Grant From Literary Alliance”
When Juliette Wheal, 83, first considered giving up her lifelong home in London to join her son and his family in Altadena, the idea of moving countries and leaving behind all she’d ever known was, in short, daunting.
But she wasn’t getting any younger, and her only son had made sunny California his permanent home for nearly 30 years already. She longed to be closer to him and her beautiful grandchildren. Although she ultimately jumped the pond, she was determined upon arrival to keep a sense of independence.
“I didn’t want to be a burden,” she recalled.
Shortly after arriving, she read about the Pasadena Senior Center and its events in one of the free local newspapers, and decided to give it a try. Continue reading “Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees”
In recognition of her lifetime of charitable work through the Greater Pasadena area, longtime San Marino resident Rary Simmons will be the guest of honor at the Pasadena Senior Center’s annual Zest Gala this weekend.
“Being selected as a Zest honoree was a great honor and surprise,” Simmons said in a phone interview. “It’s hard to say no to them. They have something for everybody and they do a good job. It’s a privilege to be able to help.”
Simmons, who raised five children in San Marino, has lived in the community for 65 years, 62 of them in the same home. (“Can’t move,” she quipped. “The closets are too full. It’s too much trouble to clean them out.”) Growing up in the small, affluent community is what inspired her to give so much back, Simmons said. Continue reading “After Years of Giving Back, Simmons Receives Honors”
The Pasadena Senior Center is beginning the new Screening Mimis Film Club in May, with premiers taking place the first and third Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion to watch provocative films followed by lively discussions. Continue reading “Senior Center Debuts Film Club in May”