Local Agencies Share $50K Grant From Literary Alliance

Members of the Pasadena Literary Alliance’s Open Book Series committee include Julie Daniels (front row, from left), Teresa Payton, Liz White, Shelley Thompson and Carmie Rodriguez. Back: Katie Poole, Kathleen Waller, Peggy Gregerson, Jennifer Bigelow, Sarah Hunter, Emily Vitan and Georgia Jeffries.
Photos courtesy Pasadena Literary Alliance
Members of the Pasadena Literary Alliance’s Open Book Series committee include Julie Daniels (front row, from left), Teresa Payton, Liz White, Shelley Thompson and Carmie Rodriguez. Back: Katie Poole, Kathleen Waller, Peggy Gregerson, Jennifer Bigelow, Sarah Hunter, Emily Vitan and Georgia Jeffries.

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”

Pasadena Senior Center’s Activities Re-Energize Retirees

Akila Gibbs
Akila Gibbs, Pasadena Senior Center Executive Director

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”

After Years of Giving Back, Simmons Receives Honors

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.

Rary Simmons
Rary Simmons

“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.
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