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41st Annual AbilityFirst Gourmet Festival of Fall Event Honors Three Generations of Family Support

From left to right: JD Hornberger, Paige Parrish, Gail Schaper Gordon, Mark Fedde, Amit Patel, Greg Wood (Chair), Richard R. Frank, and Cynthia Amerio. Members not present: Michael Hawkins, Gale Kohl, and Joseph Longo.   On Sunday, October 4th, AbilityFirst will hold their 41st Annual Gourmet Festival of Fall at the home of Mary and ...


Pasadena Senior Center Announces New Director of Development

Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center, announces the appointment of Lisa Manning-Pratt as director of development. She replaces Marie Logan, who retired in fall 2014. With more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, Manning-Pratt most recently served as director of development and alumnae relations at St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora, ...


Hillsides Art Show Reception Draws a Large Crowd

  About 100 community members flowed through SPACE Arts Center in South Pasadena Saturday night, August 22, during the opening reception of “Expressions: An Art Exhibit by the Children of Hillsides.” During the reception, Hillsides Director of Development Carrie Espinoza welcomed guests, saying that “art is an important therapeutic tool for the children, and through ...


St. Edmunds Episcopal Church to Hold “An Evening Under the Stars” Fundraiser at the Old Mill

  St. Edmunds Episcopal Church will hold a fundraiser themed “An Evening Under the Stars” at the Old Mill on Saturday, September 26, 6:30 p.m.   “An Evening Under the Stars” includes dinner and two types of entertainment (live music during social time at the beginning of the event through dinner. A short live auction (around ...


Innovate Pasadena Hires Celina Guerrero as Director of Marketing and Operations

Innovate Pasadena (IP), the non-profit organization committed to promoting innovation in the Pasadena-area, announced marketing and sales professional, Celina Guerrero as the organization’s first full-time staff member. As the Director of Marketing and Operations, Guerrero will work closely with the IP board and committees to manage all IP programs and promotion efforts, board relations, financial ...


Parsons Promotes Dalvi to Vice President, Corporate Controller

Parsons is pleased to announce that it has promoted Ashay Dalvi to the position of Vice President and Corporate Controller of Parsons Corporation, effective July 23, 2015. He succeeded Rick Henderson, who has accepted an assignment in the Middle East Africa (MEA) region as Senior Vice President and MEA Finance Director. Dalvi joined Parsons in ...


Fifth Annual Ladies Night Out to Benefit Cancer Support Community

  On Friday, October 2nd, 2015, Cancer Support Community (CSC) Pasadena presents The Fifth Annual Ladies Night Out 2015, a “Carnivale” themed evening of entertainment, laughter, and commemoration. The celebratory benefit was created to honor the courageous women in the community who have been touched by cancer. The event will take place at a gorgeous ...


The Women’s Civic League Kicks Off Their New Club Year with a Presentation on “Pasadena and the Drought”

Eric Klinkner, Interim General Manager for Pasadena Water and Power, will kick off the start of the new club year for The Women’s Civic League of Pasadena with his presentation on “Pasadena and the Drought” on Monday, September 14, 12 noon at The Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Avenue. A 23-year veteran ...


Zest Gala will Honor Pasadena Senior Center Founders

  The Pasadena Senior Center’s annual Zest gala Saturday, Sept. 26, will be an elegant, fun-filled evening honoring the Junior League of Pasadena.   Cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m. Fritz Coleman, weathercaster for KNBC-TV and comedian, will serve as master of ...


ChapCare Announces Chief Executive Officer Receives a Prestigious Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award

Today, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) announces that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Margaret “Margie” Martinez, has been selected to receive a prestigious Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award. The Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Program recognizes that effective institutions are driven by creative people who need time off to reflect if they are to keep their organizations ...


YWCA Pasadena Announces Stella Murga as the 2015 Racial Justice Award Recipient

On Monday, October 12th, 2015, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will host the 13th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast. The event is scheduled from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m., and will be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, located at 168 S. Los Robles Ave in Pasadena. Come celebrate differences and be a part of YWCA’s ...


40-year JPL Engineer Robert (Bob) Wood Sniffin, 1940-2015

Longtime Monrovian Robert (Bob) Wood Sniffin, a systems engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1969, died August 6 after a long illness, his wife, Hilda, and son, Michael, at his side. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21, at Saint Luke the Physician Episcopal Church, 122 S. California ...


Two Caltech Professors Named Simons Investigators

Caltech professors Alexei Kitaev and Christopher Umans have been named Simons Investigators. These appointments are given annually to “support outstanding scientists in their most productive years, when they are establishing creative new research directions.” Investigators receive $100,000 annually for five years. Alexei Kitaev, the Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, studies ...


Villa Esperanza Services Announces 28th Annual Tournament of Hope – “Be True to Your School”

Villa Esperanza Tournament of Hope Committee (L-R) Brij Lal, Jenny Seto, Paul Marks, Lisa Sloan, Michael Erickson, Debbie Meymarian- Tournament Co-Chair, Gioia Pastre. Not pictured: Chuck Tapert – Tournament Co-Chair, Elizabeth Barajas, Nikhil Lal, Corey Waite and William Waller.   Villa Esperanza Services Tournament of Hope sponsored by Wells Fargo tees off on Monday, September ...