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Matt Bretz Joins Pasadena-based Ayzenberg Group as Vice President and Creative Director

Ayzenberg Group, one of the largest independent full-service agencies on the U.S. West Coast, today announced that Matt Bretz, a highly regarded creative executive in the entertainment advertising community, has joined the agency as Vice President and Creative Director effective immediately. Matt will work closely with the Ayzenberg team in Strategy, Creative, Digital, Social, Original ...


Cars are the Stars of Foothill Unity Center “Fabulous ‘50s” Golden Plate Awards

A 1956 Ford T-Bird owned by Arcadians Brad and Vicky Balmont will be among the classic cars on view at Foothill Unity Center’s “Fabulous ’50s” Golden Plate Awards April 26 at The Trinity Ballroom in Pasadena. Photo courtesy Foothill Unity Center When Foothill Unity Center’s Golden Plate Awards committee chose a “Fabulous ‘50s” theme for ...


The Curtain Goes Up for The Pasadena Playhouse’s Gala on May 4

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announced today the planning and honorary gala committee members leading the “best party in Pasadena annual fundraiser” entitled “Premiere Gala – Take the Lead at the Playhouse.” The Pasadena Playhouse’s gala will be held on the stage of The Pasadena Playhouse on Sunday, ...


Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Actor James Olmos to be Honored for Works in Education

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and Emmy award-winning actor Edward James Olmos will be recognized during Pasadena Education Foundation’s Spring 2014 event at the Pasadena City Hall courtyard on Wednesday, May 7. Bogaard will receive the Exemplary Service Award “for his exemplary service and accomplishments in improving Pasadena’s public education,” while Olmos will be conferred with the ...


Stacy Miller Named Director of Volunteer Services at Huntington Hospital

Huntington Memorial Hospital has promoted Stacy Miller to director of volunteer services, effective immediately. Miller previously served as supervisor of the errand and escort volunteer program at the hospital. In her new role she oversees all volunteer services, which includes 1,500 volunteers. These volunteers represent one of the hospital’s greatest assets, donating over 100,000 hours ...


Deborah Lewis Appointed Executive Director of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Deborah Lewis, an exceptional and highly regarded arts administrator with three decades of experience, has been appointed Executive Director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) effective April 21, 2014, following a nationwide search, it was announced by LACC Board Chair Jennifer Terry. Lewis previously served as Executive Director of Angels Gate Cultural Center, the ...


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Stradosphere: A Strad-Studded Gala Evening” Raises $535,000 for Ensemble

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) transformed the Southland into “Strad Central” with its unprecedented STRAD FEST LA featuring eight of the world’s most exquisite and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time in history and played by renowned violinists in a series of four sold-out events from March 26-29, 2014. The festival ...


One Swing of a Golf Club Could Win $1 Million

Hath-Syc-GolfCommittee: (l-r) Mark Jewell, Rob Myers, Jennifer Gowen, Allen Ulibarri, David Battaglia. Photo credit: Mary Kay Wilson One swing of a golf club could be worth one-million dollars. That seven-figure possibility will be among many highlights at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ Shot-at-a-Million Golf Classic on Friday, May 16, at Angeles National Golf Club in ...


Pasadena-Based Website Honors Two Adoptees Who Help Others Find Missing Relatives

“Search angels” Patricia Ann Neal (left) and Laura Ann Brandl-Witherspoon Pasadena-based Spokeo website honored two adoptees who, amid their search for their own roots, helped thousands of foster individuals connect with their missing families and relatives. Patricia Ann Neal and Laura Ann Brandl-Witherspoon were given this year’s Spokeo Search Angel Awards during the 35th Annual ...


Hillsides Heads to the Races at Santa Anita Park

This year’s A Day at the Races co-chairs Astrid Fishbein and Dee Fisher (second and third from left) were all smiles at last year’s event. Claudia Calandrino (far left) and Janet Jack (far right) were, along with Fisher, co-chairs last year. Want to be an across-the-board winner at Santa Anita Park? Join Hillsides for its ...


Junior League of Pasadena Holds Roundtable Luncheon for Its Community Advisory Board

L to R: Carmelita Bouie Marketing Director, JLP; Sarah Hilbert Volunteer Program Coordinator, Mothers’ Club; Michael Shanklin CEO, KidSpace Children’s Museum; Hector LaFarga Executive Director, Mothers’ Club; Kristen Todd President-elect, JLP; Lilit Grigoryan Program Development and Support Committee, JLP; Kristen Schwarz President, JLP; Mary Donnelly Crocker Executive Director, Young & Healthy; Karl Swaidan Managing Partner, ...


Help Local Students Attend Prom by Donating Pre-Owned Dresses

Pasadena-based Spokeo website will be accepting donations of unused or wearable pre-owned cocktail and formal dresses, as well as accessories, to benefit local underprivileged students. Donations to the “Prom and Tech: Inspiring Young Girl Geeks and Preparing for Prom” benefit project will be showcased in a shopping event where young women of Learning Works Charter School ...


Armory Center for the Arts Celebrates 25 Years

Hundreds of proud art lovers and supporters of Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts gathered at the Raymond Street facility to celebrate 25 years of community arts, and to honor Susan and John Caldwell, two of its strongest supporters since its beginning. “This is a remarkable night that allows us to celebrate 25 years of ...


Victor Vener and the Cal Phil to Present New Season of Summer Concerts

There is a buzz that begins around this time of year. A buzz that grows steadily, accompanying the anticipation of another unforgettable summer season of concerts by Maestro Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic. Under the stars, and surrounded by the breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Mountains that only Santa Anita Race Track can ...