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Assemblyman Holden Announces Woman of the Year for the 41st Assembly District

State Assemblymember Chris Holden will honor Pasadena community activist Stella Murga as his “Woman of the Year” for her outstanding accomplishments in the 41st Assembly District. Each year the Assembly honors women of distinction who enhance the quality of life for others in their Assembly districts. A first-generation Mexican-American, Stella Murga has spent more than ...


Pasadena Resident Named Chair of American Cancer Society’s San Gabriel Valley Leadership Council

Cynthia Vant Hul, city resident and 13-year breast cancer survivor, has been named chair of the American Cancer Society’s San Gabriel Valley Leadership Council for 2015 – 2016. She takes over from Lucille Leong, MD, of City of Hope, who held the position for the last two years. As the volunteer chair of the SGV ...


Blair High School Senior Named Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena “Youth of the Year”

Blair International Baccalaureate High School senior Joshua Hing, 17, has been selected as the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena’s 2015 Youth of the Year, and will represent Pasadena as he joins 26 other Boys & Girls Club members in vying for the title of Los Angeles County Youth of the Year. Each nominee represents ...


Area Residents Took to Heart Helping Children with Challenges and Raised More Than $47,000

Hundreds of charity-minded area residents exercised the opportunity to enjoy first-class meals while simultaneously raising more than $47,000 for youngsters in need of mental-health and other therapeutic-support services as part of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ annual fundraiser – Dinners From the Heart. Since its inception in 1991, the event has raised over $777,000 for ...


Caltech Professors Awarded 2015 Sloan Fellowships

Five Caltech faculty members have been named among the 2015 class of Sloan Research Fellows. The fellowships, awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, honor “early-career scientists whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.” This year, 126 young scientists were awarded fellowships in eight scientific and technical ...


Pasadena Attorney Eric Bjorgum Named President of Board of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles

Eric Bjorgum has been named President of The Board of Directors of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (“MCLA”). Bjorgum, who practices law with Karish & Bjorgum, PC in Pasadena and Los Angeles, replaces MCLA co-founder Bill Lasarow as Board President. Lasarow stepped down as last year to focus on large scale funding projects for ...


Pasadena-based Children’s Charity Hillsides Hires New Clinical Coordinator

Youth Moving On (YMO), Hillsides transition-aged youth program for youth formerly in foster care or probation, is excited to introduce the newest member of its clinical team, Eshele Williams, Psy.D, LMFT. Williams will serve as the clinical coordinator. Williams’ work in the child welfare field includes experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist, parenting ...


Rosemary Children’s Services’ 52nd Annual An Evening with Star Chefs

Rosemary Children’s Services 52nd Annual “An Evening with Star Chefs” culinary benefit will be held on July 25, 2015, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Founded by Julia Child in 1963, “An Evening with Star Chefs” is Pasadena’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious culinary benefit. Year after year, “Star Chefs” attracts over 500 concerned, and caring friends ...


Pasadena Boudoir Photographer to Speak at United Nations Women’s Day Celebration

Pasadena boudoir photographer Linnea Lenkus will take part in the International Women’s Day Celebration for the Southern California Chapter of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women on March 8t from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The event will be hosted by Polina Hryn with many artists and poets presenting ...


The ALS Association Golden West Chapter Presents “One Starry Night”

The ALS Association Golden West Chapter cordially invites the public to a special performance dedicated to conquering ALS. Co-Producers Juliana Hansen, Melissa Verdugo, Jonathan White, and Patrick McMinn will present The 2015 Gala – One Starry Night, a one-night only-benefit performance held on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the historic Pasadena Playhouse. The evening will ...


Pasadena Playhouse Loses Out of This World Alumnus, Leonard Nimoy, at 83

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s iconic Vulcan Science Officer Mr. Spock, and who studied his craft at the Pasadena Playhouse, died at his home in the Bel Air this morning. Nimoy’s first wife, Sandra Zober, with whom he had two children, was a fellow student at the Pasadena Playhouse.


A Fond Farewell: Shakespeare Club’s 63rd Annual Tournament of Roses Luncheon

“Inspiring Stories” was the theme of the Tournament of Roses Parade this year and members of The Shakespeare Club were truly inspired by the Tournament of Roses Queen and her Royal Court when they came to visit them for their 63rd Annual Royal Court Luncheon on February 3rd. The Club Members welcomed the entire Royal ...


The Blinn House Foundation: “Helping Can be Delicious”

Volunteer Licia Maria Gutierrez, Board Member Mary Ann Nation-Greenwall, Ruth’s Chris Regional Manager Eric Parisini, Ruth’s Chris General Manager Linda Jordan, Sous Chef Jon Kincaid and Board President Jeane Ward getting to know each other! Photo by Volunteer Cindy Bengtson Budzyn. On Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Blinn House Foundation, ...


Pasadena Resident to be Honored by LA Master Chorale

It will be an unforgettable evening of music, glamour and heartfelt tributes when the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) honors Pasadena resident President & CEO Terry Knowles, who is stepping down at the conclusion of the season after 15 years of visionary leadership, at its annual gala celebration, “LAMC Gala 2015,” on Sunday, March 1, ...