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Black Tie & Burgers A Great Success!

The sixth annual Black Tie & Burgers gala on Saturday, September 27, was a resounding success! The event, held at a private home in San Marino, drew 300 guests and helped raise more than $250,000 for our year-round programs. The gala featured a live auction and raise the paddle opportunity, live music by jazz combo ...


Jackie Lacey Guest Speaker at Pasadena Rotary

L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey will address the Pasadena Rotary Club on Wednesday, October 1st. Lunch, meeting and speaker begins at 12:00 p.m. at the University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. The public is welcome to attend no reservations necessary check in at registration. Luncheon tickets are $30. The Honorable Jackie ...


Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center Presents “A Mad Hatter Party on the Hill”

Please join Fr. Michael Higgins, C.P., the Passionist Community, and guests to enjoy a fun evening of bidding, socializing, dinner and dancing under the stars in the beauty of the Sierra Madre foothills. The presence of the Retreat Center Friend’s at Harvest on the Hill and their support of the important retreat ministry that began ...


Police Foundation Breakfast Raises Funds for Urgently-Needed Doghouse

Last year, with generous support from the community, the Pasadena Police Foundation raised the funds needed to purchase a new fully-trained dual-purpose (suspect apprehension/narcotics detection) dog. These pooches don’t come cheap (roughly $30,000) nor does their mobile “dog house,” which allows them to spring into action the minute their partner uses the remote release button ...


Everybody Wins

There was no game, but there was plenty of cheering at Dodger Stadium Tuesday, September 16, as Hathaway-Sycamore Child and Family services held their 2014 Celebrating Children Awards Reception. More than 400 donors, friends and supporters attended the event, which raised nearly $155,000 to help fund therapeutic and other support services that Hathaway-Sycamores—one of Los ...


YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley Sets Date for 12th Women for Racial Justice Breakfast

The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Pasadena-Foothill Valley will host their 12th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast at Pasadena Hilton Hotel on Monday, October 20, 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, while the emcee will be 2014 Emmy award-winning ...


New Curator for the Huntington Library’s Chinese Garden Named

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has named Duncan M. Campbell, former professor of Chinese studies at the Australian National University in Canberra, as the new June and Simon K.C. Li Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and Curator of the Chinese Garden. Campbell takes the helm from the garden’s ...


AbilityFirst Gourmet Festival of Fall Event Celebrates 40th Anniversary

AbilityFirst will hold the 40th annual AbilityFirst Gourmet Festival of Fall, presented by Union Bank,” a delicious gourmet tasting event, on Sunday, October 5th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the home of May and Bill Urquhart in South Pasadena Hosting the event this year will be award-winning journalist Whit Johnson, co-anchor of NBC4′s weekday ...


Trattoria Neapolis Holds Wine Tasting Event for Local Nonprofit

Taste Trattoria Neapolis’ delicious sparkling wines paired with their chef’s small plates, while helping a local nonprofit during a benefit event on Thursday, October 2, 6:30 p.m. Trattoria boasts its Schramsberg, Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley sparkling wine, as well as its extra-dry Col De’Salici, Prosecco docg, Veneto. The 150-seat American Italian restaurant is owned ...


Bloom Where Planted Hosts ‘Magical Music and Champagne Evening’

When Edmund and Mary Fry went on a safari in Kenya in 2003, they happened to visit a small edifice in the middle of a rural area with no windows, no doors, a dirt floor and 300 children who called the place their school. “We could not believe it was a school for the local ...


Shakespeare Club Presents its Annual “Wine and Cheese Party”

The annual “Wine and Cheese Party” held at the Shakespeare Clubhouse in September is always a favorite event for Shakespeare Club members and a great time for prospective members to come meet the group. Several small parties were held over the summer and provided an informal setting for members to invite guests. The soirees were ...


San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Announces Mid-Year Change of Board Chairman

The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership announced Monday a mid-year change of Executive Board Chairman for the 2014-2015 year. Richard Roche, AT&T Director of External Affairs stepped down as Chairman as of September 15, a role that is assumed by David Reyno, Foothill Transit Director of Government Affairs, and former Vice-Chair of the SGVEP Executive ...


Murder She Writes

Dianne Emley probably knows as much about murder as anyone can, without actually committing one. The Pasadena-based author has achieved a significant following with her mystery series featuring Pasadena Police homicide detective Nan Vining who spends much of her time dealing with the bloody deed. Her successful series is set in Pasadena with familiar locales ...


The Pasadena Museum of California Art Honors Artist Kenny Scharf and PMCA Founding Board Member Merry Norris

The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is pleased to announce that it will be honoring artist Kenny Scharf and PMCA Founding Board Member Merry Norris on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Kosmic Krylon Carnival. Proceeds from the event benefit the PMCA’s mission to present the breadth of California art and design through exhibitions ...