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The Laurel Foundation’s Third Annual Wine Tasting Benefit Uncorks Sunday, June 5

  The Laurel Foundation is holding their 3rd Annual Wine Tasting Benefit on June 5th at a private estate, El Encanto, located in Beverly Hills — an iconic $14 million Spanish-style estate. Proceeds from the event, which has raised $70,000 to date and helped 1,043 local children infected or affected by AIDS, go directly towards providing ...


Michael Feinstein Renews Contract with Pasadena POPS

Pasadena Symphony and POPS Board Chair Kay Kochenderfer Toomey and Chief Executive Officer Lora Unger are proud to announce a contract extension for Michael Feinstein through the 2019 season. His original contract as Principal Pops Conductor commenced in June 2013 for a one-year term and was immediately extended in July 2013 to run through the ...


Thirty-Two Huntington Memorial Hospital Healthcare Professionals Earn Scholarships

Earlier this month, Huntington Hospital celebrated the next group of healthcare professionals to earn scholarships to pursue higher education. Thanks to generous philanthropic support from community members and organizations, these annual scholarship awards support Huntington Hospital staff with ongoing education, training and career development, which helps them serve local patients better.  


Taylor Houck Named Caltech’s First Women’s Soccer Coach

The Caltech Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has named Taylor Houck as the inaugural Head Coach for the new women’s soccer program. “We are thrilled to welcome Taylor to our team,” Betsy Mitchell, Director of APER, said. “Her enthusiasm, knowledge and drive are the perfect qualities for the first coach in this program’s ...


Villa-Parke’s Boxing Guru Fausto De La Torre Mentors the City’s Youth

[Pasadena’s youth amateur boxers will step into the ring and showcase their skills in the bi-annual Villa-Parke Boxing Show this Saturday. Here is a look at Fausto De La Torre, the man who has run that well-regarded program for decades.] All it takes is a man with a vision for hope and a passion for ...


Pasadenan, “The Wire” Actor Wendell Pierce Backs Out of Rutgers event

Pasadena resident Wendell Pierce, best known for his role as Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire,” will no longer be commencement speaker at Rutgers University-Newark, the school announced Monday. Pierce himself said he has backed out commencement speaker, forfeiting an honorary degree he was to have received Wednesday. “This morning, Rutgers University – Newark ...


‘We Have the Power’ Unites Pasadena Women

The YWCA of Pasadena-Foothill Valley hosted their 5th annual Leadership Celebration and Networking Day to promote women’s accomplishments and participation in the community and politics. The theme “We Have the Power” resonated loud and clear with the six influential women speakers and audience of women leaders. “Today we’re sharing our personal stories and advice [about] ...


What’s a “Soroptimist”?

If this is the first time you’ve heard the word “Soroptimist,” you’re not alone. This term simply describes people who support and empower women. The Altadena Pasadena club is part of an international organization that helps support community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls by supporting community organizations, giving scholarships to women returning ...


Assemblymember Chris Holden Honors Robin’s Woodfire BBQ as “Small Business of the Year”

In a ceremony in Sacramento, Assemblymember Chris Holden honored Pasadena resident Robin Salzer, owner of Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena since 1982, as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District. “I am very pleased to recognize Robin Salzer of Robin’s Woodfire BBQ for his successful career as a small business owner, ...


California Governor Jerry Brown Appoints Pasadenan to State Council

Pasadena educator Marie Kanne Poulsen was recently appointed to the State Inter-agency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention by California Governor Jerry Brown. The ICC encourages a family-centered approach, family-professional partnerships and inter-agency collaboration, and provides advice and assistance to state agencies, including the Department of Developmental Services and Department of Education, that implement the California ...


Meins to Lead Parsons’ Cyber Intelligence & Operations Sector

Parsons is pleased to announce that Marianne Meins, Vice President, has been appointed Manager of the Federal Cyber Intelligence & Operations Sector. In this role, she will be responsible for the execution and growth of Parsons’ business related to the intelligence community. Ms. Meins brings to this position more than 25 years of experience leading ...


Caltech Assistant Professor of Biology Yuki Oka Receives McKnight Award

Yuki Oka, assistant professor of biology, has been named one of six recipients of the 2016 McKnight Scholars Award. The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience awards $75,000 per year for three years to support young scientists who are establishing their own laboratories and research centers. The award is only available to researchers in the first ...


Join Union Station Homeless Services in Saying “Bon Voyage” to CEO Marv Gross

    Join Union Station Homeless Services on June 15 as they say “bon voyage” to their CEO of 21 years, Rabbi Marvin Gross. A farewell dinner and reception will take place at 6:00 p.m. at Brookside Golf and Country Club, 1133 Rosemont Ave. in Pasadena.   Having joined Union Station in 1995, Marv has ...


Grant Allows New Artist-in-Residence at Huntington Library

This summer, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will host internationally acclaimed photographer and sculptor Mary Beth Heffernan in an artist-in-residence arrangement made possible by a grant from Los Angeles arts organization Photographic Arts Council/Los Angeles. Called the PAC/LA Contemporary Artist Grant, this is the first to be offered by the organization. “We ...