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After a Career as a Business Litigator, Attorney Decides to Enroll in Pasadena Art School

Antoinette Adams is the first to admit she’s not your typical art student. Just before her 50th birthday, she made a life-changing decision to go back to school as soon as her youngest child was old enough to drive. The bold choice to enroll at ArtCenter College of Design seemed an impossible dream after a ...


Pinot Pigs Wine Bar Hosts Loring Winery Tasting at Alma Rosa in Pasadena

  Founders of Pinot Pigs Wine Bar is coming to Pasadena in early 2018 is hosting a private wine tasting event with Brian Loring of Loring Winery at Alma Rosa in Pasadena on May 27, 2017. Brian will serve several wines including his favorite, Cottonwood Canyon with raffle proceeds benefiting AbilityFirst, a nonprofit serving people ...


Dr. Susana Smith Bautista Appointed Executive Director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art

Dr. Susana Smith Bautista has been appointed Executive Director of the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) and will assume the role on May 23, the Museum’s Board announced Thursday. Born and raised in Pasadena, Bautista is an expert on museums, digital technology, the arts, and strategic communication. She replaces Interim Executive Director Jay Belloli. ...


Brian DeHaan Leaving Maranatha High School After 11 Successful Years; Athletic Director Credited with Changing Culture

There seemed to be a collective bittersweet type of feeling among the coaches on campus at Maranatha High School. They learned their athletics director, Brian DeHaan, is leaving Maranatha for Providence Christian College in Pasadena. While they all are incredibly grateful for a decade’s worth of mentorship, guidance, integrity and a changing of the culture ...


Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena Wine Auction Raised $75,000 To Keep Summer Programs Vibrant, Going Strong

The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena successfully raised $75,000 at its first annual wine auction event last Saturday which not only gave generous locals the opportunity to sample great food and drink and purchase rare and unique wines from around the world, but it also ensured the City’s youth will have a variety of ...


Pasadena Resident Michael Vallante Appointed U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the appointment of Pasadenan Michael Vallante as Regional Administrator for SBA Region IX, which covers California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam. A former small business owner, Vallante has extensive experience in communications and public relations; his company provided consulting and strategic communications services for small businesses and ...


Caltech Chemistry Professor Awarded Feynman Teaching Prize

This year, the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching has been awarded to Professor of Chemistry Brian Stoltz, who has taught at Caltech for 17 years. Stoltz was nominated for the prize by undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and fellow faculty members, who praised his dedication and passion for teaching as well as ...


Union Station Homeless Services Welcomes 10 New Board Members

Union Station Homeless Services is proud to announce 10 additions to their board of directors. Each new member brings valuable expertise and insight to Union Station, the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. The new arrivals come on the heels of several departures from Union Station’s ...


Small-Molecule Talk with Caltech’s New Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alison Ondrus

New assistant professor of chemistry Alison Ondrus says she’s excited to apply the tools of traditional chemistry to the study of biological problems and thinks Caltech, with its small, interdisciplinary environment, is the perfect place to do it. Ondrus received her PhD in organic chemistry in 2009 from MIT, where she learned to synthesize structurally ...


Wilson Middle School’s Jason Taylor Named Pasadena Unified Teacher of the Year

Jason Taylor, who teaches math and robotics at Wilson Middle School, has been selected as the Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) nominee for the annual 2017 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, an honors competition that spotlights excellence in public education. If selected as L.A. County Teacher of the Year, Mr. Taylor will be ...


Pacific Oaks Appoints New Executive Director for Pacific Oaks Children’s School

Pacific Oaks College & Children’s School (PO) announces the appointment of Robert Boyman as Executive Director of Pacific Oaks Children’s School. With a specific focus on anti-bias and emergent curriculum, the Children’s School has been a pioneer in progressive early childhood education for over 70 years. Prior to his official appointment, Boyman had previously served ...


Pasadena Humane Society Welcomes Three New Board Members

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA announces the appointment of three new board members for 2017. Alan Buckle, Lisa Kenyon and Karen Kiefaber are local residents with a passion for animals and a diversity of expertise. “Our three new appointees bring a broad array of experience, talent and energy to the Pasadena Humane Society & ...


The Langham Huntington, Pasadena Appoints New Director of Revenue Management

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Southern California’s iconic landmark hotel, has announced the appointment of Sezin Kutlu Tacir as Director of Revenue Management to its senior leadership team. Kutlu brings a high level of expertise in inventory management, strategic business evaluation and forecasting to the Pasadena hotel. In her new role, Kutlu will lead all top-line ...


Wednesday, Pasadena Rotary Honors Five Local Superstar Teachers

The Pasadena Rotary Club’s annual “Teachers of Excellence” award ceremony will honor a superstar lineup of five select Pasadena Unified School District teachers Wednesday to recognize their personal impact on the lives of their students. The five teachers will each be awarded $1,500 and an additional $500 will be presented to each recipient’s school. “The ...


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