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2017 Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Gala – 13th Annual Gala

Bottom (L-R): Megan Foker, Britta Piotrowski, Lynn Crouse, Janet Sedgwick, Sarah Porath; Middle (L-R): Patrice Cablayan, Jackie Ficht, Valerie Weiss, Victoria Kemp, Komako Leland, Susan Ratliff, Elizabeth Dever, Patricia Kalish; Back (L-R): Meg Wasson, Suzanne Brugge, Lydia Valenta   On Saturday evening, October 28, 2017, the Board of Trustees and the Gala Committee of the ...


Pasadena Festival of Women Authors Board Member Appointed as Marketing Manager of Burnham Benefits

A board member of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors was appointed as marketing manager of the Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, a statement from the company said. The statement described Burnham Benefits Insurance Services as a privately held, full-service employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm headquartered in Irvine, California Burnham Benefits Insurance Services on Tuesday ...


Pasadena Knock Knock Burglary Suspects Busted

Three men – including two residents of Pasadena – were reportedly arrested last Friday on outstanding warrants in connection with 2014’s series of “knock-knock” burglaries of upscale homes in the city of Simi Valley. The arrest comes several days after Ventura County prosecutors charged them and a fourth man in connection with the burglaries. In ...


Tournament of Roses Announces 2018 Float Judges

The Tournament of Roses has selected María Eugenia Carrion, Bradley Kaye, and Jim Sutton to be float judges for the 129th Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The judges will grant awards based on many criteria including creative design, floral craftsmanship, artistic merit, computerized animation, thematic interpretation, floral and color presentation and dramatic impact. The 2018 ...


Two Caltech Postdoctoral Scholars Have Been Named Hanna Gray Fellows

Two Caltech postdoctoral scholars have been named fellows of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The program aims to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by providing postdoctoral and early career funding to emerging scientists in the life sciences who are from gender, racial, ethnic, and other ...


Pasadena Unified Names Principal of Don Benito Fundamental School

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Brian McDonald has named Paula Chamberlain, Ed.D., as the new principal of Don Benito Fundamental School, pending Board of Education approval. Dr. Chamberlain has served as an assistant principal at Pasadena High School and Blair School and taught elementary, middle, and high school during her 18-year career as an ...


Pasadena Education Network Presents its 8th Annual Poker Tournament

  The Pasadena Education Network (PEN) presents their 8th Annual “Don’t Gamble with Our Kids’ Education” Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament on Friday, October 27 at the Scott Pavilion, Pasadena Senior Center, 85 East Holly Street, Pasadena. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with play beginning at 6:30 p.m. The money raised goes to support the ...


Pasadena Family Law Specialist to be Installed as President of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

Pasadena divorce and family lawyer Demetria Graves is scheduled to be installed Saturday as the 43rd president of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (BWL). The association will swear in the 2017-2018 officers at its 42nd Annual Installation and Awards Dinner, at Hotel Indigo in Downtown Los Angeles, starting with a reception at ...


Sandra L. Brooke, Princeton Librarian, Appointed Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington

Sandra Ludig Brooke, Librarian of the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, has been named the Avery Director of the Library at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Huntington’s Interim President, Steve Hindle, announced today. She joins the staff in early January 2018. “It is with enormous enthusiasm that ...


Meet AbilityFirst’s 43rd Annual Festival of Fall Honorary Chair and Influencers

This year’s AbilityFirst Honorary Chair, actress Lauren Potter, has proven herself to be a young woman of strength and character. When professionals told her she “couldn’t” or, “wouldn’t” she worked harder. Barriers and limitations put before her became a personal challenge to let people know she is worthy of high ideals and capable of great ...


American Cancer Society Delivered Hope at its Annual Gala

The American Cancer Society hosted the San Gabriel Valley Hope Gala, a premiere fundraising event in the fight against cancer on Saturday, September 16. Founded in 2010, this event has raised over a half a million dollars to benefit cancer survivors and patients as well as ongoing research and advancement. Funds from the Gala help ...


Somebody to Love

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, agents and staff of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Pasadena office rallied in support of their 3rd annual Homes for Dogs Project. This national campaign is aimed at helping adoptable dogs and cats find loving homes because – the difference between a house and a home is love. Coldwell Banker ...


City of South Pasadena Announces New City Manager, Stephanie DeWolfe

After an extensive recruitment and interviewing numerous candidates, the City of South Pasadena has selected its top candidate—Stephanie DeWolfe—to serve the community as its new City Manager. DeWolfe’s appointment and employment agreement are scheduled for approval at the Regular City Council Meeting of September 20, 2017. After interviewing several candidates provided through the recruitment firm ...


The Ice House in Pasadena to Host Fundraiser for Hillsides Foster Care Charity

  The Ice House Comedy comedy club is hosting its annual benefit for Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity, on October 1. The Ice House 57th Anniversary Show will feature the talents of Amir K of “Mad TV,” Bob Zany from “the BOB & TOM Show,” Eric “Smooth E” Schwartz from “The Tonight Show,” ...


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