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Friday, May 27, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events May 28 to June 3


Here are free events for May 28 to June 3.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

The California Senior Games Championships, featuring fierce athletes ages 50 to 90+ competing in nearly 30 sporting events from archery to volleyball, are ongoing through June 26. Come cheer them on!

Meet in front of the Eaton Canyon Nature Center for the guided Family Nature Walk Saturday, May 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. Walking shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat are recommended.

Children ages 9 to 12 will use sweet ingredients to create candy sushi Tuesday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

In celebration of LIGO and the 100th anniversary of gravitational waves, a multimedia concert by composer/percussionist Andrea Centazzo Tuesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Caltech's Ramo Auditorium (inside Building #77 on this map) will be accompanied by personal stories of discovery by leading scientists. Although the event is free, tickets are required from the Caltech Ticket Office (first come, first served).

What Happens Next? Paintings by Joan Rita Pounds will be on view from Wednesday, June 1, to Sunday, July 31, in the Fireplace Lounge at the Pasadena Senior Center. Pounds was a successful portrait photographer when she became disabled more than 20 years ago and her ability to walk, talk and perform fine motor skills became limited. She reinvented herself as an artist, holding a paintbrush in her fist, and her works are included in a new book titled "What Happens Next?" with children's stories and illustrations. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see the paintings.

Sunny Tales: Down by the Seaside Wednesday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to noon at Pasadena Museum of History will feature a storyteller regaling tales about the sea to preschool-age children in the Finnish Folk Art Museum followed by each child creating a nautical craft to take home.

The Encore Saxophone Quartet will perform Wednesday, June 1, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

This month's Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum is Wednesday, June 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. Children will celebrate the coming summer by making flower crowns, creating their own sun dials, listening to folk tales about the cosmos inside the Star Lab inflatable planetarium and enjoying a special 6 p.m. performance.

Don't be a bystander during a cardiac emergency! The Pasadena Fire Department and Huntington Hospital will sponsor Sidewalk CPR Day Thursday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Garfield Promenade (street level) at Paseo Colorado. Practicing on mannequins, you'll learn the basics and proper techniques of hands-only CPR, then you'll be able to receive certification,

A new load of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Works Department street-tree trimmings will be available beginning Friday, June 3, at the southeast corner of the parking lot at Victory ParkBring your own shovel, container and gloves anytime between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The mulch supply is replenished once a month from February to October and is available to Pasadena residents only.

Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month. On Friday, June 3, from noon to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture, Brett Weston: Significant Details and Kat Hutter and Roger Lee: Another California Day plus everything else the museum has to offer.

"Joy" (2015, PG-13) starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro will be shown Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The film is based on the true story of a young woman who founds a business dynasty despite betrayal inside and outside her family. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The first Friday of every month is Free Admission Night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, June 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions Drawing, Dreaming and Desire: Works on Paper by Sam Francis and Duchamp to Pop as well as everything else the museum has to offer.



Photo credits: Today, Pasadena Star-News, Sweet Lil You, Andrea Centazzo, Joan Rita Pounds, Fave Crafts, Encore Saxophone Quartet, Kidspace Children's Museum, Sarasota Eventful, Gardening Know How, Crocker Art Museum, Twentieth Century Fox, Norton Simon Museum.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cynthia Rosedale -- A Celebration of Life


Our hearts broke when Cynthia Rosedale passed away on March 29.

Yesterday we celebrated her life.

About 250 people in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center wept, laughed and remembered Cynthia fondly for her friendly demeanor, exceptional work ethic, encouraging manner and selfless generosity. People like Cynthia are born, not made. There will never be another like her.

A quartet of the Crown City Symphony, which Cynthia co-founded, played in the lobby as people arrived and later performed on stage.

Akila Gibbs, executive director at the Pasadena Senior Center, served as emcee and was simply magnificent as she made her way through the proceedings.


Cynthia touched so many people. California Senator Carol Liu came personally to speak about her experiences with Cynthia and to provide senate resolutions and proclamations to the Pasadena Senior Center as well as to Cynthia's daughter Katie.


Marc Riker, CEO of the National Senior Games Association, came all the way from Baton Rouge, La., to attend the celebration and had nothing but wonderful things to say about Cynthia, who served on the board of the National Senior Games for several years. At the time of her death, she was the vice chair of the board of the California Senior Games Association and organizing the California Senior Games Championships in three counties.


Katie was very brave to come up and speak about her memories of her mom in the context of the Pasadena Senior Center. This was a tough day for Katie, and she pushed through with courage and love.
Pam Kay and a few of The Tap Chicks performed to Cynthia's favorite song. Everyone loved it!


After the presentations and performances, lunch was served with all of Cynthia's favorite foods. Former PSC executive chef Jerry Salthouse returned in Cynthia's honor to prepare a gigantic baron of beef and Abel Ramirez and some of his staff from El Portal presented an entire buffet of Mexican food. Cynthia would be licking her chops!

So many people were there -- community leaders, PSC staff, volunteers and members, athletes who have competed in the Senior Games (including the remarkable Vivian Stancil, whom I featured in this blog post two years ago) and others whose lives had been affected in such heartwarming ways by Cynthia over the years. It was nice to visit with many of them.

Farewell, Cynthia. You will be in our hearts and minds forever.



All photos (except the top one) and video by Ann Erdman

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Generosity and Compassion


I was honored to be invited, along with nearly 20 other Huntington Hospital Cancer Center patients, to Tangles Salon on Wednesday, when the owner locked the doors at 5 p.m. and the entire staff donated their time to help make us look and feel beautiful during their annual Pink Ribbon event.

From massages and makeup to manicures and hair styling, their generosity and compassion was such a gift (including dinner). No fees were charged and no tips were accepted. Each person who donated services said it was their pleasure and their honor, which was such a kind thing to say. 

As you can imagine, many of the patients, including yours truly, were emotional throughout the evening.

The services I chose were a shoulder, back and neck massage, makeup, massage of arms and hands (by a manicurist) and a scalp treatment and massage plus hair styling by the young man below.




In the photo below are the breast cancer survivor (front left) and the Tangles owner (front right) who organize this annual event; a patient (back left) who is in the same breast cancer support group as I am; and Tina Ivie (back right), the registered nurse navigator who has been with me every step of the way ever since I was diagnosed in April 2015. 



Tina connected with me immediately after I was diagnosed, answered all my questions (and still does) and helped coordinate, along with my oncologists and others, every aspect of my care while encouraging me to take an active role in making informed decisions about my treatment plan. As you can tell, I love Tina Ivie! (Another Huntington registered nurse navigator, Nancy Cushing, was at the event as well.)



I don't think any of the patients can fully express our gratitude, but suffice it to say we were all tickled pink!




Photo credits: Tangles Salon (top photo collage, from their Facebook page), Ann Erdman, Tina Ivie, Doctor Goodsmiles.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events May 21 to 27

Here are events scheduled Saturday, May 21, to Friday, May 27. 

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!


Experience traditional Native American dancers, drummers, musicians, singers, storytellers, artisans and more plus special exhibits during the Spring Awakening Festival Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. 

Teens are invited to an anime afternoon Saturday, May 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Central Library's Story Room. Episodes of "Pumpkin Scissors" will be shown and everyone will help plan the anime screenings that will be scheduled this summer.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well trained dogs at Barks and Books Tuesday, May 24, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.

Pittance Chamber Music with members of the LA Opera Chorus will perform Wednesday, May 25, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. 

"Stand and Deliver" (1988, PG) starring Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips will be shown Wednesday, May 25, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The film is based on the true story of Jaime Escalante, a high school math teacher who successfully inspired his dropout-prone students to excel at calculus. 

Rob Schmitz, a China correspondent for NPR's "Marketplace," will discuss his life and work in Shanghai Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the Crawford Family Forum at Southern California Public Radio. Although the event is free, you must reserve a ticket.

Sounds on South Lake presents Meli Melavasi performing Latin pop-rock Friday, May 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 251 S. Lake Ave. (next to Massetti Caffe Mobile).

SAVE THE DATE!

The Open Studios Tour Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, will feature 75 artists at 41 locations where you'll experience an intimate view into the the artists' lives and studios and how their creative ideas are conceived and developed, plus live music, poetry and more.



Photo credits: Crazy Crow, Animax, Analia Saban, Pittance Chamber Music, Warner Bros., Travel Massive, Meli Melavasi, Nicole Aquillano.



Friday, May 13, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events May 14 to 20


Here are events scheduled Saturday, May 14, to Friday, May 20.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!   

All Pasadena fire stations will host open houses Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a tour led by one of Pasadena's finest, have a hot dog and other refreshments, ask questions and take a moment to thank the brave men and women of the Pasadena Fire Department.

The Spring Into Wellness Festival Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Center will feature health screenings, workshops, games, food, community resources and more. 

Dishing with Jonathan Gold will feature the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer/critic Saturday, May 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Central Library. A 3 p.m. reception will be followed by a Q&A with Gold at 4 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium. Though the event is free, you must have a ticket, which you can pick up that day beginning at 1 p.m. at Central Library.

The Caltech Orchestra and Caltech Glee Club will be featured Saturday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Ramo Auditorium (inside building #77 on this map). The orchestra will perform Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor; the glee club will perform the Gregorian chant Salve Regina, Bach's Lobet den Herrn, Brahms's O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf; and the orchestra and glee club will come together to perform Borodin's Polovtsian Dances.

Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall will be transformed into an outdoor concert space Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. for Music Under the Stars, the annual gift to the community from the Pasadena Symphony and Pops. The orchestras will be joined by special guest stars Dale Kristien, Norman Large and Katherine Strohmaier plus the JPL Chorus for a celebration of music from Broadway, the movies and the Great American Songbook. Come as early as 6 p.m., bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner or purchase dinner onsite. 

Celebrated California poets Brynn Saito and Ron Koertge will read from their works and students will perform Les Oiseau Piano Duo and Chimera Quartet Sunday, May 15, at noon at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. A reception will follow in the courtyard. While the event is free, you must reserve a ticket

The Pasadena Museum of History and The Gamble House will be among six venues offering free admission on Museums of the Arroyo Day Sunday, May 15, from noon to 4 p.m.

The Caltech Music Marathon Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. in Dabney Lounge at Dabney Hall  (#40 on this map) will appeal to every taste in chamber music with compositions by composers from Beethoven to Piazolla. Stay for part or all of the marathon.

The Crown City Symphony will perform a special concert in memory of cofounder Cynthia Rosedale Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pasadena featuring Burkart's elegy, Mendelssohn's Concert for Violin and  Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.

Bike Week Pasadena is Monday, May 16, to Saturday, May 21 featuring Bike to Work Day and Bike-In Movie Night (both free) as well as other activities.  

LA Opera community educator Louis Bernstein will provide a behind-the-scenes look at supernumeraries Monday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. A supernumerary, or super, is a non-speaking, non-singing role in an opera.

The Harvard Westlake Upper School Symphony will perform classical works Wednesday, May 18, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Conrack" (1974, PG) starring Jon Voight and Madge Sinclair will be shown Wednesday, May 18, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The film is based on the true story of white author Pat Conroy who, as a young man, was assigned to teach on an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina populated by low-income, illiterate African American families who developed their own dialect and had little knowledge of life outside their island.

Middle school and high school students are invited to Open Mic Night Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library to showcase poems, spoken word, rap, stomp and artwork. For more info call 626-744-4246.

Children will use their imaginations, sponges and seeds to grow grass houses with roofs and lawns Thursday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Then they will take the grass houses home where they will continue to grow. All materials will be provided. For more information call 626-744-7264.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is free admission day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, May 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture; Brett Weston: Significant Details; and Kat Hutter and Roger Lee: Another California Day; and everything else the museum has to offer.

Everyone is invited to the fourth annual Day of Jazz at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. into the evening. Learn about jazz history, sit in on a master class, enjoy a concert with guest artist Ndugu Chancler and much more. 

"The Lady in the Van" (2015, PG-13) starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings will be shown Friday, May 20, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. A man forms an unexpected bond with a homeless woman living in the van she has parked in his driveway. You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Sounds on South Lake presents Givers & Takers performing soul-bliss rock Friday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 345 S. Lake Ave. (patio next to Corner Bakery).

Pasadena Conservatory of Music's final Guitar Night of 2016 will feature world-class guitarist Scott Tennant, founding member of the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. While the concert is free, you must reserve a ticket.

The search for life elsewhere in the solar system has tantalized humanity for centuries. On Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum (Building UU on this map) at PCC, Dr. Morgan Cable with JPL's Cassini Mission will discuss the prebiotic world of Titan, one of Saturn's moons, and field expeditions by NASA to Iceland to test life detection techniques that may be used on future Mars missions. The same discussion is scheduled Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the Von Karman Auditorium at JPL.

SAVE THE DATE!

Experience traditional Native American dancers, drummers, musicians, singers, storytellers, artisans and more plus special exhibits and nature groups during the Spring Awakening Festival Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.



Photo credits: Ann Erdman, Atlas Chiropractic, Boothbay Register, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Harvard Westlake Upper School, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Albany Poets, Pasadena Museum of History, The Gamble House, Caltech Chamber Music, Crown City Symphony, City of Pasadena, Homestead & Survival, The Brett Weston Archive, Drummerworld, BBC Films, Guitar Salon, NASA, Crazy Crow,