News and notes from our community
Flintridge Center to raise money with Walk Northwest
The Flintridge Center will host the first Walk Northwest program from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the Flintridge Center, 236 W. Mountain St., Pasadena.
The 3.7-mile walk will benefit Flintridge’s programs and services that are offered in Northwest Pasadena and West Altadena. The event is being co-sponsored by the city of Pasadena, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Pasadena Public Library and the Pasadena Weekly.
The interactive walk is designed to celebrate a sense of community and highlight historical points of interest and raise funds to support the Flintridge Center’s mission to combat poverty and violence.
Participants can register for the walk at walknorthwest.org and community members interesting in donating to the fundraiser can do so at the Web site.
“The pledges will go to people who have the highest needs in our community,” said Flintridge Center President Jaylene Moseley. “The walk will allow the donors to be informed and learn about the community they are investing in.”
The Flintridge Center is Pasadena-based nonprofit organization with the mission to create profound and lasting change in Northwest Pasadena and West Altadena through innovative programs that combat the impacts of poverty and violence.
Mosely, City Councilwoman Jacque Robinson and the John Muir High School Drum Corps will participate in the event.
For more information, call Connie Sanchez at (626) 449-0839 ext. 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — AC
Flavors of home
Oregano Fresh Greek Restaurant has come to Pasadena
The newly opened restaurant located in the city’s South Lake Avenue Business District serves authentic Greek food to people who appreciate thoughtfully prepared meals and healthy, nutritious alternatives to the usual burger and sandwiches. The meals are prepared with high-quality olive oil, feta cheese and Kalamata olives imported from Greece.
“We are authentically Greek, using family recipes,” said Kelly Markus, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Lucy Gan. “My grandmother came to Detroit from Greece in the 1920s.”
Markus was raised in a family of six kids, enjoying homemade Greek foods, sandwiches, and pastries. From his youngest days he recalls the happiness of sharing good food with family and friends.
Markus said that he is excited to bring the delicious, authentic flavors of Greek cuisine to Southern California. Although the food is authentically Greek, the experience is contemporary.
“We have taken the traditional Greek dining experience and given it a thoroughly modern update,” Markus said. “Here you will find no murals of the Acropolis, no statues of Zeus and no plastic grapes decorating the wall. We promise.”
Oregano Fresh Greek Restaurant is at 163 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 405-8155 or or visit oreganofreshgreek.com. — AC
Pay it forward
Funds sought for Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial
A special fund has been established through the Community Foundation of the Verdugos to receive donations for the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial. Organizers are attempting to raise money to help pay for construction and ongoing maintenance of the memorial, for which a Ground Blessing ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. April 27 at Memorial Park in Pasadena.
Interested parties may donate by making checks payable to the Community Foundation of the Verdugos, with “PASAGMC” written on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the foundation at 272 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena Calif., 91101. Donations may also be made at online at PASAGMC.org.
The Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee is an independent, nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible.
The memorial was approved by the City Council in September 2013 and will be completed and dedicated in April 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians over a three-year period beginning in 1915.
The memorial, designed by 26-year-old Art Center College of Design student Catherine Menard, features a 16-foot-tall tripod at its center. From the apex of the three beams will fall a single drop of water every 21 seconds, totaling 1.5 million drops — tears — a year for each of the victims of the government-sponsored atrocity, considered the first genocide of the 20th century.
“This unique memorial pays tribute to the fallen martyrs and their descendants in the Diaspora,” said Bernard K. Melekian, a member of the committee who served as Pasadena’s police chief and city manager. “It will stand as a testament to faith, courage and perseverance.”
For more information about the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial, visit PASAGMC.org or PASAGMC on Facebook or call (626) 795-1750. — AC
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