News and notes from our community
The Ball at City Hall
The Ball at City Hall, an event aimed at raising funds for the 8th annual Pasadena Idol, a local competition that gives teens an opportunity to work with music professionals, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena.
Headlining the event will be vocalist Allisone Crawford, who recently starred in the musical “The Sound of Motown.” Producer and recording artist Paco Swartz, singer-songwriter Brian “Laskey B” Laskey and Pasadena Idol 2013 winner Tori Harvey will also perform.
The event is sponsored by the city of Pasadena, Label Records, Paco Swartz Music, S:Claz Productions, Hardway Enterprise LLC, Paseo Colorado, Los Angeles College of Music and Dolphin Party Rentals.
Advance tickets are $25 and available at the Victory Park Recreation Center, 2575 Paloma St., Pasadena. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event for $30. Guests will enjoy delicious appetizers provided by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, desserts from Kettle Corn & Stuff, live musical performances and the chance to bid on a variety of gifts.
For more information, contact Dolores Mendoza at (626) 744-7507.
— André Coleman
Tight with John
University of Washington tight end and A-grade student Austin Seferian-Jenkins received the John Mackey Award Saturday in Orlando.
Named after former Altadena resident and Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey, the award honors the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academic abilities and the community values of Mackey, who in 1992 was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Mackey’s post-career health issues led his wife Sylvia to call on the league to establish a plan to provide for former players suffering from dementia. The NFL and the players’ union eventually established the “88 Plan” — Mackey’s number. The plan provides up to $88,000 a year for nursing care for former players suffering from dementia.
Mackey died on June 6, 2011. He was 69.
In his three seasons, Seferian-Jenkins set school records for season and career receptions, season and career yards and career touchdowns by a tight end. He also maintained a 3.5 grade point average. — AC
Blades of glory
More than 300 ice skaters will converge on the Pasadena Ice Skating Center April 25-27 for the 30th annual Pasadena Open Competition
“The recent Winter Olympic Games in Sochi definitely helped to increase the number of skaters at the ice rink,” said Randy Winship, general manager of the Pasadena Ice Skating Center.
“Our current skating school semester has over 950 skaters — and that is a new record for our rink. Our weekend public sessions, birthday parties, and private rentals continue to be very popular.”
One of the longest-running figure skating competitions in Southern California, the Pasadena Open Competition will showcase more than 300 competitors representing 20 ice rinks from throughout Los Angeles. This year’s event has also attracted several skaters from Las Vegas and Colorado.
The Pasadena Ice Skating Center is adjacent to the Civic Auditorium as part of the Pasadena Convention Center complex at 300 E. Green St. Call (626) 578-0800 or visit skatepasadena.com for more information. — AC
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