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06/20/2014

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Be all you can be
Actress Geena Davis helps Westridge celebrate centennial
An appearance by Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis was one of a number of special events marking the 100th anniversary of Pasadena’s Westridge School for Girls.

Davis, who spoke to at the school’s commencement on June 6, was joined at the ceremony by journalist Rebecca Skloot, author and former faculty member Kristen Kittscher, and producer Martha Adams, who gave the keynote address.

Mary Lowther Ranney opened Westridge School in 1913 to offer young women an education that would give them the opportunity to attend college and pursue professional careers.

Westridge celebrated its centennial during the 2013-14 school year with alumni reunions, inspirational speakers, and other special events. In October, Westridge marked its official birthday with the Founder’s Day Picnic, which included a barbecue and live music. In March, Westridge hosted its Centennial Weekend, which kicked off March 20 with the Festival of the Arts, featuring artwork created by students, faculty and alumni, and performances by school ensembles. 

Davis, who won an Academy Award in 1988 for her supporting role in “The Accidental Tourist,” is an Olympics archery team semi-finalist, a member of Mensa International and an advocate for women’s rights. 
 
— Stephanie Davis

Choza is here 
Pasadena’s newest restaurant celebrates South America
Choza 96 is Pasadena’s newest South American restaurant and bar. Highlighting the flavors of Peru, Chile and Argentina, the restaurant boasts some unique dishes, including beef stir-fry, or “Lomo Saltao,” made with filet mignon in a soy and garlic sauce, cooked with onions, tomatoes and French fries, and served with a side of rice. 

The restaurant also highlights new South American wines and offers specialty cocktails at its 96 Bar, which features six big-screen TVs and a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with discounted food, $3 beers, $5 cocktails and half-priced bottles of wine. 
Like 96 Bar on Facebook for more information on upcoming parties, giveaway nights and guest deejays.

Choza 96 is at 96 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 432-4692.
 
— André Coleman

Killer meal
Mystery dinner theater comes to Sierra Madre
The Lodge at Sierra Madre hosts a special Mystery Dinner Theater at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will enjoy an elegant three-course meal while attempting to solve a murder mystery.

This interactive dinner experience takes place at The Lodge at Sierra Madre, 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre. 

Tickets are available at eventbrite.com (search Mystery Dinner Theatre) for $20 for adults, $15 for children and $175 for a table of 10.

For more information, contact Yolanda Franklin at (626) 388-8139 or email  lactmysterydinner@gmail.com.  
 
- Ingrid Rodriguez

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