News and notes from our community
By André Coleman 06/25/2014
Richardson to chair Salvation Army board
Pasadena attorney will lead organization’s charitable efforts
Kelly G. Richardson, a managing partner at Pasadena-based real estate, business and community association law firm Richardson Harman Ober PC, has been appointed chairperson of the Salvation Army Pasadena Advisory Board.
As chair, Richardson will lead the charitable organization’s efforts in helping the needy in the Pasadena area.
Richardson has been a member of the board since 1999 and has held positions ranging from board vice chair to chair of the organization’s Property Committee and its annual Thanksgiving event, which provides meals to an estimated 800 people at the Pasadena Salvation Army, 960 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Richardson will serve a two-year stint.
“I am honored to be allowed to lead this great organization, now in its 126th year in Pasadena,” Richardson said in a prepared statement. “One of the mottos of the Salvation Army is ‘heart to God, hand to man,’ and that motto is a wonderful rule to live by. I hope to advance that rule in Pasadena.”
SoulCycle rides into Pasadena
Cycling gym opens on South Lake Avenue
The country’s premier full-body indoor cycling workout gym has opened a location in Pasadena.
SoulCycle, 140 S. Lake Ave, Pasadena, has a 56-bike studio, a retail boutique and a gym that includes showers, bathrooms with large vanity areas and SoulCycle’s signature Polaroid wall created with photos featuring the Pasadena rider community.
Located in Pasadena Commons, the studio is in the heart of the Lake Avenue Shopping District surrounded by retail shops and restaurants.
“It’s really exciting how Los Angeles has embraced SoulCycle as both a workout and a community since we opened in West Hollywood two years ago,” co-founder and CEO Julie Rice said in a recent statement. “We’re excited to bring more soul to more people and build our soul community in Pasadena.”
Co-founded by Rice and Elizabeth Cutler, SoulCycle opened its first location in New York City in 2006. By combining a unique mental component of inspirational coaching with great music and a full-body workout on a bike, SoulCycle became an innovator in the boutique cardio fitness marketplace.
Today, over 8,000 riders take SoulCycle classes. Familiar faces in SoulCycle studios include Oprah, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Olivia Wilde and Bradley Cooper.
Seed spitting time
53rd Watermelon Festival to be held at Santa Anita
The 53rd Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club Watermelon Festival will be held July 19-20 at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia.
The festival includes watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, a watermelon bean bag toss and the return of the greased watermelon races. The watermelon pavilion will have hourly watermelon carving and cooking demonstrations. The new and improved Watermelon-O-Matic machine will slice the delicious fruit for hungry festival goers.
For the first time this year a watermelon carving competition will take center stage in the Watermelon Pavilion at 5 p.m. The intricate, beautiful and whimsical sculpted melons will be judged by a panel of celebrity chefs and auctioned off at the end of each day for festival-goers to take home.
Musical acts include Rose Royce, which takes the stage at 7 p.m. July 19. At 6 p.m. the following Sunday, closing night headliners include “American Idol” contestant Elliott Yamin and Melissa “MJ” Jiminez from NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” Also performing that night will be Jack Mack & the Heart Attack Horns, Radio Disney Road Crew, vaudevillians Evans and Rogers, Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor, Landia Band, Dill Purple Geniuses, Upstream Rock Theater and the Bull Dawg Blues Band.
Festival times are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 19 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 20. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 children and $8 for seniors and active military personnel. Children under 2 get in for free. Parking is $4. Presale discounts are available at lionswatermelonfestival.com or call (800) 955-1277. The festival entrance is Gate #6 off the Colorado Lot on Colorado Place.