News and notes from our community
Setting the Bar High
Scholar/athlete group honors former Flintridge Prep hoops star Kenyatta Smith
When he was a high school student at Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge, Kenyatta Smith was just beginning to realize his scholastic prowess and athletic talents in basketball.
The 2011 graduate led the Rebels to their first ever CIF Division V-AA Championship and was selected as one of seven John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year award recipients.
Smith, who now attends Harvard College and helped lead that team to the Ivy League championship and the team’s first NCAA tournament in 2013, will be recognized for his achievements from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Student Athlete Lab’s annual Scholar Athletes Award Fundraiser. The event will be held at Norte Luna Restaurant and Bar, 113 N. Maryland Ave., Glendale.
“Kenyatta exemplifies everything you can have in a student athlete — great player, great student, great person,” said Coach Craig Stover, founder of the Student Athlete Lab.
The lab was designed to improve players’ skills in the classroom and on the court, and offers recruitment options so that the players may receive collegiate basketball scholarships many are hoping for.
The Inaugural Annual Scholar Athlete Award Fundraiser will be hosted by radio personality Walt “Baby” Love.
Tickets are $50. For more information, visit http://studentathletelab.org/scholar-athlete-award-fundraiser or call (561) 231-5666 ~ Stephanie Davis
Institute for the Redesign of Learning marks 40 years
The Institute for Redesign and Learning will celebrate its 40th anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Westmoreland Academy, 5 and 6 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena.
The event will include food trucks, music and bounce houses for children. The event is free, but table reservations cost $25. Several local dignitaries are expected to attend the event.
The Institute for Redesign of Learning seeks to empower individuals to take charge of their own learning process and become competent, caring and contributing members of society. Institute staff members help people accomplish their goals with the support of a committed group of students and consumers, parents and caregivers, professional and support staff, board members and community supporters.
When the institute started 40 years ago it was so small that the four students attended classes in a room at a local church. Today, the institute reaches nearly 3,500 children and young adults annually and provides support to families from 37 communities in the greater Los Angeles area and the West San Gabriel Valley.
The institute’s 225 professional and support staff members work collaboratively to offer a full-range of services in five program areas: Special Education Day School, Mental Health Services provided at 40 public and private school campuses, Early Education programs, Transition and Adult Services, and Community Outreach Services to 94 Head Start sites and the Juvenile Justice System.
For information, call Rachel Southard at (213) 607-4342 or email email@example.com. ~ André Coleman
Music, Movies and Social Media
Pasadena Senior Center offers something for everyone
There is something for everyone in August at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.
Tom Sullivan’s Dixieland Band will appear from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the barbecue snack bar. Memorial Park is just behind the Pasadena Senior Center on Holly Street and Raymond Avenue.
On Friday, the James Bond thriller “Goldfinger” will be shown at Memorial Park.
From 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 29, local residents can learn social media applications. The lessons include a 30 minute session with an instructor.
~ André Coleman
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