NEWS & NOTES FROM OUR COMMUNITY

WINNING WAYS

Altadena-based country singer Eileen Carey named Crossover Artist of the Year

Congratulations are in order for Altadena-based country singer Eileen Carey, who graced the cover of Pasadena Weekly’s Feb. 16 issue. Following a whirlwind string of performances from Feb. 22-24 at the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, she picked up a major award from the radio-industry news outlet New Music Weekly.

Carey was named Crossover Artist of the Year in the 2017 New Music Awards, which honors artists, songs, radio stations and their programmers, as well as music industry executives deemed “noteworthy, ground-breaking and exceptional across multiple music genres.” The selections were determined by open ballot voting throughout the radio industry and supporting fans within the music industry.

MAKING NOISE

New activist group Pasadenans Organizing for Progress hosts outreach event Saturday

The new community activist group Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) is hosting an organizing outreach event called “Popular Assembly!” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pasadena Community Jobs Center, located at 500 N. Lake Ave. The focus of the session is to have area volunteers sign up to help support undocumented immigrants in several different capacities, amid the current climate of crackdowns under President Donald Trump’s administration.

Among the ways in which interested parties are invited to help are joining rapid action teams in response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Pasadena, as well as providing business cards for low-income workers. People may also sign up to teach ESL classes and assist workers in collecting their proper paperwork.

POP! grew directly out of the Pasadenans for a Livable Wage movement. Due to the unprecedented coalition of labor, community, religious and educational sectors, PLW was able to win a unanimous vote in the Pasadena City Council to bring the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

For more information on POP!, visit poppasadena.org.

TAXING TIMES

Volunteers offer low-income tax assistance Fridays through April 14 at Pasadena City College

The Cal State LA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, in partnership with Pasadena City College (PCC), is offering free income tax preparation services to qualified residents every Friday from Feb. 17 through April 14. The services are available to those who generally earn $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing and filing their own tax returns.

Appointments are not necessary. For more details, send an email to PCCVITA@gmail.com or call (323) 343-2586 or visit calstatela.edu/event/volunteer-income-tax-assistance. For the checklist on what to bring, visit irs.gov/Individuals/Checklist-for-Free-Tax-Return-Preparation.

STEPPING INTO HISTORY

Free “Women Who Shaped Pasadena” walking tour starts at 1 p.m. Saturday on Pasadena Central Library steps

There have been countless women who have made Pasadena the great city it is today, and at 1 p.m. Saturday Pasadena Walking Tours will honor them with the free “Women Who Shaped Pasadena” tour.    

“Women Who Shaped Pasadena” tour. 

Attendees are asked to meet on the steps of the Pasadena Central Library, located at 285 E. Walnut St., arriving at least 10 minutes prior to the tour.

The tour will focus on the wide array of women who have impacted the city as artists, botanists, entrepreneurs, politicians and revolutionaries, and offers numerous stories about their experiences and contributions to the life and growth of Pasadena.

All ages are welcome on the tour, which will be led by a veteran walking tour guide and Pasadena native who goes only by the name Julia. The tour is easily to walk and takes place outdoors.

For more information and to RSVP, email pasadenawalkingtours@gmail.com.