Scottish bagpipes usher in Altadena Guild’s 66th annual Home Tour 

At the fall general membership meeting of the Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital, a gift of $6,000 is expected to be presented to the hospital’s Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center. In addition, an as yet unnamed Huntington Hospital nurse will receive a scholarship award of $5,000.

At its June luncheon, the guild presented a check for $65,000 to Dr. Marie Csete, president and chief scientist of Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI).

These and other donations are made possible in part by the guild’s annual Altadena Home Tour, last May’s event marking the tour’s 66th year.

“It may have been a partially rainy day, but it didn’t stop people from walking the street, listening to great live music and partaking in all that the tour had to offer,” said one participant.

The guild was founded in 1951 as a way to extend and enlarge the work of the hospital’s Women’s Auxiliary, which had been formed 25 years earlier. Along with the Home Tour, the guild organizes and hosts a number of events every year which benefit HMRI and other local charitable programs through fundraising, awareness and volunteerism.

This year’s tour, co-chaired by the mother and daughter team of Linda Salinas and Suzy Burkhard, started with a procession of the Pasadena Scots playing bagpipes and drums highlighting this year’s Scottish theme. The tour included four beautiful homes, a tea garden, a pub, a market of local vendors and a bakery of fresh desserts all handmade by guild members.

For more on the guild, visit altadenaguild.org.


CHALK Preschool hosts open house for families Tuesday

A new approach to preschool education arrived in Pasadena on May 30 with the opening of CHALK Preschool Energized by My Gym, and the school is hosting a meet-and-greet open house for the community on Tuesday evening.

The Pasadena location is the fourth partnership in Southern California between CHALK Preschool and My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, expanding upon locations in Manhattan Beach, Venice and Westwood. The centers focus on providing their students with both educational activities that utilize play to facilitate learning, and a fitness program including 30 minutes of fun-filled exercises daily.

The first CHALK Preschool opened in Illinois in 2005, blending core curriculum goals based on early childhood learning standards and the arts with a stimulating environment. My Gym was established in 1983 to provide early physical education and pre-gymnastics classes to children ages 6 months to 10 years old, and has since expanded to nearly 500 locations in over 30 countries. 

My Gym’s interactive Building Blocks Program is offered to all enrolled children ages 2 1/2 years and older, and helps children work toward specific milestones in their physical, cognitive, and emotional development. The centers also offer age-appropriate classes in karate, dance and Zumba. The companies started partnering in 2014.

“We are very excited to meet families in the community and offer them the opportunity to explore our new location.” says Doug Oleff, president of CHALK Preschool. “They can meet our teachers, who combine early childhood learning and the arts as they observe each child to ensure that their play experience is always a learning experience. We will be prepared to answer any questions and even pre-register children for the classes that best serve their needs.”

The open house will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, located at 700 E. Green Street. Call (626) 578-7300 or visit chalkpreschools.com.