Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual gala Friday

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the appointment of new Board of Directors Chair Robin McCarthy at its annual Inaugural Gala at 6 p.m. Friday at the Langham Huntington Hotel, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena. The event will feature a 6 p.m. reception, followed by the dinner and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

The chamber will also install new board members for the coming year, including Bernardo Godoy of Cabrera’s Restaurant, Chuck Stanislawski from Stanislawski & Co., Alejandro Montes of California Pizza Kitchen, and Veronica Garcia Davalos of San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The evening will also pay tribute to the accomplishments of outgoing Chair Ishmael Trone, who assumed the position at last year’s gala.  Honors will also be awarded to A.J. Longo & Associates as small business Corporate Citizen and Villa Gardens as large business Corporate Citizen.   

In addition to announcing its change in leadership, the chamber will award scholarships to local foster youth who are transferring from Pasadena City College to a four-year university. A silent auction will feature an array of prizes — travel packages, golf outings, event and sports tickets, and dinners and VIP treatment at popular local establishments —raising money for chamber activities and member services.

Individual tickets for the gala are $200, while corporate tables for the dinner are $2,000. Valet parking and a hosted cocktail reception are included. Advance reservations and payment are required. For more information, call (626) 795-3355 or visit


Glendale Youth Alliance named Nonprofit of the Year by Sen. Anthony Portantino

State Sen. Anthony Portantino honored the Glendale Youth Alliance (GYA) as the 25th State Senate District Nonprofit of the Year at a special ceremony on June 28 in Sacramento. GYA Board Chair Shant Sahakian and Executive Director Karine Grigoryan were in attendance to accept the honor.

The GYA designs mentoring programs to build civic values and provide a foundation for an average of 400 youth each year to learn job skills and become productive participants of the workforce. Since 1993, GYA programs have impacted the lives of more than 9,300 participants by preparing them for the future workforce.

“Thousands of young individual lives have been transformed due to the Glendale Youth Alliance’s creation of partnerships between governmental bodies, educational institutions, and the business community,” said Portantino. “Their programs are designed to provide a foundation for youth to learn job skills and become productive participants of the workforce.”


Old Pasadena celebrates Oscar-winning classic ‘The Sting’ with location tour and screening Saturday

Pasadena Walking Tours and the Old Pasadena Management District will bring the Oscar-winning classic “The Sting” to life on Saturday. The evening will feature a special themed walking tour of the historic Old Pasadena alleys where the film was shot starting at 6 p.m., followed by a free outdoor screening in Central Park at 8:30 p.m.

Starring the legendary team of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, “The Sting” was largely filmed in Old Pasadena in 1973, despite taking place in 1936 Chicago. Attendees will learn about the filming locations for the movie, as well as nightlife in Pasadena during the 1920s and 1930s.

The tour will start with a champagne cocktail at POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, located at 33 E. Union St., followed by a fact-packed walk through the neighborhood. The tour will end at 7:45 p.m. in Central Park, in time for attendees to enjoy a ragtime music performance by the Holly Street Stompers, swing dancing with the Dance Street Studio and a Prohibition-themed photo booth.

While the screening pre-show events in Central Park are free, tickets for the tour are $10. Visit