Quest for the Crown

Tournament of Roses opens online applications for the 100th Rose Queen and 2018 Royal Court 

The Tournament of Roses is offering young women in the Pasadena area the chance to become part of history, as the organization conducts its search for the 100th Rose Queen and 2018 Royal Court.

Those selected for the coveted positions will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, acting as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena community at large. The grand finale for the 2018 Royal Court will be riding on a float in the 129th Rose Parade and attending the College Football Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2018.

Young women who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply and participate in one of the initial interview sessions on September 9 and 11 at Tournament House. Participants are selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.

Being selected for the Royal Court or Rose Queen provides opportunities to develop public speaking and etiquette skills and grow self-confidence. Winners will receive a small educational scholarship, full wardrobe for appearances, professional hairstyling, make-up application and instruction, and transportation to and from Royal Court activities.

All individuals who participate in the initial interview sessions will receive a ticket for two people to attend the Royal Ball, a semi-formal dance hosted by the Tournament of Roses at the Pasadena Convention Center on September 23.

The Royal Court application, eligibility requirements, and additional information can be found at:

Hit the Roof

South Lake Business Association shows ‘Top Gun’ Saturday at 5th annual Rooftop Cinema Series

Watching a fun movie under the stars on a summer night is one of the season’s simplest pleasures. The South Lake Business Association will offer the chance to do just that when it hosts a free screening of Tom Cruise’s blockbuster “Top Gun” as part of its 5th annual Rooftop Cinema Series, with pre-show activities and a deejay kicking off the fun at 6 p.m. Saturday atop Corporate Center Pasadena, 251 S. Lake Ave.

The screening celebrates the recently announced sequel to the 1986 film, which starred Cruise as Maverick, a daring student in the US Navy’s elite fighter weapons school competing to be the best in his class against his main rival, Iceman (Val Kilmer). He also vies for the affections of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).

Attendees can enjoy a “Top Gun”-themed photo op, themed bounce houses and face painting for kids, plus on-site food vendors including Le Petit Pomme Frites, Rounds Premium Burgers and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a reclining beach chair for a comfortable seating experience. A VIP seating area is available on a first-come, first-serve basis to those who present a printed receipt of a same-day purchase from a South Lake Avenue retailer.

An RSVP is required to attend the screening, which includes complimentary parking.  For more information and to RSVP, visit or call (626) 792-1259.

Back to School

CHALK Preschool hosts open house Wednesday night

The Altadena Library District will host a distinctly different kind of event when it presents a public listening session on marijuana from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sat. The session is part of a series of events that the Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management has scheduled for unincorporated areas of the county to be informed adequately about Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.

The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018, and will allow adults ages 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis, and to grow up to six plants per home.

With the public input considered, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors will draft a framework that contains every detail on regulating the cultivation, transportation, distribution, processing, manufacturing, testing, sale and delivery of medical and recreational cannabis.    

Call (626) 798-0833 or visit