Royal Honor

La Salle senior Isabella Marez named 100th Rose Queen

Isabella Marie Marez was named as the 100th Rose Queen by the Tournament of Roses on Oct. 18 at the Rose Parade’s Announcement and Coronation ceremony presented by Citizens Business Bank. The announcement took place at the Pasadena Playhouse and followed a month-long selection process with nearly 1000 people participating in interviews.

Marez and the women named to the Royal Court will attend numerous community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena community at large. The grand finale will be their appearance on the Royal Court float in the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda and attending the College Football Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual, both on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

The Rose Queen and Royal Court were selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, youth leadership, community and school involvement.

During the coronation ceremony, Marez was presented a Mikimoto crown featuring more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds. Prior to the public event, all members of the Royal Court received a pearl necklace from Mikimoto.

Referred to as Queen Isabella by the Tournament, Marez is a senior at La Salle High School and lives in Altadena. She is a leadership service commissioner at LSHS and a Youth Ministry leader, as well as a member of Support Our Troops Club, Key Club, Unbreakable Club, Hispanic National Honors Society and National Arts Society. She also serves as a Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 

Favorite Son

South Pasadena Public Library pays tribute to William Holden with ‘Damien: Omen II’ screening

Since William Holden launched his colorful, Oscar-winning life as a boy in South Pasadena, it’s only fitting that the South Pasadena Public Library has selected his film “Damien: Omen II” for a special Halloween-season screening tonight.

The late actor’s longtime partner, actress Stefanie Powers, will be on hand to introduce the film and deliver a personal tribute to Holden, whom she lovingly remembers in her memoir “One from the Hart.” Powers will be selling and signing the book at the event.

Besides Holden, “Damien: Omen II” also stars Lee Grant, who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in “Shampoo” (1976). In 1953 William Holden won the Oscar for Best Actor for “Stalag 17,” and by 1956 he was the top box office male actor in the United States.

“Damien Omen II” (1978) was a popular supernatural horror follow-up to “The Omen” (1976), a huge box office hit. As the sequel begins, a pair of anthropologists discover an ancient crypt that depicts the face of the son of the devil, a 6-year-old boy named Damien. The child has been orphaned from a wealthy industrialist’s family and has been adopted by his Uncle Richard (played by Holden) and Aunt Ann (portrayed by Grant). After Richard and Ann are warned by the boy’s Aunt Marion that Damien is a malevolent influence on their same-aged son Mark, the aunt dies tragically while ravens loom overhead. The black birds are the harbingers of Damien executing his evil powers.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served. Free parking is available after noon at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located adjacent to the Gold Line Station at 805 Meridian Ave.