Thank You

City celebrates Veteran’s Day Saturday in Centennial Square

This year’s Veteran’s Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11, and the city of Pasadena is hosting its annual official celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 11:11 p.m., starting at Centennial Square outside Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. The celebration features marching bands, guest speakers and light refreshments. Call (626) 744-6530 or visit ci.pasadena.ca.us

The event is themed “Pasadena Salutes Our Veterans!” and concludes with an 11:11 a.m. flyover of vintage World War II planes.  Following the ceremony, everyone is invited to the Pasadena Senior Center, down the block at 85 E. Holly St., at 11:30 a.m. where the Scott Pavilion will be decorated with red, white and blue adornments.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and desserts will be served and live entertainment by the Great American Swing Band will accompany the festivities.

Prepaid lunch reservations must be made at the Pasadena Senior Center’s Welcome Desk no later than today, Nov. 9. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members of all ages.

Visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.

Science Stars

Outstanding scientific achievements honored for humanitarian contributions

Twenty scientists, embodying service to humanity, were nominated for the 2017 Rotary Humanitarian STAR (Science, Technology, Aerospace, Robotics) Awards for their outstanding humanitarian achievements.   

Awards were presented in four categories at the RHSTAR Awards banquet, held on Nov.4 at the Masonic Hall in Pasadena  The awards honor innovations, which have revolutionized healing; improvements for earth, oceans and skies; disaster relief and recovery; and sharing knowledge for personal and planetary well-being.

The 2017 RHSTAR nominations included a preliminary design of a human Mars lander, and groundbreaking discoveries targeting diseases such as cancer, arrhythmia, autoimmune and developmental disorders and perhaps Alzheimer’s.  They also included the conversion of renewable biomass to fuels and chemicals; a portable device using radar technology to find victims trapped beneath rubble; an app for homeless youth to find free services; and initiatives revolutionizing oceanography and climate science, to name a few.

All 2017 nominations and information for attending or sponsoring the event are posted at rhstar.org.

Powerful Poetry

Poet Torben Ulrich performs at Gallery 30 South on Saturday

Poet Torben Ulrich, father of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, will be performing a live poetry improvisation with violinist Chrysanthe Tan at 3 p.m. Saturday at Gallery 30 South, 30 S. Wilson Ave., Pasadena. The event is ticketed and space is very limited, with ticket requests required by writing info@gallery30south.com.

Ulrich has been called one the most colorful and unique voices in Danish culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, stemming from his lifelong activities as poet, musician, radio and newspaper journalist, painter, filmmaker, performer and athlete. His work with ball, rope, racquet, and rice paper can be traced back to 1971, but stems from a tennis career spanning back to the late 1940s, when he was also a jazz musician and journalist, performing at CoBrA Happenings and writing hundreds of thousands of words about music and philosophy.

This lifetime dedication to sport and music had a profound influence upon his son, Lars, who aspired to a professional tennis career before switching gears to co-found the band Metallica.

Ulrich explores play and the athletic event with the aforementioned materials as tools for creating artifacts of ongoing playfulness. In the most recent series Ulrich has begun with a poetic text, followed by a served or stroked net, then rope, then ball.

Tan is an autistic Cambodian-Greek-American composer, violinist, singer-songwriter and poet. As a solo artist, she performs electroacoustic music incorporating violin, looping pedals, vocals, and other instruments. As a composer, she gravitates toward intimate solo and chamber music that incorporates spoken text.

Visit gallery30south.com or call (323) 547-3227.