Setting the Tone

Mayor, UNA call on residents to help celebrate Human Rights Day

City officials are urging residents and others to join Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and the United Nations Association’s Pasadena chapter in celebrating International Human Rights Day Sunday, Dec. 10.

“Human rights are fundamental to all of us. How we treat others and how others treat us are reflections of our society and sets the tone for what we can achieve in life,” said Tornek. “I hope you will take time to join us as we celebrate our human diversity and human rights.”

The event, now in its 10th year, will be held from 2 to 4 the Pasadena Central Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St.

The event will focus on a celebration of human rights and dignity with a Celebrating Diversity Panel and interactive community-building activities, according to a statement issued by the city.

The panel features civil rights attorney Skip Hickambottom; Pauline Field, founder and chair of 50/50 Leadership; Friends in Deed representative Donna Byrns; and Aaron Saenz, San Gabriel Valley LGBTQ Center Board President.

All are welcome to this free event. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking at the Central Library is available on first come basis. 

For more information, call, (626) 744-7210.

Green Christmas

Local stores offering Holiday Wine Walk

Green Street Village will hold its first Holiday Wine Walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, on Green Street, between Mentor and Wilson avenues.

Participating merchants will offer special in-store events and holiday discounts.

Complimentary wine and champagne will be provided by Vinotera Wine, 102 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena.

“Vinotera Wine is excited to be part of the upcoming Green Street Village Wine Walk,” owner Daniel Wirsig said of his boutique shop near the district that specializes in top-notch wine, spirits and craft beer.

“As a family-owned business specializing in top notch wine, we love supporting other independent businesses in the area and customers who are enthusiastic about both wine and Pasadena,” Wirsig said.

Participating businesses include, Café Verde, Century Books, Dawson & Co., Gallery 30 South, High Low Vintage, iRepair It Fast, Madeline Garden and Walker/Viden  Luxury Consignment.

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New Name, Same Mission

Pasadena Arts Council changes name to update mission and identity

The name of the Pasadena Arts Council has been changed to Fulcrum Arts.

In addition, the Scholarship Audition Preparatory Performance Academy (SAPPA) is now a project of Fulcrum Arts’ Emerge Fiscal Sponsorship Program.

The Pasadena Arts Council (PAC) has become increasingly program-driven to advance the intersection of art and science, and to impact culture on a regional level through fiscal sponsorship, exhibitions, interdisciplinary symposia and residencies. 

Under its new name, Fulcrum Arts has launched a new website and introduced an updated mission and identity.

“While we are proud to be one of Pasadena’s many outstanding cultural institutions, our focus is on serving artists and arts organizations throughout California which is now reflected in our new name, identity, and mission:

Fulcrum Arts empowers artists to invent, inspire, and provoke,” wrote Fulcrum Arts Executive Director Robert Crouch.

“We provide resources and opportunities for artists, collectives, and independent arts organizations to advance their visions and contribute to a vibrant, challenging, and inclusive creative community,” Crouch wrote.