Tournament of Roses announces applications now available for 2019 Royal Court

Applications for the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court are now available on the Tournament of Roses website. Royal Court members experience many benefits, including opportunities for hands-on volunteerism, connecting with and giving back to the local community, developing   public speaking skills, and growing self-confidence.

The 2019 Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area. The grand finale for the Royal Court will be riding on the Royal Court float in the 130th Rose Parade and attending the 105th Rose Bowl Game, both on Jan. 1.

All are encouraged to apply and participate in one of the initial interview sessions at Tournament House on Sept. 8 or Sept. 10. Participants are selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, youth leadership, academic achievement, and community and school involvement.

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 14.

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


Pasadena Senior Center offers several ways to learn in August

The Pasadena Senior Center continues to offer a broad array of classes and discussion groups throughout the month of August. Admission is free and anyone over age 50 is welcome to attend the events at the center, located at 85  E. Holly St.

Learn the differences between brand-name drugs and their generic equivalents, whether it is worth paying the difference between the two and how our bodies react to each at 10 a.m. today during the “Prescription Drugs: Generics vs. Brand Names” talk.

Dr. Dr. Ted Marriott, David Liu and Harvey Slater will offer a talk on “Wellness Care for Seniors Using Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Nutrition” at 10 a.m. Aug. 16. They will teach about the popular Activator Methods Technique that uses a Medicare-approved instrument to apply gentle, low-force chiropractic adjustments to the body, as well as about acupuncture and holistic nutrition.


Local filmmaker hosts free screening of dream-project documentary on desegregation at John Muir High

Local filmmaker Pablo Miralles will discuss and screen portions of his dream project, the documentary “Can We All Get Along? The Segregation of John Muir High School,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Donald R. Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, located at 285 E. Walnut Street. Admission is free.

The film explores the history of desegregation at Muir, highlighting the stories of  parents, teachers, administrators and students from the 1950s all the way to the mid-1980s, when the full effects of Proposition 13, which limited property taxes, decimated local schools. During that time period, Muir’s student body became less integrated as wealthier white families fled the district.

Miralles said he used the famous Rodney King quote from the 1992 LA Riots because King was also a John Muir High School student, who grew up in the same West Altadena neighborhood as Miralles. John Muir High moved to the forefront of racial discussions in 1963, when La Cañada Flintridge opened its own high school after African-American families began moving into Northwest Pasadena.

White families pulled 800 children from the district and placed them in La Cañada High School, spurring decades of further complications.

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