Back to School

Twenty local kids ‘Shop with a Cop’

After being selected by the Pasadena Boys and Girls Club, 20 middle school students were paired with Pasadena police officers to shop for school essentials at Target in Pasadena with a $100 gift card paid by Pasadena Rotary.

The Aug. 24 shopping spree marked the fourth year that the Rotary has partnered with police to put on the “Shop with a Cop” event.

While shopping with an officer, kids often purchase common items which most people don’t even realize are a need, such as tennis shoes for PE, school supplies, clothing, and personalk hygiene items.

In addition to Pasadena Rotary’s contributions, each year Target Corp. provides “Shop with a Cop” recipients with student goodie bags.

Anyone interested in financially supporting Pasadena Rotary’s “Shop with a Cop” program, contact Program Chair JP Harris at (626) 664-3116.

In the Bag

Pasadena Scottish Bagpipe and Drum Band wins competition in Glasgow

The Pasadena Scottish Bagpipe and Drum Band placed first in its division at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18, according to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

This year saw 314 pipe bands from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Canada, Oman, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Eire, the United States England, Northern Ireland and Scotland take part. Over 30,000 people turned out to watch more than 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title of world champion in their respective grade, the association reported.

The various bands were broken into grades and musical categories “Band” and “Drumming.” The local group took the prize as a band.

The group is actually two bands, with the Grade 3 band and Grade 5 band practicing at San Marino Community Church on Monday and Tuesday evenings, respectively.

“We have been dedicated to the study and performance of Scottish bagpipe and drum music since 2006,” states the organization’s website,

“If you would like to learn to play the bagpipes or drums, we have excellent instructors on board. We have an extensive competition schedule from February until October,” the site states.

They are also available to play at special events.

“We have a lot of experience with weddings, galas, funerals and parades. We can offer any combination of musicians ranging from a solo piper to full band,” according to the site.

For more information, call (626) 278-0150 or write to

Happy Birthday!

Glendale’s Alex Theatre marks 93 years on Sunday

The Alex Theatre, 216, N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, is celebrating its 93rd birthday from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

The free event will be held at the theater and will include tours, a scavenger hunt, specialty cocktails, food and an auction.

Patrons who donate $93 to commemorate the theater’s first 93 years will receive a limited edition gift bag.

Originally dubbed the Alexander Theatre after Alexander Langley, the son of C.L. Langley, owner of the West Coast theater chain that included the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena and the Orange Theatre in Orange County, the theater opened its doors on September 4, 1925, two years before the first talking picture took the nation by storm.

The theater originally presented vaudeville performances, plays and silent movies on a single screen. An organist provided accompaniment on a pipe organ during the silent film era.

In 1939, the theater was renamed the Alex, and celebrities flocked to it for premiers of major movies, including “National Velvet” and “Going My Way.”

A backstage fire in 1948 caused $150,000 in damages, which is about $1.5 million in today’s currency.

The Alex underwent an extensive renovation in 1993 which restored much of the original wall-painting and decorations.

For more information, call (818) 243-2611 or visit