Tournament of Roses names royal court

The Tournament of Roses has announced the seven members of the 2019 Royal Court.

South Pasadena resident and Westridge School senior Lauren Michele Baydaline, John Muir High School senior Ashley Symone Hackett of Pasadena, La Cañada High School senior Rucha S. Kadam of La Cañada Flintridge, San Marino High School senior and Temple City resident Sherry Xiaorui Ma, Westridge School senior Micaela Sue McElrath of Pasadena, Flintridge Prep senior Helen Susan Rossi of La Cañada Flintridge and Sequoyah High School senior Louise Deser Siskel of San Marino made the court.

Over the next few months, the Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions. On Jan. 1, the court will ride on a float in the 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda and attend the 105th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

One of the seven will be named queen on Oct. 23 at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Applicants from 24 Pasadena area schools participated in the interview process. Volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses’ Queen and Court Committee made its selections based on a number of criteria, including public speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership, and community and school involvement.


Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica set for Oct. 13

The annual Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Jamaica Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Prescott Street in Northwest Pasadena. It will then head south on Los Robles to Villa Street, turn right and end at the field at Villa Parke Community Center.

The festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m., this year featuring art exhibits, artisan and community booths, educational and historical displays, entertainment and food.

Organizers said the event will celebrate Latinos in entertainment.

Carlos Moreno Jr., Blanca Soto, Denise Blasor, Daniel E Mora, Dyana Ortelli, Jossara Jinaro and Blanca Araceli, voice actors from the Oscar-winning animated film “Coco,” will serve as grand marshals. Donaly Marquez, a member of the 2016 Royal Court, will serve as the community grand marshal.

If you would like to sponsor the event, participate in the parade, or have a booth at the festival, contact Pamela Cantero at (626) 744-6530.

Good Habits

Nuns on the Bus to appear at All Saints

The group Nuns on the Bus stops at 6 p.m. on Monday at All Saints Church, 32 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena for a town hall event before traveling to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida as part of their “Tax Justice Truth Tour.” The trip is a protest against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which offers massive tax cuts to the rich, as well as protesting repeal attempts of the Affordable Care Act. Guests can write their names on the bus as a show of support.

The bus tour was created six years ago in response to a critique of American nuns initiated by the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI. The Vatican accused the nuns of being more outspoken on issues of social justice than on issues that the church viewed as more important, like abortion and same-sex marriage.

A group of nuns responded by organizing a bus trip across nine states, visiting homeless shelters, education centers and health care facilities run by nuns in order to bring visibility to their efforts on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

The tour also protested federal budget cuts aimed at programs for the poor and working families. The cuts were proposed by US Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who would become Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate in August of that year.