Heads Up

Matt Denny’s Ale House Hosts Head-Shaving Fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Research

Dozens of local volunteers will let themselves go bald tonight, March 14, as the popular Arcadia bar Matt Denny’s Ale House hosts its 18th annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation signature head-shaving event to raise funds for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

The event’s goal is to raise $60,000 with volunteers shaving their heads to support the foundation’s mission to fund the best research to find cures and better treatments for kids with cancer.

The event will honor 14-year-old Los Angeles resident Gabby Galarneau, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 13 and underwent limb salvage surgery on her left leg to remove a tumor, her knee and six inches of her femur. Now cancer-free, she is learning to walk again following her surgery and is dealing with hearing loss, one of the late effects of her treatment.

She also enjoys serving as one of St. Baldrick’s 2019 Ambassadors. 

The annual event began in 2002 and has raised over $785,000 while shaving more than 1,400 heads in the longest-running event of its kind in California.

The event starts at 6 p.m. tonight, March 14, at Matt Denny’s Ale House, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Call (626) 792-8247 ext. 222 or visit stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/126/2019.

Hopeful Harmonies

Tournament of Roses selects 20 bands to participate in the 131st Rose Parade

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association has selected 20 of the marching bands that will participate in the 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “The Power of Hope.” The bands will travel to Pasadena from across the United States, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, and around the world, including Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Japan, and Mexico.

Thousands of performers will enjoy the experience of a lifetime when they march down Colorado Blvd. on January 1, 2020, each with their own unique story.

Visit tournamentofroses.com/events/about-rose-parade/#participants to discover more about each band.

Several local bands were among those selected, including: Alhambra Unified School District Marching Band, Los Angeles Unified School District All District Honor Band, Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band and Tournament of Roses Salvation Army Band. Bands who would like to participate in the 2021 Rose Parade are encouraged to apply through an online application, available now on the Tournament of Roses website: tournamentofroses.com/events/apply/.

Dominant Debater

Local high school junior Daniel Kyle advances to national speech and debate competition

High school junior Daniel Kyle of Pasadena has become one of just two students in the East Los Angeles National Speech and Debate Association District to qualify to compete in Lincoln Douglas Debate at the national competition taking place in June in Dallas.

Kyle earned the distinction on Feb. 23 at the district qualifier tournament held at San Marino High School, winning five of his six rounds of Lincoln Douglas Debate.

This marked Kyle’s third year of qualifying for the national competition, including his first year in which he went undefeated in six qualifying rounds of Lincoln Douglas debate as a freshman. It also marked his first year representing his new high school, Nova 42 Academy, which opened its doors in September as the nation’s first speech and debate high school.

Kyle was coached by his father, noted debate coach Michael Kyle, and his Lincoln Douglas coach and world history teacher Michael Murray. Mike Kyle serves as co-founder and the head of the school.

Nova 42 Academy is located at 255 N. San Gabriel Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 765-6609 or visit Nova42.com. n