In a ceremony in mid-October at the Pasadena Playhouse, Altadena’s Isabella Marez became the 100th young woman to experience the exhilaration of being named Rose Queen. The youngster, a senior at Pasadena’s La Salle High School, was rendered speechless as Tournament of Roses President Lance Tibbet bestowed upon her a diamond- and pearl-encrusted crown designed by Mikimoto as family, friends, former queens and members of the Royal Court cheered and applauded. “Queen Isabella’s life changed the moment I announced her name. She has now become part of the tradition and legacy of the 99 Rose Queens before her,” said...Read More
Author: Sheila Mendes-Coleman
Many students, including those enrolled in Pasadena public schools, regularly attend classes without first receiving proper nutrition at home. Today, school districts around the country are trying to make up for those nutritional shortfalls, but unfortunately for some low-income families, bad food decisions have become a part of a daily diet, mainly because those are often the cheapest foods to purchase on a tight budget. Potatoes, rice, breads and cereals are all good in moderation, but in excess they can quickly pack on the pounds and contribute to the scourge of childhood obesity. The mandate for today’s school food...Read More
Greater Pasadena offers many ways to fulfill every entertainment desire Pasadena is a veritable playground that caters to citizens and visitors alike with great care and diverse entertainment offerings. During the day, one can find myriad activities to keep busy: shopping, biking, hiking, as well as world-renowned museums and historical architecture to tour and marvel at. There are also plazas and markets, big and small, farm to flea. But what many who love Pasadena have also come to appreciate about this magical city is the eclectic night scene. Whether it’s a blues saloon, a lively stand-up comedy club or...Read More
New technology in modern transportation has assisted the weary traveler in many ways. Today, we can zip around the city in high-powered vehicles, and on high-speed rail, along with a bounty of other practical and innovative options for efficient travel. But there’s something about the slow wind of a trolley car, cabin open to the quickening breeze and creaky wheels gamely pressing onward and upward a steep mountain incline, that will continue to beguile. The Mount Lowe Railway captured the hearts and minds of Pasadena and Altadena residents when it opened on July 4, 1893, with nearly seven miles...Read More
Perhaps like no other activity, summer camp gives young people the opportunity to be social in an environment not solely centered around behaving according to rules and restrictions that come with the classroom environment. Through summer camp, they become more comfortable with challenges they might not have sought out when surrounded by the familiar. Camp allows young people to shine and manage situations and people outside their comfort zone. According to the American Camp Association (acacamps.org), which offers a wealth of information on all things camping-related, “Whether children are playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, or becoming part...Read More
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