Author: Sheila Mendes-Coleman

Isabella Marez of Altadena becomes the 100th Rose Queen

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...

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Local schools renew efforts to encourage healthy eating

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...

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Too Much Fun!

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...

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The Mount Lowe Railway was once called ‘the greatest mountain enterprise in existence’

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...

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Kids build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem during their time at camp

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 (, which offers a wealth of information on all things camping-related, “Whether children are playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, or becoming part...

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10:15 am Film Critic, Jazz Vespers at All... @ All Saints Church
Film Critic, Jazz Vespers at All... @ All Saints Church
Feb 25 @ 10:15 am
Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan offers his annual pre-Academy Awards look at what’s hot and what’s not in recent film festivals and the race for the Oscars at 10:15 in the Rector’s Forum.[...]
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Castle Green Wedding and Event O... @ Castle Green
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1:00 pm Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
Sierra Madre Playhouse Event @ Sierra Madre Elementary School
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm
In conjunction with the current production of “Nothing Is the Same,” the Playhouse presents a free family event, a tour of the school’s Japanese Goodwill Garden, plus tea and Japanese tea snacks available for purchase,[...]
4:00 pm Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Local Author Day features Chiqeeta Jameson, author of “Don’t Sell, Let Them Buy: Master the Sales Conversation and Guide Your Customers to a Successful Outcome…Every Time,” Colette Barris, author of “Claretta Street” and Belinda Busteed[...]
4:00 pm Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Performances à la Carte @ Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
Performances à la Carte and Girls on the Run Los Angeles present the performance, “The Innas, Ettas, Annas & Donnas of Mozart’s Operas” is an afternoon of concert arias and duets featuring a variety of[...]

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