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MAY-JUNE

2012

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ROSE PASADENA’S

Weddings and other celebrations of your life

MEET PASADENA’S JEWELS

WOMEN OF DISTINCTION DON’T-MISS HOME TOURS

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MAY-JUNE 2012 FROM THE EDITOR Catherine Gaugh

FEATURES 30 MY TWO PROPOSALS

41 A PASADENA JEWEL

Sometimes it takes two

Elsie Sadler, our 2011 Woman of the Year

Find the most beautiful wedding gowns in town

36 EAT Q&A What you need to know about the caterer

38 GETAWAY PLAN The best honeymoons take planning

40 FUN ON THE CHEAP Party professionals advise keeping it simple

45 NUTURING THE FUTURE YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley is our 2012 nonprofit organization

46 LEADING WOMEN Meet the 2012 Women of Distinction nominees

58 ANIMAL HOUSE Down on the farm in Bungalow Heaven

62 TOUR DE SPAIN The Showcase House of Design’s Spanish accent

DEPARTMENTS 8 WHAT’S NEW TO DO 12 BOOKMARKED 14 SHOP THE BLOCK

22 ART Drawing the story of “Red Tails”

25 CULTURE

Paseo Colorado style

Vintage wedding dresses tell stories

18 MUSIC

were legends

Celebrating something?

19 THE SKYGAZER

28 Ted and Jackie before they 66 INSIDER Larry Wilson’s women of distinction

Mars and the Milky Way

On the Cover

Model Alyssa Velazquez wears “Debbie” by Aria, a La Soie line of bridal gowns ($2,030). The headpiece and belt by the Veronique Coleccion, available at La Soie, 650 E. Colorado Blvd. The setting is the sales floor of Jacob Maarse Florists, 655 E. Green St. Styling by Veronica Trebels. Makeup by Jamie Garza.

PHOTO BY WATCHARA PHOMICINDA

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE HAvING A CREW FROM PASADENA’S ROSE MAGAZINE take over your store for half a day. But Veronica Trebels, the manager of La Soie Bridal Salon in the Playhouse District, took it all in stride for this, our Celebrations issue. She found the perfect wedding dress and accessories for our model, and moved furniture and racks of gowns around so that the photographer got the best angles possible. She also suggested that some photos be taken at the nearby Jacob Maarse Florists, and the friendly staff there agreed, even donating a rose to use in the shoot. The parade of bride, her assistants, an editor and a photographer laden with bulky camera and lighting equipment down El Molino Avenue between the two shops attracted some stares from bystanders. Just another interesting day in Pasadena.

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PUTTING ON THE JEWELS OF PASADENA: WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS is a major project, from soliciting donations to arranging the party. We thank all those who submitted nominations of very deserving women. It is always a treat to be reminded of how many great women work hard to make Pasadena the city that it is.

Catherine

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April 24 — May 20. $25-$100. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 South El Molino Ave. 626-356-7529, pasadenaplayhouse.org

SUMO WRESTLERS AND COCKTAILS Tae Kwon Do, sumo wrestlers and martial artists help the Pacific Asia Museum kick off its third season of Fusion Fridays, where you can get your art and a drink all in one night. The evenings break from the museum norm with DJ Yuki spinning music in the courtyard, a cash bar and food trucks. Karaoke, live performances and even a fashion show will complement featured exhibits each night. Cocktail or Asian attire is encouraged for this indoor and outdoor event. 7:30-10:30 p.m., May 18, June 15, July 20 and August 17. $15. 46 N. Los Robles Ave. 626-449-2742, pacificasiamuseum.org

EARTH 2.0 If you’ve got your bags packed and are ready to land on Mars, don’t miss the update by Thomas Gautier on the latest discoveries from the Kepler mission. The mission is to survey the Milky Way to discover Earth-size and smaller planets that might be habitable. So far there are a few dozen discovered, so get on the boarding list. May 10, 7 p.m. The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Drive. May 11, 7 p.m. The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. jpl.nasa.gov.

MOCKING DEMOCRACY THE READING ROUNDTABLES A good story doesn’t always come out of thin air. The Children’s Services Division of the South Pasadena Public Library will offer a series of three, hourlong reading roundtables in the library’s community room. Aspiring writers ages 10-15 will work with mentors to discuss writing and how to become better writers and readers. Contact librarian Maida Wong for registration. April 13, 20 and 27. Free. 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena. 626-403-7358, cityofsouthpasadena.us/library.

Capitol Steps, a troupe of former Congressional staffers, returns to Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium for the 18th year. Putting the “mock” in democracy, the Steps leave no issue untouched with a special brand of satirical humor and scathing parody. They monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office, and in other centers of power and prestige around the world and then present a humorous look at American politics. May 5, 6. $28-$38. 332 S. Michigan Ave. 626395-4652; caltech.edu.

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Since opening in 2001, on-trend women’s boutique B.Luu has remained a mainstay at the ever-changing Paseo Colorado. That’s largely a credit to the careful curation of shop owner Bachmai Lu, who packs her boutique with a bit of everything, from Plastic Island motor jackets for the bikebound to perfectly tailored office-appropriate blazers for the clotheshorse/workhorse. The 1,300-square feet space, done up 340 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 135 dramatically with 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondaypeach-hued accents and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday canopied dressing rooms, 626-792-4140 is an all-in-one shop stop. bluustyle.com Amid the lush interior, find easy Coachella-wear (like a Dolce Vita American flag tank with a cutaway hem that’s dying to be paired with cutoff jeans from James or G-Star) and party dresses from the likes of Ella Moss and Frock! By Tracy Reese. For the more mod-minded girl, the boutique features a spade of ‘60s-inspired frocks from Alice + Olivia and flowy, color blocked tiered tanks from Patterson J. Kincaid. There’s denim from faves DL 1961 and Adriano Goldschmied, while a center counter brims with all the Michael Stars tees and tanks you’d ever need for pairing. The shop also features neon-hued clutches and handbags from Big Buddha and aromatic candles by Votivo (the red currant, with its hints of sugary vanilla bean ice cream, is a particular favorite.) Be sure to snag some locally designed barrettes and bedazzled bobby pins by Jane Tran. MAY-JUNE 2012 | ROSE | 15


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case makes gameplay easy for toddlers while Hape’s award-winning bamboo mini cars come with customizable parts that can be disassembled and fit to other cars for maximum vroom-ing. “The kids really get into them, but dads love them,” Buttercup manager Frances Chen said of the cars. An open-air play area in the back allows parents and kids to get tactile with samples of toys in stock, including many by Plan Toys, a company whose play sets (carports, play food and tea sets) are made from clean, natural rubber wood and pieced together with certified E-Zero glue in place of traditional toxic wood glue. Buttercup also stocks the tried and true toys we’ve all grown up with, from sock monkeys to classic roller toys for toddlers. “Which one is the quietest?” a mother of a 2-year-old asked of the roller toys on a recent Saturday afternoon. Chen laughed, and said: “Try them out and see.”

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With its eco-friendly toys and one-size-doesn’t fit all philosophy on strollers, just-under-a-yearold Buttercup has quickly endeared itself to the mindful, design-savvy parent. The roughly 3,000-square-foot shop, owned by a local mother of two, stocks a stroller brand for every kind of parent. For the outdoorsy, marathon-training mom, B.O.B. makes sturdy strollers ready for all-terrain, while 4moms’ new origami stroller folds in on itself with a push of the button — clearly an ideal feature for the multi-tasking papa. (The high-tech ride also features an LCD screen that reads speed, distance and current temperature.) The shop’s equally unique clothing selection includes cheeky statement onesies from Punkster (“Big in Japan,” “Make Babies, Not War,” “iPood”) and two-piece PJs and tees made from bamboo from Kicky Pants. As for toys, Speck’s foamy, freestanding iPad

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Around the Christmas Tree,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holly Music. Jolly Christmasâ&#x20AC;? and about a dozen The song was devised â&#x20AC;&#x201D; composed is other Christmas-themed songs heard far too strong a word â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by a pair of ladies throughout the season at a Big Box store from Louisville. In 1893, sisters Patty and near you. Mildred Hill, both schoolteachers, took Marks even extended himself to New an existing song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Morning to Allâ&#x20AC;? Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy New Year Darling,â&#x20AC;? and turned it into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthday to co-written by Carmen Lombardo of the You.â&#x20AC;? Neither bothered to copyright their Lombardo brothers, who deďŹ nitely knew cobbled-together creation until 1912. a thing or two about ringing in a new By 1920, both Hill sisters were year. deceased, but the battle over the song Birthdays have a lot of songs to sing. was just beginning. The copyright was For starters, there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthday acquired by Preston Orem in 1935. It to You.â&#x20AC;? This peppy little tune has been passed through several corporate hands around for more than 100 years now, and before landing with Warner Music, which shows no signs of fading as Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has a legal hold on the tune until 2030. favorite natal day accompaniment. Although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a latecomer to the Everyone sings it, which is also ironic birthday song wars â&#x20AC;&#x201D; because it remains in copyright. written in 1968 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Currently, that copyright is owned by John Lennon/Paul Warner Music Corp. Sing it on network McCartney TV, and the odds are great that you will composition of           get the gift of legal papers from Warner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birthdayâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;You say

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For Southern CaliFornia SkygazerS, 2012 iS Shaping up to be quite a remarkable year. The cool nights of winter are slowly giving way to more moderate evenings. So dust off those binoculars and telescopes, go outside and look up! The red planet Mars, in the constellation Leo, is progressing high from the east and slightly toward the south an hour after sunset. Not far behind in the constellation Virgo is jealous Saturn with its colorful rings tipped at 15 degrees. Its’ closest approach to the Earth is April 15. The winter constellations are gradually giving way to the misty star fields of the Milky Way as summer approaches. A recent survey said that 1 in 5 city dwellers has never seen the Milky Way from a dark site. Give

it’s your birthday”) is gaining ground in popularity. Also from the Top Pop 40 charts, there’s “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby,” a hit for the Tune Weavers in 1957 and again for Ronnie Milsap in 1986, “16 Candles,” a hit for the Crests in 1959, “Happy Birthday Blues,” a hit for Kathy Young in 1961, and “Happy Birthday Sweet 16,” a hit for Neil Sedaka in 1962. Lesser known, but still in the ASCAP catalog, are “Today Is Your Birthday” by Morey Bernstein, “Happy Birthday Polka” by Dewey Bergman, “Happy Country Birthday” by Ronnie Rogers, “Happy Birthday To Me” by Hank Locklin and even “The Unbirthday Song” by Jerry Livingston. And then there is the curio entitled “The Birthday Cake Polka,” although frequently mis-cited as “Put Another Candle on My Birthday Cake.” This song, written in 1952 by John Rovick and Lynn Penny, has lasted even though its origin, “Sheriff John’s Lunch Brigade” TV show on KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles, has been off the air for 40

yourself the gift of a lifetime and take a short drive to the local mountains or the desert on a clear moonless night. Spend an evening wondering over the myriad of distant stars too numerous to count. Astronomers live for rare events, but brilliant Venus is about to give us an extra special treat on the afternoon of June 5. It is about to cross in front of our nearest star, the Sun. This happens only four times every 243 years. The next time isn’t until December 2117. The dark silhouette of Venus will first contact the sun’s outline at 3:06 p.m. By 3:24 p.m. the disk of Venus will appear as a small black dot against the brilliant sun. It will continue to move across the solar outline until the sun sets. Venus and the Earth are very close to the same size so compare the difference against the massive size of our Sun, a

years. For many people, their wedding day is the happiest day of their lives. For others ... well that’s a story for another time. Mendelssohn’s Wedding March (written in 1842) remains a staple of marriage ceremonies. Fortunately, a squeaky soprano singing “O Promise Me” has fallen out of favor. A popular wedding song of more recent vintage is “I’ll Dance At Your Wedding,” by Herb Magidson and Ben Oakland and a big hit for Buddy Clark in 1947. Also gaining in popularity is “Hawaiian Wedding Song” by Al Hoffman, Charles King and Dick Manning and made popular by a best-selling recording by Andy Williams in the 1960s. Honeymoons seem to inspire songwriters. There’s “Honeymoon Bay” by Martin Fried, “Honeymoon Blues” by Lloyd Fry Garrett or “Miami Honeymoon” by Thomas DiNardo. You can do the “Honeymoon Glide” to the tune of Arthur Collins or the “Honeymoon Mamba,”

smaller than average star. Important: Never look directly at the sun or try to observe it directly with binoculars or a telescope. Permanent eye damage will occur in a fraction of a second. There are a few ways to watch this event safely, however. Wear welder’s goggles with a No. 13 or No. 14 filter. Or fit your binoculars or telescope with special sun filters available from telescope manufacturers. Here is a good link for information on safe solar observing: www. skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/ sun/3309106.html Or go to your local observatory or planetarium. They are sure to set up for public viewing of this rare event. Now, let’s keep our fingers crossed for a cloudless day. R

appropriately by the husband-wife team of Phil and Joyce Bennett. After that, you may well be singing “We’re Having a Baby,” a Harold Adamson tune with lyrics by Desi Arnaz, made popular on “I Love Lucy.” And don’t forget your anniversary. To help you remember, hum “Happy Anniversary” a Top 40 hit for both Jane Morgan and The Four Lads in 1959, or “Anniversary Waltz” by Dave Franklin and Al Dubin, which was a hit for Connie Francis. Or you can sing along to “The Anniversary Song” by Saul Chaplin and Al Jolson, a big hit for Jolson in 1946. Or try to do the “Anniversary Yodel” by Jimmie Rodgers. And let us not forget our Uncle Sam. On April 15, you might not feel like singing “Happy Days Are Here Again” but perhaps you can manage a few bars of “You Can’t Put a Tax on Love” by George Adams. Have a happy. R MAY-JUNE 2012 | ROSE | 19


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a view of illustrations by david Bryan russell for the “star Wars: return of the jedi” storyboard.

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Story By mIchelle j. mIlls

If you enjoyed the actIon In long dream of “Red Tails,” a story about the recent fIlm “red taIls,” the African-American pilots who fought about the valiant Tuskegee Airmen, in World War II, to fruition. He tapped you should thank David Bryan Russell to storyboard the projects, as Russell. Lucas was aware that Russell’s father, Russell is a storyboard artist who James C. Russell, was a decorated has worked on movies, such as “The Tuskegee Airman. David Russell had Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the grown up in Altadena and Pasadena Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Master hearing his dad’s stories about the art and Commander,” “Batman,” of flying, which aided in the technical “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and aspects of drawing the movie’s action “The Color Purple,” as well as in sequences. television and computer games. “It was a very moving experience A storyboard artist works with because it allowed me to fly several the director of a film to create the miles in my father’s shoes,” Russell first visual roadmap of the project. said. The director uses what the artist has But with the tales of the planes, gleaned from the script as a shooting Russell’s dad, like many men of his guide or inspiration to combine with era, kept mum on other experiences as his own ideas. part of the 332nd unit. Though the men “There are times when you are were just as willing to fight for their Illustrator david Bryan russell created the storyboards country as other Americans, they were directing on paper as a storyboard for the film “red tails.” artist, the director has enough subjected to racism. The airmen made a confidence in your ability and your understanding of the pact of sorts to not discuss the hatred they had encountered as script to give you very basic information about a particular to avoid making their children unpatriotic. sequence and then you are designing that sequence with no “They were true patriots and I think they had a better further input,” Russell said. understanding of what it meant to be American than a lot of In 2008, George Lucas was preparing to bring the yearsmainstream Americans at the time,” Russell said.

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After the war, most of the African-American men of the 332nd were denied jobs in the aerospace industry because black pilots were not being hired at that time, Russell said. Among them was Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, who never ďŹ&#x201A;ew again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the same time, because of the conďŹ dence and the strength these men had developed during the course of the war and their experiences, many of them went on to become civic, business and political leaders and many became very active in the Civil Rights Movement,â&#x20AC;? Russell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In that sense, we all stand on shoulders of the giants that preceeded us. They converted that negative energy into an enormous positive and made American society stronger because of it and were noble enough to stay quiet about the suffering they had endured for a very long time.â&#x20AC;? Russell is currently living in Australia and designing covers for 21 ebooks by science ďŹ ction author Jack Vance, as well as illustrating a young adult/childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book about a space journey. He is also an author. Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contemporary fantasy adventure, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enchanters: Glys of Myradelleâ&#x20AC;? (Freya Publishing) was originally released in 2006 in hardback and is now available as an ebook. For more information on David Russell and his work, visit www.dynamicimagesdr.com and www.davidbryanrussell. com. R

David Bryan Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, James C. Russell, center, was a Tuskegee Airman in 1944.

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The 48th Pasadena Showcase House of Design is a beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival mansion, built in 1927 and designed by noted architect John Winford Byers. Unique experiences in each area of the house and gardens have been created by the 23 interior and 6 exterior designers who donate their time and resources. As you tour the house, plan to spend a few hours to enjoy the Restaurant at Showcase, featuring Wolfgang Puck Catering and Silver Birches design, as well as the many boutiques at Shops at Showcase.

Tickets can be purchased: online at www.pasadenashowcase.org or by calling 714.442.3872 For the past 47 years, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA), through its annual benefit, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, has raised funds to to promote youth music programs and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and provide opportunities for over 350,000 children to discover, enjoy and study music. To date, PSHA has donated over $18 million to these programs.

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culture: vIntaGe GoWns

What gown styles tell us Story By lauren Gold Photos By sarah reInGeWIrtz

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In the textIle archIves of the Pasadena MuseuM of History lies a 1920s turquoise ball gown bedecked with a beaded city skyline. But this isn’t just any old garment — it was someone’s wedding dress. The turquoise gown is one of more than 70 in the museum’s wedding dress collection. A group of volunteers and museum staff members have been working for more than a year to inventory the dresses and compile a digital archive. The public can learn more about the gowns in a museum exhibit scheduled to open next year. The collection ranges from 1859 to the 1940s, and includes a variety of styles, fabrics, designs and even colors. And as the turquoise dress shows, museum volunteer Suzanne Ehrmann said, the traditional white wedding dress wasn’t always the norm. “It was their best dress,” Ehrmann said. “So they didn’t just wear it once.” To create a digital record of the dresses, volunteers take a photo of each gown on a mannequin and record any information provided by the donor, such as the type of fabric, where and when MAY-JUNE 2012 | ROSE | 25


it was worn and if it has a connection to a notable Pasadena family. Ehrmann said the process is so timeconsuming that she and her fellow volunteer, Dr. Elizabeth Smalley, can only get three dresses done each working day. They recently finished the photographing process, which took a year, and now the information must be entered into the museum’s computer system. “Inventory control is the key to success for any museum,” said Director of Collections Laura Verlaque. “If you forget the history of an artifact, it becomes useless.” The archiving process presents more obstacles than one might suspect. The volunteers couldn’t use a normal plastic mannequin, for example; they had to purchase special ones made of archival styrofoam, a material that won’t leech harmful chemicals into the garments. Not only that, the mannequins had to be child-sized because the average waist size for the historic dresses is 18 inches. Only today’s pre-teen-sized mannequins would work. One of the most important qualities about the gowns is that they have a connection to Pasadena, Verlaque said. The museum’s gown collection lives up to that expectation; it includes a dress from the Giddings family, founders of the Mountain View Cemetery. There is also a dress that belonged to the niece of California Gov. Henry Markham, and a veil that belonged to the Fenyes family, whose historic mansion sits behind the museum. “Fashion is an interesting way to tell the area’s cultural history,” Collections Manager Michelle Turner said. A selection from the museum’s collection will appear in an exhibit in spring 2013 called “I do, I do: Tying the Knot in Pasadena, 1860-2010.” Verlaque said they chose to do the exhibit because of the important role weddings and fashion have played in people’s lives in all eras. “The fantasy and romance of weddings is something that is important to everybody,” Verlaque said. The show will also reveal how this important event has changed over time, featuring the historic dresses and photographs as well as some more modern gowns. “It will be an interesting statement on women’s history, how brides have changed, how women have seen themselves over the years,” Verlaque said. R 26 | ROSE | MAY-JUNE 2012

ABOVE: Laura Verlaque, director of collections at the Pasadena Museum of History, talks about the undertaking of archiving their textile collection. BELOW: Pasadena Museum of History is photographing and archiving their collection of vintage wedding dresses and accessories.


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Story By Jim mcconnell

Ted “The one thing I insisted on was that we invite San Diego High,” Acres said. “At that time, Mike Morrow was coach there and he had put together this incredible baseball program. I figured as long as we had Morrow’s team in the tournament, people would pay to see it.” However, there was a complication in securing San Diego High for the tournament. A second high school had started up in the city, and the San Diego school board insisted that if San Diego High was going to play, Hoover High also had to be invited. Acres and the 20-30 Club were now faced with the problem of having two San Diego teams to house and feed during tournament week. Hoover’s Ted Williams was one of those players. The Reynolds family took him in. Acres said Ted seemed to enjoy his stay, especially for the food. “Ted couldn’t get over the fact that they ate three meals a day, sitting down at the table. With silverware and napkins. Reynolds said Ted was all elbows at the table. But he learned,” Acres said. “Later, we found out his mom was some sort of big wheel in the Salvation Army. ”

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Jackie

Jackie Robinson, left, and Ted Williams.

Williams played the outfield for Hoover in 1935, and was also the team’s No. 1 pitcher. “He was amazing,” said Leonard “Red” Hoey, a member of the 20-30 Club at that time, in a 1991 interview. “Tall kid, couldn’t have weighed over 150 pounds, but once he swung the bat you knew he was there. Everything he hit, he hit hard.” Williams wound up hitting .578 in the tournament, with three home runs. Clearly, his bat made him a prospect. “We got Jack Lelivelt, the manager of the Angels, to come out on Thursday and present the championship trophy,” Acres said. “He had seen the write-ups in the Pomona newspaper about this Williams kid and wanted to have a look-see. “Ted was only 16 years old then, and pretty rough around the edges, but Lelivelt saw something there. He got Ted’s address and it was arranged that he would send Ted a bus ticket to L.A. and free tickets to an Angels game, and that Ted would work out for the Angels brass before the game. The deal was, if they liked what they saw they would sign him. “What happened? Turned out Ted never showed for the tryout. The next summer, Ted signed with the Padres. “So when he sees him, Lelivelt asks Ted why he never made it to Wrigley Field for the tryout. “Ted told him he got to thinking about it and decided he just wasn’t good enough to play in the PCL. So he threw the tickets away. Can you beat that?”

At the same time Williams was making a big impression in Pomona, so was Muir Tech’s Jackie Robinson. Hoover and Muir wound up playing for the consolation championship. Hoover won, 8-7, despite three hits and three stolen bases by Robinson, including a steal of home. “At the time, I didn’t know Jackie, but I knew his brother Mack, a great athlete,” Acres said. The problem, he said, was finding homes for the African-American students on the team for the tournament. “Pomona was a real closed-off place. The Muir guys had to travel back and forth from Pasadena. But a better group of players we didn’t have.” Tournament week began with a banquet on Sunday night. In 1935, it was held at the dining hall at Pomona College, in neighboring Claremont. The guest speaker was Will Rogers, who ended his show doing rope tricks, assisted by his African-American chauffeur, Sam, Carl Bruner, a member of the 20-30 Club (and later on, director of the tournament) remembered in a 1977 interview. “Afterward, everyone rushes up to get Will’s autograph. Everyone except Jackie Robinson. He goes over and asks Sam the chauffeur for an autograph. Soon, the line to get Sam’s autograph is as long as the one in front of Will. All because of Jackie. He was a special kid.” For the tournament’s final day, a large number of scouts turned out, including Jack Fournier, the UCLA baseball coach. “I’ll never forget Fournier saying, ‘well, no one is ever going to see the best kid out there in the majors, but if I could I’d sign him in a minute.’ And of course he was talking about Jackie Robinson,” Acres said. “What Fournier did do was talk to Jackie afterward, tell him he had the ability to play major college sports. And that paved the way for Jackie to go to UCLA.” The rest is baseball history. R

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Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson Took their first step to baseball stardom the week of April 14, 1935. The stage was the Pomona Baseball Tournament. The tournament was started in 1933 by Stan Acres, the high school baseball coach, who wanted to keep his players busy playing baseball during the week leading up to Easter Sunday. “Otherwise, they would go down to the beach, lie around, and get sunburned and lazy,” Acres remembered in a 1976 interview. “I found out the other baseball coaches in our area had the same problem. So I thought up the idea of the tournament. Got the Pomona 20-30 Club, a group of young men sort of like a Junior Chamber of Commerce, to sponsor it, got the principal at Pomona High, Howdy Reynolds, to back it and off we went.”


CelebratIons: WeddIngs

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When I Was a lIttle gIrl, I never dreamed about my future WeddIng — not about the proposal, not about my dress, not even about the dream location. But had I known then how unforgettable the day would be, perhaps I would have done a little more daydreaming and a little less criticizing of what I have been known to call the wedding industrial complex. Like all wedding stories, it started with the proposal, or, in our case, proposals. My now-husband Fabián and I were headed to the outlet mall in Camarillo, not the most romantic of places. In order to salvage what would otherwise have been a painful Saturday (I hate shopping) — I decided we would make our way home via the 1 and Malibu. I figured an afternoon of hiking and seafood would wash away the memory of JCrew. But since Fabián doesn’t like hiking or seafood, I had my work cut out for me. I had to find a seafood restaurant in Malibu that was equally good for carnivores, and cheap, and a hiking trail that didn’t actually feel like hiking. Thanks to a few hours I spent on Yelp and some hiking websites, and a picnic of snacks and beer (the best way to turn hiking into happy hour) I packed, we had a perfect afternoon dining at Neptune’s Net then walking along Point Dume. It was whale-watching season, and we were entertained for hours by some migrating whales, one of which decided to play in the surf as the sun set. As the afternoon came to an end, Fabián got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It really was all any little girl could dream of — those who do that, anyway. But as we started down the cliffs, Fabián noticed I didn’t quite have the spring in my step any freshly engaged woman should have. As my father later pointed out, it was mighty observant of him. He asked if everything was OK. I said yes, of course.

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He pried a bit more, and as happy as I was, I felt a little like I had planned my own proposal. I had been looking forward to seeing how he would tap into his romantic side and plan a proposal. Yes, I know, for someone who never dreamed of her proposal, I had pretty high expectations. I let my disappointment slip out.

I never expected he would say what he did. “Okay, it’s a do over.” “What?” “Cancel that proposal, I get to do it over.” I protested. I was, after all, thrilled to be engaged and was dying to tell my family and friends that we were getting married after five years together. And it was truly an

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unforgettable moment on Point Dume. Nope. He was adamant. A week later, I came home on a Saturday afternoon, and was greeted by a bedroom full of purple tulips. His beautiful words about our past and future together were followed by sunset at the Griffith Observatory, and dinner at our favorite Chilean restaurant. At first I was embarrassed by the doover proposal, ashamed of my earlier behavior. But, once again, honesty got the best of me, and it was too funny not to share. We repeatedly got the same reaction those who know and love us: “That is just so you guys.” I’m not sure if they meant it as a compliment or merely as a testament of our neurosis and absurdity, but I took it as the former, and it meant a lot to me. Eleven months later, I got the same compliment, repeatedly, and this time, it meant the world. “That was just so you guys.” “There was so much of you there.” They were speaking about our

wedding. It was in Costa Rica, where Fabian is from and where we met while working at a newspaper. It was a backyard affair with a friend as the officiant, fireworks instead of flowers, and “Anna Karenina” as a reading. We dined on a not-so-fine menu of chifrijo — our favorite typical Costa Rican bar food consisting of a bowl of beans and chicharrones — and fajitas. And then we partied until dawn, with mariachi music, karaoke and a friend acting as DJ. Was it a pretty typical wedding? Yes. But it also included pieces of us that made it unique, and that is what our guests, and we, seemed to appreciate most. All us brides look at the same magazines, see the same movies, shop at the same wedding dress stores. We ask each other for advice on caterers and photographers. But in the end: these events are about us. And we should make them “just so us”... No matter how many proposals it takes. R

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CELEBRATIONS: WEDDINGS

From classic silhouettes to modern lines, find the perfect style for your wedding day at these Pasadena couture salons Story By Brenda Gazzar

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MaryLinn’s Couture BridaL salon in Old Pasadena boasts top designers from around the country and the world while attracting a clientele that is almost as diverse. The shop’s exclusive yet eclectic collection includes wedding gowns from the high-end Lebanese designer Elie Saab, awardwinning British designer Ian Stuart and the popular New Jersey-based Eve of Milady. “Our mission is to find the inner bride in every client,” said Cecy Barajas, the store’s assistant manager. “Everyone has their own vision of their wedding; our mission is to help them accomplish that.” With more than 200 dresses in the showrooms at all times, the 6,500-square-foot store bills itself as having memorable customer service, experienced consultants and tailoring to customize any gown. The wide-ranging collection caters to “all budgets,” with prices from $900 to $15,000. “The trend is unique dresses and fit and flair,” Barajas said. “A lot of brides are more body conscious and want to showcase their shape.” Wedding gowns should be ordered between five and seven months in advance. Shoe designs from Benjamin Adams, accessories such as veils, tiaras and jewelry along with dresses for bridesmaids and mother of the bride are also sold here. The store’s Pasadena branch opened in 2000. 78 S. Fair Oaks Ave. at Green Street. Appointments are recommended. 626-585-8200. www.marylinn.com/pasadena1 MAY-JUNE 2012 | ROSE | 33


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La Soie BridaL in the PLayhouSe diStrict offers its private label for a “one-of-a-kind” wedding gown as well as first-rate designers such as Enzoani, Luna Novias by Rosa Clara and Essence of Australia. The elegant La Soie brand — “soie” means “silk” in French — offers an array of designs, including silhouettes ranging from lace to sheath, to silk and heavily-beaded styles. “We carry quite a variation within our own line so we can appeal to a wide market of brides,” said Veronica Trebels, manager of La Soie Bridal in Pasadena. Whether you are looking for a trumpet fit, a mermaid gown, a modified A-line or a short wedding dress, La Soie will likely have the style for you. And if you don’t find exactly what you want out of the approximately 200 dresses in the showrooms, the store does custom alterations “that can change the look and feel of the dress in many ways,” Trebels said. Wedding gowns range in price from about $800 to $3,900 and should be ordered at least seven to eight months in advance. Those from the local Aria line needs ordering only three months in advance. “Pasadena is a big city with a small-town feel,” Trebels said. “We feel like we’re the little bridal shop around the corner that serves the community.” With its all-glass windows and high ceilings, the store has a clean, airy feeling that lends itself to photography, which the store permits. Bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses as well as accessories are also available. 650 E. Colorado Blvd. at El Molino Avenue. Appointments are recommended. 626-356-9889. www.lasoiebridal.com.

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Wedding goWn designer alina Pizzano custom designs gowns from start to finish with her clients and has her own private collection with the same name. Brides that choose custom-design gowns are deeply involved in creating a dress that is “uniquely for her,” Pizzano said. “We go through a process of a sketch, to selecting her fabrics,” Pizzano said. The bride will “feel the fabric” to help her choose, the San Gabriel resident said. A fashion designer for more than 11 years, Pizzano launched her wedding gown business several years ago after discovering a “hidden pleasure” while designing her sister’s wedding gown that had a classic, oldHollywood feel. “I just fell in love with it,” Pizzano said. “It’s also a special time in a girl’s life ... I’m honored to be sharing it with them.” Today she owns the Alina Pizzano Couture Bridal with her husband, artist Jameel Haiat. Pizzano said she enjoys using textured and traditional bridal fabrics for the silhouettes in her collection or adding a unique twist to something more traditional. The inspiration for her collections, including Old Hollywood, has ranged from the curvacious folds of flower petals to Frank Gehry’s design of the renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall. Prices start at $2,500 in her private collection and have averaged between $3,800 and $6,000 for her custom-made gowns, she said. Mother-of-the-bride dresses are also available and she hopes to introduce her own bridesmaid dress collection in the future, she said. The store also sells its own belts and veils. Pizzano said she typically needs between four to six months to prepare a dress. R 235 E. Colorado Blvd. Appointments only. 626-584-0076. www.alinapizzano.com MAY-JUNE 2012 | ROSE | 35


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PEggy DARK is thE oWNER of thE KitchEN foR ExPloRiNg fooDs, a full-service catering company that also offers Gourmet to Go takeout food and a shop with a variety of gift items such as cookbooks, candles and art objects. The majority of The Kitchen’s business is catering, serving everything from small groups to parties of 1,200 people. Based in Pasadena, the company has clients throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties and Palm Springs. Dark said a lot of caterers have gone out of business during the recent sour economic times, but The Kitchen has remained strong, thanks to good relations with party planners and its loyal customers. “A lot of my business in other areas comes through party planners,” Dark said. “It’s saved me in these last years of the recession.” But the key is satisfied clients. Dark said most of their business comes from repeat customers and referrals. A culinary instructor at one point, Dark was told by her students she should start catering. She was asked to cater lunches at the Gamble House and then a neighbor asked her to cater her daughter’s wedding. “All in one week!” Dark said. “I took it as a sign. Pretty soon I looked around and, by golly, I had a business.”

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She’s been catering for 28 years now. ROSE: What drew you into the culinary world? DARK: I came from a family that loved food. I grew up with two grandmothers at home and they were both great cooks. My mother went off to work and left them to hassle it out. I always had an inclination to do something with food. I have a bachelor of science degree. I became a food stylist and also taught at Pasadena City College in adult ed classes related to food. R: Where did the name “Kitchen for Exploring Foods” come from? DARK: When I taught, I inherited a gourmet cooking class called “Exploring Foods.” We thought I had recognition under that name and used that when we set up the business. I liked the name “The Kitchen,” but legally we have to include “Exploring Foods.” But everyone knows it just as The Kitchen. R: What is Gourmet to Go? DARK: We do not have a set menu. The larger portion of our business is catering. If

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Peggy Dark’s The Kitchen for Exploring Foods 1434 W. Colorado Blvd. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Tuesday-Saturday Catering: 626-793-7218; catering@ thekitchen.net Gourmet to Go: 626-793-7234; gourmettogo@thekitchen.net www.thekitchen.net

R: What’s changed in the catering business? DARK: Now we’re very, very reliant on the Internet. A lot of people look at our website, which was designed by my son. We don’t have as many meetings as we used to.

we’re making a lot of food for a party, I’ll ask the chefs to make extra for the takeout. R: When someone’s planning a special event, what should they expect from their caterer? DARK: A prompt response to their inquiry. I have three women in my office whose sole job is answering the phone and arranging for parties. If it’s a new client, we welcome them to come in and taste the food in the takeout. For a large party, we have a party manager who will meet them at the home or the site. For a party of 10, we can probably do it on the phone. R: How does someone find a good caterer?

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R: You’ve been in Pasadena for 28 years. Do you like it? DARK: I love Pasadena. The people are very cordial and they pay their bills on time. It was a lucky day when my husband and I moved to Pasadena. R: Do you enjoy catering? DARK: I love it. It’s been an extremely enjoyable business to be in. We’re there when people have holiday parties, bar mitzvahs, weddings, anniversaries ... and we’re there for funerals, too. In the catering world, you are part of their family. There’s something warm and beautiful about serving food to people and being around for their happy — and sometimes — sad occasions. R

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It’s dIffIcult enough to pIck the date and choose the ring. Nobody needs the added stress of deciding where to go for a perfect honeymoon. So why not call a travel agent? “We’re definitely pretty knowledgeable because we deal with so many people each day and we know the questions to ask,” said Eric Slatkin, travel agent for AAA Pasadena. Your agent should start by asking what you want to get out of your trip: are you seeking adventure, do you like nightlife or would you prefer quiet time together?

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He or she should also ask what kind of accommodations you like, from simple to luxurious. Tropical and romantic? Hawaii and Tahiti are the most popular places to go, and they also are the best spots year round. Tahiti is so well known as a honeymoon location that Slatkin advises prospective vacationers that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a couplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; place. Other hot spots include Fiji and the Caribbean. Mexico, Cancun and Las Vegas are good choices for couples on a budget. Vegas is perhaps the most popular because you can have the wedding there and take side trips out from the city. Other places to consider are San Francisco and New York City. The cost of a honeymoon can vary depending on how long

you plan to stay and how posh you want to go. Typically, though, couples should plan for a minimum of $1,500-$2,000 for a three to four night getaway, Slatkin said. Cancun would be around $2,500 per week, while Hawaii costs between $2,500-$3,500. A trip to Tahiti can range from $4,000-$12,000, but you can comfortably enjoy six to seven nights there for as little as $5,000. If you have a little more money to spend, Slatkin suggests that you consider a Mediterranean cruise or a visit to Paris, Greece or Italy. Destination weddings are a good way to plan your event and vacation with little hassle. They include the wedding ceremony, reception and honeymoon in one locale, plus your wedding party and guests can also enjoy a vacation.

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Sandals resort in the Caribbean is the most popular place for a destination wedding, followed by Tahiti. Some honeymooners like to go on unusual outings, such as the Galapagos Islands. Recently, Slatkin helped a couple book a trip that included nights in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Ushuaia, from which they took a four-

night cruise around Cape Horn and the Antarctic region. Slatkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite vacation site is Fiji. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the culture, I love the people, I love the waters of Fiji,â&#x20AC;? Slatkin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can get away and feel like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re totally away. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a fantastic destination to go to. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re practically going to the other side of the world.â&#x20AC;? R

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so formal. We strongly encourage people to think about doing something simpler and spending money on entertainment, especially with weddings. People don’t always remember the food, but they remember if they danced all night and if the room looked amazing.” Hawkins’ mantra for easily glamorizing the atmosphere of any venue, including living rooms or outdoor areas at home, is “lighting, lighting, lighting.” Light strings, lanterns and tea-lights can be flattering not only to guests, but can put a gloss on standard quality white linens and basic silverware, she said. Renting silverware for a crowd doesn’t cost a lot if you pick up and return it, she said, and it pays off with a more elegant feel than plastic.

Costs also can be kept down by limiting beverage choices to “a signature drink, beer and wine.” Weddings are probably the single largest, costliest social event most people ever organize and — reality TV stars aside — you have only one chance to get right. But other celebrations have more flexibility, and experience has shown hostess and food maven Peg Rahn that picking the right time of day can simplify entertaining. Basic afternoon teas and picnics are good ways to entertain people of all ages without breaking the bank, Rahn said. “Breakfast or a brunch is good,” she said. “For one thing, people don’t stay forever. “You don’t want to have any food that requires too much precision ... Serve simple, delicious food; don’t serve squid or anything weird.” Rahn and Hawkins agree that organizing help to pass food, serve drinks, replenish ice, replace candles and clear away used plates and glasses is imperative. “If you’re doing it yourself, you’re going to need help,” Rahn said. And don’t expect invited guests to chip in, unless you’ve asked them ahead of time, she said. “Hire teenagers to serve and clean up.” But for all the thought that goes into food, drink, flowers, lighting and all the other details, it’s often the guests that make the party. “Families, they’re the worst, especially if people are drinking and decide to tell soand-so what they think,” Rahn said. “Know your people, and anticipate a problem here or there. Or, if there’s a problem brewing, you can head them off at the pass.” R

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ElsiE sadlEr’s disposition is as sunny as thE kitchEn in her Pasadena home. Overlooking the Arroyo and its bridges, the view is a beautiful reminder of the city she adores and has lived in for more than 50 years. “I do love this city,” she said. “We have so many nonprofits who truly are making a difference, and I’ve been so happy to be involved.” Sadler considers volunteerism a privilege and she takes advantage of an amazing amount of opportunities, including working with The Sophie Miller Foundation, All Saints Church in Pasadena, Hillsides, The Gooden Center and other community groups. She helped found Young & Healthy, a health care program for underserved families, and was the first female vice president of development and public relations at Huntington Hospital. She was also instrumental in launching the annual Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, which is held every March at the Pasadena Senior Center. In 2011, Sadler was named Pasadena Star-News/Pasadena’s Rose Magazine Woman of the Year. The honor hasn’t dramatically changed her life, but it did make her give even more thought “about why and how we can make a difference.” And making a difference and putting in a hand where there is a need has always been a way of life for Sadler. Sadler grew up outside of Chicago with a single mother, who was a seamstress. Every year her mom would make clothes for a needy family in their church. “I grew up in a home where my mother was very interested in always helping other people,” Sadler said. After her marriage to John Sadler, Elsie was involved in their children’s schools and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. While living in Montana, she volunteered at the cerebral palsy clinic, where she fed children and taught lip reading to deaf adults. When she moved to Pasadena, she got involved with her church, the Junior League

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and served on the Senior Center board. When her husband died, Sadler continued to put others first, helping an even wider range of charities. “The award reminded me that there’s always something to be done that a volunteer can do,” she said. “It gave me that little push that says, ‘OK, you’re old, but there’s still stuff you can do.’” Why is volunteering such a vital part of Sadler’s life? “First of all, we owe it to do something for other people, especially when we’re strong and healthy and well-fed,” Sadler said. “And secondly, it satisfies the soul and it makes you terribly appreciative of the roof over your head and your own food pantry. It’s also a door opening to new friends. Some of my best friends I’ve met through volunteer activity.” R

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Beverly Marksbury loved touring the Pasadena Showcase House of Design each year, and decided it would be fun to get a look at it behind the scenes. So in 1993, she joined the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee — that was the name of the group at the time — and took dozens of challenging volunteer assignments that come with presenting the designer showcase houses for the next 19 years. In that time, she wrote a handbook for docents, invited other nonprofits to help staff the 62 docent shifts during the run of the house tour; and one year was even in charge of the portable toilets. “I learned so much,” she said. “Where else could I have been in charge of porta-potties?” This year, Marksbury is serving as president of the group, now called the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. She recently retired from her job as a court administrator in Los Angeles County and is using the time to enjoy some of the music her group has helped to support all these years. The Showcase group has donated $18 million in gifts and grants to music programs to date; the year Marksbury was in charge of the house (2010), the group donated an all-time high of $750,000. “We’re all hard-working,” Marksbury said of the Showcase volunteers. “We’re not ladies who do tea. “But the best part is that it’s a lot of fun.”

In a life that has spanned more than 40 years of community volunteer work, there would be several stand-out moments. One of those moments for Alice Coulombe must have been the L.A. Opera’s inaugural performance (“Otello”) on Oct. 7, 1986. As the founding president of this new opera company, she had worked hard and raised a lot of money so that the curtain could go up on that night and hundreds of nights since. “Joe and I were there, sitting in the Founders Circle,” she wrote for the L.A. Opera newsletter. “I remember that I wore a beautiful, beaded Indian silk dress. I also had ‘real’ brown hair. “Looking back over the last 25 years, I have an unladylike sense of pride, and many happy memories.” Alice Coulombe has made it possible for a lot of other people to have happy memories. She has served as president of the Metropolitan Associates, a local nonprofit that raises funds to support the arts for children, was a Huntington Library docent for several years and a Los Angeles Music Center volunteer for 30 years. She currently is on the board of directors at The Colburn School, a performing arts academy in downtown Los Angeles, and is co-chair of one of the school’s fundraising councils, the Pasadena Friends of Colburn. She hosts countless events in her home to generate support for music and the performing arts. These days, she is instrumental in building the audience for the Colburn Orchestra concerts at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. “The Colburn School is just such an exciting place,” she said. “I learn so much there. Everyone works really hard to make sure anyone walking through the door will become the best possible person and the best possible musician they can be.”

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IA yOUng CynthIA Cynthia Young is the artistic director of Pasadena Dance Theatre. The nonprofit school and company operates with a small staff on a tight budget. But Young also works full-time as the associate dean of California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, so she can afford to share her free time — as well as her knowledge and talent — with PDT. “Dance is one of the most understated opportunities for people,” Young said. “As a fine art, it goes to a deeper point. There’s a real pathos that is communicated through a storyline or just through movement itself.” Young adds that dance is a form of communication that can teach different techniques of interaction, from sharing an idea to working with others. She points out that the so-called social media is actually a solitary pursuit, whereas dance, whether as participant or observer, is truly social. PDT is open to anyone who wants to dance and provides

scholarships for needy students. It offers classical training, as well as contemporary jazz, African dance and other genres. Along with classes and performances, PDT produces a “Nutcracker” outreach program at the Pasadena Playhouse, attended by 5,000 children a year. The kids see a ballet performance, take a backstage tour and listen to a talk about the performance process. Young has been dancing since age 8. For her, dance “is not a choice, it’s just looking for the next opportunity to be able to share that passion and that love and that drive with other people.” PDT has been collaborating with the Island Moving Company in Rhode Island and performed there with them last year at a festival. This month (April), the company will visit Pasadena to perform. This summer, PDT will offer an opportunity for students to experience a wide range of dance disciplines with the Advanced Intensive for ages 14-18 in June and Regular Intensive for ages 8-18 in July. — Michelle J. Mills

businEss Just as her company’s motto says — “Partners in the community” — Jaylene Moseley, president and broker of J.L. Moseley Company, Inc., always has the betterment of her community in mind, in business matters and more. While her company develops and manages commercial real estate in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena, it also works to promote neighborhood renewal and empowerment. Moseley is president of the Flintridge Center, a group that forms partnerships to help children, youth and families, particularly in Northwest Pasadena and West Altadena. The mission is to help the community provide services and solve problems to reduce violence, improve academic achievement, and open career paths for the benefit of the greater Pasadena/Altadena area. Moseley has helped form after-school programs at John Muir High School; assisted the Mustangs on the Move in offering educational and enrichment activities on the Muir campus; developed the partnership-sponsored Apprenticeship Preparation Program, which prepares high-risk and gangaffiliated individuals for construction careers; and many more community endeavors. — Catherine Gaugh 48 | ROSE | MAY-JUNE 2012

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There is a real Gale behind Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena. It is owner Gale Kohl, who, through her business, is strongly dedicated to helping charities of all types. Kohl has held fundraisers at her restaurant to raise money for various agencies, including Armory Center for the Arts, a group that strives to transform lives and communities through art; AbilityFirst, which offers programs to help children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential; the Pasadena Humane Society, a shelter and adopting agency for animals; the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, home to plant collections from all over the world; Planned Parenthood; and Huntington Hospital. Kohl is on the AbilityFirst Festival of Fall steering committee, where she initiated contacts with sponsors and was able to present the 31st annual AbilityFirst Gourmet Festival of Fall at the historic Laurabelle A. Robinson house in Pasadena. Kohl’s connections and her motivation helped bring donations and new sponsors to the event, which raised more than $140,000 for AbilityFirst. The website for the restaurant, www. galesrestaurant.com/donations.html, displays an extensive list of charities to which the restaurant has donated over the years and explains that each month, Kohl and her crew review requests for help from other worthy causes. — Hillary Smith

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Terry Clougherty of Pasadena fits many descriptions: the Volunteer Mom. The president of Pasadena’s Junior League, an organization of women dedicated to promoting volunteerism and community improvement. A board member for Ascending Lights, a group devoted to teaching leadership skills to innercity kids, to aid in breaking the cycle of poverty and violence in their neighborhoods. She is also on the board of trustees at Woodbury University, where a benefit was held in her honor. Clougherty is also the founder and owner of Carmody & Co., a five-year-old business that sells greeting cards, fine stationery and custom invitations along with gift items and children’s books. Her special interest in opening the shop was to support the printing needs of nonprofit entities. After years of volunteer work, she knew that the cost of invitations and other printing for charities had become prohibitive. Clougherty gives nonprofits discounts and special graphic design and printing services on her finest stationery. With her help, charities can afford to look good. — Hillary Smith

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Grace R. Chan has been a fixture at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles for nearly three decades. As the chief engineer and general manager, she is responsible for all the day-to-day activities and operations of the district’s programs and departments, including engineering design and construction management, financial management and accounting. The 53-year-old Glendora resident became assistant chief engineer and assistant general manager in 2008. She also served as the assistant department head and the head of the Solid Waste Management Department. Chan, who has a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, has two children and two grandchildren. She was first hired at the Sanitation Districts in 1983. “In my 28 years at the Sanitation Districts, I have always felt proud and fortunate to work for an agency that has a long history of innovative yet cost-effective public service,” she said.

Cynthia J. Kurtz has been the president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership since January 2009. The Partnership was founded in 1990 to develop and implement programs to expand the economic base of the communities in the area. Previously, Kurtz served as Pasadena’s city manager for nearly 10 years. As such, Kurtz managed 11 departments, 2,300 employees and an operating budget of $580 million. She also served as Pasadena’s capital projects administrator and the director of public works. Before taking the job with the SGVEP, Kurtz was the interim city manager for the city of Covina. Kurtz also serves on the Finance Committee of the Pasadena Foothills YWCA and on the board of trustees for the Pacific Asia Museum. She lives in Pasadena with her husband Jim McDermott.

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rEBECCA hUAng Rebecca Huang of San Gabriel is a typical busy high school senior, except that along with the hours she spends on school work, Huang also volunteers extensively for her community. Her current effort is aimed at raising money for the Bad Weather Shelter, which since 1986 has provided homeless people in Pasadena a meal and a warm place to sleep in harsh weather. Huang said her dad, who works for the City of Pasadena, told her about the shelter. “I had never known that such a program for the homeless existed, but thought it sounded like an excellent and essential one,” she said. “But my dad also informed me that due to budget cuts, the city was not going to be able to fund the shelter after this year.” Other funding had decreased as well, threatening the very existence of the program. So Huang, 18, helped launch The Friends of the Bad Weather Shelter last November. It is an effort to get 100 Pasadena businesses to each donate $600 a year to help keep the program going. She has put in countless hours soliciting businesses and the public for donations. She has made posters explaining how people can help, posting them in 20 different bus shelter stations. She worked with local newspapers to publicize the campaign and also worked with the designer of the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena Area Churches website (ecpac.net) to accept online credit card donations. Huang and the group have raised $18,000 so far. While most high school seniors are stressed out by college applications, Huang worries about the people in her community who aren’t as privileged as she is. She saw a way she could help and never looked back. — Hillary Smith

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Ann Slavik Hall has had such a positive experience over the years as a patient at Huntington Hospital, it is only natural that she support the hospital as much as she can. Hall and her husband Jack Hall are key players in the expansion of the hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Center. Slavik Hall also knows the importance of medical research from her experience with her father’s struggles with Lou Gehrig’s disease, so she has been a great supporter of the Huntington Medical Research Institutes, including the HMRI Summer Student Research Program, which helps hundreds of young people in their journeys to successful careers in the medical field. Slavik Hall’s dedication to health and well-being not only extends to her fellow man, but also our furry friends with her contributions to the Pasadena Humane Society, the Los Angeles County SPCA and the Companion Animal Program. Her love of animals led her to create the St. Louisbased Donald Slavik Family Foundation, in honor of her late first husband, to support organizations dedicated to preserving marine mammals. She has contributed in many ways to other community groups as well, including the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena and Five Acres. — Claudia S. Palma


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JEnnIfEr rAMIrEz Jennifer Ramirez keeps long hours at St. Philip the Apostle School, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Ramirez has worked at the school for more than 20 years, first as a teacher and now as its principal. It’s not uncommon to find Ramirez on campus from 6:30 a.m. to as late as 8 or 9 p.m., yet parents boast that she is always relaxed despite her many responsibilities, and she treats the children with patience and caring. Ramirez oversees the school’s staff and curriculum. In addition to basic education, there are before-and after-school programs and a wealth of activities. More than 200 children in grades K-8 participate in its sports programs. There are two drama productions each year, as well as a chess club and speech and debate team. All of these activities — and more — are included in the tuition. Outside providers come to the school to offer classes like martial arts and ballet. And St. Philip offers tuition assistance for families that need it. “We are very diverse and we want to stay diverse,” Ramirez said. The school is active in community endeavors, too, including a food bank and student projects like visits to senior homes, serving meals to senior citizens and delivering food to the homeless at Union Station. Ramirez oversees all these programs. “We want our students to learn to serve because that’s what makes the community run,” she said. “That’s what all communities need in order to function. It’s our mission to teach them to do what Jesus would want them to do, which is to help other people.” — Michelle J. Mills

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Music is Jo Stoup’s life and she works to make it accessible to children throughout the Pasadena area. When she was growing up in Las Vegas, her father worked in construction and there wasn’t always money for music. When Stoup needed a new flute, her dad plastered her music teacher’s house in exchange for one. Other teachers gave Stoup music lessons for free when she couldn’t afford to pay. In turn, Stoup feels honored to be able to give back, sharing her talents and passing on her passion for music. She was a teacher in the Pasadena Unified School District for 11 years, and was band and orchestra director for John Muir High School. After that, Stoup taught music major classes, musicianship, performance and theory at Pasadena City College, and conducted the orchestra there. Throughout her career, she has remembered her roots; she gave her own students free music lessons when they didn’t have the money to pay her. Stoup also is the conductor of the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra. There are 32 schools represented in the orchestra, yet few of the musicians hail from PUSD. Stoup is working to remedy this by spreading awareness of its scholarship program. “So many times, the arts are overlooked and they are an important part of humanity and education,” Stoup said. “It’s been proven that playing their own music helps students be more engaged; they get higher scores on IQ and SAT tests. “We can keep a lot of kids busy and out of trouble and interested in something that requires them to be artistic and requires abstract thinking. They become better citizens,” Stoup said. In addition to her efforts with PYMO, Stoup coaches schools with their music programs, runs clinics for bands and orchestras to help them prepare for festivals and assists music instructors at area middle and high schools. — Michelle J. Mills

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LAURIE BOLLMAN-LITTLE Laurie Bollman-Little has been the Advanced Placement teacher at Eagle Rock High School for 17 years and among students she is known to be tough when it comes to grading. But the high standard she sets for them is all about preparing them for college. Bollman-Little is the Middle Years Program Coordinator at the school, helping to offer courses similar to Advanced Placement, but on a larger scale. The Middle Years Program gives all students in grades 7-10 a more rigorous course load, not just students who â&#x20AC;&#x153;test higherâ&#x20AC;? like in other schools. Stemming off of the Middle Years program, Bollman-Little also is working to get an International Baccalaureate Diploma program instituted at the high school as well so students can earn actual college credits while still in high school. Besides her dedication and commitment to the school, Bollman-Little was a Girl Scout leader in Pasadena. Her troop completed various projects for the betterment of the city, including a remodel of the music room at Pasadena High School and a book drive to raise money for the Mothers Center in Northwest Pasadena. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hillary Smith

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A 1908 CrAftsmAn home on mAr VistA AVenue hAs all the things you would expect on the Bungalow Heaven Home Tour — beautiful moldings, a fireplace with vintage tiles and an inviting porch. But it is what’s behind the house that makes it unique. Steve and Kari Salinas, along with their three children, share the backyard with a goat, two dogs, three chickens, two cats, three rabbits, a miniature horse and Bonnie the turkey, who loves to have her head scratched. “My intention was to one day have a farm,” Kari Salinas said. “This is where we stayed, so I have just made it my little patch of heaven.” The Salinas home is one of eight that will be open for the 23rd annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour on April 29. The event includes self-guided tours of the homes, a Living History House, demonstrations, stalls of books, music, food and lectures.

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Steve and Kari Salinas and their two dogs.

ABOVE: Abigail the miniature horse keeps an eye on turkey, Bonnie. The Salinas home will be on the 23rd annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour.

The Salinas barnyard.

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Proceeds from the tour go to projects within Bungalow Heaven, including home restoration grants. This will be the second time that the Salinas home is on the tour. Steve Salinas said that having a thousand people over to visit is very motivating. The couple, who along with friends, do most home projects on their own, are installing tile around the fireplace and painting the exterior of the house to get ready. “Tour day is fun,” said Steve, whose family has lived in the Altadena and Pasadena areas for seven generations. “You get to talk to people and they really are interested in the house and the neighborhood.” For the fourth time, the tour will feature a Living History House where visitors can experience what it would have been like to live in the neighborhood during a different time period. “This year’s Living History House is far out,” said Kristin Stone who writes, casts, acts in and produces the event. In the selected house, which was built in 1907, guests will “meet” Ellen Peterson (the homeowner from 1958-1976) in 1976

23rd annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour April 29 10 a.m.-4 p.m. McDonald Park, 1000 E. Mountain St. $20-$25; lectures $5 www.bungalowheaven.org

when she has the house for sale. Ellen is having difficulty with the showings, because her current tenant, the very single Bruce Manwich, is in no hurry to move out. He’s overly congenial to prospective homebuyers and often dominates their visits with his own experiences and observations about living in his bungalow “man cave.” Visitors will also “meet” Bruce, and will see and learn about the significant features of the home. “The house is beautifully furnished with both authentic and inspired 1970s decor, and the look is fantastic,” said Stone, explaining why she choose the 1970s for the Living History house. “It is fascinating to see how the 1907 house is transformed with contemporary furnishings,” Stone said. “We also selected

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the house because it retains much of its 1907 original bungalow features, including an oversized fireplace with clinker brick and stone. The fireplace is alone worth the visit.” Bungalow Heaven is Pasadena’s first Landmark District. It is also listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Hundreds of Craftsman-style houses, known as California bungalows, were constructed in the neighborhood between 1905 and 1925. The architecture reflected a movement away from ornate Victorian sensibilities to simpler structures in harmony with nature through the use of materials such as river rock and redwood shingles, and incorporating wide verandas and expansive windows. “Bungalow Heaven is a very special place in Pasadena,” Stone said. “Often when people think of bungalows, they think of an Arts and Crafts style bungalow, but there are many styles of bungalows and Bungalow Heaven has a wonderful variety of these homes.” R


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this year’s showcase house of Design is notable not only for itself but as a fine example of the influential Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style strongly associated with Southern California buildings of the 1920s and 1930s. It was designed in 1927 by John Winford Byers as a winter home for a Michigan couple, Hunter and Margaret Robbins, and their four children. At the time, Byers had celebrity clients, including J. Paul Getty, Joel McCrea and Shirley Temple. The eight-bedroom, 6,429-square-foot home, built on two acres, is much larger than the typical one-story Spanish Colonial Revival home. Even so, many of the design features of the beautifully executed Robbins home in La Cañada Flintridge are shared by humbler homes throughout California, so it will feel familiar to locals. Spanish Colonial Revival buildings incorporated design and source materials from several Spanish styles as well as Mexican, Italian and Moorish architecture, for an eclectic but often harmonious result. You can see the architectural style in city halls, libraries, train stations and hotels as well as thousands of homes all around the Southland. Typical Spanish Colonial Revival characteristics include rectangular or L-shaped floor plans with side wings; low-pitched clay tile, shed, or flat roofs; balconies and courtyards with decorative wrought iron grillwork; tile both outside and indoors; arcade entrances and heavy wooden doors, often with ornate carving. Sources: essential-architecture.com and Fullerton Heritage

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Even the family dog has his special spot: a custom bed. “I think the dog bed came out to be the fanciest furniture in the room,” Lagdameo said. Signature fabric banding the carpeting leads the room’s hues of paprika, Prussian blue and sage. The ceiling has been stenciled to mimic the design of the flooring. Fabric panels have been added to the windows and, with their customscrolled brackets, create drama.

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