Dinners from the Heart

Hathaway-Sycamores has been dedicated to touching the lives of thousands of children and families who struggle with mental-health issues and serious life challenges. For three days, this organization will host its 24th Annual Dinners from the Heart fundraiser. We encourage you to take part of this charity event and make a difference in a child or youth’s life.

Become a caring member of the community by dining in one of Pasadena’s 40 outstanding dining establishments, including AKA Bistro, Café Pinot, and El Cholo. On Febraury 24th, 25th and 26th these restaurants will participate in Dinners from the Heart to raise funds for Hathaway-Sycamores’ comprehensive continuum of therapeutic and other support services. Diners will vary from $75 to $250 per person in each restaurant. These prices include a complimentary bottle of wine for each party of two! You can make reservations by contacting Andrea Sica at (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516, or at AndreaSica@hathaway-sycamores.org. Each participating restaurant has limited seating so do not wait to make your reservations! For a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org.

A highly respected mental health and welfare agency, Hathaway-Sycamores has a broad range of programs and services that seek to help the needs of children and families. With 11 different locations throughout Southern California, this nurturing organization gives hope and healing to over 7,000 lives a year! Hathaway-Sycamores has been licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division and certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

February 24th, 25th, and 26th; Ticket price range: $75-250; for a complete list of participating restaurants, please visit http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org; call at (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516 or email at AndreaSica@hathaway-sycamores.org

– Andrea Gonzalez

Photo Courtesy of Hathaway-Sycamores


Hillsides Uncorked

Hillsides, a dedicated at-risk youth advocate organization, is hosting their annual fundraising gala on Saturday, February 28. The event will take place at one of Pasadena’s most esteemed institutions, The Langham Huntington. This year’s theme, Hillsides Uncorked, alludes to a taste of what’s to come: a fabulous evening of wining and fine dining.

Along with vibrant, local wines and cuisine with a global emphasis, the evening will also feature a live auction benefitting the thousands of children and families Hillsides helps. The auction includes high ticket items including Deer Valley vacations, a guitar signed by Nancy Wilson of the rock band, Heart, and dinner for 5 at Bistro 45 with Academy Award Best Actress winner, Marlee Matlin. The role of auctioneer will be played by none other than NBC4 weatherman and devoted Hillsides supporter, Fritz Coleman. Prior to the main event, guests are invited to enjoy mingling and a cocktail reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For over 100 years, Hillsides has played a pivotal role in providing hope and healing to over 7,000 at-risk youth and their families in the surrounding Pasadena and greater Los Angeles area. Hillsides strives to make a positive difference in the lives of children in need and their families by focusing on providing “high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.” This fundraiser is Hillside’s largest of the year and their best opportunity to changing even more at-risk children’s lives.

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.;  tickets are available for $300; The Langham Huntington,1401 S. Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106; For more information on the gala or if you are interested in donating to the auction or sponsoring the event, please visit Hillsides.org.

-Sara Smola

The Los Angeles Master Chorale Gala 2015

For many years, the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) has bestowed its audience with inspiring and superb compilations of music. Now in its 51st season, LAMC invites you on March 1st to celebrate an unforgettable night of elegance as it embraces a bold, new future.

Join us the Walt Disney Concert Hall as we honor LAMC President and CEO Terry Knowles. An exceptional and visionary leader who has played a “key role in bringing the chorus to the national prominence it enjoys today,” Knowles concludes her 15-year leadership of the Chorale this 2014-15 season. The Chorale will also unveil a breathtaking performance conducted by Artist Director Grant Gershon. The LAMC Gala 2015, co-chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams, will shower its guests with music and dancing from Wayne Foster Entertainment, the sensational LAMC “Surround Sing,” alluring auction items, and a gourmet dinner by Patina. Come and delight in the luxury of music at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.lamc.org or by calling (213) 972-3162.

Proclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus,” the Los Angeles Master Chorale has performed over 300 concerts and has toured across Europe and New York City. For 51 seasons, it has served more than 30,000 audience members and provided 6,000 students with artistic, educational programs. This Grammy-nominated Chorale has won several awards, including Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award.

March 1, 2015 at 6 p.m.; Single tickets: $650; Patron packages: beginning at $1500; Walt Disney Concert Hall; 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 972-3162 or visit http://www.lamc.org

– Andrea Gonzalez

Photo Courtesy by LAMC

WIN-Networking Breakfast

Healthy habits lead to a happy, healthy you! But how do you get healthy if you don’t know what to eat, how to exercise properly, or what you should be doing for your mental health? Whether you’ve wondered about the benefits of cleansing (and does it really work?), Pilates, self-healing, hypnotherapy, or if you are simply looking for a way to feel less stressed, then RSVP to Healthy Living Leads to a Prosperous Life.

WIN-Networking, Inc. is hosting Healthy Living Leads to a Prosperous Life, a health and wellness breakfast workshop, at the Encino Chamber Community Center, Thursday, January 29th, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to network with other business professionals and owners while learning how to live longer. The workshop will provide you with the tools you need to apply to your daily life to get back into both physical and mental health. The presentation features educational tips from certified health professionals on how to stay healthy and, of course, a nutritious breakfast provided by Whole Foods Market. Free stroke screening and chair massages are also included.

WIN-Networking, Inc. is a group of business professionals dedicated to bringing its members together to support each other while developing partnerships. All business owners and other working professionals are encouraged to visit the organization and mingle with its career-driven members. 

Thursday, January 29th; sign-in begins at 8:15 a.m., 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tickets $20.00 for WIN-Networking Members, $35.00 for Non-Members; Encino Chamber Community Center, 4933 Balboa Bldv., Encino, CA 91316; (818) 330-7313; Visit the registration page here for more information.

-Sara Smola

Women of the World Awards

50/50 Leadership is committed to stimulating women’s equal leadership, educate women as leaders, inspire teenage girls to become leaders, and applaud those women who demonstrate their leadership each and every day.

Join us in celebrating the work of inspiring, dedicated women who take action and exhibit their leadership at the 7th Annual Women of the World Awards on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at the La Canada Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Canada, CA 91011. General Admission $70, Student Admission $55, and Tables $650.

“Women make up half, or more, of our population and should be included in equal numbers in boardrooms, in elected office, in academia, in the professions and in all public and private enterprises and endeavors”. 50/50 Leadership is devoted to empowering women as leaders and to transform the culture that we live in, to one that effortlessly includes women on an equal basis in the selection of leaders.

– Stephanie Hurtado

Photo courtesy of 50/50 Leadership.

Liberty/Conceived: Muse/ique Uncorked Series

Long before the days of Top 40 music, there was folk tunes and soul music. And what better way to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday month than a night of mingling and music from Honest Abe’s heyday?

Join MUSE/IQUE, at the Pasadena Civic Exhibit Hall on February 8th at 7:30 p.m, as they showcase Liberty/Conceived, a musical evening event featuring classic American songs, aided by an orchestra and gospel choir. Songs include Go Down Moses, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Beautiful Dreamer, and I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land. A pivotal moment of the evening will be the performance of American composer, Aaron Copland’s, acclaimed work, Lincoln Portrait.

MUSE/IQUE is a nonprofit orchestra focused on creating accessible live musical performances for the community at large, while producing their own imaginative sound “mashed-up” with familiar favorites. The avant-garde group is led by internationally renowned conductor, Rachael Worby, who is redefining orchestra music to be a collaborative effort between artists, audience and the surrounding environment. MUSE/IQUE hosts live performances both on and off stage, including “pop-up” performances at public locations.

February 8, 2015. Free. Ribbon Cutting at 6:00 p.m.; Mingling at 6:30 p.m.; Music at 7:30 p.m. Pasadena Civic Exhibit Hall, 300 E Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. (626) 539-7085.

-Sara Smola

 Photo courtesy of MUSE/IQUE.

The 2nd Annual Pasadena International Film Festival

Do you have a passion for new, diverse film projects? Discover a mind-blowing experience of art and culture in the Pasadena International Film Festival (PIFF). Join other filmmakers in this new era of innovation!

Hosted in the City of Roses from Wednesday, February 11th to Sunday, February 15th, this one and only competitive film festival triumphs back for another successful inaugural year. Filmmakers and audiences alike are invited for four amazing days of screenings, panel discussions and gala events. With over 400 domestic and international submissions, PIFF guarantees a dynamic poll of films from modern, ambitious filmmakers as well as seasoned industry veterans. According to PIFF Founder and Executive Director, Jessica Hardin, there will be an incredible combination of shorts, features, documentaries, web series, and screenplays from 22 countries, including Israel, Tanzania, and Paraguay. This is truly a festival not to be missed!

Founded in 2013 by Jessica Hardin, an industry veteran and Pasadena resident, the Pasadena International Film Festival is a competitive and prestigious film festival in Pasadena. Its mission is to bring high-quality, international cinema to a city known for its love of fine culture and arts. For more information on festival passes, visit http://www.pasadenafilmfestival.org.

February 11-15, 2015; showtimes and ticket prices vary, see website for details; 530 South Lake Avenue, #453, Pasadena; 310.498.7204 or info@pasadenafilmfestival.org

-Andrea Gonzalez

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Film Festival.