THE LA CHILDREN’S CHORUS AUDITIONS

Does your child have the voice of an angel? The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is welcoming children ages 8-12 and young men to audition for its nationally-recognized choral music education and performance program. Who knows? Your child just might make the cut!

Held at LACC’s headquarters in the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, auditions for the 2015-2016 season may vary. The Treble Choirs auditions will take place from June 4th to the 7th. The Young Men’s Ensemble (YME) will host their auditions on August 17. A $50 fee will be charged for each audition to help LACC cover costs.

Request for an audition today by filling out and mailing the Audition Information Form! For more information and access to the audition forms, please visit http://lachildrenschorus.org/audition.shtml.

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus offers children and young men with changing voices the chance to develop their musicianship skills. Through comprehensive programs and one-on-one vocal coaching, children have enjoyed their experiences in creating choral music and building camaraderie. LACC also provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to participate in its national and international touring program, as well as giving children the chance to experience the stage through collaborative performances with some of the world’s most prestigious companies such as the LA Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Treble Choirs: June 4-7; Young Men’s Ensemble: August 17; $50 per audition; 585 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101; Call 626.793.4231 or email at info@lachildrenschorus.org.

– Andrea Gonzalez

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

PASADENA GRAND PINOTFEST 2015

Come and support Five Acres, Professional Child Development Associates, and Hathaway-Sycamores at the Annual Pasadena Grand PinotFest! Join us on Sunday, May 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.!

Held outdoors at a beautiful private estate home in South Pasadena, you can expect this year’s event to have over 50 different wineries and small plates catered from one of the area’s finest. Soft live music will be provided to enhance the mood. Not only will you enjoy a fabulous evening of wine and lite bites – you will also help raise funds for Five Acres, Professional Child Development, and Hathaway-Sycamores. Thirty percent of all sales and proceeds will be donated to these three local charities. Buy your tickets today at http://www.grandpinotfest.com/!

Five Acres, Professional Child Development, and Hathaway-Sycamores are three outstanding, non-profit organizations. Five Acres has been dedicated to promoting the safety and well-being of children and their families for over 125 years by providing permanency. Professional Child Development Associates provides a range of multidisciplinary screening, evaluation, therapy, and specialized services for children. This charity also seeks to help parents understand their children’s behavior and development. A highly respected mental health and welfare agency, Hathaway-Sycamores offers comprehensive array of programs and services that have touched more than 7,000 lives annually.

May 17, 2015; 1-5 p.m.; General Admission: $110; VIP Tickets: $165; South Pasadena; For more information, please contact PasadenaGrandPinot@gmail.com

– Andrea Gonzalez

Photo courtesy of Five Acres, Professional Child Development, and Hathaway-Sycamores

Pasadena Police Activities League Lucky 13th Annual Golden Badge Awards

Every child needs a PAL and this is your chance to be one! Pasadena Police Activities League (PAL) is hosting their Lucky 13th Annual Golden Badge Awards on May 14, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Proceeds from the event will go to PAL’s programs  benefiting the development and success of youth in the Pasadena community.

Since it’s inception in 1997, Pasadena Police Activities League has served over 3,000 youths throughout the Pasadena community. The organization focuses on “building the bond between cops and kids” to create a safe future on both sides. PAL’s mission is to “encourage Pasadena area youth to be good citizens through a partnership with the Pasadena Police Department.”

PAL supports its young members by providing a “safe and stable environment” where students can do their homework, enjoy structured skill-building activities, and make new friends. Thanks to PAL and the support it receives, youths have a chance to participate in educational and fun learning experiences including art, cooking, sports, and more.

May 14, 2015; Tickets: $175; Pasadena Convention Center; 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101; For more information on registering and sponsorship packages, please visit pasadenapal.com.

-Sara Smola

Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Police Activities League

A PLACE TO CALL HOME GALA 2015

Want to be a part of something huge by helping others who are in need? Come and join the warm and heart-filled event, “A Place to Call Home.”

Hosted by the city of Pasadena, “A Place to Call Home” is a wonderful night of entertainment benefiting the Union Station Homeless Services. The event will be held on May 9 from 5:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. in The Langham Huntington. It will include a reception, an auction, and amazing entertainment. The Union Station Homeless Services will also be honoring the following couples for their incredible support: Charlie and Rene Chiara, and Jim and Tina Hart. Both of these couples have greatly contributed to the Union Station through their charisma and amazing, powerful effort.

The Union Station Homeless Services is an organization that aids those who are homeless. Their available services include housing, benefits enrollment, and health referrals. Their help has shaped and rekindled the lives of men, women, and children everywhere.

May 9, 2015; 5:30 p.m.-11:00 a.m.; Tickets: $250; Langham Huntington; 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106; Call (626) 240-4557 or visit http://www.unionstationhs.org/event/gala/

– Chantal Khorramian

Photo courtesy of Union Station Homelessness Services

PACIFIC CLINICS FIESTA BRUNCH

¡Olé! It’s time to dust off your maracas and get ready to join Pacific Clinics for their Annual Fiesta Brunch!

It’s a brunch for a cause! Sit back and relax while enjoying a leisurely Sunday brunch to help those in need. This benefit brunch will be held at Pasadena’s own Brookside Golf Club on May 3, and will be catered by historic Mexican dining establishment, El Cholo Café.

The event’s afternoon entertainment is sure to please and get you in the fiesta spirit featuring live mariachi music, an exciting auction with big ticket items, and of course,  a bountiful brunch sure to make your mouth water. Ellen Lyva, Co-Anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News, will preside as hostess of the event. Proceeds will benefit Pacific Clinics, both its Portals Division and the Pacific Clinics Foundation.

Pacific Clinics is dedicated to providing behavioral and mental healthcare and support to the Pasadena community. They offer compassionate care and cost-effective treatment options while working to dissolve the negative stigma of mental illness.

May 3, 201511 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Tickets $100; Brookside Golf Club; 1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103; For more information visit pacificclinics.org.

– Sara Smola

Photo courtesy of Pacific Clinics

The 42nd Annual Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Come out for the celebration and join us at the 42nd Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer breakfast. Save the date on Thursday, May 7.

“Uniting Pasadena” – Get connected with the Pasadena community by supporting our new mayor, Bill Boggard. It is a very special event you do not want to miss! The Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer breakfast will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center and will be on Thursday, May 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jerry D Campbell will be the keynote speaker. Also joining the mayor will be spiritual leaders from the many faiths of Pasadena.

This event is presented by Friends in Deed, an organization that is dedicated to meet with people that are in need in the residence in Pasadena. Bringing happiness and joy, they ensure that people are safe and fed. Not only do they try to improve the effects of homelessness, but they also try to change lives and open up opportunities for their clients to move forward with high self-esteem. Through programs such as The Food Pantry, The Women’s Room, The Bad Weather Shelter, and The Homeless Prevention Program, they are able to support the community in a very important way.

May 7, 2015; 7am-9am; Pasadena Convention Center; 300 E Green St., Pasadena, CA; (626) 797-2402; For more information, please visit http://www.friendsindeedpas.org

– Chantel Khorramian

GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON

The American Heart Association will host a Go Red Luncheon on Thursday, May 7. Become part of this extraordinary movement by spreading the word about heart disease in your community.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Globe Theater that is situated in the picturesque corner of Universal Studios. This non-silent event highly encourages you to wear RED business casual attire to speak up about heart disease. You can also support Go Red For Women by volunteering, sponsoring, or donating funds to the event. For more information, please visit lagored.ahaevents.org.

The American Heart Association’s mission is to “build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” Having more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters, this organization funds innovative research, fights for stronger public health policies, and provides lifesaving tools and information to save and improve lives. Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is known as the nation’s largest voluntary organization.

May 7, 2015; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; The Globe Theater; 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608; visit lagored.ahaevents.org.

– Andrea Gonzalez

Photo courtesy of the American Heart Association