Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 18, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 18, 2023 

PHS Put on 

Gun Scare

Egg Hunt set ot Return to the Rose Bowl

Bloom Again Foundation 
New Board of Directors


 The City of Pasadena Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services Department and the 
Rose Bowl Stadium jointly 
announced Monday the 
return of Egg Bowl—a free 
community egg hunt and 
spring festival—Saturday, 
April 8, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
on the stadium grounds. The 
popular Bunny Brunch and 
VIP experience also returns 
for a fee, depending on age.

 Tickets for each free 
30-minute egg hunt are 
available online now at 
Tickets are required to enter 
the egg hunts. 

 A spring festival with free 
family activities, games, 
performances by local youth 
groups, food for purchase, 
and more will take place in 
Area H, just outside stadium 
grounds. Tickets are not 
required for the spring festival 

 Enjoy pancakes, eggs, 
sausage, and more during 
the Bunny Brunch at the 
stadium’s Terry Donahue 
Pavilion for $30 per person 
over age 10, $20 for those age 
4-9 Get tickets for the brunch 
Bunny Brunch admission is 
free for children age 3 and 
under who are accompanied 
by a ticketed adult. Brunch 
begins at 9 a.m., and attendees 
will be given access to the VIP 
egg hunt starting at 10 a.m.

 Egg Bowl is sponsored by 
the City of Pasadena Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services Department and 
Rose Bowl Stadium. For more 
information about the Egg 
Bowl call the City’s Citizen 
Service Center at (626) 744-

 To request a disability-related 
accommodation or materials 
in alternative formats, contact 
(626) 744-7311 or CSC@ 
Providing at least 72 hours 
advance notice will help 
ensure availability.

Parents and students took 
to social media complaining 
that school officials could 
have handled a situation 
at Pasadena High School 
better during an hours long 
lockdown Tuesday after 
a call stating their was a 
student on campus with a 

 According to reports, 
police lifted the lockdown 
around 3 p.m. after finding 
a toy pellet gun. Both 
Pasadena High School 
and nearby Focus Point 
Academy were placed on 
lockdown shortly after 
10:30 a.m.

 There were no injuries or 
arrests according to police.

 Many parents complained 
of a lack of information. 
After over two hours, 
Pasadena Unified School 
District officials wrote, “As 
police investigate, students 
are safe and sheltering in 
classrooms. We will update 
the community as soon 
as the lockdown has been 
lifted. The safety of our 
students is our top priority.”

 Students, using their 
phones in classrooms, 
complained about not 
allowing them food, water, 
or bathroom breaks. 

 PUSD officials said that 
schools regularly practice 
lockdown procedures.

From left to right: Bloom Again Co-Chair Rosetta Henderson, 
Treasurer Rita Boccuzzi, Secretary Victoire Prothro, Outgoing 
Board Co-Chair Zee Najarian, Board Member Marisol Barrios 
Perez, and Co-Chair Carolyn Sims

 Bloom Again Foundation 
in Pasadena announced and 
welcomed its board of directors 
for 2023. The organization 
provides rapid-response 
financial assistance for rent to 
working women living at or 
near the poverty level when 
medical challenges stretch their 
already limited resources.

 A volunteer group of women 
from various backgrounds, 
this year’s board of directors is 
led by Co-Presidents Rosetta 
Henderson and Carolyn 
Sims. Henderson serves as 
the Community Outreach 
Project Manager for Southern 
California Edison and Sims is the 
Senior Manager, Community 
and Climate Equity at the same 
utility company. Other directors 
are Treasurer Rita Boccuzzi, a 
financial consultant and money 
coach, who is the CEO of 
Flourish Inc, Secretary Victoire 
Prothro, who is former interim 
executive director at SLO 
Climate Coalition and is now 
their equity adviser, and Marisol 
Barrios Perez, who is the CEO 
of Mission Driven PR.

 “After serving on the board 
of directors for 10 years, I am 
grateful to now serve in the 
capacity of co-president,” said 
Sims. “Bloom Again Foundation 
has always been near and dear 
to my heart because of our 
mission. The support we receive 
from our donors, partnerships, 
and fundraising events provides 
the support to make an impact 
in the lives of these women 
when they need it the most.”

 The board of directors also bid 
farewell to Zee Najarian, who 
is a clarity coach and founder 
of Bloom Coffee LA. Having 
recently served as the co-
president of the board, Najarian 
volunteered on the board for 10 

 Women with a medical 
diagnosis are referred through 
the collaboration with 
community partners, providing 
their clients, patients, and 
parishioners with the financial 
support they need while they 
are receiving treatment or 
recovering. To learn more about 
Bloom Again Foundation, visit

 Established in 2008 by Dr. Lois 
Frankel, president of Corporate 
Coaching International and 
bestselling author, Bloom 
Again Foundation is a 501 (c) 
(3) non-profit organization 
that supports economically 
vulnerable working women 
when they encounter medical 


Pasadena Symphony set 

to hold Stellar 23/24 Season

 A Tribute to Bonnie 
Raitt and the Ladies of 
the Blues.

 Pasadena Symphony announced 
Thursday the 2023/24 season 
with a schedule of seven 
performances, running October 
21 through April 20, 2024. 
Season highlights include piano 
powerhouse concertos with 
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a 
Theme of Paganini, Tchaikovsky 
Piano Concerto No. 1 and 
Beethoven “Emperor” alongside 
stunning violin concertos 
of Mendelssohn, Beethoven 
and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. 
Experience how simultaneously 
intimate and Technicolor 
symphonic music can be at the 
Ambassador Auditorium with 
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 
4, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, 
Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and 
Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. The 
season also includes the annually 
sold-out Holiday Candlelight 
Concert on Saturday, December 
16, 2023 with 4pm and 7pm 
performances at All Saints 

 The season’s line-up of 
internationally renowned guest 
artists includes conductor 
Brett Mitchell (pictured), who 
will return to open the season 
October 21st for Tchaikovsky 
4 with Yehudi Menuhin 
International Competition 
winner Diana Adamyan; 
Grammy-nominated conductor 
Ward Stare for Rachmaninoff 
Rhapsody on a Theme of 
Paganini, performed by award-
winning pianist Natasha 
Paremski; Kensho Watanabe 
returning to conduct Beethoven 
“Emperor” with Avery Fisher 
Career Grant winner George 
Li; Salonen Conducting Fellow 
Kyle Dickson for Tchaikovsky 
Piano Concerto No. 1 performed 
by Concert Artists Guild 
International Competition 
winner Wynona Wang; François 
López-Ferrer returning to 
conduct Beethoven Violin 
Concerto with the “frighteningly 
awesome” (Buffalo News) talent 
of violinist Francisco Fullana; 
and Dudamel Conducting 
Fellow Linhan Cui for Vivaldi’s 
Four Seasons with Colburn artist 
Charlotte Marckx.

 The Pasadena Symphony’s 
fourth annual Composer’s 
Showcase kicks off with Mason 
Bates’ Garages of the Valley, 
inspired by the digital age that 
was dreamed up in the most 
low-tech of spaces dotting the 
landscape of Silicon Valley; 
followed by Patrick Harlin’s 
Earthrise, inspired by the 
iconic and arguably the most 
important environmental photo 
taken by astronaut Bill Anders 
on the first-ever trip around 
the moon. Harlin’s piece is 
part of the California Festival: 
A Celebration of New Music, 
conceived by LA Phil Music 
& Artistic Director Gustavo 
Dudamel, San Diego Symphony 
Music Director Rafael Payare and 
San Francisco Symphony Music 
Director Esa-Pekka Salonen to 
highlight the collaborative and 
innovative spirit that thrives in 
California. The season continues 
with Jessica Hunt’s Climb 
inspired by her shared struggle 
with Beethoven, in overcoming 
physical adversities; Jessie 
Montgomery’s Strum, which 
draws upon American folk 
idioms and the spirit of dance; 
Shawn Okpebholo’s Stomp the 
Dust! which showcases the 
colorful essence of Kenya and 
musically depicts the arid terrain, 
dancing and pleas for rain; 
and Si’ang Chen’s beautifully 
sonorous Adagio. 

 All Pasadena Symphony 
concerts take place at 
Ambassador Auditorium, 
131 S. St. John Avenue, with 
performances at 2pm and 8pm. 
Subscription packages start at 
$99 with single tickets starting at 
$40. Both may be purchased at or 
by calling (626) 793-7172.

Dine at El Portal 
to Support 
Senior Center 

 In celebration of Woman’s 
History month and as part 
of their Roadhouse Series, 
Altadena’s Coffee Gallery 
Backstage will honor Bonnie 
Raitt and her influences.

 For nearly six decades 
Bonnie Raitt has 
championed the essence 
of American roots music 
through her distinctive 
slide guitar playing and 
her gentle textured and 
soulful vocals on songs like 
“I Can’t Make You Love 
Me” “Nick of Time,” “Angel 
from Montgomery” and 
“Something to Talk About.” 
She has been an innovator 
and pioneer of today’s 
Americana-roots music as 
she has continued to build 
a legacy of songs that has 
captured the soul of women 
in music and a modern and 
complex culture. Today she 
has truly earned the title, an 
American Treasure.

 For this show the finest 

musicians and the faithful 
Roadhouse audience will 
gather for this musical 
tribute to Bonnie Raitt and 
the Ladies of the Blues, 
including the return of the 
Mighty Cool House with 
Dolly Ramirez & JJ Schoch, 
Sandra Macat, Lorin Hart, 
Karman Jeanne, Corrina 
Carter, Leslie Barker, JK 
Jones, Jaynee Thorne, Matt 
Bunsen, Brooks Taylor, 
Coyote Moon, Owen Dara, 
Moss Reynolds, Greg 
Dobler, Randy Miller and 
Pat Nason.

 The Coffee Gallery 
Backstage is located 2029 N. 
Lake in Altadena.

 For Reservations call (626) 

PCC Dean Visiting Taiwan 
on Fulbright Scholar Award

 Dr. Solomon Cross, PCC’s 
dean of Performing and 
Communication Arts, traveled 
to Taiwan this week on a 
Fulbright Scholar Award from 
the U.S. Department of State’s 
Bureau of Educational and 
Cultural Affairs. 

 During his visit, Dr. Cross will 
take part in a two-week group 
seminar with representatives 
from universities, private 
sector organizations, and 
select government agencies. 
The program is designed 
to familiarize U.S. higher 
education administrators with 
Taiwan’s higher education 
system, society and culture. 
It will consist of briefings, 
campus visits, appointments 
with select government officials, 
cultural activities and meetings 
with international education 

 “I am beyond thrilled to have 
the opportunity to take part in 
this work,” Dr. Cross said. “As 
educators we are often called 
to serve as bridges between 
cultures and bring people 
together to solve problems. This 
scholarship will give me the 
chance to do that in real time.”

 Dr. Cross is traveling under 
the International Education 
Administrators award program, 
which is specifically targeted to 
higher education administrators 
in the United States. Dr. Cross 
and his compatriots will visit 
no fewer than 12 Taiwanese 
colleges and universities.

 He will also serve as an emissary 
for PCC’s International Student 
Programs, which enroll students 
in Pasadena from locations 
around the world.

 Anyone who dines at El 
Portal in Pasadena for lunch 
or dinner Wednesday, will 
have an opportunity to help 
support the Pasadena Senior 

 The Yucatecan/Mexican 
restaurant will donate 20 
percent of that day’s profits to 
the center. Diners are asked 
to print out the El Portal flyer 
(click on Dine Out & Benefit 
PSC) and give it to their server 
at the restaurant. Diners 
may eat at the restaurant or 
order takeout. Proceeds will 
benefit programs, activities 
and services of the Pasadena 
Senior Center. 

 El Portal (www. is at 
695 E. Green St. in Pasadena 
and will be open on March 
22 from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Reservations are requested. 
Call 626-795-8553. 

 Anyone who cannot dine 
at El Portal on March 22 will 
still have an opportunity to 
support the center by visiting: 
and clicking on Donation & 
Membership, then Ways to 
Give, then the orange Donate 
Now button. 

 The Pasadena Senior 
Center is an independent, 
donor-supported nonprofit 
organization that has served 
older adults for more than 60 
years. For more information 
visit the website or call 626-

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