Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 29, 2023

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 29, 2023 

Tournament Hosts Youth 
Empowerment Forum

Bill to Increase Cyclist 
and Pedestrian Safety 
Passes Committee

Pasadena Celebrates 
AAPI Heritage Month

The City of Pasadena is set to celebrate Asian American and Pacific 
Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May. This is a time to honor and 
recognize the contributions of the AAPI community that shapes 
the rich cultural tapestry of our city and nation. Pasadena Public 
Library, Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services 
Department, and The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library are 
offering a month-long series of in-person and virtual activities and 
events to celebrate AAPI heritage, history and achievements. All 
programs and events are free.

 Programs and events include cultural and educational activities, 
workshops, and take-home craft projects—all of which aim to 
promote understanding, appreciation and respect for the AAPI 
community and their contributions to the city of Pasadena.

Storytime and Art with USC Pacific Asia Museum

Monday, May 1 • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. 
Raymond Ave.

 Learn about Asian cultures with instructors from Pasadena’s USC 
Pacific Asia Museum. Enjoy a story and art activity inspired by the 
book “The Archer and the Sun by Rob Cleveland,” illustrated by 
Baird Hoffmire. All materials provided. For ages 5-12.

Art and Speaker Presentation at Jackie Robinson Community 

Thursday, May 4 • 4-6:30 p.m. • Jackie Robinson Community 
Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 

Create an AAPI fresh flower craft project between 4-6 p.m. For all 

Learn about the Chinese American experience from a historic 
perspective, with dynamic speaker and Pasadena native Kaz Doi. 
This activity is from 6-6:30 p.m. For all ages.

 Registration is required and will open on Monday, May 1, at

Heritage of Pasadena’s Japanese American Community

Saturday, May 6 • 3 pm • Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 N. 
Altadena Dr.

 Presented by Susan H. Kamei, managing director of the Spatial 
Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

Dr. Kamei will discuss the forced removal and incarceration due 
to Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, that decimated Japanese 
American communities that were so vibrant before World War II. 
Following the war, some communities were able to reconstitute 
(Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, Japantown in San Francisco, and 
Monterey Bay) while others did not and remained completely 
erased (Tacoma and Terminal Island).

 Pasadena has an interesting and important story because of caring 
individuals like realtor William Carr. He established Friends of 
the American Way, an organization that pushed back against the 
intense prejudice opposing the return of Japanese Americans 
as they were released from camps, paving the way for Japanese 
Americans from Pasadena and other parts of Southern California 
to return. For ages 18+.

Story and Teatime at Villa Parke Community Center 

Tuesday, May 9 • 10-11:30 a.m. • Villa Parke Community Center, 
363 E. Villa St. 

Enjoy an AAPI story, discussion and teatime snacks hosted by the 
Villa Parke Branch Library, with arts & crafts from Pasadena City 
College. This activity is open to all ages. 

Chai & Conversation

Thursday, May 18 • 7 p.m. • Zoom

Tea lovers wanted! Join us for a chat about Indian tea culture, then 
learn how to make traditional chai. Sign up now to attend. Program 
registration includes a kit you can pick up beforehand that will let 
you taste a shortcut version and tea accompaniment. For ages 9+.

Create Your Own Miniature Zen Garden

Thursday, May 25 • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. 
Raymond Ave.

Using recycled materials, create your own miniature Zen garden. 
All materials provided. To register, call La Pintoresca Branch 
Library (626) 744-7268. For all ages.

Just Yesterday – Stories from the Past

Saturday, May 27 • 10 a.m. • Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. 
Orange Grove Blvd.

Join us and discover the past through the personal memories and 
stories of Pasadena’s Nisei generation.

Ikebana, the Art of Japanese Flower Arrangement

Saturday, May 27 • 3 p.m. • Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 N. 
Altadena Dr.

 Join us for an afternoon of Ikebana led by instructor Jessica 
Tang, who will introduce you to this classical Japanese floral art, 
then demonstrate freestyle Ikebana. Create your own flower 
arrangement to take home. All materials provided. Sign up now to 
attend or call (626) 744-7266. For ages 18+.

TAIKO Project

Tuesday, May 30 • 4 p.m. • La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. 
Raymond Ave.

 Hear the powerful drums and electrifying rhythms that have 
played an important role in Japan’s festivals since ancient times. 
TAIKOPROJECT! is presented by The Music Center. For all ages.

Tapa Cloth

Wednesday, May 31 • 4 p.m. • Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. 
Villa St., 2nd Floor

 Make your own “tapa cloth” out of construction paper. Tapa cloth 
or tapa is a barkcloth made in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, 
primarily Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. All materials provided. For ages 

 For more information or to make an accessibility request, contact 
(626) 744-7311 or Providing at least 72 
hours advance notice will help ensure availability.

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 Senate Bill 538, authored 
by Senator Anthony 
Portantino passed the Senate 
Transportation Committee 
Wednesday. The measure would 
support safer transportation 
options for Californians by 
requiring Caltrans to appoint 
an advisor on issues specifically 
related to bicycle issues and 

 “Having someone at Caltrans 
solely focus on the needs of 
cycling communities & tasked 
with implementing safe street 
policies just makes sense. Let’s 
make sure that when we plan 
and implement transportation 
policies, we are protecting 
cyclist and pedestrian safety,” 
commented Senator Portantino.

 The California Department 
of Transportation (Caltrans) 
includes the Bicycle Facilities 
Unit (BFU). This unit is 
responsible for coordinating 
all aspects of Caltrans bicycle 
programs, promoting well 
designed bicycle facilities, 
and cultivating the funding, 
regulations, and education 
that makes these facilities 
possible. Currently, there is no 
specialized department chair 
who can advise the California 
Department of Transportation 
on issues related to bicycle 

 SB 538 would require the 
director of the California 
Department of Transportation 
to appoint a Chief Advisor 
on Cycling and Active 
Transportation, who shall 
serve as the department’s chief 
advisor on all issues related to 
bicycle transportation, safety, 
and infrastructure.

 “Our goal with this bill is to 
shape Caltrans to be inclusive 
and representative of all mobility 
options,” stated Marc Vukcevich, 
State Policy Advocate for Streets 
for All. “By having a Chief 
Advisor on Bicycling and Active 
Transportation, there would be 
a position that can have a voice 
at the table to improve bike and 
pedestrian safety across the 
state. This person will have the 
authority, expertise, purview, 
and staff needed to protect 
vulnerable road users at a time 
when we are at a 40 year high of 
pedestrian fatalities.”

For more information visit:

The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Saturday hosted 
#THISGen2023 Youth 
Empowerment Forum 
presented by Meta. The 
event brought together 
more than 300 Southern 
California youth. It 
featured an impressive 
lineup of panelists from 
some of the most influential 
sports, entertainment and 
technology organizations, 
including LA Times, NFL, 
Red Bull and the Los Angeles 
Dodgers Foundation!

 The speakers shared their 
experiences and insights 
with attendees, focusing 
on empowering the next 
generation of leaders. The 
discussions centered on 
leadership, breaking barriers 
and finding success by doing 
what you love. Participants 
also had the opportunity 
to learn about career 
opportunities in science, 
technology, and art and how 
they can use their talents in 
the professional world.

 “We’re honored to host 
such an inspiring event and 
bring together students 
and professionals from 
various industries and 
backgrounds,” said Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses 
President Alex Aghajanian. 
“The Tournament of Roses 
is proud to support our 
community by providing 
meaningful and rewarding 
experiences. #THISGen2023 
enriched the lives of so many 
and we’re thrilled to see the 
young attendees leave feeling 
empowered and ready to take 
on the world.”,

 Meta served as the 
presenting sponsor of the 
daylong event and offered 
attendees immersive VR 
experiences and a demo of 
Meta’s Quest 2 headsets for a 
glimpse of a potential career 
in tech.

 Additionally, support 
was provided through the 
Kindness is Free Program 
by the Boys & Girls Clubs, 
Official Kindness Partner of 
the Pasadena Tournament of 

 “It was cool hearing from 
the people speaking and 
the advice they gave us,” 
said Christian Villegas from 
Marshal Fundamental High 
School. “We heard stories 
about what the panelists did 
get to their dream jobs, and I 
learned a lot.”

 The Tournament of Roses 
is grateful to our presenting 
sponsor Meta and our 
community partner Boys & 
Girls Clubs for their support 
of #THISGen2023. We look 
forward to empowering the 
next generation of leaders 
together in the future. 

For complete panelist bios, 
please visit:

Local youth left 
feeling empowered 
and excited about 
opportunities for their 
future careers.

Tournament House Opens 
Doors for Free Public Tours

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Association started 
opening its doors to the 
public for guided tours 
every Thursday, at no cost. 
Experience the rich history 
of Pasadena and Tournament 
House, as you are invited to 
take a peek at the Tournament 
House, uncover the stories 
and see this iconic landmark.

 On this intimate tour, 
discover hidden details, little-
known facts and endearing 
trivia about the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses® 
Association and Tournament 
House. You will learn about 
the history of the house 
and hear more about the 
traditions of the Rose Parade® 
and Rose Bowl Game®. Led 
by volunteer Members of the 
Heritage Committee, one-
hour tours are offered every 
Thursday at 2 p.m. through 
August 31.

 Located in Pasadena, the 
house was once home to 
chewing gum mogul William 
Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada. 
Upon Ada’s death in 1958, 
the Wrigley family presented 
the property to the city of 
Pasadena with the request 
that it become home for the 
Tournament of Roses. Since 
then, the house has served 
as headquarters for the Rose 
Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

 Surrounding Tournament 
House is the Wrigley 
Gardens, which spans four 
and a half acres and features 
more than 1,500 varieties 
of roses, camellias and 
annuals. The building, the 
grounds and the gardens are 
beautifully maintained and 
are well worth the visit.

 Reservations are required 
for the complimentary 
tours. Reservation link 
and answers to frequently 
asked questions available 

 Guests are asked to arrive 
ten minutes prior to the start 
time. For groups of 10 or 
more, please call 626-449-
4100 or email membership@

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Association is a 
volunteer organization that 
hosts America’s New Year 
Celebration® with the Rose 
Parade® presented by Honda, 
the Rose Bowl Game® and 
a variety of accompanying 
events. The Association’s 935 
volunteer Members will drive 
the success of 135th Rose 
Parade themed “Celebrating a 
World of Music,” on Monday, 
January 1, 2024, followed by 
the 110th Rose Bowl Game. 
For more information, visit:

Free E-waste 
and Paper 




 Pasadena residents 
are invited to bring old 
electronics and up to THREE 
legal size boxes of documents 
to this free e-waste recycling 
and paper shredding event. 
Proof of residency required.

Acceptable electronics 

• Cable/TV equipment

• Cell phones and telephones

• Laptops

• Computer monitors

• Computer peripherals

• Copiers

• Printers

• Scanners

• Fax machines

• Radios

• TVs

• DVD players and VCRs

• Microwave ovens

• CFL bulbs and batteries

 The duration of this event 
is subject to truck capacity. 
If you have questions, 
please email recycle@ or call 
(626) 744-7311.

Saturday, May 27 

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brookside Park, 360 
N. Arroyo Blvd., 
Parking Lot I

Public Invited 
to ‘Spring 
Into Wellness’ 
Health Festival

Live at the Arboretum with 
Grammy-nominated The Fray

 The public is invited to 
Spring Into Wellness, a free 
community health festival on 
Saturday, April 29 from 11 
a.m. to 3 p.m., at Robinson 
Park Recreation Center. The 
festival will features free 
food, family-fun activities, 
health screenings, educational 
workshops, a COVID-19 
vaccine clinic, and information 
on programs and services for 

 “This is a wonderful 
opportunity to bring our 
community together again,” 
said Manuel Carmona, acting 
public health director. “PPHD 
staff are excited to share 
practical ways for community 
members to maintain and 
improve health and well-
being. We want Pasadena 
families to know that their 
local public health department 
is a resource to them.”

 In addition to activities 
provided by PPHD, the event 
is scheduled to include oral 
health screenings provided by 
Young & Healthy Pasadena 
and health screenings provided 
by Huntington Health. Free 
food will be provided by 
the Pasadena Firefighters 
Association, Local 809.

Robinson Park Recreation 
Center is locaded 1081 N. 
Fair Oaks Ave. This event is 
sponsored by Pasadena Public 
Health Department (PPHD) 
and community partners.

 For more information or to 
register as a vendor, please 
contact PPHD at (626) 
744-6097 or CPinedo@

Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
presents the fifth annual 
summer concert festival 
“Live at the Arboretum” 
with Grammy-nominated, 
double-platinum artists The 
Fray on Saturday, June 17 at 
7:00pm at the Los Angeles 
County Arboretum and 
Botanical Gardens.

 This summer’s Live at 
the Arboretum concert 
continues the success of 
previous acts Sara Evans, 
Dwight Yoakam, Trace 
Adkins and the inaugural 
debut of the festival in 2017 
with LeAnn Rimes. The 
concert is presented by 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 
in partnership with the Los 
Angeles County Department 
of Parks and Recreation, 
the Los Angeles Arboretum 
Foundation and the Pasadena 

 Grammy nominees and 
double-platinum chart 
toppers, The Fray gained 
national success with their 
self-titled debut, continuing 
their success with their 
fourth album Helios with 
critical acclaim from 
Billboard. Audiences will 
be singing along to the hits 
that defined them including 
“How to Save a Life,” “Over 
My Head (Cable Car),” You 
Found Me,” and so many 
more, live for one night only 
under the stars at the lush 
grounds of the Los Angeles 
County Arboretum.

 Gates open at 5:30pm for 
picnicking. Spacious circular 
table seating with linens 
and general admission lawn 
seating are both available for 
al fresco dining with family 
and friends under the stars. 
Guests are welcome to bring 
their own food and drinks, 
and the venue also features 
a variety of food trucks and 
two beverage centers serving 
a full bar with fine wines, 
beer, coffee and soft drinks.

 Tickets are available by 
calling (626) 793-7172, online 
at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.
org, or at the Arboretum on 
the day of the concert.

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