Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 7, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, October 7, 2023 

to Celebrate 

Pasadena to Celebrate 
National Coming Out Day

A month of nine events 
to celebrate walking 
Pasadena’s streets

 The City of Pasadena in 
partnership with Day One 
and The Pasadena Complete 
Streets Coalition (PasCSC) 
invite all of Pasadena to get 
out and walk in October. 
This year our events are 
once again in-person with 
guided walks and walking 
tours. This is the first year 
that the City of Pasadena 
is sponsoring Walktober 
while recognizing that the 
Pasadena Complete Streets 
Coalition, its volunteers 
and its partners have 
established this annual 
event in our community.

 Walktober is an annual 
international promotion 
to encourage walking. 
Communities across the 
world from Portland, 
Oregon to Raleigh, North 
Carolina, to Adelaide, 
Australia, organize events 
celebrating and bringing 
awareness to walking.

 Here in Pasadena, 
the City, Day One, and 
PasCSC have partnered 
with local organizations 
and community members 
to put together a month-
long calendar of in-
person walks, tours, and 
community events.

 The slate of events reflects 
a wide range of reasons and 
ways to enjoy this activity. 
Be it for everyday exercise, 
mental health, to meet new 
people, learn about the city, 
or simply to get to work or 
school, we hope to inspire 
Pasadenans by trying to 
provide something for just 
about everyone.

Highlights include:

Tour the Arroyo 
Seco Watershed with 
Councilmember Tyron 
Hampton – Today, 9-11:30 

Guided Tour of Caltech’s 
Historic Campus – 
Saturday, October 14, 
9-11:30 a.m.

The Pasadena Hollywood 
Backlot Walking Tour with 
Councilmember Justin 
Jones - Sunday, October 15, 
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Pasadena African 
American History Walk 
with the NAACP Pasadena 
Branch – Saturday, October 
21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Walking Tour of the 
Grace Hill Neighborhood 
– Saturday and Sunday, 
October 21 and 22, 1:30 

Art & Architecture Tour 
of Playhouse Village with 
Councilmember Jason 
Lyon – Sunday, October 22, 
4:30-6 p.m.

Eaton Canyon Hike with 
Councilmember Gene 
Masuda and Nature for All 
– Saturday, October 28, 9 
a.m.-12 p.m.

Route 66 – East Colorado 
Boulevard Tour with 
Councilmember Gene 
Masuda – Saturday, 
October 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Walk Arroyofest – Closure 
of the Arroyo Seco Parkway 
- October 29, 7:30-11:00 

 Event Details: Details 
on the walks, as well as a 
calendar, can be found at: 

 The Pasadena Libraries and 
Information Services, Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services, and Public Health 
departments announced they 
will host Pasadena’s eighth 
annual National Coming Out 
Day Celebration on Wednesday 
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

 The event will be held in the 
Pasadena City Hall Bogaard 
Courtyard, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

 This all-ages event supports 
those who have come out 
as lesbian, gay, bisexual, 
transgender, queer, intersex, 
asexual and those who identify 
with a sexual orientation or 
gender identity that is not 
included within the LGBTQIA+ 
acronym. The evening will 
be filled with music, resource 
tables, crafts, speakers, free 
HIV testing, and giveaways. 
This year’s panelists are Oliver 
Alpuche, DTLA Proud founder, 
Camila Camaléon, President 
for the SGV LGBTQ+ Center, 
and Councilmember Jason 
Lyon with panel moderation 
facilitated by Department of 
Information and Technology 
Chief Information Officer, 
Phillip Leclair.

 Los Angeles born Oliver 
Alpuche was raised in Highland 
Park just outside downtown Los 
Angeles (DTLA) to Belizean 
Immigrant parents and moved 
to DTLA in 2008. Alpuche’s 
career grew in retail but when 
challenged to build an authentic 
running community for Nike, 
his true passion for community 
building came to light. Living 
downtown and seeing diversity 
and acceptance paired with 
his passion for community 
connection inspired him 
to build an authentic queer 
community meeting space 
where people can connect and 
build strong relationships in 
their city. In 2015, he opened 
Redline, a local gay bar in 
the historic core. In 2016, he 
founded DTLA Proud with the 
focus of community building 
and in 2022 secured the first 
Queer Community Center in 
DTLA, A+R=T located at the 

 Camila Camaléon is a San 
Gabriel Valley based writer, 
President for the SGV LGBTQ+ 
Center, Playfulness Consultant, 
Zumba instructor, and artist. By 
centering radical curiosity, joy, 
and power, Camaleón’s scope 
of work invites methods of 
transformative healing justice, 
media justice, and curated 
engagement as expressions of 
healing practices for folks of all 
genders and sexualities. With 
a commitment to the Black 
Femme Radical Imagination, 
her expertise in the soundscapes 
is a transgression of boundaries, 
knowledge, compassion, and 
empathy to build worlds in 
collaboration of our collective 

 Jason Lyon was born in 
Kentucky and grew up in North 
Carolina. A graduate of the 
University of North Carolina 
at Chapel Hill, Lyon holds 
a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, 
Television, and Motion Pictures. 
He worked as a documentary 
film producer in New York 
before moving to Southern 
California in 1998. He earned his 
Juris Doctorate from the UCLA 
School of Law. Today, Lyon is 
a partner with the Pasadena 
law firm, Hahn & Hahn, where 
he practices business litigation 
with an emphasis in partnership 
disputes. Lyon moved to 
Pasadena from the Silver Lake 
neighborhood of Los Angeles in 
2010. In addition to serving on 
the boards of several nonprofits, 
Lyon has held a variety of 
positions in public service 
including Chair of the Pasadena 
Planning Commission. Lyon 
was elected to serve District 7 
on June 7, 2022.

 Moderator Phillip Leclair 
joined the City of Pasadena in 
2008 and as Chief Information 
Officer (CIO) he is responsible 
for leading the City’s technology 
initiatives and managing 
overall IT operations, security 
and customer service for the 
Department of Information 

 Pasadena’s celebration coincides 
with the 35th anniversary of 
National Coming Out Day, 
launched to recognize the first 
National March on Washington 
for lesbian and gay rights and to 
remind all of us of the power of 
coming out. First celebrated in 
the United States in 1988, the 
initial idea was grounded in the 
feminist and gay liberation spirit 
of the personal being political, 
and the emphasis on the most 
basic form of activism being 
coming out to family, friends, 
and colleagues.

 The City of Pasadena is 
proud to be an inclusive city, 
accepting of everyone. For 
more information, contact Jane 
Gov, Youth Services, jgov@ or (626) 

Tournament Announces 2024 Royal Court

Photo caption: 2024 Royal Court - left to right: Trinity Dela Cruz, Marshall Fundamental School; 
Olivia Bohanec, La Salle College Preparatory; Emmerson Tucker, Blair High School; Jessica Powell, 
Flintridge Preparatory School; Naomi Stillitano, Arcadia High School; Mia Moore-Walker, Flintridge 
Preparatory School; Phoebe Ho, South Pasadena High School.

 Pasadena Tournament of Roses 
officials announced Monday 
the seven members of the 2024 
Royal Court. The reveal was 
attended by nearly 200 people on 
the south lawn of Tournament 
House, including friends and 
family of the 28 finalists. 

 Members of the 2024 Royal 
Court will serve as ambassadors 
of the Tournament of Roses, the 
Pasadena community, and the 
greater Los Angeles area, and will 
each receive a $7,500 educational 
scholarship. The selected young 
ladies exemplify character, 
service and leadership modeled 
through their commitment to 
family, school and community.

 Royal Court members 
experience countless benefits, 
including personal development 
programs designed to enhance 
their public speaking and 
presentation abilities, boost 
self-confidence and refine 
their etiquette skills. Royal 
Court members are provided 
with opportunities to actively 
participate in the community, 
make positive contributions and 
discover ways to connect with 
local leaders.

 The Announcement and 
Coronation of the 105th Rose 
Queen and presentation of the 
2024 Royal Court will be held 
on Friday, October 27, 2023, on 
the front lawn of Tournament 

 The 2024 Royal Court will ride 
down Colorado Blvd. on the 
Royal Court float in the 135th 
Rose Parade and attend the CFP 
Semifinal at the 110th Rose Bowl 
Game, both on Monday, January 
1, 2024. For more information 

this Friday

 Director of Planning and 
Community Development, 
Jennifer Paige announced 
Thursday the city’s popular 
ArtNight is set Friday night 
to highlights multicultural 
programming from around the 
world. ArtNight will include 
20 in person venues with 
visual art, dance, music, and 
other performances to enliven 
the City and engage audiences 
from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

 Events include Chilling 
tales from China and Japan 
by storyteller Barbara Wong 
feature “Hungry Ghosts” at 
the USC Pacific Asia Museum; 
Alkebu-lan Cultural Center 
will exhibit artwork from near 
and far, including works by 
artist Carole Morisseau and 
Brazilian Capoeira dance, 
while local artist Tom Tsai will 
dance to a video installation 
at A Room to Create. The 
Pasadena Conservatory of 
Music will showcase classical, 
multicultural and interactive 
performances. Parson’s Nose 
Theater’s Old Time Radio 
presents “Treasure Island” 
as well as an exciting piece 
from Roberta Martinez’s new 
Ampola Players.

 Explore nature and eco-
friendly themes with 
Light Bringer Project at 
Day One, which features 
“Wild,” a collaborative art 
experience featuring outdoor 
environments that highlight 
climate, sustainability, 
and endangered species. 
Experience “Plein Air,” the 
Armory Center for the Arts’ 
exhibition and art workshop 
while grooving to the sounds 
of DJ Wildflower; delight in 
the beauty of the arroyo at the 
Pasadena Museum of History’s 
collaborative exhibition 
with the California Art Club 
and discover STEAM at the 
Lamanda Park branch of the 
Pasadena Public Library where 
free Annular Solar Glasses 
will be available to early 
bird patrons. Enjoy student 
performances and plant a 
succulent garden at artWorks 
Teen Center and craft a 
spooky-themed terrarium at 
City Hall. 

 For more information 
about ArtNight visit: 

Symphony/Pops Appoints 
Andrew Brown as New CEO

 The Board of Directors of 
the Pasadena Symphony and 
POPS named Andrew Brown 
(pictured) Wednesday as Chief 
Executive Officer, following an 
executive search guided by Arts 
Consulting Group. As CEO of 
the Pasadena Symphony and 
POPS, Brown will manage the 
Pasadena Symphony, currently 
in a Music Director search, 
the Pasadena POPS, under 
the direction of Principal 
Pops Conductor Michael 
Feinstein, and the Pasadena 
Youth Symphony Orchestras, 
serving over 700 students in 
the San Gabriel Valley. Brown 
brings a wealth of experience 
as a seasoned performing 
arts executive to usher in an 
exciting period of growth as the 
institution embarks on its 96th 
season. Brown will begin his 
tenure on November 13.

 Brown has more than 20 
years of leadership experience 
in the performing arts, serving 
for the past five years as CEO 
of Pacific Chorale, where he 
guided the organization through 
significant transitions and 
growth, including earning its 
first GRAMMY Award for Best 
Choral Performance in 2021. 
Prior to joining Pacific Chorale, 
Andrew rose through the ranks 
of the LA Master Chorale, acting 
as Chief Operating Officer from 
2016-2019. He helped facilitate 
the Master Chorale’s transition 
to a fully professional chorus 
and tenured orchestra, produced 
the 2018 Big Sing California 
and executive produced the 
internationally-acclaimed first 
world tour of Lagrime di San 
Pietro, staged by Peter Sellars.

 “I am deeply honored to 
be named the next CEO of 
the Pasadena Symphony and 
POPS, during a time of exciting 
transition for the organization,” 
said Brown. “It is a tremendous 
opportunity to jump into the 
search for the orchestra’s next 
Music Director and to work 
closely with Principal Pops 
Conductor Michael Feinstein 
to shepherd the artistic vision 
of this incredibly talented 
ensemble. I look forward to 
working with the Board, staff, 
musicians and all stakeholders 
to build upon the Pasadena 
Symphony and POPS’ solid 
foundation as a dynamic cultural 
treasure serving our greater 
Pasadena community.”

 The Pasadena Symphony and 
POPS is also excited to announce 
that Kimberly S. Winick has 
been elected as President of the 
Board of Directors, commencing 
with the 23/24 Season. Winick 
has served on the Executive 
Committee of the Board of 
Directors for over a decade in 
roles of varying responsibility, 
including Director at Large, 
Co-Chair of the CEO Search 
Committee and Vice President 
of Investments.

 “The Pasadena Symphony and 
POPS is in the midst of a vibrant 
rejuvenation,” said Winick. “I 
am honored and thrilled to 
serve as President of the Board 
as we welcome Andrew Brown 
as our new CEO, select a new 
Music Director, and set off on 
new musical adventures. With 
familiar venues and new faces, 
I look forward to keeping our 
audiences sustained and excited 
to enjoy all that we offer as we 
look to a bright future.”

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