Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 8, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 8, 2024


to Death

Happy 138th Birthday Pasadena

Jackie Robinson Community 
Center’s 50th Anniversary

South Pasadena Police are 
investigating the stabbing 
death of a 70 year old woman 
after family members found 
her unresponsive in her home 
Tuesday night. 

 According to police at 
approximately 8:45 p.m., 
officers responded to a 
residence in the 800 block of 
Brent Avenue regarding an 
unresponsive adult female 
who was found bleeding. 
Police and Fire Department 
personnel arrived on the scene 
within minutes. Paramedics 
pronounced the victim, 
a female in her seventies, 
deceased due to apparent 
stab wounds to her upper 
torso. There appear to be no 
signs of forced entry into the 

 “The investigation is ongoing 
and dynamic. Detectives 
from South Pasadena and 
the Sheriff’s Department 
have been working tirelessly 
to uncover what happened. 
My deepest sympathy and 
sincere condolences go out to 
the family and friends of the 
victim,” said South Pasadena 
Police Chief Brian Solinsky.

 The Los Angeles County 
Sheriff’s Department has taken 
the lead in this investigation. 
The victim’s identity will not 
be released until the next of 
kin has been notified.

 Anyone with information is 
asked to call (323) 890-5500 
or anonymously at (800) 222- 
TIPS (8477).


 City officials announced 
Tuesday that the Pasadena 
Jackie Robinson Community 
Center (JRCC) is celebrating 
the 50th anniversary of 
the facility. The center was 
dedicated in sports legend 
Jackie Robinson’s name on 
June 2, 1974, it is located in 
the neighborhood where 
Robinson grew up. 

 A planed celebration will 
take place on Saturday, 
June 15 from noon-2 p.m. 
The event will include an 
invocation from Pastor 
Emeritus William Turner Jr., 
statements from dignitaries 
and the Los Angeles 
Dodgers Foundation, a 
choir performance, and 
refreshments. A time capsule 
will be unveiled, which will 
capture event photos and 
notes written by guests to be 
opened years later. 

 Jackie Robinson, famed 
baseball player and civil 
rights activist, lived in 
Pasadena from 1922-47 and 
excelled in multiple sports 
while enrolled at John Muir 
High School. Robinson 
went on to attend UCLA 
before joining the Dodgers 
in 1947. Throughout his life, 
he contributed to the Civil 
Rights Movement and was 
the first African American to 
play Major League Baseball 
and become Vice President 
of a major American 

 The JRCC provides 
inclusive classes, cultural 
events, and services for 
all ages, most of which 
are free to the public. The 
center is open on weekdays 
(excluding holidays), offers 
a free computer lab with 
Wi-Fi, and acts as a cooling 
center during the summer 
in response to extreme heat. 
Many community services 
provided by the city are 
located at JRCC, including 
health counseling and 
screening, passport services, 
community legal clinics, 
immigration assistance, 
resources for older adults, 
and more. 

For additional information, 
contact JRCC at (626) 744-

 Stay connected to the 
City of Pasadena online at:

 Museum and city officials are 
inviting everyone to celebrate 
as Pasadena Museum of History 
and the City of Pasadena hold 
a star-studded party Sunday 
in honor of Pasadena’s 138th 

 Themed “Happy Birthday 
Pasadena: Silver Screen 
Extravaganza,” the event will 
take place throughout the 
grounds at Pasadena Museum 
of History from noon to 4:00 
pm, featuring free cake, music, 
and entertainment, along with 
a variety of activities that will 
amuse and delight visitors of 
all ages. The theme for the 
celebration is inspired by the all-
new museum exhibition, Lights, 
Camera, Action! Hollywood 
Magic in Pasadena, debuting 
for its opening weekend in our 
History Center Galleries. This 
blockbuster exhibition and the 
large-scale Happy Birthday 
Pasadena party are highlights of 
Pasadena Museum of History’s 
Centennial Year Celebrations.

From noon to 4:00 p.m.

- Walk the Red Carpet and Star 
in your own celebrity photo ops 
on our movie sets

- View Lights, Camera, Action! 
Hollywood Magic in Pasadena 

- Craft your own movie-inspired 
top hat or tiara with Art 2 Go

- Enjoy lively music 
performances by Gypsy Jambo! 
and our dazzling DJ

- Learn popular iconic movie 
dance steps

- Watch hilarious classic silent 
movies and a 1912 film shot 
right here on our property

- Don’t miss the Free Popcorn

- Get a sneak preview of the 
extraordinary artworks for the 
upcoming Chalk Art Festival

- Cool off with Pump and Splash 
or play Disc Golf

- Visit all 9 interactive stations 
hosted by our Event Partners

- Find 10 Oscars on campus & 
enter to win a movie-themed gift 

 Official cake cutting will be 
held at 2 p.m. with Pasadena 
Mayor Victor Gordo. Then from 
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. there will be 
complimentary birthday cake 
for everyone.

 Free movie ticket drawings at 
2:45 p.m. and 3:30 for visitors 
who show up in costume.

 For more information visit:

Miss Etta Mae 
Stories at 
Free Event

for Unsolved 

 Nobody tells stories like Miss 
Etta Mae Mumphries, the alter 
ego of African American 

Karen Bankhead who will be 
accompanied by actor/singer 
Pam Trotter during a special 
Juneteenth event.

 Miss Etta Mae will share some 
of her stories Thursday, June 20, 
at 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior 
Center, 85 E. Holly St.

 A fount of wisdom, Miss Etta 
Mae has met and influenced 
exceptional people throughout 
her extraordinarily long life, 
from Josephine Baker to Dr. 
Martin Luther King Jr.

 The veteran actress and 
screenwriter studied at Second 
City, was a member of The 
Groundlings Sunday Company 
and was cofounder, producer, 
writer and performer with 
groundbreaking improv groups 
such as Hold the Cream and 
Foxy, Fine and Funny. She has 
been a cast member in plays 
in four states from California 
to New York and received the 
NAACP Theatre Award for 
Best Supporting Actress in 
2020 for her role as the flower 
child Wanda in the play “Three 
Times a Lady,” which made its 
national debut in Los Angeles. 
She has performed stand-up 
at such renowned clubs as The 
Comedy Store, The Ice House 
and The Improv. Bankhead 
has played a variety of roles 
on television shows, including 
“Will & Grace,” “Curb Your 
Enthusiasm,” “Gilmore Girls,” 
“Grey’s Anatomy” and many 

 The program is free for 
members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center and only $5 for 
nonmembers 50 and older. 
Residence in Pasadena is 
not required. To register or 
for more information, visit: and 
click on Activities & Events, 
then Special Events or call 626-

Nominations Open for Two 
Latino Parade Grand Marshals

Hundreds of Artists to take Part 
in the Pasadena Chalk Festival 

The City of Pasadena and 
the Pasadena Latino Heritage 
Committee are accepting 
nominations for Grand 
Marshal and Community 
Grand Marshal of the 2024 
Latino Heritage Parade and 
Festival. This year’s theme, 
“Somos Pasadena: Seguimos 
Floreciendo” (We are Pasadena: 
We Continue to Flourish), 
highlights the accomplishments 
and aspirations of the Latino 
community in Pasadena and 

Community Grand Marshal 
Minimum Criteria

 The nominee should be an 
individual who has displayed 
outstanding service, support, 
and commitment to the local 
community for the betterment 
of the Latino Community 
through direct services and/or 
notable personal achievements.

 The nominee should be able 
and willing to carry out the 
function of the Grand Marshal, 
including leading the parade, 
attending the fundraising 
kickoff reception, Parade VIP 
Breakfast, and on-stage award 
ceremony on parade day.

 The nominee must reside 
in Pasadena and may not be 
a current City of Pasadena 
employee or elected official.

 Nominations must be 
submitted online by Monday, 
June 17.

 The Pasadena Latino Heritage 
Parade and Festival Committee 
will make the final selection 
of the Grand Marshal and 
Community Grand Marshal.

 Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
introduced a motion to again 
extend a $25,000 reward for 
any details leading to the 
apprehension and conviction 
of those responsible for the 
killing of 27-year-old Ernesto 
Jimenez in Pasadena.

 Jimenez was fatally shot 
while walking to Villa Park 
in the evening on Nov. 13, 
2020. He was affectionately 
known as “Big Ernesto” in 
the community and enjoyed 
playing music often at Villa 
Park. Mr. Jimenez was widely 
known for his caring and 
warm nature. He was not a 
gang member and had no 
gang affiliations.

 “Nearly four years have 
gone by since Ernesto’s life 
violently ended as he was 
strolling to his neighborhood 
park,” Supervisor Kathryn 
Barger said. “I remain hopeful 
that this reward will prompt 
someone with information 
to come forward and provide 
investigators with a critical tip 
or bit of crucial information 
to finally help solve this case. 
Ernesto’s family and friends 
are heartbroken. They and the 
broader Pasadena community 
deserve answers, justice, and 

 “We are not going to let a 
coward violate the safety and 
security of our city,” Pasadena 
Mayor Victor M. Gordo said. 
“We owe it to the family to 
find the person(s) responsible. 
I thank Supervisor Barger 
for never forgetting our local 
families who deserve closure.” 

 Those with any information 
about this case can 
anonymously call 1(800) 222-
TIPS (8477)

 The Annual Pasadena Chalk 
Festival is back and set to be held 
on the Plaza at the Pasadena 
Convention Center, Saturday, 
June 22 and Sunday, June 23. 
Now in its 31st year, the event 
will be hosted by the Light 
Bringer Project, a Pasadena 
nonprofit organization dedicated 
to arts and education. They are 
partnering with Visit Pasadena, 
and The Pasadena Convention 

 “The Pasadena Chalk Festival 
provides an opportunity for 
people from all walks of life to see 
artists create spectacular murals 
right before their eyes,” said Tom 
Coston, chair of the board of 
Light Bringer Project “There are 
so many incredible artworks in 
every style; it’s a favorite among 
families and a real love mark in 
our community.”

 Referred to as the “Museum 
Without Walls,” the festival is 
expected to draw in over 20,000 
attendees and will feature 
hundreds of expert chalk artists 
who will create massive and 
vibrant murals using several 
styles and techniques. From 
whimsical to poignant and 
powerful, the artworks are meant 
to evoke emotions and leave a 
lasting impression on its viewer.

 “Every year we look forward 
to this event and 2024 is no 
exception,” said Michael Ross, 
CEO of Pasadena Center 
Operating Company. “Arts and 
culture play a huge role in the 
Pasadena community, and we’re 
grateful that Pasadena has been 
able to host this for 31 years.”

 The event is free and open to the 
public, and not only will guests 
be treated to festive art but there 
will also be a live DJ, concessions, 
an art gallery/silent auction, an 
awards ceremony at the close of 
the festival and so much more.

 Light Bringer Project is a 
nonprofit Pasadena-based arts 
organization founded in 1990 by 
residents who were exploring the 
historic contributions that artists, 
architects and craftsmen made to 
the local environment. Today, the 
organization is widely known for 
delivering arts and educational 
programs to underserved youth 
in the greater Pasadena and Los 
Angeles areas. To learn more, 

 The Pasadena Center Operating 
Company is a non-profit 501(c)
(4) dedicated to promoting 
Pasadena as a meeting and 
travel destination to maximize 
economic impact through 
the development of meetings, 
conventions, entertainment 
events and tourism by providing 
professionally managed facilities 
and first-class service. The 
Pasadena Center Operating 
Company operates the Pasadena 
Convention Center, Civic 
Auditorium, Convention & 
Visitors Bureau, and Ice Skating 
Center. For more information, 

 The Pasadena Convention 
Center is located 300 E. Green St. 

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