September 21, 2006
Echoing the beguiling Great Gatsby's 1920s Era, The Pasadena POPS Orchestra will stage its second annual "You and the Night and the Music" gala on Sat., Sept., 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m., a glamorous party set in a famed architectural jewel and benefiting the orchestra and its innovative education programs in schools throughout the Los Angeles area. Flush with sounds and spectacle from an era renown for its freewheeling allure, the gala will be hosted by Ellen and POPS Board President Harvey Knell at their home, the historic Blacker House in Pasadena built by famed architects Charles and Henry Greene in 1907.
December 17, 2009
Saturday’s rainstorm made for a particularly difficult day to get around, whether on the road or walking down the street. But for the students involved in Sock It to Me distribution on Saturday morning in Pasadena, it was just another day at work. Under the coordination of La Cañada High School 7/8 eighth grader and School 4 Vice President Jacob Brown and family, pillows, blankets, socks and gloves were delivered to the homeless living on the streets in Pasadena. The group also served the homeless breakfast.
December 15, 2005
Gwynne Erin Yadley, daughter of Dr. Richard Yadley of Pasadena and Joy McCallum of Los Angeles, was recently married to Gabriel David Vandervort, son of Don and Bobbi Vandervort of La Cañada. The intimate outdoor ceremony took place on Oct. 23 overlooking Johnston's Lake in Pasadena. The groom's brother, Christian, was best man and the bride's best friend, Jolyn Curtis, was matron of honor. The reception was held immediately following the ceremony in the lush courtyard of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.
June 1, 2006
Harvey G. Knell, a prominent business executive and influential San Gabriel Valley community leader, has been elected president of the board of directors of The Pasadena POPS Orchestra, one of Southern California's most prominent musical organizations. Knell, who has more than 35 years of business experience, is president of KCB Management, a boutique asset management firm based in Pasadena, which controls a substantial portfolio of operating businesses, real estate investments and publicly traded securities.
March 9, 2011
La Cañada Thursday Club member Joani Bartoli Porto mentioned that she is researching the Club’s origins. She said that her friend, John Knight, had given her the “book.” What book? I asked. Joani showed me a copy of Mrs. Knight’s 1927 autobiography titled “Meanderings of 83 Years.” The autobiography, published in 1927, was written 15 years after Mrs. Knight founded the La Cañada Thursday Club. Elizabeth Knight’s voice is fresh and compelling.
May 24, 2007
Ninety young musicians from all over the Southland auditioned in April for the opportunity to perform with The Pasadena POPS Orchestra in September as part of the Side-By-Side-By-Symphony 2007 program. "This was the largest number of students we've ever seen at auditions for this program. We were thrilled, but it made our job more difficult," says Director of Education Jane McEneaney. Of the auditioning students, 29 won the opportunity to perform at "Aren't We A Pair" on September 7, 8 and 9 at Descanso Gardens.
January 26, 2006
The City of Pasadena and Caltech, as the contractor that manages NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory finalized an agreement this week to provide NASA funding of a major new water treatment plant in Pasadena. "This agreement is a win-win situation for everyone," said Steve Slaten, NASA's Remedial Project Manager at JPL. Volatile organic compounds and perchlorate that originated from waste disposal practices on the JPL site many decades ago have been found in the groundwater beneath JPL. When detected levels of perchlorate in the nearby Pasadena wells rose above California's action level for perchlorate, the city closed them, and they have remained closed since.
June 1, 2006
Kirsten Fossan Newquist of La Cañada has been named to the Board of Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena. Newquist is vice-president of Copia Associates, a private investment firm based in San Ramon, California. She has also been vice-president of corporate development for Ancora Capital and Management Group, San Fernando. She received her BS degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and her MBA from UCLA's Anderson School. She and her husband are the parents of four children.
October 30, 2008
Growing up in La Cañada, she never dreamed of being a beauty queen. In fact, when a friend told her about the upcoming Miss Taiwan World pageant auditions, Christine Dai said she thought, “No way, those girls are so gorgeous and talented, they’d never choose me.” However, after filling out her paperwork and competing in the three categories — introduction, talent and question and answer — Dai, a 2004 graduate of...