Column: Social Whirl

Published in the Pasadena Independent


22 members from nine cities led by Katherine Watkins (president) will make up the new Board of Directors.

Katherine Watkins, President of The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

Katherine Watkins, President of The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

An all volunteer organization, PSHA is a non-profit California Corporation whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design. It is one of the oldest largest and most successful house and garden tours in the nation.

PSHA just celebrated the milestone of its fiftieth Showcase House in 2014. Founded in 1948, they have donated nearly $20 million to provide music programs in the community. Examples include the underwriting of concerts, choral productions, musical theater, opera, jazz quartets, marching bands, and orchestras at local schools, senior centers and through many other non-profit organizations.

Additionally, a staple part of their program is music therapy for at-risk children scholarships for young musicians and music education at a variety of levels. This is in addition to their longstanding support of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.

They also produce three highly regarded annual music programs: Music Mobile, Instrumental Competition and Youth Concert. An essential part of PSHA’s mission is to nurture the study and appreciation of music and to ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences.

For over sixty-five years they have funded and produced programs that have enriched the lives of countless people and brought a lasting legacy to the community.

The 2015 Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be open to the public Sunday, April 19th through Sunday May 17th, 2015. Tickets to the Showcase House go on sale February 4th, 2015. To purchase tickets, or for more information about PSHA, please visit


Billie Tone and Ginny Blitz, both members of THE FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM at the gala BBQ party in support of the Museum. Photo by Dana Hicks

Billie Tone and Ginny Blitz, both members of THE FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM at the gala BBQ party in support of the Museum. Photo by Dana Hicks

Tables and chairs were set up on the terraces of the new Education Center and the Community Center, looking over the sloping lawn surrounding the Hugo Reid statue.

Wonderful aromas from the onsite BBQ grill, was the start of a fun filled evening of music by Dan Ames and his band “THE LATE BLOOMERS”, a great dinner of Tri Tip and Chicken with all JAKE’S fixings.

City Council member attending were Mayor John Wu, Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Kovacic and wife Barbara, Sho Tay and wife Sherry and Tom Beck. Also Dominic Lazaretto and Christine City Manager, Gene Glasco City Clerk along with Stephen Deitsch City Attorney.

Foundation Directors and their guests were in attendance with members of the Arcadia Woman’s Club, DAR, Friends of the Museum, Arcadia Chinese Association and Museum supporters were on hand to help celebrate the opening of the Museum’s Education center. Curator Dr. Dana Hicks and Director Mary Beth Hayes were also present.

Jan McEachern was Co-Chair with President Floretta Lauber. Jan chose sage green colors for décor, using drought friendly succulents in decorative containers as center pieces for the tables.

A great time was had by all and their financial goal was met!! Thank you to all who made that possible by either attending or assisting the production.


2014-2015 Board of Directors for Arcadia Community Coordinating Council, installed 10/06/14. Photo by Floretta Lauber

2014-2015 Board of Directors for Arcadia Community Coordinating Council, installed 10/06/14. Photo by Floretta Lauber

Created in 1947, this group continues on year after year, with many of the same faces.

It’s called dedication. This group gives voice to the many organizations that make up the council.

Barbara Gera was installed for her second term as president on October 6th with a full Board. Barbara is a retired Elementary School Teacher and Administrator.

Her last position was with the El Monte School District. She lives in Temple City with her husband John. The family has a love for horses and is part owners of three thoroughbreds. They are volunteers for The Breeders Cup each year.

Other members installed were: Kathleen Johnson, Raina Martinez, Shelia Davies, Pat Herstich, Roberta White, Ann Durgerian, Esther Reynosa, Sylvia Ramos, Tamara Kato, Ruth Dunlop, Jodi Little, Mickey Ball, Peter Ulrich, Christy-Joy Brendell, Kathy Valentine, Mary Hansen and Genevieve Valiquette.


Friday, October 31st, 2014—–12 noon to 5 p.m.

Join us in the Santa Anita Park Infield, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia on Breeder’s Cup Friday, October 31st, 2014 for a Halloween Fright Day from 12-5 p.m.!

All ages welcome! Best of all, admission to the event is FREE for Arcadia residents (with valid resident ID) and children! Admission for non-resident adults is $5.

The City of Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Department and Breeder’s Cup are excited to announce this special Halloween event. Just show up at the Infield Entrance—–Gate #6 on Colorado Place, parking is $10.

On fright Day enjoy trick or treating with local businesses carnival rides carnival games, pumpkin painting, pony rides, music with themed performances, Haunted Maze, bounce houses and more!

Wear your best costume for a chance to win Breeder’s Cup’s Best Dressed! Full-face masks for adults 14 and older are not permitted. For more information please call 626/574-5113 or visit: or


Children in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to practice reading aloud to a specially trained therapy dog who loves to hear a good story. Saturday, October 18th, 2014, November 15, 2014 and December 20, 2014. This program is made possible by the generous time and effort of the Pasadena Humane Society.

For more information, visit the Arcadia Public Library website at or call 626/821-5566.

The Arcadia Public Library is located at 20 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia. The Library is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. You can also follow the Library on Twitter and Facebook.

HOUSEHOLD HAS-BEENS: Home Goods from the Nineteenth Century!

Learn a little history about household has-beens at lunchtime on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at noon. Lunchtime Talks are held monthly on the third Thursday from noon until 1:00 p.m. Come and listen to guest speakers who will present snippets about Arcadia history, people, places and events. Bring your own lunch or just sit and enjoy the talk with friends at the Museum Education Center.

All programs are free to the public. The Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage is located at 380 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, immediately behind the Community Center. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (Closed on Sundays and Mondays and 12-1 daily). For more information, please call 626/574-5440 or visit the Museum’s website at

More photos HERE.

Source Beacon Media News