Pictured: Chasing Vermeer at Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary

Kate Ogilvie, 10, plays the role of artist Johannes Vermeer with his painting “The Milkmaid.”
At Monrovia’s Wild Rose Elementary School, GATE students in the fourth and fifth grade transformed themselves Tuesday into historical figures as part of the school’s Wax Museum exhibit. The young scholars researched their characters from the past and made costumes and props to display while interacting with classmates.
(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Pasadena philanthropist continues ‘Power of Pink’ breast-cancer campaign



It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a Pasadena philanthropist is continuing his company’s annual fundraising campaign.

Through Oct. 31, Brighton Collectibles — owned by Pasadena resident Jerry Kohl — will donate $5 to breast-cancer foundations for each piece sold from its limited edition “Power of Pink” line.

It’s always nice to get something when you give. And this way, you can wear your heart on your sleeve — or your wrist, as it were, with this little number to the right.

Some of the 142 Brighton stores are matching the donation; Ask ahead of time if you’re thinking about purchasing, and that will boost the donation amount to $10.

The company has raised more than $3 million for breast-cancer research since its first “Power of Pink” campaign in 2003. Funds have gone to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, City of Hope Cancer Center, Concern Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Shop local:

  • Brighton Collectibles, 340 E Colorado Blvd. #110, Pasadena (626) 577-3849
  • Huntington Hospital Gift Shop, 801 S. Fairmont Ave., Pasadena (626) 397-5257

Pasadena teacher’s day made better by $1,000 in school supplies — and a visit from ‘Desperate Housewives’ actor James Denton



Karen Goss is not a desperate housewife. She’s a computer teacher at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena. It’s a career that, for all its rewards, comes with its fair share of desperate moments.

Teachers spend an average of $1,200 of their own money each year for classroom supplies, according to the National Education Association.

But, this week, Goss got lucky. She was one of more than 1,100 teachers across the country to each receive $1,000 in school supplies as part of “A Day Made Better,” a campaign by Adopt-A-Classroom and OfficeMax to draw attention to teacher-funded classrooms.

The non-profit Adopt-A-Classroom helped identify needy schools, and principals at each school nominated an exemplary teacher to receive the donation of supplies.

Oh, did we mention James Denton was there? Just sort of sweetens the deal, doesn’t it?

Check out Adopt-A-Classroom to see what Pasadena-area school programs are still in dire need of resources. You can search by city, by district, and for both public and private schools.

At top, James Denton and Karen Goss. Above, Hamilton students volunteer kind words for their computer teacher, Goss. (Getty Images)

Get the picture: Cal Phil’s Family Night free-for-all at the Arboretum in Arcadia



The California Philharmonic hosted its annual free-for-all Family Night on Friday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

There were kids. There was music. There were kids making music. The results were pretty darn cute. (Evidence submitted at right in the form of photographs.)

From top, John Lacques of Drumtime has children and adults drumming to a different beat.

(Second photo from top) Samantha Milazzo, 2-and-a-half, plays the drums for her mother Shannon. Musical instruments were provided by John Waltrip’s Music
Center in Arcadia.

(Third photo from top) Veronica “Doodles” Corral with Tiffany “Trixi” Stuart, entertaining the children at Cal Phil Family Night.

(Bottom photo) Emily Corona of Pasadena plays a tune on the trombone.

(Photos by Walt Mancini)