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'Monet Cares' Music, Theater & Health Institute Returns To Benefit Girls Age 12-17

African American news from Pasadena - Community - Monet Cares and online silent auctionPasadena, CA - Monet Cares, a non-profit organization started by Monet Bagneris, is sponsoring the second annual three-day Music, Theater & Health Institute August 1st through 3rd to enhance the lives of youth in our communities. The Final Showcase will be on Sunday, August 3rd, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Paseo Colorado, and is free and open to the public. Some of those who will attend the three-day Institute include representatives from the Pasadena Public Health Department, stuntwoman and business owner Natascha Hopkins, City of Hope representatives, local title holders from the Miss America Organization, an L.A. Superior Court Judge, an L.A. Clippers Cheer Squad member, elected officials, a special appearance by a surprise celebrity, and more.

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Pasadena Water & Power Recommends a Level 1 Water Shortage be Declared

Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) officials are recommending that the Pasadena City Council determine a local water emergency exists and to implement the Level 1 Water Supply Shortage Plan at its July 28, 2014 meeting. The recommendation supports the July 15, 2014 State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) approval to mandate actions to conserve water supplies throughout California.

Under Pasadena's water waste prohibitions ordinance Chapter 13.10, the Level 1 shortage plan limits outdoor watering to three days per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays during summer months and requires water leaks to be fixed within 72 hours.

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

dorothy buckhanan wilsonCharlotte, NC -- July 17, 2014 -- Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Africa.

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Pasadena Senior Center Free August Events

African American news from Pasadena - Community - Pasadena Senior Center August eventsThere is something for everyone in August at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street. You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.

Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, August 1, 8, 15 and 29, at 1 p.m.

Movies can take us to other places and times like nothing else.

  • August 1: "The Monuments Men" (2014, PG-13) starring George Clooney and Matt Damon.
  • August 8: "Goldfinger" (1964, PG) starring Sean Connery and Gert Fröbe.
  • August 15: "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954) starring Jane Powell and Howard Keel.
  • August 29: "Still Mine" (2012, PG-13) starring James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold.

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Seventh Annual Identity Festival

African American news from Pasadena - Community - annual Identity Festival
African American news from Pasadena - Community - annual Identity Festival

The seventh annual Identity Festival organized by the Armenian Community Coalition of Pasadena was a smashing success on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Victory Park that day was transformed into a bee hive with more than 4,000 people, Armenians and non-Armenians alike, from all walks of life were in and out through out the day from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m. in the evening. This event was co-sponsored by Congresswoman Judy Chu, The City of Pasadena, and the Pasadena Library.

The theme of the day was to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the first Armenian settlement in the city of Pasadena, which was incorporated into cityhood just three years earlier. I was pleasantly impressed that the Mistresses of the Ceremony were young and talented Armenian Ladies from our community, namely Nayri Krouzian and Serah Chahinian, who masterfully conducted the program in English and Armenian respectively. Another young artist, Sevag Chahinian, was the D.J. for the day.

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