Pasadena Literary Alliance to Resume In-Person Events

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Pasadena Literary Alliance’s previous years’ Festival of Women Authors courtesy photoFollowing a successful year of online activities, the Pasadena Literary Alliance is looking forward to resuming in-person author discussions and other events in the coming months as the organization turns another chapter, representatives said.The group has long run a series of panel discussions with authors called Open Book, which transitioned to an online format and became Open Book On Location in May 2020 in response to the pandemic. They produced 13 monthly videos.“Our sort of special sauce for that program was to put together two or three authors that we thought wouldn’t have met each other before and to hear them talk to each other,” according to PLA Board of Directors Chair Katie Poole.The PLA’s other signature annual event, the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, was also moved online for 2021, she said.But as restrictions gradually lift and the region sits on the verge of transitioning into the least restrictive “yellow” tier under the state’s reopening framework, and having enjoyed continued support from the community, real-life gatherings are once again on the horizon.“We have survived COVID,” Poole said. “We have, I would say, excelled in our outreach. We’ve continued to get the author interviews and to celebrate authors. That’s what we do.”An in-person Open Book event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at NOOR Events in Pasadena with authors Attica Locke and Rachel Howell Hill, Poole said.The PLA was also planning to host next year’s Pasadena Festival of Women Authors at the Pasadena Convention Center on Feb. 19.More details on both events were to follow. It had not yet been determined whether the online Open Book On Location series would continue.Additionally, Poole said, “We’re just so happy that we’ve been able to keep up our granting. We had to take a break last spring, but we’ll be able to do our grants this spring. And I think that that has spoken really well to our financial management, to be able to continue with our granting.”PLA grants support community organizations including Pasadena City College, the Pasadena Senior Center, the Pasadena Public Library, PEN America and WriteGirl.Ticketed events, such as the Open Book series and the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, are the PLA’s primary fundraisers, Poole explained.“We give money to a lot of different literary organizations and the way we raise the funds for that is by having ticketed events,” she said. “For 11, 12 years, we’ve averaged about $50,000 a year in grants. So when COVID came, we were challenged like every other nonprofit on how to have in-person ticketed events to raise our grant money.”The online programs created by the PLA were available for free, but donations of $25 were suggested.The Open Book On Location series can be accessed online at pasadenaliteraryalliance.org/open-book/open-book-on-location-episodes.The 2021 Pasadena Festival of Women Authors can be viewed at pasadenaliteraryalliance.org/pasadena-festival-of-women-authors. Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAre You His Ms. Right? 12 Signs He Thinks You AreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Uncategorized Pasadena Literary Alliance to Resume In-Person Events By DAVID CROSS and BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, May 3, 2021 | 3:28 pm More Cool Stuff Make a comment Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

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No poor relation to cookery

first_imgDespite being a continually evolving industry, that has survived and adapted to modern technologies and ever-changing consumer tastes, bakery is often considered the poor relation to cooking.Gordon, Delia and Nigella dominate our TV schedules, top 10 book lists and even tabloid pages paint a “glamorous” portrait of cookery. Yet bakery, an industry filled with innovative, creative and passionate people, remains faceless and continually gets left behind.With its vast heritage – archaeological evidence suggests that the early Egyptians first made bread in 2600-2100 BC – age-old methods and staple products, bakery has long been seen by outsiders as old-fashioned and non-progressive. Yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Intense competition within the bakery market, combined with an increasingly savvy customer, has continued to drive innovation.The industry is hugely creative too – you only have to look at the entries for last year’s Baking Industry Awards to see the astounding level of imagination and originality that is out there. Bakers are also passionate about what they do – so many of us spend our whole career in this industry, developing our skills as we go and becoming real experts in our field.We have to be versatile and reactive in order to keep up with the fast-paced and ever-evolving industry we work in. More and more baked goods, confectionery and cakes are coming on to the shelves and with enhanced choice comes an even more discerning customer. If you fail to use innovation and inspiration to differentiate yourself, like a badly baked cake, you’ll fall flat.The ingredients we use and our production methods are also changing all the time, as tastes alter and consumers look for longer-lasting, healthier alternatives. The recent emphasis on natural colourings and flavours has been driven by the consumer desire for fewer additives and more natural ingredients and, as we have done for thousands of years, we have moved with the market demands.Ours is an industry where there is room for everyone – from the home baker, the bakery production line or the student in training. Irrespective of background or skill level, bakery demands imagination and dedication. And if you want to pursue a professional career, the breadth of training is also vast.As the world gets smaller, we, as consumers and bakers, are being exposed to new and evolving techniques and product types. From the croissant to the crumpet, continental breads, cakes and patisserie are now readily available wherever you are in the world. Cosmopolitan patisseries sit alongside family bakers as the market diversifies and the opportunities have never been so great.Bakery is not cooking’s poor relation – it is innovative, fast-moving and steeped in tradition. nl Claire Bailey is business and technical development manager at Renshawlast_img read more

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AFP ready for possible evacuation of OFWs in Iran, Iraq

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hastasked the Armed Forces of the Philippines to prepare its aircraft and ships inthe event of a possible evacuation of Filipinos if tensions escalate betweenUnited States and Iran. The crisis alert level for all areas inIraq is currently on Alert Level 3, which prescribes for voluntaryrepatriation. The Iraqi Kurdistan region, however, remains under Alert Level 1,which is a precautionary phase. In a separate statement, the Departmentof National Defense said the President has tasked the AFP to prepare its airand naval assets to evacuate and bring home our countrymen if and when open hostilitieserupt in the Middle East that may endanger their lives. “Inalertoniya ang Sandatahang Lakas na lahatng assets that can be utilized for the evacuation of our countrymen ay ihanda nila,” PresidentialSpokesperson Salvador Panelo said. “Paraany time na may hostilities that willimperil the lives of our countrymen, i-evacuatenatin ang ating mga kababayan.” Iran condemned Donald Trump on Sunday asa “terrorist in a suit” after the US president threatened to hit 52Iranian sites hard if Tehran attacks Americans or US assets in retaliation forthe killing of Soleimani./PN Based on the data from the Department ofForeign Affairs, there are 1,600 and 6,000 Filipinos currently working andresiding in Iran and Iraq, respectively.center_img Duterte issued the order during anemergency meeting with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and officials of themilitary and police in Malacañang Sunday night. Downtown Tehran was brought to a standstill Monday as mourners flooded the Iranian capital to pay an emotional homage to Qasem Soleimani, the “heroic” general killed in a US strike. Official Khamenei website/Handout via Reuters Tensions escalated between the UnitedStates and Iran following a US drone strike killed military commander Qassem Soleimaniin Baghdad on Friday. The DFA have earlier advised Filipinosto cancel all travel to Iraq as tensions escalate in the region, whileFilipinos in Iraq were also “strongly advised” to coordinate closely with thePhilippine embassy and their employers in the event that mandatory evacuationwould be necessary.last_img read more

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