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Descanso Gardens Celebrates 50th Anniversary of its Delightful Japanese Garden

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The women who served tea in Descanso Gardens’ Japanese Garden starting in the 1960s and 1970s reunite.Descanso Gardens celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Japanese Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a reunion decades in the making, a bridge rededication ceremony and an art gallery preview. Delighting generations of visitors, the Japanese Garden has become an iconic part of the Descanso Gardens landscape.Built with the support of the local Japanese American community, the Japanese Garden debuted at Descanso Garden on June 3, 1966. The celebration started Wednesday morning with a reunion of the women who served tea in the Japanese Garden after its opening. “The reunion was one of my favorite parts of our 50th anniversary celebration,” said Descanso Gardens Education Programs Manager Emi Yoshimura. “I was so pleased that, with Mary Matsumoto and Naomi Hirahara as our unofficial hosts, we were able to bring members of this community back together and back to the Japanese Garden. People make the Japanese Garden complete, and these women were, and continue to be, an important part of the story of this special place.”Tim Morphy, Descanso Gardens board of trustees chair, Akira Chiba, counsel general of Japan in Los Angeles, John Wicker, director of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, and David Brown, Descanso Gardens executive director, cut the ribbon for the rededication ceremony of the recently restored Japanese Garden bridge.Guests were then welcomed with opening remarks by David Brown, Descanso Gardens executive director, Akira Chiba, consul general of Japan in Los Angeles, Tim Morphy, chair of the Descanso Gardens board of trustees, and John Wicker, director of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation. After a meticulous one-month restoration of the bridge by carpenter Harold Greene in conjunction with the Historic Resources Group, the Descanso Gardens landmark was rededicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.“For 50 years, the Japanese Garden has been one of the most popular exhibits within Descanso Gardens,” Brown said. “Its bridge, designed originally by Kenneth Masao Nishimoto and patterned after a famous temple bridge in Kyoto, is probably one of Descanso’s most photographed features. A physical bridge is also a powerful metaphor for the desired effect of a Japanese-style garden: to connect people and cultures and ideas through time. Gardens are a form of art, just like paintings, symphonies and plays, but fundamentally are accessible to all people everywhere.”Guests enjoy the artifacts on display at the “Sharing Culture | Creating Community” exhibit at the Sturt Haaga Gallery.Up the hill at the Sturt Haaga Gallery, guests were treated to an ikebana demonstration by Kazuo Yokou Kitajima of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Inside the gallery, they enjoyed a preview of Descanso Gardens’ newest exhibit, “Sharing Culture | Creating Community.” The exhibit showcases art and artifacts relating to the Japanese Garden at Descanso Gardens and Japanese-style gardens in North America.“‘Sharing Culture | Creating Community’ honors our predecessors from the early days of Descanso Gardens,” said Descanso Gardens Membership and Visitor Experience Manager Cristeen Martinez. “The exhibit tells the story of the commitment of the local Japanese community and the Descanso Gardens Guild to construct a space to bridge cultures and make connections that celebrate nature. The fiftieth anniversary of the Japanese Gardens provides the opportunity to take another look and notice how the garden still resonates with the community, in Japanese-style gardens across America and in their influences on contemporary art.”“Sharing Culture | Creating Community” opened to the public on Oct. 15, 2016, during Descanso Gardens’ annual Japanese Garden Festival. Curated by Dr. Kendall Brown, Naomi Hirahara and David Brown, “Sharing Culture | Creating Community” will be on display in the Sturt Haaga Gallery until Jan. 29, 2017. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Monday, when the Gallery is closed. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Anna Werner

first_imgAnna Werner, 93 years old, of St. Leon, IN passed away peacefully January 14, surrounded by family. The legacy for this family began when Al was visiting his uncle at Margaret Mary Hospital and his nurse, Anna, caught Al’s eye. Home on leave from the Army, Al had lunch in the hospital cafeteria with a few of his friends, including Anna, whom he did not know at that point. Taken by her charm, Al began writing to Anna when he was redeployed to Europe. Married on July 21, 1954, Anna & Al celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year. An orphan with no known siblings and adopted around 5 or 6 years old, Anna wanted a large family. Having seven children in eight years, she was blessed to raise a big family. A doting mother, Anna would get up at 4:00 in the morning to make the kids a hot breakfast every day and fried chicken for them to take to school. Not quite understanding how good they had it at the time, the children now joke that they wanted cold cereal because that’s what all their friends had for breakfast. Anna was always helping her children with their 4-H projects, often staying up late to finish them. She once rescued three black & white Hampshire pigs during the freezing cold that were born on their farm. She brought them in from the cold and put them in the oven to warm them up, accidently singeing the edges of their ears. As any good mother would do, she bottle fed them and raised them as her pets. Anna loved to explore her artistic talents. She painted scenery with acrylic oil paint and made ceramics. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Leon and played for many weddings. She also like to play the accordion. Another talent was her green thumb and she could easily turn weeds into a beautiful garden. Anna enjoyed riding her bike and did so until her late 80’s when her doctor advised her that it might not be a good idea as he feared her falling. Although she stopped riding, it wasn’t because she thought she would break any bones if she ever fell. Her kids believe she had the strongest bones because of her love for milk. Her bones were strong, her nails grew quickly and she had beautiful skin. Another of her loves was pancakes which she could eat for days.Anna will be greatly missed by her husband, Al, and their children Anthony (Ty) of St. Leon, Art (Lynne) of St. Leon, Rick (Brenda) of Sunman, Anita (Charley) of Michigan, Jerry of Lawrenceburg, and daughter-in-law Darlene of St. Leon; 20 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by sons Andy and Alvin Werner. Anna was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 464 and was a past auxiliary president of the 9th district.Visitation for Anna will be Friday, January 17 from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Parish Life Center in St. Leon, beginning with Rosary at 4:00. Mass of Christian burial will be at All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Campus on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 am. Memorials can be made to Family Wishes. Please visit www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com to offer condolences and sign the guestbook.last_img read more

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Whicker: Kershaw, deGrom turn game 1 into a showdown of arms

first_imgClayton Kershaw ambled off to the dugout after 6 2/3 innings, bathed by cheers he didn’t need to hear, surrounded by Mets on the basepaths who were excited he was leaving.“It wasn’t like we stood up and cheered,” said New York manager Terry Collins. “But it’s nice to see him walk off the field with us in the lead.”The Mets led 1-0 on Daniel Murphy’s home run in the fourth inning, the one piece of meat in a riveting famine of a playoff game. At one point Kershaw and Jacob deGrom had struck out 12 of the first 21 hitters. Kershaw had 11 strikeouts in five innings. Mets batting coach Kevin Long was getting ribbed in the dugout at that point. “They were telling him it was a good plan, seeing if we could strike out enough to drive up his pitch count,” Collins said. And it worked as well as anything else. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “As I sit here right now, he might have gone a little too far,” Collins said.First, however, the Dodgers have to make sure there is a Game 4, and to do that they have to beat either Noah Syndegaard at Dodger Stadium tonight or Matt Harvey in New York on Tuesday night, neither of which will be simple.Mattingly’s rationale was to make sure Kershaw didn’t have to face Wright for the fourth time when it mattered. In the first inning, Wright treated the fans to several souvenirs, fouling off eight pitches, six with two strikes, and going through a 12-pitch at-bat that launched Kershaw on the road to bad pitch count numbers.“(Curtis) Granderson started out by putting a good move on the first pitch (and lining out),” Murphy said. “I was afraid that it would be something like an eight-pitch inning, but David went up there and battled, and it paid dividends later. Plus, he won the at-bat (with a walk).”The crucial seventh began with a walk to Lucas Duda. “Clayton was a little out of sync there,” Mattingly said. With one out, Kershaw faced shortstop Ruben Tejada, whose defense got him playing time over Wilmer Flores’ offense. Tejada had 38 walks this year. He fell behind Kershaw 0-and-2 and fouled off two pitches, then took four balls. That was the plate appearance that put the Dodgers in check, and deGrom, a former infielder at Stetson University, moved them closer to checkmate with an expert bunt that moved up the baserunners.“Then Granderson comes up with a great left-on-left walk,” Murphy said. Kershaw tightened his lips as he snatched the ball back from A.J. Ellis, following a 3-and-2 pitch, at 95 mph, that just missed. He has been through enough postseason pickles to know when things turn sour.But it was hard to lay anything on Kershaw when you saw how much horsepower was under deGrom’s hood. The first batter he faced was Carl Crawford, and he took care of him with five pitches at the following speeds: 97, 97, 97, 97 and 98.“He beat us with velocity a lot of times,” Mattingly said. “I thought we did a good job laying off the breaking balls that he wanted us to chase. But that meant he was able to get us out with high fastballs. He was good tonight, but we had some chances.’The Dodgers were 0 for 6 with men in scoring position in the first four innings. Then deGrom began mixing in some off-speed stuff (definition: 85 to 90 mph) and he retired 11 straight Dodgers and struck out the last three he faced.The question is whether Kershaw will hear any more cheers in 2015, and for what reasons.center_img • PHOTOS: deGrom, Mets beat DodgersThis time Dodgers manager Don Mattingly lifted Kershaw to bring in reliever Pedro Baez, after Kershaw had walked three Mets, and David Wright was due to hit with two out.This decision will be second-guessed, of course, but Mattingly had perfectly sensible reasons, since Kershaw had thrown 113 pitches. The problem was not generated by Mattingly, but by a front office that had this ailment in the bullpen last year and could not find the prescription for it. Here, Baez hulked his way in, threw high-velocity fastballs, fell behind and watched Wright, one of the best Mets ever, rip a two-run single to center that put New York up 3-0 in a game it would win 3-1.deGrom left, too, after seven innings and 121 pitches. Collins had toyed with the idea of bringing back the shaggy right-hander for Game 4. last_img read more

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Snakes Alive!  An Evolutionary Tale

first_imgBlind snakes that look like worms: they rule the world.  They’re everywhere.  Where did they come from?  “Blindsnakes are not very pretty, are rarely noticed, and are often mistaken for earthworms,” admits Blair Hedges, professor of biology at Penn State University.  “Nonetheless, they tell a very interesting evolutionary story.”  So reported Science Daily.  National Geographic News said, “New Blind Snakes Found; Help Explain World Domination.”  But what kind of explanation is this?  Since they are found on Madagascar and on every continent, “the snakes went rafting.”  There’s a cartoon in there somewhere.    The articles reveal a puzzle and a preposterous theory.  The blind snake family arose after India and Madagascar split.  Then they showed up on Australia – an island continent with no land bridge at time of their alleged arrival.  “How did the snakes cross continents?” NG asked.  Good question.  Like worms (but with backbones and rudimentary scales and poor eyesight), these strange snakes burrow underground, and are found on every continent.  Continental drift can’t be the answer.  We don’t have any fossils of them.  How did they emerge all over the globe, including South America and the Caribbean islands?    Here is Nat Geo’s answer.  Give it your best baloney detecting analysis:In other words, the snakes went rafting, crossing oceans aboard floating vegetation stocked with their insect prey.     “Some scientists have argued that oceanic dispersal is an unlikely way for burrowing organisms to become distributed around the world,” Hedges said in a statement.    “Our data now reinforce the message that such ‘unlikely’ events nonetheless happened in evolutionary history.”Science Daily elaborated on how evolutionists came to this conclusion.  Since fossils are nonexistent for these animals, their history was inferred from genetics.  “Floating across oceans seems an unlikely mechanism for a burrowing animal to spread to new continents,” Science Daily admitted, but then proposed that it happened more than once.  If the snakes could have lived six months on vegetation rafts stocked with their insect prey, maybe, just maybe, it could have happened.  After all, in evolutionary theory, stuff happens.Welcome to modern evolutionary science, where the story’s the thing.  The more preposterous, the better.  These same people will refuse to hear (or even acknowledge) theories by Biblical creationists about how animals became distributed after the Flood.  If “unlikely events nonetheless happened in… history” is an acceptable explanation, we need a level playing field.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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NCAA: Inspired Letran holds off EAC for 8th win

first_img“We’ve said a lot, but at the end of the day, it’s all over. We tried to move on. The coaches and the players were frustrated, but we just turned it to a positive and it went good for us,” said coach Jeff Napa.Bong Quinto fired a career-high 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes as the former Squires dedicated the game to their late coach Bob Lotuaco, who died last Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJP Calvo also added 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals for Letran.Napa is just satisfied that with three more games remaining in the Knights’ eliminations schedule, their fate will largely be in their hands. MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran survived a gallant stand from Emilio Aguinaldo College to score the 84-78 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off their 95-64 loss to San Sebastian last Tuesday, the Knights rebounded with the superb showing against the Generals to move up the standings at 8-7.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Thunder’s Adams, Roberson should benefit from superstar trio Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our main goal is to make it to the Final Four. We have a tough stretch ahead of us, but it’s in our hands on how we’ll handle that,” he said. “I still believe in my players that we’re willing to come out despite the worst loss we got against San Sebastian.”Letran lost hold of a 21-point lead in the second quarter, 50-29, as EAC staged a late fightback, cutting the deficit to as low as four, 82-78, in the final 12.3 seconds.Calvo, though, slammed the door shut on the Generals with a pair of freebies as Sidney Onwubere missed his late trey.The Generals are in danger of missing the playoffs as they succumbed to their third straight defeat to fall to 6-9.Onwubere carried EAC with 25 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Francis Munsayac got 15 markers, two boards, and two dimes.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:LETRAN 84 – Quinto 27, Nambatac 19, Calvo 16, Balanza 8, Gedaria 5, Vacaro 4, Balagasay 2, Taladua 2, Mandreza 1, Bernabe 0.EAC 78 – Onwubere 25, Munsayac 15, Bautista 10, Diego 10, Garcia 6, Bugarin 6, I. Mendoza 2, Tampoc 2, J. Mendoza 2, Pascua 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 23-15, 50-34, 72-58, 84-78.last_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State LB Darron Lee Doesn’t Understand Why Michigan Brags About Its Success In The 90s

first_imgDarron Lee tweets message bashing the Michigan 1990's teams.Darron Lee Michigan DissIt’s been a while since Michigan’s football program was truly elite. Since the 1990s, probably. Two decades ago, the Wolverines won a national championship (1997), five Big Ten championships and had a winning record (7-2) against rival Ohio State. Since then, they’ve had a couple really good seasons, but success on a national level (and against the Buckeyes) has been inconsistent at best. Ohio State sophomore linebacker Darron Lee doesn’t understand why the Wolverines think they can brag about what happened 20-something years ago. Never knew why the TTUN always talked about the 90’s like anyone remembers…or cared but hey gotta cling to something right?— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 19, 2015Michigan’s game against Ohio State – the first Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer meeting – is set to occur on Nov. 28. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Here Are The Top 16 Games On The 2016 College Football Schedule

first_imgCollage of logos of top college football programs. Alabama SIAlabama SIIt’s been a little more than four months since Alabama beat Clemson to win the College Football Playoff title, and we’re a little less than four months away from kicking off the 2016 season. We’re basically at the mid-point of the off-season, but September will be here soon enough.  Across the country, fans are already dying to see their favorite teams take the field once again, hoping they can duplicate the championship-winning feat the Crimson Tide pulled off this past season. It’s never too early to look ahead to the fall and try to predict with teams have a legit shot at a title run, which teams don’t, and which games will mean the most when deciding the CFP field.When poring over the 2016 college football schedule, not all games are created equal. We’ve decided to put a spotlight on some of next year’s biggest games. These games will be for bragging rights, conference supremacy or keeping national championship hopes alive. Some will be for all threeWithout further ado, here are our top 16 games on the 2016 college football slate, in no particular order.No. 16 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17last_img read more

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Bill Clinton To Travel To AsiaPacific Region

first_imgOn July 16-23, President Bill Clinton will travel to India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia to visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and deliver remarks at the 20th International AIDS Conference.The trip will highlight President Clinton’s longstanding commitment to the Asia/Pacific region, as well as the work of the Clinton Foundation on a number of issues that are critical to the region, including global health and improved access to medicines; climate change; and economic development.President Clinton has a long commitment to the Asia/Pacific region. As President, he helped enhance global economic growth by responding quickly to the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, and promoted economic development by elevating the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to a head-of-state event. President Clinton also encouraged inclusive, democratic governance across the region, and worked to promote peace and defuse conflict.Since leaving office, President Clinton has focused on the Asia/Pacific region – working to improve access to life saving medication through the Clinton Health Access Initiative; supporting commitments to global philanthropy through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI); and addressing the causes of climate change through the Clinton Climate Initiative. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, President Clinton was named U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Along with President George H.W. Bush, he headed an international effort to help countries devastated by the disaster recover, rebuild, and enjoy stronger economic opportunities. President Clinton traveled to the Asia-Pacific region fourteen times – eleven as President, and three times as U.N. Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.last_img read more

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