Joyous Jewelry

Pasadena Bead & Design show held at Hilton Pasadena Friday through Sunday

Since 1992, Bead & Design shows have promoted a wide diversity of exhibitors, with 2,500 artisans and tradespeople having traveled from 50 countries to come together and exhibit their work. This weekend, the latest Pasadena Bead & Design show will be held at the Hilton Pasadena, located at 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, bringing together hundreds of exhibitors with a broad array of intriguing talks for jewelry aficionados.

Running from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, the event features such workshops as “Jingle, Jangle, Bangles!” in which instructor Despina “Espie” Buoncristiani discusses her lifelong love of taking apart old necklaces and creating new pieces from them. Some hand tool experience is helpful but not required, with the workshop taking place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at a cost of $140.

Another prime talk is “Let’s Face It! Copper Electoformed Pendant,” in which instructor Terry Henry will teach all skill levels how to create their own piece of wearable art by using the process of copper electroforming to turn porcelain cabochons into pendants. The cost is $135 plus a $75 to $95 materials fee.

The cost for the show is $8 online or $10 at the door. Visit

Clearing the Air

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva hosts Altadena town hall Aug. 1

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva will host a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena. The free and public event will provide an opportunity for people to have their voices heard.

Villanueva defeated ex-Sheriff Jim McDonnell  in November, and becoming the first candidate to oust an incumbent sheriff in more than a century. During his campaign, Villanueva vowed to kick federal Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents out of LA County jails.

Villanueva retired from the department in February 2018 after more than 30 years on the job. He last worked as a watch commander at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station, overseeing station deputies. He has never held a command position inside the department.

McDonnell, the former chief of Long Beach police and a 29-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was elected in a landslide in 2014, pledging reform in the wake of a jail abuse and corruption scandal that led to the conviction of dozens of deputies and some of the top brass, including former Sheriff Lee Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Local Heroines

Pasadena Announces Racial Justice Award Recipients for 17th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will host the 17th Annual Women for Racial Justice Breakfast: #LiftingAsWeClimb from 8 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 28. The event will be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel, located at 168 S. Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena, and will highlight leaders who uplift women of color.

The YWCA Pasadena will present the 2019 Racial Justice Awards to All Saints Church for centering its ministries on peace and justice, and to Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, director of the Pasadena Public Health Department. All Saints Church will be presented with the Racial Justice Award for a Nonprofit Organization, while Dr. Goh will also be presented the Racial Justice Award for an Individual for her tireless championing of health care access for women of color in Pasadena.

Individual tickets for the event are $100, with sponsorship opportunities available.

For more information, visit the YWCA Pasadena website at, email, or call (626) 296-8433.