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theCoderSchool to Launch Fifth Los Angeles Metro Area School on International Women’s Day

Thu, 2020-02-20 09:51

Image Courtesy The Coder School Facebook

theCoderSchool – whose motto is “Learn to code. Change the world.” – is building on its California presence with the opening of the first school in Pasadena. The school – which aims to show the next generation of kids how inspiring and exciting technology can be – is set to open in early March 2020. The Grand Opening is set to coincide with International Women’s Day and will take place on March 8, 2020 from 1- 3 PM.

Located at 319 S. Arroyo Unit #5 in Pasadena, by Duran’s Flowers and across from the restaurant Houston’s, the new school is owned by Nicole Chang and Denis Fasquelle, who have lived in the area for the past several years with their two children.

“We firmly believe in theCoderSchool’s philosophy and mission in providing high quality and individualized coding education for every student,” Chang said. “Coding gives students the tools to not only learn new skills but learn how to express themselves in new and creative ways. We’re excited to open our doors to students from all backgrounds and interests and create a collaborative community within our school.”

Chang and Fasquelle are bringing an international mindset to their location. With decades of combined international business experience, the pair has worked for companies and founded companies in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. With the wide range of cultures in the Pasadena area, they hope to facilitate an international community built on education, collaboration, mutual respect and helping students achieve their highest potential.

“In our experience, technology is the future in most every industry,” added Fasquelle. “Giving kids access to early coding education will open up new opportunities in education and the workplace. It’s never been more important to have a strong foundation in coding skills.”

Founded by Hansel Lynn and incubated with the help of his best friend, Wayne Teng, theCoderSchool was built with the desire to provide children aged 7 to 18 years with a welcoming environment to develop computer programming skills. theCoderSchool uses a variety of platforms to teach various coding languages, such as HTML, CSS, Python, Javascript and more. Every Code Coaching lesson is customized with the help of trained Code Coaches® who use a 2-on-1 approach to teaching.

“As we continue to expand our presence throughout the country, it’s critical to find the right franchise partners who are truly passionate about setting kids up with a positive, life-long relationship with technology and coding,” added Lynn. “This is why we couldn’t be more excited about working with Nicole and Denis. They are passionate about our mission and bring an incredible amount of experience to their school while emphasizing the creative and functional sides of coding.”

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Founding Dean and CEO of Kaiser Permanente’s New Pasadena School of Medicine to Speak Wednesday

Tue, 2020-02-18 05:44

Dr. Mark A. Schuster

Dr. Mark A. Schuster, Founding Dean and CEO of Kaiser Permanente’s Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine, will be speaking before the Pasadena Rotary Club during its weekly meeting on Wednesday, February 19.

He will be introduced by Phil Hawkey. The meeting is open to the public and no RSVP is required.

Dr. Schuster became the founding dean and CEO of the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine in October 2017. Prior to that, he had served as the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics and vice chair for health policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital since 2007.

Dr. Schuster is internationally recognized as a leader in research on child, adolescent, and family health. With funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), he has studied topics such as quality of care, health disparities, family leave, HIV prevention, obesity prevention, sexual and gender minority health, and adolescent sexual health.

Before moving to Boston, he served as professor of pediatrics and health services at UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health and director of health promotion and disease prevention at RAND, the Santa Monica think tank.

Dr. Schuster has co-authored over 250 articles and two books. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and has served as president of the Academic Pediatric Association. He is a recipient of the Richardson Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for Pediatric Research, the Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School, and the Joseph St. Geme, Jr., Award for leadership in pediatrics from the Federation of Pediatric Organizations.

Dr. Schuster was named among Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2018 and 2019 and among Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives in 2019.

He received his BA summa cum laude from Yale, his MD from Harvard Medical School, his MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and his PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He completed his pediatric residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and his fellowship at the UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

The Pasadena Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at lunchtime at the University Club of Pasadena, located at 175 N. Oakland Ave.

Buffet lunch during the Rotary Club meeting is $33 and includes complimentary valet parking.

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Colorado Boulevard Building Sells for $2.9 Million

Tue, 2020-02-18 05:39

The building at 493-497 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena has been sold for more than the asking price, according to Corey Harper of Coldwell Banker Commercial, who represented the seller.

“Yes, we sold the building for $2.9 million to an owner/user that will be operating their antique shop (Royal Antiques),” Harper said. “They are doing renovations at this time.”

The new owners – Arash (Anthony) Akmal and Helia Samadi – are the husband-and-wife team that operates Royal Antiques, located at 446 S. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.

Harper said the new owners purchased the property from Bob and Arlene Oltman, the former owners and operators of the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

The property was listed on as a retail-type Class C building with 8,998 square feet of gross leasable area, on a 0.13-acre lot.
It was built in 1949, according to the listing.
Currently, Messerian Oriental Rugs is leasing 3,248 square feet of the space, with the lease ending in March 2023.

Highly Acclaimed Chef To Open French-Inspired Restaurant Perle in Pasadena

Sun, 2020-02-16 05:19

Dean Yasharian

Michelin-trained chef Dean Yasharian (Chateau Marmont, Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel London, Restaurant Daniel, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Midsummer House) brings his extensive classic French and modern farm-to-table training to Old Pasadena with his first restaurant, Perle, set to open in March 2020.

Perle will offer a sustainable and organic-focused menu featuring classic French dishes as well as modern, seasonal creations influenced by California’s fresh cuisine. Yasharian employs a mirrored menu concept, with half of the menu consisting of meat and seafood dishes and the other half composed of vegetarian and plant-based dishes. The menu will be updated weekly with new items.

Yasharian attributes his hard work ethic and love for country style cooking for the Perle menu from his extensive farming heritage in the Northeast, where his father is still a sustainable organic livestock and crop farmer. The menu will also incorporate touches of international cuisines such as Armenian and Persian, which are inspirations to Chef Yasharian.

Dishes on the meat and seafood menu may include organic coq au vin with tahdig rice, grass-fed steak tartare and Santa Barbara ridgeback prawns with salt-cured Meyer lemon and saffron. The vegetarian and vegan menu will feature vegan French onion soup with cashew cheese gratin, frisée Lyonnaise salad with tofu “egg” and tempeh “bacon lardons,” and braised Le Puy green lentils with plant-based sausage and Dijon.

“I couldn’t be more excited to open my first restaurant in the community where my family and I live,” says Yasharian. “I am overjoyed to share my experiences and passion for food, wine and hospitality with new friends, old friends and family. This project is very special to my family, as Perle is named after our eldest daughter, Luna Pearl, whose beautiful life has brought much inspiration and motivation to my work.”

Not only is Yasharian the chef and owner of Perle, but he and his family have also executed much of the interior design, from handcrafting the mahogany tables to painting the kitchen. Perle’s timeless aesthetic lets the building’s historical integrity shine, with traditional decorative ceiling beams, a carved wooden bar, rattan chairs, antique mirrors and vintage art.

Perle will open for dinner with a beer and wine menu to start from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with weekend brunch to launch in the coming months. Prices for the dishes range from $10 to $32. Perle is located at 43 Union St. in Pasadena, California.