San Marino Leaders and Rotarians Honored
As 6000 year Persian tradition renews hope for a bright 2013
Friends of Our Parenting Place gathered on the evening of Friday, December 21, 2012, at the USC Institute for Genetic Medicine (IGM) Art Gallery in Los Angeles to celebrate the 6000 year old Persian tradition, Yalda, also known as Yule or Winter Solstice. The event’s atmosphere of art, culture and learning focused on Yalda’s theme of light overcoming darkness, with the days following the solstice becoming longer, rekindling hope and community spirit for a bright 2013.
Those honored for their service were San Marino Rotarians Dr. Richard Sun, Mayor of San Marino, Councilmember Dennis Kneier, School Board member Chris Norgaard, City Manager John Schaeffer, Fred Sohl and Lucille Norberg, and San Gabriel Rotary member Drue Lawlor. Also present were San Marino Rotary members Bill and Mary Payne, Scott Hu and John and Marie McClurg.
The City of San Marino presented a Certificate of Recognition to Our Parenting Place and the USC IGM Art Gallery for organizing the event, which featured art, entitled “Shadows: For the Sake of the Children,” by renowned photojournalist and fine artist Ricahrd Fukuhara and Zoltan Tokes, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Keck School of Medicine and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC.
Our Parenting Place began serving children, families and the community in San Marino in 2010. Parenting classes, parent coaching, teacher workshops and hands-on enrichment classes, including language, art and wholesome cooking are offered to children of all ages, as well as to the adults parenting them.
The USC IGM Art Gallery serves as an art-framed forum for open discussions on complex social issues involving the creative process and research in molecular biology, health and social systems. Since 2000, the Gallery, with other units of USC, has organized a wide range of exhibitions and symposia in collaboration with public, nonprofit/faith-based, academic, media and private organizations, such as Our Parenting Place. Together, through events such as the Yalda celebration, the Gallery and its partners develop and sustain programs and research that integrates the work and efforts of caregivers, patients and artists.