Obituary: Carmita Louise Frost

Carmita L. Frost

Carmita Louise Frost, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on March 20. Carmita, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Hollywood Beach, was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children Terry L. Pizzo (Rand Ketchpaw), Michael E. (Anita) Frost and Denise L. (Tim) Fejtek, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carmita was an avid equestrian and a founding member of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council, established in 1974. She also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
After relocating to Hollywood Beach in 1985, she became an active member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated, where she held many positions on the board.
Carmita loved her home at the beach and the sand on her feet. One of her greatest pastimes was riding her horse, Zoe, through the trails of Ojai. She was also a dedicated yogini, and practiced for more than 25 years. Additionally, Carmita had an appreciation for music and enjoyed attending civic events. She loved her family, friends and animals dearly. Carmita will be greatly missed by all.
Her memorial service will be held at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, on March 26 at 1 p.m.

Bike Rodeo Teaches Street Safety on April 1

A free bike rodeo for students of all ages will take place Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the blacktop at San Marino High School. The space will replicate a community street with backdrops of buildings, including sidewalks, bike lanes, prop cars, intersections, crosswalks, traffic signs, traffic signals and railroad tracks.
Sponsored by the city of San Marino and Caltrans for the Huntington Drive Safe Streets Corridor Plan, the event will have SafeMoves instructors to take participants through the rodeo on bikes pointing out hazards, rules of the road, the importance of being alert and not being distracted, staying focused on their environment, understanding driver behavior, helmet safety, pedestrian safety and how to be safer bike riders (and skateboarders) while riding or rolling through their neighborhoods.
The SafeMoves staff teaches age-appropriately and makes the bike safety training fun and engaging, while participants learn life-saving lessons.

HMS Student Crowned U.S. National Amateur Dance Champion

Nathaniel Chen (right) is an 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School. His partner is Liza Shlimovich.

Nathaniel Chen, a 13-year-old 8th-grader at Huntington Middle School, and his partner, Liza Shlimovich, a 9th-grader at Mirman School in Los Angeles, were once again crowned as Junior 2 American Smooth Champions at the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships at the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, recently.
After intensive and competitive rounds from quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, Chen and Shlimovich won first place in all four dances in the Junior 2 (age 14-15) age category and were crowned as the U.S. Junior 2 American Smooth Champions. The American Smooth style consists of four dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz.
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Tree Planted for Chinese Arbor Day

City officials and Chinese Club of San Marino members planted a tree on Monday in the Huntington Drive median across from Noodle World in honor of Chinese Arbor Day. The Chinese Club routinely donates trees for the city to plant in observance of the holiday, which is March 12 and in the memory of Dr. Sun Yet San, the founder of the original Republic of China. Pictured are Elaine Hon (from left), Tony Chou, Nancy Lee, Serena Ho, Shawn Chou, Mayor Dr. Richard Sun, Marina Wang, David Wang, Maggie Lee, John Chou, Shirley Lee, Alan Chen, Paul Hsu and Joyce Lin.

‘Planet Earth: Caves’ at Caltech on April 1

“Planet Earth: Caves” will be presented on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturdays series.
The film, which is recommended for ages 8 and older, ventures into the underground world of perpetual darkness and the unknown while exploring caves, tunnels and caverns. The shadowy interiors of these natural structures are a breeding ground for bizarre and remarkable wildlife.
Erika Hamden, a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets to this performance are $10 (unreserved seating) and can be purchased at the Caltech ticket office, 101 Winnett Center on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
Beckman Auditorium is located on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena. For information, call (626) 395-4652.

Bonsai Tree Artist to Demonstrate Work at Huntington

Award-winning bonsai artist Mauro Stemberger will demonstrate to an audience on April 1 how he creates a living masterpiece for the Huntington Library.
Stemberger, whose passion for bonsai date to his teenage years, will work from 1-4 p.m. that day in crafting his bonsai tree for the Huntington’s Japanese Garden. Visitors will be free to observe on a drop-in basis.
A trained architect, Stemberger frequently travels the world to promote interest in the bonsai tree craft.
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Profectum Foundation’s Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Conference

Profectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend its fifth International Conference, March 31 and April 1, at the Huntington Library in San Marino. “Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment,” is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

The Villa Esperanza team, including (from left) Ariel Hegedus; Casey Gregg, vice president; Gwendolyn Eberhard, speech director; Kelly White, CEO; and Michelle Cox, director of development, were among those who attended last year’s Profectum Foundation conference.

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Huntington Extends Orbit Pavilion Timeline

The Huntington Library has extended its exhibit of the NASA-sponsored Orbit Pavilion installation by six months.
The exhibit, which was designed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory visual strategists Dan Goods and David Delgado, will now run through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Price of admission to the Huntington will grant guests access to the installation.
Orbit Pavilion is essentially a structure-sized conch shell that has speakers filling the dome center that play programmed sounds corresponding to each of the 19 select satellites in orbit when they line up with the applicable speaker. The exhibit mostly plays in real time, although there is periodically an orchestrated rendition played throughout the day.
The exhibit is part of the Huntington’s Five initiative, in which there will be five groups of contemporary artists that are invited to show work during the next five years that corresponds with the Huntington’s history. For more information, visit

Hillside School Students Show Artwork at Design Exhibit

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High school students Tanner Soohoo, Bill Recabaren, James Siebels and Nick Terry

Hillside School art students got an opportunity to display their work at the Hillside Gallery in La Cañada Flintridge during the Art and Design Exhibit ’17 reception. The work on display was a culmination of months of working and choosing the best of each student’s portfolio.
The primary focus of the projects was the creative process and the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, challenging both the student’s and viewer’s preconceived notion of what “high school art class” means. Teacher Torsten Keller led high school students through the processes of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Middle school projects ranged from drawing techniques, collage and assemblage, industrial and product design, mixed media and photography.

Alex Smith (front row, from left), Isaiah Crews, Lennon Bryden and Daniel Park. Back: Winnie Crews, Spencer Kim, Connor Dawson, Jet Thornton and Tenley Bruni.

LCHS 7/8 Students of the Month Recognized

La Cañada High School 7th- and 8th-grade Students of the Month include Ashley Olson (front row, from left), Hana Hubler, Christian Castro, Maia Munich, Katharine Franklin, Luca DiPaolo, Sohan Desai and Alex Armentrout Wiswall. Back: Matthew Yoshida, Reza Hemmati, Sarah Pack, Helen Fenske, Hanan Phillips, Tallen Sample and Rosie Ewoldsen. Principal Jarrett Gold distributed the certificates. Not pictured: Kayla Hargraves.