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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Portantino Visits LCHS, Encourages Participation

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently visited the ASB class at La Cañada High School, encouraging students to attend school board meetings, to call their local representatives and to take on leadership roles themselves. “He answered lots of questions from the audience, which was spellbound and appreciated his accessibility, honesty and camaraderie,” said Marian Price in an email. The ASB director had her students write an essay about what they learned from the exchange.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, was formerly the city mayor and served as a state assemblyman before being elected in November to serve as senator for the California’s 25th District.

DAR Presents Good Citizen Awards

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DAR Good Citizen chair Barbara Rogers (third from right) presented five local students with the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award. From left, member Lynn Thompson; Lilliana Avaniss-Aghajani, La Cañada High School; Nia Harris, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Chapter Regent Caroline Craven; Christian Yeghnazar, Flintridge Prep; Rogers; Sebouh Oshagan, Crescenta Valley High School; and Lina Petrossian, Clark Magnet High School.

The Don José Verdugo Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution honored five local high school students recently with the organization’s prestigious Good Citizens Award. Students were selected by their respective schools for their outstanding qualities of service, leadership, dependability and patriotism.
Good Citizens chair Barbara Rogers introduced the students at a luncheon held in their honor and presented them with a DAR award certificate, a Good Citizen lapel pin, a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a monetary award.
During the presentation, students introduced their parents and a school representative in attendance and spoke about their future plans and where they hope to attend college.
To learn more, visit dar.org or contact the Don José Verdugo Chapter at (818) 249-5472.

LCPC to Host Author of ‘Grant’ on March 26

Ronald White

Bestselling author Ronald White will be at La Cañada Presbyterian Church for a presentation and book signing on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. White’s new presidential biography, “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant,” became an instant New York Times bestseller when it was published in October. The Flintridge Book Store will provide copies to purchase of American Ulysses, as well as the author’s “A. Lincoln: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln,” which White will sign.
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‘Millionaire’s Row’ Estate Seeks New Owner for $10.5 Million

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The Pasadena landmark John S. Cravens estate, also known as the Red Cross house, is being sold for $10.5 million by the humanitarian organization to find a better fit for its San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter headquarters.
Situated on “Millionaire’s Row,” along tree-lined Orange Grove Boulevard and Madeline Drive, the estate is one of the largest and most significant architectural treasures in Pasadena. Local Sotheby’s International Realtors Gretchen Seager and Josie Tong will represent the sale, and said they will donate their commission to the American Red Cross.
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Ribbon-Cutting Opens Credit Union

The recent opening of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new lending branch at Foothill Boulevard and Commonwealth. Attendees included (front row, from left) Pat Anderson, City Manager Mark Alexander, Mayor Jonathan Curtis, CEFCU CIO John Barnfather, CEFCU Board of Directors chair John Patterson, CEFCU President/CEO Rich Harris and CEO board member Mike Miranda.

LC Teachers Association Opens Senior Scholarships

The La Cañada Teachers Association is now accepting applications for eight different scholarships it sponsors, with applications available to seniors electronically via the “Scholarship List” on the Naviance website and in hardcopy from the visual and performing arts teachers and from the school librarian.
The scholarships for visual artists include the Jeanne Maus Memorial Scholarship and the Fred Stuhr Memorial Scholarship, which were established in honor of the memory of Jeanne Maus and Fred Stuhr and their artistic accomplishments. Applicants for each of these scholarships must be planning to continue an involvement in art.
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LCF Sister Cities Group Seeks Hosts, Travelers

The La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association is looking for high school students interested in an opportunity to travel internationally and represent their city this summer.

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Representatives who attended last year’s Youth Leadership Summit included (from left) Flintridge Prep’s Courtney Johnson, La Cañada High School’s Luke Stefan, LCHS’ Kelly Steele, St. Francis’ Lenny Pieroni, LCHS’ Naomi Stephen and St. Francis’ Amr Eissa.

The association is accepting applications for student ambassadors to travel to Spain, as well as families to host eight Spanish students who will be staying in LCF.
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Parcel Tax Exemption Open; Oversight Help Sought

La Cañada Unified School District residents wishing to submit a senior citizen or contiguous parcel exemption form for the 2017 tax year may do so until June 30.
Parcel tax exemption forms are available from the District’s Fiscal Services Office located at 4490 Cornishon Ave., or may be downloaded from the district’s website lcusd.net.
Residents who previously submitted a senior citizen or contiguous parcel exemption form do not need to reapply for the exemption. Those forms, unless the property owner’s circumstances have changed, are good for all years the parcel tax is in effect. Residents 65 years or older can apply for tax exemption.
The district is also updating membership on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.
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DAR Hosts Annual Awards Breakfast

The Women’s City Club in Pasadena was the setting for the recent Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter annual awards breakfast. The prestigious DAR History Award was presented to Ian Ruskin, who stars in the one-man play and 2016 film documentary “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine” about the man whose pamphlet “Common Sense” helped convince early Americans to revolt against the British monarchy and create a new nation.

Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter Regent Phyllis Lynes with (from left) Good Citizen Award winners Charisma Marines, Marshall Fundamental High School; Audrey Cameron, Blair High School; Michael Francis Grumble, St. Monica Academy; Rosa Run Mi Llanto, Pasadena High School; Jillian Kislow, Alverno Heights Academy; Melissa Rocha, John Muir High School; and Martin Severance Chapter Good Citizens chair Mary Lou Langedyke.

Several high school seniors were presented with Good Citizen Awards for demonstrating dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in 2016, selected by faculty and staff at their respective schools. One elementary school student was presented with the American History Essay Contest Award for her 2016 essay with the theme “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.”