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.

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.

Elizabeth House Gala Set for April 1

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Bill and Noli Caswell, Susan and Bruce Dodge, and Kristen and Dave Mickelson were among the La Cañada Flintridge residents who attended a prior gala for Elizabeth House, which provides shelter and services for homeless pregnant women. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 1.

Elizabeth House is hosting its annual gala on Saturday evening, April 1, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. The reception and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m.; the dinner and program are at 7 p.m.
“This year’s gala will be a lot of fun,” said Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh. “It is a celebration of the organization’s foundation of the past 23 years. It is giving us the ability to expand and take us to a new level.”
Some of the auction items include a fishing vacation to British Columbia, a one-week stay in Newport Beach, vacations to Mammoth and Palm Desert, and tickets to theater and sporting events. John Cervenka is the auctioneer.
Tickets are $175. For event information, call (626) 577-4434 or visit