La Cañada High School junior varsity Songies recently held their annual camp for future Spartan cheerleaders, including Zoe Hong (front row, from left), Sofi Aslanian, Nicole Maynew and Bella Cerpa. Middle row: Sarah Bell, Alyssa Parrille, Piper Scherbert, Kiani Makata, Madeline McCann, Abby Hwang, Emily Yang, Elkin Follett and Kiyomi Makata. Back: JV Songies Lara Kang, Mariam Hanna, Ciana Smyth, Mia Ransom, Rachel Hwang, Caitlin Blencowe, Priya Shah, Asher Follett and Juliette Aslanian. The Songies taught their campers cheers and dances and performed at their last session.
The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Marvin Neumann and Chad Prado, will perform in Memorial Park in Pasadena on Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m., and is sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center.
The concert will open with the theme from “Psycho.” Also on the program are “The St. Paul Suite” by Holst, “Renew” by the conductor Neumann, “Suite for Strings” by Washburn, “Hoe-Down” by Copland and more.
The concert is free. Validated parking is available in the Holly Street lot. Memorial Park is located at 30 N. Raymond Ave.
Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently celebrated the official naming of the Farrah Fawcett Group Room in its facility with a naming ceremony.
Farrah Fawcett started the Farrah Fawcett Foundation in 2007, after being diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006. She died June 25, 2009. The foundation funds research for HPV-related cancers, promotes awareness and cancer prevention strategies, and provides patient assistance funds to help those struggling with the expenses of treatment.
“We are so grateful for the foundation’s generous grant to CSCP, and so pleased to have this beautiful new partnership,” remarked Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “We are both organizations working to provide education, support and hope to individuals facing a cancer.” Continue reading “Cancer Support Community Honors Farrah Fawcett Foundation”
The Pasadena Pops continues its popular outdoor summer concert series with the Midtown Men singing music from “Jersey Boys” on Saturday, July 15, at the L.A. County Arboretum. The Midtown Men bring their Broadway talent, choreography and unique onstage chemistry to the Arboretum to deliver a blast from the past celebrating music from the ’60s, led by resident Pops Conductor Larry Blank. Hits from the Four Seasons, the Beatles, Motown and more, include such old favorites as “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “Get Ready” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
The production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.” The Midtown Men include Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony-Award nominee J. Robert Spencer who shared the Broadway stage for more than 1,000 performances of the mega-hit production.
All concerts are held at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. Grounds open for picnicking and dining at 5:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Large LED video screens allow concert-goers to see the artists and orchestra up close, with high-quality sound and production. Free parking and shuttle service are available at the nearby Westfield Santa Anita shopping center.
The Arboretum is at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Single tickets, beginning at $25, and season subscriptions are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, going online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or by purchasing them at the Arboretum on the day of the concert.
The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently donated 10% of its fundraising proceeds, $4,312 in total, to local charities Harambee Christian Family Center and Elizabeth House, the church said in a statement.
Harambee Christian Family Center emphasizes Christian education, affordable housing and employment opportunities through programs including after school programs, internships, preschool through 6th-grade education, a summer day camp and a community garden. Elizabeth House provides shelter and support to homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena. Proceeds were raised through the annual LCPC Parent Education Gala event in February and by selling “Wild Hope” ornaments. Continue reading “LCPC Donates to Nonprofits, Funds Scholarships”
The La Cañada 8th-grade Builders Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge, had a successful school year. This year, 25 8th-graders volunteered to be part of the community service organization. Their faculty adviser, Sam Picture, has led the Builders Club for eight years.
Builders Club students took on four projects that exceeded last year’s success. Their first project was to help UNICEF raise money to provided medicine, clean water, school supplies and more for kids all over the developing world. The students raised $1,465 over a four-week period, which grew to $2,465, from an additional grant from the Kiwanis Club. Continue reading “Kiwanis Celebrates Builders Club Accomplishments”
Beulah Lynch Oakes, a 29-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on El Camino Corto on June 21. She was 105 years old. Beulah was an active member of the Thursday Club for many years, having moved to La Cañada Flintridge to live near her son and his family following the death in 1988 of her husband, Dr. Harold Oakes.
Beulah was born in a ranch house on Nov. 16, 1911, near the town of Salt Lake, New Mexico, the youngest of six children. After growing up on the ranch and graduating from Albuquerque High School, Beulah traveled to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Labor. She worked in the office of Frances Perkins, secretary of Labor in the Franlin D. Roosevelt administration, who was the nation’s first female cabinet member.
Beulah met Harold in El Paso, Texas, and following their marriage in 1942, she received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley while Harold was serving in the Army in the South Pacific. Continue reading “Obituary: Beulah Lynch Oakes”
Roger Herrling passed away on June 8 of natural causes at the age of 88.
He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Duluth, Minnesota, and came to California when he was 19 with his father and brother. He met Toni Bonifield when he was 21. The couple married two years later and were together for the next 67 years. They had five children, Dana, Cindy, Grant, Randy and Brad. The family often spent time together on wonderful summer vacations to Lake Tahoe, Carmel and Hawaii.
Roger attended UC Berkeley and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. While at Cal he was a member of the crew team where he rowed under legendary coach Caroll M. “KY” Ebright. His college career was cut short by the Korean War. At that time, Roger was accepted into the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he earned the rank of second lieutenant. The war ended just as he was ready to deploy. Continue reading “Obituary: Roger Herrling 1928-2017”
An open house and ribbon-cutting was recently held for San Marino Optometry on Huntington Drive. The husband and wife team of Dr. Toan Nguyen and Dr. Julie Phan welcomed dignitaries, including San Marino Mayor Dr. Richard Sun; Christian Daly, representing Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Elizabeth Andalon, representing Congresswoman Judy Chu; and members of the San Marino Chamber of Commerce.