Thomson Receives Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Award

Bill Thomson

Local resident Bill Thomson was presented with the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Champion Award in front of nearly 100 attendees at the Rose Bowl’s Terry Donahue Pavilion recently. The award is given annually to a person who has “shown outstanding dedication and leadership in support of the RBAC and its programs to serve all ages, all abilities and all members of our diverse communities,” according to a spokesperson.
Thomson, a long-time RBAC volunteer and leader, was presented the award by John Naber, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist swimmer who is also a member of the RBAC Founding Board of Directors.
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Friends in Deed Women’s Room Fundraiser for Homeless Women

Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.
Local residents Monica Hubbard, Jackie Knowles and Aubin Wilson are members of the All Saints Women’s Community (the founding group of the Women’s Room), which is being honored at the 10th anniversary fundraiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Club.

A group of local women in 2007, with an invitation from Friends in Deed, opened the Women’s Room, a daytime refuge for women who are alone and homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, many of the original group will be joined by a host of new supporters and friends for a 10th anniversary celebration fundraiser at Brookside Golf Club’s Mediterranean Room adjacent to the Rose Bowl. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50.

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Obituary: Sally (Hathaway) Lewis Horner

Sally Lewis Horner
Sally Lewis Horner

Jan. 7, 1936 — Jan. 24, 2017

Sally Lewis Horner passed away quietly after a 10-year struggle with dementia, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 24, just two weeks after her 81st birthday. Sally was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Jan. 7, 1936, the daughter of Janet Fraser Lewis and Mahlon E. Lewis. She was raised in Ben Avon Heights, a small community south of Pittsburgh. Sally graduated from Winchester-Thurston School after which she matriculated at Connecticut College for Women in New London, Conn. The summer following her freshman year she met the love of her life, Michael H. Horner, who had just finished his freshman year at Cornell University. Sally graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in Western European History. Continue reading “Obituary: Sally (Hathaway) Lewis Horner”

Pasadena Christian Hosts Christmas Concert

Pasadena Christian School held its annual Christmas Concert recently, and the auditorium was brimming with friends and family who came to enjoy the program full of seasonal classics. The evening began with various musical performances conducted by instrumental music director Gene Chung. Choral groups from transitional-kindergarten through 6th grade waited patiently in their classrooms until their performance time while choral director Barbara Allen led the students through each musical note. All the choral groups came together for the grand finale, which concluded the evening and left the audience full of Christmas cheer.

Kidspace Bets on Vegas Theme Benefit Feb. 4

The Circle of Friends is planning a “Vegas Baby!”-themed benefit on Saturday, Feb. 4, to support Kidspace Children’s Museum. The benefit will be held at a local country club where guests will be treated to dinner, dancing and a live auction.
“This year, we are celebrating the city that never sleeps with ‘Vegas Baby!’” said Circle of Friends President Tricia Nur. “Every year we aim to celebrate Kidspace with an epic event and this year is no different. The benefit chairs, Kate Kohorst and Ellie Richardson, are working incredibly hard along with their committees to ensure everyone who walks in the door feels like a high roller. We have live and silent auction items, one-of-a-kind entertainment and incredible patron support. It will be a night to remember.”
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Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The event, titled “On Their Shoulders We Stand,” will honor Harambee’s founding board of directors and contributors at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. William Pannell from the Center for African American Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker. The Push by Harambee will cater the dinner.
Harambee, which is Swahili for the phrase “Let’s get together and push,” was formed to serve a 12-block area around Navarro Avenue in Pasadena in response to the high level of crime in the area in 1982.
Tickets are $150. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are also available. For more information, visit harambeeministries.org.

CSF Scholarship Applications Available

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge has announced that the 2017 scholarship applications are now available. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling any student to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Fulltime students who attend La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Hillside School and Learning Center, St. Francis High School and Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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Junior Women’s Club to Host Fundraiser Feb. 11

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold its annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6-11 p.m. The Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball promises to be lively and fun while raising money for a great cause.
The party, to be held at the La Cañada Country Club, will feature an evening that includes a Mardi Gras-themed buffet, a silent auction, a “wine toss” and dancing the night away as DJ Dean spins lively tunes.
Tickets are $50 per person. Funds go toward the support of Pasadena’s Ronald McDonald House and Five Acres Altadena, the two philanthropies that Juniors supports. For reservations, send an RSVP to info@lcjwc.org.

Obituary: Mary K. DeLurgio

Mary K. DeLurgio

Mary K. DeLurgio, a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10, after a protracted battle with cancer. Mary K. was born in Mexico City on May 2, 1937.  She was an accomplished author of two books and was a Marriage and Family Therapist in La Cañada Flintridge for more than 45 years. She impacted the lives of many in our community and will be missed for a long time to come.
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