Three Troop 398 Scouts Earn Eagle Honor

Theodore Chamberlain, a recent graduate of La Cañada High School, joined Boy Scout Troop 398 in 2013. He has benefitted in developing his leadership skills and deepened his value of community service through the Scouting program. His favorite times were overnight camping and Boy Scout camps. His Eagle Scout Project entailed rebuilding and restoring the softball field backstops at La Cañada High School.
The field is used by the high school teams and many other youth programs in the community on a year-round basis. The project was a team effort, thanks to all the support of friends and family, and particularly the amazing leadership of Boy Scout Troop 398.
Chamberlain enjoys sports and will continue playing his favorite game of football at Claremont McKenna College this fall.

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Obituary: Mary Lou Stremfel

Mary Lou Stremfel

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and business owner Mary Lou Stremfel passed away July 22 after a short battle with cancer. Mary Lou retained her mischievous wit and childlike charm until the very end, and was surrounded by all five of her children at the time of her death.
The Stremfel family originally relocated from New York City in 1960. Both she and her husband, Joseph, were born and raised in Iowa.
Shortly after arriving in La Cañada Flintridge, her husband began opening local community pharmacies. Cal Med Pharmacy was opened in 1965. Then in 1969, the Stremfels opened Cal Med Pharmacy East (since renamed Flintridge Pharmacy).
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Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier

Michele Looney Gardenier

April 6, 1959-Aug. 3, 2017

Michele Looney Gardenier passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on Aug. 3, due to surgical complications. She is survived by her husband, William M. Gardenier, and her mother, sister, sister-in-law and four precious nieces. Their dad was her brother, Michael James Looney, who passed away in 2009 from cancer.
Michele was born on April 6, 1959, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from La Cañada High School in 1977. Her career was spent working with her dear friend James Pokorny at his law office, during which time she bravely fought and won her battle with lung cancer. Continue reading “Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier”

JPL Sponsors Boy Scout Backpacking Trip

Photo courtesy of Troop 509
On top of the Tooth of Time are Mark Swain (sitting, from left), Jack Olson, Libby and Jonathan Shiner, and Stephan and Mircea Badescu. Standing: George Olson, Gino Graziadio, Max Fan, Forrest Swain, and Jack and Tom Andrews.

A crew from Boy Scout Troop 509, sponsored by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently spent two weeks in Philmont, New Mexico, backpacking 100-plus miles in the Rocky Mountains while carrying 40-pound packs. The seven Scouts and five adults, led by Scout Max Fan, climbed the 12,441-foot Baldy Mountain and led a burro they named Churro. They also did rock climbing, horseback riding, spar pole climbing, shotgun shooting, spear throwing, black powder rifle shooting and other challenging activities. Scouts saw petroglyphs and a T-Rex track. The weather was hot and dry, except for a hail storm and lightning. The crew traveled to and from Philmont by train, a 22-hour trip each way.
In late July, Troop 509 will go to Catalina Island for a week of swimming, sailing, kayaking, hiking and merit badges, and in early August, the troop will climb Mt. Whitney. To learn more about Troop 509, visit

Adventist Health Foundation Hosts Donor Reception

Photos courtesy Adventist Health Foundation
Dr. Harlan Gibbs, Dr. Hasmik Danielian, Arsen Danielian, James Van de Voorde, Annette Ermshar and Dan Monahan

A nearly century-old Spanish Baroque-style estate in Glendale’s Rossmoyne neighborhood was the site of a recent donor appreciation reception hosted by the Adventist Health Glendale Foundation.
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Eagle Scout Project at PCY

Nathan Snow, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, has been involved in Scouting since he was in kindergarten and is currently a part of Troop 502 at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. He attended Paradise Canyon Elementary and wanted his Eagle Scout project to benefit his former school. Snow raised $1,500 by selling fall wreaths in 2016, having two bake sales in the park and a Blaze Pizza fundraiser last summer. He used the funds to purchase an 8-foot bench for kids to sit on while they waited to be picked up after school. He had a crew of Scouts and family members landscape the area near the bench and installed a PCY marker made out of the lawn edging and decomposed granite. Lastly, he installed solar lights that gently illuminate the marker.

Assistance League of Pasadena Installs 2017-18 Board of Directors

Photo courtesy ALP Assistance League of Pasadena 2017-18 Board of Directors include Darlyne Garofalo (front row, from left), Lou Howorth, Ultra Soto-Rojas and Irene Miller. Back: Cynthia Nelson, Roma Kiser, Elizabeth Polenzani, Denise Hornick and Julie Escudero. Not pictured: Ursula Hyman, Sharon Velenzuela and Lynne Young.
Photo courtesy ALP
Assistance League of Pasadena 2017-18 Board of Directors include Darlyne Garofalo (front row, from left), Lou Howorth, Ultra Soto-Rojas and Irene Miller. Back: Cynthia Nelson, Roma Kiser, Elizabeth Polenzani, Denise Hornick and Julie Escudero. Not pictured: Ursula Hyman, Sharon Velenzuela and Lynne Young.

Members of the Assistance League of Pasadena gathered at their chapter headquarters on June 12 for their 2017-18 annual Meeting and Installation. President Irene Miller addressed the attendees, sharing many of the year’s accomplishments. She noted that this past year, members and community volunteers contributed more than 17,000 volunteer hours, which equates to more than $400,000 in value.
The evening culminated with the installation of the 2017-18 Board of Directors by Lynn Mehl.
The Assistance League of Pasadena is a chapter of Assistance League — a national, nonprofit, volunteer organization with more than 26,000 member volunteers. Chartered in 1941, Pasadena is one of the longest-standing chapters. Its philanthropic programs include Operation School Bell, Assault Survivor Kits, Bear Hugs, Very Important Performers and Craft Fair Gift Shop. All are supported through donations, grants and its Treasure Fair Thrift Shop revenue.
Operation School Bell provides underserved students with school uniforms, books, shoes and personal care items. Nationally during the year, more than 331,000 children benefited from this program. Assault Survivor Kits helps restore dignity to assault victims by furnishing them with clothing and personal care items when law enforcement retains their clothing for evidence. Bear Hugs provides teddy bears to comfort traumatized, abused and neglected children. Very Important Performers celebrates Pasadena middle school students who have shown dramatic improvements in academics, attendance and behavior or have made a positive difference in their school environment. Craft Fair is a consignment shop showcasing handcrafted items created by individuals over age 50. Its goal is to provide extra income, plus a sense of added productivity in seniors’ later years.
Membership in Assistance League of Pasadena is open year-round. For additional information, contact (626) 449-2068 or visit

Thousands to Attend the 5th Rooftop Cinema Series

South Lake Business Association presents the fifth annual Rooftop Cinema Series, a complimentary open-air movie event taking place Saturday, Aug. 12. Guests can enjoy the romantic action drama “Top Gun” during Pasadena’s popular summer event at the Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Ave.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 6 p.m. to enjoy the resident DJ and pre-show activities. Guests can enjoy a “Top Gun”-themed photo op, bounce houses and family-friendly games, prizes and giveaways. Food vendors include: Dunkin Donuts, Kaboom Kettle Korn, Le Petite Pomme Frites (Mediterranean Cuisine), Los Colorines (Latin Cuisine), Nothing Bundt Cakes and Sushi Burrito.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a reclining beach chair for a comfortable seating experience. The Rooftop Cinema Series has a special VIP seating area offer: Guests must present a printed receipt of a same-day purchase from a South Lake Avenue retailer. This promotion is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“South Lake’s Rooftop Cinema Series is a community-building experience and a fun way for event attendees to learn about the South Lake Avenue District and all it has to offer, said Gina Tleel, executive director of the South Lake Business Association. “South Lake events provide our guests with the opportunity to learn about district updates and provide the South Lake Business Association the opportunity to thank guests for being patrons of the South Lake Avenue District.”
For the complimentary movie and free parking, an RSVP required. Contact or call (626) 792-1259.

Feline Friends at Humane Society’s CatCon Aug. 12 and 13

Volunteer Nilda Hurley of Pasadena
Volunteer Nilda Hurley of Pasadena

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will facilitate on-site adoptions at CatCon, the annual convention where pop culture and cat culture converge. More than 100 cats and kittens will be available for adoption over the course of the two-day event held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The cats and kittens will be housed in the Furever Home Adoption Lounge in partnership with CatCon’s Presenting Sponsor, Rachael Ray Nutrish.
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LCPC Parent Ed Offers New Tween Class on Oct. 4

Paige Dunbar

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program is offering a new program coming this fall — Parent Express for Parents of Tweens (5th- through 8th-graders), featuring large and small group discussions relating to pre-adolescent issues such as peer relationships, family communication, puberty and school adjustments.
This class, taught by parenting expert Paige Dunbar, will provide a monthlong opportunity for parents who cannot attend daytime classes to participate in Parent Education. Discussion topics will include: “The Tween Brain and Physical Development,” “Creating a Sense of Belonging at Home and School,” and “How to Effectively Maintain Boundaries,” to name a few. Classes will run Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at LCPC. The rate is $80 for the four-week session (which covers both parents).
Registration is open for Parent Express and all of Parent Ed’s 2017-18 class offerings.
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