LCPC Parent Education Classes To Begin In-Person This Fall

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program teachers and staff include
(front row, from left) Paige Thatcher, Jan Roberts, Tracy Tobias, Betty Bredemann, Cathy Steward, Cristina Kelly, Adri Law, Stephanie Ginn, Paula Giboney and Charlotte Miller. Back row: Lynne Graves, Stephanie Ferguson, Monika Skeehan, Katy Riddell, Daniela Kim, Anne Bierling, Vicki Rekedal, Jana Van Dyck, Katrina Harbors, Sloan Walsh and Amanda Baughman.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education program will begin the week of Sept, 14.

They will offer 15 daytime classes for parents and grandparents of children (0-18 years old) and a growing slate of Parent Express evening classes.

“Parent Ed is excited to return in-person this fall with all your favorite classes alongside a new addition,” a spokesperson said. “Each class is taught by reputable and caring staff member who has countless years of teaching experience, decades of parenting experience and a deep love for God.”

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Rose Bowl’s AmericaFest Celebration July 4

AmericaFest, the Rose Bowl’s annual fireworks extravaganza, is returning to the stadium on July 4.

The Rose Bowl Stadium’s annual AmericaFest Celebration, recognized as one of the nation’s largest and longest-running shows to celebrate America’s birthday, will be held on Sunday, July 4. AmericaFest will be an in-person gathering after moving the event to a virtual event format last year due to the global pandemic.

“The Rose Bowl Stadium is so iconic for many things, but the annual AmericaFest is an event that brings all of Pasadena and beyond, together,” said Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo. “Last year, the stadium pivoted the 94-year-old tradition to a virtual event format, but we are thrilled to once again welcome Pasadena back home to celebrate America, at America’s Stadium.”

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LCHS Roll Through Two Nonleague Games

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team prepared for its final round of Rio Hondo League action with two nonleague victories last week. 

The Spartans opened the week against St. Genevieve of Panorama City and prevailed with a 5-2 win. Brandon Shepherd, making his first appearance on the mound this season, earned the win for La Cañada with one inning of scoreless work in relief of Brandon Cho, who had struck out six with no walks in four frames. Nathan Mertens picked up the save with four strikeouts over the final two innings. 

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Tornadoes Beat Nitros For First Time in 13 Years

Photo by Nathan Cambridge / Glendale News-Press
The Hoover High School girls’ softball team celebrated a 19-7 victory over Glendale High on Thursday. The squad, guided by head coach Rich Henning and assistant coach Marlena Ramirez, includes Samantha Coromac, Alexis Figueroa, Laura Giron, Desiree Guzman, Janet Jong, Sophia Lozano, Eden Maldonado, Kiahana Montano, Sona Ovasapyan, Makayla Ramirez, Amy Ramos, Sydney Sanvictores, Aaliyah Serna and Celeste Torres.

By Nathan Cambridge
Glendale News-Press

It was time to renew the girls’ softball rivalry between Glendale and Hoover, and this time the spoils of victory would be twofold: city bragging rights and the elusive first victory of the season.
In the end, it was Hoover that seized the day as the host Tornadoes used a big inning to come out on top against Glendale, 19-7, in a Pacific League contest Thursday afternoon that was shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.
“They are our rival school and we want to beat them every year,” Tornado Desiree Guzman said. “[This year] we did and we’re so excited.”
The Hoover win, along with being the first of the season, ended a long drought against its crosstown opponent.
“I think it was amazing because we haven’t beat [Glendale] since 2008,” said Guzman, whose team has a 1-6 record (with all of its games being league competition).
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David Robert Richmond | Obituary

David Robert Richmond

David Robert Richmond, 21, passed away on April 27, 2021.
David was an energetic young man who had big ideas about changing the world. He was intelligent, funny and compassionate. He had many interesting hobbies from the time he was a small boy. In more recent years, he loved mountaineering, summiting Mt. Whitney, The Grand Teton, and Longs Peak, among others. He was interested in becoming an investor and entrepreneur and was an early proponent of cryptocurrency.
David was a graduate of Hoggs Hollow Preschool & Kindergarten, Palm Crest Elementary, La Cañada Junior High School, and the Fusion Academy. He was an Eagle Scout. David was a student at Brigham Young University.
David will truly be missed. He is remembered as a meticulously dressed, well-spoken young man with a large vocabulary and an equally large number of quips at the ready.
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YMCA’s Young Gym Is Part of $7 Million Campaign

Photo courtesy Young family
The Young family appeared in this 30-year-old photo that was published in the Valley Sun in 1991. Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Vanessa Young Burnett and Charlie Young. Second row: Monica Young Skeehan, Vicki Young Aldridge and Doris Young Coates. Third row: Philip Young III, Liz Young, Karen Young and the late Robert Coates. Top row: Phil (Chip) Young Jr. and Scott Young.

By Nina Aghadjanian
Outlook Valley Sun

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA (CCY) just unveiled a freshly restored Young Family Gymnasium, the addition of three pickleball courts, spiffy new women’s and men’s locker rooms, and an updated membership lobby and multipurpose room.
The CCY, which is under the YMCA of the Foothills “umbrella,” has been operating at limited capacity since the end of June 2020 when it created a 4,000-square-foot covered outdoor “airnaysium,” where members could safely work out. The increased downtime and reduced traffic from the pandemic presented the opportunity for some overdue upgrades and additions.
Last week, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the locker rooms, which alone received $1.7-million worth of improvements, including two new Swedish dry saunas. That revamp is considered Phase 1 of the CCY’s “A Time to Build” campaign — a three-phase, $7-million expansion that aims to provide greater physical and financial accessibility to the community. The locker rooms also mark the location’s first major project since “Renew the Resource,” a $3.5-million capital development campaign that was launched in 1992.
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LCHS Athletes Compete in First County-Permitted Invitationals of 2021

The La Cañada track team returned to action this past Saturday at the Pasadena Games, held at South Pasadena High School, and the Meet of Champions, contested at Arcadia High School. The meets were the first-allowed track and field invitationals in Los Angeles County this season, and both meets were held to strict COVID-related protocols — including pre-meet online screenings, mask-wearing and social distancing.

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Class of 2021 Ticktockers Presented by Local NCL Chapter

Twenty-three young women from La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Glendale, Altadena, and the surrounding area will be honored by the Glendale Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. at the 70th annual Senior Presentation Ball on May 21. The event will be held at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.
The Senior Presentation Ball is a tradition for the chapter, highlighting and thanking the Class of 2021 for their 8,722 hours of philanthropic service. The young women, or Ticktockers as they are known, began their NCL journey in 7th-grade, working with their mothers, called Patronesses, to support the chapter’s philanthropic partners. Over the years, the class has volunteered at Ascencia, Union Station Homeless Services, Door of Hope, YWCA of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Operation Gratitude, American Red Cross, Hathaway-Sycamores, Twelve Oaks Senior Living, the chapter’s annual rummage sale and more.

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Glendale, Burbank Earn Split Decision

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Burbank High School’s Arson Rostomyan swims during the 200-individual medley at Glendale High on Thursday. Rostomyan won the event with a time of 2:05. | Photo by Austin Green

Burbank and Glendale high schools’ swim teams kicked off a new era at Glendale High’s revamped swim facilities, christening the new pool with a split dual meet on Thursday.
The host Nitros beat the Bulldogs in the girls’ meet, 103-60, but Burbank returned the favor on the boys’ competition, 93-75. Both coaches expressed pride in how their teams performed despite very limited practice time to due to the adjustments to the season schedule forced by COVID-19 regulations.
Glendale’s girls jumped out to a commanding lead in the first event of the day, the 200-yard medley relay. The Nitros’ No. 1 group, consisting of Ariadne De Leon, Liana Pooladi, Nicole Avedisian and Kristina Ter-Matevosyan, and No. 2 group, featuring Ashley Hernandez, Marissa Briones, Angela Markarian and Chloe Dobie, took the top two spots, respectively, to give their team a 12-2 advantage.

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Crescenta Valley Shuts Out Burroughs

By Nathan Cambridge
Glendale News-Press

Photo by Nathan Cambridge / Glendale News-Press
Seniors Dee Dee Hernandez and Morgan Eng helped the Falcons pick up a 7-0 victory over Burbank Burroughs on Thursday.

Crescenta Valley High School softball has been the class of the Pacific League in recent years and the trend is continuing this season.
The Falcons started hot and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-0 Pacific League victory over host Burroughs Thursday afternoon at Burbank’s Olive Park.
With the shutout victory, Crescenta Valley (4-0 overall, 4-0 in league) has yet to allow a run this season.
“Burroughs is always one of our top competitors, so we came out here fired up, ready to get out there and attack,” Falcon senior Morgan Eng said.
The Falcons put up a five-spot in the top of the first and that proved to be more than enough for superstar Falcon pitcher Dee Dee Hernandez. The senior allowed just three hits while striking out seven, going the distance for the win.

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