LCF Educational Foundation Hosts Wine Auction

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation recently hosted its fifth annual LCF Wine Auction at the Jonathan Club, which benefitted the LCFEF Endowment Fund.
The wine auction included cult wines, rare bourbons and whiskeys which helped raise more than $120,000 for the LCFEF Endowment Fund.
The intimate event was accompanied by premium wine tasting and a gourmet dinner.
Guests had the opportunity to acquire unique and hard-to-find wines with the added satisfaction that they are contributing to the future success of the La Cañada schools. The evening showcased cult California Cabernets, Pinots and Chardonnays, such as Harlan, Bond, Kosta Brown, Sea Smoke and Merry Edwards. Also, rare bourbons and whiskeys like Pappy Van Winkle, Macallan and Cuban cigars, such as Montecristo and Trinidad were auctioned.

Democratic Club Tackles Environmental Wins, Losses

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Cheryl Auger will speak at the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club’s Zoom meeting Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. and deliver an update on California and federal laws involving the environment.
Auger is president of Ban SUP (Single-Use Plastics), a group that focuses on bringing awareness to the plastics crisis in local, state and federal legislation. She is also the owner of Ban SUP Refill, a Pasadena store that helps people transition away from plastic to reusable containers and sustainable packaging.
With keen interest in environmental legislation, Auger will discuss what progress has been made and where it is still lacking.
Officer candidates for 2022 will also be presented to the members.
For login details for the 3-5 p.m. meeting, visit

Donna Geldmacher | Obituary

Donna Geldmacher, 82, passed away on September 29, 2021, at her home in Glendale. She was born May 13, 1939, in Ohio and spent most of her life in California.
Donna enjoyed crafting and loved her family dearly. She is survived by her daughter Deborah, her son Mike, and grandchildren Kristen, Jessica, and Ryan.
Funeral services will be private for immediate family.

Gary ‘Butch’ Allen Bandy | Obituary

Gary “Butch” Allen Bandy

Gary “Butch” Allen Bandy, 80, from Los Angeles, California, passed away on October 5th. He had a unique ability to defy stereotypes and conventions; Gary was a businessman and an artist, a developer and a farmer, an avid reader and accomplished fisherman.
Gary was born March 8th, 1941, to Gerald and Emilia Bandy at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles County, and he grew up in the San Fernando Valley. A life-long outdoorsman, Gary was so proud to be the youngest member, at that time, to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
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Burbank Coordinating Council Gala Is Nov. 6

The Burbank Coordinating Council will host its annual gala on Nov. 6, from 7-10 p.m. at 3000 W. Magnolia Blvd.
The gala is sponsored by UMe Credit Union.
All proceeds will assist BCC with providing holiday baskets full of food and gift items to families in need. The BCC is receiving an increase in applications for Holiday Baskets due to the pandemic. The group said it is expecting this year’s program to have more applicants than ever before.
Food, drinks and fundraising will accompany the comedy of Grey Griffin and Stacy Dymalski. Both entertainers have impressive resumes not only in standup but also with voiceover acting, writing and TV.
A special guest will be honored with the organization’s first annual Spirit of Burbank Coordinating Council Award. The group will also recognize another special guest for their years of service to BCC.
New Board President Mary Anne Been will share the changes coming to BCC in the 2021-22 year.
To RSVP and purchase a gala ticket, visit

‘Sellabration’ Proceeds Benefit Community Organizations

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Photo Courtesy of Monica Ordubegian
Rebecca Demonteverde and Kaitlyn Hu

The National Charity League’s Glendale Chapter, which includes a large contingent of La Cañada Flintridge residents, recently held its annual “Sellebration” rummage sale at the Pacific Community Center.
Before the doors opened, people lined up with bags in-hand, eager to be among the first ones to enter. A constant stream of people flowed in and out all day. Some people made several trips back to the location. Housewares, toys, books, bikes and clothing were some of the top sellers.
On the way out, many stopped at the bake sale to buy some homemade treats.
The proceeds of Sellebration will be granted to the philanthropies the NCL serves, including Twelve Oaks Senior Living, YWCA Glendale, Door of Hope, Union Station Homeless Services and Ascencia.
ABC7 News and KTLA News interviewed local NCL President Monica Ordubegian and Sellebration team leaders Liz Schwalbach, Joy Asbury and Monica Rubalcava.
For more information on the National Charity League Glendale Chapter, visit

Wine & Roses Celebration Is Nov. 6

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association will host its annual Wine & Roses Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Flintridge Riding Club at 4 p.m.
The reception will have food, beverages and wine tasting in a casual setting.
The event will raise funds to support the design, construction and decoration of the LCFTRA’s 44th annual Rose Parade float entry, “Who Says We Can’t?” The organization’s entry has been a frequent award-winning float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade since 1979.
“We are proud to be a part of America’s New Year’s celebration that brings worldwide recognition to our community,” the organization said in a statement.
The float that the LCFTRA has budgeted this year is $130,000.
The cost of the Wine & Roses Celebration is $85, and the LCFTRA expects to raise $30,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships along with the live and silent auctions.
The Wine & Roses Celebration event will also introduce the 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Rose Queen and the Royal Court as the LCFTRA honors the foresight and leadership of its founding members from 1979.
To learn more about LCFTRA or become a sponsor, visit
LCFTRA will be following COVID-19 guidelines at the event.

Local YMCA’s Community Prayer Breakfast Is Oct. 30

YMCA of the Foothills will host its 30th annual Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The theme of the event is “Through God’s Grace.” Breakfast will be served between 7:45-8:20 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Along with breakfast, guests can expect a morning of prayers, live music from local musicians and a faith-based story shared by ABC7 Eyewitness News chief meteorologist Dallas Raines.
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All Saints Schubert Concert at LCPC Is Oct. 17

Featuring the Mass in G Major, some of the most moving music ever written for solo, chorus and orchestra, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church will present a special All Saints Schubert Concert on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. in the church (626 Foothill Blvd.). Admission is free.
The concert celebrates All Saints Day and features the LCPC Chancel Choir and LCPC Orchestra. Featured soloists are Rebecca Sjöwall, Matthew Thomas and Gregory Geiger. The conductor is Jack Lantz, LCPC’s director of Music & Worship Arts.
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Symphony Kicks Off ’21-22 Season Saturday

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Pasadena Symphony opens its 93rd season with Beethoven Symphony No. 7 on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Ambassador Auditorium. There will be matinee and evening performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively.
Acclaimed conductor Joseph Young, who serves as music director of the Berkeley Symphony among other major posts across the U.S., will kick off the 2021-22 Symphony Series as one of seven artistic partners leading the orchestra this season.
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