LCPC Offers COVID-19 PCR Testing on Friday

First published in the Jan. 20 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As a service to its congregation and residents of the Foothill communities, La Cañada Presbyterian Church will offer COVID-19 testing every Friday for the month of January at 9 a.m.–noon in the patio outside of LCPC’s Fellowship Hall.
The church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, California 91011.
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LCFEF Honors Melillo With Service Award

First published in the Jan. 20 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising money in support of the public schools, will honor LCF resident Billie Melillo with the prestigious Spirit of Outstanding Service Award at the 29th annual LCFEF Gala on March 26.
Melillo has been volunteering her time and skills for the betterment of local schools and community since she moved to La Cañada Flintridge. Melillo and her husband have consistently been at the helm of various parent volunteer efforts and, in addition, they have donated generously over the years to show support of LCUSD schools. They have four children, Cameron, Audrey, Colin and Spencer, all of whom have recently graduated from LCHS.
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Historic Congregational Church Names New Moderator

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

During the La Cañada Congregational Church’s annual meeting, Phil Markgraf (left) was recently elected to serve as moderator during the church’s 125th year. Outgoing moderator James Breckinridge passed Markgraf the gavel. The church formed in 1897, making it the oldest in the valley. The state of California proclaimed the institution as historic landmark in 1969.

Burbank Recycle Center Offers Virtual Workshop

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Experts from the Burbank Recycle Center will host a virtual workshop on Tuesday providing basic training on what goes where and why.
This 90-minute Zoom session is an essential starter kit to help attendees navigate past the confusion of packaging with tips on how to reduce creating disposal in the first place. The webinar is a condensed Cliff Notes version of the center’s intensive zero-waste training program, Waste Warriors.
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Animal Shelter Promotes Big Dog Adoption

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The Burbank Animal Shelter and Best Friends Animal Society are encouraging Burbank community members to adopt or foster dogs 40 pounds or more, with adoption fees halved from Jan. 15 to 31.
A disproportionate number of big dogs are among the thousands of healthy, adoptable dogs that don’t make it out of California’s animal shelters each year, the animal shelter said in a news release, simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home.
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Library Offers Assistance to Job Seekers

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

Job seekers and those looking to improve their career skills or explore new paths have access to a new set of free online resources through the Burbank Public Library.
These resources are made possible thanks to the award of American Rescue Plan Act funds by the California State Library to provide libraries across the state access to online job training, skill building, academic and vocational exam prep, and professional development in multiple languages and for a variety of skill levels.
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BurbankBus to End Fare-Free Service

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

The city of Burbank recently announced it will once again charge passengers of BurbankBus and BurbankBus Senior and Disabled Transit, after nearly two years of providing fare-free travel.
BurbankBus will reinstate its $1 fares beginning Feb. 1. The BurbankBus Senior and Disabled Transit $1 fare will resume a month later on March 1 to allow for more time to inform senior housing facilities of the change.
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Frontline Workers Need a Booster Shot of Kindness

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

With the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, my mind rewinds to a comment from Dr. Kimberly Shriner of Huntington Hospital. She said that it is too bad that she does not see as many signs in support of first responders anymore. If you recall, such signs sprouted all over the community during the first months of the pandemic.
I thought back further to some reflections last March by Dr. Adam Sharp, whose insights were taken from his work as an emergency physician at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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Gaucho Grill Celebrates Pasadena Location Opening

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Photos by Keira Wight
The Outlook

Gaucho Grill Argentine Steakhouse, which recently opened its newest location on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena, combines a celebration of contemporary Argentine cuisine and the tradition, values and culture of the Gaucho lifestyle.
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Award-Winning Float Comes to Memorial Park

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Photos by Mary Emily Myers
Outlook Valley Sun

Residents recently enjoyed viewing the La Cañada Flintridge float from the Rose Parade at Memorial Park.
This annual tradition of bringing the float to the park on the Saturday after the parade is one that is beloved by the community.
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