LCHS Class of ’67 to Celebrate 55th Reunion

First published in the Nov. 25 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s class of 1967 Reunion Committee met in late September at Descanso Gardens to plan and set the agenda for their upcoming 55th class reunion.
The three-day event will start Friday, Aug. 26, with a picnic at Memorial Park. On Saturday, the class will hold its reunion in the Rose Pavilion at Descanso Gardens, where there will be live entertainment and a sit-down dinner. The last day of festivities, Sunday, will conclude the reunion with coffee and pastries.
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Damerel Named President of Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

Barbara Damerel

Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts said recently that Barbara Damerel has been named the organization’s president for the 2020-21 term.
An active member of PSHA since 2003, Damerel has held numerous board and committee positions for the group, including benefit chair for the 2019 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Descanso Gardens.
“Over the years I have observed how resilient PSHA is as an organization while undertaking a fundraiser of such an enormous size and scope as the Pasadena Showcase House of Design,” Damerel said. “I have been awed by the resourcefulness and dedication of the all-volunteer membership as we find solutions to nearly insurmountable problems.

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Descanso Seminar on Fire-Safe Landscapes Draws a Crowd

Clearing vegetation around the house and proper plant selection were among the recommendations for creating fire-safe landscapes at a seminar on Saturday hosted by Descanso Gardens.
The two-part program, titled “Designing for Danger,” had a sold-out crowd of about 50 people, said Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA Landscaping.
Attendees David and Darlene Spence said they have lived in LCF for more than 30 years and wanted to learn more about the topic.
“We’re not horticulturists,” Darlene Spence said. “We’re not hobby gardeners. We hire someone to cut the grass … so we are not particularly knowledgeable about native anything.”
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Council Spells Out City Budget Plans

During two sessions of budget discussions in the past week, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed to designate reserve funds in support of the proposed Sagebrush territory transfer, prepared for the possible repeal of the state gas tax, and dedicated $353,425 to support 11 community groups.
The City Council is set to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year when it reconvenes for its third budget hearing at 8:30 a.m. today, June 28.
Councilman Jonathan Curtis suggested the city earmark $100,000 in reserves to back up La Cañada Unified School District in the latest chapter of a decades-long tug of war over the Sagebrush territory. Continue reading “Council Spells Out City Budget Plans”

Descanso Gardens to Host Earth Day Celebration

Photos courtesy Descanso Gardens
The activities at Descanso Gardens’ Earth Day celebration Sunday will give families the opportunity to plant seeds.

Earth Day at Descanso Gardens is an opportunity for people to help care for the popular botanical gardens, gain a better understanding of nature and to celebrate the planet, said Jennifer Errico, Descanso Gardens’ public relations manager.
On Sunday, April 22, Descanso Gardens will host a day of activities and volunteer opportunities in honor of Earth Day. The grounds, which include several botanical gardens and a sprawling Oak Woodland, will provide a scenic backdrop for returning members and local families seeking a visceral, hands-on Earth Day experience.
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State of the City in LCF: Lower Crime Rate, High-Tech Improvements

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In the annual State of the City address on Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall, Mayor Michael Davitt previewed many of the projects ahead in La Cañada Flintridge, including a new online planning program that is expected to make the permitting process easier for residents.

At the annual State of the City address, Mayor Michael Davitt offered morsels of interest for just about everyone in the large lunchtime Kiwanis crowd Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.
Davitt boasted of the city’s low 7% commercial vacancy rate, its issuance of 55 film and photography requests (worth $28,475 to the city, he noted) and said 624 Summer Beach Bus riders rode from La Cañada Flintridge to Santa Monica in 2017. Continue reading “State of the City in LCF: Lower Crime Rate, High-Tech Improvements”

Troop 507’s Season of Service

Photo courtesy Andrew Kruse
St. Bede Boy Scout Troop No. 507 recently helped Brent Ellis (pictured) complete his Eagle Scout project removing large rocks and overgrown grass to make room for gravel for the St. James Parish Center on Feb. 10. Troop No. 507 will continue its community service efforts on Saturday, Feb. 24, when Scout Ethan Harp will restore locker hooks at La Cañada Elementary. Also, Brian Ling is raising funds to construct a redwood fence at Descanso Gardens.