Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Flintridge Bookstore

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Flintridge Bookstore will host special events for Small Business Saturday, including author meet and greets and book signings, poetry readings, guest artists, and more, on Nov. 27 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Small Business Saturday is a nationwide celebration started in 2010 in recognition of the contributions independent businesses make to the communities they serve. To keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic, most of Flintridge Bookstore’s activities will be outside this year, but the doors are also open for in-store shopping. Masks are required inside.
Come, join the fun, and show your support for independent booksellers. Flintridge Bookstore is located at 858 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, call the store at (818) 790-0717 or visit flintridgebooks.com.

Historic Preservation Author Visits Flintridge Bookstore

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

Flintridge Bookstore will welcome author Ken Bernstein of “Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America’s Cities,” for an outdoor multimedia presentation on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
The presentation will focus on the revival of Los Angeles neighborhoods through historic preservation.
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Flintridge Bookstore Hosts Halloween Book Signing

Flintridge Bookstore will host a meet-and-greet book signing for author
Antoinette Corley-Newman’s first children’s picture book, “Trick or Treat: The Story of How the Switch Witch Came To Be,” on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 1-3 p.m.
A portion of the sales will go to Grace Gives, the charitable organization founded by the author’s children.
Corley-Newman, a clinical psychologist, “has channeled her expertise and knowledge into a book that takes readers on a magical journey toward self-discovery,” the bookstore said in a statement. Continue reading “Flintridge Bookstore Hosts Halloween Book Signing”

Local Resident’s New Book Showcased at Flintridge Bookstore Signing

David F. D’Orazi

Local resident David F. D’Orazi has published his new book, “The In-Between Artist: The Story of Tony D’Orazi,” a candid reflection on his father’s life drawn from journals and scrapbooks dating from the early 1920s. He will be signing his books and answering questions at Flintridge Bookstore on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (All COVID-19 precautions will be observed; the event will be outside.)
The successes and struggles of 20th century artist Tony D’Orazi are detailed, from his early years as a child prodigy in Missoula, Montana, to his ascension into an award-winning artist by way of New York City and Chicago. He also worked for Disney and ultimately became the radio and television personality known as Uncle Tony O’Dare, “the first cartoonist of the air.”

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Heartbreaking Memories Remain 10 Years After Fatal Crash on Foothill

Photo courtesy Keith Tobias In the background, a truck extends from the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after an accident on the afternoon of April 1, 2009. The runaway truck collided with the red vehicle in the foreground, killing two people and injuring at least 12, officials said.
Photo courtesy Keith Tobias
In the background, a truck extends from the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after an accident on the afternoon of April 1, 2009. The runaway truck collided with the red vehicle in the foreground, killing two people and injuring at least 12, officials said.

Memories of a horrific tragedy of a big-rig truck colliding with a car, which occurred 10 years ago this week, are still fresh in many local residents’ memories. The collision, on Angeles Crest Highway just north of Foothill Boulevard on April 1, 2009, claimed two lives and injured at least 12 people in the heart of La Cañada Flintridge.
It was the lead story on many television newscasts that day and evening, and continued to be a major story in the weeks following. Continue reading “Heartbreaking Memories Remain 10 Years After Fatal Crash on Foothill”

Local Author Takes on Trump

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Don Sheppard, a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, said he did not write his recently released book “The Dividends of Decency: How Values-Based Leadership Will Help Business Flourish in Trump’s America” to make money, but to “be part of the resistance.”

La Cañada Flintridge resident Don Sheppard offers a stinging businessman’s critique of President Donald Trump in his new book, “The Dividends of Decency: How Values-Based Leadership Will Help Business Flourish in Trump’s America.”
The book is different from the many other recent releases about the president, Sheppard said, because it’s written from the perspective of a 70-year-old white male Republican.
In the book’s prologue, Sheppard states: “As stunning as it may seem to those who accept Donald Trump’s actions and values as appropriate business practices, there is more to be gained in the long run by behaving decently than there is to be gained from assuming the business world is some Wild West fantasy.”
Sheppard — a native Canadian who built and sold an employee communications consulting firm, Sheppard Associates — said he’s been stunned by some of the responses he’s received, both to the book and to recent opinion pieces published on various political news websites. Continue reading “Local Author Takes on Trump”

LCHS Home Tour April 27

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
La Cañada High School Home Tour committee members include Mindy DiPaolo (7/8 PTA president), Gillan Abercrombie Frame (co-chair), Suzanne Jensen (co-chair) and Lisa Dick
(9-12 PTA president).

Suzanne Jensen and Gillan Abercrombie Frame are co-chairing this year’s La Cañada High School 7/8 and 9-12 PTA Home Tour. This committee has been planning for months five ways to participate and enjoy the biggest fundraiser for the schools.
Besides touring four unique homes from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, ticketholders can enjoy lunch at event sponsor Los Gringos Locos and other local favorites, including Honeybird, Penelope’s and Sakura. Continue reading “LCHS Home Tour April 27”