Chamber Spreads Cheer With Holiday Party

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Photos by Mary Emily Myers / Outlook Valley Sun

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a holiday party at the University Club of Pasadena.
At the festive event, Rion Zimmmerman announced the new board members for 2022. The new chairman of the board will be Mike Leininger.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Mayor Terry Walker, who donated her winnings to the La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court in the form of scholarships.

Chamber Hosts Holiday Decorating Contest

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its 2021 Holiday Decorating Contest. Registration closes on Tuesday, Dec. 21, judging will be on Wednesday, Dec. 22, and winners will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 23. A list of those participating will be posted on the LCF Chamber website. The winners for “most spirited” will receive prizes and recognition from the LCF Chamber. For rules and registration online, go to Questions may be directed to the Chamber’s office at (818) 790-4289. The Harder family home (above) placed first in last year’s contest and won a one-year residential LCF Chamber membership.

Fiesta Days Canceled Amid Hopes July 5 Parade Will Fly

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La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson and City Manager Mark Alexander attend a former Fiesta Days celebration. This year’s annual event has once again been canceled, but a July 5 parade is being planned in its place.

For the second year straight, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce will cancel its annual Fiesta Days celebration held over Memorial Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting restrictions set by the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
However, in lieu of the time-honored festival — a tradition since 1974 — the Chamber will plan a parade for Monday, July 5, pending improving coronavirus case numbers throughout the County.
“The decision to cancel Fiesta Days last year, and now, this year, was really taken out of our hands by the Department of County Health — all we could do was try to adhere to the orders,” said LCF Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson. “However, with the improving metrics, it seemed possible that we could at least hold a parade, and that seemed like something positive and hopeful to shoot for.”
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Chamber’s Contests to Provide Halloween-Season Fun

The COVID-19 pandemic is keeping Los Angeles County residents from enjoying many customs associated with Halloween, but the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce is doing its best to keep the spirit of the holiday alive.
Residents are encouraged to participate in two contests hosted by the Chamber, the first of which is a pumpkin carving/decorating contest. Each person can enter one pumpkin at the HouseAmerica Financial office at 1010 Foothill Blvd. from Tuesday, Oct. 27-Thursday, Oct. 29. Winners will be announced on Halloween and have a donation made in their name to a charity of their choice. Participants are required to wear a mask when entering HouseAmerica and are asked to not include any candles or electrical devices in their pumpkins.
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Erskine, Chamber Hosting Book Launch Fundraiser

Chris Erskine

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual book launch of LCF resident Chris Erskine’s new work, “Lavender in Your Lemonade.” The event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, is titled “Books, Booze, and Banter.”
“Chris Erskine has invited us to his living room — via Zoom — to celebrate the publication of his fourth book fresh out of the factory,” a Chamber spokesperson said. “It’s called a collection of his daily posts during the height of the COVID pandemic. Three takeaways: Where there is humor, there is hope. Where there is gin, there is tonic. And better times are always just ahead.”
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Virtual Community Backyard BBQ to Celebrate Miss LCF, Royal Court

Photo courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce
Miss La Cañada Flintridge and her court include (from left) Audrey Melillo, Grace Fontes, Ally Rayer, Ellaney Matarese and Reese Ramseyer.

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce will hold a Virtual Community Backyard BBQ on Thursday evening, Aug. 13, to recognize, honor and raise money for the 2020 Miss LCF and Royal Court scholarship. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Royal Court comprises five high school students who are selected from the community each year to serve as official representatives of the city of La Cañada Flintridge and the Chamber of Commerce. Each year those selected, through a vigorous interview process, participate in publicity photos, promotional events, and assist in fundraising activities throughout the year. Their fundraising efforts support the Royal Court scholarship fund. The Royal Court also fully participates at various civic functions, including ribbon-cutting ceremonies, chamber mixers, Fiesta Days Memorial Day Weekend celebrations, and miscellaneous chamber-sponsored events.

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Fiesta Days Moving to Labor Day Weekend

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced that the annual Fiesta Days weekend celebration has been moved to Labor Day weekend from the traditional Memorial Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 47th annual event will be held Sept. 4-7 “pending clearance regarding COVID-19 restrictions,” Chamber President/CEO Pat Anderson said in a statement.
In past years, Fiesta Days has concluded on Memorial Day with a memorial service tribute to veterans, a parade down Foothill Boulevard, and a Music in the Park concert. Other events through the weekend include Casino Night at the Community Center, the Kiwanis A.M. Club’s breakfast and vintage car show, Farmers’ Market, LCF Tournament of Roses open house, a Family Movie Flick in Memorial Park, the Lanterman House’s Summer Whites Picnic, Sunday’s Family Dinner (featuring the LCHS Jazz Band) and Fireworks Show, and the YMCA’s Fiesta Days Run.
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