Hall of Fame baseball player Rod Carew has been selected as the recipient of the Celebration of Life Award in conjunction with the inaugural Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic that benefits City of Hope. The tournament and dinner will be held Monday, Aug. 14, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale.
“We are honored that Rod will be with us at our tournament dinner to accept this award and I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Claire, the former longtime executive vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Continue reading “Fred Claire Golf Tournament to Benefit City of Hope on Aug. 14”
When Melissa Patton hugs the Lanterman House goodbye for the last time on Aug. 31, she’ll know she transformed the historic home into a space that is used, as Lloyd Lanterman hoped, for the public good.
Since it opened as a public museum in 1993, the house has become a place for schoolchildren to learn about local history, for researchers to mine area archives and for community members to admire the beauty of the old bungalow-style home.
Patton, who was responsible for making sure all of that came to be, is retiring after 25 years as the only executive director in the museum’s history so far.
“I love this house,” she said. “It’s very much a big character in my life. I do this funny thing when I close up at night, I pat it and say, ‘I’ll see you in a couple of days, girl.’
“It will take some getting used to, not to have that responsibility, not to be concerned all the time about the welfare of a nonliving thing.”
Designed in 1915 by noted architect Arthur Haley for Dr. Roy Lanterman and his family, the Lanterman House is one of few pre-1920 residences left in LCF. Continue reading “Lanterman House Director Says Goodbye to Mothering the Local Landmark”
Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and business owner Mary Lou Stremfel passed away July 22 after a short battle with cancer. Mary Lou retained her mischievous wit and childlike charm until the very end, and was surrounded by all five of her children at the time of her death.
The Stremfel family originally relocated from New York City in 1960. Both she and her husband, Joseph, were born and raised in Iowa.
Shortly after arriving in La Cañada Flintridge, her husband began opening local community pharmacies. Cal Med Pharmacy was opened in 1965. Then in 1969, the Stremfels opened Cal Med Pharmacy East (since renamed Flintridge Pharmacy). Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Lou Stremfel”
Michele Looney Gardenier passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on Aug. 3, due to surgical complications. She is survived by her husband, William M. Gardenier, and her mother, sister, sister-in-law and four precious nieces. Their dad was her brother, Michael James Looney, who passed away in 2009 from cancer.
Michele was born on April 6, 1959, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from La Cañada High School in 1977. Her career was spent working with her dear friend James Pokorny at his law office, during which time she bravely fought and won her battle with lung cancer. Continue reading “Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier”
A crew from Boy Scout Troop 509, sponsored by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently spent two weeks in Philmont, New Mexico, backpacking 100-plus miles in the Rocky Mountains while carrying 40-pound packs. The seven Scouts and five adults, led by Scout Max Fan, climbed the 12,441-foot Baldy Mountain and led a burro they named Churro. They also did rock climbing, horseback riding, spar pole climbing, shotgun shooting, spear throwing, black powder rifle shooting and other challenging activities. Scouts saw petroglyphs and a T-Rex track. The weather was hot and dry, except for a hail storm and lightning. The crew traveled to and from Philmont by train, a 22-hour trip each way.
In late July, Troop 509 will go to Catalina Island for a week of swimming, sailing, kayaking, hiking and merit badges, and in early August, the troop will climb Mt. Whitney. To learn more about Troop 509, visit jpltroop509.org.
La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program is offering a new program coming this fall — Parent Express for Parents of Tweens (5th- through 8th-graders), featuring large and small group discussions relating to pre-adolescent issues such as peer relationships, family communication, puberty and school adjustments.
This class, taught by parenting expert Paige Dunbar, will provide a monthlong opportunity for parents who cannot attend daytime classes to participate in Parent Education. Discussion topics will include: “The Tween Brain and Physical Development,” “Creating a Sense of Belonging at Home and School,” and “How to Effectively Maintain Boundaries,” to name a few. Classes will run Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at LCPC. The rate is $80 for the four-week session (which covers both parents).
Registration is open for Parent Express and all of Parent Ed’s 2017-18 class offerings. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed Offers New Tween Class on Oct. 4”
Students entering 3rd-6th grades are invited to join the ALFie Players Fall Drama Program, which will showcase a production of “Jungle Book KIDS.” Later this school year, students in 5-10th grades will have an opportunity to join the ALFie Company Winter production.
Assistance League of Flintridge offers the after-school drama programs to students in La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities. Each program culminates with a public performance at Lanterman Auditorium.
The fall production of “Jungle Book KIDS,” is adapted from the classic Disney animated film “The Jungle Book.” Students will rehearse during September and October with a performance on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
The winter production will be “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical. Rehearsals begin in January with a performance on March 2 at 7 p.m.
Katelyn Fike will return as drama director of the ALF program. She is also the drama instructor for the La Cañada Unified School District Elementary schools. Her assistant director and choreographer is Greta Taylor. The programs are designed for beginners and experienced drama performers. Students will learn songs and choreography and practice fundamental drama skills. They often create their own costumes and sets. Students meet at Lanterman Auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5 p.m.
Online registration begins Monday, Aug. 7, at ALFlintridge.org. Early registration is highly recommended. A program fee of $275 per program session is charged. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 790-2211.
Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes scholarship and financial aid specialist Trevor Ramos on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. for a presentation and discussion of the 2017 version of his book, “How to Get Free Money for College: The Ultimate Guide to Sending Your Kids to the Best, Most Expensive Colleges in America for Pennies on the Dollar.”
It’s no secret that the cost of a college education is about the average cost of a single-family home in America: $258,000. If you don’t pay it all in cash, you and your student can get guaranteed loans with an average interest rate of 6% to 11%. This means that you and your student could easily have a combined student loan payment amounting to approximately $2,500 per month for more than 15 years. After paying off loans, the total extra is $70,000 to $150,000 in interest and penalties. Continue reading “Financial Aid Expert at Flintridge Bookstore Aug. 24”
Hanne Ward, 74, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on July 20 with her family by her side. Born in Søborg, Denmark, Hanne and her family immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1951, and then to Altadena in 1955. They ultimately settled in La Cañada Flintridge in 1966.
Hanne graduated from John Muir High School and later received her cosmetology and real estate licenses. In 1993, Hanne moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she bought commercial property and ran several small businesses, including the popular Hanne’s Hayden Lake Espresso Hut. Hanne later returned to Southern California to be closer to her family. Continue reading “Obituary: Hanne Ward”