LCHS PTA Celebrates 31st Annual Spring Home Tour

The La Canada High School 7-12 PTA Home Tour is celebrating its 31st year by featuring four exquisite and well-appointed homes and grounds and an evening reception with a mini tour of another beautiful residence on Friday, April 28. In addition, one of the tour homes will be the site of boutique shopping, with eight vendors selling apparel, accessories and home décor items.

The homes will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The separately ticketed evening reception is from 6-8 p.m. and will offer enticing opportunity baskets and venues for festive parties hosted by PTA members. Tickets are available online at lacandahometour.com and can be purchased at pre-sale prices online or at Printefex, Flintridge Bookstore and the Apple Cart until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. The Apple Cart is the site for same-day ticket sales, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28. Proceeds from this event will benefit the LCHS 7/8 PTA and the LCHS 9-12 PTSA programs, technology, library and campus support. Contact hometour@lchs78.org with questions.

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Marx Figley Willoughby

Marx Figley Willoughby
Marx Figley Willoughby

July 13, 1920 – March 19, 2017

Marx Willoughby, long-time local resident, passed away peacefully on March 19.
She grew up in her beloved Canton, Ohio, where she could trace back family ancestors for generations. After graduating, with honors, from William and Mary College, she married Jack Willoughby and they made their way to California, riding in the rumble seat of a Model T Ford.
Within a few years, Marx began her first and most favorite job, that of mother to daughters Robin and Jo. The family moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1950. When her daughters began school, Marx had time to focus her keen mind and energy on community volunteer work. She was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Chi Omega Alumnae Association, the Thursday Club, the Republican Party and Community Chest, to name a few. She generously served in leadership positions and was regularly honored for her efforts. Marx had a wickedly funny sense of humor and a great sense of fun. She generously shared this personality trait in all aspects of her life.
Marx combined her creativity, flair for the dramatic and love of art and antiques to venture into the entertainment business. Marx was a gifted writer and wrote a book of children’s poems, numerous screenplays, narration for commercials and documentaries. Because Jack was a cinematographer, they were able to work as a productive team and collaborated on film projects such as the documentary, “American Masterpieces,” which explored the historical antiques in the State Department. Marx traveled throughout the U.S. on the lecture circuit, presenting more than 100 programs about antiques of America and China. She traveled widely, often alone, in order to photograph and gather information for her lectures. Marx also spent a year living in Lausanne, Switzerland with her daughters and spent nine months in Madrid, Spain, while Jack filmed “The Battle of the Bulge.”
When most people retire and begin to slow down in their mid-60s, Marx took a nine-year long paying job as a staff assistant to U.S. Congressman Carlos Morehead. She continued working for Republican elected officials until retiring at 77.
Marx is survived by her husband of 73 years, Jack; daughters Robin Williams and Jo Butcher (Chris); grandchildren Blake Williams, Gavin Williams (Lori), Brandon Butcher (Sarah) and Bryce Altounian (Nick); and great-grandchildren Keegan and Quinn Williams, and Jack Butcher.
Marx loved having her family nearby and was able to enjoy frequent visits, family gatherings and celebrations throughout her life. Her loud and encouraging whistle could always be heard at her grandchildren’s school plays, sporting competitions, art shows, etc.
Although her family is grateful that she was part of their lives for such a long time, she is greatly missed. A family gravesite funeral was held at Forest Lawn and was followed by a reception on March 23.

Healthy Eating for Cancer Patients

A presentation on healthy eating for cancer patients will be given at the Cancer Support Community Pasadena on Monday, May 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation is free.
Pam Braun, former chef and restaurant owner, will share her healthy eating plan for cancer patients and survivors. She will explain what to put into the shopping cart and how to cook it.
The Cancer Support Community is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Call for reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit cscpasadena.org.

PACEF Hosts Annual Luncheon, Fashion Show May 20

Kevan Hall
Kevan Hall

The Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund will host its 9th Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show, “Hat-ti-tude with Attitude” on Saturday, May 20, to help benefit its scholarship endowment.
Ladies (and privileged gentlemen) will be swanking and swooning over haute couture ensembles and fabulous chapeaux. The highly-anticipated affair encourages guests to “wear a hat like you mean it: With attitude.” The event will highlight fashions by award-winning designer Kevan Hall. Tickets are now available.
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Masters of Taste to Raise Funds for Homeless May 7

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK Liz Trussell, Margaret Sedenquist, Nancy Naecker and Jan Sanders were among those who enjoyed last year’s Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 7, at the Rose Bowl. There will be food from more than 40 top cocktail bars, California wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices and hand-roasted coffee. For tickets, visit MastersofTasteLA.com/Tickets.
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Liz Trussell, Margaret Sedenquist, Nancy Naecker and Jan Sanders were among those who enjoyed last year’s Masters of Taste fundraiser to benefit Union Station Homeless Services. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, May 7, at the Rose Bowl. There will be food from more than 40 top cocktail bars, California wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices and hand-roasted coffee. For tickets, visit MastersofTasteLA.com/Tickets.

Horse Show to Benefit Huntington Hospital

Flintridge La Cañada Guild is partnering again with West Palms Events for the annual Flintridge Horse Show. The event will be held at the Flintridge Riding Club Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29.
Friday’s tasting event, sponsored by Allen Lund Co. takes place from 6-8 p.m. and will feature tacos with tequila, wine and beer tastings provided by Rosso Wine Shop.  Tickets are $50 per person with complimentary valet parking included.
The annual Saturday Evening Dinner will be catered by the Kitchen for Exploring Foods. Cocktail hour is at 5:30 p.m. followed by a ringside dinner at 6:30 where guests can watch the $15,000 Grand Prix of Flintridge horse show presented by Land Rover of Pasadena. Post-Grand Prix will be Saturday Night Live Entertainment by the Dad Beats presented by UBS-Naples, Regan Wealth Management. The ticket price of $150 per person includes complimentary valet parking and ano-host bar.
The Flintridge La Cañada Guild provides an enormous amount of support to Huntington Hospital in order to provide their patients with the best care possible. The Guild has supported efforts to contribute to multiple areas of the hospital, including the Stroke Center, the NICU, the Emergency and Trauma Center and medical education.
Beginning in 2016, the Guild made a two-year pledge of $100,000, providing the hospital with support on its Stroke Care project. The Guild is now in the second year of that pledge and working toward the last $50,000 donation.
Flintridge Riding Club is located at 4625 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. For more information or to make show reservations, email FlintridgeHorseShow@gmail.com.

Young Life Hosts Annual Dinner and Auction

Photo by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOK Pam Gang, Jennifer Genske and Cathy and Edward Yu enjoyed the annual Greater Pasadena Young Life fundraising banquet and auction as nearly 300 guests enjoyed a program filled with laughter and touching stories from Young Life staff, students and leaders. The dramatic impact of Young Life was palpable, and the influence of leaders in the lives of students was clearly evident. Dave Avramovich, the area director, shared about the hope for continued development of Young Life in the surrounding communities. In order to do so, they hope to raise even more money to continue their work impacting more than 2,000 kids weekly around the Pasadena area. Since 2007, Young Life has grown from two to 15 schools, from 10 to 74 volunteer leaders and from 200 to 2,000 students reached.
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Pam Gang, Jennifer Genske and Cathy and Edward Yu enjoyed the annual Greater Pasadena Young Life fundraising banquet and auction as nearly 300 guests enjoyed a program filled with laughter and touching stories from Young Life staff, students and leaders. The dramatic impact of Young Life was palpable, and the influence of leaders in the lives of students was clearly evident. Dave Avramovich, the area director, shared about the hope for continued development of Young Life in the surrounding communities. In order to do so, they hope to raise even more money to continue their work impacting more than 2,000 kids weekly around the Pasadena area. Since 2007, Young Life has grown from two to 15 schools, from 10 to 74 volunteer leaders and from 200 to 2,000 students reached.

Shriners Celebrate Opening of New Medical Center

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Joy Cho, Shriners Imperial Potentate Chris Smith, County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Board Chairman Jerry Gantt, Medical Center CEO Lou Lazatin and Chief of Staff Robert Cho celebrate Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles moving to a new state-of-the-art medical center in Pasadena.
Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK
Joy Cho, Shriners Imperial Potentate Chris Smith, County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Board Chairman Jerry Gantt, Medical Center CEO Lou Lazatin and Chief of Staff Robert Cho celebrate Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles moving to a new state-of-the-art medical center in Pasadena.