Constantine Family to Read at Flintridge Bookstore

The three Constantines

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes actor/writer Michael Constantine and his son and daughter, poet Brendan Constantine and novelist Thea Constantine, for a talk on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. Join them for a special (family safe) event where a family reads eventfully.
Michael Constantine is an award-winning actor whose career spans more than half-century. He has created groundbreaking roles on stage, screen and television. He is perhaps best known to audiences for the role of Gus Portukalos in the “Big Fat Greek Wedding” franchise. In recent years, he has emerged as a compelling author. He is currently shopping his first novel, “The Sins of Holy Men.” This book was printed on the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at Flintridge Bookstore.
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Field, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly and Ninth Letter, among other journals. His most recent collection is “Dementia, My Darling” (2016 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans and the elderly.
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Adventist Health Doctors Head to Armenia on Medical Mission

With more than 45 volunteer medical professionals, Armenia Fund and Adventist Health Glendale are gearing up for their third medical mission to the Noyemberyan Hospital, located in Armenia’s northeastern Tavush region, near the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The annual medical mission has been carried out since 2015, with the aim of helping upgrade Armenia’s rural medical infrastructure and providing much-needed medical care to residents across Tavush.
This year’s medical mission will take place between Sept. 17 and 22, offering free medical services, including surgeries, to residents of Noyemberyan and the surrounding 30 villages. As in previous years, the mission will also provide the opportunity for physicians, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals from Glendale to continue their strong partnership with Noyemberyan Hospital staff in working closely on this mission.
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Training for Warriors Launches 8-Week Challenge

Training for Warriors is starting a new eight-week Transformational Challenge beginning Sept. 18. Not only is the challenge a way to be introduced to the Training for Warriors program, it has the added benefit of jump-starting someone’s fitness level ahead of the holiday season. It consists of three days each week over eight weeks. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is. Training for Warriors welcomes anyone who wants to be a part of a team that works together for a healthier mind and body.
Anthony David, owner of Training for Warriors La Cañada has tried or taught most of the latest physical fitness programs in one way or another. Disappointed in most programs’ single focus, he looked hard to find a program that encompassed a holistic approach to working out, an approach that supported his mantra: Lose Weight, Build Muscle and Feel Good.
“Training for Warriors’ philosophy is to combine metabolic conditioning with strength training in a group environment that brings out teamwork, support and friendship,” David said. “In our classes, we focus intently on form and doing exercises properly. Our goal is not to get hurt, but to build stronger bodies for a fuller, healthier life.”
Training for Warriors is located at 457 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, call (818) 968-6458 or visit

Manager Receives Best Boss Recognition

Penny Ledbetter, president

C. Sanders Emblems, a San Fernando-based advertising specialty company, has announced that the promotional-product industry magazine PPB has named C. Sanders Emblems’ President Penny Ledbetter one of the industry’s best bosses of 2017.
The announcement comes as C. Sanders Emblems marks 60 years in business as one of the nation’s largest sellers of custom-made lapel pins. Ledbetter bought the company in 2007.
“It’s a tremendous honor, not to mention a surprise, and I’m especially excited about the publicity this award will bring to the company as a whole,” Ledbetter said. “I’m grateful to my employees for their hard work and support, and I’m all the more energized to make big things happen for a truly wonderful company.”
PPB has issued its annual list of managerial standouts each year since 2010.
This year, the editors received more than 90 reader nominations and selected 14 individuals for the distinction based on their “ability to create a great work environment, manage by empowerment, mentor their employees and make coming to work a joy.”
PPB is published monthly by Promotional Products Association International, a nonprofit organization representing more than 10,000 member companies. The magazine’s 2017 Best Bosses list will be published in its forthcoming October issue.

Wine Tasting at Flintridge Center Sept. 21

Flintridge Center’s board of directors have announced the first “Food, Wine, and Flintridge Center” fundraiser, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Oakmont Country Club (3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale). Tickets to the event are $60 and include wine tasting, light appetizers and an opportunity to purchase fine wines at a discounted price. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or by cash or check. Contact Emma Gerch at (626) 449-0839, ext. 114 or
All proceeds benefit Flintridge Center’s reintegration and youth development work.

Pasadena Symphony Association to Make Magic at Moonlight Gala

The Pasadena Symphony Association will host its annual Moonlight Sonata Gala on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5:30-10 p.m., which will be a night filled with entertainment, music and dancing held at Pasadena’s historic City Hall.
Music Director David Lockington will host the evening as guests enjoy dinner and live music under the stars in Centennial Square. Distinctive to this year’s gala is lively dancing to close out the night. The evening will start off with libations in the cloistered courtyard. As dinner begins, members of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra will serenade guests along their walk to Centennial Square, where Claud & Co. will provide a four-course meal. The program will feature a live and silent auction along with an awards ceremony honoring three prominent community figures. Dance music will be provided by Tony Galla and the Usual Suspects, a six-piece band that will perform songs from the Great American Songbook.
Another entertainer will be illusionist David Kwong, who recently published “Spellbound: Seven Principles to Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success.”
Centennial Square is located at 100 N. Garfield Ave. Tickets to the Moonlight Sonata Gala are limited. Individual tickets start at $250 and may be purchased by visiting or by contacting Scott Vandrick, chief development officer at or by calling (626) 793-7172, ext.45.

Hatch Chiles Have Returned to Gelson’s

Hatch Chilis at Gelson’s.

The highly anticipated Hatch chile seasonal celebration at Gelson’s returns to La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Hatch chile roasting event includes sampling of Hatch chile favorites, contests and giveaways.
Grown in Hatch, New Mexico, Hatch chilies are a mildly hot and savory pepper that, when perfectly roasted, yields a uniquely delicious flavor, both spicy and sweet. While the Hatch Chile Festival annually attracts thousands of visitors from around the world to this small farming community every Labor Day weekend, Gelson’s brings its own festival to pepper-loving customers across Southern California.
Activities include sampling Hatch chile specialty items, learning about the growing process from produce experts, and receiving cooking ideas from Gelson’s staff. The service deli will have Hatch chile heirloom tomato salad, Hatch chile macaroni and cheese, Hatch chile stuffed flank roll, Hatch chile cornbread, Hatch chile chicken sausage, Hatch chile crab cake or Hatch chile mini-crustless quiches. Gelson’s staff will be on-site roasting fresh chiles.

Adventist Health Foundation Hosts Donor Reception

Photos courtesy Adventist Health Foundation
Dr. Harlan Gibbs, Dr. Hasmik Danielian, Arsen Danielian, James Van de Voorde, Annette Ermshar and Dan Monahan

A nearly century-old Spanish Baroque-style estate in Glendale’s Rossmoyne neighborhood was the site of a recent donor appreciation reception hosted by the Adventist Health Glendale Foundation.
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Financial Aid Expert at Flintridge Bookstore Aug. 24

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.
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Lanterman House Director Says Goodbye to Mothering the Local Landmark

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In her 25 years as executive director at the Lanterman House, Melissa Patton will retire having helped establish the local museum as an integral part of the La Cañada Flintridge community.

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.
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