Flintridge Prep Holds Photo Event for Childhood Cancer Research

Photos courtesy Pablove Foundation
The Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show on Jan. 24 at Flintridge Prep will join
a list of those that have been held in locations, including Los Angeles,
New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.

A photography gallery exhibit created by pediatric cancer patients, called the Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery event, will be held on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Flintridge Prep Miller Theater. Photographs by pediatric cancer patients will be available for sale, with proceeds directly benefiting childhood cancer research.
The event is to raise awareness on how creativity can affect the way one may deal or cope with a difficult life-changing event. The founders and staff of Pablove Foundation (pablove.org), young photographers, and other members of the pediatric oncology community will be present for an evening of art and conversation.
This event is open to the public and guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.
The exhibit is free of charge, although donations to the Pablove Foundation to help fight childhood cancer with love are greatly appreciated. It is hoped that the photographs taken by the young artists also will be purchased. The event is organized by Flintridge Prep student Sareen Armenian as part of a Flintridge Prep Community Impact Project.
The Flintridge Prep Miller Theater is located at 4543 Crown Ave. in La Cañada Flintridge.

Nature Photographer to Share Slides at Sierra Club

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group program will feature nature photographer/writer Bonnie Lavine at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Lavine will share her experience documenting the beauty of the public lands in America, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Nepal. She will discuss a project that started as a traveling exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and expanded into a program for educating the next generation of environmental defenders.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Sierra Club chair Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.

LCPC Holds New Grief Support Seminar Jan. 14

La Cañada Presbyterian Church has announced a new, six-week grief support group to begin on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. in the church library.
Parish associate Peter Hintzoglou, who facilitates the seminar three times a year, has worked with hospice for a number of years. He writes: “Grief is not a weakness. Grief is a normal part of the human experience. There is no timing that one can set when grief will be over. Often, we don’t get over it, we learn to manage it.”
During the seminar, the class will look to such experiences as coping with loneliness, depression, anger and other subjects related to the journey of grief.
All are welcome. There is no fee for the sessions. For more information, call (626) 790-6708. LCPC is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.

Bringing Joy to City of Hope Patients

Linda Perez, a City of Hope fundraising coordinator, gathers gift packages from Boy Scouts Ryan Cowdin and Robbie Louk.

The family dining table was covered with more than 150 clear bags with bright red bows that were expertly tied to each bag. Some of those small packages contained an Amazon or Target gift card for a teenage boy or girl. Other packages contained a cosmetics collection or art supply set that a teenage girl might cherish.
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Sierra Club Meets for Owls

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group will introduce speaker Colleen MacKay of the Whittier Narrows Nature Center on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd.
MacKay will present several of the center’s raptors: a great horned owl named Professor Woody Owlbert, a red-tailed hawk named Naomi and a barn owl called Sora.
She will bring native pelts and will discuss secondary poisoning and threats facing birds of prey in Southern California. She will also talk about the potential effects of the latest fires on local wildlife and how a community can help.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Contact Wayne Fisher, program chair, at (818) 353-4181 for more information.

E-Waste Collection Event at LCHS on Jan. 6

The La Cañada High School Green Club and the LCHS Engineering and Robotics Clubs are sponsoring a Community E-Waste Collection Day to help save the environment from toxic waste.
From 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 6, LCHS will accept electronic waste items from the community at no charge, working with a specialized e-waste management company to have all of the discarded electronic waste processed for recycling. The public is invited to drop off electronic items at the LCHS parking lot by the south gym.
The items that will be accepted include computers, notebooks, laptops, monitors, projectors, printers, faxes, scanners, TVs, stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, cellphones, MP3 players, iPhones, tablets, digital cameras, video cameras, small household electric appliances, microwaves, toasters, vacuums, home phones and electric toys.
Basically, any device that plugs to the wall or battery operated. Not accepted: batteries or light bulbs.
Proceeds from the recycled electronics, which will be calculated based on the weight of all the items, will benefit clubs and educational programs at LCHS.
For more information, call (818) 952-4251.

Church Leaders, Educators Discuss Youth Challenges

Photo courtesy Todd Reynolds
Among those who attended a recent summit of church and educational leaders are (front row, from left) Wendy Sinnette, Kip Glazer, Rosemary Johnston, D.J. Severin, Tanya Wilson, Sister Celeste Botello, Allison Clay, Father Christopher Iwancio, Will Moffitt, Lucinda Guarino and the Rev. Chuck Osburn. Back: Connie Knight, Peter Bachmann, Ian McFeat, Katie Phillips-Rector, David Gill, Jim Cartnal, the Rev. Anthony Keller, Rick Callister, Kyle Sears, Andrew Shaw, Eddie Mariel, the Rev. Msgr. Antonio Cacciapuoti and the Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer.

Church leaders in La Cañada Flintridge recently invited educational leaders to lunch at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. The purpose was to better understand the challenges facing today’s youth and to identify some ways the local churches can be more helpful to students and their families.
Principals, headmasters, counselors and disciplinarians shared many of the most acute and many of the most pervasive challenges their students are facing in their learning experience. The collective wisdom of these educational leaders proved valuable to church leaders and will help them reshape their efforts with young people and their families going forward.
Representatives from La Cañada Unified School District, St. Francis High School, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Flintridge Preparatory School and the Community Prevention Council had unique perspectives and shared some common challenges — stress, anxiety and depression were common, as were various destructive coping mechanisms (substance abuse, technology and social media abuse, and self-isolation).
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LCFEF Honors Local Volunteers at March 3 Gala

Photo courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation
Vicki and Brad Schwartz, flanked by their children Matthew and Jenna, will be honored with the Spirit of Outstanding Service Award at the 27th annual LCFEF Gala in March.

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation (LCFEF), a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising money to support the local public schools, will honor local residents Brad and Vicki Schwartz with the prestigious Spirit of Outstanding Service Award at the 27th annual LCFEF Gala on March 3.
Brad and Vicki are longtime supporters of LCF schools — not only with their volunteering of time, but through generous donations and their willingness to engage others in the support of our public school system. Brad and his wife Vicki have lived in LCF for about 30 years and have raised two children, Matthew and Jenna, who attended LCUSD schools K-12.
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LCPC Parent Education Celebrates at Christmas Party

La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education members at a recent Christmas party include (in alphabetical order) Ashley Barrett, Amanda Baughman, Anne Bierling, Hillary Clayburgh, Jana De Gange, Katie Enney, Heather Ehrhart, Betsy Farhat, Rebekah Garcia, Lynne Graves, Jina Khachik, Kathy Kovalcik, Maggie Mason, Charlotte Miller, Darby Pearson, Nicole Ravana, Jan Roberts, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Ashley Smith, Paige Thatcher, Tracy Tobias, Carol Van Citters, Jana Van Dyck, Meg Wade and Sloan Walsh.

In the holiday spirit of mixing business with pleasure, the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board, ministry support team and staff met at the La Cañada Flintridge home of Ashley Barrett for a year-end Christmas party and joint board/staff meeting.
The evening was filled with good food, fellowship, reflection, planning and prayer in anticipation of the wonderful year ahead.
LCPC Parent Education will host an open house Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 23-26. Parents of children ages infant to 18 may attend a free trial class. In addition to the 14 classes currently running, two new offerings include New Babies and Spiritual Parenting classes. The New Babies class (for babies born 8/1/2017 through early January 2018) will begin the week of Wednesday Jan. 24 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and will be taught by experienced teacher and mother of seven Nanette Brown. Spiritual Parenting is a six-week evening class offered on Wednesday beginning Jan. 10 and will be facilitated by Paige Dunbar. The purpose of the class is to assist parents in understanding how to incorporate God into their parenting.
LCPC Parent Education’s upcoming fundraiser on Feb. 24 is called “Keep Calm and Bowl On.” It will celebrate Parent Ed’s 39-year legacy and raise money for ongoing programming.
To sign up or try out a free class, visit lacanadapc.org/parented or call (818) 790-6708, ext. 205. Classes meet weekly September through May and attract approximately 400 participants from 20 cities. La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill in La Cañada Flintridge.

LCHS Artists on Display at Library

Photo courtesy Jamie Lewsadder
La Cañada High School art student Trinity Bearden stands beside a drawing that’s among the artwork displayed this month at the La Cañada Public Library.

In conjunction with the Verdugo Hills Arts Association, La Cañada High School 7-12 visual arts classes opened an art show last week at the La Cañada Public Library. The show runs the month of December during regular library hours. Work from eight to 10 students from each of the 7-12 art classes is represented.