Fred Claire Golf Tournament to Benefit City of Hope on Aug. 14

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Fred Claire (right), whose golf tournament on Aug. 14 will benefit City of Hope, is pictured with former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, Nancy Reagan and President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series championship trophy.

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.
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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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JPL Sponsors Boy Scout Backpacking Trip

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On top of the Tooth of Time are Mark Swain (sitting, from left), Jack Olson, Libby and Jonathan Shiner, and Stephan and Mircea Badescu. Standing: George Olson, Gino Graziadio, Max Fan, Forrest Swain, and Jack and Tom Andrews.

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.

LCPC Parent Ed Offers New Tween Class on Oct. 4

Paige Dunbar

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.
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ALFie Players to Perform ‘Jungle Book’ in Fall

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ALFie actors participate in last year’s production of “Peter Pan Jr.”

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 drama@alflintridge.org or call (818) 790-2211.

Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 Purpose to Honor Magic Johnson Foundation

Every year, for one glorious night in Dodger Stadium, pingpong is much more than a child’s game. It’s an opportunity to impact a child’s life.
Star athletes and entertainers will compete in a celebrity pingpong tournament on the field at Dodger Stadium to raise money that helps children and their families off the streets, and also provides children from developing nations with life-changing but expensive medical procedures.
Held by Kershaw’s Challenge, the nonprofit organization led by Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, the 5th annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose, will be held Thursday, July 27, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Jimmy Kimmel will serve as master of ceremonies.
The friendly pingpong tournament will pit approximately 30 celebrities against each other. (The ancient game has been a favorite pastime of Clayton Kershaw since his childhood days in Dallas.)
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LCPC Hosting New Class on Prayer and Christian Mystics

Janna Gosselin

Back for a fourth summer, Janna Gosselin will teach a five-week lecture series titled “Deepening Your Prayer Life, Learning From the Christian Mystics” in the Family Life Center at La Cañada Presbyterian Church starting on Wednesday evening, July 26, and continuing every Wednesday evening through Aug. 23. The classes meet from 7-8:30 p.m. and are free. The public is welcome to attend individual sessions or the full series.
This summer, Shelley Irvine, LCPC’s director of Spiritual Formation and Equipping, will lead a special prayer practice segment. The classes will focus on particular prayer practices of the Christian mystics, ranging from the Orthodox practice of the Jesus Prayer to Teresa of Avila’s Prayer of Quiet to means of praying with the body as well as ways of praying with images. The hope is that the classes, together with the practice segment, will help students to enter into deep, spiritual prayer to better connect with God and allow for transformation of their lives.
Gosselin and Irvine are members of LCPC and long-time students of the mystics. A professor at the New Theological Seminary of the West and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological seminary, Gosselin holds a doctorate’s from USC, having written her dissertation on the Christian mystic Julian of Norwich, and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Irvine is a retreat leader, teacher and certified spiritual director who has written curriculum, study guides and retreat resources.
To register, visit lacanadapc.org/christian-mystics or call (818) 790-6708, ext. 216.

LCPC Donates to Nonprofits, Funds Scholarships

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La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board members include Ashley Smith (front row, from left), Maggie Mason and Hillary Clayburgh. Back: Meg Wade, Katie Enney, Anne Bierling, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Maria Strong, Charlotte Miller and Lynne Graves.

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently donated 10% of its fundraising proceeds, $4,312 in total, to local charities Harambee Christian Family Center and Elizabeth House, the church said in a statement.
Harambee Christian Family Center emphasizes Christian education, affordable housing and employment opportunities through programs including after school programs, internships, preschool through 6th-grade education, a summer day camp and a community garden. Elizabeth House provides shelter and support to homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena. Proceeds were raised through the annual LCPC Parent Education Gala event in February and by selling “Wild Hope” ornaments.
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Kiwanis Celebrates Builders Club Accomplishments

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Builders Club members celebrate the group’s volunteer work, including Gloria Gong, Connor Hall, Jayden Husfeld, Joshua Fung, faculty adviser Sam Picture and Kiwanis President Dr. Mike Leininger.

The La Cañada 8th-grade Builders Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge, had a successful school year. This year, 25 8th-graders volunteered to be part of the community service organization. Their faculty adviser, Sam Picture, has led the Builders Club for eight years.
Builders Club students took on four projects that exceeded last year’s success. Their first project was to help UNICEF raise money to provided medicine, clean water, school supplies and more for kids all over the developing world. The students raised $1,465 over a four-week period, which grew to $2,465, from an additional grant from the Kiwanis Club.
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Descanso’s Bird Observation Station Getting New Look

Starting this week, the Bird Observation Station at Descanso Gardens is getting upgraded. The bird-watching structure, located in the botanical gardens’ Oak Woodland, is expected to reopen in October, according to a news release. A new waterfall feature will debut in November. Descanso Gardens is working in partnership with Pacific Outdoor Living on the project.
For information, visit descansogardens.org.