LCPC to Host Author of ‘Grant’ on March 26

Ronald White

Bestselling author Ronald White will be at La Cañada Presbyterian Church for a presentation and book signing on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. White’s new presidential biography, “American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant,” became an instant New York Times bestseller when it was published in October. The Flintridge Book Store will provide copies to purchase of American Ulysses, as well as the author’s “A. Lincoln: A Biography of Abraham Lincoln,” which White will sign.
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‘Millionaire’s Row’ Estate Seeks New Owner for $10.5 Million

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The Pasadena landmark John S. Cravens estate, also known as the Red Cross house, is being sold for $10.5 million by the humanitarian organization to find a better fit for its San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter headquarters.
Situated on “Millionaire’s Row,” along tree-lined Orange Grove Boulevard and Madeline Drive, the estate is one of the largest and most significant architectural treasures in Pasadena. Local Sotheby’s International Realtors Gretchen Seager and Josie Tong will represent the sale, and said they will donate their commission to the American Red Cross.
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Ribbon-Cutting Opens Credit Union

The recent opening of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new lending branch at Foothill Boulevard and Commonwealth. Attendees included (front row, from left) Pat Anderson, City Manager Mark Alexander, Mayor Jonathan Curtis, CEFCU CIO John Barnfather, CEFCU Board of Directors chair John Patterson, CEFCU President/CEO Rich Harris and CEO board member Mike Miranda.

LC Teachers Association Opens Senior Scholarships

The La Cañada Teachers Association is now accepting applications for eight different scholarships it sponsors, with applications available to seniors electronically via the “Scholarship List” on the Naviance website and in hardcopy from the visual and performing arts teachers and from the school librarian.
The scholarships for visual artists include the Jeanne Maus Memorial Scholarship and the Fred Stuhr Memorial Scholarship, which were established in honor of the memory of Jeanne Maus and Fred Stuhr and their artistic accomplishments. Applicants for each of these scholarships must be planning to continue an involvement in art.
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LCF Sister Cities Group Seeks Hosts, Travelers

The La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association is looking for high school students interested in an opportunity to travel internationally and represent their city this summer.

Photo courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association
Representatives who attended last year’s Youth Leadership Summit included (from left) Flintridge Prep’s Courtney Johnson, La Cañada High School’s Luke Stefan, LCHS’ Kelly Steele, St. Francis’ Lenny Pieroni, LCHS’ Naomi Stephen and St. Francis’ Amr Eissa.

The association is accepting applications for student ambassadors to travel to Spain, as well as families to host eight Spanish students who will be staying in LCF.
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Parcel Tax Exemption Open; Oversight Help Sought

La Cañada Unified School District residents wishing to submit a senior citizen or contiguous parcel exemption form for the 2017 tax year may do so until June 30.
Parcel tax exemption forms are available from the District’s Fiscal Services Office located at 4490 Cornishon Ave., or may be downloaded from the district’s website lcusd.net.
Residents who previously submitted a senior citizen or contiguous parcel exemption form do not need to reapply for the exemption. Those forms, unless the property owner’s circumstances have changed, are good for all years the parcel tax is in effect. Residents 65 years or older can apply for tax exemption.
The district is also updating membership on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.
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DAR Hosts Annual Awards Breakfast

The Women’s City Club in Pasadena was the setting for the recent Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter annual awards breakfast. The prestigious DAR History Award was presented to Ian Ruskin, who stars in the one-man play and 2016 film documentary “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine” about the man whose pamphlet “Common Sense” helped convince early Americans to revolt against the British monarchy and create a new nation.

Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter Regent Phyllis Lynes with (from left) Good Citizen Award winners Charisma Marines, Marshall Fundamental High School; Audrey Cameron, Blair High School; Michael Francis Grumble, St. Monica Academy; Rosa Run Mi Llanto, Pasadena High School; Jillian Kislow, Alverno Heights Academy; Melissa Rocha, John Muir High School; and Martin Severance Chapter Good Citizens chair Mary Lou Langedyke.

Several high school seniors were presented with Good Citizen Awards for demonstrating dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in 2016, selected by faculty and staff at their respective schools. One elementary school student was presented with the American History Essay Contest Award for her 2016 essay with the theme “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.”

Pasadena Water and Power Opens College Scholarships Worth $7,500

Pasadena Water and Power is providing Pasadena-area high school seniors with an opportunity to win a college scholarship. A $5,000 and a $2,500 award will be given to the top two high school seniors who write the most creative and thoughtful essays on the topic of water and energy efficiency.
To apply, students must submit an application, academic transcripts and write an essay. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must live within PWP service territory, be currently enrolled as a high school senior in the city of Pasadena, and provide proof of acceptance for the 2017-18 school year at an accredited two-year or four-year post-secondary institution. The application deadline is April 10.
PWP started the education scholarship program in 2014 as part of its commitment to empowering and investing in Pasadena’s youth. To learn more, visit PWPweb.com/Scholarships or call (626) 744-4172.

Foothill Family Earns COA Accreditation

Foothill Family has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation. Serving the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale and Burbank through programs supporting mental health care, early childhood development, school-based behavioral health, and youth and family services, Foothill Family employees committed more than a year and countless hours to earn accreditation. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Foothill Family’s programs, services, management and administration.
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Foothill Family Benefit March 18

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Christopher and Anna-Christine Rising and Heather and Matthew Lillard were among those who enjoyed a recent Foothill Family benefit. This year’s annual fundraiser, the Black & White Masked Ball, will be held Saturday, March 18, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. The event raises unrestricted funds for the organization’s life-changing programs and services aimed at empowering families and strengthening communities. Annelise Dachel and Vivian Godoy Rodriguez are serving as the event’s co-chairs. For event information, visit foothillfamily.org.