Sierra Club to Present ‘Chimps in Uganda’ Feb. 14

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group will introduce Sierra Club members Joe Young and Gayle Taylor, who will present “Investigating Threats to Chimps in Uganda,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Los Angeles County Public Library.
Young and Taylor will share experiences of the Earthwatch Expedition to the Budongo Forest Reserve, the largest remaining tropical rainforest in East Africa. Their program describes daily activities in the forest, the tracking of chimps and monkeys, discovery of illegal snares and destructive activities. Interviews with local villagers will offer farming alternatives and assistance providing medicine to farm animals.
Included will be a weekend visit to Murchison Falls and scenes from Entebbe and Kampala, Uganda.
The program begins following the Conservation and Outings news. It is a free event and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Wayne Fisher, program chair at (818) 353-4181. The La Crescenta library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd.

Symphony to Play Russian Works on Feb. 18

Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony will present a romantic Russian program on Saturday, Feb. 18, with award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium.
Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Lockington describes the work as “a piece that envisions life, that has the joy, sweetness, tenderness and ultimately in the end — the great sadness that Tchaikovsky carried with him at the time.”
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Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The event, titled “On Their Shoulders We Stand,” will honor Harambee’s founding board of directors and contributors at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. William Pannell from the Center for African American Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker. The Push by Harambee will cater the dinner.
Harambee, which is Swahili for the phrase “Let’s get together and push,” was formed to serve a 12-block area around Navarro Avenue in Pasadena in response to the high level of crime in the area in 1982.
Tickets are $150. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are also available. For more information, visit harambeeministries.org.

CSF Scholarship Applications Available

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge has announced that the 2017 scholarship applications are now available. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling any student to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Fulltime students who attend La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Hillside School and Learning Center, St. Francis High School and Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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Junior Women’s Club to Host Fundraiser Feb. 11

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold its annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6-11 p.m. The Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball promises to be lively and fun while raising money for a great cause.
The party, to be held at the La Cañada Country Club, will feature an evening that includes a Mardi Gras-themed buffet, a silent auction, a “wine toss” and dancing the night away as DJ Dean spins lively tunes.
Tickets are $50 per person. Funds go toward the support of Pasadena’s Ronald McDonald House and Five Acres Altadena, the two philanthropies that Juniors supports. For reservations, send an RSVP to info@lcjwc.org.

Lions Club Student Speech Contest Feb. 5

The San Marino Griffins Lions Club and the San Marino High School Leo Club will sponsor a student speaker contest on Feb. 5, from 1-4 p.m. at Crowell Public Library. Students from all local public and private high schools are encouraged to participate. Each year a different subject is selected by the Lion Multiple District Four Student Speaker Committee. This year’s participants will address the topic: “Is the Right to Privacy a Threat to Our National Security?” Continue reading “Lions Club Student Speech Contest Feb. 5”

Talk on Camellias at Descanso Gardens on Feb. 2

The Pacific Camellia Society kicks off its 2017 series of meetings with speaker Tom Nuccio of Nuccio’s Nursery 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Descanso Gardens.

Tom Nuccio of Nuccio’s Nursery in Altadena holds one of his prize-winning camellias. Nuccio will speak at the Pacific Camellia Society meeting in Descanso Gardens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4.

In addition to being a humorous, enthusiastic speaker, Nuccio brings a vast array of beautiful blossoming camellia plants to talk about at the meeting. Many of the camellia plants are donated to the society for raffling off to the audience at the end of the meeting. Nuccio will be available to answer questions about growing camellias.