Mayfield Senior School Annual Benefit is March 4

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Mayfield Senior School volunteers preparing for the school’s annual benefit on March 4 include (front row, from left) Andrea Zaninovich Bland, Becky Sarni, Chelisa Vagim and Cheryl Smith. Back: Ruth Pasqualetto, Laurie Yockey, Rebecca Pottmeyer Reed, Ana Raptis, Karen Enzminger and Lisa Weithas.

Mayfield Senior School will be transformed into a Moroccan Marrakesh on Saturday evening, March 4, as hundreds gather for the school’s annual benefit. This mystical event will feature entertainment, dancing, auctions and more. The benefit is spearheaded by Chelisa Vagim, chair; Becky Sarni and Ruth Pasqualetto, auction chairs; Laurie Yockey and Andrea Zaninovich Bland, advertising chairs; Cheryl Smith, Rebecca Pottmeyer Reed and Lisa Weithas, decoration chairs.

Foothill Family Receives Grant From Kaiser

Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center awarded a $10,000 grant to Foothill Family, headquartered in Pasadena. The grant provides essential counseling and support services for children and families (i.e. under/uninsured) whose behaviors make them prone to higher rates of mental illness.
“Foothill Family is deeply committed to empowering children and their families to overcome challenges and achieve success in relationships, school and work,” said Steve Allen, Foothill Family’s CEO. “Receiving a grant from this generous foundation reinforces our belief that strong families are the cornerstones of thriving communities. It all starts with family.”
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Foothill Family Hosts Preview Party for Masked Ball Benefit

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Annelise Dachel (from left) and Vivian Godoy Rodriguez, co-chairs of the upcoming Friends of Foothill Family Benefit, are joined by the organization President Nicole Adrien in preparation for the annual fundraiser, scheduled for March 18.

The Friends of Foothill Family hosted a preview event to generate excitement for their annual benefit, the Black & White Masked Ball, to be held Saturday, March 18, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. The preview, held at a private home in Pasadena, included displays of handmade masks by a local artist as well as a silent auction to initiate online bidding.
More than 40 community members attended the pre-gala festivities in the lead up to Foothill Family’s annual gala, which raises unrestricted funds for the organization’s life-changing programs and services aimed at empowering families and strengthening communities.

ALF Stages ‘Charlie Brown’ March 3

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Assistance League Flintridge’s ALFie Co. players include assistant drama director Greta Taylor (front row, from left), Allison Ingrassia, Hannah Pitney, Lauren Larson, Sienna Rangel, Colin Melillo and drama director Katelyn Fike. Back: Madeline Picha, Marina Muvadian, Michael Lea, Raya Koening and Mitchell Doom.

LCF Educational Foundation Spring Gala is March 4

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Sunyoung Fahimi, Laura Buchanan, Kirsten Newquist, Betsy Asher Hall, Gina Ricci, Mary McMullin, Josh Epstein, Stephanie Fossan, Caroline Anderson, Claudia Dietrich-Joe, Adrineh Ghazarian, Deborah Weirick and Marilyn Yang were last year’s committee members who enjoyed the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Spring Gala. This year’s annual fundraiser, with the theme “Moonlight in Morocco,” will be held Saturday evening, March 4, at Pasadena’s Langham Huntington hotel. The event, which supports LCUSD schools, is widely regarded as the premier LCF social event of the year, with nearly 700 guests in attendance. Weirick will be honored with the prestigious LCFEF Spirit of Outstanding Service Award for her long-standing commitment to LCUSD schools and the community. For more information, tickets or questions, visit gala.lcfef.org, call (818) 952-4268 or e-mail gala@lcfef.org.

LCFCC to Host ‘Western Round Up’ March 4

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La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool students are saddling up to host the 24th annual “Western Round Up” on Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The popular western-themed fundraiser features fun pony rides, a petting zoo, inflatable slide, carnival games and prizes, silent auction and a raffle to win an iPad Mini (sponsored by Carey Haynes of Partners Trust), Los Gringos Locos Taco carts, a bake sale and more.
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Cherry Blossom Festival Tickets Available

General admission to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens is available now. Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, visitors are required to make advance online reservations for this year’s festival entry.
The festival also has been expanded to two weekends: March 4-5 and March 11-12. Tickets for the gardens’ most popular festival of the year are expected to be booked fast.
Descanso members get free admission, but also must make reservations in advance. A member preview on Friday, March 3, will allow an opportunity to skip the crowds.
Last year, a record 12,000 visitors showed up for the festival, a surge that eclipsed the previous record of just less than 10,000.
Chief Operating Officer Juliann Rooke said Descanso also set a new high last year with 1,000 new memberships over the weekend to boost membership totals to 13,000.
For more information, visit descansogardens.org.

Scouts to Honor Newest Eagles at SMCC

Boy Scouts Troop 358 of San Marino congratulates its newest Eagle Scouts: Patrick Cai, Kevin Diaz-Sevilla, Jaren Huang, Garrett Kawaguchi and Matthew Lee. Their Eagle Scout Court of Honor will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at the San Marino Community Church in the Fellowship Hall. Friends, family and community members are invited to attend.

Local Resident is New Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus

Local resident Jonathan Weedman has been named the new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the organization announced recently.

Local resident Jonathan Weedman (seated, center), the new executive director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, is pictured with colleagues (seated, from left) Brianne Cohen and Kathleen Wrabley. Back: James Geiger, Taylor Hartley, Kevin Bolling, Lee Lightfoot, Gavin Thrasher and Dr. Joe Nadeau.

An ardent supporter of the arts and of LGBT equal rights advocacy, Weedman is an award-winning business leader and philanthropist who will shepherd the organization’s 270-plus choral membership, as well as work in unison with its team of board and staff members, including its board chair John Duran.
“Jonathan Weedman is admired across greater Los Angeles for his LGBT and fine arts advocacy,” said Duran. “He will lead GMCLA through our next chapters advancing LGBT equality, protecting our youth and teaching about our culture and history.”
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