Villa Esperanza’s Blue & White is May 20

Photos courtesy Villa Esperanza Services Blue & White Committee members preparing for Villa Esperanza’s May 20 fundraiser include (from left) Maryann Seduski, Dr. Lori Levi, Jenny Seto, Janet Louie, Jeri Wright, Annissa Deshpande, Marcie Robinson and Melissa Wu.
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Blue & White Committee members preparing for Villa Esperanza’s May 20 fundraiser include (from left) Maryann Seduski, Dr. Lori Levi, Jenny Seto, Janet Louie, Jeri Wright, Annissa Deshpande, Marcie Robinson and Melissa Wu.

Villa Esperanza Services Blue & White fundraiser, “Leave an Impression,” takes place Saturday, May 20, at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Villa will recognize Lisa and Tim Sloan with Villa’s Guardian Angel Award for the tremendous impact they are making in the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both honorees have supported Villa for many years as donors and Lisa as a committee member and current board member.
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Junior Women’s Club Holds Free Eye Screenings at Local Preschools

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold free eye screenings for amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” at local preschools this April.
About 3% of children have some form of this condition. It is not an eye disease and is fully curable if detected early. Amblyopia is when the vision in one eye does not develop properly. Standard eye tests for 3- and 4-year-olds do not test for this condition, which is one reason these eye screenings are so important. The good news is that amblyopia is curable until approximately age 6. After that age, the child’s brain learns to ignore the blurry image from the weaker eye and amblyopia becomes almost impossible to reverse.

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club members include (from back, left) co-chair Stephanie Ryan, Christy Ferguson, Gayle Hagegard, Georgina Mueller, Karen King, Libby Shiner, Maria Strong, Laura Ploude and co-chair Kyle Grimes. In front are Lincoln Rowan and Derek Grimes.

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Leadership Pasadena to Help Law Enforcement, Special Needs Interaction

Capt. Tim Sell, Chief Bertral Washington, Cindy Bengtson and Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza director of development, will attend the Leadership Pasadena event on Apri 24.

Leadership Pasadena, in partnership with Villa Esperanza Services, Ability First and Professional Child Development Associates, is presenting a free 90-minute seminar for families, caregivers or staff caring for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) on how to work with law enforcement and first responders.
The event is Monday, April 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave.
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Thursday Club Celebrates 65 Years of Debutantes

Photos courtesy La Cañada Thursday Club
The 2017 provisionals include Sydney Lew, Grace Marchosky, Megan Gmelich, Lauren Gilmore, Reagan Meyer and Eleana Melehani.

At the Thursday Club tea earlier this month, members celebrated 65 years of their Les Fleurettes Debutante Program.
The afternoon started with a history and slideshow of the many years of debutantes, pointing out the program’s changes (especially in the styles of gowns and hair!) and lasting similarities. The Thursday Club debutante program is a tradition-based program put on by the members of the club. However, the debutante committee strives to keep it relevant and current. New personal development classes include social media etiquette and downsides, along with personal safety instructions at home and away at college.

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St. Francis Dam Disaster to Be Relived at Camellia Society Meeting

Paul Rippens

How many people know that the second highest death toll in California history occurred right here in their own backyard when the St. Francis Dam in nearby San Francisquito Canyon collapsed? In 1928, when the dam failed and flood waters came rampaging down the canyon, an estimated 431 people lost their lives — second in total lives lost only to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Paul Rippen, retired L.A. County Chief Forester, author and local historian, will be bringing his own perspective to this little-remembered catastrophe at the final meeting of the Pacific Camellia Society on Thursday evening, April 6, in Descanso Gardens.
The meeting, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m., will also include a PowerPoint presentation about camellias by Bradford King, current editor of the National Camellia Society’s magazine.
The public is invited. Membership in the Society is not required to attend.

Panhellenic Alumnae Benefit on April 8

Paul Woolls

Paul Woolls, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and proprietor of Progeny Winery on Mt. Veeder in Napa County, is the featured speaker at this year’s Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic annual benefit at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale on Saturday, April 8.
This year’s benefit theme, “Of Wine & Wine Tasting,” will include a complementary wine tasting of unique Napa wines. The guest speaker, a generous supporter of La Cañada Flintridge schools, is familiar to those in Los Angeles and Napa wine circles. The wine tasting will be followed by lunch and a silent auction and raffle items.
Since 1948, GAAP has award scholarships to local graduating high school senior girls and to local collegian women belonging to one of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference sororities.
Tickets may be purchased online, or download the registration form at (select “Annual Benefit Luncheon.”). For more information, email

Club LC is Coming Soon

Enjoy listening and dancing to jazz at Club LC, the La Cañada High School Jazz Band and Chamber Singers’ annual fundraiser, on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. This always-popular event has moved to a new location: La Cañada Presbyterian Church at 626 Foothill Blvd. Club LC combines big band instrumentals by the LCHS Jazz Band with a variety of vocal standards performed by members of the school’s Chamber Singers for a memorable musical evening.
Ticket prices are $50 for adults and $25 for students and include a light dinner catered by Colombo’s. Sponsorships are available for $250 and include two adult tickets, reserved parking, two Club LC mocktails in souvenir glasses, event recognition and early admission to the venue (6:30 p.m).
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be held at the will call table.
For tickets, contact Mikaho Hara at or order online at Questions about Club LC can be directed to Sue Wright at

Photo courtesy LCHS
LCHS Jazz Band members Michael Seuylemezian, Brandon Deguzman, Matthew Miller, Charlie Reynolds and Rei Chavez take a break at a recent Club LC.


LCF Doctor Appointed Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Christine Park

Dr. Christine Park, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, has been named the new chief medical officer of Northeast Valley Health Corporation, a nonprofit, federally funded community health center serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
She has been the medical director of pediatrics for the past 12 of her 14 years as an NEVHC pediatrician.
Park will take on the role being vacated by Dr. Richard L. Seidman, who is leaving NEVHC after being appointed CMO of L.A. Care Health Plan.
“Dr. Park is very experienced in our marketplace and truly understands the challenges of being a safety net provider,” said Kimberly Wyard, NEVHC CEO. “Her work has been very instrumental in NEVHC’s success. Her passion for community health care and her experience made her an ideal candidate.
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Foothill Water District Holds April Events

The Foothill Municipal Water District has announced a series of community events and activities in April, with the aim to educate residents of the importance of water, especially after the wet season ended drought conditions for many regions across the state.
“We are excited to promote these great events to our residents that remind us of the importance of water,” said FMWD General Manager Nina Jazmadarian. “Our winter storms may have alleviated drought conditions, but our local groundwater basins are at historic lows and still need to recover. After we exit April, the hot summer months will quickly arrive and we look to our residents to keep up a strong water-saving ethic.”
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Orthopaedic Guild’s Leadership Takes on Another Year

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild board members include Marie Gilhooly, membership; Joanne Ploszaj, treasurer; Ginney Pruitt, vice president; Jopan Cleven, president and Marie Baker, recording secretary.

The La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild’s recent meeting found President Joan Cleven once again at the helm after she agreed to lead the group for a third year. Many of the officers also agreed to retain their positions on the board.

Ginney Pruitt, Marie Baker, Elinor Bunn and Joanne Ploszaj will serve as vice president, secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer, respectively. Danielle Barrios, assistant director volunteer services and community outreach, will continue to provide support to LCFOG, along with senior director Mary Beth Perrine, long-time liaison to LCFOG. The entire Orthopaedic Institute for Children staff provides support to LCFOG and its events and functions.
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