Local Woman Appointed to Delta Stewardship Council

Maria Mehranian

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced on March 16 that the Senate Rules Committee has appointed La Cañada Flintridge resident Maria Mehranian to the Delta Stewardship Council.
The Delta Stewardship Council was created to advance the state’s co-equal goals for the Delta — a more reliable statewide water supply and a healthy and protected ecosystem, both achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique characteristics of the Delta as an evolving place. The Delta Stewardship Council is composed of members who represent different parts of the state and offer diverse expertise in fields such as agriculture, science, the environment and public service. Of the seven, four are appointed by the governor, one each by the Senate and Assembly, and the seventh is the chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
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97th Annual Flintridge Horse Show is April 26-29

Photo courtesy Flintridge La Cañada Guild
Flintridge La Cañada Guild members, shown here presenting Huntington Hospital with funds raised from the annual Horse Show, are gearing up for this year’s equestrian fundraiser from April 26-29. Pictured above are (front row, from left) are Sherri Burns, Lauren Oakes, Liane Ward and Sherlyn Claridge. Back: Betty MacInnes, Gail Jagels, Candy Corral, Allison Regan, Jenny Stern, Margie Solares, Rebecca Rieck and Vinnie Fraipont.

The Flintridge La Cañada Guild of Huntington Hospital will host the 97th annual Flintridge Horse Show at the Flintridge Riding Club from April 26-29. The four-day show features equestrian competitions along with other entertaining events.
Highlights include the Friday night tasting event and the Saturday night evening dinner, silent auction and Grand Prix of Flintridge riding competition. This year’s silent auction offers a range of items, including an autographed Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitar, a six-night Ireland vacation package, and a “Sonoma Wine & Dine” three-night getaway. “The Flintridge La Cañada Guild is honored to host the 97th annual Flintridge Horse Show, and we’re especially excited to offer special Friday and Saturday evening events,” said Allison Regan, president of the Flintridge La Cañada Guild.
“Not only are these events great fun, but the funds raised will further the Guild’s mission of supporting Huntington Memorial Hospital. Specifically, the proceeds from these events will help Huntington Cancer Center acquire technology that enables physicians to collaborate with medical experts from various medical centers to bring the best possible care to Huntington cancer patients.”
All events are expected to sell out. For tickets or more information, contact:

The Great Chocolate Race Returns May 6

Photo courtesy Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital
Brandon Grandalski, Taylor Post and Claire Chapman participated in the Great Chocolate Race last year. The race returns on May 6.

The Great Chocolate Race returns to Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 6. Hosted by the Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital, all proceeds from the race benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Mayor Michael Davitt officially will start the race. The 2.5k or 5k walk or run is open to all racers and pets and strollers are welcome.
There will be T-shirts for pre-registered racers, finish medals for all participants, official chip timing for the 5k, chocolate treats at the pit stops, breakfast and a kids’ zone in the park after the race.
The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children between ages 5 and 18.
For more information, visit fgch.la.

Thursday Club Past Presidents Honored

Photo courtesy La Cañada Thursday Club

The La Cañada Thursday Club honored the group’s past presidents at its recent monthly tea while enjoying tea sandwiches and cookies made by members. The past presidents in attendance include (front row, from left) Mary Hennessy (2008-09), Dotty Greenwalt (1998-2001) Sue Tutt (2001–02) and Jeanie Kay (2014-16). Back: Gale Caswell (2012-14), Judy Cooper (2010-12), Jewel Matsuura (1995-97) and Peggy Hotaling (2006-08). The La Cañada Thursday Club is a social, cultural and philanthropic organization founded in 1912 to reach out to the community to assist charitable nonprofit groups, and to further youth in their education. For more information, visit lacanadathursdayclub.org.

Surviving Middle School for Parents at LCPC

Paige Dunbar

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education’s next night series will be Parent Express for Parents of Tweens — Surviving Middle School. The class will provide a monthlong opportunity for parents who cannot attend the daytime classes.
“As a mother of three teenagers, Paige Dunbar leads her classes with tried-and-true experiences,” said longtime Parent Education participant Jill Weinlein. “Her parenting techniques provide insight and tools for parents to use along their journey of nurturing their tweens and teens. Paige sprinkles personal and humorous moments into each class, validating that you are not alone in the struggles and joys of raising children.”
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Orthopaedic Guild Plans Fundraisers

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Those gathered at the La Canada-Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild meeting include (seated) Marilyn Center (standing from left), Danielle Barrios, OIC’s assistant director of Volunteer Services and Community Services; Marianne Jennings, LCFOG vice president; Caryl Pettit; and Mary Beth Perrine, OIC senior director of Development and Community Outreach.

La Canada-Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members recently met to discuss two upcoming fundraisers: a night out for dinner at Mijares Restaurant on Tuesday, March 20, and the annual Book and Author Luncheon in October. Continue reading “Orthopaedic Guild Plans Fundraisers”

Girl Scouts Dedicate Gold Projects to Door of Hope

Allison Budde and Alexandra Ehrhart selected Door of Hope to complete their Girls Scouts Gold Award projects, refurbishing several rooms to improve the feeling at the Pasadena nonprofit organization that cares for homeless families.

A pair of local Girl Scouts recently dedicated their Gold Award projects to refurbishing key spaces at Door of Hope, a nonprofit organization in Pasadena that takes in homeless families and gives them a temporary place to stay and helps them get back on their feet to find employment and permanent housing.
With help from Megan Katerjian, Door of Hope’s executive director, and Maggie Niewoehner, the manager of donor relations, La Cañada Flintridge residents Allison Budde and Alexandra Ehrhart identified their projects and then got to work.
Budde refurbished an upstairs area that serves as an office and meeting space for staff and potential donors. 
“The room was very dark, cluttered and overall just a depressing room to be in,” Budde said. “It only has one window, so it doesn’t have a lot of natural light.”
She’s developed an affinity for decorating rooms, she said, because of her participation as a part of the Junior Room Crew for the LCF-based organization Once Upon a Room, which goes to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to decorate the rooms of sick kids with things they like to lift their spirits.
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Community Center Preschool Calls Round-Up a Success

Photo courtesy Erin Monacelli

The 25th annual Western Round-Up went off without a hitch last Saturday despite the wet weather. The La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool was overwhelmed by the number of families who turned out to play on carnival games, ride the ponies, line dance with JoJo’s Dance Divas and Dudes, and enjoy lunch from the Los Gringos Locos World Famous Taco Cart. Continue reading “Community Center Preschool Calls Round-Up a Success”