Villa Esperanza to Host Thoroughbred Race Benefit

Joan Feser enjoys lunch with her children, John, Michael and Juliana, at last year’s race day.

The Villa Esperanza Guild will hold its 19th annual Day of Thoroughbred Racing to benefit Villa Esperanza Services on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. About 200 guests will enjoy an exciting day of racing at Santa Anita Racetrack’s Club House Terrace in Arcadia to help support children and adults with disabilities.
Each year, the guild’s Race Day generates support for Villa’s Hjelte-Phillips Speech and Language Center and Adult Residential Program, two of Villa’s nine programs that help individuals with developmental disabilities gain greater independence and live more fulfilling lives.
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Kaleidoscope to Play at the Huntington on Saturday

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra will perform at Rothenberg Hall at the Huntington Library on Saturday, Feb.18, at 8 p.m. The program will feature works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams as well as a West Coast premiere of “Tonight We Tell the Secrets of the World” by Philadelphia-based composer Scott Ordway. Violinist William Hagen will be making his Kaleidoscope debut on “The Lark Ascending” by Vaughn Williams. A pre-concert lecture will be offered by KUSC announcer Brian Lauritzen starting at 7:30 p.m.
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Carver Space Pioneers to Dance Under the Stars March 4

Carver Elementary School will host its Space Pioneers Gala at the California Science Center under the space shuttle Endeavour on Saturday, March 4. Guests can bid on silent auction items while sipping a PaQui Tequila signature cocktail and enjoying the sounds of the San Marino High School Jazz Ensemble.

Carver Parent Party co-chairs Jennifer Dill-Kamal (left) and Kathryn Oliveros (right) and procurment chair Mia Martinez are planning a stellar night at the California Science Center with a dinner at the space shuttle Endeavour.

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Kiwanis Accepting Nominations for La Cañadan of the Year

Since the early 1950s, the Kiwanis Club has been recognizing an individual as La Cañadan of the Year. It will be selecting an outstanding citizen from the community to be honored. The public is asked to contribute to the process by nominating members of the community who have demonstrated strong evidence of “giving back” and exemplary commitment to the community. Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and community leader Don Voss was honored last year.
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LCFEF Spring Gala is March 4

Photo by Melissa Kobe / OUTLOOK

Kathy Seuylemezian, Dale Storz, Valerie Aenlle-Rocha and Paris Cohen enjoyed last year’s 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. Local resident Deborah 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.

ALF Opens 2017 Hillgren Scholarship Applications

The Assistance League of Flintridge said it is now accepting applications for the Mary Ellen Hillgren Memorial Scholarship. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to La Cañada High School seniors who will be attending a four-year college or university in the fall.
The applications are available on the ALF website at: ALFlintridge.org.
In addition to the application, students are asked to submit an unofficial transcript and a 300-word essay describing how their activities outside of school have helped build their character. The deadline for submitting applications is April 3. The scholarships will be presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony at La Cañada High School.
The scholarship was established in 1995 to honor Hillgren, who served as president of ALF as well as two years as president of National Assistance League. Hillgren was an advocate for the public school system and wanted to encourage students who demonstrated exceptional interest in extracurricular activities and community service, as well as academic achievement.
Applications must be returned to Hillgren Scholarship Committee, Assistance League of Flintridge, at 4607 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada, CA 91011.
For more information, contact Margot Simpson at (818) 790-1328.

Lanterman House to Host Ragtime Tea Dance March 12

Couples wear old-fashioned dress at a past Ragtime Tea Dance.

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will host its annual Ragtime Tea Dance on March 12 from 12-5 p.m. in the Lanterman House Ballroom, featuring musicians Ian Whitcomb, Sheila-Murphy Nelson and more.
The dance class, taught by Regina Whitcomb and Christopher Miller, will be held from noon-1 p.m. The dancing and tea will take place from 1-5 p.m. A full afternoon tea will be provided by the Locke Noble Tea Co.
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Officials Address Leadership Pasadena; Applications Open

Mayor Terry Tornek opened the Leadership Pasadena government education session recently, expressing gratitude to the participants and urging them to listen and learn, saying “Be grateful for the opportunity to serve and to make a difference.”

Enrique Robles (center), field representative for Congresswoman Judy Chu, and attorney Michele Beal Bagneris (fourth from left) celebrate with Leadership Pasadena’s class of 2017.

Seated in City Council Chambers for the day, LP participants discussed a wide range of issues facing the city and region, with Councilmember Andy Wilson (LP alumnus); City Manager Steve Mermell; City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris; Assemblyman Chris Holden’s District Director Kayleen Maya-Aviles (LP alumna); Enrique Robles, deputy district director for Congresswoman Judy Chu and Dominick Correy, district representative for state Sen. Anthony Portantino. Continue reading “Officials Address Leadership Pasadena; Applications Open”

WWII Vet to Speak at Crowell Library Feb. 27

Jeff Arnett

A World War II veteran will speak about his service at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at Crowell Public Library on behalf of the San Marino Historical Society.
Veteran Jeff Arnett, 92, will talk about his service in Asia during the war, including a three-week flight from the U.S. to India, his service in Burma (now Myanmar) and China and crossing the infamous and dangerous “Hump,” a name given by Allied pilots to the eastern end of the Himalayan mountains over which they flew military transport aircraft to aid Chinese forces.
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Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21

Tim Sloan

Longtime local resident Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo’s CEO and president, will be the featured speaker at San Marino City Club’s Feb. 21 dinner meeting, it has been announced.

Sloan became CEO in October 2016 and also serves on Wells Fargo’s Board of Directors as well as being a member of the company’s operating and management committees.
“Mr. Sloan is uniquely situated to discuss the meeting’s topic: ‘A CEO Perspective on the Financial Services Industry,’” a City Club spokesperson said. “His experience in all aspects of banking, both wholesale and retail, will provide insights into broader financial and economic issues.” Continue reading “Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21”