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.

Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Adds Board, Committee Members

Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has announced the addition of five key members to its leadership, including three new board of directors members — Shelley Thompson, Shiva Sattar and Betty Uribe — and two new advisory committee members, Dr. Lily Lee and David Misch.
“The addition of these key community members continues to strengthen the mission of Legacy and the leadership outlook that we are growing as we protect the future of this iconic landmark venue,” said Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Executive Director Dedan Brozino.
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Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, 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.

A large contingent of La Cañada Flintridge residents attended last year’s benefit for Harambee Ministries. Pictured above are (front row, from left) Dick Cook, Barb Barber, Susan Baribault, Bonnie Cook, Nanyamka Redmond, Janice McGlashan and Bob McGlashan. Back: Bill Baribault, Skip Barber and Executive Director Harlan Redmond. This year’s 35th anniversary dinner fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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.

Obituary: Charlotte Ann Stokely

Charlotte Ann Stokely
Charlotte Ann Stokely

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she resided in La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose and Pasadena, working with Dilbeck Realtors in both La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta offices, as well as Coldwell Banker’s La Cañada Flintridge office, during her approximate 40 years in real estate. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, and leaves behind a son, Scott, who lives in Fort Collins, Colo., and a granddaughter, Gabi. Memorial services will be held at Forest Lawn Glendale in the Little Church of the Flowers at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Internment is to follow.

Obituary: Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell

Vineda Mitchell
Vineda Mitchell

Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell, 75, passed away on Nov. 17 at her home in Monrovia following a long battle with cancer. She was born on May 20, 1941, in Denver to Vincent and Edith Smith. Hence her name is a combination of their names Vincent and Edith.
Vineda grew up in Englewood, Colo., and graduated from Englewood High School in 1959. After high school, she attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., where she received an associate’s degree.
Vineda married Robert Mitchell in 1962 in Englewood, and they were married for 28 years. Early in her life, she worked as a secretary while her husband finished school. She then became pregnant and motherhood began. Continue reading “Obituary: Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell”

Fusion Hosts Speaker Jan. 26

Join San Marino psychologist Justin Carter for “Teaching Grit,” a lecture about helping teens develop the grit needed for the future. Fusion Pasadena is hosting the talk on its campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Does your student give up easily, or begin projects and never finish them?
Call it grit, spunk, determination or courage, there are ways parents can help their children develop these important qualities.
Fusion Pasadena is located at 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 118, in Los Angeles. An RSVP is appreciated. For more details, visit fusionacademy.com/outreach-events/free-actsat-prep-workshop-2, or call (323) 258-2012.

Obituary: Kristine (Laun) Clark

Kristine (Laun) Clark
Kristine (Laun) Clark

Kristine grew up on Lido Isle in Newport Beach. It was here, in the family home, where she passed away while asleep in her husband’s arms. Always cheerful and positive, the effects over many years of multiple sclerosis finally became too much to overcome.
Kristine graduated from Newport Harbor High School and UC Santa Barbara (Alpha-Chi-Omega). After graduation, she accepted a management position with Travelers Insurance Co. in Burbank. It was here she met her future husband, Scott. Continue reading “Obituary: Kristine (Laun) Clark”

Obituary: Holly Hope Raymond Davis

Holly Davis
Holly Davis

Holly Davis was born and raised in Pasadena. She was the middle of three daughters born to Barbara and Morton Raymond. Holly graduated from Pasadena High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s in physical education with an emphasis in dance from USC. While there, Holly was president of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Her husband, David, also attended USC and was president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. They met when her sorority and his fraternity performed together in a satirical musical revue to raise money for local children. Holly and David celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2016. Continue reading “Obituary: Holly Hope Raymond Davis”

Obituary: Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten

Cornelia Ann
Cornelia Ann

Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten, a nearly lifelong resident of San Marino, passed away peacefully on Nov. 26 with her four children at her side. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Catherine Eggleston, and her husband, Charles Willis Hatten. She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Hatten and Karen Hatten D’Asero (Marcelo); her two sons, William Hatten, Charles Hatten Jr. (Elizabeth); her sister Catherine E. Cairns of Maitland, Fla.; her niece Susan Luczak of Winter Park, Fla.; and her nephew John Cairns of Apopka, Fla. as well as cousins, grand-nephews and nieces. Continue reading “Obituary: Cornelia Ann Eggleston Hatten”