Dignity Health Awards $125K to Charities

Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center recently awarded $125,000 to five community organizations and their accountable care communities. As in past years, GMH awards grants to organizations partnering together to respond to needs identified in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.
In order of ranked concern the needs are: mental health; obesity; substance abuse; diabetes; cardiovascular disease; cancer; stroke; infectious disease; and sexual health/sexually transmitted infections.
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GAMC Center to Address High Obesity Rates

Glendale Adventist Medical Center was recently awarded a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with funding from the California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The grant will support the Champions for Change: Healthy Communities Initiative, which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity among low-income Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education eligible populations by providing nutrition education; physical activity promotion; and working to create healthier environments for low-income individuals and families where they live, learn, work, play, pray and shop.
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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.

Festival of Women Authors April 8

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors announced the schedule of participating authors for its event on Saturday, April 8, to be held at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The festival will feature Yaa Gyasi, whose novel “Homegoing” was one of the most talked-about books of 2016; Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of her debut “The Nest”; and Amy Stewart, author of “Lady Cop Makes Trouble,” the second in her historical series, as well as four other outstanding authors. Continue reading “Festival of Women Authors April 8”

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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