Wine Tasting at Flintridge Center Sept. 21

Flintridge Center’s board of directors have announced the first “Food, Wine, and Flintridge Center” fundraiser, which will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Oakmont Country Club (3100 Country Club Drive, Glendale). Tickets to the event are $60 and include wine tasting, light appetizers and an opportunity to purchase fine wines at a discounted price. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting flintridge.org/winetasting or by cash or check. Contact Emma Gerch at (626) 449-0839, ext. 114 or emma@flintridge.org.
All proceeds benefit Flintridge Center’s reintegration and youth development work.

Pasadena Symphony Association to Make Magic at Moonlight Gala

The Pasadena Symphony Association will host its annual Moonlight Sonata Gala on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5:30-10 p.m., which will be a night filled with entertainment, music and dancing held at Pasadena’s historic City Hall.
Music Director David Lockington will host the evening as guests enjoy dinner and live music under the stars in Centennial Square. Distinctive to this year’s gala is lively dancing to close out the night. The evening will start off with libations in the cloistered courtyard. As dinner begins, members of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra will serenade guests along their walk to Centennial Square, where Claud & Co. will provide a four-course meal. The program will feature a live and silent auction along with an awards ceremony honoring three prominent community figures. Dance music will be provided by Tony Galla and the Usual Suspects, a six-piece band that will perform songs from the Great American Songbook.
Another entertainer will be illusionist David Kwong, who recently published “Spellbound: Seven Principles to Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success.”
Centennial Square is located at 100 N. Garfield Ave. Tickets to the Moonlight Sonata Gala are limited. Individual tickets start at $250 and may be purchased by visiting PasadeanSymphony-Pops.org or by contacting Scott Vandrick, chief development officer at svandrick@PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172, ext.45.

Hatch Chiles Have Returned to Gelson’s

Hatch Chilis at Gelson’s.

The highly anticipated Hatch chile seasonal celebration at Gelson’s returns to La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Hatch chile roasting event includes sampling of Hatch chile favorites, contests and giveaways.
Grown in Hatch, New Mexico, Hatch chilies are a mildly hot and savory pepper that, when perfectly roasted, yields a uniquely delicious flavor, both spicy and sweet. While the Hatch Chile Festival annually attracts thousands of visitors from around the world to this small farming community every Labor Day weekend, Gelson’s brings its own festival to pepper-loving customers across Southern California.
Activities include sampling Hatch chile specialty items, learning about the growing process from produce experts, and receiving cooking ideas from Gelson’s staff. The service deli will have Hatch chile heirloom tomato salad, Hatch chile macaroni and cheese, Hatch chile stuffed flank roll, Hatch chile cornbread, Hatch chile chicken sausage, Hatch chile crab cake or Hatch chile mini-crustless quiches. Gelson’s staff will be on-site roasting fresh chiles.

Obituary: Mary Lou Stremfel

Mary Lou Stremfel

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and business owner Mary Lou Stremfel passed away July 22 after a short battle with cancer. Mary Lou retained her mischievous wit and childlike charm until the very end, and was surrounded by all five of her children at the time of her death.
The Stremfel family originally relocated from New York City in 1960. Both she and her husband, Joseph, were born and raised in Iowa.
Shortly after arriving in La Cañada Flintridge, her husband began opening local community pharmacies. Cal Med Pharmacy was opened in 1965. Then in 1969, the Stremfels opened Cal Med Pharmacy East (since renamed Flintridge Pharmacy).
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Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier

Michele Looney Gardenier

April 6, 1959-Aug. 3, 2017

Michele Looney Gardenier passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on Aug. 3, due to surgical complications. She is survived by her husband, William M. Gardenier, and her mother, sister, sister-in-law and four precious nieces. Their dad was her brother, Michael James Looney, who passed away in 2009 from cancer.
Michele was born on April 6, 1959, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from La Cañada High School in 1977. Her career was spent working with her dear friend James Pokorny at his law office, during which time she bravely fought and won her battle with lung cancer. Continue reading “Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier”

JPL Sponsors Boy Scout Backpacking Trip

Photo courtesy of Troop 509
On top of the Tooth of Time are Mark Swain (sitting, from left), Jack Olson, Libby and Jonathan Shiner, and Stephan and Mircea Badescu. Standing: George Olson, Gino Graziadio, Max Fan, Forrest Swain, and Jack and Tom Andrews.

A crew from Boy Scout Troop 509, sponsored by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, recently spent two weeks in Philmont, New Mexico, backpacking 100-plus miles in the Rocky Mountains while carrying 40-pound packs. The seven Scouts and five adults, led by Scout Max Fan, climbed the 12,441-foot Baldy Mountain and led a burro they named Churro. They also did rock climbing, horseback riding, spar pole climbing, shotgun shooting, spear throwing, black powder rifle shooting and other challenging activities. Scouts saw petroglyphs and a T-Rex track. The weather was hot and dry, except for a hail storm and lightning. The crew traveled to and from Philmont by train, a 22-hour trip each way.
In late July, Troop 509 will go to Catalina Island for a week of swimming, sailing, kayaking, hiking and merit badges, and in early August, the troop will climb Mt. Whitney. To learn more about Troop 509, visit jpltroop509.org.

Adventist Health Foundation Hosts Donor Reception

Photos courtesy Adventist Health Foundation
Dr. Harlan Gibbs, Dr. Hasmik Danielian, Arsen Danielian, James Van de Voorde, Annette Ermshar and Dan Monahan

A nearly century-old Spanish Baroque-style estate in Glendale’s Rossmoyne neighborhood was the site of a recent donor appreciation reception hosted by the Adventist Health Glendale Foundation.
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LCPC Parent Ed Offers New Tween Class on Oct. 4

Paige Dunbar

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program is offering a new program coming this fall — Parent Express for Parents of Tweens (5th- through 8th-graders), featuring large and small group discussions relating to pre-adolescent issues such as peer relationships, family communication, puberty and school adjustments.
This class, taught by parenting expert Paige Dunbar, will provide a monthlong opportunity for parents who cannot attend daytime classes to participate in Parent Education. Discussion topics will include: “The Tween Brain and Physical Development,” “Creating a Sense of Belonging at Home and School,” and “How to Effectively Maintain Boundaries,” to name a few. Classes will run Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at LCPC. The rate is $80 for the four-week session (which covers both parents).
Registration is open for Parent Express and all of Parent Ed’s 2017-18 class offerings.
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ALFie Players to Perform ‘Jungle Book’ in Fall

Photo courtesy ALF
ALFie actors participate in last year’s production of “Peter Pan Jr.”

Students entering 3rd-6th grades are invited to join the ALFie Players Fall Drama Program, which will showcase a production of “Jungle Book KIDS.” Later this school year, students in 5-10th grades will have an opportunity to join the ALFie Company Winter production.
Assistance League of Flintridge offers the after-school drama programs to students in La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities. Each program culminates with a public performance at Lanterman Auditorium.
The fall production of “Jungle Book KIDS,” is adapted from the classic Disney animated film “The Jungle Book.” Students will rehearse during September and October with a performance on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
The winter production will be “Shrek the Musical Jr.,” based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and Broadway musical. Rehearsals begin in January with a performance on March 2 at 7 p.m.
Katelyn Fike will return as drama director of the ALF program. She is also the drama instructor for the La Cañada Unified School District Elementary schools. Her assistant director and choreographer is Greta Taylor. The programs are designed for beginners and experienced drama performers. Students will learn songs and choreography and practice fundamental drama skills. They often create their own costumes and sets. Students meet at Lanterman Auditorium on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15-5 p.m.
Online registration begins Monday, Aug. 7, at ALFlintridge.org. Early registration is highly recommended. A program fee of $275 per program session is charged. For more information, contact drama@alflintridge.org or call (818) 790-2211.

Financial Aid Expert at Flintridge Bookstore Aug. 24

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes scholarship and financial aid specialist Trevor Ramos on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. for a presentation and discussion of the 2017 version of his book, “How to Get Free Money for College: The Ultimate Guide to Sending Your Kids to the Best, Most Expensive Colleges in America for Pennies on the Dollar.”
It’s no secret that the cost of a college education is about the average cost of a single-family home in America: $258,000. If you don’t pay it all in cash, you and your student can get guaranteed loans with an average interest rate of 6% to 11%. This means that you and your student could easily have a combined student loan payment amounting to approximately $2,500 per month for more than 15 years. After paying off loans, the total extra is $70,000 to $150,000 in interest and penalties.
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