Obituary: Gunnar F. Lindal

March 24, 1936 – Jan. 17, 2018

Gunnar F. Lindal

Gunnar F. Lindal passed away on Jan. 17 at the age of 81 due to natural causes.  He was born on March 24, 1936, in Oslo, Norway.

Gunnar came to the U.S. in 1961 to attend Stanford University on a scholarship. In 1964, he received his doctorate’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked at Stanford as a post doctoral fellow from 1964 to 1969. From 1969 to 1992, he worked at JPL as a senior research scientist and lived in La Cañada Flintridge. Gunnar participated in unmanned space missions, including the Voyager Grand Tour, and received two gold medals from NASA for his outstanding contributions. After he retired from JPL in 1992, he and his wife moved to Malibu.

Gunnar was dedicated to his family and his work. He is fondly remembered for his intelligence and brilliant mind. Gunnar F. Lindal is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wendy Lindal of Malibu; his son, John Lindal of La Cañada Flintridge; and his granddaughter.

 

LCPC Parent Education Bowls for Benefit on Feb. 24

Photo courtesy Maggie Mason
La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education Board includes Charlotte Miller (front row, from left), Betsy Farhat, Meg Wade, Maggie Mason and Darby Pearson. Back: Lynne Graves, Ashley Barrett, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Katie Enney, Anne Bierling, Carol Van Citters, Hillary Clayburgh and Ashley Smith.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program is announcing its annual benefit, “Keep Calm and Bowl On,” on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Bowlmor Lanes in Pasadena.
The benefit will feature a fun-filled night of good food, laughs and of course, bowling. The event will be emceed by the Rev. Chuck Osburn and comedian Ron Pearson.
The 2018 Parent Ed Benefit will include dinner, bowling, complimentary drinks, a raffle, a live auction and an online silent auction. Live auction items include a condo in Maui, house in Sedona with golf package and concert tickets. Silent auction items include sports tickets, tickets to the Autry Museum, art classes and local restaurants. Additional auction items can be donated to Hillary Clayburgh at hillarycfox@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit LCPC Parent Education.
The event is sponsored by Platinum Underwriters: Gordon and Dona Crawford, John and Melissa Schiller, Brad and Ashley Barrett, and Ezra and Marisa Callahan. Tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/parentedbenefit2018 or by calling (818) 790-6708 ext. 205.
For 39 years, LCPC’s Parent Education Program has maintained its legacy of quality education and reputable staff. Currently, the program offers 14 parent education classes per week for parents of children who are newborns through age 18. Class listings and online registration are available at lacanadapc.org/parented. Second semester starts at the end of January, although admission is rolling and free trial classes are available any time.
Call (818) 790-6708 ext. 205 for more information.

‘Ages of Oz’ Creator at Flintridge Bookstore Feb. 5

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse will welcome Gabriel Gale, creator of “Ages of Oz,” on Monday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. The book is an adaptation and expansion of the “Oz” that everyone knows and loves.
“Ages of Oz” tells the story of Glinda’s transformation from a 13-year-old student uncertain of her future to the most powerful magician in all of Oz. The series addresses social justice and the importance of independent thinking during tumultuous political times in which illusion, fear, terror, distraction and unlawful imprisonment rule.
At this after-school event, Gale talks with publicist Rene Makrinos; signs the trilogy’s first book “A Fiery Friendship”; and gives a preview of Book 2, “A Dark Descent” (releasing May 2018). Both titles are written by Lisa Fiedler and illustrated by Sebastian Giacobino.
Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

Flintridge Prep Holds Photo Event for Childhood Cancer Research

Photos courtesy Pablove Foundation
The Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show on Jan. 24 at Flintridge Prep will join
a list of those that have been held in locations, including Los Angeles,
New Orleans, New York and San Francisco.

A photography gallery exhibit created by pediatric cancer patients, called the Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery event, will be held on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Flintridge Prep Miller Theater. Photographs by pediatric cancer patients will be available for sale, with proceeds directly benefiting childhood cancer research.
The event is to raise awareness on how creativity can affect the way one may deal or cope with a difficult life-changing event. The founders and staff of Pablove Foundation (pablove.org), young photographers, and other members of the pediatric oncology community will be present for an evening of art and conversation.
This event is open to the public and guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.
The exhibit is free of charge, although donations to the Pablove Foundation to help fight childhood cancer with love are greatly appreciated. It is hoped that the photographs taken by the young artists also will be purchased. The event is organized by Flintridge Prep student Sareen Armenian as part of a Flintridge Prep Community Impact Project.
The Flintridge Prep Miller Theater is located at 4543 Crown Ave. in La Cañada Flintridge.

Nature Photographer to Share Slides at Sierra Club

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group program will feature nature photographer/writer Bonnie Lavine at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Lavine will share her experience documenting the beauty of the public lands in America, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Nepal. She will discuss a project that started as a traveling exhibition dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and expanded into a program for educating the next generation of environmental defenders.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Sierra Club chair Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181.

USC-VHH Women’s Council Bingo Fundraiser Feb. 2

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council will host a “Drag Queen Bingo” fundraiser on Friday evening, Feb. 2, at the La Cañada Thursday Club. The event, which will raise funds to benefit the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at USC-VHH, runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission is $50 per person, which includes 10 rounds of bingo, heavy hors d’oeuvers and two drink tickets. Participants will be able to win $100 gift cards during each round.
There will be a silent auction for the shoppers and photo booth for dressing in style. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information, contact Barbara.Jordan@vhh.usc.edu to RSVP.

Obituary: Adam Carmeli

Adam Carmeli

Adam Carmeli, 29, of San Diego, died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, Dec. 30. He was born in October of 1988 in Santa Monica, the son of Cynthia Gates and Israel Carmeli. He attended the La Cañada Flintridge schools and upon graduation, he went to the Marshall School of Business at USC in Los Angeles, and graduated in 2011. During his tenure at USC, he spent a semester abroad at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Adam has been employed by Expeditors International for the past six years, most recently as Air Export Manager in the San Diego office.
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Obituary: Bryan Louis Herrmann

Bryan Louis Herrmann
Dec. 19, 1935-Dec. 31, 2017

Bryan Louis Herrmann, 82, longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family at dawn on New Year’s Eve.

Bryan Louis Herrmann

Born Dec. 19, 1935, in Los Angeles to Carl and Henrietta Herrmann, he was a true and proud example of a wonderful Southern California life. He made many friendships over the years, attending schools in Glendale, Notre Dame and graduating from Hoover High School, where he loved playing football. There, he would also meet Carol Hutt, who would become his future wife and to whom he would be married for almost 60 years.
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LCPC Holds New Grief Support Seminar Jan. 14

La Cañada Presbyterian Church has announced a new, six-week grief support group to begin on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. in the church library.
Parish associate Peter Hintzoglou, who facilitates the seminar three times a year, has worked with hospice for a number of years. He writes: “Grief is not a weakness. Grief is a normal part of the human experience. There is no timing that one can set when grief will be over. Often, we don’t get over it, we learn to manage it.”
During the seminar, the class will look to such experiences as coping with loneliness, depression, anger and other subjects related to the journey of grief.
All are welcome. There is no fee for the sessions. For more information, call (626) 790-6708. LCPC is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.