Cancer Support Community Angel Gala

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Michael Healy, the board president of Cancer Support Community Pasadena, is joined by Angel Gala honoree Liz Rusnak Arizmendi of Rusnak Auto Group during CSCP’s 25th annual gala, which was one of the most successful fundraisers in the organization’s history.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
Michael Healy, the board president of Cancer Support Community Pasadena, is joined by Angel Gala honoree Liz Rusnak Arizmendi of Rusnak Auto Group during CSCP’s 25th annual gala, which was one of the most successful fundraisers in the organization’s history.

Villa Esperanza’s Blue & White is May 20

Photos courtesy Villa Esperanza Services Blue & White Committee members preparing for Villa Esperanza’s May 20 fundraiser include (from left) Maryann Seduski, Dr. Lori Levi, Jenny Seto, Janet Louie, Jeri Wright, Annissa Deshpande, Marcie Robinson and Melissa Wu.
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Blue & White Committee members preparing for Villa Esperanza’s May 20 fundraiser include (from left) Maryann Seduski, Dr. Lori Levi, Jenny Seto, Janet Louie, Jeri Wright, Annissa Deshpande, Marcie Robinson and Melissa Wu.

Villa Esperanza Services Blue & White fundraiser, “Leave an Impression,” takes place Saturday, May 20, at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Villa will recognize Lisa and Tim Sloan with Villa’s Guardian Angel Award for the tremendous impact they are making in the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both honorees have supported Villa for many years as donors and Lisa as a committee member and current board member.
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Bacari GDL Brings Italian ‘Cicchetti’ to the Americana at Brand

Robert and Danny Kronfli and executive chef/owner Lior Hillel have opened their third outpost of the Venetian tavern concept, Bacari GDL, joining Bacaro L.A. in Los Angeles and Bacari PDR in Playa Del Rey. Located at the Americana at Brand, Caruso’s shopping, dining and lifestyle destination in Glendale, the Italian-inspired restaurant focuses on fire-roasted dishes made in a wood-burning stone oven, and it incorporates Mediterranean influences from executive chef Lior Hillel’s Israeli heritage.

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Robert (left) and Daniel Kronfli (right) recently opened Bacari GDL with executive chef and owner Lior Hillel.

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Junior Women’s Club Holds Free Eye Screenings at Local Preschools

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold free eye screenings for amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” at local preschools this April.
About 3% of children have some form of this condition. It is not an eye disease and is fully curable if detected early. Amblyopia is when the vision in one eye does not develop properly. Standard eye tests for 3- and 4-year-olds do not test for this condition, which is one reason these eye screenings are so important. The good news is that amblyopia is curable until approximately age 6. After that age, the child’s brain learns to ignore the blurry image from the weaker eye and amblyopia becomes almost impossible to reverse.

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club members include (from back, left) co-chair Stephanie Ryan, Christy Ferguson, Gayle Hagegard, Georgina Mueller, Karen King, Libby Shiner, Maria Strong, Laura Ploude and co-chair Kyle Grimes. In front are Lincoln Rowan and Derek Grimes.

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Obituary: Patricia Fulham McKellar

Aug. 29, 1926-Feb. 17, 2017

Patricia Fulham McKellar passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 17 in Claremont. She was born in 1926 in San Francisco to Harvey and Lelia Parr. Her childhood was spent mainly in Glendale after a short stay in Long Beach. Her sister Susan was born in 1932.
Patricia graduated from Hoover High School and entered her beloved USC in 1944. She was an active member of Delta Gamma sorority and remained close with a group of cherished college friends known as the “Bridge Club.” During her high school-college years, she worked three summers at Curry Village in Yosemite, which was a lifelong happy memory.
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Leadership Pasadena to Help Law Enforcement, Special Needs Interaction

Capt. Tim Sell, Chief Bertral Washington, Cindy Bengtson and Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza director of development, will attend the Leadership Pasadena event on Apri 24.

Leadership Pasadena, in partnership with Villa Esperanza Services, Ability First and Professional Child Development Associates, is presenting a free 90-minute seminar for families, caregivers or staff caring for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) on how to work with law enforcement and first responders.
The event is Monday, April 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave.
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Fashion Designer to Speak at Junior League Event

Trina Turk

The Junior League of Pasadena will hold its annual Simply Speaking silent auction and dinner on Saturday, April 29, at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League of Pasadena’s community outreach initiatives and charitable efforts in Pasadena and the surrounding communities.
This year’s event features a keynote speech by Trina Turk, a local fashion designer known throughout the country for her bold and California-inspired line of contemporary apparel, shoes and accessories.
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LCF Gathers for USC San Gabriel Valley Reception

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Rohit Varma, dean of the Keck School of Medicine; Thomas Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, and Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH were on hand for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception last week.

Members of La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities recently gathered at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception.
The San Gabriel Valley Reception (one of five regional gatherings) was created to engage alumni, parents, grateful patients and friends, while introducing the new Keck leadership and highlighting the exciting academic medical research, teaching and patient care taking place at Keck Medicine of USC.
Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH, hosted the event, welcoming all the attendees, including Mary Hovagimian, district representative for Congressman Adam Schiff.
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Thursday Club Celebrates 65 Years of Debutantes

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The 2017 provisionals include Sydney Lew, Grace Marchosky, Megan Gmelich, Lauren Gilmore, Reagan Meyer and Eleana Melehani.

At the Thursday Club tea earlier this month, members celebrated 65 years of their Les Fleurettes Debutante Program.
The afternoon started with a history and slideshow of the many years of debutantes, pointing out the program’s changes (especially in the styles of gowns and hair!) and lasting similarities. The Thursday Club debutante program is a tradition-based program put on by the members of the club. However, the debutante committee strives to keep it relevant and current. New personal development classes include social media etiquette and downsides, along with personal safety instructions at home and away at college.

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St. Francis Dam Disaster to Be Relived at Camellia Society Meeting

Paul Rippens

How many people know that the second highest death toll in California history occurred right here in their own backyard when the St. Francis Dam in nearby San Francisquito Canyon collapsed? In 1928, when the dam failed and flood waters came rampaging down the canyon, an estimated 431 people lost their lives — second in total lives lost only to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Paul Rippen, retired L.A. County Chief Forester, author and local historian, will be bringing his own perspective to this little-remembered catastrophe at the final meeting of the Pacific Camellia Society on Thursday evening, April 6, in Descanso Gardens.
The meeting, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m., will also include a PowerPoint presentation about camellias by Bradford King, current editor of the National Camellia Society’s magazine.
The public is invited. Membership in the Society is not required to attend.