ALF Opens 2017 Hillgren Scholarship Applications

The Assistance League of Flintridge said it is now accepting applications for the Mary Ellen Hillgren Memorial Scholarship. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to La Cañada High School seniors who will be attending a four-year college or university in the fall.
The applications are available on the ALF website at: ALFlintridge.org.
In addition to the application, students are asked to submit an unofficial transcript and a 300-word essay describing how their activities outside of school have helped build their character. The deadline for submitting applications is April 3. The scholarships will be presented at the Senior Awards Ceremony at La Cañada High School.
The scholarship was established in 1995 to honor Hillgren, who served as president of ALF as well as two years as president of National Assistance League. Hillgren was an advocate for the public school system and wanted to encourage students who demonstrated exceptional interest in extracurricular activities and community service, as well as academic achievement.
Applications must be returned to Hillgren Scholarship Committee, Assistance League of Flintridge, at 4607 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada, CA 91011.
For more information, contact Margot Simpson at (818) 790-1328.

Garcetti Makes Appearance

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) was hosted by Sir Michael’s Party Rentals owner Michael Nogueira and his wife Eugenie at their home for a special campaign event in preparation for the upcoming mayoral election. Garcetti was recently endorsed by President Barack Obama, who said “Eric is my friend, loyal ally and visionary mayor of Los Angeles.”

Lanterman House to Host Ragtime Tea Dance March 12

Couples wear old-fashioned dress at a past Ragtime Tea Dance.

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will host its annual Ragtime Tea Dance on March 12 from 12-5 p.m. in the Lanterman House Ballroom, featuring musicians Ian Whitcomb, Sheila-Murphy Nelson and more.
The dance class, taught by Regina Whitcomb and Christopher Miller, will be held from noon-1 p.m. The dancing and tea will take place from 1-5 p.m. A full afternoon tea will be provided by the Locke Noble Tea Co.
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Obituary: Bruce Phillip Graham

Sept. 21, 1952-Jan. 20, 2017

It is with tremendous grief, tempered by compassion and understanding, that we share news of the passing of our father, brother, uncle and friend, Bruce Phillip Graham. On Jan. 20, 2017, after a two-year battle to recover from traumatic injuries sustained in a ladder fall at his home, enduring severe, unrelenting and ultimately unbearable pain, Bruce made the agonizing and tragic decision to end his ordeal. For a more detailed explanation of Bruce’s accident and its consequences, this column tells his story: https://goo.gl/g0BcUK.
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Officials Address Leadership Pasadena; Applications Open

Mayor Terry Tornek opened the Leadership Pasadena government education session recently, expressing gratitude to the participants and urging them to listen and learn, saying “Be grateful for the opportunity to serve and to make a difference.”

Enrique Robles (center), field representative for Congresswoman Judy Chu, and attorney Michele Beal Bagneris (fourth from left) celebrate with Leadership Pasadena’s class of 2017.

Seated in City Council Chambers for the day, LP participants discussed a wide range of issues facing the city and region, with Councilmember Andy Wilson (LP alumnus); City Manager Steve Mermell; City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris; Assemblyman Chris Holden’s District Director Kayleen Maya-Aviles (LP alumna); Enrique Robles, deputy district director for Congresswoman Judy Chu and Dominick Correy, district representative for state Sen. Anthony Portantino. Continue reading “Officials Address Leadership Pasadena; Applications Open”

WWII Vet to Speak at Crowell Library Feb. 27

Jeff Arnett

A World War II veteran will speak about his service at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at Crowell Public Library on behalf of the San Marino Historical Society.
Veteran Jeff Arnett, 92, will talk about his service in Asia during the war, including a three-week flight from the U.S. to India, his service in Burma (now Myanmar) and China and crossing the infamous and dangerous “Hump,” a name given by Allied pilots to the eastern end of the Himalayan mountains over which they flew military transport aircraft to aid Chinese forces.
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Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21

Tim Sloan

Longtime local resident Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo’s CEO and president, will be the featured speaker at San Marino City Club’s Feb. 21 dinner meeting, it has been announced.

Sloan became CEO in October 2016 and also serves on Wells Fargo’s Board of Directors as well as being a member of the company’s operating and management committees.
“Mr. Sloan is uniquely situated to discuss the meeting’s topic: ‘A CEO Perspective on the Financial Services Industry,’” a City Club spokesperson said. “His experience in all aspects of banking, both wholesale and retail, will provide insights into broader financial and economic issues.” Continue reading “Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21”

Kidspace Hits the Jackpot

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
Chris and Jennifer Allen and Michele and Brett Canon were among the guests who attended the Kidspace Circle of Friends 37th annual benefit, themed “Vegas Baby,” to support Kidspace Children’s Museum. Approximately 400 Vegas-clad guests attended the affair, which included dinner, dancing and a silent and live auction. The benefit committee recognized co-chairs Ellie Richardson and Kate Kohorst, as well as President Tricia Nur, with a “huge thank you” for the successful night.

LCHS Music to Celebrate Show, Fundraiser Feb. 25

The La Cañada Music Parents Association is inviting the community for a festive evening of music, food, auctions and raffles on Feb. 25 to support La Cañada High School music programs.


LCHS 7-12 instrumental music and color guard groups will be a part of the 18th annual Dinner Show and Fundraiser at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club from 5:30-8:45 p.m.

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Valentine Prepares for ‘Sweet Magnolia Nights’

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School
Members of Valentine Elementary School’s 2017 Parent Party Committee recently met to plan the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. Volunteers include (front row, from left) Stefanie Killackey, Francesca Gill, Parent Party co-chairs Shannon Snaer and Stephanie Giardina, Valentine PTA President Helen Phan and Ellen Tsang. Back: Laura Repstad, Shawna Phelan, Danica Hughes, Michelle Esbenshade, Anna-Marie Grizzell, Carla Repetto, Renita Lin, Amanda Tracey, Vivian Wong, Cathy Yang, Jessica Zhang, Kathy Chow, Celina Duffy, Joelle Grossi and Debbie Merryman. Not pictured: Sarah Kim, Sarah Rome, Kate Sinclair and Daphne Stewart. Funds raised by the Parent Party go directly toward the salaries of school specialists in art, music, computer, library and science. Other areas funded by Parent Party proceeds include new library books and upgrades to school facilities and technology. This year’s event, “Sweet Magnolia Nights,” will be held on Saturday, April 8, starting at 6 p.m. to kick off the Parent Party fundraising, a Girls’ Night In will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, at a private residence.