East Meets West Sponsors Parenting Conference

“Parental Self-Care: How Taking Care of Yourself Benefits Your Family” was the topic discussed at a recent parenting conference sponsored by the East Meets West Parent Education Club at Crowell Library. The featured speaker was Professor Marla Brassard, who is director of the School of Psychology at Columbia University. Brassard presented the results of ongoing research into the ability of parents to promote their own strength and well-being in order to be able to continue their job of positive parenting.

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Tina Wong, Flora Wang, Grace Jeong, Caroline Elliott, Jennifer Lu, Ivy Sun, Mary Brassard, guest speaker Marla Brassard, and Annie and Paul Brassard

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Swirlz Soft Serve Holds Grand Opening

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Swirlz owner Sepherteen Jew (second from left) stands with daughters Rioghnach, Saerlaith and Caislin Dunn.

Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor held its grand opening recently, and a steady crowd streamed through the doors to sample the organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt for 20% off. Through the month of March, there is a 10% discount off the entire food purchase and a special of a $25 gift card for $20.
Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor is a local family-owned frozen dessert parlor featuring organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt, vegan coconut milk, Dole Whip, gelato and custard, with more than 60 toppings to customize the treat. It is located at 2136 Huntington Drive.

Children’s Hospital NICCU Families to Reunite at Kidspace

A butterfly-themed celebration on Sunday, April 2, will reunite hundreds of patients and their families with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit at Kidspace Children’s Museum for an evening filled with play, fun and laughter.
These children, affectionately called NICCU “graduates,” all spent crucial days, weeks and months in CHLA’s intensive care unit specially designed to meet the needs of critically ill infants. About 800 patients, parents and loved ones will get an opportunity to reunite and celebrate with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during these vital early moments of life.
To commemorate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace have partnered to host the reunion.
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San Marino ‘Arts Rock!’ Showcases April 1

The San Marino Unified School District will host its annual “Arts Rock!” celebration, a festival to showcase the K-12 arts programs, on April 1, from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the high school.
Festival participants are invited to sing, dance, act, draw,and play at various activities, including: Tie dye, tutu-making, comedy sports, storytelling, karaoke, face-painting, henna tattoos, jewelry-making, an instrument petting zoo, mural painting, ceramics and a painting workshop.
The community can wander through the K-12 art exhibit and watch the talented student showcases by dance, drama, instrumental music and choral music, which happen on the outdoor stage. Three food trucks and desserts at the Musical Theater Soda Shop will be available. Student-made arts and crafts at the craft store will be available for purchase.
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., SMUSD choir, dance, drama and instrumental music will close the event with performances in the Neher Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Obituary: Carmita Louise Frost

Carmita L. Frost

Carmita Louise Frost, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on March 20. Carmita, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Hollywood Beach, was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children Terry L. Pizzo (Rand Ketchpaw), Michael E. (Anita) Frost and Denise L. (Tim) Fejtek, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carmita was an avid equestrian and a founding member of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council, established in 1974. She also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
After relocating to Hollywood Beach in 1985, she became an active member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated, where she held many positions on the board.
Carmita loved her home at the beach and the sand on her feet. One of her greatest pastimes was riding her horse, Zoe, through the trails of Ojai. She was also a dedicated yogini, and practiced for more than 25 years. Additionally, Carmita had an appreciation for music and enjoyed attending civic events. She loved her family, friends and animals dearly. Carmita will be greatly missed by all.
Her memorial service will be held at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, on March 26 at 1 p.m.

Dignity Health Honors Winner of Kindness Challenge

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Claire Davis of Rosemont Middle School (second from right) was recently honored with the Great Kindness Challenge Video Competition award. The competition is sponsored by Dignity Health — Glendale Memorial Hospital. From left are Tri Fritz, philanthropy manager, Glendale Memorial Hospital; Cynthia Livingston, principal, Rosemont Middle School; Jack Ivie, president, Glendale Memorial Hospital; Davis; and Marie Filipian, community relations manager, Glendale Memorial Hospital. Officials from Glendale Memorial presented Rosemont Middle School with a $500 award. Additionally, Davis received a commendation from Glendale City Mayor Paula Devine and an award certificate from the hospital.

‘Planet Earth: Caves’ at Caltech on April 1

“Planet Earth: Caves” will be presented on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturdays series.
The film, which is recommended for ages 8 and older, ventures into the underground world of perpetual darkness and the unknown while exploring caves, tunnels and caverns. The shadowy interiors of these natural structures are a breeding ground for bizarre and remarkable wildlife.
Erika Hamden, a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets to this performance are $10 (unreserved seating) and can be purchased at the Caltech ticket office, 101 Winnett Center on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
Beckman Auditorium is located on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena. For information, call (626) 395-4652.

Profectum Foundation’s Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Conference

Profectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend its fifth International Conference, March 31 and April 1, at the Huntington Library in San Marino. “Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment,” is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

The Villa Esperanza team, including (from left) Ariel Hegedus; Casey Gregg, vice president; Gwendolyn Eberhard, speech director; Kelly White, CEO; and Michelle Cox, director of development, were among those who attended last year’s Profectum Foundation conference.

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Portantino Visits LCHS, Encourages Participation

State Sen. Anthony Portantino recently visited the ASB class at La Cañada High School, encouraging students to attend school board meetings, to call their local representatives and to take on leadership roles themselves. “He answered lots of questions from the audience, which was spellbound and appreciated his accessibility, honesty and camaraderie,” said Marian Price in an email. The ASB director had her students write an essay about what they learned from the exchange.
Portantino, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, was formerly the city mayor and served as a state assemblyman before being elected in November to serve as senator for the California’s 25th District.

DAR Presents Good Citizen Awards

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DAR Good Citizen chair Barbara Rogers (third from right) presented five local students with the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award. From left, member Lynn Thompson; Lilliana Avaniss-Aghajani, La Cañada High School; Nia Harris, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Chapter Regent Caroline Craven; Christian Yeghnazar, Flintridge Prep; Rogers; Sebouh Oshagan, Crescenta Valley High School; and Lina Petrossian, Clark Magnet High School.

The Don José Verdugo Chapter of the Daughters of the America Revolution honored five local high school students recently with the organization’s prestigious Good Citizens Award. Students were selected by their respective schools for their outstanding qualities of service, leadership, dependability and patriotism.
Good Citizens chair Barbara Rogers introduced the students at a luncheon held in their honor and presented them with a DAR award certificate, a Good Citizen lapel pin, a copy of the U.S. Constitution and a monetary award.
During the presentation, students introduced their parents and a school representative in attendance and spoke about their future plans and where they hope to attend college.
To learn more, visit dar.org or contact the Don José Verdugo Chapter at (818) 249-5472.