Ribbon-Cutting Opens Credit Union

The recent opening of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new lending branch at Foothill Boulevard and Commonwealth. Attendees included (front row, from left) Pat Anderson, City Manager Mark Alexander, Mayor Jonathan Curtis, CEFCU CIO John Barnfather, CEFCU Board of Directors chair John Patterson, CEFCU President/CEO Rich Harris and CEO board member Mike Miranda.

LC Teachers Association Opens Senior Scholarships

The La Cañada Teachers Association is now accepting applications for eight different scholarships it sponsors, with applications available to seniors electronically via the “Scholarship List” on the Naviance website and in hardcopy from the visual and performing arts teachers and from the school librarian.
The scholarships for visual artists include the Jeanne Maus Memorial Scholarship and the Fred Stuhr Memorial Scholarship, which were established in honor of the memory of Jeanne Maus and Fred Stuhr and their artistic accomplishments. Applicants for each of these scholarships must be planning to continue an involvement in art.
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Online Tickets For ‘Explore JPL’

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge is again using an online ticketing system for the public to sign up to attend this year’s “Explore JPL.” During the event, JPL will open its doors to the public for one weekend. To ensure a safe, enjoyable experience, advance tickets are required.
Tickets are free but limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of five tickets per purchaser. No one will be admitted without a ticket. Visitors to JPL during the event — to be held May 20 and 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — must have their tickets in hand, and anyone age 18 or older must show a matching ID. Tickets are not transferable and cannot be sold.
Tickets will be sold for specific time slots and will be available online at 9 a.m. PST on Saturday, March 11, at: explore.jpl.nasa.gov. The site also has additional information.
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PCO, Bassist Join for Rare String Bass Concert

The Pasadena Community Orchestra and studio bassist Connie Deeter will present a rare string bass concert on Friday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. They will play Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and the delightful “Symphony #8,” plus Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite” and the Pichl “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.”
Deeter has performed on about 40 film and TV scores, performs with several Southern California symphonies, and is on the faculties of three local colleges. She will demonstrate her technical skills in the “Concerto No. 1 for Bass.” Bright and fresh music shows why the bass should be a featured soloist far more often.
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CFV to Host Talk on Making a Difference in the Community

How the new political landscape may affect the ability to make a difference in the community will be addressed at a free presentation by political strategist Dan Schnur on Thursday, March 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 W. Mountain St., in Glendale. The event will be hosted by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos.

Dan Schnur

Check-in and light refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. RSVPs are requested by calling (818) 241-8040 or emailing info@cfverdugos.org. Individuals, families, businesses and community groups are all welcome to attend.
Schnur’s knowledge of the political world, as well as his experience with foundations and community issues, will provide a platform from which community members can continue to explore how best to leverage skills and resources to help create greater impact for good.
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Obituary: Marjorie Jean Cameron

June 3, 1923 – Feb. 7, 2017

Marjorie Cameron

Marjorie Cameron was a longtime resident of La Crescenta. A beautiful person and loving mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and daughter, Linda. She is survived by her daughter Susan Cameron Kelley, her son James Cameron, a son Steven Cameron, five grandchildren, one great-grandson, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
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LCF Sister Cities Group Seeks Hosts, Travelers

The La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association is looking for high school students interested in an opportunity to travel internationally and represent their city this summer.

Photo courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association
Representatives who attended last year’s Youth Leadership Summit included (from left) Flintridge Prep’s Courtney Johnson, La Cañada High School’s Luke Stefan, LCHS’ Kelly Steele, St. Francis’ Lenny Pieroni, LCHS’ Naomi Stephen and St. Francis’ Amr Eissa.

The association is accepting applications for student ambassadors to travel to Spain, as well as families to host eight Spanish students who will be staying in LCF.
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Parcel Tax Exemption Open; Oversight Help Sought

La Cañada Unified School District residents wishing to submit a senior citizen or contiguous parcel exemption form for the 2017 tax year may do so until June 30.
Parcel tax exemption forms are available from the District’s Fiscal Services Office located at 4490 Cornishon Ave., or may be downloaded from the district’s website lcusd.net.
Residents who previously submitted a senior citizen or contiguous parcel exemption form do not need to reapply for the exemption. Those forms, unless the property owner’s circumstances have changed, are good for all years the parcel tax is in effect. Residents 65 years or older can apply for tax exemption.
The district is also updating membership on the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee.
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DAR Hosts Annual Awards Breakfast

The Women’s City Club in Pasadena was the setting for the recent Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter annual awards breakfast. The prestigious DAR History Award was presented to Ian Ruskin, who stars in the one-man play and 2016 film documentary “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine” about the man whose pamphlet “Common Sense” helped convince early Americans to revolt against the British monarchy and create a new nation.

Daughters of the American Revolution Martin Severance Chapter Regent Phyllis Lynes with (from left) Good Citizen Award winners Charisma Marines, Marshall Fundamental High School; Audrey Cameron, Blair High School; Michael Francis Grumble, St. Monica Academy; Rosa Run Mi Llanto, Pasadena High School; Jillian Kislow, Alverno Heights Academy; Melissa Rocha, John Muir High School; and Martin Severance Chapter Good Citizens chair Mary Lou Langedyke.

Several high school seniors were presented with Good Citizen Awards for demonstrating dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in 2016, selected by faculty and staff at their respective schools. One elementary school student was presented with the American History Essay Contest Award for her 2016 essay with the theme “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.”

Las Madrinas Gives Gift to CHLA

Bonnie McClure (center), chair of the Associates and Affiliates at CHLA receives a donation from Lisa Brandt (left), incoming Las Madrinas president, and Marcie Newby, outgoing Las Madrinas president.

At its recent annual meeting, Marcie Newby, president of Las Madrinas, presented Bonnie McClure, chairwoman of the Associates and Affiliates of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles a major contribution to complete the $5 million Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory Endowment at CHLA on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas. Newby went on to announce the newest project for Las Madrinas: the $5 million Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program, under the direction of Dr. Douglas Nordli Jr., chief of neurology at CHLA.
At this meeting, three Las Madrinas members were honored for their extraordinary generosity to the organization. They are Katrina Cord, Lynn Croft and Kristi Simmons. Their names will be added to the Las Madrinas Plaque displayed in the lobby of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, which recognizes the dedication and exceptional commitment of Las Madrinas members to the hospital.