Huntington Hospital Newborns Are Focus of Heart Health

Dr. Nikhil Daga, a board-certified interventional cardiologist at Huntington Hospital, is pictured with newborn Olivia, highlighting the importance of heart health, even at the first moments of life.

Huntington Hospital has collaborated with the American Heart Association to provide every baby born at the hospital with a red onesie as a symbol of heart health and encouragement for a healthy future.  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, more than all forms of cancer combined.  That means many of the women in these babies’ lives — their moms, sisters, grandmas or aunts —could be affected by heart disease.

Museique Board Adds Members

Tammy Godley and Emily Wang have been elected to Muse/ique’s board, it has been announced.
“Tammy and Emily are two dynamic women who profoundly inspire me,” said Muse/ique Artistic Director Rachael Worby. “In each of their professional lives and in their volunteer work, they are addressing vital issues of equity and access in our community. Their values are well aligned with those of Muse/ique and I know we will benefit from our collaboration with these deservedly well-respected leaders.”
Godley is a litigation partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, and handles complex business litigation disputes and specializes in entertainment litigation and advising. She serves as counsel to the major studios, networks, recording companies and music publishers, including Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Warner Music Group and more. Godley has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA. In 2012, she received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award for her representation of Warner Bros. in its highly publicized dispute with Charlie Sheen.
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LCHS Boasts 9 National Merit Finalists

All nine of the La Cañada High School students who were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists have emerged as finalists for scholarships that will be announced at the end of the school year. The LCHS finalists — who were selected from a pool of 16,000 semifinalists nationally — are (front row, from left) Michael Linde, Albert Zhai, Alex Zhao, Chris Morillo, Daniel Oh, Jenny Wang, Olivia Cwik and Jennifer Yoon. Not pictured: Sarah Bhaskaran. The group was treated to a celebratory snack of muffins and orange juice Wednesday and greeted by administrators such as Associate Principal Jim Cartnal, who told Zhao: “You’re busted.” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette continued: “Busted for being excellent.”

Tour of California Racing Through LCF May 20

The 2017 edition of cycling’s Tour of California will end in front of the Pasadena Convention Center on May 20, according to organizers.
The race’s final 77-mile stage is billed by organizers as a “quick tour of the Angeles National Forest.” It will begin at the Mountain High ski resort and descend into La Cañada Flintridge. The finish will feature a long straightaway.
The 2014 race also concluded in front of the Pasadena Convention Center.
This will be the fifth time in the race’s 12-year history that it will come to Pasadena.
The seven-stage race will also include a second stage in Los Angeles County. The race’s fifth stage on May 17 will take cyclists 100.3 miles from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita.
The seven-stage 575.9-mile race will begin May 14 with a 104-mile stage in Sacramento.
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Pasadena Symphony Plays the European Masters

Principal guest conductor Nicholas McGegan returns to lead the Pasadena Symphony at Ambassador Auditorium on Saturday, March 18, with a European tour of musical masterpieces, featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish Symphony,” inspired by the picturesque and romantic landscapes of the north and Schubert’s “Overture in the Italian Style.” Virtuoso violinist Rachel Barton Pine will transport the audience with Mozart’s Turkish Violin Concerto No. 5 with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Continue reading “Pasadena Symphony Plays the European Masters”

Hillside Physical Therapy Ribbon-Cutting

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon-cutting at Hillside Physical Therapy. Allen Minassian (holding scissors), was joined by community leaders and LCF’s Royal Court to celebrate the opening of the new practice located at 1434 Foothill Blvd., Suite D. For more information on Chamber membership or to view the Chamber of Commerce’s full listing of events, visit

United Methodist Children’s Center Father-Daughter Sock Hop

Participating in the Father-Daughter Sock Hop were Daniel and Sawyer Janhnke (kneeling, from left), and Arturo and Aaliyah Henriquez. Back: Russell and Emerson Guizado, Keira and Adrian Kizuma, Michael and Quinn Pizarro, Nolan and Moira McSparran, and Ryan and Lily McKnight.

The United Methodist Children’s Center held its first Father-Daughter Sock Hop. The attendees decorated cupcakes, danced to ’50s classics, and indulged in root beer floats and popcorn. This was a memorable event for both fathers and daughters. All attendees went home with a souvenir Polaroid and a decorated album frame. This is the second major fundraiser where all proceeds are allocated to the artificial grass fund.
The school is in the middle of installation, with a projected completion date of early March.

Devil’s Gate Wrestling Opens Spring Sign-Ups

Devil’s Gate Wrestling Club is opening its spring session sign-ups this Friday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m., and invites all to learn the fundamentals of wrestling, prepare for high school competition and participate in club tournaments.
There will be more information and sign-ups held at La Cañada High School South Gym Wrestling Room at the evening session. The spring session starts March 6 and is open to boys and girls of all abilities, grades 4-12.
Wrestling combines the camaraderie of a team sport with the focus and discipline of individual competition. The Devil’s Gate club teaches that the wrestling mat is a great way to build self-reliance and confidence, with a path to success for kids of all backgrounds and sizes.
For more information, email or call (626) 827-7375.

PTA Home Tour to Feature Tudor, Ranch Houses on April 28

La Cañada High School 7-12 PTA Home Tours will take place Friday, April 28, featuring four beautiful homes. The homes range in style from a historic Tudor to a contemporary ranch, and will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
The 2017 Home Tour Committee includes Karen Levin (front row, from left), Karyn Perez, Tanya Pereira, Kristine Ragusa, Apala Parikh, Christine Chant and Ellen Portantino. Middle row: Sue Auther, Lee Chumo, Leanne Forshager, Mindy DiPaolo, Tamar Tujian, Christie Clarkson, Lisa Dick, Donna Burdick, Maral Chatoyan and Pam Heiberg. Back: Sharon Grey, Frances Delgatty, Jennifer Ferry, Kelly Chamberlain, Jenny Stern. Not pictured: Marwa Moustafa, Stephanie Wiley, Laila Stroben, Betsy Asher Hall, Sheryl Madonna, Katie Norton, Jill Chapman, Leslie Kevorkian, Natalie Kouyoumdjian, Jennifer Fox, Lisa Macho and Heather Ehrhart.

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St. Bede Hosts Archdiocesan ICF Installation

Pictured are (from left) ICF Grand President Leonard Zosowski, from Bakersfield; L.A. Regional Vice President Al Restivo, who served as event chairman; and state Sen. Anthony Portantino, who is an active member of Branch 374 at St. Bede.

Officers and members from 20 branches of the Italian Catholic Federation organization throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered for a special Mass and Installation of Officers at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church in La Cañada Flintridge recently.
About 150 ICF members throughout Los Angeles, San Gabriel, San Fernando and Santa Barbara/Ventura regions participated. The Los Angeles Archdiocese District Council, led by Patricia Mages, is comprised of four regions. The Installation was followed by a special luncheon held in the Parish Hall. St. Bede’s Msgr. Antonio Cacciapuoti, who is archdiocesan director of the organization, celebrated the Mass and participated in the installation.
ICF is a charitable organization based in Oakland, with branches in California, Arizona and Chicago.