Pops Concert Sept. 22 Benefits LCHS Choral Scholarships

La Cañada Flintridge’s award-winning choral music program kicks off the year on a fun note with the annual Pops Scholarship Concert on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the La Cañada High School Auditorium.
The pops format is made up of a series of solo and small group performances, giving students an opportunity to leave their gowns and suits behind to perform their favorite pop songs. Last year, the playlist included songs by Elton John, Jason Mraz, the Chainsmokers, Sara Bareilles and Rachel Platten. Jeff Brookey, the LCHS choral director, will conduct.
The concert raises money for the Choral Music Scholarship Program, helping students defray the costs of international and domestic tours and competitions. Admission is $10 at the door.
The LCHS choral program is nationally recognized for teaching proper technique, choral performance and musicianship. Throughout the year, students study and perform a wide range of choral music from different eras and cultures. More information on the program can be found at lchschoral.org.

LCHS Boasts 10 National Merit Semifinalists

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Arjun Aron, Blake Northrop, Veronica Backer-Peral, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk, Yiyin Hu, Cora Wu and Erica Lee are among the 10 La Cañada High School seniors who remain in the running to earn National Merit Scholarships next spring. Not pictured: Christos Menemenlis and Harrison Min.

Ten La Cañada High School seniors are among the 16,000 semifinalists — less than 1% of all high school seniors nationwide — in this year’s 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the organization announced this week.
LCHS’ talented students continuing in the competition for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships next spring include Arjun Aron, Veronica Backer-Peral, Yiyin Hu, Erica Lee, Christos Menemenlis, Harrison Min, Blake Northrop, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk and Cora Wu.
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Cabrini Literary Guild Celebrates With Tea

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Local Cabrini Literary Guild members Connie Alamdari, Monica Sierra, Heather Ghermezian, Jane MacIver, Ann Herrmann and Patty Szot enjoyed the Guild’s annual membership tea — “Tea at Tiffany’s” — last Saturday at St. Bede the Venerable Church. Members and their guests were treated to an English high tea. The Cabrini Literary Guild, founded in 1943, offers annual writing awards scholarships to area Catholic high school students and financial support to several local nonprofit organizations.

LCF Classmates Return for 65th Reunion

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In town for the John Muir High School Class of 1952 65th reunion, friends reunite at the home of Anne Busch Hills to reminisce about their time growing up in La Cañada Flintridge. In the mid-1940s, the only public school in town was La Cañada Elementary School, where the classmates attended. Four of the attendees (Anne Busch Hills, Claire Smith Dossier, John Cooley and Ron Lane) rode horses with the California Rangers, Junior Division, and would meet at Flintridge Riding Club on Friday evenings to improve their horsemanship, practice drill formations on horseback and compete with other Ranger Groups. Everyone enjoyed dinner and reminisced about old friendships and LCF as they remembered it.

La Cañada Junior Women’s Club Seeks New Members

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The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club is seeking new members who share a passion for fun, philanthropy and fundraising. Pictured above are club President Marikay Cuthill, Executive Vice President Tracey Nelson and Brenda Gant, immediate past president.

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club is looking for new members with a passion for fun, philanthropy and fundraising.
The club recently hosted two events for prospective members. Guests who wanted to learn more about Juniors attended the club’s wine and cheese event and “coffee-klatch” to mingle with current members. The gatherings were held at the home of Georgina Mueller of La Cañada Flintridge.
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Deadline Extended on Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal Comments

The deadline to submit comments regarding the recirculated portion of L.A. County’s Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal and Management Project plan was extended until Monday, Sept. 18.
Written comments — including “Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project” in the subject line — mailed, emailed (reservoircleanouts@dpw.lacounty.gov) or faxed (626-979-8436) to L.A. County Public Works by the deadline will be included in the official Response to Comments Log that will be attached to the Recirculated Portions of the Final EIR.
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Friedman, Business Leaders to Gather in LCF for Town Hall

Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and a panel of business and policy leaders will discuss the strengths, challenges, and ever-changing opportunities for businesses in California as well as how the state’s ideological and economic goals can be better aligned.
“The State of Business in California” will take place Friday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Flintridge Prep, 4543 Crown Ave.
As the world’s sixth largest economy, California enjoys the nation’s most diverse and complex business environment. Although this complexity allows for a multitude of opportunities, it can also become prohibitive to business owners. RSVP to Assemblymember.Friedman@Assembly.ca.gov.

American Cancer Society Hope Gala is This Saturday

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Phyllis and Dave Crandon with Mary Bowser were among those who attended last year’s American Cancer Society Hope Gala. This year’s fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at Noor in Pasadena.

The American Cancer Society will hold its San Gabriel Valley Hope Gala, a premier fundraising event in the fight against cancer, this Saturday evening, Sept. 16. The event, to be held at Noor (300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena), begins at 5:30 p.m.
Since its inception in 2010, this event has raised more than $500,000 to benefit cancer survivors and patients as well as ongoing research and advancement.
“The San Gabriel Valley Hope Gala draws support from Pasadena and the surrounding San Gabriel Valley,” an event spokesperson said. “With your support, the American Cancer Society will continue to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We are working to finish the fight against every cancer in every community. We are the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research in the United States, investing more than $4 billion since 1946. Thanks in part to our contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the U.S. in the past two decades. Now, that is a reason to celebrate, so please join us.”
For ticket information, call (626) 564-6078 or email sgvhopegala@cancer.org.

A Gala Time at Huntington Ball

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Enjoying last Saturday night’s Huntington Ball were (front row, from left) Paul Haaga, Laura Olhasso and Tyler Parker. Back: Heather Haaga, Bill Olhasso and Blythe Haaga Parker. The ball was held under the stars at the Huntington Library and celebrated the library’s unparalleled private collection of books, manuscripts and photographs.