LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat

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Greg Brown was La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor in 2006 when the Town Center was approved.

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council soon will be whole again. Greg Brown was appointed Tuesday to a third term; he’ll serve until March 2019, filling the unscheduled vacancy that occurred with Dave Spence’s death in May.
“I’m excited, just to keep things moving and to get some things done and hopefully not miss a beat,” Brown said Tuesday evening by phone from Utah. “Obviously, this whole situation is one that we wish hadn’t arisen. You can’t help but think of Dave; he would want things to carry on well and so we’ll do our best.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat”

LCF’s Matlin to Debut on ABC’s ‘Battle’ Tonight

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Marlee Matlin said she most enjoyed the dunk tank because it gave her “a chance to get into the pool!” She’s among the competitors in tonight’s episode of “Battle of the Network Stars,” which airs at 9 p.m. on ABC-TV.

For this role, Marlee Matlin really dug in.
Matlin, an Oscar-winning actress who lives in La Cañada Flintridge, is among the celebrities competing on the “Battle of the Network Stars” episode tonight, July 13, on ABC-TV.
A nostalgic reboot of the 1970s and ’80s pop-culture classic, each of the show’s 10 episodes brings together two teams of five celebrities apiece. The squads are divided according to the theme of show on which they starred. They “battle” each other in classic contests such as tug of war, archery, kayak relay, an obstacle course and, Matlin’s favorite, the dunk tank. Continue reading “LCF’s Matlin to Debut on ABC’s ‘Battle’ Tonight”

‘Managing the Aging Process’ at USC-VHH

Purnima Panchal and her colleagues in the geropsychiatric program at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital field so many questions about the same topics, it felt as if the community was asking for a lecture.
“It was getting to a point that I was getting so many phone calls, I figured we should have an educational series here that’s open to the community,” said Panchal, who’s in charge of community outreach for the hospital’s geriatric program. “We can have people attend different topics based on what they want to know.” Continue reading “‘Managing the Aging Process’ at USC-VHH”

Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18

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Picturesque scenes such as the archway leading into the Rose Garden at Descanso Gardens help tell a story about the region’s past, which has been documented in a film that will air at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.

Descanso Gardens is not just a pretty place.
Certainly, its natural beauty is refreshing, but Executive Director David Brown has long believed there’s much more to it. He pitched that notion to KCET-TV in mid-March — right when the station’s personnel were planning programming for their “Summer of the Environment” initiative.
The result: “Lost LA: Descanso Gardens,” an hourlong documentary that dives deep into the botanical gardens’ beauty as well as its social, political and cultural significance. It will premiere at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.
From its origins as an oak woodland to its current status as a living museum, Descanso Gardens has a compelling history to share, said Matthew Crotty, the director of production. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18”

Exchange Students Get a Sister City Welcome in LCF

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City Councilman Jonathan Curtis, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker, Daniel Fernández Multigner, Jack Applebaum, Mayor Michael Davitt, Catherine Condit, Eva Perez Prieto and City Councilman Len Pieroni display proclamations and artwork associated with La Cañada Flintridge’s first Sister City agreement with Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain.

City Council members greeted exchange students brought to La Cañada Flintridge from its first sister city, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain, at the council meeting Wednesday, July 5.
“Hopefully, you’re going to enjoy your time here. I know there are all sorts of activities planned,” LCF Mayor Michael Davitt told the first participants of a new La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association. Continue reading “Exchange Students Get a Sister City Welcome in LCF”

Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach

Joshua Rodriguez

La Cañada High School will fill another coaching void this summer following the resignation of varsity boys’ water polo coach Joshua Rodriguez on Monday. He accepted a position as an assistant water polo coach at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for him,” said LCHS Athletic Director Kristina Kalb, “and speaks volumes of his talent and abilities as a coach to be able to get hired in that position. We’re happy for him and sad for ourselves. He really changed the culture for the boys’ water polo team.”
Kalb said the vacancy has been posted online and plans on filling the position in the near future. Continue reading “Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach”

Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title

Benjamin (left) and Jonathan Ahn (right) recently won the National Kendo Championship in the boys’ junior division. The twins, who graduated from Palm Crest Elementary, train at La Cañada Kumdo Academy under the guidance of headmaster Byung Chan Ahn (center).

Two local students from the La Cañada Kumdo Academy recently placed first in the boys’ junior division of the National Kendo Championship in San Jose.
Benjamin and Jonathan Ahn, currently attending St. Francis and graduates of Palm Crest Elementary, won the prestigious tournament hosted by the All United Kendo Federation. The competition is held every three years and comparable to the National Olympic of Kendo. Continue reading “Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title”

St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney

St. Francis is a small school compared to most, and in basketball, the Golden Knights are typically underdogs against big schools; however, that didn’t stop them from an impressive showing at Maranatha High’s Summer Block Party.
Corona Centennial has more than 3,000 students, making the St. Francis student body seem like pebbles in a rock pile. Recently, the teams went head to head, and the Golden Knights pulled away with a 62-53 victory.
Head coach Todd Wolfson reflected on the win: “We had four or five guys step up. We played team basketball. They represented the school and did some good things in all facets of the game. It was a great team victory.” Continue reading “St. Francis Looks Ahead After Maranatha Tourney”

JV Songies Have the Spartan Spirit

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La Cañada High School junior varsity Songies recently held their annual camp for future Spartan cheerleaders, including Zoe Hong (front row, from left), Sofi Aslanian, Nicole Maynew and Bella Cerpa. Middle row: Sarah Bell, Alyssa Parrille, Piper Scherbert, Kiani Makata, Madeline McCann, Abby Hwang, Emily Yang, Elkin Follett and Kiyomi Makata. Back: JV Songies Lara Kang, Mariam Hanna, Ciana Smyth, Mia Ransom, Rachel Hwang, Caitlin Blencowe, Priya Shah, Asher Follett and Juliette Aslanian. The Songies taught their campers cheers and dances and performed at their last session.

LCPC Donates to Nonprofits, Funds Scholarships

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La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board members include Ashley Smith (front row, from left), Maggie Mason and Hillary Clayburgh. Back: Meg Wade, Katie Enney, Anne Bierling, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Maria Strong, Charlotte Miller and Lynne Graves.

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently donated 10% of its fundraising proceeds, $4,312 in total, to local charities Harambee Christian Family Center and Elizabeth House, the church said in a statement.
Harambee Christian Family Center emphasizes Christian education, affordable housing and employment opportunities through programs including after school programs, internships, preschool through 6th-grade education, a summer day camp and a community garden. Elizabeth House provides shelter and support to homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena. Proceeds were raised through the annual LCPC Parent Education Gala event in February and by selling “Wild Hope” ornaments.
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