Ice House Comedy Benefits Once Upon a Room Feb. 11

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Ron Pearson will star in a benefit comedy show promoted by his daughter, Reagan Meyers.

It’s not every night that a good laugh goes to benefit a good cause, and it might never happen again for someone 16 or 17 years old — at least until that person is old enough to vote and get into comedy clubs.
On Sunday, Feb. 11 only, the Ice House comedy club in Pasadena will lower its age requirement to 16, meaning high school juniors and seniors can come enjoy renowned comedians Maz Jobrani, David Koechner, Anthony Griffith and La Cañada Flintridge resident Ron Pearson as they perform in a show called, “Jokes for Joy.” The event will raise money for Once Upon a Room, which decorates children’s hospital rooms to make the space more comfortable.
The entirety of the night’s proceeds will go to the nonprofit, said event organizer Reagan Meyers, a La Cañada High School senior whose father will be among the comedians performing and whose devotion to Once Upon a Room stems from her personal experience as a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading “Ice House Comedy Benefits Once Upon a Room Feb. 11”

Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars

Neighborhood Watch signs indicate residents on that block have agreed to look out for one another, including watching out for suspicious activity.

Twice last week and four times this week, Deputy Eric Matejka was scheduled to initiate a group of neighbors into the Neighborhood Watch program — of which there are now 35 active groups in La Cañada Flintridge.
Neighborhood Watch is program intended to educate and unite residents in an effort to prevent crime. Continue reading “Neighborhood Watch: How to Win Friends and Influence Burglars”

LCHS Freshman Sings Big With UK Hit Song

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After her single, “Waiting,” reached No. 5 on the club charts in the United Kingdom, La Cañada High School freshman Peyton Shayler will begin a three-week U.K. tour in March.

India Dupre immediately recognized a spark when she started giving vocal lessons to Peyton Shayler. The two wrote songs together in Peyton’s family guest house using a lucky pen and material from the girl’s life.
“Even when she was just little, 11 years old, I thought she could be the next Britney Spears, because there’s just something about her,” said Dupre, a well-regarded voice instructor in La Cañada Flintridge. “And it looks like that’s where it’s headed.”
At the time, Shayler really was focused on acting and wasn’t sure what to make of such a prediction, but her mom, Kelly, said Dupre’s encouragement made a difference. Continue reading “LCHS Freshman Sings Big With UK Hit Song”

City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek encourages residents to be observant and to call the local sheriff’s station whenever they spot something that looks suspicious.

City officials and local law enforcement personnel hear you, La Cañada Flintridge, and they’re on the case. That was the message at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, much of which was dedicated to sharing various tactics being used to combat a recent uptick in crime.
Echoing the concerns of many in the community, Amy Bernhard told council members that after living in LCF for 17 years, recent crimes — including a pair of home invasions in December — have made her feel unsafe in the city for the first time. She said she found herself setting the alarm during the day when she was home. Continue reading “City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics”

‘Significant’ Arrests Could Be Tied to Local Break-Ins

Temple Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested four males who authorities believe could be responsible for several residential burglaries along the 210 Freeway corridor and within the San Gabriel Valley and Foothill areas, according to a news release from the Major Crimes Bureau-Metro Detail.
“A significant arrest was made the other night of a residential burglary crew,” Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said in an email. “It’s unknown if they’re the same ones who have been hitting [La Cañada Flintridge], but I’m hoping it puts a serious dent in any future crimes.” Continue reading “‘Significant’ Arrests Could Be Tied to Local Break-Ins”

LCUSD Hears Finance Plan, Agrees to Tackle Project Priority List

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Superintendent Wendy Sinnette jots down ideas related to the purpose of learning spaces during a public brainstorming session at Monday’s La Cañada Unified School District study session about the recently passed $149 million school bond.

The La Cañada Unified School District seems primed to first tackle the topics of safety, security and sewers with some of the $149 million stemming from Measure LCF, the bond approved overwhelmingly by voters in November.
In a study session Monday, board members listened to a municipal market update and finance plan from Adam Bauer, president of Fieldman, Rolapp and Associates. He said current interest rates are favorable, but that board members shouldn’t feel rushed to act.
“There are times when I’m at this podium saying, ‘Move and move quickly,’” he said. “That’s not what I’m saying here. It would be prudent to move if you know what your projects are and you’re ready to do it, but this isn’t one of those situations where I’m saying ‘You have a once-in-a-three-year opportunity, don’t let it go.’ I say take your time and do what you need to do and it’s not going to be a dramatic impact.” Continue reading “LCUSD Hears Finance Plan, Agrees to Tackle Project Priority List”

LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’

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Ellie Wildermuth lost her home to a fire in 2009, an experience that led her to write a how-to guide for dealing with life’s unexpected challenges. “Prepare: Life Goes On!” is available at Flintridge Bookstore.

The Red Flag Warning issued earlier this week cautioning L.A. County residents about fire danger related to gusty Santa Ana Winds and warm, dry conditions is the type of warning that comes regularly lately.
It’s the type of alert that should serve as reminder to everyone to get prepared, said La Cañada Flintridge resident Ellie Wildermuth, who’s written a book on prepping for many of life’s challenges.
Those preparations go beyond hardening your home to withstand potential fire danger — they include getting affairs in order in case a fire does damage or destroy property. Continue reading “LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’”

LCF Lighting Designer Wins Ovation Award

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Josh Epstein and his wife, Beth Johnson, celebrate his Ovation Award shortly after he was recognized for Lighting Design during Monday’s ceremony at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

How about an Ovation for La Cañada Flintridge’s Josh Epstein?
The lighting designer was honored by his peers with his first Ovation Award on Monday for his work on the comedic play “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” which ran last spring at the Geffen Playhouse.
The Ovation Awards, held this week at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, are peer-judged theater awards, created to celebrate excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area.
“It’s an amazing event,” Epstein said Tuesday by phone. “Los Angeles is not known as a theater town, but there’s a lot of theater going on across the city. One thing L.A. has in spades is the talent. There are so many amazing actors and dancers and choreographers and musicians.”
And lighting designers. Continue reading “LCF Lighting Designer Wins Ovation Award”

Miss La Cañada Flintridge Crowned

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Hazel Valentine (center), who was crowned Miss La Cañada Flintridge at the LCF Chamber of Commerce Installation and Awards Gala last Thursday, is flanked by court princesses (from left) Rucha Kadam, Megan Andrews, Julia Powers and Courtney Johnson.

Former Psychologist, LCF Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department psychologist and La Cañada Flintridge resident was sentenced on Tuesday to 98 years’ prison after being found guilty in August of sexually abusing two young family members, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Michael Dane Ward, 46, was convicted of four counts of committing lewd acts on a child, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14, three counts of oral copulation of a child under 10 and one count of sodomy of a child under 10. Both victims were under the age of 10 when Ward committed these crimes between October 2014 and March 2016.
The two children testified at trial against Ward.
Ward was arrested on May 5, 2016, after which the sheriff’s department fired him.