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”

LCF Produces 3 Presidential Scholar Nominees

Three La Cañada Flintridge residents are among the nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. La Cañada High School’s Arjun Aron and Harrison Min were nominated, as was Justin Hogan, who attends Pasadena Polytechnic School.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

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.”
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Hofman Reaches 700 Victories

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La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman records his 700th career victory on Friday, Jan. 19. A ceremony following the Spartans’ 82-55 victory over rival South Pasadena celebrated the coach’s milestone. Hofman is the 17th coach to reach 700 victories in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

The legend of La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman continues to grow after he guided the Spartans to an 82-55 Rio Hondo League victory over visiting South Pasadena on Friday, Jan. 19.
The win was No. 700 for Hofman, placing him among the 17 winningest coaches in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports. He is eighth on the list of active boys’ basketball coaches in the state.
“It’s a great honor to be [on the list],” said Hofman, whose record in 32 years as a head coach is 701-212 as of this week’s Outlook press deadline. “If you look at the coaches up there, they’re the best in California. To be in the same list as them is a great honor.”

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PCY Students Win District Spelling Bee

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La Cañada Unified School District recently hosted its annual Spelling Bee. Elementary schools represented were Palm Crest, Paradise Canyon, La Cañada and La Cañada Preparatory. The winners will go on to compete at the L.A. County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 28, at the Almansor Court in Alhambra.

LCHS Students of the Quarter

La Cañada High School Students of the Quarter recently honored include (in alphabetical order) Armand Avaniss-Aghajani, Aiden Brady, Callan Brakeman, Paige Cooper, Nareh Derhartounian, Alexandra Gates, Reza Hemmati, Justin Hyon, Ethan Flores, Luke Johnson, Chase Kerstein, Corina Lanford, Abigail Lidar, Dalene Mendoza, Laila Morsy, Ryan Morgan, Sean Natarajan, Madison Norton, Allison Rayer, Carly Scanlan, Georgia Shupper, Amelia Seropian, Ciana Smyth, Elana Sverdlik, Forest Swain, Manuel Tarula-Villarreal, Ethan Tervet and Sevana Wenn.

 

LCHS Students of the Quarter

La Cañada High School Students of the Quarter recently honored include (in alphabetical order) Armand Avaniss-Aghajani, Aiden Brady, Callan Brakeman, Paige Cooper, Nareh Derhartounian, Alexandra Gates, Reza Hemmati, Justin Hyon, Ethan Flores, Luke Johnson, Chase Kerstein, Corina Lanford, Abigail Lidar, Dalene Mendoza, Laila Morsy, Ryan Morgan, Sean Natarajan, Madison Norton, Allison Rayer, Carly Scanlan, Georgia Shupper, Amelia Seropian, Ciana Smyth, Elana Sverdlik, Forest Swain, Manuel Tarula-Villarreal, Ethan Tervet and Sevana Wenn.

LCHS Boosters Hold Winter Fest Party on Feb. 3

The LCHS Spartan Boosters will hold their annual Winter Fest, a party featuring fine wines, spirits and beers for auction on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Thursday Club from 5:30-9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help fund Boosters’ support of kids in grades 7-12 at La Cañada High School.
Boosters President Chris Clarkson is inviting everyone in the community (ages 21 and older) who loves fine wine and spirits, high-end beer and gourmet pizzas to enjoy a great party in the Boosters tradition.
“We’re excited to host Spartan Boosters’ annual Winter Fest wine, beer and spirits auction to support academic, athletic and extra-curricular activities at LCHS 7-12. I hope La Cañadans will come spend Super Bowl Eve with us at a great party and to help us to keep providing opportunities for our kids.”
Winter Fest Chair Craig Miller and his committee have put together a spectacular assortment of fine wines, beers and spirits for attendees to bid on at both live and silent auctions. Just a few of the most attractive items that will be up for auction include: 100-point-rated 2002 Bond Estates Melbury Red, Napa Valley; 95-point-rated “Cellar Selection” 2010 Felsina Colonia Chianti Classico “Gran Selezione,” Italy; and two cases of the highly coveted and scarce Pliny the Elder IPA, from Russian River Brewing Company.
Tickets for the event are $75 in advance and $85 at the door. Ticket price includes wood-fired artisan pizzas for dinner, along with wines and beers. Purchase your tickets online at lchsboosters.org.

Les Tupper Awards Nominations Open

Local residents are invited to nominate candidates for this year’s prestigious Les Tupper Awards. Each year since 1969, the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council has presented awards to individuals, groups and students who have provided exemplary service to the La Cañada Flintridge community. These awards are named in honor of Les Tupper, a civic leader who cared deeply about education, youth and enhancing the quality of life in LCF.
Nominations may be submitted by individuals or organizations. Criteria for nominees include a “long-term and broad-based involvement in LCF community services,” a spokesman said. “Nominations cover the areas of education, youth activities, cultural pursuits, religious, business and civic or social services. Qualifications should include demonstrated leadership qualities and roles that bring positive recognition to themselves and to the LCF community.”
The categories are Individual Service Award, Student Service award, Organization Service Award and Special Service Award.
Nomination forms and detailed criteria are available on line at lcfcc.info. Nominations should be submitted by mail to LCF Coordinating Council, P.O. Box 264, LCF, 91012, or by email to LesTupper@lcfcc.net. Nomination forms are also available at the LCF City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce office and the library.
Nominations are due online by midnight or postmarked on or before Friday, Feb. 23. Fairness requires that there can be no exceptions.
The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in JPL’s Von Karman Auditorium.
For more information, visit president@lcfcc.net.

E-Waste Day Collects 46,000 Pounds of Devices

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Corwin Hill and Eric Jeong participate in the Community E-Waste Collection Day at La Cañada High School, billed as an event to help save the environment from toxic waste. Approximately 46,000 pounds of electronic devices were collected at the event, which was sponsored by the LCHS Green Club and the LCHS Engineering and Robotics Clubs. Proceeds from the recycled electronics benefitted clubs and educational programs at LCHS, including helping to fund a solar car, which will be driven for two weeks in July from Fort Worth, Texas, to Palmdale.