Local Basketball Athletes to Play in All-Star Game

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Cañada senior Justin Kouyoumdjian, who shared the Rio Hondo League MVP award with teammate Sean Estes, will compete in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
La Cañada senior Justin Kouyoumdjian, who shared the Rio Hondo League MVP award with teammate Sean Estes, will compete in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday.

Numerous athletes from local high school boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will participate in the 14th installment of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Pasadena Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading “Local Basketball Athletes to Play in All-Star Game”

LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek, with not even a month of the new job under his belt, admitted he was in the hot seat at the City Council meeting this week.
A handful of La Cañada Flintridge residents pleaded with city officials to take action against residential burglaries and other crimes. One resident even called for the formation of LCF’s own police department.
“One burglary is too many for the city,” said Blasnek, sympathizing with residents. “Even though you can’t prevent them all and can’t be perfect.” Continue reading “LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries”

Sierra Club Presents ‘Promise of Panama’ May 9

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will present Gabrielle and Patrick Reynolds’ “The Promise of Panama” on Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library in La Crescenta.
The Reynolds have been investigating the promise of Panama with extended trips for the past year.
Their travels have largely focused on the highlands of Chiriqui Province, though the Caribbean and Pacific beaches also have factored into their exploration. As a traveler there, Gabrielle refers to it as “Latin American Lite,” meaning it is easy to navigate, communicate and investigate even for non-Spanish-speakers, with the added ease of using U.S. currency.
She suggests cost-effective, tourist-friendly Panama may be the best choice for an “exotic,” destination. In Central America, volcanos, waterfalls, monkeys, toucans and quetzals compete with “first-world foodie paradise” in Panama City.
The program begins following club news of Conservation and Outings. This is a free program and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gail Adams at (626) 791-1111. The library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.

Lanterman to Host Jewel City Flute Choir

Darrin Thanves, conductor of the Jewel City Flute Choir

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will once again host the Jewel City Flute Choir for a spring concert in the Lanterman gardens on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. The flute choir is directed by Darrin Thaves, a local conductor and musician who has an extensive background in music.
Thaves is a flute instructor at Cal State Long Beach and plays with the Northwest Sinfonietta. He is an honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in flute performance from Cal State Long Beach.
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Shriners for Children Medical Center Holds Dedication Ceremony

Joy Cho, Imperial Potentate Chris Smith, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jerry Gantt, hospital CEO Lou Lazatin and Robert Cho dedicated the new Shriners for Children Medical Center.

After 65 years of giving children and families specialized medical care, Shriners Hospitals for Children–Los Angeles will be moving to a new state-of-the-art medical center located in Pasadena. Shriners for Children Medical Center is the first facility in the Shriners Hospitals for Children network to be created specifically to meet the demands of the rapidly changing health care system. Opening summer 2017, the new medical center represents a significant departure from the concepts that define traditional hospitals.
To celebrate the transition, the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital leadership, national and local patient ambassadors alongside the California Grand Lodge, Imperial Board and the chairman of the board performed a traditional cornerstone ceremony. A Masonic cornerstone ritual may be the only Masonic ritual that the public will ever see conducted. The dedication ceremony is the symbolic laying of the cornerstone which supports the entire structure.
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LCF Author’s Book of Comedic Essays Out May 5

La Cañada Flintridge resident Kristen Brakeman’s collection of comic essays, “Is That the Shirt You’re Wearing?” will be published by Tidal Press on May 5.
Brakeman, whose work has been published in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop and the Washington Post, among other notable outlets, has woven together journal entries from two summers of her life. The essays deal with everything from shopping at Hollister to an aversion to being called “Ma’am.”
Brakeman is scheduled for a book launch and signing on May 12 at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

Caltrans, Public Invited to May 2 City Council Meeting

La Cañada Flintridge motorists affected by ramp and lane closures because of the California Department of Transportation’s work on a pavement rehabilitation project on the 210 Freeway surface can learn more and share their thoughts at a City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2. The city has invited Caltrans representatives, who attended a previous meeting, to return to this May 2 meeting.
They likely will discuss the ongoing project in which Caltrans will close one lane of the eastbound 210 Freeway from Ocean View Boulevard to Lincoln Avenue as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. The lane closure will remain in effect through winter 2017 and is necessary as crews begin to replace the pavement along the freeway.
Along with the lane closure, long-term ramp closures will be taking place:
• Eastbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramp will be closed beginning Monday, April 24, through June.
• Westbound Ocean View Boulevard on-ramp and La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp will be closed through June.
Motorists should expect delays and are strongly advised to plan ahead, use alternate routes, avoid the area or use public transit. Motorists can check traffic conditions before they leave by visiting the Caltrans Quickmap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.
The 210 Freeway is a major thoroughfare, serving commuters between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. As a result of heavy use, the road has experienced extensive wear. The closures are part of a $148.5-million pavement rehabilitation project in both directions of 210 Freeway in the cities of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena.
Once the project is completed in 2018 the new surface will provide a smoother drive for motorists, reduce time required for maintenance, and minimize the need for further lane closures.

California Art Club’s 106th Gold Medal Exhibition

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK
Al and Nancy Plamann, Bill and Ardella Horsfall, and Molly and Neal Brockmeyer were among the attendees at the California Art Club’s 106th annual Gold Medal Exhibition, held at the Autry Museum. The Gold Medal Exhibition features 232 new works of genres ranging from pristine landscapes and seascapes to evocative figures and still lifes.

Women of Eagle Scouts Brunch on May 6

Guest speaker Raymond Bell

Guests at the 19th annual Greater Los Angeles Area Council of Boy Scouts of America Women of Eagle Scout Brunch will be treated to an elegant and motivating event on Saturday, May 6, at the San Gabriel Country Club in San Gabriel. A reception will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon and the program at 11:15 a.m.
Boy Scouts from various troops in the San Gabriel Valley will lead the pledge of allegiance, followed by a memorable rendition of the national anthem played by Life Scout Henry Vaughn, a sophomore at La Cañada High School from Troop 507, on the bugle. There will also be instrumental and vocal musical entertainment throughout the reception and luncheon provided by students from La Cañada High School, led by Eagle Scout Sean Segal, a senior from Troop 509. Segal, who will attend USC in the fall, plays the guitar, piano, and drums.
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