NCL Glendale Holds ‘From the Heart’ Blood Drive July 9

The Glendale Chapter of National Charity League Inc. will hold its 11th annual “From the Heart” American Red Cross Blood Drive on Sunday, July 9, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. The summer is a time when blood supplies are very low and donors are urgently needed.
Members of the community are encouraged to make an appointment to donate by emailing fromtheheart@nclglendale.org, or by signing up for this drive on the American Red Cross San Gabriel-Pomona Valley website. Donors are welcomed by the NCL Chapter’s mother and daughter members, and upon leaving, are thanked with a bag of homemade cookies and treats made by the Ticktockers (daughters).

Members Xoshil, Shin and Xiomara Chen-Marquez at the 2016 blood drive.

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Local Surgeon Receives Prestigious Honors

Dr. Henri Ford (right), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles vice president and surgeon-in-chief, is congratulated by Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons.

In a storied medical career filled with accolades and achievements, La Cañada Flintridge resident Dr. Henri Ford has been recognized for two extraordinary honors. Ford, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles vice president and surgeon-in-chief, was recently elected as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and he achieved one of the rarest and most prestigious international milestones for a surgeon — an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the organization’s highest award.
“I was truly humbled and appreciative of the honor and it allowed me to pause and reflect on my journey and how blessed I have been to be guided by my mentors and role models,” said Ford, CHLA’s first honorary fellow to be admitted by the Royal College.
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Crescenta Valley Radio Club Holds Field Day June 24-25

The Crescenta Valley Radio Club will participate in national Field Day activities June 24-25 in Verdugo Park (across from Glendale Community College). On Field Day, Amateur Radio Operators, called Hams, across the county take their equipment and expertise “to the field” to make as many contacts as possible over a 24-hour period.
Field Day provides Hams with the opportunity to hone skills and have fun while making contacts across the U.S. and Canada. The deeper purpose is disaster preparedness as Hams attempt to make contacts in circumstances that mimic the displacement of a disaster. In times of natural disasters such as earthquakes, it is likely no one will be able to use the phone system if it is knocked out or overloaded. Hams are poised to help in the aftermath.
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LCF Orthopaedic Guild Honors Volunteers

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members include Caryl Pettit (front row, from left), Jeanne Long, Joan Cleven and Carolyn Geer. Back: Mary Beth Perine, Danielle Barrios, Easy Delaney, Marie Baker, Ginney Pruitt and Judi McClure

Members of La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild were recently recognized at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Danielle Barrios, assistant director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, welcomed members from LCFOG, Las Madrecitas, Las Niñas de La Las Madrecitas, Las Vecinas and Las Amigas de Las Lomas auxiliaries, which were formed in 1956 and comprise Charitable Children’s Guild. Las Niñas de La Madrecitas was formed in 1965.

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Bodybuilding, Fitness Event to Be Held Locally on Nov. 4

The Pro-Amateur World Cup Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship will be held on Nov. 4 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. This is the first time the competition has been held in Southern California.
It brings together steroid-free athletes from around the world who compete for cash prizes. This final qualifier for Natural Olympia XX in Las Vegas is presented by INBA, the International Natural Bodybuilding Assn., and Go Natural Athlete, a La Cañada Flintridge-based company.
“The No. 1 thing is we’re natural,” said former INBA champion Adrian Pretrariu, the event’s promoter. “So here is a chance for people to support the natural athlete who has been competing without any hormones or muscle-enhancing substances of any kind. These athletes are building their bodies the natural way, eating healthy foods and lifting heavy weights.”
Professional and amateur athletes of all ages are invited to compete and are subject to the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Pasadena Antique Show and Sale June 16-18

Quality antique dealers will fill the Pasadena Center’s Exhibit Hall A with every type of antique imaginable, all on display and all for sale, at the Pasadena Antique Show and Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 16-18. Shoppers can find a wide range of top-quality antiques, fine art, furniture, heirloom jewelry, vintage timepieces, art glass, crystal, folk art, quilts, rugs and many other unique antique treasures. The seasoned enthusiast, beginning collector or just someone browsing should not miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience so many fine collections in one location.
Now in its 40th year, this show is Pasadena’s largest event of its kind. Bustamante exhibitors must abide by an established code of ethics, one of the highest in the industry, which ensures that customers can shop with complete confidence.
The Pasadena Antique Show will be open Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, June 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for children younger than 12. The Pasadena Center is at 300 E. Green St., directly across from the Paseo Colorado mall. Ample parking is available. For more information, call the show promoter at (209) 358-3134 or the Pasadena Center at (626) 793-2122, or visit bustamante-shows.com.

Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day

Set your alarm later next year if you’re a student at either La Cañada High School or LCHS 7/8.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to start the school day at 8:30 a.m. for the 2017-18 school year, a departure from the current 7:45 a.m. first-period start time. The school day will end at 3:14 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and at 3:13 p.m. during Wednesday and Thursday block schedules. Continue reading “Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day”

A Day of Remembrance and Festivities at LCF’s Fiesta Days

Photos by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Local Boy Scouts (left) raise an American flag during Monday's annual Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Afterward, Harper Klausner (right) and Greyson Molinelli were among the stars of the Fiesta Days parade that rolled down Foothill Boulevard, highlighting the 44th Fiesta Days celebration in La Cañada Flintridge.
Photos by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Local Boy Scouts (left) raise an American flag during Monday’s annual Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Afterward, Harper Klausner (right) and Greyson Molinelli were among the stars of the Fiesta Days parade that rolled down Foothill Boulevard, highlighting the 44th Fiesta Days celebration in La Cañada Flintridge.

La Cañada Flintridge partied this past weekend, but it also paused to reflect.
For the 44th consecutive year, thousands got together in LCF for the annual four-day fiesta that culminated Monday morning with a somber memorial service followed by a lively, patriotic parade.
The Memorial Service honored not only the 29 LCF residents whose names are engraved on plaques at Memorial Park for having given their lives in military service, but all American service members, former and current, who have made great sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens. Continue reading “A Day of Remembrance and Festivities at LCF’s Fiesta Days”

LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes

Mayor Michael Davitt wasted no time quashing the proposed urgency ordinance that could have established a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits for structures 50 years old or more in La Cañada Flintridge.
Before even hearing public comment, Davitt told a packed council chamber at Tuesday’s special meeting: “It’s not going to gather my support,” effectively denying the emergency ordinance outright. It needed approval from all four sitting City Council members to pass; none was in favor. Continue reading “LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes”

Spartan Rally Comes Up Short in Quarterfinals

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Graham Massimino scored La Cañada’s lone run in the Spartans’ 2-1 loss at North Hollywood Campbell Hall last Friday.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team was in unknown territory last Friday, playing a CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal for the first time since 1989.
“Historically, La Cañada hasn’t been in those type of games,” said LCHS head coach Matt Whisenant, who was a senior on the last Spartan team to play a quarterfinal playoff game. “It’s a lot different.”
As was his squad, which entered the contest riding a 13-game winning streak. The hot-hitting Spartans were held at bay as North Hollywood Campbell Hall staved off a late rally from visiting La Cañada for a 2-1 victory.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Whisenant’s squad began to claw its way back. Campbell Hall starting pitcher RJ Collins loaded the bases and walked Jonathan Shalklan, which allowed Graham Massimino put his team on the board.
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