Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2017

Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. This year, through May 21, approximately 30,000 guests will visit the English Tudor estate. Now in its 53rd year, Showcase uses proceeds to help fund community music and art enrichment programs.

English Tudor is the 53rd Showcase Property

The house was designed by the prominent architectural firm of Marston & Van Pelt. It was constructed in 1916 at a cost of $25,000 for lawyer-turned-actor Samuel Hinds and his wife.
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LCFEF Hosts Major Donor Reception

Carrie Martin, Joseph Langton, Karen Clark, Stephanie Weber, Gina Ricci, Matt Weber, John Clark, Kevin Martin, and Jill and Eric Weinlein

The Board of Directors and Executive Director Marilyn Yang of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation  hosted a reception for its major donors recently at Malbec in Pasadena. The donors were thanked for their generous contributions for the 2016-17 gifts given to the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Their dedicated support ensures that the children of La Cañada Unified School District will continue to achieve excellence in one of the finest educational systems in California. They were thanked by LCFEF President Josh Epstein, who spoke at the dinner, for their commitment to maintaining the community’s high quality of education.

Charles and Jannifer Tran, Nancy and Josh Que, Marcotte Anderson and Kaiser Yang

Taix Workout Studio Celebrates 15 Years in Business

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), Taix Workout Studio owner Linda Taix, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker and City Council member Jonathan Curtis celebrate 15 years in business.

Taix Workout Studio and Extreme Boot Camp in La Cañada Flintridge, with its owner Linda Taix, recently celebrated 15 years in business at its Foothill Boulevard studio location.
The morning reception was attended by residents, business community members, and local and state government officials. In addition to running a successful business, Taix is active in the community and has held positions with the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and serves as president of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Community Support Group. State Sen. Anthony Portantino delivered words of praise and a state proclamation congratulating Taix on helping to “Build a Better America. One body at a time.”

Top Notch Gives More Realistic Construction Price Breakouts

La Cañada home designed and built by Creativity in Living, Inc.

Homeowners are struggling with contractors low-balling the cost of construction. The pre-estimate given to them by their design professional or builder usually is 50% of the final cost for the construction. When presenting a contract based on their construction plans, the usual response is “That’s double of what I was told!”
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Healthcare Foundation at GAMC Gala on May 7

Dr. Hugo Riffel-Dalinger

The Healthcare Foundation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center will host its annual gala on Sunday, May 7, at the Pasadena Convention Center.
The black-tie event will feature dinner, live auction and entertainment. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2017 Physician Hero award to Dr. Hugo Riffel-Dalinger. GAMC physicians touch the lives of thousands of patients and families. The Physician Hero award is based on nominations from grateful patients.
GAMC has been serving patients for more than 112 years and generous support from the community has played a major role in developing services at the medical center.
For more information about how to support the Healthcare Foundation at GAMC, or for gala tickets, call (818) 409-8055. RSVP online for Gala 2017 at

Descanso Bonsai Society Holds 48th Annual Show

Descanso Bonsai Society will present its 48th annual Bonsai Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11 in Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.
The Descanso Bonsai Society’s show is one of the longest running and biggest shows in Southern California. It is also Southern California’s largest judged Bonsai Show. The show is free with admission to the gardens.
The show features trees on display from novice, intermediate and master levels in the art of bonsai. There will also be a sales area with finished bonsai, bonsai stock, pots and bonsai related items. Descanso Bonsai Society Club members will also hold demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. While answering audience questions, club members will show how they replant, wire and work on their trees.
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Thursday Club Holds Scholarship Fashion Show

Modeling beautiful fashions from casual to formal provided by Holiday Hats & Gowns in Montrose were Gracella Gibbs, Paige Hulsey, Cindi McIntosh-Behr, Tanya Meyers, Kim Ortiz, Nancy Wagner and Jackie Walls.

The Thursday Club recently held its annual fashion show and luncheon, this year called “Run for the Roses.” The fundraiser supports the Scholarship Foundation Fund, which awards scholarships to local high school seniors. The Centennial Garden was beautifully decorated in a red rose Kentucky Derby theme with more than 200 guests attending.
Yvonne Marchosky was chair and Cindi McIntosh-Behr co-chair of the event, while Sheri Morton was vendor chair and Alison McQuay was in charge of guest management.

Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino said he hadn’t considered how much teenagers would benefit from more sleep and later school start times until he read an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times last year on the topic. The piece inspired him to investigate further online, “and the more I learned, the more I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’”
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LCHS Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship

Jennifer Yoon

A La Cañada High School senior is among the first group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
La Cañada High School’s Jennifer Yoon was named among about 1,000 high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards, financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.
Yoon garnered a scholarship from the National Distillers Distributors Foundation. She’s identified medicine as her probable career field. Continue reading “LCHS Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship”