Symphony to Play Russian Works on Feb. 18

Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony will present a romantic Russian program on Saturday, Feb. 18, with award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium.
Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Lockington describes the work as “a piece that envisions life, that has the joy, sweetness, tenderness and ultimately in the end — the great sadness that Tchaikovsky carried with him at the time.”
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Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The event, titled “On Their Shoulders We Stand,” will honor Harambee’s founding board of directors and contributors at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. William Pannell from the Center for African American Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker. The Push by Harambee will cater the dinner.
Harambee, which is Swahili for the phrase “Let’s get together and push,” was formed to serve a 12-block area around Navarro Avenue in Pasadena in response to the high level of crime in the area in 1982.
Tickets are $150. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are also available. For more information, visit harambeeministries.org.

Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday

Before you don your Patriots or Falcons gear and head to a Super Bowl party this weekend, be sure you’ve made arrangements to get home safely. The risk of getting into a drunk-driving accident significantly increases on Super Bowl Sunday, according to research by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Statewide, DUI crashes are 77% more common on Super Bowl Sunday compared to other Sundays in January and February, while Los Angeles sees a 57% increase in alcohol-related crashes on game day. The analysis, collected from California Highway Patrol data from 2009 to 2013, also reported 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury accidents on Super Bowl Sunday in California and 77 in Los Angeles County in the last five years.
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CSF Scholarship Applications Available

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge has announced that the 2017 scholarship applications are now available. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling any student to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Fulltime students who attend La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Hillside School and Learning Center, St. Francis High School and Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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Junior Women’s Club to Host Fundraiser Feb. 11

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold its annual gala fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6-11 p.m. The Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball promises to be lively and fun while raising money for a great cause.
The party, to be held at the La Cañada Country Club, will feature an evening that includes a Mardi Gras-themed buffet, a silent auction, a “wine toss” and dancing the night away as DJ Dean spins lively tunes.
Tickets are $50 per person. Funds go toward the support of Pasadena’s Ronald McDonald House and Five Acres Altadena, the two philanthropies that Juniors supports. For reservations, send an RSVP to info@lcjwc.org.

Obituary: Mary K. DeLurgio

Mary K. DeLurgio

Mary K. DeLurgio, a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 10, after a protracted battle with cancer. Mary K. was born in Mexico City on May 2, 1937.  She was an accomplished author of two books and was a Marriage and Family Therapist in La Cañada Flintridge for more than 45 years. She impacted the lives of many in our community and will be missed for a long time to come.
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Obituary: Donald W. Brown

Donald Walter Brown, 87, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, at his home. Don was born in Bergen County, New Jersey in 1929 to Walter and Elizabeth (Egan) Brown. He was the oldest of three children. He graduated from Pennington School in 1947, where he was a dedicated and successful athlete, and went on to graduate with a civil engineering degree from Colorado State A&M in 1956, following his service in the U.S. Army.  Continue reading “Obituary: Donald W. Brown”