Get Healthy for Good at Pasadena Heart Walk Sept. 23

The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk returns to Pasadena this fall with an important message for all to get Healthy for Good.
The annual event — scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Rose Bowl -— kicks off with a health and wellness festival featuring fun heart-pumping activities at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 5K walk at 9 a.m. and post-walk party at 9:30 a.m.
Team up with family, friends and coworkers and take steps together to live healthier and fight heart disease, the nation’s No. 1 killer, and stroke, the leading cause of serious long-term disability. There is no fee to join, but participants are encouraged to help raise funds for the mission of building healthier lives, free of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
The Heart Walk is part of the AHA’s Healthy for Good movement, which aims to rally people to live healthier lives, inspire lasting change and unite the community around the simple idea that making a small change today will create a difference for generations to come.
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San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener

Photo by Raymond Quan / OUTLOOK
Blake Cabot completed 15 of 24 passes for 138 yards and two interceptions in a 42-28 loss at Los Altos of Hacienda Heights last Friday. The senior quarterback also led the Titans on the ground with 79 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The San Marino High School varsity football team showed what it is capable of at Hacienda Heights Los Altos last Friday with two scores in the first quarter. However, the Titans also displayed their inexperience with key mistakes down the stretch, allowing the Conquerors to come away with a 42-28 victory in the teams’ season opener.
“A few mistakes,” said SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie. “That’s it. A few mistakes turned into a lot of mistakes. They gave us a hard time. We’re very inexperienced, especially on the offensive line. Once they stopped doing what we practiced and started doing something else, we fell apart. That killed us. It killed our running game.”
San Marino will look to bounce back in a nonleague game against Dominguez High School at Compton College this Friday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “San Marino Falls to Los Altos in Season Opener”

Parkway Grill’s Urban Organic Garden Grows on Fine Diners

Photo by Max Zeronian / OUTLOOK Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.
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Parkway Grill and Gourmet Organic Garden’s co-owner Gregg Smith (from left), Chef Martin Salinas and General Manager Karnelija O’Faolain show off some freshly picked “backyard to table” garden produce that will be incorporated into the daily specials.

Nothing tastes quite like it does when it’s fresh from the garden.
Parkway Grill and its Gourmet Organic Garden have proven that mantra for nearly three decades, clinching down a loyal Pasadena fan base who count on the seasonal garden delectables to add the robust flair to the restaurant powerhouse’s California cuisine.
A hidden trove of more than 25 kinds of fruit, vegetables and herbs grow adjacent to the restaurant, as manicured rows of cabbages, peppers, chards, kale and tomatoes practically glow under the trestles of the plump passion fruit. The Parkway Grill’s garden was recently a recipient of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation’s Commercial Design Awards, in conjunction with the Arroyo Chop House, for adding to the enhancement of Pasadena.
“It’s hard to believe, but this was all just an abandoned lot of weeds,” said Parkway Grill co-owner Gregg Smith recently, pausing in front of fragrant peppers. “Now we harvest a ‘backyard to table’ concept; it drives how we cook, using a seasonal, market-driven approach.”
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Vincent Takes Over Maranatha Volleyball Programs

The following was written by Charlie Foy, special to the Outlook.

Maranatha High School recently filled two voids with the hiring of Nina Vincent, an experienced coach who isn’t afraid to take over the varsity girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs this year.

Nina Vincent
Nina Vincent

Volleyball has been a major part of Vincent’s life. She grew up in upstate New York playing the sport in the backyard with family. Her older siblings became role models, and she imitated their every move. They played right-handed, and despite being a lefty, Vincent taught herself to play like her older siblings.
Vincent quickly became a star on her high school team and was noticed by Manhattan College, which gave her a full scholarship.
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Convalescent Aid Society Gives New Life, Independence

OUTLOOK photo Convalescent Aid Society’s program manager Rex Asucan prepares a wheelchair for one of the group’s 27,000 current clients. Asucan has worked at CAS for 15 years and helps facilitate the daily operations and deliveries of the free, loaned medical equipment.
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Convalescent Aid Society’s program manager Rex Asucan prepares a wheelchair for one of the group’s 27,000 current clients. Asucan has worked at CAS for 15 years and helps facilitate the daily operations and deliveries of the free, loaned medical equipment.

Sylvia Macias and her son, Miguel, struggled since the day the young boy began battling a rare muscle disorder at just 1 year old. Not falling into any known medical condition, the mom fought for her son’s care, battling insurance red tape, countless appointments, misdiagnosis, unhelpful treatments, gaps in health care coverage and Miguel’s ever-changing physical disabilities and needs.
Then she met Convalescent Aid Society. It was the one bright spot during a dark time, she said, recalling the nonprofit as the easiest stop on the healthcare circuit.
“They had us like a ball, bouncing back and forth, seeing so many different specialists, one after another after another without any diagnosis,” the single mom of five recalls. Her nearly adolescent son could no longer squeeze into his childhood wheelchair, which was hurting his brittle bones and fragile frame on a daily basis.
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Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18

Photo courtesy KCET
Picturesque scenes such as the archway leading into the Rose Garden at Descanso Gardens help tell a story about the region’s past, which has been documented in a film that will air at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.

Descanso Gardens is not just a pretty place.
Certainly, its natural beauty is refreshing, but Executive Director David Brown has long believed there’s much more to it. He pitched that notion to KCET-TV in mid-March — right when the station’s personnel were planning programming for their “Summer of the Environment” initiative.
The result: “Lost LA: Descanso Gardens,” an hourlong documentary that dives deep into the botanical gardens’ beauty as well as its social, political and cultural significance. It will premiere at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.
From its origins as an oak woodland to its current status as a living museum, Descanso Gardens has a compelling history to share, said Matthew Crotty, the director of production. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18”

Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title

Benjamin (left) and Jonathan Ahn (right) recently won the National Kendo Championship in the boys’ junior division. The twins, who graduated from Palm Crest Elementary, train at La Cañada Kumdo Academy under the guidance of headmaster Byung Chan Ahn (center).

Two local students from the La Cañada Kumdo Academy recently placed first in the boys’ junior division of the National Kendo Championship in San Jose.
Benjamin and Jonathan Ahn, currently attending St. Francis and graduates of Palm Crest Elementary, won the prestigious tournament hosted by the All United Kendo Federation. The competition is held every three years and comparable to the National Olympic of Kendo. Continue reading “Local LCF Twins Win National Kendo Title”

16 Applicants Vie for Vacant City Council Seat

No one can say La Cañada Flintridge residents aren’t civically engaged: Sixteen applicants have emerged to fill the City Council’s unscheduled vacancy.
The large field of applicants all hope to fill the seat that became vacant in May following the death of Dave Spence, a longtime councilman and six-time mayor.
It is the second time a member of the LCF City Council has died while in office. Jack Hastings’ death in 1997 led to a special election in 1998 in which Deborah Orlik was elected to fill the vacancy for the remaining 10 months on that term, beating out Anthony Portantino by two votes.
The applicants are: Gregory Brown, Peter Chung, Keith Eich, Rod Essen, Charles Gelhaar, Rick Gunter, Brett Johnston, John Hicks, Charlie Kamar, Lara Kayayan, Nalini Lasiewicz, Lainie Miller, Joe Radabaugh, Candice Rosen, Jack Schaedel and Wesley Walton. Continue reading “16 Applicants Vie for Vacant City Council Seat”

Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest

A body was discovered and reported by U.S. Forest Service employees at 12:15 p.m. on Monday in Angeles National Forest on Angeles Crest Highway near Mile Marker 20.
Forest Service personnel initially reported a car over the side of the road, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Slater said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined that there was no car, but they did find a body, reportedly badly decomposed.
“So we cordoned off the area and called our homicide bureau,” Slater said. “Due to the position of the body and the presentation of the scene, I can’t even tell you if it was male or anything right now. It was obviously deceased, but I couldn’t tell you more.” Continue reading “Third Body This Year Discovered in Angeles National Forest”

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
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.
Barrios announced, “Volunteers are the backbone of OIC,” and that was the theme for the day. Students of Orthopaedic Medical Magnet High School volunteer at OIC on a regular basis. Danielle was pleased to report that members of the five Guilds volunteered 16,200 hours to OIC during 2016.
Special guest speaker was Dr. Rachel Thompson, who hails from Chicago and attended George Washington University and Northwestern University. She is associate director for the OIC and UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy. She stressed that working in this field “the problems are many but the rewards are even greater.” Her goal is to see that “all patients are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Attending the event from LCFOG were Joan Cleven, Caryl Pettit, Ginney Pruitt, Judi McClure, Arlene Massimino, Jeanne Long, Marie Baker, Carolyn Geer and Easy Delaney. Two LCFOG members were singled out for their lifetime hours to date: Marie Baker with 200 volunteer hours and Caryl Pettit, who can be found working in the It’s a Bargain Thrift Shop two days a week, with 3,000 hours.
Members of LCFOG were also in attendance at the recent CCG 106th annual meeting held at OIC’s downtown campus.
Joan Cleven, president of LCFOG, spoke at the CCG meeting outlining LCFOG’s fundraisers, which benefit OIC. The annual Book and Author Luncheon, held in October has been the primary fundraiser for many years. Dinner at Mijares Restaurant in April is a fun and tasty way to raise funds, along with monthly Bunco games. To date, LCFOG, organized in 1957, has donated $707,337 to OIC.
For more information, call Marie Gilhooly at (818) 249-5262.