Valentine Enjoys Sips and Sweets at LadyBird

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School

Valentine parents Jenny Yessaian, Michele Esbenshade, Colleen Tripp, Parent Party co-chair Shannon Snaer, Francesca Gill, PTA President Helen Phan, Parent Party co-chair Stephanie Giardina and Kate Sinclair recently stopped in at LadyBird, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store on Mission Street for the “Sips and Sweets” shopping day benefiting Valentine Elementary School PTA. Valentine parents and friends were treated to cupcakes and beverages as they shopped the boutique’s colorful spring apparel and gift items. This shopping event was coordinated by Gill and was held in conjunction with the PTA’s upcoming “Sweet Magnolia Night” Parent Party, which will take place on Saturday, April 8.

Trash Hauler Debate Picks Up at City Council Meeting

They talked a lot of trash at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, as the city officials continue weighing whether to reduce the number of residential waste hauling companies serving La Cañada Flintridge from three to one.
Or maybe two. Unless council members opt to keep all three but divvy up the city into zones.
Whatever the eventual decision, the City Council likely won’t make it for seven months. Continue reading “Trash Hauler Debate Picks Up at City Council Meeting”

East Meets West Sponsors Parenting Conference

“Parental Self-Care: How Taking Care of Yourself Benefits Your Family” was the topic discussed at a recent parenting conference sponsored by the East Meets West Parent Education Club at Crowell Library. The featured speaker was Professor Marla Brassard, who is director of the School of Psychology at Columbia University. Brassard presented the results of ongoing research into the ability of parents to promote their own strength and well-being in order to be able to continue their job of positive parenting.

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Tina Wong, Flora Wang, Grace Jeong, Caroline Elliott, Jennifer Lu, Ivy Sun, Mary Brassard, guest speaker Marla Brassard, and Annie and Paul Brassard

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Swirlz Soft Serve Holds Grand Opening

Photo courtesy Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor
Swirlz owner Sepherteen Jew (second from left) stands with daughters Rioghnach, Saerlaith and Caislin Dunn.

Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor held its grand opening recently, and a steady crowd streamed through the doors to sample the organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt for 20% off. Through the month of March, there is a 10% discount off the entire food purchase and a special of a $25 gift card for $20.
Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor is a local family-owned frozen dessert parlor featuring organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt, vegan coconut milk, Dole Whip, gelato and custard, with more than 60 toppings to customize the treat. It is located at 2136 Huntington Drive.

Children’s Hospital NICCU Families to Reunite at Kidspace

A butterfly-themed celebration on Sunday, April 2, will reunite hundreds of patients and their families with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit at Kidspace Children’s Museum for an evening filled with play, fun and laughter.
These children, affectionately called NICCU “graduates,” all spent crucial days, weeks and months in CHLA’s intensive care unit specially designed to meet the needs of critically ill infants. About 800 patients, parents and loved ones will get an opportunity to reunite and celebrate with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during these vital early moments of life.
To commemorate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace have partnered to host the reunion.
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San Marino ‘Arts Rock!’ Showcases April 1

The San Marino Unified School District will host its annual “Arts Rock!” celebration, a festival to showcase the K-12 arts programs, on April 1, from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the high school.
Festival participants are invited to sing, dance, act, draw,and play at various activities, including: Tie dye, tutu-making, comedy sports, storytelling, karaoke, face-painting, henna tattoos, jewelry-making, an instrument petting zoo, mural painting, ceramics and a painting workshop.
The community can wander through the K-12 art exhibit and watch the talented student showcases by dance, drama, instrumental music and choral music, which happen on the outdoor stage. Three food trucks and desserts at the Musical Theater Soda Shop will be available. Student-made arts and crafts at the craft store will be available for purchase.
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., SMUSD choir, dance, drama and instrumental music will close the event with performances in the Neher Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Carver-Valentine PTAs Enjoy Board Brunch

Photo courtesy Jennifer Giles
Members of the PTA executive boards of Carver and Valentine Elementary schools gathered for brunch recently at the home of Grace Karkafi. Jacki Chuang (front row, from left), Maren Pellant, Darbin Chan, Marci Wendling and Lauren Shen. Middle row: Michiko Lee, Danica Hughes, Tami McGovern, Tieu-My Nguyen, Amy Morris, Kathy Osegueda and Jennifer Dill-Kamal. Back: Alison Mohler, Daisy Wilson, Natalie O’Connor, Zarana Patel, Helen Phan, Lisa Nguyen, Valentine Principal Colleen Shields, Kathryn Oliveros, Carver Principal Michael Lin, Nicolette Fuerst, Grace Karkafi, Ellen Tsang and Nancy Ko. Hosting duties rotate for this annual event, and it was the Carver PTA’s turn to welcome its Valentine counterpart, in addition to the principals of both schools, Michael Lin of Carver and Colleen Shields of Valentine.

CV Sheriff’s Department to Change Captains

Capt. Bill Song soon will be Cmdr. Song.
On Sunday, April 2, the current captain at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station is set to depart the post he’s held since May 2013. Song learned recently that he has been tabbed for a promotion, which the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday will be in its Technology and Support Division. Continue reading “CV Sheriff’s Department to Change Captains”