Pasadena Heritage Tour of Churches on Saturday

Pasadena Heritage will host a docent-guided tour of local churches this Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, including interior stops at St. Andrew, First Baptist, All Saints, First Congregational, Fuller Theological, Pasadena Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
“They are all impressive examples of the many inspiring sacred spaces that can be found in downtown Pasadena,” a Pasadena Heritage spokesperson said. “This guided walking tour will focus on the distinctive architecture and interior decorative devices that uplift the eyes and the spirit — carved ceiling beams, hand-painted murals, and richly stained glass motifs. Our previous church tours have been sellouts, and this one will offer the opportunity to enjoy work by leading regional architects designing inspired ecclesiastical buildings.” Continue reading “Pasadena Heritage Tour of Churches on Saturday”

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is May 4

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.
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Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.

The 44th annual Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday morning, May 4, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Doors open just before 7 a.m.; the program begins promptly at 7:30.
Proceeds will benefit Friends In Deed, which helps serve the homeless and at-risk population in Greater Pasadena.
The breakfast’s keynote speaker will be John Kobara, who serves as executive director and chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation.
Individual tickets are $35; a “Friends Table” of 10 is $400. Event sponsorships range from $500 to $1,500.
For sponsorship information, call (626) 797-2402 or visit

L.A. County to Hear Sagebrush Transfer Presentations

Proponents of the long-desired Sagebrush territory transfer are expecting the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization to deliver and render a preliminary decision of their petition at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Downey.
Residents of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge have been fighting since 1961 for students in the so-called Sagebrush neighborhood to attend La Cañada Unified School District Schools rather than the Glendale Unified schools they’ve always attended.
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LCF Mansion for Sale Boasts Notable Owner History

If you want to live in a piece of automotive and film history in La Cañada Flintridge, all it’ll take is about $6 million.
The six-bedroom, 4½-bathroom Country English Manor-style home located at 632 Berkshire Ave. is listed at a cool $5.85 million. The expansive 5,237-square-foot home was built in 1923 and sits on 2.4 acres of wooded landscape. It also includes a 1,142-square-foot basement, two ground-floor patios and three second-story patios and a gated entryway for both cars and pedestrians.
“It’s old Flintridge,” said Brett Furrey, the Realtor marketing the home. “Not too different from when it was built. It’s one of the most private homes in the Flintridge flats.”
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Extended Overnight 210 Closures to Slow Traffic

Drivers should expect continued slow going along the 210 Freeway, along which the eastbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramp will remain closed through June.
In an April 21 news release, Caltrans also detailed numerous of planned nighttime closures associated with the $148.5-million pavement rehabilitation project.
Residents can learn more and share their thoughts at a 6 p.m. City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 2, to which the city has invited Caltrans representatives.
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Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year

Betty Porto, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, is presented a certificate from Congressman Adam Schiff during the annual Women of the Year luncheon Saturday in Echo Park.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Betty Porto was among the honorees at this year’s Women of the Year luncheon Saturday, April 22. Congressman Adam Schiff recognized inspiring women from the 28th District for their service to their communities.
Schiff celebrated the Porto family at the event in Echo Park, near where they opened their first bakery in the United States.
The Portos came from humble beginnings in Manzanillo, Cuba. After Fidel Castro’s violent revolution in the 1950s, Continue reading “Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year”

Crime Uptick Has Unnerved Residents Looking for Answers

In addition to Neighborhood Watch groups, local sheriff’s personnel recommend residents take other steps to dissuade criminals, including responding to an alarm when it’s been triggered.

A trio of Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies got an earful Monday morning from a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was offended they stopped him after receiving a tip about suspected mail theft.
“I matched the description of someone who’d been going through mailboxes — maroon T-shirt, black pants, about 55 years old,” said Gary Kwasniewski, who actually is 60 and who makes it a habit to walk from his home to the post office a few blocks away because he likes the exercise.
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Film Festival Fun for Young Directors

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
As a part of the School-X Young Directors program, participants made movie posters (left) to promote their films. A short film about the movie-making class preceded the student films Sunday at Lanterman Auditorium.

The movies that premiered at Sunday’s film festival at Lanterman Auditorium touched on serious subject matter that ranged from refugees to animal adoption and bullying. Naturally, the heavy emphasis was on fun: pizza, pre-show games of tag and popcorn lofted skyward and caught (often) in the mouths of the young directors.
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7/8 Students of the Month Recognized

Photo courtesy Christi Matarese
March Students of the Month from La Cañada High School 7/8 are (in alphabetical order) Eric Ahn, Maggie Bates, Ella Bogen, Leilani Burke, Declan Crehan, Sofia Eleftheriou, Jonah Garland, Ethan Godby, Emily Klapmust, Jordan Lay, Charlie Park, Artis Phillips, Ty Reynolds, Peter Terry, Ionnais Tsotras and Sydney Wang. The students were nominated by their teachers.

La Cañada Closing In On League Championship

Photo courtesy Leigh Harris
La Cañada’s Meghan Henry (4) is greeted by her teammates as she steps on home plate after blasting a solo home run during a 15-0 victory over San Marino on Tuesday. The Spartans improved to 8-0 in Rio Hondo League play.

La Cañada High School varsity softball coach Chuck Gunter is always challenging his team, and it was no different against a struggling San Marino squad on Tuesday.
“We working different things for different games,” Gunter said. “Yesterday, we spent a lot of time working on something that I wanted the girls to do well. Continue reading “La Cañada Closing In On League Championship”