Nancy and Al Plamann, event hosts Sherry and David Kirchheimer and Gillan Abercrombie were among the La Cañada Flintridge residents who enjoyed the Pasadena Humane Society “Heroes Circle” reception recently. Guests were celebrated for their dedication of service and financial support to the Pasadena Humane Society, according to President/CEO Julie Blank.
La Cañada Flintridge lost Dave Spence on Tuesday.
The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor died from an apparent heart attack at his home, according to a statement from the city. Spence, 80, was found Tuesday morning.
Spence loved LCF, and, judging by a quarter-century worth of election results, the city loved him.
In March, he was re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992, including those record six turns as mayor: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
“Dave Spence’s love for our community was truly unparalleled in our history,” wrote Steve Del Guercio, also a former mayor and longtime friend of Spence, in an email. “Seemingly ubiquitous, he touched the lives of generations of La Cañadans with his kindness, goodwill and dedication to helping others.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Continue reading “An ‘Unparalleled’ Civil Servant, Spence Dies at 80”
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station stepped up local patrols — and its social media presence.
Visitors to the station’s Facebook page — @CrescentaValleySheriffsStation — will find news about a DUI arrest on Monday night, a car that overturned early Sunday and wound up on somebody’s lawn, as well as information about street closures related to Saturday’s Amgen Tour of California Bicycle Race.
“Society being so social media-minded, we want to make sure we engage with the community on the same level they’re communicating on a daily basis,” Lt. Mark Slater said. Continue reading “CV Sheriff’s Station Ramps Up Facebook Page”
The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links Inc. recently awarded nine Pasadena Unified School District high school seniors and three college students for a total of $24,000 as part of the organization’s Isaac McClelland Memorial Scholarship Program.
Established in 1968, the scholarship was launched in memory of distinguished Los Angeles City Schools Area Superintendent, the late Isaac McClelland. The chapter has awarded over $545,000 in college scholarships to PUSD students.
Continue reading “Links Award Scholarships to PUSD High School Seniors”
Five Acres will host its annual gala on Saturday, June 3, at the private Molina Estate in South Pasadena. Guests of the “Red Carpet Affair” will enjoy celebrity treatment, including a three-course meal with wine, a silent and live auction with special prizes, wine and jewelry raffles, live entertainment, dancing and more, all while raising funds to support Five Acres programs.
Multiple auction items will be available to gala bidders, including a “Nashville” show package for two with airfare, accommodations and a “Nashville” set visit; a private catering extravaganza for 50; and a private dinner and organic margarita tasting for 10 with local chef Robert Simon. Luxury travel packages include a one-week Parisian stay on the Champs-Élysées; a weeklong stay at a private beach condominium in Cabo San Lucas at Casa del Mar; a Catalina Island adventure for six; and a scenic sailing excursion around the San Francisco Bay with a gourmet lunch and regional wines.
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“Live at the Arboretum” will kick off its inaugural summer concert festival with Grammy award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes on Saturday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger presenting.
Tickets start at $10 and gates open for picnic dining at 5 p.m.
The outdoor dinner party will offer spacious circular table seating with fine linens, or lawn seating for those who want to bring a blanket — each option carries on the tradition of picnic-dining with family and friends. Among many venue amenities, concertgoers can enjoy the food court with food trucks plus two beverage centers serving fine wines, beer, coffee and soft drinks.
Live at the Arboretum marks its inaugural debut this summer and is presented by Barger, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation, the Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation and the Pasadena Pops.
Tickets cost $10, $25 and $35; and are available by calling the box office at (626) 793-7172, online at PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org or at the Arboretum on the day of the concert. The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia.
The La Cañada Thursday Club recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a local youth, Hope Morrison. Morrison is a former resident of Youth Moving On, a program of Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity. Morrison was selected from eight finalists who have received or currently are receiving services from YMO. She was awarded the check at a tea held at the La Cañada Thursday Club. This is the second year in a row the club has awarded a current or former YMO youth a scholarship.
Morrison, a student at Pasadena City College, is on track to graduate next fall with an associates degree in communications. She hopes to transfer to a UC school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a sports reporter. She also would like to one day open a nonprofit to help youth in foster care.
Currently she works part time as a job coach/mentor at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and interns with the Los Angeles Transition Age Youth Collaborative. She also worked for three years as a full-time law clerk at Children’s Law Center in Monterey Park.
Hillsides’ Youth Moving On (youthmovingon.org) program offers a continuum of support services for transition-age youth 16-25 that includes housing services, a Peer Resource drop-in center and workforce development.
The La Cañada Thursday Club is a social, cultural and philanthropic organization that was founded in 1912 to reach out to the community to assist charitable, nonprofit groups and to further youth in their education.
Retirement agrees with El Portal owner and Pasadena mainstay Abel Ramirez. Well, kind of.
The restauranteur has been “practicing retirement” for two years now, but most days, you’ll still find him at the Mexican and Yucatan specialty restaurant.
“I’m still having fun with the businesses,” said Abel who turns 75 this week. “There are still a lot of risks and stresses, but what keeps me sane is that I have fun with it. Everybody should do what they love.” Continue reading “El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family”
After working 22 years in corporate America, Pasadena resident David Samuels learned something. He learned there was something else he wanted to do with his life. Continue reading “Executive Coach Teaches Companies to Grow, Diversify”
After the groundbreaking ceremony on June 5, Incotechnic Inc. will begin moving equipment onsite near Huntington Middle School to begin demolition of what has served as the school’s gym for what most community members agree is too long. Continue reading “Timetable Set for New HMS Gym”