La Cañada Passes First Big League Test

With only two seniors graduating from last year’s third-place squad, Monrovia entered this season as the La Cañada High School varsity softball team’s biggest challenge in the Rio Hondo League.
“Approaching a game like this, we just had to win every inning to win the game,” said LCHS pitcher Holly Stoner. “That’s how we came into it. We were excited for this game, especially because it was our first league game at home.” Continue reading “La Cañada Passes First Big League Test”

Pasadena Woman to Be Honored at Cancer Support Gala

CaptureLiz Rusnak Arizmendi
CaptureLiz Rusnak Arizmendi

Liz Rusnak Arizmendi is a lot of things to a lot of people.
She is Rusnak Auto Group’s vice president of public relations, philanthropist, athlete, mother extraordinaire, wife and partner to a high school sweetheart, loyal daughter, sister and friend.
Now, she is also a cancer warrior.
It’s not a title the former competitive water skier ever expected to hang from her hat, but one Rusnak Arizmendi embraces like almost everything: Full speed ahead. Continue reading “Pasadena Woman to Be Honored at Cancer Support Gala”

Thursday Club Celebrates 65 Years of Debutantes

Photos courtesy La Cañada Thursday Club
The 2017 provisionals include Sydney Lew, Grace Marchosky, Megan Gmelich, Lauren Gilmore, Reagan Meyer and Eleana Melehani.

At the Thursday Club tea earlier this month, members celebrated 65 years of their Les Fleurettes Debutante Program.
The afternoon started with a history and slideshow of the many years of debutantes, pointing out the program’s changes (especially in the styles of gowns and hair!) and lasting similarities. The Thursday Club debutante program is a tradition-based program put on by the members of the club. However, the debutante committee strives to keep it relevant and current. New personal development classes include social media etiquette and downsides, along with personal safety instructions at home and away at college.

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St. Francis Dam Disaster to Be Relived at Camellia Society Meeting

Paul Rippens

How many people know that the second highest death toll in California history occurred right here in their own backyard when the St. Francis Dam in nearby San Francisquito Canyon collapsed? In 1928, when the dam failed and flood waters came rampaging down the canyon, an estimated 431 people lost their lives — second in total lives lost only to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Paul Rippen, retired L.A. County Chief Forester, author and local historian, will be bringing his own perspective to this little-remembered catastrophe at the final meeting of the Pacific Camellia Society on Thursday evening, April 6, in Descanso Gardens.
The meeting, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m., will also include a PowerPoint presentation about camellias by Bradford King, current editor of the National Camellia Society’s magazine.
The public is invited. Membership in the Society is not required to attend.

Panhellenic Alumnae Benefit on April 8

Paul Woolls

Paul Woolls, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and proprietor of Progeny Winery on Mt. Veeder in Napa County, is the featured speaker at this year’s Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic annual benefit at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale on Saturday, April 8.
This year’s benefit theme, “Of Wine & Wine Tasting,” will include a complementary wine tasting of unique Napa wines. The guest speaker, a generous supporter of La Cañada Flintridge schools, is familiar to those in Los Angeles and Napa wine circles. The wine tasting will be followed by lunch and a silent auction and raffle items.
Since 1948, GAAP has award scholarships to local graduating high school senior girls and to local collegian women belonging to one of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference sororities.
Tickets may be purchased online, or download the registration form at (select “Annual Benefit Luncheon.”). For more information, email