LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant

Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.
Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.

There were tears, yes, but there was also laughter, as more than 500 family and friends remembered longtime City Councilman Dave Spence, 80, at a memorial service Wednesday at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Chuck Osburn asked those gathered if they recalled Spence — a six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor who was serving his seventh City Council term when he died May 16 from an apparent heart attack — gleefully riding down Foothill Boulevard on a fire truck in past Fiesta Days parades. Hundreds of hands shot up. Continue reading “LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant”

Service for Spence Will Be Wednesday at LCPC

Dave Spence

A memorial service for local leader Dave Spence will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Spence died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday, May 16. A six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor, he was serving his seventh term as a member of the City Council. He also served a four-year term on the Public Safety Commission.
In lieu of flowers, Spence’s family requests that donations be made to the “La Cañada Presbyterian Church,” or the “City of La Cañada Flintridge.” Funds will be used to support children’s ministry at the church or a memorial at the new City Hall, respectively.
Checks can be sent to: La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., LCF, 91011.

Children’s Favorites at LCPC Pops Concert

How do our children see the world? How do they see us? What can we learn from looking through our children’s eyes? This year, La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Pops show, “Thru Children’s Eyes,” will feature the great songs of the 20th and 21st centuries that connect us with our children. The LCPC Chancel Choir, along with the Jack Lantz Little Big Band and Pops Summer Dancers, are presenting a fun-filled evening of familiar and popular music on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m.
Songs come from a wide range of movies and Broadway shows and include excerpts from “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek,” “Hercules,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Into the Woods” and many others. The show will be multimedia using movie and theater excerpts to introduce and accompany many of the songs, as well as some enlightening comedic moments and some clips of kids.
Soloists include Diane Wallace, Matthew Thomas, Gregory Geiger, Tom Malcolm, Rebecca Sjöwall, Joanne Horne, Ellen Kirstein, Tina Carey, Bill Lundeen, Lynn Keller, Tyler Wright and many others. The Pops Dancers will perform a dance as chimney sweeps.
Tickets are $20 for reserved seats in the front rows and $15 for general admission. Children are free. Tickets can be purchased from any choir member, at the door, or from the church office.
For more information, call (818) 790-6758, ext. 251.

Fibromyalgia-Arthritis Support Group at LCPC

A new community support group is beginning for people with fibromyalgia and/or arthritis. The group will meet monthly at La Cañada Presbyterian Church for personal and social support and education in lifestyle management of these difficult medical issues.
The support group will be led by Dianne Whiting and Katie Phillips-Rector. Whiting has extensive experience as a physical therapist working with people with fibromyalgia and arthritis and is program director for the Fibromyalgia Management Program at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona. She has been leading a fibromyalgia support group at Casa Colina for the past 20 years.
Phillips-Rector is a marriage and family therapist intern who works with individuals and families facing a variety of chronic pain and health conditions. She also lives with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia herself, and is passionate about helping others find strength and encouragement while living these medical issues.
The support group will meet at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 1-2:15 p.m. in the library. There is no fee or sign-up for this program, and all are welcome to join us. Email Katie (Katie@lacanadapc.org) or Dianne (diannefibro@gmail.com) with questions.

Registration for Fall Parent Education Classes Begins May 10

La Cañada Presbyterian Church will offer weekly parenting education classes for parents of children up to 18 from September through May 2018. The registration period will open Wednesday, May 10.
Parent-and-Child classes for parents of newborns through age 5 will feature valuable instruction from seasoned educators; Parent-Only sessions for parents of school-aged children will focus on challenges that accompany raising elementary, tween and teen children; New Babies, Babies and Older Babies will highlight first-year challenges of eating, sleeping and changes in family dynamics; Toddler and 2-Year-Old classes will feature discussions about discipline, potty training and nurturing the whole child; Family Class will enable parents to bring children up to 5 and discuss raising young children as well as creating calm in a multichild family.
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LCPC Finds New Pastor After Nationwide Search

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK The Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer addresses the La Cañada Presbyterian Church congregation during his sermon on Palm Sunday, after which the church’s members overwhelmingly approved him to be their new pastor. LCPC’s two previous head pastors, Rev. Gary Demarest and Rev. Gary Dennis, served 23 and 24 years, respectively.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
The Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer addresses the La Cañada Presbyterian Church congregation during his sermon on Palm Sunday, after which the church’s members overwhelmingly approved him to be their new pastor. LCPC’s two previous head pastors, Rev. Gary Demarest and Rev. Gary Dennis, served 23 and 24 years, respectively.

This past Sunday — Palm Sunday — La Cañada Presbyterian Church welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer, who emerged from a field of more than 200 candidates to lead La Cañada Flintridge’s largest congregation. Continue reading “LCPC Finds New Pastor After Nationwide Search”

Club LC is Coming Soon

Enjoy listening and dancing to jazz at Club LC, the La Cañada High School Jazz Band and Chamber Singers’ annual fundraiser, on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. This always-popular event has moved to a new location: La Cañada Presbyterian Church at 626 Foothill Blvd. Club LC combines big band instrumentals by the LCHS Jazz Band with a variety of vocal standards performed by members of the school’s Chamber Singers for a memorable musical evening.
Ticket prices are $50 for adults and $25 for students and include a light dinner catered by Colombo’s. Sponsorships are available for $250 and include two adult tickets, reserved parking, two Club LC mocktails in souvenir glasses, event recognition and early admission to the venue (6:30 p.m).
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be held at the will call table.
For tickets, contact Mikaho Hara at lchsmpa@gmail.com or order online at lchsmusic.org. Questions about Club LC can be directed to Sue Wright at wrightsue@sbcglobal.net.

Photo courtesy LCHS
LCHS Jazz Band members Michael Seuylemezian, Brandon Deguzman, Matthew Miller, Charlie Reynolds and Rei Chavez take a break at a recent Club LC.

 

LCPC Choir’s 99-Year-Old Singer Voices His Wit

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Bob Wilson, 99, is a dedicated member of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Choir, whose members appreciate his voice and musical knowledge as well as his dry wit.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Bob Wilson, 99, is a dedicated member of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Choir, whose members appreciate his voice and musical knowledge as well as his dry wit.

With all due deference to Courtney B. Vance,  the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor who will narrate the Christmas concert on Saturday afternoon at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, there will be another performer in the show who’s also worthy of an ovation.

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