Equine Therapy Gives Free Rein So Kids Can Heal

Photo courtesy MACH 1
The equine therapy nonprofit, Move A Child Higher, known as MACH 1, has given children like Chance, 12, the opportunity to ride horses as an invigorating form of physical therapy. Chance rides Will-o with the help of side-walker volunteers Amilia Kung and Tineke Crossland.

For anyone who must use a wheelchair or has limited physical mobility, the feeling of riding a horse might be akin to the experience of flying: Breathtaking, really, is how it’s described, those powerful strides suddenly moving your body by means of a warm and supple force that almost feels your own.
Joy Rittenhouse knew that the moment she felt it, some 40 years ago, she would never let it go. So Rittenhouse, who overcame polio, has dedicated her life’s work ever since to ensuring other children and adults with physical disabilities can catch a bit of that euphoria, too. And the adrenaline rush of riding a steed is just the icing: More and more research shows that horse riding — or equine therapy — is an effective form of physical strengthening of core muscles and balance.
For 24 years, Rittenhouse has provided that opportunity locally through the nonprofit organization she founded, Move A Child Higher, or MACH 1, so that anyone with disabilities can experience the joy of therapeutic horsemanship and a horseback riding program that offers equine-assisted activities. Continue reading “Equine Therapy Gives Free Rein So Kids Can Heal”

LCF Council Election: Four Candidates, Three Openings

Four candidates are seeking three seats on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council in the general municipal election to be held on March 3.
Council incumbents Leonard Pieroni and Terry Walker, LCF Public Works and Traffic Commissioner Keith Eich and former LCF Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter are running for positions that involve full four-year terms. Pieroni has been filling the revolving post of mayor. Continue reading “LCF Council Election: Four Candidates, Three Openings”

PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC

Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.
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Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.

As students across the region head off to college this fall, a contingent of Pasadena Unified School District graduates is proudly donning backpacks to attend an institution right here in town­ — Pasadena City College — in a quest to achieve a quality higher education at a lesser cost. Continue reading “PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC”

Spartans Place 3rd in Burbank Tournament

Claire Saydah
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Claire Saydah recorded 16 digs in La Cañada’s three-game sweep at Newhall Hart last week.

The La Cañada High School varsity girls’ volleyball team placed third in the Burbank Tournament last Saturday.
The Spartans (10-4 overall record) played seven matches and finished with a 5-2 record. La Cañada defeated Culver City in two sets to bring home the third-place trophy. The squad also recorded victories over Sherman Oaks Buckley, Burbank, Mission Hills Alemany and Los Angeles Immaculate Heart. LC suffered setbacks against Huntington Beach twice in the tourney.
La Cañada will travel to Los Angeles today to take on Immaculate Heart in a nonleague match at 5:30 p.m. The Spartans will play their home opener against Glendora on Monday, Sept. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Continue reading “Spartans Place 3rd in Burbank Tournament”

The Proper Rises Anew, Eager to Serve LCF

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Rick Anderson and David Yost at the bar of the remodeled restaurant the Proper, which is set to open soon.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Rick Anderson and David Yost at the bar of the remodeled restaurant the Proper, which is set to open soon.

The Proper, previously a high-end gin bar and restaurant, is rebooting this week in “proper fashion” with new owners and a different focus after a nearly seven-month absence in La Cañada Flintridge.
“It’s not going to be a gin bar,” said owner Rick Anderson of the just-formed Proper Hospitality Group LLC that includes David Yost, Lisa Anderson and Cater Lee Yost. “It will be a well-rounded, handcrafted cocktail bar and restaurant. And everything that [former owner Brady Caverly] did for the bar is alive and well.” Continue reading “The Proper Rises Anew, Eager to Serve LCF”

JPL Speaker Uses InSight to Fire Kids’ Imaginations

Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Hoffman, a project manager for the InSight Mission, discusses the spacecraft before 70 people at La Cañada Elementary School.
Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Hoffman, a project manager for the InSight Mission, discusses the spacecraft before 70 people at La Cañada Elementary School.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Hoffman had a plan to make the younger children in his audience see science as cool and explain that local residents are doing some great work: giving them an imagination-expanding glimpse into the InSight spacecraft mission to Mars. Continue reading “JPL Speaker Uses InSight to Fire Kids’ Imaginations”

Huntington Hospital, Leadership Pasadena Honor Veterans

Photo courtesy Christopher Grisanti The Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony at Huntington Hospital included comments from Cindy Bengtson Budzyn, Leadership Pasadena executive consultant; Jaynie Studenmund, vice chair of the hospital’s board of directors; Dr. Lori J. Morgan, hospital president and CEO; and Lorenzeno Pereyra, a retired U.S. Navy corpsman.
Photo courtesy Christopher Grisanti
The Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony at Huntington Hospital included comments from Cindy Bengtson Budzyn, Leadership Pasadena executive consultant; Jaynie Studenmund, vice chair of the hospital’s board of directors; Dr. Lori J. Morgan, hospital president and CEO; and Lorenzeno Pereyra, a retired U.S. Navy corpsman.

Huntington Hospital hosted its inaugural Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony at the entrance of the hospital as more than 100 nurses, physicians and employees — joined by family and friends — gathered to recognize the service of those in the United States’ military, past and present.
The hospital’s driveway was lined with American flags and names of veterans, several of whom are Huntington employees. Continue reading “Huntington Hospital, Leadership Pasadena Honor Veterans”