Union Station Homeless Services to Feed Hundreds on Christmas

In a show of compassion and holiday spirit, hundreds of volunteers of all ages will gather on Christmas Day to serve meals and cheer at Union Station Homeless Services’ second annual Holiday at the Station.
Union Station expects to serve more than 500 plates of food on Monday, Dec. 25. Meal recipients will include individuals and families experiencing homelessness or poverty, senior citizens and those who are alone for Christmas or unable to afford a holiday meal.
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The Return of the Giant Candles to Lorain Road

Luke Aloe, 13, and Connor Lee, 11, of San Marino are keeping a 50-year-old tradition alive:  5-foot-high “candles” in every neighbor’s front yard.
Luke Aloe, 13, and Connor Lee, 11, of San Marino are keeping a 50-year-old tradition alive: 5-foot-high “candles” in every neighbor’s front yard.

It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit when you stroll down part of Lorain Road in San Marino, thanks to the work of two boys for the last few years.
In nearly every yard on their block of Lorain Road, there stands a holiday candle, perhaps 5 feet high and crafted from metal tubing and a tiki torch. Luke Aloe, 13, and Connor Lee, 11, have taken it upon themselves to make them, with the hope of bringing back what once was a tradition on their block.
About 50 years ago, a Lorain Road resident who owned a metal tubing company had gotten the idea. Continue reading “The Return of the Giant Candles to Lorain Road”

LCF Comes Together for ‘Festival in Lights’

By Perry Fein
Special to the Outlook

For the 23rd year, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce gave its community the gift of “good family fun, with something for every age,” as Chamber President Pat Anderson described Friday evening’s Festival in Lights event at Memorial Park.
As families arrived to picnic and pose for photos in front of live reindeer, a semi-truck sprayed eight tons of snow on the grass field to the delight of park-goers. Hello Pizza & Chicken and Los Gringos Locos, two local eateries, set up vendor stalls and began serving food and beverages to the crowd.

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
At the Festival in Lights, the 2018 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Court was announced. From left are Courtney Johnson, Megan Andrew, Rucha Kadam, Julia Powers and Hazel Valentine. The coronation of Miss La Cañada Flintridge will be held during the Installation and Awards Dinner in January.

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High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Colin Jacobs, a senior at St. Francis High School, carries a Christmas tree after unloading it from a truck that delivered 835 trees from Oregon to the Crescenta Cañada YMCA on Sunday.

A bunch of jolly young elves were hard at work unloading 835 Christmas trees from the back of a semi-trailer truck in the Crescenta Cañada YMCA’s parking lot Sunday afternoon.
One of them was Colin Jacobs, a St. Francis senior sporting dozens of pine needles and grin that would not quit.
“I love this!” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but it pays off so it feels good.”
All that effort, by Jacobs and the other 70-plus teens involved in the YMCA’s Youth in Business Club, was a contribution in a longstanding local holiday tradition associated with the YMCA of the Foothills Christmas Tree Lot. The lot has come to provide teenagers an opportunity for real-life work experience while raising funds for kids who need help covering the cost of YMCA programs ranging from swim lessons to camping excursions. Continue reading “High School Youth Bring Christmas Joy to YMCA Tree Sale”