Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts said recently that Barbara Damerel has been named the organization’s president for the 2020-21 term. An active member of PSHA since 2003, Damerel has held numerous board and committee positions for the group, including benefit chair for the 2019 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Descanso Gardens. “Over the years I have observed how resilient PSHA is as an organization while undertaking a fundraiser of such an enormous size and scope as the Pasadena Showcase House of Design,” Damerel said. “I have been awed by the resourcefulness and dedication of the all-volunteer membership as we find solutions to nearly insurmountable problems.
Clearing vegetation around the house and proper plant selection were among the recommendations for creating fire-safe landscapes at a seminar on Saturday hosted by Descanso Gardens.
The two-part program, titled “Designing for Danger,” had a sold-out crowd of about 50 people, said Cassy Aoyagi, president of FormLA Landscaping.
Attendees David and Darlene Spence said they have lived in LCF for more than 30 years and wanted to learn more about the topic.
“We’re not horticulturists,” Darlene Spence said. “We’re not hobby gardeners. We hire someone to cut the grass … so we are not particularly knowledgeable about native anything.” Continue reading “Descanso Seminar on Fire-Safe Landscapes Draws a Crowd”
During two sessions of budget discussions in the past week, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed to designate reserve funds in support of the proposed Sagebrush territory transfer, prepared for the possible repeal of the state gas tax, and dedicated $353,425 to support 11 community groups.
The City Council is set to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year when it reconvenes for its third budget hearing at 8:30 a.m. today, June 28.
Councilman Jonathan Curtis suggested the city earmark $100,000 in reserves to back up La Cañada Unified School District in the latest chapter of a decades-long tug of war over the Sagebrush territory. Continue reading “Council Spells Out City Budget Plans”
Earth Day at Descanso Gardens is an opportunity for people to help care for the popular botanical gardens, gain a better understanding of nature and to celebrate the planet, said Jennifer Errico, Descanso Gardens’ public relations manager.
On Sunday, April 22, Descanso Gardens will host a day of activities and volunteer opportunities in honor of Earth Day. The grounds, which include several botanical gardens and a sprawling Oak Woodland, will provide a scenic backdrop for returning members and local families seeking a visceral, hands-on Earth Day experience. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens to Host Earth Day Celebration”
At the annual State of the City address, Mayor Michael Davitt offered morsels of interest for just about everyone in the large lunchtime Kiwanis crowd Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.
Davitt boasted of the city’s low 7% commercial vacancy rate, its issuance of 55 film and photography requests (worth $28,475 to the city, he noted) and said 624 Summer Beach Bus riders rode from La Cañada Flintridge to Santa Monica in 2017. Continue reading “State of the City in LCF: Lower Crime Rate, High-Tech Improvements”
Applying to join the Miss La Cañada Flintridge Court got Hazel Valentine thinking about her hometown and what might constitute a perfect day here.
It would begin, the newly crowned Miss LCF said, with a visit to the Golden Donut Palace “because it’s my family’s favorite.” Then there’d be a hike, maybe at Descanso Gardens. A dog-lover, she’d stop by Button Nose Pet Shop before going for dinner either at Los Gringos Locos or Ichiban.
For the next year, Valentine will pack in visits to many more local businesses as she leads a court of five impressive young women who were selected to represent LCF at various community events and activities, including Chamber mixers, ribbon-cuttings and Fiesta Days. Continue reading “Newly Crowned Miss LCF Embraces Hometown”