Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday

Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.
Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.

The city of Pasadena recently celebrated its past and envisioned the future with a free community party that showcased an emphasis on science, technology and creativity. Mayor Terry Tornek, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblyman Chris Holden, City Council members Gene Masuda and Tyrone Hampton, and Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson cut a ceremonial slice of cake to start the proceedings. Continue reading “Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday”

Local Doctor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Michael Silka

Dr. Michael Silka, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and interim co-director of the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric & Congenital Electrophysiology Society at the organization’s annual conference in Boston earlier this week.
He is the sixth recipient of the award, which is in recognition of extraordinary contribution to the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias in children. PACES is a nonprofit organization made up of physicians and allied professionals dedicated to improving care for children and young adults with cardiac rhythm disturbances. It’s the largest society of pediatric heart rhythm specialists in the world.
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LCPC’s Parent Ed Summer Family Class Now Open

LCPC Parent Education Program is excited to announce its Summer Family Class is open for registration.
This four-week class will be taught by experienced educator and mom of seven, Nanette Brown. Brown brings a wealth of experience both as a teacher and as a parent to each and every one of her classes.
She strives to foster the bond between parent and child through compassionate and supportive learning environments, utilizing new research on parenting to inform her class discussions. The summer class is offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. from May 23-June 14. Topics will include “Parent Self Care,” “Breaking Busy,” “Intentional Parenting/Mindful Living,” and “How to Connect with Each of Your Children.” The course costs $80 plus a $20 registration fee. Registration is now open online at, or by calling (818) 790-6758 ext. 205.
Scholarships and payment plans are available online. Affordable childcare is offered during all class times.
La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.

Spring Home Tour Benefits LCHS

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
Committee members of the La Cañada Spring Home Tour, who are gearing up for the April 27 fundraiser, include (front row, from left) Sharon Grey, Karyn Perez, Cathy Steward, Leanne Forshager, Gillan Frame, Suzanne Jensen, Maral Chatoyan, Mindy DiPaolo, Apala Parikh, Tamar Tujian and Lisa Dick. Back: Jill Chapman, Jennifer Ferry, Sue Auther, Frances Delgatty, Lee Chumo, Christine Chant, Laura Buchanan, Pam Heiberg and Jill Weinlein. Not pictured: Jennifer Fox, Jennifer Jewell, Heather Scherbert, Donna Burdick, Laila Stroben, Stephanie Wiley, Lori Beagle, Hayley Dziak, Betsy Asher Hall, Nicole York Bogen, Heather Ehrhart, Christina Conwell and Stuart McKinney.

The La Cañada Flintridge community has an opportunity to tour a variety of beautifully appointed homes during the upcoming La Cañada Spring Home Tour on Friday, April 27. Tours of four homes are from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continue reading “Spring Home Tour Benefits LCHS”

LCFTRA To Host Bingo Fundraiser April 27

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Maureen Bond, Bill Pounders and Nancy Villegas show their bingo cards in anticipation of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s Bingo Night on April 27.

La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association will host Bingo Night on Friday, April 27, at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
There will be seven cash prizes, including the Grand Prize Game, paying $500. For $40, players receive a dauber, a bingo book containing six single-play bingo cards for each regular game, plus one single-play card for the Grand Prize Game. Dinner from El Pollo Loco will be available at 5:30 p.m. for $10, and the LCFTRA No Host Bar will be offering beverages. Games begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is located at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. The 2019 Pasadena Rose Parade theme is “The Melody of Life.” LCFTRA’s float will be titled, “Tree Frog Night.”
To register, visit

LCF Library Semi-Annual Book Sale April 25-28

Friends of the La Cañada Library, a volunteer group, will hold its semi-annual book sale from April 25-28. The funds help support the library to keep it up-to-date with needed equipment, hard cover and online books, books on tape, and interesting programs for adults and children.
Readers will find books of many interests: favorite authors, educational, travel, cooking and history. CDs and DVDs will also be for sale.
Become a Friend of the Library with a reasonable yearly fee. Visitors can inquire about membership just inside the library door at the time of the sale.
For more information about sale hours, visit

LCHS Home Tour April 27

Photo courtesy Jennifer Fox
La Cañada High School Home Tour committee members include Mindy DiPaolo (7/8 PTA president), Gillan Abercrombie Frame (co-chair), Suzanne Jensen (co-chair) and Lisa Dick
(9-12 PTA president).

Suzanne Jensen and Gillan Abercrombie Frame are co-chairing this year’s La Cañada High School 7/8 and 9-12 PTA Home Tour. This committee has been planning for months five ways to participate and enjoy the biggest fundraiser for the schools.
Besides touring four unique homes from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, ticketholders can enjoy lunch at event sponsor Los Gringos Locos and other local favorites, including Honeybird, Penelope’s and Sakura. Continue reading “LCHS Home Tour April 27”

Door of Hope Announces New Board Members


Door of Hope has announced that two La Cañada Flintridge residents — Camilla Hartman and Kay Wolking — have been elected to the Pasadena-based organization’s board of directors. Additionally, local resident Steve Lazarian Jr. has become Door of Hope’s new board president.
Door of Hope is a Christ-centered, nonprofit organization that helps families and children experiencing homelessness rebuild their lives by helping families find jobs, receive “financial literacy” and budgeting skills, and provide children with daily homework assistance and tutoring to help them develop academically and socially.
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