League Championship Teams

La Salle Boys’ Soccer
Photo courtesy Anthony Harris
The La Salle High School varsity boys’ soccer team recently captured the Del Rey League title with a 9-1 record. The Lancers (12-11-1 overall) clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff berth and fell to La Cañada, 2-1, in the first round. The Del Rey League championship squad includes (kneeling, from left) Nicholas Reynolds, Jason Helgeson, Corbin Jones, Adrian Puga, Fernando Urteaga, Stephen Burkhart, Alec Berberian, Eric Rivero and Ryan Alvarez. Standing: Curtis Antonides, Nick Zuniga, Neil Angsanto, Luis Serrano, Miles Gelinas, assistant coach Art Karamyan, Michael Gibbs, head coach Edgar Manvelyan, Ryan Sparks, Nicholas Wilson, Julian Prins, Vincent Zuniga and Christopher Dinkel.
Westridge Girls’ Water Polo
The Westridge varsity girls’ water polo recently shared the Prep League championship with Polytechnic with an 11-1 record. The Tigers clinched a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoff berth and fell to Downey Warren in the first round. The squad includes (front row, from left) Sammy Chean-Udell and Serena Lewin. Middle: Grace Collins, Marissa Aivizas, Aleen Babikian and Amanda Tse. Back: Mara Raygor, Georgia Bogle, Kira O’Donell, Ava Whist, Brenna Bowlen and Sophia Rubbo.

Valentine Enjoys Sips and Sweets at LadyBird

Photo courtesy Valentine Elementary School

Valentine parents Jenny Yessaian, Michele Esbenshade, Colleen Tripp, Parent Party co-chair Shannon Snaer, Francesca Gill, PTA President Helen Phan, Parent Party co-chair Stephanie Giardina and Kate Sinclair recently stopped in at LadyBird, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store on Mission Street for the “Sips and Sweets” shopping day benefiting Valentine Elementary School PTA. Valentine parents and friends were treated to cupcakes and beverages as they shopped the boutique’s colorful spring apparel and gift items. This shopping event was coordinated by Gill and was held in conjunction with the PTA’s upcoming “Sweet Magnolia Night” Parent Party, which will take place on Saturday, April 8.

East Meets West Sponsors Parenting Conference

“Parental Self-Care: How Taking Care of Yourself Benefits Your Family” was the topic discussed at a recent parenting conference sponsored by the East Meets West Parent Education Club at Crowell Library. The featured speaker was Professor Marla Brassard, who is director of the School of Psychology at Columbia University. Brassard presented the results of ongoing research into the ability of parents to promote their own strength and well-being in order to be able to continue their job of positive parenting.

Photo courtesy East Meets West Education Club
Tina Wong, Flora Wang, Grace Jeong, Caroline Elliott, Jennifer Lu, Ivy Sun, Mary Brassard, guest speaker Marla Brassard, and Annie and Paul Brassard

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Swirlz Soft Serve Holds Grand Opening

Photo courtesy Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor
Swirlz owner Sepherteen Jew (second from left) stands with daughters Rioghnach, Saerlaith and Caislin Dunn.

Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor held its grand opening recently, and a steady crowd streamed through the doors to sample the organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt for 20% off. Through the month of March, there is a 10% discount off the entire food purchase and a special of a $25 gift card for $20.
Swirlz Soft Serve Parlor is a local family-owned frozen dessert parlor featuring organic soft-serve ice cream and yogurt, vegan coconut milk, Dole Whip, gelato and custard, with more than 60 toppings to customize the treat. It is located at 2136 Huntington Drive.

Children’s Hospital NICCU Families to Reunite at Kidspace

A butterfly-themed celebration on Sunday, April 2, will reunite hundreds of patients and their families with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation Newborn and Infant Critical Care Unit at Kidspace Children’s Museum for an evening filled with play, fun and laughter.
These children, affectionately called NICCU “graduates,” all spent crucial days, weeks and months in CHLA’s intensive care unit specially designed to meet the needs of critically ill infants. About 800 patients, parents and loved ones will get an opportunity to reunite and celebrate with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during these vital early moments of life.
To commemorate the lives and accomplishments of NICCU graduates, CHLA and Kidspace have partnered to host the reunion.
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San Marino ‘Arts Rock!’ Showcases April 1

The San Marino Unified School District will host its annual “Arts Rock!” celebration, a festival to showcase the K-12 arts programs, on April 1, from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the high school.
Festival participants are invited to sing, dance, act, draw,and play at various activities, including: Tie dye, tutu-making, comedy sports, storytelling, karaoke, face-painting, henna tattoos, jewelry-making, an instrument petting zoo, mural painting, ceramics and a painting workshop.
The community can wander through the K-12 art exhibit and watch the talented student showcases by dance, drama, instrumental music and choral music, which happen on the outdoor stage. Three food trucks and desserts at the Musical Theater Soda Shop will be available. Student-made arts and crafts at the craft store will be available for purchase.
Beginning at 3:15 p.m., SMUSD choir, dance, drama and instrumental music will close the event with performances in the Neher Auditorium. All are welcome to attend.

Obituary: Carmita Louise Frost

Carmita L. Frost

Carmita Louise Frost, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on March 20. Carmita, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Hollywood Beach, was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children Terry L. Pizzo (Rand Ketchpaw), Michael E. (Anita) Frost and Denise L. (Tim) Fejtek, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carmita was an avid equestrian and a founding member of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council, established in 1974. She also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
After relocating to Hollywood Beach in 1985, she became an active member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated, where she held many positions on the board.
Carmita loved her home at the beach and the sand on her feet. One of her greatest pastimes was riding her horse, Zoe, through the trails of Ojai. She was also a dedicated yogini, and practiced for more than 25 years. Additionally, Carmita had an appreciation for music and enjoyed attending civic events. She loved her family, friends and animals dearly. Carmita will be greatly missed by all.
Her memorial service will be held at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, on March 26 at 1 p.m.

Dignity Health Honors Winner of Kindness Challenge

Photo courtesy Dignity Health – Glendale Memorial Hospital

Claire Davis of Rosemont Middle School (second from right) was recently honored with the Great Kindness Challenge Video Competition award. The competition is sponsored by Dignity Health — Glendale Memorial Hospital. From left are Tri Fritz, philanthropy manager, Glendale Memorial Hospital; Cynthia Livingston, principal, Rosemont Middle School; Jack Ivie, president, Glendale Memorial Hospital; Davis; and Marie Filipian, community relations manager, Glendale Memorial Hospital. Officials from Glendale Memorial presented Rosemont Middle School with a $500 award. Additionally, Davis received a commendation from Glendale City Mayor Paula Devine and an award certificate from the hospital.

‘Planet Earth: Caves’ at Caltech on April 1

“Planet Earth: Caves” will be presented on Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturdays series.
The film, which is recommended for ages 8 and older, ventures into the underground world of perpetual darkness and the unknown while exploring caves, tunnels and caverns. The shadowy interiors of these natural structures are a breeding ground for bizarre and remarkable wildlife.
Erika Hamden, a postdoctoral scholar in astronomy at Caltech, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets to this performance are $10 (unreserved seating) and can be purchased at the Caltech ticket office, 101 Winnett Center on the Caltech campus in Pasadena.
Beckman Auditorium is located on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard, in Pasadena. For information, call (626) 395-4652.

Profectum Foundation’s Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Conference

Profectum Foundation invites parents and professionals to attend its fifth International Conference, March 31 and April 1, at the Huntington Library in San Marino. “Honoring Individual Differences: The Gateway to Supporting Neurodiversity in Autism & Mental Health Treatment,” is a conference that will present a paradigm shift from a disability perspective to approaches that value neurodiversity and individual differences.

The Villa Esperanza team, including (from left) Ariel Hegedus; Casey Gregg, vice president; Gwendolyn Eberhard, speech director; Kelly White, CEO; and Michelle Cox, director of development, were among those who attended last year’s Profectum Foundation conference.

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