New TAVR Procedure Helps Heart Patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Dr. Eli Capouya (front row, from left), cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Harry Balian, interventional cardiology. Back: Dr. Sanjay Sharma, interventional cardiology; Dr. Joseph Bornheimer, interventional cardiology; Leslie Williams, Valve Clinic coordinator; Dr. Amir Rafie, interventional cardiology; and Dr. Armin Kiankhooy, cardiothoracic surgery.

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Americana at Brand Kicks Off Lunar New Year on Feb. 4

The Americana at Brand kicks off the Year of the Rooster on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2-5 p.m. Presented by Capital One, the festivities will begin with a parade around the shopping center followed by cultural onstage performances, lion dances, a 10-person dragon, stilt walkers, acrobats, and arts and crafts.
The event will conclude with a special performance by Culture Shock L.A. Traditional Asian food vendors include Cloud Food Creations, Belly Bombz, Nitro-Pop, the Ensaymada Project and Coco Fresh Tea & Juice.
Guests will receive lucky red envelopes from the God of Wealth that contains cash, prizes and more.

Costumes and dragons brightened last year’s Lunar New Year celebration at the Americana at Brand.

Admission is free, but some activities require a ticket(s). Tickets are sold for $1 each. Prices for food vendors vary.
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Coldwell Banker Gives Back to Community

On behalf of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, Kathy Seuylemezian (fourth from right) recently presented $5,000 to Josh Epstein and Marilyn Yang of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Pictured are LCFEF Executive Director Yang, Tim Drummond, LCFEF President Epstein, Erik Larsen, Doug Drummond, Seuylemezian, Bettina Rosenfeld, Jo Von Tiehl and Michelle Chen. For more than a century, Coldwell Banker has been committed to improving the world where its agents live and work. Its sales associates are passionate about making a difference in their own communities.

Talk on Camellias at Descanso Gardens on Feb. 2

The Pacific Camellia Society kicks off its 2017 series of meetings with speaker Tom Nuccio of Nuccio’s Nursery 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Descanso Gardens.

Tom Nuccio of Nuccio’s Nursery in Altadena holds one of his prize-winning camellias. Nuccio will speak at the Pacific Camellia Society meeting in Descanso Gardens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4.

In addition to being a humorous, enthusiastic speaker, Nuccio brings a vast array of beautiful blossoming camellia plants to talk about at the meeting. Many of the camellia plants are donated to the society for raffling off to the audience at the end of the meeting. Nuccio will be available to answer questions about growing camellias.

Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Adds Board, Committee Members

Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has announced the addition of five key members to its leadership, including three new board of directors members — Shelley Thompson, Shiva Sattar and Betty Uribe — and two new advisory committee members, Dr. Lily Lee and David Misch.
“The addition of these key community members continues to strengthen the mission of Legacy and the leadership outlook that we are growing as we protect the future of this iconic landmark venue,” said Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Executive Director Dedan Brozino.
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Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m.
The event, titled “On Their Shoulders We Stand,” will honor Harambee’s founding board of directors and contributors at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church. William Pannell from the Center for African American Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker. The Push by Harambee will cater the dinner.

A large contingent of La Cañada Flintridge residents attended last year’s benefit for Harambee Ministries. Pictured above are (front row, from left) Dick Cook, Barb Barber, Susan Baribault, Bonnie Cook, Nanyamka Redmond, Janice McGlashan and Bob McGlashan. Back: Bill Baribault, Skip Barber and Executive Director Harlan Redmond. This year’s 35th anniversary dinner fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Harambee, which is Swahili for the phrase “Let’s get together and push,” was formed to serve a 12-block area around Navarro Avenue in Pasadena in response to the high level of crime in the area in 1982.

Tickets are $150. Sponsorships for businesses and individuals are also available. For more information, visit

Obituary: Charlotte Ann Stokely

Charlotte Ann Stokely
Charlotte Ann Stokely

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., she resided in La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose and Pasadena, working with Dilbeck Realtors in both La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta offices, as well as Coldwell Banker’s La Cañada Flintridge office, during her approximate 40 years in real estate. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, and leaves behind a son, Scott, who lives in Fort Collins, Colo., and a granddaughter, Gabi. Memorial services will be held at Forest Lawn Glendale in the Little Church of the Flowers at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. Internment is to follow.

Obituary: Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell

Vineda Mitchell
Vineda Mitchell

Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell, 75, passed away on Nov. 17 at her home in Monrovia following a long battle with cancer. She was born on May 20, 1941, in Denver to Vincent and Edith Smith. Hence her name is a combination of their names Vincent and Edith.
Vineda grew up in Englewood, Colo., and graduated from Englewood High School in 1959. After high school, she attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., where she received an associate’s degree.
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Fusion Hosts Speaker Jan. 26

Join San Marino psychologist Justin Carter for “Teaching Grit,” a lecture about helping teens develop the grit needed for the future. Fusion Pasadena is hosting the talk on its campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Does your student give up easily, or begin projects and never finish them?
Call it grit, spunk, determination or courage, there are ways parents can help their children develop these important qualities.
Fusion Pasadena is located at 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 118, in Los Angeles. An RSVP is appreciated. For more details, visit, or call (323) 258-2012.