LCF Parents Win Golden Apple for Volunteerism

McNally and David Sagal are this year’s Golden Apple award recipients for their long-time volunteerism with La Cañada Unified School District.

Playdates got easier when David and McNally Sagal moved their family to La Cañada Flintridge 14 years ago.
“Before we moved to La Cañada, we were in private school and people came from a 25-mile radius, so playdates were very difficult,” McNally Sagal said. “It was really, really nice to be in such a small town, where you could practically walk to anyone in your class.”
That close community feel fit the Sagals just fine. Since arriving in LCF, they’ve devoted themselves to a variety of volunteer positions, including numerous roles associated with the La Cañada Unified School District — efforts that have earned them a Golden Apple, the annual award that salutes those who have made a significant contribution to local education. Continue reading “LCF Parents Win Golden Apple for Volunteerism”

LCUSD Brings Aboard Consultant to Help With Construction Plans

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members selected Linik Corp. to help steer the district in its planning and implementation of Measure LCF, the $149 million general obligation bond measure approved by voters in November.
After board members voted 5-0 to approve a contract with the consultants, Linik will come aboard to assist with pre-construction planning, bidding, construction and completion of bond projects — all areas in which district staffers are not experts, Chief Business Officer Mark Evans said.
“This is an important mechanism for us, I’m very pleased to see we’re taking this step,” said board member Joe Radabaugh of the contract, which includes rates not to exceed $45,500. “There will be some incremental costs, but those costs will save us in the long run. Let’s get going.” Continue reading “LCUSD Brings Aboard Consultant to Help With Construction Plans”

91011 Among Nation’s Most Expensive ZIPs

La Cañada Flintridge — specifically, the ZIP code 91011 — checked in at No. 64 nationally in an end-of-year ranking of the nation’s most expensive locales, according to real estate database PropertyShark.
LCF’s median sale price of $1,642,500 was 48th in the state in 2017, according to PropertyShark, which reported that 77 of the nation’s 100 most expensive American ZIP codes are in California, including five among the top 10.
The most expensive ZIP code in the nation: Atherton, in San Mateo County, with a median home sale price last year of $4.95 million. In the 2010 Census, Atherton recorded the nation’s highest median income per household, at more than $250,000.  Continue reading “91011 Among Nation’s Most Expensive ZIPs”

LCHS Science Students Stage Successful Fair

By Perry Fein
The Outlook

Photos by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOKScience National Honor Society members Alexandra Dudek, Melina Tsotras, Solenn Matuska, Justin Hyon, Kanyar Salahi and Micah Smyth

Students, faculty and local scientists assembled in the La Cañada High School gym on Friday night for a Science Fair. Tri-fold posters adorned tables spread in an oval across the floor, displaying the results of experiments on subjects ranging from how stress affects handwriting to the effects of acid rain on freshwater environments.
“We created the Science National Honors Society this year because we wanted to put on interesting events,” said Micah Smyth, the club’s treasurer. “And the school hasn’t historically held an annual science fair.”
Nine projects were presented, all of which were evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of experts in several scientific specialties, including psychology, biology and engineering. Continue reading “LCHS Science Students Stage Successful Fair”

LCPC Hosting Talk Regarding Bullying

Patricia A. Engert

All parents and grandparents are invited to hear from Patricia A. Engert in the Fellowship Hall of the La Canada Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25.
Being a kid today is tough and being a parent today is tougher. The presentation’s goal is to help parents when their kids report they have been teased or bullied at school by teaching them techniques for what they can do and for what they can help instill in their kids.
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LCPC Parent Ed Gala to Honor 2018 Shining Star

Kathy Kovalcik

Kathy Kovalcik has been selected as LCPC Parent Education’s 2018 Shining Star award recipient and will be recognized at the organization’s annual benefit on Saturday, Feb. 24. She “exemplifies Parent Ed’s commitment to strengthening families, both locally and globally, and has had a significant impact on the community, especially its families and children,” according to an event spokesperson.
Kovalcik, a mother of two boys, has been involved in Parent Ed since 1997. Since that time, she has attended numerous classes, served on the volunteer board from 2003 and 2005, and has been a member of the Parent Ed Ministry Support Team (which serves as the program’s advisory board) since 2005. She has also previously served as an LCPC deacon.
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Sierra Club Presents Spain Travel on March 13

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will present Bruce Hale’s “Spain From Bilbao to Gibraltar” on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd.
Hale will show slides and provide commentary from his monthlong trip to Spain last fall. Highlights of the program include Bilbao and the Basque Region, the Camino de Santiago, Madrid, Seville and Granada. During this armchair tour, viewers will learn about Spain’s distinctive culture on the Iberian Peninsula.
Hale is a long-time Sierra Club member and frequent program presenter with the group.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Contact Wayne Fisher at (818) 353-4181 for further information.

Cancer Support Community Honors Benefactors

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK

Scott Nesbit, LeeAnn Havner, Ron Havner and Julie Nesbit were among those who enjoyed the Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s annual Benefactors Society Appreciation Dinner at Bistro 45. This society recognizes the exceptional generosity of CSCP donors who support the organization at leadership levels. “All of CSCP’s programs are offered free of charge to people facing cancer and their families,” said Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. The tremendous generosity of our benefactors and patrons helps enormously to allow us to offer free services, and we are indebted to these special donors.” For more information, visit

Descanso Celebrates Camellia Flowers in February

Descanso Gardens has a full calendar of family-friendly events this month, including several celebrating the camellia flower.
• Camellia Walk: Come for a camellia walk and learn about the “queen of winter flowers” on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. or Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m.
• Camellia Arranging Demonstration: George Harrison of the Pacific Camellia Society leads floral arranging demonstrations at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25, using camellias from Descanso Gardens.
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La Cañada Kiwanis Club Opens ‘La Cañadan of the Year’ Nominations

Since the early 1950s, the La Cañada Noontime Kiwanis Club has been recognizing an individual as the La Cañadan of the Year. The club will be selecting an outstanding citizen from the community to be honored.
The public is asked to contribute to the process by nominating members of the community who have demonstrated strong evidence of “giving back” and exemplary commitment to the community. Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and community leader, Jeanne Broberg, was honored last year.
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