LCF Parents Win Golden Apple for Volunteerism

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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”

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”

CSF Scholarship Applications Open Now

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge is now accepting 2018 scholarship applications. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling local students to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Full-time students who attend a public or private school located within the city of La Cañada Flintridge, as well as Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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LCE Educator is Finalist for Teacher of the Year

Mandy Redfern

State Sen. Anthony Portantino welcomed La Cañada Elementary School kindergarten teacher Mandy Redfern to Sacramento to congratulate her on being a finalist for 2018 California Teacher of the Year. Redfern and other outstanding teachers were recognized at a reception in the Capitol on Monday night. Portantino, who is also from LCF, said his children attended La Cañada Elementary School.
“Mandy is just an awesome teacher and it was such an honor to see her in Sacramento receiving this recognition. Her hard work and dedication to our district as well as her patience and dedication with helping educate my two daughters, Sofia and Bella, makes this recognition even more special,” commented Portantino.
The teacher of the year recognition is sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty and the California Teachers of the Year Foundation.

LCF Educational Foundation Spring Gala is March 3

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La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation Spring Gala committee members preparing for the March 3 annual fundraiser include Sunyoung Fahimi, Erik Landswick, Gina Ricci, Jaime Hefner, Caroline Anderson, Julie Bae, Holly Biondo, Joanna Banks, Claudia Dietrich-Joe, Laura Abramian and Karen Thurston.

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation will hold its 27th annual Spring Gala on Saturday evening, March 3, at the Ritz Carlton at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles (adjacent to Staples Center). More than 700 people are expected to attend the fundraiser, which is widely regarded as LCF’s highest-profile social event of the entire year.
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Ice House Comedy Benefits Once Upon a Room Feb. 11

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Ron Pearson will star in a benefit comedy show promoted by his daughter, Reagan Meyers.

It’s not every night that a good laugh goes to benefit a good cause, and it might never happen again for someone 16 or 17 years old — at least until that person is old enough to vote and get into comedy clubs.
On Sunday, Feb. 11 only, the Ice House comedy club in Pasadena will lower its age requirement to 16, meaning high school juniors and seniors can come enjoy renowned comedians Maz Jobrani, David Koechner, Anthony Griffith and La Cañada Flintridge resident Ron Pearson as they perform in a show called, “Jokes for Joy.” The event will raise money for Once Upon a Room, which decorates children’s hospital rooms to make the space more comfortable.
The entirety of the night’s proceeds will go to the nonprofit, said event organizer Reagan Meyers, a La Cañada High School senior whose father will be among the comedians performing and whose devotion to Once Upon a Room stems from her personal experience as a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading “Ice House Comedy Benefits Once Upon a Room Feb. 11”

LCF Produces 3 Presidential Scholar Nominees

Three La Cañada Flintridge residents are among the nominees for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. La Cañada High School’s Arjun Aron and Harrison Min were nominated, as was Justin Hogan, who attends Pasadena Polytechnic School.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

LCF Lighting Designer Wins Ovation Award

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Josh Epstein and his wife, Beth Johnson, celebrate his Ovation Award shortly after he was recognized for Lighting Design during Monday’s ceremony at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.

How about an Ovation for La Cañada Flintridge’s Josh Epstein?
The lighting designer was honored by his peers with his first Ovation Award on Monday for his work on the comedic play “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” which ran last spring at the Geffen Playhouse.
The Ovation Awards, held this week at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, are peer-judged theater awards, created to celebrate excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area.
“It’s an amazing event,” Epstein said Tuesday by phone. “Los Angeles is not known as a theater town, but there’s a lot of theater going on across the city. One thing L.A. has in spades is the talent. There are so many amazing actors and dancers and choreographers and musicians.”
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Hofman Reaches 700 Victories

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La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman records his 700th career victory on Friday, Jan. 19. A ceremony following the Spartans’ 82-55 victory over rival South Pasadena celebrated the coach’s milestone. Hofman is the 17th coach to reach 700 victories in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

The legend of La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman continues to grow after he guided the Spartans to an 82-55 Rio Hondo League victory over visiting South Pasadena on Friday, Jan. 19.
The win was No. 700 for Hofman, placing him among the 17 winningest coaches in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports. He is eighth on the list of active boys’ basketball coaches in the state.
“It’s a great honor to be [on the list],” said Hofman, whose record in 32 years as a head coach is 701-212 as of this week’s Outlook press deadline. “If you look at the coaches up there, they’re the best in California. To be in the same list as them is a great honor.”

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