LCF Orthopaedic Guild Honors Volunteers

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members include Caryl Pettit (front row, from left), Jeanne Long, Joan Cleven and Carolyn Geer. Back: Mary Beth Perine, Danielle Barrios, Easy Delaney, Marie Baker, Ginney Pruitt and Judi McClure

Members of La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild were recently recognized at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Danielle Barrios, assistant director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, welcomed members from LCFOG, Las Madrecitas, Las Niñas de La Las Madrecitas, Las Vecinas and Las Amigas de Las Lomas auxiliaries, which were formed in 1956 and comprise Charitable Children’s Guild. Las Niñas de La Madrecitas was formed in 1965.

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Bodybuilding, Fitness Event to Be Held Locally on Nov. 4

The Pro-Amateur World Cup Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship will be held on Nov. 4 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. This is the first time the competition has been held in Southern California.
It brings together steroid-free athletes from around the world who compete for cash prizes. This final qualifier for Natural Olympia XX in Las Vegas is presented by INBA, the International Natural Bodybuilding Assn., and Go Natural Athlete, a La Cañada Flintridge-based company.
“The No. 1 thing is we’re natural,” said former INBA champion Adrian Pretrariu, the event’s promoter. “So here is a chance for people to support the natural athlete who has been competing without any hormones or muscle-enhancing substances of any kind. These athletes are building their bodies the natural way, eating healthy foods and lifting heavy weights.”
Professional and amateur athletes of all ages are invited to compete and are subject to the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Pasadena Antique Show and Sale June 16-18

Quality antique dealers will fill the Pasadena Center’s Exhibit Hall A with every type of antique imaginable, all on display and all for sale, at the Pasadena Antique Show and Sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 16-18. Shoppers can find a wide range of top-quality antiques, fine art, furniture, heirloom jewelry, vintage timepieces, art glass, crystal, folk art, quilts, rugs and many other unique antique treasures. The seasoned enthusiast, beginning collector or just someone browsing should not miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience so many fine collections in one location.
Now in its 40th year, this show is Pasadena’s largest event of its kind. Bustamante exhibitors must abide by an established code of ethics, one of the highest in the industry, which ensures that customers can shop with complete confidence.
The Pasadena Antique Show will be open Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, June 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission is $8, $5 for seniors and free for children younger than 12. The Pasadena Center is at 300 E. Green St., directly across from the Paseo Colorado mall. Ample parking is available. For more information, call the show promoter at (209) 358-3134 or the Pasadena Center at (626) 793-2122, or visit

Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day

Set your alarm later next year if you’re a student at either La Cañada High School or LCHS 7/8.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to start the school day at 8:30 a.m. for the 2017-18 school year, a departure from the current 7:45 a.m. first-period start time. The school day will end at 3:14 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and at 3:13 p.m. during Wednesday and Thursday block schedules. Continue reading “Sleepy Heads Win; LCUSD Votes for Later Start of School Day”

A Day of Remembrance and Festivities at LCF’s Fiesta Days

Photos by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Local Boy Scouts (left) raise an American flag during Monday's annual Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Afterward, Harper Klausner (right) and Greyson Molinelli were among the stars of the Fiesta Days parade that rolled down Foothill Boulevard, highlighting the 44th Fiesta Days celebration in La Cañada Flintridge.
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Local Boy Scouts (left) raise an American flag during Monday’s annual Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Afterward, Harper Klausner (right) and Greyson Molinelli were among the stars of the Fiesta Days parade that rolled down Foothill Boulevard, highlighting the 44th Fiesta Days celebration in La Cañada Flintridge.

La Cañada Flintridge partied this past weekend, but it also paused to reflect.
For the 44th consecutive year, thousands got together in LCF for the annual four-day fiesta that culminated Monday morning with a somber memorial service followed by a lively, patriotic parade.
The Memorial Service honored not only the 29 LCF residents whose names are engraved on plaques at Memorial Park for having given their lives in military service, but all American service members, former and current, who have made great sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens. Continue reading “A Day of Remembrance and Festivities at LCF’s Fiesta Days”

LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes

Mayor Michael Davitt wasted no time quashing the proposed urgency ordinance that could have established a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits for structures 50 years old or more in La Cañada Flintridge.
Before even hearing public comment, Davitt told a packed council chamber at Tuesday’s special meeting: “It’s not going to gather my support,” effectively denying the emergency ordinance outright. It needed approval from all four sitting City Council members to pass; none was in favor. Continue reading “LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes”

Spartan Rally Comes Up Short in Quarterfinals

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Graham Massimino scored La Cañada’s lone run in the Spartans’ 2-1 loss at North Hollywood Campbell Hall last Friday.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team was in unknown territory last Friday, playing a CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinal for the first time since 1989.
“Historically, La Cañada hasn’t been in those type of games,” said LCHS head coach Matt Whisenant, who was a senior on the last Spartan team to play a quarterfinal playoff game. “It’s a lot different.”
As was his squad, which entered the contest riding a 13-game winning streak. The hot-hitting Spartans were held at bay as North Hollywood Campbell Hall staved off a late rally from visiting La Cañada for a 2-1 victory.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Whisenant’s squad began to claw its way back. Campbell Hall starting pitcher RJ Collins loaded the bases and walked Jonathan Shalklan, which allowed Graham Massimino put his team on the board.
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Spanish Class Tradition Cooks Up Paella

Photo courtesy Marian Price
Marian Price chats with students Clara Kakuk, Grace Li, Stephanie Yu, Audrey Chen and Sonia Bashkaran.

Marian Price’s advanced placement Spanish class works very hard every year and 100% of the students pass their official A.P. test, usually with 4’s and 5’s. “As a gesture to their efforts and also seeking some bonding in the group, I organize this annual paella get-together and cook paella (typical Spanish dish from Valencia, Spain) for them and in their presence. I started this tradition in the year 2001 when I found out that my students didn’t know what paella was. Since then I have been doing it every year. Sometimes, I feel like quitting, but the word-of-mouth tradition prevents me from doing it. There is always the student who asks in class: ‘When is the paella party going to happen?’ They all look forward to it.”

To Local 8th-Grader, Awards Are Music to Her Ears

Sydney Wang

Fourteen-year-old Sydney Wang, an 8th-grader at La Cañada High School, is an aspiring composer studying with professor Ian Krouse of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Her works have won top prizes in national and international competitions for young composers, including the Robert Avalon International Competition for her piano solo composition and the 65th annual BMI Student Composer award for her symphonic work “Tales From the Sea.” Her orchestral work “Moonlit River” was recently performed by the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to music compositions, Wang studies piano with Mina Perry and has won many awards in piano competitions in Southern California, including Southern California Junior Bach Festival, Southwestern Youth Music Festival, Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition, Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano Competition, CAPMT Contemporary Music Competition and Glendale Piano Competition. She plays piano in the chamber program of the Colburn School and her piano trio group was featured in Sundays Live at LACMA (L.A. County Museum of Art). Wang is also the assistant principal cellist in the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra.