Methodist Hospital Rated Among Top 2% in Nation

Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia recently received two honors from Medicare and from the SafeCare Group for outstanding patient safety and overall hospital quality.
In December, Methodist Hospital was one of only six hospitals in California — and the only hospital in Los Angeles County — to be recognized by Medicare with five stars, Medicare’s highest award for overall hospital quality. In January, Methodist Hospital was named for the third consecutive year by the SafeCare Group as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for patient safety.
“We are honored to receive these prestigious rankings,” said Dan Ausman, Methodist Hospital president and CEO. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our doctors, nurses and staff for helping Methodist Hospital earn this well-deserved recognition for providing excellent patient care.”

Turtle Island Quartet to Perform at Caltech on Feb. 11

The Turtle Island Quartet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut will present a program titled “Jelly, Rags & Monk” on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.
This Grammy Award-winning quartet is joined by jazz pianist Chestnut for a program of jazz and classical traditions from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.
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Sierra Club to Present ‘Chimps in Uganda’ Feb. 14

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club Group will introduce Sierra Club members Joe Young and Gayle Taylor, who will present “Investigating Threats to Chimps in Uganda,” on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the La Crescenta Los Angeles County Public Library.
Young and Taylor will share experiences of the Earthwatch Expedition to the Budongo Forest Reserve, the largest remaining tropical rainforest in East Africa. Their program describes daily activities in the forest, the tracking of chimps and monkeys, discovery of illegal snares and destructive activities. Interviews with local villagers will offer farming alternatives and assistance providing medicine to farm animals.
Included will be a weekend visit to Murchison Falls and scenes from Entebbe and Kampala, Uganda.
The program begins following the Conservation and Outings news. It is a free event and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Wayne Fisher, program chair at (818) 353-4181. The La Crescenta library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd.

USC-VHH Hosts Seminar on Caring for One With Alzheimer’s

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s Women’s Council is hosting a special seminar on “How to Communicate With Your Loved One With Memory Loss” on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The luncheon and program, to be held in Council Room A/B at USC-VHH, will feature Susan Howland, the director of Caregiver & Community Education for Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, and Becky Happach, a community liaison for Home Care Assistance.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. The cost is $15; payment must be made before prior to the event. For information, call Barbara Jordan at (818) 952-2226 or email to

Symphony to Play Russian Works on Feb. 18

Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony will present a romantic Russian program on Saturday, Feb. 18, with award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium.
Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Lockington describes the work as “a piece that envisions life, that has the joy, sweetness, tenderness and ultimately in the end — the great sadness that Tchaikovsky carried with him at the time.”
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Harambee to Celebrate 35th Anniversary Benefit Dinner on Feb. 18

Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Harambee Ministries Executive Director Harlan Redmond is flanked by Beverly Tate (left) and honoree Dinah Roberts at a previous benefit for the organization. Harambee’s 35th anniversary fundraising dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Harambee Ministries will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a dinner party and benefit on Saturday, Feb. 18, beginning 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.
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

Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday

Before you don your Patriots or Falcons gear and head to a Super Bowl party this weekend, be sure you’ve made arrangements to get home safely. The risk of getting into a drunk-driving accident significantly increases on Super Bowl Sunday, according to research by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Statewide, DUI crashes are 77% more common on Super Bowl Sunday compared to other Sundays in January and February, while Los Angeles sees a 57% increase in alcohol-related crashes on game day. The analysis, collected from California Highway Patrol data from 2009 to 2013, also reported 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury accidents on Super Bowl Sunday in California and 77 in Los Angeles County in the last five years.
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CSF Scholarship Applications Available

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge has announced that the 2017 scholarship applications are now available. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling any student to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Fulltime students who attend La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Hillside School and Learning Center, St. Francis High School and Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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