Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years

Kidspace Children’s Museum
Photos by Christian Leonard / OUTLOOK
Anima Murade, 6, experienced firsthand Kidspace Children’s Museum’s recent bubble week, part of the “40 Days of Fun!” program held to celebrate the non-profit’s 40th anniversary.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


When Anne McCurdy first took her children to Kidspace about 35 years ago, the Pasadena children’s museum was located in the McKinley School gym. It was a fun experience — McCurdy recalled that her youngsters’ curiosity was piqued by an ant farm — but the museum’s power to fascinate was somewhat affected by its size, a mere 13,500 square feet.
This summer, Anne and daughter Kelly McCurdy returned to Kidspace at an eventful time for the institution that strives to entertain while it educates. Just as Kelly has grown up — she watched her own daughters spend a recent morning in the museum courtyard, chasing bubbles — so, too, has the museum. Continue reading “Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years”

Parent Ed Honors Erskine, Young Families at Year-End Celebration

Chris Erskine (third from left), Jack Erskine and George Young
Photo courtesy Dorothy Chen
Chris Erskine (third from left), Jack Erskine and George Young were honored by La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education program during a recent celebration. They are pictured with (from left) Nancy Stoner, Parent Ed director Anne Bierling and Lynne Graves (far right).

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook


La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently had its annual Year-End Celebration at Ashley Barrett’s home, wrapping up its 40th anniversary year. In addition to showing gratitude to the program’s 44 team members, the event honored the Young and Erskine families for the memorials they donated to Parent Ed over the past year. Continue reading “Parent Ed Honors Erskine, Young Families at Year-End Celebration”

LCFEF Marks Four Decades as Solid Schools Foundation

 Photo courtesy LCFEF La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation 2019 Spring Gala Committee members included (front row, from left) Vanessa Terzian, Betsy Hall, Truc Moore, Karen Thurston, Gina Ricci, co-chairs Sunyoung Fahimi and Caroline Anderson, Arlene Fader, Jaime Hefner, Grace Mase and Julie Bae. Back: John Ibsen, Joyce Mayne, Chris Silber, Jason Scherbert and Tim Sheffield. Not pictured: Tracy Nelson and Jeff Parks.
Photo courtesy LCFEF
La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation 2019 Spring Gala Committee members included (front row, from left) Vanessa Terzian, Betsy Hall, Truc Moore, Karen Thurston, Gina Ricci, co-chairs Sunyoung Fahimi and Caroline Anderson, Arlene Fader, Jaime Hefner, Grace Mase and Julie Bae. Back: John Ibsen, Joyce Mayne, Chris Silber, Jason Scherbert and Tim Sheffield. Not pictured: Tracy Nelson and Jeff Parks.

A lot has changed in La Cañada Flintridge over four decades — political divides, buildings, businesses and, lest we forget, some questionable hairstyles and fashion trends — but one thing has remained the same: the community’s steadfast commitment to outstanding public schools.
LCF was built on the very idea of great schools, already woven into its fabric when it was incorporated in 1976, and most homebuyers today also will say the local school district’s superb reputation was the driving force behind their move to the tranquil foothill community. Continue reading “LCFEF Marks Four Decades as Solid Schools Foundation”