Poetry Workshop Enriches Five Acres Youth

Matt Lillard and Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis
Matt Lillard and Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis

5JammaSlamma, the foster youth slam poetry workshop hosted by actor Matt Lillard (“Scooby Doo,” “Good Girls”) enjoyed a great turnout at its second annual celebration recently. Accompanied by Hawaii’s poet laureate Kealoha and other notable artists, foster youth from Five Acres performed original works of poetry before 150 guests at Werkartz in downtown Los Angeles.
5JammaSlamma began in 2017 as Lillard’s weeklong workshop to teach foster youth the power of creative writing, bringing in poets and musicians to work with the children. With the support of Engaging the Senses and Say Word, the workshop expanded to a six-month program and will continue to serve children living in residential foster care at Five Acres, one of L.A.’s oldest child and family services nonprofits.
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Western Justice Breaks Barriers Teaching Conflict Resolution

Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK Western Justice Center Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin is dedicated to programs teaching children conflict resolution to reduce bullying and anti-bias behavior.
Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK
Western Justice Center Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin is dedicated to programs teaching children conflict resolution to reduce bullying and anti-bias behavior.

One of the first lessons Western Justice Center teaches is that with conflict, there is opportunity — a chance to break barriers, appreciate differences and raise awareness.
The nonprofit’s mission is to build a more civil, peaceful society by promoting differences and understanding in culture, race and class through creative programs that build skills in conflict resolution. And one of the best places to begin building, WJC has found, is from the ground up: in the schools.
“You can never eliminate conflict because conflict is a part of human nature, but teaching people how to manage and deal with conflict is essential to reaching peaceful resolution, whether it is in the courts, in schools or in the community,” said WJC Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin.
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Science Guy Bill Nye to Sign Books at Flintridge Bookstore Sept. 14

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse will welcome Bill Nye the Science Guy and co-author Gregory Mone for a presentation and signing of “In the Deep Blue Sea, Book 2” in their New York Times best-selling “Jack and the Geniuses” series (for readers grades 3-7). The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Science Guy Bill Nye to Sign Books at Flintridge Bookstore Sept. 14”

Descanso Gardens Hosts a Celebration of Water

Descanso Water Speakers

Foothill Municipal Water District is co-sponsoring “Wet and Wonderful: Celebrating Our Precious Water,” an event featuring talks from water experts, a mulch giveaway and a rain barrel sale between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Descanso Gardens.
Speakers and performances include:
• Lisa Novick, of the Theodore Payne Foundation, at 9:15 a.m. at the Center Circle. The LCF resident will lead a Native Plant Garden walk and talk, offering insight about plants residents can use in their own yards to attract pollinators, birds and other wildlife.
• Dallas Raines, KABC-7 meteorologist, will speak from 10-10:30 a.m. at Van De Kamp Hall.
• Cindy Berglund, Rain Barrels International, will discuss rain barrels between 10:30-11 a.m. at Van De Kamp Hall. She will share barrel basics and explain how to apply for rebates.
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Local Girl Scout Earns Gold Award

Brittany Lerian

La Cañada High School junior Brittany Lerian created a K9 Tribute for the Glendale Police Department. Through donations from family, friends and community members, she purchased a black granite slab and a life-size bronze statue of a German Shepard. She had the granite sandblasted, inscribed with “Glendale Police K9 Tribute,” a Glendale Police Department K9 badge and the K9 prayer. It was recently mounted on a wall the department’s lobby.
Lerian has had a long relationship with the department, as her father is a retired Glendale Police officer. As a young girl, she developed close relationships with several of the department’s K9s. Lerian has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.

Children’s Favorites at LCPC Pops Concert

How do our children see the world? How do they see us? What can we learn from looking through our children’s eyes? This year, La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Pops show, “Thru Children’s Eyes,” will feature the great songs of the 20th and 21st centuries that connect us with our children. The LCPC Chancel Choir, along with the Jack Lantz Little Big Band and Pops Summer Dancers, are presenting a fun-filled evening of familiar and popular music on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m.
Songs come from a wide range of movies and Broadway shows and include excerpts from “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek,” “Hercules,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Into the Woods” and many others. The show will be multimedia using movie and theater excerpts to introduce and accompany many of the songs, as well as some enlightening comedic moments and some clips of kids.
Soloists include Diane Wallace, Matthew Thomas, Gregory Geiger, Tom Malcolm, Rebecca Sjöwall, Joanne Horne, Ellen Kirstein, Tina Carey, Bill Lundeen, Lynn Keller, Tyler Wright and many others. The Pops Dancers will perform a dance as chimney sweeps.
Tickets are $20 for reserved seats in the front rows and $15 for general admission. Children are free. Tickets can be purchased from any choir member, at the door, or from the church office.
For more information, call (818) 790-6758, ext. 251.

St. Bede the Venerable Choir Holds Spring Concert May 19

St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Cañada Flintridge Music Ministry is proud to announce its annual spring concert, featuring the works of Franz Schubert Mass in G and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives,” on May 19 at 8 p.m.
The concert, which costs a donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children, will take place at St. Bede the Venerable, located at 215 Foothill Blvd.
Franz Schubert’s Mass in G was composed in 1815 in less than a week, the year after his first Mass had been successfully performed in Shubert’s home parish. The second Mass was originally more modestly scored than the first, which is characteristic for Schubert; he is more interested in an over-all devotional mood of a religious composition than in individualistic romantic text-expression, compared to those, for example, that Beethoven would use in his Masses.
“Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives” (Christus am Olberge Op. 85), is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional and dramatic humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion, which includes the popularity of the finale chorus “Hallelujah,” frequently performed by church, high school and college choirs.
For more information, call (818) 949-4300 or (818) 321-5503.

LCFTRA is the Big Winner at Bingo Night

Councilman Len Pieroni, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker and Mayor Michael Davitt enjoyed the LCF Tournament of Roses Bingo Night.

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association held its annual Bingo Night fundraiser last week at the Community Center of LCF.
Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker was emcee at the event and game-callers included Mayor Michael Davitt and Lisa Curtis, wife of City Councilman Jonathan Curtis. Dinner was provided by Dinah’s Chicken.
LCFTRA’s 40th entry into the Tournament of Roses Parade is titled “Panda-monium,” which will show three young pandas having an outdoor adventure after escaping their home at a Chinese rescue facility. The theme of this year’s parade is “Making a Difference.”

Tim Rahtz and LCF Community Center Executive Director Maureen Bond
LCFTRA President Charles Terhune stands with event chair Rora Melendy.

Junior Women’s Club Holds Free Eye Screenings at Local Preschools

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will hold free eye screenings for amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye,” at local preschools this April.
About 3% of children have some form of this condition. It is not an eye disease and is fully curable if detected early. Amblyopia is when the vision in one eye does not develop properly. Standard eye tests for 3- and 4-year-olds do not test for this condition, which is one reason these eye screenings are so important. The good news is that amblyopia is curable until approximately age 6. After that age, the child’s brain learns to ignore the blurry image from the weaker eye and amblyopia becomes almost impossible to reverse.

The La Cañada Junior Women’s Club members include (from back, left) co-chair Stephanie Ryan, Christy Ferguson, Gayle Hagegard, Georgina Mueller, Karen King, Libby Shiner, Maria Strong, Laura Ploude and co-chair Kyle Grimes. In front are Lincoln Rowan and Derek Grimes.

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