Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future

“Dodo Bird Flight School”
Courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
The completed drawing for “Dodo Bird Flight School” is the blueprint for the float that will be in the 2020 Rose Parade.

On a recent Thursday, Tim Brugarolas and Bryan Bielawa were busy twisting pieces or welding portions of the “Dodo Bird Flight School” 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float.
“Right now, I’m shaping legs for the birds,” said Brugarolas, 15, a La Cañada High School student, as a light rain fell. “I’ve never done this kind of shaping before. I’m experiencing how the springs react, twisting them, just how they tighten. Before I was working on a propeller, and now I’m working on this.” Continue reading “Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future”

LCF’s Princesses, Float in Rose Parade Spotlight

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.

La Cañada Flintridge made its presence known at the 130th Rose Parade on Tuesday, winning the Founder Award for its colorful float and boasting the participation of two local Rose Princesses in the much-watched procession.
La Cañada High School senior Rucha Kadam and Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi, both LCF residents, took a 5.5-mile journey on a float bearing the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Continue reading “LCF’s Princesses, Float in Rose Parade Spotlight”

Obituary: Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie
Jan. 9, 1936 – Dec. 5, 2018

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie passed away at Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury on Dec. 5, 2018, from complications of heart disease.
Dougie was born Douglas Hungerford Sibbald in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 9, 1936. She was the daughter of Dr. Reginald Spalding Sibbald and Minerva Lawson Sibbald. Her father was the head of the romance language department at Ursinus College in Collegeville. Her mother was a rare woman for her time with a college degree, and a music teacher who later roamed the mountains of West Virginia instructing students in 100 schools.
Dougie graduated from Elkins High School in 1953. During those four years, she was a majorette in the marching band and proudly carried the letter “S” at all performances.
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LCFTRA To Host Bingo Fundraiser April 27

Photo courtesy LCFTRA
Maureen Bond, Bill Pounders and Nancy Villegas show their bingo cards in anticipation of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s Bingo Night on April 27.

La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association will host Bingo Night on Friday, April 27, at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
There will be seven cash prizes, including the Grand Prize Game, paying $500. For $40, players receive a dauber, a bingo book containing six single-play bingo cards for each regular game, plus one single-play card for the Grand Prize Game. Dinner from El Pollo Loco will be available at 5:30 p.m. for $10, and the LCFTRA No Host Bar will be offering beverages. Games begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is located at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. The 2019 Pasadena Rose Parade theme is “The Melody of Life.” LCFTRA’s float will be titled, “Tree Frog Night.”
To register, visit LCFTRA.org.

Pandas, Princesses, Floats: The Perfect Rose Parade

Photos by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge’s float, “Panda-monium,” was a hit with spectators and judges, adding a sixth Bob Hope Humor Award to the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s collection.

If the millions of television viewers who tune into the Rose Parade each year know anything about La Cañada Flintridge, it’s that the town has a healthy sense of humor — and, apparently, a soft spot for pandas.
For the third consecutive year and fifth time in the past seven years, the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Float Association produced an entry — “Panda-monium” — worthy of the Bob Hope Humor Award. LCF’s entry has earned an award for seven consecutive years, and 29 times in its 40-year history.
“When we had the judging, we made the judges laugh, and that’s the whole point of the La Cañada float,” said Chuck Terhune, LCFTRA president. “We’re whimsical and funny and surprising.” Continue reading “Pandas, Princesses, Floats: The Perfect Rose Parade”

LCF Brings ‘Panda-monium’ to the Rose Parade

When asked how she came up with the concept design for the La Cañada Flintridge self-built Rose Parade float, “Panda-monium,” Ella Jacobs, 12, said, “last year when we were talking about float ideas, I kind of just blurted out, ‘panda float’ because I really like pandas.”
Aside from being one of Jacobs’ favorite animals, pandas serve as suitable mascots for the theme of this year’s parade, “Making a Difference,” said La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association President Chuck Terhune. About 50 years ago, he explained, China and 20 other countries started coordinating programs to breed pandas, and they’re finally starting to release some of these pandas into the wild.

Photo by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
Volunteers prepare “Panda-monium,” which will be the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s entry in the 2018 Rose Parade on Jan. 1.

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