LCPC Parent Ed Donates to Local Nonprofit

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Board members
Photo courtesy LCPC
La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Board members who helped raise funds for Door of Hope include Dorothy Chen, Stephanie Ferguson, Maggie Mason, Ashley Barrett, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Daniela Kim, Barbara Stratte, Lynne Graves, Betsy Farhat, Darby Pearson and Charlotte Miller.

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook


A Pasadena organization was the recipient of a gift from the La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program. LCPC’s volunteer board donated 10% of its anniversary fundraising proceeds, $4,619 in total, to Door of Hope, a local nonprofit organization serving homeless families.
Parent Education board chair Maggie Mason represented the board during a tour of Door of Hope. “Our Parent Ed board is excited and humbled to be able to support such a wonderful organization that is serving our homeless brothers and sisters,” she said. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed Donates to Local Nonprofit”

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”

Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom

Capernaum prom
Photo courtesy Liv Amend Steingart
Capernaum prom participant Tyler Penniall, with volunteers Stephanie Lough and Carter Newman-Milic, celebrated in style at the dinner and dance held recently at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

To most average high schoolers, prom is the culmination of the school year, a time to make memories and cherish crushes.
But for anyone living with an intellectual or developmental disability, that time-honored tradition might never come, with the logistics of such celebrations growing more complicated by the year.
That’s why, for some 11 years, Greater Pasadena Young Life Capernaum has held a glittering prom called “Evening of Dreams” for young people with such disabilities, giving them the same opportunity to gather with peers and bask memorably in a true prom experience in a safe and loving environment. Continue reading “Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom”

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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LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone

Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.
Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh
LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.

Mildraide Lazarre describes the parent education program at La Cañada Presbyterian Church as a game changer, for herself and her son.
“Being from the islands — I’m from Haiti — I moved out to California and I don’t have any family,” said Lazarre. “So it’s just nice to be part of a community and for my son for developmental purposes. He’s grown so much just from being in this class.”
Lazarre said Logan, who is 14 months old, has been coming to the LCPC Parent Education program for seven months and is in the toddler class. But his mom is learning, too, because the program also advises grown-ups on how to confidently parent their kids, at all stages of their youth. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone”

Obituary: Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace

Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace

Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on June 2, 1930, and died at the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on May 4, 2018. A memorial service to remember and celebrate Jeanne’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Jeanne moved with her family in 1933 from Asheville to Anderson County, Tennessee, where her father supervised the building of the waterworks for the town of Norris, which housed the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Jeanne grew up with her beloved younger brother and sister, Jerry and Judy, in that little town, which had a population of about 1,500. Following her graduation from Norris High School, she enrolled in the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, later transferring to East Tennessee State College.
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Honda Helps Boy Find Service Dog

Until very recently, whenever little Jude DeMatteis needed to have blood drawn, or to undergo a procedure or testing, he’d recoil in terror the moment he saw a hospital or doctor’s office, said his mom, Jasmine DeMatteis.
Now nearing 5 years old, Jude has been primarily living off a feeding tube since he was just 4 months. He suffers from Crohn’s disease, and was diagnosed more than a year ago with medical post-traumatic stress disorder.
For the past few weeks, however, Jude’s anxiety has seemed to decrease. What’s more, the side effects that result from having to take chemotherapy medications such as Imuran seem less intense.

Photo courtesy Jasmine DeMatteis
Jude DeMatteis, 4, has bonded quickly with his new service dog, Grady, who was presented by the SoCal Helpful Honda campaign and the nonprofit Pawsitivity, which trains service dogs.

The difference has been a dog. Continue reading “Honda Helps Boy Find Service Dog”