When ceramics instructor Helen Jean Taylor launched the ceramics program at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge in June of 1966, she had only a handful of students. More than 43 years later, Taylor’s program attracts hundreds of participants including young children, working professionals and senior citizens.
“It is a place for people to come to relax, to have fun and to learn something,” Taylor said. “There are lots of reasons people come and they are all different because it is a personal thing. There are whole families there. I have parents who come to me and say ‘I don’t know if you remember, but I was here when I was a kid, and here is my kid.”
Taylor will be among the dozens of longtime instructors, community members and patrons who will gather on Oct. 3 to celebrate the Community Center’s 60th birthday. The celebration will take place in conjunction with the center’s ninth annual Fall Fiesta, and the event will include a Mexican-themed dinner complete with salsa music and a live auction. There will be a multimedia presentation with photographs and video spanning the center’s 60 years.