La Cañada Flintridge is truly a great place. Deep down we all realize this, but we often take it for granted or maybe we’re embarrassed by our riches — great schools, beautiful mountains, seclusion within a big city, friendly neighbors. I’m glad we seized upon an artificial excuse, the coincidence of our unique ZIP code with a square on the calendar, to celebrate our greatest attribute, a very real sense of community.
When the 9.10.11 Organizing Committee first met, we quickly agreed the occasion warranted more than a party in the park. We wanted to get everyone into the community in an unprecedented way and reached out to the various organizations and institutions that transform a populace into a community. Without exception, every group we approached engaged with the idea, added their flair and rallied their members and employees.
The efforts of the committee and participating organizations and the generosity of our sponsors and merchants were rewarded by the level of interest and involvement among our townspeople. It was very affirming to see more than 50 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and others working the trails in our hills, children mesmerized by the exhibits at JPL, the long lines at the 9.10.11 Celebration postal station and strangers conversing like old-time friends at community tables. The 9/11 observance that completed the weekend was a reminder of the importance of nurturing the human spirit and sense of community.