Calendar: Richard O'Toole to speak at Tupper Awards, Union Station gala

April 25, 2012

Local resident Dr. Richard O'Toole will present the annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards on Monday, May 14, at JPL's von Karman Auditorium. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. and the public is invited. The sponsoring group is the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council.

O'Toole, executive manager of the Office of Legislative Affairs at JPL, started there in 1975 and served as a group supervisor and section manger in the Systems Division before moving to his current role in 1988. He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and a doctorate in economics from the University of California at San Diego.

“Exploring Space: 2011, A Year in Review” will be the topic of his presentation.

The Les Tupper Award, given to honor outstanding community volunteers, is named after the late Leslie C. (Les) Tupper, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and community leader. This year's awardees are Barbara Weber, Randy Strapazon, Kathryn Battaglia and Alex Keledjian. Also receiving Tupper awards this year are two organizations: La Cañada Junior Baseball/Softball Assn. and the Flintridge Riding Club.


In other Coordinating Council news, the group has recently launched a website,, on which the organization provides information about La Cañada groups, their leadership, activities, meeting times, etc.

“The council's website is intended to provide information and details on the many community organizations that provide volunteer services that enrich our community” stated Sheree Butts, council president.

Nonprofit organizations, churches and schools that are not listed in this year's council directory or website can join the LCF Coordinating Council for an annual fee of $15.

CC-YMCA plans open house on Saturday

The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA will be hosting a Spring Fling and Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Three local organizations will be on hand with free food: Sprouts, Hello Pizza and Zina's Healthy Corner. The community can also enjoy full access to the facilities: Wellness Center, Indoor Heated Pool, Group Exercise Classes, Yoga and more. On Saturday only, anyone can join the Y for $28.

Live music will be provided by local band Misplaced Priorities.

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