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Entertainment | January 8, 2009
ACTIVITIES Folk Dance Club: Winter Festival — Jan. 18, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. International folk dancing will be the focus of the Winter Festival, which takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Pasadena. Attendees are welcome to either participate or observe. The annual event is open to all age groups. The Winter Festival, Scottish Rite Temple, 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena (corner of Walnut and Madison). A $5 donation requested. For information e-mail sstach236@earthlink.
NEWS
November 4, 2004
Thoughts from Dr. Joe by Dr. Joe Puglia It was a beautiful Sunday morning. I was staring at a blank screen on my computer sitting at a table between Zeli's and Rite-Aid. I knew the symptom, brain freeze. I've been there before?it was writer's block and the more I starred at that screen, the more I wanted to head for the hills. My inspiration, Kaitzer, was off somewhere with Sabine and Simone. Since it was the weekend, I was unable to call in the 'heavy guns,' Carol Cormaci, my editor.
NEWS
July 21, 2005
Big Band-era trumpet player Joe Dolny, a former La Cañadan who lived here in the 1980s, died on July 13 of colon cancer. He had turned 81 in March. Dolny went into Wadsworth Veterans' Hospital in March to undergo surgery. He was transferred to the Chandler Convalescent Hospital and St. Ann's Hospice in North Hollywood where he died in his sleep last week. A native of Cleveland, he had performed for 40 years with some of the famous name bands of the 1930s, '40s, '50s and '60s, a period known for the popular music of the Big Bands nationally.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | August 13, 2009
In addition to engaging in scholarly, sports and normal teen activities, this week?s Valley Sun All Star is intent on saving the planet and is known for her contagious smile, her teacher said. Sierra Katow, who this fall will be a sophomore at La Cañada High School, is involved in a host of activities at the school and a member of the city of La Cañada Flintridge?s Youth Council. But, one of her proudest accomplishments, to date, is a Web page she created called Ecotopians.com.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | April 17, 2008
Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada will be the venue April 19 when Lineage Dance performs ?Dancing Through the Ages? as a benefit for the Desi Geestman Foundation. Curtain time is 8 p.m. The foundation was formed in 1999 in memory of the Desi Geestman, a 12-year-old La Crescenta girl who died of neuroblastoma. The foundation has helped cancer patients and their families with support both financially and emotionally. ?We work with so many charities throughout the year,?
NEWS
July 22, 2004
by Ralph Saenz Dave Banis, who served as the La Cañada Unified School District's superintendent of business services for nearly two-and-a-half years, has resigned his position. Banis, who was absent from Tuesday's meeting of the LCUSD Governing Board, which was held at the temporary meeting site at Foothills School, had been scheduled to present several business-related items to the board that were on the evening's agenda. Although he wasn't at the meeting, one of the items on the consent section of the agenda pertained to him. The board, with no comment, approved a contract to rehire John Kramar as the assistant superintendent of business services for a period of six months.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2006
On Dec. 5, the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra (PYSO) ? an award-winning ensemble of middle school-age musicians from throughout Southern California sponsored by The Pasadena Symphony ? will present a free evening of music. Music Director Jack Taylor has included in the program a work that has long thrilled audiences of all ages: Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." "We're so excited because the composer and pianist Alan Steinberger has agreed to provide cannon fire for us," says orchestra manager Jean Severson.
NEWS
By Chris Sutton | March 10, 2005
Fifteen future computer scientists were busy conducting a final check of their robots and synchronizing them to their computer programs last Wednesday, as they prepared to present their creations to the other student teams, as part of their final robotics session at La Cañada Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind after school program for third through sixth graders. The five, three member student teams were given a Legos Mindstorm kit to build and then program it via a computer to perform a function or maneuver a specific course.
NEWS
By Robin Goldsworthy and Mary O'Keefe | April 2, 2009
A car carrier heading southbound on Angeles Crest Highway shortly before 6 p.m. on Wednesday may have lost its brakes, causing a multiple vehicle accident that resulted in two fatalities and 12 injuries, three of them critical. Marcos Costa, 43, of Massachusetts is being held on $200,000 bail for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station after the semi-truck car carrier he was driving crashed into several vehicles, running over a red sedan killing its two occupants before ending up in the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse building on Foothill.
FEATURES
March 19, 2009
La Cañada Presbyterian The church presents the La Cañada Presbyterian Concert Choir and the Jack Lantz Big Band directed by Tony Chunn at 4 p.m. on March 22 in the sanctuary. The Concert Choir and the Jack Lantz Big Band come together to perform Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concert.” Other artists performing include tap dancer Channing Cook Holmes and sloists Lori Stinson and Susan Kay Wyatt. Ellington’s inspiration for sacred music concerts began during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | January 25, 2007
The City of Glendale has been working on new routes for their Beeline Bus Line, which includes Route 3 that travels through La Cañada, stopping at Memorial Park and JPL. The bus travels from the downtown Glendale through Montrose Shopping Park with stops at several areas including La Crescenta Avenue and Honolulu Avenue. The route continues to its end at JPL. Although the city of La Cañada Flintridge may be looking at changes to its transit system in the future, the city is, for the time being, contracted with Glendale's Beeline, according to management analyst Carl Alameda.
SPORTS
November 30, 2006
The La Canada Gladiators Junior Pee Wee team took first place for scholarship awards out of 28 teams in the San Gabriel Valley Junior All-American Football Conference. The team's overall grade point average was 3.41, with 19 out of 30 players earning a 3.3 or better to win a coveted Scholarship Patch. The team, under the direction of Head Coach Jaime Crespo, also advanced to the semifinal round of Division playoffs and finished the season at 7-2. This weekend at St Francis High, the La Canada Gladiators, including the Junior Pee Wees, will participate in the third annual Lou Enterante Bowl Game.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | December 14, 2006
On Sunday a Crescenta Valley family received the news that their son, Nick Steinbacher, serving in Iraq, had been killed during a night patrol on Dec. 10. He had just celebrated his 22nd birthday on Dec. 8. "We've changed the doorbell since then," the soldier's brother, Dan Steinbacher, said Tuesday. He explained that his mother didn't want to hear the sound of the bell again as it only reminded her of the arrival of the horrible news. Nick Steinbacher, a 2003 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, entered the United States Army First Calvary Infantry division on Dec. 24, 2004.
FEATURES
By Jane Napier Neely | February 12, 2009
It is hearts and flowers day on Saturday — Happy Valentine’s Day! It seems that we are going to catch up with our rainfall numbers. The rain certainly has been falling and falling. On Monday afternoon it hailed like crazy at my house. Lola, my little dog, had just gone outside to take a stroll when she was being pelted by the little balls of ice. She couldn’t quite figure out what it was and came running pell-mell into the house again with a very frightened look on her face.
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