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January 4, 2012
The Verdugo Arts Assn. will meet this week from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Admission for guests is $5. For information, www.verdugoarts.com.
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November 6, 2013
The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts named new members and a president for the next year. The 13 new provisional members will be given the task of producing the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, an annual house and garden tour in the spring. The provisional members are: Susan Ernster, Rebecca Mikkelsen, Coleen Ball, Melinda Edwards, May Hsu, Charlotte McDonald, Kay Hoveland, Ann Vackrinos, Diane Hatfield, Mari Claveran, Sheri Wedeen, Michelle Nomura and Tom Munsell. Donna Gotch, who was named the president of the 2013-14 year, said in a statement that the “organization's strength is based on our member's dedication and commitment to volunteerism.” Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is currently celebrating its 65th anniversary.
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December 30, 2004
Pasadena, December 27, 2004: Mayfield Senior School's Visual Arts Conservatory students will participate in the city-wide event "The Tender Land: Pasadena Festival of Art, History, Music and Science" by exhibiting their work at The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. The exhibit runs from January 8th - 26th; the exhibit opening will be held on January 8th from 2 - 4 pm in the Armory Mezzanine Gallery. The thirty students, ages 14-18, have been working on acrylic paintings, consisting of several canvas panels, which portray images of nature and the human relationship to it. They have chosen images that are local in context to emphasize their own immediate man/nature environmental relationship.
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July 13, 2006
Beginning as a fourth grader in "A Christmas Carol" nine years ago, John Deacon "was a natural," recalls Koni McCurdy, veteran Director of the ALF Summer Drama Workshop. John's performance as Bob Cratchet began a long term involvement with the Assistance League's Drama Program, culminating in his role as Assistant Director for the past three years. John is this year's valedictorian at Montclair Academy and a national kick-boxing champion as he graduates from high school. Simone Fried is an accomplished Flintridge Prep senior, National Merit Scholar, and editor of Flintridge Prep's newspaper among other distinctions.
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January 6, 2005
Mayfield Senior School's Visual Arts Conservatory students will participate in the city-wide event "The Tender Land: Pasadena Festival of Art, History, Music and Science" by exhibiting their work at The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. The exhibit runs from Jan. 8 through 26; the exhibit opening will be held on Jan. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Armory Mezzanine Gallery. The 30 students, ages 14-18, have been working on acrylic paintings, consisting of several canvas panels, which portray images of nature and the human relationship to it. They have chosen images that are local in context to emphasize their own immediate man/nature environmental relationship.
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By Julianna Malogolowkin | June 9, 2005
Flintridge Sacred Heart valedictorian Shannon Degnan of La Cañada challenged her fellow graduates "to find the fire within yourself. What is it that keeps you going, that excites you and motivates you? Find it and hold onto it." Dressed in long white dresses and carrying bouquets of red roses, 92 members of the class of 2005 graduated on Senior Lawn in a tradition-rich ceremony last Sunday. Salutatorians Valerie Diwa and Charlotte Guy noted that "although we are all very different, the one thing we all have in common is our memories."
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June 5, 2008
One hundred and sixty-eight young men graduated May 24 from St. Francis High School in La Cañada. Rev. Antonio Marti, the Provincial of the Western American Province of the Capuchin Franciscan Order, represented Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, at the graduation. D. Allen Lund, chairman of the board of directors; Rev. Matthew Elshoff, school president; and Thomas Moran, school principal, also officiated at the 59th commencement ceremony of the local Catholic college-preparatory institution.
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June 10, 2004
Featuring selections from the blockbuster musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," students will discover and grow new skills while making friends, having fun and working together as a team on a musical production to share with their parents and family Striving to achieve goals beyond typical arts programs, Discover Grow Share (DGS) has designed a unique curriculum that sets it apart from other studios. With a low teacher student ratio, DGS provides a class to discover, grow and share each student's specific unique gifts through the arts.
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By Sevan Gatsby | September 27, 2007
The Verdugo Hills Art Association (VHAA) is a local art organization that, surprisingly, not many people know of. Founded in 1946, the group serves as a community where artists gather not only to develop and exhibit their work, but also to forge relationships with other artists. ?The Verdugo Hills Art Association has many talented fine artists and we always enjoy and learn from each other,? commented Frank de Lucia, president of the organization. At the time of its inception, the association included visual arts, drama, writing, music and dance.
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By Jane Napier Neely | March 26, 2014
The first weekend of spring just whizzed by. With the heavy early morning cloud cover, the weather people commented that we were experiencing either June gloom or May gray. Absolutely nobody mentioned April showers. Our parched earth would have welcomed that forecast. Yes, water conservation is ever present in my mind. I have reluctantly given up my long hot showers - I'm singing short songs these days. --- The spring social season is in full swing and love is also in the air. The Valley Sun got a note from Debbie Bacino saying that she will be married in April.
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March 17, 2014
The Foothill Municipal Water District is calling for students' entries for its Third Annual K-12 "Water is Life" Student Art Contest. This fun, educational project is designed to inspire student creativity while engaging young people in the tenants of environmental stewardship and conservation. The contest is open to all students attending a K-12 school located within the service area of a member water agency served by the local water district. Artwork from students outside the Foothill service area will not be accepted.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
For those not content to wait on the world to change, La Cañada High School offered an alternative Sunday afternoon, when a panel of students shared their ideas, experiences and visions for a happier, more connected world in a TEDx event that was recorded and will be broadcast online. The topics presented by 14 student speakers ranged widely - from the importance of arts education to connecting with other cultures through global sports to building relationships with broader social groups - in tone and format.
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By Joe Puglia | February 19, 2014
Sister Dolores was a most persnickety teacher. I had her in the eighth grade at St. Frances of Rome. I kid you not; she was the reincarnation of Baron Von Steuben. If you've been to Valley Forge, you'd understand the metaphor. The baron was the consummate drillmaster who whipped Washington's army into shape. Sister Dolores was a drill sergeant! She hammered the elements of punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure into her students and would return our essays in a sea of red. I'm not sure I got it. Since I'm from the Bronx I tend to punctuate like I speak and to add insult to injury, I'm Italian.
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November 27, 2013
Nina Lidar, 10-year-old La Cañada resident, first place in the annual Valley Sun Thanksgiving Art Contest with her work executed in colored markers that judges deemed best captured the essence of the overall theme, “Thanksgiving in the United States.” Nina is a student in Mr. Hajek's fifth-grade class at Paradise Canyon Elementary School. Her entry was one of 162 hand-drawn and colored works received by the paper, which saw participation not only from her school, but also from La Cañada and Palm Crest elementary schools.
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November 6, 2013
The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts named new members and a president for the next year. The 13 new provisional members will be given the task of producing the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, an annual house and garden tour in the spring. The provisional members are: Susan Ernster, Rebecca Mikkelsen, Coleen Ball, Melinda Edwards, May Hsu, Charlotte McDonald, Kay Hoveland, Ann Vackrinos, Diane Hatfield, Mari Claveran, Sheri Wedeen, Michelle Nomura and Tom Munsell. Donna Gotch, who was named the president of the 2013-14 year, said in a statement that the “organization's strength is based on our member's dedication and commitment to volunteerism.” Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is currently celebrating its 65th anniversary.
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By Sara Cardine | August 28, 2013
For decades, visitors to Descanso Gardens have strolled along winding paths, enjoying garden views as they learn about Southern California flora and marvel at the botanic collections showcased throughout the year. One thing they've not likely given much thought to, however, is the ground beneath their feet - the soil in which Descanso's beauty takes root, the rock that defines the slopes and curves of the 160-acre landscape and the earth that sustains it all. A new exhibit coming to the garden's Sturt Haaga Gallery aims to give visitors a chance to appreciate Descanso from the ground up. From Sept.
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May 17, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) will announce the winners of an annual student art competition this Sunday at Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge. The entry that wins first place will hang in the U.S. Capitol, the second-place entry will hang in Schiff's Washington, D.C. office and the art piece that wins third place will hang in the congressman's Burbank office. The congressman will also name a 'People's Choice' winner, to be displayed in Washington. All pieces will be on display for one year.
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By Joe Puglia | March 27, 2013
Last week was challenging for a guy like me. It was the culmination of Fine Arts Week at La Cañada High. My wife, Kaitzer, detailed an operational plan that rivaled Napoleon's when he invaded Russia. I was given a cumbersome list of picks-ups and drop-offs. Not only would I have to remember assorted times, I would have to remember to remember those times. Between cheer, choral, orchestra, “songie” and “flagie” practice I was going back and forth like a New York cabbie in Manhattan.
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By Sara Cardine | March 20, 2013
For decades, artist Arthur Pinajian created vivid, abstract canvases under the cover of anonymity, painting thousands of landscapes and figure studies in varying abstract Expressionist styles. He worked out of a small cottage in Bellport, N.Y. that belonged to his sister Armen - it was here Pinajian would create and store his vast collection until his death in 1999 at age 85. Much like Vincent Van Gogh, the Armenian American painter, who began his career as a self-taught cartoonist in the 1930s, received little recognition or money in his lifetime.
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