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September 13, 2013
National Public Radio announced that it will reduce its work force by 10 percent - about 840 people will be offered voluntary buyouts to balance its budget - and a La Cañada resident will take over as interim chief executive officer, according to media reports.  Paul Haaga Jr., who is a member of NPR's board and former chairman of the Los Angeles based investment firm Capital Research and Management Co., will replace Gary Nell as interim CEO....
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NEWS
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.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | August 22, 2013
The music beat goes on. Kristin Korb, a bassist and vocalist, enchanted music lovers on Aug. 15 at Descanso Gardens' Music on the Main jazz series, which has been attracting guests on Thursday evenings this summer. Although she began her music career here in the U.S. and has taught music at USC and Azusa Pacific University, Korb now makes her home in Denmark. Guests brought their folding chairs, blankets to spread on the grass, food to nosh on and wine to sip as they listened to this delightful concert.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | August 21, 2013
Attorney Michael Thomas O'Callaghan, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was active in many local organizations, died last week in Pasadena. He was 49. O'Callaghan passed away on Aug. 12 after a long battle with lung cancer, his sister, Margaret O'Callaghan, said. He was never a smoker, she noted. Throughout the whole ordeal O'Callaghan maintained a good attitude and remained optimistic, his sister said. “He was just an incredible guy,” she said. “He always had a smile on his face, no matter how bad he was feeling.” O'Callaghan lived in the city for more than a decade and was active in community organizations and institutions in La Cañada, including St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church and Descanso Gardens.
NEWS
By Anita S. Brenner | August 15, 2013
Summers in La Cañada Flintridge are lovely. The weather is gorgeous. Some nights, there are meteor showers. Traffic is lighter. Summer is the perfect time to take Miss Audrey Hepburn, our Lab-chow dog, out for Sunday brunch. If we lived in Paris, Miss Hepburn could accompany us to lunch. There would be an empty chair upon which we would place five or six shopping bags. The maitre d' would bring her a small, porcelain bowl filled to the brim with spring water. If we lived in West Hollywood, Miss Hepburn would come with us to the WeHo Bistro on La Cienega.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly | August 7, 2013
Alice Spence, a mother who took an active role in community affairs and was the wife of La Cañada Flintridge City Councilman Dave Spence, has died. She was 75. She died on Thursday, Aug. 1 at an assisted-living facility in La Cañada near the house where they raised a family, her husband confirmed. She had suffered from dementia for many years. The couple met at Ohio Wesleyan University in the 1950s and moved to this city in 1969. They often appeared together at community events, volunteering their time to local efforts and earning the shared distinction of "La Cañadans of the Year" in 1994.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
Descanso Gardens will grow next year by planting a four-acre native oak woodland on land that hasn't been open to the public for decades. For an institution that has thrived on cultivating camellias, roses and other exotic flora, recreating a landscape indigenous to Southern California but decimated by a century of growth and development is a new adventure. "When there were not a lot of humans and a lot of nature, we used to bring in the exotic. And now that there's a lot of humans and not a lot of nature, we're placing more emphasis on indigenous habitats," Descanso Gardens Executive Director David Brown said.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
With the departure of head horticulturalist Brian Sullivan in March, Descanso Gardens officials were left with some pretty big garden gloves to fill. But they didn't have to look far to find the right fit. Rachel Young, who for the past six years has managed various patches within Descanso's expansive grounds, was named director of horticulture and garden operations last month. Sullivan, who served as one of three float judges for the 2013 Rose Parade before leaving La Cañada Flintridge in April for an executive post with the New York Botanical Garden, had started out 18 years earlier as a gardener at Descanso.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kirk Silsbee | July 27, 2013
Saxophonist Charles Owens, director of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra at Cal State Los Angeles, knows a valuable player when he hears one. Trumpeter Nolan Shaheed, 64, has proven to be one of that band's great assets. As a lead player and soloist, Shaheed has been a recording session ace, and has played with the Count Basie Orchestra and the touring bands of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. "He's very dedicated," Owens says. "Nolan's a very good reader but he can play a great solo without knowing the chord changes.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | July 18, 2013
Flickering lights illuminated Descanso Gardens last Saturday evening as 250 guests enjoyed a new kind of benefit called "Light Up the Night. " Approximately $60,000 was raised during the event. Net proceeds will be used to sustain the 160-acre botanic garden. David Brown, executive director of Descanso Gardens, was on hand to say hello to the casually dressed guests, who were given small flashlights to light their way after the sun went down. It was a movable feast of food and music as guests wandered from venue to venue.
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