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Anytime Fitness will open this summer at Town Center | February 28, 2011
A 24-hour gymnasium that also features chiropractic care has been cleared to open this summer in La Cañada Flintridge. Planning Commission members voted Wednesday to grant Anytime Fitness, part of an international franchise with more than 1,500 locations, a conditional use permit to occupy a currently vacant 5,000-square-foot unit at La Cañada Town Center. The gym is expected to be fully operational from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily but also allow 24-hour keycard access to members, with security systems taking the place of employee supervision during overnight hours.
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By Carolyn Neuhausen | November 21, 2011
Although it held a “soft” opening several weeks ago, Anytime Fitness officially opened its doors Saturday in the Town Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony where civic leaders, chamber of commerce staff and community members welcomed the gym to La Cañada Flintridge. The 24-hour access gym at 890 Town Center Drive, open to members every day of the year for use, also features a chiropractic doctor and a Shiatsu massage therapist on site. Each person who attended the grand opening was given a voucher for one free week of gym access and the $79.95 enrollment fee was waived for those who signed up over the weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Loa Blasucci | January 19, 2011
Nippy, rainy winter months — these are the months we move our workouts indoors. So there you are at the gym — training hard, working the circuit, sweating — and suddenly you wonder about the germs, bacteria, and ewww, who-knows-what that may be lurking on the surface of the very equipment that is supposed to help keep you healthy. You know, the handles on the treadmill, the grips on the free weights, the seats on the machines — and then you shudder as you realize that you put your hands, feet, back, face and all parts of you on the gym's yoga mats.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | February 21, 2011
Investors planning to open a 24-hour gymnasium at a vacant building at La Cañada Town Center will seek approval from the city’s Planning Commission Wednesday night.  Anytime Fitness, part of an international health club franchise with more than 1,500 locations, must obtain a conditional use permit from the commission before moving in to a 5,000-square-foot location at the east end of Town Center, said city Community Development Director Robert Stanley.  Another business currently has plans to open a children’s gym and recreation facility at Town Center.
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By Anita S. Brenner | September 18, 2013
Ever since Lisa Dupuy reviewed the “new” Café Solé we've been eager to check it out. The new owners are Salvatore and Alessandra Attanasio. We stopped by the La Cañada restaurant last Saturday evening. Café Solé was the perfect place after a 25-hour, hot-weather Yom Kippur fast. As Rashi, the great medieval rabbi and commentator, once said, “the flavor of a fish which comes out of the sea at Acre is not similar to the flavor of a fish which comes out of the sea in Spain.” The new owners of Café Solé have made two important changes.
SPORTS
By Mark Gero | January 25, 2007
La Cañada High's boys' varsity basketball team continued their best season in years by defeating San Marino and South Pasadena high schools last week to extend their winning streak at 16 games, but there was a huge difference in how their opponents played. The first game was Jan. 17 in San Marino as the team had to endure low temperatures in the gym. However, the weather conditions did not have any effect on the squad, as the team held a commanding 22-14 lead and exploded for many points in the second.
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By Seth Amitin | June 26, 2008
La Cañada High’s north and south gyms aren’t so cool in the summer time, mostly because they have no air conditioning. They feel like the inside of a sweaty shoe, something one doesn’t experience during the games of the high school basketball season. “The air vents usually pump in the cold air from outside during the winter,” Coach and Camp Director Tamar Hill said, pointing to the air vents just below the roof. “The only thing that makes me happy [about not having air conditioning]
NEWS
January 7, 2010
Magazine gives nod to kids’ fitness franchise The Little Gym, which has a location in La Cañada operated by Sarah Lowe, was named the top children’s fitness franchise for the fourth consecutive year by Entrepreneur Magazine, it was announced Tuesday. “We are pleased to be recognized with our parent company as a leader in this category because it reinforces that parents are seeing the benefits of what we offer their children,” Lowe said in a prepared statement.
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By Ruth Longoria | August 16, 2007
Local youths will forward roll, donkey kick and do handstands and cartwheels Saturday as they join together with gymnasts from across Southern California for a Tumble-A-Thon to raise funds for Childrens Hospital. The event, which has a $30 registration fee and $15 for each additional sibling, in addition to individual pledge amounts, is coordinated by Little Gym of La Cañada, and will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for beginning and advanced acrobats ages 4 months to 12 years. Sarah Lowe, 46, owner and president of Little Gym of La Cañada, came up with the event concept last fall and coordinated it with Little Gyms across the region.
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March 9, 2009
Community Avenue in La Crescenta, a student reported that his wallet and cellphone were stolen and the combination lock was missing from his gym locker after physical education class in the 2900 block between 9 and 9:50 a.m. on Feb. 27. Community Avenue in La Crescenta, a student reported that his gym clothes were stolen and the combination lock was missing from his gym locker in the 2900 block overnight, Feb. 26-27. Beulah Drive in La Cañada, a laptop computer, tape recorder and two briefcases were stolen from an unlock vehicle in the 4400 block overnight, Feb. 26-27.
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By Anita S. Brenner | April 30, 2014
A La Cañada reader not so gently pointed out that the following paragraph in last week's column could be construed as homophobic: “Frankly, I'd rather give the money to Equinox, not the Dodgers. We could drive to West Hollywood, do some cardio while we watch the Dodgers lose. Afterward, we could go to Hugo's or Musso & Frank for dinner. But the gym gets crowded and I'm not sure I want to shower in West Hollywood.” The reader suggested that I am afraid of AIDS and referred me to a health center.
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By Anita S. Brenner | September 18, 2013
Ever since Lisa Dupuy reviewed the “new” Café Solé we've been eager to check it out. The new owners are Salvatore and Alessandra Attanasio. We stopped by the La Cañada restaurant last Saturday evening. Café Solé was the perfect place after a 25-hour, hot-weather Yom Kippur fast. As Rashi, the great medieval rabbi and commentator, once said, “the flavor of a fish which comes out of the sea at Acre is not similar to the flavor of a fish which comes out of the sea in Spain.” The new owners of Café Solé have made two important changes.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 7, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA - Determined to learn from its mistakes, the La Canada High girls' basketball team reminded itself of them coming into Thursday's Rio Hondo League showdown at South Pasadena High. The Spartans did that by watching their painful 25-point loss to the Tigers on Jan. 23 before Thursday's night game, which would decide the league champion. “The girls said they were just fired up last night and knew what they had to do,” said La Cañada Coach Tamar Hill, whose team held off the home team for a 43-34 victory to win the league title.
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By Peter Day | December 12, 2012
Inscribed high on a wall of the La Cañada High School building formerly known as the north gym are the names of Spartan athletes who made an impact over the decades. Today, emblazoned on the front facade is the name of a different set of superstars: the Hotchkin family. Over the last 15 years, Dave Hotchkin and his family have donated more than $1 million to the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. As a result, the La Cañada Unified School District named the gym in their honor.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 14, 2012
Eight months after offering generous donors a chance to see their names placed permanently on prominent school buildings, La Cañada Unified School District has announced its first taker. La Cañada High School's north gym will now be the Hotchkin Family Gymnasium after residents Jan and David Hotchkin made a five-year pledge that puts their cumulative contributions to the district in excess of $1 million, Supt. Wendy Sinnette said at a school board meeting Tuesday. The Hotchkins moved to La Cañada with their two children, Jonathan and Carolyn, in 1997 and quickly took on leadership roles with the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation and the Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, among other groups.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall | April 21, 2012
The game of basketball looks like it comes easy to Marcus LoVett, Jr. It's getting out of the gym after a game that can be a problem for the Providence High point guard. The 15-year old freshman phenom carries a lot of hype with him and commands attention in any gym he's playing in for the Pioneers. "It takes you five minutes to get him out of the gym because people are asking him for an autograph, a picture or whatever it may be," first-year Providence Coach Ernest Baskerville said.
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By Carolyn Neuhausen | November 21, 2011
Although it held a “soft” opening several weeks ago, Anytime Fitness officially opened its doors Saturday in the Town Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony where civic leaders, chamber of commerce staff and community members welcomed the gym to La Cañada Flintridge. The 24-hour access gym at 890 Town Center Drive, open to members every day of the year for use, also features a chiropractic doctor and a Shiatsu massage therapist on site. Each person who attended the grand opening was given a voucher for one free week of gym access and the $79.95 enrollment fee was waived for those who signed up over the weekend.
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By Stephanie Ghiya stephanie.ghiya@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
School board members, PTA moms and representatives of Lundgren Management huddled together in the newly renovated girl's locker room showers at La Cañada High School Monday, first to cut the ribbon and then to formally unveil the updated boys and girls gym locker room facilities. The renovation project, which came it at just under $740,000, was funded by available bond monies, according to Mike Leininger, La Cañada Unified School District's assistant superintendent for facilities and operations.
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By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | August 10, 2011
Buff Buddies, an award-winning gym designed for kids to play in all year, hosts a summer camp that started in June and runs until the end of this month. The camp is unique because it's entirely flexible; kids can drop in for an hour, several hours, a day or the entire week. The longer a child stays at Buff Buddies, the more cost-effective it becomes. The kids' gym is open to children ages 5 and up, and because the kids stay active, younger children and older children play with their own age groups to keep the play safe and fair for all. David Cain founded Buff Buddies in 2004 with the intention of making exercise fun and engaging for children of all ages.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
After four years of hard work, hours spent in the gym perfecting her game and hundreds of games, Lisha Elsenbach's high school career came to a close last month. During her tenure on the hardwood with the Burroughs High girls' basketball program, the senior set records, helped elevate the team to heights it hadn't experienced in decades and set an example of what can be accomplished with determination and a great deal of effort. With the relentless grind of competing and practicing almost year-round for the past four years, Elsenbach is entitled to her share of down time before she heads off for four years in college.
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