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By Jane Napier Neely | July 29, 2004
Borrowing some Cole Porter lyrics it is, "Another op'nin, another show," for Foothill Summer Theatre with its "Kiss Me, Kate" production, which opened last weekend. This Cole Porter classic will continue this weekend at La Cañada High School auditorium. "We have the largest cast with this show in it's 23-year history," said Linda Johnson, producer of the show. "The kids in the cast are absolutely fantastic. Also, without the more than 200 volunteers from the community, who have been so generous of their time and talents, a production of this scope would be impossible."
November 30, 2006
Over 15 of California's top public officials are walking the runaway for The Coalition for Clean Air's fourth annual fashion show, "Clean Air. . . Always in Fashion" at the Wilshire Ebell Club on Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The event comes on the heels of the new state legislation mandating a 25 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and features representatives modeling the latest eco-friendly garments in support of the Coalition's programs....
By Reg Green | June 16, 2012
The hills are alive with the sound of twittering - the natural kind. The morning may bring June gloom all over the Los Angeles basin, but in the Angeles forest, the sun is shining in a perfect sky and the animal world is loving it. Driving up Angeles Crest Highway in the clammy mist is uncanny, going from black and white to glorious Technicolor, Kansas to Oz, in 100 yards. In parts of Southern California, I read, the dry winter has inhibited spring growth; but not here. Perhaps it is the aftermath of the Station fire, which was called devastating at the time.
June 21, 2007
Jane Napier Neely Chit Chat From Here And There ... Today, at precisely 6:06 p.m., is not only the first day of summer, but it is also the longest day of the year north of the equator. It is also referred to as Midsummer because it is roughly the middle of the growing season throughout much of Europe. Many people call this day the Summer Solstice. The word "Solstice" is derived from two Latin words: "sol" meaning sun, and "sistere," to cause to stand still. This is because, as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it raises an imperceptible amount, compared to the day before.
By Jane Napier Neely | December 1, 2005
After an incredible Thanksgiving celebration with my kids and grandkids in Northern California, I flew back into town Monday just as day was turning into night. What a sight it was to behold as the airplane leveled out for its landing in Burbank. Lights of all colors were sparkling from houses far below us. The jolly elves were very busy in just one week's time as they readied the Los Angeles basin for the joyful Christmas season that is just unfolding. I hope that your Thanksgiving celebrations were good ones and that you have found plenty of recipes to camouflage that left over turkey and trimmings are its main ingredients.
By Reg Green | December 28, 2011
Since it is the time of year for making resolutions to become a better person, I have decided to make a public confession. At the beginning of last summer I became an addict. It began as an exploration for a new sensation, as so many wrecked lives do, and I thought I would have kicked the habit at least by the fall. But it is winter already and I am caught in the toils of something much bigger than I am. That something is the Angeles National Forest. Going there every day has become as much of a compulsion as any fix. One day, when the warm weather started, I decided to get up while it was still dark, take a hike and watch the sun come up. It was wonderful and I did it again the next day. Six months later, it still is. A lot has changed, of course, but all the essentials are still there: the perfect quiet and the sense of having that entire ring of mountains to yourself, the long, long views and the glorious moment when the sun peeps over the horizon and floods the mountain tops in an orange glow.
By Anita Susan Brenner | October 14, 2010
When I think of the La Cañada Unified School District, I think of state Sen. Carol Liu, who began her career as a PTA president and then went on to other elective offices. When I think about our school district I also think of the hundreds of dedicated parents who are now raising the next generation. It's tough to get your bearings when you are in the middle of raising a family. We live in a multicultural society which places pressures on young families. Frankly, the Los Angeles basin is barely sustainable for many young families.
By Jane Napier Neely | June 11, 2013
The "tween" social season (between spring and summer) has been so busy it would make most people's heads spin. It certainly has my brain buzzing. Where do I begin? I'll just jump in with talking about Las Candelas, an amazing organization that raised $90,000 for emotionally disturbed children under the direction of Monica Sierra , who was president for the past two years. The group volunteered nearly 400 hours to organizations Hathaway-Sycamores, Hillsides, Glendale Healthy Kids, Glendale YWCA and the Didi Hirsch Center.
September 8, 2005
With the success of the 1999 and 2002 World Festival of Sacred Music -Los Angeles, a powerful coalition of arts, faith, cultural, community, and environmental groups announce the 2005 Festival. The World Festival of Sacred Music is the largest citywide festival in Los Angeles, offering 43 events over 16 days in venues across the Los Angeles basin from Sept. 17 to Oct. 2. From the Throat singers of Tuva, Siberia, to music from the Czech Republic, Korea, Africa and Mexico, the intention of the festival is to provide opportunities for people across boundaries of religion, class, culture, race and language, to share cultural traditions and to contemplate the spiritual, ethical and ecological questions of our times.
By Grace Farag | March 23, 2006
The Theodore Payne Foundation's third annual garden tour will take place April 1 and 2 this year, showcasing 31 private and public gardens throughout the Los Angeles Basin. One of those gardens belongs to Eric and Elisa Callow of La Cañada Flintridge, and they are pleased to be a part of the tour for the second year in a row. "It's fun," Elisa Callow said. "Garden people in general are people who enjoy themselves." She adds that the people who attend are often very knowledgeable, so there is a lot of tip-swapping and advice-giving.
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