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By Michael J. Arvizu Valley Sun | January 11, 2008
Islam’s annual hajj, or pilgrimage, was observed by millions of Muslims all over the world Dec. 17 to 21. La Cañada residents Asdullah Alamdari, and Shahzad and Sobia Husnain for the first time journeyed in early December to the holy city of Mecca, as every Muslim is obligated to set aside at least one period in their life where they can devote their time and energy to travel to the ancient city. “I was searching to find my God there,” said Alamdari by phone from his workplace in Los Angeles.
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By Levent Akbarut, Special to the Valley Sun | December 25, 2008
On Dec. 8, Southern California Muslims celebrated the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage season to Mecca. Communal morning prayers and celebrations were held at mosques across the nation and around the globe. “Hajj reminds Muslims to transcend themselves from their comfort zones and struggle together for the common good of humanity, following the life and legacy of Prophet Abraham and his family,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
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January 11, 2007
The La Cañada Flintridge Library begins this year's season of opera talks with a presentation by Diane Beltoya from the La Opera Speakers Bureau on the "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" on Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. Mahagonny, an Old West boomtown, rises from the desert to become a razzle-dazzle mecca for lust, liberty and the pursuit of pleasure. Kurt Weill penned a haunting score, which crosses over from opera to cabaret to Broadway. The opera talks are sponsored by the Los Angeles Opera and the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
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December 27, 2007
On Dec. 19, Muslims celebrated the occasion of the end of the blessed season of hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. Hajj, a duty to be performed once in a lifetime if one is financially and physically able, is of the five pillars of Islam, along with belief in one God, five daily prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan and almsgiving to the poor. Performed this year by nearly 2.5 million devotees, hajj consists of several rituals that symbolize the belief and devotion to one God through commemorating the trials of the prophet Abraham and his family.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | February 7, 2011
A grand-opening celebration for Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse’s custom-built new home took on a festive atmosphere Monday, with local officials, La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce members and loyal customers all abuzz about Foothill Boulevard’s latest addition. Books were still being shelved and new-carpet smell hung in the air as owners Peter and Lenora Wannier cut a ceremonial ribbon stretched near the store’s entrance at the corner of Chevy Chase Drive.
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December 6, 2007
“The Call of Advent” is the La Cañada Valley Sun’s Advent series on the messages of Christ’s birth as interpreted by area religious leaders.   “Advent” is one of those old fashioned words that most people don’t use or even understand, including many Christians. But do we ever need Advent! The word “advent” means “coming.” The church season of Advent — the four Sundays before Christmas — is all about anticipating and preparing for Jesus.
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By Morgan Hartley | August 10, 2006
La Cañada Flintridge has been filled with trails since its founding. Many of those that we trod today have been in existence since before the model-T filled America’s highways. The foot and equestrian paths can be found anywhere, winding through the town and then disappearing up into the foothills that provide the scenic backdrop for La Cañada. The paths, which won the city the title of “Trail Town, USA” in 1996, can provide a quiet getaway, a short cut to friend’s house, or a challenging equestrian or running route.
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September 2, 2004
A bright flash of lightning, loud rolling thunder, then came pelting hail. Members of Boy Scout Troop 509 crouched on the ground counting the time between bolts of lightning and rolls of thunder, and realized a storm was coming right for them. There was only one thing to do, make a run for the Red Roof Inn. But this Red Roof Inn, unlike ones with fresh sheets and clean towels, was actually a latrine at Philmont with a red roof where everyone huddled until the storm subsided.
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By Mary O’Keefe | September 11, 2008
Members of the La Cañada Flintridge Islamic Congregation greeted each other and community members warmly on Friday evening at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. Since their first meeting in December 2006, the members of the congregation have reached out to the community to share information on their faith and to dispel misconceptions of who they are as Islamic Americans. On Friday they shared the meaning and the ceremony of Ramadan. This year from Sept. 1 to Sept.
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By Levent Akbarut, Special to the Valley Sun | December 25, 2008
On Dec. 8, Southern California Muslims celebrated the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage season to Mecca. Communal morning prayers and celebrations were held at mosques across the nation and around the globe. “Hajj reminds Muslims to transcend themselves from their comfort zones and struggle together for the common good of humanity, following the life and legacy of Prophet Abraham and his family,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
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By Michael J. Arvizu Valley Sun | January 11, 2008
Islam’s annual hajj, or pilgrimage, was observed by millions of Muslims all over the world Dec. 17 to 21. La Cañada residents Asdullah Alamdari, and Shahzad and Sobia Husnain for the first time journeyed in early December to the holy city of Mecca, as every Muslim is obligated to set aside at least one period in their life where they can devote their time and energy to travel to the ancient city. “I was searching to find my God there,” said Alamdari by phone from his workplace in Los Angeles.
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