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By Megan O'Neil | May 27, 2010
C eltic, jazz, country — local music lovers will have their pick of genres when the annual Music in the Park summer program kicks off Monday at Memorial Park. Co-sponsored by the city of La Cañada Flintridge and the La Cañada Valley Sun, Music in the Park was launched in 1997 in conjunction with Fiesta Days, the city's annual Memorial Day weekend celebrations. It has since grown into one of La Cañada's signature events, attracting hundreds of picnic-toting families from throughout the Crescenta and San Gabriel valleys.
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By Sara Cardine | July 24, 2013
Can harmonies help kids learn history? Can rhymes reinforce reading skills? Local educator and La Cañada resident Tim Griffin seems to think so. A longtime Los Angeles Unified School District teacher with a proclivity for music, Griffin regularly wove music and performing arts into his lessons to grab students' attention and reinforce core content standards. He penned clever songs covering everything from the American Revolution to zoology. Now he wants to share his talents, and the benefits of using the arts to aid learning, with others.
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By Carol Cormaci | June 23, 2010
Today we have the Music in the Park concerts to entertain us on summer Sundays. In my youth, our family had to venture no farther than our front porch to get a free concert in the open air: the mellifluous sounds of the musical Marsteller family, practicing wind and brass instruments, often together, in their Paulette Place living room. The Marstellers' open windows and a quiet neighborhood not yet assaulted by the noise of the soon-to-be-built 210 Freeway made for a great listening experience.
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By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | June 22, 2011
Father’s Day in La Cañada was a day of music and picnicking as families attended a barbecue and concert at Descanso Gardens and also a free concert at Memorial Park. Families picnicked on the lawn at Descanso as they listened to jazz standards performed by the Jet Set Quartet and ate barbecued ribs and mushroom burgers prepared by Patina Restaurant Group. “We were here last year for Father’s Day and we loved it; being out in the open, the music and that the people are really enjoying it. It’s very relaxing,” said Julie Schelvan, of Arcadia.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
Music in the Park veterans are probably already familiar with David Sagal, who has played in a jazz quintet over the past several years at the city's annual outdoor concert series. He is an executive and attorney at Warner Bros. with three children - two of them attend La Cañada High School. Sagal, 58, sat down with the Valley Sun in his La Cañada home to discuss music, tax rates and the impending challenges the school district will face. How is music a part of your family? I have a background in music.
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By Jane Napier Neely | August 30, 2013
Oh no! Summer is slipping away and we have to face reality - no more music in La Cañada's Descanso Gardens or Memorial Park until next year. The music just died this weekend. But it's fair to say that it went out on a high note. On Monday I packed up my lawn chair, the picnic basket and the wagon that carries all the stuff and stored it all away until next summer, when the music begins once again. It has been quite a tune-filled ride these past few months - our hills have been alive with wonderful music.
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By Jane Napier Neely | July 21, 2012
Oh my, I've been loving this weather. Coastal eddy can come and stay for the entire summer. These cool mornings are divine, and the air smells so sweet. Speaking of fragrances, the other night I was held hostage in my car for nearly 40 minutes because there was a huge skunk inspecting my front yard and I didn't dare open the door. I sure as heck didn't want to frighten him. While I was thumping my fingers on the steering wheel, he was leisurely sniffing the flowers. He then squeezed himself under the front gate and continued his property inspection in my front courtyard.
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By Jessica S. Kim Student Intern | July 5, 2007
"We're going to take you back, way back, to the '60s..." one of the members of band Palm Drive announced on July for the weekly Music in the Park at Memorial Park. Performing songs from the 1960s to the yet-unreleased Dixie Chicks' "Long Way Around," Palm Drive and its music attracted a large crowd despite the intolerably hot weather the town experienced earlier in the day. "I come here weekly and it's actually a very good crowd here," said La Cañada resident John Tosello, who had his hands full with his pet pig Porky.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
La Cañada High School was recently recognized by the National Assn. of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as one of 96 schools in the nation that set the bar for offering students access to a comprehensive music education program. It was announced late last month that the school will receive a 2014 SupportMusic Merit Award, part of the annual Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Program, which also recognizes school districts. "These schools and districts make a strong commitment to music education in the core curriculum supporting its essential value to a well-rounded education for every child," Mary Luehrsen, NAMM Foundation executive director, said in a statement.
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By Jane Napier Neely | April 9, 2014
This past weekend we had a preview of summer with high 80-degree weather. Surprise, I loved it! On Saturday night I went to see St. Francis High School's production of "Titanic - The Musical," story and book by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. This was a joint theatrical effort by St. Francis students and young women from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Directing the production was Emmanuel "Manny" Eulalia , who heads up the performing arts department at St. Francis.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
Music in the Park veterans are probably already familiar with David Sagal, who has played in a jazz quintet over the past several years at the city's annual outdoor concert series. He is an executive and attorney at Warner Bros. with three children - two of them attend La Cañada High School. Sagal, 58, sat down with the Valley Sun in his La Cañada home to discuss music, tax rates and the impending challenges the school district will face. How is music a part of your family? I have a background in music.
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September 18, 2013
La Cañada Congregational Church will hold a fundraiser later this month to support the Music Fund of the church. The event will take place at a Glendale home on the evening of Sept. 28. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and include a meal and an auction. For more information, call (818) 790-1185 or email musicfundsept28@yahoo.com . -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
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By Jane Napier Neely | September 18, 2013
I skipped out of town this past weekend to visit my sister in San Clemente. It was an amazing weather change from the foothills, with fog blowing by the windows and cool enough for me to have to borrow woolly socks from her to put on my feet. I even had to put a wrap on to keep my neck and shoulders warm. It's a good thing I put a pair of long slacks in my suitcase because I certainly did need them - my light summer skirts just didn't suffice down there by the shore. We had some good sister time and even celebrated the birth of her son and wife's newly adopted daughter, who they named Elisabeth - “Lissy” for short.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 4, 2013
It's a Saturday afternoon at Foothill Records and the regular clientele is starting to trickle in: local music enthusiasts looking for a rare used vinyl record, or maybe even a CD. Carol Schofield sits in a chair behind the register, shouting out to customers to ask how they're doing. Most seem to know what they're looking for, and one regular informs her that he's going to look in the back room of the store. A young man drops a Doors LP onto the countertop and waits for her to inspect it. Price labels are absent from the majority of the stock, and Schofield typically makes a deal with the customer once they bring their purchases to the front.
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By Jane Napier Neely | August 30, 2013
Oh no! Summer is slipping away and we have to face reality - no more music in La Cañada's Descanso Gardens or Memorial Park until next year. The music just died this weekend. But it's fair to say that it went out on a high note. On Monday I packed up my lawn chair, the picnic basket and the wagon that carries all the stuff and stored it all away until next summer, when the music begins once again. It has been quite a tune-filled ride these past few months - our hills have been alive with wonderful music.
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By Sara Cardine | July 24, 2013
Can harmonies help kids learn history? Can rhymes reinforce reading skills? Local educator and La Cañada resident Tim Griffin seems to think so. A longtime Los Angeles Unified School District teacher with a proclivity for music, Griffin regularly wove music and performing arts into his lessons to grab students' attention and reinforce core content standards. He penned clever songs covering everything from the American Revolution to zoology. Now he wants to share his talents, and the benefits of using the arts to aid learning, with others.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 18, 2013
It's not been unusual in recent years to see k-rails in hillside neighborhoods of La Cañada Flintridge decorated for each season. While living next to the mud-blocking barriers that were installed after the 2009 Station fire, residents have added festive touches: pumpkins for Halloween, inflatable animals wearing Santa hats for Christmas. Now, one scuffed-up barrier at the end of the cul-de-sac on Big Briar Way has a new decoration: a sign that reads, 'ADIOS KRAIL.' The La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted in June to remove the k-rails from all but one neighborhood in the city, an action that will free the residents of Big Briar and nearby streets from the barriers they have said devalued the neighborhood and caused blind spots.
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April 10, 2013
Ten Years Ago Noticing the mail was piling up at a residence on La Granada Way, a postman notified his supervisor that someone should check on the elderly woman who lived there. When deputies arrived, they found the 82-year-old lying on the floor of her garage, covered by various items, including a window, assorted debris and bags filled with groceries. From a dated receipt found in one of the grocery bags its was surmised she had slipped and fallen four days earlier. Semi-conscious when she was found, she was recuperating in a nearby hospital.
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