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December 23, 2004
Last week, Val Grayson, of Grayson's Tunetown in Montrose passed away at the age of 91. For many of us in the Glendale/Montrose/La Crescenta/La Cañada area, we know Grayson's Tunetown as one of the first record and musical instrument stores in the area. Val Grayson sold me my first record, gave me my first music lessons and encouraged me to become a music concert promoter. Thanks to Val Grayson's constant help and support, I made a career in the music business. I went on to start a preservation organization to save Pasadena's Historic Raymond Theatre.
June 24, 2004
Their voices have carried me this week as they do each time I listen to them. For a few brief and fleeting moments, a semblance of religiosity envelops me and keeps me part of the flock. Spirituality for me has never been associated with public worship; but when I hear them sing, the La Cañada Presbyterian Children's Choir, I feel a spirit akin to something higher than I. Besides their joyful sounds, the children are a visual delight. With their faces forming a myriad of expressions and their bodies moving to rhythms not everyone can hear, the children are guided by the passion and the gratification of the moment.
By Ruth Longoria | June 22, 2009
She came to Southern California to begin a studio musician career as a French horn player. Now, she’s moving on to a position as director of bands at American River College in Sacramento. This, after a few decades of inspiring and teaching music to young people in three schools, including 23 years as La Cañada High School band and orchestra instructor. Susan Hamre leaves La Cañada High as the school year ends this week, taking with her a mix of treasured memories and excitement at the next step in her career.
May 25, 2006
The traditional and tranquil sounds of the Native American cedar flute will be offered to families by celebrated thirteen-year-old flautist Evren Ozan in two performances guaranteed to mesmerize children of all ages, set to take place in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater at Kidspace Children's Museum, Sat., May 27 at 11a.m. and 1p.m. Evren Ozan was six years old when he discovered the native flute on a cross-country road trip through the Grand Canyon. Ever since, Ozan — a thirteen-year-old music prodigy of Anglo, Osage, and Turkish descent who hails from Laguna Beach, California— has studied native cedar flute and is now an accomplished recording artist who has released two albums featuring his flute music backed by other artists' electronic compositions.
July 7, 2005
You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll raise money to help deserving children during "An Evening With Lisa Donahey," a fund-raiser for the Hillsides Volunteer Network, on July 9 at 8 p.m. at in Wells Fargo Theatre at the Autry National Center, Museum of the American West.    Whether singing jingles, voicing beloved characters or performing captivating interpretations of jazz greats, Donahey's powerful voice is unforgettable.   Having made a name for herself in the music industry working with songwriters and film scorers alike, Donahey has thrilled audiences through her live theatrical performances, television work and recordings.
May 13, 2010
Golden Knights second in U.S. Decathlon The St. Francis High School Academic Decathlon team spent spring break studying and taking the first portion of the U.S. Decathlon test online. Trying to improve upon last year’s third-place finish, the Golden Knights continued their success and placed second in this year’s national competition led by senior Ben Dunst, who was the top scorer in the country in the medium-sized school division. In addition, many of the students also received individual medals.
By Joe Puglia | June 26, 2008
You’re not going to believe this story. It reinforces my understanding that to find a little slice of heaven you gotta’ get mud on the tires. Last week my wife Kaitzer finalized her plans to take the girls to the National Old-time Fiddler’s Festival in Weiser, Idaho. Let me tell you, nothing defines determination more than a determined woman. “Why don’t you come with us?” she said. I just had too much to do prepping for my trip to the Rockies, and furthermore all the flights were booked.
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