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By Carolyn Neuhausen | August 31, 2011
The 2011 Summer Music in the Park concert series drew to a close Sunday evening with the performance of Soca & Reggae Music Upstream in La Cañada's Memorial Park. Despite the heat of the day, where temperatures hovered in the upper 90s to low 100s, the concert was well attended and the park was crowded with families lounging in chairs and on blankets. Susie Goddard and Gary Evans have been attending the music series for six summers. “We've come for so long, we've seen other families grow up, from their children starting young to getting older,” Goddard said.
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NEWS
By Stephanie Ghiya stephanie.ghiya@latimes.com | August 17, 2011
An hour before band camp began at La Cañada High School, a throng of freshmen and some returning band members tried on uniforms and stood on makeshift platforms to be fitted. As start time approached and more students filed into the band room, the explosive beats of a snare drum punctuated the excitement of friends reconnecting after the summer. The school's 10-day intensive band workshop took place from 1 to 8 p.m. every day this week and will continue at Cal Poly Pomona through the weekend and until Wednesday.
NEWS
By Stephanie Ghiya stephanie.ghiya@latimes.com | August 10, 2011
It's hard to imagine a country with just 13 swimming pools. Three years ago, when Jeremy Piasecki, a Marines warrant officer, began to dream of putting together a national water polo team in Afghanistan to boost the moral of the country's swimmers, that's all the fledgling team had to work with. Now, the dream has grown, and the Afghan team has its collective eye on qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. But how does a team with access to so few pools adequately train to compete against the world's best teams?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jane Napier Neely | August 10, 2011
My goodness we are already into the dog days of summer, having experienced some sizzling days of triple-digit thermometer readings. However, unlike residents of the East Coast, we are blessed with cool nights. No, we don't have those magical lightning bugs to enchant us so we won't complain about how hot the night is. But in their place, I will accept an occasional mosquito bite and a heavenly cool breeze after the sun sets every summer night. These are busy times in and around our community and we certainly do enjoy our outdoor summer-evening concerts.
NEWS
By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | July 4, 2011
Hundreds of people enjoyed the cool stylings of the David Sagal Jazz Quintet at Memorial Park early Sunday evening. Although the free concerts are open to the casual passersby, some family groups have been going to the summer concert series for years, like Judy and David Van Wyk, who have been enjoying the Music in the Park concert series with their friends and kids for at least 13 summers. “The concert series is a La Cañada institution,” said Judy Van Wyk. Nine of their group — which is usually 20-strong — beat the heat Sunday by enjoying the cool lawn of the park.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | June 22, 2011
With the advent of summer and the promise of longer, warmer days, Descanso Gardens will be open for extended hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting this week and ending Aug. 25. Usually open until 4:30 p.m., the Gardens will remain open mid-week until 8 p.m. “It gets so hot here in the summer that we thought it would be a good idea to keep the Gardens open longer because of the cooler evenings,” said Lisa Kurstin, Descanso’s manager...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joe Piasecki | June 14, 2011
This weekend, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station Lt. Angela Shepherd was in town to work a different beat — on stage, behind a microphone. Shepherd is lead singer and front woman for The Mixx, a five-piece rock ’n’ roll band that performed classic rock tunes and other popular favorites on Sunday as part of the annual Music in the Park free concert series at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge. Music in the Park is sponsored by the city and the La Cañada Valley Sun. Performances continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays each weekend through Aug. 28. A crowd of approximately 200 people lounged, picnicked or even got up to dance as Shepherd and her bandmates cranked out lively versions of hits from performers such as the Doobie Brothers, the Pretenders, Peter Frampton, Jefferson Airplane, the Eagles and Guns N’ Roses.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sara Cardine, Special to the Valley Sun | May 25, 2011
Music fans, brace yourselves. This year’s Summer Music in the Park series begins Memorial Day when Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries perform their upbeat repertoire of old-school rock ‘n’ roll hits for Fiesta Days revelers in Memorial Park. Hours for this special performance are 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. After that, 13 bands will perform free weekly shows at Memorial Park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays, giving audiences a different musical flavor each week. The series was created in 1994 to give local residents a reason to congregate with friends and family and celebrate the weekend’s close in style.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
Students in La Cañada High School’s theater department have been building their acting skills during rehearsals for the school’s third annual production of “Dracula.” The limited engagement is set to run from on Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 1, with all three performances beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and the doors will open 10 minutes prior to curtain for open seating. All proceeds will help fund the all-school musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” set for performances June 2 - 5. “Dracula” is La Cañada High School’s second repertory show done each year.
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