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December 15, 2010
Plenty of photos with Santa Claus were taken at the La Cañada Sport Chalet on a recent Saturday. There wasn't any lap-sitting, though. Rather than the traditional Santa-and-child pose, people got the chance at photos with a soggy, scuba Santa at the bottom of the local Sport Chalet's heated pool. The promotional event was organized for anyone interested in diving into scuba gear. Sport Chalet provided the scuba gear and photo free of charge. There wasn't even a need for a scuba certification.
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By by mary o’keefe valley sun | December 13, 2007
Santa Claus paid a visit to the La Cañada High School cafeteria Saturday morning and made a lot of children very happy. For the past few years Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services have used the high school cafeteria as a central meeting place for children in foster care, the families that take of them and prospective adoption parents from Los Angeles County. ?We had 55 children RSVP for the party,? said Jeri Miles, Hathaway spokeswoman. DJ Glenn Mehterian of Parties in Motion kept the party going as the children danced around and played limbo.
NEWS
December 22, 2005
As near as anyone can tell, Santa Claus as we know him today was inspired by an unlikely combination of events that began in 280 A.D. with the birth of one Nicholas Corbis-Bettman in Pataria, a city in Asia Minor. He was by all accounts a generous man of great material wealth, and one who liked to remain anonymous when helping the poor. Legend has it that he gave gifts late at night in order to keep his identity a secret. There are several variations of one of the most famous stories associated with Nicholas, a priest in the Christian church.
FEATURES
December 21, 2006
It was a wonderful evening for all, the Christmas Craft Night at the Center for Children at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church on Dec.7. Youths from the community made holiday crafts, door hangers and ornaments with their family, friends and teachers. The CFC staff opened their classroom doors to accommodate this annual tradition. Magic was in the air as Santa Claus and his elf poised for picture with the children throughout the evening. Before the crafts began at 6:30 p.m., there was the opportunity to enjoy dinner in Koopmans Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2011
Santa Claus made an early visit this year to Tom Sawyer Camp at Hahamongna Watershed Park. On Nov. 26, Santa and his helper were joined by pony Wrigley and donkey Mercy Lavender for photo opportunities with local children. The event was staged by the camp to benefit the MACH 1 Therapeutic Riding Program for the disabled. For 15 years MACH 1 (Move a Child Higher) has offered equine-assisted activities to the disabled, which vary according to need and ability. It relies on private contributions for the bulk of its funding and generous volunteers for their many hours of assistance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2006
Back-to-back matinees of 'Holiday Wonders,' the Los Angeles Master Chorale's signature yuletide family concert conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon will take place this Saturday. The show, geared for children and adults of all ages, abounds with festive carols and memory-making sing-alongs, making it one of the city's most popular holiday traditions for children and adults of all ages. Santa Claus drops in for a special appearance and the magnificent Disney Hall organ comes alive under the masterful touch of organist William Beck.
NEWS
December 9, 2004
Thoughts from Dr. Joe by Dr. Joe Puglia Last week during recess duty at LCE, I overheard a child lecturing other children regarding their fallacious belief in Santa Claus. With a rather scolding tone, he said, "There is no Santa Claus. How could it be? No one lives at the North Pole!" I watched the reactions of the other children. All but one quickly dismissed his proclamation as nonsense. However, one little girl became enveloped in dissolution and confusion. With besieging eyes, she starred motionless at me as though she wanted me to save her from losing her foothold on innocence.
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By Carolyn Neuhausen | December 14, 2011
Santa Claus made a special trip to Descanso Gardens last weekend especially to enjoy breakfast with children and their family members. The Patina Restaurant Group, Descanso Gardens' catering partner, prepared a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday morning that included a sweet potato marshmallow dish, cherry glazed baked ham, scrambled eggs, strawberry almond crepes and hash brown potatoes. Jazz Mondé, a catering partner with Patina, said that about 40 children attended the festivities.
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By Joe Puglia | November 29, 2007
During recess duty at La Cañada Elementary School, I overheard a child lecturing other children regarding their belief in Santa Claus. With a rather scolding tone he said, “There is no Santa Claus!” I watched the reactions of the children. All but one quickly dismissed his proclamation as nonsense. However, one little girl became distraught. With beseeching eyes she stared motionless at me as though she wanted me to save her. I stepped out on the limb, as I knew that she wasn’t ready to stop believing.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2004
Here they come caroling, bigger and better than ever. The Towne Singers, La Cañada's award-winning theatrical chorus, has announced plans for its annual holiday concert, to be held Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. in Lanterman Auditorium. In recent years, the concert series has become a much-anticipated local event. "We're raising the bar again this year," said Towne Singers director Sean Boulware. "We're going to have over 100 singers on stage, backed by a 19-piece orchestra.
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COMMUNITY
December 26, 2013
Ten Years Ago La Cañada High School 7/8 students who were interested in planes and flying were attending meetings of a new group on campus, the Aviation Club, which formed in December 2003. Activities included building model planes and learning the ins and outs of how a plane operates. The club adviser was science teacher Tom Traeger, a licensed pilot. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada boys' varsity basketball team got revenge on rival St. Francis and captured the championship of the third annual La Cañada Ticket Palace Holiday Classic.
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By Jane Napier Neely | December 4, 2013
As I write this I have watched several cars go by my house with fresh Christmas trees tied to the tops of their cars. Our community is getting ready for the festive season. Last Friday our neighboring village of Montrose lit its tree-lined Honolulu Avenue with tiny white lights. Carolers strolled along the street singing traditional songs of the season and Santa handed out candy canes. The village's wonderful weekend traditions of horse drawn trolley and pony rides, strolling carolers, Christmas music and Santa Claus continue this year.
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By Mercedes Aguilar | December 8, 2012
Santa Claus was booked solid Friday night as about 100 children waited in line to wish for video game systems, dolls and candy during La Cañada Flintridge's 18th annual Festival in Lights at Memorial Park. Snow, reindeer, caroling and the ceremonial lighting of the holiday display were among the highlights, as was the naming of the finalists for Miss La Cañada Flintridge 2013. Stephanie Beck, Chelsea Johnson, Maddie Johnson, Courtney Perry and Nora Sagal are in the running, with the winner to be announced Jan. 17. But the line that wrapped around Santa's post and stretched out halfway through the park made it obvious that Santa was the festival favorite.
NEWS
December 21, 2011
Ten Years Ago Three new ramps - a spine, a quarter-pipe and a fun box - were installed at the La Cañada Skate Park. The Cornishon Avenue recreational facility, which had been open under a joint-use agreement between the city and the La Cañada school district for just five months, had 1,036 youths registered to use it.   Twenty Years Ago Work was taking place daily on the city's 1992 Rose Parade float entry called “Sherlock Hounds,”...
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By Carolyn Neuhausen | December 14, 2011
Santa Claus made a special trip to Descanso Gardens last weekend especially to enjoy breakfast with children and their family members. The Patina Restaurant Group, Descanso Gardens' catering partner, prepared a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday morning that included a sweet potato marshmallow dish, cherry glazed baked ham, scrambled eggs, strawberry almond crepes and hash brown potatoes. Jazz Mondé, a catering partner with Patina, said that about 40 children attended the festivities.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2011
Santa Claus made an early visit this year to Tom Sawyer Camp at Hahamongna Watershed Park. On Nov. 26, Santa and his helper were joined by pony Wrigley and donkey Mercy Lavender for photo opportunities with local children. The event was staged by the camp to benefit the MACH 1 Therapeutic Riding Program for the disabled. For 15 years MACH 1 (Move a Child Higher) has offered equine-assisted activities to the disabled, which vary according to need and ability. It relies on private contributions for the bulk of its funding and generous volunteers for their many hours of assistance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2010
Ten Years Ago: The members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board elected board colleague Barbara Racklin to serve as 2001 president. Twenty Years Ago: The La Cañada High School boys' basketball team set an all-time Spartan scoring record by beating St. Francis High School by 107-44. Senior forward Jeff Burns paced the attack with 24 points. Thirty Years Ago: Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Pieper and her husband Darold, then president of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, welcomed their first child.
NEWS
December 15, 2010
Plenty of photos with Santa Claus were taken at the La Cañada Sport Chalet on a recent Saturday. There wasn't any lap-sitting, though. Rather than the traditional Santa-and-child pose, people got the chance at photos with a soggy, scuba Santa at the bottom of the local Sport Chalet's heated pool. The promotional event was organized for anyone interested in diving into scuba gear. Sport Chalet provided the scuba gear and photo free of charge. There wasn't even a need for a scuba certification.
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By Joe Puglia | January 7, 2010
I’ve nothing against formality, but I’m more comfortable hanging with the boys in some honky-tonk bar throwing down shots of Jose Cuervo. So when Kaitzer said that we were to attend the Bal Blanc de Noel, (The White Ball of Christmas) my first thought was, how the heck do I get out of this? The Bal Blanc de Noel is the culmination of the Les Fleurettes (little flower) debutante program sponsored by the La Cañada Thursday Club, a social, cultural and philanthropic women’s club founded in 1912.
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By Megan O’Neil | December 3, 2009
Snow, reindeer and Santa Claus — all the makings of a perfect holiday party and you don’t have to travel to the North Pole to find it. The 15th annual Festival in Lights, hosted by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, will take place today (Thursday) at Memorial Park. The festivities, which begin at 4 p.m., will include an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who will arrive in a classic car escorted by Los Angeles County firefighters and sheriff’s deputies.
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