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By Ruth Longoria | December 25, 2008
They call him Father Christmas, though he’s hardly old enough to have been around since the reputed 17th century old gentleman. However, just like the traditional jolly, gift-bearing gent, La Cañada’s own Perry Mondon, 64, gives a gift to his neighborhood, and beyond, each year through the creation of his illuminated cactus Christmas-land, as well as through his year-round kind and neighborly demeanor. “We’re very fortunate to live next door to Perry,” said Peter Bissias, who bought his home 15 years ago and lives there with his wife, Michele and daughter, Taia, 4. The family enjoys living next door to Mondon and his extravagantly festive property, which features thousands of lights and Christmas-themed displays.
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By Chris Sutton | December 23, 2004
No one in the audience stirred as the 19th annual holiday performance of Palm Crest Elementary School Melody Makers and Choristers began. Under the direction of Mrs. Lantz, a PCR teacher, the 70 students did not miss a beat as they gave the gift of song to their student and family audiences, never tiring during their six performances on Dec. 15. They were accompanied by the six member Jack Lantz Combo, Mrs. Lantz' husband's group, which included...
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December 14, 2006
The Verdugo Hills YMCA held its third annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, featuring plenty of holiday fare ranging from pictures with Santa Claus, to screenings of holiday classics and a petting zoo with genuine reindeer. Attendance was steady during the four-hour event, and it was estimated that about 300 people passed through. "The Winter Carnival is always popular, and I had several people tell me this was their second or third time coming to this community event," said Robin McCarthy, director of communications for the YMCA.
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By Carol Cormaci | February 28, 2008
Memorable events have taken place in La Cañada over the years. Longtime residents will recall the day in the early ’70s when the president of the United States, Richard Nixon, was delivered by helicopter to the La Cañada High School field, then driven to La Cañada Presbyterian Church to attend the wedding of Maureen Finch, daughter of Nixon’s cabinet member and former lieutenant governor of California, Robert Finch. Of similar vintage, a wildly popular charitable fundraiser, The Freeway Frolic, was held on the lanes of the yet-to-be-opened 210. In the late ’70s, before he wed Diana Spencer, Great Britain’s Prince Charles and his entourage toured the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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July 5, 2007
If you were on vacation on Aug. 25, 2005, you might have missed this column. I'm reprinting it today because many readers found it fascinating. When my daughters were small, I told them that girls were required to wear skirts to school in my day. They were flabbergasted. Not long ago, they both mentioned my dress code stories, claiming that they were struck with horror and awe, when they first heard them. They say they cannot imagine how women grew up to be strong and self-confident with no sports teams for girls, playing dodge ball in skirts at recess.
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By Jane Napier Neely | December 18, 2013
Hard to believe but Christmas day is just six days away! There just wasn't enough time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to get everything done and I'm still scrambling. It has been parties, parties and more of the same. It is a jovial season and the celebrations go on and on. I'll try to catch you up on some of the events happening in our foothill community. --- Last Sunday night The Oakmont League of Glendale held its annual Christmas party. It was a beautiful evening, planned expertly by Carolyn Beaton and her committee.
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August 25, 2005
Dining With Duvall by Lynn Duvall When my daughters were small, I told them that girls were required to wear skirts to school in my day. They were flabbergasted. Not long ago, they both mentioned my dress code stories, claiming that they were struck with horror and awe when they first heard them. They say they cannot imagine how women grew up to be strong and self-confident with no sports teams for girls, playing dodge ball in skirts at recess. They cannot get their minds around the concept, let alone the actual experience.
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By Ruth Longoria | December 25, 2008
They call him Father Christmas, though he’s hardly old enough to have been around since the reputed 17th century old gentleman. However, just like the traditional jolly, gift-bearing gent, La Cañada’s own Perry Mondon, 64, gives a gift to his neighborhood, and beyond, each year through the creation of his illuminated cactus Christmas-land, as well as through his year-round kind and neighborly demeanor. “We’re very fortunate to live next door to Perry,” said Peter Bissias, who bought his home 15 years ago and lives there with his wife, Michele and daughter, Taia, 4. The family enjoys living next door to Mondon and his extravagantly festive property, which features thousands of lights and Christmas-themed displays.
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