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September 1, 2012
The steady drumbeat of bear sightings in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains reached a crescendo last week, with two unusual incidents punctuating a season full of bear activity. Bear-turned-celebrity Meatball, aka Glen Bearian, saw his run in the sun come to an end. After several visits to residential neighborhoods above Glendale, the bear with 28,000 Twitter followers was lured into a trap by a McDonald's Happy Meal. Department of Fish and Game officials had grown weary of tranquilizing Glen Bearian and hauling him deep into the woods, only to see him return.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 29, 2010
Driving down Oak Grove Drive between La Cañada High School and Hahamongna Watershed Park, most would never guess deep within the park is a mini-army of 400-plus kids enjoying an old-fashioned summer. For the past 84 years, Tom Sawyer Camps, originally located in Laguna Beach, has been inviting kids to "unplug," immerse themselves in nature and spend their summer outside the vast reach of technology. The camp's two current locations are in Arcadia and here in La Cañada's own backyard.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dawn R. Steele | March 30, 2006
Grady McNeil, a young socialite, is left to her own devices in her parents' Fifth Avenue New York penthouse apartment for the summer just after World War II. Her sister, who is married and presumably the favorite of the two sisters, lives at her own home in East Hampton with her husband and children. It is at the end of the summer and at the end of the novel that Grady finds herself there and has to make a decision that will last a lifetime. But why? For weeks before the summer began, Grady had been spending time with Clyde Manzer, a man not of her social class.
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By Carol Cormaci | August 28, 2008
Although summer isn’t technically over for a few more weeks, it is for all practical purposes coming to a screeching halt Tuesday when the local public schools throw open their doors and welcome back our community’s little cherubs and harried teens. September through June, coinciding with the school calendar, is incredibly hectic in the Foothills, with all the school programs and extracurricular activities for the kids, and the springing back to life of the many social organizations that are “dark” in the summer.
SPORTS
By Parimal M. Rohit | August 2, 2007
Playing as if it were the state championship, Flintridge Sacred Heart's Katie Condon approached each summer league volleyball game at Pasadena Poly with a competitive drive and as vocal team leader. Last week was no different, as Condon put on her game face in a midsummer match-up between the Tologs and Maranatha High School on July 26, as the Tologs swept the Lady Minutemen in two games, 25-16 and 25-9. Maranatha started off with an early 5-3 lead. Under the service of Camille Coffey, the Tologs scored seven unanswered points, including several digs by Coffey and spikes by Condon, as FSHA took a 10-5 lead.
SPORTS
By Parimal M. Rohit | July 12, 2007
The La Cañada Spartan girls' basketball team traveled to South Pasadena on Monday to play neighboring Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in summer league basketball. La Cañada played stellar defense in their fifth league competition, which helped lead the girls to a 51-17 win over the Tologs. With 4 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first half, Spartan Jessica Lam made an impressive steal and stormed down the court for an uncontested lay-up, extending La Cañada's lead to eight points.
SPORTS
By Timithie Gould Valley Sun | August 9, 2007
Though school?s been out for well over a month, it seems that August is the real summer vacation time for local students and professionals alike. Especially in the youth sports scene, August feels particularly slow. June and July play host to a variety of Little League baseball and softball tournaments; high school summer leagues keep basketball, volleyball and water polo athletes active. Football and soccer players enjoy (or at least endure) summer training sessions to prepare for their upcoming seasons.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2006
At the Paseo Colorado's beautiful Garfield Promenade, "Dancing Under the Stars" Free Concert Series, continues every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. all summer through Aug. 25. Produced by the Pasadena Jazz Institute and the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association and presented by Paseo Colorado, the summer concert series will feature swing greats such as Pete Jacobs and his Wartime Radio Review, Big Jay McNeely and Stompy Jones. Adding to the fun, the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association offers free half-hour dance instruction at each concert.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 4, 2010
The "under construction" signs lining La Cañada High's campus could also be slapped on their boys' volleyball team. Summer has been a rebuilding time for second-year Coach David Woo. His team is participating in a nine-week program where once a week it competes against other local teams at Eagle Rock High, playing a minimum of three matches each night. "This summer league is good because everyone has been building," Woo said. "The competition is a little bit different, but it's good because everyone is rebuilding.
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By Sara Cardine | December 11, 2013
On Monday, six participants of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce's Summer Internship Program shared experiences and lessons learned over six-week stints at local businesses and organizations in a series of public presentations. The program, which exposes La Cañada High School students to real-world work experiences, ran from June to August. The presentation is a final obligation; interns also attended chamber of commerce, city council, city commission and school board meetings, and chamber mixers.
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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 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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August 1, 2013
Ten Years Ago A La Cañada woman, Christy Cassell, a political independent, announced she would mount a campaign to run in the fall 2003 gubernatorial recall election to replace Gray Davis. Twenty Years Ago A real estate agent announced that he had sold a Berkshire Avenue home for a record amount, reportedly between $4 million and $5 million, all cash. The English-style house had been built in 1989. The previous record in La Cañada Flintridge was the 1992 sale of a Hillcrest Avenue home for $1.575 million.
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By Jane Napier Neely | July 31, 2013
Slowly, ever so slowly, we are crawling into the dog days of summer. The weather, just as the Greeks and Romans scripted them, is hot, humid and sometimes evil. This time of the year, according to an ancient storyteller, "the sea boiled, the wine turned sour, dogs grew mad and all other creatures became languid. " I know first hand about the languid part; when it is hot and humid I don't want to move a finger. Yes, I might even growl if I am provoked. In all seriousness, various sources report that the saying "dog days of summer" came from a Greco/Roman belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was somehow responsible for the hot weather.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 30, 2013
LA CAÑADA - Brayden Alms was desperate for a change in summer camps last year. The 11-year-old Pasadena resident went to a camp in his hometown, but wasn't exactly pleased before making the switch to the Spartan All-Stars All-Sports Camp. “Before this, I went to another camp, which was really bad, and I didn't like it at all,” Alms said. “I would beg my mom everyday, 'Can we please not go to this camp? Can we just do something else and find something?' Finally, they found this camp, it's been good.” Alms not only stuck with the Spartan All-Stars All-Sports Camp for the rest of the 2012 summer, but returned this year and converted Eloise Whitford, who attended the same camp as him last summer, to the camp at La Cañada High.
NEWS
By Anita S. Brenner | July 17, 2013
Summer's here. Nothing to read? Overdosed on reality TV? CNN overload? Problem solved. Here's Around Town's annual list of summer books: 1. Daniel Silva's new book just came out this week. “The English Girl” is another Gabriel Allon spy thriller. Allon has left the Office (by implication, Mossad) to work as an art restorer but he keeps getting called back into service. Silva is an American. He used to be a journalist. He was raised Catholic but converted to Judaism. His stories are always well-researched, with exquisite detail.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | July 10, 2013
For kids, there may no better motivator than candy. On Tuesday afternoon, as outside temperatures climbed into the 90s, two local libraries took advantage of that truism, beckoning youth to come inside for cool, candy-themed activities being held as part of a countywide summer reading program. At the La Cañada Flintridge Library, participants made candy sundaes with wrapped treats, curled ribbons and decorative straws, while the La Crescenta Library held a candy necklace-making activity with jelly beans, licorice bits and marshmallows standing in for gems, pendants and beads.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | June 26, 2013
As of last week, summer is officially here. Get ready for the temps to rise. In fact we might be hitting the 100-plus mark sooner than I would like, I can assure you. This past weekend we experienced the biggest and brightest moon of the year. It was called "The Super Moon" or "Mega Moon. " As advertised, it was big, bright and beautiful. Benefits and symphonies seem to be ruling the season. Outdoor concerts are blooming like magnolia flowers with music venues at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada's Memorial Park, Levitt Pavilion, Caltech's Beckman Mall in Pasadena and in Arcadia, at Los Angeles Arboretum and Santa Anita Race Track.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 26, 2013
For the second year in a row, the La Cañada Summer Smash didn't produce an in-town victor, but that's not to say the seventh annual baseball tournament wasn't successful. Already expecting a drop from 45 teams in 2012, the Summer Smash was cut down by 10 more teams than originally estimated when all teams reported in this year. Without a Pinto 7 bracket, 35 teams competed across six divisions in La Cañada Friday through Sunday. "At the end of the day, 35 for this community is about the right amount of teams," said Summer Smash Tournament Director Jack Johnson, adding this year could serve as a model for years to come.
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