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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 24, 2010
It's time to give thanks for outstanding artwork. Results are in for the La Cañada Valley Sun's annual Thanksgiving art contest. The contest is a La Cañada tradition more than 50 years old. Submissions for the contest came hot off the desks of fifth-grade classes across town. Students were asked to create and submit their best drawing or painting of America's first Thanksgiving meal. Five different categories were created this year. First-, second- and third-place winners, and a few honorable mentions, were decided for general excellence, the best turkey, most patriotic, most unique and most humorous.
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By Mary O’Keefe | December 4, 2008
La Cañada Elementary fifth graders donned Pilgrim and American Indian costumes and joined at long festive tables in the cafeteria on Friday, Nov. 21, as they ate Thanksgiving dinner. Before the meal they were treated to a play that shattered some myths about the first Thanksgiving. Students learned that the first Thanksgiving in 1621 was a celebration of a good harvest and had occurred every year. They had signed a treaty with the Wampanoags in 1621, so that year they invited the tribe to their celebration.
FEATURES
By Jane Napier Neely | November 24, 2005
Last year by November we were in the middle of an almost record breaking deluge of rain. This year is quite a different story -- it has been more like an endless summer with temps in the high 80s and low 90s. At least the nights have a chill to them, which breaks the monotony a bit. Most spectacular of all has been the crystal clear air with thanks going to a slight Santana wind condition. The mountains have been so sharply defined one can almost count the leaves on the trees along the ridgeline.
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By Joe Puglia | November 23, 2006
Sixty-five days of wind swept seas, and with pitch and toss they carried their hopes aloft. With billowing sails, searching for the "Northerlies" they found the currents that would bring them home somewhere beyond the sea. It was the possibility of having a dream come true that drove them. Dreams are the language of God! The Mayflower brought the Pilgrims, searching for new worlds and religious freedom. And the Pilgrims brought courage, fragility, endurance and vision to Plymouth in 1620.
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December 1, 2005
Crescenta-Cañada Cooperative Nursery School preschoolers gobbled their way into the holiday season by making turkey hats, pinecone turkeys and paper turkeys and enjoying Thanksgiving dishes, minus the turkey. The 4-year-olds baked their own cornbread muffins and broke from tradition by cooking up a very original pot of Thanksgiving "stone soup" while the 3-year-olds got a little help from mom and dad and brought some home-cooked dishes to share. Photos of people and "things" the children were grateful for adorned the walls of both classrooms and thanks were given by all before they dined.
NEWS
November 9, 2006
The upcoming Thanksgiving morning 'Run for the Hungry' will be the focus when the LCF Chamber of Commerce Mixer is held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Roger Barkley Community Center, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. Dinner will be provided by Smart 'N Final and Green Street Restaurant, with dessert and decorations provided by Ralphs Fresh Fare of La Cañada. Cost to attend the mixer is $8 for LCF Chamber members and $12 for guests. "This event is a great time for us to recognize our sponsors for the run," said Rebecca Harvey, chairman of the Run for the Hungry event.
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November 22, 2007
Autumn days have arrived, and with the ticking of the clock, daylight fades and leaves turn brown. Subtle nuances tell that Thanksgiving is here. My memory drifts to a simpler time and recants a melodious voice. I listen. An image appears. It’s my mom! She’s singing the memorable verse, “Over the river and through the woods...” as we glide through the Tuscarora Mountains. To grandmother’s house we go. Every Thanksgiving in early morning our family would close the delicatessen and head to Nona’s house in western Pennsylvania.
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By Jennifer Berry | December 2, 2004
Often called Black Friday by retailers, the day after Thanksgiving is the typical start to the holiday shopping season. With types of retail locations in La Cañada Flintridge ranging from small, specialty shops to discount department stores, businesses owners seemed generally pleased about sales on Black Friday and the following weekend. The sales at Adobe Design, located on Foothill Boulevard near the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue, were better than owner Sue Stranger had anticipated.
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By Fereva | December 7, 2006
Clutter, stuff, baggage — "A rose by any other name," as Shakespeare wrote, although in modern times, I feel up to my neck in thorns. Some of this clutter is self induced, such as my proclivity for acquiring holiday ornaments. I may need to move out of my home soon and use it for seasonal storage next year. The holiday season begins with Halloween for me, although with a daughter in college, I confess I don't carve pumpkins any more. Instead, I have those scarily realistic looking faux pumpkins with the itty bitty night light/candle inside.
FEATURES
November 12, 2009
Sales of Thanksgiving centerpieces to benefit Hathaway-Sycamores Los Altos Auxiliary is again offering for sale handmade flower arrangements for the Thanksgiving holiday. The organization donates all proceeds from this fundraiser to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services , specifically benefiting the boys who live at the residential treatment facility in Altadena. ?This long-standing tradition, our popular Thanksgiving centerpieces, are a wonderful way to support the children of Hathaway-Sycamores,?
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November 27, 2013
Nina Lidar, 10-year-old La Cañada resident, first place in the annual Valley Sun Thanksgiving Art Contest with her work executed in colored markers that judges deemed best captured the essence of the overall theme, “Thanksgiving in the United States.” Nina is a student in Mr. Hajek's fifth-grade class at Paradise Canyon Elementary School. Her entry was one of 162 hand-drawn and colored works received by the paper, which saw participation not only from her school, but also from La Cañada and Palm Crest elementary schools.
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November 27, 2013
Young Pilgrims and Native Americans sat down for an annual Thanksgiving meal at La Cañada Elementary School last Friday. The fifth-grade class played music and feasted on turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, and other traditional holiday dishes. Parents, who like the students were also dressed in festive garb to mimic the first Thanksgiving feast, volunteered to serve the meal. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly . ALSO: Trio of La Cañada water polo teams look for growth Homeless agency not accepting prepared food for Thanksgiving meal New look for La Cañada city boys' soccer programs
COMMUNITY
November 25, 2013
Union Station Homeless Services is not accepting home-cooked dishes for the agency's annual Thanksgiving meal in Pasadena on Thursday. The organization cannot receive turkey or other prepared food due to stricter health regulations, the agency said in a statement. Instead, donors can make a donation online, purchase a pie through the organization's partner, or give non-perishables. Food will be served at Pasadena's Central Park from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Donations to cover the cost of the Thanksgiving meal can be made on Union Station's website .  Pies can be purchased online, too . Union Station also has a wish list for non-perishable food items .  Last year, more than 4,000 people were served at the Thanksgiving Day event.
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By Peter Day | November 21, 2012
Pizza, “mystery meat” and the usual fare were nowhere to be found at the La Cañada Elementary School on Friday as the place was transformed into a Thanksgiving scene fit for a pilgrim. Pumpkins, fresh pomegranates and green branches with red holly berries colorfully decorated long tables. The meal included turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the trimmings. Students sang songs with themes of gratitude and performed a skit, “The First Thanksgiving,” which pointed out that pilgrims had no sugar - and therefore no cranberry sauce - as well as other Thanksgiving facts.
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November 21, 2012
Among the many time-honored traditions tied to Thanksgiving is one unique to La Cañada: an annual contest that challenges local fifth-graders to create a colorful drawing that might be featured in the Valley Sun. This year the contest drew more than 160 entries representing all three of the La Cañada Unified School District elementary school campuses, as well as the private St. Bede and Crestview Preparatory schools. When the judges finished their considerations and the dust settled, a clear winner emerged in the general excellence category: Daniel Zhao, a student in Danna Lesko's class at Paradise Canyon Elementary School.
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October 25, 2012
PTA ready for 'Halloween Haunt' La Cañada Elementary School on Encinas Drive will be teeming with activity Saturday when the PTA stages the annual Halloween Haunt. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a family affair, with games, an obstacle course, costume contests and other activities for children and a tent full of silent-auction items to entice their parents. Food for all ages, including Korean barbecue, will be available for purchase. According to organizers, some of the auction items are set visits to TV shows; vacation packages to Lake Arrowhead, Oxnard and Tucker's Point Villa in Bermuda; a Mardi Gras party for 30 and Barefoot Contessa Recipe Party, premium seat Dodger tickets, “Yo Gabba Gabba” and Rush tickets; House of Blues Gospel Brunch; meals at Sakura or Taylor's Steak House with an Ultra Magnum of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 16, 2011
People who are looking forward to pre-burning some Thanksgiving Day calories are urged to sign up for the annual Thanksgiving morning run through town, according to a spokesperson for the sponsoring agency, the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. Although the annual run is entering its 18th year, Melissa Mills, the center's assistant program director, said that registration for the event isn't yet as stuffed as organizers hoped. “We're a little low, honestly. We're hoping people will sign up the day of [the run]
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November 25, 2010
The pilgrims and native Americans gathered at La Cañada Elementary on Nov. 19 for a Thanksgiving lunch.. La Cañada Elementary's fifth graders celebrated the decades-long school tradition by showing up in the school's cafeteria in costume for the Thanksgiving feast. It was "lunch-and-a-show" on Friday as several La Cañada Elementary students performed songs during the meal. Students assisted in preparing the meal on Nov. 18, helping make pumpkin pies, cornbread, homemade butter, cranberry relish and table decorations.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 24, 2010
It's time to give thanks for outstanding artwork. Results are in for the La Cañada Valley Sun's annual Thanksgiving art contest. The contest is a La Cañada tradition more than 50 years old. Submissions for the contest came hot off the desks of fifth-grade classes across town. Students were asked to create and submit their best drawing or painting of America's first Thanksgiving meal. Five different categories were created this year. First-, second- and third-place winners, and a few honorable mentions, were decided for general excellence, the best turkey, most patriotic, most unique and most humorous.
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By Joe Puglia | November 26, 2009
I am literally brain dead. There are no thoughts from Dr. Joe this morning. It?s black Monday; Penelope?s is closed so there will be no respite from my brain freeze. However, I find salvation at Starbucks. The courtesy of the young people behind the counter is encouraging. Barb?s smile as she pours my black tea ensures that this day will be bright and I realize I can write and perhaps make a contribution. So all is not lost. I?ll send a Thanksgiving poem your way. It?s perfect!
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