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December 28, 2011
Members of the St. Francis High School Drumline passed up their usual secret Santa gift exchange this year, deciding instead to spread holiday cheer by collecting and donating toys to the children at City of Hope's pediatric ward. Working with the Desi Geestman Foundation, drumline members collected toys that will go directly to children being treated for cancer.    
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | October 18, 2007
Recent recalls of toys manufactured in China means a shortage of toys at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, hospital representatives said Tuesday. The hospital gives out between 60,000 and 80,000 toys each year to patients. Ever year during the summer and fall seasons there is a low supply of toys ? primarily for young children and teens ? however, the recent recall means a bigger shortage than normal, said Albert Garcia, the hospital?s toy and gift coordinator. ?The major recalls have set us back in a very unprecedented way,?
THE818NOW
December 27, 2012
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station celebrated the holidays this past weekend by providing toys to more 240 children who otherwise would have gone without. On Saturday, Dec. 22, sheriff's station staff and volunteers delivered gifts and groceries donated by the community to more than 120 local families as part of their annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive, according to Sgt. Burton Brink. “Our station is very appreciative of our community's tremendous generosity and the efforts of our great volunteers who orchestrated the collection and delivery of all the toys and food,” Capt.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | December 11, 2008
For over 20 years the Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station has collected toys and food for needy foothill families. The toys are collected in barrels that have been placed in a variety of stores throughout La Cañada and Crescenta Valley including Ralphs and Vons markets. Donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable foods will be gathered by sheriff volunteers and deputies, sorted and delivered to families in need. Schools throughout La Cañada have been very generous with donations and support.
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By Seth Amitin | December 24, 2009
A last-minute donation push Friday allowed the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station staff and volunteers to assist more than 160 families in need over the weekend as the station?s annual holiday Toy and Food Drive came to a close. Dep. Jorge Valdivia said they received 2,000 toys ? enough so that every child could be given more than one. Each family was also provided with a $20 gift card plus up to four bags of groceries. ?Friday was a big push, it was a Christmas miracle,? Valdivia said.
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By Mary O’Keefe | November 29, 2007
For 20 years the Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station has collected toys and food for needy families of the Foothills. Collection stations are now set up around La Cañada and Crescenta Valley, where locals prove that the true meaning of the holidays is alive and well. ?We have heard from one family with seven children that are homeless and living in a campsite,? said Joanne Berg, sheriff volunteer and the drive?s chairman. ?They hope to be in a hotel room by the first of December but can you imagine[the difficulty with]
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2006
The California Philharmonic lends a hand to Ol' Saint Nick at its next concert, "Holiday Spectacular," where the Assistance League of Southern California and KABC TalkRadio 790 will be collecting new toys for tots and gifts for teens. The concert, the second of the "Cal Phil at the Ambassador" series, will be presented Saturday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. at historic Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. The festive concert features a holiday hit parade with highlights from Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker," John Williams' score to "Home Alone," Humperdinck's opera "Hansel and Gretel," and an audience sing-along for two majestic choruses from Handel's "The Messiah" — " And The Glory Of The Lord " and the " Hallelujah Chorus ," along with Christmas carols and other favorites.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2006
On Nov. 17, La Cañada Books & Toys brings a little history and magic to the community. Gerald Schiller, noted author and magician, will be signing True Stories of Old California from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at La Cañada Books & Toys. Schiller, a member of The Magic Castle, will also entertain with his special form of magic. Schiller has combined careers in a variety of fields. For almost 30 years he taught high school English and cinema studies, and, at the same time, wrote and directed educational and documentary films.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lara Hovsepian ? | November 19, 2009
It is a well-established fact that girls and Hello Kitty just go together. That would explain the dozens of smiles that were found in front of La Cañada Books and Toys on Saturday afternoon, where the store hosted a Hello Kitty tea event. “This is one of the many activities we’ve been trying to do for boys and girls throughout the year,” says Chelsea Waterson, a La Cañada Books and Toys employee. “Toy stores are supposed to be fun!” Although this was the store’s first-ever Hello Kitty tea, it proved to be quite a success with all of its free-of-charge activities for Hello Kitty lovers under the age of 12. Young girls could be seen happily playing Hello Kitty Bingo, making wands, coloring, getting their face painted, or simply munching on lemonade and animal crackers.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | November 30, 2006
Every parent knows that the holiday shopping season is all about the hottest toys and gadgets that their kids insists they not only want, but need . Although it is nice to give the little ones what they want it is also important to give them what is safe, according to Marcia Keer, product safety investigator for US Consumer Product Safety. "Be a label reader," Keer said during a recent press conference held in Glendale. Every toy has an age appropriate label listed on the package.
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December 19, 2013
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station is seeking unwrapped, new toys and food to assist area families during the holidays. The station hopes to serve more than 100 needy families at an event on Dec. 21. Toys valued at $10 or more may be dropped off at the station, located at 4554 Briggs Ave., La Crescenta. For more information, contact Deputy Jorge Valdivia at (818) 236-4021. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly . ALSO: Vons to part with plaza after $36 million sale to real estate company Residents protest dirt removal project at Devil's Gate Dam Foothills YMCA offers adult sports: dodge ball, basketball  
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By Carol Cormaci | January 3, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members Joan Cleven, Patti Rademacher, Marie Baker and Joanne Ploszaj recently traveled via the Gold Line and Metro to Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital to greet the arrival of Santa with more than 1,500 children. The children are current and former patients of Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Toys were donated by Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital support groups and employees, the Los Angeles Police Department, businesses and the wider Los Angeles community.
THE818NOW
December 27, 2012
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station celebrated the holidays this past weekend by providing toys to more 240 children who otherwise would have gone without. On Saturday, Dec. 22, sheriff's station staff and volunteers delivered gifts and groceries donated by the community to more than 120 local families as part of their annual Holiday Toy and Food Drive, according to Sgt. Burton Brink. “Our station is very appreciative of our community's tremendous generosity and the efforts of our great volunteers who orchestrated the collection and delivery of all the toys and food,” Capt.
NEWS
By Peter Day | September 26, 2012
As the space shuttle Endeavour soared over La Cañada Flintridge on Friday afternoon, Palm Crest Elementary School sixth-grader Micah Smyth saw more than an end of an era for NASA. He also saw what he hopes will be his future. Micah, 11, plans to be an aerospace engineer, and so two days after Endeavour made its last flight, he and 40 other students abandoned the Sunday sunshine for a meeting of the La Cañada Engineering Club. Inside the former wood shop at La Cañada High School, students from elementary school to high school tinkered with robots placed on surfaces similar to pool tables.
NEWS
December 28, 2011
Members of the St. Francis High School Drumline passed up their usual secret Santa gift exchange this year, deciding instead to spread holiday cheer by collecting and donating toys to the children at City of Hope's pediatric ward. Working with the Desi Geestman Foundation, drumline members collected toys that will go directly to children being treated for cancer.    
NEWS
By Carolyn Neuhausen | May 9, 2011
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Caterpillar Kids Place on Friday marked the official opening of La Cañada’s latest business. Housed in a 3,500-square-foot space in Town Center, Caterpillar Kids Place is a carpeted indoor playground featuring a gym slide, puppet theater, toy kitchen, a miniature fireman’s play set and full size bounce house, along with costumes and toys. Parents are invited to bring their kids, 9 years and younger to Caterpillar for play and to partake in semi-private music, dance and art classes led by professional teachers, Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yesika Baker, owner of Caterpillar and mother of a 4-year-old son, searched for at least eight months for the right location to open her business, but said she ran into an uncooperative spirit and obstacles in other cities.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 15, 2010
With many more foothill-area residents facing financial trouble than in previous years — including more families than ever in La Canada Flintridge —organizers of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station Annual Toy and Food Drive are still hoping for cash and toy donations to benefit nearly 500 children this year who might otherwise go without anything under the Christmas tree. On Saturday the Crescenta Valley Station Volunteers will begin to distribute food and toys to 457 children from struggling area families and, if donations keep coming in, perhaps up to 20 more who remain on a waiting list.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael J. Arvizu | December 24, 2009
It was cloudy Monday afternoon, but nevertheless, Turbo Wash owner Renaldo Flores could be found washing cars outside the loading dock at Verdugo Hills Hospital. The car wash was part of the hospital?s first staff and volunteer toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. For a $10 toy donation, donors would get their car washed. A $20 toy donation would get a wash and wax. Flores, who has served as the official car washer for the hospital for about four years, offered his idea to the hospital?
NEWS
By Seth Amitin | December 24, 2009
A last-minute donation push Friday allowed the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station staff and volunteers to assist more than 160 families in need over the weekend as the station?s annual holiday Toy and Food Drive came to a close. Dep. Jorge Valdivia said they received 2,000 toys ? enough so that every child could be given more than one. Each family was also provided with a $20 gift card plus up to four bags of groceries. ?Friday was a big push, it was a Christmas miracle,? Valdivia said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lara Hovsepian ? | November 19, 2009
It is a well-established fact that girls and Hello Kitty just go together. That would explain the dozens of smiles that were found in front of La Cañada Books and Toys on Saturday afternoon, where the store hosted a Hello Kitty tea event. “This is one of the many activities we’ve been trying to do for boys and girls throughout the year,” says Chelsea Waterson, a La Cañada Books and Toys employee. “Toy stores are supposed to be fun!” Although this was the store’s first-ever Hello Kitty tea, it proved to be quite a success with all of its free-of-charge activities for Hello Kitty lovers under the age of 12. Young girls could be seen happily playing Hello Kitty Bingo, making wands, coloring, getting their face painted, or simply munching on lemonade and animal crackers.
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