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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 28, 2013
The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is offering discounted membership on Friday, March 29. Families or individuals can join the center for $39. Regular membership rates for adults and families range from $79 to $159. “The Y is a community that is dedicated to helping individuals achieve a balance of spirit, mind and body,” Jackie Shaumyan, director of membership for the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, said in a statement. “We encourage everyone to get involved by joining the Y where they can take advantage of the resources and support to be healthy and connected.” -- Follow Tiffany Kelly on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
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By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | February 20, 2013
The YMCA of the Foothills launches its annual support drive with a kickoff event at 6:30 tonight at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd. More than 200 volunteers will be reaching out to their friends and neighbors, seeking tax-deductible donations during the fundraising effort, which concludes March 21. Officials hope to raise $425,000. “Through our community support campaign, we want to educate people that we are more than a place to go to exercise or swim, but an organization that does vital work thanks to the support of the community,” stated Kim Beattie, director of financial development for the local Y organization.
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By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | January 24, 2013
A Chaplain Services orientation night for those interested in learning more about the Chaplain Services program offered by YMCA of the Foothills will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd. Last year, the local YMCA launched the program, making it available to all community members who could use encouragement and support. It is led by Chaplain Mark Yeager. For more information, contact Yeager at (818) 790-0123, Ext. 206 or at chaplain@ymcafoothills.org .
COMMUNITY
August 1, 2012
More than 350 people turned out Sunday for a free barbecue and a chance to explore the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. The occasion was the Y's community open house, the first in what it hopes to make an annual tradition. Children made chalk art, played dodge ball and took part in other activities as the band Misplaced Priorities played music for dancers of all ages. The Y made the gym and pool available, showed a movie and simply tried to bring people together, said Crescenta-Canada Y Membership Director Jackie Shaumyan.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 24, 2012
A new gathering place for community members was unveiled Tuesday at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA during a ribbon-cutting event that drew about 35 people. Wes Seastrom, chairman of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce board and a member of the YMCA's board, told those assembled to witness the opening of the $50,000 Patio Room that the new space was a step toward making the Y more than just a gym. “As everyone here knows, the Y is not just a place to work out, it's a place for people to gather, it's a treasure for the community,” he said.
NEWS
March 31, 2012
The YMCA of the Foothills is reaching across the world to boost the organization's message of fellowship and community. The local Y, which has facilities in La Cañada Flintridge and Tujunga, recently provided $20,000 in locally raised funds for a YMCA in Spitak, Armenia. YMCA of the Foothills President Tyler Wright went to Spitak to consult with YMCA leaders there. “The local Armenian population is one of the fastest growing groups in the communities we serve locally,” Wright said in a statement.
COMMUNITY
January 31, 2014
Emelita S.L. Bituin, vice president and manager of Citizens Business Bank in La Cañada, recently presented a $6,500 check to Tyler S. Wright, president and chief executive of YMCA of the Foothills and Kim Beattie, director of financial development for the organization. The funds were raised during the Second Annual Region 3 Citizens Business Bank Charity Golf Classic held at Oakmont Country Club in the fall. Also receiving donations from proceeds of the event were Nancy Painter House, Glendale College Foundation and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
COMMUNITY
December 18, 2013
Ten Years Ago A man made off with slightly more than $800 worth of medication and other items from a La Cañada Flintridge pharmacy one Sunday in December 2003, after approaching the store's counter and demanding the goods. The suspect, described as about 25 years old, left the store with greeting cards, a teddy bear, some prescription medications and some over-the counter drugs. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge City Council heard details of plans for new city entry signs, bus shelters and bus benches along Foothill Boulevard as part of the city's master plan.
NEWS
October 15, 2009
During a brief ceremony Sept. 24, La Cañada resident Kay Linden assumed the role of chairman of the board of the YMCA of the Foothills . Linden thanked outgoing Chairman Sam E. Longo Jr. for his commitment of time and dedication to the YMCA, and presented him with an engraved gavel. Longo has served as chairman for two years. Linden joined the YMCA board in 2005. She recently served as vice-chair and has played a key leadership role in the last three Community Support Campaigns.
NEWS
By Anita Susan Brenner | March 4, 2010
If you commute to or from the west end of La Cañada Flintridge, you may have noticed the regular traffic jams at our YMCA. A couple of ago, columnist Lauren Oakes wrote about getting a ticket for turning left at the YMCA parking lot. (Oakes View: “Traffic court test a bust,” Valley Sun 2-18-10). Lauren pointed out that the sign is not clearly visible. She said, “The sign that is clearly visible as you walk through the lot toward your car becomes invisible once you are in your car and turn on your driving mind.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
Every year, one out of every three people over age 65 experiences a fall. Five years ago, that scary statistic was a reality for La Cañada resident Dianne Osburn. A self-proclaimed klutz, Osburn often tripped and fell, facing injuries and a loss of confidence that caused her to limit her activity. "I was on a downward spiral of falling," said Osburn, 69. "I was getting very afraid and nervous about falling, which caused me to fall more. " When Osburn learned the YMCA offered a class that focused on preventing falls through better balance and core training, she joined and signed up. Today, she feels more confident and hasn't had a single falling episode.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 14, 2014
The Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA held its first-ever Indoor Triathlon Saturday, with individuals and family teams swimming laps in an indoor pool, then riding stationary spin bikes and running on treadmills in a friendly competition designed to promote active lifestyles. The event was an overall success, drawing more than 30 participants, who ranged in age from 6 into the 60s, Healthy Living Director Craig Strazzeri said Monday. "We always want to find more ways for people to stay active and healthy," Strazzeri said.
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Living out her dream at 80-plus miles an hour upon the storied stage of the Winter Olympics for all to see across television screens, Internet streams, newspaper covers and social media platforms, Kate Hansen smiled wide, shined bright and very much became a star in the Sochi, Russia Games. PHOTOS: Olympian Kate Hansen visits YMCA for autographs and dodgeball Roughly a month removed from making her Olympic debut as part of the Team USA luge team and concluding her four runs with a 10th-place finish in the women's singles race, Hansen returned home to the states and her native La Cañada Flintridge.
SPORTS
March 10, 2014
Following a memorable Winter Olympics debut in Sochi, Russia, La Cañada Flintridge's Kate Hansen will be back in her hometown this week, making an appearance at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA on Tuesday before appearances at Los Gringos Locos Wednesday and Thursday. Hansen, who took 10 th place in the women's singles luge at the Olympics in February and became a social media darling in large part due to her pre-luge dancing that was part of her warm-up routine, will be on hand from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
The YMCA recently commissioned a consumer survey to measure how Americans view quality of life in their communities nationwide. The survey was based on several factors, such as community-member involvement and the quality of a community's services, ranging from education to public safety. Interestingly, the survey revealed a 30% gap between what people say is most important in creating a strong community and how satisfied they are with their own communities in those areas. For example, Americans report that a safe environment for children and assistance for struggling community members (job training, food pantry, etc.)
COMMUNITY
January 31, 2014
Emelita S.L. Bituin, vice president and manager of Citizens Business Bank in La Cañada, recently presented a $6,500 check to Tyler S. Wright, president and chief executive of YMCA of the Foothills and Kim Beattie, director of financial development for the organization. The funds were raised during the Second Annual Region 3 Citizens Business Bank Charity Golf Classic held at Oakmont Country Club in the fall. Also receiving donations from proceeds of the event were Nancy Painter House, Glendale College Foundation and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles.
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By Sara Cardine | December 25, 2013
Anyone who has ever truly felt the Christmas spirit knows the essence of gratitude is giving and sharing with others, and fostering the human connection to which the holiday's namesake dedicated the full force of his life. On Wednesday, several fathers from in and around La Cañada got to share that magic with their own children, while across town kids they'd never met opened gifts under Christmas trees and families sat down to holiday meals that had been provided courtesy of their kindness.
COMMUNITY
December 18, 2013
Ten Years Ago A man made off with slightly more than $800 worth of medication and other items from a La Cañada Flintridge pharmacy one Sunday in December 2003, after approaching the store's counter and demanding the goods. The suspect, described as about 25 years old, left the store with greeting cards, a teddy bear, some prescription medications and some over-the counter drugs. Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge City Council heard details of plans for new city entry signs, bus shelters and bus benches along Foothill Boulevard as part of the city's master plan.
COMMUNITY
December 18, 2013
The YMCA of the Foothills will offer adult sports programs at both locations in January. Residents have the option of joining dodge ball or basketball leagues. The leagues are open to ages 18 and older at the La Cañada Flintridge and Tujunga Y centers. Interested teammates can form their own team or join in on another one. For more information, visit www.ymcafoothills.org/adultsports . -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly . ALSO: Mother says late son's missing ring was a 'symbol of strength' St. Francis High basketball's all-around play propels it past Arcadia Long-range shooting carries La Cañada High boys' basketball past Glendale  
COMMUNITY
November 14, 2013
Children donated about 1,000 pounds of Halloween candy they collected last month to soldiers overseas. The effort was organized by YMCA of the Foothills to encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle. Three donors each won a new bicycle. The candy, collected by elementary school students, will be given to Operation Gratitude, which supports troops. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
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