On the Town: L’Aureole members meet new Salvation Army lieutenants

Glendale do-gooders are sweating out the last of their summer socials.

To theirs, L’Aureole members added banana splits, along with the introduction of the new Glendale Salvation Army lieutenants.

On Aug. 1, some dozen members and their guests greeted Lt. Justin Shiflett and wife, Lt. Jennifer Shiflett. Glendale residents on hand were Jeannine Jones, publicity chairwoman, Carole Stonebraker, Carol Miller, Maryann Prindle, Irene Goodell, Sylvia Becdach, Geralyn Adamson and Phyllis Marks.

A La Crescenta contingent included Liz Nelson and guest Joanna Linkchorst.

L’Aureole President Kathryn Kashuba introduced the guests of honor. Hailing from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the Shifletts were high-school sweethearts.

They have been married for 19 years and have three children.

“We’re beyond excited to be in Glendale,” said Jennifer Shiflett. “We love to be busy. We love to be involved.”

The couple described their goals for the Salvation Army.

First, the remodeled food pantry will allow community members to walk through and choose their groceries.

Second, a transitional home will continue to house families getting back on their feet. A second transitional home will also continue to house single mothers who are learning to be self-sufficient.

A new feature of the transitional homes is the cooperation of the state’s mental health department, where staff members will refer clients and case managers.

Third, a Wednesday afternoon youth program will be offered that will be a Christian-based Scout-like program.

Fourth, and the focus of Aug. 1 program, is the expansion of the Army’s after-school Zone program. This year, a day camp with field trips has been offered for the first time.

Also offered in the Zone are a nutritious lunch, tutoring, homework help, reading practice, computer training and physical activity.

L’Aureole members support the Zone program through funds raised from their spring benefit. Since the charity has a vested interest in the Zone, members were all eyes and ears as a PowerPoint presentation introduced by Zone program director Heather Lowcock, featured students in the program.

Kaylee, 13, wants to be “expert at math, English and accounting.” Veronica, 8, plans to be a “teacher and a famous singer.”

Referring to the Zone’s L’Aureole benefactors, “We couldn’t be doing some of what we do without you,” Lowcock said.

Crescenta Valley chamber holds mixer

Members of the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce had their last business mixer of the summer last Wednesday. The YMCA on Lowell Avenue was the setting for food, raffle prizes, networking opportunities and business advertising.

Networkers extraordinaire were chamber VIPs President Calvin “Kaipo” Chock, executive director Lisa Dupuy, and Chamber Honorary Mayor/local veterinarian Michael Riley (voted in unanimously, I understand). A lively program emceed by Chock introduced new members and chamber veterans Velvet Rhodes, Stephanie Carnes, Chris Waldheim, Amy Taylor, Judy Tejeda, and Ramona Raymer.

Delicious pot stickers and Chinese chicken salad were provided by New Moon restaurant in Montrose.

On a related note, Rhodes will sprinkle a touch of Hollywood stardust over Glendale. On Oct. 13, the Alex Theatre will play host to the opening-night, red-carpet gala of the fourth annual Glendale International Film Festival. Rhodes is the fest director and founder.

Featured will be a restored version of “The Godfather.” The festival will continue for nine more days at various locations. Of the proceeds, 20% will go to Glendale schools to support filmmaking and screenwriting classes.

RUTH SOWBY RANDS may be reached at ruthasowby@gmail.com.

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