La Cañada History: ‘Rhine, Women and Song’ travel film showcased by Kiwanis Club

La Cañada History: ‘Rhine, Women and Song’ travel film showcased by Kiwanis Club
Forty years ago this week members of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada gathered for a publicity shot to announce the opening of their Travelog film series. At far right is Gilbert "Smitty" Smith, the popular longtime director of the Youth House (Community Center). (File Photo / La Cañada Valley Sun)

Ten Years Ago

About 400 square feet of what library staff called "rat-infested ivy" were removed as work began on a La Cañada Valley Beautiful project to re-landscape the garden in front of the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library on Oakwood Avenue. The $27,000 project would result in a landscaped area with about 30 varieties of colorful, drought-resistant California native plants, courtesy of the nonprofit, all-volunteer beautification organization.

Twenty Years Ago

In order to enhance safe pedestrian passage for schoolchildren, the city's public works and traffic commission gave its approval to the installation of a sidewalk on the south side of Salisbury Road, from Lasheart Drive to the La Cañada Elementary School campus.

Thirty Years Ago

La Cañada's representatives on the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Court, Julie Winnaman and Jill Nielsen, were set to make their first local public appearances as royals during the annual wine-tasting fundraiser for the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn.

Forty Years Ago

The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada opened its 1977-78 Travelog series in the auditorium at La Cañada High School by presenting "Rhine, Women an Song" narrated by Dave Alexander. In the series' later years, films were presented at Flintridge Prep.

Fifty Years Ago

The La Cañada Valley Beautiful board of directors, in reaction to a devastating brush fire that had destroyed several La Cañada homes just weeks before, held a special presentation for area property owners on the subject of fire-resistant plantings.

Sixty Years Ago

New electric rates authorized in late 1957 by the California Public Utilities Commission would add about 59 cents a month to the bills of the then-existing 5,400 Southern California Edison customers in La Cañada, it was announced by the utility.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.