Community news: 2013 Hathaway-Sycamores Children's Art Calendar available, Alumni gems to receive Diamond Awards

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Local landmarks are interpreted through aspiring young artists on the pages of the 2013 Hathaway-Sycamores Children's Art Calendar.

The calendar was created through the “I Love LA” art project by students who receive academic enrichment and other support services from the Hathaway-Sycamores Highland Park Family Resource Center.

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, one of the largest, nonprofit, private children's mental health and welfare agencies in Los Angeles County, provides services to more than 8,000 children and families through a network of facilities located in the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Antelope valleys.

Services include a residential treatment center for youth ages 6 through 18; foster care and adoption services; a nonpublic school; school-based and outpatient mental health services; wraparound and in-home counseling services; a transitional living program for teens; a family resource center; and a grief and loss center for children. The agency is licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, certified by the Department of Mental Health, and accredited through the Joint Commission.

The calendar, which was underwritten by Nestlé USA, costs $10, plus $5 shipping and handling, with proceeds going to fund services for the thousands of youngsters and families served by Hathaway-Sycamores.

To order, go to www.hathaway-sycamores.org or call (626) 395-7100, Ext. 2516.

Alumni gems to receive Diamond Awards

Three local high school alumni will receive Diamond Awards for their life achievements from the Glendale Educational Foundation during the annual Dancing with Diamonds Gala on Feb. 8 at the Hilton Glendale.

Patrick McClenahan, of Hoover High School's Class of 1976, will be honored for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts. He received six Emmy awards while he was a sports broadcaster with Prime Ticket, Fox Sports Net and CBS 2/KCAL 9.

He serves as president and CEO of the L.A. 2015 Special Olympics World Games. He and wife Karren live in Glendale and have two grown children.

Donald Prothero, of Glendale High School's Class of 1972, is being recognized for Distinguished Achievement in Science and Technology.

A university professor of paleontology, Prothero's research has focused on three main areas: The evolution of hoofed mammals; the climate changes of the Eocene-Oligocene transition 40 to 24 million years ago; and the magnetostratigraphic dating of fossil-bearing deposits around the world. He has published books and contributes extensively to professional publications. Most recently with Occidental College and Cal Tech, Prothero is retired and lives in La Crescenta with his wife, Teresa LeVelle, and two sons.

Paul Fejtek, of Hoover High School's Class of 1988, will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Health & Fitness award. Fejtek is the first person with Brachial Plexus Palsy to reach the summit of the Earth's highest peak, Mt. Everest.

Along with his wife and climbing partner Denise, who he met in geometry class at Hoover in 1986, the two are among only a handful of married couples in the world who have climbed all of the Seven Summits — the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Professionally, he works with Hunter Wise Financial Group in Newport Beach.

The Glendale Educational Foundation serves to enrich and enhance the educational experience of Glendale Unified School District students and staff in the areas of visual and performing arts, health and fitness and science and technology. The current emphasis, Save the Music, will fund instrumental music programs in the elementary schools and seeks to raise $500,000 this school year.

To reserve tickets for the gala, call (818) 247-0466.

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JOYCE RUDOLPH can be contacted at rudolphjoyce10@gmail.com.

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