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Descanso to visit another garden

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- A trip to Lotusland is being offered by

Descanso Gardens.

Lotusland is a botanical garden in Montecito and has an Italian


and aloe garden on its grounds. It was created by former opera singer

Ganna Walska.

The tour is from 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21. Reservations are

required by Friday. The cost is $80 per person and includes



Participants should meet at Descanso, 1418 Descanso Drive.

For more information, call 949-7980.

Janine Marnien

Exotic fish topic of class

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- A koi expert will be making an appearance

at Descanso Gardens to share his knowledge on the exotic fish.

Phil Ishuzi will present information on how to care for the fish,


its history and classification. He will also provide names of other

fish that can live with koi. The class is from 10 a.m. to noon Sept.

14 at the gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive. Registrations are requested,

and the cost is $13 per person.

For more information, call 949-7980.

Janine Marnien

Local woman appointed superior court judge

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Resident Charlaine Olmedo has been


appointed a judge to the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov.

Gray Davis.

Olmedo has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s office on the organized

crime strike force since 1994. She is also a deputy district attorney

for the county of Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Olmedo was a deputy

district attorney in Los Angeles where she prosecuted gang related

homicides in the District Attorney’s hardcore gang unit.

Olmedo graduated from Loyola Law School. She fills the seat

vacated by Judge Elvira Austin, who is retiring.

Janine Marnien

Solar panel decision delayed

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The La Canada Flintridge City Council

unanimously decided to give a local dentist more time to work out a

plan for solar panel installation on his business.

Keith Serxner will have until the council meeting Oct. 7 to meet

with city planners, members of the Design Commission and independent

engineers to come up with a way to install the panels in an

aesthetically pleasing way.

Serxner had proposed to install the panels to the Design

Commission but the request was denied based on the aesthetic

appearance of the panels. Serxner appealed the ruling at Tuesday’s


Janine Marnien

School to host chamber mixer

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The La Canada Flintridge Chamber of

Commerce and Community Assn. is holding its September mixer at St.

Francis High School.

Participants will get a chance to see some of the finished

construction projects at the school. A recital in the new performing

arts center will also be given at 7 p.m. The mixer is from 5:30 to 8

p.m. Sept. 19. The cost to attend is $5 for chamber members and $8

for nonmembers.

The school is at 200 Foothill Blvd. For more information, call


Janine Marnien

Ballet, tap dancing taught to children

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Young children can learn ballet basics

through a fall ballet course at the Roger Barkley Community Center.

Children 3 to 5 will learn basic ballet and tap-dancing skills, as

well as basic tumbling techniques.

The course is taught by Center Stage Dance Academy, and is from

3:15 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Thursday through Oct. 17. The

cost is $95 per student.

The center is at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive. For more information,

call 790-4353.

Janine Marnien

Church remembers Sept. 11 attacks

MONTROSE -- The Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church is

holding a special service to mark the one-year anniversary of the

Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The service will be a prayer service of remembrance and hope, and

led by church Pastor Mark Huntington and Tae Kim, pastor of One Love

United Methodist Church.

The church sanctuary will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday for prayer and meditation.

The service begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The church is at 2700

Montrose Ave.

For more information, call 249-6173.

Janine Marnien

Local agency teaches CPR

GLENDALE -- Caring for breathing emergencies in infants and

children will be the topic of an infant and child CPR class offered

by the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross on


The class includes video and lecture sessions, skills practice

with mannequins and a written test. Students who complete the course

will be certified in infant and child CPR for one year.

The class is from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Monday at the chapter, 1501 S.

Brand Blvd.

For more information, call 243-3121 or visit

Janine Marnien

Gardens to have pumpkins for sale

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The Harvest Bonanza kicks off Sept. 21 at

Descanso Gardens. Pumpkins and flowers with an autumn theme will be

available for purchase for home and garden decoration. The sale

begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 and runs through Sept. 30.

It will be held in the gift shop at the gardens, 1418 Descanso

Drive. Gift shop hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10

a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekends.

For more information, call 949-4200.

Janine Marnien