The Crescenta Valley is alive with “The Sound of Music” as the Crescenta Valley High School theater department presents this classic production during its spring theater season. Artistic directors Brent Beerman and Kathi Chaplar have been hard at work putting this event together and also wish to thank the Montrose Church members for their help in building the set.

There are more than 75 students involved on and off the stage and they have been working since January to prepare for the performances. Although this show is similar to the movie, the stage play features some different songs, with a subtle twist at the end.

Performance dates are March 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 in MacDonald Auditorium on the campus, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta. Tickets are available by e-mailing or by calling (818) 426-0183. There is a discount rate for groups of 10 or more for the March 8 show.



Camp Mountain Avenue will pitch its tents at 5 p.m. March 4 for the annual PTA Founder's Day celebration. The school mascot, Mountain Avenue Bear, will quietly preside over the festivities that include campfire songs and other musical performances by students, parents and teachers. Honorary Service Awards for trailblazing volunteers will also be presented.

The first fourth grade Gold Rush Day was Thursday. Volunteers, students and teachers took a step back in time to 1849. The school park was transformed into a western gold-mining town where students dug for gold, made tin lanterns, carded and spun wool and ate homemade johnny cakes. Miner attire and western accents were encouraged.



All current and past Fremont families are invited to come and paint tiles today to be installed on the tile wall surrounding the upper play structure. Each tile costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Sessions are from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Create your lasting legacy at Fremont. Contact the school office for more information.

The next PTA meeting is at 8:30 a.m. March 4 in the auditorium.

The annual Walkathon begins at 11 a.m. March 13 on the upper field. Parents are invited to cheer on students and teachers as they walk for 30 minutes to help raise money to support PTA programs. The fundraising goal is $13,000.



Founder's Day will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Friday in the auditorium. This year's theme is an International Festival. On the menu are Korean barbecue as well as desserts from around the world. Come and enjoy selected performances from some talented students and take part in the presentation of Honorary Service Awards.

There will be raffles and activities for the kids.

The annual Sixth Grade Pancake Breakfast and Rummage Sale will be from 7 to 11 a.m. March 7 at the school. Tickets are $5 for an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast featuring sausage, juice and coffee.

Funds raised will go toward the sixth-grade trip to Sacramento and San Francisco. For more information, call the school office at (818) 248-1758.

PTA's Project Fair will be at 6:30 p.m. March 18 at the outside lunch benches immediately following the PTA meeting.

There will be a reception before and during the fair.



Founders Day was celebrated last week and awards were presented to Oscar Arvizu, Very Special Person; Kim Bishop, Janice Lange, Joanne Voors and Michelle Phillips, Honorary Service; and Carole Mulder, Continuing Service.



Rosemont PTA had its annual Founders Day celebration Wednesday. Honorary Service Awards were presented to Araks Manouchehri, Lisa Dupuy, Will Spero, Elizabeth Burns and Elena Salvador. Continuing Service Awards were awarded to Anne Moser and Ron Sowers and a Very Special Person Award went to Mary Beth Eckenrod.

Watch for information and forms for the PTA's mini-Donation Drive that will run Monday to March 13.

Proceeds will help purchase books and software for the school library and computer lab.



Founder's Day is scheduled for Wednesday, and Honorary Service Awards will be presented to Brian Landisi, Sung Sook Kim, Tammi Alderman, Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, Shelby Denton and Amanda Schwartz. Continuing Service Awards will go to Mary Pinola and Delores Kelley and the Golden Oak Award will be presented to Teri Harter.

The PTSA will provide an assembly for students March 25 titled “Rachel's Challenge.” PTSA is focusing on character development this year and this assembly is a part of that.

There will be a parent meeting that evening to discuss the program that focuses on respect and kindness on campus.

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?JO ANN STUPAKIS covers the Crescenta Valley cluster and her column appears every three weeks. She can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (818) 248-8507.

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