La Cañada History: Comedian Chris D’Elia has role in LCHS production of ‘The Pajama Game’

Ten Years Ago

A year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy culminated with a tribute dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel that drew 600 guests.

Twenty Years Ago

The all-school musical at La Cañada High School, staged in late May 1997, was “The Pajama Game.” The featured actors included Chris D’Elia, Heather Stafford, Clayton Cogswell, Julie Asher, Janelle Bayard, Darren Pollock, Hillal Latif and Corinne Davis.

Thirty Years Ago

Dr. Skip Baker, who headed the Mayor’s Teen Committee, urged the formation of a community prevention council to tackle youth alcohol and drug abuse in La Cañada.

Forty Years Ago

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved a contract with the La Cañada Youth House (community center) — in cooperation with the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA and the LCUSD — to provide recreational leaders for after-school programs throughout the year, including during summer school sessions.

Fifty Years Ago

Because the then-existing public library on La Cañada Boulevard was doomed in order to make way for the 210 Freeway, the La Cañada Valley Planning Advisory Committee, which was working with the county to develop a master plan for the community, was tasked with finding a new library site. Appraisals were being prepared for two possible sites: the northeast corner of Foothill Boulevard at Commonwealth Avenue, and a then-residential parcel on Oakwood Avenue just north of a bank’s parking lot. The proposed library was expected to be at least four times larger than the one it would replace.

Sixty Years Ago

The La Cañada Realty Board in 1957 voted to make a study of possible school unification in the town. Four years earlier, a proposal for La Cañada to withdraw from the Pasadena High School District and take on the responsibility of educating all of the burgeoning town’s K-12 students had split the community and had failed at the polls in December 1953.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.