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La Cañada area events: 2020 Miss LCF to be crowned; float group hosts volunteer day; Lunar New Year party

Which of these young women will be crowned the next Miss La Cañada Flintridge? All will be revealed on the night of Jan. 30 when the LCF Chamber of Commerce holds its annual installation, awards and coronation gala. The 2020 court includes from left, Audrey Melillo Grace Fontes, Ally Rayner, Ellaney Matarese and Reese Ramseyer.
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A roundup of community events in and around La Cañada Flintridge. To submit items, email


Volunteer Day for the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. Saturday, Jan. 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to learn how to be a part of the all-volunteer team during this event at the float construction site behind Valley Water Co., 4524 Hampton Road, La Cañada. On arrival at the address, honk at the gate and someone will let you in. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and natural fibers. Long-sleeved shirts and hats are recommended. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. A tour of the site will be given at 9:30 a.m.

Lunar New Year celebrationSaturday, Jan. 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. A community celebration featuring a lion dance, a dragon dance, children’s crafts, a cooking demonstration of Chinese New Year cake, and local children performing traditional Chinese dances and music. This program is sponsored by the Chinese Club of La Cañada Flintridge and Cathay Bank and held at the La Cañada Flintridge Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave.


La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn.'s 108th annual Installation, Awards and Coronation GalaThursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, 5500 Godbey Drive, La Cañada, is the venue for this event, which will include the installation of the chamber’s new president and board of directors, as well as the naming of the 2020 Miss La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, call (818) 790-4289.

La Cañada Flintridge: The Next Paradise?Saturday, Feb. 1, 2 to 3 p.m. La Cañada Flintridge is designated a “very high fire hazard severity zone” because of steep, narrow roads and many homes with combustible roofing and open eaves. Adults and teens are invited to learn more on the subject at the La Cañada Flintridge Library, 4545 Oakwood Ave. There will be a visible presentation from the devastating 2018 Camp fire in Paradise, Calif., and survival tips will be offered by the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management.


Women’s Civic League of Glendale — Thursday, Jane. 23, 11:30 meeting and 11:45 lunch. The eight candidates for Glendale City Council will participate in a candidates forum. The meeting will be held at the Elks Lodge, 120 E. Colorado, Glendale. Cost is $25. For more information email Joylene at


La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Assn. Annual Meeting – Thursday, Feb. 6, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Craig Mazin, Emmy and Golden Globe awards winner, will serve as master of ceremonies. Entertaining will be provided by the David Sagal Jazz Trio and the La Cañada High School Chamber Choir. A catered dinner and drinks will be served. There will be a Spanish wine tasting courtesy of Gil Family Estates. The event will take place at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Cost is $85 for members, $40 for student members, $95 for nonmembers and $50 for student nonmembers. RSVP by Jan. 24 to For more information email Gina Ricci at


Meditation Class Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. This weekly meditation class, led by the Kadampa Meditation Center, is held in Room 4 at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. No meditation experience is necessary, and all are welcome. The hour begins with guided meditation, followed by a teaching and then another meditation. Cost: free for YMCA of the Foothills members; $5 for nonmembers.

International Folk DancingThursdays, 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to learn and do fun and beautiful dances from around the world every Thursday evening at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. Teaching level is adjusted to each evening’s participants. The large dance room has a new floor and the ample parking is free. Each dancer’s $5 pays for the class use of the facility. For more details, visit Foothill.Dance or contact or (818) 790-8523.


Pioneer Club/New Beginnings ClubMondays at 11 a.m. Seniors who would like to lunch with others and perhaps enjoy a game of bingo or go on outings are invited to check out the Pioneer Club that meets the first and third Monday each month at Holy Redeemer Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose, or the New Beginnings Club that convenes at St. James the Less, 4625 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta each second and fourth Monday. For more information about the Pioneer Club, call Mary Mancuso at (818) 249-8454. To learn more about the New Beginnings Club call Gloria Pauly at (818) 248-2944.

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