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Performance to spotlight Gulf crisis Students in the advanced placement environmental science classes at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy are hosting a musical event in Memorial Park from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 3 to bring awareness of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the young people in La Cañada Flintridge.

Nickelodeon star Ashley Argota from True Jackson VP will be a featured performer, while co-stars from her show and those from The Troop and Victorious will sign autographs. Two local bands, The Silence and the FSHA Band, will also perform.

Information about the oil spill and how it affects the ecosystem will be presented at different booths by FSHA's environmental students as part of a service project.

"We also hope to raise money through a raffle of an iPod Nano, a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award mini bike, tickets to the Long Beach Aquarium and other items which will be put toward the cleanup of the Gulf," said FSHA junior Charlotte Hook.

For more information, check out Students for the Gulf on Facebook or e-mail FSHA science teacher Leslie Miller at lmiller@

College-sponsored Merit Scholars from La Cañada named Three La Cañada residents are among the more than 2,800 winners of National Merit Scholarships announced Wednesday that are being financed by colleges and universities. All of the local winners attend La Cañada High School.

Silas W. Hughes received the National Merit Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering Scholarship. Hughes is considering a career in mechanical engineering. Olin College is in Needham, Mass.

Two National Merit USC Scholarships are going to La Cañadans Emily B. Kim, who is considering a career in communications, and Robert T. Jones, who plans to study medicine and research.

Coed basketball for grades 1-7 at YMCA Sign-ups are underway for the Y-Winners Summer Coed Basketball program at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. The program is for children entering grades 1-7 and has three divisions: grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-7.

Registration ends June 26 and the season begins July 17. For more information, including fees, contact Jesse Hirdler at jhirdler@ or call the membership office at (818) 790-0123.

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