Newcomers hold progressive dinner

At a progressive dinner Oct. 13 members of the Newcomer’s Club members enjoyed appetizers at the home of Hailey and Frank Paton before moving onto several different homes in town to eat dinner. Afterward all reconvened for dessert at the home of Tina and Andy Daley.

The La Cañada Newcomer’s Club is a social club for all La Cañada residents. For more information e-mail Susan Marki at or

Kiwanis-AM group hears two speakers

Kiwanis-AM in La Cañada recently enjoyed visits from two guest speakers. The first was Paul Kiehl from Glendale City Hall, where he is in charge of passport and fingerprinting. For many area residents getting a passport this summer was a frustrating experience. First they were told that they would receive their passport in 6 to 8 weeks after submitting their application. Then they were told 8 to 10 weeks, next 12 to 14 weeks, and it ended up around 15 weeks, Kiehl said.

He informed the Kiwanians that they are over the hump passports are now issued within six weeks. They are working on developing a digital passport which will be no bigger than a credit card.

In addition to the conventional data it will contain fingerprints and a number of other personal data yet to be established.

The second speaker was Dr. Jerold Beeve, who called his talk “The Fiji 2007 Mission.” Almost two decades ago, while on vacation in the Fiji Islands, Dr. Beeve discovered that there was no eye care on the island he visited. He started a small clinic, where he performed eye operations at no cost to the patient. He and his staff have been going back every year, and last winter was his 17th trip. His team then performed 178 surgical procedures, including 102 cataract operations, and 2502 eye glasses were dispensed.

Dr. Beeve has now established a foundation to facilitate his aid missions. To get more information about this great undertaking, or to donate, contact: The Beeve Foundation for World Eye & Health, Inc. P.O. Box 823, Verdugo City, CA 91046.

Boosters to offer many auction items

The La Cañada High School Spartan Boosters are hard at work planning their Nov. 3 dinner and auction, which will be held at Oakmont Country Club.

“We know the 7th through 12th grade activities depend on us,” said President Tim McQuay. “We have a great group of supporters. I’m sure they will come through.”

The group also announced their 2007 paddle auction item. Over the years the floors of school’s gyms have been manually swept, then mopped with damp towels. The Spartan Boosters have been approached by several teams and sports coaches to replace this antiquated process with a Tennant Floor sweeper. The battery-operated device sweeps, washes and dries the floor in a single pass. It also helps preserve the finish.

“South Pasadena and Burbank both use this device and they actually believe it improves their performance,” says Basketball Coach Tom Hofman.

Items available for bidding including sports tickets, restaurant offerings, a visit to the Boston Legal set, a vacation in Cabo San Lucas, LuLemon Athletica gift certificate, ShelRae necklace from jewelry designer Shelly Buck, a Caltech tour, golf round, a European facial and many more great opportunities to help the school’s students. From pep squad to choral, to football and basketball, the Boosters provide funds for all kinds of activities.

For tickets or more information call Marshall Matheson (818) 952-6068 or to become a Booster member, call Tom McCutchan at (818) 790-3314.

Kappa Alpha Theta begins new club year

Newly-elected President Susan Southwick welcomed members of La Cañada Flintridge’s Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta to a luncheon meeting, held at the home of Margot Guire. A La Cañada resident, Southwick has been a member of the chapter since 1992. Her mother was a founding member of the group. Others taking office for the 2007-08 year are Barbara Dawson, Joy Gifford, Margot Guire, Martha Burns and Pat Hutchins.

The featured speaker at the inaugural meeting was Dr. Annabelle Rea, Occidental College Emerita Professor of French and a Theta member. Rea, whose research has centered on the 19th century novelist and social critic George Sand, spoke about the personal life of the French woman writer and her influence upon the artistic and political life of her time.

The French scholar spoke about her many visits to Paris as a graduate student and to other parts of France as a teacher and researcher.

The Chapter meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the home of a member. Any interested Kappa Alpha Thetas should contact Susan Southwick at (818) 249-6181.

Floaters’ happy hour is this Friday night

The next Happy Hour of the LCF Tournament of Roses Association is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the home of Margaret and Bill Watts, 1222 Green Lane. The event is a fundraiser for the city’s 2008 Rose Parade float, “Rainforest Fiesta.”

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