Gallagher to present Tupper Awards in May

David Gallagher, deputy director of the Astronomy and Physics Directorate at JPL, will present the annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards on Monday, May 10, in JPL's von Karman Auditorium. All residents are invited to this annual event sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council.

Gallagher will also provide an overview of JPL and the projects within the Astronomy and Physics Directorate

Prior to his current assignment, Gallagher was project manager for the Space Interferometry Mission, a future program to study planets around other stars using two smaller separated telescopes in space to achieve the capability of a very large diameter telescope.

He also managed the Spitzer Space Telescope Project, the Starlight Project, an infrared instrument for observing Mars, and the Drop Physics Module re-flight project. He also served as the integration and test manager for the camera that corrected the erroneous mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Gallagher and his wife Kathy, a nursing supervisor at Verdugo Hills Hospital, are residents of La Cañada Flintridge, and their children are graduates of La Cañada schools.


Democrats to meet Sunday March 21

The next meeting of the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club will be held on Sunday, March 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of Marsha Hymanson, 4630 Lone Pine Lane, La Cañada Flintridge.

The club will present Lako Tongun, Ph.D., who will speak on the subject of Darfur and the Sudan. Tongun is an associate professor of International & Intercultural Studies and Political Studies at Pitzer College, where he teaches general courses on development studies in the Third World (often described as the developing countries, namely, Africa, Asia, and Latin America) and specific courses on African politics and the international relations of the Middle East. Before coming to Pitzer College, Tongun taught at UC Davis, and California State University, Sacramento.

For more details call (818) 503-3325 or e-mail


LCHS Class of '74 reunion this weekend

The La Cañada High School Class of 1974 is holding its 35 ½-year reunion March 19-21. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the class members will meet at the Marriott Courtyard in Old Pasadena; on Sunday they'll hold a family picnic at Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All LCHS alumni are invited to the family picnic. For more information go online to or call Julie Peters Lewis at (626) 798-2943.

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