August, and Gage Berklas, 11, walk to school with their mom Nicole and dogs Clementine and Huckleberry, who are on leash, in La Cañada Flintridge on the Cross Town Trail on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Parcels eyed for dog park

Trying to make peace between dog owners who want Fido to run free and those seeking stricter enforcement of the city's leash law, La Cañada officials are looking for places to put a dog park.

Methodists mark Youth Sunday

At 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, La Cañada United Methodist Church will celebrate Youth Sunday. Members of LCUMC’s Youth Group will lead the service with a sermon by Nick Mayer, a videotaped dance by Christine Ecker, Intercessory prayer by Annabelle Mayer and a violin duet by Selina Cho and Elise Wu.

Participants in the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education Teen Class fill Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Back row, from left, Doreen Aitelli, Jennifer Winslow-Kush, Jennie Genske and Michelle Sabourin.  Front row, from left,  Janet Lazier, Jenny Ling, Maggie Mason, Melanie Frey, Jeanne Mar and Carol Van Citters.

Group partakes in holiday activities

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education program collected more than 200 Operation Christmas Child boxes filled with gifts and personal letters to be shared with boys and girls in countries around the globe.

Luarice Levive, Thalassemia outreach coordinator for the hemotology/oncology department at Children's Hospital in Oakland is flanked on the right by Mark G. Mannarelli, president of the Italian Catholic Federation Branch 374 at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church, and to the left by immediate past resident of the branch, Al Restivo.

St. Bede hosts speaker on disorder

Thalassemia disease, a genetic blood disorder that if left untreated can take the lives children under 5, was the topic of a recent gathering of the St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church Branch 374 of the Italian Catholic Federation.

A group of parents and children cross at Allen Ave. and Bel Aire Dr. in front of Balboa Elementary School in Glendale on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Glendale school officials look to expand boundaries to alleviate Balboa Elementary growth

To alleviate an ongoing influx of students into Balboa Elementary, Glendale school officials are eyeing Mark Keppel and Benjamin Franklin elementary magnet schools and making plans to revert back to their former geographic attendance boundaries, which were larger.

A call for the holiday spirit

Glendale police and fire officials are seeking donations to provide toys and gifts to needy children as part of their respective holiday programs.

Keston Ott-Dahl holds her daughter, 16-month-old Delaney, who has Down syndrome. The Ott-Dahl family was in Burbank Wednesday, Nov. 25, to deliver books filled with the names and comments of 75,000 people who signed an online petition asking Disney to create characters that represent children with disabilities.

Petition to Disney aims to represent children with Down syndrome in animated films

Six-year-old Jules and her 16-month-old sister Delaney, asleep in the stroller, were dressed as Disney princesses — Jules as Elsa, her favorite character from Disney’s animated film “Frozen,” and Delaney as Cinderella.

Montrose Jewelers in Montrose on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The store's owners, the Abadjian brothers, are giving up ownership after 15 years.

Montrose Jewelers owner eyes his golden years

Large windows allow passersby to peer into Montrose Jewelers on Honolulu Avenue. Wooden cases contain hundreds of rings, bracelets and necklaces, some that sparkle and others that hold treasured jewels like sapphires and black diamonds. And paired with those jewels, during the last 15 years, have been the store’s owners, brothers Jack and Henry Abadjian.

Nutcracker statues on the four corners of Brand Blvd. at California Avenue in Glendale on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. The statues are on the corners of intersections along Brand Blvd.

Nutcracker soldiers call attention

The 32 oversized nutcracker soldiers along Brand Boulevard in honor of the holiday season received a personalized touch thanks to a group of local students.

Burroughs High's Andrew Barrondo, left, was his team's No. 5 runner at the CIF-SS boys' Division I cross-country finals at Mt. SAC on Saturday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Burroughs High boys, Burbank High's Candela Fernandez make way to state

For most of the cross-country season, the local narrative circled around the Burroughs High boys’ cross-country team, Burbank High junior Candela Fernandez and then everyone else.

Employees who work within Glendale Unified's Healthy Start office, which oversees mental health services for students across Glendale, among other services, put together 100 bags of food to give to families in need for Thanksgiving, which also include $30 gift cards for families to purchase turkey or ham.

Thanksgiving supplies delivered to families in need

Employees who work in an office that oversees mental-health counseling for Glendale Unified students have put together 100 bags of food and gift cards for families in need this Thanksgiving.

Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer coach Grant Clark talks to his team during practice on Tuesday. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Boys' Soccer Preview: Added depth might return Crescenta Valley back to top of Pacific League

Competition has been at a high during the last couple of weeks at practice across the Crescenta Valley High soccer field.

Kansas City Head Coach Andy Reid (right) and his Chiefs have a big showdown versus Denver this weekend. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Sports Notebook: Reid, Kansas City Chiefs brace for first-place showdown with Denver Broncos

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

Crescenta Valley High senior Jordan Lobianco leads the Falcons with nine interceptions. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Lobianco is everywhere for Crescenta Valley High football

Lining up at slot receiver and cornerback while both fielding punts and kickoffs, there aren’t many positions where Crescenta Valley High football’s Jordan Lobianco isn’t comfortable.

People wait in line for the shelter to open at Ascencia in Glendale for the Glendale Winter Shelter Program on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Shelter finds no room for the homeless

With no luck in finding a new space for housing the homeless overnight, Glendale will go without a winter shelter this year.

Crescenta Valley High's Boston Lakin (left) has the ball just out of reach in versus Harvard-Westlake at Glendale High on Nov. 14. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Crescenta Valley High football faces La Serna with championship berth on line

When the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division pairings were announced, it was only natural that many a local eye looked toward a fortuitous semifinal showdown between fourth-seeded Crescenta Valley High and top-seeded St. Francis.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station detectives are seeking information on a woman who stole a wallet from a shopper at a La Canada Ralphs Nov. 21 and used the victim's identity to make a $2,000 cash advance in Montrose.

Woman sought in La Cañada grand theft

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman suspected of grand theft after stealing a wallet from a shopper at the La Canada Flintridge Ralphs grocery store on Nov. 21.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy's Madeline Dulcich (left) figures to have a bigger role with the Tologs this season. (File Photo)

Girls' Water Polo Preview: La Cañada High eyeing Rio Hondo League title

In the mind of La Cañada High girls’ water polo Coach Davey Brown, he can’t help but be excited about the prospects of the upcoming season.

Dressed as turkey triplets for the 2004 Thanksgiving Run for the Hungry at Memorial Park were, from left, Becky Muhs, Becky Childs and Amiee Crouse. It was the 11th annual event sponsored by the Community Center and it drew more than 1,100 participants.

La Cañada History: Runners, walkers take part in annual Run for the Hungry

Ten Years Ago

Ghapama  is a traditional Armenian delicacy which consists of a pumpkin stuffed with raisins, apricots, walnuts, cinnamon, honey and rice.

Intersections: Sitting down to tradition and reflection

Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday — on the one hand, I dream all year long about the food I will come to eat on the last Thursday of November, even as a vegetarian. On the other hand, the fact that it simplifies and paints over the pain, genocide and conquest that Native Americans endured by colonists makes me nervous and uncomfortable.

Thoughts from Dr. Joe: NatureBridge program provides learning opportunity

I have various medals, most of which I’ve earned from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They signify a young man’s bravado and the misplaced intentions of the nation’s preoccupation with an ism it didn’t understand.

Flintridge Prep's Diego Delgado winds up for a shot against Pasadena Poly in a Prep League water polo match at Flintridge Prep on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Flintridge Prep's Delgado tabbed All-Prep League Most Valuable Player

Diego Delgado wanted to make his senior season a memorable one with the Flintridge Prep boys’ water polo team.

Around Town: 'The talk' can serve as an effective tool

La Cañada teens are fairly sheltered. Our town has a low crime rate. Yes, there are drugs, but no nightlife. Yes, there’s booze, but except for hurried drivers, the streets are fairly safe. If you run out of sugar, you can safely jog to the grocery store, coyotes and bears notwithstanding.

Breeana Koemans of the Northeastern University women's soccer team.

College Update: Koemans, Northeastern conclude historic season

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

La Canada's Lawrence Ku dribbles the ball around Glendale's Benito Fausto during a game at Moyse Field on Friday, December 13, 2013.

Boys' Soccer Preview: La Cañada's depth might be key to winning Rio Hondo League title

In a concentrated effort to return to the top of the Rio Hondo League and go far in the postseason, the La Cañada High boys’ soccer team will look to carry more depth and versatility.

Flintridge Prep's Jack Van Scoter, #401, runs in the CIF SS Boys Div. 5 cross country finals at Mt. SAC in Walnut on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart have sights set high at state

While only two local schools remain, prospects for success are still relatively high for the Flintridge Prep and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy cross-country programs heading into Saturday’s CIF State Championships at Fresno’s Woodward Park.

Last year's La Cañada Flintridge float "Dog Gone!" won the Bob Hope Humor award for most comical and amusing entry at the 2014 Rose Parade in Pasadena on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Rose Parade judges named

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced Tuesday the float judges for the upcoming 126th Rose Parade.

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council is considering a city ordinance allowing drive-thrus, after the owner of this Shell station requested a permit for a coffee drive-thru on his property, shown on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Drive-thru rules get a yellow light

A business owner wishing to build a drive-thru in La Cañada may have to provide a study detailing how it would affect congestion, the Public Works and Traffic Commission recommended last week.

Fifth graders Audrey Banks, left, and Emily Baker, right, enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch at the annual 5th Grade Feast at La Cañada Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.

Elementary students put on Thanksgiving feast with a dollop of learning

La Cañada Elementary School fifth-graders continued a long-standing tradition Friday, joining parents and teachers in a costumed feast to commemorate America’s first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago.

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