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What’s Happening at the Bargain Box
Dear Valued Customers – Due to concerns for your health and safety and that of our volunteers, the Bargain Box will be closed UNTIL FEBRUARY 1ST. At that time, we will reassess when we can reopen and will keep you informed. Meanwhile, we are not able to accept donations. Please do not leave any outside our door because we will be required to discard them. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.
ALFie Players to Begin in January

ALF Drama is pleased to return to in-person rehearsals and a live performance at Lanterman Auditorium.  Students in 3rd through 6th grade have the opportunity to join the ALFie Players production of “The Lion King Experience KIDS.”  Rehearsals begin January 11 and the performance is March 4, 2022.  This program is full.

Music is Underway

ALF Instrumental Music is back to in-person learning at the three La Cañada Unified elementary schools, LCE, PCR, PCY and at ALF.  Students in 4th, 5th and 6th grade have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument from music professionals in a class setting, before and after school.  Classes began the week of September 20th and continue through May 2022..

ALF Summer School 2022

Summer School will be Monday, June 20 – Friday, July 15, 2022
Look for full program information in February 2022
Questions? Contact Summer School at

ALF Summer School 2021 Was a Success!

This year’s Summer School was so much fun!  The students, teachers and staff were delighted to be back together, in person!  Here are a couple of glimpses of what we were doing at Paradise Canyon Elementary.

Assisteens Kicks Off 2021-2022 Program

Assisteens is an auxiliary of Assistance League of Flintridge that encourages and provides volunteer opportunities for young people in Grades 7 through 12. The goals are to develop a sense of both community and personal responsibility, self-reliance, public speaking and leadership skills. Assisteens raise money in a variety of ways to fund ongoing Assistance League philanthropic programs that benefit their community.

The group meets on one weekend day a month during the school year with opportunities on other days as they come up. Assisteens also staff the Bargain Box Thrift Shop, one Saturday per month.  Registration began on April 19 for the 2021-2022 season of Assisteens and the program has now begun.  Thank you for your interest.  We hope to see you next year.

In Tune with Music 

Drive-up services have been used for many years for many things, but Assistance League of Flintridge’s Instrumental Music program has added a new twist to this experience: Drive-Up Tuning for string instruments. ALF has made several modifications to its program this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, beginning with a pivot to a virtual format.  This allowed ALF to continue this popular community program which has been in existence since 1985.  Going virtual has provided students with the unique opportunity for private and small group lessons, but it also created a challenge for tuning the string instruments.

Since the tuning process requires a specific skill set and students are not equipped to do it themselves, ALF devised Drive-Up Tuning sessions to meet this challenge.  String Instructors, Sahak Karapetyan and Ripsi Yepremyan have perfected the parking lot tuning process using the outside space at ALF.  No one needs to leave their car; they just pop the trunk, the instrument is removed, carefully tuned, then returned to the trunk.  Students and their family members quickly realize and appreciate the difference a well-tuned instrument makes ~ a much more enjoyable experience for everyone!

Operation School Bell is Still Going Strong

2020 has been a year like no other but the Operation School Bell committee has been quite busy.  They were able to quickly shift gears from the school activities that have been done in the past, meeting each new challenge as it came, and looked toward how to best serve the needs of the community during a pandemic.

Recently, the ALF OSB committee purchased backpacks, face masks, hand-sanitizer, hygiene kits and school supplies and delivered them to 400 students through Friends in Deed, an organization that provides supportive services for homeless and at-risk neighbors.  In addition, Assistance League of Pasadena (ALP) and ALF worked with Friends in Deed to provide school clothing and supplies to another 600 students.  These OSB teams have also identified several other organizations that they plan to reach out to this year.

When La Cañada Unified School District went to “distance learning”, the ALF OSB committee knew there would be a need to replace old, worn out ChromeBooks for the students to use as loaners.  In May 2020, 50 new ChromeBooks were donated for this purpose.  Additional ChromeBooks were purchased and are being given to students who have been identified by the District as having need.

Assisteens Give to Dog Therapy Program

Early in 2020, Assisteens were inspired and voted to support the Amerman Family Foundation dog therapy program at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  Assisteens purchased 137 embroidered, lightweight jackets using funds earned while working in the Bargain Box Thrift Shop.  The jackets were recently delivered to the hospital for volunteers to wear during their therapy sessions. Assisteens are pleased to support such a worthwhile program.

ALFies Celebrate Philanthropic Programs at the Phil Faire

During a meeting of the membership, Assistance League of Flintridge members had the opportunity to learn more about philanthropic programs at the first annual “Phil Faire.”  Each of the chairmen representing Drama, Instrumental Music, Summer School, Retired Service Volunteers, Operation School Bell, Community Outreach and Assisteens with their committees reached out to attendees and demonstrated what they do in their positions during the year.  Members were able to sign-up right away for the jobs that appealed to them in addition to volunteering for shifts in the Bargain Box Thrift Shop.