News & Events

Assisteens Program Registration

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.

This year, the group will meet on one Tuesday evening 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 opened on May 1 at 12 Noon for the 2022-2023 season of Assisteens.  We hope to see you next year.

ALF Summer School 2022

Summer School this year will be Monday, June 20 – Friday, July 15, 2022
Registration opened Monday, March 14 at 12 Noon

Questions? Contact Summer School at summerschool@alflintridge.org

Here is a glimpse of what we were doing at Paradise Canyon Elementary in 2021!

ALFie Players was a Roaring Success!

Twenty-five young actors in grades 3 through 6 lit up the Lanterman Auditorium stage on March 4th with the Assistance League of Flintridge’s ALFie Players production of “The Lion King KIDS.”  More than 350 family, friends and community members enthusiastically applauded the performance, which included Simba, Scar, Mufasa and Nala plus many Rafikis, hyenas, lions, and birds.  The make-up moms did a fantastic job creating realistic-looking animal faces on all the kids. Lively music and beautiful costumes were enjoyed by all.

The musical was directed by Katelyn Fike, with assistant director Tristan Waldron.  Piano accompaniment was provided by long-time ALF member, Nancy Abbott.  Their hard work is greatly appreciated!  

A drama class for children will be available during ALF Summer School from June 20 through July 15.  Summer School registration is now open.  ALF Drama will present another play this fall, with registration coming this summer.

Music Concerts at Paradise Canyon

Congratulations to all musicians who participated in the Instrumental Music Spring Concerts on April 26 and 28 at Paradise Canyon Elementary School.  The concerts are a culmination of all the students’ hard work this year.  Registration for the 2022-2023 season will take place this summer.  Look for an announcement in the next month or two.

What’s Happening at the Bargain Box!
Welcome Back Shoppers! 

The Bargain Box Thrift Shop is pleased to announce our reopening as of February 1st with our regular hours.  Come in and see what we have in-store for you!

Members Share 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 annual “Phil Faire.”  Each of the chairmen representing Drama, Instrumental Music, Summer School, Operation School Bell, ALF in Action 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.

Operation School Bell is Still Going Strong During COVID
During 2020 – 2021, Operation School Bell was able to purchase Chromebooks and “hot spots” for La Cañada Unified School District students as well as students at Learning Works Charter School in Pasadena, many of which did not have an internet connection at their place of residence.  For those who participated in the Friends in Deed food program with their families, OSB provided students with backpacks, school supplies, masks and hand sanitizer.  We also assembled over 1,200 hygiene kits each year and passed them to Pasadena Unified School District students.  Additionally, Hillside School and Learning Center of La Cañada Flintridge was the recipient of laptops for their classrooms and textbooks to replace their outdated books. Finally, we were able to continue our shoe program, providing shoes to every student in the Learning Works program for both 2020 and 2021. 
 
Within the last two years of adhering to pandemic protocols, the OSB committee has not been able to be in person with the students we serve.  However, we have been able to re-think how we do things and redirect our energies to provide much needed assistance in ways we would not have otherwise had the opportunity to explore.
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.

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!