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Monday, April 24, 2017

“Water Is Life” K-12 Student Art Contest

“Water Is Life” K-12 Student Art Contest

Foothill Municipal Water District (Foothill) recently concluded its 6th annual “Water Is Life” student art competition. The contest was open to all students, in grades K-12, attending a school located within the service area of a member water agency that Foothill serves.

The District received 115 total entries this year and the top 15 entries will be submitted to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) for further consideration to be included in the 2018 “Water Is Life” student art calendar. Winners will be selected in the fall and honored at a student art exhibit and recognition event sponsored by MWD. Criteria for judging the art pieces consisted of addressing the theme of the contest, originality of the piece and slogan, and degree of visual and word clarity.

The top 9 entries will receive further recognition through an FMWD Board of Directors Meeting on May 15, 2017 where students will receive prizes including gift certificates from fellow sponsors Los Gringos Locos Restaurant and The Flintridge Proper Restaurant.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Second Saturdays at Altadena Library with Michael Haggins Band

Second Saturdays at Altadena Library with Michael Haggins Band

Altadena Library District’s popular Second Saturday Concerts will continue Saturday, May 13th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a night of live music featuring the Michael Haggins Band at 600 E. Mariposa Street.

Michael Haggins is a successful contemporary bassist and songwriter in Los Angeles. Michael, who was born in Pasadena and began playing music in his early teens, has worked and recorded with many artists while also working in the Network Television industry.

Michael’s music has been featured in episodes on Network Television & Feature Films such as:
– NBC Late night with Jimmy Fallon
– FOX “Raising Hope”
– FOX “New Girl”
– SHOWTIME “Ray Donovan”
– MSNBC “Wake Up With Al”
– The Weather Channel
– KTLA TV-5 Morning News Show

Michael continues to write and produce songs with his special brand of original music with his own unique sound.

The Altadena Library District hosts Second Saturday Concerts monthly at its main building October through June,

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Inspired by An Afternoon of Poetry at the Altadena Main Library

Get Inspired by An Afternoon of Poetry at the Altadena Main Library

Find joy and inspiration at the Altadena Library on Saturday, April 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (break 2:30–3:00) when it hosts one of the largest local poetry readings in the community. This event celebrates the formal launch of the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2017 published by the Altadena Library. Poets included in this publication are award winners, Pushcart Prize Nominees, Poets Laureate, writing teachers, editors, publishers, professors, and emerging authors. The poets, and the 160 poems in the book are multi-culturally diverse and represent a broad variety of styles: traditional, unrhymed, short, long, humorous, poignant, political, inspirational, experimental, and, “everything in between.”

Library Director Mindy Kittay describes the annual library program, known as the Poetry & Cookies event, as “much beloved by the community and another example of how libraries change lives by providing the tools, access and experiences that help each and every one of us reach our full potential.”

For the first time in the 15-year history of an Altadena poetry anthology,

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, April 15th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, April 15th

Monday, April 10th

2:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2200 block of PinecrestDrive. Suspect(s) entered the residence via the unsecured door. Stolen: unknown.
9:30 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3300 block of N. Mount Curve Drive. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Stolen: unknown.

Tuesday, April 11th

8:00 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2700 block of N. Porter Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Stolen: silver watch and gold chain watch.
10:10 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2100 block of El Molino Avenue. Vehicle described as a silver 1999 Ford F350.
1:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2300 block of PinecrestDrive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: black handbag, credit cards, and currency.

Wednesday, April 12th

4:30 PM – A grand theft from a vehicle occurred in the 2200 block of Glenrose Avenue.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Los Angeles County Proclaims Armenian Genocide Day of Remembrance

Los Angeles County Proclaims Armenian Genocide Day of Remembrance

Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the Board of Supervisors marked the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by proclaiming a Day of Remembrance for one of the darkest chapters in human history.

“The month of April and the celebration of the Armenian culture culminates in our Day of Remembrance, a day where we mourn, remember, and rejoice in the rebirth of a resilient people,” said Supervisor Barger.

Earlier this month, Supervisors Barger and Hahn introduced a motion proclaiming April as “Armenian History Month” in Los Angeles County – the home to the largest population of Armenians in the United States. The Armenian community continues to enrich the region through their leadership in the fields of business, agriculture, academia, medicine, government, and the arts.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

County Budget Takes Cautious Approach Amid Fiscal Uncertainty

County Budget Takes Cautious Approach Amid Fiscal Uncertainty

During her first budget hearing, Supervisor Kathryn Barger praised Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai for developing the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget. “I would like to commend the CEO for developing this proposed budget which represents a balanced strategy that funds vital programs and services while remaining cautious in anticipation of potential shortfalls and curtailments,” said Supervisor Barger. “However, we must bear in mind that the County is entering a period of significant uncertainty, with the fiscal impacts of changes to the political and economic landscape largely unclear.”

In order to safeguard the County’s fiscal sustainability, Supervisor Barger introduced a motion, coauthored by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, to emphasize the Board’s role as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and enhance the County’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

“The adoption of fiscally prudent practices in the budget process will ensure the County’s ability to deliver vital services while maintaining a structurally sound and balanced budget in the future,” she added.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Writer-Artist Presents Program on American Abolitionists for Altadena Historical Society

Writer-Artist Presents Program on American Abolitionists for Altadena Historical Society

Abolitionist-insurrectionist John Brown, whose sons Jason and Owen came to live in the hills of Altadena after their father‘s raid on Harper’s Ferry, will be the topic of writer-artist Hope Demetriades in a program sponsored by the Altadena Historical Society.

The program will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, 91001. The program is free and open to the public. The Community Center is immediately west of the Sheriff’s Station and across Altadena Drive from Rite-Aid.

“Brown’s passionate devotion not only to ending slavery, but to bringing about total equality among African-Americans and Caucasians inspired deep resentment in the mostly pro-slavery South, but profound gratitude and respect among slaves, free African-Americans and abolitionists,” Demetriades said.

She will discuss events in Brown’s life that led up to his raid on the Harper’s Ferry, Va., armory in 1859–hoping to begin a revolution that would end slavery–and other abolitionists including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas and Elijah Lovejoy.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Altadenans Welcome, Explore Brand New Discount Grocery Store ALDI Just Weeks After Long-Time Ralphs Closes

Altadenans Welcome, Explore Brand New Discount Grocery Store ALDI Just Weeks After Long-Time Ralphs Closes

By BRANDON VILLALOVOS

Dozens of residents and community members of Altadena lined up around the block of the site where the new ALDI grocery store opened for business Thursday morning eager be among the first to shop and explore the brand new store that now sits next door to the once bustling, and now abandoned, Ralphs.

The discount grocery store on the southeast corner of Lake Ave. and Calaveras in Altadena is the first of its kind in the area for the midwest-based ALDI, which launched a series of California stores last year and offers a wide range of premium groceries at prices up to fifty percent less than the competitors.

“We know Altadena residents are looking for a great value and quality groceries they love,” said John Alvarez, Moreno Valley Director of Operations ALDI. “By offering quality exclusive brand products at affordable prices, ALDI is the answer to customer’s needs. Whether shoppers are looking for USDA Choice meats, organic fruits and vegetables or gluten-free options,

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

LA County Parks Invites You to a Flashlight Egg Hunt at Farnsworth Park

LA County Parks Invites You to a Flashlight Egg Hunt at Farnsworth Park

Join the staff of Los Angeles County Parks for a nighttime egg hunt at the local Farnsworth Park. Bring a flashlight and have chance to win a gift or a basket. Park staff will be at Farnsworth handing out baskets and gifts, until they are all gone, don’t be late. Any questions please call (626) 798-6335.

Farnsworth Park is located near the top of Lake Ave. at 568 E. Mount Curve Avenue. The hunt starts at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Second Saturdays at Altadena Library Continue Amid Renovations

Second Saturdays at Altadena Library Continue Amid Renovations

 

Despite the current renovation at its main library building, Altadena Library District’s popular Second Saturday Concerts will continue this Saturday, April 8th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a night of live music featuring the Louis Van Taylor Quintet at 600 E. Mariposa Street. We will be holding the concert in the Library so attendees will get a sneak peak at our new renovations!

This month’s musical guests make up a quintet of talented and acclaimed jazz, funk, and blues musicians. While Louis Van Taylor will not be in attendance, the 2-hour set will feature the musical styling of Charles Owen on saxophone and flute, Stephen Taylor on congas and percussion, Mikel Majeed on keys, Kenny Sara on drums and vocals, and Steve Cotter on guitar. The group members’ combined credits span the music industry and include Frank Zappa, Clayton Hamilton Orchestra, Funky George Brown, Cheryl Lynne, Buddy Rich, Freda Payne, Jacque Leisure, Benny Maupin, Barbara Morrison, Noland Shaheed, and Gerald Wilson.

The Altadena Library District hosts Second Saturday Concerts monthly at its main building October through June,

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