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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Will Thrall: Hiker, Writer, Conservationist, Explorer

Will Thrall: Hiker, Writer, Conservationist, Explorer

Sometimes called “Southern California’s John Muir,” Will Thrall dedicated his life to the preservation of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Thrall’s acclaimed biographer, Ronald C. Woolsey, will present a program on his life story at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at the Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, sponsored by the Altadena Historical Society.

Woolsey will accompany his talk with an exhibit of memorabilia about Thrall, and copies of his book will be available for purchase.

The program will be free and open to the public.

From his arrival in the 1880s to his death in the 1960s, Thrall reveled in and defended the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, documenting the Great Hiking Age, working on the Mount Lowe Railway, organizing hiking clubs and promoting conservation of natural resources.

“He embraced the spirit which connected people with the San Gabriels, and his life is a study in Southern California itself,” said Woolsey, a history professor at Citrus College and El Camino College and author of the book “Will Thrall and the San Gabriels;

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Altadena Store Gutted by Fire

Altadena Store Gutted by Fire

A fire heavily damaged a discount store in Altadena Friday night, a report from the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The report said the fire on the commercial structure was first reported at Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road about 11:03 p.m. Firefighters arrived on scene a few minutes later and saw heavy smoke and fire inside the building.

The structure, located at 2211 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, was occupied by Joon’s Discount.

Responding units had to use cutting tools to gain access inside and saw nobody was inside.

The statement said the exact cause of the fire is unknown and investigation is continuing.

“Early signs show it does not appear to be suspicious circumstances,” the statement continued.

Fire, smoke and water damaged most of the contents of the store, the county fire department said, although an estimate of the cost of the damage was not available at the time.

 

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Altadena Library Presents the [i] cell Interactive Kiosk

The Altadena Library Presents the [i] cell Interactive Kiosk

The Altadena Library District is excited to announce the installation of a new interactive kiosk. The [i]cell Interactive Kiosk is programmed with California-specific water conservation information and is available for use by all patrons.

Over the last year, Altadena Library worked to install a drought-tolerant, water conservation demonstration garden on its grounds. Working with the Foothill Municipal Water District and using grants awarded by local organizations, the garden was ready and open to the public as of July. The Library is committed to becoming more energy efficient, including more water-wise. The installation of the Demonstration Garden helps the Library to lead by example and to engage the community through educational events about the importance of water conservation. Events have ranged from installing a drought-tolerant garden to tips on water saving at home.

The [i]cell Interactive Kiosk gives the Library an opportunity to continue the work it has been doing with the water conservation garden. As California’s drought is estimated to continue for the foreseeable future,

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Friday, December 2, 2016

High Winds Expected Through Saturday Morning

High Winds Expected Through Saturday Morning

Winds have topped 32 MPH here in Altadena and we have had some power lines fall onto a metal fence off of Lake Ave. Other than lots of trash cans and debris on the road, we have been free from major damage to Altadena. Thanks for the local weather info Bill, http://www.westphalfamily.com/wxdata2.html

Tips:

Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs may break and objects can be blown off roofs during strong wind gusts. Dust may also be blown up into air and into unprotected eyes.

In the event of a downed power line:

– Call for help. Report downed lines to Southern California Edison or Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Do not try to free lines or to remove debris yourself. Report an Outage (24-hours a day, 7-days a week): 1-800-611-1911. If you see a downed power line, call 911 immediately.

– Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches. Warn others to stay away.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Altadena Library Presents Gardening with California Natives with Maureen Taylor

Altadena Library Presents Gardening with California Natives with Maureen Taylor

Join Altadena Library as instructor Maureen Taylor gives an overview workshop of California native plant horticulture, for beginners. Saturday, November 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn why native plants are important and how to successfully grow them in your garden. Class topics will include plant selection, planting techniques, establishment, and irrigation. The second portion of the class will be held outdoors with a hands-on planting demonstration. Please wear closed-toed shoes, and bring a shovel and watering can if you have them. Everyone is invited to this free event.

Maureen received her BA in Environmental Studies/Biology from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating she was hired by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, which expanded her love for nature into the realm of gardening. Maureen now operates her own landscape maintenance business for clients with mostly native gardens. She recently became a UC Master Gardener Volunteer in order to learn about growing food. In her free time, Maureen enjoys making art inspired by nature.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

California ISO Declares a Statewide Flex Alert Due to High Temperatures

California ISO Declares a Statewide Flex Alert Due to High Temperatures

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert, a request for consumers to conserve electricity today, especially during peak demand time from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Electricity supplies statewide are expected to be tight because of high summer temperatures driving up demand, power plant outages, and transmission line import capacity reductions. Power imports may be limited today because of high temperatures in neighboring states.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity today, especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners push power consumption to the highest point of the day. Find Flex Alert tips at www.caiso.com.

Outlook for July 27, 2016 Flex Alert
High temperatures are forecast for the entire state. Energy demand is expected to be high and consumers are urged to conserve electricity until after 9 p.m.

Forecast peak demand: 45,867 megawatts between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Outlook for July 28, 2016
Temperatures will continue to be hot.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Eaton Canyon Nature Center’s Monthly Twilight Program Kicks Off with Special Guests The Animal Guys

Eaton Canyon Nature Center’s Monthly Twilight Program Kicks Off with Special Guests The Animal Guys

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the first 2016 Twilight Program is scheduled for Saturday, July 30th starting at 7:00 p.m. This family-friendly special program, developed by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates, will include a visit from The Animal Guys, the wildlife outreach team from the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California.

The Animal Guys teach children about the fascinating world of wildlife biology with the help of rescued and captive bred wild animals as visual aids including a porcupine, grey and red foxes, snakes and more. They aim to inspire youngsters to develop a deep interest in natural sciences through exciting interactive experiences.

The Twilight Program takes place monthly, during the summer months, at the Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park which is located at 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena in the Cynthia Null Outdoor Classroom. The suggested donation is $3.00 per person, children under 2 free, family discounts are available upon request.

For more information contact Eaton Canyon Nature Center staff at (626) 398-5420 or Helen Wong at hwong@parks.lacounty.gov.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Altadena Library Water Conservation Demonstration Garden

Altadena Library Water Conservation Demonstration Garden

The Altadena Library District celebrates the Grand Opening of its new Water Conservation Demonstration Garden on Saturday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Altadena Library. Supervisor Mike Antonovich will be in attendance as well as the Altadena Library District Staff and Board and community members.

The garden includes such features as a Swale [a trench that follows the contour of the landscape to capture water and alleviate runoff], a Hugelkultur [a passive water collection technique with stacked logs covered in soil], and an Infiltration Pond [to collect water and allow for water percolation].

Visitors can learn about these techniques, along with many others, including drought tolerant plant selection, that can be used in home landscaping projects.

Major Funding for this project has been provided by a Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation District Proposition A Grant, District 5, Michael D. Antonovich, Supervisor.

Additional Funding and Support has been provided by:
• The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California through its member agency,

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Friday, May 13, 2016

“Altadena Goes Green” at E-Waste Recycling Event

“Altadena Goes Green” at E-Waste Recycling Event

Sunday May 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Altadena Goes Green,” Electronic Waste Center, Inc. Recycling all electronic devices in an environmentally safe manner. Recyclable materials include but are not limited to TVs, monitors, computers, printers, keyboards, mouse, copiers, A/V equipment, cell phones, etc. (No fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline batteries.) 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Altadena Adventist Church, 2609 Lincoln Ave. Info: (626) 794-3953.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bird Walk and Habitat Restoration at Rubio Canyon

Bird Walk and Habitat Restoration at Rubio Canyon

Saturday, May 14th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Rubio Canyon Nature Preserve

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty with a day of birding and habitat restoration.

Join the Pasadena Audubon Society and the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy at Rubio Preserve on May 14th. This is an all ages event (but please, no dogs). There will be a bird walk from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and then help restore Rubio Canyon’s bird habitat by either removing invasive plants or planting native plants from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Wear clothes that you are okay getting dirty, sturdy shoes, and a hat. Organizers ask that participants bring a refillable water bottle and sunscreen. Water and light snacks will be provided.

“Whether you’ve been birding for years or just want to learn who is visiting your backyard feeders, we welcome anyone with a love for our feathered friends.”

Rubio Canyon is at Rubio Vista Road in Altadena.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Los Angeles County Fire Department Encourages Residents to be Prepared for Distasters on the One-Year Anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake

Los Angeles County Fire Department Encourages Residents to be Prepared for Distasters on the One-Year Anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal. Within hours of the April 25, 2015, earthquake, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) deployed a 136-person Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) comprised of 22 USAID disaster experts and two urban search and rescue (USAR) teams from Los Angeles County and Fairfax County, Virginia. Twelve search dogs also accompanied the DART.

Since 1988, USAID has deployed USAR teams abroad 16 times for disaster assistance, with only a 72-hour window to quickly rescue trapped victims from precarious situations before they succumb to dehydration or further injury.

Five days after the tremor initially hit, USAR teams pulled a 15-year-old boy out of the rubble in north Kathmandu. After a large aftershock, USAR specialists from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) also rescued a 41-year-old woman from a collapsed four-story building in the remote village of Singati. During its deployment, USAR team members provided triage and much-needed medical treatment to dozens of survivors.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Altadena Heritage’s Third Thursday Series: Toward a Zero-Waste Future

Altadena Heritage’s Third Thursday Series: Toward a Zero-Waste Future

Join Altadena Heritage on Earth Day Eve, Thursday, April 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center – 730 East Altadena Drive .

Bring your questions about recycling, landfills, pollution, green shopping, climate change and more for our environmental and conservation experts, including:

Marialyce Pedersen is an environmentalist, journalist, author, researcher, teacher and Altadena resident who serves as a senior representative for the Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Citizenship Environment and Development Team. She will focus on how every individual can practice a zero-waste lifestyle at home, work, school and in the community.

Morey Wolfson has 40 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, including a stint at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is currently a member of Pasadena’s Environmental Advisory Commission, serving as its representative on the Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee. He will provide background information and updates about the status of Pasadena’s delayed polystyrene (aka Styrofoam™) ban.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Free Household Hazardous Waste Roundup for Altadena, 3/12

Free Household Hazardous Waste Roundup for Altadena, 3/12

There will be a free Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Recycling Roundup for Altadena area residents on Saturday, March 12, at Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Fleet Maintenance Yard, 252 West Mountain View Street, in Altadena from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Safely dispose of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste, e-waste, and more. It’s a free and easy way to safely dispose of items that are too toxic to trash.

For more information, contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or www.CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents “The Art and Delight of Water Harvesting” with Leigh Adams

Altadena Public Library Presents “The Art and Delight of Water Harvesting” with Leigh Adams

On Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m.  in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library, join Altadena Library for an invigorating evening with local artist, educator, and water conservationist, Leigh Adams.

Leigh has reconfigured her Altadena yard to capture and hold as much water as possible. She utilized resourceful measures to turn an arid hillside into an oasis of fruit trees, herbs, and edibles. Leigh will explain water capturing techniques you can try at home; such as bioswales, hugelkultur, French drains, grey water, and more. She will also speak of conservation measures that have worked for her…and the enjoyment she has experienced along the way.

Leigh Adams’ love of art and children and her commitment to doing public art with children have resulted in a variety of differing art installations and activities. Although most of her work is done in the Pasadena, California area, Leigh has traveled and worked with children in Mexico, China and Central America for many years.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

January Water Savings Improve to 25%

January Water Savings Improve to 25%

Water savings for the Foothill Municipal Water District service area ended at 25% for the month of January 2016, which improved from the 20% savings achieved in December 2015. FMWD supplies water to three major Altadena water companies.

The State is using calendar year 2013 as the benchmark for measuring water savings for water agencies throughout California. Compliance with the mandate is determined on a cumulative basis starting with June 1, 2015. Cumulative water savings for the District since the State-mandated reductions began is 29%.

As with other water providers in the State, some local agencies did not meet their State-mandated targets for the month of January. However on a cumulative basis, which accounts for all water savings achieved from June 2015 to December 2015, most agencies are on track in compliance. Below are the numbers for agencies within the FMWD service area:

*The State allows smaller agencies to choose between two days a week watering or 25% reduction.

“During the winter months,

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-waste Recycling Event

Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-waste Recycling Event

The public is invited to drop off their electronic waste at Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-Waste Recycling Event on Saturday, January 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 2184 N. Lake Ave., Altadena.

Electronic Items accepted are computers, monitors, laptops, printers, scanners, copiers, televisions, LCDs, PC peripherals, VCR/VCD Players, Facsimile Machines, Power Supplies, Auto/Rechargeable Batteries, and Cell/Landline Phones.

We do not accept: Light bulbs, Oil, Household batteries likd (AAA, AA, C, D), Hazardous Waste, and All Medical Waste. **$5 fee for microwave ovens.

For more information, contact 1-909-591-8408 or visit attanrecyclingcorp.com.

Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, 2184 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena, (626) 396-5680 or visit eliot.pasadenausd.org.

 

 

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

State of the Mulch

State of the Mulch

“If we haven’t already converted our lawns, we will soon, so we need to get new plants started. We understand that el Nino will bring heavy rains, so we need ways to capture that water. But soil experts explain that the drought has actually made flooding more likely by diminishing the soil’s capacity to soak up moisture.”

Whether Nature sends too little or too much rain, it also provides trees to help. Placing chipped tree-wood mulch on soil enable heavy rain to land on many surfaces, which breaks its velocity and allows the rain to stay and soak in instead of racing off to the ocean. It provides water for trees long after the rainy day and some reaches the aquifer to be pumped out and purified for the drinking water no longer available to import.

So how to get enough of this versatile mulch to cover all bare soil? Pasadena provides some free mulch and can learn from other cities ways to provide more.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Architect, Horticulturist Dispense Water-Wise Garden Design Tips at Altadena Heritage Landscaping Workshop

Architect, Horticulturist Dispense Water-Wise Garden Design Tips at Altadena Heritage Landscaping Workshop

By NADRA KAREEM NITTLE

If you’ve ever been tempted to buy a bunch of different plants and cram them together in your yard, Mark Goldschmidt has one word of advice: Don’t.

The former landscape architect outlined the basics of site design Thursday night at Altadena Heritage’s second water-wise landscaping workshop, which also featured horticulturalist Debby Figoni discussing low-maintenance plants and irrigation at the Altadena Community Center.

“You really do need some kind of structure,” Goldschmidt said of cluttered yards. Hardscapes, pavement, walls and hedges can organize a disordered front lawn, he continued.

“You need something to contrast with the plants,” he said while presenting a slide show highlighting a variety of landscapes found in Altadena yards.

While the former architect appreciates gravel, rocks and dry stream beds in front lawns, he warned the several dozen people gathered in the community center for his talk not to use rocks in excess. In addition to those materials, Goldschmidt suggested that audience members give concrete,

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Altadena Heritage’s Pours Out Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series

Altadena Heritage’s Pours Out Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series

Altadena Heritage will be conducting a series of water-wise landscaping workshops on transforming your front yard into a beautiful and sustainable garden.

The series will have three sessions on September 12 and 17 and on October 24.

“Early sessions of workshops almost sold out, but we still have room in 11:30-1:30 sessions,” Michele Zack said recently.

The first and third sessions will be on-site workshops and the second session will be a free presentation by experts about designing your front yard using drought-tolerant plants. This presentation will be held at the Altadena Community Center, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Horticulturist Debby Figoni is leading the hands-on workshop and is offering up her lawn as the main “classroom.” She will be providing quick reference design sheets focusing on water-wise plants and irrigation, and share her experiences with project changes and lessons learned.

Figoni is a water conservation analyst who practices what she teaches. She has transformed her lawn-dominated yard into an award-winning water wise wonderland.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Family Program Focuses on the World of Wolves by Bringing Real Wolf “Ambassadors”

Family Program Focuses on the World of Wolves by Bringing Real Wolf “Ambassadors”

Eaton Canyon Nature Center delves into the World of Wolves on Saturday, July 25 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The World of Wolves is an exciting presentation which gives an overview about wolves and discusses topics such as wolf habitat, diet, physical characteristics, pack structure, and the ways in which wolves communicate through fun and interesting facts.

“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education” said David Polis of Wildsong.

To bring these words to life, Wildsong brings objects that can be held and touched to help foster a deeper and meaningful connection between two worlds.

Project Wildsong was created in the belief that rather than forcefully mitigate nature, mankind must strive to coexist with wildlife. To do this,

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Demand for MWD Turf Rebate Program Exhausts Supplies, Program Closes

Demand for MWD Turf Rebate Program Exhausts Supplies, Program Closes


Facing unprecedented public demand for incentives to transform the region’s landscapes, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced today it will be closing its turf rebate program to new applications later this week because available funding has been fully allocated.

Metropolitan’s $450 million conservation program, the largest of its kind in the nation, will focus remaining available funds on rebates for water-saving devices and a multi-media outreach campaign to promote greater water conservation in homes, gardens and communities throughout the Southland. The district will also maintain a waiting list of interested turf rebate applicants in the event that some of the approved projects do not move forward with their planned landscape changes.

“We knew that the popularity of the turf program would exhaust the available funds at some point, but even we didn’t predict just how popular turf rebates would become,” said Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger. “Metropolitan is proud to have accelerated the movement by hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians to embrace a new outdoor aesthetic and lock in water savings permanently.”

Last December,

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jeffrey Vail Named New Forest Supervisor for Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Jeffrey Vail Named New Forest Supervisor for Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Jeffrey Vail has been selected as the new Forest Supervisor for the Angeles Natio nal Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. He took the helm on Friday, June 5.

“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities the Angeles and the new Monument bring,” said Vail, “I’m excited and humbled to have the opportunity to oversee one of the most complex urban places in the nation. I look forward to working closely with communities, partners and stakeholders to cooperatively manage our majestic mountains.”

Vail has extensive experience having worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 24 years. Since 2012, he served as Director of Lands, Minerals, & Uses (Rec and Lands) for the Southern Region of the Forest Service. In that role, he provided program and policy oversight for land adjustment, boundary and title management, recreation and lands special uses, valuation services, and all minerals and geology management activities in the Region.

He also served as Assistant Director of Lands and Realty Management in the Washington Office overseeing the agency’s real property program,

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Altadenan Meredith McKenzie to Speak on Water Issues at All Saints Church Forum

Altadenan Meredith McKenzie to Speak on Water Issues at All Saints Church Forum

California water expert Meredith McKenzie will speak about California’s prolonged drought, its ramifications and just how large the crisis has grown on June 18, 7 p.m. in a forum at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.

McKenzie is a local realtor and a member of the board of the Altadena Library District. She is also a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona.

As part of her discussion, McKenzie will touch on how the people can support effective water availability and environmental justice. The event is also sponsored by Sustainable World, Environmental Defense of the Earth Now (EDEN), Transition Pasadena, The Arroyo Interfaith Environmental Coalition.

Contact Norma Sigmund for more information at (626) 583-2734 or nsigmund@allsaints-pas.org.

All Saints Church is located at 132 North Euclid Avenue in Pasadena.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Woodbury House, Storied Altadena Landmark, Reportedly Wins Reprieve from May 14 Foreclosure Auction

Woodbury House, Storied Altadena Landmark, Reportedly Wins Reprieve from May 14 Foreclosure Auction

The owner of Woodbury House, a storied landmark important to the history of Altadena, said today the May 14 foreclosure auction of the property has been postponed by the foreclosure trustee.

Peter Leissos said that although the auction of the property at 2606 Madison Avenue still appears on the auction.com website he was told in a May 4 telephone conversation that its foreclosure sale will be postponed in order for the mortgage servicer, Nation Star, to complete a review of the property’s files.

Neighborhood concern spread in late April when passersby say they noticed and photographed a foreclosure notice posted on the front door of the National Historic Register-listed property.

That notice indicated the six bedroom, five bathroom, 6,159 square foot residence would be sold at a live auction for a minimum bid of $863,097.03 on May 14 in Norwalk.

In response, the Altadena Historical Society and Altadena Heritage announced cooperation and established a “joint watch” of the property,

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

SCE Helicopter Work Set for May 5 Has Been Postponed, No New Date Set

SCE Helicopter Work Set for May 5 Has Been Postponed, No New Date Set

Southern California Edison Public Affairs spokesman Francisco Martinez announced yesterday afternoon that work by a low-flying helicopter which would have forced some neighborhood evacuations on Tuesday, May 5 has been postponed.

“We are in the process of scheduling a new date and sending an updated notice,” Martinez wrote in an email. “Once I have the new date I will let you know.”

SCE still plans to use a helicopter to help in replacing 2 deteriorated wooden poles behind a residence in the 800 block of La Vina Lane.

Earlier, SCE said a low-flying helicopter is required to remove the current wood poles and install new poles due to the “restricted access” of the poles. Actual helicopter flight time is under 15 minutes per pole, the company said.

17 homes are inside the operational area which will be evacuated during external load operations.

The company said in a press release “at no time will our helicopter over fly any residence with a load attached.”

Originally,

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Altadena Heritage asks:  Know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character?

Altadena Heritage asks: Know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character?

Do you know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character? You have until May 16 to nominate it for our first ever Altadena Heritage Big Tree Contest! Tree owners (who must consent) will be fêted at the Golden Poppy Garden Awards and Celebration Sunday, May 31st. Get your nominations in! Self-nominations are fine.

Here is the form you can use:  Tree Nomination Form

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Updated: Tuesday Night’s Special Foothill Municipal Water District Board Meeting to Include Discussion of State’s Draft Emergency Regulations

Updated: Tuesday Night’s Special Foothill Municipal Water District Board Meeting to Include Discussion of State’s Draft Emergency Regulations

A special Foothill Municipal Water District Board Meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. is expected to include public comments and discussion of emergency drought water conservation regulations.

SEE THE PRESENTATION THAT WILL BE SHOWN TUESDAY NIGHT: Click Foothill Presentation

Observers anticipate plenty of public input, noting that the agency is holding their meeting at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church, rather than at their regular meeting location on Hampton Road, an indication that they expect significant public attendance, input and comment.

Foothill Municipal Water District General Manager Nina Jazmaderian said the format will be more of a public forum, rather than a board meeting.

“The special meeting is a workshop intended to inform the public regarding the hydrology, water supplies, the State’s draft emergency regulations, Foothill’s retail agency conservation plans and steps consumers can take to conserve,” said Jazmaderian. “The President of the District’s Board, Richard Atwater and the General Manager of Metropolitan Water District, Jeff Kightlinger will be speaking along with myself.”

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fire Clearance and Water Conservation Meeting Tuesday Night at Farnsworth Park

Fire Clearance and Water Conservation Meeting Tuesday Night at Farnsworth Park

A community meeting focused on fire safety and water conservation has been scheduled for 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Farnsworth Community Room Tuesday, April 28.

Four organizations will present important information:

• Fire Clearance (Los Angeles County Fire Station 12)

• Water Conservation and Lawn Removal (Metropolitan Water District)

•Native Plants (Theo Payne Foundation)

• Fire Safety Programs, (Meadows Fire Safe)

 

The public is invited to attend. For more information, please email Meadows Fire Safe at wmr83@earthlink.net.

 

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Foothill Municipal Water District Announces Special Board Meeting, Water Officials Will Be on Hand to Answer Questions From the Public About the Drought

Foothill Municipal Water District Announces Special Board Meeting, Water Officials Will Be on Hand to Answer Questions From the Public About the Drought

A Special Board Meeting of the Foothill Municipal Water District next Tuesday, April 28 will be the setting for a Community Drought & Water Allocation Workshop open to all Altadena residents.

The discussion will focus on the statewide drought, water supplies and conservation.

Regional and local water officials have been invited so residents can ask them questions about the drought, the Governor’s Executive Order, anticipated cutbacks in water use and other timely topics.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Boulevard, in La Cañada Flintridge, in Fellowship Hall (around back). No RSVP is needed.

Further infgormation is available here.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Master Gardener Yvonne Savio Returns: “Recycling Household Throwaways Into New Garden Tools”

Master Gardener Yvonne Savio Returns: “Recycling Household Throwaways Into New Garden Tools”

Master Gardener Yvonne Savio focuses her inventiveness on “Recycling Household Throwaways Into New Garden Tools” in a hands-on talk at the Altadena Library scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Last fall Yvonne, who is Master Garden Volunteer Training Program Coordinator at the UC Cooperative Extension of Los Angeles County spoke at the library on planting fall vegetables and flowers and the audience clamored for more.

In March of this year, she gave us detailed info on what to plant for Spring and Summer. This time she will teach us how to create new uses for recycled household items to use in our own gardens.

Yvonne will also be showing an episode of Huell Howser’s “California’s Green”, in which she shows Huell her garden and shares her specialty of turning household items into new “garden tools.” Bring your gardening questions — she’s got the answers!

The event will be in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Altadena Public Library,

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Seven Green Tips for Celebrating Earth Day

Seven Green Tips for Celebrating Earth Day

Tips courtesy of Waste Management

Earth Day is just around the corner and people everywhere are becoming more and more conscious of how their actions are impacting the planet. So just in time for the 45th anniversary of the global observance of sustainability on April 22, Waste Management of Southern California is sharing seven easy-to-implement ideas to reduce your environmental footprint every day.

“As the largest recycler in North America, we are committed to the environment and we are asking community members to join in our efforts to conserve natural resources,” said Eloisa Orozco, spokesperson for Waste Management of Southern California. “This year, we’re inviting community members across Southern California to make this Earth Day the best ever by implementing some of our top tips to help reduce their carbon footprint and make a big impact.”

Residents can help make the Earth a cleaner, greener place by implementing these suggestions on a regular basis:

•Reduce your shower time: California is in the middle of one the worst droughts in recent history and residents of the state have been mandated by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce water consumption by 25 percent in addition to other measures.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Water, Water, Everywhere” On ACONA Agendas, Including Upcoming May 26 Meet

“Water, Water, Everywhere” On ACONA Agendas, Including Upcoming May 26 Meet

Elliot Gold urges Altadenans to mark their calendars in “water-resistant ink [since we’re in a drought]” that next Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (ACONA) meeting will be May 26  from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Altadena Library Conference Room, 600 E. Mariposa Street.

Gold is a co-founder of ACONA.

The agenda again is damp with water-related issues, starting with an update on the crippling drought.

Gold says the water companies which serve Altadena will address these drought-related topics:
• Specifics? Rules? Penalties?
•Landscaping on the cheap, rebates, other programs available to property owners
•Is there really a moratorium on building during the drought?

Additionally, and on a completely unrelated matter, Gold says the meeting will turn to discussing telephone “robo-calls.”

“We have a ‘commitment from an expert who will tell us how to FINALLY get those calls to stop!
I’ll have the speaker name and confirmation later this week… keep your fingers crossed,'”

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Looking at “Altadena’s Urban Forests” on April 16

Looking at “Altadena’s Urban Forests” on April 16

Altadena Heritage Presents Altadena’s Urban Forests

Thursday, April 16, 7 to 9 pm

Altadena’s Heritage of Abundance includes its trees, from native California scrub oaks, sycamores and certain palms to the eucalyptus, silk, carob and fruit trees introduced later … and don’t forget our mile-long stretch of giant deodars known as Christmas Tree Lane!

Come to the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, on Thursday, April 16, to hear from two experts about what we all can do to help preserve and revitalize this precious heritage.

Don Hodel is an environmental horticulturist for the University of California Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County. His presentation will focus on:

the beauty and benefits of trees in urban areas;
drought-tolerant, sustainable, low-maintenance landscaping techniques; and
how to select trees that are suitable for Altadena’s climate, along with tips for planting, irrigation, feeding and mulching.
Frank McDonough is the botanical information consultant for the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

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