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Monday, July 31, 2017

Altadena Library Hosts Public Listening Session on Marijuana

Altadena Library Hosts Public Listening Session on Marijuana

The Altadena Public Library will be one of the venue for listening sessions that the Los Angeles County is scheduling in the unincorporated areas of the county for the public to be informed adequately about Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis and grow up to six plants per home.

The act also prohibits possessing marijuana on school grounds, and smoking or consuming the drug in public places or when driving.

Proposition 64, which takes effect on January 1, 2018, followed the enactment of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which will regulate California’s medical marijuana industry at the state level. The formal state licensing process for recreational marijuana businesses also begins on January 1.

To gather public input and help create a regulatory framework for legalizing the cannabis industry, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have instructed county officials to hold a series of listening sessions especially in the unincorporated areas,

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Featured at Free July 24 Historical Society Program

Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Featured at Free July 24 Historical Society Program

Dramatic rescues of lost and injured hikers in the San Gabriel Mountains by Altadena’s renowned Mountain Rescue Team will be featured in a 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 24 program sponsored by the Altadena Historical Society.

The program, presented by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dep. Dan Paige and AHS member William Dawson, will be free and open to the public at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive.

Founded in 1951, the rescue team is comprised of citizen volunteers and is based at the Altadena Sheriff’s station, one of eight such Sheriff’s Department rescue teams in the county.

“Bill Dawson and Dep. Dan Paige have searched the archives and files of the Sheriff’s Department and the Historical Society to produce this fascinating, illustrated program,” said Historical Society President Kathy Hoskins.

“Bill gives an overview of the historical uses of the mountains above Altadena, first by natives, then explorers, then tourists and now residents and day-hikers,” Hoskins said, “and Deputy Paige describes and illustrates some of the dangerous and dramatic rescues of lost and injured hikers that the team performs almost every weekend.”

The talk will be illustrated with both still photos and video,

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Altadena’s 5th Annual Car Show to be Held at Farnsworth Park, Saturday June 17

Altadena’s 5th Annual Car Show to be Held at Farnsworth Park, Saturday June 17

 

5th Annual Car Show at Farnsworth Park, is on Saturday, June 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. will feature Music, Vendor Booths, Food, Fun for the entire Family.

Categories include Antiques, street rods, classics, truck, and motorcycles.

Pre-registration: $25 (by June 1st)
Registration: $30 (June 2nd-June 16th)
Event Day: $40

There are still spots to register a car, or just clear your schedule and stop by on June 17th for great Altadena community event. To register, contact:

LA Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Altadena Station Car Show
Altadena, California
Sandy Crosthwaite
Phone: (626) 296-2107

Pre-registration: $25 (by June 1st)
Registration: $30 (June 2nd-June 16th)
Event Day: $40

Farnsworth Park is located at 568 E. Mount Curve Avenue in Altadena.

For more information, contact (626) 296-2107 or email Sgt. Sandy Crosthwaite at hmcrosth@lasd.org or Deputy Pete Liberda at apliberd@lasd.org.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

A Relay Wedding to Raise HOPE for Those with Cancer

A Relay Wedding to Raise HOPE for Those with Cancer

Thirteen years ago, Heather C. Morrow lost her husband to cancer. As part of the grieving process, she discovered that by giving to services that helped those with cancer she could heal her heartbreak. Eight years ago when a Relay For Life event was planned for the Altadena community, Heather was invited to participate.

Heather notes, “That first year, I think I stopped by for only 20 minutes; however, I had raise close to $1000 to help in the fight. Needless to say, I was invited to return the following year.”

Unlike traditional distance fundraising events, Relay is built around community based teams. The idea is that one person from the team is on the track at all times during the event, making it a shared responsibility. As it is an event, there are a variety activities throughout the day and into the evening to celebrate survivors, remember those who we have lost and to fight back against cancer. There is an event theme and each team has a booth and is encouraged to host some sort of fundraising activity.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Check Your Mailbox for Letter Carriers Food Drive Information, And Consider Helping

Check Your Mailbox for Letter Carriers Food Drive Information, And Consider Helping

The Altadena branch of the U.S. Post office delivered bags to every house in Altadena to be filled with non-expired non-perishable food items. The bags will be picked up by your letter carrier this Saturday May 13.

Every post office in the United States is taking part in this program.

As letter carriers are keenly aware, too many of our customers live in challenging situations, uncertain of where their next meal will come.

“We deliver to every address in America at least six days a week,” Rolando said, “and because we’re such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we’re all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger.”

Over the last 24 national food drives, letter carriers have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food, helped by untold thousands of fellow postal employees, retired letter carriers, family members and friends. The food is then distributed to local food pantries within the same communities where it was collected.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Altadena’s 5th Annual Car Show to be Held at Farnsworth Park, Saturday June 17

Altadena’s 5th Annual Car Show to be Held at Farnsworth Park, Saturday June 17

5th Annual Car Show at Farnsworth Park, is on Saturday, June 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. will feature Music, Vendor Booths, Food, Fun for the entire Family.

Categories include Antiques, street rods, classics, truck, and motorcycles.

Pre-registration: $25 (by June 1st)
Registration: $30 (June 2nd-June 16th)
Event Day: $40

There are still spots to register a car, or just clear your schedule and stop by on June 17th for great Altadena community event. To register, contact:

LA Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Altadena Station Car Show
Altadena, California
Sandy Crosthwaite
Phone: (626) 296-2107

Pre-registration: $25 (by June 1st)
Registration: $30 (June 2nd-June 16th)
Event Day: $40

Farnsworth Park is located at 568 E. Mount Curve Avenue in Altadena.

For more information, contact (626) 296-2107 or email Sgt. Sandy Crosthwaite at hmcrosth@lasd.org or Deputy Pete Liberda at apliberd@lasd.org.

 

 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Altadena Library District Invites Community to Celebration of the Year

Altadena Library District Invites Community to Celebration of the Year

2017 is the year of Altadena Library District. One of Altadena’s longest standing institutions, the district is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its main building, launching its renowned Summer Reading Program, and debuting its refreshed facilities with a Grand Reopening, Summer Reading Program Kick-Off, and 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 am to 8:30 pm.

The day will begin at 10:00 am with a live performance by the John Muir High School Drum Corps, followed by the official Summer Reading Program Kick-Off and a performance by educational entertainment group Mad Science for kids. Master of Ceremonies Jodi Taffel, the nationally-renowned, award-winning chef and television personality known as the “Bacon Babe,” will guide guests through a variety of acts and well-known figures in Altadena to be featured on the main stage in the Altadena Library parking lot throughout the day, including a musical adventure with CHROMA, a hip-hop dance and spoken word poetry performance by Antics, and speeches from Senator Anthony Portantino,

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Altadena Ale Celebrates 7th Anniversary with Music and Flowing Cheer

Altadena Ale Celebrates 7th Anniversary with Music and Flowing Cheer


The Altadena Ale and Wine House in Altadena celebrated its seventh anniversary last Monday night, with music and flowing cheer, and conversations with an eclectic mix of people that included artists and musicians, rocket scientists, and movie directors.

They’re actually among the regulars at Altadena’s family-owned little secret hole in the wall, tucked into Altadena’s “Fair Oaks Corridor,” in the shadow of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that head bartender Gareth Casburn, of the sons of owners Gail and Judah Casburn, does not want to call a bar.

“It’s a pub – communal feeling; it’s about community. People come here, mostly walking distance, all in the neighborhood,” Gareth says. “They don’t come here to get drunk; they don’t come here to hit on girls. They come to talk to each other, have a good time, and just embrace the community. And that’s what really makes this place special.”

Gareth’s brother Owen also helps run the bar most nights.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Altadena Guild of the Huntington Hospital Holds Home Tour

Altadena Guild of the Huntington Hospital Holds Home Tour

Come for “A Stroll in the Altadena Highlands” on Sunday May 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Stroll along a beautiful tree lined street set below the beautiful San Gabriel mountains. This year The Altadena Guild is showcasing four unique homes and gardens. A lovey shaded tea garden will offer complimentary refreshments and the Altadeni Pub is serving a special beer brewed and named for the Home Tour. Also available at the pub are the famous Altadeni, wine, coffee, coffee with a kick, gourmet sandwiches and snacks. For a sweet treat stop by the tours bakery for fresh homemade desserts to share, take home or enjoy on the spot.

Also enjoy live music at each home on the tour, an open air vendors market featuring handbags, jewelry, pottery, antques and unique clothing. Local artists from Open Studios will be featuring a wide variety of artistic genres.

Tickets are $35.00 pre sale and $40.00 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Huntington Medical Research Institutes,

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Spectacular ​Panoramic ​View ​H​ome in Altadena’s Rubio Highlands

Spectacular ​Panoramic ​View ​H​ome in Altadena’s Rubio Highlands

1248 Pleasantridge Dr, Altadena, CA 91001

By ARMEN V. SARKISSIAN

Open House this Weekend, both Saturday and Sunday (May 6 & 7, 2017), 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.​​

Spectacular panoramic view home in Altadena’s Rubio Highlands feels like an island in the sky! Every square inch has been reworked and remodeled by renovation team Design Matters and offers 4 bedrooms, 2 full & 1 half baths.

The impressive wood and glass front door welcomes you into a formal entry, great room open to the cook’s kitchen with high-end grey stainless appliances, quartz counters and plenty of cabinets.

New double-pane windows throughout with multiple sliders leading out to the entertainers backyard featuring views over the entire San Gabriel Valley, Downtown LA, Pacific Ocean & Catalina Island on clear days.

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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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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Altadena Library Districts Invites Residents to Community-wide Town Hall Meeting

Altadena Library Districts Invites Residents to Community-wide Town Hall Meeting


February and March have been busy months for the Altadena Library District. Inspired by the American Library Association’s nation-wide movement “Libraries Transforming Communities” and the Harwood Institute’s approach to community engagement, Altadena Library District sponsored the Community Conversations initiative across Altadena, engaging hundreds of residents in in-depth discussions in the living rooms of Altadena residents, in local organizations, and in small businesses. At each of these two-dozen Community Conversations, a facilitator led discussion, focusing on the community’s aspirations for Altadena, challenges the community faces, and concrete action steps residents can take both individually and as a community to improve Altadena.

Funded by Altadena Library District, the goal of the Community Conversations project was to examine Altadena as a whole through a positive, mediated evaluation of the community’s aspirations and goals. “In an unincorporated community like Altadena that has no inherent or governmental community center or hub, there is great potential for a longstanding institution such as Altadena Library District to fill that need in the community and become a central resource for local efforts toward community growth and advancement,” says Library Director Mindy Kittay,

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Altadena Children’s Center Announces Gala Date, Honorees

Altadena Children’s Center Announces Gala Date, Honorees

The annual fundraising gala, It Takes A Community, for Altadena Children’s Center, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Lincoln Restaurant. The theme “Beautiful Altadena!” reflects the deeply cherished connection Altadena Children’s Center has to its community.

Honorees Monica Hubbard (founder of Altadena Women’s Network) and Michele Zack (author of Altadena: Between Wilderness and City), treasured members of our beautiful community, remind us of the commitment it takes to create a community worthy of its children.

Begun in 1982, ACC now has children attending whose parents attended! Serving families across generations during the most critical years of their children’s development is a privilege and an obligation. The research about early brain development tells us that by 3 years of age, the brain has grown to 80% of its full adult development. By providing early care and education at ACC for children from 2 months through prekindergarten ACC has the responsibility to maximize the potential of each child by employing best practices for learning for these very young children.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pet Adoption Faire at Altadena Library

Pet Adoption Faire at Altadena Library

The Altadena Library’s Teen Advisory Board hosts a pet adoption event in partnership with The Lifeline for Pets and the Pasadena Humane Society.

Find your new best friend at the Altadena Library Pet Faire. The Faire will be held on April 1st, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Altadena Library parking lot and community room at 600 E. Mariposa. The Lifeline for Pets and the Pasadena Humane Society will be bringing a variety of cats and dogs that are available for adoption. Even if you aren’t planning to adopt today, feel free to come meet the animals.

Pet adoption is a great way to give yourself an immeasurable gift while giving back to your community. Pets provide emotional support, incentive to exercise, a subject for your social media accounts, and bring joy to your life through their cute ways.

In addition to meeting pets to adopt, you can also purchase lunch from our food vendor Brianna. Spend the morning with your whole family,

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Farnsworth Park Offers After-School Program

Farnsworth Park Offers After-School Program

Los Angeles County Parks offers an after-school program from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays at Altadena’s Charles S. Farnsworth Park at 568 E. Mount Curve Avenue.

The program includes dedicated homework time and a healthy snack. There also will be activities including arts and crafts, games, outdoor activities, cooking classes, educational science projects and field trips.

All participants will be supervised by park staff. Students will meet at the lower William D. Davies Memorial Building at the park.

The cost is $20 per week.

For more information, call (626) 798-6335 or visit parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/Parks/Charles_S_Farnsworth_Park.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Teen Tech Week at the Altadena Library

Teen Tech Week at the Altadena Library

Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Altadena Library District celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ from March 6-11. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, to raise awareness about how Altadena Library District creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create, and share content.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators, and other concerned adults.

Kate Shumaker, Teen Librarian, feels that “Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering gaming, access to computers, and online homework help is important, and letting them know that we can help educate them on how to use these resources will get them in the door. Once they’re in the door, we can show teens that with technology at the library, anything is possible.”

From maker spaces,

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Injured Hikers Rescued

Injured Hikers Rescued

Two hikers who twisted their ankles while hiking at different locations in the area of Eaton Canyon were rescued by members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) and Los Angeles County rescuers Sunday afternoon.

A post on the Altadena Sheriff’s Station’s Facebook page said the team received the first call at about 2:15 p.m. about a 26-year-old woman who had an ankle injury as she hiked with a 28-year-old man on a dirt trail near Coyote Canyon.

The team couldn’t immediately determine the victim’s exact location because of poor cell phone reception, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department helped in the search.

About 30 minutes later, the AMRT members located the victim and found she had twisted her right ankle during the hike and could not walk out of the canyon. The team attended to her injury and then drove her and her companion to the Eaton Canyon Nature Center where they had parked their vehicle.
The victim said she would seek medical treatment at a later time.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Vanilla Bake Shop Opens New Location with Expanded Menu

Vanilla Bake Shop Opens New Location with Expanded Menu

Vanilla Bake Shop, well known for delicious bite size ‘cupcake babies’, layer cakes, and freshly baked desserts using only the highest quality
ingredients, is excited to announce the opening of its third location in Old Town Pasadena. A grand opening celebration highlighting the additional café menu options and coffee offerings. Door prizes, menu samples, balloon artist, kids face painter and DJ will take place at the new location this Saturday from 12-3 p.m. at 88 E. Colorado Blvd and is open to the public.

The new location will continue to offer the delicious baked goods the Vanilla Bake Shop has become well known for including cupcakes, cakes, small desserts, wedding cakes as well as an expanded café menu featuring Stumptown coffee & espresso, sandwiches, toast bar, doughnuts, and breakfast breads.

“The expanded menu is designed to meet the needs of anyone who is hungry, not just those looking for something sweet. We view the new location as optimal for an expanded menu due to the high level of consistent foot traffic throughout the day and into the evening,” commented Owner and Executive Pastry Chef Amy Berman and husband partner Jeremy Berman.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Altadena Chamber of Commerce to Award Citizen and Business Of The Year at Annual Awards and Installation Dinner

Altadena Chamber of Commerce to Award Citizen and Business Of The Year at Annual Awards and Installation Dinner

On Friday, February 3, 2017, the Altadena Chamber will host the 93rd Annual Awards & Installation Dinner, honoring Citizen Of The Year – Elliot Gold and Business Of The Year – Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena, accepted by Patrick and Mary Gothard. The event will take place at the Altadena Town & Country Club and will include a live auction to benefit the Marion Lee Wullschlager Scholarship Fund. Open Studios will have artwork on display from local artists.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at http://www.altadenachamber.org/about-us/citizen-of-the-year/. To RSVP and for more information, contact (626) 794-3988 or email office@altadenachamber.org.

Altadena Town & Country Club is located at 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Altadena Library District to Launch Renovation in Celebration of Main Building’s 50th Anniversary

Altadena Library District to Launch Renovation in Celebration of Main Building’s 50th Anniversary

One of Altadena’s longest standing institutions, Altadena Library District, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its main building, originally designed by architect Boyd Georgi in the early 1960s. To honor this historic anniversary, the Altadena Library District Board has approved plans for the Library’s Phase I Renovations using grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a generous donation from the Altadena Library Foundation.

Board President Ira Bershatsky says of the plans, “This is a much needed sprucing up of the interior of the library and we are very grateful to both HUD and the Altadena Library Foundation for their financial support of this project. This will be the catalyst to future funding to address the many additional needs of this facility.”

The first segment of a multi-phase remodel, the Phase I Renovations will address needed updates to shelving, flooring and carpets, electrical capacity, the library’s Community Room, and interior signage. Installation of new shelving will begin to bring the library into compliance with seismic safety code and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Disneyland Offers Special 3-day Tickets to Pasadena, Altadena Residents

Disneyland Offers Special 3-day Tickets to Pasadena, Altadena Residents

Residents of Altadena and Pasadena can enjoy Disneyland with two different special three-day tickets that Disneyland Resort is offering exclusively for them.

One of the special tickets, a three-day, one park per day ticket, is good for only one Disneyland Resort theme park per day and costs $149.

The other ticket, a three-day park hopper ticket, is good for both Disneyland Resort theme parks on the same day and costs $189.

Both of the special tickets include early admission to Magic Morning, before the park opens to the public on most Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays.

The tickets are on sale up to May 22 and are valid for entry from January 9 through May 25, excluding block-out dates – meaning no admission – from April 9 through April 23.

Patrons should be able to present proof of residency upon purchase and admission. Any qualified patron with a valid ID can buy up to five tickets per person per day.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Altadena Chamber of Commerce Names 2016 Citizen and Business of the Year

Altadena Chamber of Commerce Names 2016 Citizen and Business of the Year

A neighborhood activist and an organization that promotes and supports local artists were named as Citizen and Business of the Year for 2016 by the Altadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association.

Author Elliot M. Gold, co-founder of the Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (ACONA), was named Citizen of the Year for his lifetime of work bringing neighbors together. Business of the Year went to Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena, which hosts a twice-yearly tour of artist studios in Altadena and north Pasadena.

The winners will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Awards and Installation Dinner on February 3, 2017, at the Altadena Town & Country Club.

 

Citizen of the Year: Elliot M. Gold: Good Neighbor

Elliot M. Gold has spent 45 years in Altadena building up his neighborhood — and the neighborhood is all of Altadena.

Gold, 72, was named 2016 Citizen of the Year as one of the founders of the Altadena Coalition Of Neighborhood Associations (ACONA),

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Hiker Rescued Off Steep Mountain Side in Millard Canyon

Hiker Rescued Off Steep Mountain Side in Millard Canyon

At 1:20 p.m. Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called for a hiker stranded on top of a waterfall in Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. Rescue crews were not able to reach the stranded hiker via cellphone and crews started searching Eaton Canyon area. After approximately 20 minutes rescue crews were able to make contact with the hiker and it was determined the hiker was in Millard Canyon.

The hiker, 44 y/o male residing in Cerritos was on a return hike from a waterfall when he lost sight of the trail and became stranded on a steep hillside approximately 50′ off a trail.

Rescue crews set up ropes and lowered a rescuer to the stranded hiker and raise him to safety. The hiker was not injured and was able to hike out on his own. We were able to have the hiker out at 4:00pm before the sun set.

 

 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Two Midday Rescues in the Mountains Above Altadena

Two Midday Rescues in the Mountains Above Altadena

Today at 12:46 p.m. the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was activated for a motorcycle down call on the crest trail near Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. Los Angeles County Fire Department Squad 11 had located the injured person on Mt. Wilson Truck Trail just north of the bridge. It was determined there was no motorcycle involved, rather the injured person was riding a mountain bike when he fell. The mountain biker, 22 y/o male residing in Glendale was complaining of right arm, back pain and was bleeding from his mouth. The mountain biker was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital with Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics.

The trails are are very busy with hikers today, if you ride a mountain bike, please use caution with the heavy traffic on the trails. Pictured is LA Co. Fire Captain Aldana directing additional units.

At 2:50 pm another call for the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team. A hiker was reported missing hiker near Dawn Mine,

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Friday, December 23, 2016

By Your Side Vigil Companions Training

By Your Side Vigil Companions Training

By Your Side Vigil Companions, a program of the Episcopal Communities and Services, trains volunteers to be a compassionate presence in the lives of those perhaps in Palliative Care or nearing the end of life. The next training will begin at MonteCedro in Altadena on February 6, running for 5 consecutive Monday evenings for a total of 10 hours. While graduates may go on to volunteer in hospital or long-term care settings, there is no requirement to do so.

Montecedro is located at 2212 El Molino Ave, Altadena.

The fee for the training is $70. Scholarships are available. To register and for further information, please contact: Susan Brown at sbrown@ecsbyyourside.org ( 626) 403-5424.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Meadows Blanket and Sock Drive

Meadows Blanket and Sock Drive

The Meadows neighborhood held a blanket and socks drive to assist the Union Rescue Mission in aiding the many homeless people in Los Angeles. Over 1400 people stay at the Mission nightly, with many being women and children. And they had no blankets to provide to them!

Meadows residents Greg Stanton and Noel Russell teamed up to lead the drive. Greg is a local Realtor with Compass and Noel is the Volunteer Director at URM.

The Meadows residents once again showed their compassion and generosity. An SUV completely filled with blankets and socks were delivered to URM.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

‘Drunken Hiker’ Rescued Off Echo Mountain

‘Drunken Hiker’ Rescued Off Echo Mountain

Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Wednesday night rescued a drunken hiker who could not sit up on his own and was stranded on the Sam Merrill Trail just south of Echo Mountain in the Angeles National Forest.

The team had to load the 52-year-old male hiker in a litter and carry him off the mountain onto a waiting ambulance. Team members said the hiker, a Glendale resident, was “extremely intoxicated” and had to be transported to an area hospital.

A post on the Altadena Sheriff’s Station Facebook page said the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called for the rescue at about 9:30 p.m. An informant said the hiker appeared drunk and was not able to hike from Echo Mountain to the trail-head in Altadena.

AMRT members hiked in from Mt. Lowe Fire Road by approximately one mile and located the hiker about a half mile south of Echo Mountain.

At about midnight,

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Monday, December 12, 2016

MonteCedro Celebrates First Anniversary, Brings 100 Jobs to Altadena

MonteCedro Celebrates First Anniversary, Brings 100 Jobs to Altadena

MonteCedro, a nonprofit senior living community located in Altadena, has much to celebrate as it marks its one-year anniversary. As anticipated, MonteCedro now employs 100 full and part-time staff members, many of whom live in the local Altadena community.

Katey Frere was the first person to move in on Dec. 17, 2015; 183 residents now call MonteCedro home and 78% of the apartments are occupied. These residents are active both within MonteCedro’s interior – in the fitness center and pool, the art studios, card rooms, library and movie theatre – and in the external Altadena/ Pasadena community. In a recent three-month period, MonteCedro residents contributed more than 1,500 volunteer hours to more than 50 local non-profit entities.

One of the distinguishing features of MonteCedro is its Creative Living philosophy which provides a whole-self approach to wellness in mind, body and spirit, as well as empowering residents to pursue their unique aspirations and remain their own leaders. The Creative Living Academy is a lifelong learning model driven by residents,

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Altadena Library Waives Overdue Book Fines in Exchange for Holiday Toy, Food Donations

Altadena Library Waives Overdue Book Fines in Exchange for Holiday Toy, Food Donations

The Altadena Library is partnering with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the annual holiday toy and canned food drive.

Now through December 9, all library patrons with outstanding library fines can bring in new toys or non-perishable items for donation, in exchange for their fines being waved.

Both the main library at 600 East Mariposa Street and the Bob Lucas Memorial Library at 2659 Lincoln Avenue will be accepting donations for the holiday drive.

Toys must be new, in their original packaging and not gift-wrapped to be accepted. Canned food items must not have expired.

The library cannot waive fees for lost or damaged items.

The library has also released a list of the fine amounts and the items that would correspond to them in order for the fines to be waived.

Fines of from $1 to $5 will be waived with a donation of two canned items or toys, $6 to $10 for three canned goods or toys,

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Newly-Arrived Rabbi Noam Raucher to Speak at Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Newly-Arrived Rabbi Noam Raucher to Speak at Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Newly-arrived Rabbi Noam Raucher will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Altadena Congregations Together Serving (ACTS) interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Sunday November 20 at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Drive, just north of Washington Boulevard.

The event is being sponsored by ACTS (Altadena Congregations Together Serving), an interactive fellowship among local religious congregations, who work together on community issues such as homelessness, positive youth activities and mutual understanding.

Congregations that will take part in this event’s program include the Christian Science Church, St. Marks Episcopal Church, Altadena Community Church, the Bahai Faith, Christ the Shepard Lutheran Church and the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Praise music on the Thanksgiving theme will be presented by Altadena Baptist Church’s Gospel Choir, under the direction of Loren Roberts, and by Cantor Ruth Berman Harris. A musical tribute will be made to song-writer Leonard Cohen, who recently passed away, through the singing of his moving “Halleluia.”

A freewill offering will be received to support the ACTS Food Bank from which a number of local families receive food every Saturday.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

“Celebrate the Holidays” with the Pasadena-Altadena Links Inc.

“Celebrate the Holidays” with the Pasadena-Altadena Links Inc.

The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in collaboration with the Pasadena Altadena Community Endowment Fund (PACEF), presents “Celebrating the Holidays” — an afternoon of fun, food, and entertainment, Sunday December 11, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Noor inside Paseo Colorado, Pasadena.

“Celebrating the Holidays” is a perfect prelude to a fun and magical holiday season—complete with savory cuisine, music, shopping and lots of camaraderie .The festivities kickoff at 11:30 am with a cocktail hour, followed by a luncheon starting at noon. A highlight of the event’s program is featured Jazz vocalist, Gail Pettis who was showcased in the October issue of Oprah Magazine.

During the celebration, the following community champions will also be recognized:

Alumnae Links Sylvia Wiggins and Lucille Bartlett for their involvement in the Chapter’s Senior Talent Show.
Mr. Billy Mitchell, Jazz musician and producer, for his leadership in creating an instrumental music program for San Gabriel Valley students.

Mr. Timothy Sippel,

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Altadena Library Partners with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Food for Families, Toys for Tots

Altadena Library Partners with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Food for Families, Toys for Tots

The Altadena Library is partnering with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the annual holiday toy and canned food drive.

Between November 14 and December 9, all library patrons with outstanding library fines can bring in new toys or non-perishable items for donation, in exchange for their fines being waived.

Both the main library at 600 East Mariposa Street and the Bob Lucas Memorial Library at 2659 Lincoln Avenue will be accepting donations for the holiday drive.

Toys must be new, in their original packaging and not gift-wrapped to be accepted. Canned food items must not have expired.

The library cannot waive fees for lost or damaged items.

The library has also released a list of the fine amounts and the items that would correspond to them in order for the fines to be waived.

Fines of from $1 to $5 will be waived with a donation of two canned items or toys,

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mountain Biker Rescued in Arroyo Windsor Area Near JPL

Mountain Biker Rescued in Arroyo Windsor Area Near JPL

Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team assisted in the rescue of a 41-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident who went missing last night while biking on a trail near the Arroyo-Windsor area just north of the debris basin in the Arroyo Seco.

The man was rescued just past 8:45 Thursday morning, Deputy Dan Paige of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Altadena Station said.

“He had last spoken to his wife at half past midnight saying he had lost his way but was back on the trail again and everything was okay,” Paige said. “Morning time comes and he’s not home, so the wife became worried. The hiker’s brother contacted us at 6:11 in the morning, we sent out crews, talked with him and found he could be in the Arroyo Windsor area near the JPL, and we set out search teams on foot.”

The team called LASD’s Air Rescue 5 to search the area, and advised other mountain bikers who were familiar with the trail to look out for the missing biker.

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Celebrate Fall with Handcrafted Goods, Great Food, and Family Fun at The Market at St. Elizabeth

Celebrate Fall with Handcrafted Goods, Great Food, and Family Fun at The Market at St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Parish School invites everyone to celebrate the great work of human hands at this annual outdoor community craft fair in Altadena. During this family-friendly special event, local artisans will be present. Featuring art, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, accessories, textiles, home décor, toys, plants, flowers, baked goods and food items. Shop for unique Christmas gifts and homemade Thanksgiving treats. Also, fun children’s crafts activities, games, and delicious food and drinks.

The Market at Saint Elizabeth School will be held Sunday, November 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saint Elizabeth School, 1840 N. Lake Avenue at Woodbury in Altadena, (626) 797-7727 or visit www.saint-elizabeth.org.

 

 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Altadenans Scott and Lori Webster will Serve as Grand Marshals of the 39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!

Altadenans Scott and Lori Webster will Serve as Grand Marshals of the 39th Pasadena Doo Dah Parade!

The Doo Dah Parade has been known to honor local heroes in the community as its Grand Marshal. This year’s pick, Scott and Lori Webster, is no exception. Scott’s family have been retailers in Altadena since the early 1920s, founding Webster’s of Altadena, a multi-department store that that served local consumers for 87 years. As a partner in life and business, Lori Webster has specialized in promoting ecologically responsible and fair trade products and the creative works of local artisans. Although the Webster family sold the land and businesses, the pharmacy is still there and bears their name.

Having to compete with national chains in a struggling economy, Scott and Lori proudly espoused the “shop local movement” in support of small business owners and better neighborhood relations. Overcoming many odds, they continued the Webster legacy with Hoopla! Emporium, an eclectic neighborhood boutique that sources most of their products locally and fulfills their vision of supporting community artists.

Scott and Lori’s commitment to their community doesn’t end with local consumers and opportunities for artisans.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Webster’s Community Pharmacy and Meredith M Appreciates Teachers and School Administrators This Thursday

Webster’s Community Pharmacy and Meredith M Appreciates Teachers and School Administrators This Thursday

Are you like Webster’s Community Pharmacy and Meredith M you appreciate and are grateful for all that teachers, educators and administrators do for students and the community throughout the year? On Thursday, October 20 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Webster’s Community Pharmacy and Meredith M on North Lake Avenue in Altadena are hosting a special Back to School Night for Teachers and Administrators (and everyone else who works in a school and in the school system).

Customers who present a school ID or proof that you work at a school and for the school system, will be treated to 25% off gift purchases of $25 or more at the Pharmacy and 25% off purchases of $25 or more at Meredith M. Healthy and Happy Hour snacks and drinks. will be served.

Webster’s Community Pharmacy and Meredith M are located at 2450 North Lake Avenue, Altadena. Call (626) 797-1163 or visit http://www.facebook.com/websterscommunitypharmacy for more information.

 

 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Altadena’s Bacon Babe Is Whipping up a Dish Worthy of a $100,000 Cash Prize at This Year’s World Food Competition

Altadena’s Bacon Babe Is Whipping up a Dish Worthy of a $100,000 Cash Prize at This Year’s World Food Competition

Altadena’s rising culinary star Jodi Taffel, also known as The Fabulous Bacon Babe, is heading to the World Food Championships in Alabama next month to take home the big win in the form of a $100,000 cash prize. The 2016 Championship event is Taffel’s third attempt to strike it big in first place as she prepares to unleash super-secret bacon-inspired dishes that have a successful track record of winning over the hearts and stomachs of some of the most revered chefs and judges in the culinary game.

“There’s a huge cash prize on the line for first place so everything I make needs to have the ‘wow factor’. Would I go back to a restaurant in another state to order it? I’m looking to take the crown this year,” said Taffel who was unwilling to provide specific details about her upcoming dishes, but is confident that her bacon-inspired recipes will take home the grand prize.

Taffel’s team is one of 430 from across the world who will be seeking the ultimate food crown.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fifty Famous and Fascinating Altadenans

Fifty Famous and Fascinating Altadenans

Courtesy ROBERT HALLWACHS

Fifty famous and fascinating Altadenans–movie stars, artists, authors, scientists, athletes and more–are highlighted in a new exhibit at the Altadena Historical Society.

“We’ve had great fun researching and producing this exhibit,” said Jane Brackman, Society president. “The trouble has been choosing those to include, as we have far more than our gallery can accommodate.”

The show is in both the Historical Society’s gallery and in the lobby of the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, just west of the Sheriff’s Station.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and by appointment for groups and others, (626) 797-8016. It is free of charge, but donations toward the Society’s work are welcomed.

“Many of the people featured are our current neighbors and gave their kind permission for us to include them, while others have passed on,” Brackman said. “In fact, we didn’t include several Altadena residents who are major stars in their fields,

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Notice of Rescheduling of Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Altadena Library District

Notice of Rescheduling of Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Altadena Library District

Notice is Hereby Given that the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Altadena Library District scheduled for Monday September 26, 2016, has been rescheduled for Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena.

In accordance with the Brown Act, the agenda for the October 4, meeting will be posted no later than 72 hours prior to the meeting.

Please call the Altadena Library Administrative Offices as (626) 798-0833 ext. 118 for more information.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Map Your Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Training to be Held at Altadena Country Club

Map Your Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness Training to be Held at Altadena Country Club

 

The community is invited to attend the upcoming neighborhood disaster training on Sunday, September 11, 2016 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Altadena Town & Country Club (2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena) hosted by Altadena MYN Committee. Emergency personnel nationwide are encouraging all citizens to evaluate their disaster supplies and level of preparedness now! They have rolled out a local training called MYN – Map Your Neighborhood. The training is informative and will provide locally relevant information and basic disaster planning goals beneficial to everyone!

A Disaster (opposed to an emergency) is a situation in which 911 is overwhelmed and unable to answer or respond to calls for help. In such a situation, individuals and neighborhoods need to be prepared and able to help themselves and each other medically and mentally for a length of time – possibly two weeks. Do you have enough water, food and medical supplies for your family and pets? Do you know the resources (skills and inventory) in your neighborhood?

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Monday, August 22, 2016

McDonalds Group Members Talk About Their Commitment to the Group’s Scholarship Award

McDonalds Group Members Talk About Their Commitment to the Group’s Scholarship Award

By VINCE BRYANT, Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development Program Coordinator

The McDonalds group is a group of men that meet every morning at McDonald’s on Lincoln Ave. and Woodbury Rd. in Altadena. Their meetings usually consist of current events and other popular community topics. These topics were all just to invoke thought and conversation until the topic of scholarship money for the young men in our community came up. After their discussion, realizing that our young men needed immediate help, the group decided to take action. So, five years ago they decided to start the McDonalds Men’s Group Scholarship Award. This award has served many young men over this period and continues to do so.

This year, five young men were selected from John Muir High School. These students include DaShon Pulley, D’Mario Lundy, John Pointer, Michael Hawkins and Isaiah Irby which were all very deserving of the award and highly appreciative of the assistance to go on and do great things in their lives.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Residents React Quickly When County Threatens to Stop Watering Deodars on Historic Christmas Tree Lane

Residents React Quickly When County Threatens to Stop Watering Deodars on Historic Christmas Tree Lane

Story and Photography by BRANDON VILLALOVOS

With the drought and water conservation already threatening trees, residents along Altadena’s historic Christmas Tree Lane were quick to band together when they heard earlier this month that water to a section of the lane’s beloved trees growing on a median would be cut off.

“Last week the [Los Angeles County Department] Department of Public Works tree maintenance managers told us we cannot use the system for this drought event as it no longer meets modern standards,” Christmas Tree Lane Association Foreman Tony Ward said Tuesday. “They indicated they were not going to provide needed repairs or allow our volunteers to do so because there is a new policy that water paid for by the county could no longer be utilized for median landscaping purposes.”

Christmas Tree Lane, which lines Santa Rosa Avenue from Woodbury Road on the south to Altadena Drive on the north, is home to approximately tall 150 Deodar trees that rely on adequate water to keep them alive and well,

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Adult Beginner Sewing Classes at Altadena Library

Adult Beginner Sewing Classes at Altadena Library

Instructor Naomi Lewis will be teaching six consecutive sewing classes at the Altadena Main Library beginning on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 a.m. to noon and continuing, weekly, through October 29. First, students will learn to operate a sewing machine, then, projects covered in the course will feature a pin cushion; drawstring bag; pillowcase, small pillow or snap wallet; cross body tote bag, skirt, reversible tote, and a zippered pouch. The class fee of $25 (due by September 10 to reserve your space) covers basic supplies which includes your own sewing supply bag and pin cushion.

To reserve your space email aravelo@altadenalibrary.org or stop in and ask for Ashley. No phone reservations accepted. For more information, visit www.AltadenaLibrary.org.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Building Particle Simulators for Teens

Building Particle Simulators for Teens

Friday, September 9, 2016 – 4:00 p.m.

Teens ages 12-19 are invited to further explore Game Maker and build a particle simulation program in another engaging, innovative workshop by game design and coding instructor, Ean Moore: Building Particle Simulators – Game Design and Coding with Ean Moore. Game Makers is basically a gentle introduction to coding specifically for those interested in designing games because users can get a game up and running without writing complicated code.

Moore is a Los-Angeles based instructor dedicated to inspiring students to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. He teaches complex topics through dynamic, interactive workshops that emphasize teamwork. Ean explains that game design is “fascinating enough to easily grasp the attention of children, but versatile enough to establish life long careers in a variety of fields; game design is an excellent platform to inspire children (and adults) to embrace the many guises of computer science and digital art through video games.”

Computer literacy and keyboarding skills are required for this workshop.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

New Altadena Foothills 4H Club is Officially Open for Enrollment

New Altadena Foothills 4H Club is Officially Open for Enrollment

The new Altadena Foothills 4H Club will hold a meet-and-greet on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00-1:00 at the Loma Alta County Park (north of Loma Alta Drive near the play structure.) Meet club leaders, learn about 4H project areas, and enroll your child. Children do not need to be Altadena residents to join.

4H, the nation’s largest youth-development organization, has been a path for youth skill-building and leadership for generations, giving boys and girls opportunities to get hands-on and ‘learn by doing.’ In its inaugural year, Altadena Foothills 4H Club is pleased to offer the following topics: Clothing and Textiles (sewing), Dairy Goats, Farm-to-Table (gardening and cooking), Horses, and Woodworking.

For more information, or to enroll online, contact Lynette Wiebe, altadena4h@gmail.com

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Double Whammy: Triple Digit Temps Mix with Smoke to Create Dangerous Health Conditions Today

Double Whammy: Triple Digit Temps Mix with Smoke to Create Dangerous Health Conditions Today

The explosive Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita area grew to over 3,300 acres overnight, pouring smoke and dumping “ash rain” over Altadena while creating a health hazard for a Saturday predicted to reach 102 degrees.

Temperatures in the west San Gabriel Valley are expected to range from 100 to 110 degrees today, with hot, dry gusts of about 15 mph.

Federal, regional and local authorities warned authorities said everyone in the Pasadena area should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors.

“Do not exercise outside for a few days due to ash and high heat. Air quality is already bad and now confounded by ash and smoke,” said Pasadena Fire Department spokesperson Lisa Derderian. “Keep pets inside if possible and clear away remnants as soon as it stops.”

The National Weather Service said that anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location and bystanders should call 911.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Major Damage Throughout Altadena Home Early Tuesday as Fire Erupts in Back Bedroom

Major Damage Throughout Altadena Home Early Tuesday as Fire Erupts in Back Bedroom

A single story home in the 2100 block of Grand Oaks Avenue suffered “major damage throughout” after an early Tuesday morning fire erupted in a back bedroom. There were no injuries to the occupants.

A Los Angles County Fire Department spokesperson said the blaze was called in 6:44 a.m.

Neighbors saw smoke around 6:45 a.m. and started banging on the door to alert the occupants, a witness said.

Responding crews were able to knock down the blaze by 7:09 a.m., but by that time the fire had caused extensive damage.

Pasadena Fire Department sent an engine to “assist,” said spokesperson Lisa Derderian.

Authorities were working to discover the cause of the blaze. Investigators were on scene interviewing the home’s occupants even as crews remained at the scene were overhauling.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Altadena Station Crime Scene Investigation Camp for Kids

Altadena Station Crime Scene Investigation Camp for Kids

Altadena Sheriff’s Station presents Crime Scene Investigation Camp at Farnsworth Park, July 18 – July 22nd, 2016.

Step into the shoes of a Crime Scene Investigator. Kids will learn how the Sheriff’s Station solve crimes through realistic scenarios. Learn Crime Scene fingerprinting, photography, diagramming. Hurry and sign-up now for this week-long Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Camp.

The cost is $75.00 per child ages 11-15 years.

Farnsworth Park is located at 568 Mount Curve Ave. in Altadena.

For any additional information please contact Deputy Scott Rule at sarule@lasd.org or call the Altadena Station Community Relations Office at (626) 798-1131.

 

 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

American Cancer Society Relay For Life to be Held in Farnsworth Park

American Cancer Society Relay For Life to be Held in Farnsworth Park

The Relay For Life of Altadena invites all individuals who want to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost, and cancer survivors who are fighting back against the disease to join its Relay For Life, scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Altadena at Farnsworth Park on the Lower Baseball field. Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m.

Relay For Life is a 12 Hour community celebration where individuals and teams take turns walking around a track relay style to raise funds to fight cancer. There is live entertainment throughout the day and into the evening.

At nightfall, participants will light hundreds of Luminaria around the track in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors as well as friends and family members lost to the disease. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life represents HOPE that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated. 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations Will Convene Public Meeting Tuesday

Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations Will Convene Public Meeting Tuesday

The Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (ACONA) will discuss the statewide drought, the fire danger level, and traffic, bike and pedestrian safety during its next meeting Tuesday, May 24, at the Altadena Community Center, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Daniel Drugan, Water Program Technician at Foothill Municipal Water District, will be speaking about Supplies and Conservation Actions related to the drought.

For the topic on Traffic, Bike and Pedestrian Traffic Safety in Altadena, Captain Steve Strull and Officers Mike Ulloa and Phil Copper from the CHP will be among the speakers.

Captain Vicki Stuckey and Lt. Rob Lewis from the Altadena Sheriff’s Station will also be part of this discussion which will tackle the rules of the road as far as safety is concerned.

Captain Stuckey and Stephanie English, Community Services Liaison at Division III of the Los Angeles County Fire Department will talk about the Fire Danger being early this year. The discussion will include fire laws, fireworks,

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Map Your Neighborhood Disaster Response Training in Altadena Set for May 15

Map Your Neighborhood Disaster Response Training in Altadena Set for May 15

Altadena CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) is hosting a Map your Neighborhood (MYN) Disaster Preparedness Workshop on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Altadena Town and Country Club.

The training will be conducted in cooperation with the Altadena Sheriff’s Department which promotes the MYN training to encourage all citizens to evaluate their disaster supplies and level of preparedness.

The training is informative and is expected to provide locally relevant information and basic disaster planning goals beneficial to every member of the community.

MYN training prepares community members to be able to respond to a disaster, which as opposed to an emergency is a situation where 911, the hotline, is overwhelmed and unable to answer or respond to calls for help.

In such a situation, individuals and neighborhoods need to be prepared and able to help themselves and each other medically and mentally for a length of time, from two weeks or longer. The training encourages them to take note of the level of water,

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Webster’s Community Pharmacy to Introduce WillowTree by Susan Lordi at Mother’s Day Tea

Webster’s Community Pharmacy to Introduce WillowTree by Susan Lordi at Mother’s Day Tea

Intoducing WillowTree by Susan Lordi, a collection of hand-painted sculptures at a Mother’s Day Tea. The event is open to the public. Everyone is invited to come to shop, sip, meet a distinguished representative from WillowTree and enter a drawing to win a beautiful artist-signed piece.

WillowTree by Susan Lori Introduction and Mother’s Day Tea will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Webster’s Community Pharmacy (2450 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena – Corner of N. Lake Avenue and Marcheta). The event features a gift with all WillowTree purchases of $25 or more. Drawing for artist-signed WillowTree figuring, a courtesy of WillowTree. Refreshments will be served.

The event is hosted by Meredith and Michael Miller.

Webster’s Community Pharmacy has been part of the Altadena landscape since 1926. Webster’s RX is a full-service prescription pharmacy that also carries medical supplies. Hard –to-find retro toys, gifts, greeting cards, jewelry and fashion accessories, and books also line the historic shelves.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund Seventh Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Scholarship Benefit

Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund Seventh Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show Scholarship Benefit

PACEF Board of Directors plan Hat-ti-tude & Diamonds luncheon and fashion show.

The Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund (PACEF) is having its Seventh Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show. Join PACEF on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pasadena Hilton Hotel. Tickets are $85/per person.

This year’s theme is Hat-ti-tude & Diamonds. The 2016 Benefit Co-Chairs, Yolanda Oliver and Nell Hollomand have planned a fabulously fun event with a delicious luncheon, exotic hats and accessories, engaging models, music, shopping and lots of camaraderie. Expect to see fashionable and distinctive hats and fascinators of all sizes and styles worn by the guests at this gathering. All guests who wear hats or fascinators will be eligible for special door prizes.

Taking center stage at the event will be a dynamic fashion show featuring classic fashions from MACY’s at South Lake Avenue, Chico’s at Paseo Colorado and WestLove LTD by Diane Shelton. The models are: Char Bland, Lolita Lopez, Ruthie Hopkins,

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Jane “Desdy” Kellogg Baggott, 90, Owner of Altadena Stables Has Passed Away

Jane “Desdy” Kellogg Baggott, 90, Owner of Altadena Stables Has Passed Away

[Editor’s note:  This story originally reported an incorrect birthdate for Desdy Kellogg. We offer our sincerest apologies to the family. That date has now been corrected.]

Jane “Desdy” Kellogg Baggott, owner of Altadena Stables, has passed away. She was 90.

On April 1, an entry on Altadena Stables’ Facebook page announced her passing on March 31, 2016.

“A sad day for Altadena Stables, Desdy Kellogg-Baggott, passed yesterday,” the post said. “Her compassion for others, incredible horsemanship, and artist skills, will be missed and never forgotten.”

Desdy Kellogg Baggott was born as Jane Catherine Jackson in La Jolla, California on November 6, 1926, to William and Helen Jackson. She once said of La Jolla, “I was born there so long ago that the most controversial issue in town was whether or not to remove the horse watering trough from the center of Girard Avenue.”

Janell Gruss, barn manager at Altadena Stables, said Desdy Baggott has been an accomplished horse woman most of her life.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

County Officials Will Act to Allay Residents Fears About 5-Mile Pipeline to be Dug Through Altadena

County Officials Will Act to Allay Residents Fears About 5-Mile Pipeline to be Dug Through Altadena

[Editor’s note: This article originally misstated the address for the Altadena Community Center. The correct address is 730 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena. ]

Los Angeles County officials are expected during a Tuesday evening public meeting at the Altadena Community Center to answer questions and address the concerns of Altadena residents about a planned 2018 construction of a five-mile long pipeline intended to bring much-needed water to local communities.

Officials will explain during today’s 7:30 p.m. meeting at the center, at 730 E. Altadena Drive, that the Stormwater Flood Management Project will divert excess flows from Devil’s Gate Dam and Reservoir to the Eaton Wash Spreading Grounds refilling an aquifer used by several local communities — including but not limited to Altadena — as a water supply source.

And, as of now, any environmental or aesthetic impact to the community is unclear, according to Keith Lilley of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Water Resources Division.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

New Parent Support Circle in Altadena

New Parent Support Circle in Altadena

The Village Family Support Services has launched a new Parent Support Circle in Altadena, now holding sessions every Wednesday at the Loma Alta Park at 3330 Lincoln Avenue.

The circle launched last March 23 and will go on until May 25, 2016. Sessions for the Altadena Parents Circle are from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Xochitl Palomera, Parent Support Circle Coordinator at The Village Family Services, says the project is an initiative to reduce isolation among parents and connect them to programs, free courses and events in Los Angeles county that will help support raising healthy children.

“Sometimes parents will encounter different challenges when raising their children,” Palomera says. “Sometimes it’s behavior challenges, or they have children with special needs, or they’re just financial struggles. Sometimes it’s hard to admit that you need help, that you need some type of support. So we at Parents Support Circle create a space where parents can come, feel safe to share their experiences and in that process of sharing,

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents Top Waterfall Hikes in the San Gabriel Valley with Laura Randall, Author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

Altadena Public Library Presents Top Waterfall Hikes in the San Gabriel Valley with Laura Randall, Author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

On Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library.

The San Gabriel Mountains offer dozens of waterfalls within easy reach: some are hidden and undiscovered, while others are busy all the time. Laura Randall, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles, has been exploring the trails that lead to them all year, many in the days following this winter’s El Nino storms. Join her as she talks about some of her favorite discoveries, which ones are best for beginner hikers and which ones will appeal to the more adventurous, and how she learned to stop worrying about crowds and embrace the camaraderie of a busy trail.

A native of suburban Philadelphia, Laura Randall lived in Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before moving to the Los Angeles area in 1999. Her byline can be found in a variety of newspapers and consumer magazines, including the Los Angeles Times,

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Altadena’s The Coffee Gallery Changes Owners, but the Gallery Backstage Stays On

Altadena’s The Coffee Gallery Changes Owners, but the Gallery Backstage Stays On

Altadena’s iconic Coffee Gallery on Lake Avenue has changed ownership after previous owner Julie Sandoval decided to move to another state and sell the building and the business. Bob Stane, who operates the entertainment venue at the back – The Coffee Gallery Backstage – is staying on.

The new owners of the Coffee Gallery are Jimmy and Irene Chen, who can often be seen on the premises.

Florante “Fly” Manglicmot, barista-turned-manager, said today the Chens are doing some renovation work which may take “a couple of months,” but after that, they’ll be relaunching with a new brand of coffee called Counter Culture, and lunch items will be expanded to feature made-to-order sandwiches, salads and daily soup specials.

Ice cream will be Fosselmans, Manglicmot said, and pastry offerings will be moved to an artisanal range.

Gallery Backstage proprietor Bob Stane said his venue will also benefit from some repainting and fixing up. Meantime, Stane expects to remain open to continue featuring his slate of eclectic music shows,

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Cameron Turner, Writer, Journalist, Public Speaker and Mentor, Dies

Cameron Turner, Writer, Journalist, Public Speaker and Mentor, Dies

Cameron Turner, well-known Altadena-based writer, journalist, broadcaster, and public speaker, has passed away.

A John Muir High School alumnus, Turner graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Communications degree, and went on to work with print, radio and television outlets in the greater Los Angeles area.

As a journalist, Turner wrote news, feature articles and opinion pieces for Pasadena Now and a variety of other print and online media including Top Agent, the Pasadena Journal, EURWeb.com and TheFix.com.

Turner was a commentator and news panelist on NBC 4 and wrote scripts and hosted radio programs for DMI Music and Media Solutions. He was a well-known public speaker and served as keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and panel moderator for several community organizations, civil agencies, schools and churches.

Turner also did a lot of volunteer work with the John Muir Alumni Association. From October 2013 up to his untimely death, Turner served as media specialist and mentoring programs coordinator for John Muir’s Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD).

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Snow Closes Mountain Roads

Snow Closes Mountain Roads

Two mountain highways were closed Monday morning due to snow at higher elevations.

The unplanned road closures were initiated at 7:30 a.m. and will continue while snow and
ice conditions persist.

The closed roads are:

Angeles Forest Highway, between Aliso Canyon Road and Angeles Crest Highway/SR2.
Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, between Angeles Forest Highway and Angeles Crest Highway/SR2.

Other roads could potentially be closed due to current winter weather conditions.

For current LA County road closure information, go to: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures

Steven Frasher
Public Relations Group
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
900 S. Fremont Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 458-3974 Mobile: (626) 262-2733
sfrasher@dpw.lacounty.gov

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents “It’s Worth Laughing!” with Sebastien Gendry

Altadena Public Library Presents “It’s Worth Laughing!” with Sebastien Gendry

Everybody knows that laughing feels good, but did you know that, used well, it can have far-reaching positive impacts on the body, mind and spirit? Come learn essential laughter tools and techniques to improve your health and overall wellbeing at the Altadena Library on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., with an international expert in the field.

“Laughter can’t heal or solve anything, but it can help to heal and dissolve everything” says Sebastien Gendry, the creator of Laughter Wellness, an interactive practice focused on developing a positive attitude and designed to improve physical, mental, emotional and especially social wellbeing and integration.

“It’s like a bumblebee. Aerodynamically, bees shouldn’t be able to fly, but they do. Likewise, who would have thought that something so easy and simple as laughing could have such far reaching positive impacts on our body, mind and spirit? And yet it does.”

Laughter Wellness is a new technology that offers a reliable,

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents Family Legacy Workshop with Linda Weaver Clarke

Altadena Public Library Presents Family Legacy Workshop with Linda Weaver Clarke

Come join the Altadena Library District and Linda Weaver Clarke on Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room, for a fun and informative Family Legacy workshop!

It’s important to teach children their heritage. Each of us has a story from our ancestors or even our own story to tell. It’s up to us to write these experiences down. Learn the most important elements of writing your family history, autobiography, and develop your writing skills. Find out how to get your books published, edited, and ready for print. Help your ancestors come alive on paper. Make your family legacy something your children will be proud of.

Linda Weaver Clarke, lecturer and author, flies throughout the United States presenting her workshop to libraries. She has traveled to seventeen states and presented over 500 workshops. Mary Jo Gohlke, Adult Programming for Stockton Library, wrote: “Ms Clarke appeals to genealogists and aspiring authors. I was terribly impressed! The people were genuinely attuned to what she presents.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents “The Joy of Designing with Nature” with Lisa Novick

Altadena Public Library Presents “The Joy of Designing with Nature” with Lisa Novick

Please join Altadena Public Library for a lively look at how Lisa Novick turned her suburban yard into a vibrant native plant habitat, on Saturday, March 5th from 1-3 p.m in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library. She will discuss the ins and outs of designing with native plants, and how to combine them with orchard trees or other edibles. She will share strategies and resources that will minimize the overwhelm of tackling your yard conversion. Come with your questions. Leave with possibilities.

After receiving a B.A. in philosophy from UCLA, Lisa Novick traveled a complex path that ultimately led her to working on behalf of the environment at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants, where she is Director of Outreach and, formerly, K-12 Education. Lisa’s interest has always been in trying to bridge the gap between what is and what ought to be, particularly in issues of deep ecology. Over the years, she gained experience in fundraising,

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Altadena Faces Imported Water Shutdown for Up to 17 Days

Altadena Faces Imported Water Shutdown for Up to 17 Days

A Metropolitan Water District treatment plant upgrade coupled with local pipeline construction are behind the planned total shutdown of water imports into Altadena for up to at least 17 days beginning February 23.

With no additional outside water flowing in, Altadenans will have to rely completely upon water reservoirs and groundwater wells for the two-weeks plus period.

All the water agencies involved have asked residents to curtail their water use to ensure supplies last and taps don’t run dry.

For those customers served by Las Flores Water Company, Lincoln Avenue Water Company and Rubio Cañon Land and Water Association, the shutdown of imported water shipments from the Metropolitan Water District will last from February 23 through March 10.

For those served by Pasadena Water and Power, the shutdown will last from February 25 through March 10. The PWP customers are not affected by the Altadena pipeline construction shutdown extension which affects only customers of the Altadena water companies served by the Foothill Municipal Water District.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Altadena Weather: Sunny. Windy. Warm. Repeat.

Altadena Weather: Sunny. Windy. Warm. Repeat.

An upper high pressure ridge is expected to amplify and build into California Sunday night and will bring sunny and warm weather over Altadena Monday, but this comes with strong and gusty winds near the foothills that could create driving hazards through next Saturday.

Monday’s highs will be near 89 degrees with northeast winds at five to 15 miles per hours, becoming east southeast in the afternoon. A Hazardous Weather Outlook from the National Weather Service says winds could gust as high as 20 mph Monday afternoon, even up to 60 to 65 mph in the windier locations in the mountains and foothills.

Monday’s lows will be around 57.

Tuesday will be sunny and could be the warmest day of the week with a high near 90 in the valleys and interior areas of Los Angeles county, as the upper high gets to its strongest across the region. Calmer winds from the south and southwest prevail and lows will be around 59.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

MonteCedro Senior Living Community Facility Holds Grand Opening

MonteCedro Senior Living Community Facility Holds Grand Opening

Story and Photography by ANI MIKAELIAN

The 186-apartment unit MonteCedro senior living community complex celebrated its grand opening Thursday in Altadena.

“We are so excited to be here and to be of service to this community,” MonteCedro’s Executive Director, David Weidert, said. “We are looking forward to being your partner, your patron, your volunteers, and most specially your neighbors.”

Built and operated by Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS), the facility, located at 2212 N. El Molino Avenue, is touted as a “luxury Life Plan Community situated on an idyllic eight-acre site in the foothills of Altadena.”

About 250 people are already signed up into move into the community by the end of 2016, ECS said. Eighty-six of the apartments are already occupied.

The grand opening kicked off with the Jack Lantz Big Band playing a wide collection of classics including “Moon River” and “Orange Colored Sky.”

“This building is much more than concrete and steel,” ECS President and Chief Executive Officer James Rothrock told the gathering.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Five Acres Announces Transitional Shelter Care (TSC) – A Pilot Program at the Residential Treatment Center in Altadena

Five Acres Announces Transitional Shelter Care (TSC) – A Pilot Program at the Residential Treatment Center in Altadena

Effective March 1, Five Acres will expand services by launching a new Transitional Shelter Care (TSC) program on their residential campus in Altadena.

This pilot program, administered through the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, will provide short-term care; up to 72 hours in most cases – for youngsters who are experiencing the trauma of being removed from their families, or who have suffered a placement disruption.

Five Acres’ program will serve girls age 6-14, with a priority to siblings to help keep them together. The girls will stay in the newly renovated TSC cottage, which can accommodate up to 15 residents at a time. Dedicated staff will provide direct care, crisis services, therapeutic interaction, supervision, and comfort during this difficult time in the lives of these young girls. Because children will only be with us for a short time, we anticipate serving hundreds of additional youngsters each year through this unique program.

There are approximately 20,000 boys and girls in Los Angeles County Foster Care,

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free Dental Care for Kids Age 6-18, Sign Up Today, Registration Ends Febuary 3rd

Free Dental Care for Kids Age 6-18, Sign Up Today, Registration Ends Febuary 3rd

Young and Healthy (Y&H) is sponsoring the USC Mobile Dental Clinic in Pasadena from February 5 – February 12, 2016. The clinic is offering free dental care for children/youth between the ages of 6-18 who live in Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre or South Pasadena.

Please review the attached flyer and forward to your neighbors. Space is limited!

For more information, contact Young and Healthy at (626) 795-5166 or visit

Young & Healthy, 1905 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, (626) 795-5166 or visit yhpasadena.org.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Do These Young Ladies Look Familiar? They’ve Been Found, But Their Owner Hasn’t

Do These Young Ladies Look Familiar? They’ve Been Found, But Their Owner Hasn’t

Marcia M. reports these dogs followed her husband and their dog into the patio of their BraeBurn Road home on the evening of January 10.

“We have tried in multiple ways to find the owners and no one has claimed them. So now we are working to find them a home,” Marcia reports.

These are spayed females about 3-4 years old. They are in good health and are very sweet and social. They love to cuddle and have belly rubs. They are now vaccinated and micro-chipped, she says.

“We are working in various ways to find homes for them including shameless asking of others walking in the streets of Altadena.  We are working to find a rescue group to take them. Many of these groups are full,” Marcia continues.

If you are the owner of these beautiful dogs or if you’d like to take them in, please email Altadena Now by using the “Contact Us Now” link at the left,

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents Therapy Dogs International’s “Talk Waggin’ Tutors” Program with Cedar and Cedar’s Handler Michelle

Altadena Public Library Presents Therapy Dogs International’s “Talk Waggin’ Tutors” Program with Cedar and Cedar’s Handler Michelle

Beginning Saturday, February 6th at 11:00 a.m. in the Children’s Room of the Main library, the Altadena Library District will begin its “Tail Waggin’ Tutors’ programming with Therapy Dogs International.

Therapy Dogs International’s “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to that won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read to them. The children learn to associate reading with being with the dog, and begin to view reading in a positive way. Over time, the child’s reading ability and confidence can improve because they are practicing their skills, which will make them enjoy reading even more.

Libraries have had great success by utilizing “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” as part of their Summer Reading Program or After-school Program. While the program was initially developed for struggling readers, even those who can already read well don’t want to pass up the chance to read to a Therapy Dog.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Altadena Heritage, L.A. County to Hold Park Needs Assessment Meeting Thursday

Altadena Heritage, L.A. County to Hold Park Needs Assessment Meeting Thursday

Altadena Heritage is facilitating a Park Needs Assessment meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Altadena Community Center. It is one of more than 160 such meetings set up all over Los Angeles County, in incorporated cities and unincorporated communities, to gather public input on needed park improvements.

Michele Zack, Chair of Altadena Heritage, said the private sector nonprofit was tapped by Altadena Town Council chair and Supervisor Antonovich’s field office to run Altadena’s Park Needs Assessment meeting, and heritage staff and volunteers were trained on how to go about the consultation process. Anne Chomyn from the Town Council is also on the meeting committee.

Zack said the discussion will help the County come up with a better strategy to improve facilities at public parks.

She also said that based on information from County officials, the Park Needs Assessment should lead to a ballot initiative about how funds for public park infrastructure should be prioritized, saying past initiatives failed because of the lack of public consultation.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Altadena Walmart Store on List of 269 Store Closures Announced Today

Altadena Walmart Store on List of 269 Store Closures Announced Today

Walmart announced today it is closing 269 underperforming stores, including the Altadena store at 2408 Lincoln Avenue. It will close January 28, according to a company press release.

The move comes as the retail giant eliminates 10,000 jobs as a result of the closures.

The Altadena store is one of 154 locations in the U.S. the company is closing, which includes 102 of its small-format stores, Walmart Express. Also covered in the closures are 23 of Walmart’s Neighborhood Markets, 12 Supercenters, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount centers and four Sam’s Clubs.

Walmart says the closures follow a thorough review of nearly 11,600 worldwide stores that looked at financial performance and strategic alignment with the company’s long-term plans. Outside the U.S., 115 stores are closing.

“Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “It’s important to remember that we’ll open well more than 300 stores around the world next year.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Residential No-Burn Alert Issued for Today

Residential No-Burn Alert Issued for Today

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective Wednesday, January 13, 2016, for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes Altadena.

SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces, both indoors and outdoors, is prohibited through midnight on Wednesday.

No-burn alerts are mandatory in order to protect public health due to a high concentration of fine particulate air pollution forecast for the area.

The no-burn prohibition also applies to manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. Particles in wood smoke – also known as fine particulate matter or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs and cause respiratory illnesses, increases in emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service are exempt from the requirement. Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not restricted.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Meredith M Establishes Community Alliance Partnership with Trained Dogs for Adoption

Meredith M Establishes Community Alliance Partnership with Trained Dogs for Adoption

Meredith M, announced today that is has established a community alliance partnership with Trained Dogs for Adoption.

Based in Altadena, Trained Dogs for Adoption (TDFA), an all-volunteer organization, was formed to fill a void in the Greater Southern California dog rescue community for hard to place German Shepherds. TDFA actively seeks out, trains and places these dogs in loving and qualified homes.

“We could not rescue, feed, provide vet care, train and shelter these amazing dogs that have been forsaken and in many cases, abused by their owners, without out the in-kind and financial support from businesses, friends and neighbors in Altadena. From animal shelters, to Girl Scout troops and other local non-profits, to members of the community who donate funds as well as their new and gently used clothes and household items for re-sale in our quarterly yard sales and local graphic designers and printers who donate their time and services to assist us in getting our jewelry ready for our annual Valentine’s Day and Christmas earring sales and to our local retail partner,

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Altadena Chamber of Commerce Names 2015 Citizen and Business of the Year

Altadena Chamber of Commerce Names 2015 Citizen and Business of the Year

The Altadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association (www.altadenachamber.org) has named its 2015 Citizen and Business of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year is Dr. Jane Brackman, President of the Altadena Historical Society and nationally-known scholar on the interaction of dogs and culture. The Business of the Year is Two Dragons Martial Arts, Shelene Hearring, CEO.

The honorees will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual installation event at the Altadena Town & Country Club on Feb. 5, 2016.

Citizen of the Year: Jane Brackman, Ph.D, President, Altadena Historical Society

As the one who guides the team that maintains Altadena’s attic, Citizen of the Year Jane Brackman came into preserving history in a roundabout way.

She’d always been interested in historic architecture. As an art education teacher, she created a high school course on the history of architecture. Later, she worked for the city of Chicago issuing film shooting permits when she met her husband, film and television director Rod Holcombe.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hiker Falls 90 Feet Off Cliff Near Eaton Canyon Falls Monday Morning

Hiker Falls 90 Feet Off Cliff Near Eaton Canyon Falls Monday Morning

Members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team rescued a hiker who fell about 90 feet off a cliff while hiking on the Eaton Canyon Falls trail about noon Monday.

Rescue personnel on board Engine 66 of the Los Angeles Fire Department also deployed to assist in the rescue.

Deputy Dan Paige of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Altadena station said the Department’s Air 5 rescue helicopter was on scene by 12:22 p.m. and was able to deploy paramedics near where the victim had fallen.

“The helicopter has dropped two paramedics down with the victim,” Paige said. “He is conscious and breathing. Two of our rescuers are also helping and we’re just waiting for the ground crews to hike in because they can’t hoist them out of the area.”

Paige said the canyon was too narrow for a helicopter to hoist the victim out, so ground crews had to move the victim out of the area before placing him on the helicopter. The victim was airlifted to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Has Anyone Seen Charlie?

Has Anyone Seen Charlie?

Farah Schureman writes: “Our little miniature poodle, Charlie, has been missing since 11 a.m. this morning. She was last seen by a neighbor corner of Athens Street and Santa Anita. She is wearing a red collar with no tag.  My phone number is  (626) 676-4366.”

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Shop, Sip and Sparkle for the Holidays Tonight

Shop, Sip and Sparkle for the Holidays Tonight

Everyone wants a little extra sparkle for the holidays. This year, sip a bubbly signature cocktail shop and treat yourself to a new-vintage fashion-forward accessory from ALUXE at Meredith M. This is the store’s fourth Shop, Sip and Socialize event and the first to include a live trunk show.

The ALUXE trunk show will feature a collection of new- vintage luxury accessories comprised of up-cycled items all made with forgotten treasures that are spotlighted and given a new life. Each piece is unique and special. Founder and creator, Anthony Guthmiller, will be in attendance. Guthmiller began ALUXE in 2013 after spending 12 years hand embroidering a quilt as a surprise for his mother. Upon its completion, he decided to apply hand embroidery to a tie and thus, ALUXE was born. Anthony continues to evolve the brand into unique and different areas including sparkling hair accessories, cufflinks, occasional furniture and more.

Finish up your holiday shopping at Meredith M, a trend-friendly women’s apparel and fashion accessories boutique with a selection of gifts and clothing for babies and toddlers.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

The Links Kick Off Holiday Season with Sold-Out Holiday Jazz Brunch

The Links Kick Off Holiday Season with Sold-Out Holiday Jazz Brunch

The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links, Incorporated helped kick off the 2015 Holiday Season with a rousing holiday jazz brunch “Christmas with the Links” on Sunday December 6, 2015 in Paseo Colorado’s Noor Ballroom.

The sold-out affair, which raised $30K, featured greetings by Chapter President, Yvonne Hill, followed by a warm welcome from event co-chairs Charmayne Mills-Ealy, Faye Davidson, and Dr. Karen Guinn Radley. Cheryl Myers, chapter Vice President gave a summary of the current initiatives along with highlighting its impact on the local community for the past 52 years.

After shopping several trendy local vendors, and noshing on the superb brunch, guests were enthralled by former chapter scholarship recipient, Morgan Duff Tucker. She gave a heartwarming speech where she recounted how the Links scholarship enabled her to have funds for her personal educational needs while attending and later graduating in 2013 from USC.

Links chapter members and guests attended from across the nation, with some in attendance from as far away as Houston,

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Missing: Pumpkin

Missing: Pumpkin

John writes to report his family cat, the beatiful Pumpkin pictured above, “got out on Thanksgiving Day, and we haven’t seen here since. We live in the Florecita Farms neighborhood north of Altadena Dr. and west of Lincoln.   If anyone has information, please call (626) 644-6257.”

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Santa Claus is Coming to Altadena on December 5

Santa Claus is Coming to Altadena on December 5

The Altadena Chamber Of Commerce is sponsoring the Annual North Lake Pole Holiday Fest at Lake & Mariposa on Saturday, December 5, from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., with most stores staying open late for shopping convenience. Downtown Altadena will be transformed into Santa’s North Pole complete with elves, caroling and Santa himself! Great local gift shopping, holiday fare and prize drawings will attract everyone in the community to this exciting event! To keep people in the shopping mood, some local restaurants, including El Patron, Gypsy Eats and Pizza Of Venice will be offering delicious menu items at street-side tables.

Santa’s Coming

Bring the whole family for a personal visit with Santa Claus! Santa will be at his North Lake Pole station at 3:15 for list making and picture taking.

Sing For Your Supper

This year, there will be a singing contest created by Altadena’s own Julian Shah-Tayler, The Singularity. Sing your heart out for a chance to win $100!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Dinner Offered at Pasadena Senior Center

Thanksgiving Dinner Offered at Pasadena Senior Center

The Pasadena Senior Center is offering a traditional turkey feast on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, as it continues the tradition this year in honoring Pasadena’s senior citizens.

Seniors and family and friends will sit comfortably at beautifully decorated tables for the Thanksgiving dinner at noon. Chef Vince is preparing a delicious meal including your favorites – roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salad, beverage and dessert.

PSC staff will do all the cooking and cleanup, and all you have to do is be there.

Prepaid reservations must be received at the PSC Welcome Desk no later than Monday, November 23rd.

The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members of all ages.

For more information, visit the PSC website, www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org, or call (626) 685-6724.

Founded in 1959, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent nonprofit agency that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and over in a friendly environment.  

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Do You Know Her?

Do You Know Her?

Julie G. writes to say she found this beautiful lass on November 20 at the corner of East Poppyfields Drive and Santa Anita Avenue. This young female black lab (mix?) was wearing a collar with a leash attached. If she is yours, please call or text (626) 841-0084.

 

 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nathan and Jessie Bring Back the Folk ‘N Swing

Nathan and Jessie Bring Back the Folk ‘N Swing

Nathan & Jessie, the gypsy, bluesy, jazzy, folky, California duo are dusting their boots off from their Mexico tour and making their way to Altadena for a performance at The Coffee Gallery Backstage accompanied by local music group The Honolulu Ave. Strummers, on Thursday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. Tickets at $10.

Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith, winners of Best Blues and Best Country of Temecula Valley 2014, are a fusion of jazzy folk and blues on two National Reso-Phonic guitars and accordion, with dynamic interplay between female and male vocals. Their trilingual performances are uplifting, fun, and with a message for people of all ages and cultures.

With honest songs of love, life, travel and stories to match, Nathan and Jessie’s upcoming performance at beloved music venue, The Coffee Gallery Backstage, guarantees to be an unforgettable night of music.

For more information, contact Jessie Smith at jessieandra@gmail.com or visit www.nathanandjessie.com.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage,

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Soroptimist Club Hosts Monte Carlo Night

Soroptimist Club Hosts Monte Carlo Night

A bit of Las Vegas came to Pasadena the evening of Friday, Nov. 13th, as the Altadena-Pasadena branch of Soroptimist International hosted its second annual Monte Carlo Night at the Women’s City Club.

Attendees enjoyed playing casino games—such as Roulette, Blackjack and Craps—for the chance to win raffle tickets. They also ate delicious food, served buffet style, including some delicious mushroom cornmeal canapés. Raffle items included dinner for two at a variety of local restaurants, retail gift certificates, and other treasures. Attendees bid for silent auction items that included Rose Parade tickets, Disneyland admission, tickets to the Pasadena Playhouse, fashionable handbags, and tickets to the Distinguished Speaker Series. A Wine Toss afforded the opportunity to win fine wines.

All in all, the Soroptimist Monte Carlo night was a great success and fun for all who attended. Club Co-President Margie Mason thanked the Monte Carlo Night Steering Committee, and remarked, “A special thanks goes to Jane Kolb who spearheaded the whole event from start to finish.” Co-President Phyllis Howard said to the members and guests,

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Altadena Town Council Expected to be Asked to Sign on to NBBA’s “Historic Corner: Historic Choices” White Paper

Altadena Town Council Expected to be Asked to Sign on to NBBA’s “Historic Corner: Historic Choices” White Paper

Altadena School and Civic Organizations Seek Town Council Participation in Effort to Improve Lake Avenue/Calaveras Building Plans

Neighbors Building a Better Altadena, together with Altadena Chamber of Commerce, Altadena Heritage, Altadena Historical Society, Eliot Arts Magnet’s PTA, School Site Council, and Principal said yesterday they will ask the Altadena Town Council to join them in signing a White Paper, “Historic Corner : Historic Choices,” that encourages a “better design for the building slated for construction on the northeast corner of Lake Avenue and Calaveras Street.”

Read the white paper here: LakeCalaverasWhitePaper v4.9

The construction site is located at the historic gateway to Altadena called Altadena Junction and is situated directly north of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School, designed by the renowned architects Sylvanus Marston and Edgar Maybury during the Depression era.

The signatories of the document are concerned that the Charles Company drawings have not been responsive to the community and are out of alignment with community visioning documents,

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Four Rose Queens Meet and Greet Public, Inaugurate Altadena Exhibit

Four Rose Queens Meet and Greet Public, Inaugurate Altadena Exhibit

The 2016 Rose Queen Erika Karen Winter and her court of six princesses will meet the public and inaugurate a new exhibit showcasing Altadena’s colorful history in the Rose Parade, at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Altadena Historical Society.

The Historical Society is at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, 91001. The event is free and open to everyone.

Also present will be Madison Triplett, the 2015 Queen; Ana Marie Acosta, 2014 Queen; and Kristina Smith, 1985 Queen, all from Altadena, and several current and former Princesses from Altadena.

“The queens and princesses will form a receiving line after the 3 p.m. program, for photos and congratulations from the public,” said AHS President Jane Brackman.

The exhibit, “Altadena in the Rose Parade,” will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. It features numerous vintage photos and articles about Altadenans’ key role in evolving the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl football game into international fame.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Welcomes the Holidays at its 5th Annual Holiday Open House

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Welcomes the Holidays at its 5th Annual Holiday Open House

Webster’s Community Pharmacy announced today that it will be hosting its 5th Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

In honor of the upcoming Holidays on Saturday, November 21, Webster’s Community Pharmacy will offer a special promotion for its customers. Customers who make a gift purchase will receive a 20% discount on their entire purchase, special presents and complimentary gift wrapping. All guests in attendance will be eligible to enter a drawing to win Holiday gift baskets. As an added bonus, our guests will have the chance to meet Michael Barnes, Webster’s design and display expert, to learn some special Holiday design tips and tricks. Savory snacks and holiday cheer will be served. The event is open to everyone!

“From the elegant “Frosted Sparkle” tree filled with crystal, shimmering and glistening ornaments and garlands, to the more traditional jewel tone and gold “Oh Holy Night Nativity” tree that is decorated with traditional symbols of Christmas – crosses,

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Meredith M to Host 2nd Annual Holiday Open House

Meredith M to Host 2nd Annual Holiday Open House

Meredith M announced today that it will be hosting its 2nd Annual Holiday Open House next Saturday, November 21, 2014 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, November 21, Meredith M will offer special promotions for its customers. Customers who make a purchase will receive a 20% discount on their entire purchase, special presents and free gift wrapping. As an added bonus, our guests will have the chance to preview Holiday 2015 Fashions. Desserts and holiday cheer will be served. The event is open to everyone!

“We are delighted to offer our customers a collection of Holiday party attire that is trend-friendly, versatile and affordable. Many of the designs in our Holiday 2015 Collection are the perfect complement to accessories already found in one’s closet such as a strappy sandal or a great pair of boots and can easily be worn as part of an outfit that seamlessly transitions from day to evening. With only a few minor adjustments such as the addition of a sparkly sweater,

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Spruce Up Your Garden with Some Native Plants

Spruce Up Your Garden with Some Native Plants

The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) will host its annual native plant sale on Saturday, November 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive, in Pasadena.

With the state of California experiencing one of the worst droughts in history, now is the time to add drought tolerant, yet beautiful, California native plants to your garden. A large variety of well-priced and unusual California native plants and wildflower seeds will be available at the CNPS plant sale at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Appropriate for gardens in the Los Angeles Basin, these beautiful native plants provide good habitat, and are attractive to birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Knowledgeable chapter members will be on hand to answer questions and offer recommendations. CNPS members receive a discount; memberships are available at the sale. For more information please visit www.cnps-sgm.org.

The assortment of natives meet the needs of those with large open spaces,

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Monday, November 2, 2015

This Holiday Season “Celebrate Christmas with the Links”

This Holiday Season “Celebrate Christmas with the Links”

On Sunday December 6, 2015 The Pasadena¬-Altadena Chapter of the Links Incorporated will host Christmas with The Links, a holiday jazz affair being held at the Noor Ballroom in Pasadena from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Christmas with The Links is a perfect prelude to a fun and magical holiday season—complete with savory brunch cuisine, lively jazz music, and a ‘vendors lane’ featuring exquisite boutique items. The festivities feature powerhouse jazz tunes from Roscoe Owens and The Jazz Trio. Guests are in for a real treat – an afternoon of good food, music, dancing and holiday cheer.

For over 50 years, The Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, has served our communities by offering resources to empower adults and children, providing tutoring and mentoring programs for youth and encouraging civic involvement. The chapter has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to deserving high school students in the Pasadena Unified School District. Proceeds from this year’s highly anticipated holiday affair will benefit the chapter’s Links-Up for Success: Connecting through Mentoring program,

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Altadena Library District in Conjunction with the Rotary Club of Altadena Hosts An Afternoon with Danny’s Farm

Altadena Library District in Conjunction with the Rotary Club of Altadena Hosts An Afternoon with Danny’s Farm

Thursday, November 12th, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Altadena Library, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Altadena, will host Danny’s Farm, a special petting zoo founded by former Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher and current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Jim Gott and his wife Cathy in 2007, in honor of their son Danny, who is diagnosed with Autism. As a child, Danny was drawn to farm animals and out of his continued affinity to them, Danny’s Farm was formed. The farm is based at Cal Poly Pomona, but because of the generosity of the Rotary Club of Altadena, you and your family can have this experience right here in your own Altadena backyard!

Danny’s Farm offers a safe and nurturing petting farm and social environment for all children and adults including those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

This program is being generously sponsored by the Rotary Club of Altadena!

The Rotary Club of Altadena,

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

MonteCedro Embraces Sustainability in New Development

MonteCedro Embraces Sustainability in New Development

New senior living community set to open December 2015

There is a new community under development in southern California that offers cutting edge design to minimize the impact on the environment, both at the neighborhood and regional level. MonteCedro, a new nonprofit continuing care retirement community, is expected to welcome its first residents in December 2015.

The senior living community is part of the Episcopal Communities & Services family of organizations, and soon to be home to more than 250 residents. Designed by international design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman, MonteCedro has enveloped sustainable design features in its construction, including a state-of-the-art irrigation control system that utilizes rain-sensors, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, and use of low-VOC paints, wall coverings and adhesives.

Additionally, the contractor for the community, DPR Construction, is utilizing dust minimization and equipment emission controls throughout the construction period to minimize impact on neighbors and the larger environment.

“MonteCedro is the first new continuing care retirement community to be built in the greater Pasadena area in 30 years,” says Martha Tamburrano,

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MonteCedro Welcomes Applicants to Job Fair

MonteCedro Welcomes Applicants to Job Fair

Applications for employment will be accepted during several job fairs scheduled in October and November for MonteCedro, a new nonprofit continuing care retirement community expected to welcome its first residents in December 2015.

The senior living community is looking for individuals with great customer service skills and experience working with older adults or in a hospitality setting. Positions available include administrative and clerical, life enrichment activities, residential health services, environmental services and dining services.

Job fairs are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:

• Friday, Oct. 16, Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena
• Wednesday, Oct. 21, California State University, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles
• Wednesday, Nov. 4, Rose City Church, 1801 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena. Note: This job fair ends at 1:30 p.m.

MonteCedro is part of the Episcopal Communities & Services family of organizations and provides employees with a wealth of opportunities to enhance the lives of its residents.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Altadena’s First Best Fest Was a Hit

Altadena’s First Best Fest Was a Hit

Video and Story by MONICA TERADA | Click headline to see video

“Are you ready?” said Gerry O’Rourke, as he prepped his T-Shirt Canon for blast off.

“Three, two, one…”

Rourke’s canon shot out several t-shirts this Saturday morning at the Altadena Best Fest and was the hit attraction amongst kids.

“It’s so cool. I really want one in my bedroom,” said Scott Jameson, dripping in sweat from having run around trying to catch one of the shirts.

The festival took place on Mariposa St., where a section was blocked off from traffic, and several stands, food trucks, and even vintage trailers and campers came out for the “beautiful day,” as pointed out Johnny Agnew from Funky Junk Farms.

Agnew was one of the vintage trailers and campers exhibitors. According to him, it was a “great crowd” and he was “glad to be a part of it.”

The trailers ranged from big to small,

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Friday, October 2, 2015

The Best of the Best: Best Fest Takes to the Streets

The Best of the Best: Best Fest Takes to the Streets

You don’t have to be a millionaire to experience the best Altadena has to offer. This year’s Best Fest offers a sampling of the town’s very top art, food, music and retailers. The festival expanded from the grounds of the Altadena library and has now taken to the streets.

“It was only artists initially. It was just an art fair and it was only artists. And then we had a food booth. And then we added a few community things. So we just ran out of space,” said Dale Lacasella, a festival organizer. “Last year we had 45 booths and it was just too crowded. So we decided to take it to the street.”

This year Best Fest has over 90 vendors, live music and activities for all ages.

Best Fest grew out of an annual art show on Mariposa Street and now includes everything from vintage cars to pet adoptions and live music. The art show, formerly called Art on Millionaire’s Row,

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Big Draw LA offers Art Opportunities in Altadena and Pasadena

Big Draw LA offers Art Opportunities in Altadena and Pasadena

The Big Draw LA, a regional celebration of the art of drawing that has been attracting tens of thousands of Angelenos since 2010, will be held in Pasadena and Altadena this weekend.

On Saturday, October 3, the first of three Big Draw LA events in the area will occur as part of Altadena Best Fest from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mariposa St. between El Molino and Marengo avenues. Entire familes may take part in group drawing or painting projects, created on a long scroll that can be folded up into a book-box The activitiy will be sponsored by the Urban Crop Circle.

BestFest is an annual festival that benefits the Altadena Library Foundation.

The next Big Draw event will be held on October 17th, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Pasadena’s Memorial Park on Holly Street and Raymond Avenue. San Gabriel Valley Pride is sponsoring the event as part of the SGVP Festival that will also feature a classic car show,

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Daring Rescue of Dog Nets PETA Award for First Responders

Daring Rescue of Dog Nets PETA Award for First Responders

Dog Who Fell 600 Feet Prompts PETA Call for Warning Signs at Cliffside

PETA’s Compassionate Action Award and Compassionate Police Department Award are on their way, respectively, to the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department–Altadena Station after they rushed to the aid of a dog named Angel, who plummeted 600 feet down a cliff while on an unleashed run with his guardian. After two hours of searching, first responders found the frightened dog, who was stranded, and were able to whisk him to safety with the help of a specially made harness. Angel sustained only a minor scratch on his nose and was reunited with his guardian.

“Thanks to the persistence of these courageous first responders, this dog is safe and recovering at home,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes their determination will inspire others to come to the aid of animals in need.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—reminds all dog guardians to keep their animal companions near them on walks with a leash and a comfortable,

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Volunteers Needed As First Altadena Bestfest Approaches

Volunteers Needed As First Altadena Bestfest Approaches

Organizers of Altadena’s first BestFest are calling for volunteers to help set up the site, coordinate with vendors, monitor the restricted parking area and lead children’s activities as the street festival-style community event approaches.

BestFest will occur on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., along the stretch of Mariposa Avenue that runs from El Molino to Santa Anita Avenue in Altadena.

Set-up volunteers will assist the site coordinator and party rental company employees in setting up tables, chairs and tents. Set-up staff must be able to do some heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds. Set-up volunteers will be working from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on October 3rd.

Site coordinator assistants will assist the Site Coordinator as needed, walk around and check on vendors and distribute information to booths and guests. They will be working in two-to three-hour shifts from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Take-down volunteers will assist the Site Coordinator along with party rental company employees to take down their equipment and must be able to do some heavy lifting.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Problems at Huntington Hospital May Extend Far Beyond Reported Superbug Outbreak in Scope Patients

Federal health inspectors effectively stopped over 30 unstarted surgeries from proceeding at Huntington Memorial Hospital last Tuesday after they reportedly discovered numerous violations of proper sterilization procedures during a surprise audit, current and former Operating Room nurses allege.

Steve Ralph, President and CEO of Huntington Memorial, released a statement last week confirming that federal auditors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were in the hospital and that “elective surgeries were temporarily halted Monday evening and resumed Tuesday.”

Ralph gave no specific explanation for stopping the surgeries other than to say that “as with any audit, business as usual can be disrupted.”

CMS officials would not discuss Huntington Hospital, citing department policies.

Huntington Hospital’s Manager of Public Relations and Media Derek Clark did not respond to two emails and three phone calls seeking comment on the nurses’ version of last week’s events.

The shutdown of all 17 operating rooms at once is said to be unprecedented at Huntington Hospital.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Animal Guys Come to Eaton Canyon for Twilight Nights

The Animal Guys Come to Eaton Canyon for Twilight Nights

On Saturday, August 29, at 7:00 p.m. come meet a Porcupine, Grey and Red Foxes, Red Tail Hawk, snakes and other surprise animal guests at the Cynthia Null Outdoor Classroom at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

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, the Animal Guys are striving to make learning about wildlife biology an exciting experience, and inspiring children to develop a deep interest in the natural sciences.

The program is open to all ages. A $3.00/person donation is requested. Children under two are free.
The Eaton Canyon Nature Center is located at 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena. For more information call (626) 398-5420 or visit www.ecna.org.

 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Altadena Station’s Crime Blotter for the Week of August 16, 2015

Altadena Station’s Crime Blotter for the Week of August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16th

8:30 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon (knife) occurred in the 2000 block of Lovila Lane.  The suspect has been identified as the victim’s ex-boyfriend and has been arrested on the indicated charge.

9:00 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon (knife) occurred in the 200 block of Ventura Street.  The victim and suspect were involved in a verbal altercation and the suspect challenged him to a fight.  Both parties were involved in a physical altercation which resulted in the victim receiving an injury to the forearm.  An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect.

Monday, August 17th

4:00 PM – Wilbert McElroy, 55 years old of Altadena, was arrested at Walmart, 2408 Lincoln Avenue for shoplifting.

Tuesday, August 18th

8:26 AM – Adrienne Jackson, 56 years old of Pasadena, was arrested in the area of Tremont Street and Raymond Avenue for possession of drug paraphernalia.

12:15 PM – Martin Ronquillo,

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Altadena Public Library Celebrates Free Library Card Sign-up Month For September

Altadena Public Library Celebrates Free Library Card Sign-up Month For September

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Altadena Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at the Altadena Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

Today’s libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where students can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or just relax with peers. Our library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources, including Brainfuse, Khan Academy and EBSCOhost which contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues,

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Altadena Sheriff’s Station offers Package Theft and Vehicle Burglary prevention Tips

Altadena Sheriff’s Station offers Package Theft and Vehicle Burglary prevention Tips

Package Theft Prevention Tips

If you have ever ordered items online chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries DO NOT require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is home to accept them. These packages, which quickly catch the eye of potential thieves, offer criminals that ‘Crime of Opportunity” they are looking for. Thieves looking to steal your packages will follow or watch for UPS, Fed Ex, US Mail, and other delivery service trucks so they can target your home after the parcels are delivered. Below are some “Package Theft Prevention Tips” for you to use which will help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this crime.

If Possible:

·         Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.

·         Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

County Fire Chief Urges Extreme Caution as Foothills Enter Fall Fire Season

County Fire Chief Urges Extreme Caution as Foothills Enter Fall Fire Season

Los Angeles County Fire Chief is circulating a letter to all county residents to advise them to prepare for the upcoming fall fire season.

“You play a vital role in protecting your life, the lives of your loved ones, and property,” County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby writes. “Through advance planning and preparation, we can all be ready for the next wildfire.”

Osby is warning that the combined effects of years of drought, high temperatures, low humidity and dry Santa Ana winds have the potential to cause devastating consequences during the fall fire season.

“Southern California continues to be one of the most desirable places on earth to live. However, many challenges, including longer and warmer summers, fast-moving powerful storms, and an on-going drought continue to challenge our ability to live safely in the wildland-urban interface areas of Los Angeles County,” Osby writes in the message.

He further warns that as the numerous fires that have impacted Northern California have proven,

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Altadena Station’s Crime Blotter for the Week of August 9, 2015

Altadena Station’s Crime Blotter for the Week of August 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9th

4:45 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3000 block of Lincoln Avenue.  Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window.  Property Stolen:  black bag.

5:15 PM – Huzafah Collins, 24 years old of Victorville, was arrested in the area of Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue for violating a domestic violence restraining order.

Monday, August 10th

2:04 AM – Tyree Phillips, 19 years old of Pasadena, and Francis Zuniga, 18 years old of Altadena, were arrested at Charles White Park for violation of park hours.

9:00 AM – A residential vandalism occurred in the 900 block of Kent Street.  Suspect(s) shattered the front door glass pane with an unknown object.

Tuesday, August 11th

6:45 AM – A mail theft incident occurred in the 2700 block of New York Drive.  Property Stolen: mail from outgoing box.

5:25 PM – Jose Cuellar, 35 years old of Pasadena,

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Cafe de Leche Opening in Altadena

Cafe de Leche Opening in Altadena

Altadena is going to be the new home to Café de Leche, in the 2400 block of Lake Avenue. You may have tried their location already open in Highland Park.

They serve Stumptown Coffee for all of your caffeinated needs. They also have some amazing house espresso. Hot outside? Order some refreshing iced coffee. If you are not a coffee lover still try it out; they have some fantastic teas.

Café de Leche will also carry some delicious pastries as well as some yummy tamales and scrumptious bagels.

Seating is plentiful so it would be a great spot for a morning work meeting or some chat time with the gals.

If you love coffee and part of your morning routine is going out to get a great cup of joe then try Café de Leche out as the new way you start your day.

Check them out at www.cafedeleche.net; we’ll keep an eye out for their grand opening.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Altadena Station’s Crime Blotter for the week of August 2, 2015

Altadena Station’s Crime Blotter for the week of August 2, 2015

(Sunday) August 2, 2015

9:00 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 4000 block of Chaney Trail.  Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the front driver side window.  Property Stolen:  black wallet, credit cards, currency.

5:40 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 2500 block of N. El Molino Avenue.  Suspect Ovik Kagramyan, 56 years old of Altadena, was arrested for punching and attempting to stab the victim.  Involved parties know each other as they both live at the residence, which is a board and care facility.

(Monday) August 3, 2015

3:13 PM –  David Hardy, 20 years old of San Gabriel, Devin Leagons, 18 years old of Pasadena, and Robert Leagons, 18 years old of Altadena were arrested for residential burglary in the 1100 block of E. Calaveras Street.  Suspects entered the residence by removing the window screens.  No items were stolen.

8:40 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred at 24 Hr. Fitness, 2180 N.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

McDonald’s Disturbance Leads to Fight With Deputies

McDonald’s Disturbance Leads to Fight With Deputies

The Altadena Sheriff’s Station responded Thursday night to a disturbance reported at a McDonald’s store listed at 2157 Lincoln Ave, Altadena and arrested a 25-year-old female for misdemeanor.

Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Paige said staff at the McDonald’s called the sheriff’s station at least twice as the suspect, who came with other persons, was arguing loudly with the counter staff. The cause of the argument was not mentioned. Eventually, the argument led to a scuffle.

“There was a call for service. They were women, at least two of them. It was a disturbance that spilled out into the street,” Paige said. “When the deputies went to go and contact them, a fight ensued. The person was booked on battery of a police officer and they were taken to the hospital for medical clearance before they were booked.”

Paige said when deputies responded and arrived at the scene, the 25-year-old black woman continued shouting and yelling. The cause of the argument has not been determined.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

County Receives $6.4 Million Grant to Combat Fraud

County Receives $6.4 Million Grant to Combat Fraud

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $6.4 million grant – the largest in the state – to be used in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving workers’ compensation fraud.

The California Department of Insurance announced the grant as part of a $34.95 million fund allocation for anti-fraud programs being pursued by 37 district attorney offices representing 42 counties in the state.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said the grants are crucial to the campaign to effectively enforce the law for the benefit of workers throughout the state.

“The impact of fraud is felt across California as a drain on our economy. These grants

will assist district attorneys across the state in uncovering workers’ compensation fraud schemes and prosecuting those who take advantage of the system,” Jones said.

The Insurance Commission says workers’ compensation insurance fraud includes medical provider fraud, employer premium fraud, employer defrauding employee, insider fraud, claimant fraud, and the willfully uninsured operating within the underground economy.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

ALTADENA NAACP ACT- SO Olympics of the Mind

ALTADENA NAACP ACT- SO Olympics of the Mind

The Altadena Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has won three medals in the Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) 38th Annual Competition in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on July 12th, 2015.

Often called the “Olympics of the Mind,”ACT-SO, a National Youth Initiative of the NAACP, is a yearlong enrichment program sponsored by branches of the NAACP in various communities throughout the nation. The Olympics is designed to stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and artistic achievement, and cultural awareness among ninth- through 12th- grade high school students.

Each ACT-SO Olympian awarded a gold medal at the local competitive level qualifies to compete in the national finals. The national finals are held each summer in conjunction with the NAACP National Convention. This year, the competition was held in Philadelphia.

The Altadena NAACP has competed in each national competition since 1997 and has won 33 National Medals from bronze to gold during that period. This year,

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tofu! Tiffani!  Toby!  Dorothy! Meet Our Friendly Pets of the Week

Tofu! Tiffani! Toby! Dorothy! Meet Our Friendly Pets of the Week

This week, we introduce you to four pets up for adoption now at the Pasadena Humane Society. See a friendly face you want to bring home? Call (626) 792-7151 with the ID number.

Tofu (A380991) is a sweet eight-year-old Chihuahua and Parson Jack Russell Terrier mix. He is a calm, affectionate, easy going senior who loves sitting in laps and and going for walks. Tofu has been out on our mobile unit where he was loved by all! Tofu also qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors program which waives the adoption fee for adopters age 60 and up. The mandatory microchip fee of $20 still applies. Tofu’s regular adoption fee is $125, including the spay surgery, microchip and a set of vaccines.

 

Meet gorgeous Tiffani (A381086)! She is a two-year-old petite tortie. You will often find her on top of the perch greeting visitors in the cattery. Tiffani loves attention, face rubs, and playtime. She is a very social and confident feline that would do great in loving forever home.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Found Mother and Son — Do You Recognize Them?

Found Mother and Son — Do You Recognize Them?

Joshua reports that “This mother son pair wandered into the yard this morning. Anybody recognize them? They were found on West Marigold just west of Olive. Please contact 213.305.5817

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Free Concerts in the Park Presents Mighty Burnt Bacon at Farnsworth Park This Saturday

Free Concerts in the Park Presents Mighty Burnt Bacon at Farnsworth Park This Saturday

What has 4 horns, 20 legs and makes a sizzling sound?

The MIGHTY Burnt Bacon are a 10-piece 60s style, soul band from North Hollywood whose mission is to bring the magic and the music of the 1960’s to a brand new generation of fans and this Saturday, August 1 they’ll be playing their hearts out at Farnsworth Park.

The band is a fun, high energy ensemble that features the unique power and passion of a “woman dominant” lineup. So be sure to bring your smiling faces and your dancing shoes, because if this band can’t get you dancing – you aren’t alive!

The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Farnsworth Park Amphitheater, 586 Mount Curve Ave. Bring a picnic, or enjoy tacos from El Patron Mexican Restaurant or beer and wine from the Altadena Rotary Club. Admission is free.

The event is brought to you by the Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena.

 

 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

“Cowboy” Is — Missing Have You Seen Him?

“Cowboy” Is — Missing Have You Seen Him?

Sarah reports her short hair orange cat called “Cowboy” has gone missing in the neighborhood near New York Drive and Catalina Avenue.

If you have seen him, please call her immediately at (626) 372-5622.

 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Club Where Every Day is Mother’s Day

A Club Where Every Day is Mother’s Day

It’s summertime, and nobody needs more support than Mom, with kids (of all ages) knocking (or crawling) about the house.

Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or managing a part-time/full-time career, the MOMS Club of Altadena would like you to know they are here to support your journey through motherhood.

The MOMS Club of Altadena is a chapter of MOMS Club ® International. The name stands for Moms Offering Moms Support. We provide many activities for our members such as:

• Weekly Playgroups
• Monthly Family Outings
• Monthly All Member Meetings
• Monthly Moms Nights Out
• Weekly Altadena Farmer’s Market Picnics
• Biweekly Fitness Club
• Movie Club
• Support for families of newborns
• Charity Events
and much more!

“All of our monthly all-member meetings are held at the Altadena Public Library and are open to the public. They are a fantastic place for moms and children to meet while we go over club business,”

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Darcy! Midnight! Huck! Dot!  Meet Our Pets of the Week

Darcy! Midnight! Huck! Dot! Meet Our Pets of the Week

 

This week, we introduce you to four pets up for adoption now at the Pasadena Humane Society. See a friendly face you want to bring home? Call (626) 792-7151 with the ID number.

Darcy (A380612) is a 7-year-old, spayed Labrador retriever mix. This friendly girl enjoys the company of adults and children. She walks well on leash alongside small and large dogs. She knows her “sit” command. Darcy has been a regular on our Mobile Unit and is quickly becoming a volunteer favorite. Her adoption fee is $125, including the spay surgery, microchip and a set of vaccines. She also qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors Program where we waive the adoption fee for adopters 60 and older when adopting a pet 5 or older.

 

 

Midnight (A379903) is a 10-week-old, neutered male kitten. This adorable guy is all black and will likely have a medium legth hair coat. Midnight is an active young kitten who loves to play with toys.  

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Funeral Mass on Saturday for Bernard “Bun” Johnson

Funeral Mass on Saturday for Bernard “Bun” Johnson

A funeral mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Church on Saturday for World War II veteran and retired investment counselor Bernard “Bun” James Johnson who passed away on Friday, July 10th, at age 91.

Johnson, whom friends affectionately called Bun, was born May 19th, 1924 in Hawarden, Iowa, to Oscar C. Johnson and Bertice Eva Thompson Johnson.

He attended elementary and high school in Falls City, Nebraska. It was in Falls City that Johnson began his first successful business as a concessionaire for his father’s movie theaters.

He received his BA in Business Administration from UCLA and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

During World War II, Johnson served as a frontline infantry man and artillery scout with Company H, 78th Division, U.S. Army. His unit, the “Lightning Division,” fought in the most decisive battles of the war, among them The Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Ardennes, Belgium; Battle of Kesternich at the Siegfried Line and The Battle on the Remagen Bridge where he was among the first to cross the bridge.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday, Come by and Taste a Bit of Altadena History at the MacKenzie Ranchito

Sunday, Come by and Taste a Bit of Altadena History at the MacKenzie Ranchito

After the end of World War II and with the selling off and sub-dividing of many old-time ranches, Altadena’s west side quickly became home to the ranchito, a residence sited on a parcel of land usually between 1/3 and 2 acres, which retained its residential/agricultural zoning.

Long before today’s urban farming trend, Altadenans were growing gardens and orchards and raising livestock, especially horses, on these ‘mini-ranches.’ California’s only indigenous architectural style, the ranch home, grew in popularity as the home of choice for these ranchitos.

Today, many ranchitos still exist in Altadena, where the permanent horse population hovers around 200 or so equines along with hundreds of chickens and several goats. Though once a common site, especially west of Lincoln Avenue from the mountains south to Woodbury, many ranchitos have been lost over the years to fire, neglect and the changing demographics of a population who seems to value large scale homes filling out much of the parcel’s footprint.

Despite this trend,

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Brutus! Chloe! Loomis! Jake! Meet Our Pets of the Week

Brutus! Chloe! Loomis! Jake! Meet Our Pets of the Week

This week, we introduce you to four pets up for adoption now at the Pasadena Humane Society. See a friendly face you want to bring home? Call (626) 792-7151 with the ID number.

 

 

Brutus (A376853) is a 2-year-old, neutered pit bull. This handsome guy walks well on leash and loves going to the park with volunteers. He also enjoys playing with toys. Brutus is learning some basic commands and would love to find a home where he can continue his training. His adoption fee is $125, including the neuter surgery, microchip and a set of vaccines.

 

 

 

Chloe (A365275) is a 3-year-old, spayed shorthair cat. She is incredibly affectionate with people and enjoys the company of other cats. Chloe lives in one of our communal cat rooms, where you can often find her sitting on the perch people watching. This sweet girl is already spayed, microchipped and vaccinated.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Altadena Chamber Awards Wullschlager Scholarships to Madeleine Lepesant and Bryson Moore

Altadena Chamber Awards Wullschlager Scholarships to Madeleine Lepesant and Bryson Moore

Article and Photography by LAURA MONTEROS

Pasadena Unified School District graduates Bryson Moore and Madeleine Lepesant received $1,000 scholarships from the Marion Lee Wullschlager scholarship fund on Tuesday morning. The awards were presented by Altadena Chamber of Commerce president Meredith Miller and board member Billy Malone.

The Wullschlager scholarship is given to two graduating senior students who attended PUSD schools and live in Altadena. For the past two years, the Chamber has worked with Dr. Sandra E. Thomas, CEO of Quality of Life Center to choose students from the Bright Future Scholars program.

Wullschlager’s daughter, Kathryn Wullschlager, spoke about her mother’s involvement in the public schools and the community. She said her mother would be “honored and proud” that after a hiatus, the scholarship program was restarted last year.

“I know it was meaningful to Mom,” she said. “She was always involved in the schools, since I was in kindergarten.” Marion, a real estate broker, had intended to start a music foundation to help keep music in PUSD schools,

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Urgent Missing: Guinness the Cat, Have You Seen Him?

Urgent Missing: Guinness the Cat, Have You Seen Him?

Guinness has gone missing on El Molino near Mariposa and the neighbors are àll sad. He is all black, was wearing an ID collar and very friendly.

Please call 213-923-0829 with any information.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Child Bitten by Rattlesnake at Day Camp in Hahamongna Park

Child Bitten by Rattlesnake at Day Camp in Hahamongna Park

A young girl of less than 10 years of age was bitten by a rattlesnake at a day camp in Hahamongna Park Mondays afternoon shortly about 3:15 p.m. and is expected to “recover fully.”

Pasadena Fire Department spokesperson Lisa Derderian said the day camp’s counselors called 911 immediately and handled the situation well. Paramedics arrived on scene within minutes.

“She was transported to a local hospital and is in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery,” Derderian said. “The camp personnel handled it just as they should. They’re a reputable organization that had been there for years.”

Derderian said she believes the snake itself was captured.

Recent hot, dry weather has resulted in an increase rattlesnake sightings.

Derderian urged residents to be careful when outdoors.

“It’s a misconception that people assume that they’re going to hear the rattle and in majority of cases, you might not hear a rattle,” she said.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July Parade in Pepper Drive Neighborhood Thrives Year After Year

Fourth of July Parade in Pepper Drive Neighborhood Thrives Year After Year

Pepper Drive is going to be lively and colorful again this Fourth of July, when residents put on what they say is Altadena’s longest “and possibly oldest” neighborhood Independence Day parade in town.

“We think the parade began a year or two before 1958, the earliest that any of our neighbors can recall,” says Monica Hubbard, a Pepper Drive resident and regular parade goer.

Since then, it has become a yearly informal activity where people just show up before 10 a.m. on July 4 in varying degrees of festive holiday attire, bringing their children, dogs, horses, bikes and strollers — whatever that can be decorated with the red-white-and-blue.

It’s the kind of neighborhood parade where more people are in the parade instead of watching on the side of the street and cheering participants on.

When the parade starts, it’s mostly kids on bikes at the head, followed in some years by a really small parade band “a tuba player,

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday Afternoon is “Save Power Day!” in Altadena

Wednesday Afternoon is “Save Power Day!” in Altadena

It’s Save Power Day Wednesday in Altadena, which means that if you use less energy than you normally do between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., you can earn credits of up to $100 a year on your power bill.

Under Southern California Edison’s “Save Power Day” program, residential customers in Altadena can earn 75 cents per kilowatt hour of conserved energy between 2 and 6 p.m. on designated days, like this Wednesday is.

The prevailing heat usually drives overall power use to high levels in the afternoon, but if you can use some common-sense power saving tools – like keeping doors and windows closed when the air-conditioning is on, turning up your thermostat about four to six degrees, or not running the dryer – you could get the rebate.

SCE calls Save Power days about 12 times a year only on non-holiday weekdays. Residential customers need to enroll in the program so that utility could send them alerts before a Save Power Day is called.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Wonderful Older Cat Faces Eviction, And You Can Help

Wonderful Older Cat Faces Eviction, And You Can Help

A note from Linda brings this gentle cat to our attention: “We have a sweet little guy who needs help. He’s an older cat, apparently deaf, as many white cats are, who was abandoned in the neighborhood. Some wonderful students have been caring for him, but the limit to the number of cats that can be kept in their House has already been reached, and he will be removed immediately.”

“He’s not a kitten, he’s not super-pretty. But he loves shoulder rides and sun-warmed bricks and is a gentle and affectionate soul,” Linda writes.

“He’s neutered and has tested negative for FIV/FeLV, and tomorrow is going to the vet for vaccinations and an exam. He just needs somewhere to live his quiet life. If you can do anything, or know someone who might have a bit of space for him, please contact Kit at:

(630)450-5831 or email at chinetti@caltech.edu

“Please act quickly, if you can. He was meant to be picked up by the Humane Society today,

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Owners Found, Reunited with “Fluffy”

Owners Found, Reunited with “Fluffy”

Melissa Hogan writes to let animal lovers across Altadena know that the owners of Fluffy have been reunited with their beloved dog — so this story now has a happy ending.

Hogan had found the dog wandering late last night without a collar around Fair Oaks and Pine St. and put out the word.

 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Hot and Dry Through the Weekend

Hot and Dry Through the Weekend

The National Weather Service is warning of an “elevated fire danger ” over the interior areas of Southwest California including Altadena, as an extended period of hot and very dry conditions continue through the weekend.

In a Hazardous Weather Outlook updated Friday morning, the NWS said there will be “heightened fire concerns today” due to the heat and low relative humidity.

Today, temperature highs will go up to 92 degrees, while the humidity will remain low at 42 to 49 percent through the weekend until at least Tuesday next week.

Gusty onshore winds will also push the hot and dry conditions further inland and add to the elevated fire danger.

“Brief critical fire weather conditions can be expected each afternoon across portions of the mountains, interior valleys, and deserts,” the NWS said.

The hot spell, which began in earnest Thursday, is the product of an upper-level high pressure system. NWS forecasters said the system “will produce temperatures in the 90s and low 100s in the valleys and at lower elevations in the mountains.”

For areas that experienced dense fog this morning,

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Don’t Miss This Party on Saturday

Don’t Miss This Party on Saturday

The Father’s Day weekend will be an exceedingly festive one on Lake Avenue in Altadena where a new urban-chic mixed-use project opens to the public with a splashy party featuring free food and cocktails and shopping pop-up boutiques.

“Living Large at Millard Place” launches with a public open house on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21) showcasing 12 condo units and one modern single-family home that offer sweeping views of the San Gabriel Mountains.

For Altadena Now readers, preferred clients and invited guests, there’s a VIP “preview day” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Stop by to see what’s happening — food will be served, and cocktails are on the house at this grand open house.

 

The development is another indication of Altadena’s rising reputation in real estate circles as a great place to live with a wonderful quality of living.

The project is named in tribute to Henry W. Millard, who homesteaded in the mouth of a popular nearby canyon (know today as Millard Canyon) with his family in 1862.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fourth of July at Pasadena Senior Center

Fourth of July at Pasadena Senior Center

Images of amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties will be on everyone’s minds Saturday, July 4, at noon when the Pasadena Senior Center presents the annual Fourth of July luncheon and dance.

The Scott Pavilion at the center, at 85 E. Holly St., will be adorned with patriotic red, white and blue décor as everyone celebrates America’s independence with finger-licking ribs and chicken, salads, sides and dessert.

The Great American Swing Band will provide music for listening and dancing to complement this celebration of our nation’s independence.

The cost is only $8 for members and $10 for non-members of all ages. Prepaid reservations are due at the Welcome Desk by July 1.

For more information visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.

Founded in 1959, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and over in a friendly environment.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In Memorium: Frances Dyer

In Memorium: Frances Dyer

Frances Dyer, who helped found Altadena Neighbors, a group dedicated to welcoming minority families to Altadena, and who was active in the NAACP to promote “… interracial understanding and neighborhood stability,” has died at 91.

Born Frances Lorraine Grunewald on December 5, 1923 died June 11, 2015. She was the 7th of eight children born to Ernest and Kathryn Grunewald in Windom, Minnesota. Moving to Boone, Iowa at an early age, she considered that her home town.

Predeceased by her parents, two brothers, three sisters, and also her husband of 46 years, Virgil Dyer. She is survived by Virgil’s daughter Nancy Fairchild of South Carolina, and Nancy’s three sons, Jeff, Andy and Gary McCartney, and Nancy’s grandchildren, Madison and A.J.; daughter Krista Ober of Missoula, Montana; son Thomas Dyer of Grass Valley, CA; two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Frances came to California in June, 1941, getting a job as Secretary at Union Oil Company in Los Angeles. She married Virgil Dyer (also from Iowa) in 1949 and they settled in Altadena,

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Friday, June 12, 2015

ALDI Grocery Store Chain Confirms It’s Coming to California, But Won’t Confirm Altadena Location

ALDI Grocery Store Chain Confirms It’s Coming to California, But Won’t Confirm Altadena Location

ALDI, a 1,400-store grocery store chain in the U.S. which says it serves 30 million customers monthly, announced Thursday it will open 25 stores across Southern California in early 2016 but will not confirm that Altadena is among its planned locations.

Many Altadena civic leaders have assumed the property just north of Eliot Middle School at 2246 Lake Avenue is being developed to feature an ALDI grocery. The assumption seems to be based on reports that property developer Arman Gabay’s Charles Company has filed and been granted a permit for ALDI grocery store signage on the property.

However, according to a real estate industry insider, developers have been known to obtain pre-approvals for key elements such as parking and signage as a way to woo prospective tenants, so the reported ALDI signage permit application by Charles Company does not necessarily mean the future building has been leased to ALDI.

Neither Gabay nor Charles Company leasing director Gene Detchemendy returned calls seeking comment from Altadena Now yesterday.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Vroom Vroom! Altadena Sheriff’s Station Stages 3rd Annual Car Show Saturday

Vroom Vroom! Altadena Sheriff’s Station Stages 3rd Annual Car Show Saturday

The Altadena Sheriff’s Station is staging its 3rd Annual Car Show, this time a Classic Car Show sponsored by Toyota Pasadena, on Saturday, June 13.

The car show was held in April during the first two editions, but this year the Sheriff’s Station decided to hold it in the summer so bad weather wouldn’t threaten to dampen the festivities.

“Last year we got almost rained out. We had a strong storm coming through and the first show, too, we had a little bit of inclement weather,” said Sergeant Matthew Bossier at Altadena Station. “This year we thought that if we had it in June, it’s a little bit warmer.”

The Classic Car Show will be held at the Farnsworth Park at 568 Mount Curve Avenue in Altadena starting at 9 a.m. and running until 4 p.m.

Bossier said they have invited car owners and collectors with antique vehicles, street rods, classics, trucks and even motorcycles,

“We wanted to do something where you get a wide variety of vehicles.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

National Congress of Black Women Hosts Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Event for Youth

National Congress of Black Women Hosts Anti-Human Trafficking Awareness Event for Youth

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Loma Alta Park in Altadena, the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., San Gabriel Valley Youth Chapter, took the lead by hosting an Anti-Human Trafficking awareness event featuring Rachel Thomas of Sowers Education Group and Angelic Gomez, both human trafficking survivors.

It is estimated that each year, hundreds of thousands of persons are forced into slavery, but
the numbers are not exact as many victims go unreported and many survivors fail to report the crime out of fear of retaliation or shame. As human trafficking continues to affect our communities at a growing rate, education awareness is the key to prevention.

The event was well attended by parents, youth members of private and public schools within Pasadena/Altadena and the surrounding areas. The youth are committing to bring awareness
to this critical issue by sharing their education awareness with their friends, families and communities for the safety of all.

For further information, email info@ncbwinclac.org

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation Presents Scholarships at the LAMP Mentor Program Luncheon

Gamma Zeta Boule Foundation Presents Scholarships at the LAMP Mentor Program Luncheon

The Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation (GZBF) hosted its annual LAMP Mentor Program luncheon on May 31 at the Altadena Town and Country Club, honoring the LAMP Mentor Class of 2015 before a packed house of some 260 family members, friends and supporters.

The Honorable Chris Holden, California State Assemblymember, 41st District, the keynote speaker, gave an inspiring presentation on the importance of mentoring youth in order to attain future success. He also shared stories about influential leaders who mentored him on his path to high achievement.

Actor, producer and director Wren T. Brown, noted for his appearances in such films and television shows as “Waiting to Exhale,” “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory” “Everybody Hates Chris,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” hosted the event.

Richard Allen Williams, MD, received the Leadership Award for his achievement as a compassionate humanitarian and outstanding physician. Dr. Williams is also the founder of the Minority Health Institute and the 2014 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Lifesaver Award.

The Honorable Judy Chu,

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Leo! Hilda! Lori! Bethany! Here are Our Pets of the Week

Leo! Hilda! Lori! Bethany! Here are Our Pets of the Week

This week, we introduce you to four pets up for adoption now at the Pasadena Humane Society. See a friendly face you want to bring home? Call (626) 792-7151 with the ID number.

 

A375970 – Leo is a two-year-old, male, black and white Pit Bull Terrier and Rottweiler mix. He is a sweet and affectionate fellow! Leo knows his sit, down and stay commands. He earned his Blue Ribbon from behavior staff, which reduces the adoption fee to $100. Leo has already been neutered which means he is able to go to his new forever home today!

 


A378438 – Hilda is an eight-year-old, female, black domestic longhaired cat. She is affectionate, but shy. Hilda enjoys attention, but would be best suited to a quiet home where she can have time to herself when she needs it. Hilda qualifies for the Seniors for Seniors program which waives the adoption fee for adopters age 60 and up.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Rain, Thunderstorms Could Make for Hot, Muggy Tuesday

Rain, Thunderstorms Could Make for Hot, Muggy Tuesday

The remants of Tropical Storm Blanca will sweep through the Altadena area Tuesday and bring with it the unusual possibility of rain and thunderstorms during a warm day predicted to top out at 87 degrees.

A Special Weather Statement issued for the Los Angeles County says by the National Weather Service says a low-pressure system currently developing over the eastern Pacific Ocean will pass over the area on Tuesday, and bring the threat of precipitation through Tuesday night.

The Service says there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Tuesday. The day will be mostly cloudy.

Tuesday night the chance of showers and thunderstorms drops to 20 percent before 11 p.m. The evening will be partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Initial estimates of the possible rainfall for most areas to receive between 0.10 and 0.50 inches with locally higher amounts possible with any thunderstorm development. Ventura and Los Angeles counties will likely receive the highest totals.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Titus!  Ivy!  Kate!  Roxie!  Here Come the Pets of the Week

Titus! Ivy! Kate! Roxie! Here Come the Pets of the Week

This week, we introduce you to four pets up for adoption now at the Pasadena Humane Society. See a friendly face you want to bring home? Call (626) 792-7151 with the ID number.

 

A377847 — Titus is a two-year-old, male, white and gray Siberian Husky mix. He enjoys attention and treats, as well as going for walks. Like many Huskies, Titus likes to talk! He has already been neutered which means he would be able to go home with you today.

 

A374094 — Ivy is a beautiful two-year-old Spayed female brown tabby Bengal mix with an affectionate and social personality. Ivy came into the shelter pregnant and had 6 adorable kittens that will be available for adoption very soon. Her foster mom reports that she was a great mom and is litter box trained. Ivy loves to be the center of attention and has interacted well with both adults and older children. She would need to find a home in a single cat household.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Altadena NAACP Presents The “Battle of the Dena’s” Games on Sunday, May 31

Altadena NAACP Presents The “Battle of the Dena’s” Games on Sunday, May 31

The “Battle of the Dena’s Basketball” tourney will be center court on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Loma Alta Park as the Altadena NAACP presents a “Unity in the Community” game. Organizers say local churches, schools, community teams, organizations and individuals from Altadena and Pasadena can bring the entire family to enjoy a day in the park. This is free to the public event. Athletes can sign up for the following Battle of the Dena’s  games:
  • Basketball Tournament
  • Flag Football
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
Register now at 626-710-0284, churchtalk.net/sports or naacpreligious affairs@gmail.com Loma Alta Park is located at 3330 Lincoln Ave, Altadena.Read More »

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Sierra Club Presents an Evening of Great Pictures Wednesday Night at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Sierra Club Presents an Evening of Great Pictures Wednesday Night at Eaton Canyon Nature Center

Photo Credit: Carol Scurlock

The Sierra Club Forest Committee will present an evening of great pictures, from historic black and white shots of the San Gabriels to the latest of wildlife and wilderness.

The program, called “Photographing the San Gabriel Mountains,” will feature the adventure behind the pictures, and tips on how to take better ones.

It all starts with a reception at 7 p.m. and theprogram following at 7:30 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. The event will be held in the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena 91107.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Noah! Einstein! Sammy! Jack! Here are our Pets of the Week

Noah! Einstein! Sammy! Jack! Here are our Pets of the Week

This week, we introduce you to four pets up for adoption now at the Pasadena Humane Society. See a friendly face you want to bring home? Call (626) 792-7151 with the ID number.

A373396 — Noah is a friendly and calm three-year-old gray and white Pit Bull Terrier mix. Noah has been out on our Mobile Outreach Unit a few times and has been gentle and affectionate to everyone he has met. Noah is already neutered which means that he would be able to go home with you today!

A374797 — Einstein is a handsome 10 years young long haired black and white feline. He can be a little bit shy, but he will come out of his shell once he gets to know you. Einstein enjoys daily brushing and petting. Once he is comfortable with you he will purr and seek attention. He would be best suited to a quiet home with a warm lap and probably no young children. Einstein loves to cuddle with his cat buddies,

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Altadena Residents Invited to Fundraising Event for the  American Cancer Society at El Patron Mexican Restaurant

Altadena Residents Invited to Fundraising Event for the American Cancer Society at El Patron Mexican Restaurant

Come to El Patron Mexican Restaurant, 2555 N. Lake Avenue in Altadena, on May 27 to support a local Relay for Life team as you feed yourself and your family.

Twenty percent of the proceeds between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. will be given to Relay for Life Altadena in  advance of the May 30 American Cancer Society Relay for Life event, which will be held in Farnsworth Park, 568 E. Mount Curve Ave., in Altadena.

El Patron serves a variety of authentic Mexican dishes like the carnitas plate: a plate of deep fried pork with tomatoes, onion and cilantro; Chile Colorado; burritos, quesadillas, and much more. For patrons over 21 years of age the winearita – a margarita made with agave wine – is a customer favorite.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is an annual relay-style walking event that honors cancer survivors, cancer patients and their caregivers and those who have lost their lives. .

For more information about Relay for Life Altadena,

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

South Pasadenans Venture North to Altadena for Tournament of Roses Float Fundraiser

South Pasadenans Venture North to Altadena for Tournament of Roses Float Fundraiser

Story and Photography by BILL GLAZIER, Editor, South Pasadena Now

A group of South Pasadenans ventured out of the city on Sunday afternoon as the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses (SPTOR) held a wine and beer tasting fundraiser at the Altadena Ale & Wine House in the 2000 block of Fair Oaks Avenue.

Guests at the establishment made a $25 donation each to sample wine and beers. All proceeds will benefit the construction and decoration of the 2016 South Pasadena Rose Parade float that will roll down Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day.

SPTOR President Chris Colburn called the event a great “no effort” fundraiser that began a year ago and allows the community to get together in a fun setting.

“We drink a little wine and beer and make some money to help build his float,” he said.

Some of those on hand for the event included, above, Joey Randolph, Pat Mahoney, Peter Heinsendory,

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Over 50,000 “Gently Read” Books On Sale This Weekend at Altadena Library Bookstravaganza

Over 50,000 “Gently Read” Books On Sale This Weekend at Altadena Library Bookstravaganza

Chillier, damp weather is just the perfect backdrop for the Friends of the Altadena Library super sale of books this weekend both today, Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Check out the deals, buy a bunch and settle down for great reads…

The sale will be held in the Main Library’s Barbara J. Pearson Community Room and the parking lot.

This is one of the largest used book sales in the LA area. The sale features over 50,000 fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback books for all interests and age groups, plus DVDs, CDs and other items, all at great prices!

Proceeds from the Friends book sale and book store go toward sponsoring Library programs that are available for free to all ages, such as the Summer Reading Program for kids and teens, and the Distinguished Speaker Program for adults. Proceeds also go toward the purchase of furniture,

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Weekend Garage Sales – Only a Few as Town Dries Out

Weekend Garage Sales – Only a Few as Town Dries Out

May 16
Estate Sale, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Selling the family home, 70 years of accumulation. Potted plants including (cymbidium orchids), succulents, dining tables and chairs, antiques, collectibles, bric-a-brac, kitchen items, curtains, garage tools, dishes, lawn mower, grass seeder. glass top patio table and chairs. pictures and more.

2410 Highland Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

One Day Sale! Don’t Miss Out, 10:00am- 4:00pm

A 2004 Cadillac Deville, beautiful furniture, exercise equipment, golf clubs, organic plants, empty pots, gardening equipment, yard tools (rakes, shovels etc.), books, clothes (men, women, children), antique china, housewares, toys and lots of treasures!

2968 Bargen Way, Altadena, CA 91001

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

What To Do in Altadena Today

What To Do in Altadena Today

Here are our Calendar highlights for this chilly Saturday in Altadena.  Please note, the Folly Bowl opening performance will go on, not in the soggy Bowl itself but rather inside in a special venue (Folly Bowl Update: Rain Causes Switch from Altadena to Eagle Rock for Season Opener).

ALSO: Let’s not overlook the “bookstravaganza” at the Altadena Library, as reader Hugo Arteaga reminds us!  See here.

For events on Saturday, May 16Click here

 

 

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Woodbury House Update: It Was Not Auctioned Today

Woodbury House Update: It Was Not Auctioned Today

The owner of Woodbury House said Thursday that the historical property, which in late April became the subject of widespread community concern when a foreclosure auction notice (shown above) was photographed posted on its front door, was in fact not auctioned today.

Owner Peter Leissos had told Altadena Now earlier this month that he had received assurances that the foreclosure sale would be postponed indefinitely in order for the mortgage servicer, Nation Star, to complete a review of the property’s files.

Today Leissos said “the sale was removed from auction as they [Nation Star]  continue to review the file.”

For full background on this story, see “Woodbury House, Storied Altadena Landmark, Reportedly Wins Reprieve from May 14 Foreclosure Auction.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Second Wave of Cold Front Expected Friday, More Rain With It

Second Wave of Cold Front Expected Friday, More Rain With It

The unseasonably cold storm system that swept in Thursday will linger over Southwestern California all day Friday. Friday’s weather will bring more showers and possibly thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said, in a copy of the weather that swept across the Southland on Thursday afternoon. The high is expected be about 64. The chance of precipitation is ranked at 80%.

This second wave will be stronger and bring most of the week’s precipitation to Los Angeles County on Friday. There will be wintry driving conditions for the local mountains with snow levels as low as 5,000 feet. With the cold air mass aloft there is a potential for isolated thunderstorms with dangerous lightning, small hail, gusty and erratic winds and isolated waterspouts.

Rain could begin to let up Friday night, with only a 20 percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. The night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest winds at 5 to 10 mph will become light south southwest in the evening.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just Announced:  June Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

Just Announced: June Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

There is something for everyone in June at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. All events listed are free.

You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.

Cardmaking Workshop – Monday, June 1, from noon to 2 p.m. Surprise a special someone with a personalized, handmade greeting card. Whether it’s a happy birthday, thank you, thinking of you or other sentiment, you’ll create a decorative card in your own unique style and have fun discovering your creativity while workshop leaders help you bring your ideas to life. All materials will be provided.

Musical Trivia – Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 9 to 10 a.m. The Professor of Trivia will help you exercise your memory and relive past happy experiences using music of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Vie for prizes by answering simple questions while listening to music of that era. Presented by Dr. Ray Ceniceroz, professor of music at East Los Angeles College.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Unseasonably Cold Storm Expected to Hit Altadena Thursday and Friday

Unseasonably Cold Storm Expected to Hit Altadena Thursday and Friday

An unseasonably cold storm will affect Southwestern California beginning early Thursday morning and continuing through Friday evening. There will be two separate bands of rain with this next system, the second wave will be stronger and bring most of the precipitation to Los Angeles County.

Thursday conditions will bring a chance of drizzle, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11 a.m. to Altadena, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the storms could produce small hail. Thursday’s high is expected to be near 63. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday night brings showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.  The chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday is expected to be almost an exact repeat of Thursday but with added concern of wind gusts, of up to 15 mph.

Friday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the evening.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

El Patron Turns Cinco

El Patron Turns Cinco

One of our favorite Mexican restaurants is turning five years old, and everyone is invited to the fiesta.

Owner Alex Cortes is planning a major bash celebrating this milestone on May 15, 2015.

“We would like people to come and have a good time and celebrate our anniversary,” says Cortes.

There will be mariachi playing for hours, dancing, and of course, classic El Patron food.

Cortes is indeed grateful for the support locals have shown to his restaurant throughout these years…and this party is his way of thanking everyone.

“Five years…it doesn’t seem like a lot but it’s a long time. We’ve had a great welcome from the community. All I want to do is give back,” says Cortes.

He is also thankful for his competent and able staff: “I would say always if my employees are happy, my customers are going to be happy.”

This anniversary dinner will also benefit charity as well.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Group Sponsors Wednesday Forum Focused on Family Well-Being in Altadena

Group Sponsors Wednesday Forum Focused on Family Well-Being in Altadena

Residents, business leaders, teachers, students and parents are invited to participate in Collaborate PASadena’s Community Forum Wednesday, May 13th to advance child and family well-being in Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre.

The forum will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Payton Hall (Room 101), 135 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. The forum is sponsored by the City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Fuller Theological Seminary.

All residents, including those who participated in previous Collaborate PASadena workgroup meetings, are invited to attend the Community Forum. The purpose of the forum is to update the community on Collaborate PASadena and next steps in the implementation of what had been previously known as the School/City/Community Workplan.

Collaborate PASadena is a collaboration of residents, youth, parents, city officials, educators, school district leaders and nonprofit agencies initially formed to improve city and school board collaboration. The initiative has evolved to be a process for community planning built on common agenda,

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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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Monday, May 4, 2015

Registration Is Open for 2015 Pasadena Senior Games, Where It Seems There’s No Limit to What Seniors Can Do

Registration Is Open for 2015 Pasadena Senior Games, Where It Seems There’s No Limit to What Seniors Can Do

There is no limit to what today’s seniors can accomplish. Last year at the Pasadena Senior games, Bradford Boyd took first place in the men’s 50-meter backstroke in the 85-to-90-year-old division and Kathy Bloom won the women’s 20K road race in the 50-to-54-year-old division.

Registration is now open for nearly 30 competitive athletic events for the 2015 Pasadena Senior Games scheduled May 23 to June 28. Registration deadlines and fees vary.

“Whether they are 50 or 80 and older, active seniors know that exercise and physical activity are the keys to a long, happy and healthy life,” said Cynthia Rosedale, director of events at the Pasadena Senior Center and vice chair of the California Senior Games Association. “Senior athletes are serious competitors.”

Competitive events in the Pasadena Senior Games include archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, cycling, disc golf, fun walk, golf, horseshoe pitching, lawn bowling, pickleball, power lifting, power walking, push ups, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, soccer, softball,

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Found Dog! Is He Yours?

Found Dog! Is He Yours?

Medium sized tan dog found strolling the streets of Altadena. No collar. We have him at our home on Altadena Dr. Please text to pick him up. Contact Ami by phone: 310-428-9936
Please see:  http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/pet/5006992112.html

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Garage Sales in Altadena this Weekend

Garage Sales in Altadena this Weekend

April 29 – May 1

Lots of Jewlery and Much More, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Many items have arrived from Estate jewelry,vintage LP records,lots of collectables,and lots of vintage jewelry $3.00 and $4.00 each pins , earrings, necklaces or buy them all lets make a deal many items for reasale on eBay or for flea markets come buy and see what we have all from estate sales that we do if you like it lets make a deal also old silver coins and figures lots of cool items we need to sell to make rom for new items.

2285 N Lake Ave, Altadena

 

May 1 – 2

Garage Sale
Furniture, Figurines, Nick Nacks, Records, Clothes, Glass Curioro Cabinets, Glass Leaded Miscellaneous, Manson Jars

235 Ventura St, Altadena

 

May 1- 3
Vintage & Designer Furnishings – Hughes May Altadena Showroom Sale,

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Plenty To Do This Weekend in Altadena

Plenty To Do This Weekend in Altadena

Here are our event listings for this weekend! It will be a sunny weekend with plenty to do, from the Altadena Guilds Home and Garden Tour and the Spring Awakening Festival in Eaton Canyon to the Saint Marks “Hike for Haiti” to Heniger Flats.

Check everything out – Altadena’s hopping this weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Click here

Saturday May 2, 2015 – Click here

Sunday, May 3, 2015 – Click here

 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Family, Church, Anti-Gang Experts March on Anniversary of Altadena Man’s Murder

Family, Church, Anti-Gang Experts March on Anniversary of Altadena Man’s Murder

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The parents and sisters of a slain local young black man led about 100 marchers down Fairs Oaks Avenue Thursday evening to the spot where six months ago he was shot, and there speaker after speaker urged the Altadena/Pasadena community to stand up to gang violence.

Altadena-bred Christopher Walker, 26, was targeted as he sat on the patio at Fair Oaks Burgers on Fair Oaks Avenue about 4:30 in the afternoon of Oct. 30 , 2014. The shooter got out of a car, fired multiple times at him, then climbed back into the car and sped off.

Authorities almost immediately described the murder as gang-related.

A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said Thursday no arrests have been made but the case remains an active investigation.

The memorial march Thursday was organized by Walker’s mother, Ursula, and Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena’s Reverend Hannah Petrie.

Marchers included a contingent of Sheriff’s Deputies led by Altadena Station’s Captain Christopher J.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Southern California Edison Will Conduct Helicopter Operations in Altadena Neighborhood Next Tuesday

Southern California Edison Will Conduct Helicopter Operations in Altadena Neighborhood Next Tuesday

Southern California Edison (SCE) will use a helicopter to help in replacing 2 deteriorated wooden poles behind a residence in the 800 block of La Vina Lane on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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. SCE says it submitted a Congested Air Space flight plan to the FAA.

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

SCE said portions of La Vina Lane, Canyon Ridge Drive, and Canyon Crest Road will be closed to members of the non-participating public during external load lift operations.

Both the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department will be notified 2 days prior to the work,

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Altadena Point Archives Now Online on Altadena Now

Altadena Point Archives Now Online on Altadena Now

We are happy to announce that on Thursday, with Timothy Rutt’s blessing, Altadena Now will release the complete archives of Rutt’s Altadena Point hosted on our servers for long-time preservation after Rutt shuts down his original site.

Rutt has not announced the exact date that www.AltadenaPoint.com will no longer be available.

The site’s contents are also being archived by the Altadena Historical Society.

We will also archive Rutt’s first online publication, Altadena Blog. That work will be released in May.

The Altadena Now-hosted, archival version of Altadena Point is available online at: www.altadena-now.com/altadenapoint

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Friends of the Altadena Library Announce Their Annual Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Altadena Library Announce Their Annual Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Altadena Library have announced their annual sale will be Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and  Sunday, May 17  from 1 to 4 p.m.

There will be a Friends of the Library member pre-sale on Friday, May 15 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (if you are not yet a member, you can join at the door for as little as $10!).

The sale will be held in the Main Library’s Barbara J. Pearson Community Room and the parking lot.

This is one of the largest used book sales in the LA area. The sale features over 50,000 fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback books for all interests and age groups, plus DVDs, CDs and other items, all at great prices!

Proceeds from the Friends book sale and book store go toward sponsoring Library programs that are available for free to all ages, such as the Summer Reading Program for kids and teens,

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Registration is Now Open for CERT Program’s Annual All-Skills Exercise

Registration is Now Open for CERT Program’s Annual All-Skills Exercise

Courtesy Deb Halberstadt

Join fellow CERT graduates at Area E Regional CERT Program’s 2015 Annual All-Skills Exercise June 6, 2015.

The Annual All-Skills Exercise is a day of ‘hands-on’ activities including a simulated disaster for search and rescue, disaster medical operations, disaster medical treatment, cribbing, fire suppression, and more.

The Annual All-Skills Exercise includes the participation of CERT graduates from throughout Los Angeles County; Fire Agencies and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Area E; and this year, our newest partner; California Metropolitan State Hospital Police and Fire.

This is a hands-on event and includes arduous activity. CERT participants must wear appropriate attire including closed-toe shoes, pants, and safety equipment. Attire may become soiled during exercise. The event will be conducted both inside and outside. The outside environment includes uneven ground.
This is a day of skill refreshing, networking, and an opportunity to interact with the finest of professional emergency responders.

AGENDA Overview
7:30a-8:00a Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:00a –

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sun Returns to Altadena Skies Today with a Predicted High Near 79, Weekdays Could Hit Upper 80’s

Sun Returns to Altadena Skies Today with a Predicted High Near 79, Weekdays Could Hit Upper 80’s

After several chilly, overcast days the sun is expected to shine Sunday after early clouds, with a daytime high of 79. There should a light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday night should be mostly clear, with a low around 54. a southwest wind of 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening is predicted.

Monday could be downright warm, with clear skies and a high of 87 possible. Breezes will be north northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Monday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 59.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Lots Going On In Altadena This Weekend

Lots Going On In Altadena This Weekend

Take a look at the Altadena Now Events Calendar! There are a lot of new events listed — and more every day (thank you, we must add, please keep them coming).

For Friday, April 24, 2015, check here

For Saturday, April 25, 2015, check here

For Sunday, April 26, 2015, check here

 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Altadena Branch of the NAACP Will Conduct General Meeting Tonight

Altadena Branch of the NAACP Will Conduct General Meeting Tonight

The Altadena Branch of the NAACP will hold a general meeting at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Dr., tonight starting at 6:30 p.m.

For more information 626-794-7999 or email altadenanaacp84@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Altadena in the 1940s: Richard Bale Remembers

Altadena in the 1940s: Richard Bale Remembers

Calling all local history buffs! Here’s a chance to take a sentimental stroll down memory lane this coming Monday night, April 27,  at 7:30 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive. You’ll see rare images of Altadena in the 1940s and hear a personal memory of what it was like to grow up here.

The speaker will be Richard Bale, 83, moved to Altadena with his mother and sister in 1939. He attended Altadena Elementary, Eliot Junior High and John Muir High School before being drafted into the Korean War in 1951.

Bale remembers that it wasn’t uncommon to see horses and cows pastured on the west side of Altadena, and chickens and pigs in people’s yards. Some remaining orange groves stretched for blocks.

He also remembers a few small factories that helped supply America’s World War II effort, including a home that had been turned into a machine shop that spit out precision parts for Lockheed 24 hours a day.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Free May Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

Free May Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

There is something for everyone in May at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. All events listed are free.

You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.

iPad Basics – Fridays, May 1 and 15 and June 5 and 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. If you’re new to an iPad and its functions, you’ll become well-versed in touchscreen capabilities, navigating the device and learning the basics of Internet browsing and searching. iPads will be provided for in-class use, or bring your own.

Friday Movie Matinees– Fridays, May 1, 8 and 15, at 1 p.m. Great films captivate us with imaginary worlds brought to life. May 1: Diana(2013, PG-13) starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews. May 8: The Imitation Game (2014, PG-13) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly. May 15: Annie (2014, PG) starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.

Cardmaking Workshop – Monday,

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Deb Halberstadt Named Altadena Sheriff’s Station “Volunteer of the Year”

Deb Halberstadt Named Altadena Sheriff’s Station “Volunteer of the Year”

The very active and community involved Deb Halberstadt was named the Altadena Sheriff’s Station “Volunteer of the Year” and presented by Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell at a Friday ceremony honoring Sheriff’s Department volunteers.

Department officials said that Halberstadt is among volunteers “who have been an inspiration to the community.”

Each year the volunteer coordinator at the Altadena Station nominates one local volunteer based on their leadership, accountability, “can do” attitude, professionalism, compassion and respect for diversity.

Halberstadt is an Altadena photographer and videographer who has owned and operated HalfCity Productions since 1989.  She is well known for being active in various community groups and contributed photography to Altadena Point.

 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Video: Altadena Armenian-Americans, County Mayor Antonovich, Sheriff McDonnell and Altadena Station’s Captain Reed Attend Unveiling of Local Armenian Genocide Memorial

Video: Altadena Armenian-Americans, County Mayor Antonovich, Sheriff McDonnell and Altadena Station’s Captain Reed Attend Unveiling of Local Armenian Genocide Memorial

Many Altadena Armenian-Americans, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Mayor Michael Antonovich, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Altadena Sheriff’s Station Captain Christopher Reed were among hundreds attending yesterday’s unveiling of a poignant, long-awaited memorial in Old Pasadena to the estimated 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide.

The event came days before the 100th anniversary of the start of pogrom on April 24, 1915.

For over ninety minutes under a blazing sun, speakers thanked the city and recounted the memorial’s purpose and local Armenian-American children sang before clergy led the dignitaries and crowd to the shrouded memorial itself for the unveiling.

“It’s hard for us to understand, to comprehend, the deaths of a million-and-a-half people. But nevertheless, we have a responsibility, all of us, to make sure that everyone is aware of this tragic and discrediting event in the history of mankind,” Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard told the crowd. “We must do our best to assure that events like this do not happen in the future.”

The monument’s unveiling came as the culmination of three years’ work by the Pasadena Armenian Genocide Memorial Committee,

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Altadena Rotary to Hear from Local JPL Scientist About One of the Toughest Forms of Life on Earth

Altadena Rotary to Hear from Local JPL Scientist About One of the Toughest Forms of Life on Earth

Altadena Rotary members are scheduled to hear a fascinating talk Thursday from local JPL scientist Adrian Ponce about his work with one of the toughest and most durable forms of life on earth.

Ponce, Manager of the Higher Education Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, heads up an interdisciplinary team composed of scientists from both Caltech and JPL who are experts in microbiology, chemistry, biophotonics and engineering.

The Ponce Group focuses on bacterial spores — which sounds boring until you understand their importance to homeland defense against bioterror and their role in space exploration.

Few of us can forget the first American incident of bioterror:  the powdered anthrax sent through the mails in October, 2001, on the heels of 911.  Bacterial spores played a key role in that incident. Anthrax does not spread from person to person but rather by hard-coated bacterial spores that spring to life under the right conditions.

Spores are also influential in space exploration, especially in the detection of life on other planets.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

St. Elizabeth Parish Fiesta This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

St. Elizabeth Parish Fiesta This Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The annual St. Elizabeth Paris Fiesta will be held April 17, 18, and 19 at St. Elizabeth Parish Church on 1879 North Lake Avenue in Altadena. Everyone is invited!

The Fiesta traditionally features carnival mechanical rides for all ages, a beer garden, a wide variety of international food, games, live entertainment, prizes, an opportunity drawing, a special equestrian show, a bake sale, and garage sale.

The Fiesta is a family event with fun events for all ages.

For more information contact the St. Elizabeth Parish at (626) 797-1167 or email info@saintelizabethchurch.org.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Congresswoman Chu Announces Altadena’s Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs is a 2015 “Woman of Distinction”

Congresswoman Chu Announces Altadena’s Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs is a 2015 “Woman of Distinction”

U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu announced that Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs is this year’s winner of the Women of Distinction Award representing Altadena.

Dr. Jacobs is President/CEO of Aspire West and the Pasadena Student Success Center. She is particularly well known for her former work as Vice President of Instruction at Pasadena City College.

The award, now in its sixth year, will be given out at a ceremony on April 18, 2015.

Rep. Chu will speak at the event and recognize the honorees.

“I am so proud of the honorees and their incredible contributions to our district,” said Chu. “This year’s women are teachers, executives, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, volunteers, and professionals. Each was nominated by somebody in their community in recognition and appreciation of their hard work. And with this award each year, I look forward to this opportunity to express our appreciation as well.”

The 2015 Women of Distinction Awards will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Altadena’s Best Garage and Yard Sales This Weekend

Altadena’s Best Garage and Yard Sales This Weekend

[Updated!]  Here, for your bargain-hunting pleasure, is our list of selected Garage and Yard Sales for this weekend:

April 16 – 18

50 Off Vinyls 80s New Wave Rock More

I am selling Collectible Vinyls/vintage 60’s,70’s & 80’s New Wave, Rock and More! You may find the one you are looking for. Awesome music/records from $1.00 and up

2285 N Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

 

April 17 – 18, 7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mega Yard Sale…Lots And Lots 

Tools, Building Materials, Furniture, Appliance`s, Artwork, Boat Accessories, Too Much to Mention.

2452 El Molino Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

 

April 18

The Most Interesting Yard Sale In The World, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

A Little Bit of Everything For Sale! Furniture, electronics, clothing, books, DVDs, CDs, LOTS of toys, and much more! Don’t forget to grab fresh coffee and a donut before you leave.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Reminder: Altadena’s Urban Forest is Tonight’s Topic at the Community Center

Reminder: Altadena’s Urban Forest is Tonight’s Topic at the Community Center

Altadena Heritage brings two experts to the Altadena Community Center tonight at 7:00 p.m. to tell us what we all can do to help preserve and revitalize Altadena’s precious horticultural heritage.

Don Hodel is the environmental horticulture advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension, L.A. 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. His presentation will explain:

• proper pruning methods;
• the negative consequences of bad pruning; and
• solutions for trees that have been damaged by poor topping/trimming, or by area pathologies such as the polyphagous shot hole borer.

Attendees will be able to ask questions, and will be the first to learn about Altadena Heritage’s new tree-trimming campaign – “Stop it.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Acknowledging the Murder and Remembering the Life of Christopher Walker

Acknowledging the Murder and Remembering the Life of Christopher Walker

April 30 marks the six-month anniversary of the murder of Altadenan Christopher Walker.

Christopher spent much of his short life affiliated with a gang, but he had put that behind him. At the time of his death, he was just a regular guy with a family and a full-time job.

This is a chance for the community to express “black lives matter” – even when no police officer is involved in the killing.

Community members will walk the short distance from Fountain of Life Church to the Fair Oaks Burger, where he was killed. The program will begin at 7 p.m. behind the Fair Oaks Burger in their large parking lot, complete with stage, sound, and lighting.

This event is also a call to action for the community of Altadena. Community leaders and members will come together to learn ways to curb gang affiliation and violence in the community and offer options to Altadena and Pasadena’s at-risk youth.

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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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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Altadena Library’s Editor/Poet Laureate Says New Poets Will Be Introduced at this Year’s “Poetry & Cookies” Reading

Altadena Library’s Editor/Poet Laureate Says New Poets Will Be Introduced at this Year’s “Poetry & Cookies” Reading

Altadena Library District’s Editor/Poet Laureate Dr. Thelma Reyna has written to remind Altadena Library supporters to attend the upcoming the big, community poetry reading event “Poetry & Cookies” to be held on April 25 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. at the Altadena Senior Center.

“The Altadena Library will provide refreshments for all attendees, and you’ll meet new poets. We’re very excited about this major event,” Dr. Reyna said in her email.

The annual event has been revamped with a new title, new format, and a broader base of published poets. Now called the “Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015″ in this debut year, the anthology will be released to the public this month.

The readings, free to the public, are a community tradition that formally kicks off the release of the annual anthology. Although the anthology itself has been renamed, the community reading event, which annually brings together poetry lovers from across the region, maintains its name in recognition of its literary tradition.

The “Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015″

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Altadena Calendar of Events is Now Live

Altadena Calendar of Events is Now Live

Altadena Now’s “Calendar of Events” section debuts today, and we want to request that anyone hosting a local event to please send us events information for inclusion!

This Calendar will only contain information about events in Altadena or which are immediately Altadena-adjacent (like the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, which technically has a Pasadena address).

Please email your event’s information to editor@altadena-now.com.

Be certain to include a full profile of your event, including start time, full address of the venue, pricing details, a reference telephone number as well as reference website or Facebook page.

The Calendar section not only provides a chronological list of upcoming events, but also features an actual calendar where you can click specific dates.

Each event on the day listings is clickable for full specific information, so if you are interested in an event, be sure to click the event’s title to see the event detail page.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Eaton Canyon Nature Center to Stage Spring Awakening Festival

Eaton Canyon Nature Center to Stage Spring Awakening Festival

As the first people on our beautiful continent knew, spring is the time of rebirth, renewal, and rejoicing. On Saturday, May 2, 2015, we at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, with some of our Native American friends, will celebrate Spring Awakening.

The festival will be open to the public at no charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eaton Canyon Nature Center is located at 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena 91107. This will be a celebration for all the family to enjoy.

Many native people celebrate the change of seasons with music and dance. In keeping with these traditions, we will host tribal drummers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Native artists and crafters will also join us to offer their wares for purchase, and other items will be raffled.

As we are the guardians of the Eaton Canyon Natural Area, this event will also celebrate the beauty that is found in our canyon. Presenters from local wildlife organizations will introduce us to some of our indigenous birds,

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Altadena Events Calendar Will Debut Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Altadena Events Calendar Will Debut Tomorrow (Tuesday)

We are installing a dedicated Events Calendar for Altadena which will debut tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14).  The current calendar software should be debugged and operational by 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.  In the meantime, we apologize for this inconvenience but urge you to please submit events to: editor@altadena-now.com

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bellisimo!  Altadena Guild’s Home and Garden Tour Set for May 3

Bellisimo! Altadena Guild’s Home and Garden Tour Set for May 3

Enjoy a little taste of Italy and sip a cappuccino, listen to the music of a strolling accordionist and take in the beauty of magnificent homes and gardens within the original Sphinx Ranch area of northeastern Altadena during the Altadena Guild’s 64th Annual Home Tour on Sunday, May 3.

Home Tour 2015 Co-chairs Judy Bolenbaugh, Marie Darr, Julie Manning, Bobbie Miller say these homes and gardens are “nestled around the Midlothian and Glenview Terrace intersection” and “will delight you with their beauty and versatility.”

The event offers more than simply tours. Also in the lineup:

• Classic hot rod car show

• Fresh, homemade items for sale at the Bakery

• Refreshments, both food and beverage, at the renowned Altadini Bar

•  “One Wonderful Thing” venue with quality, gently-used items for sale

• An Opportunity Drawing to win a beautiful tour-inspired quilt

•  Plein Air Market with outside vendors to tantalize you with their wares

•  Art Gallery showing original art by Linda Salinas,

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome to Altadena Now!

Welcome to Altadena Now!

 

Welcome to Altadena Now!  We launch our new publication with sincere congratulations to Timothy Rutt for his outstanding work covering the news in Altadena these past 7-1/2 years, and with our plans to provide continuing coverage for all those who live, work and play in Altadena.

Who are “we”? The ownership and staff of 11-year-old Pasadena Now, which currently attracts 94,000 monthly readers and engages with 22,000+ social media fans daily.

Our publisher, James Macpherson, was born at St. Luke Hospital and grew up in Altadena. His sister resides in the family’s home on Midwick Drive, built by their parents in 1952.

Our approach is that of a servant of the community. We solicit your input on the layout, functionality, and editorial sections of this website. We are launching with a very simple foundational presence which we expect will evolve significantly over the next 45 days — and hope to hear your ideas on how to improve it.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Altadena Chapter of the NAACP Has a Lot Going on This Saturday

The Altadena Chapter of the NAACP Has a Lot Going on This Saturday

Easter might be over, but the Altadena Chapter of the NAACP still has a lot going on!

This Saturday, April 11, Chapter President, Nicole Ford will be honored at the Pasadena Journal’s annual Women of Achievement Breakfast, at the Brookside Clubhouse at 9 a.m.

Ford will be honored for her outstanding work as founder and program director of Stepping in the Right Direction-Ivy leadership League Mentor Program — two very special programs in one that help impact the lives of high school students.

The 8-year-old Ivy League Program helps to enhance the lives of high school girls through professional and social female mentorships that aid with achieving their highest potential to become confident, caring women through committed sisterhood and standards of excellence.

After introducing the girls to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities program, (HBCU), Ford founded Stepping in the Right Direction one year later. The informative collegiate year round program exposes hundreds of students to HBCUs, and stresses the importance of pursuing higher education.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MonteCedro two-thirds done, looking for December opening

MonteCedro two-thirds done, looking for December opening

MonteCedro is on track to open for business in December, and is already 90% sold, representatives told the Altadena Chamber of Commerce.

At the Chamber’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 8, 2015, MonteCedro Executive Director David Weidert said that they hope to add 100 jobs to the local economy once the retirement community is running.

The Episcopal Communities & Services-owned retirement development is 66 percent complete, Weidart said.  The development is looking to get a temporary certificate of occupancy in November to open the building to staff, and looking for full certification in December to allow residents to move in.

The current MonteCedro brochure says that residents will enjoy a bar, a bistro, and a fine dining restaurant, “Marcell’s” (which sounds a lot like the “Marcell Inn,” a notorious speakeasy during Prohibition that operated near the site of the current Community Garden).

There will also be a fitness center with personal trainers, a spa, and swimming pool.

While 186 of the apartments will be for independent living seniors,

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

El Patron offers traditional Mexican food with a few delicious twists

El Patron offers traditional Mexican food with a few delicious twists

It’s no secret that here in Los Angeles, we love our Mexican food. Everyone has their spin, but by now we all know what good Mexican food tastes like.

While everyone has their favorite, it’s always fun to try something new and discover a new favorite. How about venturing to the almost-top of Lake Avenue for your next venture?

“You’re treated like my guest as if you’re coming into my house,” says Alex Cortes, owner and founder of El Patron Mexican Restaurant.

Celebrating its fifth year on May 15, 2015, El Patron continues to whip up authentic Mexican dishes like tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas, and many more.

Some of their must-have specials are Steak Picado, diced steak grilled with onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, and the chef’s special salsa; Chile Colorado, diced steak grilled with onions and special red salsa; and Carnitas Plate, deep fried pork served with tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.

Cortes says that the Carnitas is one of the bestsellers,

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