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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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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Altadena’s Hidden ‘Wildwood Park’ Will Open for One Day Art and Fine Craft Show

Altadena’s Hidden ‘Wildwood Park’ Will Open for One Day Art and Fine Craft Show

For one day only, artists will exhibit their work at the 21st bi-annual Art on Palm, Saturday, May 9, 2015; 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Altadena’s secluded Wildwood Park, at 1421 E. Palm Street, Altadena.

Set under the sheltering branches of ancient coastal live oaks, the artists will exhibit their work in the restorative setting of Wildwood Park. Hidden from the street, a wandering path leads into this secluded canyon featuring homes designed and renovated by Henry Greene.

The juried show and sale features work in ceramics, collage, glass, leather, metals, mixed media, photography, textiles, and woodworking. Art on Palm artists include first-time exhibitors Vie Blakey, Irene Estrin, Michael Foster, David Ortega, Laurie Jo Phillips, Corliss & John Rose, and Sandra Torres. Returning favorites include Annie Aldrich, Charlotte Barnard, Erica Batchelder, Olivia Batchelder, Evan Chambers, Tracey Chamberlain and Soozee Van Dyke Woods, Catherine and Ovie Cowles, Ellen Dinerman, Sophia D’Auria, Jill Dufau, Sandra Encinas, Zazu Faure, Beverly Jones, Susan Loraine, Betsy Miller,

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Call for Altadena Teen Musicians

Call for Altadena Teen Musicians

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is calling all Altadena Teen Musicians to sign up for its 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands.

Showcase one’s music in PEF’s online voting competition, plus get heard by PEF’s expert panel of judges, and you might get chosen, organizers say.

Selected bands will be chosen to play at the Battle of the Bands concert on September 20, 2015 at the Levitt Pavilion in Old Pasadena.

The Winner of the Battle of the Bands will be the opening act for the Second Annual ROCK 4 PEF concert on October 4, 2015, and more.

Those don’t have a band yet can still win a spot to play ROCK 4 PEF with America’s Got Talent’s Taylor Mathews, so give this a try, they urge.

Key Dates:
– Pre-registration through July 6
– Registration & Create Online Profiles: July 6-August 24
– Song Submission Period: August 26-September 7
– Battle of the Bands: September 20

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Altadena’s Bitingduck Press Will Have a Booth at the LA Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California on April 18-19

Altadena’s Bitingduck Press Will Have a Booth at the LA Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California on April 18-19

 

The weekend of April 18 and 19 showcases books, games, and more at the LA Times Festival of Books. Local publisher Bitingduck Press will display a booth at the festival highlighting this Spring’s catalog, some upcoming titles, and a patented system for selling e-books through any retailer.

For the fourth year in a row, the Bitingduck Press owner Jay Nadeau will be traveling from her home in Altadena to the Festival by bicycle, and encourage questions about bike commuting as well as submissions about green living, particularly the car-free lifestyle.

Just about to be released is Bill Bunn’ s “Kill Shot,” a young adult adventure about a Labrador teen who finds the remains of a sunken World War II U-boat. The text alternates between the boy’s adventures in the present day and the drama that led the German crew to perish in a Canadian river seventy years ago. The story is fully fictional, but is based upon the discovery of a U-boat off the shore of Eastern Canada.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Eliot Arts Magnet School to Host Grand Reopening

Eliot Arts Magnet School to Host Grand Reopening

Charles W. Eliot Middle School in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) received a federal grant in October 2013 to transform into Eliot Arts Magnet, a premier middle school focused on visual and performing arts. In the past year, dedicated teachers and staff have repurposed facilities to host new art spaces, built lasting partnerships with renowned arts organizations, and undergone intensive training in the arts. Thanks to voter approved Measure TT, Eliot’s auditorium has undergone a major modernization which will be unveiled Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. as part of Eliot’s Grand Reopening.

The event will celebrate the school’s transformation in becoming an arts magnet with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art auditorium. The auditorium will be named after Carl Roeder, an industrial arts teacher who taught at Eliot for most of his 41 years with PUSD and never missed a day of work. Following the ribbon-cutting, guests are encouraged to stay for Metamorphosis, the annual spring open house and arts showcase featuring student performances and tours of the new arts facilities from 6:00 p.m.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for April 21 Meeting

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for April 21 Meeting

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council today issued the agenda for the Council’s April 21, 2015 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7 p.m.

The agenda appears below and may be viewed as a pdf here.

1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1. Pledge of Allegiance _____________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve April 21, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1. Chairman ____________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ____________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1 Approve March 17, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________ Amy Cienfuegos
2.5. Corresponding Secretary ________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________ Officer Cooper
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station _______________ Lt. Robert Lewis
3.3. Cert ________________________________ Karen Gibson
3.4. County Fire ___________________________ Stephanie English

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION
4.1.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Teens Unhurt in Drive-by Shooting Attack

Teens Unhurt in Drive-by Shooting Attack

 

A group of teenagers were unhurt after shooters in a car fired multiple shots at them in a drive-by attack last night about 7 p.m. near Lincoln Avenue and West Mendocino Street, authorities said.

“We had a shooting at a group of individuals that apparently were walking here on Lincoln,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cruz Solis told the Pasadena Star-News. “The suspects were driving a dark colored car, possibly a [Dodge] Charger.”

Both patrol officers and gang detectives responded to the scene, and bullet casings reportedly were found.

Solis told the Star-News that the victims are not believed to have gang affiliations.

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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

Students Discuss and Learn About Bullying, Cyberbullying and to Deal With Them

Students Discuss and Learn About Bullying, Cyberbullying and to Deal With Them

Students at the Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School spent time Thursday thinking, discussing and learning about bullying and cyberbullying as they were led through a presentation by Deputy Scott Rule of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

The students were separated into smaller groups and were shown a PowerPoint presentation and had a discussion with Deputy Rule.

Rule explained what Cyberbullying consists of, and the different types of media that bullying can take place. The students were also given the tools on how to prevent all forms of bullying.

Approximately 200 students participated in this presentation.

The Sahag-Mesrob Armenian Christian School is located in the 2500 block of Maiden Lane.

Pictured is Deputy Rule at the assembly, talking with the students.

2501 Maiden Ln, Altadena, CA 91001
(626) 798-5020

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