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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Local Authors Want to Inspire Pasadena Public School Students With More Real-Life Stories

Local Authors Want to Inspire Pasadena Public School Students With More Real-Life Stories

Pasadena non-profit Light Bringer Project is about to launches the fifth issue of its online literary journal created by local authors as a resource for engaging and inspiring underserved public school students with relatable stories that are often missing in textbooks.

“Literature For Life” provides greater Los Angeles area young people with tailor-­made lesson plans designed to help teachers introduce locally-produced writing and artwork into their classrooms, so that students may see themselves and their communities better represented in their curriculum.

The free resource is published in two issues a year and contains a collection of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, short stories, articles, essays, and artwork from both award-winning authors and emerging young writers.

“The idea is to introduce current contemporary literature in the main from Los Angeles emerging writers into the classrooms of underserved public schools,” explained Tom Coston, president of Light Bringer Project.

“Ultimately, the bottom-line is to cultivate a love of reading and writing again by making stories that are relatable and current for students that have to do with their lives that are things that they can easily identify with.”

“Literature For Life” was created in 2011 by Altadena author Jervey Tervalon who spent five years as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District being dissatisfied with the textbooks that he was forced to use with his lesson plans.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Free Concert at Farnsworth Park this Saturday, July 8th with Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic Playing

Free Concert at Farnsworth Park this Saturday, July 8th with Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic Playing

Free concert at Farnsworth Park this Saturday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the amphitheater. The Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena presents the 21st Annual Summer Concert Series at Farnsworth Park, located at 568 E. Mount Curve Ave.

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, America’s premier youth fiddling show band from Saline, Michigan, astounds audiences every time the group takes the stage. The musicians, all high school students, present an energetic and polished show that features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions. Spirited vocals and Appalachian step dancing combine with the instrumentals to create an unforgettable live performance.

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic began in 1994 with a simple idea: introduce an alternative style of music education to public school students to maintain and expand their interest in music performance. Since then, the group has definitely set the standard for extracurricular music programs in the United States. It has grown into a model of instruction and motivation that is being emulated across the nation.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Altadena Library Announces Partnership with the Princeton Review to Provide PSAT and SAT Prep Courses

The Altadena Library Announces Partnership with the Princeton Review to Provide PSAT and SAT Prep Courses

PSAT & SAT Prep for Teens – Starting October 28th, 2017

The Altadena Library is thrilled to announce a partnership with the Princeton Review to provide PSAT and SAT prep courses!

This series begins on October 28th with a practice PSAT test. Over the following months, participants will be given the opportunity to review their results and attend three more sessions covering curated drawn from the results of the practice test.

“Over the past several months, several parents and teens have expressed an interest in free SAT prep classes. This series is designed to meet that need,” says Kate Shumaker, teen librarian. These classes will be offered free of charge during the 2017-2018 school year. This is a great opportunity to start getting ready for your SATs by practicing for the PSAT. The PSAT is slightly more accessible to younger students allowing preparation to begin as early as ninth grade.

If you have any questions or would like to register yourself or your child,

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, June 24th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, June 24th

Sunday, June 18th

12:00 AM – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 300 block of Acacia. Suspect has been identified as an acquaintance. Investigation is on-going.
12:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2200 block of Midwick Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: white plastic box, black sweatshirt, food, and various books.
4:30 PM – A vandalism occurred in the 2300 block of N. El Sereno Avenue. Damage: dented BBQ smoker.

Monday, June 19th

9:30 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2200 block of N. Roosevelt Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by removing the window panes. Stolen: gold ring, gold pocket watches, and sterling silver forks.
9:31 AM – A motorcycle was reported stolen from the 500 block of W. Mariposa Street. Motorcycle described as a green 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300.
3:30 PM – A theft of landscaping equipment occurred in the 1200 block of N.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Launches Beautiful Altadena 91001 Merchandise Line

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Launches Beautiful Altadena 91001 Merchandise Line

Iconic Webster’s Community Pharmacy atop Lake Avenue in Altadena is now home to an exclusive collection of “Beautiful Altadena 91001” merchandise line that includes items for the home, apparel and is designed for those who want to show their civic pride.

The locally designed and manufactured items is a true Altadena effort that will also give back to the community by donating proceeds to community partners.

Beautiful Altadena 91001 merchandise will be sold exclusively at Webster’s Community Pharmacy and an official launch party will be held on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of a new community brand.

“There has been some branding for Altadena, but this is the first comprehensive collection,” said Aubin Wilson of Webster’s Community Pharmacy.

“Altadena, it’s a community that takes a lot of pride in its community – we want to show it off and let the world know that Altadena is beautiful. Here we are nestled in the foothills in the San Gabriel Mountains and we’ve got a great story to tell,”

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 20, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 20, 2017

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s June 20, 2017 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1. Pledge of Allegiance ___________________________ Council Member
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3. Approve June 20, 2017 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1. Approve May 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Lt. Yolanda Clay
3.3. CERT ________________________________________ Deputy Dan Paige
3.4. Map Your Neighborhood _______________________ Karen Gibson / Eric Vander Velde
3.5.

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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, June 9, 2017

Altadena Town Council Election Saturday

Altadena Town Council Election Saturday

The Altadena Town Council election kicks off Saturday at various polling locations throughout the community from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Representatives to the Altadena Town Council are elected by Census Tract (CT) to two-year terms, and each tract has two members who are elected in alternating years.

CT 4601
No candidate.

CT 4602
Census Tract 4602 incumbent candidate Billy Malone has been on the Altadena Town Council since 2013. Malone’s focus will be on keeping this community the upbeat, unique place that it has always been while working toward its financial stability through encouragement of economic and business growth, according to the ATC website.

Malone has sat on the Executive Committee for the past two years and has also sat on the Board and served as President for the Altadena Chamber of Commerce. Malone’s involvement as an Altadena Town Council member has also included assisting local Pasadena Unified School District schools and community organizations in obtaining grants.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, June 3rd

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, June 3rd

Sunday, May 28th

9:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 500 block of W. Harriet Street. Vehicle damage: slashed tire.

Monday, May 29th

12:49 PM – A battery occurred in the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue.

Tuesday, May 30th

12:57 PM – Sean Thomas, 29 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the 2100 block of Summit Avenue for domestic battery.

Wednesday, May 31st

2:45 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 1800 block of N. Lake Avenue. Vehicle damage: shattered window.
4:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2100 block of Crawford Avenue. Vehicle damage: spray paint.
4:41 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1800 block of Midlothian Drive. Suspects entered the location by shattering the rear sliding window. Suspects described as (2) males between 18 and 25 years of age wearing dark clothing. Stolen: various watches and ring.
9:40 PM – Oscar Sanchez,

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Altadena Summer Beach Bus Service Begins June 13

Altadena Summer Beach Bus Service Begins June 13

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that the Altadena Summer Beach Bus service to Santa Monica Beach will start on Wednesday, June 13.

“The Beach Bus service runs through Labor Day, providing our residents an opportunity to travel to the beach without having to drive through traffic, find a parking space or feed a parking meter,” Supervisor Barger said.

Passengers can board the Summer Beach Bus every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from June 13 through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2015. The stop locations are at the Metro bus stop at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Ventura Street; Loma Alta Park; Mariposa Street in front of the Altadena Senior Center, and the Metro bus stop at the intersection of Allen Avenue and Oakwood Street.

Reservations are available and strongly recommended to ensure seating availability. To reserve a trip, please visit www.LAGoBus.com. The fare is $3 per round-trip for children and adults. For senior citizens (age 60 and older) and people with disabilities,

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