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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BIP 3 Times: A Series of One Acts by Kres Mersky at Altadena Library

BIP 3 Times: A Series of One Acts by Kres Mersky at Altadena Library

BIP 3 Times: A series of One Acts by Kres Mersky will be performed at the Altadena Main Library on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. BIP 3 Times is a staged presentation of Kres’ collection of one-acts and monologues. These pieces are wonderfully absurdist views of life fused with idiosyncratic detail and much pathos. As the Hollywood Reporter has said, “This is a series of sketches that are marvels of rich inventive detail and expression. An evening that is remarkably rejuvenating to the jaded theater-goers spirit.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “with acutely observed detail of character and warm insights, Mersky delicately illuminates the psychics of 14 ladies. 14 of the most delightful people you’d care to meet at a single setting.”

Kres Mersky hails from Los Angeles and has performed widely in film, theater and television appearing in such shows as Charlie’s Angels, Taxi and Murder She Wrote. Kres has been nominated by the Mark Taper Forum for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in playwriting.

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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

Standardized Testing from College Admissions Point of View

Standardized Testing from College Admissions Point of View

As part of an ongoing series of college counseling workshops, Altadena Library will host Ashley Sim’s Free workshop for teens: Standardized Testing from College Admissions Point of View on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. Points discussed will include: Standardized tests can often be the most stressful part of a high school student’s career, especially as he or she ponders how they’ll impact his or her college applications. What standardized tests should be taken and when? How do colleges evaluate them? What are the current trends in testing?

Ashley Sim, former admissions officer for Caltech, is an educational consultant who provides individualized academic advising and college and law school admissions counseling to students and parents. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, she has worked in college admissions for more than 15 years as an alumni admissions representative of Stanford and as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the California Institute of Technology. In addition to advising her own clients, Ashley works as a consultant for College,

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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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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Releases Information About Spate of 4 Recent Shootings

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Releases Information About Spate of 4 Recent Shootings

In the past few weeks there have been several shootings in the Altadena area.

The Los Angeles Conty Sheriff’s Department, in a statement Tuesday night, said that although “we can share some additional details about the incidents, however, there are some aspects we cannot share concerning the crimes due to ongoing investigations.”

Investigators are looking into the possibility that a couple of the shootings may be gang related, Sheriff’s Department officials said.

“Stopping violent acts such as these will take all of the Altadena community to work with Law Enforcement and share information to help solve and stop these incidents from occurring,” the statement said.

Here is what the Sheriff’s Department shared about the recent shootings:

On Monday, July 25, 2016, at 11:00 pm, an adult male and female were in a car in the 600 block of East Pine St. The male victim sustained a wound to his left palm and right wrist. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, August 6th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, August 6th

Sunday, July 31st

12:11 AM – Dalonte Andrews, 25 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 2200 block of Fair Oaks Avenue for domestic violence.
9:08 PM – Three juveniles were taken into custody in the 2900 block of N. El Nido Drive for battery and residential vandalism.

Monday, August 1st

9:50 PM – A battery with a water bottle occurred in the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect identified as the victim’s ex-boyfriend.
10:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect is the victim’s ex-girlfriend.

Tuesday, August 2nd

1:59 AM – An assault with a deadly weapon (hands/feet) occurred in the 1500 block of Coolidge Avenue. The victims were walking northbound on Coolidge when they were approached by a male White in his 20’s and (2) male Blacks in their 20’s. The suspects punched and kicked the victims and fled the area.
8:00 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 700 block of W.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Law Enforcement Officers Join Youth for Basketball and BBQ

Law Enforcement Officers Join Youth for Basketball and BBQ

Last month Captain Vicki Stuckey of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement officers visited Hathaway-Sycamores. They came for a spirited game of basketball and to enjoy some tasty barbeque with the boys at our El Nido residential campus.

The visiting team included deputies, firefighters, probation officers and volunteers. “The Goal is very simple, to improve the relationship between our community, our foster youth and our law enforcement,” according to Hathaway-Sycamores Senior Vice President Joe Ford. Joe encouraged the boys to make some friends, ask some questions. It is his hope that the boys will see them as people. As Deputy Scott Rule said, “This is the start. We’ve got to start somewhere.” The basketball game and barbeque was the second in a series of ongoing activities planned to build good relationships between the youth and law enforcement officers. We were honored to have Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich join us for the festivities too!

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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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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Fifty Years On, These Former Students Still Love Their Sixth-Grade Homeroom Teacher

Fifty Years On, These Former Students Still Love Their Sixth-Grade Homeroom Teacher

Having learned in harmony during a time of racial strife, they gathered at Mijares Restaurant last Saturday evening to thank the man who guided them in their youth and enriched their lives forever.

Dr. Mel Beech, a former sixth-grade Pasadena Unified teacher no one from his homeroom class of 1967-68 will ever forget, said he remembers that year of national social and political unrest as “a good one” for him and his students at Altadena Elementary School.

His former students clearly agree. So much so that some flew in from across the country to let him know how important he has been to them.

Alumnus Tod Dawson hatched the idea with classmate Warner Session of throwing a party for Dr. Beech by taking advantage of the class reunion at John Muir High School, saying the timing was perfect.

The Connecticut-based business executive explained why he made the effort: “Did you ever have that one teacher that kind of opened the blinds and lit a spark?

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