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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Local Lawyers’ Association Offers $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

Local Lawyers’ Association Offers $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

A local lawyers’ association is offering Altadena students the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship.

The Pasadena Bar Association (PBA) is accepting student applications for its 5th annual Speech Scholarship Contest. Interested students should submit applications as soon as possible. This year the preliminary round will be held on May 9th from 9 a.m.to 4p.m. at La Salle High School.

The contestants will be expected to give a speech on their choice of one of three topics that the PBA provides. At the completion of the preliminary rounds, three students will move on to compete during the PBA’s Law Day luncheon on May 28, 2015 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium’s Gold Room.

During the final round, two finalists will be given seven minutes to present their speech to approximately 150 lawyers and dignitaries. Judging by attendees will occur during the PBA lunch, with the winner announcement shortly after. Speakers will be judged by a variety of factors including, but not limited to,

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Super Lineup Announced For the Folly Bowl

Super Lineup Announced For the Folly Bowl

The first dates of the Folly Bowl 2015 schedule have been set, according to hosts Susanna Dadd and James Griffiths.

The Folly Bowl is a concert series that this artistic Altadena couple stage in their ampitheatre-enhanced garden.  The concerts are everything from avant-garde performance pieces and films to Medieval music making.

Dadd says “We start on May 16 with Paul Livingstone:(http://www.tanpura.com/ ) and Peter Jacobson (https://myspace.com/peteplayscello).

July 18th will have another amazing double bill with the pholk singer Phranc ( www.phranc.la) and Non Credo (www.noncredo.com).

August 8th Matin Espina brings the world of his handmade instruments to the Bowl.
And August 22 the surprising Brad Dutz returns with his talented pranksters (braddutz.com).

For more, see https://www.facebook.com/TheFollyBowl?fref=nf

 

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Elected Officials Honor John Muir High School’s “Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development” at 7th Annual Benefit Gala

Elected Officials Honor John Muir High School’s “Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development” at 7th Annual Benefit Gala

High-ranking federal, state, county and city elected officials were among the celebrants at a benefit dinner saluting Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a long running character education and academic support organization for male students at John Muir High School.

Approximately 300 people attended the gala at Brookside Country Club which raised funds to support MPYD’s programs which include one-on-one mentoring, college and career preparation, a four-day summer camp and an on-campus motivational speaker series known as “Lunch With the Future.”

Presenting MPYD with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition, U.S. Rep. Judy Chu stated, “Obstacles can be daunting but the fact that you provide these (programs) really allows youth to succeed.”

California State Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden saluted MPYD leaders for “fighting hard to make sure the resources are available for this very important organization to perform its mission to…build character and integrity in our young men.”

Speaking on behalf of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Mayor Michael D.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Please Use This New Feature on Altadena Now

Please Use This New Feature on Altadena Now

We really want to provide needed news and information. To that end, we have introduced a new, easy-to-use tool we’d like to introduce.

Clicking our “Contact Us Now” form pops up a simple form on your screen you can use to send us breaking news tips, cell phone videos or photos, feature story ideas, tips, event listings or suggestions (or criticisms) for this site.

It’s all part of our initiative to engage Altadenans and be certain we publish useful, important news and information.

Here’s a video explaining this new feature:

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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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