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by Timothy Rutt
The Folly Bowl takes us back to the Renaissance with a free concert by The Briton Ensemble on Sunday, June 2.
The Ensemble, directed by James Briton Hendricks, sings 16th-19th century madrigals plus original compositions. They perform at the Renaissance Fair and Dickens Christmas Fair, and give two concerts a year in Altadena.
Admission is free, but bring something for the potluck thereafter.
The Folly Bowl is at 1601 E. Loma Alta Drive. Doors open at 4:30, concert starts at 5 PM.
by Timothy Rutt
Bill Westphal's critter-cam caught a few interesting visitors to the neighborhood in recent days: a bobcat, a bear (a wet bear, by the looks of it -- check your hot tub!) and an animal control officer. The latter have been seen around town lately checking for unlicensed pets, so now's a good time to take care of that ...
by Timothy Rutt
Altadena Sheriff Station Captain John S. Benedict carried the torch for the final leg of the annual Peace Officers Memorial Relay Sunday afternoon. Runners carried a torch from sheriff station to station to remember the officers who have fallen in the line of duty.
Sunday, four names were remembered by the runners: Deputy Constable Charles A. De Moranville, who was killed during an arrest in 1909; Chief Henry P. Tracy of the Pomona Police Department, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1915; and Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies Harry S. Guard and Emma Benson, who were killed when their Model T was struck by a trolley in 1919. More pictures after the jump.
Once again, the East Altadena Challengers finish the season with a perfect score, 34-0; With 20 team members and 24 coaches, the Challengers' strategy included blanketing the diamond with fielders when the other team was at bat; Challenger Rosie comes in to score.
by TImothy Rutt
The East Altadena Little League's Challenger Angels team -- a team for children with special needs -- held its big game Sunday against EALL's senior Angels team. As every year, the seniors apparently lost all ability to play baseball, meaning the Challengers had a chance to hit, run, score, and field and feel the sweet feeling of victory.
Special thanks to the senior Angels for ensuring the little ones had a good time, and to all the coaches who commited their spring afternoons to teaching and being mentors to these children. Wait 'til next year.
Come eat a locally grown and harvested, gourmet meal and support Muir Ranch's summer intern program! (Heels are not recommended for mulch pathways!)
The dinner features speaker Robert Egger: As former president of the DC Central Kitchen, and founder of LA Kitchen opening this year, Egger will speak on food justice, food access, food waste, and the importance of involving the youth in growing their own food.
Muir Ranch is a combination school farm, community-supported agriculture business, and culinary school acting as a teen jobs program.
The Ranch is seekign donations of kitchen items ( CLICK HERE to check out our gift registry -- First name: Muir Last name: Ranch)
Price is $57, with a $4.13 ticket fee. Sign up at http://summerinterns.eventbrite.com/
All photos © Sarah Allegra. All rights reserved and used with permission.
by Timothy Rutt
Allegra’s work currently focuses on her photography, but her goal is not just to create pretty pictures: her latest emphasis is exploring mythological themes, drawing on the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell, creating dreamlike pictures, frequently of women in elaborate costumes, having journeys in a primordial landscape.
But the gowns and elaborate decoration are all done on a budget. And the forest primeval is frequently her Altadena backyard, enhanced by creative angles and Photoshop.
Enter the camera
“About three and a half years ago,” she said, “I first picked up a camera to use for artistic purposes as opposed to just documenting somebody’s birthday ...I had done a little art modeling for other photographers in the area and found myself with some ideas that would make some really good photos -- but they weren’t the photographer’s ideas. And it’s usually hard to make a photographer do your ideas as opposed to theirs. I’m the same way now that I’m a photographer, so I understand.”
Using the name “Artos the Bear” (a figure from mythology), the 4 ft. 11 in. brunette with naturally curly hair posed for several edgy local photographers (including Geoff Ashley, who became her husband). As an art model, she was fearless, taking everything from vintage costumes in studio to nudity on city streets in stride.
The Henninger family attended a ceremony at Henninger Flats to recognize the100th anniversary of the LA County FIre Forestry Division. 1. The descendants of the Henninger family. 2. From left, Chief Mike Takeshita, Ranger Johann Loockhard, Alana Longoria, James Aguirre, Tim Murphy and Chief Frank Vidales 3. From the left, Takeshita, Aguire, Chief Frank Vidales, and Deputy Jose Martinez present the plaque. 4. The plaque commemorating the fire division 5. Correspondent TIm Murphy's 50-lb. 1950 vintage Schwinn bicycle made it up the hill. Note the modification on the handlebars for the beverage of your choice.
by Tim Murphy
I was honored to be part of a very special event at Henninger Flats on Friday, May 17. Rangers, deputies and chiefs from LA County Fire Forestry Division drove 11 of the original Henninger family members up the Mt. Wilson Toll Road to Henninger for a reunion and ceremony. They were there to install a commemorative plaque they had donated to recognize the 100th anniversary of LA County Fire Forestry Division which has owned the flats since 1928.
In attendance were Dean Henninger and Corine Henninger, James Aguirre (who has written a book about the Henninger family) Julian Aguirre, Lucille Henninger Aguirre and her son Danny, Linda Henninger Escobeda, Donna Galvan, Tim Miguel, Jannine Longoria and her daughter Alanna. James Aguirre's family are the direct descendants of William Henninger, the original owner of Henninger Flats. In attendance for LA County Fire, Forestry were Chief Frank Vidales, Chief Mike Takeshita, Deputy Jose Martinez and Ranger Johann Lockhard.
After the ceremony and installation of the plaque, LA County Fire provided a great BBQ lunch. For anyone interested, James Aguirre has donated many photos and artifacts that are on display in the small museum at the site.
Tah Gallery, 1015 Mission Street in South Pasadena, will display his work through June 9. For information, the gallery website is www.tahgallery.com.His constructed box “Transformation” is included in the exhibition “Changes,” a Pasadena Society of Artists show at the Pasadena Public Library Main Branch during the month of May.
Smith was born in Japan but has lived in Altadena since he was a year old. His recent work reflects influences from both Asia and the Americas – a fusion of cultures. He is a graduate of Pasadena schools and received a BA from Occidental College, where his mentor was Robert Hansen.
The club, open to all teens ages 13-17. To learn more, stop by the Youth Reference Desk. It's fun, FREE, and easy. Space is limited, so sign up today.
by TImothy Rutt
Baum represents Trustee Area 1, which includes La Cañada Flintridge, the San Rafael and Linda Vista neighborhoods of west Pasadena, and the western portions of Altadena. In 2006, he was appointed to a six year term on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In a statement, Baum said that family concerns played a role in not seeking a fourth term:
Most of all, I am (undeservedly) fortunate that (wife) Lisa and (daughter) Amy have been willing to put up with the demands and sacrifices of nights and weekends away from home that come with serving in elective office. After each election, I promised Lisa (and then Amy, who was not around for that first campaign in 2001) that it would be the last term. This time, I reached the conclusion that it would be wise to avoid testing the limits of their patience and risk falling short in my professional and personal responsibilities (including taking out the trash on Wednesday nights).
by Timothy Rutt
According to NBBA, all 17 candidates have been invited, and will be asked to respond to questions provided ahead of time as well as take questions from the audience. Marge NIchols will moderate.
"Our goal in hosting the Forum is to increase participation in Altadena's most local election. We wanted to offer the opportunity for Altadenans to come together to talk about our future," according to Nicole Moore of NBBA.
The forum will be held from 7-8:30 PM at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Dr. The election is Saturday, June 8.
For more information about the Candidate Forum or Neighbors Building a Better Altadena: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-344-7806
by Timothy Rutt
Southern California Edison reports that 2,236 customers in Altadena are currently without power, and no estimate as to when they will be up. We're still trying to pinpoint the locations affected.
UPDATE: as of 1:30 PM, down to 196 customers, and they blame trees on the lines.
by Timothy Rutt
Now the car companies have discovered Altadena ....
On the heels of the Audi commercial featuring Spock vs. Spock at the Altadena Town & Country Club, Buick has released a long-form commercial marinated in Altadena. The premise: Daniel Kent (Plow & Gun Coffee) is taking his friend Steve Rudicel (Zane Grey Estate, Press Restaurant, Institute of Domestic Technology) out for a one-day Airstream vacation, but not before stopping at Altadenan Karen Klemens' Mother Moo Creamery and at the studio of California Bohemian Leather (Lance Anderson and Marisol Martinez) before heading off for some R&R. It's a great ad with great people in it. Now we'll be known for our food culture and car commercials ...
SInce the commercial automatically starts, we've put it after the jump so you don't have to hear it all the time!
from the Aveson School for Leaders
Parents, educators and other professionals working with children are invited to a free, open-to-the-public “Helping Kids Handle Stress” parent education event on Thursday, May 23, 6:30-8:30 PM at Aveson School of Leaders, 1919 E. Pinecrest Drive in Altadena.
“Helping Kids Handle Stress” will shed light on how stress impacts our children’s learning and ability to interact effectively in everyday situations. Five expert panelists will discuss what stress is, how it affects your child’s brain and behavior and what parents, teachers - and children themselves - can do to help.
According to Aveson School of Leaders director, Kate Bean, school, siblings, friends, parents, and even summer vacation are all a source of joy in a child’s life and a source of stress. Although stress is unavoidable, children can learn to handle it and even thrive from it.
“Our goal is to educate adults on how to help children identify stress, learn how to respond to it and ultimately use it to make a positive impact on their lives,” says Bean. “Our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Action Team is one of many teams addressing these issues and we are proud to offer it to the community at-large.”
Panelists include Dr. Peter Gero, founder and director of the BLAST Social Skills Program; Dr. Niki Elliott, founder of Innerlight Sanctuary; Ariel Wrye, parent educator and professional trainer at Echo Parenting and Education; and Shay Sayani and Jennifer Carey, Aveson School of Leaders advisors.
For more information about the Helping Kids Handle Stress parent education event, contact Aveson School of Leaders’ Social Emotional Learning Action Team at SocialEmotionalLearning@aveson.org or call 626-797-1440.
Jamie Bissner writes that he's (or rather, his dog) found a 4 1/2 in. in diameter red-eared slider on the 2200 block of Maiden Lane midway to Norwic Place. As these are non-native (in fact invasive) and riparian (i.e. river-dwelling), and fast-moving for a turtle, this is probably somebody's errant pet.
UPDATE: It was -- he's gone home now.
1. The calm before the storm: the library's Community Room awaits buyers before the sale begins. 2. Earlybird buyers wait impatiently outside for the 3 PM opening. 3-4. And they're off! Buyers filled boxes, bags, backpacks, and their arms as fast as they could to get the low-hanging good stuff.
by Timothy Rutt
The bookhounds, that is, as the Altadena Library opened up its annual book sale to earlybird buyers Friday afternoon. Members of Friends of the Altadena Library could get into the sale early, and hard-core readers (and several used book dealers) ran inside when the doors opened to pick the sweetest fruit. Have no fear, there are plenty of books left. The sale continues Saturday from 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday from 1-4 PM.
Our column for the Pasadena Sun is already online, looking at the Memorial Day ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery.
FOUND 7 pm May 17, 2013
White crested pigeon (or dove?) with black tail. Very tame. No band.
Found in our yard, on Beverly Drive (near Washington and Allen). The bird seemed to be trying to get into the house (coop?) and was very easy to catch.
We do not have a proper coop or pen; we have the bird is in a pet carrier with water and food. If we don't find an owner by Monday, we will need to take it to the Humane Society.
Please call Roberto at 626-394-0714.
UPDATE 5/20: The pigeon has been adopted into a new home that knows how to take care of them.
by Timothy Rutt
NOTE: This story has been revised to include Samir A. Sahegh -- election chair Eric Pierce said Sahegh called in as he was stuck in traffic and couldn't turn be at the community center to turn in his application by the 5 PM cutoff.
Altadena town council elections tend to run cold and hot. Last year -- with only 78 valid votes cast -- it was cold.
This year, it's hot.
Seventeen residents threw their hats in the ring for next month's election, and four incumbents opted not to run again.
But in one census tract, there's no competition: nobody entered for Census Tract 4603.02.
Candidates will be invited to a forum at the next town council meeting, May 21. The election will be held June 8.
The list of candidates running is after the jump.
The New Los Angeles Folk Festival presents "Tonalism, " an all-night ambient music happening, at the Zorthian Ranch from 6 PM June 15-6 AM June 16:
Tonalism is a dusk-to-dawn event inspired by La Monte Young’s “Dream House” as well as the work of musicians and composers such as Terry Riley, Yoko Ono and John Cage. Tonalism combines harmonious textures in a surround sound system with visual elements to create an atmosphere where the audience is encouraged to bring pillows, cushions and sleeping bags to lay down, listen and watch for an extended period of time. DJs, live musicians and video artists play and perform throughout the night; starting at sunset and ending at sunrise. Complimentary tea and water are provided to all who attend.
All ages are welcome, and the event is free.
A lot to do this weekend, but first a word from our sponsors:
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by Timothy Rutt
Lots of reports, but other than approving the slate of candidates and other election-related matters, no action is currently on the agenda.
The Altadena Town Council meets at 7 PM Tues., May 21, at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Dr. Agenda after the jump.
by Timothy Rutt
We have made a decision to close our missing/found pet form after several months. There were several problems with it: it had become unreliable (some reports didn' t make it to us for days) and some people could never figure out how it worked. There was also no capability for sending pictures thru the form -- they had to be sent separately, and that lost some convenience points.
Not that we're not going to report missing and found pets -- this is one of our main jobs! What we ARE asking is that, if you have found or lost a pet, you include some basic information:
WHO: You are, so we can resolve this successfully
WHAT: Description of pet, including identifying marks, collar, microchipping, etc.
WHEN: When did you find it/ lose it
WHERE: Location where you found it/lost it/last seen
HOW: Tell us some of the circumstance of how the pet was lost or found -- maybe it will spark somebody.
We love our animals, and they should all go back to the homes of people who love them! Just write to: email@example.com, and include a picture if you can.
Arohi describes itself as "Raga Jazz Chamber Music," with Paul Livingstone (sitar), Pedro Eustache (bansuri and flute), Leonice Shinnerman (tabla & percussion), Dave Lewis (drums) and Peter Jacobson (cello).
Tickets are $15 suggested donation or $10 for students at the door.
The Folly Bowl is at 1601 E. Loma Alta Drive. Please bring a blanket for warmth, and pack out any food you bring in.
by Timothy Rutt
Two student filmmakers from John Muir High School won a $500 first place award from the California Division of Fish and Wildlife for their bear awareness film.
Jose Nuno and Alex Burgos competed in the Division's annual Bear Aware Film Contest, to raise awareness about securing food and trash in black bear habitat.
"This is our second year holding the Bear Aware Film Contest, and we were very impressed with the thoughtfulness and creativity that went into these films,” said Marc Kenyon, CDFW’s bear program manager. “The contest is a great way to engage our youth in helping to conserve our natural resources while also informing the public about their responsibilities in keeping black bears wild.”
Second prize of $300 went to Hasmik Djoulakian from Clark Magnet School in Glendale, and the third-place prize of $200 went to Chase Baker, Erik Bakhshi and Boris Kitapszyan, also from Clark Magnet School.
The film contest, which focused on student in the San Gabriel Valley, was made possible by donations from Sierra Club ($600) and Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga ($400).
The Sheriff's Support Group of Altadena will hold its second annual Community Golf Classic at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena on Friday, June 14.
Cost is $150 per player, or $500 per foursome. Proceeds go to the Sheriff's Support Group.
For more information, contact Deputy Michael Spina at 626-296-2105 or Sgt. Matthew Rossier at 626-296-2106.
The Third Annual Firehouse School Yard & Bake Sale Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 7AM-1 PM. The sale is at the school located at 1923 N. Allen Ave in Altadena (on the corner of Allen & New York).
All items have been lovingly donated by the families of Firehouse School including the array of fresh, home baked goods. ALL proceeds go to the school & fund items such as new playground equipment and year end activities for the kids.
Items are gently used/worn and in working condition and include books, infant gear, kids clothing/shoes, adult clothing/shoes, housewares, toys, and the like. Please stop by to support our local school!
Cat is very friendly but coyotes are everywhere. Time is of the essence. Contact Mike at 626-429-0991 if you know anything about her home.
from the Altadena Election Committee:
Applications for the 2013 Altadena Town Council Elections are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, May 17, at the Altadena Community Center – 730 East Altadena Drive. The Community Center is open late on Wednesday and Thursday, from 1:00 to 10:00 pm, and Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Applications can be downloaded from AltadenaElection.org, or picked up at the clerk’s window at the Community Center. A map of the eight census tracts is also available on the website.
by Joe Piasecki
In addition to running school board meetings, the board president has the power to veto proposed discussion topics or bring them up for a vote.
Resolution of the school district’s leadership limbo comes as the board grapples with appointing a seventh member to fill out their ranks, one who may be crucial in deciding the balance of power among local education officials.
from the Altadena Sheriff Station
Altadena deputies, families and friends will pick up the torch from Crescenta Valley Station and run into Altadena at approximately 2 PM, on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The Memorial Torch will run its final leg through Altadena to the Altadena Sheriff's Station. We would like to invite the public to cheer on the runners as they make their way north at Woodbury Road north onto N. Windsor Ave. and then east on Ventura St., north bound on Casitas Ave. to Altadena Dr. and then east bound to the Altadena Sheriff's Station.
The Memorial Torch Relay run was established in 1976 to honor the memory of those brave, dedicated peace officers in Los Angeles County who have sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duties.
This three day run consists of 56 legs with each leg approximately 5 to 10 miles in length and covering more than 300 miles. The memorial torch will pass to each of the mainland sheriff’s stations throughout the county. Avalon Station will conduct their relay on the island during the week. Over 2,000 runners, most of whom are peace officers run during their off duty time to honor the lives of the fallen. The relay run will begin Friday morning, May 17 at the Sherman Block Sheriff’s Headquarters Building in Monterey Park and travels to each mainland Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol station, ending at our very own Altadena Sheriff Station. Sheriff Lee Baca commemorates the event by leading the first leg of the run.
by Heather Morrow
On Tuesday, May 14, the Relay For Life of Altadena hosted their Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Breakfast at Amy’s Patio Café. Amy’s Patio Café generously offered to sponsor the event and served a choice of egg or pancake breakfast to attendees. In most communities, this event is scheduled before Relay to celebrate survivors and their caregivers.
“I am honored to offer the Survivor & Caregiver Breakfast at my restaurant, Amy’s Patio Café, in memory of my beloved mother-in-law, Camille," said Amy's owner, Amie Moore. " We lost Camille a couple of years ago to a very aggressive form of breast cancer. It was much too soon, as she never had a chance to meet our adoptive son or participate in other joyous life events that everyone should get to celebrate.”
The Relay For Life of Altadena invites individuals who want to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease to join its Relay For Life, scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Altadena at Farnsworth Park. Relay For Life is an overnight community celebration where individuals and teams camp out, barbecue, dance, and take turns walking around a track relay style to raise funds to fight cancer. 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.
Altadena is “In It to Win It”! To join a Relay For Life of Altadena, call 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit ww.RelayForLife.org/altadenaca.
LaQuetta M. Shamblee will hold a mini-grantwriting workshop at Webster's Fine Stationers on Tuesday, May 21, from 6-8 PM.
Shamblee is the author of "The Grantbuilder Step-by-Step Grant Writing Workbook."
Let La Quetta guide you through the pathways to receiving grant funding. La Quetta has extensive hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector, including grants administration and contracts management. She has managed mufti-disciplinary staff and grant-funded programs at some of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Southern California. She served as the financial administrator for Los Angeles County's second largest HIV outpatient clinic, Deputy Director for Caring for Babies with AIDS and Director of Programs and Services for AIDS Service Center in Pasadena, CA.
The workbooks is available at Webster's for #35. Buy the book and attend the $30 grant workshop at half price.
Register here, although admission will also be accepted at the door.
A smorgasbord of miscreants this week: burglaries, vandalism, narcotics and battery on a peace officer (not a good move). The crime blotter is provided by the Altadena Sheriff Station
Sunday, May 5
Between 6:30 PM and 11:00 AM (Monday) – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 200 block of W. Acacia St. Loss: car stereo.
9:32 AM – Suspect Jose Soto, (male/32 yrs.) of Pasadena was arrested in the 2300 block of Glenrose Avenue for being a felon in possession of a gun.
12:45 PM – Suspect Ramon Hernandez (male/31 yrs.) was arrested in the 500 block of Crosby Street for violating a domestic violence restraining order.
2:38 PM – Suspect Stanley Ludd (male/61 yrs.) was arrested in the 900 block of Lake Avenue, for possession of narcotics paraphernalia and for an outstanding warrant.
7:21 PM – Suspect Damon Caldwell (male/47) was arrested at “RJ’s Liquor” on Woodbury Road for being drunk in public. The suspect was contacted by deputies after he was causing a disturbance at the location.
Monday, May 6
7:13 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 4100 block of Canyon Crest Road. ***Vehicle was recovered by LAPD Hollywood on 5/10/13***
Between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM (Tuesday) – A residential burglary occurred in the 1300 block of New York Drive. Loss: construction tools.
Tuesday, May 7
A 15 year old suspect was arrested for vandalism after breaking a window in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive. (Group Home).
Thursday, May 9
Between 1:00 AM and 6:00 AM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 300 block of Laun Street. Suspects unknown broke the vehicle’s driver’s side window.
Between 9:45 AM and 10:50 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of E. Mendocino Street. Loss: checks and jewelry. ***Possible suspect(s) driving a mustard colored cargo truck***
Friday, May 10
Between 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM – A vandalism occurred in the 1400 block of Crest Drive. Suspects unknown bent a front gate, possibly by kicking it open.
9:36 PM – Suspect Zachary Ward (male/22 yrs.) of Altadena was arrested for battery on a peace officer.
Saturday, May 11
1:57 PM – Suspect Gevork Jabakchurian, 30 yrs, of Pasadena was arrested at the Bank of America, 2345 N. Lake Ave. for grand theft, burglary, and check forgery.
Between May 5th and May 11th there were 6 runaway juveniles reported to the Altadena Sheriff Station.
by Timothy Rutt
In addition to the new summer hours (4-8 PM) and "picnic in the park" (see previous story here), the Altadena Farmer's Market is offering even more this summer.
Market manager Joseph Shuldiner writes:
We are currently organizing programing to take place at the market from June – September. The program is called Summer Nights at the Altadena Farmers’ Market. We will have four different programs and also a new stage area on the Great Lawn, adjacent to the market .
Summerstock - Featuring local entertainers and performers
Summer Camp - Our series of food demonstrations and DIY food projects
Summer School – Lectures and panels on food, agriculture and other related topics
Summer Movies – Screening of food-related movies and documentaries.
And, he says, they keep adding new vendors:
Last week we welcomed Pizza of Venice to the market! They have a “You Buy it We Bake it” policy, which is a fun and interactive way for customers to eat market produce at the market! Next week (May 22) we have the privilege of adding El Huarache Azteca to the market. Huarache is a wonderful family run Mexican restaurant in Highland Park. They will be serving up some wonderful Mexican food and aquas frescas in the Altadena Farmers’ Market expanding “Food Circle”!
The Altadena Farmer's Market is on Wednesdays at Loma Alta Park on Palm Street, at the corner of LIncoln Avenue, next to the Altadena Community Garden.
The Caltech-Occidental Concert Band and Caltech Jazz Band, directed by William Bing, are pleased to present the 33rd annual Bandorama. This free concert will place on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18 at 8 PM in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium.
Featured on the concert band half of the program will be music from "Les Miserables", "On the Town", "West Side Story", and "Candide". The jazz band will perform music from the Count Basie Library as well as more contemporary sounds from local composers.
Guest conductors will be Christine Loza and Jeffrey Thompson. Both guest conductors have played in the band for many years and will receive their Ph.D.’s from Caltech in June.
The concerts are free and no tickets are required. There is free parking nearby. Early arrival is encouraged, as these concerts are popular and well attended. For further information, please visit bands.caltech.edu or call (626) 395-3295.
The Los Angeles County Health Officer would like to remind everyone that precautions should be taken, especially by older adults, caretakers of infants and children, individuals who participate in outdoor activities, and individuals who are sensitive to the heat.
“Everyone should remember to take special care of themselves, children, the elderly, and their pets. When temperatures are high, prolonged sun exposure may cause dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “Never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in vehicles, even with the windows ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.”
Local cooling centers are: the Altadena Senior Center, 560 E. Mariposa St., Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM; and the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 W. Holly Street, Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday 8:30 AM-3 PM.
Explore dijon mustard, fermented ketchup, vegan Worcestershire Sauce, and Sriracha without the rooster.
Cost is $95 (includes ingredients, supplies and tastings)
Our guide is Zach Negin, impresario of mustard and owner of SoNo Mustard company. We'll explore life beyond mustard 101 beginning with:
Dijon Mustard: Create a beautifully smooth Dijon mustard with white wine. That's just for starters
Fermented Ketchup: We'll dive into the world of fermented ketchup that will forever change your mind about that squeeze bottle sitting in your refrigerator door.
(Vegan) Worcestershire Sauce: Next comes a vegan worcestershire sauce recipe from the Institute director's cookbook "Pure Vegan". Who knew that those pesky anchovies give commercial worcestershire sauce that umami flavor? We'll prove them wrong with our homemade "veganshire" version.
Sriracha: If you love that spicy, Asian hot sauce in the squeeze bottle with a rooster printed on it, you'll love making your own. Our version doesn't contain Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, or Xanthan Gum … I hope you don't mind?
Hi! Can you help us or know of someone who can? We are looking for a family or two to call our own.
We were found running the streets together. They told us the streets are pretty dangerous for a couple of little guys like us. Neither of us is micro-chipped.
I am the poodle– the cute guy on the left. You’d never believe it now, but I started out looking like a mop! I don’t think I ever had a haircut because I had long dreadlocks – that hurt whenever I moved. But look at me now! My rescue person gave me the smartest “do” I ever had. Don’t I look great? I feel terrific! I am not sure how old I am but, likely between 6-12 months old. I must have lived outside all my life, because I am not house trained – yet! People tell me I am very smart and a real sweetie!
I am the Chihuahua – the small one on the right who loves belly rubs! I don’t really know how old I am but somewhere between 6 and 12 months old. I must have been living outside all my life too, because I am not house trained either – yet! I am very smart and well behaved otherwise, so please don’t hold that against me. I am not neutered, but my rescue person can help with that.
We both love lots of attention, playing, being petted, good food and napping. Well, come to think of it….who doesn’t, right?
Can you help us find good homes, either together or separately?
And that’s our story…
Can you offer a wonderful home to us?
If you are interested, please call Lucy at 310-709-3744
by Timothy Rutt
When Kim Kenne of Altadena recently won election to a new sub-district seat, she resigned her at-large seat (the district is switching to a representative-by-district system, rather than electing each member at large). PUSD advertised for candidates to fill the remaining two years of the at-large term. The winning candidate will be selected by the school board.
Among the candidates are several Altadenans: retiree Serafin Espinoza; Hermond D. Cooper, who ran against Kenne in the March election; Ioakin P. Boutakidis, a professor at CSU-Fulllerton; Cushon C. Bell, who ran against Renatta Cooper as a write-in candidate in 2011; and Hanna H. MacLaren, who lists her profession as "Educator-Community Partners, Los Angeles Coalition of Essential Schools."
Other notable candidates include other unsuccessful candidates in the last school board election. Besides Cooper, Guillermo Arce, Luis C. Ayala, Ruben Hueso, and Stella Murga also put in their applications. German Barrero ran for PUSD board in 2005.
Tony Brandenburg, a special education advocate and frequent guest blogger at the Sierra Madre Tattler, also submitted an application, as well as George A. Brumder, former president and current vice-president of the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
A full list of candidates is available here.
We always like to say that Altadenablog is the only local news website that also covers space (because we love JPL and all who work there).
So we're sharing this music video from Commander Chris Hadfield, who just landed after five months at the International Space Station. Because it's cool.
by Timothy Rutt
Mountain View Cemetery will commemorate Memorial Day on May 27 by honoring Civil War veterans and with "living history" as presenters play the roles of Thaddeus Lowe, Native Americans, and the women who were left home as their men marched to war.
Historian Nick Smith said that the Sons of the Union Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy will be participating in decorating the Civil War graves in the cemetery. There will also be "living history" enactors of Lowe and other historical characters who are buried at Mountain View.
"In addition to the ceremony, we will be decorating graves with flags and flowers. We try to include at least some of the veterans of other wars, especially the section of Spanish American War veterans who are buried just inside the cemetery gate," Smith writes.
Over the last year, another researcher and I have been spending time locating and verifying more veteran graves at the cemetery. Long-term, the goal is to obtain markers for the ones currently unmarked. Sadly, a change in federal regulations a few years ago made it more difficult to get them marked, as the cemetery now needs to get a living descendant to sign off on the paperwork to get a veteran marker for an unmarked grave. If a family died out, or if descendants can’t be found, the grave can only be marked by raising funds privately. We managed that for one Civil War nurse, but would need to raise a LOT of money to handle the rest.
Smith writes that they now believe around 700 Civil War soldiers have been buried at Mountain View, and have located the graves of over 600 of them. "It’s been a challenge because of things like misspelled names," Smith writes. "Sometimes the headstone, cemetery records and obituary all spell a name differently, with the person’s military records having a fourth spelling. And that doesn’t even count the ones who changed their name, for one reason or another, or who went by a middle name or nickname."
The ceremony will begin at 2 PM Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at Mountain View Cemetery, 2400 N. Fair Oaks Avenue.
The California Shakespeare Ensemble performed "Shakespeare's LOVERS" in Farnsworth Park Sunday evening. 1. Samantha Sloyan (Olivia) and Kate Siegel (Viola, masquerading as Cesario) in a scene from Twelfth Night; 2. Sloyan (as Kate) and Roddy Jessup (as Petruchio) in a scene from Taming of the Shew; 3. Also from Shrew, Aviva Bauman (Bianca) is fought over by Lucentio (Fred Cross ) and Hortensio (Jessup), both suitors disguised as others.
by Timothy Rutt
The California Shakespeare Ensemble, where working actors present bare-bones Bard, begain its spring and summer residency at Farnsworth Park before a small but engaged audience May 12. Theatergoers (and actors!) braved a hot night to look at some of Shakespeare's greatest love scenes. The ensemble will return to the park on June 16.
by Timothy Rutt
Shakespeare will really get a workout at Farnsworth Park this summer, as Shakespeare by the Sea presents "King John" on July 5.
The all-volunteer company of actors will be touring several Southern California cities during the summer. It joins the California Shakespeare Ensemble, which will also be performing this summer at Farnsworth Park.
Founded in 1998, and funded entirely by donations and grants, the San Pedro-based Shakespeare by the Sea presents contemporary and classical works to underserved, culturally diverse audiences in order to ignite imagination, promote literacy and encourage artistic expression.
"King John" is a larger-than-life drama about contention for raw power in medieval Europe. It will be performed Friday, July 5, starting at 8 PM. Admission is free.