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MountainViews-News Saturday, July 10, 2010 

Potluck and Family Game 
Night Sierra Madre United 
Methodist Church

Come one, come all! The Sierra Madre United Methodist Church 
cordially invites you to a community Potluck and Family Game 
Night on Saturday, July 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the church’s 
Hartzell Hall. Bring a favorite dish and a table game to share, and 
enjoy a relaxing, family-oriented evening with family and friends. 
Service items and beverages will be provided. 

The Sierra Madre UMC is located at 695 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 
in Sierra Madre, on the northeast corner of Michillinda and 
Sierra Madre Blvd. There is ample parking in the church’s lot, off 
Michillinda. For more information or directions, please call the 
church office at 626-355-0629.

Weather Wise

5-Day Forecast Sierra 
Madre, Ca.

One of my favorite summertime happenings is tonight in Pasadena 
- the annual "Celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge", from 6 
to 11pm. Due to the poor economy and lack of sponsorships, the 
Pasadena Heritage organization cancelled the Bridge party last 
year, so I'm really glad to see it back, and so are alot of other folks! 
There's something special about being on that awesome Bridge on 
a starry summer night that makes me wonder why anyone would 
want to jump off (thus the nickname "Suicide Bridge".) The event 
is filled with live music on several stages, food and beverage booths, 
kids activities, classic cars, and more. Two of the hardest-working 
musicians in local show biz (pictured here) will be appearing with 
their respective bands, SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE HANKIES and 
MERCY & THE MERKETTES, making it a challenge to get from 
one stage to the other and back, in order to catch both acts! It's a 
been a friendly rivalry for the past 30 years, so why should tonight 
be any different?! See below for more info....


BRIDGE with Live Music from SNOTTY SCOTTY & THE 
and many more, 6 - 11pm. WRECK 'N' SOW outside the Orange 
Grove entrance, 5:30 - 7:30pm. $13.50 in advance (maybe $15 at the 
gate?) 626-441-6333. Food, beer/wine, classic cars. kids activities & 
entertainment, etc. Always a great summer night under the stars!


MADRE, 8 - 11pm. Full bar & great Italian food! 322 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. Country/Jazzy Folk, and always quality 


SOUTH PASADENA, 11am - 2pm. 1009 El Centro Street. 626-441-
2443. Sunday BLUES brunch. http:// 


IN DOWNTOWN SIERRA MADRE, 6 - 8pm. FREE concert in 
the park, sponsored by the SPERO Foundation, a newly formed, 
Sierra Madre-based philanthropic organization. $1 tacos, $1 water 
and $1 cookies!!! Folk, Blues, Rock.


@ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday 
evening. Get there early - they pack 'em in! 


MOVES TO WEDNESDAYS @ CAFE 322, 8pm. $2 per person 
to play, CASH or gift certificates to the top 3 teams. Fun and 
educational! 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. 


BUCCANEER, 9pm. Bring your favorite vinyl records and play an 
entire side on the house turntable, commercial free! 70 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. 


3826 Ocean View Blvd. 818-248-2722. Classic Rock and beyond.


IN SOUTH PASADENA, 6 - 9pm. 1009 El Centro. 626-441-
2443. Burgers, Brews & BLUES Every Thursday. http://www. 


COGAN) will kick off Friday Night Live's seven week run in 
Kersting Court in Sierra Madre (Baldwin & Sierra Madre Blvd.) 
Enjoy live music from 6:30 to 9pm, accompanied by shoppers 
incentives and a chance to enter drawings when you shop 
downtown. Visit the Chamber of Commerce booth for all the 


FRI. 7/16 - The Sin Twins Rhythm & Blues Review @ Arcadia 
Blues Club, 10:00 p.m. with Bobby Bluehouse at 7:30 p.m. $15.00. 
16 E. Huntington Dr. 626-447-9349. Full bar & kitchen, pool 
tables, BIG room. Sort of a Blues Brothers thing, with a whole 
big band build-up with horns, chick back-up singers, etc. Quite 
the production and lots of familiar faces from other local bands.

SAT. 7/17 - Doo Dah Parade Photo & Memorabilia Exhibit @ 
McGinty's Gallery at the End of the World in Altadena, 6pm - 
midnight. 2475 N. Lake Ave. 626-794-8779. $5 - proceeds benefit 
the Light Bringer Project. Professional and amateur photographers 
are invited to submit their best photographs of the Doo Dah 
Parade in a contest. All photos will be exhibited at the event 
during which trophies will be awarded in a number of categories 
with the "Spirit of Doo Dah" as top prize. In addition, you can 
view royal gowns, portraits and more. CHICO'S BAIL BONDS 
will treat you to blues, while THE SUBS will keep the beat with a 
repertoire ranging from folk and rock to R&B and dance. Reigning 
royalty Queen Erica Valentine will serve up some sweet guitar 
licks, Queen Naughty Mickie will awe you with her sword dance 
and Queen Skittles will be offering her talents to take your photo 
with the Doo Dah denizen of your choice. Also, throughout the 
event, you are invited to bid on a selection of silent auction items. 
For more information and to enter the photo contest, e-mail Gary 
Barbuto, coordinator, at Photo submission 
deadline is Monday, July 12., www.

SAT. 7/17 - Billy Vera & The Beaters @ Arcadia Blues Club, 10:00 
p.m. with Bobby Bluehouse at 7:30 p.m. $15.00. 16 E. Huntington 
Dr. 626-447-9349. Full bar & kitchen, pool tables, BIG room. 
Remember when they used to play at the Sunset in Sierra Madre 
a hundred years ago and Patti Smith would be at every show???


@ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 7pm. 322 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd. 626-836-5414. Full bar and great Italian food. Every Sunday 
evening. Get there early - they pack 'em in! 


FRI. 7/23 - MERCY & THE BEETS @ Friday Night Live in Kersting 
Court, Sierra Madre (Baldwin & Sierra Madre Blvd.) Enjoy live 
music from 6:30 to 9pm, accompanied by shoppers incentives 
and a chance to enter drawings when you shop downtown. Visit 
the Chamber of Commerce booth for all the details. www. 

 Please remember to call and verify all info. before making plans. 
Everything is subject to change. This is show biz, after all... 

Hope to see you out & about, SierraMadreSue sierramadresue@ 

 Mon: Sunny Hi 80s Lows 60s 

 Tues: Sunny H 80s Lows 60s 
Wed: Sunny Hi 80s Lows 60s 

 Thur: Sunny Hi 80s Lows 60s 

 Fri: Sunny Hi 80s Lows 60s 
Forecasts courtesy of the National Weather Service

Sierra Madre Aquatic Center 
Summer Movie Nights

The Community and Personnel Services Department will 
be offering three FREE movie nights this summer at the 
Sierra Madre Aquatic Center. These wonderful family 
events are made possible by generous donations from 
the Sierra Madre Community Foundation, Sierra Madre 
Volunteer Firefighters Association, and the Sierra Madre 
Civic Club. This is a great opportunity to spend family 
time at the Sierra Madre Aquatic Center is a safe and fun 
environment at absolutely no cost! 

The summer movie night schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - Movie: Madagascar 2

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - Movie: Surf’s Up

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 – Movie: Muppet Treasure 

All movies at the Sierra Madre Aquatic Center will begin 
at 8:00pm and will finish at 9:45pm. The Sierra Madre 
Aquatic Center is located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., 
Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Please be sure to arrive early, as 
maximum capacity may be reached at the Aquatic Center. 

For more information on the Sierra Madre Aquatic Center 
Summer Movie Nights, please contact the Community 
and Personnel Services Department at 626-355-5278.

Live from Burger Continental 

The Harvey Hyde Show

535 So. Lake Ave. Pasadena (626) 792 - 6634

Every Thursday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hard-hitting, High impact sports talk radio

KSHP Las Vegas - 1400 AM






CALL 355-2335 FOR INFO

LA County Arboretum:


“Saving the world, one square foot at a time.”

Your choice of these different dates:

Sunday, July 18 (Palm Room)

August 22 (Palm Room)

September 12(Palm Room)


Jo Ann Carey, instructor

$22 members/$25 non-members

Please call 626.821.4623 to register

Nothing compares to the flavor of food that is grown in healthy 
soil, without pesticides, and allowed to grow until just the right 
time for harvesting. Square foot gardening uses only 20% of the 
land space of a conventional garden and saves both water and 
time. There is no tilling of the soil so anybody can do it. This 
method will be fully explained, so you may create your own 
square foot garden, with lessons on setup, planting, watering, 
growing vertically, pest control and harvesting. 

Recommended reading: All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel 
Bartholomew, available in The Arboretum Garden & Gift Shop

LIBRARY Quality Books for Only A Buck!

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will hold a Bargain Book 
Table Sale inside the Library, Monday, June 21 through Saturday, 
June 26, during the Library’s open hours. This month’s featured 
topics will include Fiction, Cookbooks, Biographies, Animals, 
Wildlife, Time Warner and Children’s books. All volumes are in 
good condition and will be sold at the low, low price of $1.00 each. 
These every-other-month book sales provide funding for Library 
resources and programs. 

Are your bookshelves bursting at the seams? Is it time to weed 
out the old to make room for the new? Your donations of gently 
used books are appreciated, and will help maintain our book sale 
inventory. Books in bags or boxes may be dropped off at the back 
of the Library, by the basement door. 

For more information call (626) 355-7186, or visit our website 
at The Sierra Madre Public Library, 
located at 440 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre, 
is open Monday through Wednesday from Noon to 9 p.m., 
Thursday and Friday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 
a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Sierra Madre’s Parks Master Plan Subcommittee

3 Vacancies for Community Members At Large

The City of Sierra Madre’s Community Services Commission is looking 
for three motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and friendly volunteers to 
serve on the City’s Parks Master Plan Subcommittee. The City welcomes 
any interested residents to apply.

 The Committee will be comprised of two (2) members of the 
Community Services Commission and three (3) community members 
at large. Community & Personnel Services Department staff will be the 
liaisons to the committee. The committee will be subject to the Brown 
Act and therefore meet in a public place with posted agendas.

 The committee will be appointed by the Community Services 
Commission on August 16, 2010, at the regularly scheduled meeting. 
The committee will review, amend and develop the adopted Parks 
Master Plan 2001. The following specific tasks below have been assigned 
to the subcommittee to make recommendations to the Community 
Services Commission regarding changes to the Parks Master Plan: 

 1. Review the 2001 Parks Master Plan and 2005 Scorecard and identify 
accomplishments as well as needs not yet met since the last review. 

2. Review the City’s park inventory by touring all the parks and 
recreation and school facilities located in Sierra Madre.

3. Analyze the demographic and population characteristics of the 
community including evaluating factors of age, income, gender, 
education, ethnicity, median income and project projected population 

4. Create a Standards Analysis – a park classifications and guidelines 
which apply to the community of Sierra Madre. Existing facility should 
be compared against standards to determine acreage and facilities 
required to meet present and future needs of the community.

5. Community Input Process – determine the park and recreation 
needs of the community. Includes public meetings, focus groups, and 
surveys. From feedback, quantify specific needs of the community.

6. Prioritize needs and make recommendations for implementation 
– summarize priorities and make recommendations toward the 
acquisition, development and maintenance of parks, recreation areas 
and opens spaces for the next five to ten years. Create an expenditure 
analysis to help implement the plan.

7. Implementation – establish framework and methods for public 
officials to use in implementing the master plan. Policies, ordinances 
or resolutions as well as sources of funding are recommended so that 
the plan can become a reality. Also, an action plan provides specific 
priorities and budget estimates for the first ten years of the plan. 

 Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2010. Submit 
applications to the Community & Personnel Services Department at 
the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard. 
For an application, please visit look for 
commission/committee applications. For more information please call 
(626) 355-5278.

WATER (continuted from page 1)

an Emergency meeting in order to authorize repairs for the 
Sierra Madre main break. The cost is estimated to be $35,000.00, 
an amount that requires council approval. In attendance were 
Mayor Mosca, Mayor Pro Tem Buchanan, and Councilpersons 
Moran and MacGillivray. Councilmember Walsh was out of 
town and could not attend the meeting.

 Of the funds that will be expended to solve the Sierra Madre 
Blvd. problem, approximately $9,919.00 will come from the water 
fund and the rest from street funds that are available as a result of 
the gas tax and Measure R.

 Public Works Director Bruce Inman informed the council that 
30% of our mains and pipes are in desparate need of repair. He 
noted that the most recent break was just a few feet from another 
temporary fix that was made last year.

 According to Councilman Moran, the cost of replacing just the 
water main on the section of Sierra Madre Blvd. that is currently 
leaking would be $675,000.

 On Thursday, the day before the special session, the city held 
a “Walk and Talk” tour of the Sierra Madre’s water system to 
help better educate the community on how the system works. 
Approximately 30 residents attended.

 Inman noted that the rash of leaks was purely coincidental, 
and not that unusual. He cited several areas that have leaks on 
a regular basis, due to a number of factors, including the age of 
the pipes (some 90 years old), workmanship and faulty materials. 

 The fee increase will help generate money to match federal funds 
so that repairs can be made. 


For the first time in its 50 year history, Creative Arts Group will host 
a sale of the work of the 60-plus artists showing in their gallery. For 
two hours only, on July 16th from 8-10 pm Creative Arts Group will 
host a Midsummer Night’s Dream sale with absolutely everything in the 
gallery marked down 20%. All artistic media including glass, watercolor, 
ceramics, enameling, jewelry and more will be included. After the two-
hour sale, all work will return to its original price. Refreshments will be 
served and all are invited to partake of this first-ever festive occasion. 
Creative Arts Group is located at 108 N. Baldwin Ave in Sierra Madre. 
For more information or directions call (626) 355-8350.

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