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 Mountain Views News Saturday, September 4, 2010 



Today’s Subject: 

COFFEE: Friend or Foe?



Senior Health Tip #1 - Now is a great 
time for seniors to get out and about. 
However sun is harsh on anyone but 
more so on the seniors so sunscreen 
is a must for all seniors. Their skin 
is much more sensitive and must be 
protected. Medical sites suggest that 
your sunscreen include ingredients 
such as benzophenones, cinnamates, 
sulisobenzone, salicylates, titanium 
dioxide, zinc oxide and avobenzone. 
This broad spectrum of ingredients will 
help to keep sunburn away. 

Senior Health Tip #2 - Many seniors 
are able to get around well enough to 
go on the mall walks. There are many 
mall walks that take place in this area. 
Groups of seniors gather at a certain 
mall before opening or after closing 
to walk inside the mall. This keeps the 
seniors out of the heat and in an air-
conditioned indoor area for their daily/
weekly walks. 

Senior Health Tip #3- If you have a 
senior in your family or know a senior 
who is a shut in then contact them to do 
a health check once a week. If you are 
unable to do this yourself then perhaps 
setting up a meals-on-wheels delivery of 
meals each day to the shut in will assist 
them in becoming and staying healthy 
and also give them some company and 
companionship daily.

Senior Health Tip #4 - As with everyone 
else to be socially active is necessary for 
good health. A nice trip on a cruise line 
may be in your future. Princess Cruises 
have many trips that are geared just 
to seniors and have all the safety and 
health needs of those seniors in mind. 

Senior Health Tip #5 - Make sure that 
you are getting enough physical activity 
in order to stay healthy. A light form of 
dance at a local dance studio not only 
gives you a great way to exercise but can 
also give them a great social calendar 
too. *Source: Associated Content


September 16th - Long Beach Aquarium 
& lunch on the Queen Mary.

More information on the September trip 
will be available in the next newsletter 
or later this month by calling the 
Senior Services Desk at (626) 355-7394.

Pasadena Highlands & 
Accredited Sponsor Bingo 

Pasadena Highlands, an independent 
and assisted living community, is proud 
to provide a special gift basket on the 
first Tuesday of each month. Accredited 
In-Home nursing care will provide a 
special prize on the 4th Tuesday of each 
month. Bingo takes place every Tuesday 
at 1:30 pm in the Hart Park House / 
Senior Center in Memorial Park. The 
game begins at 1:30 pm but those 
wishing to play must arrive 10 minutes 
before to secure your Bingo cards. 

Join us on the 1st & 4th Tuesday of each 
month for your chance to win these 
special prizes. 

Recipe of the Week:

Black & Blueberry Cobbler



2 cups all-purpose flour 

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar 

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

1/4 teaspoon salt 

1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut in bits 

3/4 cup buttermilk 


1 cup sugar 

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest 

2 Tablespoons of both lemon juice and water, mixed 

2 pints each of fresh blueberries & blackberries (8 cups 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 


2 Tablespoons cornstarch, mixed with: 

3 Tablespoons water 


 Place oven rack in lower third of oven. Heat to 450°F. You’ll 
need a 13 x 9-in. baking dish or a shallow 3-qt baking dish.

 Dough: Whisk flour, 1/4 cup sugar, the baking powder, baking 
soda and salt in medium bowl until blended. Cut in butter with 
a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form. Refrigerate flour 
mixture and buttermilk separately until ready to top cobbler.

 Filling: Mix sugar, zest and lemon juice mixture in a large 
deep skillet over high heat. Stir in 1 pint blueberries and 
cook, stirring, about 10 minutes until hot and bubbly. Stir in 
cornstarch mixture, bring to a boil and boil 1 minute or until 
thickened. Stir in remaining blueberries, blackberries and the 
vanilla. Spread in baking dish.

 Stir flour mixture and buttermilk with a fork until a biscuit-
like dough forms. Drop eight 1/4-cupfuls, evenly spaced, over 
hot filling. Sprinkle biscuits with remaining 2 Tbsp sugar.

 Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden and filling 
is bubbly. Cool in dish on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room 

There's really nothing like a good cuppa Joe. 
Even better, the latest studies indicate that 
coffee has many health benefits due to its 
antioxidant qualities. The literature suggests 
that one to six cups of java per day may 
decrease our chances of developing diabetes, 
Alzheimer's disease and some cancers. So, 
let's get drinking, right?

At the expense of sounding like the proverbial 
scold, I'd just like to suggest we just hold on 
for a minute. I'm all for scientific inquiry, 
but if you've been to a Starbucks in the early 
a.m., you know full well that underneath 
those pleasant smiles lurks an urgency that 
says, "Get between me and my venti and 
I'm taking you down!" If you don't believe 
me, let's try a little experiment: place a half 
dozen customers on the inside of the coffee 
joint and lock the door. Video and interpret 
the responses from the people who cannot 
go in. Looks slightly rabid? Frustrated could 
be an understatement.

So, on the one hand we have these positive studies and on the other, real time. Road rage? Forget 
the alcohol levels, check the caffeine. The blazing, flu-like headache you experience when you quit 
coffee? We all know how that works, we'll just avoid stopping! That headache that seemingly comes 
out of nowhere, but may well be tied to too much, or too little, coffee. How about sleeplessness? 
We've all heard it, or said it: "I only have one or two cups in the morning." Then there's the 
irritability factor: "I don't know what happened, they just made me angry."

What is a stimhead to do? First of all, some people are actually allergic to coffee and it may be 
possible to desensitize oneself. Secondly, liver and adrenal function have a lot to do with how the 
body responds to caffeine. Have your local health care practitioner advise you on these issues.

The truth is that some people are fine with caffeine, but if you are irritable, sleepless, headachy and 
in a world of hurt if you stop drinking coffee, you can't handle the truth. All said, a little bit of 
discomfort may be worth it. If not, put down that cuppa Joe and walk away slowly.

Have a great week! Dr. John

Dr. John Talevich, D.C. has practiced in Sierra Madre 
for thirty years. His clinic, LifeWorks! Chiropractic, 
offers patient-specific approaches to the alleviation 
of pain and individually tailored wellness programs. 

September Birthdays

Edwina Garcia, Yvonne Osti, Donna 
Andersen, Lena Boyadjian, Teresa Chaure, 
Cathy Gunther, Esther Macias, Maria 
Padgett, Edna Peyton, Sheila Pierce, Denise 
Reistetter, Shirley Seiler, Nancy Shollenberger, 

LifeWorks! Chiropractic Center

Individually Tailored Wellness Programs

31 S. Baldwin Avenue Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024



 Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart Memorial Park 
(Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

Lunch Program: Monday- 
Friday at the Intervale 
Café -12:00 Noon-Call 
(626) 355-0256 to make 
your daily reservation. 
Suggested donation $2.00 
for seniors (60+) and $3.75 
for visitors.



1:00 pm to 1:45 pm: 
Strength training with Lisa 
Brandley. FREE class of 
stretching with light hand 
weights while you sit.


2nd Tuesday of each month 
FREE blood pressure 
checks by Methodist 
Hospital; 11 am to 12 noon 

3rd Tuesday of each month 
FREE financial consulting; 
10 -12 noon call 355-7394 
for an appointment

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: 
BINGO; cards are only 25 
cents each so stop by & 

5:30 pm to 7 pm: Yoga; 
$7.00 - 50 & over. Please 

call 355-5278 for more 


11 –11:45 am: Balance 
Class with Teryl. FREE 
class designed to improve 
balance & refresh the joints

2nd Wednesday of the 
month: FREE Legal 
Consultations: 10-11:30 
am. Appointments call 

Wii Wednesday - 1:00 
pm or call the senior desk 
at 355-7394 to arrange 
another time & day to 
learn how to play. No 
previous experience or 
skills required and it is 
great exercise.


1:00 to 3:30 pm: Game 
Day. Join us for UNO 
and Poker with Bridge on 
the 2nd & 4th Thursdays; 
so please call for more 

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm: Yoga; 
$7.00 - 50 & over. Please 
call 355-5278 for more 


1:00 pm: Ping Pong


11:30 am: Senior Club 
brown bag lunch and 
BINGO at 12:30 pm


On a hot summer day eight bowlers endured the heat in the Floy Torvid Singles Tournament held 
by the Santa Anita Bowling Greens Club at the bowling greens at beautiful Acradia County Park. 
The Singles tournament format is to play a morning game, have lunch and play the final game 
in the afternoon. All this 
depends on the speed of 
scoring. Many times the 
bowlers play game one 
and take a fifteen-minute 
break and then play the 
final game.

The eventual winners 
were: First place: Houdini 
Ho. Second: Dick 
Ashmore. Third: Shuman 
Chan and Fourth place 
was Rose Blennov. Other 
bowlers were Margi 
Rambo, Sandy Dalzell, 
Marinko Tudor and club 
President, Jim Miller.

Lawn Bowling is a low 
impact, light aerobic 
exercise that anyone can 
enjoy. Many have had 
to slow down due to age 
or injuries, and lawn 
bowling is a great way to get that bit of exercise your body needs. Bending, rolling the bowls, 
walking from one end of the green to the other and out in the

sunshine with good friends.

If you think you would like to try lawn bowling, go to our web site: 
<> and get all the information you•ll need to get started. Or, 
call Gene Plunkett at 626-351-5327 and get started on the best-kept secret in the sporting world.

The four winning lawn bowlers in the Floy Torvid Singles Competition 
held September 2nd were: Rose Blennov (4th) Shuman Chan 
(3rd), Houdini Ho (1st), and Dick Ashmore (2nd) (Photo by John 


Tickets can now be purchased at:

Sierra Madre City Hall

Hart Park House / Senior Center

Sierra Madre Library


Meals are delivered to home-
bound seniors by volunteer drivers 
through the YWCA Intervale 
Lunch Program M-F (with frozen 
meals for the weekend.) Call 
the YWCA at (626) 214-9460 or 
Darlene Traxler at (626) 355-0256 
for more information.



Wednesday 4-7pm

 Fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits from California 

family farms. 

Specialty foods, vegetarian and vegan dishes, ethnic foods and hot 
food - Everything you’ll find at the farmers market has been made 
or picked fresh, is pesticide-free and preservative-free. 

Free public parking on Mariposa.


Please contact Darlene Traxler at 
626.355.6220 or (626) 355-0256.

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