Mountain Views News Saturday, December 11, 2010
2 CALENDAR Mountain View News Saturday, December 11, 2010 Holiday Decorating Contest Weather Wise 5-Day Forecast Sierra Madre, Ca. Mon: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 40s Tues: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 40s Wed: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 40s Thur: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 40s Fri: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 40s Forecasts courtesy of the National Weather Service Gobble Gobble Hey!" Yeah, yeah, I know - I used that title a couple years ago. But you SAT. 12/11 - SURFIN' WITH ELVIS @ OCEAN VIEW BISTRO IN MONTROSE, 9pm. (sort of the pared-down version of Longboard Ranch) 3826 Ocean View Blvd. (818) 248-2722. Full bar and kitchen. www.ovbistro.com also.... CHECK OUT THESE live-hosted weekend shows at KCSN: especially PAT BAKER'S TANGLED ROOTS program, which airs on KCSN 88.5 FM every Sunday from 3-5pm, just before The Dylan Hours, hosted by the lovely and talented Lisa Finnie, 5-7pm. Pat's show is the longest running and most influential of all the Americana/Roots programs at KCSN. He has an astounding personal library of music and plays everyone from Robert Johnson to Kate Wolf to Frank Zappa to Hank Williams to Nina Simone to Allen Ginsberg to The Grateful Dead to Townes Van Zandt to Steve Earle, etc., etc., etc. For a complete listing of the live weekend shows and their descriptions, folks can visit: www.kcsn.org A note: due to the fact that KCSN shares a frequency with Saddleback College, folks on the east side are better off tuning in at kcsn. org, where the stream is crystal clear! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org DECO BLITZ!! Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Free lunch will be provided! “Sueños de California” has the potential to be one of Sierra Madre’s most beautiful floats ever. Because this year’s entry is so large, we are hoping to complete at least 35% of the decoration before Christmas. To reach this target we need your help! We’d love to have you join us any time during the month of December to help decorate, but December 18 and 19 are days when we especially need all hands on deck. Join us for a Deco Blitz! Help decorate the spires of the mission in oatmeal, cinnamon and sesame seed. Create bark for palm trees and bougainvillea vines. Experienced decorators might detail monarch butterfly wings with intricate patterns of orange lentil, rice and strawflower. Work is available for all experience levels, however we mainly need volunteers aged 14 and up. All minors must have a release form signed by a parent prior to working. Release forms are available at the Float Barn. There’s no need to call ahead of time unless you are bringing a large group (more than 6 people). Float decorating is a lot of fun, but it can be messy so wear your grubby clothes. Free lunch will be provided. See you at the Blitz! Float Barn 587 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 355-7005 Submit your entries for our 2nd annual Holiday Decorating Contest! Enter the address of homes we should consider for our 2nd annual contest. We’ll drive and evaluate the entries in our service area from Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia and Duarte on Monday and/or Tuesday, December 13-14 between 5-9 p.m. So…. If you’re entered, make sure your lights are on for us to take photos and make the awards! Send your submission addresses with street address, cross street and town name to C.Bertrand@ MtnViewsNews.com All Aboard Enchanted Railroad Storytime! Actor-storyteller Bill Ratner spins family-friendly tales Dec. 18 All aboard for some family fun! Voice-over artist and storyteller Bill Ratner will tell imaginative, railroad-themed tales at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in Descanso Gardens. Families are invited to gather for stories, then purchase a ticket for a ride on Descanso’s very own Enchanted Railroad. Hot cocoa will be served from 10:30 a.m. to noon (free while supplies last). Ratner is one of Southern California’s leading storytellers. He performed at this year’s National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. He has told stories from coast-to-coast and across the Atlantic. His voice is instantly recognizable: He is heard on movie trailers (“Megamind,” “Yoga Bear” and “Blades of Glory”), on animated series (“Family Guy” and “Robot Chicken”) and as an announcer (Discovery, A&E and as the voice of Channel 7). Enchanted Railroad Storytime will meet, weather permitting, at the Center Circle in Descanso Gardens. Storytime is free with Gardens admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students; $3 children 5-12; free for children 4 and younger. Railroad tickets are priced separately at $3 each. PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND PLANNING SESSION On Monday, December 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm the Community & Personnel Services Department will be inviting the Continual User Groups, Contract Instructors, and members of the Coordinating Council to meet with staff to discuss the current procedures when utilizing City facilities. This meeting will take place in the City Council Chambers at 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Per the Brown Act, staff will be posting the meeting for both the Community Services Commission and Parks & Facilities Master Plan Committee and invite members of both bodies to participate at this informational session. Background As the City gets closer to opening the renovated Sierra Madre and Fireside Room and beginning construction on the Hart Park House Senior Center, staff has reviewed the City’s current procedures for utilizing the City’s facilities. Currently, the City charges $23 per hour for a Facility Attendant when the Sierra Madre Room is rented out for a private event. However, the City does not charge, nor does the City provide, a Facility Attendant when rooms in either the Community Recreation Center or Hart Park House are utilized for meetings, contract classes, and some not-for-profit events. Instead, a practice of checking out a key has been put into place. At the Hart Park House, the key is checked out and returned to the Police Department after the meeting/class. But in the case of the Community Recreation Center, each organization/contract teacher has been given their own key, which in theory, is returned after the event; however, as some organizations and all contract classes meet more than once, the key is generally held on to and often not returned. Over the years, PA systems, tables, chairs and other items have “disappeared” from these locations. We have experienced increased levels of vandalism and many tables have been broken. We have also had user groups violate policy, including drinking alcoholic beverages in the Youth Activity Center. Additionally, with the addition of Personnel and Risk Management to the Department, the offices now contain confidential information and documentation. We have taken steps to strengthen security including creating a more rigid “key check-out” process with the Police Department, replacing the doors from the back patio during the renovation, and installing security cameras in the Sierra Madre Room. However, when a facility is in use, staff feels that having a Facility Attendant on-site to be responsible for ensuring that the facilities are being used appropriately, to make sure users remain in the areas they are permitted, and to close the buildings securely is the best business practice and in the best interest of both the organization and the community. Financial Implications Scheduling a Facility Attendant to be on-site when a regular staff person is not available will come as an increased cost. Currently, the City’s salary matrix has a part-time Facility Rental Supervisor (Facility Attendant) utilized for private rentals, generally on the weekends. According to the recent fee study adopted by the City Council, the fully burdened cost to the City for a part-time Community & Personnel Services staff member is $49/hour. This rate includes the hourly rate, the cost of taxes, insurances, and all other administrative overheads. If the City requires a Facility Attendant to be on-site whenever a building is being utilized the cost impact will not exceed $2,500 per week. This is a high estimate based on the $49/hr rate, times 4 hours a day, multiplied by 6 days a week for two positions (one for the Hart Park House, the other for the Community Recreation Center). A cost of $2,500 per week equates to an additional $130,000 a year that is not currently within the City’s budget. Staff is concerned that passing this cost on to the user groups, especially in its entirety, would make utilizing the City’s facilities far too expensive, especially for the Continual User Groups. Currently, Continual User Groups pay an annual fee of $106 for their monthly meetings. Many of these groups give back thousands of dollars to the Department and City each year both in goods and in volunteer services. Staff fears that charging $49/hr for a Facility Attendant for each meeting would cripple these volunteer organization’s budgets resulting in either the groups not utilizing the City facilities or a decrease in donations which traditionally has enabled the Department to host a number of programs and events. Summary We invite and encourage the Community Services Commission and Parks & Facilities Master Plan Committee to attend a meeting to gather community input on this topic on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm in the City Council Chambers. This meeting is open to the public. SIERRA MADRE ROSE FLOAT ASSOCIATION PARADE TICKET R A F F L E SEE THE 2011 ROSE PARADE IN PERSON TWO FRONT ROW GRANDSTAND TICKETS ON ORANGE GROVE BLVD. PARKING INCLUDED RAFFLE TICKETS: $ 1.00 each 6 for $ 5.00 (Retail Value of $90.00 Per Ticket) Available at the Sierra Madre Rose Float Barn DRAWING TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29TH at 7:00PM at the Sierra Madre Rose Float Barn (Winner need not be present) Donated by Sharp Seating 2011 Entertainment Books Are Here! Please help the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association raise funds for the 2011 Entry “Suenos De California” buy buying an Entertainment Coupon Book today. You’ll not only be helping a wonderful cause, you will save $$$$ when you redeem the coupons. The book starts at $25.00 for the San Gabriel Valley. Others are available at various prices. Call Ann at 626-574-1331 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MIXER The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for their December Mixer, at the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association Barn, located at587 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. on Thursday, December 16th, from 5:30 – 7pm. Cost to attend Chamber Mixers is $7/members, $15/ non-members, (NOTE: this is the standard mixer admission fee for you to use as a guide, however, for this mixer only, ANY amount you wish to donate will be gratefully accepted). ALL Admission fees collected will be donated to SMRFA. Get a preview of this year’s float, “Sueños de California.” At 33 ft. high and 55 ft. long, it is one of the most ambitious floats ever attempted bny SMRFA. Will Suenos be the Association’s sixth consecutive award-winning float? Stop by for a pre-parade preview. Meet members of the Association when they are not working on the float and have time to answer any questions you may have. Enjoy refreshments and show your support for the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association. FIRST UNITED METHODIST TO PERFORM HANDEL’S MESSIAH The holiday season is upon us. Join us on December 19th when the Chancel Choir, Sanctuary Quartet and Chamber Orchestra will present the Christmas portion of Handel's " Messiah" during the Sunday Service. Sunday worship begins at 10 AM. Join Us. First United Methodist Church 500 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101 For more information contact the church at First United Methodist 626.796.0157 1630 AM Free on-air publicity for local events Sierra Madre’s new community radio station is now accepting scripts for Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about community events. PSAs will be broadcast on the air at no charge. The station operates 24/7 and can be heard at 1630 on the AM dial. Any local non-profit or non-commercial organization can have their event information broadcast to the public on Sierra Madre Community Information Radio. This new radio station covers the city of Sierra Madre, plus surrounding areas of Pasadena, Arcadia, and Monrovia. In a nutshell, your event must: • Benefit a non-commercial or non-profit entity • Be open to the public • Be of general interest to local citizens Just write a Public Service Announcement that describes your event and e-mail it to email@example.com.