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Mountain View News Saturday, April 9, 2011 


The Community and Personnel Services Department will 
be offering a spring lap swim program for the 2011 season. 
This is a great opportunity for low impact aerobic exercise. 
The spring season begins on Monday, March 14 and runs 
through Sunday, June 12. Springs hours are as follows: Sunday, 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12:00pm-
2:00pm and Tuesday and Thursday 7:00pm-9:00pm. Spring 
season passes are $100 per person with no daily admissions. 
Registration for the spring lap swim program can be made 
at the Community Recreation Center located at 611 E. 

Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. For more 

information please call 626-355-5278

Foothill Unity Center Is Local 
Beneficiary of 13th Annual 
Curves Food Drive

Local Curves to offer incentives to members and the 
community to donate food and cash 

During the first two weeks of April, Curves of Duarte, Arcadia, 
Sierra Madre, Altadena and Pasadena will participate in the 13th 
Annual Curves Food Drive to collect non-perishable food and 
cash donations to benefit Foothill Unity Center and other local 
food banks. Current members who make a $30 donation or an 
equivalent donation of food are eligible to receive a Curves reusable 
Food Drive grocery bag. From April 4-17, Curves will waive 
the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of non-
perishable food or make a minimum donation of $30.

"Our goal is to top the donation we made last year," said Stacey 
Park, owner of Curves serving Duarte and Monrovia. “This is a 
great opportunity for the members of the Curves community to 
help strengthen the local community, too. Everything that our 
members donate at our clubs will benefit local families in need." 

This year's Food Drive will get off to a strong start when Curves 
International founders Gary and Diane Heavin are featured on 
ABC Television's inspirational new show, Secret Millionaire, 
airing Sunday, April 3, at 8 p.m. The Curves founders’ moving 
episode will help Curves members understand how the Curves 
Food Drive is the perfect opportunity for each of them to give 
back to their own communities. Curves clubs have donated more 
than 61 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada since 

"The past few years have been difficult for many families," said 
Diane Heavin. "Curves annual Food Drive is one way that everyone 
in the San Gabriel Valley area can make a real difference for 
a local family that is struggling. We encourage everyone, not just 
our members or those who are thinking about joining our gym, 
to make a cash donation or drop off a bag of non-perishable food 
items in April."

"We can't thank Stacey Park and Curves Duarte enough for spearheading 
this wonderful drive," said Betty McWilliams, Deputy 
Director of Foothill Unity Center. "Our appreciation goes out to 
members of the Curves community throughout our service area 
for their strong, caring support of local families in need."

For more information, please visit:

 Weather Wise

5-Day Forecast 

Sierra Madre, Ca.

 Mon: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 50s 

 Tues: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 50s 

 Wed: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 50s 

 Thur: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 50s

 Fri: Sunny Hi 70s Lows 50s 

Forecasts courtesy of the National Weather Service


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings listed below are held at City Hall 232 
W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 626-355-7135


April 12, 2011 6:30 pm

April 7 @ 3pm - Senior Commission 

 April 18 @ 6pm - Community Services Commission 

April 19 @ 6:30pm - UUT Oversight Committee 

 April 20 @ 7pm - Tree Advisory Committee

April 21 @ 7pm - Planning Commission 

April 26 @ 6:30pm - City Council

April 27 @ 7pm - Library Board of Trustees 

April 28 @ 7pm - Green Advisory Committee 


Sierra Madre Dolphins Spring Swim Team

The Sierra Madre Dolphins are starting a brand new spring swim 
team! This is a great opportunity to start swim team training before 
the summer and be in the best possible swim shape. The 
spring swim team will begin on Monday, May 2, 2011 and run 
through Friday, June 3, 2011. Practices are held Monday through 
Friday from 5:30pm-7:00pm. The cost of the program is $100 
per swimmers between the ages of 5-17 years who can swim the 
length of the pool. The spring swim team will focus on building 
endurance and refining swim skills and techniques. There are no 
scheduled swim meets against other swim teams for the spring 
season, but inter-squad meets will be held. Please note a minimum 
of 25 swimmers must enroll in the spring swim team for the 
program to run. Please register at the Community Services Office, 
located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., next to the Aquatic Center. 

Registration will be available online at http://www.cityofsierramadre.
com/onlineregistrationFor more information call 



The course dates for the Lifeguard Training have changed. The 
course will now meet in April 16, 23, 30 and May 1 from 9:00am-
5:00pm. It is not too late to register for this training course. Participants 
that successfully complete the course will become Red 
Cross certified Lifeguards and will also have their First Aid, CPR 
and AED certifications. Participants must be at least 15 years of 
age and be able to complete the swimming pre-requisites. Course 
fees are $177 per participant. Registration can be done at the 
Community Services Office, located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. 
For more information contact the Community and Personnel 
Services Department at 626-355-5278.

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

write a Public Service Announcement that describes your 
event and e-mail it to 


Jim Kincaid, Aerold Arnold 
Professor of English at USC, 
will facilitate a free poetry 
workshop at Sierra Madre 
Public Library on Friday, 
April 15, at 7:00 p.m. This 
user-friendly program is 
for anyone who likes to 
read, listen to, or write poetry. 
There will be something 
for everyone in this 
workshop—for those who 
simply love poetry but have 
never composed a poem, to 
poets with years of writing 

 In the first half of the workshop, 
Professor Kincaid will 
discuss how to read poetry 
and its connection to song 
and improvisation. Following 
the discussion, participants 
will have an opportunity 
to compose a poem in a 
hands-on practicum.

 The Sierra Madre Public 
Library is located at 440 W. 
Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra 
Madre. (626) 355-7186. 

Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden: Unlocking 
the Soil Foodweb with Compost 

A Workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham, PhD

Saturday, April 16 & Sunday, April 17 9:00am-5:00 pm

LA County Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

Tuition: $275 

(2-Day Workshop Includes Lunch, Tea, and Snacks)

Reservations required - please call 626.821.4623 or 


 For millennia cultures around the world have been combining their veggie 
scraps, “yard waste” and manure in various ways to yield composted 
fertility for their soils. Today with so many techniques to choose from, 
what actually works? How do we identify healthy compost? For the 
first time we can finally answer all of these questions. Soil that produces 
award-winning broccoli will have radically different microbes than an 
old-growth forest. Learn how to produce healthy compost, compost tea, 
and extracts that will produce more results in your garden than any fertilizer 
ever could. Reap a bountiful harvest. Get off fertilizers and herbicides. 
Increase soil water retention from 30-50%. All with the help of 
your nearly invisible microbial workforce!

 Join us! …with Dr. Elaine Ingham in a fun and informative 2-day 
workshop, where you’ll get a lucid understanding of the critters in your 
soil. Grow your gardening practice leaps and bounds by working with 
microbial critters: the key to healthy, living, organically-rich soil! 

 Day 1 (4/16)- An Introduction to the Soil Foodweb. The Introduction 
class covers all the basic information required for understanding and 
implementing a successful biological approach to growing. 

 Day 2 (4/17)- Compost, Tea, Extracts. Find out how compost is made 
by the pros in soil regeneration. Attendees will learn how to properly 
manage thermal-compost, vermi-compost, and compost tea to guarantee 
disease-suppressive, soil-building, nutrient-retaining composts and 
compost teas, and how to consistently produce biologically active and 
effective compost. 

 Class is suitable for beginners to advanced practitioners. Participants 
receive a certification of completion. This course will give you the tools 
you need to make healthy, site-specific compost for beautiful results every 

 Dr. Elaine Ingham is recognized around the world as a leader in soil microbiology and research 
of the soil foodweb. She is an energetic, easy-to-understand speaker who explains what life in 
the soil is all about. With decades of experience as professor, researcher, and soil benefactor consulting 
in the field, she’s helped thousands of homeowners, growers, and influential companies 
understand healthy soil via healthy organisms. Elaine transmits sophisticated information in 
a down-to-earth way. Her mission is to show that the key to making any plant thrive, from the 
turf on golf courses to vegetables in the garden, is to team up with suitable soil microbes. Elaine 
has astounding results to show for it. For more info see: & www. 

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The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library invite you to drop 
by the Library between Monday, April 11, and Saturday, 
April 19, and take advantage of our Spring deals. On the 
Bargain Table this month we’ll be featuring Fiction, Biographies, 
Cartoons, Time Life Books, War, U.S. History, and a 
set of volumes on World War II. All books are in good condition 
and are $1.00 each. The sale is on during the Library’s 
open hours, so stop by often—there will plenty of new titles 
to choose from, as books are replenished daily.

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. (626) 

This material was made possible by funding from the Department of Health and Human Services through the Los 
Angeles County Department of Public Health. 
Drifting Secondhand 
Smoke Affects 
The poisonous chemicals in secondhand tobacco smoke 
affect any and everything it comes in contact with, 
including your children and pets. You and your loved 
ones deserve a clean air environment, with protection 
from unwanted secondhand tobacco smoke in your home 
and community.
Join the Coalition for Clean Air Residential 
Environments (C.A.R.E.) of Sierra Madre. For a 
cleaner, safer, and healthier community.
For more information, contact: 229-9750