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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 24, 2011 

“What’s Going On?” 

News and Views from Joan Schmidt





The Choice is Yours at Homestead Museum

Free Programs for Parents to Learn 
about Kindergarten and Middle 
School Options

The Pasadena Education 
Network (PEN) kicks off its 
fall program schedule with 
“What You Should Know 
about Choosing an Elementary 
School” on Thursday, October 
6 at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints 
Church, Sweetland Hall, 132 
No. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena.

Selecting a school is one of 
the most important decisions 
a parent will make, yet myth 
and misperception often 
cloud conversations about 
schools. One of PEN’s most 
popular programs, this session 
provides parents of pre-school 
aged children with valuable 
information about what to look 
for when evaluating a school 
for their children. Parents 
whose children attend Pasadena 
Unified School District (PUSD) 
schools will be on hand to share 
their experiences in public 

 The program also includes 
social time and refreshments 
when parents can talk with one 
another and PUSD parents.

PEN’s other programs for 
parents include “What to Look 
for When Choosing a Middle 
School” (October 11), “Choosing 
a Middle School/Parent 
Networking Night” (November 
10), and “Navigating Open 
Enrollment in the Pasadena 
Unified School District 
(November 29).” Complete 
program information, school 
information, and school tour 
schedules are available at www.

All programs are free. 
Spanish translation is available.

The Pasadena Education Network is 
an independent, grassroots nonprofit 
organization that promotes family 
participation in public education 
to ensure a quality education for all 
students in Pasadena, Altadena and 
Sierra Madre. PEN provides services 
to help parents explore, evaluate, and 
engage with our community’s public 

When one hears of the 
City of Industry, a vision 
comes into mind of a city 
with several businesses 
and industry! But there 
is a Wonderful surprise 
located within the City. It is Homestead 
Museum. As I said in my first “Museum” 
column, this venture was begun to provide 
my visiting mom with a fun, stimulating 
and inexpensive outing. An excursion to 
Homestead Museum is that and then some. 
It’s a place to explore the history of the Los 
Angeles region from the 1840’s when it was 
still part of Mexico, through the 1920’s, 
when Los Angeles was known world-wide 
as a metropolitan city. Encompassing six 
beautiful acres, there are THREE sites to 
see. First the Workman House, an 1870s 
Victorian country home constructed around 
an 1840s adobe; La Casa Nueva, a 1920’s 
Spanish Colonial 
Revival mansion, 
and El Campo 
Santo, one of the 
region’s oldest 
private cemetery.

It might help if I 
give a brief look at 
three generations. 
The first generation 
was William 
“Don Julian” and 
Nicolasa (Urioste) 
William was 
born in England, 
but migrated to 
the states with his 
parents. William lived in Missouri and New 
Mexico (where he met his wife) before coming 
to Mexican California in 1841. Their living 
quarters began with a simple 3-room adobe. 
As they prospered, they added on rooms, and 
eventually in 1870, the now Victorian-style 
home had two stories. (This structure is the 
Workman House). William and Nicolasa had 
two children, Antonia Margarita and Jose 
Manuel Workman.)

The second generation is FPF (Francis Phinias 
Fisk) Temple who came from Massachusetts. 
He married Antonia Workman and they had 
eleven children, eight survived to adulthood. 
They owned land and were financially 
successful until 1876, when their bank failed. 
(This was a joint venture with FPF’s father-
in-law, William Workman.)

The third generation is Walter P. Temple. 
He is the grandson of William Don Julian) 
and Nicolasa Workman. He is also the son of 
FPF Temple and Antonia Workman. Walter 
Temple and his wife Laura Gonzalez made 
a small fortune from an oil discovery. They 
repurchased seventy-five acres of the family’s 
original rancho. They commissioned 
prominent LA architects Walker and Elsen to 
construct the “La Casa Nueve” New House) 
or “the new house”. It took five years to build 
the magnificent Spanish Colonial revival 
Mansion, but they only lived there fifteen 

The last site is El Campo Santo, the cemetery. 
Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican 
California and many members of the 
Workmans and Temples are interred there. 

 The Homestead Museum strives to 
“foster a better understanding of the past 
and people’s ability to shape history”. This is 
accomplished in two ways. First there are the 
informative free tours, available Wednesday 
through Sunday at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm. After 
the tour, one can enjoy a picnic lunch at the 
designated picnic area with 8 tables. After 
eating, one can explore the grounds and walk 
around the beautiful koi pond. 

There are also SPECIAL tours. “Behind the 
Scenes Tours” allows you to visit basements 
and areas seldom seen by general public. 
Coming up are the “Beyond the Graves Tours” 
Saturday & Sunday, October 22 and 23, and 
October 29 & 30. You will see how American 
attitudes toward 
death changed 
from the 1840s to 
1920s. My family 
and I went last year 
and learned why a 
Funeral PARLOR 
has its name!

The second aspect 
of the museum 
is the “living” or 
part. There 
are several 
neat activities 
throughout the 
year! A few weeks 
back, there was 
the “Ticket to the Twenties”! Everyone was 
encouraged to dress in attire from that era. 
The event lasted from 3-7pm. There were 
music, dancing, exhibits, demonstrations 
and food! Admission was free; money needed 
for food or shopping.

Some fun upcoming events include a “Wreath 
Making Workshop” on Saturday, November 
19, 10am-1pm. “Victorian Merriment” is 
Sunday, December 5 at 5 & 7pm. Ring in the 
holidays like revelers from the Victorian Era 
with a lively show curated by Tom Axworthy. 
“Holiday Living History Tours” is Saturday 
and Sunday, December 10 & 11, 2:30-6:30 

“Just for Kids” is Saturday, December 3, 10-
11:30 am or 12:30-2pm. There will be holiday-
themed story-telling, crafts, food and more. 
Ideal for children ages 4-8. Admission free, 
Reservations required.

I am looking forward to going again. I will 
probably take my grandson to “Just for Kids”. 
Many activities are free. Some have a fee, but 
it’s an affordable one. There is so much to see 
and do!




(626) 968-8492

Come Up To Our Place! 


We are excited to announce that we have added 
a web page dedicated to Sturtevant Camp on our 
website ( 
Just click on Sturtevant’s Camp on the banner.

Or, you can go directly to information 
regarding this historic camp by clicking on:

There is lots of information on the camp, 
photos, and a video on a day at Sturtevant. On 
the top of the page are a number of tabs with 
information about the various cabins.

 The greatest feature, in my humble opinion, 
is the reservation page. You can now see what is 
booked and request a reservation. As you can see 
there are a number of open spots in October and 
November; December is wide open. The camp 
takes reservations year round except for June (the 
deer flies will eat you up ;-o))

 Start booking now for winter and spring. Not 
sure if you would like to stay over during the 
winter? Think about a warm fire, a hot drink, 
good friends, and hearty food. Add to that a 
comfortable bed and you have it made. Where 
else can you find that in Southern California just 
4 miles into the Angeles Forest. Remember that 
you do not need to carry your food or gear. Let 
our donkeys do the work. Just enjoy the weekend.

 For more information, give us a call.

Pet of the Week

Ursula: Animal ID #A4331363

Meet the sweetest dog at the Baldwin Park 
shelter: Ursula (A4331363). Ursula is an 
affectionate one-year-old black and white female 
Boston Terrier/Chihuahua mix puppy who was 
found in Baldwin Park on August 27th and 
brought to the shelter. Slightly underweight at 
twenty-two pounds, this little girl walks well 
on the leash, is well socialized, and is probably 
housebroken. She also gets along great with 
other dogs and is fantastic with children. Ursula 
is a medium-energy girl who is going to make 
a lovely indoor pet for an individual or family 
in any living situation. To watch a video of a 
volunteer interacting with Ursula, please visit:

To meet Ursula in person, please see her at the 
Baldwin Park Shelter, located at 4275 N. Elton, 
Baldwin Park, CA 91706 (Phone: 626-430-2378). 
She is currently available now. For any inquiries 
about Ursula, please reference her animal ID 
number: A4331363. The shelter is open seven 
days a week, 12 pm-7 pm Monday-Thursday and 
10am-5pm Friday-Sunday. This is a high-intake 
shelter with a great need for adoptions. 

For more information about Ursula or the 
adoption process, contact United Hope for 
Animals Volunteer Adoption Coordinator 
Samantha at or 
661-309-2674. To learn more about United Hope 
for Animals’ partnership with the Baldwin Park 
Shelter through its Shelter Support Program, 
as well as the many dogs of all breeds, ages, and 
sizes available for adoption in local shelters, visit

Temple Family



The latest on Business News, Trends and Techniques


By LaQuetta Shamblee

 Being small doesn’t need to stop 
entrepreneurs and community businesses 
from adopting the use of strategic 
partnerships that have worked very well for 
big entities like the government and large 
corporations. From the construction of large 
hotels and sports complexes, to the donation 
of goods and services as silent auction items 
for a nonprofit fundraiser, when structured 
and managed properly, strategic partnerships 
can create value and benefit for everyone 

 Often for large-scale ventures, the proposed 
project is only made possible by concessions 
that are granted by the government entity, 
like waiving or reducing fees for permits and 
related processes, or expediting approval 
processes – considering that “time is money.” 
Corporate entities are able to provide 
the cash to fuel the progress of projects, 
and what they get in return is heightened 
visibility and market exposure. The Staples 
Center downtown Los Angeles and The 
Honda Center are just two examples of how 
investments by businesses help to develop or 
sustain major facilities that are used by the 
public. Of course, their primary focus in on 
generating profits, but they also provide free 
use of space at their facilities for a number of 
nonprofits and community events. Annually, 
Santa Anita Race Track hosts the largest 
“Back-To-School” event in the Pasadena-
Foothills region on behalf of Foothill Unity 
Center, a local nonprofit and federally-
designated Community Action Agency. 

 The 1984 Olympic Games held in Los 
Angeles remains as one of the most 
prominent and contemporary examples of 
the widespread and long-term examples the 
benefits. That was the first time there was 
a net profit generated in the history of this 
international event. Economic benefits were 
sprinkled throughout Los Angeles County. 
Among the lingering affects was the birth of 
the L.A. Marathon in 1986. Sponsored by 
Mercedes-Benz, it attracted 10,000 entrants, 
making it the largest inaugural marathon in 
the world. 


 The L.A. Marathon has become an 
international event, with runners from 
around the globe. The event generates 
millions in revenue hotels, restaurants and 
other venues. It also provides broad market 
exposure for corporate sponsors. Some 
nonprofit arts agencies got media exposure 
as their dance troupes and bands were 
featured in news casts and feature stories 
broadcasts to millions throughout the event. 
This type of media exposure is very useful for 
nonprofits to mention in funding proposals. 
Many nonprofits use the marathon as a 
fundraising opportunity by getting friends 
and supporters to donate a certain amount of 
money per mile or simply pledging a specific 
amount. Public-private partnerships were at 
the core of both of these historical successes, 
and the benefits continue to this day.

 In preparation for the Olympics, there was a 
massive influx of economic activity from the 
construction of facilities like the velodrome 
built on the campus of Cal State Dominguez 
Hills for the cycling competitions. With 
additional corporate investment, it now the 
nation’s most complete training facility for 
Olympic, professional and amateur athletes. 
Renamed “The Home Depot Center,” it is 
now a 125-acre campus that is designated 
as an “Official Olympic Training Site.” It 
is home to the LA Galaxy Soccer Team 
and features state-of-the-art stadiums and 
amenities for soccer, cycling, track & field, 
tennis, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball, baseball, 
softball, basketball and other sports.

Next week’s article will provide specific 
examples of how sole proprietors and small 
businesses have used this approach to create 
win-wins situations that increase market 
exposure, revenue and profits.

Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich presents the Heart in Hand Humanitarian 
Awards to Robert “Bob” Bartlett and Robin Salzer during Foothill Unity Center’s 13th 
Annual Golden Plate Awards at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on September 22, 2011. The 
event’s honorees also included Henry and Lou Thedinga, Southern California Edison and 
the Monrovian Family Restaurant who were presented with the Neighbors Helping Neighbors 
Award. Foothill Unity Center provides food, crisis and health services to many families 
in the San Gabriel Valley. More information, please visit their website at www.foothillunitycenter.