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Mountain View News Saturday, January 28, 2012 

If you’ve wanted to take computer 
classes, but have avoided 
them because you thought 
they’d be boring or full of incomprehensible 
then the “MY PC” series is 
for you! Sierra Madre Library 
staff members Jill Schofield and 
Gerard Brane will be teaching 
this hands-on, fun, and user-
friendly series of 10 one-hour 
classes on Wednesday mornings 
at 10:00 a.m., beginning 
January 25. These practical, 
jargon-free, and comfortably-
paced classes will focus on 
how to make the most of your 
Windows 7 computer, and will 
include topics such as: “Start 
Here with Windows 7,” “Digital 
Camera Tips and Tricks,” 
“Share your Digital Photos,” 
and “Stay Safe with Windows 
7.” There is no obligation to 
take the whole 10-part series; 
you can sign up for one, a few, 
or all of the classes. Being intimidated 
by your computer 
will be a thing of the past once 
you’ve experienced “MY PC!”

In addition to the MY PC series, 
the Library will also be 
offering classes in Microsoft 
Word and Excel. A $20.00 
deposit per class is required, 
which is refundable upon attendance. 
The deposit may 
also be rolled over if you wish 
to take more than one class. A 
full listing of classes is available 
at the Library Service Desk and 
can also be viewed on the Library’s 

For more information, please 
come by the Library or call Jill 
Schofield or Gerard Brane at 
(626)355-7186. The Library is 
located at 440 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., in Sierra Madre. www.sierramadre. 

“MY PC!”



The Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee 
is looking for motivated, enthusiastic, creative, 
and friendly volunteers to serve on the 
committee as a member or a Co-Chair. The 
committee seeks volunteers to assist with 
various tasks to help with the parade and festivities. Join 
in the fun of hosting Sierra Madre’s favorite hometown 


If you are interested in becoming a Committee Member, 
Co-Chair or volunteering the day of at the 4th of July Festivities, 
please provide your name, phone number and 
email address to the following contacts:


Colleen McEvoy, Fourth of July Committee Co-Chair at 

 Community & Personnel Services Department at 


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 80s Lows 40s

 Fri: Sunny Hi 80s Lows 40s 

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. 


 Sat Jan 28 Bargain Book Table Sale, Mon thru Sat

 Tue Jan 31 Parks & Facilities Master Plan Committee 
Meeting, 6:00 pm

 Wed Feb 01 One Book One City, Mystery Contest 

Thu Feb 02 Senior Community Commission 3:00 pm

Thu Feb 02 One Book One City, Special Speaker 

 Thu Feb 09 One Book One City, Sherlock Holmes 
Panel Discussion 7:30 pm

 Fri Feb 10 City Hall - Alternate Fridays CLOSED

 Thu Feb 16 Third Thursday Book Club-One Book One 
City Discussion 11am to noon

Thu Feb 16 One Book One City, Sherlock Holmes’ 
London 7:30 pm


If you're running out the door and just remembered someone for 
whom you forgot to pick up a gift, don't worry. The Chamber has 
just what you need! Wistaria Shuttle Tickets are available online 
now at You can go online, pick your 
ticket, and pay for it right there at your computer, and best of all 
- you print it right there on your printer. In a matter of minutes, 
you've solved your problem! Tickets are $10 for adults 16 to 61, 
$7 for seniors 62 and up and children 6 to 16. Family four-packs 
are available (two adults, two kids) at a discount, all four tickets 
for $30. Or, team up with another couple couples and buy a six-
pack of adult tickets for just $50!. This year's festival will be held 
on Sunday, March 25th. Viewing the vine is free, but if you want 
to ride the shuttle round trip up the hill from the vine to the festival 
and back, this is how you do it. Order your tickets today! 



Why pay more—or anything at 
all—for e-books when you can 
download and read hundreds 
of new and noteworthy books 
on your PC, Mac, laptop, tablet, 
smartphone, e-reader, or other 
electronic device using OverDrive, 
Sierra Madre Library’s 
free e-book lending library?

 If you are among the thousands 
of people who received a 
Nook, Kindle, or other e-reader 
for the holidays, and would 
like to start taking advantage 
of OverDrive, the Library staff 
will help you create an account 
and show you how to request 
and download books onto 
your personal e-device. All 
you need to start checking out 
books on OverDrive is an active 
Sierra Madre Library card. 
Don’t have a card yet? Signing 
up is easy—just bring a photo 
ID with your current address 
to the Library Service Desk, 
and the staff will be happy to 
issue you a card. If you’ve recently 
moved, and your ID has 
not yet been updated, a utility 
bill can be used as proof of 
address. Don’t delay—“get in 
gear” and “E-read with OverDrive” 

 For more information, please 
call (626) 355-7186 or drop by 
the Library, which is located at 
440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., in 
Sierra Madre. www.sierramadrelibrary.


The annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting 
will be held on Sunday, February 12, from 2:00-5:00PM 
at Alverno Villa, 675 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre, 
CA . More than two dozen vintners will be bringing their 
best wines to sample and Sierra Madre restaurants will be 
providing hors d’oeuvres that can be paired with the wines. 
Enjoy live music and Magic Castle magicians as you stroll 
about the lovely grounds of Alverno sampling the superb 
wines and appetizers. A silent auction will again be offering 
lovely artwork, services, tickets to special events, restaurant 
vouchers, and many other tempting items. In addition 
to the auction, there will be a raffle for a weekend wine 
tasting in Paso Robles, a prize valued at more than $1,000 
(raffle ticket holders need not be present to win). 

Tickets to the Wine Tasting are $60 and raffle tickets are $5 
each and go on sale December 15. Both can be purchased 
at the Sierra Madre Library, 440 West Sierra Madre Blvd, 
Sierra Madre, CA (telephone 626 355-7186). The Friends 
of the Sierra Madre Library is a non-profit orga Tickets are 
also available at Arnold’s Frontier Hardware, Savor The 
Flavor and The Bottle Shop. Or by calling Jerry Carlton at 
626-355-8342. nization and all proceeds benefit the Sierra 
Madre Library.

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 

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 


The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book 
Sale is being held on Friday, February 3, from 3:00-7:00PM 
and Saturday, February 4, from 10:00AM-2:00PM in the 
library basement and on the back parking lot. 

For youR nostalgia buffs, we’re offering collectible sets of 
the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, some published 
in the 1940s and some newer. Other collectibles include a 
Childcraft collection from 1947 and other favorites from 
the past, including works by Tolstoy and deMaurier. Also 
in the basement will be an eclectic collection of newer 
fiction and non-fiction on nearly every subject including 
travel, home remodeling and history. 

These items as well as children’s books, audio books, CDs, 
and DVDs will be available to purchase for your reading 
and listening pleasure. Bargain Tables outside the library 
will feature hardback and trade fiction and non-fiction for 
$1.00 each and paperbacks for twenty-five cents each (or 
five for $1.00). All children’s books outside are now only 
25 cents. Bargain Table items are half price after 1:30PM 
on Saturday. 

These sales offer high quality, slightly used books that are 
culled from our library shelves or donated, books that 
you’ll be proud to place in your own library or to give 
to friends and family. So come early and come often to 
see what treasures you can find. Proceeds from the Best 
Used Book Sales will be donated to the Sierra Made Public 
Library to support program and equipment needs. The 
library is located at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in the city 
of Sierra Madre and there is parking on the street and behind 
the library.


The Sierra Kiwanis Club will host well known preservation 
architect Joe Catalano on Tuesday, January 31st at their 
regular meeting. Catalano will discuss the upcoming 
plans by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society 
to renovate the Richardson House 

 The meeting begins at noon at 
The Lodge (formerly the Masonic 
Lodge) and the program begins at 
approximately 12:30. The program 
presentation is free. Lunch is $10.00.

If you would like to meet please call 355-0728 to reserve 
your space. We look forward to seeing you there.



 1985, the American Library 
Association (ALA) launched 
the READ™ campaign which 
has proven immensely effective 
in promoting literacy among 
all age groups. Comedian Bill 
Cosby was the first notable 
to appear on a poster; since 
then, more than 150 celebrities 
have donated their images 
for these posters, which 
convey the simple, but potent 
message—READ. Although 
endorsements by popular stars 
have certainly been effective, 
the ALA encourages libraries 
throughout the U.S. to use local 
community leaders—adults as 
well as youngsters—as “celebrity 
models.” The ongoing 
response to the program 
has been so consistently and 
overwhelmingly positive that 
READ™ has become one of the 
most successful grass roots literacy 
campaigns ever created.

The Sierra Madre Library 
launched its READ™ campaign 
in January 2011, which 
featured Jeffrey L. Throop, 
the 2010 President of the 
Tournament of Roses®, who 
posed with Afghanistan/Iraq 
War veteran Marcus Luttrell’s 
memoir, Lone Survivor. Every 
quarter throughout 2012, 
a new poster will feature one 
or more Sierra Madre residents 
who are active in the 
local community, usually 
posing with a favorite book. 
Souvenir bookmarks bearing 
the same design as the poster 
are also made available for 
takeaway at the Library.

 This winter our local READ 
campaign features Sierra 
Madre resident Barry 
Schwam as Sherlock Holmes. 
In case you’re wondering, 
“Why Sherlock—?,” the 
poster is dovetailing with Sierra 
Madre’s One Book One 
City read for 2012, which is 
The Adventures of Sherlock 
Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan 

 Barry is an actor who has 
played nearly 50 character 
roles on stage, television, and 
in films. He also works as a 
voiceover artist and can be 
heard as the voice of the automatronic 
Col. Sanders at 
the Colonel Sanders Museum 
in Kentucky. Barry is an accomplished 
musician, and is 
well-known for his skill on 
the theremin, the only instrument 
in the world that 
is played without touching 
it. Barry’s favorite Sherlock 
Holmes story is The Hound 
of the Baskervilles.

The Sierra Madre Library is located 
at 440 West Sierra Madre 
Boulevard, Sierra Madre. 626-
355-7186. www.sierramadre.lib.


The Community Services 
Department is happy to 
announce that registration 
is now open for the winter/
spring session for both 
youth and adults. Classes 
include Tennis, Ballet/Tap, 
Gymnastics, Soccer, Karate, 
Yoga (Tuesday & Thursday 
evenings plus a new 
Wednesday morning class) 
and Tai Chi.

 The Spring Aquatic Center 
schedule includes a variety 
of programs ranging 
from Lap Swim & Water 
Aerobics to Swim Team and 
Lifeguard & Water Safety 
Instructor Training classes. 
Also open – Whale Watching 
and Senior excursions.

 Registration is available online 
at www.cityofsierramadre.
com or walk-in at the Community 
Recreation Center or Hart 
Park House Senior Center. For 
more information please call the 
Community & Personnel Services 
office at (626) 355-5278.