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 Mountain Views News Saturday, March 3, 2012 





Senior Programs have returned to the Hart 
Park House enior Center, 222 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd. in Memorial Park - Come by and 
see the changes!!

March Birthdays

Ella Gutman, Santos Ruiz, Viky Tchatlian, 
Mary Cooper, Carla Duplex,Terri Elder, 
Georgina ‘Snooky’ Greger, Rita Johnson, 
Helen Wallis, Dorothy Webster


MONDAYS: City Hall & Lunch Café 

12 noon: Intervale Lunch Café: Come enjoy 
a hot meal with others. Donation for seniors 
(60+) of $2.00; visitors $3.75. Call 355-0256 
to make your daily reservation.

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


 FREE blood pressure checks by Methodist 
Hospital Nurse; 11 am to 12 noon.

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

5:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Yoga; $6.00 - 50 & over. 
Please call 355-5278 for more information


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

12 noon: Intervale Lunch Café; daily reservations 
needed 355-0256

2nd Wednesday of the month: FREE Legal 
Consultations: 10-11:30 am. Appointments 
call 355-7394

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 Poker 
with Bridge on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays; so 
please call for more information.

FRIDAY: City Hall closed on Dec. 16, 23 & 30 
and Lunch Café closed on Dec. 23

 12 noon: Intervale Lunch Café; daily reservations 
needed 355-0256

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

By Rene Quenell, Proprietor Yoga Madre - Sierra Madre

 People ask me all the time how I started doing yoga. A friend took me. 
We took our babies. I hated it. And then another friend took me to my 
second class -- I had a great teacher -- and I fell in love. Well maybe not 
at first, exactly. But day by day and year by year I fell in love with my 

 I know, sounds strange. But it’s really true. The first time I actually did downward dog, 
I kind of liked it. The first time my knees didn’t have to touch the ground in plank, I was 
thrilled, and the first time, well, there are still first times, all these years later. And each time 
I feel that wonder - “Wow, I did that!”. It is so powerful. It made me want to keep going. I 
wanted to eat right and enable myself to do even more. I learned things I didn’t like about 
myself too. Big things. But through yoga we can learn and then transform. And that is the 
whole enchilada: we have the POWER to transform ourselves.

The mat is our playground, or practice ground, where we learn to breathe through challenging 
situations. We learn to adapt. We learn to be flexible. We also learn integrity and strength. 

 We learn what our tendencies are. We learn how we resist, how we avoid, how we compete 
and how we beat ourselves up. We learn how we breathe, how we eat, how we think and 
feel. We learn we are connected to our minds, body and spirit and to each other. We learn 
about our hips and shoulders, aches and pains.

Then we learn what our inner strengths are. And the first time we work it through, the first 
time we come out on the other side, we are free - because we transformed. If we can do it 
on the mat, we can do it anywhere. We are powerful beings. Learning to love and nurture 
all aspects of ourselves so that we can live our lives to the very best and make a difference! 
This is the teaching of yoga.

So unroll that mat and TAKE A FRIEND. And next time you are in class remember to 
ask yourself “what did I learn about myself today?”

Meals are delivered to home-
bound seniors by volunteer drivers 
through the YWCA Intervale 
Lunch Program M-F (with frozen meals for the 

Meals are delivered to the home-bound seniors 
by drivers through the YWCA Interval Lunch 
Program M-F (with frozen meals for the 

 Call the YWCA at (626) 214-9460 for more 


Join the Senior

Community Commission

at the 


 for a FREE presentation. Lunch is 
available for a 

$2 donation 

Call (626) 355-0256 by 

12 noon the day before. 



Dear Savvy Senior:

Can you recommend any easy-to-use products for 
video calling? I live in a different state from my 
mother, who’s now 78, and would like to see her 
more often. But mom doesn’t have a computer or 
a smartphone for video chatting and she’s intimidated 
with technology. Living Afar

Dear Living:

Video calling is a wonderful way to stay connected 
and get that important face-to-face time 
with your mom when you can’t be there. Here 
are some good video calling products to consider 
for technology-challenged seniors who don’t 
use a computer. 

Home Videophones

If you’re not familiar with them, home videophones 
are a nice option and very easy for seniors 
to use. Basically, they work like a regular 
telephone but come with a built-in camera and 
video screen that gives you the ability to see the 
person you’re talking to in real-time. All you 
need is a high speed (DSL or Cable) Internet 
connection and you’re ready to go. 

While there are various types and styles of videophones 
on the market today, some possible options 
to consider are the Grandstream 3140 and 
VoSKY videophones that work with Skype (see – a free software application that lets 
you make free video calls via the Internet. 

Retailing anywhere between $150 and $250, the 
big advantage of using a Skype certified videophone 
is that after you purchase it, there are no 
monthly service fees to use it. Skype-to-Skype 
video calls are completely free, and you can use 
your personal computer (if you have a webcam), 
Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPad or 
Mac to call your mom’s videophone (and vise 
versa), which means you don’t have to buy a second 
videophone to converse with her like you 
do with other services. 

These videophones will also let your mom make 
unlimited calls to other landlines and mobile 
phones in the U.S. and Canada for only $3 per 
month. To learn more or to purchase these 
products visit or

Another good product to check out is 
WorldGate’s Ojo Vision Digital Videophone 
which you can buy through ACN (
digital, 877-226-1010) as the IRIS 5000 Video 
Phone. With a bright 7-inch LCD screen and excellent 
audio and video capabilities, this videophone 
is a higher grade product than the Skype 
phones, but it’s more expensive. The cost: $179 
for the phone with a two-year contract and a $30 
monthly service fee for unlimited calling. 

This phone will also only let you place video calls 
to other Ojo/IRIS videophones. That means that 
you and your mom will each have to buy your 
own phone in order to video chat with each other, 
which adds to your costs. 

TV Video Calls

Another great option you need to know about 
are the new “TV compatible webcams” that 
have a built-in HD camera, speakers and microphones 
that will turn your mom’s TV into a 
videophone – no computer required. 

She will, however, need a television set with an 
HDMI port (most HDTVs have them) and wireless 
Internet access installed in her home to uses 
one of these devices. If she has an older TV that 
doesn’t have an HDMI port, converter boxes can 
be purchased for around $50 to adapt most sets. 

If you like this option, check out the Biscotti TV 
Phone (, a new product that costs 
$199 and, at the press of a button, will let your 
mom make and receive unlimited free video 
calls from her TV, to any computer, smartphone 
or tablet that uses Google video chat (google.
com/chat/video), or to other Biscotti owners. 

Or, if you’re a Skype user, consider the new telyHD 
webcam ( This device costs $250 
and works similarly to the Biscotti, but provides 
its free video calling via Skype. 

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. 
Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.
org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC 
Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” 



SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD - Community 
Whale Watching Trip; $28 per person. The 
bus will leave the Community Recreation 
Center at 10 am and return at 3:30 pm. Cost 
includes transportation and a 2 1/2 hour 
charter boat tour out of Long Beach.

Registration can be done either in person 
or online at

SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD - Community 
Whale Watching Trip; $28 per person. The 
bus will leave the Community Recreation 
Center at 10 am and return at 3:30 pm. Cost 
includes transportation and a 2 1/2 hour 
charter boat tour of Long Beach. Participants 
can bring their own lunch or snacks 
are available for purchase on the boat.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH - Palm Springs 
Follies. Spend the day in sunny PS and see

the new show Hot! Hot! Hot! celebrating 
those memories of endless summers with

music and dance. COST per person is $58 
(includes transportation, tip & show).

Lunch will be on your own at one of the 
many restaurants next to the theatre.

Registration can be done either in person or 
online at:


Tickets can now be purchased at:

Sierra Madre City Hall

Sierra Madre Recreation Center

Sierra Madre Library

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 at the 
Sierra Madre Recreation Center while the Hart Park 
House is under remodeling. 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 

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