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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 4, 2013 


AND ASTONISHES GUESTS Story and Photo by John Blackstock

 The 14th Annual Crystal Ball, “CirQue De La Salle” was held on April 12 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Crystal Ball 
Chairs, Pamela Jacques P’13 and Hillary Sanchez P’14, chose the theme that is self-described as a dramatic mix of circus arts and street 
entertainment. Pamela says, “We wanted something different than anything else we had seen in the past and something that would 
create great energy and fun. Guests enjoyed an evening of wonder and charm in celebration of those in the Lasallian community who 
help create the La Salle experience through their generosity. CirQue De La Salle was engulfed in bright colors of pinks, oranges, purples, 
blues and greens as guests dined at tables beautifully adorned with white feather bouquets and draped in multiple vibrant hues, as well 
as watching performances by contortionists, acrobats, and aerial silk artists.

The night was filled with the thrill of pursuit with bidding on several dozen items during the live, super silent, and silent auctions. The 
Rêvez Grand (Dream Big) Auction items included tickets and dinner at the LA Phil, hockey tickets for the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles 
Dodgers tickets, Adventures to Sea World, a trip to Augusta, Georgia to attend the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, and “I Dreamed of 
Africa” photo safari, just to name of few. Aside from the auctions, there was also an Opportunity Drawing where people had the chance 
to win a trip for two for a 7-night stay in Hawai’i, an iPad or four Disney Park Hopper passes.

 Over 300 guests came to congratulate this year’s Crystal Ball honorees Cristi and Steve Seidner P’09, ’12. Cristi and Steve were selected as 
the recipients for the 2013 Lasallian Volunteer Award. The spirit of volunteerism runs deep in the Seidner family. They have volunteered 
for many places and organizations that included Foothill Unity Center, Maryvale’s “Shop for the Girls at Christmas” program, synagogues, 
Anita Oaks School, Barnhart School, La Salle’s Parent Association, Technology Fundraising Committee, and especially the Crystal Ball. 
“They have been untiring in their commitment to support their children’s high school – even after they have graduated,” says Dr. Richard 
Gray, President.

“The Crystal Ball is truly a team effort. All the amazing parent volunteers, La Salle staff, and local businesses play such an integral role in 
the success of the Crystal Ball. I’m truly thankful to our amazing committee, especially Co-Chair Hillary Sanchez. I couldn’t have done 
it without her,” says Pamela. 

 The Crystal Ball is La Salle’s largest fundraiser of the year that allows everyone an opportunity to come together and support La Salle’s 
programs and activities that the School provides to the students. 

Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809 

Co-Principals Nancy Lopez and Diane Kieffaber

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patano


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Headmaster John Higgins



LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Bro. Christopher Brady, FSC

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 798-8901 Principal: Gilbert Barraza


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian

(626) 355-9028 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Esther Salinas

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:


351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 Website:


234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:


325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 Website:


1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010

(626)599-5000 Website:



The Sierra Madre Rose Float 

Association is proud to announce 
its annual scholarship 
competition. To qualify, 
applicants must actively participated 
in one or more Sierra 
Madre Rose Float activity 
(such as fundraising, 

design, construction, flowering 
or as a past or present float 
rider) and must currently be a 
student in their senior year 
of high school or be a college 
freshman with a minimum 
GPA of 3.0. 

For more information and 
to download an application 
form, please visit our website 
at: http://www.smrosefloat.

All applications must be received 
by May 3, 2013.


The PasadenaLEARNs "Step 
Up to Summer Program" will 
take place from Tuesday, June 
11, 2013 through Friday, July 
12, 2013. 

The program is FREE Monday 
- Thursday to all PUSD 
students at schools with 

If students want to attend the 
Friday field trips, the cost is 
$85 for the entire summer (all 
4 trips). 

LEARNs is also hiring PUSD 
credentialed teachers to 
teach the language arts and 
mathematics portion of our 

Help spread the word about 
this enriching, fun-filled 
summer program which includes 
math, art, science, language 
arts, performing arts, 
and more. 

for more details.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


While I am not a big 
Stephanie Meyer fan, I do 
enjoy sci-fi, and decided 
to see this movie. For me, 
Twilight was horrible, but in 
the end, I enjoyed The Host 
much more than I thought I 

Earth has been invaded by an 
alien race and the planet has 
never been better: no war, 
no hunger, and no violence 
at all. We are at peace. 
But some of the humans 
have survived the purge, 
including Melanie (Saoirse 
Ronan) and Jared (Max 
Irons), who find each other 
and fall in love. However, 
Melanie gets captured and 
has an alien, Wanderer aka 
Wanda, implanted in her. Now, she must not only get Wanda out 
but also save the remainder of the human race.

There was actually quite a bit of sci-fi themes in this book, enough 
to make the complex love square bearable. While I expected this 
movie to fall flat, I actually became connected to the world and 
even the wonderful cast of characters.