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Mountain Views News Saturday, June 15, 2013 



Perhaps you have been in Bean Town lately and had the pleasure of viewing 
Mrs. Robin M. White-Patterson’s abstract oil paintings on large stretched 
canvas. The Bethany Christian School art teacher is happy to have her work 
on display for three months as Bean Town’s locally featured artist. Mrs. 
White-Patterson’s abstract paintings use a technique called “Impasto,” where 
oil paint is thickly applied and a palette knife is used. The style is considered 
abstract expressionism. When asked about the inspiration of this installation, 
Mrs. White-Patterson said her influences are abstract expressionists 
such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Gerhard Richter.

These same masters as well as many others are studied by her students at 
Bethany Christian School. Over the past ten years, Mrs. White-Patterson 
has taught art to children from pre-school through 8th grade; she uses famous 
artists to inspire her talented students with more challenging techniques 
in their own art.

Not only is Mrs. White-Patterson an experienced artist, she is also a professional 
photographer who earned a photography degree from the world-
renowned Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Mrs. White-Patterson knows 
her material, challenges her students, and is a gifted and loving teacher to all 
the BCS students and their parents.

Mrs. White-Patterson's artwork was also displayed last Friday at Sierra 
Madre's Art Walk. Her work is available for purchase, and she can be commissioned 
for photography projects as well.

For more information about Bethany Christian School please visit their 

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:

BRYANT UNIVERSITY Photo and Story by John Blackstock

Pasadena, CA –La Salle senior, Samantha 
Torrez, signed a National Letter of Intent 
to swim for Bryant University, a private 
Liberal Arts University in Rhode Island. 
Bryant is an NCAA Division I university 
participating in the Northeast Conference. 
Torrez committed to the university two 
weeks before graduation on May 24, 2013. 

 Samantha was a key member of 
the first ever girls swim Division IV CIF 
championship in 2012. She was a three 
event winner at the 2012 CIF Finals (100 
Fly, 100 Back, 400 Free Relay) and was 
the 2013 Del Rey League Champion in 
the 100 fly, 100 Back and 400 Free Relay. 
She was recently inducted into the La Salle 
Athletics Hall of Fame.

 “We are very proud of Samantha,” 
commented Athletic Director Anthony 
Harris at the signing. He cautions that only 
two of 100 high school athletes will ever 
play in college and just one out of every 
1000 high school athletes will receive a 
Division I scholarship. “Samantha has 
accomplished something very special here 
at La Salle,” he said.

La Salle to Host Decade of 
the ’70s Reunion

Pasadena, CA – The La 
Salle High School Alumni 
Association is hosting the

Return of the Decade of the 
‘70s Reunion on campus 
on Saturday, June 22, 2013 
starting at 6:00pm. This party 
is for the Classes of 1970 
through 1979. 

For more information 
contact the Alumni Office 
at 626.696.4362 or go 
to www.lancernetwork.


The Sierra Madre Community Services Department is offering a new gymnastic class for youths! 
Charter Oak Gymnastics has been in business for over 30 years and teaches all levels of gymnastic 
classes. Classes in Sierra Madre are geared for beginners from ages 2 all the way up to 12 years of 
age. Pre-registration is required with classes beginning on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Registration 
is available online at or at the Community Services 
Office located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.

Parent and Me

In this class the student, with the aid of the parent will learn to develop their balance, coordination 
and motor skills. Low beam, small spring board, blocks, cones and landing mats are used as part of 
this class. Open to ages 2-3 years. Session is $39 per child.

Session: June 19 – July 24 (5 class dates, does not meet on July 3)

Time: 9:45-10:25am


This class challenges students to perform skills that require strength, balance and speed. The class 
utilizes a variety of gymnastic apparatuses to perform fun and coordinated movements. Open to ages 
4-5 years. Session is $39 per child.

Session: June 19 – July 24 (5 class dates, does not meet on July 3)

Time: 10:30-11:10am

Beginners (6-8 years)

Various beginner levels skills are taught in this class. Bars, vault, tumbling and mini-trampoline 
apparatuses are used to aid in the training. Students learn roll, handstands, cartwheels, and swings 
on the equipment. Instructor focus on improving strength and flexibility. Session is $39 per child.

Session: June 19 – July 24 (5 class dates, does not meet on July 3)

Time: 5:00-5:40pm

Beginners (9-12 years)

Various beginner levels skills are taught in this class. Bars, vault, tumbling and mini-trampoline 
apparatuses are used to aid in the training. Students learn roll, handstands, cartwheels, and swings 
on the equipment. Instructor focus on improving strength and flexibility. Session is $39 per child.

Session: June 19 – July 24 (5 class dates, does not meet on July 3)

Time: 5:45-6:25pm

For information on any of these classes, please contact the Community Services Department at 

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 Options – A Child Care 
and Human Services Agency 
announces that the federal Office 
of Head Start has chosen Options 
to provide Head Start services 
in Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra 
Madre, Arcadia, San Marino 
and South Pasadena. Services 
are currently concentrated in the 
northwest quarter of Pasadena 
and western Altadena. 

 Options is a charitable, non-
profit agency concentrating 
on child development and 
Head Start services. It will be 
providing services to 700 low 
income three- and four-year-old 
children through three program 
models. It expects to serve 420 
children in the traditional half-
day/school year Head Start 
classroom program; 220 children 
in a full-day/full-year program 
designed to meet the needs of 
low income working parents or 
parents in vocational training; 
and 60 children in a Home Based 
version of Head Start. In Home 
Based Head Start a teacher 
meets with the parent and child 
weekly in their home, focusing 
on educating the parent to be 
an effective teacher for their 
child, and planning activities 
the parent will do with the child 
during the coming week. There 
are also twice monthly meetings 
of the parents and children for 
parent education workshops 
and group activities for the 
children. Options is adding the 
Home Based program to reach 
low income families in eastern 
and southern Pasadena, eastern 
Altadena and the other four 

 Head Start services in 
Pasadena, Altadena and Glendale 
were formerly provided by the 
Center for Community and 
Family Services, which closed its 
Head Start program in October, 
2011 and relinquished its federal 
Head Start grant. The centers 
were re-opened by Community 
Development Institute Head 
Start, an organization that 
provides Head Start services 
on an interim basis, anywhere 
in the nation, when an agency 
suddenly is closed. Options 
will now be the ongoing federal 
“grantee” for Head Start in the 
six communities.

 Another agency has been 
selected to provide Head Start 
services in Glendale and to 
provide Early Head Start services 
throughout the area. Early Head 
Start provides home based or 
center based services to low-
income families with children 
from birth to age three, and 
expecting parents.

 The Head Start grant 
will be $6,566,806 annually, 
and Options will provide an 
additional $1,641,702 in state 
funds and local contributions 
of time, materials and funds. 
The California Department 
of Education is providing 
approximately $300,000 to fund 
a portion of the services to full-
day/full-year children.

 Options expects to operate 
classrooms in all six of the 
existing Head Start centers in 
Pasadena and Altadena, and 
will be reaching out to parents, 
landlords and community 
partners to continue existing 

 Options has provided Head 
Start and child development 
services in the San Gabriel 
Valley, Whittier and Pomona 
areas since it was founded in 
1981. Options currently serves 
9,000 children throughout its 
service area, including hundreds 
of children in Pasadena and 
Altadena. It operates an office 
in Pasadena at 2465 E. Walnut 
St. Options is an existing 
Head Start grantee serving San 
Gabriel, Monrovia, Covina, 
West Covina, South El Monte 
and other valley communities. 
It also offers its Early Head 
Start program in the Rowland 
and West Covina communities; 
Child Development Centers for 
working and student parents 
of preschool age children; 
California State Preschool for 
preschool children in many 
valley communities, Surround 
Care before and after school 
program at over 45 local 
elementary schools; Enrichment 
Program for after school 
enrichment at 15 elementary and 
middle schools; and its Child 
Care Services programs from 
its office in Baldwin Park. Child 
Care Services provides free 
referrals to child care through 
much of the San Gabriel Valley 
(626-856-5900), a voucher based 
child care program for working 
parents and parents preparing 
to work their way off of welfare, 
and child care through a network 
of several hundred educational, 
high-quality and licensed family 
child care providers.

 Options will be reaching out 
to existing parents served by 
CDI, to new parents interested in 
enrolling children, community 
leaders and others in the next 
several weeks. Parents interested 
in adding their names to an 
enrollment list can initially 
sign up through Options’ main 
office telephone number, 626-
967-7848. They should specify 
that they are calling for the 
Pasadena and Altadena Head 
Start program.

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show


 Having seen several 
Vince Vaughn movies 
before, I kind of knew what 
to expect when going to see 
this movie. That being said, 
this one didn’t stick out to 
me as being one of his better 
films and, in my opinion, I 
was sadly correct.

 When friends Billy 
(Vince Vaughn) and Nick 
(Owen Wilson) find out that 
they are out of jobs, they 
struggle to find new ones. 
An opportunity presents 
itself where both of them get 
the chance to compete for 
internships, which would 
lead to jobs, at Google. 
However, once there, they 
find that a group of kids 
might need even more help 
than they do.

 My main problem with this movie is that it tried to appeal 
to both older and younger people and failed miserably. The jokes 
fell completely flat and, rather than enchanting you, the two main 
characters get so caught up in overused, decade old metaphors 
that they loose sight of what they were there to do in the first 
place which is to make you laugh.