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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 28, 2013 

DAY IN SIERRA MADRE Photo by Doc Watter


Since 1907, the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club has been a major help to the community. This group 
of dedicated women have continued to creatively work together to raise money for various local 
philanthropies, as well as provide three scholarships a year to deserving students. Each year the 
Woman’s Club hosts a variety of fundraisers to help in their endeavors. Fundraisers of the past 
included luncheons, sales at their popular Wistaria Thrift Shop, and even fashion shows. This year 
the group is very excited to announce they will be hosting Sierra Madre’s Woman’s Club 1st Annual 
Oktoberfest Celebration to take place Saturday, October 26 from 12 P.M. to 5 P.M. in the Essick 
House Yard.

Chairperson/brainchild of the operation, Trini Ornellas, has been coordinating the event with 
Elma Flores, Eva Poet, Jacob Martinez and the other members of the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club to 
spearhead this new affair and ensure this event will be a smash! “This Oktoberfest celebration will be 
perfect for the whole family.” says Eva Poet, member since 2005. 

This is will be a free event for the whole community to enjoy. Families will be serenaded with Umpapa 
music and live accordion performances for their listening pleasure. As guests enjoy the sounds they 
can snack on delicious German food, to be catered by Eva Poet and family, drink beer from the beer 
garden, and have fun participating in activities such as, pumpkin painting, games, face painting, arts 
and crafts, and polka dancing. Visitors will also be given a chance to participate in the 50/50 draw. 

Elma Flores, member since 2008 says, “We have worked hard to get as close to the real German 
culture and experience as possible.” Various vendors will also be on site showcasing their goods. 

This event would not have been possible without all of the hard work the members of the Sierra 
Madre Woman’s Club. They have spent countless hours researching and coordinating to bring 
Sierra Madre an authentic Oktoberfest everybody will remember. They hope all visitors enjoy their 
experience and help raise money for their mission: to promote educational, philanthropic, and civic 
advancement and social activities. 

Interested vendors and volunteers may contact Jacob Martinez at for more information.

This very, ‘beary’ family has been spotted a lot around Sierra Madre recently. On Wednesday, 
they decided to hang out at the Watter residence. On Friday, they too decided to hike 
in Bailey Canyon. If you should spot this mama and her cubs, don’t panic.


For The Period September 15-22, 2013

Sunday September 15, 2013

At 9pm, officers responded to the 600 block 
of Oak Crest Drive to investigate a report 
of a disturbance. A brother and sister had 
been involved in a verbal argument over a 
misunderstanding. At one point the brother 
made a threatening remark then shoved his 
sister, causing her to fall down a short staircase. 
The brother then fled the residence. The sister 
sustained a cut to her right knee and complained 
of soreness to her neck. 

Thursday September 19, 2013

A residential burglary occurred in the 400 
block of Auburn Avenue between the hours of 
10am and 11pm. Unknown suspects entered 
the rear yard, removed a screen from a kitchen 
door window and then smashed the window 
with an unknown object. Unlocking the door 
from the inside, the suspect(s) rummaged 
through cabinets and drawers removing jewelry 
and musical instruments. It appeared that the 
suspect(s) left through the front door. 

Friday September 20, 2013

At 10am, officers were dispatched to the 200 
block of South Baldwin Avenue to investigate 
burglar alarm activation. On arrival, they 
discovered a rear sliding glass door open. The 
investigation revealed that unknown suspect(s) 
smashed a rear bedroom window then used a 
nearby trash can to climb inside. Once inside the 
alarm went off when the suspect entered a room 
with a motion detector. The suspect quickly fled 
exiting the sliding glass door. 

At 10pm, officers responded to a domestic 
violence incident in the 300 block of West 
Montecito Avenue. A couple with a nine year 
relationship became involved in a verbal 
argument that quickly escalated into a physical 
altercation. The male pushed his girlfriend to 
the floor then pulled her arms behind her back 
causing pain. She managed to break free and run 
into an adjacent room. The boyfriend chased 
her, pushed her onto a sofa then began choking 
her for several seconds. Then he let her go. He 
packed all of his clothing and left the residence. 
The victim sustained visible bruising to her neck, 
arms and thigh. Detectives are continuing 
efforts to locate the suspect. 


Athens Services and the City of Sierra Madre 
will host the Fall Compost Giveaway event on 
Saturday, October 12, 2013. The event is from 
9:00am-12:00pm at Sierra Vista Park which is 
located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. All Sierra 
Madre residents are eligible to participate and 
no advanced reservation is necessary. 

Be sure to bring a sturdy container for the 
compost on the day of the event. Shovels will be 
provided at the event to fill your containers. To 
ensure all participants receive their fair share, 
there is a 30 gallon per household limit the first 
hour of the event. After 10:00am, participants 
will be able to receive an unlimited amount of 
compost while supplies last. Athens 

Services plans to donate 20 tons of compost!

The organic compost is comprised of leaves, yard 
trimmings and paper litter mixed with wood 
chips, food waste and other organic materials 
at the Athens Services Recycling and Material 
Recovery Facility. The compost is a nutrient rich 
soil amendment and fertilizer. 

The Energy, Environment, & Natural Resources 
Commission will be on-site providing 
information. The Compost Giveaway is a 
drive through event located in the Sierra Vista 
Park parking lot near the sand volley ball and 
basketball court. For more information please 
contact the Community Services Office at 626-


Monday, Oct. 14

 Halloween is coming and it’s 
time for TRICK OR TREAT. 
Gardeners love to share and the 
October 14th Garden Club’s program 
is an opportunity for members 
and guests to share gardening 
tips. Gardening TRICKS 
or (tips) will be rewarded with 

 Come to the meeting and share 
your tips for conserving water, 
saving energy and money, composting, 
mulching, pruning or 
dealing with pests. Tell us about 
your favorite tools and supplies, 
successes and problems with 
specific plants, trees, shrubs, or 
your favorite gardening website. 
Garden Club members will facilitate 
the program.

 Everyone is invited. Dinner 
begins at 6:30 P.M.; followed by 
the program at 7:15 P.M. Catered 
dinner is $10; reservations must 
be made by October 10th at 626-
836-4945. There is no charge for 
attending only the program.

 Location: Hart Park House Memorial 
Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., Sierra Madre. For information 
call the reservation number 
or visit


The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society will be hosting a 
“Landmark Home Open House” at the Norris Home (1885) on Sunday, 
September 29, 2013. If you are not already a member, you still have 
time to join the Historical Society and be able to make a reservation for 
the Norris Home Tour. This is a beautiful home whose original owners 
played a tremendous part in the history of Sierra Madre. It is well worth 
the effort to attend this tour. 

 You can get in touch with our Membership Chair: Maggie Ellis at: (626) 
355-7074 or email:

Members need to contact Leslie Ziff at (626) 836-3469 or email: lbziff@ for all reservations. Those attending MUST have 
reservations – and we are limited to only 40 – so, what are you waiting 


 Don’t forget the next Friends of 
the Sierra Madre Library’s Best 
Used Book Sale is being held in 
the basement and back parking lot 
of the library on Friday, October 
4, 2013 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition 
to books with a Halloween theme, 
the sale will offer a collection of 
Southern California trail books 
and nature trail guides for those 
planning local hikes this fall. And 
if you’re already starting to plan 
for the fall and winter holidays, 
we have featured shelves of some 
of our craft books and cookbooks 
on sale for half price. The tables 
in the basement will be displaying 
newer fiction, including some 
2013 titles, and coffee table books 
on a wide variety of subjects. On 
the parking lot we have several 
tables of paperbacks at twenty-five 
cents each or 5/$1.00 and a large 
collection of teacher materials and 
units ready to use in the classroom 
all on sale for $1.00 each. All 
children’s bargain books are five 
for a dollar. 

 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. 
Proceeds from the Best Used 
Book Sales will be donated to the 
library to support program and 
equipment needs. Sierra Madre 
Public Library 440 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd. 

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