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Mountain View News Saturday, November 1, 2014 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis


“Graveyards to the left of us,

Skeletons to the right,

A witch whizzes by on her broomstick,

It must be Halloween night!

We’ve gotten through it once again,

The ghouliest, ghostiest time of year.

When creatures large, and creatures small,

Prowl the highways, infest the byways,

And give us plenty of reason, in this fear-filled season

To quiver and shiver and shake in our shoes!!”

 Walking Sierra Madre today, admiring the 
window painting efforts of all our budding 
artists, we simply have to say we’ve got a bunch 
of really clever kids in our town. Of course, all 
the parents totally agree with that statement. 
John, my fellow art connoisseur walking 
buddy, and I spent a splendid hour pointing out 
exquisite details to each other.

 The cat saying, “Happy Meowloween!” 
and her doggy friend agreeing, “Happy 
Howloween!” An excellent portrayal of the 
“Wicked” musical logo, pumpkins, pumpkins 
everywhere and the prize winners are great. 
Loved the headless horseman in the red cape 
with his pumpkin head on a stick. Lots of 
wolves howling at haunted moons, a set of 
haunted candy apples (I think!). My favorite 
was the perfect pumpkin perched on the bank 
of a stream with its jack-o-lantern reflection in 
the water. 

 If you haven’t taken a few minutes to walk 
through town to look at the window art, get on 
it before too much time goes by. All this genius 
is only temporary. Look for the grumpy 
cat wearing the witches hat next to a rather 
nervous pumpkin. You’ll like the witch’s green 
hand with bright red fingernails dropping 
candy corn into her pot. 

 Students from 9 to 17 work in teams all 
afternoon Friday and all morning Saturday the 
week before Halloween to create the creepiest, 
ghostliest, most mysterious windows possible. 
We don’t see how the judges can restrain 
themselves from giving every window a prize. 
Many thanks to the Sierra Madre Civic Club for 
sponsoring and underwriting this delightful 
event which is offered free to participants. 

 Kids painting windows for Halloween 
is one of those neat things that’s been going 
on for years and years here in our town, just 
one more reason why Sierra Madre is the best 
place ever to live. This was an exceptionally 
great window painting year. Don’t miss it! 

 Here’s an idea, plan to wander downtown 
November 1st or 2nd to check out the art and 
stop at one of our splendid restaurants…a burger 
at Beantown, maybe a couple of enchiladas and 
a margarita at Casa Del Rey, or a glass of wine 
and an hors d’oeuvre or two at Wisteria. Or 
a salad at Only Place in Town. Sit outside at 
Sierra Brigante, for some bruschetta, or a dog at 
Vicious Dogs. There’s Corfu, Peppertree, and 
Zugo’s, then wind up the evening with an ice 
cream cone at Mother Moo’s. Sounds like just 
another lovely evening in Sierra Madre! Enjoy 
the art and Bon Appetit!


 If you like Walking Sierra Madre, you oughta 
take a look at my book!

 “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of 
Laughter” is available on or at

Sierra Madre, CA. – October 23, 2014 – Sierra 
Madre’s public library was filled to the brim as 
more than 700 friends and neighbors joined the 
festivities at the Library Open House on October 
11. Residents enjoyed speaking with 12 local 
authors, a family bubble program, and breakfast 
furnished by Bean Town. There was also classical 
guitar from Sierra Madre Music and a teen docent 
local history presentation. DVD rentals were free 
for the day and visitors explored downloading 
free ebooks, using, and New Book 
Alerts. The Friends of the Library offered a special 
mini-book sale in honor of the occasion and author 
Michele Zack joined the Sierra Madre Historical 
Preservation Society with copies of her award-
winning book about Sierra Madre. The Library 
trustees staffed the event, along with the Friends 
of the Library and the Sierra Madre Historical 
Preservation Society. 

 Read, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public 

 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 
91024, (626) 355-7186, 



Sierra Madre’s Village Church – Ascension - 
invites the community to a Choral Evensong 
to honor those men and women who’ve served 
in our armed forces. The Episcopal Church 
of the Ascension will be presenting a Choral 
Evensong for Veterans Day, on Sunday, 
November 9, at 5:00 p.m. Sung by Ascension’s 
Choir, led by Dr. Debora Huffman, Director 
of Music and Organist, this traditional 
Anglican service of meditation, prayer, and 
song will feature music written primarily by 
American composers, to include:

 Opening Voluntary: Adagio – Samuel 

I Vow To Thee, My Country - Gustav Holst, 
arr. James Kirkby

The Preces and Responses - Richard Shephard

The Phos Hilaron - Roland E. Martin

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – Ralph 
Vaughan Williams

Let the People Praise Thee - Walter L. Pelz

Prayer of the Venerable Bede - 
Richard Proulx

O Lord, Support Us – Carlton T. Russell

Nunc Dimittis – David L. Vickers

Closing Voluntary: Variations on America – 
David Johnson

 Following this beautiful service of reflection 
a reception will be held in Hawks Hall. All 
are welcome to attend. Come, share with us 
the beauty of this traditional service. 

 Evensong or Evening Prayer is a traditional 
Anglican service which is celebrated in the 
late afternoon or evening. It is commonly 
known as Evensong when most of the service 
is sung. For generations, many of our finest 
church composers have written music for this 
traditional service.

 The Church of the Ascension is located at 25 
East Laurel Avenue in Sierra Madre. For more 
information, please call (626) 355-1133 or visit: 



National Security & International Terrorism Expert National Security 

& International Terrorism Expert

 Veterans of Foreign Wars of Sierra Madre, 
Post 3208 will celebrate its annual Veteran’s Day 
Ceremony at Memorial Park, Sunday November 
9, 2014 at 1:00 PM, with special keynote speaker 
Robert Spencer (Bio below). We will celebrate 
Veterans Day by remembering the living brave 
men and women who have risked their lives for 
the United States of America from WWII thru 
our current conflicts, followed by Mr. Spencer’s 

 Seating capacity is limited so come early or 
bring your own folding chair. Those interested 
in attending, please RSVP with the names 
of attendees at the following email address: for planning 
purposes. The ceremony will begin promptly at 
1:00 PM followed by our keynote speaker and 
will last about one hour. 

 Following the ceremony, there will be a book 
signing with Robert Spencer in the Hart Park 
House/Senior Center at Memorial Park. A 
signed copy of Mr. Spencer’s new book Arab 
Winter Comes to America will be available for 

 For additional information, please send us 
a message at

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