Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, November 11, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, NOVEMBER 11, 2017 10 THE GOOD LIFE THE GOOD LIFE 

Dear Savvy SeniorWhat can you tell me about assistance dogs for peoplewith disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiplesclerosis and I’m wondering if an assistance dog couldhelp make her life a little easier.
Inquiring Sister 

Dear InquiringFor people with disabilities and even medicalconditions, assistant dogs can be fantastic help, notto mention they provide great companionship andan invaluable sense of security. Here’s what you andyour sister should know.

While most people are familiar with guide dogsthat help people who are blind or visually impaired,
there are also a variety of assistance dogs trained tohelp people with physical disabilities, hearing lossand various medical conditions. 

Unlike most pets, assistance dogs are highlytrained canine specialists – often Golden andLabrador Retrievers, and German Shepherds –
that know approximately 40 to 50 commands,
are amazingly well-behaved and calm, and arepermitted to go anywhere the public is allowed.
Here’s a breakdown of the different types ofassistance dogs and what they can help with.

Service dogs: These dogs are specially trainedto help people with physical disabilities due tomultiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’sdisease, chronic arthritis and many other disablingconditions. They help by performing tasks theirowner cannot do or has trouble doing, like carryingor retrieving items, picking up dropped items,
opening and closing doors, turning lights on andoff, assisting with dressing and undressing, helpingwith balance, household chores and more. 

Guide dogs: For the blind and visually impaired,
guide dogs help their owner get around safely byavoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps, 
negotiating traffic and more.

Hearing dogs: For those who are deaf or hearingimpaired, hearing dogs can alert their owner 
to specific sounds such as ringing telephones,
doorbells, alarm clocks, microwave or oven timers, 
smoke alarms, approaching sirens, crying babies orwhen someone calls out their name. 

Seizure alert/response dogs: For people withepilepsy or other seizure disorders, these dogs can 

recognize the signs that their owner is going to havea seizure, and provide them with advance warning,
so he or she can get to a safe place or take medicationto prevent the seizure or lessen its severity. They arealso trained to retrieve medications and use a preprogrammed 
phone to call for help. These dogs canalso be trained to help people with diabetes, panicattacks and various other conditions. 

Finding a Dog

If your sister is interested in getting a service dog,
contact some assistance dog training programs. Tofind them, Assistance Dogs International provides alisting of around 65 U.S. programs on their websitethat you can access at AssistanceDogsInternational. 

After you locate a few, you’ll need to either visittheir website or call them to find out the types oftraining dogs they offer, the areas they serve, if theyhave a waiting list, and what upfront costs will beinvolved. Some groups offer dogs for free, someask for donations and some charge thousands ofdollars. 

To get an assistance dog, your sister will need toshow proof of her disability, which her physician canprovide, and she’ll have to complete an applicationand go through an interview process. She will alsoneed to go and stay at the training facility for a weekor two so she can get familiar with her dog and gettraining on how to handle it.

It’s also important to understand that assistancedogs are not for everybody. They require time, 
money, and care that your sister or some otherfriend or family member must be able and willingto provide. 

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 Todayshow and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. 

What has snakes, dancing girls,
and a human sacrifice-hungryisland volcano? You guessed it--”Cobra Woman!” This 1944 
cult classic has all the corniness 
of camp films, short of starring 
Vincent Price. It was also featured as an “At the 


Movies Flick Pick” 

You almost expect

in the L.A. Times. 

to see the Cowardly

So I’m not the only

Lion’s tail wagging

weirdo who saw it!

behind him. 

 Here’s the story

Meanwhile, Tollea’s 

in a nutshell: Ramu, 


our love interest 

explains the 

(with an American

situation to her. 

accent), is engaged

(Granny’s also an 

to Tollea, a beautiful 

American. One 

redhead (with a 

wonders where 

South American 

Tollea got her 

accent) on a quaint

Spanish flare.) Both 

island in the South 

Tollea and her sister 

Pacific. They never

were subjected

tell you it’s the South

to the bite of the 

Pacific, but that’s the 

Cobra King at birth,

impression you get.

but Tollea, the elder, 

Much of this movie 

was sickened. So 

was shot at the 

Naja, deemed the

Arcadia Arboretum. 

stronger one, and 

Anyone who’s been

was granted the 

there in the last 10 

priesthood. Fire 

years will recognize

Mountain has been 

the pool, palm trees,

rumbling all this 

and steps leading

time, so Naja calls

into the water. Back 

an assembly of the

to the story... Just 

people and does a

before the couple

hilarious sensuous 

hits the alter, Tollea 

dance, circling

is kidnapped! Her 

round a live cobra. 

step-father (who has 

At first she’s wearing

a Scottish accent)
seems totally cool with this, and suggests to Ramuthat he forget all about her. With relatives like that 
who needs enemies? Ramu, however, isn’t willingto give up his bride so easily. Her step-fatherexplains that she was rescued from “Cobra Island”
as an infant, and now her people have come to takeher back.

 Ramu sets off for Cobra Island in a small dingy.
Little does he know that Kado, his trusty nativeguide, has followed him despite Ramu’s strictinstruction to not get involved. ( Like all Englishlanguage learners in old movies, Kado has problemswith noun/verb agreement. e.g., “I are your friend!”)
Having arrived at Cobra Island, Ramu witnessesNaja, Tollea’s evil twin sister, strutting along with athrong of pretty girls in tow to the “royal lagoon.” 
Ramu naturally assumes that this is his belovedTollea, and dives into the water after her. Theyfrolic around in an under water scene reminiscent 
of Esther Williams.

 To make a long story a bit shorter, Ramu gets 

imprisoned. The dungeon looks exactly like the onefrom “The Wizard of Oz.” In fact, Cobra Island is 
patrolled by guards who look as if they borrowedtheir outfits from the Wicked Witch’s bodyguards.
And as if they didn’t stole enough from Oz, whenthe royal priest comes to interrogate him, Ramuovertakes him and steals his robe as camouflage.

something like 
Queen Amidala’s getup in Star Wars: Episode 1.
Then she sheds it down to a shimmery hip-huggingsequined dress. This is the highlight of the whole 
film --Hilarious! As her gyrations grow in intensity,
she starts pointing at members of the audience, whoare immediately carried away to become sacrificesto Fire Mountain.

 Tollea and Naja eventually duke it out, Tollea 
demanding, “Geeve me the cobra jewl” (which 
sound like “yule” in her Cobra Island accent). 
Everything on Cobra Island is righted at the end, 
but Ramu must return to the Scottish colony and 
let Tollea rule her people as the rightful heiress. 
Ramu and Kado sigh heavily, sailing back to 
the Scottish Isle in their dingy. Suddenly Tollea 
appears from under the rigging! She and Ramu 
embrace, and she assures him that she set up her 
lady-in-waiting as the head of church and state. 
Nothing to worry about! They happily sail away 
into the open sea. If only real life were as simple 
as the movies... 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….November Birthdays 
Flo Mankin, Alberta Curran, Carmela Frontino, Kathy Wood, Lena Zate, Joe Pergola, 
Janice Kacer, Valerie Howard, “Mike” Ruggles, Joan Ruggles, Lois Stueck, Jean Wood, 
Shirley Yergeau, Kathi Jefferson, Pat Krok, Irene Nakagawa, Anna Ross, Mary Steinberg 
and Sue Quinn. * To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 
626.355.2737. YEAR of birth not required but you must be over 60. 
ACTIVITIES: Unless listed differently, all activities are at the Hart 
Park House (Senior Center) 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 
Hawaiian & Polynesian Dance Class: Every Tuesday morning from 10a.m. to 
11a.m. Join instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula. 
Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! 
Everyone is welcome to join. Activity may be canceled if less than five people. 
Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays of the month from 11a.m. to 12p.m. No appt. is necessary. 
Brain Games - *New Activity*: Join us on Thursday November 16th, at 10:30a.m. to 11:30a.m for 
Scattergories. A creative thinking game by naming objects within a set of categories. Everyone is 
welcome, and no experience is needed. What a great way to strengthen your brain and make new friends.
Activities are facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 
Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, November 15th from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson isavailable for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Injury. Appointmentsare required by calling 626-355-7394. 
Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 11:30a.m. 
Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00a.m. to 11:45a.m. with Paul Hagen. Classes 
include yoga and balance exercises. All ability levels are encouraged and welcomed!* A voluntarydonation of $5.00 per week is suggested but not required. 
Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free birthday cakeprovided by the Sierra Madre Civic Club. 
Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00p.m. Come join this group of Seniors in their poker game.
Other games are offered to all. 
Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This energetic classutilizes light weights, low impact resistance and training conditioning. Class equipment is provided. 
The Maloof House and Gardens 
.. (Alta Loma)
Date: Wednesday, November 29,2017 
Time: 9:15am to 2:30pmMeeting Location: Hart Park 
House Senior Center 
Cost: $20 (Does not include lunch)
Guided tour of the fascinating home handcrafted by renowned 
American woodworker Sam Maloof and furnished 
with examples of his signature furniture. The house is alsoa showcase of Sam and Alfreda Maloof ’s incomparable collection 
of 20th Century Studio craft and fine art. Followingthe house tour, take a self-guided tour of the Maloof Garden 
with its water-wise plantings and enchanting garden art and then visit the Museum Shop. Patronsare required to leave their handbags and other large belongings in a locked coat check room prior totouring the home. Lunch is on your own at Walter’s Restaurant in Claremont. Level of Walking: Medium.
Please call the Hart Park House 626-355-7394... 
Holida y Crafts Thursday, November 16th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m .
Participants will be painting and decorating repurposed wine bottles. Art materials and supplieswill be provided, however spaces are limited. Reservations are required to save your spot.
**Please call the Hart Park House 626-355-7394** 
Monday, December 4th, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Kt Boyce will demonstrate paper crafts and ornament-making. Turn paper and charms into a beautifulholiday ornament or a present garnish. Bring ornaments from home and share your personal stories.
Materials and supplies will be provided, but spaces are limited - Reservations at 626-355-7394. 
November 15th at 1:00 p.m.
Planes Trains and Automobile (1987) 
Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak.Trying to get hometo Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife and kids, his flight is rerouted 
to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm and his sanitybegins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith(John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they overcomethe insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destinations. Run Time:
1h 33m. 
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