Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 6, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 6, 2017 

Jeff’s Book Pics By Jeff Brown


The Inner Life of Cats: The Science 
and Secrets of Our Mysterious 
Feline Companions by Thomas 

Our feline companions are much-loved 
but often mysterious. In The Inner Life of 
Cats, Thomas McNamee blends scientific 
reportage with engaging, illustrative 
anecdotes about his own beloved cat, 
Augusta, to explore and illuminate the 
secrets and enigmas of her kind.As it 
begins, The Inner Life of Cats follows the 
development of the young Augusta while 
simultaneously explaining the basics of a 
kitten’s physiological and psychological 
development. As the narrative progresses, 
McNamee also charts cats’ evolution, 
explores a feral cat colony in Rome, tells 
the story of Augusta’s life and adventures, 
and consults with behavioral experts, 
animal activists, and researchers, who 
will help readers more fully understand 
cats. McNamee shows that with deeper 
knowledge of cats’ developmental phases 
and individual idiosyncrasies, we can do 
a better job of guiding cats’ maturation 
and improving the quality of their 
lives. Readers’ relationships with their 
feline friends will be happier and more 
harmonious because of this book.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry 
by Neil deGrasse Tyson 

What is the nature of space and time? 
How do we fit within the universe? How 
does the universe fit within us? There’s no better 
guide through these mind-expanding questions 
than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling 
author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But today, few of us 
have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson 
brings the universe down to Earth 
succinctly and clearly, with sparkling 
wit, in digestible chapters consumable 
anytime and anywhere in your busy day. 
While waiting for your morning coffee 
to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the 
train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics 
for People in a Hurry will reveal just 
what you need to be fluent and ready 
for the next cosmic headlines: from the 
big bang to black holes, from quarks 
to quantum mechanics, and from the 
search for planets to the search for life in 
the universe.

Way of the Warrior Kid: From 
Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL 
Way by Jocko Willink (Author), 
Jon Bozak (Illustrator)

#1 Best Seller in Children’s Self-Esteem 
Books.Fifth grade was the worst year of 
Marc’s life. He stunk at gym class, math 
was too hard for him, the school lunch 
was horrible, and his class field trip was 
ruined because he couldn’t swim. But 
what was most awful thing about fifth 
grade? Kenny Williamson, the class 
bully, who calls himself the “King of 
the Jungle.”When Marc’s mother tells 
him that his Uncle Jake is coming to 
stay for the whole summer, Marc can’t 
wait. Uncle Jake is a for real, super-cool 
Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan.
He’s going to turn Marc into a warrior.
Becoming a warrior isn’t easy. It means a 
lot of pull ups, sit ups, pushups, squats, swimming, 
eating right, and studying harder than ever before! 
Can Marc transform himself into a warrior before 
school starts in the fall – and finally stand up to the 
King of the Jungle himself?



Estate planning is the process of developing a strategy for 
the care and management of your estate if you become 
incapacitated or upon your death. One commonly 
known purpose of estate planning is to minimize taxes 
and costs, including taxes imposed on gifts, estates, 
generation skipping transfer and probate court costs. 
However, your plan must also name someone who will 
make medical and financial decisions for you if you 
cannot make decisions for yourself. You also need to 
consider how to leave your property and assets while 
considering your family’s circumstances and needs.

 Since your family’s needs and circumstances are 
constantly changing, so too must your estate plan. Your 
plan must be updated when certain life changes occur. 
These include, but are not limited to: marriage, the 
birth or adoption of a new family member, divorce, the 
death of a loved one, a significant change in assets, and 
a move to a new country.

 Marriage: it is not uncommon for estate planning 
to be the last item on the list when a couple is about 
to be married - whether for the first time or not. On 
the contrary, marriage is an essential time to update 
an estate plan. You’ve probably already thought about 
updating emergency contacts and adding your spouse 
to existing health and insurance policies. But there’s 
another important reason to update an estate plan upon 
marriage. In the event of death, your money and assets 
may not automatically go to your spouse, especially 
if you have children of a prior marriage, a prenuptial 
agreement, or if your assets are jointly owned with 
someone else (like a sibling, parent, or other family 
member). A comprehensive estate review will ensure 
you and your new spouse can rest easy.

 Birth or adoption of children or grandchildren: when 
a new baby arrives, it seems like everything changes - 
and so should your estate plan. For example, your 
trust may not “automatically” include your new child, 
depending on how it is written. So, it’s always a good 
idea to check and add the new child as a beneficiary. 
As your children (or grandchildren) grow in age, your 
estate plan should adjust to ensure assets are distributed 
in a way you deem proper. What seems like a good idea 
when your son or granddaughter is a four-year-old 
may no longer look like such a good idea once their 
personality has developed and you know them as a 
25-year-old college graduate, for example.

 Divorce: after a divorce, you should immediately 
update beneficiary designations for all insurance 
policies and retirement accounts, any powers of 
attorney, and any existing health care proxy and 
HIPAA authorizations. It is also a good time to revamp 
your will and trust to make sure it does what you want 
(especially if you want to leave out your former spouse).

 The death of a loved one: sometimes those who are 
named in your estate plan pass away. If an appointed 
guardian of your children dies, it is imperative to 
designate a new person. Likewise, if your chosen 
executor, health care agent or designated power of 
attorney dies, new ones should be named right away.

 Significant change in assets: whether it is a sudden 
salary increase, inheritance, or the purchase of a large 
asset these scenarios should prompt an adjustment to 
an existing estate plan. The bigger the estate, the more 
likely there will be issues over the disposition of the 
assets after you are gone. For this reason, it is best to 
see what changes, if any, are needed after a significant 
increase (or decrease) in your assets.

 A move to a new country: estate planning for 
Americans living abroad or those who have assets 
located in numerous countries can get complicated 
and requires professional assistance. It is always a good 
idea to learn what you need to do to completely protect 
yourself and your family before you move to a new 

Dedicated to empowering your family, securing your 
wealth and delivering your legacy,

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a mission 
to help parents protect what they love most. His office is 
located at 49 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. G, Sierra Madre, CA 
91024. Schedule an appointment to sit down and talk 
about ensuring a legacy of love and financial security 
for your family by calling 626.587.3058 or visit www. for more information.


Pasadena: The Towne Singers present “And The 
Winner Is …” a concert featuring Oscar, Tony, 
and Grammy award winner songs for the past 80 
years from the 1939 Academy Award to 2016 Tony 
Award winning songs. 

 Imagine the nostalgia and beauty of 90 voices 
performing award-winning songs from the 
past 80 years. An orchestral ensemble along 
with dance performances will accompany the 
singers and video imagery highlights the musical 
repertoire. Each song winner will be revealed 
through envelopes opened by the lively Master of 
Ceremonies. This is a great “Mother’s Day” gift for 
your favorite mother.

 Saturday May 13th at 5pm at the Arcadia 
Performing Arts Center, located at 188 Campus 
Drive in Arcadia. The theater features convenient 
parking, comfortable seating, and modern 

 TOWNE SINGERS: The 100+ member Towne 
Singers is a non-auditioned community chorus 
based in La Cañada, California. Since being 
founded in 1987 by Phyllis Winnaman, the chorus 
has grown to become a well-known source of 
entertainment for Southern CA. Many members 
commute more than 40 miles to participate in the 
musical experience. 

 They take pride in their ability to sing all types 
of music, and in a wide variety of styles. The 
group’s musical repertoire includes great classical 
elements, but these are always complemented with 
other choral genres, including popular, Broadway, 
spirituals, gospel, folk, and patriotic.

 The full choir performs two or three major 
concerts each year. In addition, the auditioned 
Towne Singers ‘chamber choir’ performs in 
community outreach events, and other social/
musical events in the region.

 The choir has performed three times at Carnegie 
Hall, including a 2004 performance of Rutter’s 
Requiem (conducted by Rutter), and a 2006 
performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. They performed 
the Rutter Requiem again in 2010 at the Lincoln 
Center in New York. The group is often invited 
to attend festivals and choral events, and toured 
internationally in 2005. The Towne Singers 
have also been honored with citations of artistic 
excellence by the State of California and the City 
of La Cañada Flintridge.

 It is a non-profit organization that is open to 
singers of all ages and backgrounds. Each concert 
season provides a place for people to sing and 
grow artistically, and to bring excellent choral 
entertainment to the region.

 Concert featuring Oscar, Tony & Grammy 
Award Winner Songs

WHEN: Saturday – May 13, 2017 – 5:00 pm (doors 
open 4:30 pm)

WHERE: Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 
Campus Drive, Arcadia

TICKETS: Adults: $25 Child (3-10 yrs): $15 Group 
of 10 or more: $20

CONTACT: 818-275-4117 



The City of Pasadena is seeking proposals from artists, 
artist teams and galleries for the selection or commission 
of artworks as a part of the citywide Rotating Public Art 
Exhibition Program. Loaned artworks or site specific 
artworks will placed for a period of 3 years at various 
highly visible, key locations within the City in every 
Council district. Honorariums range from $6,000 (for 
loaned works) to $12,000 (commissioned site specific 

 The Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program was 
established in 2011 to enliven neighborhoods, engage 
community and expand access to public art. The 
deadline for submissions is Monday, May 15, 2017 at 
5:00 p.m. PST. A Community Meeting will be held 
to review the Request for Proposal on Monday, April 
17, 2017 at the Permit Center (175 N. Garfield Avenue, 
Pasadena, CA 91101) at 6:00 p.m. Applicants need not 
attend the Community Meeting to apply.


 For more information, please see the attached 
Request for Proposals or visit the Cultural Affairs 
Division webpage: 

All Things By Jeff Brown


Herbert Hoover Jr.,the son on of the 31st President, 
owned this Hacienda-style home in Sierra Madre 
for more than a decade starting in the early 1930s. 
His parents visited often enough that the residence 
became known as the Winter White House. The 
Hoovers added a child’s playroom with a built-
in slide in homage to family friend and “Winnie 
the Pooh” author A.A. Milne.Address: 500 N. 
Michillinda Ave., 



In a beautiful story, an unnamed ‘friend’ gives $100 
million to the struggling old industrial city of Erie, 
Pennsylvania, to be divided among its 46 charities 
including the food bank, a women’s center, and a 
group for the blind, and its universities. “What a 
godsend for some of these agencies,” says a resident.

375,000 Images From the Met Can Now Be Used by 



“In our digital age, the Museum’s audience is not 
only the 6.7 million people who visited The Met’s 
three locations in New York City this past year, 
but also the three-billion-plus internet-connected 
individuals around the world,” said Loic Tallon, 
The Met’s Chief Digital Officer. “Adopting the CC0 
designation for our images and data is one of the 
most effective ways the Museum can help audiences 
gain access to the collection and further its use 
by educators and students, artists and designers, 
professionals and hobbyists, as well as creators 
of all kinds.”“Sharing is fundamental to how we 
promote discovery, innovation, and collaboration 
in the digital age,” said Ryan Merkley, CEO, 
Creative Commons. “Today, The Met has given the 
world a profound gift in service of its mission: the 
largest encyclopedic art museum in North America 
has eliminated the barriers that would otherwise 
prohibit access to its content, and invited the 
world to use, remix, and share their public-domain 
collections widely and without restriction.”


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