Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, May 12, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 12, 2018 

Three Vignettes - An Evening 
of Music and Theatre

Local NEA Grant Winners

NASA Satellite Images Show 
Fissures from Hawaii Volcano


 The National Endowment for 
the Arts (NEA) announced 
Wednesday, its second major 
round of grant funding for the 
fiscal year 2018. The grants, 
totaling over $87 million, will 
fund projects, exhibitions, 
education, festivals and more 
around the country, including 
five in California’s 27th 
Congressional district, which is 
represented by Rep. Judy Chu. 
Rep. Chu released the following 

 “The San Gabriel Valley boasts 
some of the country’s premier 
artists and scientists, and our 
institutions are some of the 
finest in the world. I’m thrilled 
to see NEA grants coming to 
the district to help support the 
arts and expose them to more 
members of the community. 
These federal grants will go 
towards commissioning a 
new work of vocal chamber 
music, establishing a program 
to explore the intersection of 
art and science, connecting 
children to art and nature, 
exploring our relationship 
with technology and the 
environment, and arts 
education for underserved high 
school students. I’m so proud 
of these incredible projects, 
not only for receiving this well-
deserved support, but for the 
contributions they are making 
to our community. I’ve seen 
the way experiences with the 
arts can change a life, and it’s 
my hope that this will help 
inspire the next generation 
of thinkers and luminaries. 
Congratulations to all the grant 

The NEA grant winners around 
Pasadena are:

Fulcrum Arts - $60,000

 The program supports 
exploration of the intersections 
between art and science, linking 
artists to regional institutions 
such as the Carnegie 
Observatories, the California 
Institute of Technology 
(Caltech), and the NASA Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory. As 
many as four local, national, 
and international visual and 
multidisciplinary artists will 
be selected to participate. Each 
residency will be documented 
by professional videographers, 
with short-form documentaries 
available to the public online.

Kidspace: A Participatory 
Museum (aka Kidspace 
Children’s Museum) - $20,000

 Designed to connect children 
and their families to working 
artists, the program will allow 
an artist to work in a studio 
on the museum’s campus for a 
full year. Located in Pasadena’s 
Arroyo Seco canyon and 
cultural area, Kidspace has the 
unique ability to connect art 
and nature to nearly 350,000 
visitors each year. The city is 
home to a varied landscape 
from the San Gabriel Mountains 
in Angeles National Forest to 
the urban core and adjoining 
neighborhoods highlighting 
America’s Arts and Crafts 
Movement, and campuses 
including CalTech and the 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 
The residency will help the 
museum fulfill its mission 
that prioritizes experiential 
learning and provides children 
with hands-on experiences. 
After a series of programs that 
take place during the year, an 
installation will be realized on 
the museum’s campus.

Los Angeles Arboretum 
Foundation, Inc. - $40,000

 The Los Angeles County 
Arboretum and Botanic Garden 
will invite contemporary artists 
to present time-based works 
(moving image and sound work 
by visual artists) that explore 
ideas about horticulture and 
technology. Digital and video 
works will explore themes as 
diverse as the threat of non-
native invasive plant species, 
pollution, smog, and cell 
mitosis as a way of examining 
society’s evolving relationship 
with technology and the natural 
world. A series of artists talks 
will be offered with additional 
public programming including 
classes on pinhole camera 
construction and interactive 
music making workshops.

Public Works Group (aka 
Learning Works) - $50,000

 Underserved high school 
students at Learning Works 
Charter School campuses 
in East Pasadena and Boyle 
Heights, Los Angeles, will 
receive weekly, year-round 
sequential visual arts and 
media arts instruction and 
workforce skills training. The 
initiative will incorporate 
public exhibition opportunities 
for students, mentorships and 
paid apprenticeships, a biennial 
career day, and fieldtrips to 
various cultural venues. Key 
project partners include the 
Armory Center for the Arts 
and Homeboy Industries, a 
social services and enterprise 
organization addressing 
the needs of formerly gang-
involved or incarcerated men 
and women.


 A Noise Within (ANW), the 
acclaimed classical repertory 
theatre company, joins 
Pasadena Conservatory of 
Music (PCM) in presenting 
an evening of music and 
theatre – Three Vignettes 
– where attendees will be 
transported to Paris for 
music, wine and scenes from 
famous French plays, at A 
Noise Within on Thursday, 
May 17 at 6:30 pm.

 The two beloved Pasadena 
organizations are partnering 
on a one-night-only, 
fundraising event that will 
showcase French classics 
in both music and theatre. 
Stephen McCurry, Executive 
Director of PCM, and 
ANW’s Co-Producing 
Artistic Directors Julia 
Rodriguez- Elliott and Geoff 
Elliott, combined their 
artistic visions and planned 
a night that will take you 
to signature venues in 
Paris, from Le Chat Noir to 

 Le Conservatoire – The 
John and Barbara Lawrence 
Rehearsal Hall

An American in Paris 
by George Gershwin 
accompanies a scene from 
Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in 
Her Ear

 Théâtre-Français – Chuck 
and Bette Redmond Stage

La Valse by Maurice Ravel 
played along with a scene 
from Tartuffe by Moliere

 Le Chat Noir – ANW 

Cabaret Songs by Erik Satie 
with a scene from a light 
French comedy

 Specially selected French 
wines will be paired with 
each vignette; hors d’oeuvres 
and desserts will be served; 
and there will be a wine 
and champagne bar at ‘Le 
Deux Magots,’ a pop up 
French café. This evening 
is a unique opportunity 
to see two of Pasadena’s 
preeminent performing arts 
institutions join forces for a 
singular event that everyone 
will be talking about.

 For tickets, please contact 
Development Director 
Amy Nance at anance@ or by 
phone at 626.356.3103. 
Proceeds from this event 
fund both ANW’s theatre 
education programs and 
music education programs 
at Pasadena Conservatory of 

 About Pasadena 
Conservatory of Music 

 The Pasadena Conservatory 
of Music (PCM) provides 
opportunities for students 
of all ages and backgrounds 
to study, perform, and 
enjoy music. Founded in 
1984, PCM is a nationally-
accredited community 
music school that offers a 
wide range of programs, 
including individual 
and group instrumental 
instruction, music 
appreciation courses, master 
classes, summer camps, 
workshops, and concerts. 
Each year, the Conservatory 
presents more than 150 
on-campus events for over 
11,000 audience members, 
including the PCM Chamber 
Music Competition--
one of the largest pre-
collegiate chamber music 
competitions in the country. 
More than 1,200 students 
attend PCM annually 
and over 3,000 students 
in the San Gabriel Valley 
benefit from its outreach 
programs. For more visit:

Image credit: NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and 
U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team


 The eruption of Kilauea 
Volcano on the island of Hawaii 
triggered a number of gas- and 
lava-oozing fissures in the 
East Riff Zone of the volcano. 
The fissures and high levels of 
sulfur dioxide gas prompted 
evacuations in the area.

 Images taken from the 
Advanced Spaceborne Thermal 
Emission and Reflection 
Radiometer (ASTER) onboard 
NASA’s Terra satellite picked 
up these new fissures. In the 
first image, the red areas are 
vegetation, and the black and 
gray areas are old lava flows. 
The yellow areas superimposed 
over the image show hot spots 
that were detected by ASTER’s 
thermal infrared bands. These 
hot spots are the newly formed 
fissures and new lava flow as 
of May 6. In the second photo, 
also acquired on May 6, the 
long yellow and green streaks 
are plumes of sulfur dioxide 

 On April 30, the floor of 
Kilauea’s crater began to 
collapse. Earthquakes followed, 
including one that measured 
magnitude 6.9, and lava was 
pushed into new underground 
areas that eventually broke 
through the ground in such 
areas as the Leilani Estates.

 Kilauea is the youngest and 
southeastern-most volcano on 
the island. Eruptive activity 
along the East Rift Zone has 
been continuous since 1983. 
Kilauea is one of the world’s 
most active volcanoes.

 The U.S. science team is located 
at NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. 
The Terra mission is part 
of NASA’s Science Mission 
Directorate, Washington, D.C.

 For more information and 
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Pet of the 


 Dexter (A455155) is a 
9-year-old Puggle who is 
as friendly as can be. This 
Pug/Beagle mix is a loving 
and happy dog, according 
to his former owner. Sadly, 
Dexter made his way to the 
Pasadena Humane Society & 
SPCA when his owner could 
no longer care for him. They 
wrote that he gets along well 
with people of all ages and 
other pets. If you are looking 
for a happy-go-lucky dog, 
ask for Dexter. 

 The adoption fee for dogs 
is $130. All dogs are spayed 
or neutered, microchipped, 
and vaccinated before going 
to their new home. Dexter 
qualifies for our Seniors for 
Seniors program, making 
his adoption fee free for 
adopters age 60 and over. 

 New adopters will receive a 
complimentary health-and-
wellness exam from VCA 
Animal Hospitals, as well 
as a goody bag filled with 
information about how to 
care for your pet.

 View photos of adoptable 
pets at pasadenahumane.
org. Adoption hours are 11 
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. Tuesday through 
Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 Pets may not be available 
for adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
by phone calls or email.

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center


 There is something for 
everyone in May at the 
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. 
Holly St.

 You do not have to be a 
member to attend. Some events 
require advance reservations as 

 A Toast to the Joys of Music – 
Tuesdays to May 29, from 9:30 
to 11:30 a.m. Tom Campbell 
returns to play his guitar and 
sing covers of traditional 
country, country rock, blues, 
folk, gospel and classic rock 
music made famous by The 
Grateful Dead, Vince Gill, 
Merle Haggard, B.B. King, 
Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, 
The Rolling Stones and others.

Taxi Vouchers – Tuesday, May 
1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Qualified 
low-income adults who are 
50 and older and live in the 
Pasadena area will receive two 
vouchers for taxi rides. Proof 
of income and a California ID 
are required. Quantities are 

 Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays to May 30, at 
10 a.m. Join members of the 
Pasadena Senior Center’s 
Scenic Walkers Club for walks 
to scenic local places to enjoy 
the great outdoors and get some 
exercise. For more information, 
including where to meet up 
each week, contact Scenic 
Walkers Club coordinator Alan 
Colville at alancolville@charter.

 Domino Club – Thursdays 
to May 24, at 1 p.m. Rollicking 
games of chicken foot dominoes 
will have you laughing as the 
tiles cascade! This game is 
easy enough for beginners 
yet challenging enough for 
seasoned players. For more 
information call Vicki Leigh at 
(928) 478-4654.

 Friday Movie Matinees at 
1 p.m. Everyone enjoys the 
experience of watching movies 
and the pleasures they bring. 

May 18: “Coco” (2017, PG) with 
the voice talents of Anthony 
Gonzalez and Gael García 
Bernal. Despite his family’s 
baffling generations-old ban on 
music, young Miguel aspires to 
be an accomplished musician 
and enters the Land of the 
Dead where he meets an array 
of extraordinary characters 
who help him unlock the real 
story behind his family history. 

 Hoarding and Clutter – 
Thursday, May 17, at 10 
a.m. Hording disorder affects 
between two and five percent 
of the population. Learn about 
the symptoms and possible 
causes of this newly identified 
clinical disorder and resources 
available for people who want 
to get treatment. Presented by 
Mary DeVan, a licensed social 
worker and therapist who 
specializes in the disorder.

 LA Opera Talk: In Love with 
Mozart – Monday, May 21, at 1 
p.m. An LA Opera community 
educator will explore the 
reasons Wolfgang Amadeus 
Mozart has been beloved by 
people from all walks of life for 
more than 200 years.

 Estate Planning Basics, Part 1 
– Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m. 
Learn the basic facts everyone 
should know about trusts, wills 
and probate issues. Presented 
by the Law Offices of Geoffrey 

 Estate Planning Basics, Part 2 
– Thursday, May 31, at 10 a.m. 
Learn the basic facts everyone 
should know about estate taxes, 
conservatorships and durable 
powers of attorney. Presented 
by the Law Offices of Geoffrey 

 For more information visit 
or call (626) 795-4331.

 Founded in 1960, the 
Pasadena Senior Center is 
an independent nonprofit 
agency that offers recreational, 
educational, wellness and 
social services to people ages 
50 and older in a welcoming 
environment. Services are also 
provided for frail, low-income 
and homebound seniors. 

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board 
of Education elected Lawrence Torres (District 6) as its 
president during a special session meeting on Monday, 
May 7, 2018. Roy Boulghourjian (District 2), who held the 
position previously, handed the reins to Torres with a slam 
of a gavel and a brief shuffling of name plates. 

 “It is such an incredible honor to be voted President of 
the Board,” said Torres. “I cannot say enough about the 
hard work I have experienced personally in this district on 
behalf of our children. I am proud and honored to lead this 

 President Torres was elected to the school board in 2015 
as part of the newly formed District 6, and brings with 
him a wealth of experience as an educator and leader. He 
earned a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, 
Connecticut where he tackled a double major in History 
and Political Science and then went on to receive Master 
degrees from both Harvard and UCLA in Education. 
Mr. Torres started his teaching career in the Los Angeles 
Unified School District in 1986 and became very active in 
the middle school movement, as well as serving on several 
school site councils in Sierra Madre Elementary, Middle 
School and Pasadena High School. 

 In 1993, he became a teacher and coordinator at the North 
Region City of Angels K-12 School in Sylmar. Since joining 
PUSD as a board member, he has served as clerk and vice 
president. President Torres current resides in Sierra Madre 
with his wife Carole Tremblay, who serves as Vice President 
of Development and Communications at Maryvale. He has 
two daughters; his oldest, Camille is a graduate of Cal Poly 
Pomona, and his youngest, Emily, is currently attending the 
University of Bath in England. 

 In his first order of business as president, President Torres 
moved to elect Patrick Cahalan (District 4) to the position of 
Vice President and Scott Phelps (District 7) to the position 
of clerk. 

It will be an uphill battle for President Torres and this school 
board as looming budget woes and a loss of staff as a result 
has had a great impact on the district. 

 The Board holds one regular meeting per month at 4:00 
p.m. in the Elbie J. Hickambottom Board Room (Room 236), 
351 S. Hudson Ave, Pasadena. The next scheduled meeting 
will take place on May, 24 2018. KMcGuire/

Annual LitFest Pasadena

Two Action-Packed Days and Nights of Literary Events the 
weekend of May 19th & 20th ~ free in the historic Playhouse 

1:00pm - 3:00pm Workshops

3:00pm - 10:00pm Panels & Readings

 For more information visit:, Select 
PROGRAM for full schedule.

 The mission of LitFest Pasadena is to provide an opportunity 
for authors and community members to celebrate literature 
of all kinds, to instill a love of reading and writing, and to 
provide a public intersection of dialogue around the variety 
of topics and ideas that books inspire.

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