Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 1, 2018 

InSight Is Catching Rays on 
Mars, Sent Signals to Earth

PUSD Request 
for District 

 The Pasadena Unified 
School District (PUSD) 
issued, last week, a request for 
qualifications (RFQ) from 
parties and/or individuals 
interested in acquiring 
the District’s headquarters 
through a property 
exchange. With the release 
of the RFQ, PUSD begins a 
two-phase process that will 
result in the selection of an 
interested party with whom 
it can exchange the District’s 
current headquarters 
for revenue-producing 
properties The two-stage 
approach helps to both 
streamline the process and 
to gather information about 
interested parties.

“The introduction of the RFQ 
is a milestone for Pasadena 
Unified and represents the 
next step in making the 
most of our assets to benefit 
students and learning,” 
said Superintendent Brian 

 The District property is 
located at 351 S. Hudson 
Avenue in Pasadena. It 
consists of approximately 
4.5 acres of real property 
and includes office buildings 
currently used to house the 
District’s administrative staff 
and Rose City High School. 
The District’s administrative 
offices and Rose City High 
School would move to other 
district-owned sites.

Responses to the RFQ must 
be submitted by December 
21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. The 
RFQ and more information 
can be found at www.

 After reviewing responses 
to the RFQ, the District will 
issue a Request for Proposals 
that establishes specific 
requirements for the district 
property to qualified parties. 
The anticipated exchange 
of property must comply 
with state law (Education 
Code 17536, et seq.) and be 
approved by the Board of 

For additional information, 
interested parties should 
contact the District’s 

Sam Manoukian, CCIM

Director of Commercial 


333 E. Glenoaks Blvd. Suite 
100, Glendale, CA 91207

Dir: 818-547-6324 Fax: 818-

Email: remaxglendale@msn.

 Interested parties are 
advised that contacting 
district officials, employees, 
and/or representatives may 
result in disqualification.

Auditorium Dedication 
in Honor of Maria Salas


 The public is invited to the 
dedication and renaming of 
the Villa Parke Auditorium 
(363 E. Villa Street) Monday, 
at 10 a.m. in honor of Maria 
Salas who passed away this 
past Saturday, November 24. 

 Maria E. Salas (1941-
2018) was more than just 
a community resident; she 
was a community leader, 
an advocate for all people, 
a protector of so many 
residents. Lovingly known 
in the community as "Señora 
Salas," Maria always helped 
organize and enlist the 
participation of Villa Parke 
neighborhood residents in 
community events, clean-
ups and celebrations. More 
important than that, she 
was a friend, a mentor, and 
someone who cared deeply 
about her neighborhood. 
She always worked together 
with her neighbors, City 
representatives, including 
the Pasadena Police 
Department, to give purpose 
and new life to everything 
she touched.

Maria Salas inspired many, 
many people, in all walks of 
life, in the City of Pasadena. 
She had a great gift for life, 
a generous and open nature, 
and a rich sense of humor. 
Maria was many things, and 
among them, to her last day, 
she was a great American.

For further information 
please contact Vannia De La 
Cuba, Field Representative 
to Councilmember Victor 
M. Gordo, City of Pasadena 
- District 5 at 626-744-4741.

 NASA’s InSight has sent signals 
to Earth indicating that its solar 
panels are open and collecting 
sunlight on the Martian 
surface. NASA’s Mars Odyssey 
orbiter relayed the signals, 
which were received on Earth 
at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. 
Solar array deployment ensures 
the spacecraft can recharge its 
batteries each day. Odyssey 
also relayed a pair of images 
showing InSight’s landing site.

 “The InSight team can rest 
a little easier tonight now 
that we know the spacecraft 
solar arrays are deployed 
and recharging the batteries,” 
said Tom Hoffman, InSight’s 
project manager at NASA’s 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 
Pasadena, California, which 
leads the mission. “It’s been 
a long day for the team. But 
tomorrow begins an exciting 
new chapter for InSight: surface 
operations and the beginning 
of the instrument deployment 

 InSight’s twin solar arrays are 
each 7 feet (2.2 meters) wide; 
when they’re open, the entire 
lander is about the size of a big 
1960s convertible. Mars has 
weaker sunlight than Earth 
because it’s much farther away 
from the Sun. But the lander 
doesn’t need much to operate: 
The panels provide 600 to 700 
watts on a clear day, enough to 
power a household blender and 
plenty to keep its instruments 
conducting science on the Red 
Planet. Even when dust covers 
the panels — what is likely to 
be a common occurrence on 
Mars — they should be able 
to provide at least 200 to 300 

 The panels are modeled 
on those used with NASA’s 
Phoenix Mars Lander, though 
InSight’s are slightly larger in 
order to provide more power 
output and to increase their 
structural strength. These 
changes were necessary to 
support operations for one full 
Mars year (two Earth years).

In the coming days, the 
mission team will unstow 
InSight’s robotic arm and use 
the attached camera to snap 
photos of the ground so that 
engineers can decide where to 
place the spacecraft’s scientific 
instruments. It will take two 
to three months before those 
instruments are fully deployed 
and sending back data.

 In the meantime, InSight will 
use its weather sensors and 
magnetometer to take readings 
from its landing site at Elysium 
Planitia — its new home on 


 Nikee (A466206) is a calm, 
mellow 7-year-old brindle 
Pit Bull mix. He’s always 
happy to see you with his 
tail wagging and enjoys long 
walks in the park where he 
can watch the squirrels. He 
walks nicely on a loose leash, 
enjoys singing with the fire 
engine sirens, and curls 
into you to be petted and 
gives kisses. He’s been at the 
Pasadena Humane Society 
for 2 months so we thought 
he might need to be wearing 
business professional attire 
to find the right home. What 
do you think? 

 The adoption fee for dogs 
is $130. All dogs are spayed 
or neutered, microchipped, 
and vaccinated before going 
to their new home. 

 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.

Pet of the 

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

ANW Production of Charles 
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

 There is something for 
everyone in December 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 


 Stay Connected with 
Social Media – Tuesdays 
and Thursdays, Dec. 4 
to 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. 
Learn how to keep in touch 
with family and friends via 
email, Skype, Facebook and 
other forms of social media 
during a 30-minute, one-on-
one session with instructor 
Edison Samuel. You’ll choose 
which applications you want 
to learn. Bring a laptop or use 
one of the onsite computers. 
If you have an email address, 
bring it and your password. 
Sign up at the Welcome Desk 
or by calling 626-795-4331.

 Screening Mimis 
Film Discussion Club – 
Tuesdays, Dec. 4 and 18, at 
1:30 p.m. Diehard film fans 
are invited to watch a movie 
the first and third Tuesday of 
every month, preceded by a 
presentation about the film’s 
hidden history and followed 
by lively discussion. Dec. 4: I 
Walked with a Zombie (1943, 
NR) starring Frances Dee 
and Tom Conway. A nurse 
travels to a sugar plantation 
on a Caribbean island to care 
for a seemingly comatose 
woman, then decides to 
take her patient to a native 
voodoo practitioner. Dec. 
18: The Red Violin (1998, 
R) starring Carlo Cecchi 
and Samuel L. Jackson. A 
perfect red-colored violin 
inspires passion, making its 
way through three centuries, 
several owners and many 
countries, and eventually 
ending up at an auction 
where it may find a new 

 Holiday Desserts – 
Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. 
Get ready for holiday baking 
with healthy and tasty new 
dessert recipes and learn 
how to make traditionally 
high-sugar desserts healthier 
and lower in carbs. Presented 
by Regal Medical.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 
28, at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys 
watching movies and the 
pleasures they bring. Dec. 7: 
The Children Act (2018, R) 
starring Emma Thompson 
and Stanley Tucci. With her 
marriage at a breaking point, 
a judge must decide the case 
of a 17-year-old boy who 
refuses a life-saving blood 
transfusion on religious 
grounds. Dec. 14: The 
Preacher’s Wife (1996, PG) 
starring Whitney Houston 
and Denzel Washington. As 
a preacher’s struggles to keep 
his church afloat during hard 
economic times begins to 
take a toll on his marriage, 
an angel is sent to help him 
out. Dec. 21: The Night They 
Saved Christmas (1984, 
NR) starring Jaclyn Smith 
and Art Carney. A woman 
and her three children help 
Santa save his toy factory at 
the North Pole from being 
destroyed due to nearby oil 
drilling. Dec. 28: Crazy Rich 
Asians (2018, PG-13) starring 
Constance Wu and Henry 
Golding. An Asian American 
New Yorker is apprehensive 
about meeting her longtime 
boyfriend’s family when 
she accompanies him to 
his best friend’s wedding in 

 Improvisation for Lifeskills 
PLAYshop – Fridays, Dec. 7 
and Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to 
noon. Tap into your natural, 
creative talents while 
enhancing your health and 
well-being. This series will 
focus on improv techniques, 
theater games and creative 
drama to increase your 
spontaneity, memory, focus 
and interactive social and 
communication skills in 
a fun, playful and creative 
environment. Sign up at the 
Welcome Desk or by calling 
626-795-4331. Presented 
by Trisha Jauchler, founder 
and director of On Bright 
Wings and Theatre on the 

 Tree Trimming Party and 
Holiday Treats – Monday, 
Dec. 10, from 8:30 11 a.m. 
Help decorate the Pasadena 
Senior Center’s Christmas 
tree while enjoying holiday 
music. There will be free 
coffee, hot cocoa and festive 
treats at the Coffee Bar.

 For more information visit 
org or call 626-795-4331.

 The Pasadena Senior 
Center is an independent, 
donor-supported nonprofit 
organization that offers 
recreational, educational, 
wellness and social services 
to people ages 50 and older.

 A Noise Within (ANW), the 
acclaimed classical repertory 
theatre company, continues 
the cherished holiday 
tradition of presenting 
its well-loved production 
of Charles Dickens’ A 
Christmas Carol this year, 
onstage for the seventh 
holiday season. This time-
honored tale of forgiveness 
plays 17 performances 
only, Saturday, December 1 
through Sunday, December 
23, 2018. After the show, 
audience members are 
invited to enjoy a cup of 
cider and take photos with 
the cast.

 This season, ANW is 
expanding the opportunities 
for members of the 
community to enjoy classical 
theatre by offering a Relaxed 
Performance of A Christmas 
Carol on Saturday, December 
8 at 11am. Relaxed 
Performances provide an 
inviting environment for 
those living with Autism 
Spectrum Disorder 
(ASD), Developmental 
Delay, Neuromuscular 
Disorder, Sensory 
Integrative Dysfunction, 
Attention Deficit 
Disorder and Disorders 
of Social Interaction and 
Communication. And all 
the production quality 
audiences expect from A 
Noise Within is still in place, 
with light and sound levels 
adjusted to create a sensory-
friendly environment for all 
attending. A Noise Within 
is partnering with Ivor 
Weiner, Professor of Special 
Education at California State 
University Northridge, to 
ensure best practices for our 
Relaxed Performances.

 Co-Producing Artistic 
Director Geoff Elliott, who 
adapted the play from 
the novella, will co-direct 
with Julia Rodriguez-
Elliott this masterpiece 
about the redemptive and 
transformative power of 
love. In this production, 
hailed as “enchantment” 
by LA Weekly, Dickens’ 
poignant tale is matched by 
evocative original music by 
composer Ego Plum.

 “We thought that this 
would be the best play for 
us to introduce our Relaxed 
Performances to our public, 
welcoming new audience 
members and their families 
into our live performance 
experience. Annually 
remounting our acclaimed 
presentation of Charles 
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol 
allows families to once again 
take a supremely theatrical 
journey and celebrate the 
transformative power of 
forgiveness during the 
holidays,” says Elliott. Julia 
Rodriguez-Elliott adds, 
“Ebenezer Scrooge’s rebirth 
from miserly curmudgeon 
to the epitome of love and 
generosity affirms our faith 
in the potent goodness 
of humanity during this 
beloved time of year.”

 Tickets for A Christmas 
Carol, starting at $25, are 
available online at www. and by 
phone by calling 626-356-
3121. Pay What You Can 
night is Friday, December 14 
at 8pm. Sunday Rush tickets 
are available on Sunday, 
December 9 at 7pm.

 Anyone in the community 
is open to attend our fully 
inclusive experience for A 
Christmas Carol with the 
understanding that this 
performance is “Hush-
Free,” and that there will 
be a certain level of sound 
and movement throughout 
the show. If you have any 
questions or to see if this 
performance is right for you 
and your family, please feel 
free to contact Alicia Green 
at 626-356-3104 or agreen@


Sunday, November 18th 

8:30 PM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 
2600 block of Fair Oaks 
Avenue. Vehicle described 
as a 2009 Honda Accord. 
Vehicle recovered. 

Monday, November 19th 

10:00 AM – A grand theft 
from a vehicle occurred in 
the area of Mar Vista Avenue 
and Woodbury Road. Stolen: 
two red and white Stihl 

Tuesday, November 20th 

5:00 PM – A vehicle 
burglary occurred in the 
900 block of E. Poppyfields 
Drive. Suspect(s) entered 
the vehicle via the unsecured 
window. Stolen: khaki purse 
and documents. 

8:00 PM – A robbery 
occurred in the 200 block of 
E. Altadena Drive. Suspect 
is the victim’s ex-boyfriend. 
Stolen: silver Samsung 

Wednesday, November 21st 

8:31 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 
100 block of E. Sacramento 
Street. Vehicle described as 
a green 1999 Jeep Cherokee. 
Vehicle recovered. 

6:30 PM – Assault with a 
Deadly Weapon occurred 
in the 400 Block of Figueroa 
Drive. One suspect was 

Thursday, November 22nd 

11:30 AM – A battery 
occurred in the 10 block of 
E. Manor Street. Suspect 
has been identified as the 
victim’s neighbor. 

Friday November 23rd 

22:22 PM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from 1800 
block of Layton Street. 
Vehicle described as a black 
2006 Toyota Matrix. 

Saturday, November 24th 

6:30 PM – A petty theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 800 block 
of E. Sacramento Street. 
Stolen: black tool bag and 
red Milwaukee power drills. 

7:00 PM – A grand theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 800 block of 
E. Sacramento Street. Stolen: 
orange Michael Kors wallet, 
rose gold iPad, and currency. 

8:00 PM – A petty theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 700 block 
of E. Sacramento Street. 
Stolen: brown Louis Vuitton 
wallet containing personal 

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