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 SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018 

VOLUME 12 NO. 16




Sierra Madre, CA. – April 12, 2018 The City 
of Sierra Madre and the Sierra Madre Senior 
Community Commission are happy to announce 
Darlene Crook as the 2018 Sierra Madre Older 
American of the Year. In recognition of her 
dedicated volunteerism and community service, 
the City of Sierra Madre will honor Darlene at the 
Older American of the Year reception on Friday, 
May 11th at the Hart Park House from 4:30 P.M. 
to 6:00 P.M. 

 Every May, the Administration on Aging, part 
of the Administration for Community Living, 
leads our nation’s observance of Older American’s 
Month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, 
emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) 
to take part in activities that can enrich your 
physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. It also 
celebrates the many ways in which older adults 
make a difference in our communities. Darlene 
Crook and her husband Richard raised a family 
of 5 children and have lived in Sierra Madre for 
54 years. When her children were younger she 
coached girls’ softball and was involved with the 
Campfire Girls. She was also team mom for her 
son’s baseball teams. She volunteered as an aide 
at Sierra Madre School and delivered Meals on 
Wheels to home-bound seniors for as long as the 
volunteer program existed. 

 Darlene was a docent in Eaton Canyon for over 
15 years, leading school children on nature tours of 
the canyon. She specialized in helping handicapped 
youth make the nature connection. 

She works with 1st graders at Sierra Madre School to 
help them with their reading. She also does dental 
education for 1st graders, and helps with Reading is 
Fundamental (RIF) with 2nd graders. 

As if that isn’t enough, Darlene is also a member 
of the Friends of the Library and helps with their 
fundraising programs including the Annual Wine 
Tasting and the Art Fair. 

 She is also a very active member of the Sierra 
Madre Civic Club and works on the Mount Wilson 
Trail Race and Halloween Window Painting. And, 
we can’t forget that she is the one that weighs the 
fish every year at Huck Finn! 


 For more information on the Older American 
Reception, or on how you can assist with honoring 
Darlene Crook, please contact the Senior Services 
Center Desk at (626) 355-7394. 

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, the Sierra Madre City Council will follow the established 
tradition and select the next Mayor who will serve for the next year. At that time the 
final results (below) of the April 10th election will be certified. The public is invited. A 
reception for the outgoing and incoming Mayors will follow. The meeting will begin at 
6:00pm at City Hall. 

The Featured Artist for the 56th Annual Sierra 
Madre Art Fair is Lucia Friedericy. Lucia grew up 
in an artistic family, making dolls and puppets and 
various projects. She and her siblings put together a 
traveling marionette show known as the “Friedericy 
Family Puppeteers” that performed locally with 
their hand-made puppets while they were in junior 
high school. She attended college for theatre at UCI, 
then for fashion design at Woodbury University, 
and eventually began working on staff at USC, 
Occidental College, and Cal State Los Angeles as a 
costume designer for the stage. 

In 1989, Lucia began to make art dolls as a full-
time profession from her home studio. Initially she 
worked with her brother, painter and sculptor John 
Friedericy. They collaborated with her painting 
and costuming his porcelain heads and exhibited 
their dolls in New York. John sadly passed away in 
the early 1990s, and she then 
worked with her mother, 
Judith Friedericy, longtime art 
teacher at the Frostig Institute 
in Pasadena. They produced 
one-of-a-kind artist dolls for 
the next twenty-five years that 
have been shown and sold 
world-wide to collectors. 

About 10 years ago, Lucia 
began experimenting with 
sculpting in paper clay instead 
of porcelain. This lead to her 
current body of work that she 
shows at art fairs. She likes to 
create and attempt to capture 
all manner of facial expression 
and life-like movement in her 
miniature characters that she 
displays in shadowboxes to 
hang in the home. People often remark upon the 
humor and whimsey of her work, and she herself 
feels it is more accurate to view the figures as 3D 
illustrations of characters, than to think of them as 
dolls. She travels all over the country to attend top 
art shows, but Pasadena has been her home for 20 
years. So, for that reason, and the charm and beauty 
of the show itself, she says the Sierra Madre Art Fair 
from the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library 
is a joy to do. 

 The Art Fair is being held in Memorial Park 
on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 
Sunday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Be sure 
to stop by Lucia’s booth (#4) to admire and purchase 
her inspiring creations. For more information visit 
our web site or 
call 626-355-7186. 


Art on Palm @
Arlington Garden50+ creators, the band - BULLFISH, LOCOL’s food truck 
(L.A. Times 2017 best restaurant), $2 admission/donation, 
Benefits the Creative Arts Group of Sierra Madre!! 626/827-7870 
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10 – 5 
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