Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 6, 2018 



Alverno Heights Academy

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Julia V. Fanara

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: Brent Forsee

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 

Head of School: Ethan Williamson

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 

Preschool-TK-8th Grade

Principal: Dr. William Walner

website: www.

Clairbourn School

8400 Huntington Drive

San Gabriel, CA 91775

Phone: 626-286-3108 ext. 172

FAX: 626-286-1528


Foothill Oaks Academy

822 E. Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

Principal: Nancy Lopez

Frostig School

971 N. Altadena Drive Pasadena, CA 91107

(626) 791-1255

Head of School: Jenny Janetzke


The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 

Head of School, Carl Parke 


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road 

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 

Head of School: Gary Stern 626-798-8989


La Salle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 website:

Principal Mrs. Courtney Kassakhian

Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2800 Principal Darvin Jackson


Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 396-5880 Principal: Roberto Hernandez


St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

Principal Joan Harabedian (626) 355-9028 


Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Lindsay Lewis

E-mail address:

Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Garrett Newsom

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 396-3600 Website:

Arcadia Unified School District

234 Campus Dr., Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 821-8300 Website:

Monrovia Unified School District

325 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, Ca. 91016

(626) 471-2000 


Duarte Unified School District

1620 Huntington Dr., Duarte, Ca. 91010



Arcadia Christian School

1900 S. Santa Anita Avenue Arcadia, CA 91006

Preschool - and TK - 8th Grade



Principal: Cindy Harmon


On September 27, The Gooden School was visited 
by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater, Executive Director 
of Friends in Deed in Pasadena. During the school’s 
bi-weekly chapel, Rabbi Joshua spoke to Gooden 
students about the school’s three Rs (respect for self, 
respect for others, and respect for the world) from the 
Jewish tradition. Drawing from the scripture for the 
day from the prophet Isaiah (58:6-8), Rabbi Joshua 
talked about the season of Yom Kippur, a time of 
repentance and reflection for the Jewish community. 
A significant part of that reflection calls the people 
of God to love and serve the neediest among us and 
to recognize people’s humanity. “Sometimes just 
making eye contact and saying hello to someone who 
is homeless or in need, in a safe way, goes a long way,” 
said Rabbi Joshua.

The Gooden School has had a longstanding 
partnership with Friends in Deed. Students engage in 
service-learning projects, including raising food for 
the organizations’ food pantry, to support Friends in 
Deed’s work with the most vulnerable members of our 
society. After chapel, the school was able to present 
a check of $1,200 to Rabbi Joshua thanks to Middle 
School students spring “Market Day”. At Market 
Day, Gooden students created small businesses and 
developed, marketed, and sold products to their 
fellow students, friends, and families. 

 “Gooden students’ commitment to service-
learning is a hallmark of our school,” says Carl Parke, 
head of school. “Our partnership with Friends in 
Deed is at the core of Gooden’s efforts on behalf of 
the community in which our students live and the 
students, faculty, and staff are proud to present Rabbi 
Joshua with this gift to support the important work 
of Friends in Deed.”

 The Gooden School is an independent, Episcopal 
kindergarten through eighth-grade school in Sierra 
Madre. For more information, and to learn all 
about Gooden’s commitment to the three R’s, please 
visit in Deed is an 
interfaith organization that provides supportive 
services to meet basic human needs, so our homeless 
and at-risk neighbors can rebuild their lives. For more 
information, please visit


The School Board Candidates’ Forum will be 
held October 9, 2018, at 7 p.m., at the Monrovia 
DistrictMonrovia. The event is hosted by 
the Monrovia Teachers Association and will 
be moderated by the Pasadena League of 
Women Voters. Anyone attending will have an 
opportunity to hear the candidates’ views and 
pose questions.





HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….October Birthdays

Janda Ferris, Darlene Traxler, Margit Johnson, Sole Krieg, George Maurer, Dick 
Anderson, Eva Poet, Mary Jane Baker, Dixie Coutant, Cathleen Cremins, Alma Mays, 
Adie Marshall, Darlene Crook, Susan Gallagher, Maggie Ellis, Gloria Giersbach, Elva 
Johnson, Ellen O’Leary, Jenny Piangenti, Gail Ann Skiles, Anita Thompson, Linda 
Boehm and Angela Stella.

* 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.


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 the class with 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: Thursday, October 18th 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Join us for Scattergories, a creative thinking 
game by naming objects within a set of categories; or Jenga, a block-building challenge that keeps 
you stacking and balancing your tower. Everyone is welcome, and no experience is needed. A great 
way to strengthen your mind and make new friends... Games are facilitated by Senior Volunteers. 

Free Legal Consultation: Wednesday, October 17th from 10:30a.m. to Noon. Attorney Lem 
Makupson is available for legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates, and 
Injury. Please call Hart Park House for an appointment, 626-355-7394.

Senior Club: Meets every Saturday at the Hart Park House Senior Center. Brown Bag Lunch at 

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! * Voluntary Donations 
of $5.00 per week per participant are suggested but not required.

Birthday Celebrations: Every 2nd Thursday monthly at the Hart Park House, share some free birthday 
cake provided by the Senior Community Commission!

Game Day: Every Thursday starting at 12:00p.m. Come join this group of Seniors in their poker 

Free Strength Training Class: Fridays from 12:45p.m. to 1:30p.m. with Lisa Brandley. This energetic 
class utilizes light weights, low impact resistance training and body conditioning. Class equipment 
is provided.

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you provide some tips on how to protect seniors 
from financial scams? My 76-year-old aunt was recently 
swindled out of $25,000 and I want to make sure my own 
mother is protected.

Concerned Daughter

Dear Concerned,

Financial scams that target the elderly continue to be a 
huge problem in the U.S. In fact, it’s estimated that one in 
five Americans over age 65 are scammed out of roughly $36 
billion every year. Here are some tips that can help you spot 
a scam, and what you can do to protect your mom.

Recognizing a Scam

 Spotting a scam or a con artist is not always easy to do. 
They range from shady financial advisers to slick-talking 
telemarketers to professional caregivers and relatives who 
steal from the very people they’re supposed to be looking 

 The most common scams targeting seniors today come 
in the form of tricky and deceitful telemarketing calls, email 
and Internet scams, free-lunch seminars selling dubious 
financial products and endless junk mail peddling free 
vacation packages, sweepstakes, phony charity fundraisers 
and more. And, of course, there’s the ongoing problem of 
identity theft, Medicare and Social Security fraud, door-to-
door scams and credit card theft. 

 The best way to spot a scam is to help your mom 
manage her finances, or at least monitor her accounts. 
Reviewing her financial statements each month can alert 
you to questionable checks, credit card charges or large 
withdrawals. Or, consider a service like, which 
will automatically monitor your mom’s accounts, track 
suspicious activity and alert you when it detects a problem.

 If, however, your mom doesn’t want you looking at her 
financial records, there are other clues. For example: Is 
she getting a lot of junk mail for contests, free trips, and 
sweepstakes? Is she receiving calls from strangers offering 
awards or moneymaking deals? Also, notice if her spending 
habits have changed, if she has complained about being 
short of money lately or has suddenly become secretive 
or defensive about her finances. All these may be signs of 

Protect Your Mom

 The most effective way to help protect your mom is to 
alert her to the different kind of scams going on today. To 
help you with this, the National Council on Aging has a 
list of “top 10 financial scams targeting seniors” at NCOA.
org. Also see AARP’s Fraud Watch Network at
money/scams-fraud and sign up to receive free scam alert 
emails from the Federal Trade Commission at

 Some other tips to protect her include reminding your 
mom to never give out her personal information, Social 
Security number or financial information unless she 
initiated the contact and knows the institution. 

 Also, see if your mom would be willing to let you sort 
her mail before she opens it, so you can weed out the junk. 
To reduce the junk mail and/or email she gets, use the 
Direct Marketing Association consumer opt-out service 
at And to stop credit card and insurance 
offers, use the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry opt-
out service at or call 888-567-8688 
– they will ask for your mom’s Social Security number and 
date of birth.

 Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, 
Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a 
contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy 
Senior” book.


Getty Villa 

Thursday, October 25, 2018 

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Cost: $15 (Lunch Not Included) 

Discover the museum’s historic collection and the Getty Villa’s 
architecture and gardens by participating in a rich selection 
of engaging talks and tours that bring the Getty Villa’s 
unique setting and the visual art to life! 

 And there are several gardens, fountains an d landscaping 
for public enjoyment. Choose elegant dining, lovely 
afternoon tea (reservations are recommended by calling 800-
369-3059), or a casual meal, coffee and snacks at the café or 
coffee kiosk. Walking Level: HIGH 

Sierra Madre Resident registration open now through October 
8th and non-resident starts online or in-person on Tuesday, 
October 9th 2018. 


Wednesday, October 10, 2018 

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

The Smart Refresher Driver Course focuses on learning 
current rules of the road, defensive driving and 
how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s 
challenging driving environment. You will learn how 
you can manage and accommodate common age-
related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. 
This class meets at the Hart Park House Senior Center. 
The course costs $15.00 for AARP members and 
$20.00 for non-members to be paid to the instructor. 
Must pre-register. Requirement of 10 students; drivers 
over 70 must take DMV written test.

SENIOR MOVIE: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Monthly 1:00 p.m.

October 17th Murder on the Orient Express

Rated - G 1hr 54 min 

When a murder occurs on the train he’s traveling 
on, this celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is 

recruited to solve the case.

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