Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 20, 2018 



The groundbreaking “Incubator Project” launches with “The Merry Lives of Windsor 
High” on Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 at Duarte Performing Arts Center


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


Duarte, Calif. – Oct. 17, 2018 – California School of 
the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV) and Santa 
Monica-based production company mediaV are partnering 
to develop the “Incubator Project,” an incredible, one-of-a-
kind collaboration that gives students within the Musical 
Theatre Conservatory the opportunity to be the first to 
originate and produce a series of brand new rock musicals. 
MediaV founders and philanthropists Russell Meyer and 
Marcy Shaffer have pledged a gift of $50,000 over the 
next two years to CSArts-SGV to support the creation 
of two world premieres, with the intention to continue 
collaborating over the next several years. Using the works 
of William Shakespeare as source material, the Incubator 
Project will create modern and relevant musicals to be 
premiered by CSArts-SGV students, and subsequently 
made available for the public to license and perform.

 “We are thrilled to be given this opportunity to create 
and contribute original works to the catalog of musicals 
available today. We hope the material will gain momentum 
and be performed by high school, college and community 
programs across the country,” says CSArts-SGV Chair of 
Theatre Jay Wallace.

 “Today’s high school students experience the arts in a 
new way,” says mediaV founder Meyer, “and, as a group, 
they are a significant factor in the success of new original 
content for music and theater. Their mastery of social media 
has changed the way we discover content. The Incubator 
Project will have the opportunity to tap into all this to 
create original work that can resonate with these artists and 

 Meyer said the commitment, talents and high standards 
that CSArts-SGV faculty and students demonstrate makes 
the school the ideal collaborator on this project.

 “With a new original musical, there’s no existing 
roadmap for the performances or the production. Since 
CSArts-SGV artists will present the world premieres of 
these shows, they will be the ones to create the new show’s 
roadmap. These artists will also have the opportunity to 
put their personal mark on a role,” Meyer says. 

 Wallace explains that the Incubator Project will guide 
students through the ins and outs of launching an original 

 “Essentially, we want to create a formula for developing 
work from the very early stages; the workshop process, 
marketing, producing and mounting an original world 
premiere. Students will gain real-world experience in a 
variety of areas,” says Wallace. 

 The project’s debut production will be the world 
premiere of “The Merry Lives of Windsor High.” A 
delightful retelling of Shakespeare’s “Merry Lives of 
Windsor,” this rock musical reimagines the shenanigans 
of Falstaff and his cronies in a high school setting, as the 
students of Windsor High prepare for the biggest event of 
the year, the annual Valentine Masked Ball. Part “RENT,” 
part “High School Musical,” “The Merry Lives of Windsor 
High” explores and explodes archetypes, revealing a layer 
of truth often missing from typical high school fare. 
Directed by Jer Adrianne Lelliott, this musical is bright, 
poppy and sure to leave audiences with a warm and fuzzy 
feeling, while also reminding us that the choices we make 
have consequences, intended and otherwise.

 “The Merry Lives of Windsor High” premieres Friday, 
Nov. 30, - Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Duarte Performing Arts 
Center (1401 Highland Ave., Duarte, CA 91010). Tickets 
will be available for $18-$27 online on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at


--New Technology Major Starts in Fall 2019

ROSEMEAD, CA—October 15, 2018—Don Bosco 
Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) has announced that it will 
add a Biological, Medical & Environmental Technology 
(BMET) program to its existing five STEM majors starting 
in Fall 2019. 

 “Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing job sectors 
in the nation,” said Principal Xavier Jimenez. “And, because 
Bosco Tech is located in the Los Angeles area—the second 
largest bioscience industry cluster in the U.S.—BMET is a 
natural extension of our established STEM program.”

 “Our BMET courses will prepare students for advanced 
post-secondary studies in health care, environmental 
engineering and biomedical research,” he continued. 
“This new program will further the Tech’s long-standing 
reputation as the premier Catholic STEM in the state.”

 Through the curriculum, BMET students will explore 
several areas including genetic and pharmaceutical 
advancements, environmental awareness, agricultural 
developments, biomedical informatics, biomanufacturing, 
health care improvements, and social responsibility.

 The BMET program joins the school’s existing 
technology majors: Architecture & Construction 
Engineering (ACE); Computer Science & Electrical 
Engineering (CSEE); Integrated Design, Engineering 
and Art (IDEA); Media Arts & Technology (MAT); and 
Materials Science, Engineering & Technology (MSET).

 Bosco Tech is an all-male Catholic high school that 
combines a rigorous college-preparatory program 
with a technology-focused education. The innovative 
curriculum allows students to exceed university 
admissions requirements while completing extensive 
integrated coursework in one of several applied science 
and engineering fields. On’s list of top boys 
high schools and Catholic high schools in California 
and the U.S., Bosco Tech boasts a college acceptance 
rate of 100 percent, with the majority of graduates 
pursuing STEM-related post-secondary majors at 
four-year universities. Visit or 
call 626-940-2000 for more information or to arrange 
a campus visit.




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,

What can you tell me about the retirement saver’s tax credit? 
At age 60, I’m looking for ways to boost my retirement savings 
beyond my 401(k) plan and have heard this may be a smart 
way to do it. Is this something I’m eligible for? 

Need to Save

Dear Need,

If your income is low to moderate and you participate in 
your employer-sponsored retirement plan or an IRA, the 
“Saver’s Credit” (also known as the Retirement Savings 
Contribution Credit) is a frequently overlooked tool that 
can help boost your retirement savings even more. Here’s 
how it works.

 If you contribute to a retirement-savings account like 
a traditional or Roth IRA, myRA, 401(k), 403(b), 457, 
federal employees’ Thrift Savings Plan, Simplified Employee 
Pension or SIMPLE plan, the Saver’s Credit will allow you 
to claim 10, 20 or 50 percent of your contribution of up to 
$2,000 per year for singles or $4,000 for couples.

 This valuable tax credit can be claimed in addition to 
the tax deduction you get for saving in your traditional 
retirement accounts.

 To qualify, you must also be at least 18 years old and not 
a full-time student and were not claimed as a dependent 
on someone else’s tax return. And your adjusted gross 
income (AGI) in 2018 must have been $63,000 or less as 
a married couple filing jointly, $47,250 or less if filing as 
head of household, or $31,500 or less if you’re a single filer. 
These income limits are adjusted annually to keep pace with 

 To get the 50 percent credit, you’ll need to have an income 
below $19,000 if you’re single, $28,500 if you’re filing as head 
of household, and $38,000 for couples in 2018.

 The 20 percent credit rate applies to individuals earning 
between $19,001 and $20,500; for head of household 
filers it’s $28,501 to $30,750; and for couples it’s $38,001 to 

 And the 10 percent rate is for individuals with an adjusted 
gross income between $20,501 and $31,500; for head of 
household filers $30,751 to $47,250; and couples it’s between 
$41,001 and $63,000.

 Here’s an example of how this works. Let’s say that you file 
your taxes as head of household and your AGI for 2018 is 
$30,000. Over the course of the year, you contribute $2,000 
to your employer's 401(k) plan. Since your AGI puts you in 
the 20 percent credit bracket, and you’ve contributed the 
$2,000 maximum that can be considered for the credit, you 
are entitled to a $400 Saver’s Credit on your 2018 tax return.

 It’s also worth mentioning that the Saver’s Credit is in 
addition to any other tax benefits you get for your retirement 
contributions. So in the previous example, not only would 
you be entitled to a $400 credit, but you would also be able 
to exclude the $2,000 401(k) contribution from your taxable 
income. So, if you’re in the 15 percent tax bracket, this 
translates to an additional $300 in savings, for a total of $700.

How to Claim

 To claim the Saver’s Credit, you will need to fill out Form 
8880 (see and attach it to 
your 1040, 1040A or 1040NR when you file your tax return. 
Don’t use the 1040EZ Form.

 If you think that you would have qualified for the credit 
in previous years but didn’t claim it, you can file an amended 
return as far back as 2015 and still get the credits. A 2014 
amended return is due by April 15, 2019. See IRS Form 
1040X ( for instructions 
on how to file an amended return.

 And for more information on the Saver’s Credit, see IRS 
Publication 590-A “Contributions to Individual Retirement 
Arrangements” (

 You can also have these forms and publication mailed to 
you by calling 800-829-3676.

 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.

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.


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 and 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. 

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