Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 22, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 22, 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


Duarte, Calif. – Dec. 18, 2018 – California School 
of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley’s (CSArts-SGV) 
enthusiastic and talented young artists will spread 
the joy of the arts to underserved communities 
throughout the San Gabriel Valley through a new 
Gluck Community Service Arts Fellowship Program, 
launching in January 2019. The Max H. Gluck 
Foundation has awarded the school $25,000 for the 
inaugural year, which will provide the means to 
present free performances and educational activities 
to those in need or with little access to the arts. The 
program was originally designed by founding school 
Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2001, 
and has served more than 500,000 underserved 
community members in the past 17 years.

 “We are very grateful to the Max H. Gluck 
Foundation for enabling us to bring our community 
service program to the San Gabriel Valley. We have 
seen firsthand the way the arts can positively affect 
both our students and those in the audience since 
we began the program at Orange County School of 
the Arts,” said Ralph S. Opacic, Ed.D., founder and 
executive director for OCSA and chief executive 
officer for CSArts-SGV. “Our partnership with the 
Gluck Foundation exemplifies our commitment to 
community service, and the new grant for CSArts-
SGV is expected to make a similar impact in the 
coming years.”

 Led by Dean of Arts Abbe Levine and Associate 
Dean of Arts Stephen Cook, D.M.A., the CSArts-
SGV program aims to present 75 performances in the 
first year, reaching an estimated 5,000 people. Partner 
organizations will include community centers, 
cultural festivals, churches, hospitals, retirement 
homes and other civic agencies that welcome and 
service a broad and diverse audience. Students from 
all 10 conservatories will be involved in presenting a 
variety of arts programs in the areas of commercial 
dance, commercial music, instrumental music, 
musical theater, poetry, visual arts, vocal arts and 

 The Gluck Foundation’s mission is to support 
programs that address the educational, health, 
cultural and creative needs of the underserved. 
Gluck Board President and CEO Jon Kaswick, M.D. 
commented on why CSArts-SGV was chosen as a 
grant recipient.

 “Science develops technologies that facilitate our 
lives, treat our maladies and augment our longevity. 
Art enhances our lives and makes longevity 
pleasurable and worthwhile. CSArts-SGV nurtures 
interest in art in talented students with a proclivity 
for creativity. The Gluck Foundation embraces 
institutions such as CSArts-SGV that promote 
artistic endeavors in venues that reach out to local 
communities,” said Kaswick.

 Many respected studies have shown that the arts 
benefit young people by enhancing intellectual 
development, stimulating creativity, building self-
esteem and helping them to develop essential skills 
that prepare them for success in work or life. For 
children who face barriers to engaging in school, the 
arts can help to unlock their potential and motivate 
learning. The arts also have the power to heal. Major 
health care institutions recognize the therapeutic 
effects of the arts ranging from lowering stress 
levels, to faster recovery times, to increased social 

 The educational outcomes of the program for 
CSArts-SGV students include increased leadership 
and critical thinking skills, ability to express ideas 
through live performance, creation of social bonds, 
and compassion and understanding for diverse 
populations. The Gluck Community Service Arts 
Fellowship Program will help students realize the 
importance of community service, thus fostering a 
generation of artists who view volunteerism as an 
essential part of their career.

 The Gluck program is designed to offer these 
benefits to students and the community, removing 
boundaries and broadening horizons, as well as 
uniting many audience members through the power 
of art. Organizations interested in partnering with 
CSArts-SGV may contact Dean of Arts Abbe Levine 
at for more information.

About California School of the Arts – San Gabriel 

 California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley 
(CSArts-SGV) provides a creative, challenging 
and nurturing environment that offers bright and 
talented students unparalleled preparation for higher 
education and a profession in the arts. CSArts-SGV is 
the first satellite school to open in a network of public 
charter schools being established by the California 
School of the Arts Foundation, an organization 
created to replicate the award-winning, 30-year 
model established by Orange County School of the 
Arts (OCSA).

 CSArts-SGV opened on Aug. 14, 2017 in a unique 
public-private partnership with the Duarte Unified 
School District, and is a tuition-free, donation-
dependent program for seventh through 12th grade 
students. CSArts-SGV students study in one of the 10 
arts conservatories offered including acting, classical 
& contemporary dance, commercial dance, creative 
writing, instrumental music, integrated arts, musical 
theatre, production & design, visual arts and vocal 
arts. Students receive opportunities to participate in 
master classes, guest artist presentations, field trips 
and performances, as well as a variety of campus 
clubs and activities. Small student/teacher ratios 
in academic and arts classes allow for personalized 
attention to students.

 CSArts-SGV is located at 1401 Highland Avenue, 
Duarte, CA. For more information, visit sgv.csarts.



Dear Savvy Senior:

What can you tell me about seasonal affective disorder? I 
have always hated wintertime, but since I retired and am 
home a lot more, the dark and cold winter months make 
me depressed and lethargic. Fighting the Blues

Dear Fighting,

If you get depressed in the winter but feel better in 
spring and summer, you may indeed have seasonal affective 
disorder (or SAD), a wintertime depression that affects roughly 6 percent of Americans.

In most cases, SAD is related to the loss of sunlight in the winter months. Reduced sunlight can upset natural 
sleep-wake cycles and other circadian rhythms that can affect the body. It can also cause a drop in the brain 
chemical serotonin, which affects mood, and can increase the levels of the hormone melatonin, which can make 
you feel more tired and lethargic.

If you think you may have SAD, a trip to your doctor’s office is the best way to diagnose it or you can take a SAD 
“self-diagnostic” test at the Center for Environmental Therapeutics website at In the 
meantime, here are several treatment options and remedies that can help.

Light therapy: The most effective treatment for SAD is sitting in front of a specialized light therapy box for 15 
to 20 minutes a day. Light therapy mimics outdoor light to cause a change in brain chemicals linked to mood. 
It’s most effective when timed to fit a person’s individual circadian rhythm, which varies widely from person to 
person depending on whether they’re a night owl or a morning lark. You can calculate the proper time for doing 
light therapy by taking the circadian rhythm test at

The best light therapy lamps provide 10,000 lux of illumination, many times stronger than typical indoor light, 
and have a diffuser screen that filters out ultraviolet rays and projects downward toward the eyes.

Some top-rated products as rated by include the Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Lamp ($115), 
Verilux HappyLight Deluxe 10,000-Lux Sunshine Simulator ($160), and the Northern Light Technology Boxelite 
Desk Lamp ($190), all of which are available at

Cognitive behavioral therapy: Even though SAD is considered to be a biological problem, identifying and changing 
thought and behavior patterns can help alleviate symptoms too. To help you with this, choose a therapist 
who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and who has experience in treating SAD. To locate someone in 
your area, check with the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (, or the Academy of 
Cognitive Therapy (

Antidepressants: Some people with SAD benefit from antidepressant treatment, especially if symptoms are 
severe. Some proven medications to ask your doctor about include the extended-release version of the antidepressant 
bupropion (Wellbutrin XL, Aplenzin), and antidepressants selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors 
(S.S.R.I.s), sertraline (also known as Zoloft) and fluoxetine (also known under the brand name Prozac).

But keep in mind that it may take several weeks to notice full benefits from an antidepressant. In addition, you 
may have to try different medications before you find one that works well for you and has the fewest side effects.

Lifestyle remedies: Some other things you can do to help alleviate your SAD symptoms include making your 
environment sunnier and brighter. So, open up your blinds, sit closer to bright windows and get outside as much 
as can. Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help, especially if you spend some time outside within two 
hours of getting up in the morning. Moderate exercise such as walking, swimming, yoga and even tai chi can also 
help alleviate SAD symptoms, as can social activities.

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.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ….December Birthdays*

Pat Karamitros, Joan Hufnagel, Mary Alice Cervera, Carol Horejsi, Shirley Anhalt, 
Mignon Grijalva, Helen Reese, Levon Yapoujian, Toni Buckner, Lottie Bugl, Pat 
McGuire, Sheila Wohler, Nan Murphy, Eleanor Hensel, Sylvia Curl, Elizabeth Levie, 
Gayle Licher, Cindy Barran, and Melissa Stute. * 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 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Join the class with Instructor Barbara Dempsey as she leads you in the art of Hula!

Bingo Time: Every Tuesday beginning at 1:00 p.m. Cards are only $0.25 each! Everyone is 
welcome to play! Activity may be canceled if there are less than five people. 

Free Blood Pressure Testing: 2nd Tuesdays Monthly from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

Brain Games: Thursday, December 13th 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, December 19th from 10:30 a.m. - Noon. Attorney Lem Makupson is available for 
legal consultation. Specializing in Family Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates and Injury. Please call the Hart Park House for an 
appointment, 626-355-5278 ext. 704. 

Senior Club: Meets Saturdays Monthly at Hart Park House… Brown Bag Lunch and great company at 11:30 a.m. 

Chair Yoga: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 - 11:45 a.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 Celebration: Every 2nd Thursday Monthly at the Hart Park House. Share free birthday cake and ice cream 
kindly provided by the Senior Community Commission! 

Game Day: Every Thursday Monthly 12:00 Noon come into the Hart Park House and join a lively poker game with 

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

Save the Date: Senior Excursion, Wednesday, Dec. 19th to Rogers Gardens in Corona Del Mar. 

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

December 5th National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

 Rated - PG-13 1hr 37 min 

Its Christmas time and the Griswalds are preparing for a holiday celebration. Things 
never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their children. His bad luck is worsened 
by obnoxious family but he stays positive knowing his Christmas bonus is near.

December 19th Book Club 

 Rated - PG-13: 1hr 59 min

When deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar escape from the Devil’s Triangle, 
determined to kill every pirate at sea, Captain Jack Sparrow’s only hope for survival lies in seeking out the legendary 
Trident of Poseidon, the powerful artifact bestows upon its possessor total control over the sea. 

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