Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 26, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 26, 2019 



The Sierra Madre Civic Club is offering Education 
Awards to high school seniors who plan to attend 
a college or trade school. Last year, the five 
recipients represented LaSalle and Pasadena High 
Schools. Since 1944 Civic Club has been actively 
serving and enriching the Sierra Madre community 
through volunteering and philanthropic projects. 
All funds raised are distributed annually to local 
community organizations and to the recipients of 
the Educational Awards. 

 Applicants must either reside in Sierra Madre, 
work in Sierra Madre, or attend a school in Sierra 
Madre. Eligible candidates must complete the 
application form provided by Sierra Madre Civic 
Club, which includes questions about interests and 
a personal statement, and are required to provide 
two letters of reference.

 Applications are available in the Sierra Madre 
Library, at Sierra Madre City Hall, from college 
counselors at local high schools, or at lefler. Completed application 
packets must be received no later than March 29, 

 Please encourage any eligible high school senior 
to apply!

 To learn more about Sierra Madre Civic Club, see 
our website at: http://www.sierramadrecivicclub.

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





Dear Savvy Senior,

I take several medications for multiple health 
conditions and the prices keep going up, even with 
insurance. Can you recommend any tips that can 
help me save? 

Price-Gouged Patty

Dear Patty,

 The rising cost of prescription drugs is a problem 
that stings millions of Americans. While there’s no 
one solution, there are some different strategies and 
resources that can help reduce your drug costs, so 
you can afford what you need. Here are several to 

 If you have insurance, know your drug 
formulary: Most drug plans today have formularies 
(a list of medications they cover) that place drugs 
into different “tiers.” Drugs in each tier have a 
different cost. A drug in a lower tier will generally 
cost you less than a drug in a higher tier, and higher 
tier drugs may require you to get permission or try 
another medication first before you can use it. 

 To get a copy of your plan’s formulary, visit 
your drug plan’s website or call the 800 number 
on the back of your insurance card. Once you have 
this information, share it with your doctor so, if 
possible, he or she can prescribe you medications 
in the lower-cost tiers. Or, they can help you get 
coverage approval from your insurer if you need a 
more expensive drug.

 You also need to find out if your drug plan offers 
preferred pharmacies or offers a mail-order service. 
Buying your meds from these sources can save you 
some money too. 

 Talk to your doctor: Ask your doctor if any of 
the medications you’re currently taking can be 
reduced or stopped. And, find out if the ones you 
are taking are available in generic form. About 80 
percent of all premium drugs on the market today 
have a lower-cost alternative. Switching could save 
you between 20 and 90 percent. 

 Ask for a three-month prescription: This can be 
significantly cheaper for drugs you take long-term. 
If you use insurance, you’ll pay one co-pay rather 
than three.

 Split your pills: Ask your doctor if the pills you’re 
taking can be cut in half. Pill splitting allows you to 
get two months’ worth of medicine for the price of 
one. If you do this, you’ll need to get a prescription 
from your doctor for twice the dosage you need. 

 Find and use online discounts: Start by trying, or 
They will ask for the name of the drug, the dose, 
the number of pills, and where you live. Then they 
will show you what you can expect to pay at various 
pharmacies if you use their discount coupons or 
vouchers, which you can print out or download to 
your phone to show a pharmacist.

 Pay cash: Most generic medications cost less 
if you don’t use your insurance. For example, 
chains like Target and Walmart offer discount-
drug programs that sell generics for as little as $4 
for a 30-day supply and $10 for a 90-day supply 
if you pay out-of-pocket. While some insurance 
companies charge a $10 copay for a 30-day supply. 

 Also ask your pharmacy if they offer a drug 
discount card program and compare costs with 
your insurance plan. You can also find free drug 
discount cards online at sites like, 
which can be used at most U.S. pharmacies. 

 Shop online: You can also save by using an online 
pharmacy like but be sure 
to use an online retailer that operates within the 
U.S. and is licensed. The site should display the 
VIPPS symbol, which shows it’s a Verified Internet 
Pharmacy Practice Site.

 Search for drug assistance programs: If your 
income is limited, you can probably get help 
through drug assistance programs offered through 
pharmaceutical companies, government agencies 
and charitable organizations. To find these types 
of programs use sites like,, and NeedyMeds.

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! …January Birthdays*

 Gerald Day, Mary Tassop, Judy Webb-Martin, John Johnson, Mary Bickel, Marlene 
Enmark, Shirley Wolf, Ross Kellock, Ruth Wolter, Sue Watanabe, Sandy Thistlewaite, 
Bobbi Rahmanian, Fran Syverson, Shirley Wolff, Judy Zaretzka and Becky Evans. 

* To add your name to this distinguished list, please call the paper at 626.355.2737. 
YEAR of birth not required



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. 


The Senior Community Commission and Community Services Department is 
now accepting nominations for the Older “Sierra Madre” American of the Year. 

If you know someone who lives in Sierra Madre, has demonstrated outstanding 
community service, and is 60+ years of age or older please be sure to fill out a 
nomination form due by Thursday, March 21st, 2019. 

Forms are available at the Hart Park House or by calling the Senior Services Office 
at 626-355-5278 x 704.

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