Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 18, 2019 


From June 17th though July 12th, the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will hold its Girls Rise 
Leadership Camp. This unique, all-girls summer camp will be based at the YWCA Pasadena 
offices, located at 50 N. Hill Ave, Suite 301, Pasadena, CA 91106, and will run Monday through 
Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

This exciting summer program emphasizes girls empowerment through workshops and team-
building exercises, along with technology and art projects. The camp teaches life skills such as 
healthy relationships, nutrition, self-defense, and physical fitness. Summer camp also incorporates 
the value of culture through workshops and field trips to the Huntington Library & Gardens, 
Olvera Street, and the Broad. Additionally, this camp helps girls prepare for the future with 
diverse female guest speakers, tours of Caltech, Cal Poly Pomona, and Pasadena City College, as 
well as learning entrepreneurship and civic engagement. 

“Our Girls Rise summer camp is a fun and empowering program where tween and teen girls are 
encouraged to become their best selves. Their self-confidence improves, they know how advocate 
for themselves, and they can picture themselves going to college or pursuing a career that they 
might not have previously identified before the summer program. It’s an amazing sight to see 
every year.” says Executive Director, Jessica Kubel.
The YWCA Pasadena also partners with the 
Huntington Library and Gardens to bring camp 
girls into the Huntington to explore art created by 
female artists, learn plant science, participate in art 
workshops and lessons in the gardens, and learn about 

Registration for Girls Rise Summer Camp is $750 
for a full four week session, or $200 per individual 
week. Scholarships will be given as funds are available 
on the basis of need. Camp registration forms and 
scholarship application forms can be found at : http:// The deadline to submit scholarship 
applications is May 31. For more info or questions 
about Girls Rise Leadership Camp, or to volunteer, 
please call 626-296-8433 or email Jomie Liu at jliu@

About the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley: The YWCA 
acts via a wide range of programs that strive towards the 
elimination of racism and the empowerment of women 
and girls in Pasadena and throughout the Foothill 
Valley. Learn more and donate to the programs of the 
YWCA at (626) 296-8433. 
The YWCA is located at 50 N. Hill Avenue, Suite 301, 
Pasadena, CA 91106.


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, Jo-Anne Woolner


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


By B.Cornute

All Things By Jeff Brown

What could be worse than drunk driving? Researchers 
say the chance of a crash for any reason 
increased 23 times when the driver is texting.Beware 
of distracted drivers all the time!!!Americans 
are dependent on their vehicles, but there's growing 
proof that many are not fully focused when driving. 
Cellphone use is causing 1.6 million crashes each 
year, according to the National Safety Council. The 
council also reported nearly 330,000 injuries occur 
each year from accidents caused by texting while 
driving and that 1 out of every 4 car accidents in 
the United States is caused by texting and driving.
Here’s another troubling finding: texting while driving 
diverts your eyes from the road for an average of 
five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover 
the length of a football field blindfolded.Just ask the 
folks at Bommarito Automotive Group."It doesn’t 
have to be texting; it can be talking on a phone. You 
see people going down the street distracted. It can be 
changing the radio station, messing with your navigation,” 
said Chuck Wallis.Wallis said seven out of 
10 cars in the shop are there because of distracted 
driving. The National Highway traffic Administration 
reports almost 3,500 Americans died in 2015 
in motor vehicle crashes in which distracted drivers 
were involved. According to a AAA poll, 35 percent 
of teen drivers admitted to texting and driving, and 
21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents 
were distracted by their cell phones.’Please watch the 
road and nothing else!The life you lose may be your 
own and if not that then crippled for life.

Jeff’s Book Pics By Jeff Brown



LOQUAT (Eriobotrya japonica)

[Nyerges is the author of 
“Nuts and Berries of California,” 
“Foraging California,” 
and other books. 
He also leads regular field 
trips to learn about the uses 
of wild plants. He can be 
reached at www.SchoolofSelf-]

 The loquat, also sometimes 
known as the Japanese 
medlar, is one of 
those fruits that seems to 
be everywhere, and most of it just gets eaten by 
birds or falls to the ground and rots. It’s maturing 
right now, all over town, and maybe in your 

This smallish tree – perhaps up 
to 15 feet tall -- produces some 
of the earliest fruit each spring. 
The plant is somewhat common 
in California, and fortunately, 
more and more people are getting 
to know it, and more importantly, 
more and more people 
are beginning to value this 
sweet fruit.

Loquat’s native home is China, 
Japan, and North India, this evergreen’s 
leaves are broad, and 
pointed at the end, averaging 
about 8 inches in length. Each 
leaf is darker green on the upper 
surface, and the under surface 
is lighter green, with a characteristic 
wooly surface.

The tree produces white flowers in the late autumn, 
and its golden-yellow fruits are often 
abundant on the trees. The small oblong fruits 
can be about two inches long, give or take. The 
flesh is sweet and free of fibre, and each fruit 
contains a few large brown seeds. The flavor is 
sweet, but with a slight sour tang. They’re a bit 
addicting once you get used to them. The fruit 
is high in Vitamin A, dietary fibre, manganese, 
and potassium.

If the tree is cultivated in your yard, you can 
produce some bigger fruits by simply irrigating 
and fertilizing. If the trees are just allowed to 
go wild, the fruits tend to get smaller each year, 
though still delicious. Sometimes in our local 
wild areas, such as in the Arroyo Seco or along 
the foothill trails, you can see where someone 
stopped to have lunch and then spit out the 
brown seeds, which readily sprout. 

I think loquats are great simply chilled and eaten 
fresh. You can remove the seeds, and serve a 
bunch of the fruit with some ice cream.

 If you’re on the trail and you happen upon some 
loquat trees in fruit at the time, just stop and 
enjoy a few! They make a great refreshing trail 

Once the large seeds are removed, the flesh is 
sweet and tender and can be readily made into 
jams or pie fillings. Just use a standard recipe 
that you already know and like for some other 
fruit, like peaches, and substitute loquats for the 
peaches. You’ll find that these make an excellent 
jam or jelly.

Sometimes you’ll see loquat 
jam or jelly at local stores 
or farmers’ markets. Mary 
Sue Eller, who was a professional 
cook who sold loquat 
jelly at the Highland Park 
and other farmers markets, 
shared with me her 
recipes, which is printed 
in my “Nuts and Berries of 
California” book. She starts 
with four cups of fresh loquats, 
which she washes and 
deseeds. She puts them into 
a pot with a little water, 1 to 
2 cups of sugar (depending 
on the desired sweetness), 
and the juice of one lemon. 
She cooks it all until it gets 
thick, and then puts them 
into sterilized jars. Eller suggests that first-time 
canners research all the details of such canning 
(in a book or website) before doing this.

 It’s pretty easy to grow new loquat trees, and 
they will produce fruit in a few years. Though 
they’re drought tolerant, they will still produce 
better fruit if they are watered somewhat regularly 
and fertilized with some regularity.

The leaves of the loquat are used in Chinese 
medicine to make cough syrup. The demulcent 
effect of the leaves soothes the respiratory and 
digestive systems. I’ve noted that there is a popular 
cough remedy which I’ve purchased in Alhambra 
herb shops, which contains the extract 
of loquat leaf as one of the main ingredients. At 
one of my classes, we prepared a simple infusion 
with only the loquat leaf. It has a mild but pleasant 
flavor that everyone found agreeable.


This 10th-anniversary edition of Bruce Lipton’s best-selling book has been updated 
to bolster the book’s central premise with the latest scientific discoveries—
and there have been a lot in the last decade. The Biology of Belief is a groundbreaking 
work in the field of new biology. Former medical school professor and 
research scientist Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., presents his experiments, and those of 
other leading-edge scientists, which examine in great detail the mechanisms by 
which cells receive and process information. The implications of this research 
radically change our understanding of life, showing that genes and DNA do 
not control our biology; instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the 
cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative 
thoughts. This profoundly hopeful synthesis of the latest and best research 
in cell biology and quantum physics has been hailed as a major breakthrough, 
showing that our bodies can be changed as we retrain our thinking.


 by Sue Gerhardt 

The book explains why loving relationships are essential to brain development 
in the early years, and how these early interactions can have lasting 
consequences for future emotional and physical health. This second edition 
follows on from the success of the first, updating the scientific research, covering 
recent findings in genetics and the mind/body connection, and including 
a new chapter highlighting our growing understanding of the part also played 
by pregnancy in shaping a baby’s future emotional and physical well-being. 
Gerhardt focuses in particular on the wide-ranging effects of early stress on a 
baby or toddler’s developing nervous system. When things go wrong with relationships 
in early life, the dependent child has to adapt; what we now know 
is that his or her brain adapts too. The brain’s emotion and immune systems 
are particularly affected by early stress and can become less effective. This 
makes the child more vulnerable to a range of later difficulties such as depression, 
anti-social behavior, addictions or anorexia, as well as physical illness. Why Love Matters is an 
accessible, lively, account of the latest findings in neuroscience, developmental psychology and neurobiology 
– research which matters to us all. It is an invaluable and hugely popular guide for parents 
and professionals alike.

LAST BUS TO WISDOM: A NOVEL (Two Medicine Country) by Ivan Doig 

The final novel from a great American storyteller.Donal Cameron is being 
raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan 
Doig’s beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape 
that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old’s imagination. But when Gram has to 
have surgery for “female trouble” in the summer of 1951, all she can think to 
do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There 
Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate–bossy, opinionated, argumentative, 
and tyrannical—is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, 
Herman the German, and Donal can’t seem to get on her good side either. 
After one contretemps too many, Kate packs him back to the authorities 
in Montana on the next Greyhound. But as it turns out, Donal isn’t traveling 
solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal 
American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a 
classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures 
along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is a last sweet gift from a writer 
whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers. The 3 reviews are from Amazon.

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