Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 25, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 25, 2020 


 by Deanne Davis


Nationwide auditions welcoming acts of any age and any talent began on November 10 in San Diego, 
CA and continuedon to Louisville, KY; New York, NY; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; Las Vegas, NV; 
Cabazon, CA;. The final audition will be held for the Los Angeles area at the Pasadena Convention 
Center on February 1st. There are also online auditions at

Entering into its 15th season as the most watched entertainment show of the summer, NBC’s America’s 
Got Talent (AGT) will once again begin scouring the country in search of the most talented variety 
acts the nation has to offer. 

Dominating the television landscape, AGT has remained a ratings success. The show’s 14th season 
concluded in September and averaged 12 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” results 
from Nielsen Media Research. In addition to being a broadcast hit, AGT was a digital/social hit, 
garnering more than 2.6 billion views across all digital video platforms for the season, and currently 
is the #1 most-social broadcast series of the year. 

“I continue to be amazed each and every season at the enormous amount of unbelievable and truly 
unique talent that’s uncovered on the AGT stage,” said Sam Donnelly, AGT Executive Producer. “AGT 
is the nation’s preeminent source for discovering talent. The show has changed an insurmountable 
number of lives and has built flourishing careers for artists across a vast array of talents. We welcome 
anyone out there with an undeniable ability to entertain to audition for the show.” 

Acts wishing to become part of the AGT community of prestigious performers should sign 
up now to audition in-person in one of eight audition cities, or submit a video online at www. 

AGT’s proven ability to create stars was once again witnessed by the Season 14 crowning of singer 
Kodi Lee as its winner. From the first moment he graced the AGT stage, it was apparent that he had 
captured the attention of viewers with his poise, skill and enormous talent. As part of his grand 
prize, Lee is now set to headline America’s Got Talent Live at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas 
Nov. 7-10 ( 

Lee’s initial performance which earned him the coveted Golden Buzzer from judge Gabrielle 
Union has broken records, making it the most watched in the show’s history, having been viewed 
more than 450 million times across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter:

Got Talent holds the Guinness World Records title as the world’s most successful reality television 
format. With more than a billion global viewers, Got Talent has aired in 194 territories worldwide. 
Earlier this year, the first ever global brand extension, America’s Got Talent: The Champions, 
premiered and was the season’s No. 1 most-watched alternative series. Production for Season 2 of 
AGT Champions is currently underway. 

America’s Got Talent was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco 
Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are 
the executive producers.

For more information on America’s Got Talent auditions and to submit an online audition, please 
visit For show information, please visit 

For artwork and a complete press kit from the show, please visit the NBC Universal Media Village 
website at 

For the latest America’s Got Talent news, videos, and photos, please like on Facebook, subscribe on 
YouTube and follow on Twitter and Instagram. 

“Thou canst not serve both cod and 
salmon.” Ada Leverson

“Give a man a fish and he will have food 
for one day. Teach him to catch fish and 
he will spend all day at the lake drinking 

“Salmon are like men: too soft a life is not 
good for them.”

This past weekend has been filled with 
good things. Beautiful weather and 
sunrises to take the breath away. Add 
to that a salmon dinner at Corfu Friday 
night that was so good I have been 
fantasizing about it; a small Greek salad 
with almost enough Kalamata olives, a 
perfectly grilled salmon filet with rice 
pilaf and fresh veggies that were lightly, 
tenderly, briefly sautéed. A splendid glass 
of Australian Malbec completed this 
delightful dinner. My dinner companions 
enjoyed the veggie sandwich and lamb 
kabobs and they, too, loved every bite. 
Corfu is a Sierra Madre treasure, like all 
our restaurants, unique and delicious.

Stopped by Craft, on the north side of 
Sierra Madre Blvd., across from Tropical 
Nail Salon, to see what was going on 
as their usual display of colorful yarns 
of different textures and types was not 
happening in the front window. Well, 
here’s something I didn’t know and maybe you didn’t either, they rent out their entire facility for parties, 
a great one had just happened, and the talented Craft folks, Mike and Arianna, were regrouping and 
gearing up for the classes scheduled for the coming week. They’ve even got a class for vulgar embroidery 
(giggle..) in addition to water colors, crochet, macramé, knitting and all sorts of other craft things to try. 
You can have a private lesson or take a class and plan to have a good time. Lots of kid’s things, too. If 
you haven’t been in there, take a look! They’re open Tuesday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Here’s the phone: 
626-921-0330. Craft is at 49 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., across from The Bottle Shop.

Continuing my dining adventure, Sunday evening after seeing “Frozen The Musical” at the Pantages…
yes, it was beyond incredible and the audience was stuffed with little girls all wearing the Elsa dress. 
Friends and neighbors, it was a fantastic musical and daughter, Leah, and I loved every minute. 
Famished, we stopped in at Lemon Zest to see what they were doing there as neither of us had tried it 
yet. I have such great memories of that little restaurant when it opened in 2015, I think, as Zugo’s, the 
dream of then owner, Ricky Budiono. Ricky, by the way, is concentrating all his time and energies to 
real estate and is very successful…but I bet he thinks every now and then about how much fun he had 
with Zugo’s.

Time has ticked on by; Zugo’s was Faubourg for a while and now, Lemon Zest, with a bright yellow and 
white décor and a Mediterranean menu. Nice wine selection, I had a glass of Cannonball Merlot and 
a salmon wrap, which was delicious, stuffed with avocado, lettuce, tomato and, of course, salmon. We 
shared some hummus and warm pita bread, which was perfect with the wine. A great time was had by 
all, and we’ll try Lemon Zest again. They’re at 74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Open daily 11-9 and Sunday 

But here’s my best news that I just had to share with you, dear Mountain Views News friends, we have 
a new great-granddaughter! Taylor Samantha Davis entered our world on January 14th. The picture is 
Taylor with her mommy and daddy, Hayley and Chad Davis (our grandson) and her sisters, Layla and 
Brooklyn. New life brings such joy and hope. Yes, there it is again, my favorite word, Hope. John can 
see her from heaven, as can her Grandpa Joe. We rejoice at the arrival of another beautiful child, who 
can make the world a better place. Children are a gift from God and this family, as you can see, is a joy. 
Babies are God’s way of giving the world more love.

“May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the moon. May you grow up with 
love and gracious hearts and people who care. Welcome to the world, little one…it’s been waiting for 

My book page: Deanne Davis


 “Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope” 

Is available on as is

“A Treasure Map, A Drunken Owl and 47 Rattlers in a Bag.”

“Emma’s Etouffee Café” is a new Kindle story by me,

Also available on and here’s the link:


The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are pleased to announce that the annual Vintage sale of 
collectible books will be taking place on Friday, February 7 (3:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, 
February 8 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.). The sale will be held behind the Sierra Madre library in the 
parking lot and the basement. Featured in the Basement will be a complete set of Woodrow Wilson’s 
History of the American People and a complete set of Novels and other Writings by Leo Tolstoy. 

We will have several children’s books illustrated by famous artists such as N.C. Wyeth, Jessie Wilcox 
Smith and Arthur Rackham, and the complete set of Nature Neighbors (1914). We also have the 
first trade edition of Steinbeck’s East of Eden and an early printing of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged as 
well as other treasures. Come early for the best selection!

The Parking Lot will have a collection of Wizard, D.C./Marvel and TOPPS comic books for only 
$.50 each and a large selection of crafting books (quilting, cross-stitch, knitting, graphic arts, and 
jewelry) for only $1.00 each. As always, we will have our Bargain Books for $1.00 each, small 
paperbacks for $.25 each or 5/$1.00, and Children’s/Teens for $.25 - $1.00. 

Don’t forget Saturday is our $5.00 BAG SALE!

This sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Public Library. All proceeds will be used 
to support programs, services and acquisitions for the library.

Come early for the best selection and to talk books with knowledgeable cashiers and other book-
lovers! The sale will be behind the Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 West Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra 
Madre. For more information, please visit us at our web site, 
our Facebook page; or call 626-355-7186.

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


When you say “diner”, one thinks of 
those train-like Airstream coach dive 
restaurants from 60’s New Jersey fame, 
so when I was told to check out the food 
at Cindy’s in Eagle Rock… well, you can 
understand my reluctance. My readers 
are a creative and demanding lot, and the 
thought of disappointing you lurked in 
the back of my mind. I have driven past 
Cindy’s at least a hundred times to reach 
one of my favorite restaurants, Colombo’s, just down the street, without even a glance at this place, 
but today that all changed. 

My first impression was a good one. It wasn’t a dive. And everyone was working in rhythm as 
they tended to the packed house. I could see immediately that this was a homestyle environment 
made for the eclectic new Eagle Rock residents. My party of two decided to sit at the counter, 
being this truly is a diner. Within seconds, we were greeted and served water with a huge side of 
good attitude. Then, there was the menu. And all the choices! I focused on something new and 
different called Crab Hash, and my partner in food crime chose the Eggs Benedict topped with 
Pesto. Pesto for breakfast? You bet! 

You’d maybe think that a packed house at 10:30am on a Sunday would bring so-so food, but 
no – our food came out hot, and in a very acceptable time frame. The Crab Hash was terrific. 
There was nothing stingy about the amount of crab or potatoes in the hash, and I was pleasantly 
surprised with the quantity and quality! My dining 
partner elected to go green and have the Green Goddess 
omelet, with the homestyle potatoes that were a little 
crispy. The plating was pleasant and the portion quite 
large. He went crazy for the homemade pesto that 
put this dish on his “have again” list, and said that the 
amount was perfect for making you want more. I also 
ordered the homemade chocolate cake and coconut 
lime pie to go (review on that to follow!).

On a side note: I noticed French fries on the menu, and 
since the owner, Paul, went to great lengths to ensure 
everything is made from scratch, I ordered some, and 
gave them two thumbs up. I will be back!! For the 
complete menu, go to their website, and by all means 
tell them Peter Dills sent you!

Cindy’s Eagle Rock Breakfast/lunch/dinner 1500 
Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock (323) 257-7375 www.

Listen in Sunday Morning 8 AM GO Country 105 

Cheech Matin is on Go Country 105 this 
Sunday Morning at 8 AM with Peter Dills

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