Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 5, 2022

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 5, 2022 

to beginin Old Town 

 City officials announced 
that The Pedestrian SafetyEnhancement at Colorado 
Blvd. and Fair Oaks Ave. is 
set to begin on Monday and 
expected to be completed 
May 27 — that is, if “weather 
permits and without anyunforeseen conditions.” they 

 The construction hours 
are from midnight to 8 a.m. 
(Monday thru Friday) except 
for demolition work, removal 
of sidewalk panels and 
asphalt concrete, which will 
be between 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
The proposed improvements 
consist of the following: 
· Curb extension at all four 
· Sidewalk widening at 
existing bus stops 
· Signal modifications 
· Asphalt pavement overlay atthe intersection 
· Utility adjustments and 
· Installation of a new 
scramble crosswalk with 
stamped asphalt concrete

The proposed improvementswill take place one corner 
of the intersection at a time. 
The Contractor, CalpromaxEngineering, will start thecurb extension work at the 
northeast corner (in front ofPottery Barn) on March 7. 
Once that side of the corner 
is complete, they will moveto the southeast corner (infront of former Chef Tony).
After those two corners are 
complete, the contractor 
will mobilize over to the 
southwest corner (in frontof Cheesecake Factory), 
and then complete the 
curb extension work at the 
northwest side (in front of JCrew).

Business are expected to be 

open. The contractor will 

install k-rails, construction 
fencing, traffic control 
devices, and business open 
signs to navigate shopping at 
and around the affected work 
area. For more information 
call 626-744-3971. 

City to HoldMeetings onthe Future 
of Housing

 Pasadena Mayor Victor 
Gordo announced Monday 
that his Housing Task Force 
is inviting the public to 
participate in a pair of virtual 
community meetings to 
discuss the future of housingin the city. The City of 
Pasadena’s Housing Element 
implements the declaration of 
state law that “the availability 
of housing is a matter of vital 
statewide importance, and 
the attainment of decent 
housing and a suitable 
living environment for all 
Californians is a priority of 
the highest order.” 
The Housing Task Force 
is holding two virtual 
community meetings; March 
16, 6-8 p.m. and March 30,6-8 p.m.

 These workshops will 
discuss and gather feedback 
on future growth in the 
Pasadena, the status of the 
Housing Element, and the 
state’s comments on the draft 
Housing Element.

 Following these two 
meetings, city staff will refine 
the Housing Element based 
on feedback and conduct 
public hearings for adoption.
For more information or to 
sign up visit: cityofpasadena. 

Rose Parade Marching Bands Announced 

The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Association announced 
Friday, on National MarchingBand Day, the 21 bands that 
will march into the new year 
on January 2, 2023, in the 
134th Rose Parade. Bands 
have already kicked off their 
fundraising activities, band 
visits by Tournament of Roses 
President Amy Wainscott have 
commenced, and community 
support is at an all-time high for 
their trip to the Parade, themed 
“Turning the Corner.” 

The bands will travel to 
Pasadena from across the 
United States and around the 
world, including China, Italy,
Japan, Mexico and Panamá. 
Thousands of performers 
will enjoy the experience of a 
lifetime when they march down 
Orange Grove and Colorado 
Blvd. The 2023 Rose Parade will 
feature six new bands ready to 
become part of Rose Parade 
history, as well as several bands 
that have been Parade mainstaysfor decades.

 Bands are selected by the 
Association’s volunteer 
members based on a 
variety of criteria including, 
musicianship, marching ability 
and entertainment or special 
interest value.

 Two bands will be added to 
the lineup when the universities 
participating in the 109th Rose 
Bowl Game are determined in 

The 2023 Rose Parade bands 
are listed below, alphabetically. 
-All Gifu Honor Green Band 
from Gifu, Japan 

-Banda de Música La Primavera 
from Santiago, Veraguas,
-Brookwood Bronco MarchingBand from Snellville, Ga. 
-Buhos Marching Band fromVeracruz, Mexico 
-Foothills Falcon Band from 
Tucson, Ariz. 
-Fresno State Bulldog MarchingBand from Fresno 
-LAUSD All District High 
School Honor Band from Los 
-Pasadena City College HeraldTrumpets from Pasadena 
-Pasadena City College 
Tournament of Roses Honor 
Band from Pasadena. 
-The Pella Marching Dutchfrom Pella, Iowa 
-Rockford High School 
Marching Band from Rockford,
-Rose Bowl Game ParticipatingTeam Pac-12 University 
-Rose Bowl Game ParticipatingTeam Big Ten University 
-Rosemount High School 
Marching Band from 
Rosemount, Minn. 
-The Salvation ArmyTournament of Roses Band 
from Long Beach. 
-Spartan “Legion” MarchingBand from Norfolk, Virginia 
-Taipei First Girls High SchoolMarching Band, Honor Guardand Color Guard 
-Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of 
-Triuggio Marching Band fromTriuggio, Monza and Brianza,
-United States Marine CorpsWest Coast Composite Band 

Free AileyDance for ActiveAging Workshop Monday 

The world-renowned Alvin 
Ailey American Dance Theatre 
will lead a free AileyDance for 
Active Aging workshop on the 
patio at the Pasadena Senior 
Center, 85 E. Holly St., Mondayfrom 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Workshop participants, led by 
an Ailey teaching dancer, will 
learn strength and flexibility 
movements, dance technique 
and a segment of the late 
Alvin Ailey’s acclaimed ballet 
“Revelations.” The workshop is 
offered under the umbrella of 
the Ailey organization’s Arts 
in Education and CommunityPrograms Division. 

The Pasadena Senior Center 
continually stresses, through its 
ongoing #AgeWell campaign, 
the importance of older adults 
staying as active as possible 
to improve strength and 
balance, boost energy, improve 
cognitive function (how the 
brain works), prevent or fight 
off depression and more.

 Ailey made a commitment 
when he founded the Alvin 
Ailey American Dance Theatre 
in 1958. He said, “Dance is 
for everybody. I believe that 
dance came from the people 
and that it should always be 
delivered back to the people.” 
To honor that commitment, the 
organization has brought dance 
to schools, community centers 

and lives of people throughout 
the world. 

“Older adults need to be able 
to engage their imaginations 
and express their creativity, 
especially in this era of COVID 
when so many who are most 
vulnerable are isolated and 
lonely, which often leads to 
depression, anxiety and other 
effects,” said Akila Gibbs, 
executive director of the 
Pasadena Senior Center. “We 
are thrilled that this illustrious 
dance theater wants to conduct 
an AileyDance for Active Aging 
workshops here.” 

The workshop is open to adults 
50 and older. Membership at 
PSC and residence in Pasadena 
are not required. Registration 
is required by visiting www.
pasadenaseniorcenter.organd clicking on Activities and 
Events, then Special Events or 
calling 626-795-4331. Proof 
of COVID vaccination will be 

 In addition to online classes, 
onsite events and other 
activities, members and 
nonmembers of the Pasadena 
Senior Center are encouraged 
to visit the website regularlyfor a monthly magazine, free 
food delivery for older adults 
in need, COVID updates 
specifically for older adults and 

-Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
San Diego and Camp Pendleton,
-Vista Ridge High SchoolRanger Marching Band fromCedar Park, Texas 
-Wisconsin Northwoods 
Marching Band from 
Minocqua, Wis.

 Bands that would like to 
participate in the 2024 Rose 
Parade are encouraged to 
apply through an online 
application, available now 
on the Tournament of Roses 
website: tournamentofroses. 

 For more information about 
the bands participating visit: 

Dine at El Portal 
to SupportSenior Center 

Anyone who dines at 
El Portal in Pasadena on 
Wednesday, March 23, will 
have an opportunity to 
help support the Pasadena 
Senior Center. 

The Yucatecan/Mexican 
restaurant will donate 20 
percent of that day’s and 
evening’s profits to the 
center on behalf of everyone 
who says they want to 
help support the Pasadena 
Senior Center. Diners can 
eat at the restaurant or 
order takeout. 

El Portal (www.
is at 695 E. Green St. in 
Pasadena and will be open 
on March 23 from 11 a.m. 
to 8:30 p.m. Reservations 
are requested. Call 626795-

Anyone who cannot dineat El Portal that day and 
evening will still have an 
opportunity to support the 
center by visiting www.
pasadenaseniorcenter.organd clicking on Donation 
& Membership, then Ways 
to Give, then the orange 
Donate Now button. 

The Pasadena Senior 
Center is an independent,
donor-supported nonprofitorganization that has 
served older adults for 
more than 60 years. For 
more information visit the 
website or call 626-7954331. 

Celebrate Pasadena’s 
Annual One City, One Story 

A communityconversation with 
Susan Straight,
author of the 2022 
Selection “In the 
Country of Women”

 To celebrate the 20 th year 
of Pasadena’s One City, One 
Story community reading 
project, the public is invited 
to a conversation Thursday at 
7 p.m. on Zoom with Susan 
Straight (pictured), author 
of this year’s selection In the 
Country of Women. Straight 
will discuss her experiences 
writing this memoir. A 
question-and-answer session 
will immediately follow. The 
event is free and open to the 
public. See link below to sign 

In the Country of Women 
is set in the inland Southern 
California city of Riverside, 
near the desert and the 
Mexican border. There Straight, 
a white self-proclaimed book 
nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an 
African American basketball 
player, started dating in 
high school. After college, 
they married and drove to 
Amherst, Massachusetts, where 
Straight met her teacher and 
mentor, James Baldwin, who 
encouraged her to write. Once 
back in Riverside, at weeklydriveway barbecues and fish 
fries with the large, close-
knit Sims family, Straight-
and eventually her three 
daughters-learned the stories 
of Dwayne’s ancestors. Some 
women escaped violence in 
post-slavery Tennessee, some 
escaped murder in Jim Crow 
Mississippi, and some fled 
abusive men. Straight’s mother-
in-law, Alberta Sims, is the 
descendant at the heart of 
this memoir. Straight’s family, 
too, reflects the hardship and 
gumption of women pushing 
onward-from Switzerland,
Wisconsin, Canada, and the 
Colorado Rockies to California.

 In the Country of Women is 
a valuable social history and a 
personal narrative that reads 
like a love song to America and 
indomitable women. 

Straight was born in Riverside 
and still lives there with her 
family. She’s passionate about 
home, California, the Santa 

Ana River, the foothills and the 
deserts, and has been writing 
about Southern California and 
the inland area for 40 years. 
From her kitchen window, 
she can see the hospital where 
she was born, which her three 
daughters find kind of hilarious 
and pathetic. Most days, she 
walks her dog Angel beside 
the Santa Ana River, a path 
she’s followed since childhood, 
and then past the classrooms 
at Riverside City College, 
where she wrote her first short 
story at 16. In addition to In 
the Country of Women, she’s 
published eight novels and two 
books for children. Her short 
stories and essays have been 
published everywhere from The 
New Yorker to The New York 
Times, The Los Angeles Times 
and The Guardian to Alta,
The Believer, McSweeneys,
Zoetrope, Reader’s Digest, Real 
Simple and Family Circle. She’s 
been awarded a Guggenheim 
Fellowship, the Lannan Prize 
for Fiction, a California Gold 
Medal for Fiction, and the 
Kirsch Award for Lifetime 
Achievement from the Los 
Angeles Times Book Prizes.

 Pasadena Public Library’s 
annual One City, One Story 
program is designed to broaden 
and deepen an appreciation 
of reading in Pasadena by 
engaging the community indialog around a single literary 

To attend, sign up at: pasadena.

 For more information on 
this year’s One City, One Story 
activities, visit: cityofpasadena. call (626) 744-7076. 

San Marino SB 1383 OrganicWaste Disposal Workshop

 The City of San Marino is will provide residents with 
working in conjunction with helpful information about the 
our waste hauler, Athens new requirement and provide 
Services, to implement the brief demonstrations of 
new food scrap and organic proper organic waste disposal. 
waste collection requirements Additionally, residents will 
of California Senate Bill 1383, be able to pick up barrel 
as well as to keep residents and stickers that can be placed on 
businesses informed. The bill residential bins to designate 
went into place on January 1. them as “organic waste” bins.

 The City and Athens will be Any questions about SB1383 
holding a hands-on SB 1383 or the workshop, contact the 
workshop at Lacy Park on San Marino Parks & Public 
Saturday, March 19 from 11:30 Works Department or visit: 
AM to 1:00 PM. This workshop 

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