Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 28, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 28, 2023 

Siblings, HENRY & VIOLET! 


WANTED! For stealing hearts and getting 
along with dogs! Age 10 mos., they're as cute 

BUILDING A LEAN-TO and sweet as they look! 
HENRY is a shy but sweet boy, tabby & 
white. See the cute little Mari-lyn Monroe 

[Nyerges is an educator and author. He has written “Urban Survival Guide,” “How beauty spot on his pink nose? Hops to high 
to Survive Anywhere,”and other books. More information is available at www.Scho-places to watch the happenings around him.] He will gently nudge your toes, just to say, 

"Hi, I am here in case you didn't notice." 
Should you build a primitive shelter if you get lost in the woods and you Loves carrying his plush toys while softly humming. 

know you need to spend the night there? Perhaps. But if you were alert, you 
might be surprised how many ready-to-occupy shelters abound in the wilderness. Why 
build something if you can simply find some shelter for the night, whether man-made 
or natural? You know, hollow trees, caves, rock overhangs, old cabins, outhouses, utility 

But if there is nothing around to protect you from the cold, the snow, the rain, then you 
must build something. 

We frequently build shelters 
during my survival 
skills classes so students 
can learn the basic principles 
of shelter-building.
We primarily build leantos 
and body hollows, and 
many variations and combinations 
of these two most 
basic of primitive shelters.
I should point out that I 
am well-aware that you 
hope that you will never 
have to do this because of 
an emergency. Most of you 
are comfortably tucked inside 
during the very cold 
weather, and when it raining 
hard. If you have never 
built, and stayed in, a primitive shelter, it can be quite a miserable experience. I do it because 
I enjoy making a shelter in the woods, and I enjoy the learning process. And I have 
spent countless nights wrestling with the cold, finding ways to allow my body to sleep 
comfortably. One result of this is that I have endless empathy for the homeless people of 

L.A. County, who are undoubtedly suffering from cold whenever the temperatures dip. 
OK, so we need to build a shelter. How do we begin? 

Just like with real estate, the primary consideration is location. You need to build your 
shelter where there is the necessary abundance of natural materials. You want a location 
that provides some natural protection, if possible. But you don’t want rocks or branches to 
fall on your shelter. You don’t want to be too close to water for many reasons: mosquitoes, 
possibility of flooding, inability to hear people approaching. Etc. 

You’ve found your ideal spot. A simple lean-to begins with a tripod so that one length is 
as long as your body. The simple tripod is the frame for your shelter, and then you simply 
lean branches onto your frame, keeping in mind where your entrance will be. Once you’ve 
covered the frame with branches, you add little branches and leaves, and eventually cover 
the shelter with a thick layer of insulation. 

You then add thick layers of grass or leaves into the floor of the lean-to for your bedding. I 
try to avoid using pine needles for insulation because it pokes into your body, and you get 
full of the bits of sap that seep out of it. But if there is nothing else, use it.
If possible, add a layer of large rocks to define your bedding area to keep all the leaves and 
grass from flattening out too much. 

An easier way to begin a lean-to is to simply lean a solid ridge post onto a low branch of a 
standing tree. Then lean your smaller poles onto the ridge post, and continue from there.
Shelter is extremely important, whether you’re in the extreme heat of the desert, or exposed 
to the winter snows. But the process of shelter-building need not be a daunting task. After 
all, children all build “forts” and “hideouts” in the woods. 

Perhaps the best way for adults to make shelters is to become like a child again, not worry 
about getting dirty, and just go and learn by doing. 

 Javier Palare inspect the nearly-finished lean-to built by a 

survival skills class. 


"I desired to write something about a very difficult topic...I think the show is a reflection of how if 
feels to see yourself, or not see yourself, represented." 

- J. Elijah Cho, Mr. Yunioshi writer/director/performer 
In Mr. Yunioshi, we get a snapshot into the mind of legendary actor Mickey Rooney during a time 
when he is surprised to find out the studio wants him, a white man, to play the Asian character in 
Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Who better to play the role of Mickey as he wrestles with his conscience and 
this character than a young, Asian American actor, J. Elijah Cho? You will be intrigued and entertained 
by this performance of an Asian American actor playing a white actor playing a stereotyped 
Asian character, running for only 6 performances! 

Learn more from Mr. Yunioshi writer/director/performer J. Elijah Cho himself in the above video 
about what inspired him to write the show (and catch a sneak peek of what's to come with the presentation 
of this show at Sierra Madre Playhouse!) Click the image above to watch Solo Shows Festival 
2023: What Inspired You To Write Mr. Yunioshi? 

Be sure to make plans to join us for this presentation as well as our other 2 upcoming solo shows 
presentations: Call Me Elizabeth, and Di Lady Di. 
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VIOLET is the pretty tuxedo! Gorgeous mask, always looking perpetually 
surprised. She gets along with everyone and is very curious. Super playful, but demure and not 
too pushy.
BOTH were raised with two nurturing doggies, so if you have a nice dog all the better. Find the adoption 
application on our website where you'll also find more adorable pix on our Very Young Cats page, 
at Thank you! 

Pet of the Week

 Winston is a dapper six-year-old greyhound mix who isready to race his way into your heart! He has a beautifulshiny brindle coat that turns heads wherever he goes. He’snot just a pretty face, though. Winston has smarts as well. Heappears to be housebroken and knows a handful of tricks,
with the desire to learn more.

 Winston likes to chase things, especially toys! His favorite isthe squeaky ball, but really, he’s not very picky. His long legsmake it seem like he’s floating through the air in pursuit ofwhatever is thrown his way. This also means that Winstonshould not live with cats or other small animals. After a few 
rounds of fetch, he will contentedly relax and enjoy chewingon his toys until it's time to run again!

 At six years old, Winston is eligible for the Seniors forSeniors program, meaning his adoption fee is waived for anadopter over sixty.

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, andage-appropriate vaccines. 
New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA AnimalHospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

 View photos of adoptable pets and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.
org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available everySunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

 Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phonecalls or email. 

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