Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 2, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 2, 2023 

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A popular party question is: if you were stranded on a deserted island what food would you want to 
have with you? What wine would you drink? I hope this island has crackers, because for me it would be 
champagne and cheese. There have been many articles written (and I have read a ton of them) on how 
to select cheese to go with wine. For me, however, any food goes with champagne, but not every cheese 
goes well with certain wines.

Recently I hosted a wine and cheese party, always a great way to try new wines - everyone who attends 
has to bring a description of their cheese and why they selected it. A couple of pointers on selecting 
cheese and how to serve it: much like I have said “don’t put your wine in the fridge until you are ready 
to drink it”, don’t cut your cheese until you are ready to serve it. Cheese should always be served at 
room temperature, so take it out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving. Many French wines can 
be paired with cheeses from the same region, though there are many great cheeses produced stateside. 
My trick is to find a great local artisan cheese produced in the European style. Here are a few of my 

Petite Syrah are very popular right now, and San Simeon has an award-winner that would pair great 
with goat and/or all aged cheese. I love Domaine Carneros’ sparkling wine – it goes great with stilton, 
aged blues or gouda. Everyone’s favorite, Lloyd Chardonnay, pairs nicely with a creamy cheese like a 
triple cream or camembert brie. How about a fruity Sangria? Bodega makes a very tasty one, and I suggest 
a pepper jack cheese on a Triscuit. Yes, a Triscuit cracker.

I kept the wine prices under $35, and as far as the cheese goes you can expect to pay around $15 to $20 
for a nice portion. San Simeon is available at Vons for about $20. Domaine Carneros Sparkling Wine 
can also be found at Vons at for $28. Bodega Sangria is available for $10. Lloyd Chardonnay is in wide 
distribution, at grocery stores including Vons, for $32.

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 Share your talents--Join the Towne Singers. The Towne Singers is a non-audition choir. We are in 
need of tenors and basses, but welcome all to join this wonderful family of musicians. Rehearsals for the 
upcoming Holiday concert "Harmony for the Holidays” begins Monday, September 11. The concert is 
scheduled for Saturday, December 16 at the Pasadena First United Methodist Church. 


Rehearsals are held Mondays, 7:00p thru 9:00p at 

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 

1757 N Lake Avenue, Pasadena 91104. 


Please contact Merrily Hake, Membership Coordinator, via email ( with 
questions and new member orientation information. New member orientation sessions are held prior 
to the first two rehearsals (9/11 & 9/18) at 6:30p.


The Towne Singers is an organization supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors 
through Los Angeles County Arts Commission


Towne Singers


 Celebrate the 25th Annual Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Festival on September 
16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is sponsored by the City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation 
and Community Services Department and the Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Festival 

 The parade and festival have showcased Latino history and culture through its mission to 
promote and provide educational cultural programs to Pasadena residents and surrounding 
cities. This year’s theme, “Reaching for the Stars,” recognizes the achievements of Latinos in 
the United States. This event enriches the community by bringing together family and friends, 
warmth and culture, as well as values and tradition.

 More than 2,000 participants and spectators are expected to attend the parade and festival. 
The parade begins at the intersection of Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street. The parade 
route heads south on Los Robles Avenue and culminates in front of City Hall, 100 N. Garfield 
Ave. Immediately following the parade, the festival will feature live entertainment, educational 
booths, free activities for children, and food available for purchase.

 The parade’s Grand Marshal is Angelica Salas, Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane 
Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), and the Community Grand Marshal is Yuny Parada, Local 
Latino Rights Activist. Salas is a prominent figure in ethnic and mainstream press and is often 
quoted on all issues related to immigrant well-being. Under Salas’ leadership, CHIRLA and its 
national partners have built the foundation for the upsurge in immigrant rights activism. She 
is a leader in national coalitions of organizations that have successfully mobilized millions of 
immigrants to demand just and humane immigration reform with a path to citizenship, family 
reunification, and protection of civil and labor rights. One of her greatest accomplishments at 
CHIRLA has been the transformation of a social service provision coalition into a statewide 
mass membership organization that empowers immigrants to engage in advocacy on their 
own behalf. Angelica comes by her understanding of the immigrant experience firsthand. As 
a five-year-old, she came to the U.S. from Mexico to rejoin her undocumented parents, who 
had come to the U.S. to provide for their family. Pasadena, California has been home since she 
arrived in the U.S. She is a graduate of Pasadena High School and holds a B.A in History and 
Sociology from Occidental College. B. She received an Honorary degree from her Alma Mater 
in 2007. Angelica Salas is married to Mayron Payes, an immigrant from El Salvador, and has 
two adult children, Maya and Ruben Payes.

 Community Grand Marshal Yuny Parada came to the United States from El Salvador at the 
age of 18. She settled in Pasadena shortly thereafter and has called it her home since 1979. Since 
then, Parada has worked tirelessly for the empowerment of Latinos in her community while 
using education as the backbone for her cause. She began her passion for service with her role 
as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Pasadena, which she held for many years. 
Parada has also served on the board for the League of Women Voters of Pasadena where she 
worked towards her vision of equity and inclusion for the Latino Community in Pasadena. She 
championed interethnic relations through her involvement in the Leadership in Inter-Ethnic 
Relations (LDIR) program and translated those lessons into participation in the inaugural class 
of Leadership Pasadena. Parada has had a wide array of community involvement, currently 
serving as a board member of the Pasadena Chapter of the ACLU and the President’s Latino 
Advisory Committee of Pasadena City College. Parada proudly raised her 3 children in 
Pasadena and serves now in one of her most demanding positions yet —grandmother to 6 

 “We are excited to celebrate the 25th annual Latino heritage parade and festival. We invite 
the community to bring their family, friends, and lawn chairs to join us for this marvelous 
celebration,” said Lola Osborne, Acting Director of Pasadena’s Parks, Recreation and 
Community Services Department. For more information, please call (626) 744-6530.

New Parade Route and Festival Area

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