Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 18, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, November 18, 2023 

San Marino Upcoming 
Events & Programming

Restoration Concert: New 
Hollywood String Quartet

Portantino Announces 2023 
Women in Business Awards

 Senator Anthony Portantino 
(pictured) will host the 
annual 25th State Senate 
District Women in Business 
Legislative Update & Awards 
Luncheon on Wednesday, 
December 6 at the Castaway 
in Burbank.

 “It is my privilege to 
recognize the accomplished 
women of the great 25th 
Senate District,” commented 
Senator Portantino. “I look 
forward to honoring our 
deserving honorees for 
their successful service that 
touches all of us in such a 
positive way.”

 The event will honor local 
women who have contributed 
to the economic vitality and 
diversity of the 25th Senate 
District. Women in Business 
will also celebrate women 
who have contributed to 
the greater good of our 
community. These honorees 
inspire others, stimulate 
our workforce, and lead 
some of the most impressive 
non-profits, healthcare 
organizations and businesses 
across with 25th Senate 

 The Senator’s office received 
several hundred nominations 
from the community, making 
our 25th Senate District 
team’s decision-making the 
most difficult yet. Every 
one of the laudable women 
nominated by their peers, 
co-workers, family and 
friends is deserving of special 

This year’s honorees are:

Isabel Gutierrez

Janet Benjamin

Robin Goldsworthy

Lydia Grant

Mary Cutone

Kora Guoyavatin

Yvette Vartanian Davis

Carol Flynn

Dr. Mary Frintner

Claudine Hager

Aida Dimejian

Christy Schilling

Lusine Simonyan

Jenny Choi

Patricia Blanche

Josephine Solomonson

Gloria Salas

Melissa Chalsma

Jennifer Audette

Elizabeth King

Leslie Ito

Melanie Buttarazi

Corky O’Rourke

Marilyn Yang

Dr. Laura Sirott, MD

Kerry Morrison

Becky Cheng

Rita Fernandez Loof

Judee Kendall

Connie Chung Joe

Candice Dickens-Russell

Anahid Oshagan 

Denise Verret

Seda Khojayan

Anastasia Mann

Nadia Geller

Marvel Ford

Lilit Odabashian

Jamie Keyser

Ellen Daigle

Kathleen Travers

 The Castaway is located 1250 
E Harvard Rd, near DeBell 
Golf Club in Burbank.

 For more information visit: 

Thanksgiving Holiday Information

Overnight Parking Exemptions

 Overnight parking passes will not be required for vehicles starting 
the evening of Tuesday, November 21, through the morning 
of Monday, November 27. For more information on overnight 
parking, please contact the Police Department at (626) 300-0720.

Facility Closures

 In observance of Thanksgiving, the following closures will 
affect the following City facilities. On Wednesday November 
22, Crowell Public Library will close early at 5 PM. City Hall 
and Crowell Public Library will both be closed on Thursday and 
Friday, November 23 - 24.

No Construction on November 23 and 24

 Pursuant to the City of San Marino’s Municipal Code Section 
25.01.02(D), all construction work and construction activity is 
prohibited on both Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 
24 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Home for the Holidays: Light Up San Marino!

Registration: November 26 - December 10

Voting: December 11 - 17

 Do you have the most festive home or business in town? Enter 
our 3rd annual holiday decorating contest! Online registration 
will be open November 26 - December 10. Entries will be 
placed on the Holiday Decorating Contest map on December 
11. This year, 3 winning entries will be selected by the Mayor, 
Recreation Commission, and YOU! Community members have 
the opportunity to participate by voting for their favorite entries 
by “liking” them on Facebook. Winners will receive a gold-ribbon 
yard sign and gift card to The Huntington Store.

Home for the Holidays: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Mayor's 

Friday, December 8 from 5 PM - 7 PM, Corner of Huntington 
Drive and San Marino Avenue

 Join us as we kick-off Home for the Holidays festivities. There 
will be a warm holiday glow around City Hall to honor the 71-year 
history of the Holiday House Bus Shelter: A San Marino Tradition. 
Join us for the tree lighting ceremony and watch Santa arrive by 
fire truck. In addition, there will be photos with Santa and Mrs. 
Claus, hot dogs, hot chocolate and cider, holiday cookies, festive 
selfie stations, kid’s craft table, and performances by the Valentine 
and Carver Elementary School Choir. Event is FREE and everyone 
is welcome!

Shop 'till You Drop Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Citadel 
Outlets, Commerce

Tuesday, December 5 from 10 AM – 5 PM

Cost: R: $8 / NR: $10

 Time to get all your holiday shopping out of the way! Active 
adults ages 55 and up are invited to join us for a daytime shopping 
trip. Transportation is provided. Reserve your spot online!

Tween Holiday Prep Shop

Thursday, December 7 at 3:30 PM, Barth Community Room

 Is your tween looking for the perfect gift for friends and family? 
Then send them on down to our one-stop shop to choose, create, 
and wrap holiday crafts to give. All materials will be provided 
at this exclusive tween-only (grades 4-6) event. Registration is 

Fire Department

 On Tuesday, November 14 Engine 91 responded to a vehicle 
fire Raleigh Drive. San Marino firefighters quickly extinguished 
the fire. No occupants were inside the vehicle at the time of the 
incident and no injuries occurred.

Public Safety Commission Meeting

Monday, November 20 at 6:00 PM; City Council Chambers and 
Zoom (Public Access)

Special Planning Commission Meeting

Tuesday, November 21 at 6:00 PM; City Council Chambers and 
Zoom (Public Access)

Library Board of Trustees

Monday, November 27 at 8:00 AM; Barth Room and Zoom 
(Public Access)


 The Friends of the South 
Pasadena Public Library will 
present a Restoration Concert 
featuring the New Hollywood 
String Quartet. The concert will 
be held in the beautiful historic 
Library Community Room at 
1115 El Centro St. in South 

 The Restoration Concert 
on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. will 
feature the New Hollywood 
String Quartet performing 
Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet 
No. 1 in D Major op. 11. Cellist 
Brian Schuldt and Violist 
Meredith Crawford will join the 
NHSQ for Arnold Schoenberg’s 
Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured 
Night) op. 4 for String Sextet. 

 Inspired by the great 
Hollywood String Quartet 
from over half a century ago, 
the current members of the 
NHSQ are likewise premiere 
performers of their generation. 
The quartet members are Tereza 
Stanislav - violin, Rafael Rishik 
-violin, Robert Brophy - viola, 
and Andrew Shulman - cello. 
Individually, and together as 
one of the top string quartets 
in Southern California, they 
are well known guests at many 
of the most prestigious concert 
series in Los Angeles and its 
environs. Its members reside in 
Los Angeles and have recorded 
hundreds of film scores, are 
members of the Los Angeles 
Chamber Orchestra and have 
decades of chamber music 
experience between them. The 
NHSQ was featured on the 
Grammy Nominated Disc, 
“Passing Through” performing 
Gernot Wolfgang’s “String 
Theory” for String Quartet. 
They’re most recent recording 
was for Jeff Beal’s newest album 
The Paper Lined Shack -’Things 
Unseen’ for String Quartet.

 As a founding member of the 
Felici Piano Trio, Brian Schuldt 
has performed hundreds of 
critically-acclaimed concerts 
in the U.S., Europe and South 
America. Brian was the cellist 
of the Arcadia String Quartet, 
which won the grand prize 
of the 1995 Yellow Springs 
Chamber Music Competition 
and the Indiana University 
Kuttner Quartet Scholarship. 
He has appeared as soloist 
with the Oak Ridge Symphony, 
Auburn Symphony, Owensboro 
Symphony, Eastern Sierra 
Symphony and the Chamber 
Orchestra “Cantelli” of Milan, 
Italy. He has served as guest 
principal cellist for the Fresno 
Philharmonic and Reno 
Chamber Orchestra.

 Meredith Crawford is a Los 
Angeles-based violist who values 
the variety and vibrancy in her 
career that LA has to offer, and 
consistently demonstrates her 
value for emotional connection 
with her audience through her 
authentic connection with the 
music she performs. At the age 
of 22 - before the completion 
of her senior year at Oberlin 
Conservatory - she won her 
first orchestral audition and 
a seat with Pacific Symphony, 
an ensemble beloved in its 
home of Orange County and 
gaining recognition and praise 
nationally and internationally. 
She subsequently moved up the 
ranks in her section, winning 
the Assistant Principal chair in 
2012, followed by the Principal 
chair - her current position - 
in 2018. Crawford is also an 
avid chamber musician and 
is the resident violist of the 
Salastina Society, one of LA’s 
most innovative, inclusive 
and forward-thinking musical 

 The Restoration Concerts 
Committee, a committee of 
the non-profit organization, 
The Friends of the South 
Pasadena Public Library, has 
a goal to bring world-class 
music at an affordable price 
to the concertgoers in South 
Pasadena and surrounding 
communities. As the name 
suggests, net proceeds from 
the concerts provide for 
restorations, enhancements 
and other benefits to the South 
Pasadena Public Library and 
Community Room. For 
more information about 
Restoration Concerts, contact 
or go to: friendsofsopaslibrary.

Friends of the Pasadena 
Library Bookstore to Open

 The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library (FOPPL) Bookstore 
will open soon with a variety of used books, DVDs, CDs, LPs 
and lots and lots of children’s books for you to select from. They 
are targeting Tuesday Jan. 9, as an opening date. Look for more 
details to follow in the January/February issue of Off the Shelf at:

 The new bookstore location is the former Jefferson Elementary 
School campus, 1500 E. Villa Ave. (between Hill and Allen), east 
of the Jefferson Library Branch. Opening hours will be Tuesday, 
Thursday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They hope to 
expand the hours in a few months.

 A donation bin is located to the east of the Jefferson Branch 
Library on the grass near the huge tree. Donations will be accepted 
only at this location not at any branch libraries. We are accepting 
all used books in good condition, except textbooks, magazines and 

 For large donations, contact Adrienne at to 
make an appointment.


 Join the fun at Pasadena 
Museum of History as they 
welcome the community 
December 10 for an 
afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.) 
of creative Do-It-Yourself 
activities suitable for children 
and adults alike. Feeling the 
holiday spirit? Art 2 Go will 
help you fashion sparkling 
star ornaments to take home 
and enjoy. Spark your artistic 
imagination with a stroll 
through the art exhibition 
in the galleries, The Diverse 
Environments of the Arroyo 
Seco: Paintings from the 
California Art Club, and then 
create your own masterpieces 
at art tables set up for 
drawing and coloring scenes 
of beautiful Fenyes Mansion 
and its gardens. All supplies 
for the crafts workshop and 
art stations will be provided. 
You’ll also have the rare 
opportunity to peek inside 
the Finnish Folk Art Museum 
and discover traditional 18th 
century Finnish decorating 
styles. The Museum Store 
will also be open for gifts 
with a selection of smaller 
works by local artists in 
various media including 
paintings, ceramics, jewelry, 
photography, and textiles. 
For more information visit: 

DIY Day at 
Museum of 

Pasadena Doo Dah Parade 
Back by Popular Demand

Filing Period 
Opens for 

 Pasadena city officials gave 
notice this week for Pasadena’s 
Primary Municipal Election 
to be held on March 5, 
2024. Nomination papers 
for candidates seeking local 
city offices will be available 
during the period of Monday, 
Nov. 13 through Friday, Dec. 
8 both days included, in 
the Office of the City Clerk, 
100 North Garfield Avenue, 
Room S228. Candidates 
may receive and circulate 
nomination petitions 
to gather signatures of 
registered voters in order 
to place their names on the 
March 5th ballot for the 
Office of Mayor (elected 
citywide) for a full four-year 
term or for Members of the 
City Council for Districts 
1, 2, 4, and 6, each for a full 
four-year term. In addition, 
the office for Member of the 
City Council District 3 will 
be held as a Special Election 
to fill the remaining two years 
of the four-year term for that 
seat on the City Council. 

 The City Clerk’s Office 
will be issuing nomination 
papers during that period to 
qualified candidates.

 Two identical Candidate 
Workshops will be conducted 
by the City Clerk on Monday, 
Nov. 13 in the morning at 8 
a.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 
15 in the afternoon at 4:30 
p.m. The Monday morning 
workshop will be held in 
the Council Chamber, 
Room S249 at 8 a.m., with 
an evening workshop to be 
held on Wednesday in the 
City Hall Basement Grand 
Conference Room, Room 
S038 starting at 4:30 p.m.

 Election information is 
available: CityOfPasadena.

Elections-2024 or by calling 
the City Clerk’s Office at 
(626) 744-4124 

 The Occasional Pasadena 
Doo Dah Parade celebrates 44 
years of irreverent frolicking, 
returning to its original route 
in Old Pasadena on Sunday, 
November 19th, stepping off 
at 11:00 a.m. This free event is 
co-produced by Light Bringer 
Project, its longtime producers, 
and the Doo Dah Preservation 
Society. Old Pasadena is a 
thriving retail-entertainment 
destination with plentiful 
restaurants, cafes, and colorful 
shops on the Parade route.

 The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade 
starts at Raymond Avenue at 
Holly Street, heads south and 
turns right onto Colorado 
Boulevard, ending at Pasadena 

 This year’s Doo Dah will 
showcase upwards of 100 
parade entries of every 
description, including art cars, 
mutant vehicles, rockers, punk 
bands, performance artists, 
showstoppers, zany dancing 
troupes, political pundits, 
satirists, mad-inventor floats 
and disruptors of all kinds. 
In fact, it’s the largest number 
of new entries in Doo Dah 
history, including Vick & the 
Lassoed Hicks, the Million 
Mrs. Roper March, A Hoot in 
a Little Pink Suit, The Black 
Forest Gump and Everybody’s 
favorite Church Mother, 
Flying Baby Home Run Border 
Crossing Field Goal, Dressed 
to KILL KISS Tribute Band, 
Taco Tuesdays Bicycle Club, Ah, 
The Roller Coaster of Life!, Urf 
McGurf, The Eye, Bald Bird Big 
Rock Band, Heart of Bok Choy 
Intergalactic Tossed Salad, The 
Church of the SubGenius End 
Times Procession, To the Moon 
Stinky Feet, Disco Hitched, 
The People’s Banana, Estillo 
Scissor Hands, Kittylicious, 
Musicvideodrome Dancers, L.A. 
Breakfast Club’s Democracy of 
Ham & Eggs, Highland Park 
Thursday Evening’s Society 
Circuit Bending Marching Band 
and Ladies’ Auxiliary… And… 
not a rose will be harmed in the 
making of this parade! 

 Known as the twisted sister of 
the conventional Rose Parade, 
the Occasional Pasadena Doo 
Dah Parade began as a grassroots 
event in 1978. The parade which 
has spawned numerous off-beat 
replicants across the country. 
It was featured in the book 50 
Places You Must Visit Before 
You Die.

 Plenty of street parking 
is available on side streets. 
Multiple public parking lots and 
garages are available within Old 

 The LA Metro’s Gold Line’s 
Memorial Park station brings 
you right to the parade 
formation area. Pasadena 
Transit bus lines come directly 
to the area. Consider bicycling 
or Ubering! Just leave your 
humdrum existence and get 

 Immediately following the 
event, the official Doo Dah 
after-party will be held at 
the Old Towne Pub (enter 
at 34 E. Holly St.) only steps 
away from the Parade route. 
For more information visit: 

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