Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 20, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 20, 2024 

San Marino Upcoming 
Events & Programming

Benefit for Playhouse 
Raises Over $675,000

Pasadena Humane set to 
Wiggle Waggle Sunday

 Set to mark its 26th anniversary 
next week as the city’s largest 
canine event, Pasadena 
Humane’s annual Wiggle 
Waggle Walk and Run will take 
place at Brookside Park at the 
Rose Bowl on April 21. Since its 
inception in 1998, the Walk has 
raised more than $5 million to 
help animals.

 According to event organizers, 
the community fundraiser will 
have options for a 1-mile or 5k 
walk or run around the Rose 
Bowl, along with a vendor expo 
with goodies and giveaways 
for pets and people, a doggy 
costume contest, an agility 
course, food trucks, and more. 

 “The Wiggle Waggle Walk 
& Run is one of our favorite 
events,” said Dia DuVernet, 
President and CEO of Pasadena 
Humane. “Getting together 
with thousands of friends, 
supporters and of course dogs, 
for a life-saving day at beautiful 
Brookside Park- you can’t beat 

 Attendees do not need a dog 
to join the fun —just a desire to 
help animals. 


8:00 a.m. Registration begins, 
Vendor Fair and Agility Course 

9:00 a.m. Walk & Run begins 

10:00 a.m. Deadline to register 
your dog for the costume contest 

11:00 a.m. Event concludes, 
Vendor Fair and Agility Course 

 This year, Pasadena Humane 
set a goal to raise $250,000 for 
programs like the animal ICU, 
spay/neuter, foster care, a pet 
food bank, the Helping Paws 
pet owner assistance program 

 Animal lovers are encouraged 
to fundraise for the animals by 
registering as an individual or 
as part of a team on the Wiggle 
Waggle website and asking 
family, friends, and coworkers 
for donations. Participants 
can win paw-some prizes and 
compete to take home the title 
of Top Fundraiser, Top Donor, 
or Top Fundraising Team. 

 At press time Friday, Martha 
and Bill Denzel were the top 
individual fundraisers with 
$5,440. The top team, Let’s Wag 
More Bark Less had $13,044 
raised. Bronwyn and Capt. 
Hastings had the most donors 
with 56, rasing $3,900, “It has 
been our honor to gather the 
Most Donors title for the last 
few years.”

 Registrants can choose to 
attend the in-person event or 
participate virtually. General 
and virtual registrations are 
$50 through noon on Friday. 
Onsite registration will be $65. 
All registered participants will 
receive a limited-edition Wiggle 
Waggle Walk & Run t-shirt, bib, 
dog bandana, and medal 

 For more information visit:

2024 Advisory Body Recruitment- Applications due Monday

 The 2024 Advisory Body Recruitment applications are due this 
Monday, April 22 by 12 PM.. The City is seeking volunteers for the 
Planning Commission, Design Review Committee, Recreation 
Commission, Public Safety Commission, and the Library Board 
of Trustees. For the Planning Commission, there are three (3) full 
member terms ending this year, and one (1) alternate member term 
ending this year. For the Design Review Committee, there are 
three (3) full member terms ending this year, and one (1) alternate 
member term ending this year. For the Recreation Commission, 
there are two (2) full member terms ending this year. For the 
Public Safety Commission, there are two (2) full member terms 
ending this year. For the Library Board of Trustees, there are two 
(2) full member terms ending this year.

 Applications are due to the City Clerk by 12:00 PM, April 22, 2024, 
for all positions. Please contact City Clerk Walker at CityClerk@ or at (626) 300-0705 with questions.

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey

 Help shape a safer tomorrow for San Marino! As we update 
the 2019 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP), community 
involvement is vital. San Marino, like any city, faces the threat 
of natural disasters. Your input will be crucial in identifying 
hazards, assessing current measures, and devising strategies to 
reduce risks. Participate in our survey to share your insights for 
the LHMP update.

 Your cooperation is essential in protecting our community. 
Access the survey in English or Chinese and learn more about the 
LHMP at:

Surveys are due by 11 PM on April 24.

Lil’ Learners Open House

Wednesday, April 24 from 6 – 7 PM, Stoneman Building

 Open House is for families who are currently enrolled or who 
are looking to enroll in the Lil’ Learners program (for ages 2-4). 
This is your chance to tour the classrooms, meet the teachers, and 
ask any questions that you may have. Registration is not required.

Coffee, Tea, and Chat

Friday, April 26 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Thornton Conference 

 Connect with your neighbors to learn more about the community 
and its traditions. This program is presented in Mandarin by 
the United Charity Foundation for ages 18+. Registration is not 

Get Lit Tween Poetry Workshop

Saturday, April 27 from 2 – 4 PM, Barth Community Room

 In honor of National Poetry Month, the Library is proud to host a 
poetry workshop for tweens in grades 4-6 led by a Get Lit teaching 
artist. Registrants will enjoy a performance as well as guided 
group discussion with an opportunity to create their own poetry. 
Space is limited and registration is required.

Taste of San Marino: Asian Stars

Monday, April 29 at 11 AM

Cost: R: $11 / NR: $13

 Calling all active adults ages 55+! Join us as we discover what San 
Marino restaurants have to offer, starting with Asian Stars located 
at 2148 Huntington Drive. Lunch will include your choice of an 
item off the lunch menu and tea. Participants are required to meet 
at the restaurant; transportation is not provided. Registration is 
required by April 19.

First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Spring Workshop

 Join us for the First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Spring 
Workshop on Thursday, April 25, 2024, from 6 PM - 7:30 PM at 
the San Marino Fire Department (2200 Huntington Drive). This 
workshop is open to all members of the community! Highlights 

CPR and AED Training*: Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation 
techniques and how to use an automated external defibrillator 
(AED) to save lives.

First Aid Basics: Understand how to assess and respond to injuries, 
burns, fractures, and other common emergencies through 
interactive, hands-on activities.

Fire Prevention: Learn fire safety measures, including fire 
extinguisher usage, to prevent and respond to fire incidents 

Utility Management: Safely handle gas leaks, power outages, and 
water disruptions by knowing where and how to operate utility 
shutoffs and electrical panels.

*The Fire Department is not able to provide First Aid/CPR/AED 
certification. Visit: to find local certification courses.

To enroll, contact the Fire Department at (626) 300-0735 or email


Library Board of Trustees - CANCELED

Monday, April 22 at 8:00 AM

Planning Commission Meeting

Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 PM; City Hall Council Chambers and 
Zoom (Public Access)

the 2nd annual benefit for 
Pasadena Playhouse, the 
official State Theater of 
California and recipient of the 
2023 Regional Theatre Tony 
Award, created by Pasadena 
Playhouse Producing Artistic 
Director Danny Feldman 
and the PLAYHOUSE 
PARTY Committee, was 
held on Saturday, April 13. 
Co-chaired by Elizabeth 
Hall, Y-Vonne Hutchinson, 
Anita Lawler and Leigh 
Olivar, the event was created 
to strengthen the community 
through connection and 
celebration. The event was 
an enormous success, raising 
over $675,000 for Pasadena 

 With El Molino Avenue 
cordoned off for the 
occasion, the festivities 
in Pasadena Playhouse’s 
courtyard spilled into the 
street. More than 300 guests 
adorned in shimmering 
cocktail attire attended the 
one-of-a-kind evening, 
which featured surprise 
pop up performances from 
Rio Navaro, an accordionist 
from Pasadena Playhouse 
Conservatory of Music 
who appeared in the 
Pasadena Playhouse Holiday 
Spectacular and community 
partner McKinley Middle 
School Drum Core.

 The evening was presented 
in three acts, starting with 
cocktails and a silent auction, 
followed by dinner and a 
special performance by 
Jasmine Amy Rogers and the 
new Playhouse Players, and 
culminating with a “Late Nite 
at the House Party” hosted by 
comedian Kate Berlant, who 
also served as DJ for this one-
of-a-kind event, with Bar 
Chelou supplying cocktails, 
mocktails, wine, food, and 

 Speakers and performers 
at the event included 
Board of Trustee President 
Erin Baker, Event co-
chair and Board Member 
Y-Vonne Hutchinson, 
Playhouse staff members 
Omar Avedanke (Director, 
Creative & Content) and 
Bonne McHeffey (Company 
Manager), Jenny Slattery 
(Associate Producer), Danny 
Feldman (Producing Artistic 
Director), Rich Caparella of 
KUSC, and Jelly’s Last Jam 
cast member Jasmine Amy 
Rogers, who offered a sneak 
peek from the upcoming 
Playhouse production 
of Jelly’s Last Jam with a 
dazzling rendition of “Play 
the Music for Me.”

 There was also a silent 
auction featuring curated 
experiences and artisanal 
items donated by the 
community. Dinner was 
provided by Heirloom LA, 
with additional food and 
beverages provided by 
Heirloom LA and Bar Chelou. 
Additional donations were 
provided from over 40 other 
businesses and individuals.

LitFest Honors Books That 
Made the Neighborhood

 LitFest in the Dena 2024 continues its focus on writers and 
book lovers on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th at 
the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena. Last year, 
approximately 200 diverse authors and several thousand 
attendees gathered to discuss books that changed the 
world, their communities and their lives. This year’s festival 
theme Books that made the Neighborhood will look at how 
neighborhoods, real or fictitious, bestow identity and give us 
a way of seeing things-of seeing the world. The literary event 
is free-of-charge to the public.

 As always, our guest authors represent a wide variety of 
community sectors, backgrounds, and genres. They will 
engage their audiences in panel discussions, workshops, 
readings and many other literary activities over the weekend. 
Given the theme, libraries and bookstores that serve as local 
gathering places will participate for the first time on their 
own panels. Food trucks will also be available throughout 
the weekend.

 A special opening night reception will be held on Friday, May 
3rd featuring A Conversation with Nikki High, founder and 
owner of Octavia’s Bookshelf, which is dedicated to science 
fiction writer Octavia Butler and based in her hometown of 

 2024 program highlights include writers Daniel Olivas, 
Naomi Hirahara, Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon 
discussing Another Southland: BIPOC writers and their L.A. 

Wendy Van Camp, Denise Dumars, Neil Citrin and Kathleen 
Ingino will be featured in City of Phantoms: Poetry of Unseen 

Mary Camarillo, Carribean Fragoza, Dana Johnson, Lou 
Matthews, Victoria Patterson and Mike Sonksen look 
Beyond the Beach – Searching for Community in SoCal 

The International Black Writers & Artists Association will 
host Beyond Borders: Readings & Conversations with 
African American, LGBTQ and other marginalized Writers. 

In a workshop and performance, Russell Mark and Mika 
Larson of The Nextdoors and Brad Colerick, David Tokaji, 
Brandon Jay and Gwendolyn Sanford will look at The 
Influence of Literature on Songwriting.

Authors Tananrive Due and Jervey Tervalon will be in 
conversation in For the Love of Horror.

Cruising the Gayborhood will include Jobi Arriola-Headley, 
Kelsey Bryan-Zwick, Gustavo Hernandez and Angela 

Featured bookstores that “make the Neighborhood” include 
Skylight Books, North Figueroa Books, Re Arte Centro 
Librario, Mija Books and Octavia’s Bookshelf. 

Libros Schmibros of Boyle Heights will participate with the 
Whittier, Monterey Park, and Pasadena Libraries.

Punks from Music to Literature includes author Patrick 
O’Neill with Keith Morris, Jim Roland, moderator Todd 
Taylor and Iris Berry.

Led by Cecil Castelucci, Writing Heroes for all Ages will 
include comic book authors Jody Houser, Sherri L. Smith, 
Amanda Delbert and Sam Maggs.

Monica Fernandez heads up a Red Hen Publishing Panel 
with Jessica Wilson Cardenas of the L.A. Poets Society.

High school students from the Pasadena School District will 
share their writing on a youth-driven panel entitled Stories 
from Kids on the Block.

Embodied Landscapes will take a look at water, wildlife and 
the geographies that shape us, featuring Sehba Sarwar, Erica 
Ayon, Olga Garcia Echeverria, Jaime Asaye FitzGerald and 
Alicia Vogl Saenz.

Pairing Tea and Readers will be presented by Biblio Sinensis 
with Eugene Cordell and Stafanie warner.

Sunday’s closing panel will reflect back on the weekend’s 
discussions and insights, moderated by Thomas E. Backer, 
Phd., an author, psychologist, author and Senior Fellow at 
California State University at Northridge. He will be joined 
by LitFest authors Daniel Olivas and Lisa Teasley along with 
poet Mike Sonksen.

 Plenty of free parking is available at the Mountain View 
Mausoleum all weekend! 

 For more information:

to Replace 
Water Main

 Pasadena Water and 
Power (PWP) announced 
Thursday that they are 
replacing a 110-year-
old water main along 
Bellefontaine Street as 
part of a major water 
infrastructure upgrade. 
The project will span 
from Pasadena Avenue to 
Fair Oaks Avenue along 
Bellefontaine Street. 

 According to PWP Acting 
General Manager David 
Reyes Construction 
has already begun and 
is expected to continue 
through June. The work 
will occur Monday through 
Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. he 

 To minimize impacts 
on area residents and 
businesses, construction 
efforts will be contained to 
approximately one block 
at a time. Temporary 
lane closures will happen 
during work hours, and 
traffic control signage 
and flagmen will assist 
motorists in navigating 
the area. When possible, at 
least one driving lane will 
remain accessible in both 

 During construction, 
crews will use a variety 
of heavy equipment, 
including excavators, 
backhoes, loaders, and 
construction trucks, which 
may cause noise and dust 
in the area. Traffic signs and 
delineators will be used to 
minimize impacts on traffic 
flow along Bellefontaine St. 

 “PWP asks residents to 
observe and adhere to 
posted no parking zones, 
construction signs, and 
watch for flagmen,” Reyes 

 During the project, 
businesses and residents 
located on Bellefontaine 
St. between Pasadena Ave. 
and Fair Oaks Ave. may 
be impacted. Construction 
will intermittently affect 
water service. Notices of 
any water interruption will 
be given at least 48 hours 
in advance and special 
efforts will be taken to 
keep inconveniences to 
a minimum. After the 
new water main has been 
installed and placed into 
service, pavement and turf 
restoration will take place. 

 For more information, 


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