Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 11, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 11, 2024


San Marino Upcoming 
Events & Programming

City of Pasadena Bike 
Month Free Activities

Caltech Professors, Hou and 
Peters, Elected to National 
Academy of Sciences

Maker Mondays

Monday, May 13 at 3:30 PM, Barth Community Room

 Is your child a budding engineer or LEGO fanatic? Then join us 
for this new monthly STEM program where kids ages 4-11 will 
build unique and open-ended creations with a surprise material 
each time. Will it be LEGOs or KEVA planks? Straw builders or a 
marble run? Only one way to find out! Registration is not required.

Story, Stomp, & Sing

Thursday, May 16 at 10:30 AM, Children’s Area

 In partnership with the San Marino Music Center, we are proud 
to present an all new music and movement Storytime for children 
ages 0-5! This early literacy program will feature instrument 
exploration, songs, fingerplays, dances, and books. Please watch 
our social media for cancellations. Registration is not required.

Taste of San Marino: Chapresso

Monday, May 20 at 11 AM

Cost: R: $7 / NR: $9 (non-refundable)

 Calling all active adults ages 55+! Join us as we discover what 
San Marino restaurants have to offer! Next in this series, we visit 
Chapresso located at 2142 Huntington Drive. Attendees can order 
any size tea with a topping and a cookie. Participants are required 
to meet at Chapresso; transportation is not provided. Registration 
is required by May 15.

Spring Kick-Off Happy Hour on May 17

 Come celebrate spring at the Old Mill at our kick-off happy hour 
event on May 17 from 5-7 PM! We will have live music by Willow 
Stephens, food, a "spritz" bar, beer, wine and fun. We hope to see 
you at the Mill! $10 suggested donation.

Public Works Open House - Vehicle & Equipment Showcase

 In celebration of National Public Works Week, the Parks and 
Public Works Department is holding an open house, including 
a vehicle and equipment showcase/meet and greet with staff 
vendors. The event will be held on Wednesday. May 22, from 3 
PM – 6 PM at Lacy Park. This is a great opportunity to learn more 
about the Department, including the different types of equipment 
it uses, such as lawnmowers, backhoes, loaders and lift trucks. 
Stop by to learn more and see these cool machines up close.

Honoring Our Heroes: Memorial Day Service at Lacy Park

 A Memorial Day Service will be held on Monday, May 27 at 9 
AM in Lacy Park by the War Memorial. Please join us as we pay 
tribute to the dedication and sacrifices the men and women of our 
Nation’s Armed Forces have made. The ceremony will include 
recognition of Veterans, special guest speakers, and patriotic 
music. This event is open to the public.

Public Safety Meeting on May 29

 Join us for a Public Safety Meeting at the San Marino Community 
Center on May 29th at 6 PM, hosted by the San Marino Police 
Department. We'll discuss crime trends, neighborhood watch, 
pedestrian/bicyclist safety, and hate crime reporting. For details, 
call (626) 300-0720.

Important Update to Library Hours: Starting June 3, the 
Library will close at 8 PM Monday through Thursday.

 But don’t forget! The Library has resources available online for 
you 24/7!

 Search the full catalog of materials and place holds on items

Access e-books and e-audiobooks in English, Chinese, and 

Access databases and newspapers

NEW - 4th of July Parade-Palooza - Come Make Some Noise!

 We’re pleased to announce that the City has assumed management 
of the 4th of July Parade. The parade route, travels approximately 
1.5 miles along Monterey Road to Virginia Road and ends inside 
Lacy Park! We'll provide the application for entries in the parade 
by the week of May 13, but in the meantime, we're looking for our 
Grand Marshal! Each year, the Parade Committee recognizes an 
individual in our community to serve as the Grand Marshal of 
the 4th of July Parade. Do you know someone who has made a 
significant contribution to the betterment of San Marino? We 
encourage you to submit a nomination by May 31. The nomination 
form can be found online.

Fire Department Recent Happenings

 The Fire Department continues to conduct fire prevention 
business inspections for properties located in the City’s commercial 
districts as well as properties identified by the department as target 
hazards. In addition to commercial properties, the department 
has recently begun conducting pre-plan walkthroughs of 
significant historical properties, such as the Thornton Gardens, 
to familiarize firefighters with the estate prior to any potential fire 
incidents. In June, the department will begin conducting annual 
inspections of residential properties located in the City’s Very 
High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. The Fire Department will begin 
sending compliance information and notices to residents in the 
pre-determined area during the month of May. For information 
on how to prepare your home for wildfire visit www.sanmarinoca.

 The Fire Department continues to focus training efforts on the 
department’s three probationary firefighter/paramedics. Recent 
training included annual refresher training for RT-130 Wildland 
Fire Safety. The 2023 refresher was a multi-agency drill hosted by 
the Pasadena Fire Department at the Eaton Canyon recreation 
area for departments in the foothill community. Agencies that 
participated in the 2024 drill included Monrovia, Pasadena, Sierra 
Madre, and South Pasadena.

 Rediscover the glee and 
excitement of riding a bike! 
Leave the car at home and see 
the city on two wheels during 
Pasadena Bike Month, now 
through May 26. Pasadena 
Bike Month is organized by 
the City of Pasadena with 
community partners Day 
One and Pasadena Complete 
Streets Coalition. This fun 
annual event returns to 
celebrate bicycling as a safe, 
healthy, and sustainable way 
to get around town.

 Organizers have planned 
free activities all month long 
for riders of all ages and 
abilities. Helmets (required 
for youth under 18), bikes in 
good working order, and bike 
lights (for night events) are 
strongly encouraged.

 “The City is pleased to once 
again support Bike Month 
and we encourage Pasadena 
residents and visitors to enjoy 
all that Pasadena has to offer 
while pedaling a bicycle,” 
says Pasadena Department 
of Transportation Director 
Joaquin Siques. He adds, 
“Bike to Work Day occurring 
May 16th is a great way to 
try commuting to work by 
bicycle and we hope to see 
people at our rest-stop at City 
Hall that morning.”

 Highlights of Bike Month 
events include but are not 
limited to:

 Women of Pasadena Ride on 
Sunday, 2-4 p.m., Pasadena 
City Hall, 100 Garfield Ave.: 
Starting at Pasadena City Hall 
explore significant sites in 
women’s history, discover the 
impactful Pasadena women 
who made a difference, and 
support women-owned 

 Bike to Work Day on 
Thursday, May 16, 7-10 a.m.: 
Visit the Bike to Work Day 
rest-stop at Pasadena City 
Hall to say hello and enjoy 
free refreshments to help fuel 
your ride, pick up some biking 
information, and enjoy other 
free goodies. Remember, 
if you need to travel far, go 
multimodal. Metro buses 
and trains, Metrolink trains, 
and Pasadena Transit buses 
are free for bicyclists on Bike 
to Work Day.

 E-bike Expo on Sunday, 
May 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 
Jefferson Park, 1501 E. Villa 
Street: Learn about, see, and 
test ride electric bikes from 
six local bike shops, all in one 
convenient location!

 Bike-in movie screening 
of “The Engine Inside” on 
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-
9:30 p.m., Throop Church, 
300 S. Los Robles Avenue: 
Stories of six everyday people 
from all over the globe who 
reveal the unique power of 
the bicycle to change lives 
and build a better world.

 Ice Cream Ride on Sunday, 
May 26, 1-4 p.m., Memorial 
Park - 85 E Holly St.:What’s 
better than riding bikes on a 
beautiful day in May? Riding 
bikes and eating ice cream! 
We’ll visit local purveyors 
of America’s favorite frozen 
treat and sample their 

 Additional events include 
Pasadena Public Art Ride, 
Family Bike Safety Ride, 
and The Remnants Ride: 
Retracing the Forgotten 
Cycleway from Pasadena to 
Los Angeles. For a full list 
of events and registration 
details, visit

 Bike Month Pasadena is 
being organized by the City 
of Pasadena Department of 
Transportation, Day One and 
Pasadena Complete Streets 
Coalition. Day One and 
partners Pasadena Complete 
Streets Coalition are working 
towards advocating for safe, 
inclusive, and healthy streets 
for all road users, regardless 
of mode and ability.

 For more information, 
contact Scott Johnson 
at ScJohnson@


 Two Caltech professors, 
Thomas Y. Hou (pictured 
left) and Jonas C. Peters 
(pictured right), have been 
elected amongst the newest 
members of the National 
Academy of Sciences (NAS) 
this year. Membership in the 
academy is considered one of 
the highest honors a scientist 
can receive.

 Thomas Hou is the Charles 
Lee Powell Professor of 
Applied and Computational 
Mathematics. Hou’s work 
focuses on multiscale 
problems arising from 
geophysical applications and 
fluid dynamics. He has made 
significant progress on the 3D 
Euler singularity problem, 
which is closely related to 
the Navier-Stokes Equation 
Millennium Problem, which 
questions whether the 
equation, regularly used to 
define the motion of fluids, 
always remains valid. Hou is 
also interested in problems 
that deal with multivariable 
datasets as well as data 
analysis in settings where the 
model and data underlying 
the analysis continually 

 Jonas Peters is the Bren 
Professor of Chemistry 
and director of the Resnick 
Sustainability Institute (RSI). 
His research is focused on 
chemical transformations 
relevant to feeding and fueling 
the planet. Specifically, 
his group works on the 
development of catalysts 
and photocatalysts with 
applications in renewable 
solar fuel technologies, 
distributed nitrogen fixation 
for fertilizers and fuels, and 
new bond constructions 
for organic chemists 
developing pharmaceuticals. 
At the core of his lab’s 
work is the development 
of fundamentally new 
concepts for such catalysis 
and elucidation of their 
underlying reaction 
mechanisms, along with the 
characterization of associated 
intermediates exhibiting 
unusual electronic structures 
and bonding. As director 
of the RSI, Peters leverages 
Caltech’s unique strengths to 
innovate solutions for a more 
sustainable planet.

 Hou earned his bachelor’s 
degree from the South China 
University of Technology 
in 1982 and a doctorate in 
mathematics from UCLA 
in 1987. He joined Caltech 
as an associate professor of 
applied mathematics in 1993, 
became a professor in 1998, 
and the Charles Lee Powell 
Professor of Applied and 
Computational Mathematics 
in 2004. He served as 
the executive officer for 
applied and computational 
mathematics from 2000 until 

 Peters received his bachelor’s 
degree from the University 
of Chicago in 1993 and a 
doctorate from MIT in 1998. 
He joined the Caltech faculty 
as an assistant professor of 
chemistry in 1999, became 
an associate professor in 
2004, a professor in 2006, 
and the Bren Professor of 
Chemistry in 2010. He served 
as the executive officer for 
chemistry from 2013 until 
2015 and was named RSI 
director in 2015.

 The academy announced 
the election of Hou and 
Peters along with 118 
other new members and 
24 international members 
on April 30. Six Caltech 
alumni were among the new 
members. They are David 
N. Beratan (PhD ‘86), the 
R.J. Reynolds Professor of 
Chemistry, professor of 
biochemistry, and professor 
of physics at Duke University; 
Geoffrey Blewitt (PhD ‘86), 
professor of geosciences and 
professor of physics at the 
University of Nevada, Reno’s 
Nevada Bureau of Mines and 
Geology; James M. Mayer 
(PhD ‘83), the Charlotte 
Fitch Roberts Professor of 
Chemistry at Yale University; 
Richard Mooney (PhD ‘91), 
the George Barth Geller 
Distinguished Professor for 
Research in Neurobiology 
and professor at Duke 
University; Kenneth S. 
Suslick (BS ‘74), the Marvin 
T. Schmidt Professor of 
Chemistry, Emeritus at 
University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign; and 
Peter T. Wolczanski (PhD 
‘81), the George W. and 
Grace L. Todd Professor 
of Chemistry at Cornell 
University. Richard Ellis, 
a visiting associate in 
astronomy at Caltech from 
University College London, 
was also elected as an 
international member.

Join The Ripple Effect and 
Celebrate Water Awareness

 During the month of May, Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) joins utilities across the nation in celebrating Water 
Awareness Month, an annual outreach campaign to raise 
awareness about the value of one of Southern California’s most 
precious natural resources: water. Throughout the month, 
PWP is highlighting water sustainability and resilience in the 
community with educational events, tours, and workshops.

 Water Awareness Month is also part of PWP’s The Ripple 
Effect campaign, which includes inviting the community to 
become local water stewards for Pasadena and the region. All 
events are free and open to the public.

Garden Show and Tell 

Now - Friday, May 31

 Members of the community are encouraged to share photos 
and information on their garden’s transformations from 
thirsty turf to drought-tolerant beauty. Every week, a garden 
will be selected and featured on PWP’s website and social 
media channels as the Garden of the Week. Must be a PWP 
customer to enter. Participants will receive a free native plant 
while supplies last. To participate, please visit
TheRippleEffect and click on the Garden Show and Tell tile.

Landscape Transformation Workshop (Virtual)

Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m.

PWP will be hosting workshops, both virtual and in person, 
throughout the month of May. Topics covered will include 
turf replacement, native plants, and efficient irrigation. For 
workshop dates and information, please visit

“Water is Life” Art Contest

Submissions due Friday, May 31

 All K-12 students attending school in Pasadena are 
encouraged to submit artwork for the annual “Water is Life” 
contest, sponsored by PWP and the Metropolitan Water 
District of Southern California. Each year, participating 
students submit artwork portraying a water-wise theme, 
along with a short message about water conservation. All 
entries must be submitted by May 31, 2024, via email or 
mail. Visit to learn more.

Self-Guided Walking Tour of PWP-Sponsored Community 
Demonstration Gardens

 Follow a self-guided tour map of unique gardens that 
demonstrate the beauty and diversity of drought-tolerant, 
native plant landscapes. Learn about water efficient 
landscaping and water capture features like hügels, berms 
and swales, dry streams, and rain barrels. A digital map is 
available online at

 For more information about these events, Pasadena’s water 
supply, infrastructure, conservation resources and programs, 

to Celebrate 

The City of Pasadena 
Parks, Recreation and 
Community Services 
Department, Senior 
Commission, and Pasadena 
Village will host the City’s 
third annual celebration 
of Older Americans 
Month on Wednesday, 
May 22 from 10 a.m.-1 
p.m. at Victory Park, 2575 
Paloma St. The free event 
will highlight Pasadena’s 
array of resources for older 
adults and offer giveaways, 
food, presentations and 
much more! The event 
will begin with remarks 
from several public 
officials. Registration, more 
information, and a list of 
exhibitors is available here. 

 Older Americans Month 
is celebrated nationwide 
in May and led by the 
Federal Administration for 
Community Living. The 
2024 theme is Powered 
By Connection, which 
recognizes the profound 
impact that meaningful 
relationships and social 
connections have on our 
health and well-being. 

 For more information 
call (626) 744-7300. 

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