Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 22, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 22, 2024

Tournament & Cal Poly Rose 
Float Partner for RoseSTEM 

San Marino Upcoming 
Events & Programming

Barger Honors Jackie 
Robinson’s Family in 
Honor of Juneteenth

4th of July Celebration - Buy Wristbands

 Get ready to celebrate 4th of July at Lacy Park! This event 
will feature food trucks, a fun zone, Parade-Palooza, 
entertainment, and an exciting fireworks display! Wristbands 
are required to enter the park for adults and youth over 2 
years old. Pre-sale wristbands are on sale until July 3! Pre-sale 
wristbands are $5 for residents (proof of residency required) 
and $15 for non-residents. All wristbands purchased on the 
day of the event are $20 for residents and non-residents. For 
more information on how to buy wristbands or on any of the 
day of festivities, visit You 
can also call (626) 943-2627.

Music Under the Stars Summer Concert at the Old Mill

 The Old Mill Foundation proudly presents Music Under 
the Stars this summer at the Old Mill. The Westerns will 
perform tonight. Gates open at 7 PM and music begins at 
8 PM. You may purchase tickets online, drop by our office 
during open hours, or send in a check to our office. Tickets 
are $30/ticket for members, $40/ticket for non-members, 
and $50/ticket at the door.

Important Update to Library Hours: the Library now 
closes 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

Feel the Splash of Summer!

 The Recreation Division is pleased to bring back the summer 
aquatics program at the San Marino High School pool! This 
year’s program runs now through August 4 and includes 
Group and Private Swim Lessons, Open Swim, Adult Lap 
Swim & Water Walking, Water Warrior Aqua-cise, and 
Splash Ball. View details and the pool schedule here!

Ralph’s World

Monday, June 24 at 1 PM, Children’s Room

 Described by the LA Times as “the Paul McCartney of his 
genre,” Grammy-nominated Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World 
will be making his debut at the Library’s kid concert of the 
summer! With a high-energy and super-melodic sense that 
he developed for his touring pop-rock band, Ralph will lead 
you and your child in a rollicking romp of dancing, singing, 
and silliness! Registration is not required.

Senior Trip: Santa Barbara Land Shark Tour

Thursday, July 25 from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Cost: R $84 / NR $100

 Embark on a day trip to Santa Barbara for a delightful blend 
of shopping and adventure! Explore charming boutiques, 
then hop aboard the Santa Barbara Land Shark for a unique 
land and sea tour. Enjoy lunch at your leisure, soaking in the 
coastal beauty and relaxed atmosphere of this picturesque 
destination. Registration is required by July 10.

Annual Bulky Item Pickup Event

 On Saturday, July 20th, Athens Services will be conducting 
its Annual Bulky Item Pickup event in the City. Residents 
who have bulky items such as mattresses, furniture, or 
appliances that they would like to dispose of should call 
(855) 557-1007 or schedule online ahead of time. Please make 
sure the items have been set out at the curb or designated 
pickup location by 5 AM on Saturday, July 20. No e-waste 
or household hazardous waste is allowed. For a full list of 
eligible items, please see the above flyer. Should you have any 
questions, please call 888-336-6100.

Parks & Public Works Recent Happenings

 Over the past week, Parks and Public Works maintenance 
staff worked on the following tasks: removing fallen tree 
branches, palm fronds, and other debris from the public 
right-of-way; replacing streetlight bulbs and street signs; 
performing minor trimming of tree limbs and vegetation; 
and repairing pavement and concrete; and completing 
minor repairs at City facilities;. Public Works maintenance 
staff also hung approximately 80 street pole banners for the 
City’s upcoming 4th of July celebration. Residents who wish 
to report non-emergency issues in the public right-of-way or 
City streets may do so via the San Marino Service Request 


Planning Commission Meeting

Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00 PM; City Hall Council Chambers 
and Zoom and Zoom (Public Access)

City Council Meeting

Friday, June 28 at 8:30 AM; City Hall Council Chambers and 
Zoom and Zoom (Public Access)

 In honor of Juneteenth 
Wednesday Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger recognized 
the family of Dodgers legend 
Jackie Robinson and the 
Friends of Jackie Robinson 
Park from Sun Village 
during Tuesday’s Board of 
Supervisors meeting. 

 The Sun Village community 
was among the first in 
Southern California to 
host annual Juneteenth 
celebrations and have carried 
on the tradition at Jackie 
Robinson Park to share about 
the meaning of the holiday. 

 “Juneteenth reminds us of 
the hard-fought commitment 
to justice for all people,” 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
said. “I’m thankful to the 
Friends of Jackie Robinson 
Park for keeping the 
tradition of Juneteenth alive 
to educate our communities 
and invite them to celebrate 
its meaning. It’s so fitting that 
their festivities are held at 
the historic Jackie Robinson 
Park, whose namesake was a 
beacon of hope for equality.”

 Jackie Robinson Park opened 
in 1965 in Sun Village and 
was the first park in the U.S. to 
be named after the esteemed 
first African American player 
in Major League Baseball. 
Acknowledging the park’s 
rich history, the County 
designated it as a historic 
landmark in 2022. 

 “This is the 80th anniversary 
of Jackie Robinson Park and 
our 35th year celebrating 
Juneteenth,” said James 
Brooks, one of the Friends 
of Jackie Robinson Park. 
“We celebrate Juneteenth as 
a family reunion. After the 
emancipation, the enslaved 
people went out to find their 
families and they decided 
to celebrate the anniversary 
every year. In that tradition, 
that’s what we continue to do 
in Sun Village.” 

 As a Pasadena native, 
Jackie Robinson had roots 
in Los Angeles County’s 
Fifth District. Kathy Young 
Robinson, daughter of 
Olympic silver medalist 
Mack Robinson and Jackie 
Robinson’s niece, spoke of 
the importance of carrying 
on her family’s legacy. 

 “Our family appreciates 
Supervisor Barger and 
the Board of Supervisors 
for having us here and 
celebrating Uncle Jackie and 
the historic Jackie Robinson 
Park in the Antelope Valley,” 
Kathy Young Robinson said. 
“I am here in memory of my 
dad, and if it weren’t for him, 
I wouldn’t be here sharing 
and continuing my family 

 In support of education 
initiatives for students and 
teachers, the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses has 
partnered with Cal Poly 
Rose Float to engage in 
an insightful educational 
program, RoseSTEM 
presented by SoCalGas 
and Southwest Airlines. 
The program was held June 
10-12 and included field 
trips to the Cal Poly Rose 
Float facility, where middle 
and high school students 
were introduced to STEM 
concepts used to create a 
Rose Parade float, including 
hands-on experience.

 Cal Poly Rose Float, 
an organization of 
college students, shared 
their expertise in float 
construction, design and 
engineering beyond floral 
decoration. Cal Poly Pomona 
and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 
have participated in the 
Parade since 1949 and their 
floats continue to introduce 
new technological advances, 
including the first use of 
hydraulics for animation 
in 1968 and the first use 
of computer-controlled 
animation in 1978.

 “Cal Poly Rose Float 
embodies a student-centric 
opportunity to allow students 
to explore innovation while 
adapting their academic 
principles to a real-world 
scenario. Our program 
emphasizes career readiness 
exposure preparing students 
to contribute day one on a 
new job,” said Cary Khatab, 
director, Cal Poly Rose Float. 
“Our partnership with the 
Tournament of Roses helps 
expose future students that 
college is possible and open 
to all who desire.”

 For more than 70 years, 
students from Cal Poly 
Pomona and Cal Poly San 
Luis Obispo have designed, 
built and decorated the joint 
Cal Poly Universities float for 
the Rose Parade. RoseSTEM 
introduced San Gabriel 
Valley area middle school 
and high school students 
(ages 12-17) to science, 
technology, engineering 
and math (STEM) concepts 
that demonstrate the 
“Learn by Doing” approach 
of Cal Poly Universities. 
Nearly 150 students from 
the greater Pasadena and 
San Gabriel Valley area 
participated thanks to the 
support of community 
partners; Flintridge Center, 
Harambee Ministries and 

 “We love the opportunity 
to encourage students to 
soar through learning and 
are proud to support STEM-
focused education in such 
a fun, creative setting,” 
said Kayla Valencia, Corp 
Responsibility Regional 
Manager for Southwest 

 RoseSTEM bridges 
connections with other 
programs, such as the 
Tournament of Roses 
Foundation grants, which 
include past recipient 
collaboration between 
Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses, SoCalGas and Cal 
Poly Rose Float provided 
our students with hands-
on engineering experience. 
This unique opportunity 
introduced the students 
to a new and exciting field 
of interest,” Raymond 
Ealy, president and CEO 
of STEAM:CODERS said. 
“Now, they know that 
STEAM covers a wide variety 
of fields and can provide them 
with an array of options.

 “At SoCalGas, our mission 
is to build the cleanest, safest, 
and most innovative energy 
infrastructure company in 
America. Key investments 
in diverse and underserved 
communities where we live 
and work can make a real 
difference, and supporting 
the Tournament of Roses 
Association’s RoseSTEM 
helps provide more students 
with access to STEM 
programming and hands-on 
learning experiences,” said 
Andy Carrasco, vice president 
of communications, local 
government and community 
affairs, SoCalGas. “As 
an engineer, I know that 
opportunities like this 
help strengthen interest 
and knowledge in STEM, 
which further grows the 
next generation of STEM 

Michael Feinstein Kicks 

off Pops Summer Season


Principal Pops Conductor 
Michael Feinstein kicks-off the 
Pasadena POPS 2024 Rusnak 
Summer Concert series on 
Saturday, June 29 with Harlem 
Nights. The season opening 
concert will celebrate the 125th 
birthday of Duke Ellington 
and the explosion of music in 
1920s New York that gave birth 
to the Jazz Age, Swing Era and 
beyond. Hear timeless hits from 
Ellington, Gershwin and Louis 
Armstrong to Count Basie, Ella 
Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and 
more, all in symphonic sound 
by the San Gabriel Valley’s 
premiere orchestra.

 The stars will come out for 
this special celebration, with the 
return of larger-than-life jazz 
songstress Catherine Russell, 
who has toured with the likes 
of Steely Dan, David Bowie, 
Cyndi Lauper and Paul Simon, 
and earned a Grammy Award 
for her work on the soundtrack 
for the HBO series Boardwalk 
Empire. Russell will share the 
stage with legendary singer 
and trumpeter Byron Stripling, 
recently named Principal Pops 
Conductor of the Milwaukee 
Symphony Orchestra. Stripling 
also holds the post of Principal 
Pops Conductor of the 
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra 
and has been a frequent 
performer with the Boston Pops 
under the batons of both John 
Williams and Keith Lockhart. 
Stripling earned his stripes as 
lead trumpeter of the Count 
Basie Orchestra and has been 
likened to Louis Armstrong for 
his electrifying trumpet and 
vocals, which are sure to dazzle 
the POPS audience.

 All concerts are held at the 
Los Angeles County Arboretum 
and Botanic Gardens. Grounds 
open for picnicking and dining 
at 5:30pm and performances 
begin at 7:30pm. Don’t miss 
the best outdoor dinner party 
in town with spacious circular 
table seating with fine linens, 
or lawn seating for those who 
want to bring a blanket – each 
option carries on the tradition 
of picnic-dining with your 
family and friends with Michael 
Feinstein and the San Gabriel 
Valley’s premier orchestra! 
Among many venue amenities, 
concert goers can enjoy pre-
ordered gourmet box dinners 
for on-site pickup just steps 
from their table, two full-service 
beverage centers and a variety of 
food truck options.

 The Arboretum is located 
at 301 North Baldwin Ave., 
Arcadia, CA. Subscribers may 
purchase pre-paid on-site 
parking at the Arboretum, and 
all concertgoers can purchase 
guaranteed and convenient 
parking at Santa Anita Park, 
with non-stop shuttle service to 
the Arboretum’s main entrance.

 Single tickets start at $30. 
Season subscriptions and single 
tickets are now on sale and are 
available by calling the box 
office at (626) 793-7172, online 
or at the Arboretum on concert 

 Celebration of Duke 
Ellington’s 125th With 
Legendary Trumpeter 
Byron Stripling and 
Grammy Award-Winning 
Singer Catherine Russell

Festival of 
Balloons 40th 

The City of South Pasadena 
announced that the 4th of July 
Festival of Balloons will hold 
its 40th anniversary this year 
with the theme “Hometown 
Heroes: Celebrating the Spirit 
of Community.”

 July 4th Festival of Balloons 
activities kick off with Kiwanis’ 
Pancake Breakfast at the 
South Pasadena Fire Station 
at 7:00 a.m., located at 817 
Mound Ave., South Pasadena. 
Opening Ceremony for the 
parade will start at 10:30 a.m. 
at the South Pasadena Public 
Library Community Room, 
located at 1115 El Centro St., 
South Pasadena. The parade 
will begin at 11:00 a.m. and 
travel from Diamond Avenue 
to Garfield Park where games, 
a live DJ, and food will be 
available until 2:30 p.m.

 The day will conclude with 
a live concert from 7:30 p.m. 
to 8:30 p.m. featuring The 
Kings of 88 and the fireworks 
show at 9:00 p.m. at the 
South Pasadena High School 
Stadium, located at 1401 
Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. 
Fireworks presale tickets are 
available for purchase now for 
$15.00 per person online at: 
Children 2 years and under are 
free. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. 
Please bring a copy of your 
receipt and tickets to enter the 

 For more information, please 
contact the Community 
Services Department 
at (626) 403-7380 or by 
email at specialevents@

The Senior Center Summer 
Term of the Masters Series

 The theme of the six-week summer term of The Masters Series, 
presented by the Pasadena Senior Center, will be “Yet More Musical 
Explorations” which embraces lifelong learning. The series will run 
Tuesdays, June 25 to July 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom.

 Dr. Alan Chapman, producer and on-air host weekday mornings 
at KUSC Classical Radio and a faculty member at the Colburn 
Conservatory of Music, will present the weekly multimedia class, 
which will take participants on a tour of music as only Chapman 
can create.

Tuesday, June 25 — Musical Alphabet – Episode 10

Tuesday, July 2 — The Concerto

Tuesday, July 9 — Very Varied Variations

Tuesday, July 16 — Very Varied Variations (Part Two)

Tuesday, July 23 — Nicknames

Tuesday, July 30 — Focus on Folk

 Each weekly presentation will feature some familiar and perhaps 
not so familiar works, video performances, visuals and Chapman’s 
engaging commentary.

 The cost for the six-week series is $75 for members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center and $90 for nonmembers.

 To register or for more information, visit: pasadenaseniorcenter.
org and click on Lectures & Classes, then Masters Series Lifelong 
Learning or call 626-795-4331. Everyone who registers will receive 
a link to each week’s live Zoom presentation and have access to 
recordings of the programs for up to one month following the final 

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