Archive for the Arts Category

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Thursday August 25 2016

The Scarecrows Are Coming!

The Scarecrows Are Coming!

Posted 8/25/16 – The Creative Arts Group presents its 5th Annual Scarecrow Festival in Sierra Madre, and now’s the chance for you to get involved. Registration for this year’s scarecrow contest is now open!  When you enter the contest, your scarecrow will be given an ID tag, a web page and a post on Creative Arts Group’s Facebook [...]

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Wednesday May 04 2016

Friends of SM Library’s 54th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair This Weekend

Friends of SM Library's 54th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair This Weekend

Press release posted 5/4/16 – The 54th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd., on Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Fair this [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Best Used Book Sale 1st Weekend of April

Press Release posted 3/16/16 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library announce that the April Best Used Book Sale will be held on Friday, April 1 (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 2 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)  The sale is held at the back of the library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in the [...]

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Saturday February 13 2016

Save the (NEW) Date – One Book One City Library Program Moves To July

Press Release posted 2/13/16 – Exciting events are planned for the Library’s annual One Book One City program, but the ever-popular event, usually set in February, has moved to July and will be part of the Summer Reading Program. The book selection is still a surprise, but will tie in with the Summer theme of [...]

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Saturday February 13 2016

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting Coming Feb. 19th

Press Release posted 2/13/16 – Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are excited to present the 46th Annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit. The event will be held on Friday evening, February 19, 2016, from 7:00-9:30pm at Alverno’s historic Villa del Sol d’Oro, located at 200 N. Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, and will be an [...]

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Sunday December 20 2015

Children Invited to Build a Mini-Rose Float at the Library

Press Release posted 12/20/15 – Creativity and fun are in store when children gather at the Sierra Madre Public Library to create mini rose floats on Monday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m. Youth of all ages will hear about this year’s entry and create their own rendering based on this year’s Sierra Madre Float. The [...]

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Thursday June 04 2015

Best Used Book Sale To Benefit Library Friday and Saturday, 6/5 and 6/6

Press Release posted 6/4/15 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library announce plans for the June Best Used Book Sale on Friday, June 5 (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday, June 6 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)  The Sale will be held in the basement and the parking lot behind the library at 440 West Sierra [...]

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Thursday May 07 2015

Summer Reading Programs For All Ages At The Library

Press Release posted 5/7/15 – Adults, teens & children – get ready to sign up for Sierra Madre Public Library’s Summer Reading Program — June 8 through August 10. Register anytime during this period and win prizes along the way. Children read and record their books (print or e-Book), and prizes are awarded when each [...]

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Sunday April 26 2015

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library 53rd ANNUAL SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR Next Weekend

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library 53rd ANNUAL SIERRA MADRE ART FAIR Next Weekend

Press Release posted 4/26/15 – The 53rd Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd, on Saturday, May 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. More than 75 [...]

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Monday February 16 2015

Joe Ramsey Benefit Memorial Concert at Santa Anita Saturday

Press Release posted 2/16/15 – An all-star lineup of Arcadia-bred rock performers will reunite during a benefit memorial concert at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, to honor long-time Sierra Madrean, well-known musician and beloved AHS alum Joe Ramsey, who recently passed away at the age of 58. More than 15 [...]

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Sunday February 08 2015

Wistaria Festival Tickets On Sale

Wistaria Festival Tickets On Sale

Posted 2/8/15 – Sierra Madre’s annual Wistaria Festival is scheduled to take place on March 15th, and tickets from the downtown area to the vine location are on sale now.  The festival itself is free, as is seeing the vine.  However, parking in the area can be difficult due to road closures around the vine, [...]

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Sunday February 08 2015

One Book, One City Events Continue

Press Release posted 2/8/15 – For those of you who aspire to be sleuths in the Philip Marlow tradition or writers in the style of Raymond Chandler, a scavenger hunt will have you tracking clues throughout Sierra Madre to qualify for some fun prizes. Entries are due by Feb. 28 at the Library. To celebrate [...]

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Thursday February 05 2015

45th Annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting Fast Approaching

Press Release posted 2/5/15 – It’s that time again! Don’t miss the 45th Annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting held on Friday evening, February 20, 2015, at Alverno Villa, 675 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA. Dozens of vintners serving wines from around the world, along with specialty appetizers and [...]

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Thursday February 05 2015

Read, Discover, Connect Art & Essay Contest at the Sierra Madre Library

Press Release posted 2/5/15 – Students in grades K – 8 are invited to enter the Library Art and Essay contest, starting February 2, 2015. This year’s theme is: Read, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public Library and entries should reflect the theme as closely as possible. Entry forms are available at the Public Library, [...]

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Saturday January 10 2015

Long-time Sierra Madrean Joe Ramsey Passes Away

Long-time Sierra Madrean Joe Ramsey Passes Away

Posted 1/10/15 – (Editor’s Note: I’ll be doing a more comprehensive and personal look back at Joe Ramsey’s life in the near future, but wanted to post this in the interim…) Joseph Jack Ramsey, 11/1/56 – 12/29/14 Joseph “Joe” Jack Ramsey passed away Dec. 29th, 2014 at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.  Joe Ramsey, son of Jack [...]

Saturday November 22 2014

Classic LA Detective Yarn Tapped As The Next One Book, One City Selection

Classic LA Detective Yarn Tapped As The Next One Book, One City Selection

Press Release posted 11/22/14 – Raymond Chandler’s classic, The Long Goodbye, has been chosen as Sierra Madre’s One Book, One City selection for 2015.  Published in 1953 and featuring his famous detective, Philip Marlow, Chandler called the novel “my best book”.  Set in Los Angeles in 1949, The Long Goodbye is notable for using hard-boiled [...]

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Wednesday November 05 2014

Local Environmentalist Caroline Brown Featured on READ Posters and Bookmarks

Local Environmentalist Caroline Brown Featured on READ Posters and Bookmarks

Press Release posted 11/5/14 – Sierra Madre resident and local environmentalist, Caroline Brown, is featured on new READ posters and bookmarks by the Sierra Madre Public Library. “I love to read. I have several books going at once by my bed as well as on my iPad,” said Brown. The book she chose to feature [...]

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Sunday September 07 2014

Spero Foundation to Host Wine, Rhythm and Brews October 4th, Tickets Available Now

Posted 9/7/14 – For several years as October rolled around, Sierra Madreans looked forward to the Annual Wine and Jazz Walk, which spotlighted local merchants,  and raised money for City of Hope.  Although the event no longer takes place, local philanthropic organization The Spero Foundation has stepped up to host an event that should have [...]

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Saturday August 09 2014

Decades of RocK – Video Gallery

Posted 8/9/14 – On July 20th, Spero Foundation sponsored Decades of RocK (DORK) at the Sunday night Summer Concert In the Park (series sponsored by The Kensington).  I’ve already posted the photo gallery and one video (Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”) here.  Here are some more videos from the concert.  Enjoy. Show Me The Way Back In [...]

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Sunday July 27 2014

SMVFA To Sponsor Beatles Tribute Band at Tonight’s Concert in the Park

Press Release posted 7/27/14 - Hop aboard the Yellow Submarine and get to know the Fab Four with Beatles tribute band Hard Day’s Night this Sunday, July 27th at Concerts in the Park. These excellent musicians deliver an exciting and authentic recreation of a Beatles concert from the “Touring Years” (1964-66) and the Sgt. Pepper and [...]

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Tuesday July 22 2014

Sierra Madre Natural Wonders Video From Reader Jeff

Posted 7/22/14 – One of the things people love about Sierra Madre is what a great place it is to walk, and one of the things people love about their walks, is the amazing examples of nature to be found, from bears and deer to the mountains to plants, trees and flowers.  Recently, reader Jeff [...]

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Saturday July 19 2014

Spero Foundation to Sponsor DECADES OF ROCK Concert in the Park

Spero Foundation to Sponsor DECADES OF ROCK Concert in the Park

Posted 7/19/14

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Monday July 14 2014

Harry as Elvis, 2014 Videos

Posted 7/14/14 – Last Sunday night, Sierra Madre Rotary Club brought Sierra Madre raised Harry Shahoian back from Las Vegas, along with several of the finest musicians currently appearing in Vegas as part of the Sierra Madre Summer Concert in the Park series, sponsored by The Kensington.  We posted lots of photos and one video [...]

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Thursday July 10 2014

Harry Rocks Sierra Madre as Elvis – Photo Gallery and Video

Harry Rocks Sierra Madre as Elvis - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 7/10/14 – Harry Shahoian, who grew up in Sierra Madre and now performs in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget and the Flamingo as Elvis, returned to Sierra Madre Sunday night to a packed Memorial Park.  His appearance, backed by some of Vegas best musicians, was sponsored by the Sierra Madre Rotary Club as [...]

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Friday June 27 2014

Community Foundation to Sponsor Johnny Cash Tribute at This Week’s Concert in the Park

Community Foundation to Sponsor Johnny Cash Tribute at This Week's Concert in the Park

Press Release posted 6/27/14 – Memorial Park will be a boot stomping party this Sunday night June 29th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm as the Sierra Madre Community Foundation is the proud sponsor of this concert featuring a Johnny Cash tribute band named CASH UP FRONT. “From atop a flatbed truck inside California’s Norco State [...]

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Friday June 27 2014

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – June Goin’ on July

Posted 6/27/14 The Buccaneer co-ed softball team is off to a great start for the 2014 season with a 2-0 record. Okay – so that first win was because the other team had to forfeit, but we won last night’s game handily 29-18 so it was like 2 games in one!  Now Heasley Field is [...]

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Saturday June 14 2014

Concerts In The Park Kick Off Tonight, Then Sundays Through August 17th

Concerts In The Park Kick Off Tonight, Then Sundays Through August 17th

Press Release posted 6/14/14 – Nothing says summer quite like outdoor concerts. Thanks to the generous support of community sponsors and series title sponsor The Kensington, Sierra Madre residents won’t have to travel far to enjoy this summer staple. The 2014 Summer Concerts in the Park Series kicks off on Saturday, June 14 at 6:30 [...]

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Wednesday June 04 2014

SMArt Walk – Celebrating Art and Community in Sierra Madre Friday, June 6 from 5pm – 9pm

SMArt Walk - Celebrating Art and Community in Sierra Madre Friday, June 6 from 5pm – 9pm

Press Release posted 6/4/14 – On Friday evening, June 6, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., downtown Sierra Madre will be bustling with creativity as local artists and musicians join with over thirty-five small businesses and restaurants to celebrate art and community during the Sierra Madre Art Walk (SMArt Walk). In close collaboration with local businesses in downtown [...]

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Saturday May 31 2014

Family Movie Fridays Kick Off In Memorial Park This Friday

Press Release posted 5/31/14 – Thanks to the generous support of the Sierra Madre Issei Memorial Foundation and Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters Association, the Sierra Madre tradition of Family Movie Fridays continues and is free for all to attend. This is an opportunity for families to spend time together and enjoy a great movie in [...]

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Wednesday May 21 2014

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Book Sale On Tap for June 6th, 7th

Press Release posted 5/21/14 – These hot temperatures lately remind us that it’s time to stock up on our summer reading and the best place to do that is at the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sale.  Held on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 3:00-7:00pm and Saturday, June 7, 2014 from [...]

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Wednesday May 07 2014

Sierra Madre City Employees Featured in City Hall Art Show

Press Release posted 5/7/14 – The City of Sierra Madre’s first annual City Employee Art Show at City Hall is currently on view. Nine City employees contributed artwork in various mediums including: photography, sketches, paper tole, water color and colored pencil drawings. The artwork represents a peek into the creative side many of our employees [...]

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Wednesday April 30 2014

Art Fair This Weekend, To Feature Food Trucks, Music AND Art

Art Fair This Weekend, To Feature Food Trucks, Music AND Art

Press Release posted 4/30/14 – The 52nd annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s art fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in the city of Sierra Madre on Saturday, May 3, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 4, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM. More than 95 artists will be [...]

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Wednesday April 02 2014

52nd Annual Friend of the Library Art Fair Just Weeks Away…

52nd Annual Friend of the Library Art Fair Just Weeks Away...

Press Release posted 4/2/14 – The 52nd annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Art Fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.  More than 90 artists will be displaying and [...]

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Saturday March 15 2014

Creative Arts Group Popular Garden Tour Set for April 13th

Creative Arts Group Popular Garden Tour Set for April 13th

Press Release posted 3/15/14 – Creative Arts Group’s 20th annual Art of the Garden tour will take place Sunday, April 13th from 10:30-4:30 pm.  Four outstanding residential gardens in the San Marino/Pasadena area will be on display showcasing landscapes as divergent as the homes they adorn. This year’s tour includes a gated French Regency estate [...]

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Monday March 10 2014

One Book One City Finishes on an Inspiring Note

Press Release posted 3/10/14 - Author Brings Her Book Alive to Capacity Crowd The Sierra Madre Public Library wrapped 2014 One Book One City choice, Maisie Dobbs, concluded a month of exciting free events revolving around its 2014 One Book One City choice, Maisie Dobbs, with an extremely well-received appearance by the author Jacqueline Winspear. Winspear spoke about World War [...]

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Friday February 21 2014

UPDATED – SierraMadreSue Behrens Music News – Fab Feb & March Madness!

UPDATED - SierraMadreSue Behrens Music News - Fab Feb & March Madness!

Originally Posted 2/17/14, updated 2/21/14 - You can discard the Music News I sent last week and keep this one handy…Check out the new additions on 2/22 and 2/23 in particular – alot going on this weekend! - *EVERY SUNDAY – BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 11am – 2pm.  1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443.  Sunday BLUES [...]

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Wednesday February 19 2014

Author Appearance To Cap One Book, One City Festivities

Press Release posted 2/19/14 – Jacqueline Winspear, author of Maisie Dobbs, will speak at The Gooden School on Saturday, February 22 at 2 p.m. as the culminating event of the Sierra Madre Public Library’s One Book, One City program. Maisie Dobbs is a mystery novel, but also the story of an extraordinary young woman living [...]

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Monday February 17 2014

44th Annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting this Friday

Press Release posted 2/17/14 – For an evening of fine wine and cuisine and lively entertainment join us at the 44th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting.   This elegant affair is being held on Friday evening, February 21, 2014, at Alverno Villa, 675 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre,  CA. (parking [...]

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Monday February 10 2014

Friends of the Library Wine Tasting Approaching

Friends of the Library Wine Tasting Approaching

Press Release posted 2/10/14 – With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, there’d be no better gift than tickets to the 44th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting.   Being  held on Friday evening, February 21, 2014, at Alverno Villa, 675 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre,  CA., the event will be an elegant [...]

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Saturday January 18 2014

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library February Best Used Book Sale

Press Release posted 1/18/14 – Vintage books will be featured at the next Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sale to be held in the basement and back parking lot of the library on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  [...]

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Thursday December 05 2013

Sierra Madre Art Walk (SMArt Walk) This Saturday

Sierra Madre Art Walk (SMArt Walk) This Saturday

Press Release posted 12/5/13 – On Saturday, December 7, 12-5pm, downtown Sierra Madre will be bustling with creativity as local artists and musicians join with over twenty-five small businesses and restaurants to celebrate art and community during the Sierra Madre Art Walk (SMArt Walk). SMArt Walk has been formally launched by local businesses, artists and [...]

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Thursday November 28 2013

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Best Used Book Sales

Press Release posted 11/28/13 – With the weather finally getting chillier and the daylight hours growing shorter, winter is a good time to curl up on your couch with a good book.  And wonderful places to find many good books are the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Member’s Preview Book Sale and the Best [...]

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Thursday November 28 2013

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – Thanksgiving Edition

Posted 11/28/13 - go out & see some live music tonight – because no one wants to cook! HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL! – DON’T FORGET TO LISTEN TO ALICE’S RESTAURANT! FRI. 11/29 – BLACK FRIDAY SALE/RECORD STORE DAY @ RESISTOR RECORDS IN MONROVIA – opening at 8am. SALE prices, raffles, live music, sing-alongs, and Joe might even [...]

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Tuesday November 05 2013

Creative Arts Group Annual Art Festival This Weekend, Reception Friday to Kick It Off

Creative Arts Group Annual Art Festival This Weekend, Reception Friday to Kick It Off

Press Release posted 11/5/13 -Creative Arts Group will kick off its 2013 Art Festival with a gala opening and reception Friday, November 8th from 7 – 9 p.m.  The work of more than 60 artists will be on display and for sale in the Jameson Gallery and Art Center located at 108 N. Baldwin Ave. [...]

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Monday November 04 2013

Bottle Shop 50th Anniversary Party – Videos

Posted 11/4/13 – As we posted on Halloween, the Bottle Shop had a big party on the 26th to celebrate 50 years in business here in Sierra Madre.  Our previous post had lots of pictures from the event, with a promise of video to follow.  Here are the videos, featuring the afternoon’s live entertainment by [...]

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Sunday October 27 2013

Halloween Window Painting 2013 Photo Gallery – The Painted

Halloween Window Painting 2013 Photo Gallery - The Painted

Posted 10/27/13 – I think I got every entry this year.  If you want to skip ahead in the pictures, I started at Happy’s and headed west on the South side of SM Blvd., got to Lima and turned around and came back on the North side of the Blvd.  Then I went up the [...]

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Sunday October 27 2013

Halloween Window Painting, 2013 Photo Gallery – The Painters

Halloween Window Painting, 2013 Photo Gallery - The Painters

Posted 10/27/13 – These pictures were taken on Friday, while the kids were painting the windows.  Most of them have the kids painting, though I got to some locations after the kids were done.  Later I’ll be posting pictures I took on Saturday, when the windows were complete.  Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that there were [...]

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Tuesday September 10 2013

Fall Activities for All Ages at the Sierra Madre Public Library

Press Release posted 9/10/13 - Sign-up Now as a Teen History Docent Teens interested in becoming a volunteer history docent can sign up now at the Sierra Madre Public Library. Beginning in September, five teens at a time will train and give tours during a five-week period using new Digital Storyboard technology at the Library’s Local [...]

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Tuesday September 10 2013

Fall, Winter Halloween Books to be Featured at October Book Sale

Press Release posted 9/10/13 – Witches and goblins and ghosts, oh my!  Children and adult books with a Halloween theme will be featured at the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sale on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 3:00-7:00PM and Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10:00AM-2:00PM in the basement and back parking [...]

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Sunday August 04 2013

Tonight’s Concert to Feature The Undercover Girls

Press Release posted 8/4/13 – Rock out this Sunday, August 4th with The Undercover Girls. This dynamic, all-girl rock and roll group will bring you to your feet with their electrifying live sound and high-caliber performance! They cover a wide range of groups such as The Rolling Stones, Heart, Aerosmith, Pat Benatar, Steppenwolf, Nirvana, Paul [...]

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Saturday August 03 2013

Sierra Madre Merchants/Artists Participate in Second SMArt Walk – Photo Gallery and Video

Sierra Madre Merchants/Artists Participate in Second SMArt Walk - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 8/3/13 – The second Sierra Madre Art Walk (SMArt Walk) took place last night, and it sure seemed like there were more people downtown than usual.  Lots of merchants stayed open late, offered refreshments, displayed art by local artists, and allowed local artists to display/sell their work out on the sidewalk in front of [...]

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Tuesday July 30 2013

Second SMArt Walk This Friday Evening

Second SMArt Walk This Friday Evening

Press Release posted 7/30/13 – On Friday evening, August 2nd, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., downtown Sierra Madre will be bustling with creativity as local artists and musicians join with over twenty-five small businesses and restaurants to celebrate art and community during the Sierra Madre Art Walk (SMArt Walk). SMArt Walk has been formally launched by local [...]

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Tuesday July 30 2013

Kiwanis Celebrate 86th with Jane Fuller Concert

Kiwanis Celebrate 86th with Jane Fuller Concert

Posted 7/30/13 – Sierra Madre Kiwanis sponsored the July 28th Concert in the Park, featuring Sierra Madre’s own Jane Fuller. The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The Kensington, an Assisted Living Residence. Kiwanis also celebrated their 86th birthday by giving out free birthday cake to the crowd, and balloons to the kids in attendance. [...]

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Sunday July 21 2013

Harry as Elvis Takes Sierra Madre by Storm

Harry as Elvis Takes Sierra Madre by Storm

Posted 7/21/13 – At tonight’s Concert in the Park, the Rotary Club again sponsored Harry Shahoian as Elvis, as they have for several years now.  Harry informed the crowd that he has been performing as Elvis for 20 years now, and he’s still going strong, currently performing at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and [...]

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Sunday July 21 2013

Library Receives 400+ New Books Thanks To Grant

Library Receives 400+ New Books Thanks To Grant

Press Release posted 7/21/13 – Sierra Madre’s Public Library was the recipient of a one-time grant of $7,500 from the state library and was able to purchase over 400 new, print books. New books include children’s, teens, popular fiction, classics, non-fiction and reference materials. All new books are part of collections with high demand and [...]

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Monday July 15 2013

“Decades of Rock” Concert Sponsored by Spero Foundation, Photo Gallery

Posted 7/15/13 – The Spero Foundation sponsored this week’s concert featuring Decades of Rock.  Juan’s Tacos provided the food, and this years Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The Kensington, an Assisted Living residence.  Click here to view videos.  Click on a photo below to enlarge.  Click here to go back to the Summer Concert [...]

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Monday July 15 2013

Luke Mulholland Band Concert Sponsored by Sierra Madre Issei Memorial Foundation, 7/7/13

Luke Mulholland Band Concert Sponsored by Sierra Madre Issei Memorial Foundation, 7/7/13

Posted 7/7/13 – The Sierra Madre Issei Memorial Foundation sponsored the Luke Mulholland Band on Sunday July 7th.  The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by The Kensington, an Assisted Living Residence.  Meet ‘n Potatoes food truck was there for grub… Enjoy the photo gallery, below the video.  Click a photo below to enlarge.  Click here to [...]

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Saturday June 29 2013

Civic Club Sponsors Cow Bop Concert in the Park – Photos and Video

Civic Club Sponsors Cow Bop Concert in the Park - Photos and Video

Posted 6/29/13 – The Sierra Madre Civic Club sponsored last week’s Concert in the Park, featuring a local band, Cow Bop, and their unique blend of country and bebop.  This week’s concert tomorrow night will feature a Beatles tribute band called “Hard Day’s Night”, and is sponsored by the SMVFA.  The Summer Concert in the [...]

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Saturday June 15 2013

Fathers’ Day Happenings at Adams Pack Station

Press Release posted 6/15/13 - Wondering what to do with your dad this Sunday? How about taking him for a hike (or a walk) and then enjoy some great music and pulled pork sandwiches (also a veggie dish)??? What a better way to spend family time.   This  Sunday’s line up is: 6/16/2013     NOON-02:00         Bryan Chan   [...]

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Sunday June 02 2013

First SMArt Walk This Friday

First SMArt Walk This Friday

Press Release posted 6/2/13 – Reviving Sierra Madre’s reputation as a place where art and creativity thrive, a group of local businesses have come together to initiate the first Sierra Madre Art Walk. On the first Friday of every other month (view scheduled dates) Sierra Madre will be bustling with creativity as local artists and musicians [...]

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Thursday May 23 2013

Library Silent Auction Item Close-up Views Next Two Saturdays

 An eclectic selection of collectible books, including several signed first editions, is being featured in the Best Used Book Sale Committee’s second Silent Auction.  The books can be seen in the display case in the main room of the Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre through Monday, June 3 during [...]

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Monday May 20 2013

Library To Receive Books Via Grant, Children’s Program To Take a “Nap”

Press Releases posted 5/20/13  It’s Naptime for the Library’s Popular Preschool Storytime Preschool storytime at the Sierra Madre Public Library will take a week’s nap and will not meet on Monday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 5. Summer Reading begins on June 10, and library programs are taking a break so staff can ready the [...]

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Thursday May 02 2013

SierraMadreSue Music News – Music Schedule for Art Fair and Cinco de Mayo

SierraMadreSue Music News - Music Schedule for Art Fair and Cinco de Mayo

Posted 5/2/13 - LIVE MUSIC – Sat. May 4th and Sun. May 5th at the Sierra Madre Art Fair – thank you Jean Sudbury for setting it all up this year! Main Stage/Bandshell in North part of Memorial Park: Steve Trovato and Tim Kobza, Country Jazz Guitar Masters, Saturday, May 4 at 11:00 Nick Ariondo, Composer [...]

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Tuesday April 23 2013

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s 51st Art Fair Fast Approaching

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library's 51st Art Fair Fast Approaching

Press Release posted 4/23/14 – The 51st annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s art fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in the city of Sierra Madre on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 5, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM. More than 90 artists will be [...]

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Saturday April 20 2013

Alverno High School to Present Godspell April 25, 26

Alverno High School to Present Godspell April 25, 26

Press Release posted 4/20/13 – Alverno High School is proud to present Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s Godspell on April 25 and 26 at 7:00 p.m. the Lanterman Theater in La Cañada. Told almost entirely through song, Godspell presents the Gospel of Matthew to a group of modern “hipsters” spending time in a city junkyard. [...]

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Monday April 08 2013

CAG’s Art of the Garden – A Tour of Enchantment

CAG's Art of the Garden - A Tour of Enchantment

Press Release posted 4/8/13 – Garden lovers be prepared for a day of enchantment as the Creative Arts Group presents ART OF THE GARDEN, a garden tour on April 21, 2013 that will be a day to remember for all who participate and experience four truly magnificent gardens. Nature retreat Although this home is situated [...]

Sunday April 07 2013

51st Annual Art Fair to be Held Weekend of Cinco de Mayo

Press Release posted 4/7/13 – The 51st annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Art Fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 5, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.  More than 90 artists will be displaying and selling their [...]

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Sunday March 24 2013

Wistaria Festival 2013 Music Videos

Posted 3/24/13 – One of the nice things about the Wistaria Festival is the different types of music you’ll find being performed.  I captured fewer than half of the performers, but what I did capture, I’m posting here.  Enjoy.  And click here for still photos from the Festival, and video of the vine tour (coming [...]

Saturday March 16 2013

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – Wistaria Festival Music Lineup and Schedule

Posted 3/16/13 -  YAY!  HERE IT IS!  THE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE FOR THE WISTARIA FESTIVAL – SUNDAY, MARCH 17th IN SIERRA MADRE.   Thank you Tim Tutwiler, Music Coordinator. At the Vine (Carter & Hermosa)    9-11am  Ron Longo                                    [...]

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Tuesday March 05 2013

Rotary to Again Hold Annual Dan Stover Music Scholarship Program

Rotary to Again Hold Annual Dan Stover Music Scholarship Program

Press Release posted 3/5/13 – Dan Stover Music Contest will take place Monday, March 25 at the LaSalle High School dining hall at 7 pm. Three monetary awards are offered for first, second and third place. Two rounds follow this competition for the winner of Monday evening. Read this article for more details and how [...]

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Tuesday March 05 2013

City Council Honors Winners in the Library’s I Love My Library Drawing & Essay Contest

City Council Honors Winners in the Library's I Love My Library Drawing & Essay Contest

Press Release posted 3/5/13 – Winners of the Sierra Madre Public Library “I Love My Library Drawing and Essay Contest” were honored Tuesday, Feb. 26 by the Sierra Madre City Council. Library Trustee Pete Siberell read the names of the 17 outstanding young winners and Mayor Josh Moran gave them each a handsome certificate from [...]

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Thursday February 21 2013

The Last Zero Fighter Author Dan King a Hit, WWII Vets To Share Stories This Saturday

The Last Zero Fighter Author Dan King a Hit, WWII Vets To Share Stories This Saturday

Posted 2/21/13 - Following a standing room only presentation by author Dan King two weekends ago (see video below the photo gallery for the entire presentation), the Library continues its One Book, One City celebration of Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken”  this weekend with a panel of WWII veterans sharing their stories at the Library, located at 440 [...]

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Sunday January 13 2013

Month-Long Festivities Planned for One Book, One City in February

Press Release posted 1/13/13 - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, is the City’s 2013 One Book One City selection this February and a month of exciting free programs with a World War II theme is being planned at the Sierra Madre Public Library. Please join us at the library for the following free programs: Children’s Airplane Flying [...]

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Sunday January 13 2013

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Schedules First Best Used Book Sale of 2013

Press Release posted 1/13/13 - Vintage and collectible books and publications will be featured at the next Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sale being held in the basement and back parking lot of the library on Friday, February 1, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  [...]

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Wednesday January 09 2013

The World’s Best Children’s Magicians Create Magic to Benefit Children

The World’s Best Children’s Magicians Create Magic to Benefit Children

Press Release posted 1/9/12 – The Children’s Magic Workshop is an international group of just more than a dozen of the world’s best magicians for children. Each year, they gather somewhere in the world to share and create new magic. This January 7-12th, they are coming to Los Angeles, home of the World Famous Magic [...]

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Tuesday January 08 2013

Friends of the Library’s 43rd Annual Wine Tasting Tickets On Sale

Friends of the Library's 43rd Annual Wine Tasting Tickets On Sale

Press Release posted 1/8/13 - Tickets are now on sale for the 43rd annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting.  Held on Sunday, February 17, from 2:00-5:00PM at Alverno Villa, 675 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre, the event will feature more than two dozen vintners showcasing their best wines and some of the Pasadena [...]

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Thursday December 20 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – Holiday Edition

SierraMadreSue's Music News - Holiday Edition

Posted 12/20/12 - THURS. 12/20 – BARRY “BIG B” BRENNER @ FIREFLY BISTRO IN SOUTH PASADENA, 6 – 9pm.  1009 El Centro. 626-441-2443.  Burgers, Brews & BLUES most Thursdays.   http://www.bigbbrenner.com/ THURS. 12/20 – COW BOP‘s ‘End of the World‘ Party! @ Viva Cantina in Burbank, 8 – 11pm. 900 W. Riverside Dr., next to the L.A. Equestrian Center. “What [...]

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Wednesday November 14 2012

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Announce Date for Wine Tasting

Press Release posted 11/14/12 – The 43rd annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 2:00-5:00PM at Alverno Villa, 675 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA .  More than two dozen vintners will be bringing their best wines to sample, and local restaurants will be [...]

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Wednesday November 14 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – Birthday Bonanza!!

Posted 11/14/12 - I have one of those perpetual calendars on my wall that I got over 20 years ago from the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift shop in New York City. It’s chock-full of family and friends’ birthdays and anniversaries and even a few deaths. I actually got it the year my Dad died (1990) now that I [...]

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Wednesday October 17 2012

Rare Performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse” Offered at Sierra Madre Playhouse

Posted 10/17/12  By Fran Syverson “Ruddigore” is a rarely performed satirical Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that poked fun at the Victorian mores of its time when first presented in 1887. Sierra Madre Playhouse director Eugene J. Hutchins decided to take a more contemporary view of it, and set it in the 1950s, where it easily [...]

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Monday October 15 2012

CAG Scarecrow Contest Award Winners Announced

CAG Scarecrow Contest Award Winners Announced

Posted 10/15/12 – On Friday, October 5th, the Creative Arts Group announced the winners of their 1st Annual Scarecrow Contest.  Dozens of folks showed up to find out who the winners were in the residential and business categories.  The scarecrows are on display at homes and businesses throughout the month of October, as part of [...]

Saturday September 15 2012

CAG Holds Scarecrow Workshop

CAG Holds Scarecrow Workshop

Posted 10/15/12 – As announced earlier, the Creative Arts Group is putting on the first annual Scarecrow Contest this October, and to help contestants along, they held a workshop on Saturday, Sept. 15th.  Knowledge and materials were plentiful and available to all.  Here’s a photo gallery to give you an idea.

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Friday August 31 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – EDited EDition

SierraMadreSue's Music News - EDited EDition

Here’s an update with some things to note: change in band schedule for this Sunday 9/2 up at Adams’ Pack Station, and the addition of Max Buda at the Old Towne Pub on Monday 9/3.  I wasn’t sure if it was happening since it’s Labor Day, but apparently it is!  See other additions as well……. [...]

Friday August 24 2012

Sierra Madre Sue’s Music News – Endless Summer edition

Sierra Madre Sue's Music News - Endless Summer edition

Posted 8/24/12 Sat. 8/25 – THE DRIVE NOW @ Trader Joe’s Hasting Ranch for their 10-Year Anniversary Celebration! along with watermelon eating contest, face painting and other festivities, 2 – 5:30pm. 467 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already! Drummer Buggs has been with T.J.’s for 30+ years, all over [...]

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Friday August 17 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – HOT August Days & Nights!

SierraMadreSue's Music News - HOT August Days & Nights!

Posted 8/17/12 - We met a new family at our neighborhood block party in June - Gigi & Joe Hutchinson & their 2 boys, and Joe performed a great set of lively Rock & Rockabilly for us. It was the next day I realized why he looked so familiar – I’ve been seeing his guitar lesson flyers all [...]

Friday August 10 2012

Creative Arts Group to Sponsor Scarecrow Workshop, Citywide Contest

Creative Arts Group to Sponsor Scarecrow Workshop, Citywide Contest

Posted 8/10/12 – Foothill Creative Arts Group will be hosting a FREE Scarecrow Making Workshop at Creative Arts Group, 108 N. Baldwin Ave., on Saturday, September 15, 2012 from noon to 7 pm, to the first 60 families.  Workshop participants need to bring clothes and accessories for their scarecrow. Everything else will be provided. These [...]

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Friday August 10 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – ballgames, birthdays & bobble heads – oh my!

SierraMadreSue's Music News - ballgames, birthdays & bobble heads - oh my!

Posted 8/10/12 - That’s right sports & music fans – you can get all 3 this week! I got my Sandy Koufax bobble head tonight (8/7), but sadly the Dodgers did not win…. Wed. 8/8 – 6:15pm – the Buccaneer co-ed softball team plays at Heasley Field, Sierra Vista Park, vs. the Commandos. Come on down [...]

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Thursday August 02 2012

TAIKOPROJECT at This Sunday’s Concert in the Park

Press Release posted 8/2/12 – The Concerts in the Park series continues this Sunday, August 5 with TAIKOPROJECT. The TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of premiere taiko drummers dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of taiko. In addition to performing at this Sunday’s Concert in the Park, TAIKOPROJECT will offer free demonstrations where youth can [...]

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Friday July 27 2012

SierraMadreSue Late Night Music News – REVISIONS and additions!

Posted 7/27/12 - got a couple of revisions after I sent that out…… tonite!!! FRI. 7/27 – WRECK ‘N’ SOW @ VIVA CANTINA IN BURBANK, 8 – 11pm. 900 W. Riverside Dr. next to the L.A. Equestrian Center. 818-845-2425. No cover, full bar & great Mexican food. Bluegrass.  http://www.wrecknsow.com/ SAT. 7/28 – HORSES ON ASTROTURF @ [...]

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Friday July 27 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Late Night Music Update

Posted 7/27/12 –   yes it’s 2:00am.  but I’m on vacation so I get to sleep in! yippee!   tonite!!! FRI. 7/27 – WRECK ‘N’ SOW @ VIVA CANTINA IN BURBANK, 8 – 11pm. 900 W. Riverside Dr. next to the L.A. Equestrian Center. 818-845-2425. No cover, full bar & great Mexican food. Bluegrass.  http://www.wrecknsow.com/ [...]

Sunday July 22 2012

Summer Art Exhibition at City Hall to Feature Celeste Mendelsohn Through Aug. 3rd

Posted 7/22/12 - The City of Sierra Madre Community Services Commission and Arts Advisory Committee is pleased to present an art exhibition by Celeste Mendelsohn.  Her art work is now on display through Friday, August 3rd in Sierra Madre City Hall, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.   Ms. Mendelsohn’s art features paintings are done on 20″ to [...]

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Sunday July 22 2012

Civic Club Sponsors Decades of Rock (Aluminum Marshmallow) Concert in the Park

Civic Club Sponsors Decades of Rock (Aluminum Marshmallow) Concert in the Park

Press Release posted 7/22/12 – On Sunday, July 29th, the ever-evolving Aluminum Marshmallow band will play “Decades of Rock” during the Concert in the Park from 6 to 8pm at the band shell in Sierra Madre’s Cannon (Memorial) Park.  The band boasts a big horn section, a play list chock full of tunes from every [...]

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Sunday July 22 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Music News & stuff

Posted 7/22/12 - here’s some fun stuff happenin’ around town this weekend: Sat. 7/21 – GROOVY LEMON PIE @ the Buccaneer Lounge in Sierra Madre, 9pm. 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-355-9045. No Cover, full bar, friendly service! Groovy Classic Rock – you may have seen these guys at the 3rd of July concert in Memorial Park [...]

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Saturday July 14 2012

CRANK IT UP! Before the IPod there was the Talking Machine!

CRANK IT UP!  Before the IPod there was the Talking Machine!

Press Release posted 7/14/12 – Join the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society (SMHPS) at their annual meeting for a lively program of early “talking machines” presented by James Constantian.  He will share little known facts and interesting stories about early talking machines and phonographs, and play early recordings on machines dating back circa 1900 to [...]

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Saturday July 14 2012

Friends Of the Sierra Madre Library August Best Used Book Sale Scheduled

Press Release posted 7/14/12 - If your stack of summer reading material is getting low, the best place to replenish the stack is at the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sale being held on Friday, August 3, from 3:00-7:00PM and Saturday, August 4, from 10:00AM-2:00PM.  The library is located at 440 W. [...]

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Friday July 06 2012

Meet the Princess and the Pirates at the Sierra Madre Library

Meet the Princess and the Pirates at the Sierra Madre Library

Press Release posted 7/6/12 - Kids of all ages, join the adventure and excitement as the Franklin Haynes Marionettes bring pirates into the Sierra Madre Public Library on Monday, July 9 at 10 a.m. Pirate Captain Cannonball kidnaps Princess Rachel and locks her up on Skull Island. To free the Princess, her brother, his trusty pirate [...]

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Friday July 06 2012

Harry Shahoian Returns as Elvis Sunday Night, Sponsored by Rotary

Posted 7/5/12 – Harry Shahoian, Sierra Madre native who now performs in Las Vegas as Elvis Presley, returns to the bandshell in Memorial Park this Sunday as part of the Summer Concert in the Park series.  Sierra Madre Rotary Club sponsors the event annually, and it’s always the most well attended concert of the summer. [...]

Saturday June 30 2012

Sierra Madre Filmmaker Screens Latest Work at Playhouse

Sierra Madre Filmmaker Screens Latest Work at Playhouse

Posted 6/29/12 - On Sunday, June 24th, a special screening of the award winning feature film Not That Funny was held at the Sierra Madre Playhouse as a thank you to the town, its residents and its businesses.  Mary’s Market, The Buccaneer, Sierra Madre Pizza Company, Bean Town Coffee House and Four Seasons Tea Room all [...]

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Thursday June 28 2012

Friday Night Art at Gallery 39

Press Release posted 6/28/12 – You don’t want to miss Friday Night Art at Gallery 39 in Sierra Madre this coming Friday night!  We are delighted the accomplished violinist Jean Sudbury will join us and fill the evening air with her beautiful music from 6 pm – 9 pm.  Along with the incredible art from [...]

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Thursday June 28 2012

City of Sierra Madre FREE Concert in the Park Series

Press Release Posted 6/28/12 - Join the City of Sierra Madre this summer for the Concerts in the Park, beginning Sunday, July 8, 2012 and occurring every Sunday through August 26, 2012. The concerts are FREE thanks to the support of Athens Services and the Sierra Madre Issei Memorial Foundation, along with numerous community hosts. Concerts [...]

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Thursday June 28 2012

An Afternoon With Fritz Coleman On July 22 At Sierra Madre Playhouse

Posted 6/28/12 – Most famed as the KNBC-TV weatherman since 1982, Fritz Coleman has also won four Los Angeles area Emmy ® Awards for his comedy and specials. He has also written and starred in three plays ,”It’s Me, Dad!, ” “Tonight at 11!,”  and “The Reception.” Fritz has performed stand-up comedy over a period [...]

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Thursday June 21 2012

“Incident At Vichy” Opens July 20 At Sierra Madre Playhouse

“Incident At Vichy” Opens July 20 At Sierra Madre Playhouse

Press Release posted 6/21/12 – It’s 1942, and the Nazis have invaded France and set up a collaborationist government at Vichy. French police have rounded up those suspected of being Jewish prior to their being sent to extermination camps (90,000 French Jews will ultimately face death in this fashion). “Incident at Vichy,” Arthur Miller’s play, [...]

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Sunday June 10 2012

Rotary Children’s Library Grand Opening, Photos and Video

Rotary Children's Library Grand Opening, Photos and Video

Posted 6/10/12 – On Thursday, June 7th, more than a hundred people turned out to celebrate the opening of the Rotary Children’s Library at the Sierra Madre Public Library.  Formerly the Children’s Library Room, the Rotary Children’s Library has undergone a major upgrade, with financial assistance from numerous individuals and organizations throughout the community.  Improvements [...]

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Friday June 08 2012

Darlene Traxler Leads Sierra Madre Library’s Summer READ™ Campaign

Darlene Traxler Leads Sierra Madre Library’s Summer READ™ Campaign

Press Release posted 6/7/12 - Darlene Traxler, President of the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library has graciously agreed to help promote the Library’s Summer 2012 READ campaign.  In an effort to promote a life-long love of reading, a local citizen is chosen to select their favorite book and encourage residents of all ages to visit [...]

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Thursday June 07 2012

Rotary Children’s Library Room Ribbon Cutting Today

Press Release posted 6/7/12 – Join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the beautiful new Rotary Children’s Library on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Sierra Madre Public Library. Improvements include the removal of an emergency exit, replacement of windows, bookshelves, furniture, paint and carpet. The layout of the [...]

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Wednesday June 06 2012

Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Author, Passes Away at 91

Ray Bradbury, Science Fiction Author, Passes Away at 91

Posted 6/6/12 – Ray Bradbury, noted author of science fiction since the 1940s, has passed away at the age of 91.  Bradbury appeared on Feb. 7, 2009  in Sierra Madre at the Sierra Madre School auditorium as part of the 2009 One Book, One City program which featured the book with which he is probably [...]

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Tuesday June 05 2012

“Woman In Mind” Takes Us On Tantalizing Inner Tour At SM Playhouse – Review by Fran Syverson

“Woman In Mind” Takes Us On Tantalizing Inner Tour At SM Playhouse - Review by Fran Syverson

Posted 6/5/12 – By Fran Syverson It’s rare that we see a drama from, in effect, inside one person’s head. But that’s the case with the aptly titled Woman in Mind now running at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Through Susan’s perspective, we meet her family—or, rather, her families. For one is real, and the other [...]

Thursday May 31 2012

Free E-Reader Workshops At Sierra Madre Library

Press Release posted 5/31/12 – Learn how to download free eBooks to your Kindle, iPad, Nook and other e-devices this summer at the Library.  The class will focus on how to download free books from our Overdrive service to your e-reader, and will include a demonstration followed by a hands-on practice.  If possible, please bring [...]

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Thursday May 31 2012

Adams Pack Station to Feature Music This Weekend

Posted 5/31/12 – This coming Sunday, June 3 Adams Pack Station will feature the following line-up of music… 12:00-2:00   Home Grown / Brian Guthrie 2:00-4:00  Chico’s Bails Bonds (Blues at its Best)  www.chicosblues.com 4:00-5:30   Crown City Band (Ken Marcus)  www.crowncityband.com Come for a hike and stay for the music. Or, just come on up for the music.  If you come up [...]

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Thursday May 31 2012

SM Playhouse Receives Grant from T of R Foundation

Press Release posted 5/31/12 – Pasadena Tournament of Roses®Foundation President Jacqueline Howard distributed grant checks totaling $100,000 to 27 civic, educational and cultural organizations in the San Gabriel Valley at the Tournament of Roses Foundation Grant Award Reception held May 23 at Tournament House.  Seven of the 27 organizations funded are first-time grant recipients.  These [...]

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Thursday May 24 2012

Dorothy And The Wizard Of Oz Back By Popular Demand At Playhouse; Opens June 2

Dorothy And The Wizard Of Oz Back By Popular Demand At Playhouse; Opens June 2

Press Release posted 5/24/12 – Join Dorothy, Toto and all of their new found friends in this lively, colorful, magical musical adventure based on L. Frank Baum’s much loved story. The interactive show permits the kids in the audience to be Munchkins.  The show will be presented for Saturday daytime performances only. June Chandler, long [...]

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Thursday May 24 2012

SM Library Offers Summer Reading Programs for Kids, Teens, Adults -Teen Volunteers Needed

Press Release posted 5/24/12 – “Dream Big – Read!” is the theme for Sierra Madre’s eight-week 2012 Summer Reading Program, which runs from Monday, June 18 through Saturday, August 11.  There are programs for all age groups, including adults. Come in and register any time during this period and win prizes along the way. In [...]

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Tuesday May 22 2012

Gene Goss to Begin Political Talk Show on RadioFishbowl.com

Gene Goss to Begin Political Talk Show on RadioFishbowl.com

Posted 5/22/12 – Gene Goss, who came seemingly out of nowhere to nearly find himself on the City Council in the April election, will begin hosting a political talk show on RadioFishbowl.com beginning Thursday night at 7pm.   The show, “Village Intersections with Gene Goss”, will air weekly, with a rebroadcast on Saturdays.  To find the [...]

Thursday May 17 2012

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library June Best Used Book Sale

Press release posted 5/17/12 – The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are upon us and if you’re looking for a good book to bring with you to the beach, the mountains, on the plane, or to that lawn chair under the tree in your back yard, the best place to find one is at [...]

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Saturday May 12 2012

Gallery 39 Inaugural Exhibition Features Five Artists – Photo Gallery

Gallery 39 Inaugural Exhibition Features Five Artists - Photo Gallery

Posted 5/12/12 – Andrew Kasiske of AKA Fotographix has had his photography and framing studio tucked away at 41 E. Montecito for some time, but when a streetfront space opened recently at 39 E. Montecito, he decided to rent it as well and open a gallery that would be more accessible (and visible) from the street.  Friday [...]

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Saturday May 12 2012

Artist Reception Held at City Hall

Artist Reception Held at City Hall

Posted 5/12/12 – The City of Sierra Madre Community Services Commission and Arts Advisory Committee is pleased to present an art exhibition by Hilda Pittman.  On Friday, May 11th, an opening reception was held with the artist in attendance. Ms. Pittman began painting about twenty years ago, after her children were grown.  While she briefly experimented [...]

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Thursday May 10 2012

Artist Reception Friday Evening to Kick Off Spring Exhibition at City Hall

Press Release posted 5/10/12 – The City of Sierra Madre Community Services Commission and Arts Advisory Committee is pleased to present an art exhibition by Hilda Pittman.  The art work is now on display through Friday, June 8 in SierraMadreCity Hall, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Community members are invited to an Artist Reception on [...]

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Sunday May 06 2012

Friends of Library Art Fair Continues Today – Info + Photo Gallery from Saturday

Friends of Library Art Fair Continues Today - Info + Photo Gallery from Saturday

Posted 5/6/12 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s (FOL) 50th Annual Art Fair continues in Memorial Park today, featuring dozens of artists and their works, plenty of food choices, and live music.  There will also be a silent auction of items donated to the FOL by the artists participating in the Fair.  The Fair [...]

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Sunday May 06 2012

Volunteer Radio Announcers Wanted!

Volunteer Radio Announcers Wanted!

Press Release Posted 5/6/12 – Sierra Madre’s Community Radio station is seeking volunteers to record public service announcements (PSAs) for broadcast.  The station broadcasts 24/7 at 1630 on the AM dial, and provides residents with timely information about community events. The PSAs are recorded at City Hall by volunteer announcers.  The process is quick and [...]

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Tuesday May 01 2012

Sierra Madre Art Fair 2012 – Music On The Main Stage Lineup

Sierra Madre Art Fair 2012 - Music On The Main Stage Lineup

Press Release posted 5/1/12 Saturday, May 511:00 Steve Trovato  And Tim Kobza: Rockin’ Country Jazz Guitar Duo Steve Trovato, The Country Jazzmaster, combines elements of country and jazz, and infuses them with rock and blues. Influenced by such diverse artists as The Yardbirds,    Jeff  Beck,   The Stones,  and  Joe  Pass,  Steve   and  Tim   have  created [...]

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Monday April 30 2012

50th Annual Art Fair This Weekend

Image courtesy of Friends of the Library, click to enlarge Press Release posted 4/30/12 – The 50th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Art Fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 6, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.  [...]

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Thursday April 26 2012

Creative Arts Group Showcases Spectacular Gardens – Photo Gallery

Creative Arts Group Showcases Spectacular Gardens - Photo Gallery

Posted 4/26/12 – On Sunday, April 21, the Foothill Creative Arts Group held its 18th annual “Art of the Garden” tour, featuring four homes, one in Sierra Madre, one in Arcadia, one in Sierra Madre and one in Pasadena.  The tour is self guided, and the homes may be viewed in any order.  Artists from [...]

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Thursday April 26 2012

“Woman In Mind” Opens At Sierra Madre Playhouse On May 25

Press Release posted 4/26/12 – Susan wakes up one day in her English garden after a bump on the noggin and finds herself living a dual existence. In one reality, she shares a loveless, sexless marriage with Gerald, the local vicar. They share their home with her sister-in-law, Muriel, an eternally grieving widow. Susan often [...]

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Thursday April 26 2012

Tap Chicks At Sierra Madre Playhouse On May 6th

Press Release posted 4/26/12 -  The Tap Chicks are seasoned tap dancers who dazzle with youthful energy. A favorite at the L.A. County Fair for many years, their previous performances at the Sierra Madre Playhouse have sold out. The Tap Chicks were originally formed atPasadenaSeniorCenter. They are choreographed by Pam  Kay, who also provides musical [...]

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Wednesday April 25 2012

Mario Lalli on the Closure of Cafe 322

Mario Lalli on the Closure of Cafe 322

Posted 4/25/12 – This is from the Cafe 322 Kitchen and Bar Facebook page, reprinted with permission (See SierraMadreSue’s article just before this one for entertainment information for the final week….) We are very sad to announce that Cafe 322 will be closing its doors this Sunday night 4/29/2012. Seven years to the month we [...]

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Wednesday April 25 2012

Sierra Madre Sue – The Last Waltz at Cafe 322

Posted 4/25/12 – Mario Lalli at Cafe 322 has been the Bill Graham of Sierra Madre for the last several years, providing a great venue for musicians of all genres, ages, walks of life and levels of talent.  He and his staff of family and friends have fed us, kept us warm, hosted our birthday [...]

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Tuesday April 24 2012

Art Fair to Also Feature Food, Live Music

Art Fair to Also Feature Food, Live Music

Press Release posted 4/23/12 – The 50th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Art Fair will be held in Memorial Park on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 6, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM. Our 50th anniversary fair will be extra special with more than 95 artists displaying and selling their [...]

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Tuesday April 17 2012

Adams Pack Station to Celebrate 76 Year Anniversary Sunday

Press Release Posted 4/17/12 – This Sunday, April 22nd, we (Adams Pack Station) will be celebrating 76 years of packing from Chantry Flat to the Big Santa Anita Canyon. This is also the kick-off of our 2012 Music Series. Steven Bejarno, Ruthann Friedmann, 45 Fingers, and Bryan Chan will help us to celebrate the milestone. [...]

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Friday April 13 2012

Sierra Madre Sue’s Music News – Mellow D’z, HOA and more!

Posted 4/13/12 DOUBLE HEADER FRIDAY NIGHT- Friday, April 13 —The Mellow D’z at Cafe 322 in Sierra Madre from 5:30-7:30 PM. Happy hour food and drink specials are from 4-6:30 PM. It’s a great way to start your weekend! 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 626-836-5414. www.cafe322.com THEN FOLLOW THEM OVER TO BAR LOUIE! —The Mellow [...]

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Friday April 13 2012

50th Annual Art Fair Approaching

Press Release Posted 4/13/12 – The 50th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s art fair will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, on Saturday, May 5, from 9:30AM to 6:00PM and Sunday, May 6, from 9:30AM to 5:00PM.  More than 80 artists will be displaying and selling their [...]

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Thursday April 12 2012

Sierra Madre Librarian Retires After 46 Years

Sierra Madre Librarian Retires After 46 Years

Press Release Posted 4/12/12 – A retirement party on March 29 was attended by Sierra Madre Library staff, who celebrated Margaret Duran’s 46 years of service to the Library.  At 82 years young, Margaret has been an active member of the community “for more years than she can remember.”  In 2009 she received the prestigious [...]

Thursday April 12 2012

Sierra Madre Library Awarded Local History Preservation Grant

Press Release posted 4/12/12 – The California Preservation Program recently announced that the Sierra Madre Public Library has been awarded a $4,000 Collection Assessment Preservation Grant for its Local History collection.  The California Preservation Assessment Project (CPAP) is designed to help small and mid-sized libraries and archives plan improvements for the care of their historical [...]

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Monday April 02 2012

50th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair – Featured Artist Announced

50th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair – Featured Artist Announced

Press release posted 4/2/12 – Alison Snow, chair of the 50th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Art Fair is excited to announce that the Fair’s featured artist is Carolyn Grantham Gravatte, a long-time resident and painter of Sierra Madre.   Carolyn studied at Otis Art Institute and received early training with master Fine Art [...]

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Friday February 24 2012

Library Children’s Room Remodel Begins

Posted 2/24/12 – Renovation of the Sierra Madre Public Library Children’s Room is slated to begin the first week in April. During the makeover, Children’s Services will move into the adjacent Reference Room with a limited collection of picture, fiction and non-fiction books.  The popular Preschool Story Times will continue during the six-week construction period [...]

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Friday February 10 2012

SierraMadreSue’s Music News – to the weekend… and beyond!

SierraMadreSue's Music News - to the weekend... and beyond!

Posted 2/10/12 – here’s just a few tasty tidbits for your weekend listening (and dining & drinking) pleasure: FRI. 2/10 – the MELLOW D’z (Dave Osti & Deanna Cogan – acoustic rock) @ CAFE 322 IN SIERRA MADRE, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Full bar & kitchen with happy hour food & drink specials 4 – 6:30pm. 322 [...]

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Saturday February 04 2012

A Noise Within Artistic Director to Address Scholarship Benefit

A Noise Within Artistic Director to Address Scholarship Benefit

Posted 2/4/12 - “Behind the Scenes at A Noise Within” will be the subject of a talk by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, producing director of Pasadena’s A Noise Within, the celebrated classical repertory theatre company, at the eighth Awards for Scholars luncheon to be held on Monday, March 12 at the Santa Anita Golf Club in Arcadia. Rodriguez-Elliott [...]

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Thursday January 19 2012

Sierra Madre’s Got Talent ???

Join the students and families of Sierra Madre School as they hop on stage and show Sierra Madre what they’ve got on Friday, January 27th in the Gayle Bluemmel Auditorium at Sierra Madre Elementary School 141 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for [...]

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Wednesday January 18 2012

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library 42nd Annual Wine Tasting Coming Up!

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library 42nd Annual Wine Tasting Coming Up!

This year’s annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting will be held on Sunday, February 12, from 2:00-5:00PM at Alverno Villa, 675 W. Highland Ave., Sierra Madre.  Chair of the Wine Tasting, Sue Levoe, is enthusiastic about the afternoon event.  She feels that the timing will lend itself to leisurely strolling about the [...]

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Wednesday January 18 2012

The 2012 Sierra Madre Library READ™ Campaign

The 2012 Sierra Madre Library READ™ Campaign

Posted 1/18/12 – In 1985, the American Library Association (ALA) launched the READ™ campaign which has proven immensely effective in promoting literacy among all age groups.  Comedian Bill Cosby was the first notable to appear on a poster; since then, more than 150 celebrities have donated their images for these posters, which convey the simple, [...]

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Wednesday January 18 2012

Sierra Madre’s “One Book, One City 2012” Events

Posted 1/18/12 – “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, containing the first twelve short stories about the famous detective by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, will be honored during February at the Sierra Madre Public Library as the City of Sierra Madre’s One Book, One City selection for 2012.   All events are free and open to the [...]

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Thursday January 05 2012

Interactive Musical “Cinderella” w/Jane Fuller Returns To Playhouse Starting February 4

Posted 1/5/12 – Renowned jazz vocalist Jane Fuller stars in the title role of “Cinderella,” a new musical version of the classic tale that features her original songs.  This musical proved so popular with adults as well as children in its two previous engagements, that we’re bringing it back again. As director June Chandler explains, [...]

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Thursday January 05 2012

Friends Of The Library to Host Two January Book Sales

Posted 1/5/12 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will be having two Bargain Book Table Sales in January in the Library during open hours.  The first will run from Monday, January 9th through Saturday January 14th, and will feature Cookbooks, Comics, Fiction, Thrillers, and books for Children and Teens.  The second sale will [...]

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Thursday January 05 2012

“Twentieth Century” Opens January 27 At The Playhouse

Posted 1/5/12 - Playwright Ken Ludwig is a favorite with Sierra Madre Playhouse audiences. His shows there have included “Leading Ladies,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Lend Me A Tenor.” Now there’s “Twentieth Century,” his hilarious 21st century adaptation of the 1932 Broadway hit by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.   The glamorous passenger train Twentieth Century Limited, [...]

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Sunday January 01 2012

“Colorful Imagination” Judging Takes Place

Posted 1/1/12 – Sierra Madre’s 80th entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, “Colorful Imagination” underwent final judging today alongside the tennis courts in Sierra Vista Park, in front of the Rose Float barn where it was built.  As conceived and drawn by Julio Leon, “Colorful Imagination” celebrates children’s play and their unique ability to [...]

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Friday December 30 2011

Free E-Books @ The Library—“E-Read With Overdrive!”

Posted 12/30/11 - Why pay more—or anything at all—for e-books when you can download and read hundreds of new and noteworthy books on your PC, Mac, laptop, tablet, smartphone, e-reader, or other electronic device using OverDrive, Sierra Madre Library’s  free e-book lending library.  If you are among the thousands of people who received a Nook, Kindle, [...]

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Friday December 23 2011

It’s a Wonderful Life Extended at Playhouse

Posted 12/23/11 – By popular demand, “It’s A Wonderful Life” has been extended through January 14 at the Sierra Madre Playhouse.  “It’s A Wonderful Life” (read Fran Syverson’s review here) has been a hit for Sierra Madre Playhouse, which is extending its run by adding five performances in January, 2012. WHAT: “It’s A Wonderful Life.” The [...]

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Friday December 16 2011

Bean Town Christmas Benefit for SM School Performing & Visual Arts

Bean Town Christmas Benefit for SM School Performing & Visual Arts

Posted 12/16/11 – Santa Claus is coming to Bean Town!!  Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa Claus, or there will be a photographer on hand in case you forget your camera. Please stop by Bean Town on Dec. 17th between 1pm & 3pm to show your support.  All donations collected go directly to the [...]

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Thursday December 15 2011

Sierra Madre’s 2012 “One Book, One City” Selection Made

Posted 12/15/11 – The Sierra Madre Public Library is pleased to announce The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as the City’s 2012 One Book, One City selection. Sherlock Holmes—the world’s most famous “consulting detective,” who first appeared in publication in 1887—was featured in four novels and fifty-six short stories. The Adventures [...]

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Tuesday December 13 2011

Local Community Invited to Attend Alverno’s Candlelight Celebration

Local Community Invited to Attend Alverno's Candlelight Celebration

The Christmas season brings wonderful traditions to Alverno High School including the annual Candlelight Celebration. This year, Alverno will host this special tradition on Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm. The entire Alverno community will gather near the Villa Del Sol d’ Oro and take part in the story of Christmas from the birth of Jesus [...]

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Monday December 12 2011

Need Last Minute Christmas Gift? Wistaria Shuttle Tickets Now Available Online

Need Last Minute Christmas Gift? Wistaria Shuttle Tickets Now Available Online

Posted 12/12/11 – The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce announced today that tickets to ride the shuttle to view the 118-year old Wistaria Vine, designated by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest blossoming plant, are now available for purchase online. The vine, which is on private property, is located in the [...]

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Friday December 09 2011

Playhouse Review by Fran Syverson

Posted 12/9/11 - “It’s a Wonderful Life”—heartwarming holiday classic now at Sierra Madre Playhouse Tree silhouettes, barren of leaves for the winter…snow softly floating…a pretty little bridge arching over a stream—what more tranquil setting can we imagine? But wait! That man on the bridge, pacing agitatedly to and fro, finally deciding to take the plunge over the [...]

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Friday December 09 2011

Sierra Madre Chorale Performances Scheduled

Posted 12/9/11 – The Sierra Madre Chorale, under the direction of Fred Copeland and accompanied by Stephanie Lan, has scheduled two holiday performances titled “The Music of Christmas…The Happiest Season of the Year.”  The performances will be held Friday, Dec. 16th at 7:30 and Sunday, Dec. 18th at 4pm at the Sierra Madre United Methodist Church, [...]

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Wednesday December 07 2011

School Auditorium Renamed for Bluemel, Celebration Wednesday, 12/14

School Auditorium Renamed for Bluemel, Celebration Wednesday, 12/14

Posted 12/7/11 – At the request of the Sierra Madre PTA and by unanimous support and endorsement of the School Board of the Pasadena Unified School District, the auditorium at Sierra Madre School has officially been named the Gayle L. Bluemel Auditorium. Gayle’s extensive tenure of 38 years as an educator with PUSD, 21 of [...]

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Wednesday December 07 2011

Back to Back Friends Of The Library Book Sales in Time for Holidays

Posted 12/7/11 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are having another Bargain Book Table Sale, right on the heels of December’s Best Used Book Sale, which was moved, due to the weather emergency, to Friday, December 9th (3:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, December 10th (10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.). The Bargain Book Table Sale will [...]

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Tuesday November 29 2011

It Takes a Village, Seriously, to Make Dickens Village

It Takes a Village, Seriously, to Make Dickens Village

For many years, the holiday celebration put on by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce was called the Holiday Open House.  A few years back, the Chamber decided to go with “Dickens Village,” and added the horse and buggy ride, period costume dressed carolers, etc.  Truth be told, though, there’s a lot more of OUR village [...]

Thursday November 24 2011

Restored Creche Figures to “Debut” at Dickens Village

Restored Creche Figures to “Debut” at Dickens Village

Posted 11/23/11, by Bill Coburn – Each year during Sierra Madre’s annual Candlelight Procession, two young residents are selected to perform in the role of Mary and Joseph, walking down the hill at the head of the procession carrying the figure of the baby Jesus, which they then place in the manger in the town [...]

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Wednesday November 23 2011

Library Closed This Weekend for Holiday

The Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. Library materials to be returned may be placed in the Book Drop, which will remain open during the four-day holiday break.

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Friday November 18 2011

Library to Close Thanksgiving Weekend

The Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, November 24 through Sunday, November 27. Library materials to be returned may be placed in the Book Drop, which will remain open during the four-day holiday break.

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Thursday November 03 2011

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Extended By Popular Demand Through Nov. 19

“To Kill A Mockingbird” Extended By Popular Demand Through Nov. 19

WHAT: “To Kill A Mockingbird.” A play. WHO: Written by Christopher Sergel. Based on the novel by Harper Lee. Directed by Michael Cooper. Presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company. WHERE: Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Ample free parking behind theatre. WHEN: [...]

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Thursday November 03 2011

Council Looks to Fill SMTV3 Commission Vacancies

The City of Sierra Madre’s Community Services Commission is looking for two motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and  friendly volunteers to serve on the City’s SMTV3 Community Cable Television Programming Committee.  The City welcomes any interested residents to apply. SMTV3 Community Cable Television Programming Committee has 2 vacancies for Community Members At Large.  The SMTV3 Community Cable Television [...]

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Thursday November 03 2011

Creative Arts Group to Host Annual Art Festival

Creative Arts Group to Host Annual Art Festival

The Foothill Creative Arts Group will host their Annual Art Festival Friday thru Sunday, Nov. 11 – 13, at 108 N. Baldwin Ave.  The festival will include artwork by more than seventy artists, artist demonstrations, and a student sale on Friday and Saturday only.  The Opening Night reception will be held from 7 to 9pm [...]

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Thursday November 03 2011

Just In Time For The Holidays: “It’s A Wonderful Life” Opens Nov. 25 At Sierra Madre Playhouse

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is the stage version of the favorite Christmas story. George Bailey, the decent family man who heads the Building and Loan Association in the town of Bedford Falls, is dissuaded from suicide one especially difficult holiday season by the intervention of a guardian angel in training. The angel, Clarence, shows George [...]

Wednesday November 02 2011

Bargain Books Galore at November Bargain Book Sale!

Posted 11/2/11 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library have an overstock of volumes that they will be selling during another Bargain Book Table Sale at the Library, Monday, November 14, through Saturday, November 19, during the Library’s open hours. The featured topics will include Fiction, Mysteries and Thrillers, Current Affairs, Contemporary Culture, and [...]

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Monday October 31 2011

2011 Sierra Madre Halloween Window Painting Contest Winners

2011 Sierra Madre Halloween Window Painting Contest Winners

Posted 10/31/11 – The 2011 Halloween Window Painting Contest took place October 21 and 22. There were 52 teams which competed in 4 different age groups with over 150 participating this year! Awards were given to the top three finishers in each age category. The City of Sierra Madre would like to thank all the downtown [...]

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Monday October 31 2011

City Of Sierra Madre Appoints New Director Of Library Services

City Of Sierra Madre Appoints New Director Of Library Services

Posted 10/31/11 – After an extensive recruitment process, the City of Sierra Madre is honored to announce that Carolyn Thomas has been selected as the City’s new Director of Library Services. Ms. Thomas comes to Sierra Madre with a rich background in public library services. She has recently worked as a Library Services Manager for the [...]

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Monday October 31 2011

End Of The Month Bargain Book Sale At The Library

Posted 10/31/11 – There’s a harvest of good books to be had at The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Bargain Book Table Sale, which will be held Monday, October 31, through Saturday, November 5, during the Library’s open hours. Fiction, History, Politics, will be featured, as wells as books for Children and Teens.  Books are [...]

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Tuesday October 18 2011

Commission Seeks To Fill Two Vacancies On The SMTV3 Programming Committee

Posted 10/17/11 – The City of Sierra Madre’s Community Services Commission is looking for two motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and friendly volunteers to serve on the City’s SMTV3 Community Cable Television Programming Committee.  The City welcomes any interested residents to apply. SMTV3 Community Cable Television Programming Committee – 2 Vacancies for Community Members At Large The [...]

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Wednesday October 12 2011

“Fibber McGee And Molly” One Night Only At Sierra Madre Playhouse

 “Fibber McGee and Molly” was one of the most popular comedies of the Golden Days of Radio, enduring from 1935-1959. The fun is being re-created by actors of  Bill Martyn’s Special Mark Productions in a mock radio broadcast on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Fibber McGee was a likable fellow frequently getting himself [...]

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Tuesday October 04 2011

Three Special Library Programs in October

“YOUR MONEY, YOUR FUTURE, AND YOU” Money Management for Teens and Young Adults This entertaining, hands-on program for teens and young adults headed for college or planning to enter the work force will be presented by investment advisor Clemens Kownatzki on Thursday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Sierra Madre Public Library.  Kownatzki’s user-friendly [...]

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Sunday October 02 2011

“The Tale Of The Frog Prince” Returns To Sierra Madre Playhouse On October 15

Posted 10/2/11 - The Sierra Madre Playhouse invites all kids to become froggies in our swamp. The evil witch has turned the handsome Prince into a frog. He’s sad and lonely and needs you as his friends to sing and dance and play with him. He is waiting and hoping that somewhere there is a lovely girl [...]

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Sunday October 02 2011

Wine and Jazz Walk This Saturday

Posted 10/02/11 – The historical San Antonio Winery and the merchants of Sierra Madre are once again joining forces to host the 6th annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk.  This fun and unique event, benefiting City of Hope Cancer Research and Treatment, will be held from 4 to 7pm on Saturday, October 8, 2011 [...]

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Sunday October 02 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

Posted Oct. 2, 2011 – In a small town in Alabama in 1935, the steadfastly decent and honorable lawyer Atticus Finch is called upon to defend a Black field worker falsely accused of rape. Even Atticus admits that, given the time and location of the trial, he has little chance of success in defending his [...]

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Monday September 26 2011

Halcyon Koerber Featured Artist at City Hall Exhibition

The City of Sierra Madre Community Arts Commission is pleased to present an Arts Exhibition by Halcyon Koerber.  The Exhibition by Halcyon Koerber is now on display through Thursday, November 17, 2011.  Community members are invited to an Artist Reception on Friday, Friday, October 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sierra Madre [...]

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Tuesday September 20 2011

6th Annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk October 8th

6th Annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk October 8th

Posted 9/20/11 – The historical San Antonio Winery and the merchants of Sierra Madre are once again joining forces to host the 6th annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk.  This fun and unique event, benefiting City of Hope Cancer Research and Treatment, will be held from 4 to 7pm on Saturday, October 8, 2011 [...]

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Tuesday September 20 2011

September Is Bargain Book Table Month!

Posted 9/20/11 – You can never have enough books, but sometimes not enough room to store them!  The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library have an overstock of volumes that they will be selling during another Bargain Book Table Sale at the Library, Monday, September 19, through Saturday, September 24, during the Library’s open hours. [...]

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Sunday September 18 2011

Toni Buckner Retirement Ceremony Photo Gallery

Toni Buckner Retirement Ceremony Photo Gallery

Posted 9/18/11 – The City held a retirement ceremony for Toni Buckner Friday night in the Sierra Madre Room, and it was a full house.  Toni’s last day isn’t until this coming Friday, but they held the ceremony on the 16th.  I’ll be posting an article about it, and I shot lots of video, some [...]

Friday September 16 2011

Bluesfest/Food Trucks to Benefit SM Search and Rescue Saturday, 9/17

Posted 9/16/11 – Emmanuel Church in Arcadia located at 23 W. Foothill Blvd. in Arcadia,  just west of Santa Anita, will host a FREE Bluesfest from 12 to 7pm on Saturday, Sept. 17th, with proceeds to benefit the world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team.   Scheduled to perform are Reverend Tom and the Good [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Retirement Reception To Honor Toni Buckner, Celebrate 34 Years of Service

Retirement Reception To Honor Toni Buckner, Celebrate 34 Years of Service

Sept. 4th, 2011 – On Friday, September 16, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., the City of Sierra Madre and the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will host a reception to honor Toni Buckner, Director of Library Services for the City of Sierra Madre, who is retiring at the end of September after 34 years of [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Another Bargain Book Table Sale At The Library!

Sept. 4th, 2011 – A windfall of wonderful donations has prompted the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library to share the bounty at yet another Bargain Book Table Sale.  The next one is coming right on the heels of the late August sale, and will be held from Tuesday, September 6, through Saturday, September 10, [...]

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Sunday August 21 2011

Bargain Book Sale At Sierra Madre Library

August 21, 2011 – There are cool bargains to be had during the dog days of August at the Friends of the Library Bargain Book Table Sale, scheduled for Monday, August 22 through Saturday, August 27, during the Library’s open hours.  This month’s featured topics are: Cookbooks, Sports, Biographies, Young Adult, Children’s books, and some [...]

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Sunday August 21 2011

Sierra Madre Merchants Pitch In for $500+ Shopping/Dining Drawing Giveaway

Sierra Madre Merchants Pitch In for $500+ Shopping/Dining Drawing Giveaway

Final Week of Friday Night Live Brings Art, Music, Big Prizes! August 21, 2011 – More than a dozen and a half Sierra Madre businesses have contributed to create two Grand Prize  shopping/dining sprees as part of the Friday Night Live event put on by the Chamber of Commerce each summer, this year also sponsored [...]

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Sunday August 21 2011

Dan Rotten Performs at Friday Night Live, 2011

Dan Rotten Performs at Friday Night Live, 2011

August 21, 2011 – Guitarist Dan Rotten performed in Kersting Court as part of Friday Night Live, put on each summer by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce.  There was a “Future’s So Bright” theme for the evening, with shoppers encouraged to wear their coolest “shades”.   One lucky young “cool shades” wearer won a Sierra [...]

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Sunday August 21 2011

Art Alley Featuring Sierra Madre Artists to be Part of Friday Night Live Finale

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Sierra Madre Friends of the Arts to showcase local artists at this week’s final night of Friday Night Live.  From 6:30 to 9 pm, Kersting Court will be closed down and Sierra Madre artists will showcase their work.  Some of the artists expected to be [...]

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Sunday August 14 2011

Gem City Jazz Cats Swing in to Sierra Madre for Friday Night Live

Gem City Jazz Cats Swing in to Sierra Madre for Friday Night Live

August 12, 2011 – Downtown Sierra Madre was swinging this week, to the sounds of the Gem City Jazz Cats.  The Jazz Cats, formed in 2009 as a 13-piece combo, now have 18 players, plus three vocalists.  They performed in Kersting Court as part of Friday Night Live, put on each summer by the Sierra [...]

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Thursday August 11 2011

Say Aloha to Swing at This Week’s Friday Night Live

Say Aloha to Swing at This Week's Friday Night Live

Downtown Sierra Madre will be swinging this week, to the sounds of the Gem City Jazz Cats.  The Jazz Cats, formed in 2009 as a 13-piece combo, now have 18 players, plus three vocalists.  They will perform in Kersting Court as part of Friday Night Live, put on each summer by the Sierra Madre Chamber [...]

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Wednesday August 10 2011

Bargain Book Sale At Sierra Madre Library

There are cool bargains to be had during the dog days of August at the Friends of the Library Bargain Book Table Sale, scheduled for Monday, August 22 through Saturday, August 27, during the Library’s open hours.  This month’s featured topics are: Cookbooks, Sports, Biographies, Young Adult, Children’s books, and some Fiction.  All books are [...]

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Sunday August 07 2011

Friday Night Live Continues with Mike Tims

Friday Night Live Continues with Mike Tims

August 5, 2011 – The second week of Friday Night Live featured Mike Tims, formerly of The New Christy Minstrels, performing live in Kersting Court.  Theme for the night was outrageous hat night, and Gordon Caldwell of Sierra Madre received a $25 gift certificate from Butterfly Effect Day Spa for his hat. Shoppers who spend [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Cafe 322 to Feature Live Improv Comedy

Cafe 322 to Feature Live Improv Comedy

It’s finally here…Comedy Improv in Sierra Madre. ..and this is different!  These are “real” people, your friends and neighbors, and they are really funny! Comedy Improv Live is interactive team sports launching at Café 322 on Thursday night August 11 at 7:00pm. These players are the best of the best from June Chandler’s Comedy Improv [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Adams Pack Station Schedules/Seeks Musicians

We have an awesome lineup for August, September, and October: 8/21/2011                   12:00-2:00                   Tim Tedrow                   (www.trough.com)                                                  2:30-4:30                     Moreton Bay String Band 9/18/2011                   12:00-2:00                   Dale LaDuke                   (www.daleladuke.com)                                            2:30-4:30                      John M                   (www.johnm.com) 10/16/2011                 12:00-2:00                   John Zipperer                   (www.johnzipperer.com)                                            2:30-4:30                     Bryan Chan          www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcrIBv1ug4c We are looking for artists/musicians that would like to play either as part of open [...]

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Sunday July 31 2011

A Rockin’ Opening to Friday Night Live with Ron Ellington Shy Band

A Rockin' Opening to Friday Night Live with Ron Ellington Shy Band

July 31, 2011 – Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ron Ellington Shy got this summer’s Friday Night Live, presented by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, off to a rockin’ start on the 29th, with an appreciative crowd spending much of the evening in Sierra Madre’s Kersting Court watching Shy perform songs by Otis [...]

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Wednesday July 27 2011

Friday Night Live Returns to Sierra Madre

Friday Night Live Returns to Sierra Madre

Beginning Friday, July 29th, downtown Sierra Madre will again be the site of live music in Kersting Court, as well as shoppers’ incentives for those in the neighborhood.  And there’s a new twist this year: theme nights. Opening week features the music of Ron Ellington Shy and Son, sponsored by Bean Town Coffee House.    An [...]

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Monday July 25 2011

Music Ensemble Tesserae to Perform a Free Concert at Ascension

Formed in 2010, this LA based ensemble combines instruments from various Renaissance consort families (violin, viola, and brass) and explores some of the most beautiful repertoire of the time, from the intimate chamber music of the early 17th Century to the splendor of large scale Venetian polychoral music. The Ascension Concert will feature music by [...]

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Tuesday July 19 2011

Storyteller Ken Frawley to Appear at Sierra Madre Library

Storyteller Ken Frawley to Appear at Sierra Madre Library

“The Wonderful World of Stories and Songs” with storyteller and troubadour Ken Frawley, is coming to the Sierra Madre Public Library on Monday, August 8, at 10:00 a.m. This sparkling family-friendly program, chock-full of songs, stories, puppets, and spiced with a little magic, will feature music from England, America, and the Caribbean, and tales from [...]

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Tuesday July 19 2011

Library Bargain Book Sale Set for Aug. 5th and 6th

The dog days of summer are upon us and one of the coolest places to be during these hot times is the Sierra Madre Public Library.   And some of the best times to be there are during the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sale being held on Friday, August 5, from [...]

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Monday July 11 2011

FREE Screening Of “The Future Of Food” With Special Guest Speaker At SM Playhouse

There will be a free screening of the documentary “The Future of Food” with special guest speaker Stacey Hall from the Institute of Responsible Technology and the “2012 Label GMO’s Ballot Initiative” who will discuss the label GMO’s and the Label GMO movement that is forming in L.A. Ms. Hall will begin at 7pm followed [...]

Thursday July 07 2011

Sierra Madre FREE Concert in the Park Series

Join the City of Sierra Madre this summer for the Concerts in the Park which begin Sunday, July 10, 2011 and occurs every Sunday through August 28, 2011. The eight concerts are FREE and are held from 6:00pm through 8:00pm.  All concerts will be held at the Memorial Park Bandshell, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. [...]

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Thursday July 07 2011

2011 Summer Pool Movie Night Series

The Sierra Madre Aquatic Center will be hosting three pool movie nights this summer. This program is offered at absolutely no charge thanks to a generous donation from the Sierra Madre Community Foundation and is open to all from Sierra Madre and the surrounding community. Each pool movie night will begin at 7:45pm, space is [...]

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Thursday July 07 2011

Exhibition & Artist Reception

The City of Sierra Madre Community Arts Commission is pleased to present an art exhibition by Gina Long.  The art work is now on display through Friday, August 19 in Sierra Madre City Hall, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Community members are invited to an Artist Reception on Friday, July 22, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. [...]

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Thursday July 07 2011

Bargain Book Sale At Sierra Madre Library

If you missed last month’s Friends of the Library Bargain Book Table Sale, there’s still time to scoop up some sizzlin’ summer reads!  The Friends will be having another table sale, Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16, during the Library’s open hours.  This month’s features will include: Fiction, Art, Sports, Children’s and Specialty books.  [...]

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Thursday July 07 2011

“Cookie Einstein, the Cockapoo Math Whiz” – A Family-Friendly Event at Sierra Madre Library

Cookie Einstein, an adorable AKC Cockapoo, has been thrilling audiences of all ages with her phenomenal mathematical talent. This amazing canine “math genius” will be appearing at the Library on Monday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. Cookie is a former therapy dog who has the uncanny ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide, as well [...]

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Monday July 04 2011

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 6

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 6

Back to Main 4th of July Page (all years) Back to Main 4th of July 2011 Page It was a great parade this year.  Grand Marshal Gayle Bluemel, Hometown Hero John Shear.  Older American Pat Alcorn, Citizens of the Year Glenn and Amy Putnam.  More music than I remember in a while.  We even had [...]

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Monday July 04 2011

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 5

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 5

Back to Main 4th of July Page (all years) Back to Main 4th of July 2011 Page It was a great parade this year.  Grand Marshal Gayle Bluemel, Hometown Hero John Shear.  Older American Pat Alcorn, Citizens of the Year Glenn and Amy Putnam.  More music than I remember in a while.  We even had [...]

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Monday July 04 2011

Sierra Madre 4th of July, Parade Pictures, Page 4

Sierra Madre 4th of July, Parade Pictures, Page 4

Back to Main 4th of July Page (all years) Back to Main 4th of July 2011 Page It was a great parade this year.  Grand Marshal Gayle Bluemel, Hometown Hero John Shear.  Older American Pat Alcorn, Citizens of the Year Glenn and Amy Putnam.  More music than I remember in a while.  We even had [...]

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Monday July 04 2011

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 3

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 3

Back to Main 4th of July Page (all years) Back to Main 4th of July 2011 Page It was a great parade this year.  Grand Marshal Gayle Bluemel, Hometown Hero John Shear.  Older American Pat Alcorn, Citizens of the Year Glenn and Amy Putnam.  More music than I remember in a while.  We even had [...]

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Monday July 04 2011

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 2

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 2

Back to Main 4th of July Page (all years) Back to Main 4th of July 2011 Page It was a great parade this year.  Grand Marshal Gayle Bluemel, Hometown Hero John Shear.  Older American Pat Alcorn, Citizens of the Year Glenn and Amy Putnam.  More music than I remember in a while.  We even had [...]

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Monday July 04 2011

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 1

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2011, Parade Pictures, Page 1

Back to Main 4th of July Page (all years) Back to Main 4th of July 2011 Page It was a great parade this year.  Grand Marshal Gayle Bluemel, Hometown Hero John Shear.  Older American Pat Alcorn, Citizens of the Year Glenn and Amy Putnam.  More music than I remember in a while.  We even had [...]

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Monday June 27 2011

Sierra Madre Library’s READ™ Campaign Features the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team

The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to saving lives in the wilderness and to outdoor safety education. In celebration of the Team’s 60th anniversary, the Library’s READ™ campaign honors the members by featuring SMSR on its third round of campaign posters and souvenir bookmarks. Founded in 1951, [...]

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Friday June 17 2011

Teachers, Students Surprise Retiring Principal Gayle Bluemel

Teachers and students surprised an emotional Gayle Bluemel this morning at Sierra Madre School, turning a “fire drill” into a flash mob, singing and dancing to the Beatles tune “Oh-blah-di, oh-bla-da,” with the willing participation of members of the Sierra Madre Fire Department, who even joined the dancing toward the end.  Bluemel began teaching at Sierra [...]

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Thursday June 16 2011

Sierra Bistro Ribbon Cutting Held

Sierra Bistro Ribbon Cutting Held

Owner Bill May and Chef Sean Roache welcomed a packed house to the Grand Opening of Sierra Bistro Wednesday night.  Offered free wine samples, Angus burger sliders, spring rolls and more, the full house crowd enjoyed live music performed by Dave Shelton, Tim Tutwiler and Peter Burke.  The Chamber of Commerce staged the traditional ribbon [...]

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Wednesday June 15 2011

Youth, Adult Reading Programs to Begin at Library

Children and Teens “One World, Many Stories,” is the theme for Sierra Madre Public Library’s 2011 Summer Reading Club for Children.  The program begins Monday, June 20, and runs through Saturday, August 13. Children of all ages are invited to go online or stop by the Children’s Room any time on or after June 20 [...]

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Wednesday June 15 2011

Foundation to Fund 2011 Summer Pool Movie Night Series

The Sierra Madre Aquatic Center will be hosting three pool movie nights this summer. This program is offered at absolutely no charge thanks to a generous donation from the Sierra Madre Community Foundation and is open to all from Sierra Madre and the surrounding community. Each pool movie night will begin at 7:45pm, space is [...]

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Tuesday June 07 2011

Bargain Table Book Sale at the Library

Don’t miss this chance to stock up on sizzlin’ summer reads! The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will be having a Bargain Table Book Sale at the Library, Monday, June 13 through Saturday, June 18, during the Library’s open hours. Featured topics will include Fiction, Biography,Travel, Children’s and Specialty books.  All books are in [...]

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Tuesday June 07 2011

“Love Letters” At Sierra Madre Playhouse On August 21

“Love Letters” At Sierra Madre Playhouse On August 21

Bob Hakman and Sandra Hakman are a real-life theatre couple. Bob is a director. Sandra is an actor. Both have worked on multiple productions at Sierra Madre Playhouse, sometimes together. “Love Letters” brings them on stage together as performers.  “Love Letters” is A.R. Gurney’s very popular play about Andy and Melissa. Both born to wealth [...]

Wednesday June 01 2011

“The Solid Gold Cadillac” Drives Your Way Starting June 17 At Sierra Madre Playhouse

At the mega-conglomerate General Products Corporation, a greedy board of directors is about to run a distinguished firm into the ground by looting the company and lining their own pockets.  Does it sound like this comes from today’s headlines? Well, “The Solid Gold Cadillac” was first performed in 1953.             Laura Partridge, a former actress [...]

Tuesday May 31 2011

Adult Summer Reading Program at Sierra Madre Library

Sierra Madre Public Library’s popular Adult Summer Reading Program is now in its fifth year.  This year’s theme is “Novel Destinations,” which will showcase fiction and nonfiction books on Travel and World Culture.  There are many ways to “see” the world through print and audio books, so you can indulge in the genre of your [...]

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Tuesday May 31 2011

Summer Reading Clubs and Events for Children and Teens

“One World, Many Stories,” is the theme for Sierra Madre Public Library’s 2011 Summer Reading Club for Children. The program begins Monday, June 20, and runs through Saturday, August 13. Children of all ages are invited to go online or stop by the Children’s Room any time on or after June 20 to register for [...]

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Thursday May 26 2011

Best Used Book Sale to Mark Retirement of Long-time Chair

Best Used Book Sale to Mark Retirement of Long-time Chair

 “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero The Friends of Sierra Madre Library will hold a Best Used Book Sale on Friday June 3rd, 3pm to 7pm and Saturday June 4, 10am to 2pm. The sale will be held at the Sierra Madre Public Library at 440 W. Sierra [...]

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Thursday May 19 2011

Family Movie in Kersting Court Tomorrow Night

Kersting Court will be closed to vehicles Friday night so that the Community and Personnel Services Dept. can present a “Family Movie” when it gets dark.  Tonight’s movie is “Despicable Me.”

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Wednesday May 11 2011

Rotary Donates $20,000 to Children’s Library Room Renovation/Expansion

Rotary Donates $20,000 to Children's Library Room Renovation/Expansion

At last night’s City Council meeting, Rotary President Cathy Hundshamer, surrounded by about a dozen other Rotarians, presented a check for $20,000 to Library Director Tony Buckner and Library Trustees Margaret Quigley and Pete Siberell to help fund the renovation and expansion of the Children’s Room at the Library, the first such upgrade in more [...]

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Monday May 09 2011

Cold Case Haunts Inspector In “Cat’s Cradle” At Sierra Madre Playhouse

Cold Case Haunts Inspector In “Cat’s Cradle” At Sierra Madre Playhouse

by Fran Syverson Sometimes a “cold case” can haunt a detective to where it becomes an obsession. For all the crimes he may have solved successfully, the unsolved one is what preys on his mind. Especially as he sees his career winding down. Such a cold case is what brings Inspector Jack Frost to the [...]

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Sunday May 08 2011

Kiwanis Hold Chili Cook-off, Country Dance

Kiwanis Hold Chili Cook-off, Country Dance

Sierra Madre Kiwanis held their “Boot Scootin’ Dance and Chili Cook-off” at the Sierra Madre Room last night.  There was a good turnout as every seat seemed to be filled.  Winners of the Chili Cook-off, judged by Peter Dills, were: The Professionals = Burger Shack.  Amateurs = John Johnson.  The People’s Choice Winner – Hattie Harris with [...]

Saturday May 07 2011

Busy Day Today in Sierra Madre

The Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station from 7am to 11am.  Cost is $5, and proceeds are used to help the SMVFA fund numerous philanthropic endeavors, including the recent Easter Egg Hunt, and the annual Christmas stocking giveaway on Christmas Eve.  Friends of the Library 49th [...]

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Wednesday May 04 2011

Mother’s Day Tea At The Woman’s Club

Although the annual Mother’s Day Tea usually sells out, don’t hesitate to call the Sierra Madre Public Library to check on last-minute ticket availability if you would like to attend.   “Love and Friendship: A Mother’s Day Tea with Jane Austen,” will be held on Saturday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Woman’s [...]

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Wednesday May 04 2011

Exhibition & Artist Reception May 13th

The City of Sierra Madre Community Arts Commission is pleased to present an exhibition by Christine Prentice.  The exhibition is now on display through Friday, June 10 in Sierra Madre City Hall, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Community members are invited to an Artist Reception on Friday, May 13, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 [...]

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Tuesday May 03 2011

“Experience Magic!” at the Playhouse, May 15th

“Experience Magic!” a new musical including magic and illusion will take place at the Sierra Madre Playhouse on Sunday, May 15th.  Three magicians from the famed Magic Castle perform dazzling illusions in this new hybrid of musical and magic show. They are Jeff Black, Arthur Trace and Nathan Gibson.  Luis Avila and Christina Valo also star in [...]

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Friday April 29 2011

Art Fair Next Weekend

Art Fair Next Weekend

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are putting the final touches on the 49th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair on Saturday May 7, 9:30am to 6pm and Sunday 9:30am to 5pm.  Expect to find 100 artists displaying their fine art and demonstrating their individual techniques. You’ll enjoy various mediums, including oil paintings, jewelry, watercolors, [...]

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Thursday April 28 2011

Restaurant to Feature Three Sierra Madre Artists

In a show titled “Five Foothill Artists,” Lovebirds Cafe in Pasadena will feature the work of five local artists, three of them from Sierra Madre, two from Altadena.  The artists work will be displayed from May 14th till August 14th, with an artists opening reception featuring live music on Saturday, May 14th, from 6:30 to [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Sierra Madre Library Director Toni Buckner Announces Retirement after 34 Years

Sierra Madre Library Director Toni Buckner Announces Retirement after 34 Years

Sierra Madre Public Library Director Toni Buckner has announced her retirement after 34 years with the City of Sierra Madre.  Toni shepherded the library from the era of the card catalog to online databases and brought web access and computer literacy to library services for use as a regular service to library patrons. Toni has [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

May 7th to Be Busy Day in Sierra Madre

May 7th to Be Busy Day in Sierra Madre

Saturday, May 7th, turns out to be a busy day in Sierra Madre.   Here’s a list of what is scheduled for that day: Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast The Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station from 7am to 11am.  Cost is $5, and proceeds are used to help [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Rotary Club Makes Donation to Children’s Library Campaign

Rotary Club Makes Donation to Children's Library Campaign

The Rotary Club of Sierra Madre has made a donation of $20,000 to the Sierra Madre Children’s Library Campaign.  Rudy Hayak, Rotary Board Member, announced the Club’s pledge at a breakfast meeting held at the Library on April 5, 2011. Patricia Hall, Campaign Chair, said, “The Sierra Madre Public Library is successful because of the generosity [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Friday Family Movie Series

The 2011 Friday movies series is beginning on Friday, May 6, 2011. Movies are shown free to the public every other Friday beginning on May 6, 2011 and running through June 3, 2011. Movies are shown in Kersting Court, at the corner of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Baldwin Ave., show time starting when it gets [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Library Bargain Book Table Sale May 9th to 14th

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library will be having a Bargain Table Book Sale at the Library, Monday, May 9 through Saturday, May 14, during the Library’s open hours. Featured topics will include: Fiction, Sports, Animals, Time-Life’s Old West series, Children’s and Specialty books. All books are in good condition and are $1.00 each. [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Travelers And Collectors Speakers Series Season Finale

On Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Sierra Madre’s City Hall Chambers, Jay Whitcraft will present the final armchair excursion of the year in “Portugal by Car.”  Join Jay on his tour of this culturally rich, romantic country on the beautiful Iberian Peninsula, often referred to as “Europe’s West Coast.”  In addition to background [...]

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Tuesday April 19 2011

Sierra Madre Library’s READ™ Campaign Features Local Youth

Two young Sierra Madre softball players are doing their part to help undo the stereotype that athletes who are dedicated to a sport have little interest in academics or non-sports related pursuits, such as reading. Katherine Knop and Daniel Netz, members of the Sierra Madre Girls Softball Association and Sierra Madre Little League, respectively, agreed [...]

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Tuesday April 19 2011

Featured Artist for Art Fair Announced

Featured Artist for Art Fair Announced

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are pleased to announce and introduce Ivy Shuman as the Featured Artist for their 49th Annual Art Fair, Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8. A woodturner for more than 25 years and self-described “wood-junkie”, Ivy, owner of Storied Woods in Chatsworth (www.storiedwoods.com), is expecting to present his [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

Three Jazz Gents At Sierra Madre Playhouse On May 1

The Instrumental Women Project continues its Sunday afternoon jazz series at Sierra Madre Playhouse as it presents Three Jazz Gents on Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. A trio of vocal maestros are brought together in a special show featuring individual vocal stylings and harmonious serenades of jazz standards, smooth ballads and popular tunes. The [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

Legendary Bingo Fundraiser for SMRFA This Saturday

Legendary Bingo Fundraiser for SMRFA This Saturday

Saturday night, April 16th at 6:30pm the doors open for Legendary Bingo, the twice annual fundraiser for the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association.  Bingo begins at 7:30pm, but this is not your grandmother’s Bingo.  Emceed by a drag queen, usually Belle Aire, Legendary Bingo is a raucous night of bingo, laughter, yelling and pelting.  Certain [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

Art of the Garden to be Presented Sunday by Creative Arts Group

Art of the Garden is a garden tour of 4 private estate gardens of extraordinary beauty.  Click on a photo to enlarge it. Behind a majestic entry gate is a beautiful 1929 Italian Revival house that has undergone a recent major remodel and addition by the present owners requiring a complete re-design of the garden. [...]

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Tuesday April 05 2011

“Love and Friendship”—A Mother’s Day Tea with Jane Austen

The Sierra Madre Woman’s Club and Sierra Madre Public Library cordially invite you to our third annual Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday, May 7, from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Woman’s Club Clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd, in Sierra Madre.  This year we are pleased to present Mary Burkin performing as Jane Austen, beloved [...]

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Saturday April 02 2011

Free Poetry Workshop At Sierra Madre Library

Jim Kincaid, Aerold Arnold Professor of English at USC, will facilitate a free poetry workshop at Sierra Madre Public Library on Friday, April 15, at 7:00 p.m.  This user-friendly program is for anyone who likes to read, listen to, or write poetry.  There will be something for everyone in this workshop—for those who simply love [...]

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Wednesday March 30 2011

Bargain Book Sale At Sierra Madre Library

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library invite you to drop by the Library between Monday, April 11, and Saturday, April 19, and take advantage of our Spring deals. On the Bargain Table this month we’ll be featuring Fiction, Biographies, Cartoons, Time Life Books, War, U.S. History, and a set of volumes on World War [...]

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Sunday March 27 2011

Japanese Cultural Night Brings Out a Crowd

Japanese Cultural Night Brings Out a Crowd

Despite a last minute change in venue, the Japanese Cultural Night on Friday overflowed the recently renovated Sierra Madre room as folks came out to show their support for the Japanese, recently devastated by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation leaks.  While they were at it, they got to see US Sumo wrestling champs (past and [...]

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Friday March 25 2011

URGENT MESSAGE: LAST MINUTE VENUE CHANGE FOR TONIGHT’S “SIERRA MADRE JAPANESE CULTURAL NIGHT”

URGENT MESSAGE: LAST MINUTE VENUE CHANGE FOR “SIERRA MADRE JAPANESE CULTURAL NIGHT” Sierra Madre Japanese Cultural Night will move its location indoors to the Sierra Madre Room located in Sierra Vista Park, 611 East Sierra Madre Blvd. on Friday, March 25, 2011, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join us in our newly renovated Sierra Madre [...]

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Thursday March 24 2011

Cultural Diversity In Poetry: A Panel Discussion

Four Distinguished Poets to Appear at Sierra Madre Library On Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Sierra Madre Public Library, poets Carol Lem, Alex Luu, Zahava Sweet, and Urith Walker, will participate in a panel discussion, “Cultural Diversity in Poetry.”  Each poet will discuss their views on poetry, the influence their personal cultural [...]

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Thursday March 24 2011

Lyric Slam For Teens At Sierra Madre Library

If you are an aspiring poet or lyricist between the ages of 12-17, you are invited to bring your original material to a Lyric Slam for Teens at Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, on Friday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet other writers, [...]

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Wednesday March 16 2011

Japanese Cultural Night Becomes Tsunami Relief Fundraiser

“Sierra Madre Japanese Cultural Night,” at Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., on Friday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. was planned so the community could enjoy authentic Japanese food and festivities. The evening’s activities were to kick off with a Sumo wrestling demonstration by the Centurian Sumo Club. Former U.S. National Sumo Wrestling [...]

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Tuesday March 15 2011

Local Artists, Sierra Madre Treasures Spend the Morning at the Vine

Local Artists, Sierra Madre Treasures Spend the Morning at the Vine

Local plein air artists had a chance to get a  preview of the Sierra Madre Wistaria Vine six days prior the Wistaria Festival, and the Chamber announced the names of six members of the community, who, through their long-term contributions, earned the title of the first Wistaria Festival “Treasures of Sierra Madre.” It was a [...]

Saturday March 12 2011

Wistaria Festival Entertainment Lineup Announced

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce has announced the entertainment lineup for the Wistaria Festival, March 20th.  Fifteen acts have been booked to perform at five outdoor stages, including the Vine itself.  Many of the acts are returning acts, but several are new performers to the Festival.  Special thanks to Tim Tutwiler, who is serving [...]

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Saturday March 12 2011

“The Art Of The Japanese Garden” At Sierra Madre School

“The Art Of The Japanese Garden” At Sierra Madre School

Eighty Years of Goodwill: 1931-2011 The Japanese Garden at Sierra Madre School is a great source of pride for the students, staff, parents and community.  Please join us for a program that will explore the creation, restoration and expansion of the garden, as well as current plans for maintaining this 80 year-old treasure of Sierra [...]

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Saturday March 12 2011

Author Naomi Hirahara To Speak At Sierra Madre Library

Author Naomi Hirahara To Speak At Sierra Madre Library

All are invited to the Sierra Madre Public Library on Thursday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. to meet acclaimed author Naomi Hirahara.  Ms. Hirahara is an award-winning mystery novelist, children’s author, biographer, and the author of numerous books on Japanese history, culture and horticulture.  In 2004 Ms. Hirahara began a series featuring one of the [...]

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Saturday March 05 2011

Sierra Madre Friends of the Arts presents “ART ALLEY”

featuring arts and crafts from over 30 local artists and live music.  March 20, 2001 from 9:00 to 4:00pm @ 123 E Montecito Ave, Sierra Madre, CA Sierra Madre Friends of the Arts is proud to present “Art Alley” on Sunday, March 20 from 9am-4pm at 123 E. Montecito Ave in Sierra Madre, California 91024. [...]

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Thursday March 03 2011

Art of the Garden to be Presented by Creative Arts Group

Art of the Garden to be Presented by Creative Arts Group

Art of the Garden Is a garden tour of 4 private estate gardens of extraordinary beauty.  Click on a photo to enlarge it. Behind a majestic entry gate is a beautiful 1929 Italian Revival house that has undergone a recent major remodel and addition by the present owners requiring a complete re-design of the garden. [...]

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Wednesday March 02 2011

This Day in (Recent) Sierra Madre History – 3/2/01 and 3/2/03

On Friday, March 2nd, 2001, the Arts Commission hosted a reception at the Creative Arts Group to introduce the new Arts Directory of local artists, featuring more than 300 local artists.  You can see more about that here:   http://www.sierramadrenews.net/arts/artsbook/artbookmain.htm And in 2003, members of St. Rita School’s Pack 110 helped beautify Monrovia by assisting [...]

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Wednesday February 23 2011

Bargain Book Sale At Sierra Madre Library

The Sierra Madre Public Library is the place to go in March for the “Savin’ o’ the Green”—greenbacks, that is!  The Friends of the Library will hold a bargain book sale inside the Library, Monday, March 7 through Saturday, March 12, during the Library’s open hours. This month’s featured topics will include Fiction, Films, TV, [...]

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Monday February 14 2011

Memoir Writing Workshop at the Library

Do you have a personal story to tell, but you’re not sure how to tell it?  Have you lived an interesting life that others would find fascinating?  Would you like to record your family history, but you don’t know where to start?  Then this program is for you! Denise E. Clemen, who holds an MFA [...]

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Monday February 14 2011

Chinese Tea Program At Sierra Madre Library

As part of Sierra Madre’s month-long One Book One City celebration of Chinese culture, the Library is hosting “The Joy of Tea,” with Linda Louie, on Saturday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m. Ms. Louie will present the celebrated Chinese Gongfu Tea Ceremony (Gongfu Cha), a centuries-old custom practiced by tea connoisseurs that was discouraged and [...]

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Monday February 14 2011

FOL Wine Tasting to Feature Silent Auction

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are putting the final touches on their 41st Annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting Gala this Friday evening. Included in the evening’s festivities will be their popular silent auction. Of the over 70 items available for auction, successful bidders could take home Rose Bowl and theatre tickets, gourmet dinners, [...]

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Monday February 14 2011

Music News – FAB FEB update

Music News - FAB FEB update

It’s not to late to make plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day! TONIGHT!!! MERCY & THE MERKETTES @ Big Mama’s Rib Shack in Altadena, 6:30 – 9pm. 1453 N. Lake Ave. Delicious Soul Food and wonderful Soul Music! www.bigmamas-ribshack.com www.mercyandthemerkettes.com TUES. 2/15 – “JC & Friends Songwriter Serenade” @ MATT DENNY’S ALEHOUSE & RESTAURANT IN ARCADIA, [...]

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Wednesday February 09 2011

Bargain Book Sale At Sierra Madre Library

Drop by the Sierra Madre Public Library between Monday, February 14 and Saturday, February 19 and take advantage of our Valentine deals for book lovers. This month’s Friends of the Library Table Sale will feature Fiction, Cookbooks, Gardening, Health and Diet, Animals, and Children’s and Specialty Books.  All books are in good condition and are [...]

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Wednesday February 09 2011

Wistaria Shuttle Tickets Available, News Net Readers Save $

Wistaria Shuttle Tickets Available, News Net Readers Save $

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce reminds you that shuttle tickets to ride up to view the Wistaria Vine at its annual Wistaria Festival are now available online.  The 2011 Wistaria Festival will take place on March 20th, 2011. The Wistaria Festival features tours of the world’s largest blossoming plant, certified as such by the [...]

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Wednesday February 02 2011

Local Restaurants to be in Spotlight at Wine Tasting

Local Restaurants to be in Spotlight at Wine Tasting

The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library have been putting the final details on their 41st Annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting Event scheduled February 18th. Because of the renewed popularity of wine tasting events, it’s easy to understand that the “cuisine tasting” might get lost in the promotion. Fran Garbaccio, Friend’s volunteer, has been busy [...]

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Tuesday February 01 2011

Friends Used Book Sale Set for This Weekend

“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love, ” – Christopher Morley. Yes, with Valentine’s Day approaching, love IS in the air! When considering the perfect gift for your Valentine, why not a book, heck, how about a STACK of books from the Friends of the [...]

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Thursday January 27 2011

Local Arts + Business Collaborative Launched

Local Arts + Business Collaborative Launched

On Thursday, January 20, 2011, Elizabeth Converse and Star Higgins, individual artists and collaborators of A+B (Arts plus Business Collaborative, a new service which offers businesses the opportunity to display local, original art)  interviewed Sierra Madre business owners where A+B has installed art in recent months. The owners include: Heather Sheets of La Bella Rouge, [...]

Thursday January 27 2011

SierraMadreSue’s Music News, 1/25/11

Phew! I made it. I am actually getting this out before the end of January, as I made a silent promise to myself to do so. A resolution you ask? Now let’s not go and jinx it! Just trying to do my share to get the word out about some of my favorite bands and [...]

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Wednesday January 26 2011

One Night Only! “Fibber Mcgee And Molly” At Sierra Madre Playhouse On February 6

“Fibber McGee and Molly” was one of the most popular comedies of the Golden Days of Radio, enduring from 1935-1959. The fun is being re-created by actors of  Bill Martyn’s Special Mark Productions in a mock radio broadcast on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Fibber McGee was a likable fellow frequently getting himself [...]

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Wednesday January 26 2011

“Travelers & Collectors” Season Premier

Sierra Madre Public Library’s popular “armchair travelers” series will kick off on Friday, February 11, at 7:30 p.m., in Sierra Madre City Hall Chambers with, “Exploring West Africa: Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin,” presented by Gary and Kathy Symons. The Symons explored exotic sites from Cotanou to Timbuktu, capturing on film the teeming markets, colorful [...]

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Wednesday January 26 2011

A Man, A Woman, And A “Dog” Bring Hilarious Ménage A Trois To “Sylvia” At Sierra Madre Playhouse

By Fran Syverson It’s midlife crisis time for Greg. Time for an affair? For a sizzling red convertible? For a dog named Sylvia? A dog??? Feeling stifled in his job, Greg skips work one afternoon and takes a walk in New York’s Central Park and returns to his swanky apartment with Sylvia. She’s a frisky [...]

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Wednesday January 12 2011

“On Gold Mountain”—Sierra Madre’s 2011 “One Book One City” Selection

“On Gold Mountain”—Sierra Madre’s 2011 “One Book One City” Selection

Activities Planned Throughout February  The Sierra Madre Public Library is pleased to announce “On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family,” by Lisa See, as the City’s 2011 One Book One City selection.  With a full schedule of events throughout February celebrating Chinese culture, highlighted by a program and book signing with [...]

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Tuesday January 11 2011

Friends of the Library Wine Tasting Selections in Good Hands

Friends of the Library Wine Tasting Selections in Good Hands

Imagine over the holidays you invited 500 of your closest friends over for dinner and wine. Now imagine that these same 500 are pretty sophisticated wine drinkers –each having a different preference for varietal, and each expecting to find their “surprise” vintage. Such is the job description for Bill Sullivan, 26-year owner of the Bottle [...]

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Tuesday January 11 2011

Parent/Child Workshops To Be Held At Sierra Madre Library

Parent/Child Workshops To Be Held At Sierra Madre Library

Sierra Madre Public Library is pleased to announce a new program for families and children from birth through three years of age.  A five-week Parent/Child Workshop will be held at the Library on six consecutive Wednesdays: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Community resource personnel will discuss parenting [...]

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Wednesday December 01 2010

41st Annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting Event – Artist Selection

41st Annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting Event – Artist Selection

    Any good sports coach knows that to win, you not only have draft the right players, but also put these players in the right position     – where the player is naturally talented. The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting Chairpersons have been busy doing just that – getting the [...]

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Saturday July 10 2010

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 – July 5th Post Parade Games and Jazz

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 - July 5th Post Parade Games and Jazz

Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2010 main page Following the parade, there were traditional games in the park (sack race, 3-legged race, water balloon toss, etc.,) and the Nightblooming Jazzmen performed in the shade next to the beer garden. Here are some pics and some video (below the [...]

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Saturday July 10 2010

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2010 – July 5th, Parade Pics Page 3

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2010 – July 5th, Parade Pics Page 3

 Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2010 main page All together, I’m uploading 200 pics of the parade.  

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Saturday July 10 2010

Sierra Madre 4th of July – July 5th, Parade Pics Page 2

Sierra Madre 4th of July – July 5th, Parade Pics Page 2

Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2010 main page All together, I’m uploading 200 pics of the parade.  See page 3 of Parade Pics for parade video.      

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Saturday July 10 2010

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2010, July 5th, Parade Pics Page 1

Sierra Madre 4th of July 2010, July 5th, Parade Pics Page 1

Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2010 main page All together, I’m uploading 200 pics of the parade.  The sad part is I deleted nearly 60 that were too blurry (and there’re a few that are questionable in the 200).  See Page 3 of Parade Pics for Parade video.

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Saturday July 10 2010

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 – July 4th Concert and Movie in the Park

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 - July 4th Concert and Movie in the Park

Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2010 main page Because we don’t have parades on Sundays, we had a pre-parade Concert in the Park, followed by a Movie in the Park.  The first featured a band called Rocktail, the latter was “Shrek.”  Here’s a few pictures from the 4th.

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Saturday July 10 2010

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 – July 3rd Concert in the Park

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 - July 3rd Concert in the Park

Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2010 main page The Concert in the Park featured longtime Sierra Madre band The Aluminum Marshmallow, and the 5th annual Bubblewrap Fireworks took place that evening as well.  Enjoy.

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Saturday July 10 2010

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 – Main Index Page

Back to Main 4th of July page 4th of July weekend was a little different in 2010, because the 4th of July fell on a Sunday, and the parade never takes place on a Sunday – soooo, the pre-parade stuff actually took place on the 3rd and 4th of July, and the parade was on [...]

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