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Saturday December 09 2017

Sierra Madre Honors/Citizen of the Year Banquet, Photo Gallery

Sierra Madre Honors/Citizen of the Year Banquet, Photo Gallery

Posted 12/9/17 - The Sierra Madre Honors Dinner was held in the Sierra Madre Room Friday, honoring City employees, volunteers and Citizens of the Year De and Pat Alcorn. Recognized for their contributions to the community were Tim Hunsicker, Public Service Employee of the Year; Sierra Madre Police Department Reserve Officers and Volunteers, Public Service Award; [...]

Monday November 06 2017

Sierra Madre Rotarians Honor Humanitarian Innovators at RH STAR Awards – Photo Gallery

Sierra Madre Rotarians Honor Humanitarian Innovators at RH STAR Awards - Photo Gallery

Posted 11/5/17 (photo gallery below) - The Sierra Madre Rotary Club hosted its 2nd Annual Rotary Humanitarian STAR Awards Banquet on Saturday, with more than 130 scientists and friends honoring outstanding humanitarian achievements in science and technology, while enjoying live entertainment, cocktails and dinner at the Pasadena Masonic Temple. The goal of the STAR (Science, Technology, Aerospace [...]

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Sunday May 28 2017

VFW Post 3208 to Host Memorial Day Ceremony

VFW Post 3208 to Host Memorial Day Ceremony

Press Release posted 5/28/17 – Lt. Kenneth Bell, VFW Post 3208, invites patriotic Veterans, families and friends to attend our special Memorial Day Ceremonies honoring our deceased War Veterans at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery, Monday, May 29 at 11:00 A.M. Please arrive early to get a seat. In recent years, the ceremony has attracted standing-room only [...]

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Sunday May 28 2017

Timphony, Tracy Lead the Way at Mt. Wilson Trail Race

Timphony, Tracy Lead the Way at Mt. Wilson Trail Race

Posted 5/28/17 – James Timphony, winner of the 2008, 2009 and 2014 Mt. Wilson Trail Races, found his way back to the top yesterday with a time of 1:01:38, followed by Jon Clark, who has locked down second place every year since he won the race in 2012, with a time this year of 1:03:52. [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

Work Begins on 2018 SMRFA Rose Parade Entry, You Could Be The Designer

Posted 1/7/16 – Congratulations again to the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association for winning its 11th award in the last twelve years with “The Cat’s Away”.  But already SMRFA is gearing up for the 2018 parade, and the first step is to design the float.  If you have an idea for a float design, submit [...]

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Monday January 02 2017

11 Awards in 12 Years! Congratulations SMRFA!!!

11 Awards in 12 Years!  Congratulations SMRFA!!!

Posted 1/2/17 – “The Cat’s Away”, Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s 2017 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the town’s 85th entry, going back to 1917. And for the eleventh time in twelve years, SMRFA’s entry has won an award, The Mayor’s Award described by the Tournament as “Most Outstanding City Entry.” Congratulations [...]

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Sunday January 01 2017

The Cat’s Away Stops at Kersting Court on the Way to T of R Parade – Photo Gallery

The Cat's Away Stops at Kersting Court on the Way to T of R Parade - Photo Gallery

Posted 1/1/17 – SMRFA’s entry in the 2017 Tournament of Roses Parade, “The Cat’s Away”, stopped in at Kersting Court on the way to the parade route this afternoon.  We hope you enjoy this photo gallery of the stopover, and there are more photos and video that shows the impressive animation on the float available [...]

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Sunday January 01 2017

Rose Float Final Judging Today at 12:04pm, Float at Kersting Court at 5ish

Rose Float Final Judging Today at 12:04pm, Float at Kersting Court at 5ish

Posted 1/1/17 – The final judging of “The Cat’s Away”, the 2017 Sierra Madre Rose Float Association entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, will take place at 12:04pm today, just outside the Rose Float Barn (weather permitting) behind Sierra Vista Park on Sierra Madre Blvd..   The float will pull out of the Barn [...]

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Sunday October 23 2016

Halloween Window Painting, 2016 Photo Gallery

Halloween Window Painting, 2016 Photo Gallery

Posted 10/23/16 – On Friday, dozens of youths participated in the annual Halloween Window Painting Contest, sponsored by the Sierra Madre Civic Club. Click a picture to enlarge it.

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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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Thursday August 25 2016

Free CERT Emergency Preparedness Classes Begin Sept. 10

Press Release posted 8/25/16 – During the week of September 10th, Sierra Madre CERT will be offering FREE comprehensive emergency preparedness training classes to the public.  Classes involve a mix of lecture and hands on exercises. The final day even includes a comprehensive disaster scenario!  For more information about CERT and about the classes check out [...]

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Monday May 30 2016

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service – Photo Gallery

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service - Photo Gallery

Posted 5/30/16 – As always, Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 of Sierra Madre held its Memorial Day service at Pioneer Cemetery this morning.  I also have video, and will probably write something up about it, but figured I’d at least get the photos up for now.

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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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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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Friday February 05 2016

Bartolais Honored As Citizens of the Year, Photo Gallery and Video

Bartolais Honored As Citizens of the Year, Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 2/5/16 – “As I look out over this audience, I don’t think I see one person that hasn’t volunteered in some way…this is the complete group of volunteers and I really commend all of you…” said Clem Bartolai, in typical fashion deflecting the compliment aimed at him onto others.  Clem and his wife Nina [...]

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Saturday January 09 2016

YOU Could Design SMRFA’s 2017 Rose Float

Press Release posted 1/9/16 - It is time for you to design next years float. This year’s design contest will be held until Friday, February 5th 2016. While incoming Tournament of Roses President Brad Ratliff has not officially announced his 2017 Parade Theme, we do know that the theme is a take on his father’s theme [...]

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Monday January 04 2016

Rose Float on View at the Barn Today, Buy Flowers and Donate for 2017

Posted 1/4/16 - Due to rain in the forecast, the SMRFA award-winning Tournament of Roses Float “Rollin’ On The River” will not appear in Kersting Court this year, and will go straight to the barn.  While it’s true that the flowers could withstand the rain, imagine the weight that would be added to the structure of [...]

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Friday January 01 2016

Rollin’ On The River takes Animation Trophy, 10th Award in 11 Years!

Rollin' On The River takes Animation Trophy, 10th Award in 11 Years!

Posted 1/1/16 – “Rollin’ On The River”, Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s 2016 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the town’s 84th entry, going back to 1917. And for the tenth time in eleven years, SMRFA’s entry has won an award, The Animation Trophy, described by the Tournament as “Best Animation and Motionl.” [...]

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Thursday December 31 2015

Rollin’ On To Kersting Court

Rollin' On To Kersting Court

Posted 12/31/15 – As always, the Rose Float stopped in Kersting Court for a short while on its way to the Parade Route. We shot some pictures and video. The pictures are below the video. Click a pic to enlarge it.

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Thursday December 31 2015

SMRFA’s “Rollin’ On The River” 2016 Float Final Judging, Photo Gallery, Video

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Posted 12/31/15 – The final judging of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s entry in the 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade took place earlier today just before noon.  Click on a photo below to view it larger.  Photo Gallery is below the video.  For those wondering when they should head downtown to see the Float [...]

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Tuesday December 29 2015

SMRFA Needs Volunteers, Particularly at Night Plus Photo Gallery of Float Progress

SMRFA Needs Volunteers, Particularly at Night Plus Photo Gallery of Float Progress

Posted 12/29/15 - Deco Week for the 2016 Sierra Madre Rose Float, “Rollin’ on the River”, started on December 26th and is well under way. We need your help! Please click on the link below to look for the shift(s) that will be right for you:  https://smrfa.ivolunteer.com. In particular, volunteers are needed on Wednesday, Dec. 30th from [...]

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Monday December 21 2015

Wine and Cuisine Tasting Tickets Make Great Gifts!

Press Release posted 12/20/15 – Are you looking for a memorable gift for that special person? Tickets to the 46th Annual Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit may be the perfect solution. 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. [...]

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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 December 03 2015

How to Volunteer to Work on Sierra Madre Rose Float

Press Release posted 12/3/15 – Deco Week for the 2016 Sierra Madre Rose Float, “Rollin’ on the River”, starts on December 26th. We need your help! Please click on the link below to look for the shift(s) that will be right for you: https://smrfa.ivolunteer.com. We hope that you will join us. If you prefer to help [...]

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Saturday November 28 2015

Winter Village Festival Today

Winter Village Festival Today

Posted 11/28/15

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Saturday November 07 2015

Veterans Day Ceremony at Memorial Park Sunday, 11/8 at 1pm

Press Release posted 11/7/15 –  Veterans of Foreign Wars of Sierra Madre, Post 3208 will celebrate its annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Memorial Park, Sunday November 8, 2015 at 1:00 PM, with special keynote speaker Admiral James A. Lyons, USN, Ret.. We will celebrate Veterans Day by remembering the living brave men and women who [...]

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Saturday October 31 2015

Sierra Madre 2015 Halloween Costume Parade – Video

Posted 10/31/15, video by Bill Coburn

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Saturday October 31 2015

Downtown Trick or Treating in Sierra Madre – Photo Gallery

Downtown Trick or Treating in Sierra Madre - Photo Gallery

Posted 10/31/15, all photos by Bill Coburn – The downtown businesses of Sierra Madre and the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce hosted hundreds of kids who came downtown to go trick or treating door to door in the business district.  Click on a photo to enlarge.

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Friday October 23 2015

Civic Club Sponsored Halloween Window Painting a Huge Success – In Progress Photo Gallery

Civic Club Sponsored Halloween Window Painting a Huge Success - In Progress Photo Gallery

Posted 10/23/15 – Dozens of kids turned out downtown today to paint the storefront windows on local businesses, all sponsored and underwritten by the Sierra Madre Civic Club.  EIGHTY-EIGHT windows were scheduled to be painted, so many that SMCC felt it necessary to set up a second paint distribution station at Memorial Park.  Students aged [...]

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Monday September 28 2015

SMRFA Legendary Bingo Fundraiser Set for Oct. 10

SMRFA Legendary Bingo Fundraiser Set for Oct. 10

Posted 9/28/15 – The semi-annual Legendary Bingo fundraiser by the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association will take place Saturday, October 10th at the Rec. Center, in the Sierra Madre Room.  Doors open at 6:30, Bingo begins at 7:30.  Donation at the door, $20.  As always, there will be great prizes (mostly donated by local businesses [...]

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Saturday September 12 2015

Memorial Bricks Purchase Deadline 9/15

Press Release posted 9/12/15  - This is your LAST CHANCE to order your Memorial Bricks! The Sierra Madre Garden Club and the City of Sierra Madre in conjunction with the Sierra Madre Community Foundation are raising money to replace the dead lawn at City Hall with beautiful drought resistant gardens! FormLA, known throughout Los Angeles for [...]

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Thursday September 03 2015

City Seeks Nominations for Sierra Madre Honors Awards

City Seeks Nominations for Sierra Madre Honors Awards

Posted 8/31/15 – Sierra Madre Honors Awards is the City of Sierra Madre’s opportunity to recognize and honor the true treasures of Sierra Madre, its volunteers, City Commissioners, and employees. To Nominate: Simply e-mail DCostello@cityofsierramadre.com or drop off a short letter at City Hall listing qualifications of your nominee by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, Sptember 9, [...]

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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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Sunday May 24 2015

2015 Mt. Wilson Trail Race, Pre-Race and Race Start, Photo Gallery and Video

2015 Mt. Wilson Trail Race, Pre-Race and Race Start, Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 5/24/15 – Enjoy the photos and video.  Video includes presentation of the colors by Sierra Madre Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 Color Guard, and the singing of the national anthem by 12-year old Kaiya Wilson.  Photo gallery below video, click an image to enlarge.

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Sunday May 24 2015

Scene at the 2015 Mt. Wilson Trail Race – Photo Gallery

Scene at the 2015 Mt. Wilson Trail Race - Photo Gallery

Posted 5/24/15 – Non-race photos from yesterday’s event, including several shots that show who the sponsors are that deserve our appreciation.

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Friday May 22 2015

Runners Take Advantage of Advance Check-in at Pre-Race Pasta Feed – Photo Gallery

Runners Take Advantage of Advance Check-in at Pre-Race Pasta Feed - Photo Gallery

Posted 5/22/15 – Runners had the opportunity to both carbo load and check in early at tonight’s Mt. Wilson Trail Race Pasta Feed in Kersting Court.  Food was supplied by Zugo’s, Civic Club members managed the early check-in, and Wilson the inflatable mule made his Bell Tower debut.  Proceeds from the Pasta Feed will be [...]

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Thursday May 14 2015

Boot Skootin’ Dance and Chili Cook-off – Photo Gallery and Video

Boot Skootin' Dance and Chili Cook-off - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 5/14/15 – Saturday night’s Boot Skootin’ Dance and Chili Cook-off, hosted in the Sierra Madre Room by the Kiwanis Club of Sierra Madre, attracted lots of folks to enjoy some chili, bid on items at a silent auction, and do a little country western dancing.  This was the fifth annual Boot Skootin’ event, all [...]

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Friday May 08 2015

2015 Sierra Madre Fourth Of July Firecracker Fun Run Registration

Press Release posted 5/8/15 –  The Spero Foundation will be hosting their fifth annual “Fire Cracker Fun Run” as part of the Sierra Madre Fourth of July Festivities. This is an “unofficial 5K event,” but a running clock is provided. We welcome runners and walkers of all ages. Walkers with strollers and dogs on leashes [...]

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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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Wednesday May 06 2015

5th Annual Boot-Skootin’ Dance and Chili Cook-Off This Saturday

5th Annual Boot-Skootin' Dance and Chili Cook-Off This Saturday

Press Release posted 5/6/15 – Kiwanis will host its’ 5th Annual Boot Skootin’ Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The event is a combination membership drive and fundraiser held to support various children’s programs including the Imagine Arts Program for Sierra Madre Elementary School, The Sierra Madre Middle School Builders Club [...]

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Wednesday April 29 2015

Have Some SMVFA Pancakes Before the Art Fair Saturday

Have Some SMVFA Pancakes Before the Art Fair Saturday

Posted 4/29/15 - The Sierra Madre Fire Department will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, May 2nd from 7am to 11am at the Fire Station at 242 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.. Cost to enjoy the all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast (which features Starbucks, coffee, as well is just $5.00. All proceeds will [...]

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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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Saturday April 04 2015

SMVFA Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2015 – Photo Gallery

SMVFA Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2015 - Photo Gallery

Posted 5/15/15 –  Please enjoy these photos from the annual Easter Egg Hunt presented each year by the Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association.  In addition to lots of candy, children have the opportunity to find “golden eggs” which can be redeemed for giant baskets of goodies.

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Friday March 20 2015

Rotary Club, City to Celebrate World Water Day Saturday, March 21

Rotary Club, City to Celebrate World Water Day Saturday, March 21

Press Release posted 3/20/15 – WORLD WATER DAY, SIERRA MADRE, MARCH 21, 2015 – Memorial Park – 9am-5pm. This community event brings together world class speakers, renowned landscapers, star musicians, Water Wizards game show with celebrated game show host, children’s activities, booths with interactive activities and invaluable information about your water, a tour of our [...]

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Monday March 02 2015

SMRFA Releases Sketch of 2016 Float, Announces Change In March Meeting Date

SMRFA Releases Sketch of 2016 Float, Announces Change In March Meeting Date

Posted 3/2/15 – The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association announced it has selected the design for its 2016 float, and the design has been approved by the Tournament of Roses Association.  Each year, the Association solicits designs from the community, and one or more is selected for submittal to the Tournament of Roses Association for [...]

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Sunday February 22 2015

Kiwanis to Host School Board Candidate Forum Luncheon Tuesday, 2/24

Press Release posted 2/22/15 – Kiwanis Club of Sierra Madre will conduct a School Board Forum at their meeting of February 24 At The Lodge, 33E. Sierra Madre Blvd.   Lunch will start at 11:30 AM for those who want to eat lunch at a cost of $10.00.  Seating will be available for those not wanting lunch.   [...]

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Monday February 09 2015

4th of July Committee Seeking Dedicated Volunteers

4th of July Committee Seeking Dedicated Volunteers

Press Release posted 2/9/15 – The Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee needs your help! Its two-day long celebration and parade has become one of the biggest events in the community. They need people with events, party planning and logistical experience to assist  in producing this spectacular event. The committee is looking to fill out [...]

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Thursday February 05 2015

Dave Loera Honored As Citizen Of The Year – Photo Gallery

Dave Loera Honored As Citizen Of The Year - Photo Gallery

Posted 2/5/15 – Several dozen folks turned out to the Sierra Madre Room on Saturday, Jan. 31st to honor Dave Loera, named the 2014 Sierra Madre Citizen of the Year by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce.  Most of the City Council joined Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chamber Board members, members of the Harry L. Embree [...]

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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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Monday January 26 2015

Cmdr. Dave Loera Citizen Of The Year, Dinner Tickets on Sale Now

Cmdr. Dave Loera Citizen Of The Year, Dinner Tickets on Sale Now

Press Release posted 1/26/15 – Sierra Madre Chamber President Ed Chen and the Board of Directors announced on Friday, Jan. 9th,  the selection of VFW Post 3208 Commander Dave Loera as the 2014 Citizen of the Year. The COTY award is granted to an outstanding Sierra Madre resident who best demonstrates the town’s spirit of [...]

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Wednesday December 31 2014

2015 Rose Float Dedication, Kersting Court Stopover – Photo Gallery and Video

2015 Rose Float Dedication, Kersting Court Stopover - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 12/31/14 – The Board of Directors of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) dedicated this year’s float to Bob Young in a brief ceremony at the barn this evening, before heading down to the parade.  On the way they stopped over at Kersting Court to allow local residents a chance to get up [...]

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Wednesday December 31 2014

SMRFA Undergoes Final Judging of 2015 Float – Photo Gallery, Video

SMRFA Undergoes Final Judging of 2015 Float - Photo Gallery, Video

Posted 12/313/2014 – Judges for the Tournament of Roses Parade stopped by Sierra Vista Park today to see the 2015 edition of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s float, “I Think I Can”.  While that’s the official name, many in town are calling the float “Forever Young”, a phrase which adorns the tail end of [...]

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Friday December 05 2014

SMVFA Annual Firefighter’s Ball Saturday, Dec. 6th

SMVFA Annual Firefighter's Ball Saturday, Dec. 6th

Posted 12/5/14 - The Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association will be throwing their Annual Christmas Ball on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  There will be dancing to a live band, a no-host bar, and as always,guests are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for th Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  The ball will be held [...]

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Sunday November 30 2014

Sierra Madre Winter Village Festival, 2014 – Photo Gallery and Video

Sierra Madre Winter Village Festival, 2014 - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 11/30/14 – Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Winter Village Festival for 2014 yesterday on Small Business Saturday.  Formerly known as the Holiday Open House, Dickens Village and Whoville, Winter Village Festival was the 2014 iteration of the day long event, featuring live entertainment, non-profit fund raising booths, small town local shopping, horse [...]

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Saturday November 22 2014

What’s SMRFA Up To, And How Can You Help?

What's SMRFA Up To, And How Can You Help?

Press Release and FB posts, posted 11/22/14 – As the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) heads into the home stretch for the 2015 Tournament of Roses parade, please read the following information which shares info about SMRFA, some ways that you can help, and updates on the organization pulled from their FB page and [...]

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Sunday November 02 2014

2014 Halloween Costume Contest, Sponsored by Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club

2014 Halloween Costume Contest, Sponsored by Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club

Posted 11/2/14 – Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club again sponsored the annual Costume Contest in the park, providing prizes for kids in 4 age group categories, a group category and a scariest costume category.   In addition, Sierra Madre Playhouse gave a cash prize to the winner of the Scariest Costume contest, as well as the [...]

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Saturday October 25 2014

2014 Halloween Window Painting – Completed – Photo Gallery

2014 Halloween Window Painting - Completed - Photo Gallery

Posted 10/25/14 – I posted photos of the kids painting the windows of the local businesses downtown for Halloween yesterday, and now I’ve gone back and taken photos of the completed windows, without the kids in the way, so you can see the finished art.  Enjoy the photos.  Main Halloween Page    2014 Halloween Index page

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Saturday October 25 2014

2014 Halloween Window Painting in Downtown Sierra Madre – Photo Gallery

2014 Halloween Window Painting in Downtown Sierra Madre - Photo Gallery

Posted 10/25/14 – Yesterday was business window painting day in Sierra Madre, with kids competing in the Halloween Window Painting Contest, sponsored by the Sierra Madre Civic Club.  Today I’m posting pictures of the windows being painted.  Later today I’ll be going downtown to take pictures of the completed windows, without the kids in front [...]

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Sunday October 12 2014

SMEAC General Meeting Thursday to Feature JPL Climatologist, Public Invited

Press Release posted 10/12/14 – The Sierra Madre Environmental Action Council (SMEAC) announces a General Meeting to be held Thursday, Oct. 16, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Nature Friends Lodge & Retreat Center in Sierra Madre Canyon, 423 Yucca Trail. We will enjoy a potluck dinner – beverages provided – as prelude to our guest speaker [...]

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Tuesday September 23 2014

Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast – Photo Gallery

Kiwanis Annual Pancake Breakfast - Photo Gallery

Posted 9/23/14 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club held its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser last Saturday.  We hope you enjoy these pictures from the event (click to enlarge).

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Saturday September 13 2014

Sierra Madre Womans Club to Host Membership Tea

by Phyllis Chapman, Posted 9/13/14 – Sierra Madre Woman’s Club invites women throughout the area to attend their Membership Tea on Wednesday, September 24, 1:00pm, at Essick House, their historic clubhouse, at 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. An afternoon of enjoyment is planned with the opportunity to learn about membership in this busy, caring group. [...]

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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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Sunday September 07 2014

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Set for Sept. 20th

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Set for Sept. 20th

Posted 9/7/14 - Kiwanis Club of Sierra Madre is getting geared up for its annual pancake breakfast! The community is invited to come and enjoy fresh pancakes and fun with your local neighbors and friends under the pergola in Memorial Park,  Saturday, Sept. 20, from 7-11 am. ($5 donation per person). Breakfast includes pancakes and sausage, [...]

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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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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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Sunday June 22 2014

SMHPS Lizzie’s Trail Inn Chicken and Ravioli Dinner – Meet Lizzie

SMHPS Lizzie's Trail Inn Chicken and Ravioli Dinner - Meet Lizzie

Posted 6/22/14 - Introducing Lizzie of Sierra Madre’s Lizzie’s Trail Inn And Creator of Delicious Chicken & Ravioli Dinners By Jeff Lapides On Saturday, June 28, 2014, the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society will host its second annual Chicken & Ravioli Dinner in honor of Lizzie and the good times associated with her establishment, Lizzie’s Trail [...]

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Friday May 23 2014

Former Mayor MacGillivray to Again Speak at VFW Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted 5/23/14 – The Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 will hold its annual Memorial Day Service at Pioneer Cemetery on Monday morning.  The event officially starts at 11am, but because a large crowd is expected, those looking to find a seat for the service are encouraged to arrive early. Crosses and flags are already up [...]

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Sunday May 18 2014

Sierra Madre Kiwanis Host 4th Annual Boot Skootin’ Dance and Chili Cook-off

Sierra Madre Kiwanis Host 4th Annual Boot Skootin' Dance and Chili Cook-off

Posted 5/18/14 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club held its 4th annual Boot Skootin’ Dance and Chili Cook-off in the Sierra Madre Room at the Rec Center on Saturday, with celebrity food critic Peter Dills acting as judge and picking a winner from the five entries in the Chili Cook-off.   Dills selected Chili #5, submitted [...]

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Sunday May 18 2014

Do Spring Cleaning, Make a Little Money – Community Yard Sale

Do Spring Cleaning, Make a Little Money - Community Yard Sale

Press Release posted 5/18/14 – Community organizations and members are invited to come together with their neighbors to participate in a community yard sale. Participants have the opportunity to clean out their garages, attics, storage sheds and closets without sending those items to landfill.  One vendor that has participated reports raising $800 for their organization [...]

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Wednesday May 07 2014

May 12th Garden Club Meeting to Feature Arboretum CEO Richard Schulhof

May 12th Garden Club Meeting to Feature Arboretum CEO Richard Schulhof

Press Release posted 5/7/14 – Come to the May Garden Club Meeting and hear guest speaker Richard Schulhof, CEO, of the Los Angeles County Arboretum.  His program, “The L.A. Arboretum Through Time”, will include an exploration of the evolving Arboretum and Southern California gardens. At the Arboretum, Richard focuses on programs that promote sustainability and [...]

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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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Monday April 14 2014

SMHPS to Hold Pre-Renovation Open House at Historic 1887 Home

SMHPS to Hold Pre-Renovation Open House at Historic 1887 Home

Press Release posted 4/14/14 – Sunday, April 27th, the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society (SMHPS) will have a pre-renovation open house and program at the 1887 Blumer Farmhouse, 390 Olive Tree Lane in Sierra Madre.  The event will be held from 2pm-5pm.  Parking will be on Grand View and if assistance is needed accessing the [...]

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Wednesday April 02 2014

“Designing with Succulents” Topic of April 14th Garden Club Meeting

Press Release posted 4/2/14 – Come to the Sierra Madre Garden Clubs meeting on April 14th and hear guest speakers Michael & Danielle Romero share their experience and expertise in growing, designing and crafting with succulents. Michael has worked at the Huntington Library Desert Garden and he and Danielle now work together at California Cactus [...]

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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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Tuesday March 18 2014

City Council Candidate Forum Tonight

City Council Candidate Forum Tonight

Press Release posted 3/18/14 - The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a televised City Council Candidate Debate in the Council Chambers at 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. on Tuesday, March 18th at 6:00 pm. The debate will be aired live on Channel 3 for Time Warner Customers and can be streamed live online [...]

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Sunday March 16 2014

Hot and Sunny Wistaria Festival – Photo Gallery

Hot and Sunny Wistaria Festival - Photo Gallery

Posted 3/16/17 – On a hot sunny day that my phone tells me reached 90 degrees, the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s annual Wistaria Festival today.  Noticing an unusually high incidence of emergency personnel on the boulevard today, I spoke to SM Police Chief Larry Giannone at about 3pm, and as of then, [...]

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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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Saturday March 01 2014

SMPOA Donates to PHS Baseball Program

SMPOA Donates to PHS Baseball Program

Posted 3/1/14 – At the Feb. 25th meeting of the Sierra Madre City Council, the Sierra Madre Police Officers’ Association, represented by its President, Ed Delcoure, made a presentation of a check for $500 to the Pasadena High School baseball program.  The varsity baseball coach, Jaime Guzman and several players were on hand to accept [...]

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Sunday February 23 2014

Annual Wistaria Festival Set For March 16th, Shuttle Tickets Now On Sale

Annual Wistaria Festival Set For March 16th, Shuttle Tickets Now On Sale

Press Release posted 2/23/14 – The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Wistaria Festival on Sunday, March 16, 2014. The festival first began in the early 20th century, drawing as many as 100,000 people over an extended period of time. Now the vine, which is on private property, is available to the [...]

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Monday February 17 2014

Twenty Couples Renew Vows for Valentine’s Day

Twenty Couples Renew Vows for Valentine's Day

Posted 2/17/14 – Twenty couples renewed their marriage vows in front of friends and family on Valentine’s Day at Alverno High School’s Villa del sol d’Oro as part of a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Sierra Madre’s International Water Project.  Each of the couples paid a fee to participate, and guests paid to attend. [...]

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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 17 2014

Woman’s Club, SMHPS to Celebrate 100 Years of Essick House at One Book, One City Event Thursday

Woman's Club, SMHPS to Celebrate 100 Years of Essick House at One Book, One City Event Thursday

Posted 2/17/14 – This Thursday, Feb. 20th, from 7 to 9pm as part of the Sierra Madre Public Library’s One Book, One City event, the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club and the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society will team up for a special evening remember WWI, the subject of “Maisie Dobbs” the book chosen by the [...]

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Monday February 10 2014

Sierra Madre Civic Club Education Awards Applications Now Available

Sierra Madre Civic Club Education Awards Applications Now Available

Press Release posted 2/10/14 – The Sierra Madre Civic Club is pleased to announce the availability of the 2014 Education Awards applications.  High school seniors who live in Sierra Madre, work in Sierra Madre, or are related to a Civic Club member are eligible to apply.  Applications will be available at the Sierra Madre Library, [...]

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Monday January 20 2014

Rotary Club Invites You to Renew Your Vows This Valentine’s Day

Rotary Club Invites You to Renew Your Vows This Valentine's Day

Posted 1/18/14 – The Sierra Madre Rotary Club invites you to renew your marriage vows and help others at the same time.  This Valentine’s Day at the Villa del sol d’Oro on the campus of Alverno High School, Sierra Madre Rotary is hosting a Wedding Vow Renewal event, for couples that have been struck by [...]

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Monday January 20 2014

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team Rescue Log, December 2013

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team Rescue Log, December 2013

Posted 1/20/14 - During the month of December, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to six calls for assistance to close out 2013. The Team responded to 96 incidents during the year and provided assistance to 84 individuals lost or injured in the mountains.  Over 3,770 hours of time were logged by Team members while [...]

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Sunday January 19 2014

Lattes and Literature at Sierra Madre Woman’s Club

Lattes and Literature at Sierra Madre Woman's Club

By Phyllis Chapman – posted 1/19/14 – Sierra Madre Woman’s Club invites you to attend their Lattes and Literature event with local authors on Saturday, Feb. 1st at 11:30am. This will be held at Essick House, the Club’s historic clubhouse located at 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Reading enthusiasts will hear from four authors (Faye [...]

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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 January 09 2014

Pergolas Named 2013 Citizens of the Year

Pergolas Named 2013 Citizens of the Year

Press release posted 1/9/14 – Joe and Jacquie Pergola have been named 2013 Citizens of the Year by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, it has been announced by Ed Chen, Chamber president. This couple has exemplified the spirit of volunteerism in our community for many years including (partial listing) their many years of service [...]

Wednesday January 01 2014

Eight Awards in Nine Years! Congratulations SMRFA!!

Eight Awards in Nine Years!  Congratulations SMRFA!!

Posted 1/1/2014 – Congratulations to the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association for winning their eighth award in nine years! SMRFA’s “Catching the Big One” won the Mayor’s Trophy for Most Outstanding City Entry – National or International.  Here’s a link to take a look back at the previous winners, 2006 to 2013:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbrpvIwqHwo In 2006, [...]

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Sunday December 08 2013

Who Ville Photo Gallery and Video

Who Ville Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 12/8/2013 - The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce hosted Who Ville in downtown Sierra Madre to kick off the holiday season yesterday.  There were snow sled runs, a train ride for the kids, horse and buggy rides, non-profits selling items as fundraisers at their vendor booths in Kersting Court, and visits from Santa and the [...]

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Saturday December 07 2013

Foothill Unity Center’s Sierra Madre Fundraiser at The Lodge Saturday, Dec. 14

Foothill Unity Center's Sierra Madre Fundraiser at The Lodge Saturday, Dec. 14

Press Release posted 12/7/13 - Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary invites you to join us at our 14th Annual Holiday Season Benefit for Foothill Unity Center on Saturday December 14, 2013, 5 to 9 p.m. at THE LODGE at Sierra Madre, 33 East Sierra Madre Boulevard.  Come share an entertaining evening with friends and neighbors featuring the fabulous Mercy and the Merkettes plus [...]

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Saturday November 30 2013

Author Book Signing at Who Ville Today

Posted 11/30/13 – The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society has announced that Michele Zack, author of the Sierra Madre Centennial book “Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre”, will be available this Saturday at the SMHPS booth at Sierra Madre’s Whoville celebration. Michele will be available to personalize your book purchase from 2pm – 3:30pm. The [...]

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Thursday November 28 2013

Civic Club Shoppe to be Open at Who Ville on Saturday

Civic Club Shoppe to be Open at Who Ville on Saturday

Press Release posted 11/28/13 – On Saturday, November 30, the Sierra Madre Civic Club Shoppe will join the Grinch and be back in Kersting Court as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s Who Ville Festival. The  Shoppe will offer beautiful knitted items such as scarves, hats, fingerless gloves, darling baby accessories, and many other unique [...]

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Friday September 13 2013

2013 Sierra Madre Honors… Dinner Held at Alverno

2013 Sierra Madre Honors... Dinner Held at Alverno

Posted 10/12/14 - The 2013 Sierra Madre Honors… Dinner and Awards was held on Thursday, September 12th at the Villa del Sol d’Oro on the Alverno campus.   Sierra Madre Honors… is the City’s opportunity to recognize and honor the true treasures of Sierra Madre, its volunteers, City Commissioners and employees. Sierra Madre Honors… recognizes all out-going City Commissioners, and awardees selected [...]

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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

Rotary Club Offers Mini Grants

Rotary Club Offers Mini Grants

Posted 7/21/13 – The Sierra  Madre Rotary Club  is pleased to offer mini grants, up to $500, to help with projects that will benefit the community. If you wish to apply for a mini grant, Proposals should include: Title Point of contact (name, phone, email and address) A Brief description of the project How the project [...]

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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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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 22 2013

Chicken and Ravioli Dinners Back, One Night Only, at Lizzie’s Trail Inn

Chicken and Ravioli Dinners Back, One Night Only, at Lizzie's Trail Inn

Press Release posted 6/22/13 – Saturday, July 20, from 5pm-8pm, the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society will be serving a Chicken & Ravioli Dinner at Mt. Wilson Trail Park, 189 East Mira Monte Avenue.  We are inviting the public to celebrate with us at our fund-raiser dinner benefitting our museums, Lizzie’s Trail Inn and the [...]

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Saturday June 15 2013

Civic Club to Host Concert in the Park

Civic Club to Host Concert in the Park

Press Release posted 6/15/13 - Sierra Madre’s own home-based and wildly popular band, Cow Bop, will bring its unique mix of swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, western sensibilities and tons of fun to a free concert in the park on June 23rd at the Memorial Park Band Shell, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., [...]

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Sunday June 02 2013

Mary Carney to Lead Woman’s Club for Second Year

by Phyllis Chapman Posted 6/2/13 – Mary Carney was installed president of the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club for a second term at their May Installation Tea, held at Essick House, their historic clubhouse at 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Board Members and Directors installed with Carney are: Denise Reistetter, Elma Flores, “Mike” Ruggles, Mary Jane Baker, [...]

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Thursday May 30 2013

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service at Pioneer Cemetery, Photo Gallery and Video

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service at Pioneer Cemetery, Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 5/30/13 – Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 of Sierra Madre hosted a memorial service on Memorial Day at Pioneer Cemetery, featuring a Congresswoman Judy Chu and resident Charles Carter as speakers, laying of the wreaths on a symbolic grave, patriotic songs, and a live bugler playing taps.  Below the video is a photo [...]

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Monday May 27 2013

VFW Post 3208 to Hold Memorial Service Monday, 11AM

Posted 5/25/13 - VFW Post 3208 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery tomorrow, the 27th, at 11am.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Sandwiches, chips and beverages catered after the service by Bean Town.

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Saturday May 25 2013

Mt. Wilson Trail Race 2013 – Event, Non-Race Photos

Mt. Wilson Trail Race 2013 - Event, Non-Race Photos

Posted 5/25/13 – Click on a photo to enlarge

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Monday May 20 2013

VFW Post 3208 Named 4th of July Parade Grand Marshals

VFW Post 3208 Named 4th of July Parade Grand Marshals

Press Release posted 5/20/13 - The volunteers of the Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee are pleased and excited to announce that the 2013 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal will be Sierra Madre’s Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3208. According to the nomination requirements, “The Grand Marshal is a person or persons whose efforts over a long [...]

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Tuesday May 07 2013

Kiwanis to Hold 3rd Annual Boot-Skootin’ Dance and Chili Cook-off Saturday

Kiwanis to Hold 3rd Annual Boot-Skootin' Dance and Chili Cook-off Saturday

Press Release posted 5/7/13 -The Kiwanis Club of Sierra Madre invites you to their 3rd annual Boot Skootin’ Dance & Chili Cook-Off Fund Raiser, to be held on Saturday May 11th from 6 to 10pm in the Sierra Madre Room at the Rec. Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.!  Cost of tickets is $25.  All [...]

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Tuesday May 07 2013

USPS Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday, Foothill Unity Center Seeks Volunteers

USPS Letter Carriers Food Drive Saturday, Foothill Unity Center Seeks Volunteers

Posted 5/7/13 – The US Postal Service will hold its annual Letter Carriers Food Drive this Saturday, and all are invited to participate by leaving their non-perishable food items in a bag by their mailbox.  USPS employees will then return them to the Post Office, where they will be packed up and transported to 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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Thursday April 25 2013

Sierra Madre Women Have Lunch…After a Fashion – Photo Gallery

Sierra Madre Women Have Lunch...After a Fashion - Photo Gallery

Posted 4/25/13 – More than six dozen women turned out for the 44th Sierra Madre Woman’s Club Fashion Show Luncheon, themed “Sailing into Spring”.  Eight models, from teens to seniors, strutted their stuff at Essick House, the Woman’s Club’s historic Clubhouse.  The clothes, jewelry, handbags and accessories were all provided by Arcadia’s Magnolia Boutique, with [...]

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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Monday April 22 2013

Sierra Madre Rose Float Association Scholarship Opportunity

Posted 4/22/13 – The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association announced an opportunity for local students to receive (a) scholarship(s) distributed by the organization.  To qualify, applicants must: – have actively participated in one or more Sierra Madre Rose Float activity (such as fundraising, design, construction, flowering or as a past or present float rider) – [...]

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Monday April 22 2013

March 2013 Rescue Log Sierra Madre Search And Rescue

March 2013 Rescue Log Sierra Madre Search And Rescue

Posted 4/22/13 – Search and rescue activity in our local area continues at a very modest level with the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) Team responding to three calls for assistance in March. Seizure, Big Santa Anita Canyon, Chantry Flat:  The Team received a page at 11: 54 a.m. on March 17th to respond [...]

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Wednesday April 17 2013

Woman’s Club to Feature “Path to Beauty” Saturday

Woman’s Club to Feature “Path to Beauty” Saturday

by Phyllis Chapman, posted 4/17/13 Sierra Madre Woman’s Club steps out for the 44th year with its fashion show and luncheon, Saturday, April 20th at 11:30am at Essick House, the club’s historic meeting place located at 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Melissa Stute is event chair. Featured will be Karen Crisci, owner of the popular Magnolia [...]

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Tuesday March 26 2013

SMRFA Releases 2014 Float Design

SMRFA Releases 2014 Float Design

Posted 3/26/13 – The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association has released on its Facebook page the initial sketch of its 2014 Float design.  According to Deco chair Kay Sappington, “The theme of the 2014 Rose Parade® is “Dreams Come True.” Sierra Madre’s fun-loving float comes under the heading “be careful what you wish for.” This particular [...]

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Wednesday March 13 2013

Community Foundation’s First Grant of 2013 Benefits Kids, Trail Race

Community Foundation's First Grant of 2013 Benefits Kids, Trail Race

Press Release posted 3/13/13 – At a private reception on March 2, the Sierra Madre Community Foundation presented its first grant of the year in the amount of $1,250 to the Mt. Wilson Trail Race Committee to help support the 2013 Kids’ Run at the annual Mt. Wilson Trail Race on May 25. Foundation Board [...]

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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

Author to Address SM Rotary Club

Author to Address SM Rotary Club

Press Release posted 3/5/13 – Steven Fink often has been called the Dean of Crisis Management for his pioneering work in the field. His seminal work on the subject, Crisis Management: Planning for the Inevitable, still the most successful and widely-read book on crisis management ever published, not only explains how to manage a crisis [...]

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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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Sunday January 13 2013

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue December, 2012 Rescue Log

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue December, 2012 Rescue Log

Posted 1/13/13 – During the month of December, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to five calls for assistance.   December closed out a busy 2012 for SMSR with the Team responding to 105 incidents during the year.  During these search and rescue operations SMSR provided assistance to 123 individuals lost or injured in the [...]

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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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Friday January 04 2013

The Sky’s The Limit, in Kersting Court – Photo Gallery

The Sky's The Limit, in Kersting Court - Photo Gallery

Posted 1/4/12 – The award-winning “The Sky’s The Limit” took up residence in Kersting Court Wednesday about 8pm, and left about 5pm yesterday.  Yesterday morning I stopped by to get some sunrise pics. Enjoy.  

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Friday January 04 2013

Marlene Enmark Named 2012 Citizen of the Year

Marlene Enmark Named 2012 Citizen of the Year

Posted 1/4/2013 -Marlene Enmark was named Citizen of the Year (COTY) today by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, adding to the specialness of the day, which happened to be her birthday.   According to former Civic Club president and former COTY Amy Putnam, Enmark was “instrumental in many of the things that Civic Club has [...]

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Tuesday January 01 2013

Sierra Madre Wins Seventh Award in Eight Years!

Posted 1/1/13 - Congratulations to the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association for winning their seventh award in eight years!  SMRFA picked up the Isabella Coleman award for Best Presentation of Color and Color Harmony Through Floral Use. In 2006, the Wonder of Reading, designed by Charles Meier, took the Founder’s Banner Trophy, for the most spectacular float [...]

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Monday December 31 2012

Sierra Madre Rose Float, Heading to Pasadena – Photo Gallery

Sierra Madre Rose Float, Heading to Pasadena - Photo Gallery

Posted 12/31/12 – Didn’t make it down to the judging today, but I did manage to make it by the barn before the float left for Pasadena.  Also took some pics while it was in Kersting Court.  Hope you enjoy them.  This from the City:  “The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s float will be on [...]

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Sunday December 30 2012

Holistic Gardening Subject of January Garden Club Meeting

Press Release posted 12/30/12 - Delectable fruits, healthy veggies, fresh herbs, bountiful blossoms, lush lawns, and glorious trees are all dependent on the soil in which they grow. Gisele Schoniger, Category Manager and Organic Gardening Educator at Kellogg Garden Products, will discuss simple and sound horticultural practices that produce healthy soil using materials that are natural [...]

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Tuesday December 18 2012

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team Rescue Log, November

Posted 12/18/12 - During the month of November, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to several calls for assistance.   Two notable calls are described below. Lost Hikers, Chantry Flat/Big Santa Anita Canyon:  The Team responded to Chantry Flat to assist two hikers who had gotten off trail, become disoriented and were unable to get back [...]

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Monday December 10 2012

Toys and Clothes Needed for Foothill Unity Center Holiday Distribution to Low-Income Children

Press Release posted 12/10/12 – Foothill Unity Center’s Holiday Food Distribution and Angel Program has become a community tradition.  Last year, almost 2,000 pre-qualified, low-income families and 3,000 children received food, toys and clothes to help brighten the Holidays and stabilize the budgets of these families on the edge. On Sunday, December 16, 2012 from [...]

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Monday December 10 2012

Rotary Selects Local Residents For Trip To India

Rotary Selects Local Residents For Trip To India

Press Release posted 12/10/12 – Rotary District 5300 has selected retired Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz to lead a team of four young professionals to Calcutta, India on a 5-week Group Study Exchange trip.  Diaz is a member of the Sierra Madre Rotary Club. Since 1965 the Rotary Foundation has arranged yearly Group Study [...]

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Friday November 23 2012

Woman’s Club Hosts Multi-Faith Pre-Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast

Woman’s Club Hosts Multi-Faith Pre-Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast

Posted 11/23/12 – The day before Thanksgiving, the one-hundred five year old Sierra Madre Woman’s Club again hosted its annual Prayer Breakfast at the historic Essick House, their clubhouse for the last forty years, attended by, as Programs Chairwoman described it, “the movers and shakers” of the community.  Mayor Josh Moran and Mayor Pro Tem [...]

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Wednesday November 21 2012

Who Ville Coming to Sierra Madre

Who Ville Coming to Sierra Madre

Posted 11/17/12 -The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce will again host a Holiday shopping kick off event in downtown Sierra Madre the Saturday after Thanksgiving, from 1 to 8pm and while it will incorporate many of the activities of the popular Dickens Village event of the last several years, this year’s Who Ville event will [...]

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Sunday November 18 2012

Civic Club to Offer Holiday Gifts For Sale

Press Release posted 11/18/12 - Stop by the Civic Club’s annual Christmas Shoppe for beautiful hand made knitted and crocheted gift items.  There are things for every member of the family from beautiful, soft baby blankets, to trendy hats, scarves and gloves.  You’ll find practical, as well as decorative, items for home like felted potholders and [...]

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Saturday November 17 2012

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Rescue Log for October

Posted 11/17/12 – During the month of October, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to half a dozen calls for assistance.   A selected set of calls are described below. Injured Hiker, Chantry Flat/Big Santa Anita Canyon: Sierra Madre Search and Rescue responded to reports of an injured hiker near Hermit Falls.  Rescuers arrived on [...]

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Thursday November 15 2012

VFW Veterans Day Speakers Remind Us of the Difficulties Faced by Returning Veterans – Photos and Video

VFW Veterans Day Speakers Remind Us of the Difficulties Faced by Returning Veterans - Photos and Video

Posted 11/15/12 - Sierra Madre VFW Post 3208 held its annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Sunday at the Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Memorial Park.  Commander Dave Loera announced the unveiling on the Memorial Wall of fourteen new photos of veterans who have lived at least a year in Sierra Madre, and gave a brief history of [...]

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Thursday November 15 2012

Final SMRFA General Meeting of the Year Scheduled

Final SMRFA General Meeting of the Year Scheduled

Posted 11/15/12 – The final general meeting of the year for the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association will take place at 5pm on Sunday, November 18th at the Rose Float Barn behind the tennis courts at Sierra Vista Park (587 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.).  Election of officers for parade year 2013-2014 will be held, and [...]

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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

Foothill Unity Center Seeks Thanksgiving Donations of Time, Money, Turkeys, Gifts

Press Release posted 11/14/12 - For many families in our local communities, hunger never takes a holiday, and being surrounded by the season’s festivities just makes the struggle for survival that much harder. Jobs continue to be scarce, as the unemployment rate in Los Angeles County remains in double digits, and the number of people needing [...]

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Wednesday November 14 2012

Woman’s Club to Host Community Breakfast

Press Release posted 11/14/12 - As holiday time approaches, the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club invites the community to attend their annual All-Faith Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, November 21, in Essick House, their historic clubhouse, at 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre. With business people in mind, the event begins very promptly at 8:00 a.m. and is [...]

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Tuesday November 06 2012

VFW to Host Veterans’ Day Ceremony to be Followed by Fundraiser

Press Release posted 11/6/12 – Veterans of Foreign Wars of Sierra Madre, Post 3208 will celebrate Veteran’s Day at the Memorial Wall, Sunday November 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM.   Celebrate Veterans Day by remembering the brave men and women who have risked their lives for the United States of America. A new panel of [...]

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Sunday November 04 2012

Alegria Avenue, Halloween 2012 – Photo Gallery

Alegria Avenue, Halloween 2012 - Photo Gallery

Posted 11/4/12 – Once again, SMPD joined with SMECT, CERT and volunteer police to control crowds as Alegria was swarmed with thousands of folks coming to Sierra Madre for Halloween.  Enjoy these photos.

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Sunday November 04 2012

Halloween Costume Contest Photo Gallery

Halloween Costume Contest Photo Gallery

Posted 11/4/12 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club annually sponsors the Costume Contest in the Park on Halloween.  Enjoy the photos…

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Sunday November 04 2012

Downtown Trick or Treating Photo Gallery

Downtown Trick or Treating Photo Gallery

Posted 11/4/12 – Downtown businesses took part in the annual Downtown Halloween Trick or Treating put on by the City on Wednesday, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.  The trick or treating ended with the beginning of the Costume Parade, led by the Sierra Madre Fire Dept.,  down to Memorial Park for the Costume Contest. [...]

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Sunday November 04 2012

2012 Window Painting Contest Winners, Photo Gallery

2012 Window Painting Contest Winners, Photo Gallery

Press Release posted 11/4/12 – News Net photo gallery below text The 2012 Halloween Window Painting Contest took place on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. 30 teams competed in 4 different age groups with 90 youths participating this year! Awards were given to the top three finishers in each age category. The City [...]

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Saturday October 27 2012

Water-Wise Landscaping Topic of November Garden Club Meeting

Press release posted 10/27/12 – Jorge Pena, owner of Mama Mountain Landscapes, Inc., is known for designing and implementing unusual, drought-tolerant landscapes that add function and artistic value to a site. Dedicated to educating residents about creative ways to beautify spaces while reducing maintenance costs and water consumption, Jorge will discuss the benefits of water [...]

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Wednesday October 24 2012

City Sponsored 2012 Sierra Madre Halloween Happenings

Press Release posted 10/24/12 - The Community Services Department is hosting its annual Halloween Happenings on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.  Halloween Happenings’ activities include the downtown trick or treating sponsored by the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, as well as the costume parade and costume contest, supported by the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club. Downtown trick or [...]

Wednesday October 17 2012

SMRFA Fundraiser Legendary Bingo This Saturday Night

SMRFA Fundraiser Legendary Bingo This Saturday Night

Posted 10/17/12 – The semi-annual fundraiser by the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association will take place this Saturday, at the Rec. Center in the Sierra Madre room.  Doors open at 6:30, Bingo begins at 7:30.  Donation at the door, $20.  As always, there will be great prizes (mostly donated by local businesses and organizations), and [...]

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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 [...]

Wednesday October 10 2012

SMHPS Program: California’s Second Gold Rush – The Rise of the Citrus Industry

Press Release posted 10/10/12 – If you missed it the last time, you have a second chance to see this interesting program! By special request, local resident Joe Feeney will present his talk on the rise of the citrus industry, called California’s second gold rush, and how this economic juggernaut enabled the rapid growth of [...]

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Tuesday October 02 2012

Woman’s Club to Host Halloween Bridge and Games Tea

      Posted 10/2/12 By Phyllis Chapman Fabulous treats will highlight the day as Sierra Madre Woman’s Club salutes Halloween with its annual Bridge and Games Tea on Saturday, October 13, from 1 to 4pm, in Essick House, their historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre.  Guests are invited to gather [...]

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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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Thursday September 13 2012

August Rescue Log, Sierra Madre Search And Rescue

Posted 9/13/12 – During the month of August, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to a dozen calls for assistance.   A selected set of calls are described below. Injured Hikers, Big Santa Anita Canyon: Sierra Madre Search and Rescue responded to reports of an injured hiker below Chantry Flat.  Initial reports indicated that the [...]

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Saturday September 08 2012

Kiwanis to Honor Sierra Madre First Responders on 9/11

Posted 9/6/12 - The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will honor the Sierra Madre Police and Fire Departments at a special breakfast at their usual meeting location, The Lodge at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. immediately following the Memorial Service at the Fire Station on September 11th.  All police and firefighters are free. The program is free. If you would [...]

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Saturday September 08 2012

Woman’s Club To Begin Its Year With A Membership Tea September 26

Woman's Club To Begin Its Year With A Membership Tea September 26

Posted 9/8/12 – By Phyllis Chapman Sierra Madre Woman’s Club is reaching out to women throughout the area to attend their annual Membership Tea on Wednesday, September 26, l:00 p.m. This will be held in Essick House, their historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. An afternoon of enjoyment is planned for those who attend [...]

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Wednesday September 05 2012

Sierra Madre Rotary Club Donates Books to Library

Sierra Madre Rotary Club Donates Books to Library

Press Release posted 9/5/12 – Building on their long-standing partnership with the library, the Rotary Club of Sierra Madre donated more than 50 children’s fiction books to the Sierra Madre Public Library in August 2012. The books will be located in the recently remodeled and newly named Rotary Children’s Library. All the brand new books [...]

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Tuesday September 04 2012

Wistaria Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening Sale! Sept. 6, 7, & 8

Posted 8/10/12 - by Phyllis Chapman Bargains galore will be the order of the day when the Wistaria Thrift Shop, operated by Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, has its Grand Re-opening Sale, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 6, 7 and 8, 10 am to 3 pm.  The shop is located at the rear of Essick House, their [...]

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Monday September 03 2012

Pete Siberell to Speak at Kiwanis Tomorrow

Pete Siberell to Speak at Kiwanis Tomorrow

Posted 9/3/12 – Tomorrow, Sept. 4th, the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will feature Pete Siberell as their guest speaker! Pete is a man with many hats: executive at Santa Anita Race Track, a community leader with Sierra Madre Little League and the Library Board of Trustees, head of the Mt. Wilson Trail Race Committee, and much [...]

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Tuesday August 28 2012

Sierra Madre Cert Training Demonstration Saturday, September 15, 2012

Press Release posted 8/28/12 – What started out as a simple training exercise and get-together for the Sierra Madre CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), is now a full-fledged Community event.  On Saturday, September 15th, the Sierra Madre CERT in conjunction with the Altadena CERT and the Sierra Madre Fire and Police Departments will hold a [...]

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Sunday August 12 2012

Photos and Video of Aluminum Marshmallow at Civic Club Concert in the Park

Photos and Video of Aluminum Marshmallow at Civic Club Concert in the Park

Posted 8/12/12 – On July 29, 2012, the Sierra Madre Civic Club sponsored the Concert in the Park, featuring Aluminum Marshmallow, complete with horn section and guest vocalist Veronica Ota.  Below the photo gallery are four videos.  Enjoy. She Loves You, The Beatles Show Me the Way, Peter Frampton Will It Go Round in Circles, [...]

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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

Donations Needed for Foothill Unity Center Back-to-School Program

Press Release posted 8/10/12 – “When a cute little nine year old girl comes up to you, smiling from ear to ear, and tells you “This is the best day of my whole life — EVER’, and she can hardly wait until school starts — you know that you have made a difference in that [...]

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Thursday August 02 2012

Sierra Madre Chamber Reorganizes

Press Release posted 8/2/12 – Volunteer Leadership to Reinvigorate Business Community Despite Financial Challenges SIERRA MADREL, CA – Ed Chen, recently elected President of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, has announced changes in the way the organization will operate. The Chamber, whose primary purpose is to support local businesses, will cut its overhead expenses [...]

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Monday July 23 2012

Historical Preservation Society Annual Meeting, Antique Phonograph Presentation, Photos and Video

Historical Preservation Society Annual Meeting, Antique Phonograph Presentation, Photos and Video

Posted 7/22/12 – New Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society (SMHPS) president Amy Putnam kicked off the SMHPS annual meeting with lots of welcomes, thanks and acknowledgments Thursday night.  She welcomed all members in attendance and encouraged non-members to become members…She thanked Library archivist Debbie Henderson for helping arrange the venue.  She acknowledged the owners of [...]

Sunday July 22 2012

Senior Community Commission Sponsors Silver Beatles Concert in the Park

Senior Community Commission Sponsors Silver Beatles Concert in the Park

Posted 7/22/12 – The Senior Community Commission sponsored this week’s Concert in the Park at Memorial Park, featuring The Silver Beatles.  They also gave out free popsicles to anyone in the crowd that came up and asked for one.  The Senior Community Commission is responsible for defining the needs of the senior population of Sierra Madre, [...]

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Saturday July 14 2012

Rotary to Feature Carina Hoang – Author of “Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus”

Rotary to Feature Carina Hoang - Author of

Press Release posted 7/14/12 (Editor’s note – Rotary sent this to me several days ago, and I was late posting it.  My apologies for the short notice to make your reservations by tomorrow) - This Tuesday, Australian author Ms. Carina Hoang will discuss her book entitled “Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus” which will be [...]

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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Sunday July 08 2012

Elvis Rocks the House in Sierra Madre – Photo Gallery

Elvis Rocks the House in Sierra Madre - Photo Gallery

Posted 7/8/12 – I have several videos from the concert, that I’ll be posting later.  In the meantime, here’s a photo gallery, and below that is a video of nonagenarians Snookie Greger and Mama Pete leading the way as Elvis enters the park for the Rotary Concert in the Park.

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Saturday July 07 2012

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Log, June 2012

Press Release posted 7/7/12 – During the month of June, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to 18 calls for assistance.   Details on a selection of the calls are described below. A Busy June 3rd:  The afternoon of June 3rd turned out to be very busy for SMSR.  The afternoon started with the rescue [...]

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Friday July 06 2012

SMRFA 2013 Float “The Sky’s The Limit!” Rendering

SMRFA 2013 Float

Posted 7/6/12 – From SMRFA:  Our 2013 float design concept was submitted by Maria Murray and Kait Walsh. The designer for our 2013 float is Charles Meier, who also created the beautiful rendering. The chassis and main components (rainbows & kite) performed perfectly in the Sierra Madre Community Fourth of July parade. The float barn [...]

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Friday July 06 2012

4th of July Post-Parade Community Picnic Photo Gallery

4th of July Post-Parade Community Picnic Photo Gallery

Posted 7/6/12 - Click an image to enlarge.  Enjoy. Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2012 main index page

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Friday July 06 2012

Spero Foundation July 4th Firecracker 5K Fun Run Results

Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2012 main index page Press Release posted 7/6/12 - The Spero Foundation and the Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee welcomed over 200 participants to this year’s Fire Cracker Fun Run on July 4th.    With only one small miss-step at the start, technical difficulties [...]

Friday July 06 2012

4th of July Parade 2012 Photo Gallery, Page 6

4th of July Parade 2012 Photo Gallery, Page 6

Posted 7/6/12 - Click an image to enlarge.  Enjoy. Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2012 main index page

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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. [...]

Thursday July 05 2012

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 4

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 4

Posted 7/5/12 - Click an image to enlarge.  Enjoy. Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2012 main index page

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Thursday July 05 2012

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 3

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 3

Posted 7/5/12 - Click an image to enlarge.  Enjoy. Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2012 main index page

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Thursday July 05 2012

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 2

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 2

Posted 7/5/12 – Click an image to enlarge.  Enjoy. Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2012 main index page

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Thursday July 05 2012

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 1

4th of July 2012 Parade Photo Gallery, Page 1

Posted 7/5/12 – Enjoy the photo galleries, click an image to enlarge. Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2012 main index page

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Sunday July 01 2012

Dunk Tank Schedule Taking Shape

Dunk Tank Schedule Taking Shape

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Tuesday June 19 2012

4th of July Community Picnic Planning Well Under Way

4th of July Community Picnic Planning Well Under Way

Posted 6/18/12 – The post parade Community Picnic scheduled for July 4th has changed venue this year, moving from Memorial Park to Sierra Vista Park.  This allows for a lot more activities, since the pool will be open for free swim, there are baseball fields and basketball courts, tennis courts and, thanks to a generous [...]

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Tuesday June 19 2012

Local Organizations Receive Civic Club Grants

Local Organizations Receive Civic Club Grants

Press Release posted 6/19/22 – The Sierra Madre Civic Club announces this year’s recipients of their Community Grant awards. In one way or another, these organizations touch the lives of nearly everyone who lives in town.  For instance, several departments in the City were granted funds for services that directly serve the community.  Grants were [...]

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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

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team Rescue Log for May, 2012

Posted 6/7/12 – During the month of May, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to a dozen calls for assistance.   A selected set of calls are described below. Missing Hikers, Big Santa Anita Canyon: The Team was notified just before 1:30 in the morning of 2 missing hikers.  The hikers had left late in [...]

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Thursday May 31 2012

VFW Memorial Day Ceremony Photo Gallery + Video of Complete Ceremony

VFW Memorial Day Ceremony Photo Gallery + Video of Complete Ceremony

Posted 5/31/12 - Please enjoy this photo gallery of the event, below the video.  

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Thursday May 24 2012

Sierra Madre Civic Club Awards Scholarships to Ten Local Students

Sierra Madre Civic Club Awards Scholarships to Ten Local Students

Posted 5/24/12 -  By Christine Bachwansky Family and friends looked on proudly during the ceremony held at the Hart House in Memorial Park as ten local students were awarded scholarships by the Sierra Madre Civic Club.  Committee co-chairs Dorothy Jerneycic and Joan Crow, along with committee members Kathleen Coyne and Mary Beth Knox all agreed that [...]

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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Thursday May 24 2012

VFW Post 3208 to Host Memorial Day Ceremony, MacGillivray Featured Speaker

Posted 5/24/12 – VFW Post 3208 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at Pioneer Cemetery on Monday, May 28th at 11am.  Featured speaker will be former Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray, who has spoken at this ceremony on multiple occasions.  Following the ceremony there will be sandwiches and refreshments served.  Click below to view video of the [...]

Monday May 21 2012

Kiwanis to Host Candidate Forum

Posted 5/21/12 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a Forum with the Candidates for the newly drawn districts for CONGRESS, STATE SENATE AND STATE ASSEMBLY. The Event will be held tomorrow – Tuesday, May 22, 2012   Lunch at 11:30    Cost $10 Forum at 12 noon  FREE   Where:  The Lodge (Formerly the [...]

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Monday May 21 2012

Civic Club Grant to Help Preserve, Put Online Oral Histories of Sierra Madreans

Press Release posted 5/21/12 – The Sierra Madre Historical Archives is pleased to announce that it has received a $400 grant from the Sierra Madre Civic Club to launch the Save Our Stories Project.  Library Archivist Debbie Henderson, who applied for the grant, explained that the purpose of the project is to preserve and provide [...]

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Tuesday May 15 2012

Kiwanis Hold Boot Skootin’ Chili Cook Off – Photos and Video

Kiwanis Hold Boot Skootin' Chili Cook Off - Photos and Video

Posted 5/14/12 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club held its second annual Boot Skootin’ Dance and Chili Cook Off in the Sierra Madre Room on Saturday, featuring 7 chili contestants, judged by restaurant critic Peter Dills, host of Dining with Dills on KABC 790, a silent auction, a live auction, raffles and line dancing lessons.  Nearly one [...]

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Saturday May 12 2012

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue – Anza Borrego Search Follow-up

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue - Anza Borrego Search Follow-up

Posted 5/12/12 – People often wonder about the details of emergencies and how what appears to be alternatively complete chaos or inactivity results in anything being accomplished.   Like many emergencies, search and rescue operations are exercises in problem solving in often difficult circumstances.  Many people are familiar with the more typical missing or injured hiker [...]

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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

Civic Club Asks ‘What’s For Dinner?’

Civic Club Asks 'What’s For Dinner?'

Press Release posted 5/6/12 – The answer is easy if you have your own copy of the Civic Club’s Cookbook “Recipes We Proudly Share”. Every delicious recipe is a time-tested, family-approved dish of love passed from friend to friend, family to family and generation to generation. The test kitchens were those of grandmas and aunties, [...]

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Sunday May 06 2012

Kiwanis to Host Boot Skootin’ Chili Cook-off Fundraiser

Kiwanis to Host Boot Skootin' Chili Cook-off Fundraiser

Posted 5/6/12 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will host its 2nd annual “Boot Skootin’ Chili Cookoff” event next weekend, on Saturday, May 12.  This fundraiser will feature a chili competition with up to a dozen chili recipes.  Peter Dills will be the “official” chili judge, and guests will also vote for their favorite chili. There will [...]

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Sunday May 06 2012

Rescue Log Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team, April 2012

Rescue Log Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team, April 2012

Press Release posted 5/6/12 - During the month of April, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to  six  calls for assistance. Missing Hikers, Little Santa Anita Canyon: The Team was notified of a canyoneering party stuck in Little Santa Anita Canyon. Several SMSR members rappelled into the canyon and located the trapped canyoneers. The subjects [...]

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Tuesday May 01 2012

Letter to the Editor re: EARLY Civic Club History

Letter to the Editor re: EARLY Civic Club History

Posted 5/1/12 – Bill, As an addendum to my letter of March 5th of 2011, I am sending further photos that the Civic Club might find of interest. These  articles have been sent by my Aunt, Jean Tate, who wishes to be remembered to the club.  Jean lives in Lebanon, Tennessee and wants to dispel [...]

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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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Friday April 27 2012

SMSRT Locates Missing Arcadian, Apparent Suicide

Originally Posted on Nixle.com by Lt. Bob Anderson, Arcadia Police Dept. Update 4/27/12 – On April 27, 2012 shortly before 2:00 a.m., family members reported 55-year-old Mark Allen Craychee as a missing person.  Craychee has a history of psychological issues and the family feared he may be suicidal. Shortly after 7:00 a.m. this morning Craychee’s vehicle was [...]

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Tuesday April 24 2012

The Health Care Debate – a Free Public Conference

The Health Care Debate - a Free Public Conference

Press Release posted 4/24/12 – Practically everyone has an opinion about Obama’s health care, but few understand it, according to the latest Associated Press poll. The  future of the president’s Affordable Care Act lies in the hands of the Supreme Court, which is expected to make a decision on the Act’s constitutionality in June.  Meanwhile [...]

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Tuesday April 24 2012

Legendary Bingo SRO Again! Photo Gallery

Legendary Bingo SRO Again!  Photo Gallery

Posted 4/24/12 – Twice a year, in April and October, the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association holds a fundraiser known as Legendary Bingo.  A raucous evening of grown up entertainment, Legendary Bingo is usually (as Saturday) hosted by drag queen Belle Aire and her assistant Bingo Boy (Jeff).  Raffles are drawn, and prizes are given [...]

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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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Friday April 13 2012

2013 Rose Float Design Selected, Float Building Underway

2013 Rose Float Design Selected, Float Building Underway

Posted 4/13/12 – From this month’s Float Notes, the regular communication for members of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association: President’s Message (from SMRFA president Robert Young) – I am pleased that we already have a detailed single line drawing of “The Sky’s The Limit”, our 2013 Rose Parade Float.  (Revised sketch attached). The design [...]

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Friday April 13 2012

Legendary Bingo Next Saturday

Legendary Bingo Next Saturday

Posted 4/13/12

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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

Garden Club Schedules Wrigley Rose Garden, Bird Wooing Events

Posted 4/12/12 – On Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m., Janet Raymond, chief gardener for the Wrigley House rose gardens, will conduct a tour of the Tournament House rose gardens for Sierra Madre Garden Club members and their guests. Janet will share some of the tricks of rose culture she has developed through her many [...]

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Thursday April 12 2012

World Famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team Rescue Log, March of 2012

Press Release posted 4/12/12 – During the month of March, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to  six calls for assistance. Injured Hiker, Eaton Canyon/Medical Emergency, Big Santa Anita Canyon: SMSR responded to a mutual-aid call from Altadena Mountain Rescue regarding an injured hiker in Eaton Canyon. Team members assisted Altadena personnel in evacuating [...]

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Saturday April 07 2012

SMVFA Easter Egg Hunt – Photo Gallery

SMVFA Easter Egg Hunt - Photo Gallery

Posted 4/7/12 – This morning the Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association held an Easter Egg Hunt as they have done every year since 1931, at Memorial Park.  With the help of Nestles, thousands of pieces of candy were placed on the lawn in the park, which was divided into sections so kids could hunt among [...]

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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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Thursday March 29 2012

Huck Finn Derby/Campout This Weekend

Posted 3/29/12 – The annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout will be here before you know it:  Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1. The weekend long event is held at the Sierra Madre Settling Ponds next to Dapper Field and behind the Public Works Yard. The event is sponsored by the City of [...]

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Wednesday March 28 2012

Low-Flush Toilets Program Coming

Low-Flush Toilets Program Coming

Posted 3/28/12 – The Interact Club (Sierra Madre Rotary) will load the toilet into your vehicle on April 21, 2012 The students will receive $15 from the water agency for every old toilet returned on Saturday April 28, 2012. When: April 21, 2012, 9am – 11am Where: Sierra Madre Recreation Center 611 E. Sierra Madre [...]

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Friday March 16 2012

Kiwanis Candidate Forum Photo Gallery

Kiwanis Candidate Forum Photo Gallery

Posted 3/16/12 – The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club hosted a candidate forum on Tuesday, moderated by member Clem Bartolai.  Six of the seven candidates were on hand, and they responded to questions written on index cards by people in the audience.  I shot video of the forum, and will post it soon, in the meantime [...]

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Friday March 16 2012

Ham Radio Operators to Assist with Wistaria Festival Logistics

Posted 3/16/12 – The Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team (SMECT) will be on hand at the Wistaria Festival, helping to keep operations running smoothly.  SMECT is a group of approximately a dozen local FCC licensed Amateur Radio (Ham) Operators.  They also help provide communications – as extra “eyes and ears”, for the Mount Wilson Trail [...]

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Tuesday March 13 2012

Library Book Sale A Week Early Due to Construction

PR Posted 3/13/12 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library’s Best Used Book Sale is being held on Friday, March 30, from 3:00-7:00PM and Saturday, March 31, from 10:00AM-2:00PM in the library basement and on the back parking lot.   Please note that this sale has been moved a week early to avoid the construction [...]

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Saturday March 10 2012

Wistaria Festival to Offer Tours of Historic 1887 Pinney House

Wistaria Festival to Offer Tours of Historic 1887 Pinney House

Local Artists Featured in House Exhibit March 25, 2012 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Posted 3/10/12 – The historic landmark Pinney House, built in 1887, will be open for self-guided tours during the March 25 Wistaria Festival in Sierra Madre, California. The Pinney House, designed by noted Victorian architects Joseph and Samuel Newsom, is celebrating [...]

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Saturday March 10 2012

Special Sierra Madre Postal Cancellation For Wistaria Festival, 30 Days Following

Special Sierra Madre Postal Cancellation For Wistaria Festival, 30 Days Following

Posted 3/10/12 – The United States Postal Service and the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce announce a special postal cancellation to celebrate The Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival. This special postmark will be available at the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival, Sunday March 25, 2012 at the Wistaria Festival Postal Station located at Kersting Court in Sierra [...]

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Sunday March 04 2012

February, 2012 Rescue Log, Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team

Posted 3/4/12 – During the month of February, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to  four calls for assistance. Injured Hiker, Big Santa Anita Canyon: Members of a hiking party at Chantry Flat reported that two of their companions were overdue and possibly injured. Due to darkness and poor weather conditions hypothermia was also [...]

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Saturday March 03 2012

Civic Club to Host Casino Night on St. Patrick’s Day

Fun, food, and fantastic prizes all can be yours at Sierra Madre Civic Club’s Casino Night being held at the Sierra Madre Community Recreation Center on Saturday, March 17 from 7 p.m. -11 p.m.   For your $25 ticket, you will receive a $50 stake at the gaming tables, St. Patrick’s Day-themed refreshments, such as corned [...]

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Monday February 27 2012

Landscaping Lightly: A Sustainable Landscape Workshop for Homeowners

Landscaping Lightly: A Sustainable Landscape Workshop for Homeowners

Posted 2/27/12 – On Sunday, March 18, 2012, the Council for Watershed Health and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy invite you to Landscaping Lightly, a free workshop at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Topics include native plant gardening, rainwater harvesting, backyard fruit and vegetable growing, tree selection and tree care, composting and mulching, controlling invasive [...]

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Saturday February 18 2012

Sierra Madre Civic Club Celebrates 67 Years of Service to the Community

Sierra Madre Civic Club Celebrates 67 Years of Service to the Community

Posted 2/18/12 – This month the Sierra Madre Civic Club celebrated its 67th birthday by honoring their past presidents and honorary lifetime members.  Many of the honorees, including three of the original charter members of the club, were able to attend the party, some coming from as far away as 250 miles. The club thanked [...]

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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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Thursday February 09 2012

Sierra Madre Civic Club To Host Casino Night on St. Patrick’s Day

Fun, food, and fantastic prizes all can be yours at Sierra Madre Civic Club’s Casino Night being held at the Sierra Madre Community Recreation Center on Saturday, March 17 from 7 p.m. -11 p.m.   For your $25 ticket, you will receive a $50 stake at the gaming tables, St. Patrick’s Day-themed refreshments, such as corned [...]

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Monday February 06 2012

Sierra Madre Civic Club Publishes Cookbook

Posted 2/6/12 – What do you ask when you hear that some of the finest cooks in Sierra Made have published a cookbook? You ask where to get one, of course. Well, members of the Sierra Madre Civic Club have published a collection of their best recipes for hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads, entrees, breads, vegetable [...]

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Saturday February 04 2012

An Afternoon at The Villa to Support Friends of the Library

An Afternoon at The Villa to Support Friends of the Library

Posted 2/4/12 - The 42nd Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting will take place on Sunday February 12th from 2:00PM – 5:00PM at the Alverno High School Villa del Sol d’Oro, located at 200 N. Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA.  The event is sponsored by The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, a non-profit [...]

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Saturday February 04 2012

January , 2012 Rescue Log, Sierra Madre Search And Rescue

Posted 2/4/12 – During the month of January Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to  five calls for assistance. Overdue Hiker, Chantry Flat: The Team was called out on a report of a dayhiker missing overnight in the Chantry Flat area. SMSR members immediately set out to search high-probability areas. Assistance was requested from [...]

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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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Wednesday February 01 2012

Mays, Krantz Honored at COTY Dinner

Mays, Krantz Honored at COTY Dinner

Nearly a hundred people turned out Friday night to the Sierra Madre Room to honor Richard Mays as Sierra Madre’s 2011 Citizen of the Year, and to thank Matt Krantz, owner of Bean Town, for his service to the Chamber of Commerce. Mays was recognized for his service in 2011 on the Community Emergency Response Team [...]

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Friday January 20 2012

Senior Community Commission Seeking “Older ‘Sierra Madre’ American Of The Year”

Posted 1/20/12 – The City of Sierra Madre Community & Personnel Services Department and the Senior Community Commission are seeking your assistance to find the 2012 Older ‘Sierra Madre’ American of the Year. If you know someone who lives in Sierra Madre, has demonstrated outstanding community service and is 60 years of age or older, [...]

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Friday January 20 2012

Volunteers and Co-Chair Wanted for the Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee

Posted 1/20/12 – The Sierra Madre Fourth of July Committee is looking for motivated, enthusiastic, creative, and friendly volunteers to serve on the committee as a member or a Co-Chair. The committee seeks volunteers to assist with various tasks to help with the parade and festivities. Join in the fun of hosting Sierra Madre’s favorite [...]

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

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

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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Monday January 02 2012

Award Streak Ends at Six, It Was a Great Run, Wasn’t It?

Award Streak Ends at Six, It Was a Great Run, Wasn't It?

The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association major award win streak at the Pasadena Tournament of Roses has finally come to an end, after six consecutive major awards.  We congratulate SMRFA on another great float this year, and on their streak of wins dating back to 2006.  Here’s a look back: 2006 – Wonder of Reading, [...]

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Sunday January 01 2012

Colorful Imagination Stops at Kersting Ct. on Way to Pasadena

Colorful Imagination Stops at Kersting Ct. on Way to Pasadena

A little before 5:30, Sierra Madre’s 80th entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade stopped on its way to Pasadena, giving the locals to a chance to admire the work done by volunteers on one of only six remaining self-built floats in the parade. Click on the thumbnail to see the picture larger. a a aa [...]

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Sunday January 01 2012

Colorful Imagination Dedicated, Leaves Barn for Parade Route

Colorful Imagination Dedicated, Leaves Barn for Parade Route

Posted 1/1/12 – Below the video of SMRFA President Robert Young dedicating the 2012 SMRFA entry in the Rose Parade, “Colorful Imagination,” there’s a photo gallery taken just before the float headed up to Kersting Court on its way to the Rose Parade.

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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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Wednesday December 28 2011

Getting to Know the 2012 Sierra Madre Rose Float Princesses

Posted 12/28/11 – On Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, the Sierra Madre Rotary Club had its weekly meeting at Alverno High School, in the historic Villa del Sol d’Oro.  The meeting began with a performance by the Alverno Singers and Concert Choir (click link to view the performance).  Following the singers were oral presentations by three of [...]

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Friday December 23 2011

Firefighter’s Ball Moves From Christmas to New Year’s Eve

Firefighter's Ball Moves From Christmas to New Year's Eve

Posted 12/23/11 – The Sierra Madre Firefighter’s Ball is a longstanding tradition in this town, nearly as old as the almost century old Volunteer Dept. itself (technically, with the addition of paramedics, etc., we are now a combination department, but the firefighting crew itself is still volunteer).  See below for video of former mulepacker and [...]

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Thursday December 15 2011

November Rescue Log, Sierra Madre Search And Rescue

Posted 12/15/11 – In the month of November, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to three calls for assistance. Mountain Biker, Big Santa Anita Canyon: The team was called to a trail in Big Santa Anita Canyon on a report of a mountain biker over the side of the trail. The subject was discovered [...]

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Monday December 12 2011

Citizen of the Year Nominations Sought

Citizen of the Year Nominations Sought

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2011 Citizen of the Year.  To be eligible, a person must be a resident of Sierra Madre.  The accomplishment(s) or project(s) for which they are being nominated must have been of benefit to the community of Sierra Madre and its citizens during 2011.  They [...]

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Thursday December 08 2011

Kiwanis To Host Emergency Response Forum

Posted 12/8/11 – On Tuesday, Dec. 13, The Kiwanis Club of Sierra Madre will host a public forum to discuss the emergency response to the recent windstorm. The forum will concentrate on ways to improve emergency procedures and be better prepared for the next disaster. The event will include a panel of representatives from City [...]

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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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Monday December 05 2011

Sierra Madre Chamber Mixer at Pinney House to Benefit Rose Float Association

Originally Posted 12/3/11 -The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce December Mixer will be held at the Pinney House, 225 N. Lima in Sierra Madre on Tuesday, Dec. 6th, from 5:30 to 7pm.  Admission fee will be $7, with proceeds from the event being donated to the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA)  to help fund [...]

Saturday December 03 2011

Garden Club to Host SM Rose Princesses

by Phyllis Chapman Posted 12/3/11 – With royalty taking center stage this year, Sierra Madre Garden Club gets on board by welcoming Sierra Madre’s Royal Court, the Rose Princesses, who will grace our 2012 parade entry.  This will take place at the Club’s dinner meeting, Monday, December 12, at 6:30pm,  in Gooden School’s multi-purpose room [...]

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Wednesday November 30 2011

A Little Background on Sierra Madre Street Names

I recently received a request from a reader to post some history of Sierra Madre street names, i.e., Michillinda – Michigan, Illinois and Indiana merged. Sounded like a good idea, and since I recently saw an article that did exactly that in the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society newsletter, written by Library archivist Debbie Henderson, [...]

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

Local Organizations to Take Part in Dickens Village

Local Organizations to Take Part in Dickens Village

Posted 11/12/11 – Creative Arts Group to Host Family Fun Art Project The Family Outreach Program at the Creative Arts Group will host a FREE family art project called “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner for the Holidays?” This is a celebration of diversity. Each family will construct a 3D scene of their holiday dining room. Each [...]

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Friday November 18 2011

Sierra Madre Chamber Kicks Off Holiday Shopping with Dickens Village Festivities

Sierra Madre Chamber Kicks Off Holiday Shopping with Dickens Village Festivities

As Americans across the country take part in Small Business Saturday next Saturday, November 26th, Sierra Madre, which epitomizes the concept, will host Dickens Village as its formal kick-off of the holiday shopping season .  Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the [...]

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Thursday November 17 2011

Double Dose of Books Sales for the Holidays

Posted 11/17/11 – With the holidays fast approaching, the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library are offering several opportunities for you to purchase the best holiday gift of all- books.  On Wednesday, November 30, from 5:00-8:00PM a Friends’ members only book sale will be held in the basement of the Sierra Madre Library.  This event [...]

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Wednesday November 16 2011

Foothill Unity Center Seeking Community Help to Brighten Thanksgiving/Holidays for Local Families in Crisis

Posted 11/16/11 – Judging by the signup total so far, Foothill Unity Center will be providing up to 2,000 registered client families, including about 3,000 children, with generous food boxes at its annual Thanksgiving and holiday distributions at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia on November 21-22 and December 18-19. The families will be [...]

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Sunday November 13 2011

VFW Honors Veterans at Memorial Park Ceremony

VFW Honors Veterans at Memorial Park Ceremony

  Posted 11/13/11 – On a chilly, drizzly day, Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 moved its ceremony to honor veterans from in front of the Veteran’s Photo Wall to under the pergola to get out of the rain.  The ceremony was held Saturday, Nov. 12th, the day after Veteran’s Day. Post Commander Dave Loera welcomed [...]

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Friday November 11 2011

VFW To Host Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Memorial Park

VFW To Host Veteran's Day Ceremony at Memorial Park

Sierra Madre’s Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 will host a service honoring veterans tomorrow in recognition of Veteran’s Day, at Memorial Park by the Veteran’s Wall at 11am.  The public is invited to attend. Click here to view our coverage of the 2010 ceremony, including photos and video of the entire ceremony, featuring WWII [...]

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Tuesday November 08 2011

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team Rescue Log, October, 2011

Each month, the world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team shares their Rescue Log with us. Though 2011 has been one of the busiest years in the history of Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, in October the team responded to just two calls for assistance. Missing Hiker, Angeles National Forest: The Team was notified [...]

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Wednesday November 02 2011

Feeney to Discuss Rise of Citrus Industry at SMHPS Event

Feeney to Discuss Rise of Citrus Industry at SMHPS Event

Posted 11/2/11 – Please join the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society on Friday November 4, 2011 at 7 pm at the Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd..   Local resident Joe Feeney will highlight the advent of the citrus industry in California, also known as the Second Gold Rush.  The citrus industry generated billions of dollars [...]

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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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Wednesday November 02 2011

Letter to the Editor Re: Fill the Boot Success

Letter to the Editor Re: Fill the Boot Success

Posted 11/2/11 – Good Morning I was absolutely JAZZED about the success of our “Fill The Boot” campaign on Saturday collecting money for M.D.A. Our original count showed that in just 5 hours, the Citizens of Sierra Madre GENEROUSLY donated $5,460.18 ! Then on Tuesday, I received word from April Drasin @ M.D.A. that the [...]

Tuesday November 01 2011

Halloween Costume Contest – Photo Gallery of 120+ Photos and Video

Halloween Costume Contest - Photo Gallery of 120+ Photos and Video

Posted 10/31/11 – Sierra Madre Kiwanis and the Community and Personnel Services Department again put on the annual Halloween Costume Contest.  In addition to the three winners in each age group this year, there was a “scariest costume overall” winner.  The winner got to take part in the “Zombie Wedding” performances that took place at [...]

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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

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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Wednesday October 26 2011

Sierra Madre Garden Club Meeting Nov. 14th

By Phyllis Chapman Posted 10/26/11 – Sierra Madre Garden Club invites you to their dinner meeting Monday, Nov. 14, at 6:30pm.  This will be held at the Gooden School Multi-Purpose Room, 192 N. Baldwin Ave., corner of Laurel Ave.  Due to the renovation at the Memorial Park Hart Senior Center, the meeting location has changed.  [...]

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Wednesday October 26 2011

Woman’s Club Prayer Breakfast Nov. 16th

By Phyllis Chapman Posted 10/26/11 – Sierra Madre Woman’s Club invites the community to its 35th annual All-Faith Prayer Breakfast, Wednesday, Nov. 16th, from 8 to 9am.  This will be held in the Essick House, their historic clubhouse, located at 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Members prepare and serve a sit-down breakfast.  All are welcome.  [...]

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Thursday October 20 2011

Photo Gallery – Sierra Madre Search and Rescue 60th Anniv. Open House

Photo Gallery - Sierra Madre Search and Rescue 60th Anniv. Open House

On October 16th, the world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team held  a very well attended open house to celebrate their 60th anniversary.  Local dignitaries turned out to honor the team.  I’ll be posting a second gallery of photos taken by Dr. Bill White very soon.  Enjoy the gallery below the video of SMSR [...]

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Thursday October 20 2011

CERT to Take Part in Great Shake Out Today

Posted 10/20/11 – The Sierra Madre Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is participating in the Great Shake Out today at 10:20 am. Disaster preparedness is the primary concern for the CERT group and CERT would like to keep the residents of Sierra Madre informed when they have such events. For more information and resources on the Shake [...]

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Thursday October 20 2011

“Spider Wrangler” at Kiwanis Meeting

Posted 10/20/11 - The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will present a special Halloween program by Steven Kutcher, an entertainment industry “Spider Wrangler” and master of “bug art”.  As a Spider Wrangler, Mr. Kutcher fills a unique niche in the motion picture industry, providing bugs, spiders, and other insects for movie and TV show production.  His presentation [...]

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Tuesday October 18 2011

Woman’s Club Halloween Bridge and Games Tea This Saturday

Posted 10/17/11 By Phyllis Chapman The Sierra Madre Woman’s Club celebrates Halloween by hosting their annual Bridge and Games Tea on Saturday, October 29, from 1 to 4pm at Essick House, their historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre.  Play bridge or a game of our choice accompanied by a fabulous tea [...]

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Tuesday October 18 2011

Halloween Happenings in Sierra Madre

Halloween Happenings in Sierra Madre

Posted 10/18/11 – The Community and Personnel Services Department, in conjunction with the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club and Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, presents Halloween Happenings. Halloween activities include: trick-or-treating, a costume parade along Sierra Madre Blvd., and a costume contest in Memorial Park. Monday, October 31, 2011 Sierra Madre businesses are handing out candy [...]

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Sunday October 16 2011

2012 SMRFA Float Princesses Named

2012 SMRFA Float Princesses Named

Posted 10/16/11 – The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association announced their 2012 Rose Float Princesses on Sunday at a reception at “The Lodge” on Sierra Madre Blvd.  The four princesses were selected from twelve applicants, all of whom were in attendance and were introduced prior to the naming of the young ladies selected to ride [...]

Thursday October 06 2011

Sierra Madre Search & Rescue Team 60th Anniversary Open House Celebration

Sierra Madre Search & Rescue Team 60th Anniversary Open House Celebration

Posted 10/6/11 – The world famous Sierra Madre Search & Rescue Team will be having an open house at its rescue station on Sunday, October 16th from 1 to 5PM.  The station is located at the corner of Stonehouse and Grandview just two blocks east of of Santa Anita in Sierra Madre. The Team will have [...]

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Wednesday October 05 2011

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue September, 2011 Rescue Log

Posted 10/5/11 – During the past month Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to  13  calls for assistance. Lost Hikers, Chantry Flat: Two hikers called authorities at nightfall and reported they were lost. Based on the subjects’ description of their surroundings, SMSR team members were able to determine high-probability search areas. Search crews were [...]

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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

Retirement Party for Toni Buckner

Posted 10/2/11 – Story by Jane Zamenzadeh, Friends of the Library, video by SierraMadreNews.Net On Friday, September 16, a standing-room-only crowd of more than two hundred people gathered in the Sierra Madre Room of the Community Center to thank Toni Buckner for her thirty-four years of service to the Sierra Madre Library (View Photo Gallery [...]

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Sunday October 02 2011

Local Foundation To Host Fund Raiser To Support Cancer Resource Center

Local Foundation To Host Fund Raiser To Support Cancer Resource Center

Posted October 2, 2011 – The Spero Foundation will be hosting their second annual “Hopes for Hope” a beer and fine food pairing dinner to be held on Saturday, November 5th at the beautiful Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park.  The guests will enjoy a six course gourmet meal paired with six micro brewed / [...]

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Saturday September 24 2011

Editorial – AT&T Cell Service Improving? Apparently Not Any Time Soon.

On July 13, 2010, AT&T Director of External Affairs Richard Roche appeared before the Sierra Madre City Council to discuss the addition of two new cell towers for Sierra Madre, one in the east, one in the west.  In introducing Roche, then Mayor Mosca stated that “It’s been a notorious problem in Sierra Madre that we [...]

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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Monday September 05 2011

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Log, August, 2011

Sept. 5, 2011 – August was a busy month for the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, with 17  calls for assistance. Stranded Hikers, Chantry Flat: SMSR was notified of three hikers stranded on a cliff near Chantry Flat. Responding Team members found the hikers in a precarious off-trail location and determined that one was [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Chamber to Help SMHPS Celebrate 80th Birthday

Chamber to Help SMHPS Celebrate 80th Birthday

Sept. 4th, 2011 – The Sierra Madre September Chamber Mixer will celebrate the 80th birthday of the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society, complete with birthday cake and the Society’s famous old-time lemonade.  The “Birthday Party” will take place at Lizzie’s Trail Inn at the corner of Mira Monte and Mt. Trail, at 5:30pm on Thursday, [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

HUTDogs, Santa Anita work with Chambers for Social Media Workshop

HUTDogs, Santa Anita work with Chambers for Social Media Workshop

Sept. 4th, 2011 – HUTDogs will present a FREE social media workshop on Thursday September 22, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM PDT at Santa Anita Park.  Learn how to streamline your efforts and get today’s top social media and Internet marketing tools working together for your business: web site, Facebook page, YouTube, Twitter, [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Senior Information & Health Screen Fair Coincides with Pancake Breakfast

Sept. 4th, 2011 – A Senior Information & Health Screen Fair will be hosted by the Sierra Madre Community & Personnel Services Department and Sierra Madre Senior Community Commission, St. Rita Senior Ministry, and the Royal Oaks Retirement Community.  The event takes place on Saturday, September 24th in Memorial Park.  The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will [...]

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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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Tuesday August 23 2011

Wistaria Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening Set

By Phyllis Chapman August 23, 2011 - The Wistaria Thrift Shop, run by Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, will have a grand re-opening sale Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 1, 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop is located at the rear of Essick House, their historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., one [...]

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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

World Famous SM Search and Rescue Seeks Corporate Sponsors for 60th Anniversary Events

This year, the world famous, all-volunteer Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team is commemorating  sixtyyears of service to the community. The Team was founded by Sierra Madre residents in 1951 and since then has answered thousands of  requests for help in the local mountains and beyond. Team members past and present live by their motto: [...]

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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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Tuesday August 02 2011

Local Emergency Response Teams Participate in National Night Out

Local Emergency Response Teams Participate in National Night Out

SMPD, SMFD, CERT, SM Emergency Communications Team, and the World Famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team were all on hand at National Night Out.  Booths were set up and demonstrations put on. The In-n-Out truck dispensed free burgers.  Enjoy the picture gallery below, and the video (coming soon, my browser tells me it’s got about [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Membership Tea to Kick Off Woman’s Club Year

by Phyllis Chapman Sierra Madre Woman’s Club will hold their annual Membership Tea on Wednesday, September 28, at 1:00 pm, in Essick House, their historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. They invite interested women throughout the area to attend and see what this productive group is all about. First organized in 1907, they continue [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Older American, Parade Grand Marshal Midge Morash Passes

Older American, Parade Grand Marshal Midge Morash Passes

by Susan Henderson On Saturday, July 23, 2011, Midge Morash, one of the most loved, admired, and cherished residents of Sierra Madre passed away.  At age 88, she had struggled in recent months with her health. Midge was affectionately known as “Mother Nature” in environmental circles because of her commitment to protecting the earth, especially [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

World Famous Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team – Rescue Log

During the past month Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to nine calls for assistance. Fallen Hiker, Chantry Flat: The Team was called to Chantry Flat to aid a hiker who had fallen in an off-trail location. SMSR members responded to the site with a backpack-sized medical kit and determined the patient had fallen [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Wistaria Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening

by Phyllis Chapman The Wistaria Thrift Shop, run by Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, will have a grand re-opening sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 1, 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop is located at the rear of Essick House, the Club’s historic clubhouse, 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., one block east of [...]

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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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Tuesday July 26 2011

Law Enforcement’s National Night Out on Aug. 2nd

Law Enforcement's National Night Out on Aug. 2nd

SMPD will be a participant in the “National Night Out” program, the event taking place on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. The public is invited to this event, which is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and Police community partnerships. Police, Fire, City Staff [...]

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Monday July 25 2011

“Elvis” Rocks Sierra Madre – the Videos

Harry Shahoian rocked Sierra Madre as Elvis in a concert sponsored by the Rotary Club this evening. Harry paid tribute to his parents, who will be celebrating 40 years of marriage tomorrow, and Mama Pete, who was celebrating her 95th birthday during the show. He was also joined onstage for much of the show by [...]

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Sunday July 24 2011

“Elvis” Rocks Sierra Madre

Harry Shahoian rocked Sierra Madre as Elvis in a concert sponsored by the Rotary Club this evening.  Harry paid tribute to his parents, who will be celebrating 40 years of marriage tomorrow, and Mama Pete, who was celebrating her 95th birthday during the show.  He was also joined onstage for much of the show by [...]

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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Tuesday July 12 2011

Adams Pack Station to Celebrate 75 Years in Business with Sierra Madre Chamber Mixer/Ribbon Cutting

Adams Pack Station to Celebrate 75 Years in Business with Sierra Madre Chamber Mixer/Ribbon Cutting

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce will hold a rare Sunday Mixer and Ribbon Cutting on July 17th from 5 to 7pm, to help Adams Pack Station celebrate 75 years in business.  The Pack Station, located at Chantry Flat at the top of Santa Anita Ave., still runs a weekly pack of mules into the [...]

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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

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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Saturday July 02 2011

Dunk Tank Schedule Filling In

Dunk Tank Schedule Filling In

ANOTHER DUNKEE JUST ADDED to the Chamber of Commerce Dunk Tank lineup!!  CITIZEN OF THE YEAR GLENN PUTNAM HAS SIGNED ON TO SIT IN THE DUNK TANK FROM 6 TO 7PM TONIGHT!!  Soooo, tonight’s lineup features Lisa Brandley from 5 to 6pm, Glenn from 6 to 7pm, Nikki Stevens from 7 to 8pm, and Kris [...]

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Friday July 01 2011

World Famous Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team Rescue Log, June 2011

During the month of June, Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to  11  calls for assistance, including six in a single weekend. Missing Hikers, Monrovia Canyon Park: The Team was notified that the Monrovia Police Department was investigating a report of two hikers missing overnight in Monrovia Canyon Park. SMSR sent several search teams [...]

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Wednesday June 29 2011

Love Offers Update from San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Love Offers Update from San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District

Tom Love, Sierra Madre’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, provided an update on the District to City Council during community communications Tuesday night, accompanied by the District’s mascot, H2Owl, and students from Sierra Madre School. Love, who sits on the Board of Directors at the District, provided a PowerPoint presentation to [...]

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Tuesday June 28 2011

VFW Post Thanks Council Member MacGillivray

VFW Post Thanks Council Member MacGillivray

Members of VFW Post 3208 took advantage of Public Comment at Tuesday’s Council meeting to thank Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray for her keynote address at the Post’s Memorial Day service, held in Pioneer Service, in which MacGillivray recognized the remaining World War II veterans of the Post.  MacGillivray was taken by surprise by the recognition, [...]

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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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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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Wednesday June 15 2011

Council Recognizes Community Foundation

Council Recognizes Community Foundation

The City Council took a few moments to recognize the Sierra Madre Community Foundation for its contributions to the City last night.  Rob Stockly, Chairman of the ten member, all volunteer Board of Directors of the Foundation, was on hand to receive a certificate from Mayor John Buchanan.  Stockly then spoke for a few minutes about what [...]

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Monday June 06 2011

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled at Sierra Bistro on June 15th

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled at Sierra Bistro on June 15th

The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce will stage the traditional ribbon-cutting at the Grand Opening of Sierra Bistro on  Wednesday, June 15th at 5:30.  Following the ribbon cutting, guests are invited to enjoy wine sampling and complimentary hors d’oeuvres as Sierra Bistro celebrates new ownership, a new name, a new look, a new chef and [...]

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Sunday June 05 2011

Wildlife Rescue Program at Kiwanis Meeting

The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will present a fascinating program about exotic animal rescue at their meeting on Tuesday, June 7.  A speaker from the Animazonia Wildlife Foundation will talk about their efforts to provide homes for rescued exotic animals. Animazonia Wildlife Foundation is an all-volunteer sanctuary dedicated to providing a permanent home and nurturing [...]

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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

Sierra Madre Search And Rescue Team Rescue Log

During the past month Sierra Madre Search and Rescue (SMSR) responded to  nine calls for assistance. Search for homicide suspect, local mountains: The Team assisted the L.A. Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement agencies in the search for a homicide suspect in the local mountains. SMSR’s Station 108 served as the command post for the [...]

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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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Tuesday May 31 2011

Video of Entire Memorial Day Ceremony

Yesterday we posted an article about and more than five dozen photos of the Memorial Day service put on by VFW Post 3208 at Pioneer Cemetery.  Now, we are posting video of the entire service, from start to finish.  Enjoy.

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Monday May 30 2011

VFW Hosts Memorial Day Service at Pioneer Cemetery

VFW Hosts Memorial Day Service at Pioneer Cemetery

A standing room only crowd estimated at more than 200 people turned out to honor the nation’s fallen soldiers at Pioneer Cemetery today, Memorial Day, at a service put on by Sierra Madre’s Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208. Commander Dave Loera presided over the ceremony, which began with the posting of the colors by [...]

Monday May 30 2011

VFW Post 3208 Invites Public to Memorial Day Ceremony

VFW Post 3208 will again hold a service honoring those who have fought and died for our country, at Pioneer Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th, 2011. The service will be held at 11am, with sandwiches and refreshments to follow. Featured speaker for the event will be Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray, pictured at left [...]

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Thursday May 26 2011

Civic Club Installs New Board, McKernan as President

Civic Club Installs New Board, McKernan as President

by Phyllis Chapman It was the top of the evening when Colleen J.McKernan was installed president of Sierra Madre Civic Club for 2011-2012 at their Installation Dinner on May 19. She chose as her theme the four leaf clover signifying “Love , Faith, Hope, Luck.”  Board of Directors installed with her by Installing Officer Marcia [...]

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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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Wednesday May 11 2011

Letter to Editor re: Vote for Search and Rescue

Letter to Editor re: Vote for Search and Rescue

Hi Sierra Madre News Net, We wanted to share the exciting news that the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, a local nonprofit organization in Sierra Madre, has been selected as one of four finalists in the Seattle’s Best Coffee Brew-lanthropy Project. In March, Seattle’s Best Coffee kicked off the Brew-lanthropy Project to seek out [...]

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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

VFW Post 3208 Invites Public to Memorial Day Ceremony

VFW Post 3208 Invites Public to Memorial Day Ceremony

VFW Post 3208 will again hold a service honoring those who have fought and died for our country, at Pioneer Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th, 2011.  The service will be held at 11am, with sandwiches and refreshments to follow.  Featured speaker for the event will be Council Member MaryAnn MacGillivray, pictured at left [...]

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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

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team Rescue Log

Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team Rescue Log

Today we are pleased to debut a new monthly feature on the News Net, the rescue log of the world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team.  The log will appear on or about the first of the month each month, to find past logs, you will be able to click on “Search and Rescue” in [...]

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Wednesday May 04 2011

“Boot Skootin’ Chili Cookoff” Fundraiser This Weekend

“Boot Skootin’ Chili Cookoff” Fundraiser This Weekend

The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will host its first annual “Boot Skootin’ Chili Cookoff” event this weekend, on Saturday May 7.  This fundraiser will feature a chili competition with over a dozen chili recipes entered so far.  Peter Dills will be the “official” chili judge, and guests will also vote for their favorite chili. There [...]

Monday May 02 2011

Arbor Day Festivities Funded by Community Foundation

Arbor Day Festivities Funded by Community Foundation

Thanks to a grant donation from the Sierra Madre Community Foundation, the City of Sierra Madre celebrated Arbor Day on Saturday with an all-morning presentation by arborist Jan Scow.  Scow’s nearly three hour presentation included lengthy discussion of tree problems, planting, and the benefits of trees.  Following a two-hour slideshow presentation in Council Chambers, Scow [...]

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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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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

Arbor Day in Sierra Madre

Join noted Certified Arborist Jan Scow for a presentation and educational stroll in Memorial Park, Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:00am to noon, at City Hall and Memorial Park..  Mr. Scow will address the possible reasons that your trees are not looking as good as they could, and tell you why your trees are much [...]

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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

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

SMVFA Hosts 81st Easter Egg Hunt – Photo Gallery and Video

SMVFA Hosts 81st Easter Egg Hunt - Photo Gallery and Video

Since 1931, the Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association has hosted an Easter Egg Hunt.  Last Saturday, they continued the tradition, with tens of thousands of pieces of candy donated by Nestle.  There was an appearance by the Easter Bunny, and eighteen lucky children found “golden eggs” which they were able to swap for a complete [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Making Scents in a Perfume Garden

by Phyllis Chapman Shelley Harter will be guest speaker at Sierra Madre Garden Club’s dinner meeting, Monday, May 9th at 6pm, held in Hart Park House/Senior Center in Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Harter’s presentation will highlight perfume gardens and growing plants for their scent.  Come learn about extracting fragrance from plants, the [...]

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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

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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Monday April 18 2011

Photo Gallery and Video from Legendary Bingo, 4/16/11

Photo Gallery and Video from Legendary Bingo, 4/16/11

Twice a year, the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) puts on a “Legendary Bingo” fundraiser with “Bingo Boy” and a drag queen, usually “The Fabulous Belle Aire.”  This is not your grandmother’s Bingo.  These events are among the biggest moneyraisers SMRFA has.  Enjoy these photos, and be sure to watch the video, in which [...]

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Saturday April 16 2011

Civic Club Auction Helps Fund Club Philanthropies…And It’s FUN!

Civic Club Auction Helps Fund Club Philanthropies…And It’s FUN!

Lots of pictures at the bottom of the article, and video coming soon! Last Saturday, April 9th, I had the rare privilege of attending the annual Civic Club Auction Luncheon.  I say rare, because I was one of only three people of the male persuasion in a room of nearly three hundred people, and the [...]

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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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Thursday March 31 2011

World Famous SMSR Passes Re-Certification With Flying Colors

World Famous SMSR Passes Re-Certification With Flying Colors

Each year, members of The Mountain Rescue Association teams are tested in one of three subjects and, if they pass, are certified in that area of rescue training.   This year, fifteen teams, among them the world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, participated in the certification process, which took place in the shadows of [...]

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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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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

Fire Chiefs to Speak to Kiwanians

On Tuesday, March 15th the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will hear a presentation by the Command Staff of the Sierra Madre Fire Department.  Chief Stephen Heydorff will be accompanied by Deputy Chief John Penido and Battalion Chiefs Bob Burnett, Michael Bamberger and Roger Lowe.  Among the topics which they will address are call activity, the [...]

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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

Low-Flush Toilet Program On Its Way

Low-Flush Toilet Program On Its Way

San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (SGVMWD) and the City of Sierra Madre will again sponsor the annual low-flush toilet exchange program, on April 2nd and 23rd.  Residents are invited to come and pick up a low-flush toilet on April 2nd at the Rec. Center, between 9am and 11am.  The toilet that it replaces in their [...]

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Saturday March 12 2011

Ham Operators to Assist with Wistaria Festival Logistics

The Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team (SMECT) will be on hand at the Wistaria Festival, helping to keep operations running smoothly. SMECT is a group of approximately a dozen local FCC licensed Amateur Radio (Ham) Operators. They also help provide communications – as extra “eyes and ears”, for the Mount Wilson Trail Race and the [...]

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Thursday March 10 2011

2012 Rose Float Design “Colorful Imagination” Selected

2012 Rose Float Design

The Sierra Made Rose Float Association proudly announces that our float entry in the 2012 Tournament of Rose parade will be titled “Colorful Imagination.”   The Sierra Madre float theme reflects closely the Tournament Parade Theme, “Just Imagine . . . “ as selected by newly elected Tournament of Roses President Jackson As conceived and drawn [...]

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Saturday March 05 2011

Wistaria Blossoms on the Runway at Woman’s Club

In honor of the City’s 117-year old vine, it will be Wistaria Blossoms on the Runway when Sierra Madre Woman’s Club holds its annual Fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, March 26, 11:30am in Essick House, their historic clubhouse at 550 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. For another blossom choice, club members will step out modeling [...]

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Saturday March 05 2011

Letter to the Editor, re: Civic Club turns 67

Letter to the Editor, re: Civic Club turns 67

Hi- A really old Sierra Madrean.  Recently came across this photo (click to enlarge) of a Civic Club meeting that must have been taken close to when the club was first formed.  Enjoyed your article and hope the enclosed photo will add some pleasant memories. Happy to hear that the club is going strong at [...]

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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Monday February 28 2011

Civic Club Celebrates Birthday

It was “Hats Off” to Civic Club as it celebrated its 67th birthday at a February meeting. With the club being an important presence in the area for volunteer service and generous philanthropy giving since it began in 1944m Taylor Neslerode, who chaired the birthday meeting, chose the “Hats Off” tribute. Those attending wore their [...]

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Monday February 28 2011

Arboretum Horticulturist To Speak at Garden Club

Arboretum Horticulturist Marc Hall will be program presenter at Sierra Madre Garden Club’s dinner meeting on March 14, at 6pm, to be held in Memorial Park Hart Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.. Hall will speak on growing backyard berries and a variety of Arboretum plants. He is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, [...]

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Wednesday February 23 2011

Travelers And Collectors Speakers Series: “Collecting The American Old West”

David Goff will present his collection of American Old West art and artifacts in Sierra Madre Library’s second Travelers and Collectors program, Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sierra Madre City Hall Council Chambers, 232 W. Sierra Madre Boulevard.  Pioneers and cowboys remain iconic figures in American culture, much admired for their “true [...]

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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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Wednesday February 23 2011

Historical Preservation Society Speaks Up for Museums

Historical Preservation Society Speaks Up for Museums

February 28-March 1 are designated as National Museums Advocacy Days 2011.  The purpose of these days, organized by the American Association of Museums, is to emphasize and bring to the forefront the importance of museums in our community, state, and country.  This is our chance to join with advocates and colleagues from around the country [...]

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Friday February 18 2011

Wistaria Festival to Continue Tradition of Special Postmark

Wistaria Festival to Continue Tradition of Special Postmark

The Sierra Madre Chamber of  Commerce and the U.S. Postal Service announce a special postmark cancellation to celebrate the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival.  This special postmark will be available at: Event:      The Sierra Madre Wistaria  Festival, Date:        Sunday, March 20, 2011 Hours:      Open 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.  Location:  The Wistaria Festival Postal Station at [...]

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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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Saturday February 12 2011

Kiwanis Program to Explore “Da Vinci Code”

Kiwanis Program to Explore “Da Vinci Code”

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will present a fascinating program called “Thoughts on Christianity, Gnosticism and ‘The Da Vinci Code’”. The program will be presented by Earl Abbe, who spent many years working overseas and has lived in the region that is the centerpiece for Christianity, Gnosticism and the backdrop for [...]

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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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Tuesday February 08 2011

Civic Club Education Awards Deadline is March 1st

Civic Club Education Awards Deadline is March 1st

Sierra Madre Civic Club, reaching out to high school seniors graduating in 2011 with their Education Awards, reminds applicants that March 1, 2011 is the deadline to enter the program.  Applications received or postmarked after this date, as well as incomplete or illegible applications, will not be considered. Generous monetary awards and individual certificates will [...]

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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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Friday January 28 2011

Ed Clare, Corfu to Host February Joint Chamber Mixer

Ed Clare, Corfu to Host February Joint Chamber Mixer

The February Mixer of the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce is a joint mixer with the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, and will be held at Corfu, 48 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.,  on Thursday, Feb. 10th from 5:30 to 7pm.  This will be an excellent opportunity to network with business owners and representatives from Sierra Madre, [...]

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Thursday January 27 2011

Charcuterie to Host January Mixer

Charcuterie to Host January Mixer

Charcuterie will be the site of the Chamber of Commerce Mixer for January, this Thursday, Jan. 27th, from 5:30 to 7pm.  Enjoy delicious food, fine California wines, enter to win door prizes, and networking.  Charcuterie is located at 120 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Cost to attend is $7/members, $15 for non-members.

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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

Garden Club Program to Feature Cactus and Succculents

Cacti and succulents will be the subject of a slide program at the Sierra Madre Garden Club’s dinner meeting, Monday, February 14, 6pm. This will be held at Hart House in Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The public is invited. The program will be presented by Tom Vermilion, a member and past president [...]

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Wednesday January 26 2011

SMHPS Annual Meeting to Feature Historic Mt. Wilson Trail

The Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society invites you to attend their annual meeting, Thursday, February 17, 6:30pm, at the SM United Methodist Church Hartzell Hall. This is located at the corner of W. Sierra Madre Blvd. and Michillinda Ave., with parking north of the Church. Enter the parking lot from Michillinda, and Hartzell Hall is [...]

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Tuesday January 25 2011

Citizen of the Year Dinner Celebrates Amy and Glenn Putnam

Citizen of the Year Dinner Celebrates Amy and Glenn Putnam

Amy and Glenn Putnam were recognized as Sierra Madre’s 2010 Citizens of the Year at the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Jan. 22nd, 2011.  More than one hundred people turned out, many of them representatives of organizations that the two have volunteered with.  On hand were members of the Sierra Madre Historical [...]

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Saturday January 01 2011

Congratulations to SMRFA for Winning a 6th Consecutive Award!

Congratulations to SMRFA for Winning a 6th Consecutive Award!

“Suenos de California”, the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s entry in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade, was awarded the Governor’s Trophy for the Best Depiction of Life in California. This is the second year in a row that SMRFA won the Governor’s Trophy, and the Association’s sixth consecutive award. All of the floats were [...]

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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, 2010 – Pre-Parade and Woman’s Club Open House

Sierra Madre 4th of July, 2010 – Pre-Parade and Woman’s Club Open House

Back to Main 4th of July page Back to 4th of July 2010 main page The day wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t start at the annual Sierra Madre Woman’s Club Open House, and while I’m there I always take a few pre-parade shots before heading downtown to take my position for parade pictures.  Enjoy…

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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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Wednesday November 11 2009

VFW Veteran’s Day Service, Nov. 8, 2009

VFW Veteran's Day Service, Nov. 8, 2009

Posted 11/11/11 – The Sierra Madre Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 held a ceremony in recognition of veterans on Nov. 8, 2009 at Memorial Park in front of the Veteran’s Wall.  Speakers included Jim Moran of the Veteran’s Wall committee, veteran Steve Paszek, and Mayor Joe Mosca.  Joe Echevarria also led the crowd in singing [...]

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