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

Photo courtesy of SMRFA

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 press releases we’ve received.

SMRFA Could Use Your Help

It’s that time of year – the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association needs your help! A unique aspect of our float this year will be the use of a particular succulent in a geometric design.  But we need to find enough of this variety, aeonium haworthii, to make the design work.  These plants are very common in the gardens in and around Sierra Madre, so hopefully some of you can help us.  Don’t cut your plant now!!  If you have some to donate, call the float barn at 626-355-7005 or email us at volunteers@smrosefloat.org with your name, phone number and address and we will come out and look at your plant.  See the attached photo – it shows a red edge to the “rosette”.  We want both the red edged and the all-green variety.  We will be ready for them in early December.  Now for the details – each “rosette” needs to be between 2 ½ – 3 ½ inches across and have an attached stem of at least 1 ½ inches.  We don’t want to destroy your plant – we just need a handful of rosettes from each one.

SMRFA is also looking for people to help with a variety of things.  Volunteers are needed to help with feeding the volunteers (grilling, serving and clean-up for lunch and dinner), helping with the sales booth, shuttling around the area picking up supplies and helping to coordinate the volunteers. We also need help on the 31st selling left-over flowers and cleaning up after the float moves out.  It takes a village to produce a beautiful Rose Parade float which is why the City of Sierra Madre has been so successful for so many years.

Do you have an RV that could sleep 6 on New Year’s Eve?  The SMRFA float crew needs a heated place to sleep while parked near the parade route and would be grateful for a one-night loan.  We can provide a letter documenting your donation of the use of your RV for tax purposes. If you can help with any of these items or if you have further questions, please contact Bonnie, the SMRFA Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@smrosefloat.org or leave a message at the float barn (626-355-7005) and include your name, phone number and how you would like to get involved.

New Board Members Elected

Following are the results of our elections at the last meeting. These will take effect after the first of the year.

Officers: President – David Colcher
Vice President – Gwen Robertson
Secretary – Ilona Linden
Treasurer – Barbie Bevington

Board of Directors:
Greg Murphy
Linda Thunes
Chet Salit

Congratulations to the above and a big thank you for your service.

SMRFA Receives Generous Contribution From Spero Foundation

The Spero Foundation has honored SMRFA with a generous $1000 donation, to go towards the building of our float.  The Spero Foundation, established in December of 2008, is a non-profit corporation founded by committed and dedicated professionals from our community. A great big thank you to the Spero Foundation!

Saturday November 22 2014

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

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

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

Saturday November 22 2014

Ascension Invites the Village to Give Thanks

Press Release posted 11/22/14 – Soon, the American tradition known as Thanksgiving will be upon us. As we gather together with great enthusiasm for amazing food and fellowship let us remember to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives. Sierra Madre’s Village Church (Ascension) invites the community for celebration of the liturgy of [...]

Thursday November 13 2014

Denis Keegan Passes Away, Services Friday 11/14

Denis Keegan Passes Away, Services Friday 11/14

Posted 11/13/14 – Denis Peter Keegan, son of the late James Joseph Keegan and Virginia Bland Skinner, passed away peacefully Monday November 10th, surrounded by his wife and loving family.  Denis had courageously fought a rare genetic kidney disease for many years. Denis was born on December 17th, 1949, in South Orange, New Jersey.  He [...]

Thursday November 06 2014

VFW to Hold Veteran’s Day Service Sunday, 11/9 at Memorial Park

VFW to Hold Veteran's Day Service Sunday, 11/9 at Memorial Park

Posted 11/5/14 – Veterans of Foreign Wars of Sierra Madre, Post 3208 will celebrate its annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Memorial Park, Sunday November 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM, with special keynote speaker Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of thirteen books, including two [...]

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Wednesday November 05 2014

Special City Council Meeting Schedule

Press Release posted 11/5/14 – Due to the Veteran’s Day holiday on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, City Hall will be closed and the regularly scheduled City Council meeting has been cancelled. There will be a number of special meetings of the City Council beginning Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:30 pm – [...]

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Wednesday November 05 2014

Sierra Madre Community Foundation Fundraiser at Savor the Flavor, Leonora Moss

Sierra Madre Community Foundation Fundraiser at Savor the Flavor, Leonora Moss
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Wednesday November 05 2014

Motivational Speaker Jimmy Weldon To Speak At Hart Park House Senior Center

Press Release posted 11/5/14 – On Wednesday, November 19th at 1:00pm author and speaker, Jimmy Weldon, with his faithful sidekick, Webster Webfoot, will share laughter and stories, hoping to motivate his audiences to achieve their ultimate dreams. Mr. Weldon is an accomplished actor and former television host of the first children’s program in the Dallas/Fort [...]

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Wednesday November 05 2014

Local Environmentalist Caroline Brown Featured on READ Posters and Bookmarks

Local Environmentalist Caroline Brown Featured on READ Posters and Bookmarks

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

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Wednesday November 05 2014

City Hall Open Hours Increased

Press Release posted 11/5/14 – At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting (10/28/14), the Council approved increased hours for City Hall beginning Monday, November 3, 2014. City Hall will be open 7:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Thursday Planning & Public Works counters will be open 7:30am – 2:00pm, Monday – Thursday Library hours were changed at [...]

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Monday November 03 2014

Sierra Madre Halloween 2014, Alegria Avenue

Sierra Madre Halloween 2014, Alegria Avenue

Posted 11/2/14 - A big thank you to all who live on Alegria for their efforts in helping to turn the street into the magical place it is each year.  We know it’s a lot of very hard work, and with all the candy that must be distributed on top of all the props and decoration, [...]

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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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Sunday November 02 2014

Downtown Trick or Treating and Costume Parade – Photos and Video

Downtown Trick or Treating and Costume Parade - Photos and Video

Posted 11/2/14 – Downtown was filled with kids and parents going from store to store trick or treating Friday afternoon, an event the Chamber of Commerce assists with every year. Following that was the annual costume parade from Kersting Court to Memorial Park, where the costume contest was held.  Below the video of the parade, [...]

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Saturday November 01 2014

Pumpkin Moving Day at the Parkers, 2014 – An Inside Look

Pumpkin Moving Day at the Parkers, 2014 - An Inside Look

Posted 11/1/14 – For the last few year, Doug Parker and Heather Roberts-Parker have been kind enough to invite me to join them on pumpkin moving day, generally the weekend before Halloween.  This year, I got there a little late, and missed all the moving, but I did get pictures of the front yard once [...]

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Thursday October 30 2014

2014 Sierra Madre Halloween

A reader named Jeff shared with us his YouTube video of Sierra Madre Halloween in 2009, and you can see it below.  Below the video you’ll find the schedule of events as listed by the City on its Facebook page.  And if you click here, you can go to our main Sierra Madre Halloween page, [...]

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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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