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Easter Week Schedule at Episcopal Church of the Ascension

Press Release posted 4/14/14 (Editor’s note – they got me the release on time for these events, I was slow to post it, my apologies) – Celebrate Holy Week & Easter at Sierra Madre’s Village Church of the Ascension. As at any joyous holiday season, you can count on Church of the Ascension – Sierra Madre’s Village Church – to be the place where you can join with friends and neighbors to remember the events of Holy Week and rejoice at the miracle of Easter. All of the services point to the joy of the Paschal Mystery – the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Services during Holy Week 2014 include:

Palm (Passion) Sunday April 13 at both 8 AM and 10:15 AM
Both services include the Blessing of Palms. The 10:15 AM service will begin in the Memorial Garden with a procession into the Church.

Monday & Tuesday April 14 & 15 7:00 PM Mass

TenebraeWednesday April 16 7:00 PM Readings from the Holy Scripture

Maundy Thursday April 17 7:00 AM Mass 7:00 PM Foot-washing and Mass. This service begins what is known as the Triduum – the Three Holy Days.
9:00 pm – 12:00 am Watch at the Altar of Repose

Good Friday April 18 7:00 – 11:00 am Watch at the Altar of Repose
12:00 PM Stations of the Cross
7:00 PM Liturgy
There are two distinct services on Good Friday. The first is the Stations of the Cross which begins in the Church and processes around the grounds. The second service is the Good Friday Liturgy & Veneration of the Cross before the Church “goes dark” until Easter Eve.

Easter Vigil & 1st Eucharist April 20 6:00 AM The pre-dawn Sunday morning Easter Vigil is both a spiritual and physical awakening as the sun rises over the outdoor service and the congregation shares the joy of the Resurrection. The service then moves into the sanctuary where we experience the music of Easter, the beautifully decorated church, the Easter sermon, and together celebrate the first Eucharist Mass of Easter. An old tradition at Ascension is for everyone to bring bells to ring as a sign of our joy.
Easter Service April 20 10:15 AM Church Traditional Easter message, Music, and Festival High Mass. The proclamation of Jesus’ Resurrection is again accompanied by the bells brought by the congregation.

Come for some part or all of this series of reflection. Holy Week and Easter services are great ways to meet new neighbors and check out a wonderful community church. For more information, please call the church office at (626) 355-1133 or visit:

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 [...]

Monday April 14 2014

Limited Number of Spots Available at Community Yard Sale, June 7th – Register Now

Limited Number of Spots Available at Community Yard Sale, June 7th - Register Now

Press Release posted 4/14/14 – The City of Sierra Madre Senior Community Commission is hosting the 4th Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located in the Sierra Vista Park (611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd). Community organizations and members are invited to come together with their neighbors [...]

Wednesday April 09 2014

Candidates Respond to Election Results

Posted 4/9/14 – Following last night’s election, come reactions from some of the people involved.  Gene Goss, the leading vote getter, announced on his Facebook page that “I want to thank all of my friends for your support. The campaign is over and now the business of governing the city begins…”  Gene also issued a [...]

Tuesday April 08 2014

Election Update – Goss, Arizmendi, Delmar, and No on UUT Ahead, Provisionals Still To Be Counted

Posted 10:30 pm, 4/8/14 With results in from the Vote by Mail, Congregational Church, Ascension Church and United Methodist Church, Gene Goss leads all candidates with 1627 votes, followed closely by Rachelle Arizmendi with 1599, Denise Delmar has 1223, and Noah Green has 1114.  No on UUT has 1216 votes, leading the Yes on UUT [...]

Monday April 07 2014

Editorial – Vote Gene Goss for City Council, And Yes on UUT

Editorial - Vote Gene Goss for City Council, And Yes on UUT

Here’s a polling place locator, hopefully better late than never…  Also, I will most likely NOT being posting Election results as the night goes on.  I get up at 3:45am to get ready for work, so by the time the numbers start coming in, I will most likely be down for the night.  I’ll [...]

Saturday April 05 2014

2014 Huck Finn Fishing Derby Winners

Press Release posted 4/5/14 – The City of Sierra Madre Huck Finn Fishing Derby was held this past Saturday, March 29, 2014.  This year 247 youth ages 3-15 participated in the Huck Finn Fishing Derby with many parents, family and friends in attendance as well. The fishing was fantastic this year as most young anglers [...]

Saturday April 05 2014

Editorial – Let’s Denounce These Tactics

Editorial by Bill Coburn, posted 4/5/14 I had been thinking about doing an editorial that discussed the fact that there are several highly qualified candidates for City Council who will not run for office because of the toxicity of the political atmosphere in Sierra Madre, and that Sierra Madre is ultimately the loser when qualified [...]

Wednesday April 02 2014

Guest Op-Ed by John Harabedian – Vote Yes on Measure UUT

Guest Opinion/Editorial Column by Council Member John Harabedian, posted 4/2/14 When deciding how to vote on Measure UUT on Tuesday, residents should be asking themselves one overarching question:  what type of city do I want to live in five or ten years from now?  The reason why I am voting Yes on Measure UUT is [...]

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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

4th of July Grand Marshal Nominations Sought

4th of July Grand Marshal Nominations Sought

Press Release posted 4/2/14 – The Volunteer Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee is seeking nominations for the 2014 4th of July Parade Grand Marshal. The Parade will be held as always the morning of July 4th. Parade Grand Marshal nominees should embody the spirit of Sierra Madre, be an active volunteer in any of [...]

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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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Monday March 31 2014

EDITORIAL – News Net Endorses Yes on UUT Vote April 8th

Editorial posted 3/31/14 – By Bill Coburn Who’s telling the truth?  Opponents of Measure UUT are telling us that it’s a tax increase.  Proponents say it’s not.  Who’s right?  They both are. The current rate is 10%, and by extending the UUT, it will remain at 10%.  So it’s not an increase.  However, if allowed [...]

Sunday March 30 2014

Guest Op-Ed by John Capoccia – Measure UUT: Your City, Your Choice, Part III

Op-ed Posted 3/30/14 – by John Capoccia, Member of Sierra Madre City Council This is the third and last of a three-part series.  (Read Part I and Part II) Yes on Measure UUT will keep your Utility User Tax at 10%, the same rate you are paying today.  If Measure UUT fails, the tax will [...]

Saturday March 29 2014

Fish Were Bitin’ at Huck Finn Derby – Photo Gallery and Video

Fish Were Bitin' at Huck Finn Derby - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 3/29/14 – The fish were bitin’ early this morning at the Huck Finn Fishing Derby.  Following a night of camping that included some unexpected shaking from a 5.1 earthquake, the kids were up early to catch some fish.  The Derby continues through 11:30 this morning, cost is $10 for kids up to 15 years [...]

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Saturday March 29 2014

Dick Johnson Named SM Older American, Reception to be Held May 30th

Press Release posted 3/29/14 – Sierra Madre will be honoring Dick Johnson as the 2014 Sierra Madre Older American of the Year at a local reception held at the Hart Park House Senior Center on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 PM The City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department and the Senior Community Commission [...]

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