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

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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 year is in honor and remembrance of Nancy Doyle, who was a long-time member of the Exhibits Committee and also a much accomplished and very talented artist who participated in the Art Fair for over 20 years!

Seventy-five artists, including 18 newly juried, will display and sell their works of art. Mediums include oil paintings, jewelry, watercolors, glass, wood, metal, wearable art, photography, pottery, ceramics, mixed media and weaving.  The Art Fair will be the perfect place to treat mom to a wonderful Mother’s Day gift or to buy upcoming graduation and wedding gifts, as well as to purchase pieces for your own enjoyment.

The Featured Artist this year is Sarah Moore. Her “Raven’s Jar” pottery piece will appear on all post cards, posters, flyers, and other promotional materials. Be sure to stop by her booth (#4) to admire and purchase her inspiring creations.

Live Music will be featured throughout the weekend in the band shell and on the southeast lawn.  In the Band Shell on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Evan Marshall (Mandolin Maestro) and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Steve Trovato and Tim Kobza (Jazz-Rock-Country-Blues).  On Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Liam Lewis and Zac Leger (Celtic-Americana fiddles, mandolin, guitar) and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Shawn Oshmiansky presents International House of Jazz with special guests David Naiditch and Tommy Davy.

On the Southeast Lawn on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon – Luckpenny (Irish) and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Bravo Celli (Cello Trio).  On Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon — Banna Beag Mall (Irish) and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Mark Heyes and Phil Salazar (Bluegrass).

Food vendors will be offering a variety of food and drinks. Scheduled to participate are Taquito Lover, Korean BBQ, and the Gourmet Genie Food Truck.

The Friends of the Library will have a booth selling their popular sweet ‘quick breads and the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society will be selling their famous lemonade made with rangpur limes.

For the children, instructors from the Creative Arts Group have planned a craft activity called ‘Watercolors and Sunshine.’ Children will be using watercolors to create beautiful images of the sun.

Be sure to stop by the Wine & Beer Garden on the front lawn of the Park.  It will be open Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This year we will again have a Silent Auction.  So far, 35 artists have donated lovely, one-of-a-kind pieces for the auction which means you’ll have an opportunity to bid on some really beautiful artwork and also support the Library.

Volunteers and Bakers are needed! To volunteer at the Friends’ booth, Friends’ Food booth, Silent Auction, Wine & Beer Garden, as an area Host or Hostess or to donate baked goods, please contact Fran Garbaccio at 626-355-6536 or fgarbaccio@aol.com to let her know when and how you can help.

All Proceeds from the Art Fair benefit the Sierra Madre Public Library. For more information, visit our website www.sierramadrelibraryfriends.org or call 626-355-7186. We now have a Facebook page so please Like us!

Tuesday April 12 2016

MEASURE UUT PASSES WITH 72% OF THE VOTE!!

Posted 4/12/16 – If the Google ad is messing up your formatting and making it hard to see the whole table, click in the X in the upper right hand corner of the ad, then click on “Ad covers the page”. Uncertified results updated 11:00pm Total YES – 1921  72.27% Total NO – 737   [...]

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Sunday April 10 2016

Get Out and Vote This Tuesday – Polling Place Locator

Posted 4/10/16 - “It’s heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on election day.”  –  Moby “As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the [...]

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Sunday April 10 2016

Yes on Measure UUT – A Vote For Sierra Madre – Opinion by John Capoccia, Mayor

Op-Ed published 4/10/16 - Yes on Measure UUT – A Vote For Sierra Madre, by John Capoccia, Mayor On April 12, Sierra Madreans will vote on Measure UUT.  Measure UUT is asking you to set the Utility Users Tax at 10%, which is what it was from 2009 to 2015, when Sierra Madre enjoyed balanced budgets and [...]

Wednesday March 23 2016

Suspicicous Circumstance Investigation

Press Release posted 3/23/16 – On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at approximately 3:15pm, a 14-year old student was walking home westbound on Grandview Ave from St. Rita’s School. The student said a white van, (unknown model) drove up next to her while she was on the sidewalk. The student said a male (perhaps White or [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Letter to the Editor Re: UUT Tax on Ballot

Posted 3/23/16 – We have received numerous mailings recently regarding the UUT tax on the upcoming ballot.  All of those mailings emphasize the need for a 10% UUT, but mention nothing about the “Franchise Fees” that are currently being charged and collected by “utility” service providers and passed on to the City, as a revenue [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Correction to Sample Ballot

Press Release posted 3/22/16 – The City of Sierra Madre is hereby providing notice to all voters of a correction to the “Impartial Analysis of Measure UUT” on page 6 of the Sample Ballot for the election on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The first bullet, under “Measure UUT WILL” should read: Increase the existing 8% [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Celebrate Holy Week & Easter at Sierra Madre’s Village Church of the Ascension

Press Release posted 3/23/16 –  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 [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

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

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

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Wednesday March 16 2016

Hit and Run, Attempted Carjacking on Sunday

Press Release posted 3/16/16 – A man was arrested on Sunday afternoon, (3/13/16) after he allegedly was involved in a hit and run traffic collision that occurred in the intersection of Lima and Montecito Avenue. After allegedly causing the traffic collision, the subject then fled the scene and came in contact with a female pedestrian [...]

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Saturday February 27 2016

Congresswoman Judy Chu Seeking Field Rep/Caseworker

Press Release posted 2/27/16 - My district office in Pasadena has an opening for a Field Representative/Caseworker position.  We’re looking for hard-working, energetic candidates who can join a vibrant team and help me best serve our district and your needs. Please see below for the posting and information on how to apply. Job Opening: Field Representative/Caseworker [...]

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Friday February 19 2016

Mayor To Host 2016 State Of The City On Wednesday, March 2

Click to enlarge Press Release posted 2/19/16 – On Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 7:00-8:00 pm the Mayor of Sierra Madre will host the annual State of the City address in the Council Chambers in City Hall at 232 West Sierra Madre Boulevard. This year’s theme is “A Sustainable Sierra Madre” and the event will [...]

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Friday February 19 2016

Leaf Blower Exchange Program Aims to Reduce Noise, Pollution

Press Release posted 2/19/16 – SCAQMD sponsors an annual Leaf Blower Exchange Program that helps clean the air through the exchange of backpack leaf blowers. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange old, noisy, high-polluting backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/low-noise backpack leaf blowers available at a discounted price. [...]

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Saturday February 13 2016

Update On Temporary Contract For Supplemental Police Services For Nighttime Patrol

 - At the Tuesday, February 23, 2016, City Council meeting, the City Council will consider an agreement with the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department to temporarily provide supplemental police patrol services, seven days a week between the hours of 6:00 pm and 6:00 am beginning Sunday, February 28, 2016.  The Sierra Madre Police Department has [...]

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Saturday February 13 2016

Letter to the Editor Re: Domestic Terrorism

Posted 2/13/16 – We have had intensive information about the government’s investigation into the Islamists’ shooting in San Bernardino, including a report earlier this week.  It is good that it is properly investigated, including to avoid comparable incidents in the future.  It is my understanding that the investigators have concluded that the shooters “self radicalized” [...]

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Saturday February 13 2016

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

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

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