• Alicia Paula Wengert married Benjamin Michael
    Sloan at a 6pm service on June 11, 2011 at St. Ambrose Church in Des Moines,
    Iowa. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wengert of Ames, Iowa.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Sloan of San Marino,
    California. The reception was held at
    The Scottish Rite in Des Moines, Iowa immediately following the ceremony. The
    wedding party included: Andrea Mallarino (Maid of Honor), Andrew Sloan (Best
    Man), Kathleen Sloan (Bridesmaid), Emily Wengert (Junior Maid of Honor), Ryan
    Wengert (Groomsman), Emerson Guerrero (Groomsman), Cory Bunch (Usher), Matt
    Delinko (Usher), Mark Goodnight (Usher), Trevor Patch (Usher), Chris Yortsos
    (Usher), Kierstin Puckett (Flower Girl), and Robbie Wengert (Ring Bearer).

    The couple spent their honeymoon on the island
    of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. Ben and Alicia are making their home in
    Ames, Iowa where Alicia is teaching Kindergarten at St. Cecelia Catholic School,
    and Ben is working towards his PhD. in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State

    Staff and Volunteers will offer themed games, a movie, delicious dinner
    and supervision so mom and dad can have a night on the town for
    New Year’s Eve or a quiet evening at home. Children must be at least
    four years of age to attend and be potty trained. All activities will
    be geared toward elementary school children. The cost is $15.00 per
    child and also includes snacks and beverages.
    Registration for New Year’s Eve Kid’s Night Out is now being taken at
    the Recreation Office. For more information please call 626.574.5113!


    This year hundreds of volunteers rallied
    together to provide holiday cheer to the foster children and youth of Rosemary
    Children’s Services. Local companies and groups like PNC, Comerica Bank,
    Luther Burbank Savings, Pasadena Fire Department, 3M, Charles W. Mason &
    Associates, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Friends of Foster Children, Arroyo Vista
    School, Accenture LA Women’s
    Group, Parsons and Pasadena Women’s City Club held toy drives and
    collections for the holidays.

    Rosemary Children’s Services’ volunteer groups like the
    Bonnie Guild, Romberger Guild, Cottage Guild, 500 Guild and Green Guild held holiday
    parties for the teen foster girls living in Rosemary Children’s
    Services’ residential treatment group homes throughout Pasadena
    and South Pasadena.
    The Guilds provided decorations, a holiday meal, holiday games and gifts for
    the teen foster girls.

    “We are so grateful to be able to share the holidays with all of
    the lovely young ladies of the Cottage,” said Donna Pierson, Cottage
    Guild President. Pierson, as well as the other members of the Cottage Guild
    were presented with a poem written by one of the teen foster girls from the
    Cottage, as well as a number of hugs from the residents of the Cottage.

    The Azusa Canyon Off-Road Association (A.C.O.R.A.) and Disney
    VoluntEARs sponsored Rosemary Children’s Services’ Annual Foster
    Family Agency Holiday Party, providing games and gifts for the over 150
    children and families in attendance.

    We are happy to
    participate and be part of a great organization,” said Mario Espinoza, member of A.C.O.R.A.. “We
    always look forward to this event and we will be ready for next year to bring
    happiness to a lot of kids.”

    Father and son Charles and Brent Mason,
    owners of Charles W. Mason & Associates, held a holiday fundraiser at their
    offices, auctioning original children’s artwork from Rosemary
    Children’s Services to benefit the children and families of the agency.

    “We are grateful to companies like
    Charles W. Mason & Associates that truly care about the communities in
    which they do business” said Greg Wessels, Executive Director for
    Rosemary Children’s Services. “Fundraisers like this not only raise
    funds for the Agency, but also raise awareness about the programs and services
    offered by Rosemary Children’s Services.”

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    December 27, 2011 the Y of West San Gabriel Valley happily celebrated
    Jose Aguirre’s 102nd birthday! Jose was born in Chihuahua,
    Mexico on December 27, 1910. He was married and had 5 children, who
    then provided him with 18 wonderful grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

    is a current and active member of the Y of West San Gabriel Valley,
    who consistently attends Monday through Friday. His secret to longevity
    is a joyful attitude and staying active! Along with working out 5 days
    a week at the Y, he does weekly yard work and plays dominos with his
    children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    respected Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Lin and huge supporter of the Y of
    West San Gabriel Valley, was amazed at how active, healthy and happy
    Jose is at the age of 102. Along with Dr. Lin, the Y staff and members
    came together in Jose’s special celebration to wish him many more
    joyful years of life!

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    The CalStateLA Symphony Orchestra/ Olympia Youth Orchestra, Fung Ho,
    Music Director & Conductor, will be giving its Winter Concert of this
    season on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 3PM at the historic San Gabriel
    Mission Playhouse, 320 S Mission Drive, San Gabriel, CA 91776. This
    concert is FREE & OPEN to the public.

    The 14 year old violinist, Hao Zhou, Winner of the Special Prize at
    the American String Teachers Association Los Angeles Annual
    Competition Finals of 2011, will be the featured soloist performing
    the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Other works in
    the concert will include Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture and
    Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

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    Scarcely a month after the season
    celebrating the birth of Christ, Musica Angelica will take music lovers on a
    journey to the end of Christ’s life when it presents Giovanni Battista
    Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on
    Saturday, January 28 at 8 p.m. at AT&T Center Theatre in Los Angeles and on
    Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica.

    Stabat Mater,
    which translates as “the Mother was standing,” is a musical depiction of the
    suffering of the Virgin Mary as she witnesses her son’s death on the cross.
    But, despite the sorrowful nature of the work – “Does it not cause tears to
    fall?” asked a reviewer in 1778 – Stabat
    soon became the most popular piece of sacred music ever written, says
    Musica Angelica’s Music Director, Martin Haselböck.

    early death in his mid-20s did not stop the enormous success of this wonderful
    piece of vocal music,” continues Haselböck whose “affinity for early music and feeling for religious moments
    in music” were hailed by Krone Wien after he conducted a performance last month
    of Bach’s B-Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio by Wiener Akademie.

    Bach wanted to have it performed at his church in Leipzig,” Haselböck relates. “The
    text of the Latin original, however, would have been unacceptable for Bach’s
    Lutheran congregation, so Bach put the text of a German psalm under the
    original music, changed a few notes, and so brought Pergolesi’s masterwork to
    his native Germany.”

    Joining Musica Angelica for the performances of Bach’s
    version of the Stabat Mater are
    soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, one of the world’s most celebrated early music
    specialists, and countertenor Daniel Taylor. The program will also include
    songs and arias by J.S. Bach as well as arias and duets from George Frideric
    Handel’s oratorio, Solomon and Theodora.

    extraordinary voices of Emma Kirkby and Daniel Taylor will shine in all their
    beauty,” Haselböck promises.

    Musica Angelica is especially
    grateful for the generous sponsorship received from Classical KUSC and Harold
    and Penny Ray in support of these concerts
    .Tickets for Stabat
    are reasonably priced, ranging from $29 to $49/person, with seniors
    receiving a 10% discount ($26 to $44) and students a special price of only $15
    with valid identification. In
    addition, members of KUSC and SCEMS receive $10 off single ticket prices. Subscription discounts are also
    available, with first time subscribers receiving 30% off their subscription. For more information, to purchase a
    subscription, or to order tickets, visit www.musicaangelica.org
    or call 310.458.4504.

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    PASADENA, CA – Information on Emergency Service Efforts

    The City
    of South Pasadena Department of Public Works is working on clearing and
    cleaning damaged trees on the public right-of-way. Residents are urged to report any issues with City Trees to
    the Public Works Department at (626)403-7240. Some areas of the City are still experiencing power outages
    due to downed lines. If you see a
    downed power line or experience a power outage please call the Southern
    California Edison Outage Hotline at (800) 611-1911.

    The Senior
    Center, at 1102 Oxley Street, will serve as a shelter during normal business
    hours Monday through Friday for those who are without power or heat. Although animals will not be permitted
    at the Senior Center, shelter can be arranged through the Pasadena Humane
    Society at (626) 792-7151.

    The South
    Pasadena Public Library is observing its regular hours. The community is
    welcome to stop by to keep warm, to study, to charge cell phones and laptops,
    use PCs and of course, to relax and read books, magazines, and newspapers.
    For more information call (626) 403-7330.


    A power line is down.
    What do I do and whom should I call?

    Do not touch any downed lines,
    even if you don’t see sparks. Call the Southern California Edison at(800)
    611-1911. If you do see sparks, it is a live wire and is very dangerous.
    Call 9-1-1.

    My power is still out.
    When will it be back on?

    Crews are working diligently to
    restore power to all customers. You can get updates by visiting the
    Southern California Edison website:

    or call(800) 611-1911.

    Shelter for pets during

    Contact the Pasadena Humane
    Society at (626) 792-7151.

    I have a downed tree.
    What do I do?

    If it’s a City of South Pasadena tree, call the city at (626) 403-7240.
    If a tree has fallen
    on your private property you may contract a licensed tree trimming company to
    remove and cut any damaged tree.
    Please call the Public Works department to notify them of how many trees
    that are being removed and what type of trees were damaged.If it
    has damaged any property, contact your insurance company.

    Do I need a
    permit to trim or remove a tree?

    No, due to the emergency situation, the
    City will waive permit fees. However,
    you will still need to notify the City Public Works Department so that you are
    not fined or prosecuted at a later date.

    Public Works Department can be reached at (626)
    403-7240. If it is after hours, contact the South Pasadena Police Department
    non emergency number at (626) 403-7297.

    My fence blew down.
    What do I do?

    Contact your neighbor and your
    insurance company.

    My phone line is down.
    What do I do?

    Don’t touch it. Contact
    your phone company.

    My cable line is down.
    What do I do?

    Contact your cable

    My cable or satellite TV is
    not working. What do I do?

    Contact your cable or satellite
    TV provider.All City trees are
    trimmed on a multi-year tree trimming schedule. Depending on the species of
    tree, there are differing cycles on how often the tree gets trimmed. less

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    12” in diameter, or 4” in diameter if it is a protected native species.less

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    What can I do with all of the green
    waste or large branches?

    The City’s
    contract trash company is Athens Services which takes regular household refuse
    collection once per week from your back yard. Athens Services’ customer service can be reached at (888)
    336-6100. Property owners can cut
    branches into small bundles and tie them with string and place them next to
    their trash bins. Also, Athens
    will continue its regularly scheduled weekly pick-up of up to eight (8) bins of
    trash or green waste per property.

    What can I do if I have large amounts of
    green waste or large branches that cannot fit in my trash bins?

    must be provided by Athens Services,The City’s contract trash company. You may also consider hiring private
    tree contractors. The City is prohibited from recommending particular companies, but we do
    have a list of companies who regularly do work in the City. Contact (626) 403-7243. Property owners
    who wish to rent a large trash bin need a street use permit from the Public Works
    Department at (626) 403-7240, the City is currently waiving the cost of the
    permit for South Pasadena Residents.The City is
    prohibited from recommending particular companies, but we do have a list of
    companies who regularly do work … more

    is the closest landfill that I can take my yard waste?

    closest landfill is Scholl Canyon Landfill: 7721 North Figueroa Street

    Angeles, CA 90041-1719

    can I dispose of perishable items from my refrigerator?

    We advise
    that you bag items properly and dispose of the in a covered bin. Athens will resume their regular
    pick-up service.

    For food
    loss claims: http://www.sce.com/CustomerService/request/claims/claims-information.htm

    The Grinch could not steal Christmas from San Gabriel despite the epic windstorm that wreaked havoc in the San Gabriel Valley. Even though the traditional holiday tree in the middle of Plaza Park toppled over, the holiday cheer will be in full swing at the City of San Gabriel’s lighting ceremony. The event will take place Tuesday, December 6 at San Gabriel’s Plaza Park, 428 S. Mission Drive.

    The following information is based on damage assessments through late afternoon Friday, December 2, and should be considered preliminary and subject to change.

    This is the City of San Marino with updated information as of 1pm on Monday, Dec 5th.

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