Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundup, 8-31-2013

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the Mariposa Avenue Parking Lot. From 9:00am to 2:00pm, residents are welcome to bring their household hazardous waste and electronic waste items for proper disposal at no charge. Items accepted include: paint, thinner, brake fluid, household and car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, fluorescent light bulbs, computer monitors, televisions, printers, and other electronic items. The Mariposa Parking Lot is located south of the downtown businesses on W. Sierra Madre Blvd., between S. Hermosa Ave. and S. Baldwin Ave. For additional information contact the Public Works Department at 626-355-7135 or the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts at 888-CLEAN-LA. Or visit

Sierra Madre Stories & Treasures: Opening Celebration Launching two new interactive digital storyboards at the Sierra Madre Public Library and Richardson House

Come enjoy the opening day festivities at the Sierra Madre Public Library and Richardson House on Saturday, September 28. Beginning at 10 am at Sierra Madre Public Library and continuing at 11 am at the Richardson House, this celebration highlights our grant-funded project featuring two innovative and interactive digital storyboards. Rediscover the rich history of Sierra Madre through this digitized platform displaying rare primary materials, historical images, and artifacts. Light summer refreshments will be served at each location.

Sierra Madre Stories & Treasures digital storyboard project utilizes sensacells to activate content from a portable hard drive and delivers rare and fragile primary resources to tell Sierra Madre’s story in a meaningful and engaging way. Categories at SMPL’s Local History Room include Joy Ride, Locals, Trailblazers, Disaster Strikes, Surprise Me, and Historic Hometown. Topics at Richardson House include Happy Trails, Our Museums, Bushels & Blooms, and Growing Up.

Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament 2013, Press Release

The competition is heating up in Sierra Madre for the 9th Annual Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament on Saturday, October 19, 2013. This fundraiser benefits the Youth Activity Center through which the YMCA provides quality programs and services for youth and teens in Sierra Madre and the surrounding communities.

The golf tournament will be played at the nine-hole Eaton Canyon Golf Course as a foursome, best-ball format with an 8:00 a.m. start time and assigned tee times. The “Best Ball” format makes this event fun for all skill levels!  Golfers can sign up as a team or as an individual with individuals assigned to a team. The top team receives individual trophies and immortality on the Oktoberfest Golf Tournament perpetual trophy. NEW THIS YEAR – All Par 3’s have Hole-In-One Mega Prizes!  Win a Car, Cash, or Dream Vacation!  Also, take a chance in the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Putting contests. For those concerned with their swing, Mulligans are available to ensure a better score. Golf tournament fees are $86.00 per person or $304.00 per team of four (goodie bag and lunch included for both).

Sierra Madre Honors Awardees, 8-20-2013

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 from nominations submitted to the Mayor’s Ad-Hoc Committee comprised of past recipients. The following are the awardees for 2013:

George Maurer Lifetime Service Award – Richard Mays
Presented to a person/entity that most strongly represents a commitment to serving and volunteering over the course of a lifetime, which is the true spirit of Sierra Madre.

Wistaria Award – Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society
In recognition of a City/Community partnership, it is presented to a local business or organization whose major contributions to the City/Community of Sierra Madre have demonstrated a true partnership which assists in and provides services, programs or enhances the general welfare of the community as a whole.

Police Chief’s Special Award – Jesse Cazares
Presented by the Sierra Madre Chief of Police to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to duty (employee) or service (community) in resolving a community law enforcement-related issue.

Public Safety Award – Sierra Madre Emergency Communications Team
Presented by the Mayor to an individual, either an employee or citizen, who took action to protect and maintain the safety of the community by taking lifesaving action.

Public Service Award – Susan Clifton & Jose Reynoso
Employee of the Year – presented by the Mayor upon the recommendation of the City Manager to an extraordinary city employee who has represented remarkable customer and public service as well as dedication to the citizens of Sierra Madre over the course of a year.

The 2013 Sierra Madre Honors… Dinner and Awards will be held on Thursday, September 12th, 2013, in Sierra Madre by invitation only. For more information contact City Hall at 626-355-7135.

Wellness in the Park, 9-21-13

Hosted by the City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department and Senior Community Commission, Wellness in the Park brings together health and wellness related vendors, speakers and screenings to the Sierra Madre Community, specifically seniors. The event takes place on Saturday, September 21st from 9am to 12pm at Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. It is in conjunction with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast which occurs from 7am to 11am; breakfast $5.00.