Free Christmas Tree Recycling, 1-07-2013

Athens Services will continue to pick up and recycle your Christmas Tree through this week. Residents may put their tree by the curb on their regular pick-up day for this free program. Please remove stands, nails, ornaments, lights and tinsel, and place the trees next to your containers. Trees with flocking or fire retardant are acceptable. Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half.

If you miss the date for recycling, please cut up your tree and place it in your yard waste container, or call Athens Services for a “bulky item” pickup.

For additional information, please call Athens Services at 1-888-336-6100 or the Sierra Madre Public Works Department at 626-355-7135.

Baldwin Avenue Street Closure Notice, 12-27-2012

The City of Arcadia is planning to repave and reconstruct Baldwin Avenue between Foothill Blvd. and Orange Grove Ave. The construction is scheduled for the month of February 2013.

The work will include constructing new handicapped ramps, replacing damaged curb and gutter, repairing portions of deteriorated asphalt pavement and grinding and resurfacing the entire asphalt pavement surface. The street will remain open to through traffic at all times, but will require partial street closures.

At least one travel lane in each direction will be open at all times. Expect travel delays through the area during construction. For more information or questions regarding the project, please contact Tim Kelleher of the City of Arcadia at (626) 574-5484 or

Rose Floats Bloom at the Sierra Madre Public Library

Creativity and fun are in store when children gather at the Sierra Madre Public Library to create mini rose floats on Monday, December 24, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Children of all ages are welcome to storytime for stories, songs, play and, of course, rose float making. Sierra Madre Rose Float Association Bob Young will be our special guest.

Join the fun again on December 31, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., when the Preschool Story Hour craft will be New Year’s party hats.

The Sierra Madre Public Library will be open to the public on Christmas Eve day, Monday, December 24, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and New Year’s Eve day, Monday, December 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Library will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Library is located at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024, (626) 355-7186,

I Love My Library Contest, 12-11-2012

Calling all students in grades K - 8 who attend school in Sierra Madre! Cash prizes await some talented children who enter the I Love My Library drawing and essay contest. Children in grades K – 2 can create a drawing showing how they love the Library. Those in grades 3 - 8 can write an essay telling why they love the Library.

Contest begins January 7, 2013. Entries are due by January 31, 2013 at the Sierra Madre Public Library. Winners will receive cash prizes, and will be invited to a special event at the Library on February 14, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Winning entries will be posted on the Library website.

Contest forms are available at the Sierra Madre Public Library beginning January 7, 2013. The Library is located at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 91024 (626) 355-7186.