Senior Master Plan Update Subcommittee

Shape the Future for Sierra Madre Seniors - Help Update the Senior Master Plan
The Senior Community Commission is ready to update the Senior Master Plan, and needs your help. The Senior Master Plan, which was last updated in May of 2007, is a long-range planning document that provides a framework for addressing the needs and gaps in service for the City of Sierra Madre senior population. The Senior Community Commission is developing a subcommittee to guide the update process, and is looking for motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to join.

The Senior Master Plan Update process is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete. Participation on this Committee will require a commitment to attend regularly scheduled meetings for an approximately two-year period. There will also be occasions when committee members are expected to attend public workshops on Saturdays. Committee member responsibilities may include; determining the needs of community seniors, researching local demographics, obtaining community input, recommending programs and measures to fill unmet needs, and other items as needed.

Individuals interested in serving on the subcommittee should contact Recreation Supervisor Kyle Schnurr no later than Monday, October 28th by phone at 626.355.7394 or email at kschnurr@cityofsierramadre.com. The Senior Community Commission will review all applications received and make appointments to the SMPC.

Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) Detected in Sierra Madre

City staff has been alerted to a number of new tree wounds in public trees in the downtown and Canyon areas. Investigations and consultations with local arborists have concluded that the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) has very likely found a host in the trees on the eastern side of Mary’s Market Parking Lot, and could very possibly be existing in a number of private trees in the area. The downtown trees, however, do not appear to have been infected by the pest at this time, and will continue to be closely monitored. Staff is arranging to conduct laboratory testing on various samples to further confirm the borer and test for its associated and destructive fungus.

The PSHB beetle and its associated fungus is a very destructive pest that has recently been found in parts of Los Angeles and Orange Counties. It is also a very unique pest in the variety of tree species that have been shown to be hosts. At this time, known hosts include Sycamore (detected in Sierra Madre), Box Elder, Castor Bean, Avocado, Black Locust, English Oak, Liquidamber, Coast Live Oak, Persimmon, California Bay Laurel, Mimosa, Goldenrain, White Alder, Big Leaf Maple, Olive, and Wistaria Vine.

Upcoming Excursion: Candlelight Pavilion

On Friday, December 13, 2013, celebrate the holidays at the Candlelight Pavilion with lunch and “Because it’s Christmas,” a show with love, hope, and a little Santa magic. For the past 28 years the Candlelight Pavilion has presented 28 original, family friendly Christmas stories with all the joy and magic you would expect of the holiday season. It is there that the true magic of Christmas is found, in the smiling faces and twinkling eyes of those who are wise enough to believe in the miracle of Christmas. Lunch is included in this trip; available meal options are beef, chicken, and vegetarian. The bus departs from the Hart Park House senior Center at 10:00 a.m. and will return to Sierra Madre at 4:00 p.m. There are only 25 tickets for this show and tickets are expected to sell fast.

The cost of this trip is $67.00. Last day to register is November 14th.

Register online at www.cityofsierramadre.com/onlineregistration, or in person at the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. or Hart Park House Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. For more information please contact the Senior Center at 626.355.7394.


Upcoming Excursion: Jeopardy Taping at Sony Studios

On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, visit the Sony Studios in Culver City for the taping of Jeopardy!, America’s favorite quiz show. The show is the winner of a 2012 Peabody award and 30 Emmy awards, including the 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation. Participants will have the opportunity to see the taping of three shows which takes approximately 2 hours. Following the tapings, at approximately 1:15 pm, participants will lunch together at the Overland Cafe just down the street from the studio. It is recommended to bring $10‐15 for lunch. The bus departs from the Hart Park House senior Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return to Sierra Madre at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to sign-up early as this trip sold-out earlier in the year.

The cost of this trip is $15.00. Last day to register is November 5th.;

Register online at www.cityofsierramadre.com/onlineregistration, or in person at the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. or Hart Park House Senior Center, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. For more information please contact the Senior Center at 626.355.7394.


Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament Fundraiser 2013

The 9th Annual Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament fundraiser is quickly approaching on Saturday, October 19, 2013! The 2013 event is shaping up to be a great one with tennis played on the newly resurfaced Sierra Madre courts, and golf at the recently renovated Eaton Canyon Golf Course. Proceeds from the event benefit Sierra Madre youth and teen programs and services. 2013 event highlights include:

  • Golf Hole in One Mega Prizes sponsored by Thorson Motor Center – Win Cash, Dream Vacation, or A NEW CAR!!
  • Tennis Ace Shot Prizes sponsored by Racquets Rackets!!
  • Great food from Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant and beer provided by Congregation Ale House
  • All participants receive a goodie bag and beer stein
  • Opportunity Raffle with Great Prizes! Prizes include In-n-Out package, beauty basket, Santa Anita Park box seats, Leonora Moss planted arrangement, tickets to the Pasadena Playhouse, and more!