Annual Oktoberfest Golf & Tennis Tournament Fundraiser Saturday October 19th 2013

It’s once again that time of year when the golf clubs are pulled out, the tennis racquets are restrung, and the day ends with some beer and brats! The City of Sierra Madre’s 9th Annual Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament fundraiser is right around the corner, and promises to be the best one yet. This year, the golf tournament will feature 3 hole-in-one mega prize holes with the opportunity to win a car, cash, or dream vacation! After the tournaments, come to our Oktoberfest Luncheon where you can win great prizes in our opportunity raffle, eat a wonderful meal provided by Matt Denny’s and have a beer specially brewed by Congregation Ale House.

Wellness in the Park – Health Fair to be Held 9-21-2013

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

Free Classes, Beautiful Landscaping that Saves Water ...Using California Native Plants

All classes will be held in the Sierra Madre Room at the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. from 6:30-8:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Sept. 11 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: California Native Plants: The Big Picture (Lisa Novick)

Saturday, Sept. 14 (1:30 - 3:30 pm)
Topic: California Native Plants: The Big Picture (Lisa Novick)

Tuesday, Sept. 17 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Horticulture of California Native Plants (Lili Singer)

Wednesday, Sept. 18 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Horticulture of California Native Plants (Lili Singer)

Wednesday, Sept. 25 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Designing Garden Space (Amy Nettleton)
Inspired by California Native Landscapes

Thursday, Oct. 3 (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Topic: Design with California Native Plants (Andreas Hessing)

These workshops are provided in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and the Theodore Payne Foundation.

City of Sierra Madre Website and Social Media Receive High Marks

Sierra Madre’s website and use of social media to reach local citizens received a 100% rating according to an Internet Strategy Report by Tripepi Smith & Associates, an Orange County technology public affairs firm. The report was released in July 2013 and focused on the ways in which cities embrace social media, offer greater transparency and increase citizen access to their government. Of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County, Sierra Madre shared top honors with Culver City. Three criteria were analyzed: access and usability of the website, engagement of social media tools, and fostering transparency and citizen engagement. Sierra Madre citizens have access to city documents online, a Facebook page, Twitter, eBlasts, calendar of events, and City News.

The full report can be found at:

City Hall Art Shows Return

The September/October Sierra Madre City Hall Art Show features work from local artist Gwen Gordon. The art show is on display at City Hall from September 2, 2013 through October, 24, 2013. The art can be viewed between the hours of 11:00am-5:30pm, Monday through Thursday.

Artist Bio: Gwen Gordon’s vigorous use of color joined with dynamic designs giver her paintings a unique quality and energy. Gwen was educated at the Art Center College of Design and Otis Art Institute. “To stand before a breathtaking landscape, a simple flower or a compelling face and be filled with a desire to capture all that quivering life seems absolutely necessary” says Gwen.

If you are interested in being considered for an upcoming art show, please submit examples of your work electronically to Please be sure to keep electronic submissions to less than 4MB total per email. Submissions are received by the Sierra Madre Art Review Board which decides which submissions are featured as part of the rotating art shows.

For information please contact Community Services Manager Adam Matsumoto at