Sierra Madre is Experiencing a Drought

The City of Sierra Madre’s existing water supply comes from one of two sources; tunnel water from the local dam (5-10%) and groundwater wells (90-95%.) Throughout the summer and fall of 2012 City Public Works staff observed the water levels receding at each of the City’s four wells, which make up the area aquifer.

Normally, rainfall throughout the winter months reduces customers’ irrigation water use and provides water to recharge the aquifer. Aquifer water levels therefore tend to increase during the winter and spring months. This year’s minimal rainfall, combined with Los Angeles County Public Works diverting water from Santa Anita Dam to locations outside of Sierra Madre, has resulted in limited water for groundwater recharge at the City’s spreading basins.

Overall, resident water consumption is up from last year. During the period April 24th through 30th the Water Department produced 2.56 million gallons of water a day resulting in a 2 foot drop in water level within local wells. The same period last year showed a production of 1.5 million gallons a day. During the month of April 2013, the department produced a total of 70 million gallons versus production of 46 million gallons in April 2012. Well water levels dropped over 30 feet within that 12 month period.

Community Yard Sale

The City of Sierra Madre Senior Community Commission will host a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to noon located in the parking lot of Sierra Vista Park (611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.).

This 3rd annual Community Yard Sale has sold out! There are 21 different individuals and organizations selling used or slightly used items found cleaning out garages, attics, storage sheds and closets. This is your opportunity to buy antiques, furniture, collectibles, toys, books, clothing, jewelry and more.

The event is free and open to the public. The Senior Community Commission will be hosting a booth to help raise money for senior programs and activities. Join us and find that item you can’t live without! Event may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information please call the Community Services Department at 626-355-5278.

Sierra Madre Summer Fun in the Park

The City of Sierra Madre is offering the Summer Fun in the Park program every Tuesday and Thursday morning beginning June 18th and running through August 15th, 2013. The youth program is from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Memorial Park Pavilion, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd. Summer Fun in the Park is absolutely FREE and is geared for children ages 3 to 10 years of age. Tuesday activities emphasize a variety of learning opportunities as well as arts and crafts. Every Thursday children are invited to get out and get active with a fitness based program offered by CATZ Sports. For Thursdays remember to bring sneakers, shorts, a t-shirt, and a water bottle. If you have questions about the program or would like specific program information please call the Community Services Department at (626) 355-5278.

Don’t Forget to Register for the 4th of July Fun Run 2013

Firecracker Fun Run Registration

Fourth of July is less than a month away, which means the 3rd Annual Firecracker Fun Run hosted by the Spero Foundation and 4th of July Committee is fast approaching. This untimed, 5k fun run is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. The run begins at 8:00am on Thursday, July 4th. Adults are $20.00 and youth under 10 are $15.00 prior to June 21st, a t-shirt is guaranteed with registration. After June 21st all participants are $25.00 and a t-shirt is NOT guaranteed with registration. Register online at, keyword: fun run, or in person at the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd by July 1st.

Excursion - Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Join the Hart Park House Senior Center for an entertaining and educational excursion to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Downtown LA on Friday, June 28th, 2013. Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. The trip to MOCA includes an educator-lead guided tour which highlights the various exhibits in a fun and exciting way as well as provides the most information about MOCA’s collections and current exhibitions. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant, and it is recommended to bring $10-15 for lunch. The cost of this trip is only $25.00 and goes from 10:00 to 2:30pm.

For more information or to register for this excursion please contact the Hart Park House Senior Center at 626.355.7394. Registration can also be completed online at