Harry Potter Party at the Library

Do you dare to try the flavors of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans? Have you always wanted your own golden snitch?

Children, you are invited to join Hogwarts at the Sierra Madre Library on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p. m. and be sorted into your houses, make your own wand and other charming crafts, taste some of the mysterious treats from the hugely captivating book series, and play thrilling games.

Why spend a mundane Saturday afternoon when you can have an enchanting experience instead? Wear your Halloween costume of any kind and join the delightful fun at the Library.

For more information, please call (626) 355-7186. The Sierra Madre Public Library, located at 440 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre, is open Monday through Wednesday from Noon to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.sierramadre.lib.ca.us.

Burgers and Books, In-N-Out Reading Program at the Library

Children ages 4-12 are invited to sign up for the In-N-Out reading program, now through Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at the Sierra Madre Public Library.

Each child reads five books at his or her reading level and notes the titles on a reading log. After five books are read, a parent or guardian signs the reading log and the child receives a cover to Cover Club reading certificate with a coupon for a free hamburger or cheeseburger. Children too young to read may participate if an adult reads with them. Each child may earn up to three certificates during the program, while supplies last. Alternative prizes are available upon request.

For more information, please call (626) 355-7186. The Sierra Madre Public Library, located at 440 West Sierra Madre Boulevard in Sierra Madre, is open Monday through Wednesday from Noon to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday from Noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.sierramadre.lib.ca.us.

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.