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VOLUME 15 | NUMBER 08 | AUGUST 20<strong>19</strong><br />

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The rich ban technology for their children, while most of America<br />

embraces it.<br />



Educators are being urged to offer fi nancial literacy courses that could help avoid<br />

future student loan catastrophes.<br />



Grandparents Universities offer aging baby boomers the chance to bond<br />

with their grandkids in learning environments.<br />



Children beset by grief over the loss of a loved one fi nd solace and strength<br />

at Camp Erin in Glendale.<br />



08 FESTIVITIES KCET kicks off the PBS “Summer of Space” at The Huntington<br />

and more<br />

<strong>19</strong> ARROYO HOME SALES INDEX<br />

46 KITCHEN CONFESSIONS Root beer fl oats are the ultimate summer refresher.<br />


48 THE LIST The Festival of Fruit at the Arboretum, Frankenstein at A Noise Within,<br />

Arcadia Steam+M Festival<br />

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I’ve long thought that schools don’t prepare<br />

you for three of the most important<br />

tasks of adult life — parenting, interpersonal<br />

politics and personal fi nance.<br />

These days, with student loan debt<br />

spiraling to new heights, threatening the<br />

futures of young adults, it’s more important<br />

than ever to know how to handle<br />

money wisely from an early age.<br />

The good news is that advocates<br />

for personal fi nance education are<br />

fi nally making inroads, as Kathleen Kelleher reports. There’s a bill pending<br />

in Sacramento that would make it a requirement for graduating high<br />

school in California. And while such instruction is currently spotty at best,<br />

the tools are already there — Next Gen Personal Finance offers free curriculums<br />

on its website (ngpf.org). If your child’s school doesn’t cover the<br />

subject, it might be time for a parental nudge.<br />

Another topic parents should keep an eye on is screen time. Bettijane<br />

Levine writes that many tech moguls, concerned about emerging<br />

research on the problematic effects of screen use on young brains, are<br />

keeping their kids in analog mode. That approach is, perhaps counterintuitively,<br />

becoming the province of the elite, while the rest employ<br />

electronic babysitters. But is a digital childhood screening out important<br />

life skills?<br />

Finally, there’s a lot to be said for setting aside a special time and<br />

place for focused experiences, where nothing else matters. In this Family<br />

Issue, we cover two such opportunities for childhood enrichment. Carl<br />

Kozlowski reports on Grief Camp in Glendale, where children who’ve<br />

suffered a personal loss can learn coping techniques and bond with<br />

other kids in similar circumstances. (The next one is coming up in early<br />

September; see the story for application details.) Kelleher writes about<br />

another terrifi c program — Grandparents University, where grandparents<br />

and grandkids share learning experiences on college campuses, mostly<br />

in the Midwest. In addition to fostering the intergenerational bond, GPUs<br />

help entice kids to pursue higher education.<br />

—Irene Lacher<br />

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ART DIRECTOR Stephanie Torres<br />



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Andrew Russell, Sarah Willoughby, Dr. Charles Elachi and Peter Jones<br />

Suzanne Cryer<br />

Beth Grant<br />

Ralph Vartabedian<br />

KCET and PBS SoCal hosted a sneak peak of their “Summer<br />

of Space” programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the<br />

original moon walk at The Huntington Library, Art Collections<br />

and Botanical Gardens. The July 9 screening was followed by<br />

a panel discussion featuring Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter<br />

Jones, who made the KCET Original documentary miniseries<br />

Blue Sky Metropolis; former JPL Director Charles Elachi; Northrop<br />

Grumman exec Sarah Willoughby; and Los Angeles Times<br />

reporter Ralph Varabedian. Authors M.G. Lord and Wayne<br />

Biddle joined KCET and aerospace luminaries for a prosecco<br />

post-reception…Jason Alexander, Suzanne Cryer and Beth<br />

Grant were among the Hollywood notables who attended the<br />

June 30 opening of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa‘s prep school<br />

drama Good Boys, starring Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), at the<br />

Pasadena Playhouse.<br />

Daena Title and Jason Alexander<br />

Marion Ross Andrew Russell David Zayas Daren Kagasoff<br />

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PHOTOS: Courtesy of KCET. (KCET and PBS SoCal); Nick Agro (Pasadena Playhouse)

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TOTS ON<br />

TECH: THE<br />


DIVIDE<br />

The rich ban technology<br />

for their children, while<br />

most of America<br />

embraces it.<br />


Steve Jobs and Bill Gates raised their kids substantially<br />

tech-free. That should have told us something. If the guys<br />

who invented the devices wouldn’t let their own kids use<br />

them, there must have been good reason. Yet in more than a decade<br />

since that news was revealed, America has increased its embrace of<br />

technology for children, even for infants and toddlers for whom,<br />

many parents believe, tablets and cellphones are the best babysitters<br />

and pacifiers ever invented.<br />

But not all of America is gung-ho for tech. It’s the middleand<br />

lower-income families whose kids are increasingly immersed<br />

in what many experts now say is too much brain- and psychedamaging<br />

screen time. The superrich, it seems, have declared<br />

war on digital devices. And that’s a total reversal.<br />

In tech’s early days, having technology at home or carrying<br />

it with you was a sign of wealth and status. Only the rich could<br />

afford costly new computers for their children, and worries arose<br />

that only privileged kids would develop essential skills, leaving<br />

the rest to lag behind. Now that tech is commonplace in schools<br />

and homes, its ill effects on children are emerging and a new<br />

kind of digital divide concerns pediatricians and social scientists:<br />

Children of the middle class and poor will be raised and taught<br />

by screens, while children of the elite will have the luxury of<br />

actual life experience with such things as books, toys and, most<br />

important, human interaction.<br />

“Life for anyone but the very rich...is increasingly mediated<br />

by screens,” tech journalist Nellie Bowles recently wrote in The<br />

New York Times. Screens are being foisted on the public as wondrous<br />

innovations for education, but for the multiple millions of<br />

children now exposed to screens from infancy onward, at home<br />

and at school, she writes, “the texture of life, the tactile experience,<br />

is becoming smooth glass.”<br />

The tech titans in Silicon Valley and other top income areas<br />

around the country are so afraid of screens for their kids, Bowles<br />

writes, that many parents now require nannies to sign a pledge<br />

that they will not allow any screen time for the children in<br />

their care, and will not even use their cellphones while with the<br />

children. These high-income parents are also opting for tech-free<br />

private schools, like the Waldorf schools, where no classroom<br />

technology is used until students are 12 or 13, and where parents<br />

are advised against any screen time for children when at home.<br />

(See sidebar.)<br />

They’re backed by studies on screen time’s effects on little ones,<br />

— just beginning to surface in medical journals — which are not<br />

comforting. They indicate that young children exposed to screens<br />

may lag behind in language development, thinking and communication<br />

skills, impulse control, socialization and concentration.<br />

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Meanwhile, more and more screen time is trending among middle- and<br />

lower-income families. Totally online preschools are reportedly proliferating.<br />

In these free programs, funded by government and nonprofits, 3- and<br />

4-year-olds learn nursery rhymes and letter sounds from a computer in their<br />

home without ever interacting with classmates or a live teacher. Opponents<br />

of such programs say that screen life is a poor substitute for real life. Preschool<br />

is mainly meant to prepare children to work well with others, to curb<br />

antisocial tendencies and to develop creativity, communication and social<br />

skills. None of that can be accomplished online, experts say.<br />

What’s more, child development depends upon utilization of all the<br />

senses, educators agree. Learning by looking at objects behind glass screens<br />

and listening to disembodied voices is no substitute for communicating eye<br />

to eye with other humans and experiencing the sensory stimuli that come,<br />

for example, from playing with real blocks, touching real animals and flowers<br />

or learning to write with pencil and paper rather than on a screen. A toddler<br />

can learn to identify a rose on a screen but will not experience the rose’s<br />

scent, its velvety petals or the prick of a thorn. The rose’s actual properties<br />

will remain unknown. A child learning about a real rose with a caring adult<br />

present will have all the sensory experiences and the benefit of a person to<br />

discuss them with.<br />

In April, the World Health Organization issued a new set of guidelines<br />

stating that babies under 1 should not be exposed to electronic screens, and<br />

“limiting or in some cases eliminating screen time for children under the<br />

age of 5 results in healthier adults.” Meanwhile, a groundbreaking study of<br />

more than 11,000 children is being conducted by the National Institutes of<br />

Health to determine the effects of screen time on children’s brain development.<br />

Preliminary results of children’s brain scans show that those who’ve<br />

spent multiple hours per day glued to a screen experience a thinning of<br />

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The Waldorf Way<br />

To find out more about the Waldorf philosophy on technology,<br />

we talked with Erin Semin, the Pasadena Waldorf School’s pedagogical<br />

administrator. (There’s no title of principal at the school.)<br />

What is the Waldorf policy on tech?<br />

Waldorf is definitely anti-tech for lower grades. With the youngest<br />

children, we ask parents not to expose them to any tech at all. We<br />

work very strongly with parents starting in preschool to advocate for<br />

playtime, social time and creative time over screen time. In school<br />

we use no technology until seventh and eighth grade, when they start<br />

computer-based research projects under a teacher’s guidance.<br />

the cerebral cortex. That’s the layer of neural tissue responsible for processing<br />

information from each of the five senses. Other test results show that thinking<br />

and language-development skills are demonstrably lower for children who spend<br />

two hours a day or more gazing at screens. And a Canadian study released this<br />

year by the University of Calgary’s psychology department indicates that children<br />

ages 2 through 5 who experience high levels of screen time get lower test scores<br />

in communication, problem-solving and social and motor skills than those with<br />

little screen time.<br />

Many, if not most, of America’s families have not yet gotten the message.<br />

Children of middle- and low-income parents, from infancy onward, are increasingly<br />

building with virtual blocks, reading Goodnight Moon on tablets and<br />

learning to draw, spell and identify objects via digital devices. The new online<br />

preschools and public elementary schools use computers in classes and ask that<br />

homework be done on them. At any moderate-price restaurant you’ll see toddlers<br />

in high chairs fiddling with phones and tablets to keep them diverted while<br />

parents dine and chat. Kids traveling in cars watch screens rather than observe<br />

the passing scene while talking with their parents about it. Attachments to cribs<br />

allow infants lying on their backs to stare up at tablets programmed to play ageappropriate<br />

diversions.<br />

Some studies have shown that many grade-school children spend up to seven<br />

hours per day looking at screens in classrooms and then at home. And experts say<br />

that the more technology children are exposed to, the less human engagement<br />

occurs. Or, as one pundit put it: “Human engagement is becoming a luxury item.”<br />

Indeed, middle- and lower-income families, even with two working parents, can<br />

rarely afford private nannies or the cost of a tech-free private school such as the Waldorf<br />

schools, reportedly a favorite with Silicon Valley’s top-tier tech execs. Kindergarten<br />

tuition at the Pasadena Waldorf School in Altadena is about $25,000 per child.<br />

What’s the bottom line? All parents should be mindful of and cut back on children’s<br />

screen time, as well as their own screen time while with their children. But<br />

they needn’t panic. No longterm studies have yet been done to determine whether<br />

brain changes in children are permanent or temporary. And no studies yet address<br />

whether children who are heavy screen users will actually fare worse as adults<br />

than those who are raised without screens. Such research is still in its infancy. But<br />

common sense dictates that children raised with communicative adults and even<br />

the simplest shared real-life experiences will probably be emotionally, socially and<br />

intellectually better off than those who are abandoned by adults to a constant diet<br />

of screens. ||||<br />

What’s so wrong with tech, from the Waldorf perspective?<br />

It runs counter to the way the brain wants to develop. As a child<br />

moves through the world, they’re having sensory, social, movement<br />

and motor planning [the ability to plan and carry out a skilled motor<br />

act] experiences. Each of these experiences creates a pathway in their<br />

brain, an actual physical, neural pathway. There are points in development<br />

where, in order for the brain to grow, the pathways that are<br />

not well used or well traveled have to be cleared away. And so what a<br />

child spends much time doing has long-term effect.<br />

The more you do a certain thing, the more myelenated , or<br />

cemented, that brain pathway becomes. A child who is frequently<br />

outside observing nature, running, jumping and falling has well protected<br />

pathways for motor planning and executive functioning, for<br />

reasoning with the relative dangers in life. One who spends a lot of<br />

time with a screen that’s two or three inches from the face will have a<br />

lot of visual input pathways but few motor ones well established.<br />

A child sitting in a high chair at a dinner table, watching grownups<br />

converse, and every now and then a grownup converses with the<br />

child, who may also be figuring out how big a stack of sugar cubes<br />

they can build, that child is working on patience, learning social<br />

skills and cues and learning a kind of syntax of human conversation<br />

and relationships. A child at a table with a phone in front of him, not<br />

paying attention to anything else, is not using pathways shaped by<br />

their own experiences but only absorbing what the producer of that<br />

program has decided a 2- or 3-year-old would be interested in.<br />

What’s the difference between, say, building with blocks or digging in<br />

sand on a screen and in real life?<br />

To click and drag a cursor on a screen is simply a fine motor and<br />

visual panning activity. Yet the program tells you that you have just<br />

dug a hole or built a castle. A child who is not on a screen but in the<br />

world will learn that you need a shovel and sand and it takes hours to<br />

build a hole that’s big enough to stand in. So the child has a realistic<br />

sense of the physical effort it takes to produce change in the world.<br />

The child also gets a better basis for future physics, chemistry and<br />

math learning when he or she builds with real blocks. Stacking the<br />

blocks, you sense how heavy they are, you know intrinsically that<br />

different size blocks will hurt differently if they fall on your foot,<br />

and that certain ways of building will be more wobbly than others.<br />

This becomes the basis for intellectual learning later on. Students<br />

can work not just with a concept, but can marry that concept to what<br />

they’ve already learned in life.<br />

—B.L. ||||<br />

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Educators are being urged to offer financial literacy courses<br />

that could help avoid future student loan catastrophes.<br />


Student loan debt is now at a record high — estimated at more than $1.5 trillion for 20<strong>19</strong><br />

— second only to mortgage debt. Student loans also have higher delinquency rates than<br />

other forms of debt. Call it a trillion-dollar crisis. Democratic presidential hopefuls<br />

like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders do; both senators describe student loan debt as<br />

a national emergency. A recent Harvard Business School study concludes that burdensome<br />

student loan debt is paralyzing young people, actually stopping them from getting advanced<br />

degrees in pursuit of better-paying jobs, buying homes and getting married — ultimately<br />

diminishing more substantial contributions they should be making to the economy.<br />

It doesn’t have to be this way. Teaching personal financial education in schools is one way<br />

to lower mounting student loan debt by preparing college-bound high school graduates for<br />

the complexities of paying for continued schooling, the first time most will take out loans, say<br />

advocates for mandatory school financial literacy education. Most students do not grasp the<br />

fundamentals of complex financial decisions, particularly those whose parents can’t help them<br />

navigate the maze of loan and aid options. Less than one-third of college-bound high school<br />

grads know how to compare loans, more than half do not pencil out future loan payments and<br />

over half regret student loan choices, wishing they could change college finance commitments,<br />

according to to the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a nonprofit<br />

dedicated to empowering individuals and families to make sound financial decisions.<br />

“Student loan debt is almost greater than mortgage debt, and it cannot be discharged in<br />

bankruptcy [although] most students think it can be,” said Anthony Zambelli, director of the<br />

San Diego Center for Economic Education and economics professor at Cuyamaca College in<br />

San Diego. “It is humongous and one of the downsides to all of this is an economy driven by<br />

borrowing…okay in the short run, but not the long run.”<br />

Yet personal financial education courses are not a high school graduation requirement and<br />

are not offered in most schools. South Pasadena High School, for example, does not have a<br />

standalone course on personal finance although it teaches an applied-math class that covers<br />

some personal finance elements, according to Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a Palo<br />

Alto–based nonprofit that analyzes content and availability of personal finance courses at<br />

more than 11,000 U.S. high schools (here is the link to the search tool: ngpf.org/advocacy/).<br />

(Arroyoland schools are largely absent from the list, with the exception of Alhambra High,<br />

which offers a course in finance that meets the group’s “silver standard.”)<br />

South Pasadena High also offers an elective virtual business-enterprise class that touches<br />

on personal finance, said Principal Janet Anderson. Pasadena High School has no personal<br />

finance class, according to NGPF. The Waverly School, a progressive private school in<br />

Pasadena, has an applied finance and accounting class in its high school that includes some<br />

personal finance lessons, according to a school representative, speaking off the record.<br />

Only six high schools in California have standalone personal finance courses required for<br />

graduation; NGPF considers a 60-hour standalone semester course to be the gold standard.<br />

California requires a semester-long economics class to graduate, but such courses touch only<br />

briefly on personal finance education, said Zambelli, adding, “The lack of a [California] statewide<br />

test on economics and personal finance means that high school economics teachers can<br />

teach whatever they feel meets the standards.” About 140 California schools offer semesterlong,<br />

standalone personal finance electives, according to NGPF. The rest of the state’s high<br />

schools meet the one-semester economics class requirement, but, Zambelli and other proponents<br />

of personal finance education say, “It is not enough.” California has received an “F” since<br />

2013 for its schools’ weak personal financial education on the Center for Financial Literacy<br />

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(CFL) Report Card, issued biannually by Champlain College in Vermont.<br />

“The definition of an ‘F’ is a state with no, or few, financial ed requirements,” said John Pelletier,<br />

director of the center, which offers a graduate-level summer course in teaching personal<br />

finance. “California has an economics requirement to graduate but no financial ed. What we<br />

know is that educators are as financially illiterate as anyone. There are very few states that require<br />

teachers to show an endorsement on their teaching license that they can teach this stuff. ”<br />

While five states (Virginia, Utah, Missouri, Tennessee and Alabama) require one semester<br />

of personal finance education to graduate from high school, only two states require the 60-<br />

hour gold standard, said Ranzetta, whose data builds on the 2017 Financial Report Card<br />

from the Center for Financial Literacy. One in six high school graduates takes a mandated<br />

personal finance course to graduate in the U.S., NGPF found. In low-income communities,<br />

that number drops to one in 12 students. Tim Ranzetta, cofounder of NGPF, says that<br />

requiring at least one semester of comprehensive, hands-on personal financial education for<br />

high school grads is the most effective way to ensure access for all students. Classes “embedded”<br />

with bits of personal finance info tend to be insufficient, trying to cover the material in<br />

just a few weeks.<br />

“You can’t possibly consider that adequate for a subject as comprehensive as personal<br />

finance,” said Ranzetta, who was inspired to create NGPF in 2014 after volunteering to teach<br />

the subject at a public school. “When personal finance is embedded in another class, it’s much<br />

more likely to be glossed over. If you asked students in those 25 states with personal finance<br />

embedded in other classes, you would hear, ‘I don’t recall ever taking personal finance.’ Their<br />

methodology of embedding it in other courses creates a really low bar.”<br />

Americans, in general, don’t fare well on basic financial literacy tests: nearly two-thirds of<br />

Americans (63 percent) fail a basic five-question financial literacy test, according to a study<br />

conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a nonprofit dedicated<br />

to protecting investors. Less than one-third of Americans correctly answered a question about<br />

compound interest. Less than one-sixth of U.S. 15-year-olds understand simple concepts used<br />

in basic decision-making on everyday spending.<br />

Despite a dearth of personal finance knowledge, most college-bound high school grads<br />

must grapple with interest rates, comparing loans, calculating future payment plans, understanding<br />

when loans are due, terms of deferment and costs of defaulting, including hits to<br />

credit scores. Some lenders prey on consumers with low financial literacy, including collegebound<br />

students. Yet California has not done its part to help students become smarter borrowers.<br />

But there is legislation in the works to change that.<br />

A bill introduced last year (AB 1087), sponsored by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham<br />

(R-San Luis Obispo), would make personal financial education a high school graduation requirement;<br />

whether that would be achieved with comprehensive materials on financial education<br />

baked into an economics class or a standalone personal finance education class is yet to be<br />

decided. Details will be worked out in committee hearings and the bill will be revisited next<br />

January, according to Cunningham’s chief of staff, Nicholas Mirman. But if funding does<br />

not follow the mandate for personal finance education classes in high schools, said Zambelli,<br />

nothing will happen.<br />

“We would like to suggest that in the future, curriculum frameworks for California<br />

high schools will include financial education,” said CFL’s Pelletier. “Right now there are not<br />

standards for financial education. I would argue that the curriculum is free so the only other<br />

cost is teacher training.”<br />

Ranzetta and other advocates have set a new goal of requiring 100 percent of American<br />

high schoolers to complete at least one semester of personal finance education by 2030. In<br />

San Diego County public high schools, students have three to four weeks of personal finance<br />

included in the required economics class, but, he added, it’s too little too late. Zambelli would<br />

like to see the subject built into curriculums from preschool to college. Also, California state<br />

universities’ personal financial education classes do not qualify for their behavioral science<br />

class requirement, yet another failed opportunity, he added. Zambelli just helped orchestrate<br />

three days of financial education training in June at University of San Diego for nearly 40<br />

elementary, high school and college teachers from around the country; the event was presented<br />

by the San Diego Center for Economic Education in partnership with the Federal<br />

Reserve banks of Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco and St. Louis.<br />

“Our first thrust is to teach the teachers how best to teach those personal finance subjects,<br />

and then we try to improve their own personal finance, because how can you teach it if you<br />

don’t know how to do it yourself?” said Zambelli. He noted that he learned to save when a<br />

bank rep visited his second-grade class and taught students to save 50 cents a week in a bank<br />

account, a saving habit that stuck for life. It taught him how to delay gratification, a lesson he<br />

passed onto his daughter, who saved enough to buy her own first car. “We are not taught to<br />

wait and we are not taught to save,” said Zambelli. “The younger we can get them, the better.”<br />

Surprisingly, there is some debate about whether personal finance education is effective.<br />

One critic is Lauren Willis, a professor of consumer law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.<br />

Willis argues that some studies show that financial education does not change behavior<br />

and over time loses any positive impact. “There is virtually a nothing effect averaged over<br />

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people’s lives,” Willis said. “We expect people to be their own fi nancial planners. My<br />

mom is a weaver. Financial planning is not her area of expertise. I don’t fi x my own<br />

car.”<br />

But other studies support arguments by fi nancial education advocates. A recently<br />

published study in the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking looked at the eff ects of<br />

state-mandated personal fi nancial courses eff ects on fi nancial decisions made by<br />

incoming freshman at four-year colleges. Researchers Christina Stoddard and Carly<br />

Urban, professors of economics at Montana State University, compared students<br />

from three states with a personal fi nance graduation requirement to students from<br />

states without one; they also assessed students in the same state before and after these<br />

courses became requirements.<br />

Th ey found that mandated personal fi nancial education classes “shifted students<br />

from high-cost to low-cost fi nancing.” Th e mandated courses also led to increased<br />

aid to incoming freshmen and acceptance of federally subsidized loans (with lower<br />

interest rates). And they reduced the likelihood that students would carry credit card<br />

balances. Students from a ffl uent families took out smaller private loans, and those<br />

from less wealthy families were also less likely to work while enrolled as students<br />

(more study time, better outcomes). (A “plausible explanation” for lower-income students<br />

working less is that they had less fi nancial need to work because they borrowed<br />

wisely, but the researchers could not specifi cally “pin down the why.”) Th e re searchers<br />

followed the students from ages 18 to 22, and in a study published last year, Urban<br />

found that mandated personal fi nance education in high schools resulted in higher<br />

credit scores and fewer severe delinquencies in that age group. She compared three<br />

states (Georgia, Idaho and Texas) that had passed legislation requiring personal<br />

fi nancial education courses for graduation to a neighboring state with no such<br />

requirement. She also compared credit scores and delinquency rates among students<br />

within the same state before and after the state mandated fi nancial education. Th e<br />

latter comparison shows the causal eff ect, she said.<br />

“Students shift their borrowing to more responsible borrowing,” Urban said in<br />

an interview. “Students are getting more grants and scholarships after they get more<br />

fi nancial education. We think it has to be required to have an eff ect.”<br />

In sum, Urban and Stoddard’s study suggests mandated personal fi nance education<br />

in high school makes college-bound grads smarter and better borrowers, and<br />

decreases their overall debt. Th at’s encouraging, considering a record 7 million<br />

Americans are falling three months behind on car loan payments, and U.S. credit<br />

card debt, now $870 billion, is the highest it has ever been. And one-fourth of Americans<br />

admit that they cannot pay their bills on time, according to the Federal Reserve<br />

Bank of New York and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. “I love this<br />

study because it measures what we want to measure — behavior…not how they do on<br />

fi n lit tests,” said Pelletier.<br />

Exacerbating college debt is the rise in tuition rates. Over the past decade states<br />

have slashed college funding by an average of 16 percent per student; that necessitates<br />

tuition increases which in turn force students to take on ever-larger debt loads. Average<br />

student loan debt for borrowers ages 24 to 32 jumped from about $5,000 in 2005<br />

to $10,000 in 2014, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Borrowers<br />

in the class of 2017, on average, owe $28,650, according to the Institute for College<br />

Access and Success, a nonprofi t that works to make higher education in the U.S.<br />

more aff ordable.<br />

Ranzetta, whose NGPF off ers free teaching material on personal fi nance, emphasizes<br />

the enduring value of communicating simple basics: Establishing good credit by<br />

paying bills and loan payments on time and avoiding credit card balances with added<br />

interest can save hundreds of thousands of dollars on a mortgage loan. Even avoiding<br />

overdraft fees on a bank account, which earn banks $30 billion a year, is covered<br />

in basic personal fi nance instruction. Overdraft fees can turn a $3.75 cup of coff ee<br />

charged to an overdrawn bank account into a $38.75 cup of java.<br />

“What gives me hope is that there are 600 schools in the nation that require<br />

personal fi nance that are not located in states that require it,” said Ranzetta. “So there<br />

are teachers, students, parents, administrators and board members who have stood up<br />

and demanded fi nancial education in their local high schools. Th ere are just too many<br />

important decisions for it to be an ‘Oops, now how am I going to sort this out’” | ||<br />

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arroyo<br />



-0.46%<br />

AVG. PRICE/SQ. FT.<br />

2.09.%<br />

June<br />

2018<br />

436HOMES<br />

SOLD<br />

ALHAMBRA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 39 18<br />

Median Price $680,000 $739,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1347 15<strong>19</strong><br />

ALTADENA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 41 16<br />

Median Price $760,000 $842,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1507 1507<br />

ARCADIA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 35 17<br />

Median Price $1,032,000 $775,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1675 1352<br />

EAGLE ROCK JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 14 15<br />

Median Price $931,250 $902,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1384 1352<br />

GLENDALE JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 96 36<br />

Median Price $830,000 $742,500<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1520 1300<br />

LA CAÑADA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 27 20<br />

Median Price $1,701,500 $1,924,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1540 3022<br />

PASADENA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 148 94<br />

Median Price $822,500 $902,500<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1540 1660<br />

SAN MARINO JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 9 6<br />

Median Price $1,930,000 $1,926,500<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 2163 2250<br />

SIERRA MADRE JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 8 4<br />

Median Price $1,434,000 $713,500<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 2163 1064<br />

SOUTH PASADENA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold <strong>19</strong> 8<br />

Median Price $1,430,000 $1,472,750<br />

Median Sq. Ft. <strong>19</strong>17 2103<br />

TOTAL JUNE ’18 JUNE ’<strong>19</strong><br />

Homes Sold 436 234<br />

Avg Price/Sq. Ft. $1893 $613<br />

<br />

June<br />

20<strong>19</strong><br />

234HOMES<br />

SOLD<br />

HOME SALES ABOVE $850,000<br />

source: CalREsource<br />



932 North Electric Ave. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $4,820,000 3 1,236 <strong>19</strong>07<br />

1816 West Grand Ave. 6/26/<strong>19</strong> $1,130,000 4 2,894 <strong>19</strong>25 $800,000 11/2/12<br />

405 North 3rd St. 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $1,110,000 4 2,132 <strong>19</strong>28<br />

501 North El Molino St. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $1,030,000 5 2,2<strong>19</strong> <strong>19</strong>30 $899,000 8/24/16<br />


2010 Midwick Dr. 6/26/<strong>19</strong> $2,500,000 5 3,699 <strong>19</strong>22 $2,000,000 9/23/14<br />

960 Alta Pine Dr. 6/21/<strong>19</strong> $1,168,000 2 1,484 <strong>19</strong>48 $270,000 8/20/98<br />

1005 Parkman St. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $1,090,000 4 1,960 <strong>19</strong>25 $715,500 11/7/08<br />

2174 Mar Vista Ave. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $1,087,000 3 1,685 <strong>19</strong>49 $760,000 10/30/18<br />

2828 North Mount Curve Ave. 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,050,000 3 2,062 <strong>19</strong>95 $681,000 10/29/09<br />

1807 North Altadena Dr. 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,010,000 3 2,154 <strong>19</strong>40<br />

805 New York Dr. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $887,000 2 1,355 <strong>19</strong>47 $485,000 3/18/13<br />


1620 South 4th Ave. 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $1,860,500 2 985 <strong>19</strong>47 $875,000 8/12/14<br />

2039 Elkins Place 6/17/<strong>19</strong> $1,700,000 3 1,813 <strong>19</strong>55 $1,388,000 3/<strong>19</strong>/14<br />

1327 Linda Way 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $1,200,000 4 1,834 <strong>19</strong>63 $880,000 3/16/16<br />

909 North Santa Anita Ave. 6/24/<strong>19</strong> $1,150,000 4 1,896 <strong>19</strong>49<br />

1029 Encino Ave. 6/26/<strong>19</strong> $1,109,000 3 1,776 <strong>19</strong>56 $761,000 11/26/07<br />

220 Eldorado St. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $1,045,000 3 1,973 2003 $528,000 6/4/03<br />

322 Diamond St. #2 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $860,000 3 1,936 2000 $360,000 8/2/00<br />


5148 Dahlia Dr. 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $1,495,000 3 1,795 <strong>19</strong>23 $549,000 5/22/08<br />

2411 Langdale Ave. 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $1,425,000 2 807 <strong>19</strong>22 $500,000 1/8/18<br />

4326 York Blvd. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $1,380,000 2 861 <strong>19</strong>27 $1,100,000 6/22/17<br />

911 La Loma Rd. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $990,000 4 2,235 <strong>19</strong>47 $490,000 8/27/09<br />

4949 Genevieve Ave. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $965,000 4 2159 <strong>19</strong>41 $550,000 7/12/07<br />

2330 Yosemite Dr. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $9<strong>19</strong>,000 5 1882 <strong>19</strong>08<br />

4336 Toland Way 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $910,000 4 1856 <strong>19</strong>30<br />

2537 Hyler Ave. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $902,000 3 1,308 <strong>19</strong>27 $575,000 3/26/07<br />

4911 Algoma Ave. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $866,500 3 1,980 <strong>19</strong>85 $172,000 6/1/87<br />

1490 Silverwood Dr. 6/17/<strong>19</strong> $853,000 2 1,352 <strong>19</strong>52<br />

1042 Glen Arbor Ave. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $850,000 3 2055 <strong>19</strong>50 $415,000 11/2/10<br />


1609 San Gabriel Ave. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $1,700,000 3 2,<strong>19</strong>2 <strong>19</strong>50<br />

1633 Santa Barbara Ave. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $1,423,000 2 2,467 <strong>19</strong>25 $1,350,000 6/7/18<br />

<strong>19</strong>60 El Arbolita Dr. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $1,408,000 3 2,596 <strong>19</strong>36 $1,175,000 11/8/13<br />

1444 East Maple St. 6/17/<strong>19</strong> $1,315,000 4 2,640 <strong>19</strong>23 $1,090,000 11/9/17<br />

3000 North Verdugo Rd. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $1,250,000 4 2,177 <strong>19</strong>50 $718,000 3/7/<strong>19</strong><br />

206 Allen Ave. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $1,215,000 2 2,068 <strong>19</strong>20 $230,000 7/16/98<br />

953 Calle La Primavera 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,040,000 4 2,548 <strong>19</strong>92 $980,000 3/23/15<br />

1315 Romulus Dr. 6/17/<strong>19</strong> $1,030,000 2 1,096 <strong>19</strong>27 $880,000 11/8/16<br />

<strong>19</strong><strong>19</strong> Canada Blvd. 6/24/<strong>19</strong> $930,000 4 2,594 <strong>19</strong>31<br />

1109 Green St. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $915,000 3 1,503 <strong>19</strong>29 $688,000 6/6/16<br />

1858 Caminito Del Cielo 6/24/<strong>19</strong> $900,000 2 2,146 <strong>19</strong>90 $825,000 4/28/16<br />

3535 Rosemary Ave. 6/17/<strong>19</strong> $885,000 2 1,045 <strong>19</strong>25 $269,000 2/1/89<br />

1600 Marion Dr. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $850,000 3 1,250 <strong>19</strong>63 $654,500 3/3/16<br />


5350 Harter Lane 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $5,100,000 5 8,797 2005 $350,000 11/12/99<br />

635 Berkshire Ave. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $4,250,000 6 6,107 <strong>19</strong>49 $10,000 1/1/92<br />

384 Meadow Grove St. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $3,700,000 5 5,255 <strong>19</strong>31<br />

4257 Woodleigh Lane 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $3,070,000 6 3,056 <strong>19</strong>24 $2,900,000 12/29/14<br />

4228 Chula Senda Lane 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $2,750,000 2 2,357 <strong>19</strong>50<br />

4284 Hampstead Rd. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $2,600,000 3 3,039 <strong>19</strong>76<br />

4736 Gould Ave. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $2,500,000 5 3,792 <strong>19</strong>41 $2,220,000 6/4/07<br />

5525 Stardust Rd. 6/26/<strong>19</strong> $2,400,000 4 3,004 <strong>19</strong>58 $1,245,000 3/1/06<br />

–continued on page 21<br />

The Arroyo Home Sales Index is calculated from residential home sales in Pasadena and the surrounding communities of South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Eagle Rock, Glendale (including Montrose), Altadena, Sierra<br />

Madre, Arcadia and Alhambra. Individual home sales data provided by CalREsource. Arroyo Home Sales Index © Arroyo 20<strong>19</strong>. Complete home sales listings appear each week in Pasadena Weekly.<br />

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4730 Hayman Ave. 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $2,310,500 4 3,258 <strong>19</strong>54 $1,900,000 2/8/17<br />

4810 Fairlawn Dr. 6/17/<strong>19</strong> $1,948,000 4 2,917 <strong>19</strong>50 $766,000 4/4/01<br />

1304 Journeys End Dr. 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,900,000 3 1,666 <strong>19</strong>57 $990,000 9/11/15<br />

660 Pomander Place 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $1,842,500 4 2,606 <strong>19</strong>51 $1,200,000 10/28/09<br />

933 Coral Way 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,815,000 5 3,231 <strong>19</strong>56 $530,000 4/26/00<br />

5025 Ocean View Blvd. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,560,000 3 2,296 <strong>19</strong>63 $880,000 2/25/05<br />

547 Meadowview Dr. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $1,492,000 4 2,509 <strong>19</strong>73 $1,760,000 2/14/<strong>19</strong><br />

515 Starlight Crest Dr. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $1,492,000 4 4,266 <strong>19</strong>66 $1,700,000 3/29/12<br />

5156 Redwillow Lane 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $1,492,000 4 4,707 <strong>19</strong>90 $750,000 12/1/89<br />

2020 Manistee Dr. 6/21/<strong>19</strong> $1,417,000 3 1,912 <strong>19</strong>61 $1,145,000 10/3/16<br />

2104 Normanton Dr. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,165,000 3 1,888 <strong>19</strong>61<br />


890 Huntington Circle 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $6,300,000 7 7184 <strong>19</strong>33 $3,430,000 7/20/04<br />

801 South San Rafael Ave. 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $3,850,000 4 3310 <strong>19</strong>47 $750,000 5/1/87<br />

325 South Grand Ave. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $3,300,000 7 5908 1893 $2,310,000 4/25/03<br />

1112 Wellington Ave. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $3,150,000 3 3473 <strong>19</strong>12 $1,716,000 10/12/11<br />

1235 Linda Ridge Rd. 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $2,800,000 4 2641 <strong>19</strong>57 $1,600,000 4/16/10<br />

1010 Old Mill Rd. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $2,550,000 5 2909 <strong>19</strong>22 $1,720,000 6/30/11<br />

420 South Greenwood Ave. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $2,150,000 4 2888 <strong>19</strong>26 $1,112,000 5/21/03<br />

929 South Oakland Ave. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $2,145,000 4 2617 <strong>19</strong>20 $995,000 3/12/04<br />

537 Michigan Blvd. 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $2,050,000 6 5856 <strong>19</strong>25<br />

112 South Orange Grove Blvd. #2086/28/<strong>19</strong> $2,050,000 2 2530 2016 $1,678,045 5/25/16<br />

1313 North Hill Ave. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,798,000 5000 <strong>19</strong>24<br />

1340 East California Blvd. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $1,755,000 3 3600 <strong>19</strong>31 $956,500 3/14/<strong>19</strong><br />

80 South Sunnyslope Ave. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $1,715,000 9 4948 <strong>19</strong>66<br />

3675 Yorkshire Rd. 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,680,000 3 1440 <strong>19</strong>47 $760,000 7/22/17<br />

1590 Oakdale St. 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $1,615,000 4 3034 <strong>19</strong>23<br />

85 Glen Summer Rd. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,560,000 4 2301 <strong>19</strong>47 $1,512,000 8/17/16<br />

2750 San Pasqual St. 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $1,535,500 3 1770 <strong>19</strong>52 $489,500 9/3/99<br />

385 South Bonnie Ave. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $1,529,000 3 2091 <strong>19</strong>36 $585,000 10/18/00<br />

722 East California Blvd. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $1,467,000 5 <strong>19</strong>05 <strong>19</strong>22 $1,050,000 2/15/07<br />

1052 Pine Oak Lane 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $1,435,000 4 2379 <strong>19</strong>68<br />

1151 South Los Robles Ave. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $1,421,000 3 2036 <strong>19</strong>48 $799,000 1/24/05<br />

99 Annandale Rd. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $1,396,000 3 2148 <strong>19</strong>36 $1,049,000 6/18/12<br />

1424 Linda Vista Ave. 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $1,370,000 3 1803 <strong>19</strong>46 $908,000 7/31/12<br />

3695 Greenhill Rd. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $1,275,000 2 2090 <strong>19</strong>50<br />

745 La Loma Rd. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $1,245,000 4 1757 <strong>19</strong>08<br />

1098 North Los Robles Ave. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $1,200,000 5 2949 <strong>19</strong>38<br />

1573 North Hill Ave. 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $1,<strong>19</strong>5,000 2 2047 <strong>19</strong>24 $525,000 3/24/17<br />



3840 Canfi eld Rd. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $1,181,000 2 1850 <strong>19</strong>50<br />

981 Worcester Ave. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $1,149,500 4 <strong>19</strong>11 <strong>19</strong>12 $905,000 3/12/15<br />

946 East Topeka St. 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,127,000 3 2407 <strong>19</strong>81 $339,000 3/23/98<br />

1436 Paloma St. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $1,125,000 5 2434 <strong>19</strong>24<br />

1424 Wesley Ave. 6/21/<strong>19</strong> $1,105,000 4 2060 <strong>19</strong>24<br />

1390 Riviera Dr. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $1,100,000 3 2095 <strong>19</strong>55 $310,000 8/1/90<br />

2186 Las Lunas St. 6/24/<strong>19</strong> $1,090,000 3 2058 <strong>19</strong>52 $695,000 9/21/10<br />

3696 Yorkshire Rd. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,070,000 3 2048 <strong>19</strong>47 $810,000 12/12/18<br />

108 South El Molino Ave. #302 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,050,000 3 1811 2004 $800,000 7/9/12<br />

1465 Washburn Rd. 6/24/<strong>19</strong> $1,031,000 3 1218 <strong>19</strong>58 $660,000 1/25/13<br />

383 South Marengo Ave. #102 6/21/<strong>19</strong> $1,020,000 3 1660 $874,500 7/18/17<br />

135 Backus Ave. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $1,000,000 5 2054 <strong>19</strong>24 $305,000 6/3/09<br />

2174 Casa Grande St. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $990,000 3 1518 <strong>19</strong>31 $610,000 11/16/09<br />

2<strong>19</strong>3 Loma Vista St. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $975,000 4 1474 <strong>19</strong>28 $235,000 4/1/92<br />

1693 East Elizabeth St. 6/21/<strong>19</strong> $970,000 4 2070 <strong>19</strong>39 $849,000 11/15/16<br />

1851 Fiske Ave. 6/25/<strong>19</strong> $950,000 3 1789 <strong>19</strong>48 $740,000 4/5/17<br />

2212 East Crary St. 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $945,000 3 1614 <strong>19</strong>50 $710,000 11/17/05<br />

1545 Knollwood Terrace 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $945,000 4 2159 <strong>19</strong>54 $1,800,000 5/3/<strong>19</strong><br />

2245 East Dudley St. 6/3/<strong>19</strong> $941,000 3 1736 <strong>19</strong>28 $247,500 3/1/89<br />

87 Columbia St. 6/4/<strong>19</strong> $905,000 2 1142 <strong>19</strong>25<br />

125 Hurlbut St. #107 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $900,000<br />

3576 Thorndale Rd. 6/26/<strong>19</strong> $890,000 2 1241 <strong>19</strong>38 $805,000 6/6/14<br />

1432 North Harding Ave. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $875,000 2 1780 <strong>19</strong>33<br />

1131 South Orange Grove Blvd. 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $870,000 2 1618 <strong>19</strong>64 $800,000 2/21/17<br />

1758 Kenneth Way 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $855,000 2 837 <strong>19</strong>49 $530,000 9/18/18<br />


1450 Westhaven Rd. 6/24/<strong>19</strong> $2,993,500 3 2207 <strong>19</strong>52 $1,846,000 6/3/16<br />

811 South Santa Anita Ave. 6/6/<strong>19</strong> $2,108,000 4 32<strong>19</strong> <strong>19</strong>49<br />

1836 Sharon Place 6/20/<strong>19</strong> $1,928,000 3 2294 <strong>19</strong>50 $650,000 7/1/90<br />

2865 Lorain Rd. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $1,925,000 3 2369 <strong>19</strong>53 $540,000 12/5/00<br />

1710 Rubio Dr. 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $1,728,000 3 <strong>19</strong>73 <strong>19</strong>40 $1,251,000 6/1/06<br />

2285 Longden Dr. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,360,000 2 1434 <strong>19</strong>47<br />


407 West Orange Grove Ave. 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $1,225,000 2 1735 <strong>19</strong>60 $900,000 9/9/18<br />


803 Columbia St. 6/<strong>19</strong>/<strong>19</strong> $3,951,500 6 4785 <strong>19</strong>25 $1,635,000 5/15/02<br />

238 Saint Albans Ave. 6/18/<strong>19</strong> $1,745,500 4 3846 <strong>19</strong>86 $1,500,000 1/18/17<br />

1233 Brunswick Ave. 6/28/<strong>19</strong> $1,600,000 4 2292 <strong>19</strong>63 $1,615,000 7/25/17<br />

807 Bank St. 6/21/<strong>19</strong> $1,545,500 2 <strong>19</strong>13 <strong>19</strong>59<br />

835 Rollin St. 6/5/<strong>19</strong> $1,400,000 4 2334 <strong>19</strong>60 $720,000 6/15/11<br />

2002 Oak St. 6/27/<strong>19</strong> $1,335,000 3 1309 <strong>19</strong>24<br />

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ARROYO<br />



THE ART OF<br />


Whether On A Budget Or Going For Luxury, College Students Are<br />

Paying More Attention Than Ever To What Goes In Their Rooms<br />

By Bruce Haring<br />

It’s that time of year again. After a summer spent working,<br />

playing and generally relaxing, the young adults in your home are<br />

heading back to college life. Some are going away for the first time,<br />

while veterans of the campus are busy planning their schedules and<br />

looking forward to greeting old friends.<br />

Whatever the status of your student, one thing they have<br />

in common is their living conditions. Most are in college dorms,<br />

although some opt for off-campus apartments or fraternity/sorority<br />

life. And that means they will occupy a room that needs to be made<br />

livable for studying and relaxing.<br />

Most dorm rooms will provide the standard issue furniture - a<br />

bed, a thin mattress, a desk and chair, maybe a mirror, and perhaps<br />

a trash can. The rest is usually up to you. Some trendy and wealthy<br />

college students are actually enlisting interior decorators to come up<br />

with dorm room ideas, and there’s no shortage of designer websites<br />

that are inspiring students to reach a bit with their budget.<br />

The US Census reports that 18.4 million students are enrolled in<br />

college as of 2017, the last year numbers are available. Women are<br />

the majority at 54.0 percent of undergraduates and 59.8 percent of<br />

graduate students.<br />

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Most dorm rooms will provide the standard issue furniture - a bed, a thin<br />

mattress, a desk and chair, maybe a mirror, and perhaps a trash can. The rest<br />

is usually up to you. Some trendy and wealthy college students are actually<br />

enlisting interior decorators to come up with dorm room ideas, and there’s no<br />

shortage of designer websites that are inspiring students to reach a bit with their<br />

budget.<br />

The US Census reports that 18.4 million students are enrolled in college as<br />

of 2017, the last year numbers are available. Women are the majority at 54.0<br />

percent of undergraduates and 59.8 percent of graduate students.<br />

Overall, about 40 percent of full-time students live on campus, with 40<br />

percent living off-campus and 20 percent living with their parents. However, in<br />

some private schools, as much as 90 percent to 100 percent of students live on<br />

campus.<br />

The art of college room decoration is a highly subjective one, made all the<br />

more complicated by the fact that your scholar may be sharing a room with one<br />

or more people. Tastes vary, and the space students have is generally small and<br />

utilitarian, designed to accommodate the basic necessities of living rather than<br />

luxuriating in a plush space.<br />

Statistics on how much people are spending on dorm décor are hard<br />

to come by. The National Retail Federation indicates that around $1,000<br />

is in the ballpark of what the average student will spend, but obviously<br />

that’s a vested interest in getting you to load up. That figure undoubtedly<br />

includes some things that the average student can easily live without. US<br />

dorm spending totals more than $50 million per year, though, so someone is<br />

digging deep into their pockets.<br />


To take full advantage of the limited space, dorm rooms need to be<br />

organized. You need a space for studying, one for sleeping, and then hopefully<br />

there’s room for a comfortable chair or two to make it easier to have a guest or<br />

two visit.<br />

Setting the mood in a dorm room all starts with light. Most dorms have one<br />

window and fluorescent bulbs as their basics. Neither are particularly inviting.<br />

Thus, it’s smart to have a lamp that can bend in several directions. A good desk<br />

lamp that can be repositioned is ideal, as the desk will likely adjoin your sleeping<br />

space and can serve two purposes if you read laying down.<br />

You may also consider a stand-alone pole lamp that can be used for<br />

ambient lighting in the room. You can also create a more festive feel with string<br />

lights. These will have to wrap around something for support, so perhaps some<br />

adhesive backed hooks will be needed.<br />

Posters can also help set a mood, although it’s wise to stay away from<br />

Che Guevara and other potentially inflammatory depictions. A landscape<br />

can provide some calming moments in hectic times, and prints are easily<br />

found on websites like Etsy and Society6 that have many thousands of<br />

unique art prints.<br />

Storage is at a premium in tight quarters. A three-drawer vertical cart on<br />

wheels can be positioned wherever there is space in the room. There are also<br />

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pieces of furniture that can provide storage options and not take up a lot of<br />

room. Consider the unused spaces in the dorm room as well – places like under<br />

the bed or on top of the dresser. Both are ripe for storage containers that can<br />

hold various items.<br />


The above are the items that you need to live a basic existence. But a<br />

Spartan existence, while budget conscious, isn’t really conducive to enjoyment.<br />

There are a few other items to consider that will bring some vibrant qualities to<br />

make the room feel more like home.<br />

First and foremost, get a dorm-size refrigerator. Yes, as attested to by the<br />

infamous “freshman 15” that most students gain in their first year away from<br />

home, the catering at colleges is quite good. But you’ll also need some drinks<br />

and snacks in your room for the wee, small hours of the morning, and a dorm<br />

room refrigerator is the godsend that will help you get through some of those<br />

times. Most small units start below $200, going up from there, depending on what<br />

else you want. Keep in mind that space is at a premium and this isn’t a kitchen,<br />

so plan for something that will provide a maximum of enjoyment in a minimum of<br />

space.<br />

In the old days, a television in the dorm was a luxury. Now, thanks to<br />

streaming, most students can watch whatever they want on their laptops. Since<br />

there are subscription costs for many sites, plan accordingly for what you really,<br />

really need to watch.<br />

Music can also be streamed from your phones, but consider adding to the<br />

ambience with some wireless speakers that can pump the bass and the party<br />

when necessary. Sonos and Logitech are two brands that are popular, but<br />

review what’s out there on Amazon and adjust your budget accordingly.<br />

Finally, consider a small area rug to give a touch of warmth to the cold, tile<br />

floors that will undoubtedly be a part of dorm life. Small rugs can be found for<br />

$100 or less, and they add considerable charm to your living space.<br />

All of the above are something of an investment in your life, and four years<br />

will go by pretty rapidly. If you’ve chosen quality items, the dorm room style can<br />

become a part of your first post-college apartment. That’s when the real testing<br />

begins.<br />

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Altadena Children’s Center<br />

At Altadena Children’s Center, the families of the children in our programs who range<br />

in age from 2 months to prekindergarten fi nd programs that meet the needs of the<br />

whole child within a developmentally appropriate framework. Our family-centered<br />

approach helps to nurture healthy partnerships between teachers and parents as<br />

we all work together to support the children. We are eager to help families from<br />

diverse backgrounds to discover that Altadena Children’s Center is the best place<br />

for their child’s early education.<br />

Contact Director Toni Boucher at (626) 797-6142 or visit accc-kids.org.<br />

Barnhart School<br />

We believe that education is a lifelong comprehensive human experience; that social<br />

and emotional learning is as important as academic learning. Accredited by the<br />

California Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools<br />

and Colleges, Barnhart is distinguished through its focus on Early Literacy, Writers’<br />

Workshop, the Virtues Program, conversational Spanish at all grade levels, daily PE<br />

and a stellar middle school program where students are graduating with acceptance<br />

to their top choice high schools. In addition to a robust and rigorous academic<br />

base of subjects, we provide a full range of co-curricular programs including<br />

music, art, technology, Spanish and PE. In middle school, we further extend learning<br />

to include classes in public speaking, life skills, woodshop, theater arts, yearbook<br />

production, student leadership and much more. Barnhart is known as a “down to<br />

earth”, diverse community. We invite you to take a tour and talk with our parents<br />

and students. Come meet our dedicated team of professionals, spend some time in<br />

our community, and watch our students in action!<br />

240 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia (626)446-5588 barnhartschool.org<br />

California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley<br />

The mission of California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley (CSArts-SGV) is to provide<br />

an unparalleled arts and academic education to a diverse group students who<br />

are passionate about the arts, preparing them to reach their highest potential. Our<br />

dynamic school culture enables students to fl ourish in a uniquely challenging and<br />

nurturing environment that celebrates creativity, individual growth and supportive<br />

learning. Students receive a robust and rigorous college-preparatory curriculum in<br />

addition to pre-professional arts conservatory training in their chosen discipline of<br />

dance, fi ne and media arts, music or theatre. CSArts-SGV is a tuition-free, donationdependent<br />

program serving 1,200 seventh through 12th grade students from across<br />

the San Gabriel Valley.<br />

Come learn more at our Preview Days coming up on October 12, December 7 and January<br />

11. www.sgv.csarts.net/previewday<br />

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The Gooden School: A Values Driven Community<br />

At The Gooden School, a K-8 independent, co-ed day school nestled in the foothills<br />

of Sierra Madre, strong and clearly expressed values create identity, focus, unity,<br />

and drive. Gooden’s new head, Jo-Anne Woolner, is proud to be leading a community<br />

where the school’s motto, “Respect for self, others, and the world” answers<br />

the questions, ‘what do we belong to?’, ‘what’s important to us?’, ‘what holds us<br />

together?’ and ‘why do our collective efforts matter?’ The school’s values, rooted<br />

in its Episcopal identity, inspire its students to try harder as individuals so that collectively<br />

the school community thrives. The curriculum facilitates cooperative and<br />

independent learning, promotes unconditional acceptance of self and others,<br />

recognizes the interdependence of mind and body, inspires a love of learning, encourages<br />

self-determination, and develops global awareness. Open houses will be<br />

held on Saturday, November 2, 20<strong>19</strong> from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday,<br />

January 15, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.<br />

For more information please call (626) 355-2410 or go to the school’s website at goodenschool.org<br />

High Point Academy<br />

High Point’s mission is to awaken the joy of learning by inspiring students to their<br />

fullest potential in a collaborative, stimulating community of caring and academic<br />

excellence. Dedicated, talented faculty provide a strong K-8 curriculum enriched<br />

by world languages, music, art, library, technology, and daily physical education.<br />

High Point’s 20<strong>19</strong> graduates gained entrance into acclaimed independent high<br />

schools, earning over $700,000 in merit scholarships. Experience why High Point<br />

instills self-confi dence, good character, and an exceptional foundation for success.<br />

For more information, attend an Open House or sign-up for a tour.<br />

HighPointAcademy.org<br />

Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School<br />

A Catholic, independent, college preparatory school, Immaculate Heart educates<br />

and empowers young women in grades sixth through 12th grades. Founded in <strong>19</strong>06,<br />

Immaculate Heart offers a distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates.<br />

Its hillside campus, centrally located in Los Angeles near Griffi th Park, welcomes<br />

students of geographic, ethnic and religious diversity. Virtually 100 percent matriculate<br />

to college, including the most prestigious universities in the country. The high<br />

school’s curriculum offers 14 honors classes and 18 Advanced Placement courses,<br />

including the new two-year AP Capstone course. IH fi elds teams in basketball, cross<br />

country, diving, equestrian, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & fi eld, and<br />

volleyball. Students participate in community service, retreats and liturgies, theatrical<br />

productions, the visual arts, and more than 30 clubs. Bus transportation serves<br />

Pasadena!<br />

5515 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028. immaculateheart.org (323) 461-3651<br />

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus<br />

An introduction to vocal instruction from an award-winning children’s chorus.<br />

Children are introduced to the wonder and excitement of singing and key music<br />

concepts in First Experiences in Singing (FES), a non-auditioned, non-performing<br />

class for 6-7-year-olds. New singers develop vocal and musical skills, are exposed to<br />

general tonal and rhythmic concepts, and introduced to bel canto singing. Through<br />

the FES program, children gain experience and confi dence singing in bel canto<br />

technique in group, small group, and solo settings; learn tonal and rhythmic skills<br />

through Kodály-based sequential lessons, from master teachers; become familiar<br />

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with high-quality folk songs, singing games, and dances; demonstrate the skills<br />

learned through a fi nal demonstration for parents, family, and friends, followed by a<br />

social gathering.<br />

585 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena (626) 793-4231 lachildrenschorus.org<br />

Pacifica Graduate Institute<br />

Pacifi ca Graduate Institute is an accredited graduate school offering masters and<br />

doctoral degree programs in the traditions of depth psychology. Our educational<br />

environment nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, and<br />

our students have access to an impressive array of educational resources on Pacifi<br />

ca’s two campuses, both of which are located a few miles south of Santa Barbara,<br />

California. Join us for our Information Day and learn about our various degree programs<br />

in the tradition of Depth Psychology informed by the teachings of C.G. Jung,<br />

Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, James Hillman, and others.<br />

Saturday, <strong>August</strong> 24th from 10:00am-4:00pm. Pacifica.edu.<br />

Realtime Captioning<br />

DIANA BRANDIN REALTIME CAPTIONING & ASL! - Communication Access Realtime<br />

Translation and Sign Language (ASL, SEE, Tactile, Spanish - on-site and remote).We<br />

now do LIVE-STREAMED EVENTS to YouTube, FB, or other platforms. We specialize in<br />

in K-12, colleges, & university CARTcaptioning, large and small organization conferences,<br />

non-profi ts and more. ADA Compliance. Communication access for public/<br />

private academic institutions (universities, colleges, K-12, special events, on-site and<br />

online learning), businesses, corporations, non-profi ts, for-profi ts, corporate meetings,<br />

conferences, conference calls, live-streamed webinars, legal, court, hearings,<br />

medical, hospitals, doctor appointments, social services, weddings, funerals.<br />

Realtime captioning and American Sign Language plus transcription of recorded<br />

media, closed-captioning or subtitles for videos, webinars, DVDs, YouTube clips, and<br />

other media. Live captions displayed via tablet, smartphone, laptop, fl at-screen TV,<br />

projector-to-screen, jumbotron and more. We hire only seasoned professionals! Local<br />

small business and woman-owned business. FREE DEMOS onsite and remotely.<br />

OnPointCaptions.com | (818) 279-8136<br />

South Pasadena Music Center<br />

South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory offers lessons and classes in the<br />

European classical tradition, combined with cutting edge instruction in jazz, rock,<br />

and modern music. Our instructors are professionals in their fi elds and have masters<br />

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Stowell Learning Center<br />

Weak underlying processing skills can cause even very bright students to have<br />

to work harder or longer than expected. These skills are not usually addressed at<br />

school, but they are essential for reading and comprehending words on a page. An<br />

estimated 30% of students in school have some diffi culty with auditory processing;<br />

20% are dyslexic; and 50% of those who are ADHD are said to have hidden auditory<br />

processing challenges. At Stowell Learning Center, We Have “A System - Not<br />

a Program. We have helped over 10,000 struggling students become successful in<br />

school and in life through our proprietary brain training approach, and we believe<br />

we can help you and your struggling student too. When a child is working harder<br />

than he/she should, it’s time to look at why, and what can be done differently and<br />

more effectively. At Stowell Learning Center, Students Experience Results that Last A<br />

Lifetime!<br />

Come visit us at our new Pasadena location! 572 E. Green St., Suite 200 (626) 808-4441<br />

stowellcenter.com.<br />

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or doctoral degrees in music. We also offer Early Childhood Music and Movement<br />

classes for children 15 mos to 2 years and ages 3 – 5 years. These classes are fun,<br />

energetic, and encourage kids to play with sounds, pitch, and rhythm. It’s a great<br />

way to prepare young ones for instrumental instruction. With the start of the school<br />

year around the corner, our instructor schedules begin to fi ll up. Call soon to reserve<br />

your spot. Come make music with us this fall!<br />

1509 Mission Street, South Pasadena (626) 403-2300 southpasadenamusic.com<br />

Stratford Schools<br />

Stratford School provides an unparalleled education where children are inspired<br />

to be creative problem solvers, innovators, and leaders. These 21st century qualities<br />

provide children with the knowledge, confi dence, and ingenuity to help them excel<br />

in future careers! Stratford’s accelerated curriculum from preschool through eighth<br />

grade emphasizes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)<br />

while incorporating music, physical education, foreign language, and social skills<br />

development. By combining a safe and nurturing learning environment, Stratford<br />

teachers ensure a stimulating and balanced curriculum while cultivating a child’s<br />

natural joy of learning. Evident at all its schools is the Stratford motto, “Summa spes,<br />

summa res,” meaning “Highest hopes, highest things.” Grades: Preschool-8th.<br />

2046 Allen Ave., Altadena (626) 794-1000 stratfordschools.com ||||<br />

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Grandparents Universities offer aging baby boomers the chance to bond with their<br />

grandkids in learning environments.<br />









PHOTOS: Courtesy of Kansas State University<br />

KSU’s Debbie Mercer shares quality time with Kadence<br />


“I wanted to share my love of Kansas State [University]<br />

with her and provide an opportunity for her to see and<br />

experience K-State through the eyes of the student,” Mercer,<br />

dean of the College of Education at Kansas State University,<br />

said in an email interview. “The expectation to go on to<br />

college needs to be nurtured and supported.”<br />

The program Mercer and her granddaughter participated<br />

in is Grandparents University, a shared college learning<br />

opportunity for both old and young. The one- two- or<br />

three-day visit is full of joint learning, frivolity and<br />

intergenerational bond-building. Every summer thousands<br />

of grandparents from around the world descend on college<br />

campuses, mostly in the Midwest, with their grandkids ages<br />

7 through 14 in tow.<br />

There are more than 70 million grandparents in the<br />

U.S. — more than ever before, according to 2017 Census<br />

figures. That’s because the baby boom has aged into the<br />

grandparent boom. The number of grandparents has jumped<br />

by 24 percent since 2001. By age 65, 83 percent of Americans<br />

are grandparents, according to the Pew Research Center,<br />

and they are a robust economic and demographic force<br />

with considerable spending power. One way grandparents<br />

contribute to their grandchildren’s lives is by exposing<br />

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them to values and life paths (and in many cases, by helping pay for college<br />

tuition). Grandparents University aims to help with that guidance, while allowing<br />

grandparents to re-experience college life. Sharing “aha!” moments of learning<br />

together helps forge a relationship of equals rather than wizened teacher and childstudent.<br />

Grandparents stay with their grandchildren in a dormitory room or suite and<br />

attend classes together. GPU classes are taught by professors, faculty members,<br />

teaching assistants and professionals in the course subject. Some programs are<br />

limited to alumni, but many are open to all, including aunts, uncles, godparents and<br />

others who want to attend GPU with a special child. Typically, there are between 50<br />

and 60 participants at GPU camp, said Mercer.<br />

GPU was started on the campus of University of Wisconsin, Madison, by<br />

the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) during the summer of 2001. It has<br />

been licensed to and replicated at colleges around the country, including Purdue,<br />

Michigan State, Oklahoma State, West Chester, Western Washington, Winona<br />

State, University of North Texas, and other University of Wisconsin campuses.<br />

Mercer was inspired to start a GPU at Kansas State University in 2013 because of her<br />

granddaughter and has since attended yearly, first with Kadence, until she aged out in<br />

2017, and then with her second granddaughter, Paisley, starting last summer. “Both<br />

girls absolutely loved it,” said Mercer. “They loved the Insect Zoo, STEM activities,<br />

eating K-State’s world-renowned Call Hall ice cream, taking dance classes and<br />

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GPU at KSU<br />

sleeping in dorms and feeling like real college students.”<br />

For Mercer, a grandparent who’s also a working professional, the chance for two<br />

days of one-on-one time with each granddaughter in a place “that means the world to<br />

me” was a rare treat.<br />

“What more could I ask for?” said Mercer.<br />

GPU also aims to help children learn about possible careers and exposes them to<br />

college life, encouraging them to eventually attend the university. Course offerings<br />

are wide and varied. For example, there are 25 “majors” to choose from at University<br />

of Wisconsin at Madison, ranging from art, entomology and digital storytelling to<br />

social robotics, engineering and wildlife ecology. University tours and field trips<br />

are integral to most GPUs, but they all offer “ice cream socials,” board games and<br />

meetings with school mascots.<br />

THE ABCs OF GPUs<br />

Length of stay: Most programs last 2½ days.<br />

Who can attend: Some GPU programs require that adults in attendance be alums<br />

(University of Wisconsin–Madison, Purdue and Oklahoma do), but others, like KSU,<br />

do not. Check with the GPU program website you are interested in.<br />

Prices: Costs range from $250 to $340 per grandparent and $200 to $245 per<br />

child. Linens and pillows may be provided but may vote an extra fee. If you recall,<br />

dorm mattresses are thin, so you may want to stay in a hotel. Applications are<br />

generally due in January or February for the following summer.<br />

What it includes: Wisconsin, Purdue, Winona State and Oklahoma State ask<br />

participants to focus on a specific field of study or major. It could be veterinary<br />

medicine, astronomy, computer science or archery, according to Forbes Magazine.<br />

Other universities offer hands-on courses like theory of flight, producing a television<br />

show, fashion design, how DNA studies work, robotics and making a recording of<br />

a grandparent reading to a grandchild, Forbes adds. Some GPUs allow attendees<br />

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to take up to four classes; at some, like Michigan State, there are 200 classes from<br />

which to choose. Most GPUs include evening programs, leaving ample time to<br />

explore campuses, photo opportunities with school mascots, trivia competitions,<br />

rope-climbing, team-building and “secret” projects for grandchildren to create a<br />

parting gift for their grandparents. Some also include field trips. Prices usually<br />

include housing, meals and campus transportation.<br />

Most popular classes: Not surprisingly, Legos courses are a hit. Jessica<br />

Kauphussman, director of the Winona Retiree Center, told Forbes that its GPU<br />

Legos class is very popular with grandchildren — who help grandparents to learn the<br />

technology and problem-solving, rather than the reverse. Always popular are STEMrelated<br />

sessions, including robotics, airplane building and bridge construction, said<br />

KSU’s Mercer. Of course, everyone loves KSU’s Veterinary Health Center, where<br />

they can watch student vets care for animals, and the marching band, said Mercer.<br />

Attendees learn cheers, get to know band members and handle the instruments.<br />

Takeaway: Fond memories of college draw many grandparents to GPUs, which<br />

promote family bonding and lifting up the next generation. The hope is that a<br />

university education will be a natural segue for the grandchild, rather than a jolting<br />

shift from high school. Said Mercer: “When that is coupled with the love of a special<br />

child, it just creates the perfect opportunity for creating new Wildcat [K-state’s<br />

mascot] memories.” ||||<br />

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HAPPY<br />

Lauren Schneider<br />


Children beset by grief over the loss of a loved one<br />

find solace and strength at Camp Erin in Glendale.<br />


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Marjani Welch was only 10 years old on Dec. 28, 2017, the day her father,<br />

Michael, died during surgery. It wasn’t supposed to happen — Michael<br />

had entered the hospital a healthy man to undergo prophylactic surgery to<br />

prevent future cancer due to a genetic mutation.<br />

For Marjani and her mother, Marche Boose-Welch, the death was devastating.<br />

But afterward, both found solace through the therapy programs of the grief support<br />

center Our House, which offers group discussions for survivors of all ages.<br />

Healing programs include a powerful twice-yearly experience for kids ages 6 to 17<br />

called Camp Erin. Children who have experienced the death of a loved one — usually<br />

a parent, but sometimes a sibling or best friend — can spend a weekend with<br />

other kids who are also working through their grief. Dozens of campers who arrive<br />

downcast participate in traditional activities like swimming, rock-climbing and<br />

campfires but also create skits and songs to express and share their feelings, enabling<br />

them to return home happier and better adjusted. The weekend is free for campers.<br />

“I learned about Our House, and my sister who lives in Northern California told<br />

me about Camp Erin,” says Boose-Welch. “We did an interview at Our House and<br />

found group support that was appropriate for her age group that she’s been attending<br />

for a year. She loves it, goes every other week and keeps me on track in taking her<br />

there. It gives her an opportunity to meet other children who understand what it’s<br />

like to lose a parent, and I love that she loves it and it’s something where I never have<br />

to say, ‘Come on, let’s go.’<br />

“This is her second year attending camp and I’m so grateful that kids can go and<br />

have just a little away time, feel special and realize that they’re not the only one,” she<br />

continues. “She’s made some good friends here. For me, it helps because I know that<br />

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Our House

she loves it and it’s comforting to her. A lot of times it’s hard for me to find the words<br />

since Michael’s passing was so tragic and unexpected.”<br />

Camp Erin’s most recent session took place the second weekend of June (the next<br />

one runs Sept. 6–8) at the nonprofit residential Camp Bob Waldorf, a bucolic spread<br />

of land in the hills above Glendale with a pool, children’s play areas, trails and cabins.<br />

Boose-Welch was with a large crowd of parents and family members who came to<br />

the camp’s arts center to watch the 81 campers perform a series of original songs<br />

and skits. On the wall behind the stage, a memory board of photos spotlighted the<br />

loved ones who had passed, along with notes handwritten by the kids. The notes were<br />

heartbreaking yet life-affirming at the same time, distillations of the sadness around<br />

those who had passed while also serving as warm remembrances of their best qualities.<br />

A camp leader told the audience that “your kids will look 100 percent different<br />

than before” — that is, they’d be smiling rather than overcome with grief and fear.<br />

Soon, the youngest girls marched onstage wearing “unicorn horns” for the first skit,<br />

followed by dozens of other kids and teens who smiled and waved at their families<br />

and friends — most of them delighted and surprised to see their young ones happy<br />

again. The unicorn girls reenacted their weekend’s dance party, grief hike, pool party<br />

and plate-smashing session to vent their frustrations. A boys’ group performed a<br />

Spider-Man skit in which the webbed wonder battled a villain called Griefer-Man to<br />

crush the sadness he spreads. Another group of girls called the Sassy Snakes sang a<br />

satire of the classic song “My Favorite Things,” while boys’ groups spoofed The Avengers<br />

or Ghostbusters, morphing into “Griefbusters.”<br />

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–continued from page 43<br />

The skits were mostly silly, but they were clearly effective in making the kids feel<br />

better about themselves, bringing numerous parents to tears. “I loved my daughter’s<br />

skit, but I really enjoyed all of them,” says Boose-Welch. “I loved seeing her participate<br />

with the other girls. She can be a little shy so it warms my heart to see her<br />

interacting with girls with a similar experience. I enjoyed seeing them learn coping<br />

mechanisms like breathing and punching the air.”<br />

According to camp director Lauren Schneider, Camp Erin is the largest national<br />

bereavement program for grieving youth, with more than 40 camps across the<br />

country. The camps were created by the philanthropic Eluna Network and named<br />

after Erin Metcalf, a young friend of Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer<br />

and his wife, Karen, who lost her battle with liver cancer at age 17. The Moyers, who<br />

launched the first Camp Erin in 2002, also oversee the foundation. Camp Erin –<br />

L.A. was the subject of the Emmy-winning HBO documentary One Last Hug.<br />

Our House Grief Support Center itself has offices in, Woodland Hills, West L.A.<br />

and Koreatown, serving adults and children ages 4 and up. “We were invited to do<br />

Camp Erin by the Eluna foundation in 2009,” says Schneider, clinical director of<br />

child and adolescent programs for Our House. “We came to this particular location<br />

here in Glendale after renting Camp Bloomfield in Malibu, which burned down in<br />

the Woolsey Fire in December.<br />

“We had to really quickly move to find a new location,” adds Schneider. “I had<br />

worked for Jewish Big Brothers [Big Sisters of Los Angeles, which owns and operates<br />

Camp Bob Waldorf] earlier in my career, and I knew of this location. I called them<br />

on Monday first thing after we knew the fire had taken out the camp, and we got<br />

approved.”<br />

Many campers are referred by their school counselor or therapist, and most are involved<br />

with the Our House Grief Support program, which is the largest in California<br />

and serves more than 800 kids in L.A. County alone. The camp program includes<br />

swimming, DJ dance parties, therapy dogs and tie-dying T-shirts, all in an effort to<br />

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educe the isolation the children experience elsewhere in their lives. “We make sure<br />

they exchange contact information, because one of their biggest problems is they<br />

feel cut off from other children and lose a lot of friendships,” says Schneider. “They<br />

may go home with at least one friend they’ll stay in touch with, and we have three<br />

camp counselors this year who were children here at camp and came back.<br />

“Last night we had a beautiful ceremony, featuring luminarias, floating lanterns<br />

that the kids placed in the pool after dark,” she continues. “As they placed it in<br />

the pool they said something out loud they wanted the person that died to know,<br />

whether it’s ‘Goodbye’ or ‘I love you.’ They express something in front of the entire<br />

group of 150 adults and kids. When the lanterns were all in the pool, singer Jonah<br />

Platt sang four songs for us while we watched the floating candles in the dark. It<br />

also serves as a chance in the grieving process to verbalize unspoken things.”<br />

Perhaps the best proof of Camp Erin’s success lies in the attendees who come<br />

back and volunteer as “cabin buddies” years later. Coby Hilborne, 23, was a camper<br />

for two years at ages 16 and 17 after a brain aneurysm cut short his father’s life in<br />

2011. He’s now spending his second summer helping oversee this summer’s camps.<br />

“I always say that without Camp Erin and Our House, I wouldn’t be the person<br />

I am today,” says Hilborne. “I would have gone down a totally different path. It’s<br />

such a great environment that the kids come into. They come in and they’re so sad<br />

and down — they lost a father, mother, sibling, best friend, and they’re in a totally<br />

sad space. They come to have a good time but also do different activities that help<br />

them [deal] with their grief. I love the structure this place has.<br />

“I remember how much this camp gave me and how good I felt when I left,” he<br />

adds. “I met my current roommate from the camp, and it was such a different bonding<br />

level than most friends, because he lost his mom and I lost my dad. We were in<br />

same cabin last year both volunteering, and in different ones this year. These kids<br />

are in the same spot I was in seven years ago. I’m on such a high now. I ride this<br />

high for two weeks a month, thinking about camp. I thought last year I’d have to<br />

wait a whole other year to come back.” ||||<br />

Camp Erin resumes from Sept. 6 through 8 at Camp Bob Waldorf in Glendale.<br />

Camper applications are available at ourhouse-grief.org/camp-erin-la-oc/; completed<br />

applications must be submitted by Aug. 14 for the September session. To<br />

attend, volunteer or donate, visit the website or call (888) 417-1444.<br />

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Floating<br />

Some Ideas<br />




Even though I have been studying the National Day Calendar all year, I am still<br />

surprised when I find a theme. I know that the people who declare these days are<br />

not consulting with each other — or anyone else for that matter. Surely, if someone<br />

had been in charge, they would have realized that pairing National Woman’s Equality<br />

Day with National Dog Day on Aug. 31 was ill-advised. I think it is more aptly paired<br />

with National Work Like a Dog Day on Aug. 5.<br />

As the traditional month of vacation, <strong>August</strong> naturally features days that encourage<br />

enjoying the summer season — such as National Park Service Founders Day (Aug. 25),<br />

National Trail Mix Day (Aug. 31) and National S’mores Day (Aug. 10). If the great<br />

outdoors isn’t for you, the calendar has National Lazy Day (Aug. 10) and National<br />

Relaxation Day (Aug. 14). For those of you looking for a National Day that is less<br />

committal, there is National I Love my Feet Day (Aug. 17), National Wiggle Your Toes<br />

Day (Aug. 6), National Friendship Day (Aug. 4) and National Happiness Happens Day<br />

(Aug. 8), instituted by an honest-to-God-real organization called the Secret Society<br />

of Happy People — which I find problematic. Are they a group that meets secretly for<br />

smiling and laughing parties? Or is their happiness a secret and they are pledged to walk<br />

around looking grumpy and stern — yet secretly inside they are bubbling over with joy?<br />

Not surprisingly, this warm month features a plethora of ice cream holidays. National<br />

Ice Cream Sandwich Day is Aug. 2, National Frozen Custard Day (frozen custard is an<br />

East Coast thing — it’s just ice cream; please don’t send me letters) is Aug. 8, National<br />

Spumoni Day is Aug. 21 and Banana Split Day is Aug. 25. And, to my delight, Aug. 6 is<br />

the National Day of my favorite ice cream treat of all time — the root beer float.<br />

I love a good root beer float. (To be fair, I also love a bad root beer float.) It has always<br />

been my favorite. When I was pregnant it was all I craved, and my husband dutifully<br />

prepared it for me on request. It is cool and tangy, and there is something magical about<br />

the transformation of the ice cream as it reacts to the spicy soda. It starts off with a little<br />

icy crust on the vanilla scoop, but as you slurp away, creaminess takes over.<br />

Ugh…now I want one.<br />

Root beer has always been my preferred soda. I never really understood the appeal of<br />

cola. Why would anyone pick cola over the sweet complexity of root beer? (You do know<br />

they took the cocaine out years ago, right?) Root beer was a thing long before cola, or<br />

soda, or even America. Native tribes made a medicinal tea from sassafras root, bark and<br />

stems. Its culinary delights were quickly recognized, as sassafras, a tree that grows in<br />

the eastern United States, tastes pretty good. When the colonists arrived, they brought<br />

the tradition of brewing small batches of aromatic beers, because water sources were not<br />

always safe. Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) and sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata) were particularly<br />

flavorful and were blended with additional herbs and berries, including wintergreen,<br />

birch, juniper, hops, burdock, licorice and eventually more exotic flavors, like nutmeg,<br />

anise, molasses, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, black cherry and ginger.<br />

Charles Elmer Hires was the first to market a sassafras-root tea at the Centennial<br />

International Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia. His tea included 25 herbs, berries and<br />

roots. Early competitors included Barq’s, created in Mississippi, and St. Louis–based IBC<br />

(Independent Brewing Company), brands that are still sold today. Dad’s Root Beer was<br />

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created in Chicago in the <strong>19</strong>30s and was the first product to be sold in a six-pack. In <strong>19</strong><strong>19</strong><br />

Roy Allen opened his root beer stand in Lodi, California, where he innovated serving root<br />

beer in frosty mugs. The next year he partnered with Frank Wright and named the drink<br />

after their combined initials; then in <strong>19</strong>24, Allen obtained the A&W trademark. Just the<br />

right time market-wise — with Prohibition, root beer sales skyrocketed.<br />

A&W is the most nostalgic for me. You could drive up to restaurant, get a tray hooked<br />

onto your car window and order a burger created specifically for your age group — Papa,<br />

Mama, Teen or Baby. The root beer mugs came in sizes too. As a little kid, getting a tiny<br />

burger and a tiny mug of root beer — just for me — was thrilling. Years later, I discovered<br />

that my husband had worked at his local A&W as a teenager, rotating between grill duty,<br />

root beer mixing (making it “fresh” in-house is still their claim to fame) and dressing up<br />

as the A&W Great Root Bear to wave people over from the highway. (I’m pretty sure that<br />

last bit is why I married him.)<br />

For me, a float is the best way to enjoy root beer. Sometimes called a Black Cow, its<br />

creation is credited to the Colorado mining camp of Cripple Creek. Frank J. Wisner,<br />

owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, was inspired to add a scoop of vanilla to his root beer<br />

after watching the full moon rise over Cow Mountain. True or not, it’s a great visual.<br />

Wisner would not approve of A&W using soft-serve vanilla. Personally, I’m a purist. I<br />

need a round scoop that floats and bobs amidst the effervescence. (But to be honest, I’d<br />

take an A&W float right now, if offered.)<br />

Like all great culinary inventions, the creation of ice cream floating in soda is<br />

claimed by many. And like all great culinary inventions, it arrived via some kind of fair<br />

or celebration and was created because they ran out of something — in this case, ice.<br />

(Common alternative origin stories involve trying to one-up the competitor.) As far as<br />

I’m concerned, using ice cream to cool a flavored soda is the single greatest idea since the<br />

steam engine.<br />

There are many international versions of this concept, all claiming to be the first. In<br />

Australia it’s called a Spider (because of the way the foam grows, I guess). In the U.K. it’s<br />

a Floater. In Puerto Rico it’s a Black Out and in Costa Rica it’s Vaca Negra. In Mexico<br />

it’s Helado Flotante, preferably made with cola and lemon sherbet. The Boston Cooler is<br />

a ginger ale float (named for Boston Street in Detroit), the Snow White is a 7-Up float<br />

and the Purple Cow is a grape soda float (popularized by the Arkansas restaurant chain).<br />

Friendly’s restaurants popularized the Sherbet Cooler (vanilla seltzer with orange sherbet),<br />

and the Green Giant (lime sherbet and Sprite) makes regular appearances at summer<br />

potlucks across the country.<br />

Here are some interesting, if not traditional, float ideas for you to try. Just remember<br />

to save the original root beer float for Aug. 6. ||||<br />

Lemonade Stand Float<br />

Sparkling pink lemonade<br />

Lemon sorbet<br />

Finish with a sprig of chopped mint.<br />

Tropic Thunder Float<br />

Pineapple juice<br />

Seltzer water<br />

Mango sorbet<br />

Top with toasted coconut.<br />

Ladies Who Lunch Float<br />

Prosecco<br />

Fresh strawberries<br />

Blood orange sorbet<br />

Finish with a chocolate-dipped<br />

strawberry and grated orange zest.<br />

The Happy Leprechaun<br />

Guinness Stout<br />

Coffee ice cream<br />

Clotted cream<br />

Top it off with grated chocolate<br />

or jimmies.<br />

Dulce de Leche Float<br />

Vanilla soda (a.k.a cream soda)<br />

Darkest chocolate ice cream<br />

Cajeta (goat milk caramel)<br />

Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and<br />

nutmeg, and serve with a churro.<br />

Michelangelo Float<br />

Cherry cola<br />

Spumoni (a blend of chocolate, cherry<br />

and pistachio ice cream)<br />

Whipped cream<br />

Sprinkle the top with chopped<br />

pistachios.<br />

Apple Pie Float<br />

Sparkling cider<br />

Praline pecan ice cream<br />

Whipped cream<br />

Top with chopped pecans and a drizzle<br />

of caramel sauce.<br />


Mi Piace in Old Pasadena is celebrating 30 years in business, and though<br />

better known for Italian wine that pairs with its Italian menu, the<br />

restaurant is proud of the dedicated cocktail program it launched about<br />

10 years ago. “It was time, we needed it,” says manager Nikolas Baltas. “We make<br />

our cocktails specifically for our food.”<br />

Splashed by light from large windows overlooking Colorado Boulevard, the<br />

place has a sophisticated feel, with crisp white linen tablecloths, black chairs and<br />

shiny warm-toned lacquered walls. Mi Piace’s cool and refreshing Orange Grove<br />

cocktail is perfect for these summer months. There is a slight bitterness from the<br />

Campari but the grapefruit pops on the midpalate, adding acidity and a light<br />

fruitiness. This complements food because it lacks the dominant sweetness typical<br />

of so many cocktails, allowing it to harmonize with the flavors on the plate. Have<br />

this with the ahi tuna tower with jalapeňo and soy sauce, or the beef carpaccio<br />

with honey–dry mustard vinaigrette. ||||<br />



1½ ounces Grey Goose Orange Vodka<br />

½ ounce Campari<br />

¾ ounce simple syrup<br />


¾ ounce fresh grapefruit juice<br />

½ ounce fresh lemon juice<br />

4 basil leaves<br />

METHOD<br />

Muddle 3 basil leaves in the base of shaker and add simple syrup, grapefruit juice<br />

and lemon juice. Add vodka, Campari and crushed ice. Shake well and strain<br />

over ice cubes in a large wine glass. Garnish with remaining basil leaf.<br />

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THE LIST<br />


Trains and Tracks<br />

at Muse/Ique<br />

Concerts<br />

Doors open at 6 p.m.<br />

and concerts start at<br />

8 p.m. Tickets cost $50 to $130.<br />

Aug. 3 — This month’s fi rst concert,<br />

“Train/Glory,” celebrates that vehicle of<br />

change, progress and dreams, which<br />

has been featured in numerous fi lms and<br />

popular songs. Guest vocalist is soprano<br />

leggero Liv Redpath.<br />

Aug. 24 — The concert “Band/Together”<br />

examines the fi lm scoring techniques<br />

of modern composers and compares<br />

the different musical choices for various<br />

scenes while reimagining well-known<br />

soundtracks. The goal is to offer audiences<br />

a deeper appreciation for the<br />

impact of fi lm music. Guest performers<br />

are the piano duet of Anderson and Roe<br />

(above) and American Ballet Theatre<br />

dancers Arron Scott, Skylar Brandt, Stella<br />

Abrera and Cory Stearns.<br />

The Huntington Library, Art Collections<br />

and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151<br />

Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 539-<br />

7085 or visit muse-ique.com/museiquessummer.<br />

A Chance to Meet<br />

the Real Twain<br />

Aug. 3 — The Pasadena<br />

Public Library’s<br />

Central Branch<br />

screens the Ken Burns documentary<br />

Mark Twain about the writer considered<br />

the funniest man of the late <strong>19</strong>th century.<br />

Twain, born Samuel Clemens, used<br />

humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and<br />

racism. The documentary, which starts<br />

at 2 p.m., delves beneath the legend<br />

to discover the true Twain, revealing his<br />

extraordinary life, his adventures, literary<br />

pursuits, successes and defeats. Admission<br />

is free.<br />

The Pasadena Public Library Central<br />

Branch is located at 285 E. Walnut St.,<br />

Pasadena. Call (626) 744-4066 or visit<br />

pasadenapubliclibrary.net.<br />

Pops Salutes Cole<br />

Porter, Elton John<br />

Concerts take place<br />

at the L.A. County Arboretum<br />

and Botanic<br />

Garden. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and<br />

concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost<br />



Aug. 2, 3 — Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair comes to Pasadena’s Central Park,<br />

featuring more than 200 booths with handmade artisan items, plus live acoustic<br />

music, artisanal food and drink and a beer garden. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday<br />

and 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.<br />

Central Park is located at 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.<br />

Visit jackalopeartfair.com.<br />

$10 to $95.<br />

Aug. 3 — Pasadena Pops’ Michael Feinstein<br />

(below left) sings Cole Porter hits,<br />

including “Night and Day,” “Begin the<br />

Beguine,” “Can Can,” “I Get A Kick Out<br />

of You” and others. Larry Blank conducts.<br />

Aug. 24 — The concert features<br />

Grammy- and Tony-nominated vocalist<br />

and pianist Michael Cavanaugh singing<br />

Elton John songs, including “Tiny<br />

Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile<br />

Rock,” “Benny and the Jets” and others.<br />

Larry Blank conducts.<br />

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic<br />

Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin<br />

Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit<br />

pasadenasymphony-pops.org.<br />

Comedy On<br />

Tap at the Alex<br />

Theatre<br />

Aug. 3 — Stage<br />

Therapy Entertainment<br />

presents I’m Already Professionally<br />

Developed, a night of comedy by Houston<br />

native Eddie B, who is changing the<br />

comedy game with his unique brand of<br />

humor. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets<br />

are $25 to $55.<br />

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N.<br />

Brand Blvd.., Glendale. Call (818) 243-<br />

2539 or visit alextheatre.org.<br />

Classic Guitar,<br />

French Fashion at<br />

Norton Simon<br />

Events are included in<br />

Norton Simon admission<br />

of $15, $12 for seniors 62 and up;<br />

free for members, students and visitors 18<br />

and younger.<br />

Aug. 3 — Norton Simon summer concerts<br />

tie musical performances to works in<br />

the collections. This concert explores<br />

common themes and insights into artists<br />

promoted by Walter Hopps, a noted curator<br />

at the Pasadena Art Museum in the<br />

<strong>19</strong>60s. Pianist Greg Reitan (above) and<br />

his trio perform original works and music<br />

by notable jazz composers in a concert<br />

running from 6 to 7 p.m.<br />

Aug. 17 — The Odeum Guitar Duo traces<br />

the development of the golden age of<br />

guitar in Spain and Italy by performing<br />

examples of the specifi c compositional<br />

form in music known as the Theme and<br />

Variations, with selections by famous<br />

guitarists and composers of the guitar<br />

epoch — from the 16th-century Spanish<br />

Renaissance to the <strong>19</strong>th-century Romantic<br />

era. It runs from 6 to 7 p.m.<br />

Aug. 24 — Fashion historian Kimberly<br />

Chisman-Campbell lectures on “Fashioning<br />

the Feminine in 18th-Century France:<br />

Dress, Desire and Domesticity,” focusing<br />

on three French works on loan from the<br />

Frick Collection, from 4 to 5 p.m. She<br />

discusses how the sumptuous fashions of<br />

the mid-18th century inform our interpretations<br />

of the paintings.<br />

The Norton Simon Museum is located at<br />

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call<br />

(626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.<br />

Mt. Wilson String Concert<br />

Highlights Schubert<br />

Aug. 4 — Mt. Wilson Concerts Under the<br />

Dome take place at 3 and 5 p.m. inside<br />

the dome of the observatory’s 100-inch<br />

Hooker Telescope. This month’s program<br />

features Schubert’s String Quintet in C<br />

major, performed by the Lyris Quartet,<br />

which includes violinist Alyssa Park and<br />

Shalini Vijayanm, violist Luke Maurer and<br />

cellists Timothy Loo and Cécilia Tsan.<br />

Tickets are $50 for each concert and<br />

must be ordered in advance on the<br />

website. Proceeds benefi t the Mt. Wilson<br />

Institute.<br />

The Mt. Wilson Observatory is located on<br />

Mt. Wilson Road, La Cañada Flintridge.<br />

Visit mtwilson.edu/concerts.<br />

California<br />

Ranches, Garden<br />

Tips at the<br />

Huntington<br />

Aug. 5 — The<br />

Huntington Library, Art Collections and<br />

Botanical Gardens presents a lecture,<br />

“California Ranches: Lands in Transition,”<br />

by architect Marc Appleton, author of<br />

Ranches: Home on the Range in California,<br />

starting at 7 p.m. in Rothenberg<br />

Hall. Appleton discusses the history of<br />

cattle ranching in the state, a way of life<br />

now succumbing to suburban sprawl. As<br />

ranches fail, there is renewed debate<br />

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THE LIST<br />


VROMAN’S<br />

Aug. 6 — Esquire food and drink editor and New York Times contributor Jeff<br />

Gordinier, in conversation with author/filmmaker Marc Weingarten, discusses and<br />

signs his new book, Hungry, at 7 p.m. It tells the story of Danish chef René Redzepi<br />

(above), owner of Copenhagen restaurant Noma. Believing growth only comes<br />

with change, the chef closed Noma, even though it was deemed the world’s best<br />

restaurant, to seek out new opportunities. He traveled the world to find the richest<br />

flavors the world had to offer.<br />

Vroman’s Bookstore is located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-<br />

5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com<br />

on how these lands might transition to<br />

other uses. A book signing follows the<br />

talk. Admission is free; no reservations<br />

are required.<br />

Aug. 17 — Lora Hall of Full Circle<br />

Gardening discusses the importance<br />

of pruning fruit trees in a hands-on workshop<br />

from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $45<br />

($35 for members). Advance registration<br />

is required at huntington.org/calendar.<br />

Aug. 31 — A succulent plant symposium<br />

features a group of international experts<br />

discussing topics ranging from West<br />

Indian cacti to endangered species<br />

legislation. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

in the Ahmanson Room. The cost is $85.<br />

Preregistration is required by calling (626)<br />

405-3504.<br />

The Huntington Library, Art Collections<br />

and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151<br />

Oxford Rd,, San Marino. Call (626) 405-<br />

2100 or visit huntington.org.<br />

Cal Phil Focus on<br />

Film Scores<br />

Concerts take place<br />

at Walt Disney Concert<br />

Hall. Concert talks with<br />

Maestro Victor Vener<br />

(above) start at 1 p.m. and concerts at<br />

2 p.m. Tickets cost $37.50 to $140.<br />

Aug. 11 — “Carmen Goes to the Movies”<br />

features excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen and<br />

film music from Ennio Morricone hits The<br />

Mission and Cinema Paradiso, with guest<br />

vocalists Audrey Babcock, Cedric Berry,<br />

Annalise Staudt and the Cal Phil Chorale.<br />

Aug. 18 — “The Emperor’s Roundup”<br />

includes a performance of Beethoven’s<br />

–continued on page 50<br />

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THE LIST<br />

–continued from page 49<br />

Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” with<br />

All About Fruit<br />

membership with the national organization.<br />

Sierra Madre Playhouse at 8 p.m. It tells the<br />

pianist Daniel Lesneer, Jerome Moross’<br />

Aug. 16 through 18<br />

Friday check-in time is 7:30 a.m. at the Arbo-<br />

story of four Chinese-American mothers and<br />

“The Big Country,” Elmer Bernstein’s “The<br />

— TThe L.A. County<br />

retum; events run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On<br />

their four American-born daughters and the<br />

Magnificent Seven,” Aaron Copland’s “Billy<br />

Arboretum and<br />

Saturday, check-in is 8 a.m.; events run from<br />

complexities of family ties and history, as the<br />

the Kid” and Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon<br />

Botanic Garden, The<br />

8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, tours at various<br />

women bridge a seemingly impossible divide.<br />

Suite.”<br />

Huntington Library, Art<br />

locations run from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit<br />

It opens at 8 p.m. today and continues at 8<br />

Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S.<br />

Collections and Botanical Gardens and<br />

the website for a full schedule.<br />

p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and<br />

Grand Ave., L.A. Call (323) 850-2000 or visit<br />

Cal Poly Pomona host the annual Festival of<br />

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic<br />

2:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. Tickets<br />

calphil.com.<br />

Fruit, the Foothill Chapter of California Rare<br />

Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave.,<br />

are $25 to $45.<br />

More of the Roar<br />

at L.A. Zoo<br />

Fruit Growers' (CRFG) fruit-centered event.<br />

The festival is targeted at novice gardeners,<br />

the scientifically minded, plant breeders,<br />

Arcadia. Visit festivaloffruit.org.<br />

Playing with Fire<br />

The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87<br />

W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626)<br />

355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.<br />

Aug. 16 — The L.A. Zoo<br />

hosts another Roaring<br />

those seeking water and soil conservation<br />

techniques and those looking for interesting<br />

Aug. 17 — A Noise<br />

Within opens its 20<strong>19</strong>–20<br />

Fun With Tech at Arcadia Festival<br />

Night, its after-hours summer event series<br />

fruits to grow in their backyards. Activities<br />

season, titled “They<br />

Aug. 24 — Tech is fun at the family-friendly Ar-<br />

for guests 21 and older. Adults can observe<br />

include tours of the above-mentioned<br />

Played with Fire,” with<br />

cadia Steam + M Festival, which runs from 5 to<br />

special animal feedings and pop-up zoo<br />

locations and home gardens and nurseries,<br />

Nick Dear’s adaptation<br />

8 p.m. at the Arcadia Library Outdoor Prom-<br />

talks while savoring food truck fare, cock-<br />

plus expert lectures, a banquet, fruit-tasting<br />

of the chilling Mary Shelley story Frankenstein.<br />

enade. The event includes the Jedi Training<br />

tails, lawn games, live music and disc jock-<br />

and a fruit-related vendor fair. Registration<br />

The play opens at 8 p.m. today and continues<br />

Academy, music, tech booths, an invention<br />

eys, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. <strong>August</strong> entertainers<br />

is required to participate in the activities,<br />

through Sept. 8. Tickets are $25 and up.<br />

showcase, science workshops, crafts, games,<br />

include DJ Avi Bernard, Pulp ’90s, DJ Johnny<br />

except for the vendor fair at the Arbore-<br />

A Noise Within is located at 3352 E. Foothill<br />

Kona Shaved Ice and tacos. Admission is $5,<br />

Hawkes, The Detroit Nights and Hush Silent<br />

tum, which is included in regular Arboretum<br />

Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-3100 or visit<br />

free for children 5 and under; donate a new<br />

Disco. Tickets cost $21 ($16 for members).<br />

admission. CRFG members’ early registra-<br />

anoisewithin.org.<br />

book to the library for a free raffle ticket.<br />

The L.A. Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr.,<br />

Griffith Park. Visit lazoo.org/roaringnights.<br />

tion price is $85;<br />

nonmembers' early registration price is $115,<br />

Play Explores Family Fissures<br />

The Arcadia Library is located at 20 W. Duarte<br />

Rd., Arcadia. Call (626) 941-6418 or visit arca-<br />

which includes the cost of an annual CRFG<br />

Aug. 24 — The Joy Luck Club opens at the<br />

diapaf.org. ||||<br />

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