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FINE LIVING IN THE GREATER PASADENA AREA

August 2019

Bridging

Generations

AT GRANDPARENTS UNIVERSITY

TOTS ON TECH:

THE NEW CLASS DIVIDE?

GLENDALE GRIEF CAMP

LEARNING TO DEAL WITH

LOSS THROUGH PLAY

DOLLARS AND SENSE

CAN FINANCIAL LITERACY EDUCATION

REDUCE STUDENT LOAN DEBT?


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VOLUME 15 | NUMBER 08 | AUGUST 2019

15

10 46

FAMILY AND EDUCATION

10 TOTS ON TECH: THE NEW CLASS DIVIDE

The rich ban technology for their children, while most of America

embraces it.

—By BETTIJANE LEVINE

15 DOLLARS AND SENSE

Educators are being urged to offer fi nancial literacy courses that could help avoid

future student loan catastrophes.

—By KATHLEEN KELLEHER

37 BACK TO SCHOOL…FOR GRANDPARENTS

Grandparents Universities offer aging baby boomers the chance to bond

with their grandkids in learning environments.

—By KATHLEEN KELLEHER

42 HAPPY CAMPERS

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

at Camp Erin in Glendale.

—By CARL KOZLOWSKI

DEPARTMENTS

08 FESTIVITIES KCET kicks off the PBS “Summer of Space” at The Huntington

and more

19 ARROYO HOME SALES INDEX

46 KITCHEN CONFESSIONS Root beer fl oats are the ultimate summer refresher.

47 ARROYO COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH Orange Grove

48 THE LIST The Festival of Fruit at the Arboretum, Frankenstein at A Noise Within,

Arcadia Steam+M Festival

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EDITOR’S NOTE

I’ve long thought that schools don’t prepare

you for three of the most important

tasks of adult life — parenting, interpersonal

politics and personal fi nance.

These days, with student loan debt

spiraling to new heights, threatening the

futures of young adults, it’s more important

than ever to know how to handle

money wisely from an early age.

The good news is that advocates

for personal fi nance education are

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

in Sacramento that would make it a requirement for graduating high

school in California. And while such instruction is currently spotty at best,

the tools are already there — Next Gen Personal Finance offers free curriculums

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

subject, it might be time for a parental nudge.

Another topic parents should keep an eye on is screen time. Bettijane

Levine writes that many tech moguls, concerned about emerging

research on the problematic effects of screen use on young brains, are

keeping their kids in analog mode. That approach is, perhaps counterintuitively,

becoming the province of the elite, while the rest employ

electronic babysitters. But is a digital childhood screening out important

life skills?

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

place for focused experiences, where nothing else matters. In this Family

Issue, we cover two such opportunities for childhood enrichment. Carl

Kozlowski reports on Grief Camp in Glendale, where children who’ve

suffered a personal loss can learn coping techniques and bond with

other kids in similar circumstances. (The next one is coming up in early

September; see the story for application details.) Kelleher writes about

another terrifi c program — Grandparents University, where grandparents

and grandkids share learning experiences on college campuses, mostly

in the Midwest. In addition to fostering the intergenerational bond, GPUs

help entice kids to pursue higher education.

—Irene Lacher

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Irene Lacher

ART DIRECTOR Stephanie Torres

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Richard Garcia

PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Yumi Kanegawa

EDITOR-AT-LARGE Bettijane Levine

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Martin Booe, Michael Cervin, Scarlet Cheng,

Richard Cunningham, Tommy Ewasko, Noela

Hueso, Kathleen Kelleher, Frier McCollister, Brenda

Rees, Jordan Riefe, Ilsa Setziol, John Sollenberger,

Nancy Spiller

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lisa Chase,

Rick Federman, Javier Sanchez

ADVERTORIAL CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Andrea Baker

PAYROLL Linda Lam

ACCOUNTING Perla Castillo, Quinton Wright

OFFICE MANAGER Ann Turrietta

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FESTIVITIES

Andrew Russell, Sarah Willoughby, Dr. Charles Elachi and Peter Jones

Suzanne Cryer

Beth Grant

Ralph Vartabedian

KCET and PBS SoCal hosted a sneak peak of their “Summer

of Space” programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the

original moon walk at The Huntington Library, Art Collections

and Botanical Gardens. The July 9 screening was followed by

a panel discussion featuring Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter

Jones, who made the KCET Original documentary miniseries

Blue Sky Metropolis; former JPL Director Charles Elachi; Northrop

Grumman exec Sarah Willoughby; and Los Angeles Times

reporter Ralph Varabedian. Authors M.G. Lord and Wayne

Biddle joined KCET and aerospace luminaries for a prosecco

post-reception…Jason Alexander, Suzanne Cryer and Beth

Grant were among the Hollywood notables who attended the

June 30 opening of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa‘s prep school

drama Good Boys, starring Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), at the

Pasadena Playhouse.

Daena Title and Jason Alexander

Marion Ross Andrew Russell David Zayas Daren Kagasoff

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


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TOTS ON

TECH: THE

NEW CLASS

DIVIDE

The rich ban technology

for their children, while

most of America

embraces it.

BY BETTIJANE LEVINE

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates raised their kids substantially

tech-free. That should have told us something. If the guys

who invented the devices wouldn’t let their own kids use

them, there must have been good reason. Yet in more than a decade

since that news was revealed, America has increased its embrace of

technology for children, even for infants and toddlers for whom,

many parents believe, tablets and cellphones are the best babysitters

and pacifiers ever invented.

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

lower-income families whose kids are increasingly immersed

in what many experts now say is too much brain- and psychedamaging

screen time. The superrich, it seems, have declared

war on digital devices. And that’s a total reversal.

In tech’s early days, having technology at home or carrying

it with you was a sign of wealth and status. Only the rich could

afford costly new computers for their children, and worries arose

that only privileged kids would develop essential skills, leaving

the rest to lag behind. Now that tech is commonplace in schools

and homes, its ill effects on children are emerging and a new

kind of digital divide concerns pediatricians and social scientists:

Children of the middle class and poor will be raised and taught

by screens, while children of the elite will have the luxury of

actual life experience with such things as books, toys and, most

important, human interaction.

“Life for anyone but the very rich...is increasingly mediated

by screens,” tech journalist Nellie Bowles recently wrote in The

New York Times. Screens are being foisted on the public as wondrous

innovations for education, but for the multiple millions of

children now exposed to screens from infancy onward, at home

and at school, she writes, “the texture of life, the tactile experience,

is becoming smooth glass.”

The tech titans in Silicon Valley and other top income areas

around the country are so afraid of screens for their kids, Bowles

writes, that many parents now require nannies to sign a pledge

that they will not allow any screen time for the children in

their care, and will not even use their cellphones while with the

children. These high-income parents are also opting for tech-free

private schools, like the Waldorf schools, where no classroom

technology is used until students are 12 or 13, and where parents

are advised against any screen time for children when at home.

(See sidebar.)

They’re backed by studies on screen time’s effects on little ones,

— just beginning to surface in medical journals — which are not

comforting. They indicate that young children exposed to screens

may lag behind in language development, thinking and communication

skills, impulse control, socialization and concentration.

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–continued from page 10

Meanwhile, more and more screen time is trending among middle- and

lower-income families. Totally online preschools are reportedly proliferating.

In these free programs, funded by government and nonprofits, 3- and

4-year-olds learn nursery rhymes and letter sounds from a computer in their

home without ever interacting with classmates or a live teacher. Opponents

of such programs say that screen life is a poor substitute for real life. Preschool

is mainly meant to prepare children to work well with others, to curb

antisocial tendencies and to develop creativity, communication and social

skills. None of that can be accomplished online, experts say.

What’s more, child development depends upon utilization of all the

senses, educators agree. Learning by looking at objects behind glass screens

and listening to disembodied voices is no substitute for communicating eye

to eye with other humans and experiencing the sensory stimuli that come,

for example, from playing with real blocks, touching real animals and flowers

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

can learn to identify a rose on a screen but will not experience the rose’s

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

will remain unknown. A child learning about a real rose with a caring adult

present will have all the sensory experiences and the benefit of a person to

discuss them with.

In April, the World Health Organization issued a new set of guidelines

stating that babies under 1 should not be exposed to electronic screens, and

“limiting or in some cases eliminating screen time for children under the

age of 5 results in healthier adults.” Meanwhile, a groundbreaking study of

more than 11,000 children is being conducted by the National Institutes of

Health to determine the effects of screen time on children’s brain development.

Preliminary results of children’s brain scans show that those who’ve

spent multiple hours per day glued to a screen experience a thinning of

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The Waldorf Way

To find out more about the Waldorf philosophy on technology,

we talked with Erin Semin, the Pasadena Waldorf School’s pedagogical

administrator. (There’s no title of principal at the school.)

What is the Waldorf policy on tech?

Waldorf is definitely anti-tech for lower grades. With the youngest

children, we ask parents not to expose them to any tech at all. We

work very strongly with parents starting in preschool to advocate for

playtime, social time and creative time over screen time. In school

we use no technology until seventh and eighth grade, when they start

computer-based research projects under a teacher’s guidance.

the cerebral cortex. That’s the layer of neural tissue responsible for processing

information from each of the five senses. Other test results show that thinking

and language-development skills are demonstrably lower for children who spend

two hours a day or more gazing at screens. And a Canadian study released this

year by the University of Calgary’s psychology department indicates that children

ages 2 through 5 who experience high levels of screen time get lower test scores

in communication, problem-solving and social and motor skills than those with

little screen time.

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

Children of middle- and low-income parents, from infancy onward, are increasingly

building with virtual blocks, reading Goodnight Moon on tablets and

learning to draw, spell and identify objects via digital devices. The new online

preschools and public elementary schools use computers in classes and ask that

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

in high chairs fiddling with phones and tablets to keep them diverted while

parents dine and chat. Kids traveling in cars watch screens rather than observe

the passing scene while talking with their parents about it. Attachments to cribs

allow infants lying on their backs to stare up at tablets programmed to play ageappropriate

diversions.

Some studies have shown that many grade-school children spend up to seven

hours per day looking at screens in classrooms and then at home. And experts say

that the more technology children are exposed to, the less human engagement

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

Indeed, middle- and lower-income families, even with two working parents, can

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

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

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

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

screen time, as well as their own screen time while with their children. But

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

brain changes in children are permanent or temporary. And no studies yet address

whether children who are heavy screen users will actually fare worse as adults

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

common sense dictates that children raised with communicative adults and even

the simplest shared real-life experiences will probably be emotionally, socially and

intellectually better off than those who are abandoned by adults to a constant diet

of screens. ||||

What’s so wrong with tech, from the Waldorf perspective?

It runs counter to the way the brain wants to develop. As a child

moves through the world, they’re having sensory, social, movement

and motor planning [the ability to plan and carry out a skilled motor

act] experiences. Each of these experiences creates a pathway in their

brain, an actual physical, neural pathway. There are points in development

where, in order for the brain to grow, the pathways that are

not well used or well traveled have to be cleared away. And so what a

child spends much time doing has long-term effect.

The more you do a certain thing, the more myelenated , or

cemented, that brain pathway becomes. A child who is frequently

outside observing nature, running, jumping and falling has well protected

pathways for motor planning and executive functioning, for

reasoning with the relative dangers in life. One who spends a lot of

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

lot of visual input pathways but few motor ones well established.

A child sitting in a high chair at a dinner table, watching grownups

converse, and every now and then a grownup converses with the

child, who may also be figuring out how big a stack of sugar cubes

they can build, that child is working on patience, learning social

skills and cues and learning a kind of syntax of human conversation

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

paying attention to anything else, is not using pathways shaped by

their own experiences but only absorbing what the producer of that

program has decided a 2- or 3-year-old would be interested in.

What’s the difference between, say, building with blocks or digging in

sand on a screen and in real life?

To click and drag a cursor on a screen is simply a fine motor and

visual panning activity. Yet the program tells you that you have just

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

world will learn that you need a shovel and sand and it takes hours to

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

sense of the physical effort it takes to produce change in the world.

The child also gets a better basis for future physics, chemistry and

math learning when he or she builds with real blocks. Stacking the

blocks, you sense how heavy they are, you know intrinsically that

different size blocks will hurt differently if they fall on your foot,

and that certain ways of building will be more wobbly than others.

This becomes the basis for intellectual learning later on. Students

can work not just with a concept, but can marry that concept to what

they’ve already learned in life.

—B.L. ||||

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DOLLARS AND SENSE

Educators are being urged to offer financial literacy courses

that could help avoid future student loan catastrophes.

BY KATHLEEN KELLEHER

Student loan debt is now at a record high — estimated at more than $1.5 trillion for 2019

— second only to mortgage debt. Student loans also have higher delinquency rates than

other forms of debt. Call it a trillion-dollar crisis. Democratic presidential hopefuls

like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders do; both senators describe student loan debt as

a national emergency. A recent Harvard Business School study concludes that burdensome

student loan debt is paralyzing young people, actually stopping them from getting advanced

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

diminishing more substantial contributions they should be making to the economy.

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

to lower mounting student loan debt by preparing college-bound high school graduates for

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

advocates for mandatory school financial literacy education. Most students do not grasp the

fundamentals of complex financial decisions, particularly those whose parents can’t help them

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

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

over half regret student loan choices, wishing they could change college finance commitments,

according to to the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), a nonprofit

dedicated to empowering individuals and families to make sound financial decisions.

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

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

San Diego Center for Economic Education and economics professor at Cuyamaca College in

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

borrowing…okay in the short run, but not the long run.”

Yet personal financial education courses are not a high school graduation requirement and

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

standalone course on personal finance although it teaches an applied-math class that covers

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

Alto–based nonprofit that analyzes content and availability of personal finance courses at

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

(Arroyoland schools are largely absent from the list, with the exception of Alhambra High,

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

South Pasadena High also offers an elective virtual business-enterprise class that touches

on personal finance, said Principal Janet Anderson. Pasadena High School has no personal

finance class, according to NGPF. The Waverly School, a progressive private school in

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

personal finance lessons, according to a school representative, speaking off the record.

Only six high schools in California have standalone personal finance courses required for

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

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

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

test on economics and personal finance means that high school economics teachers can

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

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

schools meet the one-semester economics class requirement, but, Zambelli and other proponents

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

2013 for its schools’ weak personal financial education on the Center for Financial Literacy

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(CFL) Report Card, issued biannually by Champlain College in Vermont.

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

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

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

know is that educators are as financially illiterate as anyone. There are very few states that require

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

While five states (Virginia, Utah, Missouri, Tennessee and Alabama) require one semester

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

hour gold standard, said Ranzetta, whose data builds on the 2017 Financial Report Card

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

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

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

requiring at least one semester of comprehensive, hands-on personal financial education for

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

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

just a few weeks.

“You can’t possibly consider that adequate for a subject as comprehensive as personal

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

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

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

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

methodology of embedding it in other courses creates a really low bar.”

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

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

conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a nonprofit dedicated

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

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

in basic decision-making on everyday spending.

Despite a dearth of personal finance knowledge, most college-bound high school grads

must grapple with interest rates, comparing loans, calculating future payment plans, understanding

when loans are due, terms of deferment and costs of defaulting, including hits to

credit scores. Some lenders prey on consumers with low financial literacy, including collegebound

students. Yet California has not done its part to help students become smarter borrowers.

But there is legislation in the works to change that.

A bill introduced last year (AB 1087), sponsored by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham

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

whether that would be achieved with comprehensive materials on financial education

baked into an economics class or a standalone personal finance education class is yet to be

decided. Details will be worked out in committee hearings and the bill will be revisited next

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

not follow the mandate for personal finance education classes in high schools, said Zambelli,

nothing will happen.

“We would like to suggest that in the future, curriculum frameworks for California

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

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

cost is teacher training.”

Ranzetta and other advocates have set a new goal of requiring 100 percent of American

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

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

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

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

universities’ personal financial education classes do not qualify for their behavioral science

class requirement, yet another failed opportunity, he added. Zambelli just helped orchestrate

three days of financial education training in June at University of San Diego for nearly 40

elementary, high school and college teachers from around the country; the event was presented

by the San Diego Center for Economic Education in partnership with the Federal

Reserve banks of Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco and St. Louis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surprisingly, there is some debate about whether personal finance education is effective.

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

Willis argues that some studies show that financial education does not change behavior

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

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–continued from page 16

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

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

car.”

But other studies support arguments by fi nancial education advocates. A recently

published study in the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking looked at the eff ects of

state-mandated personal fi nancial courses eff ects on fi nancial decisions made by

incoming freshman at four-year colleges. Researchers Christina Stoddard and Carly

Urban, professors of economics at Montana State University, compared students

from three states with a personal fi nance graduation requirement to students from

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

courses became requirements.

Th ey found that mandated personal fi nancial education classes “shifted students

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

aid to incoming freshmen and acceptance of federally subsidized loans (with lower

interest rates). And they reduced the likelihood that students would carry credit card

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

from less wealthy families were also less likely to work while enrolled as students

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

working less is that they had less fi nancial need to work because they borrowed

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

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

found that mandated personal fi nance education in high schools resulted in higher

credit scores and fewer severe delinquencies in that age group. She compared three

states (Georgia, Idaho and Texas) that had passed legislation requiring personal

fi nancial education courses for graduation to a neighboring state with no such

requirement. She also compared credit scores and delinquency rates among students

within the same state before and after the state mandated fi nancial education. Th e

latter comparison shows the causal eff ect, she said.

“Students shift their borrowing to more responsible borrowing,” Urban said in

an interview. “Students are getting more grants and scholarships after they get more

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

In sum, Urban and Stoddard’s study suggests mandated personal fi nance education

in high school makes college-bound grads smarter and better borrowers, and

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

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

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

admit that they cannot pay their bills on time, according to the Federal Reserve

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

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

fi n lit tests,” said Pelletier.

Exacerbating college debt is the rise in tuition rates. Over the past decade states

have slashed college funding by an average of 16 percent per student; that necessitates

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

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

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

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

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

more aff ordable.

Ranzetta, whose NGPF off ers free teaching material on personal fi nance, emphasizes

the enduring value of communicating simple basics: Establishing good credit by

paying bills and loan payments on time and avoiding credit card balances with added

interest can save hundreds of thousands of dollars on a mortgage loan. Even avoiding

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

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

charged to an overdrawn bank account into a $38.75 cup of java.

“What gives me hope is that there are 600 schools in the nation that require

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

are teachers, students, parents, administrators and board members who have stood up

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

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

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Homes Sold 41 16

Median Price $760,000 $842,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1507 1507

ARCADIA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 35 17

Median Price $1,032,000 $775,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1675 1352

EAGLE ROCK JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 14 15

Median Price $931,250 $902,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1384 1352

GLENDALE JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 96 36

Median Price $830,000 $742,500

Median Sq. Ft. 1520 1300

LA CAÑADA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 27 20

Median Price $1,701,500 $1,924,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1540 3022

PASADENA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 148 94

Median Price $822,500 $902,500

Median Sq. Ft. 1540 1660

SAN MARINO JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 9 6

Median Price $1,930,000 $1,926,500

Median Sq. Ft. 2163 2250

SIERRA MADRE JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 8 4

Median Price $1,434,000 $713,500

Median Sq. Ft. 2163 1064

SOUTH PASADENA JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 19 8

Median Price $1,430,000 $1,472,750

Median Sq. Ft. 1917 2103

TOTAL JUNE ’18 JUNE ’19

Homes Sold 436 234

Avg Price/Sq. Ft. $1893 $613


June

2019

234HOMES

SOLD

HOME SALES ABOVE $850,000

source: CalREsource

ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD

ALHAMBRA

932 North Electric Ave. 6/5/19 $4,820,000 3 1,236 1907

1816 West Grand Ave. 6/26/19 $1,130,000 4 2,894 1925 $800,000 11/2/12

405 North 3rd St. 6/27/19 $1,110,000 4 2,132 1928

501 North El Molino St. 6/6/19 $1,030,000 5 2,219 1930 $899,000 8/24/16

ALTADENA

2010 Midwick Dr. 6/26/19 $2,500,000 5 3,699 1922 $2,000,000 9/23/14

960 Alta Pine Dr. 6/21/19 $1,168,000 2 1,484 1948 $270,000 8/20/98

1005 Parkman St. 6/25/19 $1,090,000 4 1,960 1925 $715,500 11/7/08

2174 Mar Vista Ave. 6/19/19 $1,087,000 3 1,685 1949 $760,000 10/30/18

2828 North Mount Curve Ave. 6/20/19 $1,050,000 3 2,062 1995 $681,000 10/29/09

1807 North Altadena Dr. 6/20/19 $1,010,000 3 2,154 1940

805 New York Dr. 6/25/19 $887,000 2 1,355 1947 $485,000 3/18/13

ARCADIA

1620 South 4th Ave. 6/3/19 $1,860,500 2 985 1947 $875,000 8/12/14

2039 Elkins Place 6/17/19 $1,700,000 3 1,813 1955 $1,388,000 3/19/14

1327 Linda Way 6/3/19 $1,200,000 4 1,834 1963 $880,000 3/16/16

909 North Santa Anita Ave. 6/24/19 $1,150,000 4 1,896 1949

1029 Encino Ave. 6/26/19 $1,109,000 3 1,776 1956 $761,000 11/26/07

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

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

E AGLE ROCK

5148 Dahlia Dr. 6/18/19 $1,495,000 3 1,795 1923 $549,000 5/22/08

2411 Langdale Ave. 6/3/19 $1,425,000 2 807 1922 $500,000 1/8/18

4326 York Blvd. 6/19/19 $1,380,000 2 861 1927 $1,100,000 6/22/17

911 La Loma Rd. 6/6/19 $990,000 4 2,235 1947 $490,000 8/27/09

4949 Genevieve Ave. 6/28/19 $965,000 4 2159 1941 $550,000 7/12/07

2330 Yosemite Dr. 6/25/19 $919,000 5 1882 1908

4336 Toland Way 6/25/19 $910,000 4 1856 1930

2537 Hyler Ave. 6/4/19 $902,000 3 1,308 1927 $575,000 3/26/07

4911 Algoma Ave. 6/5/19 $866,500 3 1,980 1985 $172,000 6/1/87

1490 Silverwood Dr. 6/17/19 $853,000 2 1,352 1952

1042 Glen Arbor Ave. 6/25/19 $850,000 3 2055 1950 $415,000 11/2/10

GLENDALE

1609 San Gabriel Ave. 6/5/19 $1,700,000 3 2,192 1950

1633 Santa Barbara Ave. 6/4/19 $1,423,000 2 2,467 1925 $1,350,000 6/7/18

1960 El Arbolita Dr. 6/6/19 $1,408,000 3 2,596 1936 $1,175,000 11/8/13

1444 East Maple St. 6/17/19 $1,315,000 4 2,640 1923 $1,090,000 11/9/17

3000 North Verdugo Rd. 6/25/19 $1,250,000 4 2,177 1950 $718,000 3/7/19

206 Allen Ave. 6/25/19 $1,215,000 2 2,068 1920 $230,000 7/16/98

953 Calle La Primavera 6/20/19 $1,040,000 4 2,548 1992 $980,000 3/23/15

1315 Romulus Dr. 6/17/19 $1,030,000 2 1,096 1927 $880,000 11/8/16

1919 Canada Blvd. 6/24/19 $930,000 4 2,594 1931

1109 Green St. 6/28/19 $915,000 3 1,503 1929 $688,000 6/6/16

1858 Caminito Del Cielo 6/24/19 $900,000 2 2,146 1990 $825,000 4/28/16

3535 Rosemary Ave. 6/17/19 $885,000 2 1,045 1925 $269,000 2/1/89

1600 Marion Dr. 6/28/19 $850,000 3 1,250 1963 $654,500 3/3/16

LA CAÑADA

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

635 Berkshire Ave. 6/6/19 $4,250,000 6 6,107 1949 $10,000 1/1/92

384 Meadow Grove St. 6/19/19 $3,700,000 5 5,255 1931

4257 Woodleigh Lane 6/19/19 $3,070,000 6 3,056 1924 $2,900,000 12/29/14

4228 Chula Senda Lane 6/6/19 $2,750,000 2 2,357 1950

4284 Hampstead Rd. 6/4/19 $2,600,000 3 3,039 1976

4736 Gould Ave. 6/4/19 $2,500,000 5 3,792 1941 $2,220,000 6/4/07

5525 Stardust Rd. 6/26/19 $2,400,000 4 3,004 1958 $1,245,000 3/1/06

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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

Madre, Arcadia and Alhambra. Individual home sales data provided by CalREsource. Arroyo Home Sales Index © Arroyo 2019. Complete home sales listings appear each week in Pasadena Weekly.

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ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD

LA CAÑADA

4730 Hayman Ave. 6/27/19 $2,310,500 4 3,258 1954 $1,900,000 2/8/17

4810 Fairlawn Dr. 6/17/19 $1,948,000 4 2,917 1950 $766,000 4/4/01

1304 Journeys End Dr. 6/20/19 $1,900,000 3 1,666 1957 $990,000 9/11/15

660 Pomander Place 6/19/19 $1,842,500 4 2,606 1951 $1,200,000 10/28/09

933 Coral Way 6/28/19 $1,815,000 5 3,231 1956 $530,000 4/26/00

5025 Ocean View Blvd. 6/28/19 $1,560,000 3 2,296 1963 $880,000 2/25/05

547 Meadowview Dr. 6/4/19 $1,492,000 4 2,509 1973 $1,760,000 2/14/19

515 Starlight Crest Dr. 6/4/19 $1,492,000 4 4,266 1966 $1,700,000 3/29/12

5156 Redwillow Lane 6/4/19 $1,492,000 4 4,707 1990 $750,000 12/1/89

2020 Manistee Dr. 6/21/19 $1,417,000 3 1,912 1961 $1,145,000 10/3/16

2104 Normanton Dr. 6/28/19 $1,165,000 3 1,888 1961

PASADENA

890 Huntington Circle 6/3/19 $6,300,000 7 7184 1933 $3,430,000 7/20/04

801 South San Rafael Ave. 6/18/19 $3,850,000 4 3310 1947 $750,000 5/1/87

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

1112 Wellington Ave. 6/28/19 $3,150,000 3 3473 1912 $1,716,000 10/12/11

1235 Linda Ridge Rd. 6/18/19 $2,800,000 4 2641 1957 $1,600,000 4/16/10

1010 Old Mill Rd. 6/28/19 $2,550,000 5 2909 1922 $1,720,000 6/30/11

420 South Greenwood Ave. 6/5/19 $2,150,000 4 2888 1926 $1,112,000 5/21/03

929 South Oakland Ave. 6/5/19 $2,145,000 4 2617 1920 $995,000 3/12/04

537 Michigan Blvd. 6/18/19 $2,050,000 6 5856 1925

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

1313 North Hill Ave. 6/28/19 $1,798,000 5000 1924

1340 East California Blvd. 6/4/19 $1,755,000 3 3600 1931 $956,500 3/14/19

80 South Sunnyslope Ave. 6/19/19 $1,715,000 9 4948 1966

3675 Yorkshire Rd. 6/20/19 $1,680,000 3 1440 1947 $760,000 7/22/17

1590 Oakdale St. 6/27/19 $1,615,000 4 3034 1923

85 Glen Summer Rd. 6/28/19 $1,560,000 4 2301 1947 $1,512,000 8/17/16

2750 San Pasqual St. 6/3/19 $1,535,500 3 1770 1952 $489,500 9/3/99

385 South Bonnie Ave. 6/19/19 $1,529,000 3 2091 1936 $585,000 10/18/00

722 East California Blvd. 6/6/19 $1,467,000 5 1905 1922 $1,050,000 2/15/07

1052 Pine Oak Lane 6/18/19 $1,435,000 4 2379 1968

1151 South Los Robles Ave. 6/6/19 $1,421,000 3 2036 1948 $799,000 1/24/05

99 Annandale Rd. 6/5/19 $1,396,000 3 2148 1936 $1,049,000 6/18/12

1424 Linda Vista Ave. 6/18/19 $1,370,000 3 1803 1946 $908,000 7/31/12

3695 Greenhill Rd. 6/19/19 $1,275,000 2 2090 1950

745 La Loma Rd. 6/25/19 $1,245,000 4 1757 1908

1098 North Los Robles Ave. 6/25/19 $1,200,000 5 2949 1938

1573 North Hill Ave. 6/27/19 $1,195,000 2 2047 1924 $525,000 3/24/17

ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD

PASADENA

3840 Canfi eld Rd. 6/5/19 $1,181,000 2 1850 1950

981 Worcester Ave. 6/6/19 $1,149,500 4 1911 1912 $905,000 3/12/15

946 East Topeka St. 6/20/19 $1,127,000 3 2407 1981 $339,000 3/23/98

1436 Paloma St. 6/4/19 $1,125,000 5 2434 1924

1424 Wesley Ave. 6/21/19 $1,105,000 4 2060 1924

1390 Riviera Dr. 6/6/19 $1,100,000 3 2095 1955 $310,000 8/1/90

2186 Las Lunas St. 6/24/19 $1,090,000 3 2058 1952 $695,000 9/21/10

3696 Yorkshire Rd. 6/28/19 $1,070,000 3 2048 1947 $810,000 12/12/18

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

1465 Washburn Rd. 6/24/19 $1,031,000 3 1218 1958 $660,000 1/25/13

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

135 Backus Ave. 6/4/19 $1,000,000 5 2054 1924 $305,000 6/3/09

2174 Casa Grande St. 6/6/19 $990,000 3 1518 1931 $610,000 11/16/09

2193 Loma Vista St. 6/19/19 $975,000 4 1474 1928 $235,000 4/1/92

1693 East Elizabeth St. 6/21/19 $970,000 4 2070 1939 $849,000 11/15/16

1851 Fiske Ave. 6/25/19 $950,000 3 1789 1948 $740,000 4/5/17

2212 East Crary St. 6/3/19 $945,000 3 1614 1950 $710,000 11/17/05

1545 Knollwood Terrace 6/3/19 $945,000 4 2159 1954 $1,800,000 5/3/19

2245 East Dudley St. 6/3/19 $941,000 3 1736 1928 $247,500 3/1/89

87 Columbia St. 6/4/19 $905,000 2 1142 1925

125 Hurlbut St. #107 6/27/19 $900,000

3576 Thorndale Rd. 6/26/19 $890,000 2 1241 1938 $805,000 6/6/14

1432 North Harding Ave. 6/19/19 $875,000 2 1780 1933

1131 South Orange Grove Blvd. 6/27/19 $870,000 2 1618 1964 $800,000 2/21/17

1758 Kenneth Way 6/19/19 $855,000 2 837 1949 $530,000 9/18/18

SAN MARINO

1450 Westhaven Rd. 6/24/19 $2,993,500 3 2207 1952 $1,846,000 6/3/16

811 South Santa Anita Ave. 6/6/19 $2,108,000 4 3219 1949

1836 Sharon Place 6/20/19 $1,928,000 3 2294 1950 $650,000 7/1/90

2865 Lorain Rd. 6/5/19 $1,925,000 3 2369 1953 $540,000 12/5/00

1710 Rubio Dr. 6/27/19 $1,728,000 3 1973 1940 $1,251,000 6/1/06

2285 Longden Dr. 6/28/19 $1,360,000 2 1434 1947

SIERRA MADRE

407 West Orange Grove Ave. 6/18/19 $1,225,000 2 1735 1960 $900,000 9/9/18

SOUTH PASADENA

803 Columbia St. 6/19/19 $3,951,500 6 4785 1925 $1,635,000 5/15/02

238 Saint Albans Ave. 6/18/19 $1,745,500 4 3846 1986 $1,500,000 1/18/17

1233 Brunswick Ave. 6/28/19 $1,600,000 4 2292 1963 $1,615,000 7/25/17

807 Bank St. 6/21/19 $1,545,500 2 1913 1959

835 Rollin St. 6/5/19 $1,400,000 4 2334 1960 $720,000 6/15/11

2002 Oak St. 6/27/19 $1,335,000 3 1309 1924

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THE ART OF

DORM ROOM DESIGN

Whether On A Budget Or Going For Luxury, College Students Are

Paying More Attention Than Ever To What Goes In Their Rooms

By Bruce Haring

It’s that time of year again. After a summer spent working,

playing and generally relaxing, the young adults in your home are

heading back to college life. Some are going away for the first time,

while veterans of the campus are busy planning their schedules and

looking forward to greeting old friends.

Whatever the status of your student, one thing they have

in common is their living conditions. Most are in college dorms,

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

life. And that means they will occupy a room that needs to be made

livable for studying and relaxing.

Most dorm rooms will provide the standard issue furniture - a

bed, a thin mattress, a desk and chair, maybe a mirror, and perhaps

a trash can. The rest is usually up to you. Some trendy and wealthy

college students are actually enlisting interior decorators to come up

with dorm room ideas, and there’s no shortage of designer websites

that are inspiring students to reach a bit with their budget.

The US Census reports that 18.4 million students are enrolled in

college as of 2017, the last year numbers are available. Women are

the majority at 54.0 percent of undergraduates and 59.8 percent of

graduate students.

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Most dorm rooms will provide the standard issue furniture - a bed, a thin

mattress, a desk and chair, maybe a mirror, and perhaps a trash can. The rest

is usually up to you. Some trendy and wealthy college students are actually

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

shortage of designer websites that are inspiring students to reach a bit with their

budget.

The US Census reports that 18.4 million students are enrolled in college as

of 2017, the last year numbers are available. Women are the majority at 54.0

percent of undergraduates and 59.8 percent of graduate students.

Overall, about 40 percent of full-time students live on campus, with 40

percent living off-campus and 20 percent living with their parents. However, in

some private schools, as much as 90 percent to 100 percent of students live on

campus.

The art of college room decoration is a highly subjective one, made all the

more complicated by the fact that your scholar may be sharing a room with one

or more people. Tastes vary, and the space students have is generally small and

utilitarian, designed to accommodate the basic necessities of living rather than

luxuriating in a plush space.

Statistics on how much people are spending on dorm décor are hard

to come by. The National Retail Federation indicates that around $1,000

is in the ballpark of what the average student will spend, but obviously

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

includes some things that the average student can easily live without. US

dorm spending totals more than $50 million per year, though, so someone is

digging deep into their pockets.

WORK WITH THE SPACE

To take full advantage of the limited space, dorm rooms need to be

organized. You need a space for studying, one for sleeping, and then hopefully

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

two visit.

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

window and fluorescent bulbs as their basics. Neither are particularly inviting.

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

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

space and can serve two purposes if you read laying down.

You may also consider a stand-alone pole lamp that can be used for

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

lights. These will have to wrap around something for support, so perhaps some

adhesive backed hooks will be needed.

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

Che Guevara and other potentially inflammatory depictions. A landscape

can provide some calming moments in hectic times, and prints are easily

found on websites like Etsy and Society6 that have many thousands of

unique art prints.

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

wheels can be positioned wherever there is space in the room. There are also

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pieces of furniture that can provide storage options and not take up a lot of

room. Consider the unused spaces in the dorm room as well – places like under

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

hold various items.

THE LUXURY ITEMS

The above are the items that you need to live a basic existence. But a

Spartan existence, while budget conscious, isn’t really conducive to enjoyment.

There are a few other items to consider that will bring some vibrant qualities to

make the room feel more like home.

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

infamous “freshman 15” that most students gain in their first year away from

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

and snacks in your room for the wee, small hours of the morning, and a dorm

room refrigerator is the godsend that will help you get through some of those

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

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

so plan for something that will provide a maximum of enjoyment in a minimum of

space.

In the old days, a television in the dorm was a luxury. Now, thanks to

streaming, most students can watch whatever they want on their laptops. Since

there are subscription costs for many sites, plan accordingly for what you really,

really need to watch.

Music can also be streamed from your phones, but consider adding to the

ambience with some wireless speakers that can pump the bass and the party

when necessary. Sonos and Logitech are two brands that are popular, but

review what’s out there on Amazon and adjust your budget accordingly.

Finally, consider a small area rug to give a touch of warmth to the cold, tile

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

$100 or less, and they add considerable charm to your living space.

All of the above are something of an investment in your life, and four years

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

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

begins.

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Altadena Children’s Center

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

in age from 2 months to prekindergarten fi nd programs that meet the needs of the

whole child within a developmentally appropriate framework. Our family-centered

approach helps to nurture healthy partnerships between teachers and parents as

we all work together to support the children. We are eager to help families from

diverse backgrounds to discover that Altadena Children’s Center is the best place

for their child’s early education.

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

Barnhart School

We believe that education is a lifelong comprehensive human experience; that social

and emotional learning is as important as academic learning. Accredited by the

California Association of Independent Schools and Western Association of Schools

and Colleges, Barnhart is distinguished through its focus on Early Literacy, Writers’

Workshop, the Virtues Program, conversational Spanish at all grade levels, daily PE

and a stellar middle school program where students are graduating with acceptance

to their top choice high schools. In addition to a robust and rigorous academic

base of subjects, we provide a full range of co-curricular programs including

music, art, technology, Spanish and PE. In middle school, we further extend learning

to include classes in public speaking, life skills, woodshop, theater arts, yearbook

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

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

and students. Come meet our dedicated team of professionals, spend some time in

our community, and watch our students in action!

240 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia (626)446-5588 barnhartschool.org

California School of the Arts – San Gabriel Valley

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

an unparalleled arts and academic education to a diverse group students who

are passionate about the arts, preparing them to reach their highest potential. Our

dynamic school culture enables students to fl ourish in a uniquely challenging and

nurturing environment that celebrates creativity, individual growth and supportive

learning. Students receive a robust and rigorous college-preparatory curriculum in

addition to pre-professional arts conservatory training in their chosen discipline of

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

program serving 1,200 seventh through 12th grade students from across

the San Gabriel Valley.

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

11. www.sgv.csarts.net/previewday

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The Gooden School: A Values Driven Community

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

of Sierra Madre, strong and clearly expressed values create identity, focus, unity,

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

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

the questions, ‘what do we belong to?’, ‘what’s important to us?’, ‘what holds us

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

in its Episcopal identity, inspire its students to try harder as individuals so that collectively

the school community thrives. The curriculum facilitates cooperative and

independent learning, promotes unconditional acceptance of self and others,

recognizes the interdependence of mind and body, inspires a love of learning, encourages

self-determination, and develops global awareness. Open houses will be

held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday,

January 15, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

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

High Point Academy

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

fullest potential in a collaborative, stimulating community of caring and academic

excellence. Dedicated, talented faculty provide a strong K-8 curriculum enriched

by world languages, music, art, library, technology, and daily physical education.

High Point’s 2019 graduates gained entrance into acclaimed independent high

schools, earning over $700,000 in merit scholarships. Experience why High Point

instills self-confi dence, good character, and an exceptional foundation for success.

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

HighPointAcademy.org

Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School

A Catholic, independent, college preparatory school, Immaculate Heart educates

and empowers young women in grades sixth through 12th grades. Founded in 1906,

Immaculate Heart offers a distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates.

Its hillside campus, centrally located in Los Angeles near Griffi th Park, welcomes

students of geographic, ethnic and religious diversity. Virtually 100 percent matriculate

to college, including the most prestigious universities in the country. The high

school’s curriculum offers 14 honors classes and 18 Advanced Placement courses,

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

country, diving, equestrian, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & fi eld, and

volleyball. Students participate in community service, retreats and liturgies, theatrical

productions, the visual arts, and more than 30 clubs. Bus transportation serves

Pasadena!

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

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

An introduction to vocal instruction from an award-winning children’s chorus.

Children are introduced to the wonder and excitement of singing and key music

concepts in First Experiences in Singing (FES), a non-auditioned, non-performing

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

general tonal and rhythmic concepts, and introduced to bel canto singing. Through

the FES program, children gain experience and confi dence singing in bel canto

technique in group, small group, and solo settings; learn tonal and rhythmic skills

through Kodály-based sequential lessons, from master teachers; become familiar

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BACK TO SCHOOL…

FOR GRANDPARENTS

Grandparents Universities offer aging baby boomers the chance to bond with their

grandkids in learning environments.

BY KATHLEEN KELLEHER

DEBBIE MERCER WENT BACK TO

COLLEGE WITH HER THEN 8-YEAR-OLD

GRANDDAUGHTER, KADENCE, IN TOW. THE

2013 EXPERIENCE WAS A CONTINUATION

OF HER INTENSE LOVE FOR BOTH HER ALMA

MATER AND HER GRANDDAUGHTER, AND

A DESIRE TO INTRODUCE KADENCE TO THE

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Kansas State University

KSU’s Debbie Mercer shares quality time with Kadence

JOYS OF FUTURE COLLEGE LIFE.

“I wanted to share my love of Kansas State [University]

with her and provide an opportunity for her to see and

experience K-State through the eyes of the student,” Mercer,

dean of the College of Education at Kansas State University,

said in an email interview. “The expectation to go on to

college needs to be nurtured and supported.”

The program Mercer and her granddaughter participated

in is Grandparents University, a shared college learning

opportunity for both old and young. The one- two- or

three-day visit is full of joint learning, frivolity and

intergenerational bond-building. Every summer thousands

of grandparents from around the world descend on college

campuses, mostly in the Midwest, with their grandkids ages

7 through 14 in tow.

There are more than 70 million grandparents in the

U.S. — more than ever before, according to 2017 Census

figures. That’s because the baby boom has aged into the

grandparent boom. The number of grandparents has jumped

by 24 percent since 2001. By age 65, 83 percent of Americans

are grandparents, according to the Pew Research Center,

and they are a robust economic and demographic force

with considerable spending power. One way grandparents

contribute to their grandchildren’s lives is by exposing

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

tuition). Grandparents University aims to help with that guidance, while allowing

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

together helps forge a relationship of equals rather than wizened teacher and childstudent.

Grandparents stay with their grandchildren in a dormitory room or suite and

attend classes together. GPU classes are taught by professors, faculty members,

teaching assistants and professionals in the course subject. Some programs are

limited to alumni, but many are open to all, including aunts, uncles, godparents and

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

and 60 participants at GPU camp, said Mercer.

GPU was started on the campus of University of Wisconsin, Madison, by

the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) during the summer of 2001. It has

been licensed to and replicated at colleges around the country, including Purdue,

Michigan State, Oklahoma State, West Chester, Western Washington, Winona

State, University of North Texas, and other University of Wisconsin campuses.

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

granddaughter and has since attended yearly, first with Kadence, until she aged out in

2017, and then with her second granddaughter, Paisley, starting last summer. “Both

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

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

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GPU at KSU

sleeping in dorms and feeling like real college students.”

For Mercer, a grandparent who’s also a working professional, the chance for two

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

me” was a rare treat.

“What more could I ask for?” said Mercer.

GPU also aims to help children learn about possible careers and exposes them to

college life, encouraging them to eventually attend the university. Course offerings

are wide and varied. For example, there are 25 “majors” to choose from at University

of Wisconsin at Madison, ranging from art, entomology and digital storytelling to

social robotics, engineering and wildlife ecology. University tours and field trips

are integral to most GPUs, but they all offer “ice cream socials,” board games and

meetings with school mascots.

THE ABCs OF GPUs

Length of stay: Most programs last 2½ days.

Who can attend: Some GPU programs require that adults in attendance be alums

(University of Wisconsin–Madison, Purdue and Oklahoma do), but others, like KSU,

do not. Check with the GPU program website you are interested in.

Prices: Costs range from $250 to $340 per grandparent and $200 to $245 per

child. Linens and pillows may be provided but may vote an extra fee. If you recall,

dorm mattresses are thin, so you may want to stay in a hotel. Applications are

generally due in January or February for the following summer.

What it includes: Wisconsin, Purdue, Winona State and Oklahoma State ask

participants to focus on a specific field of study or major. It could be veterinary

medicine, astronomy, computer science or archery, according to Forbes Magazine.

Other universities offer hands-on courses like theory of flight, producing a television

show, fashion design, how DNA studies work, robotics and making a recording of

a grandparent reading to a grandchild, Forbes adds. Some GPUs allow attendees

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to take up to four classes; at some, like Michigan State, there are 200 classes from

which to choose. Most GPUs include evening programs, leaving ample time to

explore campuses, photo opportunities with school mascots, trivia competitions,

rope-climbing, team-building and “secret” projects for grandchildren to create a

parting gift for their grandparents. Some also include field trips. Prices usually

include housing, meals and campus transportation.

Most popular classes: Not surprisingly, Legos courses are a hit. Jessica

Kauphussman, director of the Winona Retiree Center, told Forbes that its GPU

Legos class is very popular with grandchildren — who help grandparents to learn the

technology and problem-solving, rather than the reverse. Always popular are STEMrelated

sessions, including robotics, airplane building and bridge construction, said

KSU’s Mercer. Of course, everyone loves KSU’s Veterinary Health Center, where

they can watch student vets care for animals, and the marching band, said Mercer.

Attendees learn cheers, get to know band members and handle the instruments.

Takeaway: Fond memories of college draw many grandparents to GPUs, which

promote family bonding and lifting up the next generation. The hope is that a

university education will be a natural segue for the grandchild, rather than a jolting

shift from high school. Said Mercer: “When that is coupled with the love of a special

child, it just creates the perfect opportunity for creating new Wildcat [K-state’s

mascot] memories.” ||||

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HAPPY

Lauren Schneider

CAMPERS

Children beset by grief over the loss of a loved one

find solace and strength at Camp Erin in Glendale.

BY CARL KOZLOWSKI

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Marjani Welch was only 10 years old on Dec. 28, 2017, the day her father,

Michael, died during surgery. It wasn’t supposed to happen — Michael

had entered the hospital a healthy man to undergo prophylactic surgery to

prevent future cancer due to a genetic mutation.

For Marjani and her mother, Marche Boose-Welch, the death was devastating.

But afterward, both found solace through the therapy programs of the grief support

center Our House, which offers group discussions for survivors of all ages.

Healing programs include a powerful twice-yearly experience for kids ages 6 to 17

called Camp Erin. Children who have experienced the death of a loved one — usually

a parent, but sometimes a sibling or best friend — can spend a weekend with

other kids who are also working through their grief. Dozens of campers who arrive

downcast participate in traditional activities like swimming, rock-climbing and

campfires but also create skits and songs to express and share their feelings, enabling

them to return home happier and better adjusted. The weekend is free for campers.

“I learned about Our House, and my sister who lives in Northern California told

me about Camp Erin,” says Boose-Welch. “We did an interview at Our House and

found group support that was appropriate for her age group that she’s been attending

for a year. She loves it, goes every other week and keeps me on track in taking her

there. It gives her an opportunity to meet other children who understand what it’s

like to lose a parent, and I love that she loves it and it’s something where I never have

to say, ‘Come on, let’s go.’

“This is her second year attending camp and I’m so grateful that kids can go and

have just a little away time, feel special and realize that they’re not the only one,” she

continues. “She’s made some good friends here. For me, it helps because I know that

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

since Michael’s passing was so tragic and unexpected.”

Camp Erin’s most recent session took place the second weekend of June (the next

one runs Sept. 6–8) at the nonprofit residential Camp Bob Waldorf, a bucolic spread

of land in the hills above Glendale with a pool, children’s play areas, trails and cabins.

Boose-Welch was with a large crowd of parents and family members who came to

the camp’s arts center to watch the 81 campers perform a series of original songs

and skits. On the wall behind the stage, a memory board of photos spotlighted the

loved ones who had passed, along with notes handwritten by the kids. The notes were

heartbreaking yet life-affirming at the same time, distillations of the sadness around

those who had passed while also serving as warm remembrances of their best qualities.

A camp leader told the audience that “your kids will look 100 percent different

than before” — that is, they’d be smiling rather than overcome with grief and fear.

Soon, the youngest girls marched onstage wearing “unicorn horns” for the first skit,

followed by dozens of other kids and teens who smiled and waved at their families

and friends — most of them delighted and surprised to see their young ones happy

again. The unicorn girls reenacted their weekend’s dance party, grief hike, pool party

and plate-smashing session to vent their frustrations. A boys’ group performed a

Spider-Man skit in which the webbed wonder battled a villain called Griefer-Man to

crush the sadness he spreads. Another group of girls called the Sassy Snakes sang a

satire of the classic song “My Favorite Things,” while boys’ groups spoofed The Avengers

or Ghostbusters, morphing into “Griefbusters.”

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The skits were mostly silly, but they were clearly effective in making the kids feel

better about themselves, bringing numerous parents to tears. “I loved my daughter’s

skit, but I really enjoyed all of them,” says Boose-Welch. “I loved seeing her participate

with the other girls. She can be a little shy so it warms my heart to see her

interacting with girls with a similar experience. I enjoyed seeing them learn coping

mechanisms like breathing and punching the air.”

According to camp director Lauren Schneider, Camp Erin is the largest national

bereavement program for grieving youth, with more than 40 camps across the

country. The camps were created by the philanthropic Eluna Network and named

after Erin Metcalf, a young friend of Major League Baseball pitcher Jamie Moyer

and his wife, Karen, who lost her battle with liver cancer at age 17. The Moyers, who

launched the first Camp Erin in 2002, also oversee the foundation. Camp Erin –

L.A. was the subject of the Emmy-winning HBO documentary One Last Hug.

Our House Grief Support Center itself has offices in, Woodland Hills, West L.A.

and Koreatown, serving adults and children ages 4 and up. “We were invited to do

Camp Erin by the Eluna foundation in 2009,” says Schneider, clinical director of

child and adolescent programs for Our House. “We came to this particular location

here in Glendale after renting Camp Bloomfield in Malibu, which burned down in

the Woolsey Fire in December.

“We had to really quickly move to find a new location,” adds Schneider. “I had

worked for Jewish Big Brothers [Big Sisters of Los Angeles, which owns and operates

Camp Bob Waldorf] earlier in my career, and I knew of this location. I called them

on Monday first thing after we knew the fire had taken out the camp, and we got

approved.”

Many campers are referred by their school counselor or therapist, and most are involved

with the Our House Grief Support program, which is the largest in California

and serves more than 800 kids in L.A. County alone. The camp program includes

swimming, DJ dance parties, therapy dogs and tie-dying T-shirts, all in an effort to

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educe the isolation the children experience elsewhere in their lives. “We make sure

they exchange contact information, because one of their biggest problems is they

feel cut off from other children and lose a lot of friendships,” says Schneider. “They

may go home with at least one friend they’ll stay in touch with, and we have three

camp counselors this year who were children here at camp and came back.

“Last night we had a beautiful ceremony, featuring luminarias, floating lanterns

that the kids placed in the pool after dark,” she continues. “As they placed it in

the pool they said something out loud they wanted the person that died to know,

whether it’s ‘Goodbye’ or ‘I love you.’ They express something in front of the entire

group of 150 adults and kids. When the lanterns were all in the pool, singer Jonah

Platt sang four songs for us while we watched the floating candles in the dark. It

also serves as a chance in the grieving process to verbalize unspoken things.”

Perhaps the best proof of Camp Erin’s success lies in the attendees who come

back and volunteer as “cabin buddies” years later. Coby Hilborne, 23, was a camper

for two years at ages 16 and 17 after a brain aneurysm cut short his father’s life in

2011. He’s now spending his second summer helping oversee this summer’s camps.

“I always say that without Camp Erin and Our House, I wouldn’t be the person

I am today,” says Hilborne. “I would have gone down a totally different path. It’s

such a great environment that the kids come into. They come in and they’re so sad

and down — they lost a father, mother, sibling, best friend, and they’re in a totally

sad space. They come to have a good time but also do different activities that help

them [deal] with their grief. I love the structure this place has.

“I remember how much this camp gave me and how good I felt when I left,” he

adds. “I met my current roommate from the camp, and it was such a different bonding

level than most friends, because he lost his mom and I lost my dad. We were in

same cabin last year both volunteering, and in different ones this year. These kids

are in the same spot I was in seven years ago. I’m on such a high now. I ride this

high for two weeks a month, thinking about camp. I thought last year I’d have to

wait a whole other year to come back.” ||||

Camp Erin resumes from Sept. 6 through 8 at Camp Bob Waldorf in Glendale.

Camper applications are available at ourhouse-grief.org/camp-erin-la-oc/; completed

applications must be submitted by Aug. 14 for the September session. To

attend, volunteer or donate, visit the website or call (888) 417-1444.

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KITCHEN

CONFESSIONS

Floating

Some Ideas

ROOT BEER FLOATS ARE THE ULTIMATE

SUMMER REFRESHER.

BY LESLIE BILDERBACK

Even though I have been studying the National Day Calendar all year, I am still

surprised when I find a theme. I know that the people who declare these days are

not consulting with each other — or anyone else for that matter. Surely, if someone

had been in charge, they would have realized that pairing National Woman’s Equality

Day with National Dog Day on Aug. 31 was ill-advised. I think it is more aptly paired

with National Work Like a Dog Day on Aug. 5.

As the traditional month of vacation, August naturally features days that encourage

enjoying the summer season — such as National Park Service Founders Day (Aug. 25),

National Trail Mix Day (Aug. 31) and National S’mores Day (Aug. 10). If the great

outdoors isn’t for you, the calendar has National Lazy Day (Aug. 10) and National

Relaxation Day (Aug. 14). For those of you looking for a National Day that is less

committal, there is National I Love my Feet Day (Aug. 17), National Wiggle Your Toes

Day (Aug. 6), National Friendship Day (Aug. 4) and National Happiness Happens Day

(Aug. 8), instituted by an honest-to-God-real organization called the Secret Society

of Happy People — which I find problematic. Are they a group that meets secretly for

smiling and laughing parties? Or is their happiness a secret and they are pledged to walk

around looking grumpy and stern — yet secretly inside they are bubbling over with joy?

Not surprisingly, this warm month features a plethora of ice cream holidays. National

Ice Cream Sandwich Day is Aug. 2, National Frozen Custard Day (frozen custard is an

East Coast thing — it’s just ice cream; please don’t send me letters) is Aug. 8, National

Spumoni Day is Aug. 21 and Banana Split Day is Aug. 25. And, to my delight, Aug. 6 is

the National Day of my favorite ice cream treat of all time — the root beer float.

I love a good root beer float. (To be fair, I also love a bad root beer float.) It has always

been my favorite. When I was pregnant it was all I craved, and my husband dutifully

prepared it for me on request. It is cool and tangy, and there is something magical about

the transformation of the ice cream as it reacts to the spicy soda. It starts off with a little

icy crust on the vanilla scoop, but as you slurp away, creaminess takes over.

Ugh…now I want one.

Root beer has always been my preferred soda. I never really understood the appeal of

cola. Why would anyone pick cola over the sweet complexity of root beer? (You do know

they took the cocaine out years ago, right?) Root beer was a thing long before cola, or

soda, or even America. Native tribes made a medicinal tea from sassafras root, bark and

stems. Its culinary delights were quickly recognized, as sassafras, a tree that grows in

the eastern United States, tastes pretty good. When the colonists arrived, they brought

the tradition of brewing small batches of aromatic beers, because water sources were not

always safe. Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) and sarsaparilla (Smilax ornata) were particularly

flavorful and were blended with additional herbs and berries, including wintergreen,

birch, juniper, hops, burdock, licorice and eventually more exotic flavors, like nutmeg,

anise, molasses, cinnamon, honey, vanilla, black cherry and ginger.

Charles Elmer Hires was the first to market a sassafras-root tea at the Centennial

International Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia. His tea included 25 herbs, berries and

roots. Early competitors included Barq’s, created in Mississippi, and St. Louis–based IBC

(Independent Brewing Company), brands that are still sold today. Dad’s Root Beer was

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created in Chicago in the 1930s and was the first product to be sold in a six-pack. In 1919

Roy Allen opened his root beer stand in Lodi, California, where he innovated serving root

beer in frosty mugs. The next year he partnered with Frank Wright and named the drink

after their combined initials; then in 1924, Allen obtained the A&W trademark. Just the

right time market-wise — with Prohibition, root beer sales skyrocketed.

A&W is the most nostalgic for me. You could drive up to restaurant, get a tray hooked

onto your car window and order a burger created specifically for your age group — Papa,

Mama, Teen or Baby. The root beer mugs came in sizes too. As a little kid, getting a tiny

burger and a tiny mug of root beer — just for me — was thrilling. Years later, I discovered

that my husband had worked at his local A&W as a teenager, rotating between grill duty,

root beer mixing (making it “fresh” in-house is still their claim to fame) and dressing up

as the A&W Great Root Bear to wave people over from the highway. (I’m pretty sure that

last bit is why I married him.)

For me, a float is the best way to enjoy root beer. Sometimes called a Black Cow, its

creation is credited to the Colorado mining camp of Cripple Creek. Frank J. Wisner,

owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, was inspired to add a scoop of vanilla to his root beer

after watching the full moon rise over Cow Mountain. True or not, it’s a great visual.

Wisner would not approve of A&W using soft-serve vanilla. Personally, I’m a purist. I

need a round scoop that floats and bobs amidst the effervescence. (But to be honest, I’d

take an A&W float right now, if offered.)

Like all great culinary inventions, the creation of ice cream floating in soda is

claimed by many. And like all great culinary inventions, it arrived via some kind of fair

or celebration and was created because they ran out of something — in this case, ice.

(Common alternative origin stories involve trying to one-up the competitor.) As far as

I’m concerned, using ice cream to cool a flavored soda is the single greatest idea since the

steam engine.

There are many international versions of this concept, all claiming to be the first. In

Australia it’s called a Spider (because of the way the foam grows, I guess). In the U.K. it’s

a Floater. In Puerto Rico it’s a Black Out and in Costa Rica it’s Vaca Negra. In Mexico

it’s Helado Flotante, preferably made with cola and lemon sherbet. The Boston Cooler is

a ginger ale float (named for Boston Street in Detroit), the Snow White is a 7-Up float

and the Purple Cow is a grape soda float (popularized by the Arkansas restaurant chain).

Friendly’s restaurants popularized the Sherbet Cooler (vanilla seltzer with orange sherbet),

and the Green Giant (lime sherbet and Sprite) makes regular appearances at summer

potlucks across the country.

Here are some interesting, if not traditional, float ideas for you to try. Just remember

to save the original root beer float for Aug. 6. ||||

Lemonade Stand Float

Sparkling pink lemonade

Lemon sorbet

Finish with a sprig of chopped mint.

Tropic Thunder Float

Pineapple juice

Seltzer water

Mango sorbet

Top with toasted coconut.

Ladies Who Lunch Float

Prosecco

Fresh strawberries

Blood orange sorbet

Finish with a chocolate-dipped

strawberry and grated orange zest.

The Happy Leprechaun

Guinness Stout

Coffee ice cream

Clotted cream

Top it off with grated chocolate

or jimmies.

Dulce de Leche Float

Vanilla soda (a.k.a cream soda)

Darkest chocolate ice cream

Cajeta (goat milk caramel)

Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and

nutmeg, and serve with a churro.

Michelangelo Float

Cherry cola

Spumoni (a blend of chocolate, cherry

and pistachio ice cream)

Whipped cream

Sprinkle the top with chopped

pistachios.

Apple Pie Float

Sparkling cider

Praline pecan ice cream

Whipped cream

Top with chopped pecans and a drizzle

of caramel sauce.

ORANGE GROVE

Mi Piace in Old Pasadena is celebrating 30 years in business, and though

better known for Italian wine that pairs with its Italian menu, the

restaurant is proud of the dedicated cocktail program it launched about

10 years ago. “It was time, we needed it,” says manager Nikolas Baltas. “We make

our cocktails specifically for our food.”

Splashed by light from large windows overlooking Colorado Boulevard, the

place has a sophisticated feel, with crisp white linen tablecloths, black chairs and

shiny warm-toned lacquered walls. Mi Piace’s cool and refreshing Orange Grove

cocktail is perfect for these summer months. There is a slight bitterness from the

Campari but the grapefruit pops on the midpalate, adding acidity and a light

fruitiness. This complements food because it lacks the dominant sweetness typical

of so many cocktails, allowing it to harmonize with the flavors on the plate. Have

this with the ahi tuna tower with jalapeňo and soy sauce, or the beef carpaccio

with honey–dry mustard vinaigrette. ||||

INGREDIENTS

STORY AND PHOTO BY MICHAEL CERVIN

1½ ounces Grey Goose Orange Vodka

½ ounce Campari

¾ ounce simple syrup

ORANGE GROVE

¾ ounce fresh grapefruit juice

½ ounce fresh lemon juice

4 basil leaves

METHOD

Muddle 3 basil leaves in the base of shaker and add simple syrup, grapefruit juice

and lemon juice. Add vodka, Campari and crushed ice. Shake well and strain

over ice cubes in a large wine glass. Garnish with remaining basil leaf.

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THE LIST

COMPILED BY JOHN SOLLENBERGER

Trains and Tracks

at Muse/Ique

Concerts

Doors open at 6 p.m.

and concerts start at

8 p.m. Tickets cost $50 to $130.

Aug. 3 — This month’s fi rst concert,

“Train/Glory,” celebrates that vehicle of

change, progress and dreams, which

has been featured in numerous fi lms and

popular songs. Guest vocalist is soprano

leggero Liv Redpath.

Aug. 24 — The concert “Band/Together”

examines the fi lm scoring techniques

of modern composers and compares

the different musical choices for various

scenes while reimagining well-known

soundtracks. The goal is to offer audiences

a deeper appreciation for the

impact of fi lm music. Guest performers

are the piano duet of Anderson and Roe

(above) and American Ballet Theatre

dancers Arron Scott, Skylar Brandt, Stella

Abrera and Cory Stearns.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections

and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151

Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 539-

7085 or visit muse-ique.com/museiquessummer.

A Chance to Meet

the Real Twain

Aug. 3 — The Pasadena

Public Library’s

Central Branch

screens the Ken Burns documentary

Mark Twain about the writer considered

the funniest man of the late 19th century.

Twain, born Samuel Clemens, used

humor to attack hypocrisy, greed and

racism. The documentary, which starts

at 2 p.m., delves beneath the legend

to discover the true Twain, revealing his

extraordinary life, his adventures, literary

pursuits, successes and defeats. Admission

is free.

The Pasadena Public Library Central

Branch is located at 285 E. Walnut St.,

Pasadena. Call (626) 744-4066 or visit

pasadenapubliclibrary.net.

Pops Salutes Cole

Porter, Elton John

Concerts take place

at the L.A. County Arboretum

and Botanic

Garden. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and

concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost

ARTISAN FAIR IN

CENTAL PARK

Aug. 2, 3 — Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair comes to Pasadena’s Central Park,

featuring more than 200 booths with handmade artisan items, plus live acoustic

music, artisanal food and drink and a beer garden. It runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday

and 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Central Park is located at 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Visit jackalopeartfair.com.

$10 to $95.

Aug. 3 — Pasadena Pops’ Michael Feinstein

(below left) sings Cole Porter hits,

including “Night and Day,” “Begin the

Beguine,” “Can Can,” “I Get A Kick Out

of You” and others. Larry Blank conducts.

Aug. 24 — The concert features

Grammy- and Tony-nominated vocalist

and pianist Michael Cavanaugh singing

Elton John songs, including “Tiny

Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” “Crocodile

Rock,” “Benny and the Jets” and others.

Larry Blank conducts.

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic

Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin

Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit

pasadenasymphony-pops.org.

Comedy On

Tap at the Alex

Theatre

Aug. 3 — Stage

Therapy Entertainment

presents I’m Already Professionally

Developed, a night of comedy by Houston

native Eddie B, who is changing the

comedy game with his unique brand of

humor. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets

are $25 to $55.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N.

Brand Blvd.., Glendale. Call (818) 243-

2539 or visit alextheatre.org.

Classic Guitar,

French Fashion at

Norton Simon

Events are included in

Norton Simon admission

of $15, $12 for seniors 62 and up;

free for members, students and visitors 18

and younger.

Aug. 3 — Norton Simon summer concerts

tie musical performances to works in

the collections. This concert explores

common themes and insights into artists

promoted by Walter Hopps, a noted curator

at the Pasadena Art Museum in the

1960s. Pianist Greg Reitan (above) and

his trio perform original works and music

by notable jazz composers in a concert

running from 6 to 7 p.m.

Aug. 17 — The Odeum Guitar Duo traces

the development of the golden age of

guitar in Spain and Italy by performing

examples of the specifi c compositional

form in music known as the Theme and

Variations, with selections by famous

guitarists and composers of the guitar

epoch — from the 16th-century Spanish

Renaissance to the 19th-century Romantic

era. It runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

Aug. 24 — Fashion historian Kimberly

Chisman-Campbell lectures on “Fashioning

the Feminine in 18th-Century France:

Dress, Desire and Domesticity,” focusing

on three French works on loan from the

Frick Collection, from 4 to 5 p.m. She

discusses how the sumptuous fashions of

the mid-18th century inform our interpretations

of the paintings.

The Norton Simon Museum is located at

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call

(626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.

Mt. Wilson String Concert

Highlights Schubert

Aug. 4 — Mt. Wilson Concerts Under the

Dome take place at 3 and 5 p.m. inside

the dome of the observatory’s 100-inch

Hooker Telescope. This month’s program

features Schubert’s String Quintet in C

major, performed by the Lyris Quartet,

which includes violinist Alyssa Park and

Shalini Vijayanm, violist Luke Maurer and

cellists Timothy Loo and Cécilia Tsan.

Tickets are $50 for each concert and

must be ordered in advance on the

website. Proceeds benefi t the Mt. Wilson

Institute.

The Mt. Wilson Observatory is located on

Mt. Wilson Road, La Cañada Flintridge.

Visit mtwilson.edu/concerts.

California

Ranches, Garden

Tips at the

Huntington

Aug. 5 — The

Huntington Library, Art Collections and

Botanical Gardens presents a lecture,

“California Ranches: Lands in Transition,”

by architect Marc Appleton, author of

Ranches: Home on the Range in California,

starting at 7 p.m. in Rothenberg

Hall. Appleton discusses the history of

cattle ranching in the state, a way of life

now succumbing to suburban sprawl. As

ranches fail, there is renewed debate

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FOODIE BOOK TALK AT

VROMAN’S

Aug. 6 — Esquire food and drink editor and New York Times contributor Jeff

Gordinier, in conversation with author/filmmaker Marc Weingarten, discusses and

signs his new book, Hungry, at 7 p.m. It tells the story of Danish chef René Redzepi

(above), owner of Copenhagen restaurant Noma. Believing growth only comes

with change, the chef closed Noma, even though it was deemed the world’s best

restaurant, to seek out new opportunities. He traveled the world to find the richest

flavors the world had to offer.

Vroman’s Bookstore is located at 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-

5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com

on how these lands might transition to

other uses. A book signing follows the

talk. Admission is free; no reservations

are required.

Aug. 17 — Lora Hall of Full Circle

Gardening discusses the importance

of pruning fruit trees in a hands-on workshop

from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $45

($35 for members). Advance registration

is required at huntington.org/calendar.

Aug. 31 — A succulent plant symposium

features a group of international experts

discussing topics ranging from West

Indian cacti to endangered species

legislation. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

in the Ahmanson Room. The cost is $85.

Preregistration is required by calling (626)

405-3504.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections

and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151

Oxford Rd,, San Marino. Call (626) 405-

2100 or visit huntington.org.

Cal Phil Focus on

Film Scores

Concerts take place

at Walt Disney Concert

Hall. Concert talks with

Maestro Victor Vener

(above) start at 1 p.m. and concerts at

2 p.m. Tickets cost $37.50 to $140.

Aug. 11 — “Carmen Goes to the Movies”

features excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen and

film music from Ennio Morricone hits The

Mission and Cinema Paradiso, with guest

vocalists Audrey Babcock, Cedric Berry,

Annalise Staudt and the Cal Phil Chorale.

Aug. 18 — “The Emperor’s Roundup”

includes a performance of Beethoven’s

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Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” with

All About Fruit

membership with the national organization.

Sierra Madre Playhouse at 8 p.m. It tells the

pianist Daniel Lesneer, Jerome Moross’

Aug. 16 through 18

Friday check-in time is 7:30 a.m. at the Arbo-

story of four Chinese-American mothers and

“The Big Country,” Elmer Bernstein’s “The

— TThe L.A. County

retum; events run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On

their four American-born daughters and the

Magnificent Seven,” Aaron Copland’s “Billy

Arboretum and

Saturday, check-in is 8 a.m.; events run from

complexities of family ties and history, as the

the Kid” and Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon

Botanic Garden, The

8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, tours at various

women bridge a seemingly impossible divide.

Suite.”

Huntington Library, Art

locations run from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit

It opens at 8 p.m. today and continues at 8

Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S.

Collections and Botanical Gardens and

the website for a full schedule.

p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and

Grand Ave., L.A. Call (323) 850-2000 or visit

Cal Poly Pomona host the annual Festival of

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic

2:30 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. Tickets

calphil.com.

Fruit, the Foothill Chapter of California Rare

Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave.,

are $25 to $45.

More of the Roar

at L.A. Zoo

Fruit Growers' (CRFG) fruit-centered event.

The festival is targeted at novice gardeners,

the scientifically minded, plant breeders,

Arcadia. Visit festivaloffruit.org.

Playing with Fire

The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87

W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626)

355-4318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.

Aug. 16 — The L.A. Zoo

hosts another Roaring

those seeking water and soil conservation

techniques and those looking for interesting

Aug. 17 — A Noise

Within opens its 2019–20

Fun With Tech at Arcadia Festival

Night, its after-hours summer event series

fruits to grow in their backyards. Activities

season, titled “They

Aug. 24 — Tech is fun at the family-friendly Ar-

for guests 21 and older. Adults can observe

include tours of the above-mentioned

Played with Fire,” with

cadia Steam + M Festival, which runs from 5 to

special animal feedings and pop-up zoo

locations and home gardens and nurseries,

Nick Dear’s adaptation

8 p.m. at the Arcadia Library Outdoor Prom-

talks while savoring food truck fare, cock-

plus expert lectures, a banquet, fruit-tasting

of the chilling Mary Shelley story Frankenstein.

enade. The event includes the Jedi Training

tails, lawn games, live music and disc jock-

and a fruit-related vendor fair. Registration

The play opens at 8 p.m. today and continues

Academy, music, tech booths, an invention

eys, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. August entertainers

is required to participate in the activities,

through Sept. 8. Tickets are $25 and up.

showcase, science workshops, crafts, games,

include DJ Avi Bernard, Pulp ’90s, DJ Johnny

except for the vendor fair at the Arbore-

A Noise Within is located at 3352 E. Foothill

Kona Shaved Ice and tacos. Admission is $5,

Hawkes, The Detroit Nights and Hush Silent

tum, which is included in regular Arboretum

Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-3100 or visit

free for children 5 and under; donate a new

Disco. Tickets cost $21 ($16 for members).

admission. CRFG members’ early registra-

anoisewithin.org.

book to the library for a free raffle ticket.

The L.A. Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr.,

Griffith Park. Visit lazoo.org/roaringnights.

tion price is $85;

nonmembers' early registration price is $115,

Play Explores Family Fissures

The Arcadia Library is located at 20 W. Duarte

Rd., Arcadia. Call (626) 941-6418 or visit arca-

which includes the cost of an annual CRFG

Aug. 24 — The Joy Luck Club opens at the

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