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Please visit the website of Altadena Community Children's Choir, a non-profit organization. Link courtesy of Bob West.

March 10-12, 2006 Altadena Library presents an art gallery and sale

In celebration of the arts, books and Altadena, the Friends of the Altadena Library will be hosting an art gallery event and sale at the Altadena Library from March 10 - 12. This event will invite Altadena artists to show and sell their work. The theme of this year is Art and Books, each artist asked to create a work that makes reference to literature or the art of book making.

Contributing artists will include Philip Vaughan, Alice Vaughan, Lynne McDaniel, Carrie Henderson, Cory Sewelson, Catherine Bennaton, Zofia Kostyrko-Edwards, Charles Edwards, Mary Jane Elgin, Kayley Vernallis, Pietro Perona, JoAnn Formia, Mary K. Buck, Piper Head, Andrew Morrison, Jill Morrison, Diane Yamamoto Skowron, Catherine Cowles, Joseph Rohde, Karen Bagnard.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artists work will benefit the Altadena Library.

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Altadena is a picturesque retreat for anyone with an eye toward the arts. Craftsman, designers, architects and artists all seem to enjoy the rural country character and natural California landscape. The Altadena Library was designed by Architect, Boyd Georgi, and is a fine example of the Modernism movement in architecture.

In 1919 Cecil B. DeMille established an airport adjacent to the Altadena Country Club. This may have been the motion picture industry’s first introduction to Altadena as a bedroom community for movie making artisans. Western novelist Zane Grey bought the 1904 Woodward house near Marengo and Mariposa and architect Wallace Neff began his career in Altadena with the design and construction of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.

The relationship between artist and community has thrived in Altadena and continues to this day. Altadena Artists at the Altadena Library is a great opportunity to visit the library, see some terrific art and support the Altadena Library’s future growth.

Altadena Library, Community Room
600 East Mariposa Street
Altadena, CA 91001

(626) 798-0833
Fax: (626) 798-5351

Reception: Friday, March 10, 7-9 P.M.

Open to the Public: Saturday, March 11, 11 A.M. - 5 P.M. Sunday, March 12, 1 P.M. - 4 P.M.

The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake, Altadena, (626) 398-7917

Call for reservations. No, we will not send a car for you.     

Show schedule: Poetry every Thursday night.  Music mostly on Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays. Acts booked from all over The U.S.A

Coming Attractions 

Show times are listed before the event

Showtime:  8:00 P.M.     Admission: $10.
Saturday, October 12.


Planet Poetry sponsored by Nichelle Holliday.  A compilation of readings, prose, poetry and various disciplines of music from mostly African-American artists of The Los Angeles Area.  This is the sixth presentation of this show in the last two years.  Very high quality presentation. 

Sunday October 13...5:00 P.M.  Free.  No Charge.

Andrew Lorand In Concert to Record His Live CD With Special Guest Matthew Lee. Andrew is simply one of the finest songwriters we have ever heard, anywhere, anytime.  His three studio CDs "Potsticker Rodeo," "Location,Location Location" and his project with songwriter/poet Matthew Niblock, "Puppets of Castro," showcase his unique gift for conveying the humor, pathos, absurdity, wit and beauty of everyday things.
As an added bonus, we were lucky enough to get Mathew Lee to open the show.  Matthew's intense and intimate style has won him accolades from coast to coast.  The recently released CD "Songbook" features 20 songwriters performing 20 of his songs.  Pretty good recommendation for his music, eh?

Saturday, October 19, 8:00 P.M.   $10.

Border Radio  Tune in Border Radio for a good, old-time eclectic mix of country roots and cowboy swing.  Lead singer Kelly McCune has a vocal purity "reminiscent of Patsy Cline and other twangy-voiced musicians of our past," according to Borders.  She is accompanied by Mike Stromberg's dobro guitar and harmonies, along with Robert Staron on upright bass.   Hip, fun and made in America.  Plus: NOEL HARRISON, A troubadour whose concert and cabaret career spans five decades and three continents, Noel is the son of "My Fair Lady's" Rex Harrison. His hit recordings include "Suzanne", "A Young Girl" and the Academy Award winning "Windmills of Your Mind" for the soundtrack of the original "The Thomas Crown Affair". 

Sunday, October 20.  7:00 P.M.   $10

Harriet Shock famed for her song, "Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady," brings in her music, wit and charm to The Coffee Gallery Backstage  Accompanying Harriet on bass, Joe Lamanno, on vocals, Corwyn Travers, Sally Zito, Herbie Katz on Harmonica, Tanya Winch on shaker. Plus Little Eden recording artist Bruce Michael  Miller Before releasing his debut CD 'Already Somebody' Bruce Michael Miller was a studio and touring guitarist and vocalist. He has toured the world performing with such notables as Paul McCartney, Kenny Loggins, Laura Branigan, The Standells, John Densmore, and many others and has been part of many original bands and projects. His songs have been featured in motion pictures, performed internationally by other artists, and he has scored movie soundtracks.  

Friday, October 25 at 8:00 P.M.   $10.

Sourdough Slim That accordion playing, singing, funny guy who sings, tells tall tales, works a lariat all in cowboy garb.  Alternately at The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Lincoln Center and Madison Square Garden.  A star on both coasts.  Fourth time back here. Sensational and funny.  

Sunday, October 27.  Showtime: 7:00 P.M. Cost: $10.00

Ellen Stapenhorse and Steve Stapenhorse. Ellen and Steve Stapenhorst are real veterans in the acoustic music world.  Steve has entertained for over three decades and his younger sister Ellen for almost as long.  They appeared in concerts and clubs coast to coast, headlining and opening for major pop, country and folk acts. They both perform mostly original music.  Ellen's is very personal and reflects a strong social conscience.  Steve's songs usually go towards humor or stories.  A mean finger picker on his own, he also adds a second guitar to Ellen's strong playing.   

November Coming Attractions

Showtime:  8:00 P.M.     Admission: $10.
Saturday, November 2.

Planet Poetry sponsored by Michelle Holiday.  A compilation of readings, prose, poetry and various disciplines of music from mostly African-American artists of The Los Angeles Area.  This is the sixth presentation of this show in the last two years.  Very high quality presentation. 

FrIday, November 8. 8:00 P.M. Admission: $15

John McEuen a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen is often called America's instrumental poet... his stellar playing brings us musical photographs from his travels around the world..." (Country Weekly) as he brings to the Coffee Gallery his guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle to create "An absolute aural feast" (Billboard Magazine) with his "...thouroghly wacky and enjoyable performance" (Washington Post). His NGDB started here in  Pasadena, with their first hit on KRLA in 1967 kicking off a music career that has taken John to over 4,000 different venues. Although a SoCal native, it has been said this innovator in Country Rock and Folk (he instigated the famous Will the Circle Be Unbroken album) has also created  "...some of the most deft and impeccably tasteful music to come out of Nashville" (Chicago Tribune). 
will tell all, and if you go to this show, you will be telling many the next day "you should've been there!"

Sunday, November 10. 7:00 P.M.  Admission: $10.00

Tom Paley, Tom Paley is a folk legend best known for performing in The New Lost City Ramblers). Tom Paley says: I've been playing and singing traditional American folk music (ballads, blues, hoedowns, songs of hard times, rags and comic songs) for many a year and I'm not fixing to give it up. Banjo and guitar have been my instruments all that time but, in recent years I've added fiddle to my arsenal. (I've made good progress with the new toy at least, people have stopped telling me "Next time, bring the banjo and leave the
god-damned fiddle at home!"). As a result of taking up the fiddle and of performing a lot in Sweden, I've become interested in Swedish fiddle music
and, when I can find an excuse to do so, I generally sneak a few of the fascinating Swedish tunes into my programs.  I perform a lot on my own. it's as a soloist that I'm touring, this time  but I've also been a founding member of a number of 'Old Time' country string bands (The New Lost City Ramblers, The Old Reliable String Band, The New Deal String Band). I really enjoy the interplay of instruments and voices in a small group, but it's hard to beat solo performing for contact with the audience!  Tom Paley performed in groups with Woodie Guthrie and Pete Seeger...go to Yahoo! for extensive information or

Saturday, November 23.  7:00 P.M.  Admission: $10

If he's good enough for Prince Charles, he's good enough for us:
Scottish singer/songwriter Jim Malcom, lead singer of Old Blind Dogs. Scottish singer/songwriter Jim Malcolm, better known Stateside as front man for Old Blind Dogs, sings stirring old and new songs from his homeland, served up with strong native wit. He has been a favorite solo act on the European folk scene for well over a decade. He plays guitar with sensitivity and takes mouth organ to an art form, but best of all are his songs, passionate, moving, but always firmly rooted in Scotland and delivered with irresistible humor. He has been booked twice to sing at parties for Prince Charles and has appeared on countless television shows and at festivals around the world. A class act, not to be missed.  Web Address:

Saturday, December 7. $10. Two shows: 7:00 & 9:00 P.M.

Scambooty , The Christmas Show Phenomenal, hysterical, awesome, extremely clever, intelligent, thoroughly approachable, amazing vocal power  but enough about Attorney General John Ashcroft. Come kick off the Christmas Season with Scambooty's "Have a Bootyful Christmas" show.  You won't believe your ears. Christmas songs with an irreverent twist, performed in a warm, homey, holiday setting like grandma's house  without the flatulence This trio packs more punch than a 6-year old's birthday party, more laughs than a Gray Davis re-election campaign meeting and more fun than a weekend with Robert Downey Jr. A nifty trio doing irreverent stuff.  Great hit last year. Will sell out.

John Beland Saturday, December 28.  Details T.B.A.


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Amtlowebook.jpg (26253 bytes)Echo Mtn. Echoes is pleased to announce a brand new addition to the Mt. Lowe aficionado's library. This new book titled HISTORIC MT. LOWE A Hikers Guide to the Mt. Lowe Railway is written by San Dimas author Paul H. Rippens. This handy pocket sized soft cover guide includes a History of the Mt. Lowe Railway by John W. Robinson.

Mr. Rippens takes the hiker to the trails of the Mt. Lowe Railway with easy to follow maps and instructions all highlighted by descriptions of the way things were during the mountain railway's heyday. Paul points out various ruins and relics along the trails left over from the 1890's to the late 1930's. The book contains over thirty pictures, some published for the first time and in the rear of this book is a Chronological History of the Mt. Lowe Railway. Adorning the front cover is a beautiful color picture of the Great Incline.

The Echoes suggests getting two, one for the pack and one for the shelf. Price is $9.00 each + tax .74 cents + $1.50 shipping = $11.24. To order, follow this link.


every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - noon / snack

Tiny Tot Preschool - Monthly registration for children ages 3-5 may be placed at the office on weekdays between 2:30 and 6:00 p.m. Farnsworth County Park, 568 East Mount Curve Drive. $40.00 a month. Call (626)798-6335 for more information.

every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:50 - 3:30 p.m.

Go to the Bob Lucas Memorial Library & Literacy Center at 2659 N. Lincoln Avenue for homework assistance in math, reading, and English. Also, from 2:50 - 3:30 p.m. Grandparents and Books. For more information call (626)798-8338.

every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Stress walk for adults and Seniors, at Farnsworth Park, 568 East Mount Curve Drive. Free. For more information call (626)798-6335.

the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Altadena Library hosts "Teddy Bear Storytime." Pajamas and plush toys welcome. For more information call (626)798-0834.

the 3rd Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Hill Toppers Garden Club of Altadena, meets at the Altadena Public Library, 600 East Mariposa Street.

every Wednesday

at 11:00 a.m.

Altadena Library hosts "Preschool Storytime" featuring puppetry and music. For more information call (626)798-0834.

from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Altadena Senior Center hosts "International Folk Dancing." Featuring Line and Circle dances. Beginner's are welcome. Located at 560 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information call (626)790-7383. Also held Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Go to the Bob Lucas Memorial Library & Literacy Center at 2659 N. Lincoln Avenue for arts and crafts. For more information call (626)798-8338.

from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Teen nights, at Farnsworth Park, 568 East Mount Curve Drive, for teens to work on homework, special school projects, plan activities and trips. Free. For more information call (626)798-6335.

every Thursday

from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Altadena Senior Center hosts "Ballroom Dancing." Professional instruction provided and $3.00 charged for each class. The Altadena Senior Center is located at 560 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information call (626)798-0505.

from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Altadena Senior Center hosts "International Folk Dancing." Featuring Line and Circle dances. Beginner's are welcome. Located at 560 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information call (626)790-7383. Also held Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 

from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Go to the Bob Lucas Memorial Library & Literacy Center at 2659 N. Lincoln Avenue for Computer Shack and game time. For more information call (626)798-8338.

every Friday at 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Go to the Bob Lucas Memorial Library & Literacy Center at 2659 N. Lincoln Avenue for Video Friday. For more information call (626)798-8338.

every Saturday 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Abalaye African Dance Ensemble Sessions, at Loma Alta County Park, 3330 North Lincoln Avenue. All ages and all skill levels are welcome. $5 per class. Call (626)798-2341 for more information.

every Sunday at 8:00 a.m.

The School of Self-Reliance hosts Naturalist Guided Hikes. For more information call (213)255-9502.

YMCA Kids' Care site after school child care

Registration is now open for children K-6 to enroll on a weekly or daily basis for the 2:00 p.m. program. Transportation available from Pasadena and Altadena schools to the site location at Burbank Elementary. Activities include help with homework, arts and crafts, sports and recreation, self-development and social skills. Call (626)798-0862 extension 224 for more information.

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