Sunday, May 29, 2011

Owen Brown Mini-History

Found these cool mini-posts related to Owen Brown. Thought a little history related to The Meadows was appropriate for Memorial Day weekend.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Reminder: Drought Tolerant Plants Presentation Tuesday Night

The Meadows Fire Safe Council is hosting an informational workshop on fire resistant and drought tolerant plantings.

This free event will be held at Loma Alta Park on May 24 at 7pm.

There will be speakers and informational materials available. Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Reminder: Collection Event Saturday

L.A. County is having a collection event tomorrow, Saturday from 9-3 at 252 Mountain View.  Great opportunity to get rid of hazardous waste like paint and e-items like old computers, telephones, etc.

"Spyder Blue" at The Rancho this Saturday

Meadows neighbor, Todd Szabo and his band, "Spyder Blue", will be playing at the Rancho Bar this Saturday at 10:00 p.m..

The Rancho is at 2485 N Lake Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

Todd is a very accomplished drummer and singer. "Spyder Blue" plays an interesting mix of Country music and ballads. The band includes an upright bass player and trumpet.

Great reason to party in Altadena!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bears in Your Backyard Presentation

Please Join Assemblymember Anthony J. Portantino for a Public Safety Forum


May 19, 2011

7:30 PM- 9 PM

at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
4554 N. Briggs Ave. La Crescenta, CA.

A California Fish and Game Representative Will be Present to Answer All of Your Questions
For More Information contact Bill Hacket at 626.577.9944

Art on Palm 2011

Meadows artists participate in this great annual art fair.  Check it out if you've never been.  It's a wonderful location in Altadena.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Firefighters knock down brush fire near JPL

A bit more details from L.A. Times

Firefighters knock down brush fire near JPL

MFSC Alerts Neighbors to the JPL Fire

A reminder that The Meadows has an alert system in place.

When a neighbor called to tell us about the fire at the water towers above JPL, the Meadows FireSafe Council sent an alert to all neighbors within minutes of learning about the fire.

The alert system can send texts to cell phones, call cell phones, work and home phone numbers.

The MFSC then was put in direct contact with L.A. County Fire for updates.

The fire was quickly "knocked down" just before 2:00 p.m. and a second alert was sent to all neighbors on the alert system.

If you're a Meadows resident and did not get the alerts, then we either have the wrong contact information for you or you're not signed up.

If you'd like to be included, please provide your name, phone numbers you wish included and your address to

Update: Fire Over JPL "Knocked Down"

Just before 2:00 p.m., the 2 acre fire at the watertanks above JPL was extinguished per L.A. County Fire Department.

According to Meadows residents who live directly across the canyon, helicopters performed water drops along with crews on the land.

Picture taken from the backyard of a home on Canyon Dell in The Meadows.

Fire Above JPL

What We Know Right Now:

There is a fire currently burning up-slope from JPL, towards the water tanks across the Arroyo from Florecita Crescent. Fire crews are present on the ground and in the air. Please be aware and cautious.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Don't Miss This Fun Celebration

Our Meadows neighbor, Silver, heads up this very fun celebration of the Altadena Community Garden picnic.  It's not in the flyer, but Pasadena Urgent Care will be providing free flu shots.

If you haven't been before, really consider participation in this very fun, local event.

JPL Open House This Weekend

From our Altadena Town Council representative, Alice Wessen, great info on this weekend's open house:

JPL Open House

Come early, take your time.

Please note all bags are subject to search. I smile and work with security. They are there for your safety. And you will get your Open House map and start your adventure!

When lines are too long, head to the robots in the south part of the lab (area 17 of your Open House map). They will have some really cool robots out running. The Mars area (area 8) is in the main area as you walk in from Oak Grove Drive. Truly amazing stuff.

My area is Solar System Missions (area 21), to be found in what JPL'rs call the 303 cafeteria building. We set up Friday. We are staffing all day Sat and Sun.

At 5PM Sunday, my crew breaks everything down, puts it away, and it reopens at 7AM for breakfast on Monday.

#1 Question: What must I see? Depends on your interests, but do visit Mars (#8) and Mobility Systems (#17) and Solar System Missions (#21). The new Earth center is small but cool. Several missions have key events this year (launches and encounters) and the best from my perspective is to talk to the folks on the missions.

#2 Question: What is there for kids? Again, it depends on the kid. My kids loved the spacecraft fabrication area (#16) where hardware is made. They loved the robots running around (area 17) 3D pictures always a hit...watching a video and sometimes just sitting.

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, themed "The Excitement in Explorations," invites visitors to share in the wonders of space through high-definition and 3-D videos, live demonstrations, interactions with scientists and engineers, and a first look at JPL's new Earth Science Center.

More info

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 2011

Time: 9am-5pm both days

Admission and parking are free

This popular event celebrates JPL's accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration. Many of the Lab's scientists and engineers are on hand to answer questions about how spacecraft are sent to other planets, how scientists utilize space technologies to explore Earth and how researchers are searching for planets beyond the solar system.

The Open House is a fun and educational experience for children too, with special hands-on activities designed for kids. Admission and parking are free.

The following items are not permitted at this NASA/JPL Event: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, segways, and all types of skates including skateboards. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, with the exception of small purses and diaper bags.

Your entry on NASA/JPL property constitutes your agreement that you, your vehicles and your personal belongings are subject to inspection.

JPL is located at 4800 Oak Grove Drive in Pasadena, off the 210 (Foothill) Freeway at the Berkshire Avenue/Oak Grove Drive exit. Parking is available near the Oak Grove main gate and the eastern boundary of JPL, accessible from Windsor Avenue via the Arroyo Boulevard exit off the 210 Freeway.

L.A. County Fire Inspections and MFSC Update

Two items today regarding fuel reduction (brush clearance):

L.A. County Fire is now in charge of inspections in all of The Meadows.  They have been inspecting over the past few weeks and some neighbors have been given notice that fuel reduction (brush clearance, tree trimming, etc.) needs to be completed by June 1.  After June 1, they will revisit the properties.  If the required work is not done, neighbors could then be subject to a fine.

The 2010-2011 Meadows FireSafe Council grant work addressed many of the tree trimming issues for those neighbors who participated.  Hopefully, not many neighbors will be sighted.  Please note that funds allocated to tree trimming and removal have been used in there entirety.

MFSC funds for fuel reduction to clear the vacant lands are on there way.  Hopefully, we'll have that work started before June 1.  The areas to be addressed are the same as in years past: vacant land above and below Risinghill and above upper Canyon Crest.

The last effort of the MFSC will be the trimming of certain Oak trees if permitted by L.A. County Fire and as the remaining grant monies allow.  Those assessments will resume over the Summer with the trimming to be done in the Fall.  That will conclude the efforts of the 2010-2011 grant.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Art on Palm May 21

Meadows resident, Katherine Nakazono, will be participating in the "Art on Palm" annual event on May 21.  See links below for more info.

As Katherine stated, even if not purchasing something, it's a lovely venue that features the Greene & Greene Valentine Cottage and secluded woods right here in Altadena.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Altadena ARTBreak 2011

Altadena ARTBreak 2011 is on Friday, June 17, 2011, at The Temporary Gallery @ Webster's - 2460 North Lake - two doors north of Webster's Pharmacy.

Meadows neighbors, Mary Ann and Gene Stevensen, are inviting the public, especially our Meadows neighbors, to attend the opening night and to enjoy the fantastic artworks created by young people attending schools in Pasadena Unified School District.

They are also seeking volunteers to assist us in both converting the space donated by the Webster family into a gallery for the event and who might volunteer an hour or two serve as gallery staff during the run of the exhibit (Friday, June 17th thru Friday, June 24th).

Gene and Maryann can be contacted at 626-797-5798 and via e-nail at

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

MFSC Presentation

The Meadows Fire Safe Council is hosting an informational workshop on fire resistant and drought tolerant plantings. 

This free event will be held at Loma Alta Park on May 24 at 7pm. 

There will be speakers and informational materials available.  Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be provided.  

For more information, contact Maya Golden-Krasner at