Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 18th in Altadena

Big doings in Altadena this weekend! What to do, what to do? Here are a couple of things not to miss. I'd say go to the rally first, then head off to Eliot School because:

Altadenish must vote Yes on Measure A November 4th—that is, if the Altadena Libraries are to survive. This Saturday there will be a rally at 9am. The rally will last about 20 minutes and from there volunteers are encouraged to go door-to-door in the neighborhoods around the Branch. I wish I had this on my ballot, but Pasadenamanians do not get to vote on this one.
More info at www.AltadenaAlliance.org.

An equally worthy cause needs your attention on the same day!
Pasadena Rotary's "Done In A Day" Move-In for Room 13 at Eliot School begins at 9am Saturday, too. Room 13 has outgrown its original studio and is moving to the south side of the campus. Enter the parking loto on Boston Street and lend a hand.

Eliot School's first Room 13

Volunteers are needed:
For cleaning, we need help sweeping and mopping floors, washing windows, (there is one wall which is basically all windows), and everything needs a good wipe-down. 
For building, we need people with carpentry skills to help build shelving and tables. Also to paint the furniture, gesso canvases, put up organizers and wall hooks, curtains.  
For sorting and setting up, we need lots of help organizing supplies into their various centers (painting, drawing, clay, fiber, printmaking, library, photo and digital arts), and furniture put into place. 

Not handy? How about some in-kind donations?
Room 13 needs fabrics, digital cameras, clay, paint, sketchbooks, beads, sewing machines, t-squares, turpentine, canvases new or used, oils, watercolors, acrylics, dressmaker forms, pins and needles, yarn, thread—anything you can make art with.

Please call Patricia Hurley to let us know how you can help. Share this with your company, family or friends. Phone (626) 590-1134 with questions or just show up. Thank you!


José Mendonça said...

Two causes I would gladly join.

Petrea Burchard said...

A bit of a trek for you, JM. But it would be nice to see you!

William Kendall said...

It's ludicrous that there should even be a need to have such a rally- a good library system must be one of the bedrocks of a thriving community.

Petrea Burchard said...

I agree, William. Yet since the recession our schools and libraries have suffered severe cuts. Even some voters don't want to pay for them. I say bad schools and libraries today = bad kids and criminal minds tomorrow.

Laura Monteros said...

William & Petrea, the Altadena Library is its own system. It is not part of the LA County system. It consists of a main library in the central part of town and a branch on the west side. Altadena is not incorporated,so there are no city funds, and its independence from the County system does have the advantage of being able to tailor programs to our community wihout red tape. The library procures all its own funding.

Part of that funding for the past decades has been voted indebtedness via parcel taxes. This measure is not anything really new, but effectively a continuance of the parcel tax that is expiring soon. We Altadenans are proud of being able to help fund our beloved and independent libraries.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Laura.

altadenahiker said...

I agree with William. Most of the line items on our prop tax bills don't require a vote, they're just a given. So too should be the allocation for our library. In fact, I'll bet if we Altadenish had the chance to vote for a permanent tax to benefit the library, we'd go for it.

Petrea Burchard said...

That's good to hear, Karin. I like to think we'd do that in Pasadena, too.