Sunday, July 29, 2012

Up Next: UPSTREAM Saturday, August 4th 7:00 PM in the Amphitheatre at Farnsworth Park

By next Saturday, August 4th, you will have been a coach potato for the past 7 days watching the 2012 Olympic Games from London. Now is the time to get your blood flowing again and your heart rate back up on the dance floor in the Amphitheater at Farnsworth Park!

If you haven’t set your DVR for the August 4th Games, do so now! You do not want to miss UPSTREAM!

The band UPSTREAM, whose members include two sons of the venerable inventor of Soca music, the late Ras Shorty I, was formed in the republic of Trinidad & Tobago in 1989. They relocated to Southern California in the early nineties and made a name for themselves performing in numerous venues, events and festivals, throughout California and Western States. Their energetic eclectic style of Reggae and Soca has earned them a formidable appellation in the music industry world

The lineup is as follows: Haile Blackman (Bandleader, Rhythm Guitar, MPC & Lead Vocals), began his professional career singing and playing drums in his Fathers band The Love Circle in his early adolescence. He has also been the drummer for the band Geggy Tah on Virgin Records. John McKnight (Keyboards, Guitar, Trombone, Bass, Backing Vocals) multi-instrumentalist -- has loaned his expertise to various famous artists such as: Etta James, Herb Alpert, English Beat, Ben Harper and most recently Fishbone. Einstein Brown (Steel Drums, Vocals) is extremely talented and proficient. He has performed with the Trinidad Steel Band, L.A. Desperados, and his own bands Caribe and Sapadilla. He has also appeared in numerous television shows, movies and commercials. Stokely Molineaux (Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Rapper) son of the renowned Jazz Pianist Othello Molineaux, is a profound poet and songwriter. He has toured the world with such acts as Pato Banton, Ras Michael, Joe Higgs, Wailing Souls, Calypso Rose and Eek-A-Mouse. Johnny Blackman (Drums, Backing Vocals) played for many years with The Love Circle before moving to Malaysia in the mid-nineties to perform with two of his other brothers in a band called Abstract. He toured the entire continent of Asia as well as India before joining Upstream in 2000.

In addition, the following musicians are on rotation with Upstream: Derek Brewster (Steel Drum, Bass & Vocals) & Adam Arredondo aka Jah Mex (Keyboards, Vocals). Upstream currently has six CD’s. “Upstream”, self-titled was released in 1995, “Life” was released in 2000, “Jump To The Rhythm” in 2001, “To Da Maxx” and “Pick Up Yourself” in 2007 and “Here, There and Everywhere” in 2009.

The 16th Annual Summer Concert Series is made possible by our generous sponsors: Warner Bros. Entertainment, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, Monte Cedro, The Rotary Club of Altadena, Baietti-Seyffert Podley Realtors, Athens Services, AltadenaBlog, Georgia Rutherford in Memory of Don Rutherford, Toyota of Pasadena, Pro Image transfer, M & M Printing & My Irish Pride & All American Audio Visual.
Food service sales provided by El Patron Mexican Food Restaurant, beer & wine sales provided by The Rotary Club of Altadena.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Altadena Crime Blotter for July 15th

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Thursday July 26, 2012, 5:27 PM

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Community: Altadena Crime Blotter

Sunday, July 15th
5:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2500-blk of N. Raymond Av. (Subjects were apprehended).

Monday, July 16th
Between 6:30 PM and 7:00 AM (Tuesday) – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 3600-blk of Skylane Dr.

Tuesday, July 17th
Between 11:30 AM and 12:12 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred at 24Hr. Fitness (2180 N. Lincoln Av.). Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the front passenger window. Loss: black purse containing personal documents. *Loss was in plain sight (front passenger seat)*
6:00 PM and 7:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 500-blk of Royce St. (Known suspect).
9:00 PM and 9:00 AM (Wednesday) – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2100-blk of Raymond Av.

Wednesday, July 18th
Between 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1500-blk of N. Allen Av. Suspect(s) entered the location by shattering the rear window. Loss: red & black handmade rug.

Friday, July 20th
7:59 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 800-blk of Alberta St.
Between 8:20 PM and 8:36 PM – A petty theft occurred at Panda Express (2234 Lincoln Av.). Loss: black iPhone. *Loss was unattended*
9:32 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 1400-blk of La Solana Dr. Loss: black Garmin GPS & charger.


Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime.
Neighborhood Watch forges bonds among area residents. It helps reduce neighborhood crimes and creates a partnership between law enforcement and the community.
Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon.
Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement makes the best crime fighting team around!
Any community resident can join a Neighborhood Watch; young or old, single or married, renter or homeowner.
Members can learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report suspicious activities to the Sheriff's Department.
You can form a Neighborhood Watch group for any area: a street, mobile home park, apartment complex, community recreation center, or park.
Neighborhood Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors.
Neighborhood Watch builds pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community needs.
Citizen involvement is essential to combat this social crisis.
Contact the Altadena Sheriff's Station for assistance in forming a Neighborhood Watch group in your area.
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Altadena Station
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Susie Hansen's Latin Jazz Band Saturday, July 28th 7:00 PM at the Amphitheater at Farnsworth Park

One word of advice... Arrive early as the Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band has a very large following! Enjoy El Patron Mexican Food Restaurant and the Rotary Club of Altadena's beer and wine sales prior to the start of the concert. Please make sure you have your dancing shoes with you! You will need them!

Susie Hansen

Electric violinist Susie Hansen plays fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa, creating music that brings audiences to their feet, dancing in the aisles. Susie and her Los Angeles-based band have been acclaimed by many critics, such as Phil Elwood from the San Francisco Examiner who describes them this way: "It's a sizzling, swinging Salsa band. Hansen can solo as if her bow was afire. The whole room was jumpin' for joy."

The Chicago native is a well-established jazz musician, and she has developed a unique and exciting Latin jazz style that features her electric violin as the lead instrument of the ensemble. She has drawn on various forms of both jazz and Latin music, utilizing the ever-potent fire of Afro-Cuban rhythms. She integrates her own interpretation of traditional Cuban Charanga, a predecessor of Salsa which often features the violin, with the compelling harmonies of straight-ahead jazz. According to Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times, Susie "creates a brand of
music that is as physically moving as it is intellectually stimulating." Her all-star band features George Balmaseda on lead vocals, Joe Rotondi on keyboards, Rene Camacho on bass and Jimmy Branly on timbales, among other great musicians.

According to Oscar Abadia, KLVE-FM, radio K-Love in Los Angeles, "Susie Hansen is the greatest Salsa violinist in America." She has been featured as a soloist with Orquesta Los Van Van, Cuba's premier dance orchestra, both in Los Angeles and in Havana, Cuba, and with Orquesta Aragon, the world's most acclaimed Cuban Charanga ensemble.

Susie began studying classical violin at the age of six with her father, James Hansen, who was a violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 37 years. In Boston she studied violin with Eric Rosenblith, string department chair at New England Conservatory, and she studied jazz and bebop with legendary jazz instructor Charlie Banacos. She also pursued an education in math and
computer science, ultim
ately earning two Masters degrees in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduation, her musical career took precedence.

Susie formed her own jazz group in Chicago in 1982 which she led for several years. Following a successful concert of her band in Grant Park in 1986, she was invited by Victor Parra, leader of the Mambo Express All-Stars, to replace their violinist, and she soon discovered her passion for Latin music. When she moved to Los Angeles in 1988, she embarked on an in-depth study of everything and anything to do with Latin music. As can be seen from the extensive critical acclaim she has received, Susie has succeeded in turning the heads of even the most skeptical.

As Mark Holston wrote in JAZZIZ Magazine, "her violin speaks the language of Latin Jazz with total fluency." A long-time favorite in Los Angeles, Susie and her band play 175-200 live performances per year, including such events as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fiesta Broadway, San Jose Jazz Festival, LA Salsa Festival and Newport Beach Jazz Festival. She has toured nationally with her band, and has appeared with Tito Puente, Giovani Hidalgo, Paquito d'Rivera, Orquesta
Broadway, Vikki Carr, Jose Rizo's Jazz on the Latin Side All-Stars, Orquesta Aragon, EI Gran Combo, Los Van Van and Sonora Poncefia.

Susie Hansen is a recording artist on Jazz Caliente Records with two releases, The Salsa Never Endsand Solo Flight. Susie receives extensive airplay and sells CD in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Her music has charted with radio and club DJs throughout the world.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Community: Emergency Prepardness Suggestions

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Saturday July 21, 2012, 4:37 PM

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Community: Emergency Prepardness Suggestions

Think about it this way–you and your family need to get together whatever you will need to camp out for three days. Assume you'll be out of reach of electricity and running water.

You may have many items on hand; you just need to be sure you've assembled them all (or that you can do so quickly) and that you have sufficient quantities of the consumable items.

* If you are storing items, store them in sealed containers–such as plastic tubs taped shut–if at all possible.
* Store items in a cool, dry place indoors.
* Avoid storing items in glass containers unless absolutely necessary.
* If a complete kit is not possible, list items around the house that need to be in the kit and be prepared to pack them as soon as disaster threatens (for example, a battery-operated radio or medicines that must be refrigerated or taken daily).
* Check all stored supplies every six months. Rotate out any perishable items (including such things as batteries) and use them for daily needs. Replace them in the kit with fresh supplies. If you have not set aside stored supplies, check your household inventory of key items at least once every month or two.

For Each Person

* Water–one gallon per day (per person or pet).
* Food–enough for three meals per person per day. Try to keep on hand canned foods or other prepared foods that don't require cooking or a lot of added water. Stock some energy bars and dried fruit for portability.
* Clothing–at least two or three complete sets of clothing. Switch them off seasonally when you recheck stored supplies. Include rain gear (even disposable ponchos can help) for everyone and sweaters or heavy coats if the next six months' weather demands it.


•Medium to large size first-aid kit
•First-aid instruction book
•Extra bandages, gauze compresses, and first-aid tape
•Antiseptic wipes, creams, etc., as needed
•Pain relief medicines, antacids, cough medicines (including infants'/children's if appropriate)
•Three to four days' supply of medications for each person who is on a regular medical regimen (store copies of prescriptions if possible)
•Disposable latex gloves and household bleach (for disinfection as needed).
* Bedding–one sleeping bag or blanket and pillow per person (more for cold weather); one bath towel per person; and (possibly) inexpensive deflated air mattresses.

Especially for Babies

* Disposable diapers and plastic bags to store used ones; make sure to update stored diapers as the baby grows into new sizes! Bring enough plastic bags to dispose of used diapers twice a day.

* Formula–securely closed cans of dry formula suitable for your child's needs, enough for several bottles a day.
* Baby food–consider dry cereals and similar products that are nourishing but offer a long shelf life. If you store food in glass bottles, wrap the bottles well to avoid breakage.
* Store and use plastic-liner disposable bottles to avoid breakage and to avoid the need for washing, even if your child doesn't use this kind of bottle regularly.
* Special bedding–a folding playpen or some other secure place for baby to sleep and blanket/sheets to fit.
* Toys–a few age-appropriate toys to amuse and distract the baby.
* Pacifier and/or teething ring–if your child uses one, store a spare.

Especially for Children

* Consider inviting each child to pack some special things–a favorite toy, book, game, blanket, and so on–into an inexpensive backpack or a special bag, so that each knows favorite items will be available.
* Store powdered or evaporated milk along with some extra water to reconstitute it as needed. Also consider storing some snack-style foods, such as fruit gels or presweetened cereal.
* Remember to check children's stored clothing against their growth and new sizes when you check supplies every six months.

Especially for Teens

* Ask teens what special foods they think should be stored. Let them help assemble supplies and update inventories.
* Remind them that there will be no television and only a shared radio if power is out. They may want to take responsibility for a battery-operated CD player, earphones and a supply of batteries and CDs.
* Urge them to select a few favorite books and perhaps some writing materials (a notebook and pen for journal writing could be good).
* Ask teens to consider what medications–for example for acne treatments–that they might need.
* Remind teens to make up a list of addresses and phone numbers for their close friends.

Especially for Older People

* Remind older people to ensure that their medications are up to date and that they have copies of prescriptions as well as at least a five- to seven-day supply on hand.
* If any special medical supplies are needed, make sure they are on hand in sufficient quantity at all times.
* Ask older family members to think about specially treasured items they may want to keep with them, such as jewelry with high sentimental value or a family photo album.
* Make sure that financial records for older family members are stored securely, either with general family records or in a separate box.
* Remind older family members to list names, addresses and phone numbers of relatives whom they may want to contact.

Cooking Supplies

* Keep a few older pots and pans in storage along with a few basic cooking utensils such as a slotted spoon, ladle, spatula, cooking fork and serrated-edge knives (which don't need sharpening).
* Store enough paper plates (two sizes if possible) and bowls to feed those who might be at home.
* Include sturdy plastic forks, knives, and spoons–at least two complete sets for each person.
* Store at least two inexpensive manual can openers. For cooking, consider purchasing a "Sterno(tm)" (canned) fuel burner and several cans of the fuel. These can be used safely indoors. If you can cook outside, consider storing a small grill and self-lighting charcoal. Do not use charcoal burners indoors; the fumes can be dangerous in enclosed spaces.
* Wooden matches–at least a few dozen–in a waterproof container are a must.

Cleaning and Sanitation

* Pack away at least a dozen or so large (yard-work size) and medium (kitchen-trash size) plastic bags for trash and other debris.
* Store a small container of dishwashing liquid and a scrubbing-style sponge or two.
* Make sure to include a bar or two of bath-grade soap.
* Include any supplies needed for bathing babies, if relevant.
* Include feminine hygiene supplies if relevant and small, sealable plastic bags in which to dispose of used products.
* Don't forget toilet paper–probably three to six rolls at minimum.
* Take along a roll or two of paper towels–always handy.
* Aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sealable plastic bags may be useful.

General But Vital

* Make up a shutdown list–doors locked, water and gas turned off (if directed by authorities), materials in use gathered for storage.
* Take along a battery-powered radio. Some models can operate by being hand cranked as well. Be sure you have an ample supply of fresh batteries.
* Have at least one flashlight per person, if possible. Make sure to have several sets of batteries to fit each flashlight.
* Consider buying a lantern-style, battery-operated light, which can illuminate a small room. Make certain to have a supply of the batteries needed for this light; they can be difficult to locate.
* If for some reason you elect to store candles, ensure that you also store sturdy, enclosed devices in which to burn them--and don't leave them unattended while they are lighted.
* Think about packing playing cards, board games, crayons, paper, songbooks, and books that can involve the whole family. They may be the only form of entertainment for a while.
* Financial records can be vital–copies of marriage, birth, and death certificate; passports; deeds; major loan agreements; account numbers and key phone numbers; lists of various account numbers; and similar papers should already be stored in a fire-safe box. Bring them with you.
* Consider having some cash on hand. Automatic teller machines may be inoperable.
* Some inexpensive tools can be lifesavers. A hammer, a saw, several screwdrivers and wrenches, a pair of pliers, and similar tools can be extremely helpful to you and others in emergencies. Glue, duct tape, and similar supplies can come in handy.
* Autos–make it a family rule that the gas tank is always at least half full. If potential for emergencies is high, keep the tank as full as possible at all times, because if power goes out, gas pumps stop working.
* Pets need your advance consideration, too. Make sure you have an adequate supply of foods for pets. Consider pet carriers or crates so animals will not roam into danger. Remember leashes and any needed medications. Know shelter policies in case you are directed to evacuate and consider who might care for pets if shelters do not allow them
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