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Library Holding Holiday Book Sale

Photo courtesy Sally Kilby The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library invites locals to support the library at the annual Holiday Book Sale from Dec. 3-5.

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

The annual Holiday Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library will be held Dec. 3-5, in the Library Community Room.
On the opening evening, the book sale will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; however, members of the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library will be admitted an hour early at 5 p.m.

Church Provides Comfort During Holidays

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

For many churchgoers in South Pasadena, one of the best holiday gifts they are getting this year is just being inside their church this Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas season.
“We chose to return together in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday,” recalled Rev. Lincoln Skinner, senior minister of Oneonta Congregational Church. “Many of our members wept tears of joy, not realizing how much they missed hearing the organ play and enjoying the familiarity of our beloved house of worship. Some of our more seasoned members shared that it had been the longest stretch of time they had ever been away from the sanctuary in the past six months.”

SPHS Boys, Girls Running in State Meet on Saturday

Photo courtesy Mike Parkinson The Tigers are sending both the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams to the state championship together for the first time this weekend. Earning the berth at the CIF-Southern Section Finals last weekend were Amelie Geoffron (front, from left), Saidbh Byrne, Sydney Morrow, Abby Errington, Gigi Rodriguez, Mai Koyama and Kerrigan Riley, with Jack Ishibashi (back), Noah Kuhn, Keeran Murray, Liam de Villa, Brady Nakamura, Jason Baek and Kaden Chai.

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

The South Pasadena High School cross-country program will wrap up its 2021 season tomorrow, as both varsity boys and girls teams travel to Fresno for the California State Finals.
It is not only the first time both halves of the squad have earned state berths together, but it’s also the first time the girls’ team has ever been invited to the Woodward Park race. The girls’ team finished fifth in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 finals last weekend at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, while the boys placed in seventh.

Tigers’ Historic Season Ends in Semifinals

Photo courtesy Jon Takasugi Sophomore Luke Riffle wraps up a Montclair receiver during last week’s heartbreaking 28-21 loss on the road. The Tigers conclude the 2021 season with a 7-6 record and reached the CIF playoff semifinals.

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

The South Pasadena High School varsity football team’s fine season came to an end as the No. 1-seeded Tigers fell to Montclair High, 28-21, in the CIF-SS Division XIII semifinals last Friday.
With the score tied at 21-21 late in the fourth quarter, the host Cavaliers scored a rushing touchdown with four seconds remaining for the victory.

Festive Lighting Coming to Farmers’ Market

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

A festive ceremony to light the city’s holiday tree and a menorah will take place at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Dec. 2.
“We welcome our community friends of all ages to enjoy the weekly Farmers’ Market and the return of the tree-lighting,” said Laurie Wheeler, CEO of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. “This year we are pleased to add a menorah lighting to the ceremony, and we’ll enjoy holiday music, carols and dance.”

Fourth Grade Learns Nitty-Gritty of Giving

Photo courtesy SPUSD Laurie Thackery and her 4th-grade class at Monterey Hills Elementary School recently helped raise $9,000 to help with Afghan refugee relief. The school’s 4th-graders have contributed more than $45,000 to various efforts and nonprofits since 2015.

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

By Jonathan Williams / The Review

“Doing something good might not change the world, but it can change someone’s world.”
That is the motto that drives Monterey Hills Elementary School’s 4th-grade students and their teachers in their years-long quest to raise money for humanitarian causes. After six years and close to $45,000 later, the project continues, most recently sending $9,010 to the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service to assist with Afghanistan’s refugees fleeing the Taliban takeover of their nation.

Home Values Continue to Climb

Data: Zillow

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

Despite a recent market slowdown, South Pasadena’s home values continue to increase rapidly, nearing an estimated $1.5 million for single-family units.
The midmarket South Pasadena home value — including single-family houses, condos and co-ops — was roughly $1.25 million in October 2020, according to the Zillow Home Value Index. In October 2021, that figure was about $1.46 million, reflecting a one-year increase of 17%. October’s number also reflects a jump of nearly 43% from 2016, when the typical home value was an estimated $1.02 million.

Beloved Vet’s Death Touches Community

Photo courtesy Linda Allison The popular local veterinarian Dr. M.S. Chaudhry (left, with wife Linda Allison) died in October, prompting an outpouring of love and support from local residents and clients outside of his Fremont Avenue clinic.

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

Bird lover. PEZ collector. Beloved veterinarian.
These are just a few choice descriptors for Dr. M.S. Chaudhry, who spent decades as one of South Pasadena’s mainstay vets until he died on Oct. 25. He was 76.

City Seeks Input on Council Districts

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

The City Council continues to promote community involvement as it proceeds through its election redistricting planning, with draft maps due in February and the final decision required in April.
The redistricting process, spurred by the 2020 census results, began in September. The council’s meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, was the first of four public hearings required by law. The goal of such meetings is to identify communities of interest with the help of public input, in an effort to avoid incidentally dividing those communities when determining new district boundaries.

Chamber to Host Job Fair

First published in the Nov. 26 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Foothill Workforce Development Board and the South Pasadena Library, will host a job fair on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Pasadena Library Community Room.
“Our goal is to help our South Pasadena businesses that are struggling to find staff as we head into the busy holiday season,” said Chamber CEO Laurie Wheeler. “We plan to have about 20 employers on hand, and they all have job openings that they are looking to fill – full-time, part-time and seasonal opportunities.”
Participating employers include Athens Services, South Pasadena San Marino YMCA, Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta, Jeweled Universe, Institute for the Redesign of Learning, Mike & Anne’s, Communal, FedEx, UPS — and many more.