Public Invited to “City Beautiful Blues” During January Oneonta Club Dinner Program

Alerted that South Pasadena and neighboring communities could lose up to 50 percent of their urban forest over the next 15 to 20 years, the Oneonta Club’s January program committee decided to help sound the alarm.

On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Oneonta Club will feature a presentation by South Pasadena resident Jerrold Turney, plant pathologist for the County of Los Angeles, who spoke to a standing-room-only audience at a South Pasadena Beautiful event a few months ago. This time, after Jerry’s presentation, a Q&A period with him and City arborist Dave Niznik will address audience questions and discuss applicability of policies regarding water use and tree removal.

A musical performance by Chicago-bred blues singer-guitarist Jeff Dale and South Pasadena-raised Glen Doll on harmonica will round out the City Beautiful Blues theme.

Last April, Dr. Turney noted in a Los Angeles Times feature article that it is “…heartbreaking to see trees dying in such dramatic numbers in famously lush cities like Pasadena, Alhambra and Arcadia.” His presentation will focus on insect and disease infestations hop-scotching around Southern California and comment on the premise that our region is transitioning to a post-oasis landscape.

The Jeff Dale duo’s plainspoken storytelling and soulful musicianship will touch on incongruities of life and love, ranging from Jeff’s delta blues beginnings in Chicago’s South Side, to our feelings about music itself, and extend to our frustrations with parking at the Trader Joe’s here in South Pas.

The Jan. 9 dinner event begins at 6 p.m. with a meet ‘n greet wine social. It is open to the public by advance reservations only. Tickets are $35 per person, which covers costs of the program, food, and refreshments. Location: Gray Hall, on the campus of Oneonta Church, 1515 Garfield Ave. All attendees are asked to arrive by 5:30 p.m.

The deadline for reservations is Thursday, Jan. 4. For inquiries and reservations, please e-mail Online registration is also available via