Altadenans being the multi-talented folk they are, are eager to share their gifts with the community, and Altadena Library, 600 E. Mariposa St., is glad to oblige.
Artist Karen Bagnard is displaying samples of her artwork through the month of September, 2013 in the glass case just inside the entrance. The exhibit includes framable art cards, assorted prints, "Bottle Goddesses,” handmade paper cards and candles. Also on display are her unique “Kelp” stained glass window, “Dazzle” peacock from a show at the Arboretum. Images include mermaids, angels, and designs for Hanukah, Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Dia de los Muertos.
Anne Louise Bannon, writer, oenophile, and soapmaker, leads a soapmaking workshop on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in the community room. The first 30 people to arrive will get hands-on experience, and the rest will be able to watch and learn. Everyone will receive a packet of recipes and a free sample. Participants must be 14 years of age or older.
Best-selling author and syndicated columnist of Ask a Mexican, Gustavo Arellano takes a trip through the history and culture of Mexican food in the United States and offers questions and answers about Mexican-Americans on Monday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. His personal anecdotes had a dash of humor. After the talk, Arellano will have a book signing, with signed copies of Taco USA and Ask a Mexican available for purchase. Mexican snacks will be served.
Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., have two events coming up. The first is a Halloween-themed used book sale on Friday, Oct. 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the basement and back parking lot of the library. There will also be a collection of Southern California trail and nature books, and craft and cookbooks for the holidays.
The 44th annual Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Wine Tasting tickets go on sale in December. The event will be held on Friday evening, Feb. 21, 2014 at Alverno Villa, 675 West Highland Ave, Sierra Madre. More than two dozen vintners will be bringing their best wines to sample and local restaurants will be providing hors d’oeuvres that can be paired with the wines. Magic Castle magicians and live music will entertain patrons, who can also bid on art, services, tickets, restaurant vouchers and other items in a silent auction.
Funds raised from these events support programs and equipment needs of the Sierra Madre Library.
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