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THE GAME WITHIN THE GAME Tailgaters are setting up for Bruins-Trojans showdown

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opinion.....................................................................................................3 Letters .................................................7 Herbert Simmons is a victim of an overreaching Altadena Town Council, Charles Darwin was a racist sexist and the Weekly staffers are nothing but a bunch of bleeding-heart liberals, or so say some of our readers.

Consider This ........................................8 PLANNING FOR CHANGE Since we don’t have enough pro-choicers in Congress, where key Democrats are too cowardly to stand up to religious extremism — or are religious extremists themselves — we need Planned Parenthood to keep fighting for us. — Ellen Snortland

feature ......................................................................................................9 Cartoon crisis Why are editorial cartoons — which, political or otherwise, have so much appeal and contribute so much value to the overall product — always the first thing to go when corporate bean-counters start cutting budgets? — Kevin Uhrich

life ..............................................................................................................17 Restaurant Review .............................................17 Wheels................................................................19

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•LETTERS• TIME TO CLEAN UP There was a time when all the members of the Altadena Town Council served because they had a genuine interest in what was best for the residents of Altadena. Unfortunately, over the last 10 years or so, the Town Council became infected with a number of people who participated to further their personal agendas. Over the last year, the candidate elected to Census Tract 4602 had to battle to keep his seat, even though he got the majority of votes. Seems like certain people on the Town Council wanted their selection to win, regardless of what the census tract wanted. This year, Herbert Simmons, elected with 153 votes, is facing the same battle. When Steve Lamb stepped down, it left very few council people that were really interested in the welfare of the community. Over the last decade, the Town Council has done a dismal job of keeping the community informed and involving the community in decisions that will affect them. Sadly, when someone does win a seat and is interested in outreach to the community, some of the old guard works feverishly to remove him. As a community, I certainly hope that you will step forward and clean up the council. It is really important that we get involved. ~CAMILLE DUDLEY, ALTADENA

JUST OUTRAGEOUS The Altadena Town Council is out of control. Ousting newly elected Town Councilman Herbert Simmons for a minor violation that was not illegal is outrageous. Councilman Simmons’ misstep was only because he was new. His student and teacher program is fully supported by the community. The Altadena Town Council is telling people in Census Tract 4602 that their vote in the general election means nothing. ~ROSE MARIE MCZEAL, ALTADENA

WATCHING A TRAIN WRECK As a new resident and business owner in Altadena, we have never been enthusiastic to interact with the local Town Council, all of which changed due to Herbert Simmons. We never knew about local happenings before Herbert. Our company actually volunteered services at no charge to help the local community due to Herbert Simmons. These latest events are truly sad for the community and our company’s ideas and planned involvement with the Town Council. It is hard to watch the local cable broadcast now. It’s like watching a train wreck. We wish there was something we could do. I emphasize we because that is something that Herbert brought forward. Like all good things, it was too good to be true.

are taught almost as sacred scripture in our government-run schools. If we are to teach Darwin’s theories, we should teach more Darwin, not less. For example, his faulty methods of scientific observation led him to conclude that: “… women, though generally superior to men in moral qualities, are inferior intellectually…” (1882 letter to Caroline Kennard). Darwin then followed up with his scientific observation: “Man is more courageous … and has a more inventive genius. His brain is absolutely larger …” In chapter 19 of “Descent of Man,” scientist Darwin erroneously concluded that “Man has ultimately become superior to woman.” Brilliant! With regard to the topic of superior and inferior races, Darwin declared in a Feb. 6, 1862, letter to C. Kingsley that he

had observed “a good many Barbarians and savage(s)…”. Darwin’s scientific predictions were: “It is very true what you say about the higher races of men, when high enough, replacing and clearing off the lower races. In 500 years how the Anglo-Saxon race will have spread and exterminated whole nations; and in consequence how much the human race, viewed as a unit, will have risen in rank.” Darwin’s racist and chauvinistic scientific theories should be taught in our schools along with his other writings in order that all of his scientific and social theories may be more properly evaluated and understood — let us bring the dark things to the light for frank examination. It would improve the critical thinking skills of our children. I propose that instead of one Darwin Bicentennial Celebration we

have an annual “Darwinian Memorial,” fashioned after the annual Holocaust Memorial. After all, before Karl Marx’s ideas led to the death of tens of millions of people, Marx wanted to dedicate his book “Das Kapital” to Darwin, and Adolf Hitler considered Darwin’s ideas as giving scientific legitimacy to the Aryan race’s intended “rise in rank,” through the extermination of a “lower” race. If our children are to be taught Darwinian theories, then the students should learn all — not a selected few — of Darwin’s scientific teachings. Let us educate, not propagandize, our students. ~BERT K. ROBINSON, BATON ROUGE, LA.

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NOW, ABOUT EVOLUTION … We are now in the bicentennial year of Charles Darwin’s birth in 1809 and next month will mark the 150th year since the initial publication of his book “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” Both Darwin and his publications remain controversial, yet his theories

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You Can Be •CONSIDER THIS• As Beautiful As a Planning for BY ELLEN SNORTLAND

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y now, unless you’ve been living under some boulder, you know about the Stupak-Pitts bill. Bottom line: it’s an outrageous, blatantly sexist manipulation by the far right religious extremists and the Catholic bishops to hijack the public health bill, making abortions inaccessible to poor and mid-income women by locking them out of the public option. This Thanksgiving I encourage you to show your outrage and also give thanks to Planned Parenthood by using Stupak-Pitts as an impetus to send your local PP a donation of any size (plannedparenthood.org). I have a daily practice where I take the time to list 10 things I’m grateful for every day. Today, I list 10 things I’m grateful to PP for:

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5: PP provides a voice for the voiceless — Women and girls in need of reproductive health care, birth control or an abortion don’t have a powerful lobby like the US Conference of Bishops (Catholic), or the right-wing Christian (Protestant) extremist group called The Family. (Want a terrifying exposure of religious extremists infiltrating our supposedly secular government system? Read Jeff Sharlet’s book, “The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.”) 6: PP trusts women and girls — At the heart of the anti-choice movement is the idea that women are second-class citizens. Anti-choicers believe the “natural” order of things is that men make the decisions, while women breed. Pro-choice women and men believe that women are fully capable of making decisions about their own bodies and futures. 7: PP is a trustworthy resource for health and sex education — If it hadn’t been for PP, I would have gotten to college still wondering if babies came out of my belly button. Sex education, arguably the best way to reduce the NEED for abortions, has been gutted by the same forces that want abortion criminalized. 8: PP is a conscience — Keeping track of all the anti-choice machinations in DC, they remind our representatives that they are being watched. PP praises Congress members who stand up for women’s rights and publicizes those who don’t.

10: While you’re at it, be thankful for the National Organization for Women (now.org), The Feminist Majority (feminist.org), National Women’s Political Caucus (nwpc.org), Equality Now (equalitynow.org) and Ms. Magazine (Msmagazine.com) — Show your support for prochoice women’s rights by getting active or re-upping with any and all of these stellar organizations. Happy Thanksgiving. ■ Ellen teaches writing in Altadena. Contact her at.snortland.com.

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9: PP is nonpartisan and secular — There are plenty of pro-choice Republicans, pro-choice Catholics and people who firmly believe that reproduction and health should be between a woman and whomever she seeks counsel with, whether that is her partner, clergy, physician or higher power.


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TO BORROW LIBERALLY FROM A LINE ONCE UTTERED BY LEGENDARY NEWSPAPERMAN WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST, IF READERS HAD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN LOOKING AT A PICTURE OF A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, A PRETTY BABY, AN ADORABLE DOG OR A CLEVER ILLUSTRATION OR CARTOON, THE ’TOON WOULD WIN EVERY TIME. Why, then, are editorial cartoons — which, political or otherwise, have so much appeal and contribute so much value to the overall product for all of $10 to $50 per offering — always the first thing to go when corporate bean-counters start cutting budgets? For that matter, why are some editorial illustrators and cartoonists apparently no longer even welcome at a table that they’ve been largely responsible for setting for otherwise successful daily and weekly papers, a development that led “Red Meat’s” Max Cannon to proclaim earlier this year that editorial cartooning as we know it is on the brink of “apocalypse?” “It used to be that editors would lie and claim that they didn’t have room in their newspaper. That was kind of the standard rejection. Now it’s true,” says longtime nationally syndicated cartoonist and author Ted Rall, creator of “Left Coast,” appearing each week in this newspaper. In either a reflection of economic conditions, or another sign that newspapers really are disappearing

from the media landscape, or a combination of both, the Pasadena Weekly is presently the only newspaper — alternative or otherwise — in Southern California to carry Rall, “This Modern World,” by Tom Tomorrow (aka Dan Perkins), and “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, who for years penned “Life in Hell” (now called “Life is Swell”) for the LA Weekly, but no longer does. Rall, Perkins and Groening were once the darlings of the alternative newspaper world, but no longer, apparently. Not since February, when Village Voice Media, owners of New York’s Village Voice, the LA Weekly and a dozen other weeklies in the industry’s top markets imposed a suspension on all cartoons. “They really don’t have a lot of pages,” says Rall, past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, speaking from his home in New York. The number of papers carrying the politically leftleaning Rall’s work over the years — as many as 140 at one point nearly a decade ago — has dropped to just

72. “But they don’t have a lot of pages, because they don’t have enough advertising to support the pages. That’s what’s really going on,” Rall explains. Veteran daily political cartoonist Steve Greenberg knows all too well that weeklies aren’t alone in squeezing out illustrators and cartoonists when times get tough. “The daily market is as bad as the alt market,” says Greenberg, who started out in 1978 with the Daily News of Los Angeles. From there, he went to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 14 years, then to the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner before landing at the Ventura County Star, where he worked for six years before being laid off last November. Now that he’s been forced to shop his work, the freelance pickings are slim. “The whole Village Voice conglomerate has just shut down as far as taking on cartooning,” Greenberg notes with genuine alarm. “They just aren’t doing it.” –CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

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‘THE WORST WEEK EVER’

When it comes to dailies, as Greenberg pointed out in the VC Reporter after starting there in mid-January, the Internet has long been providing free news, and now craigslist and other bargain Web sites are siphoning off life-giving classified advertising revenue. “Mix in the recession, credit freeze and mortgage meltdown along with layoffs everywhere, and the revenue numbers for newspapers are worse than ever,” writes Greenberg. He’s bounced back, now featured on LA Observed, the insider’s Web site for news on local journalism and politics, and VC Reporter, one of PW’s sister papers. His work is also appearing here in PW. But for most cartoonists, Greenberg says the future is pretty bleak. Shortly after Election Day, he writes, “came a spurt that some have called the ‘Worst Week Ever,’ with the Seattle Times axing its six-year cartoonist … and two days earlier, the Kansas City Star axing its cartoonist The work of Derek Carter

“True, [syndicate offerings] might not be local, but that’s seen as a plus: Light topical gags fill the space, anything the least bit inflammatory goes in the trash bin, and there are no worries about offending a local councilman or advertiser who might be the publisher’s golfing buddy,” Greenberg writes. David Wallis, founder of the FeatureWell.com news syndicate and author of “Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression,” told PW Contributing Editor Joe Piasecki back in 2007 that editors and publishers of both alternative and daily papers scrap great work over fear of someone taking offense. “Cartoonists are arguably the most incendiary journalists,” Wallis told Piasecki. “They’re the ones who hit us in a primitive place. … Part of their job brief is to offend, and that makes editors increasingly uncomfortable.” That was nearly three years ago. Today, “At a time when news publications are in a desperate bid to attract younger readers, they are squandering an opportunity to reach those very readers by either firing [cartoonists] or

Life in Hell ©1986 by Matt Groening. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Acme Features Syndicate.

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of 27 years’ tenure … and two days earlier, the Ventura County Star axing, well … me.” But they were far from alone. “[T]he grand field of editorial [or ‘political’] cartooning,” says Greenberg, “has been disappearing faster than a polar ice cap, with newspapers eliminating positions at a rate of more than one a month across the country in the last year. There were well over 200 staff cartoonists in the 1980s, and perhaps just 80 now; exact counts are tricky, but the numbers are clearly plunging. In 2008 alone, at least 16 newspaper positions disappeared.” In the world of dailies, which have always had editorial illustrators and cartoonists on staff, Greenberg says one factor contributing to all this carnage has been the increasing use of inexpensive syndicated cartoons. “For a small fraction of a cartoonist’s salary, editors can get piles of cartoons each week,” he notes. Another problem is politics, with the inexperience of the freelancers melding well with management’s desire not to offend anyone.

minimizing the number of editorial cartoons they publish,” says Wallis. “Every newspaper should have at least one graphic reporter who reports the news and does it in the language of the graphic novel, using the techniques they use in graphic novels to reach new readers. Each paper should have one.” That’s because “Cartoons,” says Wallis, “are often the most popular part of the newspaper. If anything, newspapers should be significantly increasing their visual content.” While Village Voice Media papers are well known for maintaining a right-leaning Libertarian bent to their overall coverage, which is sometimes way out of place in the wacky world of Tom Tomorrow, Perkins said he didn’t perceive politics playing a role in his suspension in February. “Some papers are traditionally friendlier to my style than others, but I have absolutely no idea” whether politics played a part in the moratorium, which VVM officials maintain was called in order to save –CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

The work of Tony Gleeson

“THERE IS SUCH A CHANGING LANDSCAPE RIGHT NOW. IN THE INTERNET AGE, IT HASN’T DECIMATED ME LIKE IT WOULD HAVE 15 YEARS AGO. THEN AGAIN, IN THE INTERNET AGE, NEWSPAPERS ARE HAVING TROUBLE SURVIVING. SO IT’S KIND OF A CATCH-22.” DAN PERKINS

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money. “I can’t read people’s minds. I can only take them at their word.” Tony Ortega, editor of the Village Voice, declined to speak on the record about the chain’s economic condition, but did say it was done to save money. In fact, Ortega said, “We brought back Tom Tomorrow several weeks ago, and I’m hoping to bring back others as long as things continue to improve for us.”

NO ONE CARES

The hugely popular Perkins was ultimately reinstated in September, just before it was reported that he had drawn the nine-panel cover for Pearl Jam’s latest album, “Backspacer,” which debuted Sept. 20. In addition to the Pearl Jam cover, Perkins has also written a children’s book. Still, “I did lose a dozen midsize cities,” the 48-year-old told PW in a phone interview last month. “As I say, there are still a lot of other papers and a lot of smaller markets as well.” But, he said, “There is The work of Tim Furey

clown suits and have fires fought with peanut butter — says he will survive. “People should not feel sorry for me. I’ll be fine. I just love cartooning,” he tells the Weekly from his home in Connecticut. “I would just like to keep doing cartoons, but I am very resilient, and if my entire career collapses, I assure you, I will find something else to do.” Rall attributes losing many of his customers to politics, specifically the climate of fear to offend that developed following Sept. 11. The Twin Towers tragedy “created a very conservative atmosphere … it kind of made any liberal or leftwing or anti-government commentary seem out of touch with the political atmosphere at the time. Also, at that exact time the big dotcom advertising meltdown hit newspapers. So that fed in …and daily newspapers in particular started getting rid of their editorial cartoons,” Rall recalls. Now, eight years later, editors seem to think that editorial cartoons don’t work because no one cares about

such a changing landscape right now. In the Internet age, it hasn’t decimated me like it would have 15 years ago. Then again, in the Internet Age, newspapers are having trouble surviving. So it’s kind of a catch-22.” While the Iowa City native has always been politically active, campaigning as a youngster for 1972 Democratic presidential contender George McGovern, then taking up the anti-nuclear cause as a teen, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder tells The New York Times that the band connected with Perkins for mostly economic reasons, “since the Internet has wreaked the same havoc on newspapers as it has on the music industry,” as Vedder puts it. “It used to be real simple; Dan writes a strip, it gets in the paper, people read it, Dan gets paid. That’s how we felt too: make records, people buy them at a record store, we tour, there you go. It’s not that simple anymore.” Whatever happens, Perkins, father of a 6-year-old boy and author of the children’s book “The Very Silly Mayor,” — the story of a town, according to the New Haven Advocate, where leaders make cops dress in

Steve Greenberg’s self-portrait

Age. Keppler started three German-language illustrated magazines — among them Puck, which later became wildly popular after moving to New York and being translated into English. In the last century, as Greenberg notes in his column for VC Reporter, Herb Block, aka Herblock, of the Washington Post infuriated Richard Nixon when he was a communist-hunting congressman, and later president. It’s been said that Herblock’s cartoons, especially those of Nixon during his fall from power in the early 1970s, were even more politically influential than those of Nast a century prior. Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Conrad also had a field day with Nixon for the LA Times before and after Watergate. Conrad also took on Ronald Reagan when Reagan was governor of California and later president. Before leaving the Times in 1993, Conrad won two Pulitzers (he had already won one while at the Denver Post in the 1950s) before being replaced by ultraconservative Michael Ramirez.

them. “But the truth is no one cares about the editorial cartoons that they use. It would kind of be like putting a really old, fat woman on the cover of Maxim, and when that doesn’t work well, the editor saying people aren’t into women. No, they are into women, just not that woman.”

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Throughout the 1800s, political cartoons and editorial illustrations grew in popularity and political influence through the work of artists like Thomas Nast, who created the image of a well-fed Santa Claus we’ve become familiar with, as well as the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Dubbed “The Prince of Caricaturists,” Nast’s skewering of New York’s corrupt William “Boss” Tweed for Harper’s Weekly kept the pot boiling for the conviction of Tweed and his gang of cronies on corruption charges in the early 1870s. Also around that time in St. Louis, another German immigrant, Joseph Keppler, was on his way to becoming the most successful political cartoonist of the Gilded The work of Jun Alvarado

“IT USED TO BE REAL SIMPLE; DAN WRITES A STRIP, IT GETS IN THE PAPER, PEOPLE READ IT, DAN GETS PAID. THAT’S HOW WE FELT TOO: MAKE RECORDS, PEOPLE BUY THEM AT A RECORD STORE, WE TOUR, THERE YOU GO. IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE ANYMORE.”

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Ramirez won the first of two Pulitzers in 1994, while with The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis. After coming to the Times, the paper discontinued him in 2005, three years before he won another Pulitzer, this time while he was with Investor’s Daily Journal. Today, Greenberg notes, the Times no longer has a political cartoonist. “If you win a Pulitzer Prize, it no longer protects you from being fired,” observes Wallis.

and passed, but I don’t know. I hope not,” says Groening, who did not return calls for comment on this story. Wallis says newspapers are their own worst enemies by projecting images of weakness. “When you put out a thin newspaper, one without editorial art, you start conveying the message to readers that what you are putting out is no longer important enough to pick up,” Wallis says. “There is a tipping point where customers decide whether this is something that they are not really going to miss anymore.” Greenberg is cautiously optimistic, now that layoffs have slowed down. “In some cases, newspapers are still waiting to see what’s happening with their finances and circulation, but the pace of layoffs has slowed since I wrote that piece. Not that it’s a wonderful picture out there. But layoffs are not quite as bad as they had been,” Greenberg said. Perkins’ forecast on the field is shaped by a couple of large clouds: “Political cartooning will exist in some

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The sad but simple fact is that print media in general is in big trouble. In the world of dailies, the LA Times has laid off scores of veteran staffers and suffered staggering circulation drops over the past few years. The Daily News of Los Angeles, owned by the same chain that runs the Pasadena Star-News, is also a shadow of what it was when Greenberg worked there. Things are better in the alternative weekly category, but not by that much. Just over the past few The work of Ching Ching Cheng

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years a number of publications — among them LA CityBeat, its companion monthly magazine New Angeles, and PW’s monthly Glendale magazine, Verdugo — have tanked. When it comes to weekly newspapers in LA — particularly alternatives — it’s basically PW and the LA Weekly, which, at an anorexic 120 or fewer pages a week (tabloid-size alt papers measure general health by the number of pages in an issue, usually keeping to a 60/40 percent breakdown between advertising and editorial, respectively), is no longer the West Coast behemoth that was nearly twice that size every week just a few years back. PW’s also taken some hits in the recession, reducing page counts in certain sections in order to balance budgets. But, thanks mainly to a strong and growing base of committed advertisers and devoted readers, the paper has managed to stay in the game. People enjoy reading the Weekly — and our award-winning cartoons and illustrations over the years (by the likes of Tony

form online, but it becomes a different animal online … there is so much competition for eyeballs right now.” When you combine that competition with the reality of anyone having access to those images, “and if no one is willing to pay for them online, which is often the case, you can guess that the future is not so bright.” “I don’t want anyone to think this is anything other than a dismal picture,” says Rall, who just released “The Year of Loving Dangerously,” co-written by Pablo G. Callejo, an autobiographical tale of hard times in mid’80s New York City. “But I do think there is a side that isn’t reported much … Look, for instance, at the [Association of American Editorial Cartoonists]. It has more members than ever before — record-breaking numbers. And, really, the work has never been better; never been as smart or relevant,” Rall says. “But what we have is an economic problem and the work is not going to stay great if no one can figure out a way to get paid. All the good people are going to go and do other things.” ■

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ailgate parties around the UCLA vs. USC football game Saturday at the Coliseum won’t take a backseat to any outdoor event in the West this year, save NASCAR. With the stadium’s 93,607 seats sold out and thousands of other fans without tickets converging here just for the tailgate partying, cops will have to lay out spike strips on Figueroa Street to keep the crowd down. The $25 Coliseum parking lot fee won’t stop intrepid tailgaters, nor will the $40 charged by adjacent businesses and residences for use of their driveways. It doesn’t matter that both USC and UCLA have had disappointing seasons, that graduating high school nerds can look forward to playing right away at either school; that both teams may only be Ti-dee Bowl-eligible — as always, it’s still the biggest game of the year. As the legendary UCLA football coach Red Sanders once put it: “Beating USC is not a matter of life and death. It’s more important than that.” Irrepressibly, the scene will become a virtual Mardi Gras of foods and drinks, truck stops and tank tops. Tank tops? I hope not. This attire and more grotesque drapery — men in obscenely lettered T-shirts that hadn’t been cleaned more than once; women with tattoos flirting from the rear of their lo-rise jeans — would signal the return of Raider fans. Harmless? Remember how they once blitzed the Coliseum with unwarrantable annoyances like rioting. Saturday’s fans will be more sophisticated; if drinking, they’ll only have to be careful

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about handling telescoping roasting forks, spring-loaded flip spatulas and lighter fluid. From streets wide and narrow, there’ll be mobile homes towing super- grills and little cars with glove-box-size hibachis. There’ll be Ford F150 Party Trucks — custom-designed for tailgating with grill, sink, blender, beer taps and a flip-down DVD player — with black-belt barbecue masters at the wheel. And USC’s farright Republican alumni will arrive in Cadillac Escalades while moon-roofed liberal Bruin grads come in BMW X3s. As a fierce independent, caddying an Igloo ice chest full of beer, I’ll be bumming a ride with a friend in a rusty old Chevy Landfill pickup. But

supplied with our bounteous spread of goodies from South Pasadena’s Bristol Farms (606 Fair Oaks Ave., 626/441-5450), we’ll not be outdone even by those who’ve come in limos with live bands and white-hatted caterers. Our basket will be brimming with two USDA Prime top sirloins ($12.99 a pound) — very lean and perfectly healthful for barbecuing as they avoid carcinogens by keeping fat off the grill. But if a friend from out of town joins us and volunteers to buy the meat, I’ll suggest Snake River Kobe beef rib-eye ($55.99/lb.). We’ll add a chunk of aged, sharply flavored pecorino Romano cheese at –CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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$12.49, plus a heart of palms salad, $7.99/lb., ginger sesame chicken tenders, $8.99/lb., and an $11.59 pecan pie. For good measure we’ll toss in some oilcured Moroccan olives and Cajun andouille sausages. Spicy and heavy-smoked, these links are especially good when served cold. Later, at the game, they will blend nicely with our flasks of whiskey. (They don’t sell alcohol in the Coliseum — but with today’s loose clothing …) If you’ve come ill-prepared for tailgating, the USC Hospitality group will come to your rescue. If you’ve come in fine style, they’ll enhance the experience. The group plans and presides over special events and operates on a daily basis some 29 food establishments on campus — including fast food places like Baja Fresh, Wahoo’s and Jamba Juice, a host of American and ethnic restaurants, and, for snooties, Wolfgang Puck’s and Literatea. Off campus, at the Radisson Hotel, they host three more restaurants. Taking time off, tailgaters can have fun gadding about the campus. “Our mission,” said USC Hospitality director, Kris Klinger, “is to create the best

USC experience for students, faculty, alumni, honored guests and everyday visitors.” The other day I visited Hospitality’s McKay’s Restaurant Bar & Lounge (at the Radisson, 3540 S. Figueroa St., 213/743-4111). I thought it would be a sports bar beer joint where I’d be standing in the shadows of overbrewed USC defensive linemen about to fall asleep, as they did at the Stanford game. It was my misplay. More than clean and looked-after, McKay’s has a modern design, replete with warm, dark woods, a stone fireplace, footstools, couches with pillows and an etched glass panel separating the dining room from the lounge. Its menu would both serve the university president with filet mignon and perk up a tired Trojan lineman with pulled pork. At the bar, a Trojan fan was telling me about the history of the series and the glories of his team. As a Bruin fan from way back, I could not go there gladly: The scorecard reads: USC 43 wins, 28 losses and 7 ties; 11-1 national championships; 7-1 Heisman Trophy winners, and 7-1 in Coach Pete Carroll’s recent victories over my Bruins. Dryly, I responded with my best defense/ offense: “At least we’re not named after a product.” ■

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$95,000 $150,000

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$380,000

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$285,000

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What do you get the hipster in your life? Old Pasadena offers a wealth of stores to please the most discerning fashionistas, whether male or female. The city’s historic core kicks off the holiday season Friday through Sunday with free live performances, the arrival of Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony, a holiday open house with special in-store events, and savings and giveaways. From high fashion at Armani Exchange and Flutter to worldly wares at Distant Lands travel bookstore and outfitter, Pasadena’s historic core offers a panoply of shopping options. But the selection doesn’t stop at clothing. Head over to Beyond the Olive for high-quality oils and vinegar, hop over to Design Within Reach for stylish home furniture and décor, or swing by Lather for uniquely scented soaps and beauty products.

The Crown City’s culture hub is a prime destination for gifts catering to the artist in us all. A Fender or a Gibson from Pasadena Guitars will strum the heartstrings, a Montblanc pen from Vroman’s Fine Writing Gifts & Stationery will summon the scribe, while specialized fitness nutrition at Max Muscle can help forge an aesthetic body. And don’t overlook tickets for shows at the Pasadena Playhouse, Theater @ Boston Court, Furious Theater, The Ice House or Laemmle Playhouse 7 Cinemas.

280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena This lifestyle mall at the center of the city is ground zero for variety, and its merchants are throwing a retro holiday party Friday through Sunday featuring live ‘50s-style holiday tunes, a sock hop, pictures with Santa and a hula hoop contest. Find myriad gourmet food gifts at Harry and David, elegant and contemporary clothes for kids at Jacadi, gadgets to make any task easier at Brookstone, journals and more at Apostrophe Books and exclusive women’s designer fashions at Caché. Treat yourself and your loved ones with cookies from Mrs. Fields. For the sports fan, try apparel at All Pro Sports.

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400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia A quick jaunt down the Foothill (210) Freeway to this burgeoning retail center can be the first and final stop for gift shopping. Find the latest gaming titles at Gamestop, quirky kitsch items at Spencer’s Gifts, an arsenal of Hello Kitty-themed items at Sanrio and gifts that keep on giving at Frederick’s of Hollywood. Westfield is also a good bet for timeless holiday gifts, such as scented candles from Yankee Candle Company, and more explicitly temporal gifts, like a calendar from Day by Day Calendar Co. Cap off your trip with a stop at mainstays like Borders, Macy’s, Nordstrom or JC Penney.

100 W. Broadway, Glendale With dozens of quality merchants, the Glendale Galleria is where shoppers make short work of gift lists. Make the holidays sparkle with a ring or bracelet from Bailey Banks & Biddle or Ben Bridge Jewelers, or sweeten up your loved ones’ life with scrumptious offerings from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Just about anything from the LEGO store is sure to catalyze young imaginations, while edgier clothes and accessories from Hot Topic can help put parents back on the good graces of their teenagers. For good things in small packages, try Claire’s Accessories, Swatch or Sunglass Hut for the latest accoutrements.

889 Americana Way, Glendale If the words stylish, trendy or haute couture describe your shopping list, you’d better plan a trip to this designer mecca. Americana at Brand features big names like Barneys New York, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Calvin Klein, as well as emerging must-have brands like True Religion, Ed Hardy and Juicy Couture. It’s also the place for high-tech gifts, like customized robots at Rolling Robots or newfangled gadgets to enhance reading and listening pleasure at the Sony Style store.

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❉ GREAT GIFT IDEAS

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LOCATIONS IN PASADENA, SOUTH PASADENA AND SAN MARINO (626) 818-3114, EXTREMEBOOTCAMP.COM Your health is very important — not just how you feel now, but how you feel in the future, too. The Extreme Boot Camp Program is just one way Taix helps you work toward your lifelong fitness goals. It provides a complete physical fitness program focusing on cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance and strength, body composition and nutritional guidance. It’s not just a short-term diet — it’s a life-changing experience.

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2562 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA (626) 304-0064, VELOPASADENA.COM Give the gift of a new bike during the Holiday Bike Sale at Velo Pasadena. This premier bike shop offers huge selection to choose from. The Specialized FSR XC is on sale. All 2009 in stock models (Comp: $1279.95 or Expert: $1449.95). Gift certificates are also available.

5702 YORK BLVD., LOS ANGELES (323) 255-7115, SODAPOPSHOP.COM At Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, you’ll find 450-plus sodas in glass bottles and more than 500 different beers from around the world, as well as wonderful nostalgic candies. Holiday gift certificates are available and most of Galco’s products are available online. Shipping is also available. Shop in the store or go online to find that perfect gift for that hard-to-please person in your life.

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Holiday Event Old Town Monrovia, CA Santa’s Coming To Town! Friday morning, November 27th. Ring the bells and clap your hands ‘cause Santa’s jingling on in today. FREE Holiday Movie at Krikorian Theatres Gift Holiday Saturday morning, November 28th, 10:00 AM. Wrap Carolers *Free to first 231 guests, so get there early!* Stations each and Holiday Open Houses Saturday evening, November 28th To wrap every throughout Old Town. 5:00-9:00 PM. your goodies weekend Parade: An Old Town Holiday Thursday evening, December 3rd on Myrtle Ave. 7:00 PM. Santa Breakfasts & Brunches Beginning Saturday, December 5th through Sunday, December 20th FREE gifts for the kiddies! Photos With Santa Beginning Saturday, December 12th. Free with coupon from sponsoring Old Town Merchant! 1st Annual “Santa Loves Music” Sing-a-long. Wednesday evening, December 16th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Library Park. Featuring traditional music of the season, cookies and hot cider plus a special visit from Santa Claus. Music, Music, Music Begins 10:00AM Friday morning, November 27th and continues through Christmas Eve. Live music on the streets of Old Town.

And don’t forget, “Secret Santa” wanders all over Old Town looking for someone to shower with gifts beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving. It could be you! For more information, please contact Diane Delmatoff at 626-303-6600 www.oldtownmonroviaca.com holiday guide | 11.26.09 | PASADENA WEEKLY 31


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Variety doesn’t come at the expense of friendly, personalized service in the many boutiques and stores on the tree-lined streets in Montrose’s shopping district. Skateboards, surfboards and snow boards for the extreme sports aficionado await at Billy’s Board Shop. Stuffed animals of all sizes beckon at Critters. One-of-a-kind treasures are always in stock at the unique boutique Bella, and Tender Treasures is the place for clothing made of all-natural fabric for both women and children. The shelves at Once Upon a Time children’s bookstore are stocked with titles to fortify the young mind.

Stretching through South Pasadena and San Marino, Mission Street offers a bevy of fine stores catering to discerning tastes. A host of eco-friendly clothes, home furnishings and beauty products promoting green living can be found at Organic Rush, and tasty vintages and classy glassware await at Winestyles. Or you can give the gift of art lessons at Zinnia. On the San Marino stretch of the street, shop home furnishings and gorgeous gifts at Lemmon Hill, stylish stationery at Paperwhites or hunt for a more agrarian gift among the greenery at San Marino Nursery.

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2700 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock Green and red may be the colors of the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend so much green that your bank account ends up in the red. The many sales going on at Eagle Rock Plaza this year can help shoppers avoid the holiday financial blues. Find everyday fashions for less at Hip, or browse through JDew Collections’ bountiful selection of handbags at bargain prices. In these health-conscious times, supplements from Vitamin World can make a wonderful gift for the wellness buff in your life.

It’s been a rather tough year for a lot of people, and many minds this holiday season may turn to gifts that pamper and nourish the soul. And the stylish South Lake shopping enclave offers no small amount of “shopportunities” to do so. A fine vintage from Le Petit Vendome is sure to elicit a smile, as are gift certificates for indulgent treatments at Touche Salon & Day Spa, AcuSpa, J Beverly Hills Salon or Merle Norman.

❉ GREAT GIFT IDEAS

FALCON THEATER 4252 W. RIVERSIDE DRIVE, BURBANK (818) 955-8101, FALCONTHEATRE.COM This holiday season, give the gift of laughter with the Falcon Theatre’s “2-Play Laugh Pack,” which includes one ticket to two hilarious comedies: “Souvenir” by Stephen Temperley and “The Psychic” by Sam Bobrick. Each Laugh Pack also comes with a $10 gift certificate to Papoo’s diner. Additionally, the Troubadour Theater Company’s “Frosty the Snow Manilow” runs Dec. 2 through Jan. 17 at the theatre.

PADUA 2650 MISSION ST., SAN MARINO, (626) 441-5061 Put a smile on someone’s face this holiday with a gift from Padua, which offers a beautiful array of eclectic gifts and home accessories from around the world. Owner Dolores Kroop has worked as a designer for over 20 years. When designing interiors, exteriors and events, she brings to her work a background in art and design with experience and exposure garnered through years of growing up abroad in South America, Europe and the Middle East.

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(ARA) — On average, Americans will spend $682.74 on holiday shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation. That is down about $20 from last year’s average spending. And two-thirds of Americans also report that the economy is causing them to spend less this holiday season. But the good news is that people will be shopping sales and discounts this year, according to the NRF, and one way to find great deals is using online coupons. No matter if you’re looking for clothing, home and gardening tools or even travel deals to present to your family and friends as holiday gifts, you can find coupons and discounts for the items, shipping or extra offers online. CouponSnapshot.com offers up to 30,000 free bargains and deals from up to 8,000 online retailers. Look for Christmas coupons specifically, or just browse for discounts at your favorite stores. If you still have time to plan your holiday shopping, sign up for the Coupon Alert System, which notifies you by email of the newest additions to the site from your favorite merchants. While doing your holiday shopping online, make sure you do your research on the products and the companies. This might not be a concern if you’re shopping through a wellknown retailer, but make sure the Web site and the company are legitimate and secure. Look for recognition from the Better Business Bureau, or search for customer feedback about the company and the Web site. Reputable sites will also offer strong safety measures for when you plan to purchase something. Check to make sure a page is secure with the lock symbol when you enter your credit card number, or consider paying with a PayPal account, which offers you protection for the purchase price and shipping costs. Make sure you complete your holiday shopping list this year easily and for less money. Save money with online coupons and sales, but also make sure your purchase is safe and secure. ■ Courtesy of ARAcontent

MAUDE WOODS 55 E. HOLLY ST., PASADENA, (626) 577-3400, MAUDEWOODS.COM Select from a collection of pillows by famed textile designer John Robshaw. The fabric line is hand-block-printed on the finest cotton. These pillows made the Vanity Fair “Hot Gift List” in November 2009. Imagine the statement these fine pillows will make on your solid-color sofa. A couple of these pillows should definitely be added to any wish list.

FRUIT IN A BASKET 1300 E. MAIN ST., ALHAMBRA (626) 293-8694, FRUITINABASKETONLINE.COM Fruit in a Basket’s fruits are handpicked daily from local farmers to ensure that arrangements have nothing but the freshest, sweetest and ripest produce available. Organic and exotic fruits are available upon request, as are custom designs in specific themes or featuring certain types of fruit. Fruit in a Basket also offers chocolate fondue fountain catering services for weddings, parties and other special occasions.

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Couture Baskets

A custom-designed gift from Couture Baskets makes the kind of impression a bouquet of flowers or a garden-variety fruit basket wishes it could. Each creation is filled with lush fresh produce and luxurious fruit. It is dramatically presented in a keepsake designer basket or container. 626.696.5329 – info@couturebaskets.com

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Give green holiday cards Holiday cards are supposed to be from the heart, so take some extra time and attention and make them earth-friendly. Send holiday cards by using recycled paper which can be purchased on sites like HolidayCardsUnlimited.com, or, even better, use e-cards like those from 123greetings.com for a paper-free option.

Give gifts that promote green living There are many perfect green gift options for everyone on your list. Look into things like bamboo cookware for the chef, handcranking flashlights for outdoor enthusiasts and all-natural baked goods for foodies. Organic bath products will be popular with the women in your life and eco-friendly clothing made from hemp, organic cotton and bamboo is perfect for the fashionistas.

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Get creative when wrapping gifts Don’t rely on the standard tradition of opening a new roll of wrapping paper just for the holidays. Get creative and use materials found around the house like magazines, newspapers and fabric. Re-using old gift bags or purchasing reusable bags are great options for reducing your waste as well. If you still prefer traditional wrapping paper, this year opt for purchasing recycled gift wrap.

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With all the electronics and toys that find their way under the tree and the millions of digital pictures sure to be taken over the holiday season, Americans will spend nearly $700 million on batteries during this time. Rechargeable batteries can be used in any electronic device and save both money and space in landfills. One rechargeable battery can replace up to 1,000 disposable batteries. Rayovac, the nation’s fastest-growing brand of rechargeable batteries, offers affordable rechargeable options for digital cameras, which tend to use batteries faster than any other device, and cost less than other rechargeable brands. Plus, Rayovac offers Hybrid rechargeable batteries that come precharged and hold their charge for up to six months when not in use, unlike other rechargeable batteries. This makes rechargeable batteries a great option for all devices.

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❉ GREAT GIFT IDEAS

SALON DE JEUNESSE 32 E. HUNTINGTON DRIVE, ARCADIA (626) 446-2225, SALONDEJEUNESSEUS.COM Give a gift of beauty this holiday season. Salon de Jeunesse specializes in both men and women, offering cuts, color, weaves, highlights and hair extensions. This salon believes your hair should not only compliment your lifestyle, but become the very focal point of your personal style. Salon de Jeunesse provides the latest hairstyles to keep you looking and feeling great.

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LULA MAE 100 N. FAIR OAKS AVE., PASADENA, (626) 304-9996, LULAMAE.COM Select from a large collection of Lollia products with fresh scents that include peony and white lily, lavender and violet. Elegantly packaged in pink and floral patterns, these products are an aesthetic treasure inside and out. Featured as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2004, Lollia’s botanical lush hand cream is made with rich Shea butter and macadamia and Brazil nut oils to nourish your skin. You’re guaranteed to find a fragrance at Lula Mae that will become your everyday favorite.

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2nd Annual Christmas in the Village Free Admission!

Serving the community since 1926

It’s No Secret! Webster’s Pharmacy Now Welcomes You To Shop For: • Greeting Cards & Gift Wrap • The Latest Fashion Accessories & Jewelry • Sumptuous Bath & Body Treats • Holiday Gifts, Wrap & Trim • And Much More Coming Soon!

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2450 N. Lake Ave. in Altadena Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM Saturday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM • Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Voted Best Gift Boutique in Pasadena!

“Twas the time to go shopping for Gifts & Treats The Holiday spirit is filling the streets! Customers were greeted at Lula Mae’s door Gifts for everyone, savings and more!”

100 NORTH FAIR OAKS AVENUE • OLD PASADENA 626.304.9996 • OPEN 7 DAYS • www.lulamae.com 40 PASADENA WEEKLY | 11.26.09 | holiday guide

This event will honor the Pasadena Fire Department, who assisted with the Station Fire. Live music by the Allan Wasserman Jazz Ensemble. Raffle Prizes, and 15% of all sales will go towards improvements for the North Lake Village Business Association. For questions, contact Ron Carter at

(626) 345-1413

Visit us on our website at http://nlvba.org/village/

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(ARA) — Shhh! Don’t look now, but the days are getting shorter and the holidays will be here before you know it. This year, when you turn the pages on your calendar, have no fear. Holiday entertaining at home can be as easy as pie if you remember what your mother taught you when crossing the street: Stop. Look. And listen. The same lesson applies to entertaining. Stop the madness. The biggest obstacle to easier entertaining is a Pollyanna perception of the perfect party. Even some of the youngest hostesses remember stories of days gone by where the hostess comes out of the kitchen, looking like a cover girl, bringing out tray after tray of homemade appetizers and desserts that she’s slaved over for weeks. Thankfully, the reality is the world of entertaining has changed significantly. With a little attitude adjustment combined with some simple planning, every gathering is a great opportunity to connect with those who should be the main focus of the party: your guests. Focus on what they love and you’ll win every time. Look for ways to make your guests feel special. We can all agree that it’s nice to be treated special. Your guests are no different. Whether it’s an impromptu gathering at your house after a school concert or a full-blown dinner party, it’s always good to keep a few holiday treats on hand, ready to use at a moment’s notice. Check your pantry and freezer. Do you have plenty of holiday snacks, ready to heat and serve? How about some special holiday treats, like scrumptious cheese and sausage trays and delectable desserts? In addition to the tried and true, try something new. Offer bite-size pieces of many different taste sensations. Rule of thumb: figure 10 appetizers or bite-sized desserts per person. Stock plenty of good coffee, sparkling water, wine and beer, and you’ll be in good shape. Listen to your guests and to your inner voice. Whether you’re trying to entice your guests to try something new, or ensure they have their favorite taste of the holiday on the menu when they’re visiting, or even listening for that special tip on what to get them if the next holiday gathering is at their home, it always pays to listen. If your guest raves about a certain treat or flavor, make a note of it and add it to your list of potential host gifts. If the party moves to someone else’s home, and you’re fresh out of wine, a great holiday gift basket with handdecorated sweets, flavored cheeses or delicious pastries might be just the ticket. There are lots of ways to simplify entertaining and stay within your budget. So this year, when the thought of entertaining starts to make you nervous, remember that hospitality isn’t about the house, the food or the decorations. It’s about the richness of the moments spent with family and friends. Sit back and enjoy. ■ Courtesy of ARAcontent

❉ GREAT GIFT IDEAS

LIVIN’ ART

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1130 MISSION ST., SOUTH PASADENA (626) 799-8278, LIVINART.COM This purveyor of fine art, furniture, textiles and gorgeous treasures from India will bring your home to life with its extensive collection of beautifully handcrafted furniture pieces for living rooms and bedrooms, colorful accessories, one-of-a-kind gifts and vibrantly colored silks.

452 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA, (626) 229-7571 868 W. 7TH ST., LOS ANGELES, (213) 489-0900 11702 MOORPARK ST., STUDIO CITY, (818) 755-1777 EDIBLEARRANGEMENTS.COM A deliciously fresh gift-wrapped fruit bouquet from Edible Arrangements is perfect for any occasion. Choose from a variety of styles and sizes. Impress your loved ones this holiday with chocolate-covered strawberries, pineapples or apples.

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10 N. RAYMOND AVE., PASADENA (626) 844-EVOO, BEYONDTHEOLIVE.COM Instead of re-gifting a fruitcake from last holiday season, why not check out the unique gifts and gift baskets available at Beyond the Olive. This unique culinary store offers gift bags, baskets and crates that are perfect for any budget and occasion. Looking for an inexpensive host/hostess gift or the perfect gift for the foodie on your list? Beyond the Olive will put together the perfect gift basket before you can say “happy holidays.”

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SIMPLE TIPS FOR ELEGANT HOLIDAY HOSTING ACHIEVE CHAMPAGNE TASTE ON A BEER BUDGET

(ARA) — ‘Tis the season to spend quality time gathered with family and friends at festive celebrations and holiday parties. However, don’t let the stress of hosting a holiday party overwhelm you — it’s easier than you think to plan an elegant celebration that is sure to impress friends, family and coworkers. Try the following tips to host a fabulous party this holiday season with minimal time, money and effort:

Choose delightful, easy-to-prepare dishes Every party organizer knows how difficult it is to be involved in the party when the food preparation becomes the main focus. Instead of slaving over the stove with full course meals or complicated recipes, try serving a variety of simple yet sophisticated pre-made appetizers and desserts. Imagine guests arriving at your holiday party with the smell of petite quiche wafting throughout the house, walking past the dessert table and picking up a chocolate or pecan tart to pop in their mouths or satisfying their taste buds with favorite appetizers like cheese soufflé, seafood crab cakes or deli spirals — all while you are enjoying the company of your guests rather than being buried in the kitchen preparing to serve them.

Personal touches make guests feel welcome Personalize the party for your guests. Adding small personal touches to the party takes some prep time, but it is an easy way to make guests feel warm and welcome in your home. Make mental notes about little personal details for each of your guests, and sprinkle these throughout the evening. For example, greet a friend with, “I’m so glad you’re here, I lit those cinnamon candles you love.”

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Also, create one or two signature drinks of the evening and personalize them with a special name, such as “Tracey’s Taste of Tuscany” or “Patty’s Peppermint Twist.” With custom cocktails, you’ll be creating a fun environment for guests and can even consider skipping the mess, hassle and expense of a full bar. For even more personalization, offer customized drink menus featuring your selection of drink options. Print this on a 4-by-6 sheet of paper with the title of your party at the top: “Parsons’ Party Cocktail Menu.” Then, simply adhere it to standard 5-by-7 colored card stock and you have an instant drink menu.

Turn your home into a holiday wonderland Decorate like a professional while sticking on budget. Use everyday items already found in your household to add simple and inspired touches that will fit any holiday party. On tables, create visually appealing layers by turning bowls upside down, stacking linens or sturdy boxes to hold platters, centerpieces and candles. Easily accent plates with edible garnishes like flowers, fresh cranberries, olives, herbs or a swish of pesto sauce or swirl of whipped cream. Add vases and candles throughout the home to set a warm ambiance.

Provide guests with a keepsake Organize keepsakes to help guests remember your party. Before the party, purchase miniature take-home boxes so you can send favorite appetizers or desserts home with each of your guests. Also during the party, snap a couple of photos with each of your guests and send the photos with an e-card or note afterward so they can remember the fun they had at the party. ■ Courtesy of ARAcontent

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2575 MISSION ST., SAN MARINO, (626) 403-2577 Bring the kids! Spending time at Fancy That! is a holiday experience for all your senses. Magical displays of new and vintage treasures are sure to rekindle childhood memories of wonder and joy. You’ll find all the essentials — and ideas galore — for decorating your home, as well as truly inspired gifts for everyone on your list. Free gift wrapping is available and sales tax is still only 8.25 percent.

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1855 MAIN ST., SANTA MONICA, INTERGEM.COM Gift-giving made simple with something for everyone. Featuring diamond and gemstone bands from $279 (includes free gemstone with purchase from D’amati Fine Jewelry). Because jewelry is the perfect gift, the International Gem & Jewelry Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, with 300 booths, provides an all-in-one gift shopping jewelry showcase from Dec. 4 through Dec. 6. Visit D’amati Fine Jewelry in booth #453 and view their gorgeous gift selection! Visit the show for the best in quality, selection and value! Sparkling for 43 years! Visit intergem.com for details and coupon offers.

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It’s a Wrap! • Leftover Work Paper – Whatever your business may be, look around your office and see what paper could be used to wrap presents. I’m an interior designer and every year I accumulate so many large-scale house plans that I use the old ones for wrapping paper. People always get a kick out of it and they know who the gift is from! This would work with sheet music, real estate catalogues or sections from the newspaper, maps, posters — just about anything! • Ribbon Replacement – Use twine or jute instead of ribbon and replace the bow with sprigs of red berries or green holly leaves and berries. • Catalogues Paper – Tape together a few pages from a kids’ catalogue with brightly colored photographs of toys and Christmas items to make adorable wrapping paper. • Re-Gift Tags – Save Christmas cards this year and turn the unwritten area into next year’s gift tags

Eco-Enlightened Table Setting Ideas • A Berry, Merry Moss Centerpiece – Create an arrangement down the center of your table composed of green moss, river stones, red pomegranates, or berry clusters and votive candles (thrift store finds or fun glasses can be used as votives and reused later). It will create an elegant and natural display. Use bamboo or naturally woven place mats under the moss to incorporate another texture in the display. • Festive Votives – Holly sprigs, twigs or berry clusters can be tied around votives, jars, or candles with jute or twine. Place candles in the middle of the votives for a great ambience. • Holiday Hurricanes – For an elegant hurricane, place a pillar candle in the center of a pitcher, glass cylinder or vase and arrange a layer of moss on the bottom and then in between the glass and the candle add red cranberries; you can also use holly or berry clusters in place of the cranberries. Use beeswax or soy candles — they last longer than regular candles and are a greener choice than a standard burning candle. ■

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WORLD CARAVAN OUTLET 340 E. COLORADO BLVD., PASADENA, (626) 578-1137 Step into World Caravan Outlet for the most amazing selection of holiday linens, tablecloths, aprons, mitts, pot holders, place mats and napkins in various textures, sizes and designs. Add color to your parties with holidaythemed coasters and candles. World Caravan Outlet is your one-stop shop for beautiful gifts at very affordable prices

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CRANK UP THE JOY

Pine cone potpourri

Wise men’s gift

Sprinkle a bowl of pine cones with balsam fir needle essential oil. Tie the pine cones in a fabric bag with a pretty bow for a lovely potpourri gift that generates the true aroma of a living fir tree.

Recycle an empty tea tin and make it into a Magi’s treasure chest by painting it or covering it with festive gold paper. Fill the tin with coarse salt and sprinkle with lemon, frankincense and myrrh essential oils, and replace the lid. Include instructions to release this ancient sacred scent by removing the lid and placing in a warm location.

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(ARA) — Popular culture has given us unrealistic expectations about the “perfect” holiday season. But the reality is that it can be a very stressful time. Lack of funds and the pressure of gift-giving are the leading causes of holiday stress, according to the American Psychological Association. While there is no definitive quick fix for the stress most of us experience at the holidays, we can start by reining in expectations and keeping things simple. For instance, instead of letting holiday gift-giving make you fret and break your budget, why not craft some fragrant, low-cost, guilt-free gifts that nurture body and soul? Gifts from the heart, made with your hands, are much more meaningful to both the recipient and the giver. Tom Havran, aromatherapy expert at Aura Cacia, has some great ways to use scents in holiday gift-giving while saving cents:

Peppermint foot fancy These two pampering foot treatments will melt away tension while they invigorate the entire body and cheer the spirit with an uplifting scent. Start with this minty-fresh essential oil blend: ½ ounce peppermint essential oil ½ ounce sweet orange essential oil ½ ounce lavender essential oil

Soul-warming spa kit Create a home spa kit with a mineral bath and a body and massage oil. These gifts have a green, lemony-balsamic aroma that can revitalize the body and chase away seasonal blues. Wrap in a pretty basket, adding a loofah, fluffy robe, slippers or other bath items if you wish.

For a fizzy foot soak, mix 1 teaspoon of the essential oil with the ingredients below (available at a drugstore or pharmacy): 1 ½ cups sea salt 1 cup Epsom salt ¼ cup sodium bicarbonate ¼ cup citric acid granules Use 1 to 2 tablespoons in a basin of warm water for a revitalizing foot soak.

Here’s the essential oil blend you’ll create to add to the mineral bath and massage products: 1/2 ounce eucalyptus essential oil 1/2 ounce frankincense essential oil 1/2 ounce lemon essential oil To make the mineral bath, combine 1 teaspoon of the essential oil blend with these ingredients (readily available at a drugstore or pharmacy): 1 cup sea salt 1 cup Epsom salt 1 cup sodium bicarbonate Store in a pretty glass or metal container. Add 1/4 cup to a bathtub of warm water.

For an exfoliating foot scrub, mix 1 teaspoon of the essential oil blend with: 2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup sweet almond oil Gently massage 1 tablespoon of mixture into feet and toes, then rinse away granules.

To create the spa kit body and massage oil, combine 1 teaspoon of the essential oil blend with: 2 cups sweet almond oil 1 cup grapeseed oil Place in an attractive container for use as a bath, body or massage oil.

For even more spa-gift ideas, visit the aromatherapy experts at www.auracacia.com. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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146 S. LAKE AVE., PASADENA, (626) 792-9936, WINEDETECTIVE.COM After two years of blood, sweat and tears and 400 wines tasted, Wine Detective has quietly opened its doors to the wine-loving public. The store offers an exceptional lineup of 50 wines available for tasting and purchasing, a small yet very distinguished menu of cold-cut plates and Basquestyle small sandwiches, as well as a great and enthusiastic staff. Gift certificates are available for the holidays.

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(626) 792-7885, ALEXANDRIA2.COM Alexandria II is named after the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt and hopes to honor its tradition by creating a place for people of all beliefs to learn and exchange ideas. The store has an incredible selection of Brazilian quartz, amethyst spheres and points, rose quartz, raw emerald, and sodalite hearts, including one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from $1 to $1,800. Many unique pieces in the $20-$40 price range are also available. Come see us in our new location at 170 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena.

6 E. HOLLY ST., PASADENA, (626) 796-7100 315 N. VERDUGO ROAD, GLENDALE, (818) 549-9600 (877) 9-MIGNON, MIGNONCHOCOLATE.COM Indulge with an elegant chocolate gift box containing Mignon Chocolate’s new “M” Collection. This limited edition collection contains a rich and exotic range of luscious dark chocolate ganaches, hand-shelled with wellrefined 60-percent single-origin Venezuelan dark chocolate. Flavors include ginger with lime sea salt, lavender, Cuban mojito, chili pepper, pomegranate and blueberry.

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Free turkey dinner Get some much-needed holiday delight at the annual free Thanksgiving dinner hosted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Union Station Homeless Services at Central Park, between Raymond and Fair Oaks avenues and Green Street and Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena. Whether eating, helping or both, call (626) 240-4550 ext. 542.

Fundraiser for the arts Help the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, raise much-needed funds to keep its diverse program of classes and events alive by attending this Sunday’s functional and fine arts festival at the center, featuring a local artists’ exhibit and sale, live music and food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock. Suggested donation of $5 includes raffle ticket. Call (323) 226-1617 or visit centerartseaglerock.org.

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FLORENCE GREENBERG’S MUSICAL ‘BABY’ GREENBERG DISCOVERS SHIRELLES (AND HERSELF) IN ’50S MUSICAL ‘BABY IT’S YOU’ BY JANA J. MONJI

ust who is Florence Greenberg and why does she deserve a play? In its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, “Baby, It’s You!” by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux attempts to answer that question on many levels. The easy answer is that Greenberg discovered the first American girl rock group to have a number one Billboard single, the Shirelles. Greenberg doesn’t even warrant a Wikipedia entry, but people who know who the Shirelles were should know about her. The play takes its name from the Shirelles’ 1961 hit — not their first one, but one written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David — “Baby It’s You.” The Shirelles were four African-American girlfriends (Shirley Owens, Doris Coley, Beverly Lee and Addie “Micki” Harris), who became a quartet in 1958 at their New Jersey high school. They are played here by Erica Ash (Micki), Berlando Drake (Shirley), Paulette Ivory (Beverly and also as Dionne Warwick) and Crystal Starr Knighton (Doris). In the musical, Greenberg (Meeghan Holaway) is a stay-at-home mom whose children are ready to leave the nest. She wants something more than just being a wife, something husband Bernie (Barry Pearl) can’t understand. Greenberg’s daughter Mary Jane (Suzanne Petrela) introduces Florence to the Shirelles as they practice the song “I Met

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Check out women over 50 hoofing it to songs that are also over 50 when the Tap Chicks dance to music ranging from Broadway tunes to ’40s favorites and contemporary songs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Tickets are $12 to $20. Call (626) 3554318 or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.

Wedding dress rehearsal Alina Pizzano presents her original designs on a New York-style runway, along with a groom show featuring the fashions of Friar Tux, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Westin Hotel, 191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Admission is $6 at the door, or $4 with the code word “turkey.” Call (626) 683-8243 or visit whitesatinweddingshow.com. 11.26.09 | PASADENA WEEKLY 47


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Paying dues INDIE QUARTET PO’ GIRL TOURS ALMOST 300 DAYS A YEAR — AND IS MAKING IT PAY OFF here’s nothing that gives you a healthy new perspective beats like the view from the other side of fence — or, in the case of British Columbia-based quartet Po’ Girl, the other side of the border. Formed six years ago in Vancouver, Po’ Girl — aka Allison Russell, Awna Teixeira, Benny Sidelinger and JJ Jones — tour hard. Frontwoman Russell estimates they played close to 300 dates this past year, their itinerary for 2010 is filling up, and they’re planning for 2012 as well. While countless US bands are singing the can’t-afford-to-tour blues, Russell says Po’ Girl can’t afford not to tour. “The structures are all changing, and the infrastructures are all changing,” she says during a conversation about the music industry’s ongoing tumult. “But at the same time I feel like the live show is even more important than it was 15 years ago. It comes down to the grassroots, personal connections with your fans, and finding them wherever they are. I think because we’re a Canadian band, we were forced to do that early on in our career. It may be different for bands that are growing up in the LA region, which is huge and populated, basically playing there a long time before [going] further afield. The next big city [from Vancouver] is Calgary, and that’s 13 hours away. You do these insane, deathdefying drives through treacherous mountain passes and terrible weather. And you go, ‘Wait a second — to the south there’s this whole really big country with a lot of people!’ … To have longevity and to make music your full-time career, most Canadian bands have to go abroad.”With their eclectic instrumentation (everything from clarinet and glockenspiel to banjo and bicycle bells) and Billie Holiday-in-Appalachia vibe, Po’ Girl’s music — “influenced by early blues and early jazz and early folk,” per Russell — is tough to categorize. They’re in the midst of a West Coast tour of listening rooms and radio stations, promoting their newest album, “Deer in the Night.” Most of their album sales are generated from the side of the stage. “As a little indie band,” Russell says, “what we have found is that we’re actually doing better in the last two years than we did for the first four years of our career, when we were working with a bigger label. … “[We] make a lot of personal sacrifices, but … it’s early days yet, and in any career you have to pay the dues. Friends of mine have $50,000 of debt from school. We spend 300 days of the year on the road and struggle to make ends meet, but we’re building something as we go along.” ■

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Po’ Girl plays the Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, at 8 p.m. Friday; $15. Info: (626) 398-7917. pogirl.net.

Are you experienced? ROCKIN’ OUT AT OTP’S JIMI HENDRIX TRIBUTE & ’60S PARTY THIRTY-NINE YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH, JIMI HENDRIX’S INFLUENCE, WHICH helped shape the careers of generations of guitarists, reaches far beyond the grave. Friday night, a group of young, downtown LA-based bands gather to honor his birthday at Pasadena’s Old Towne Pub. While they boast varying styles, and aren’t in his psychedelic blues mode, the common factor is that the guitarists all list Hendrix as a major influence. First up is Rope In Hand, a country rebel band in the vein of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. Then comes The Dharma Bums, indie rockers reminiscent of Bare Naked Ladies and Kinky. Next, The Deadbeat Sinatras perform music with influences of Social Distortion and X. Thee Atom Smashers take the stage with a classic punk sound à la Agent Orange, Fear and The Dead Kennedys. Then, English transplants Shah rock out with influences of Duran Duran and Prince. Rounding out the show is Kasio Antaxia, a sound informed by The Killers and Sonic Youth. Each band will play a Hendrix song during their set, in their own style. Guests are encouraged to show up in 1960s fashion in honor of the guitar master’s heyday. — John Sollenberger Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Towne Pub, 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Enter through the alley off Holly Street between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues. Call (626) 577-6583.

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TRAX HEATHER MASSE, Bird Song (Red House): ★★★✩✩

DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE, A Friend of a Friend (Acony): ★★★★✩

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One-third of Canadian trio the Wailin’ Jennys, Masse stretches out solo on this 13-track disc that’s most memorable as a showcase for her warm, supple alto. She flexes her rockabilly chops on the romper “High Heeled Woman,” but she’s at her sultry best on understated numbers like the hushed “Chosen,” “Mornings Breaking the Rules,” the gospel tune “Over the Mountain” and “Bathtub,” which radiates jazzy sass. Masse guests on radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” Dec. 4. heathermasse.com.

Gillian Welch’s albums might just as well be labeled “Welch & Rawlings,” given the depth of her career-long collaboration with intense guitarist David Rawlings. Welch provides harmony and instrumental support along with organist Benmont Tench and fiddler/bassist Ketch Secor, among others. A fiddle-driven edge sharpens Rawlings’ melancholy “Heartbreaker” co-write with Ryan Adams, “To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High),” while a moody medley of Conor Oberst’s “Method Acting” and Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer” wouldn’t sound out of place on Welch’s “Time (The Revelator).” daverawlingsmachine.com.

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KENNETH PATTENGALE, Speak (FourSix): ★★★★✩

Pattengale’s seventh album could glibly be described as “Elliott Smith meets spaghetti Western-era Ennio Morricone,” but that doesn’t give full props to the detailed, often alluring texture of his offbeat narratives and kitchen-sink instrumentation. His brooding atmospheres are lightened by mariachi horns weaving subtle background harmony with acoustic guitar (“Laredo”) and accordion (“Westward Wind”), trippy sonic effects (“Trouble in These Parts”) and a duet with Joe Henry on the Dylanesque “Big Time.” CD release party at Hotel Café Wednesday. kennethpattengale.com.

ROBBEN FORD, Soul on Ten (Concord): ★★★✩✩

Blues guitarist Ford kicks off this live set with a grooving rendition of Kevin Sandbloom’s “Supernatural,” which should please local music aficionados. The Yellowjackets co-founder (and onetime Miles Davis/George Harrison/Joni Mitchell sideman) sounds most inspired by covers; his own material pales next to his take on the Willie Dixon chestnut “Spoonful” and an Elmore James/Jimmy Reed medley. Organist Neal Evans gets in tasty B-3 licks, but Ford’s tight backing trio mostly just frames his sterling fretwork. At the Brixton in Redondo Beach Dec. 4. robbenford.com.

1881 Club 1881 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 794-3068 Tuesday & Saturday—Karaoke Buster’s Coffee and Ice Cream Shop 1006 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 441-0744 Sunday—Straight-ahead jazz from DonovanMuradian Quintet Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine 655 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena (626) 795-0230 Friday, Saturday and Sunday—Live music including mariachi; DJ and karaoke Coffee Gallery Backstage 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena (626) 398-7917 Friday—Eclectic Canadian ensemble Po’ Girl Saturday—“Gypsy rhumba” guitarist Roger Espinoza Sunday—Jim Curry’s tribute to music of John Denver Monday & Tuesday—1940s-style cowboy ‘n’ western from Riders of the Purple Sage El Portal 695 E. Green St., Pasadena (626) 795-8553 Friday—Mariachi Tenochtitlan Saturday—Alaniz Esquire Bar & Lounge 3772 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-0360 Thursday-Sunday—DJ Firefly Bistro’s Wine Bar 1009 El Centro St., South Pasadena

(626) 441-2443 Thursday night & Sunday brunch—Blues from guitarist Barry “Big B” Brenner Ice House 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-1895 Friday & Saturday—Michael Loftus Sunday—“Comedy Meltdown,” Michael Loftus Tuesday—Uncle Clyde’s Cup Wednesday—“Latino Comedy Showcase,” “Comedy Time” taping/showcase Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-3900 Thursday— Pianist Jackie Johnson Friday—Stephan Boyd Saturday—Lobby lounge jazz concert by Pete Christlieb Quintet Tuesday-Wednesday—Pianist Jackie Johnson NeoMeze 20 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-3010 Tuesday, Friday & Saturday—DJs Old Towne Pub 66 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-6583 Live music nightly; call for info Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association First Baptist Church of Pasadena 75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena (626) 799-5689 Saturday—No swing dance this week Pasadena Presbyterian Church 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-2191 Wednesday—Free community concert at noon by the Joe LoPiccolo Duo


Paseo Cantina 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 203, Pasadena (626) 683-3100 Thursday-Sunday nights and Sunday brunch— Mariachi Folklorico Los Angeles Pop Champagne Bar 33 E. Union St., Pasadena (626) 795-1295 Sunday—Call for artist info Rancho Bar 2485 N. Lake Ave., Altadena (626)798-7634 Thursday—DJ Tuesday—Karaoke redwhite+bluezz 70 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 792-4441 Thursday—Weekly jam session feat. bassist Byron Miller & friends Friday—Jerry Brown Trio Saturday—Evan Stone, Brandon Bernstein Sunday—Diane Hubka; jazz brunch w/Vahagn Tergutyan Monday—Joe LoPiccolo Tuesday—Doug MacDonald Wednesday—Ryan Cross & Greg Poree Twin Palms 101 W. Green St., Pasadena (626) 577-2567 Friday & Saturday—Call for band info Sunday—Jazz brunch w/Big Boyz Villa Sorriso 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-2233 Wednesday—Dead-on, entertaining Sinatra-style crooning from Max Vontaine Vive Dining & Lounge 61 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 583-8483 Fridays—Prive/Latin Night with hip-hop, disco, ’80s and Latin hits at 8 p.m. Saturdays—VLounge Euro Night with hip-hop, house and club hits at 8 p.m. Sundays—Vive Salsa Sundays with a live salsa band at 4 p.m. and free lessons from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday—Comedy night WineStyles 1007 Mission St., South Pasadena (626) 799-4638 Friday—Guitarist Joe LoPiccolo Wednesday—Wine & Song: Brad Colerick’s singer-songwriter series continues

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY Ambiente 45 S. Garfield Ave., Alhambra (626) 300-5447 Friday & Saturday—DJs Sunday—Call for info Wednesday—Salsa-merengue night w/dance lessons, DJs Arcadia Blues Club 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia (626) 447-9349 Friday—Rock night w/Spyderhead, Vesuvia Sonic, Mercy Road, Damzel Saturday—Mississippi blues artist Lil’ Dave Thompson, the Getaway Sticks Bean Town 45 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre (626) 355-1596 Friday—Dan Roten The Buccaneer 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 355-9045 Friday—Call for info Saturday—Lungbutter Wednesday—Wednesday Night Platter Party: Bring your fave vinyl to be spun on turntable Cafe 322 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 836-5414 Friday—Monthly swing dance w/Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats Saturday—Iliana Rose Sunday—Opera to Broadway w/pianist Danny Guerrero & the Cafe 322 Singers in the evening; New Astroturf in the afternoon Tuesday—Quiz Nite w/Quizmaster Midge Wednesday—Judy Wexler Quartet

Domenico’s Italian Restaurant and Bar 251 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia (626) 574-7433 Friday and Saturday—DJ; happy hour 8 p.m.-1 a.m. The Granada 17 S. First St., Alhambra (626) 227-2572 Friday—Johnny Polanco Saturday—Chino Espinoza Sunday—Two’s Company

GLENDALE Jax 339 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale (818) 500-1604 Live jazz nightly LaBrie’s (formerly the Scene Bar) 806 E. Colorado St., Glendale (818) 241-7029 Friday—Tattooed Millionaires, Circus Asylum, Messenger Saturday—Get Yer Rocks Off w/Cannoneers of the New Command, Los Nova, Honeybreath, DJs Christopher Roman and Robert Miranda Monday—Sin Monday Wednesday—Combat Jack Party w/Little Drew Mason Left Coast Wine Bar 117 E. Harvard St., Glendale (818) 507-7011 Sunday—Open mic

EAGLE ROCK & HIGHLAND PARK Colombo’s Italian Steakhouse 1833 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock (323) 254-9138 Live music nightly Juanita’s 5930 York Blvd., Highland Park (323) 254-4200 Friday—La Santa Cecilia Saturday—Jazzilla Sessions: An Evening of Collective Improvisation Sunday—oPeN mIcRoFoNo hosted by Ilegals’ Willie Herron & the Brats’ Sid Med Little Cave 5922 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park (323) 255-6871 Friday—DJ Sweet Caroline Saturday—The Main Event Sunday—DJ Monday—Student Mondays Tuesday—Totally ’80s Tuesdays Wednesday—Punk Rock Wednesdays Mr. T’s Bowl 5621 1/2 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park (323) 256-7561 Friday—La Font, the DeepSea Goes, Let Go of the Rail, the Counter Regiment Saturday—Hillbilly Prophet, Next of Kin, Good Friday, Pistols and Pesos, Panic Space

GREATER LOS ANGELES Bigfoot Lodge Bar and Lounge 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village (323) 662-9227 Thursday—Psychotonic (Pabst Blue Ribbon Night) Friday—Annihilate This Week with DJ Smokey P Saturday—Detroit Rock City Sunday—Bingo Night; Bigfoot Sessions in afternoon—call for band info Monday—Rock ‘n’ Roll Karaoke Tuesday—The Devil’s Whorehouse—East Wednesday—London Calling: Weekly Brit-style pub night w/DJ Lee spinning Brit punk, pop, goth, mod, glam, psych Cafe Metropol 923 E. Third St., Downtown (213) 613-1537 Saturday—Vocalist Liela Avila Club Nokia 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown (800) 745-3000 Saturday—The Black Crowes, Truth & Salvage Co. Wednesday—Maxwell

The Echo 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park (213) 413-8200 Thursday—Gobble Gobble Give community event; go to gobblegobblegive.org for info on how to volunteer Friday—Aquarium Drunkard presents Japandroids, Surfer Blood Saturday—Funky Sole Sunday—Part Time Punks Factory Records Nite Monday—Season, Downtown/Union, Jack Wilson Jr., Regrets and Brunettes Tuesday—Swords of Fatima, New Rome Quartet, Lightnin’ Woodcock Wednesday—Helen Stellar, Kav, Square on Square, Nightmare Air The EchoPlex 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park (213) 413-8200 Saturday—Much Wednesdays presents Ilegal en Estyle w/Pilar Diaz, Wait Think Fast Tuesday—Vic Chesnutt Band feat. Guy Picciotto and members of Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Witchies, plus Warpaint, Liz Durrett Wednesday—In the EchoPlex: Dub Club Hotel Café 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood (323) 461-2040 Friday—The Passports, Kate Earl, Molly Jenson, Erin Mclaughlin, Zoro Saturday—Bobby Long, the Idyllists, Sarah Carter Sunday—Magnolia Memoir, the Quincy Blaque Trio, Josh Norton, Parker Ainsworth Monday—Buddyhead, Imaad Wasif, Tiny Television Tuesday—Bobby Long w/Emma Ejwertz, Patrick Park, Gregory Alan Isakov, Build Wednesday—Corinne Bailey Rae, CD release party for Kenneth Pattengale’s “Speak,” Sydney Wayser, Emma Ejwertz House of Blues 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood (323) 848-5100 Friday—Dokken, Lynch Mob Saturday—Justin Nozuka, Sam Bradley, Elizabeth and the Catapult Monday—Thump Mall Jam X-Mas Party Hyperion Tavern 1941 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake (323) 665-1941 Friday—Calling All Kids w/Matthew David and Sodapop Saturday—Hot Biscuit w/Shannon & Ian Monday—Talk Show w/George Earth Tuesday—Club Ding-a-Ling w/Nora Keyes and Don Bolles Orpheum Theatre 842 S. Broadway, Downtown (213) 749-5171 Saturday—Laurie Berkner Band Pehrspace 325 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park (213) 483-PEHR Friday—NASA Space Universe, Twin Lions, W-HI-T-E, Dva Damas, DJ Jesse Spears, DJ Kyle Mabson Saturday—Silent auction and benefit concert w/Sirah, Niantic, Give Me Motion, Voodoo Merchant, Nice Peter, the Shrine Monday—The Choke, Aristides, Trudgers, new TPF band w/Dana P. Redwood Bar & Grill 316 W. Second St., Downtown (213) 680-2600 Friday—Miguel Garcia & the Vaquetones Saturday—Gambler’s Mark, Sin Alley, more Sunday—Bawdy blues belter Candye Kane Monday—The Blind Boy Paxton & Frank Fairfield Variety Show Wednesday—Steve Abel Silverlake Lounge 2906 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake (323) 663-9636 Monday—Mississippi Man, Last American Buffalo, What Laura Says, Slipping Into the Darkness Tuesday—Vise Virsa, London to Tokyo, AM VS FM Wednesday—Gamble House, the February Fifths, the Sounds of Wyoming

Born for the blues LITTLE DAVE THOMPSON KEEPS IT REAL A NATIVE OF HINDS COUNTY, MISS. — AN INCUBATOR OF THE DELTA STYLE — YOU could say guitarist Dave Thompson, who performs Saturday at Arcadia Blues Club, was born to play the blues. Thompson’s life is a testament to a genre characterized by hard times; his family home burned down when he was a young boy. The family relocated to BB King’s hometown of Indianola, Miss., and Thompson formed his first band at age 14 in nearby Leland. He found early influences close to home; his father, the late Sam Thompson, played with greats including Willie Foster, Asie Payton, Eddie Cusic, James “Son” Thomas and others. As the younger Thompson grew, he worked with numerous blues, reggae and gospel groups. As an adult, he’s released several CDs since 1995, the latest being 2007’s “Deep in the Night.” And the 40-year-old’s been nominated twice (a young age for a Delta blues player) for the prestigious Handy Awards, the “Grammy of the Blues.” — John Sollenberger The Getaway Sticks open at 8 p.m. and the Little Dave Thompson Band plays at 10:30 p.m. at Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Call (626) 447-9349.

The Smell 247 S. Main St., Los Angeles (213) 625-4325 Saturday—Kitten, Fort Wife, Torches in Trees, PLG/VNDR Spaceland 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake (213) 833-2843 Saturday—Dum Dum Girls, the Tartans, Pearl Harbor Sunday—Neil Hamburger Monday—The Happy Hollows, the Pity Party, Twilight Sleep, Traps PS Wednesday—Club NME w/Useless Keys Taix Lounge 1911 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park (213) 484-1265 Friday—Danny B. Harvey, Mather Louth & Radio Noir Saturday—Bob Woodruff & His Royal Giants, the Buzz Clifford Group Monday—The In Crowd

Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand Ave., Downtown (213) 972-7211 Friday & Saturday evenings, Sunday afternoon—Gustavo Dudamel conducts LA Philharmonic and pianist Marino Formenti in performance of selections by Adams, Harrison and Salonen Sunday evening—Pianists Gloria Cheng, Vicki Ray, Mark Robson and Susan Svrcek Monday—“The Secret Language of Subways”: San Francisco-based electronic artist Amy X Neuburg and the Cello ChiXtet Tuesday—John Adams conducts the LA Philharmonic New Music Group, Kronos Quartet and vocalist David Barron Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (213) 388-1400 Saturday—Peaches Sunday—Straight No Chaser ■

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THURSDAY Barnes & Noble 210 Americana Way, Glendale (818) 545-9146 barnesandnobleinc.com Barnes & Noble is closed for Thanksgiving. Crowell Public Library 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino (626) 300-0777 crowellpubliclibrary.org The library is closed for Thanksgiving. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 949-4200 descansogardens.org Patina Catering hosts the Bountiful Harvest Buffet with all the Descanso Gardens Thanksgiving trimmings with seatings at noon and 2 p.m. Cost is $45, $37 for members, $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Call Patina for reservations and details at (818) 7903663. Descanso is open during regular hours today. The Gamble House 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena (626) 793-3334 gamblehouse.org One-hour guided tours run from noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, except today, in observance of Thanksgiving. Glendale Farmers Market 100 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

(818) 548-3155 No market today for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Ice House 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena (626) 577-1894 icehousecomedy.com The Ice House is closed for Thanksgiving. Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center 1434 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena (626) 798-1161 The Center is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Pasadena Public Library, All Branches pasadenapubliclibrary.net All Pasadena Public Library branches are closed today for Thanksgiving. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena (626) 795-4331 pasadenaseniorcenter.org Classes and workshops are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Union Station Thanksgiving Dinner Central Park Corner of Del Mar Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena (626) 240-4550 unionstationhs.org Union Station Homeless Services hosts its annual free Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FRIDAY Altadena Public Library 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena (626) 798-0833 altadenalibrary.org Fun Flick Friday starts at 3:30 p.m. Fondazione Italia Italian Classes St. Robert Bellarmine School

154 N. 5th St., Burbank (310) 691-8909 fondazione-italia.org Classes continue for the nonprofit group promoting Italian language and culture offering low-cost Italian classes for kids as young as 3, teens and adults. See the Web site for Friday and Saturday class schedules. Forest Lawn Museum 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale (800) 204-3131 forestlawn.com The “Light and Hope” stained glass window display opens, depicting the seven most significant events in the birth and early life of Christ. The display continues through Feb. 7. Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles (323) 225-2700 heritagesquare.org Heritage Square presents a “Designer Heritage Square Holiday Homes Tour” of three historic Victorian homes at the museum, from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting today through Jan. 3. Noted interior designer Sarah Barnard of Sarah Barnard Design, Karina T. Rizzo, founder of Karamia Design Group, award-winning designer Jean Zinner, founder of JAZ Designs, and Sylvia Kouzouian of Design Peel Studio worked with Heritage Square to decorate the homes for the holidays. The homes include an 1890s Victorian, an 1887 Queen Anne residence and an 1884 Second Empire-style dwelling. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65, $5 for children 6 to 12 years and free for children under 6 and museum members.

Kenneth Village Farmers Market Kenneth Road & Sonora Avenue, Glendale (310) 633-3966 scholasticgardens.com The Farmer’s Market continues from 3 to 7 p.m. Fridays, featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables, healthy snacks, ethnic gourmet foods, fresh farm eggs, raw honey, live entertainment, handmade crafts and more. The market is sponsored and operated by Scholastic Gardens, a not-for-profit group donating to local schools and youth programs. One Colorado Tree Lighting Ceremony One Colorado Courtyard Union Street between Fair Oaks and De Lacey Avenues, Pasadena (626) 564-1066 onecolorado.com The annual ceremony features visits from Santa and the 92nd Rose Queen, holiday sing-alongs and the start of the Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys toy drive, beginning at 6 p.m. Pasadena Coin, Currency, Jewelry & Stamp Expo Pasadena Hilton Hotel (866) 226-0507 bickinternational.com The International Coin & Stamp Collectors Society’s semi-annual show offers worldwide and US investment and collector-grade gold and silver coins, currency, jewelry, stamps and collectibles in all price categories, for viewing, purchase or trade, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Pasadena Folk Dance Co-op Throop Unitarian Church 300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 300-8138 International folk dances, including beginning and advanced instruction, refreshments and dancing for enjoyment and exercise run from 7:45 to 11 p.m. Fridays. Dance lessons from 7:45 to 9 p.m. are followed by refreshments, announcements and dancing. Every fifth Friday, the club’s Fifth Friday Band provides the music. Pasadena Public Library, All Branches pasadenapubliclibrary.net All branches are closed today for the extended Thanksgiving holiday. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena (626) 795-4331 pasadenaseniorcenter.org The Friday Movie Matinee starts at 1:30 p.m. Join the center’s story telling club with professional storyteller Wanna Zingsmaster from 11 a.m. to noon Fridays to hear stories and share your own. Paseo Colorado Holiday Celebration 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 795-9100 paseocoloradopasadena.com The “Blast from the Past Holiday Celebration Holiday Celebration” opens today, with recorded holiday music in a rocking, ’50s and ’60s style by The Wonderelles Review DJ service, from 1 to 6 p.m. The Pasadena Fire Department’s “Spark of Love” toy drive runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a toy and a camera to take a picture with Santa. The Pasadena Playhouse previews the rock musical “Baby It’s You” in a live performance from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 355-4318 sierramadreplayhouse.org The comedy “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” based on the book by Barbara Robinson, opens at 8 p.m. and continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20.

SATURDAY A Noise Within Post-Performance Reception 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale (818) 240-0910 anoisewithin.org Since sardines feature prominently in Michael Frayn’s hilarious “Noises Off,” audience members are invited to “Champagne and Sardines” following

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tonight’s 8 p.m. performance, a reception to sample sardines paired with Champagne, plus a lively discussion with cast members. Arcadia Bridge Center 333 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia (626) 445-3797 The Center offers daytime classes for absolute beginners (age 12 and over) and those with limited experience, at 10:10 a.m. Saturdays. The first six weeks of classes are free; fee is $8 per class thereafter. Eaton Canyon Nature Center 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena (626) 398-5420 ecnca.org Kids Corner has free interactive storytelling about animals and nature, plus puppets, Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Live animals are at the museum. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-3222 arboretum.org Join Arboretum Librarian Susan Eubank in an indepth exploration of the Arboretum library, demonstrating how to use it for research and more, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free with admission. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-6840 nortonsimon.org A Spotlight Talk explores Michael Bouquet’s “Woodland Scene with Hunters” at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m Old Pasadena Holiday Open House Various Old Pasadena Businesses oldpasadena.org Old Pasadena’s first Holiday Open House runs from noon to 8 p.m. More than 50 restaurants, stores, coffee shops and beauty salons offer in-store events and promotions. Visit oldpasadena.org/holiday for a full program. Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 449-2742 pacificasiamuseum.org A family tour starts at 11 a.m. the second Saturday of every month. Tai chi classes run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Cost is $10. Pasadena Croquet Club 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (323) 257-8541 Learn to play croquet like a pro with free lessons at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Call for reservations, including the number of people attending. Pasadena Museum of History 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 577-1660 pasadenahistoryh.org During Holiday Madness Member Appreciation Days, members of any of 23 participating cultural venues, including this one, receive free admission and shopping discounts at participating venues today and Sunday. Visit the Web site for a full listing. Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 744-4066 pasadenapubliclibrary.net The Go Club for teens meets to play the popular Asian board game at 2 p.m. Saturdays. Family Storytime starts at 10 a.m. Saturdays. The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library conducts a book sale from 9 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of every month. Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7262 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Kids can build a bed of cushions and snack on cereal while watching old cartoons like “Little Lulu” and “Gumby” at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch 1355 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 744-7268 pasadenapubliclibrary.net A Creative Memories workshop with consultant Xoehitl Martinez offers tips for adults on scrapbooking from 1 to 5 p.m. Pasadena Public Library, San Rafael Branch 1240 Nithsdale Road, Pasadena (626) 744-7270 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Kids ages 4 to 10 can take craft and drawing


lessons at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Children’s cartooning and drawing classes, for children 4 through 10, taught by Art Center College of Design students, meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Pasadena Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7272 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Join in an open poetry reading, facilitated by Don Kingfisher Campbell, from 3 to 5 p.m. Throop Unitarian Church 300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 622-8085 All are welcome to a donation-based Hatha yoga class meeting from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Vroman’s 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-5320 vromansbookstore.com Coach Bill Sharman and NBA photographer Andrew Bernstein Bill Sharman discuss and sign “The Los Angeles Lakers: 50 Amazing Years in the City of Angels” at 2 p.m.

“Charting the Canyons” photos courtesy of Autry National Center; “The Barber of Seville” photo courtesy of LA Opera

SUNDAY Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park (323) 667-2000 autrynationalcenter.org In Family Playhouse, learn about the art of Chinese knots, then make a knotted friendship bracelet, at 1:30 p.m. Gold Rush reveals the myths and realities of panning for gold Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock (323) 226-1617 centerartseaglerock.org A functional and fine art festival features a local artists’ exhibit and sale, live music, a raffle and foods from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jewelry, ceramics, accessories, glass, mosaics, candles, lotions, potions and other fine wares are available. A portion of the proceeds and all raffle ticket sales benefit the Center. Suggested donation, including raffle ticket, is $5. Additional raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Hollywood Christmas Parade Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood (866) 727-2331 thehollywoodchristmasparade.com An 80-year tradition continues with 2009’s parade, starting at 6 p.m. Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie serve as broadcast hosts, actress Susan Lucci is Grand Marshal and brothers Kyle and Christopher Massey are parade route reporters. For the first time, the parade will be taped for nationwide, prime-time broadcast Dec. 10 and 24. The event will include film, stage and TV celebrities, awardwinning marching bands, equestrians, dazzling floats and specialty characters — plus, of course, Santa. The U-shaped route starts at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, traveling east on Hollywood, south on Vine Street, then west on Sunset Boulevard back to Orange Street. For reserved grandstand seating (on Hollywood Boulevard between Orange and Highland) tickets are $35. Group discounts are available. Curbside seating is free along the entire route. Call to order tickets, and visit the Web site for more information. LA Opera Dorothy Chandler Pavilion 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles (213) 972-8001 laopera.com Rossini’s “The Barber “The Barber...” of Seville,” directed by Emilio Sagi and conducted by Michele Mariotti, opens at 2 p.m. and continues through Dec. 19. Call or visit the Web site for performance times and dates and to purchase tickets. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-6840 nortonsimon.org

A guided tour, “Religion and Art in Southeast Asia, offers insight into the beliefs, practices and rituals of Buddhism, Hinduism and Janism by viewing sacred stone and bronze sculpture, starting at 1 p.m. Stories in the Afternoon presents tales about feasts as families create still-life collages in front of “Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables” by Snyders and de Vos at 2 p.m. Old Pasadena Holiday Sing-Along Festival One Colorado Courtyard Colorado Boulevard between Fair Oaks and De Lacey Avenues (626) 564-1066 oldpasadena.org/holiday Old Pasadena’s holiday kickoff weekend celebration concludes with a festival from noon to 6 p.m., featuring performances by Theatre 360, California College of Music, Basement Dance Center and Crescenta Valley High School Choir. San Gabriel Valley BnBs Annunciation Church Hall 1307 E. Longden Ave., Arcadia (323) 283-6346 The nonprofit dance club offers beginning square dance classes for singles and couples from 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 355-4318 sierramadreplayhouse.org The Tap Chicks, seasoned dancers ranging in age from 50 to 84, dance to music from Broadway tunes to ’40s favorites and contemporary songs, choreographed by Pam Kay, who provides musical accompaniment, comedy and sings, at 7 p.m. Call or visit the Web site for tickets. White Satin Wedding Show Westin Hotel 191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 683-8243 whitesatinweddingshow.com Alina Pizzano of Alina Pizzano Courture Bridal Shop presents her original designs on a New York-style runway, plus a groom fashion show with formal fashions of Friar Tux. The event, from 1 to 4 p.m., includes a sparkling sake tasting, group dance lessons for couples from the Rose City Dancers, plus songwriters Bruce Gartniz and Kathy Bee showcasing their original “1st Dance” songs. Angi Ma Wong, the “Feng Shui Lady,” discusses how to Feng Shui your wedding ceremony and there’ll be floral demonstrations, mini manicures and massages, and an “Ask the Experts” roundtable with wedding planners, musicians, limos, photographers and DJs, plus the lowdown on linens, calligraphy and custom gift wrap, makeup and hair makeovers, and the chance to order wedding favors and wedding cards by artist Kellye Wallett. Tickets are $6 through the Web site; at check-in, use the code word “Turkey” and admission is $4.

MONDAY 20th Century Club of Eagle Rock 5105 Hermosa Ave., Eagle Rock (626) 430-0058 Board-certified neurological rehab specialist Dr. Vincent Fortanasce presents his prescription for Alzheimer’s prevention in a free 9:30 a.m. talk; an optional lunch is available for $12 with advanced reservations. Altadena Senior Citizens Center 560 E. Mariposa St., Altadena (626) 798-0505 Learn “Memoir Writing Made Easy” in classes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays. Arcadia Bridge Center 333 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia (626) 445-3797 Brush-up Bridge Classes continue, with sessions at 11:40 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10:10 a.m. Saturdays. Athletic Garage Dance & Body Work 121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena (626) 229-9769 athleticgarage.com Learn salsa dancing without a partner with instructor Desi Devon from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $15. Avenue 50 Studio 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park (323) 258-1435 avenue50studio.com

Autry National Center “Charting the Canyon: Photographs by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe,” exhibiting 21st-century color photographs along with historic drawings and images of the Grand Canyon, continues through Jan. 3, 2010. The photo exhibit “Dreamers in Dream City” by Harry Brant Chandler (whose family founded the LA Times) — color portraits, personal insights and biographies of 54 accomplished and colorful people in LA history, from immigrants to billionaires — continues through Jan. 3, 2010. In honor of their valiant efforts during the recent wild fires, firefighters, park rangers, police officers and their families can visit the museum free of charge through Dec. 31. Call ext. 336 for school tour information and reservations. Autry National Center | 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park | (323) 667-2000 | autrynationalcenter.org

Classes in painting still life in oil or acrylic with Margaret Garcia run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and cost $12 per session. Students should bring their own paper and pencil, canvas or panel. Garcia will provide paint for the first session. Barney’s Beanery Comedy Night 99 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 405-9777 barneysbeanery.com You never know who’s going to show up on Barney’s Beanery’s second-floor patio for Monday comedy nights, at 9:30 p.m. Juggling Club at South Pasadena Middle School 1600 Oak St., South Pasadena (626) 799-0381 Hone your coordination and learn a fun skill at the free Monday Night Juggling Club at 6:30 p.m. Adults and kids over 10 are welcome. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-4623 arboretum.org A self-directed botanical watercolor workshop (no official instructor) runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. ending today, in the Oak Room. Cost is $42, $35 for members. This is an opportunity for painters to support and learn from each other. Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7262 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Pajama Storytime for ages 3 to 8 starts at 7 p.m. Mondays. Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch 140 S. Altadena Drive, Pasadena (626) 744-7266 pasadenapubliclibrary.net The Rave Reviews book club meets at 2 p.m. Mondays. The Great Literature and Discussion Group discusses a selected classic at 11 a.m. each Monday at the library. Recovery International Self-Help Group Thurner House, Lacy Park 1485 Virginia Road, San Marino (310) 306-6766 lowselfhelpsystems.org Celinda Jungheim leads a group on learning to manage the symptoms of fears, phobias, anxiety, depression, panic, anger, relationship problems and more, meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays. Sierra Madre Chorale Sierra Madre United Methodist Church 695 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 357-0560 Choir rehearsals are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Sierra Madre United Methodist Church. No tryouts are necessary. If you love to sing, come join in. Vroman’s 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-5320 vromansbookstore.com Miriam Pawel discusses and signs “Union of Their Dreams: Power, Miriam Pawel Hope and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement” at 7 p.m.

The Wellness Community-Foothills 200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena (626) 796-1083 twc-foothills.org The Wellness Community and the Lance Armstrong Foundation present a free six-week program, “Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 7. The program bridges the gap between cancer treatment and life following cancer. Panelists include an oncologist, a fitness expert, a nutritionist and licensed psychotherapist facilitator discussing exercise after treatment, specialized nutrition for cancer survivors, the need for continued emotional and social support, effects of cancer treatment and long-term medical management.

TUESDAY Arroyo Singers (626) 564-2514 or (323) 256-5332 Arroyo Singers seeks female singers. The group meets Tuesday evenings in Pasadena. Call for details. Avenue 50 Studio 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park (323) 258-1435 avenue50studio.com The studio’s Tuesday night figure-drawing sessions feature three Drawing session hours of drawing (7 to 10 p.m.) using live models. Cost is $12 per session; art benches are provided, but you must bring your own drawing supplies. Congregation Shaarei Torah 550 S. Second Ave., Arcadia (626) 445-0810 Ongoing adult education classes with Rabbi Michael Barclay run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Crowell Public Library 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino (626) 300-0777 crowellpubliclibrary.org A free “brain aerobics” class, designed to improve language skills, challenge your memory and mitigate hearing loss by learning to lip read, runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, conducted by Francine Katz, MA, SLP, CCC. Glendale Memorial Hospital 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale (818) 502-1900 glendalememorial.com Exercise to the sounds of Big Band music and ’50s rock and roll from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 744-4066 pasadenapubliclibrary.net An Origami display created through an ongoing relationship of respect and fellowship by students of New Horizon School (Muslim), Saint Mark’s School (Episcopal) and Weizmann Day School (Jewish) opens today and continues through Dec. 31. Storytime for infants up to 17 months starts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Toddler Storytime for kids

ages 18 to 36 months are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7262 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Doodlers, squigglers and scribblers aged 5 to 12 can meet with teachers from the Art Studio in Pasadena to learn the fundamentals of sketching and painting at 4 p.m. Call to sign up. Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch 55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena (626) 744-7264 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Preschool Storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch 140 S. Altadena Drive, Pasadena (626) 744-7266 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Preschool Storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Throop Unitarian Church 300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 622-8085 All are welcome at a donation-based Hatha yoga class meeting from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Tribal Café 1651 W. Temple St., Echo Park (213) 483-4458 tribalcafe.com Glendale author Sona Ovasapian and co-host Sheng Peng present an open mic night of spoken word and other forms of acoustic expression at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Tuesday Musicale Recital Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 576-0990 A monthly recital at 12:30 p.m. presents instrumental and vocal selections from classical to modern music. Free. Vroman’s 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-5320 vromansbookstore.com Bill Boyarsky discusses and signs “Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Bill Boyarsky Their Times,” at 7 p.m. Women at Work 3871 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 796-6870 womenatwork1.org The Job Search Assistance Group meets from 11 a.m. to noon each Tuesday.

WEDNESDAY Athletic Garage Dance & Body Work Studio 121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena (626) 229-9769 athleticgarage.com Instructor, dancer and choreographer Desi Devon teaches salsa dancing from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost is $15 per session. -CONTINUED ON PAGE 52

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 51 Arcadia Bridge Center 333 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia (626) 445-3797 darbonne.com/bridge/lessons.html A weekly beginning bridge class begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The first six lessons are free. Cost is $8 per class thereafter. The class is designed for absolute beginners and those with very limited experience. Kids must be at least 12 to attend. Barnes & Noble at The Americana 210 Americana Way, Glendale (818) 545-9146 barnesandnobleinc.com Kids and their parents can hear delightful children’s stories at 11 a.m. Wednesdays in the Children’s Department. Bring Your Own Wine Wednesdays Various Pasadena Restaurants (800) 307-7977 visitpasadena.com The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau announces “Bring Your Own Wine Wednesdays,” when customers at 26 Pasadena restaurants may bring their own bottle of wine, served with no corkage fee Wednesday nights. For a list of participating restaurants, visit the Web site. Caltech 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena (626) 395-4652 caltech.edu Business economics professor Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Caltech’s executive officer for the social sciences, gives an Earnest C. Watson Lecture on “Remembrance of Financial Crises Past” at 8 p.m. in Beckman Auditorium. Free. Glendale Memorial Hospital 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale (818) 409-7716 glendalememorial.com The Prostate Cancer Support Group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Cancer Center Auditorium. Glendale Noon Concerts First Baptist Church of Glendale 209 N. Louise St., Glendale (818) 242-2113 glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com Free concerts run from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Today’s chamber music recital features Adriana Zoppo on viola d’amore, oboist Catherine Del Russo and

pianist Rosa LoGiudice performing Attilio Ariosti and Robert Schumann’s Three Romances Op. 94 for oboe and piano. A light post-concert lunch from Angela’s Bistro is available for $6. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-4623 arboretum.org Botanical information LA Co. Arboretum consultant Frank McDonough takes you on a tour of the garden in “From the Stairway to Heaven to the Gates of Hell: Sacred, Spiritual and Ritual Plants,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today and Dec. 6. As this is an outdoor program, wear comfortable, rugged shoes, clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and bring drinking water. Cost is $7, $5 for members. Call to register (required). Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 449-2742 pacificasiamuseum.org Drop in at lunch hour for a Hatha yoga class with instructor Jill Zepezauer from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Beginners are welcome. Cost is $10 per class. Pasadena Museum of History 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 577-1660 pasadenahistory.org The museum’s Community Wednesdays program offers free admission to the “Family Stories” exhibition for people who live, work or attend school in the greater San Gabriel Valley, from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 6, 2010. Tours of the Fenyes Mansion are at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Pasadena Presbyterian Church 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-2191 Enjoy the ongoing Music at Noon concert series at 12:10 p.m. Wednesdays in the church. Pasadena Public Library, Allendale Branch 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena (626) 744-7260 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Movie Madness features a film for the whole family at 3:30 p.m. Preschool Storytime starts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 744-4066 pasadenapubliclibrary.net December’s film and book pairing explores the spirit of giving at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Today’s film is “The Ultimate Gift” with the companion book, “The Gift Wrapping Book” by Caroline Birkett. “Introduction to Westlaw” teaches the basics of searching the Westlaw California Gold Library, an electronic resource to locate legal forms, California and federal case law, statutes, court rules and more, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7262 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Book Chit Chat discusses “Don Benito Wilson” by Nat B. Read at 6:30 p.m. Preschool Storytime runs at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch 55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena (626) 744-7264 pasadenapubliclibrary.net The library offers some of the best-loved films for kids of all ages at 3:30 p.m. The Terrace 443 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 796-3030 443theterrace.com Comedy Wednesdays presents shows at 8 and 10 p.m. 21 and over, two drink minimum, full Japanese menu. Verdugo Hills Showtime Chorus Alhambra-San Gabriel Elks Lodge #1328 1373 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel (877) SINGOUT verdugoshowtimechorus.org The chorus, a member of Sweet Adelines International, invites interested female singers to weekly rehearsals from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Vroman’s 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-5320 vromansbookstore.com Michelle Zack discusses and signs “Southern California Michelle Zack Story” at 7 p.m.

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Distant Lands The Brugman family presents an illustrated discussion of their trip to Rome in “Rome: The Week After Holy Week” at 7:30 p.m., focusing on the sacred and the ancient, including visits to the Vatican Museum, the Borghese Gallery, the Pantheon, the Forum and other Christian and Roman sites. Free, but call to RSVP. Distant Lands | 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena | (626) 449-3220 distantlands.com

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American Red Cross 430 Madeline Drive, Pasadena (626) 799-0841 sgpvarc.org “Thank Your Thursdays,” an informal reception, meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at the chapter’s Pasadena headquarters to thank the community for its interest, involvement and support of the Red Cross. Call ext. 800 to RSVP. A Noise Within 234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale (818) 240-0910 anoisewithin.org Shakespeare’s “Richard III” continues through Dec. 12. Call or visit the Web site for show times and tickets. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” continues through Dec. 17. Call or visit the Web site for show times and dates. The hilarious British farce, “Noises Off,” continues through Dec. 20. Call or visit the Web site for show times and dates. Art Center College of Design 1700 Lida St., Pasadena (626) 396-2446 artcenter.edu The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery presents the exhibition “Tools,” featuring utilitarian objects that can be appreciated for their aesthetics and impact on human development, continuing through Jan. 10, 2010. Athletic Garage & Body Work Studio 121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena (626) 229-9769 athleticgarage.com The first dance class is free for new students, including kids, teens, adults and seniors. Classes

include hip hop, Cardio Salsa Funk, core conditioning and stretch and more. Brand Library & Art Center 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale (818) 548-2051 brandlibrary.org Check out the library’s year-round book sale, including art and music books, sheet music, magazines, records, CDs, musical scores, unframed prints and other art and music-related items. California Art Club Gallery at The Old Mill 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino (626) 449-5458 old-mill.org “Capturing California’s Preserved Lands and Historic Districts: Paintings from the Southern Sierra Foothills,” featuring some 40 works, continues through Jan. 3. Collage Dance Theatre Donation Program (818) 784-8669 collagedancetheatre.org Shop at Ralphs and a portion of your monthly purchases will be matched by the grocery store and donated directly to Collage Dance Theatre. Visit ralphs.com to register. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge (818) 949-7984 descansogardens.org In preparation for the Golden Age of the Camellia celebration in February, 2010, Descanso plans to pay tribute to former camellia queens and princesses of the 1950s. Former queens and princesses should call Brenda Rees. First Baptist Church Pasadena 75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena (626) 793-7164 fbcpasadena.com The Sunday morning study series on miracles in the Bible, “Looking Up in Down Times,” meets at 10:30 a.m. The Folk Tree 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena (626) 795-8733 folktree.com The Folk Tree’s annual International Nativities exhibition continues through Dec. 31, featuring nativities in various styles and materials from around the world, plus ornaments and nativities by some 25 Los Angeles-area artists. An exhibition by Oaxacan wood carver Eleazar Morales continues through Dec. 11. Fremont Gallery 812 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena (626) 403-9901 fremontgallery.com The exhibition “Almaraz: Legacy” features paintings from the estate of the late Carlos Almaraz through Dec. 11. Forest Lawn Museum 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale (800) 204-3131 forestlawn.com “Reuben Nakian: A Modernist Voyage to Roman and Greek Traditions,” featuring works by a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, continues through Jan. 3, 2010. Glendale Community College Planetarium 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale (626) 688-0778 spontaneousfantasia.com J-Walt, creator of the high-tech virtual reality show “Spontaneous Fantasia,” presents a new show, “The Omnicentric Universe.” Through computer-generated animation and music, the show creates a virtual planet in real time, with plants, artifacts and dancing creatures projected on the digital domed theater while viewers lie back in reclining seats. Performances continue on select weekends through Dec. 12. Call or visit the Web site for times and dates. Glendale Memorial Hospital 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale (818) 502-1900 glendalememorial.com Glendale Memorial’s Cardiac Fitness Center offers free tours for those wanting to maintain a healthier lifestyle, with experts answering questions about the hospital’s programs. Call (818) 502-2303 to schedule a tour. The hospital offers maternity tours and breast feeding classes in English and Spanish. Call for times, dates and fees.

Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles (323) 644-4781(323) 644-6035 lazoo.org For the person who has LA Zoo everything, two gift ideas help the zoo at the same time. GLAZA’s animal naming program lets the recipient name an animal and receive an official certificate, photo, plaque presentation ceremony, VIP tour and a visit from the animal’s care staff. Prices range from $1,000 to $50,000 depending on the animal. Call (323) 644-4781 or visit the Web site for info. Proceeds benefit the zoo’s animal acquisition fund. Also the ADOPT-an-Animal program lets the recipient choose a favorite threatened or endangered species, then be designated a guardian of that species for one year. Recipients receive a personalized adoption certificate and animal fact sheet, with a photo of the animal. Prices range from $35 to $1,000. ADOPT stands for Animals Depend on People, Too. Donations aid the zoo’s participation in 50-plus international programs helping endangered species. Call (323) 644-6035 or visit the Web site for more info. Both programs run year-round. Henry’s Grab ‘n’ Give Food Drive Henry’s Farmers Markets 432 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia (626) 358-6845 henrysmarkets.com Henry’s “Grab ‘n’ Give” holiday food drive runs through Jan. 4. Pre-packaged Grab ‘n’ Give grocery bags near the checkout stands include nonperishable food. After paying for the bags, and their own groceries, shoppers can drop off the bags in donation bins located near the exits. In addition, at checkout, customers can choose to donate $5, $10 or $20 towards purchasing turkeys at a 10 percent discount to be given to those in need. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2100 huntington.org The exhibition “Central Avenue and Beyond: The Harlem Renaissance in Los Angeles” explores the flowering of African-American arts, literature and culture along Central Avenue in LA. The exhibition continues through Jan. 4, 2010. “Drawn to Satire: John Sloan’s Illustrations for the Novels of Charles Paul de Kock,” a collection of Sloan’s satirical etchings illustrating comic novels by 19th century French author de Kock, continues through Feb. 1, 2010. “The Color Explosion: Nineteenth Century American Lithography from the Jay T. Last Collection” exhibition explores ways that color lithography revolutionized the printing industry and brought art, music and literature to the masses. It continues through Feb. 22, 2010. INROADS Professional Internships inroads.org INROADS, a non-profit organization providing internships for college students, offers career options for students of ethnically diverse backgrounds. Talented minority college freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to visit the Web site to learn more. La Grande Orange Café 260 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 356-4444 Since it’s not easy getting a meal out while raising a family, the restaurant lets kids eat free from the kids’ menu before 6 p.m., seven days a week. La Luz de Jesus 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 666-7667 laluzdejesus.com “And We All Go,” paintings by Mark Bodnar, closes Sunday. LA Music Academy 370 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena (626) 568-8850 lamusicacademy.edu The academy’s LAMA Jams program features ongoing weekly private LA Music Academy lessons for guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards, brass and woodwinds,

Distant Lands photo by Patti Brugman; “Divine Demons” courtesy of Norton Simon Museum

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Shoppers, start your engines PASADENA’S THREE MAIN SHOPPING DISTRICTS OFFER PLENTY OF INCENTIVE TO SPEND BLACK FRIDAY, THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING — WHEN SHOPPERS STAMPEDE stores trying to find the greatest deals of the season — is the happiest day of the year for retailers. But this year, attempting to overcome one of the nation’s worst economic downturns, clever merchants are coming up with an array of extra enticements to get people into stores — and Pasadena’s helping to lead the way. Old Pasadena, the city’s largest shopping district, is hosting more than 50 events and promotions between Friday and Sunday. Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, the city’s biggest Christmas Tree-lighting ceremony coincides with Santa’s arrival at One Colorado, located between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street and Fair Oaks and DeLacey avenues. The 92nd Rose Queen, Natalie Innocenzi, will also make one of her first public appearances, and there will be holiday sing-a-longs and the official launch of the Charles Cherniss Tournament of Toys drive. From noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Old Pasadena will host its first-ever Holiday Open House with more than 50 leading businesses offering in-store events and promotions, plus live music and a touring Jolly Trolley. The weekend closes with the city’s finest choirs and live theater groups performing throughout the day Sunday at the One Colorado Courtyard. For more information, call (626) 356-9725 or visit oldpasadena.org/holiday. Meanwhile, Paseo Colorado Mall (280 E. Colorado Blvd.) will also be hopping, with the “Blast from the Past Holiday Celebration,” featuring holiday hits of the ’50s and ’60s. From 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, “Rockin’ Around the Holiday” will bring the tunes via the Wonderelles’ DJ, photos with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m., and toy collections for the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Best of all, the Pasadena Playhouse will present some hot old numbers from its hot new musical, “Baby It’s You,” from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Subsequent special event days include Dec. 4 and Dec. 12. Visit paseocolorado.com for more information! The South Lake Business Association is jumping in on the fun a bit later, with its annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 on South Lake Avenue. Featuring live music, famous holiday characters and tons of businesses throwing open their doors with specials, it’ll be a great way to enjoy another fun day shopping in Pasadena. Visit southlakeavenue.org. — Carl Kozlowski

coinciding with band workshops to create and perform original music and cover songs. Students can opt for lessons and/or workshops in rock, pop, hip-hop, fun, R&B, jazz, neo-soul and classical. Visit the Web site for details. Los Angeles County Arboretum 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 821-4623 arboretum.org Take a relaxing walk here between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily for the cost of admission. Los Angeles Theatre Center 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles (213) 489-0994 thelatc.org The Robey Theatre Company presents a revival of the classic “The River Niger,” continuing 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20. Mission Liquor & Wine Bar Tastings 1801 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 794-7026 missionliquor.com Taste five wines for $5, including Mission’s top picks of the day, from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. More specialized wine tastings run from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Music Performance Academy 1641 W. Main St., Ste. 320, Alhambra (626) 282-0628 musicperformanceacademy.com The Academy is open for enrollment, with classes and clinics in session from 2 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The “learn-by-doing” academy accepts students of all levels, including private and group sessions and performance workshops for soloists and ensembles. Students can perform in professional settings as the Academy works in conjunction with many area open-mic and jam events. My Pet Garden 2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-1600 Cat adoptions happen daily. Call for details.

Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 449-6840 nortonsimon.org “Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities of “Divine Demons” Buddhist Art,” featuring paintings, sculptures and ceremonial objects displaying the more ferocious side of Buddhist deities, continues through March 8, 2010. “The Art of Norton Simon,” an award-winning 30minute documentary by Charles and Davis Guggenheim, runs at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. daily (except Tuesdays), with an additional showing at 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Offramp Gallery 1702 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena (626) 298-6931 offrampgallery.com The group exhibition “Small Works” continues through Dec. 13. Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena (626) 449-2742 pacificasiamuseum.org The Chinese Brush Painting Class exhibition continues through Dec. 13. The “Fashioning Domesticity, Weaving Desire: Visions of the Filipina” exhibit, exploring visions of the early to mid-20th century Filipina through the juxtaposition of textiles, ethnographic photography and objects of personal adornment, continues through Feb. 8, 2010. “Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art,” an exhibition fusing graffiti and calligraphy while addressing issues of power, culture and universality, continues through Jan. 17, 2010. Pasadena Community Speakers Bureau The Atrium 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 793-9505

Practice public speaking and develop leadership skills in this community Toastmaster’s Club Wednesdays from noon to 1:10 p.m. Pasadena Conservatory of Music 100 N. Hill St., Pasadena (626) 683-3355 pasadenaconservatory.org The Conservatory is offering partial and full tuition scholarships for students in sixth to 10th grades committed to studying “endangered instruments,” including oboe, bassoon, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba and double bass. There are also a variety of classes with other instruments for kids and adults. Pasadena Museum of California Art 490 E. Union St., Pasadena (626) 568-3665 pmcaonline.org The exhibitions “Population: The Portraits of Ray Turner,” “Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting” and “Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart” continue through January 31, 2010. Pasadena Museum of History 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 577-1660, ext. 11 pasadenahistory.org The exhibit “Family Stories: Sharing a Community’s Legacy,” featuring stories of several early Pasadena families, and exploring the experiences of local African-American, Chinese American, EuroAmerican, Japanese-American and Latino communities, continues through Jan. 10. Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services 1190 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena (626) 794-7191 PNHS offers free foreclosure prevention counseling to Pasadena homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Call for details. Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena (626) 356-7529 pasadenaplayhouse.org Performances of “Baby It’s You,” a musical about

the 1960s girl group The Shirelles and Florence Greenberg, the New Jersey housewife who formed Scepter Records and discovered them, continue at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 13. Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 744-4066 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Learn your way around cyberspace in the library’s ongoing free computer classes. Pasadena Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7272 pasadenapubliclibrary.net “Good Books, Good Company” is a lively book discussion group going on throughout the year. Call for dates, times and book titles. Pasadena Senior Center Christmas Basket Applications 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena (66) 685-6755 pasadenaseniorcenter.org Seniors 50 years or older, who meet eligibility guidelines can apply for free Christmas food baskets provided by the Salvation Army. Apply at the Senior Center from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday ending Tuesday. Homebound seniors may apply by phone. Project_210 Gallery 2888 E. Walnut St., #10, Pasadena (323) 225-2229 project210.org “The Artist’s Alphabet #1” consists of a book, a Web site and a group exhibition, closing Saturday. Artists create projects based on the letters of the alphabet, and the works are combined into a book. PUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena (626) 794-4554

manila.pasadena.k12.ca.us/specialed/ The parent-run group giving parents a voice in special education implementation invites the public to share its views on special education, receive training on related topics and network with other families and Pasadena Unified School District personnel, from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Segil Fine Art Source 110 W. Lime Ave., Monrovia (626) 358-5563 segilfineart.com “Peaceful Light,” Laura Wambsgans’ exhibition of paintings, closes Saturday. Shumei Hall Gallery 2430 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (626) 584-8841 shumeiarts.org As part of the Pasadena Arts Council’s “Origins: Art + Ideas Festival,” the exhibition “Origin” continues, featuring metal art by Harold O’Connor and silk weaving by Polly Barton, through Jan. 10, 2010. South Pasadena Arcadia Reading Center (626) 256-8272 If you or someone you know is an adult who needs help in learning or improving basic English reading and writing skills, the free adult literacy program of the Arcadia, Monrovia and South Pasadena public libraries. One-on-one tutoring and small group instruction are available to fit your schedule. Southwest Museum 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles (323) 221-2164 autrynationalcenter.org A photography exhibition by David Benitez continues through Dec. 6. Tirage Gallery 1 W. California Blvd., Pasadena (626) 405-1020 tirageart.com “The Holiday Salon” includes 60-plus artists in an eclectic, annual "Birches" show of representational paintings and sculpture, continuing through Dec. 31. Towne Singers First United Methodist Church 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena (818) 952-7402 townesingers.com Community chorus Towne Singers present “A Classy, Jazzy Christmas” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The program includes traditional and contemporary Christmas works, plus mirth and merriment for which the group’s concerts are known. A visit by Santa is also expected. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance. Tickets for children under age 10 are $8, and $12.50 for groups of 15 or more, available by calling or visiting the Web site. The Wellness Community-Foothills 200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Ste. 118, Pasadena (626) 796-1083 twcfoothills.org The Wellness Community provides free professional support services for people with cancer and their loved ones, including support groups, educational workshops, mind-body classes and more. Orientations are 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays. Woodbury University 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank (818) 767-0888 woodbury.edu The exhibition “Howard Greer: Designing Hollywood,” featuring material from his fashion archive, continues through Jan. 13, 2010 in the Tamkin Fashion Gallery. Zane Grey Playwriting Contest (626) 798-0833 Friends of the Altadena Library District and The Moveable Theatre Company announce the Zane Grey Playwriting Contest. Submitted plays must be original, unpublished works no longer than 60 minutes. Deadline is Dec. 31. The winning play will be performed as a staged reading by The Moveable Theatre Company. The winning playwright receives a $100 cash prize, a video of the play being performed and participation in a Q&A session with the audience and actors following the performance. For contest rules and more information, write to The Moveable Theatre Company, 343 W. Central Ave., Unit O, Monrovia, 91016, ■

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COMMUNITY SOCIAL SMORGASBORD Arcadia Chapter of the Leads Club Eaton Canyon Golf Course 1150 Sierra Madre Villa Ave., Pasadena (626) 825-0395 Wednesdays — The original referral-based marketing organization gives its members a chance to network and build strategic alliances at a 7:15 a.m. meeting. First Baptist Church Pasadena 75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena (626) 793-7164 fbcpasadena.com The Sunday morning study series on miracles in the Bible, “Looking Up in Down Times” meets at 10:30 a.m. Gamble House Speakers Bureau 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena (626) 793-3334 gamblehouse.org Speakers are available for community group meetings of 10 or more people. Donations are accepted. Kaiser Toastmasters 393 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 405-2517 Tuesdays — Overcome your fear of speaking, improve your leadership skills and have fun by joining this group from noon to 1 p.m. and discussing topics while being critiqued on your speaking style. LeTip Networking Group (626) 399-1999 Wednesdays — The LeTip networking group meets to exchange business leads from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Call for location. Parsons Toastmasters Club 2151 100 W. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 440-3223 Learn how to improve your speaking and presentation skills in a friendly environment. Meetings are from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in Room T-902 of the Parsons Building. Pasadena Senior Center 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena (626) 795-4331 pasadenaseniorcenter.org Thursdays — Attend the “Let’s Talk” lecture series, where seniors can learn about community services and resources, at 10:30 a.m. Fridays — The Friendship Group features an informal chat session where you can make new friends at 10 a.m. Fridays — The Women’s Discussion Group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays — Join the Scrabble Club and play members at all levels at 1 p.m. Fridays — The Friday movie matinee starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays — Billiards tournaments are the first Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. Sign up by calling (818) 248-0537 or email gandmheuss@earthlink.net. Mondays — Enjoy virtual bowling on Nintendo’s Wii from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays — Play Grocery Bingo with oldfashioned bingo cards at 1 p.m. and get a chance to win free groceries. San Gabriel Valley Newcomers Club (626) 355-7999, (626) 799-5992, (626) 3005805 Ongoing — Ladies, if you’re new to the area or just want to meet new friends, meet up with this club as they discuss their new activities in monthly meetings at various members’ houses.

KIDS & FAMILIES Altadena Library 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena (626) 798-0833 altadenalibrary.org Mondays — Teddy Bear Story Time welcomes the whole family for bedtime stories and a snack at 7 p.m. Wednesdays & Thursdays — Preschool Story Time at 11 a.m. features stories, music, snacks and more for children ages 2 to 5. Ongoing — Kids can get homework help online every day, either at the library or at home, using their library card at tutor.com. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park (323) 667-2000 museumoftheamericanwest.org

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Saturdays and Sundays — Families can get their hands dirty and learn about panning for gold during the Gold Rush from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carrie Hamilton Theatre Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena (626) 792-8672 pasadenaplayhouse.org The Playhouse Outreach and Education program offers the New Generations Program for At-Risk Youth, giving them the experience of attending a play. Attendees meet with a Playhouse docent to learn about the organization’s history and the play they’re about to see. Eaton Canyon Nature Center 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena (626) 398-5420 ecnca.org Sundays — A free family nature walk is hosted at 9 a.m. El Centro de Accion Social 37 E. Del Mar Blvd., Pasadena (626) 792-3148 elcentropasadena.org The community organization seeks donations to continue its work to help students improve their academics and personal growth throughout the year. Huntington Library 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino (626) 405-2100 huntington.org Ongoing — School and youth groups are encouraged to visit and tour the grounds. Chaperones are required. Call for details. Jackie Robinson Center 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena (626) 744-7300 Ongoing — Free one-on-one tutoring is available for first- through sixth-grade students in math, reading, spelling and language arts from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Music Center Spotlight Award Applications (213) 972-3300 musiccenter.org The 22nd annual Music Center Spotlight Awards applications are now available to high school students in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The program offers training in the arts, awarding more than $100,000 in scholarships annually. Visual arts applications must be received online or postmarked no later than Tuesday, Dec. 1. Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch Ernestine Avery Children’s Wing 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena (626) 744-4066 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Fridays — Films for preschoolers show at 10 Saturdays — The Go Club meets to play the Asian board game from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays — Infant Storytime meets at 9:30 a.m. Toddler Storytime meets at 10 and 11 a.m. Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7262 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Mondays — Pajama Storytime for kids ages 3 to 8 is at 7 p.m. Wednesdays — Little tots can enjoy Preschool Storytime at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch 55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena (626) 744-7264 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Tuesdays — Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. features an hour of fun-filled stories, crafts and more for children ages 3 to 5. Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch 140 S. Altadena Drive, Pasadena (626) 744-7266 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Tuesdays — Preschool Storytime happens at 10:30 a.m. Pasadena Public Library, San Rafael Branch 1240 Nithsdale Road, Pasadena (626) 744-7270 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Wednesdays — Preschool Storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Pasadena Public Library, Santa Catalina Branch 999 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7272 pasadenapubliclibrary.net Wednesdays — Preschool Storytime for kids ages 3 to 5 meets at 10:45 a.m.

Pasadena Woman’s Club Music Scholarships pasadenawomansclub@charter.net The club is sponsoring a music contest for high school students. Four $500 scholarships are offered in classical, pop, instrumental and vocal categories. Please email the organization for applications. Include school name, grade and category. PUSD Special Education Community Advisory Committee Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena (626) 794-4554 pusd.us The parent-run group giving parents a voice in special education implementation invites the public to share its views on special education, receive training on related topics and network with other families and school district personnel in its meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Santa Cecilia Orchestra (323) 259-3011 scorchestra.org The orchestra seeks donations to its “Discovering Music” program, which introduces elementary school students to classical music. Sierra Madre Public Library 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre (626) 355-7186 sierramadre.lib.ca.us Ongoing — All students in grades four through college prep can get live homework help through Tutor.com, a new, free, interactive online database with qualified tutors available in math, science, English and social studies. Tutor.com is available from 1 to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The service is also available in Spanish in math and science from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Students need an active Sierra Madre Library card and PIN to access the system. South Pasadena Public Library 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena (626) 403-7340 ci.south-pasadena.ca.us Tuesdays — Family Storytime runs 7:30 to 8 p.m. Westfield Santa Anita WFamily Program 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia (626) 445-3116 westfield.com Westfield Santa Anita launches WFamily, a free program offering parents a membership providing special shopping discounts, activities and amenities designed for the whole family

HEALTH AND FITNESS Alcoholics Anonymous Pasadena Public Library, Hastings Branch 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena (626) 744-7262 www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/library/hastings.asp Saturdays — Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena (626) 796-1172 www.allsaints-pas.org Thursdays — Narcotic Anonymous meets Fridays — Sexual Addicts Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Fridays — The Adult Children of Alcoholics group meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays — Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 1 p.m. Mondays — Survivors of Incest Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays — Families and Friends of Alcoholics meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays — AIDS Support Group meets at noon. Angels Have Wheels (800) 810-2877 Medicare recipients with arthritis, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders making it hard for them to walk or operate a standard wheelchair may be eligible to receive an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. Catz SilverSneakers Program for Seniors 801 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena (626) 356-1781 Mondays through Fridays — Classes on muscular strength, range of movement and balance meet at 10 a.m. First Christian Church 220 S. Fifth St., Alhambra (626) 287-6260 Thursdays & Fridays — The Emotional Health Anonymous group meets at 8 p.m. Thursdays and 8:15 p.m. Fridays. ■

Ironically, the Beatles would perform “Baby It’s You!” and record it on their 1963 album “Please, Please Me.”

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Him on a Sunday.” Florence becomes their manager and changes their name. But success initially eludes them at Florence’s first label, Tiara Records, and even when they signed with Decca Records, the Shirelles fail to generate a hit. Dropped by Decca, the quartet comes back to Greenberg who — under the label Scepter Records and now partnered with composer Luther Dixon — finally finds the Shirelles a chart-topper with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” Along the way, Greenberg becomes more involved and savvy in the ways of the music industry and her image slowly changes. Alienated from her husband, she begins a romance with Dixon — a Jewish “white” woman with a black man at a time (late 1950s and early ’60s) when some hotels and other venues still wouldn’t accept “race-mixing.” The play seems at times stilted when looking at relationships, and not wholly convincing when heavy topics such as racism, infidelity and jealousy are addressed in the midst of a lighthearted musical. However, the production succeeds in vividly expressing the joy and energy of the songs and the era. Choreographed by Birgitte Mutrux correctly for the era and dressed by Lizz Wolf in progressively glamorous styles, the ensemble gives winning performances as the Shirelles and other acts of the time. Perhaps the hardest-

working among the cast is Geno Henderson, who plays Jocko, Ron Isley, Chuck Jackson and Gene Chandler, but others in the troupe also play multiple roles. Greenberg has fallen into obscurity, but she discovered the Shirelles, the Isley Brothers, the Kingsmen, Chuck Jackson and Dionne Warwick (introduced through Burt Bacharach and Hal David). This pioneering woman, who left home to go into a maledominated industry, crossed racial lines and paved the way for the Supremes and girl groups of today, is certainly worth remembering. “Baby” is a tribute to woman power, delightfully wrapped in golden oldies, and a colorful portrait of America’s music scene between 1958 and 1965 — before the British Invasion, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, transformed it. Ironically, the Beatles would perform “Baby It’s You!” and record it on their 1963 album “Please, Please Me.” “Baby It’s You” is presented by the Pasadena Playhouse by special arrangement with the American Pop Anthology, Jonathan Sanger, Jerry Katell, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures and Joan Stein, in association with Universal Music Group. ■ “Baby It’s You!” continues through Dec. 13 at the Pasadena Playhouse, 29 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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Journey to redemption ‘THE ROAD’ LEAVES LITTLE ROOM FOR MORALITY IN A POST-APOCALYPTIC WORLD

magine that the world as you’ve known it has come to an end right before your eyes. Almost everyone has died or gone crazy, scavenging for food, even becoming cannibals to survive. Your beautiful wife, the light of your life, left you to wander off into the night and die rather than endure another terrifying day of huddling against the elements and hiding from the human monsters almost everyone else has become. Now all that’s left is you and the 10-year-old son whose care has become your entire reason for living. You had a good life once — until just a decade before — with a dignified career, nights at the opera and joy radiating from every pore of your beautiful spouse. But now it’s all a memory, and a fading one at that. You haven’t been called by your own name in so long that you and your son are only known as Man and Boy. What then? Do you keep a faith in God, or do you curse the hopelessness around you? Do you try to maintain the fire of a good soul and pass moral values to your son, or do you let your morals and humanity gradually slip away? If your morals disappear in the middle of nowhere, does anyone notice? Those are the questions that lie at the core of director John Hillcoat’s profoundly moving adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Road.” Starring Viggo Mortensen in an alternately feral and saintly performance of great emotional depth, “The Road” doesn’t shy away from some of the most disturbing questions of human existence, guiding viewers gently through to a sense of grace and hope that will move — for days afterward — those brave enough to take the journey.

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In the end, “The Road” is a modern-day parable about the need to maintain morals even when all moral framework seems lost. The film takes place against some of the most shockingly bleak landscapes (actually Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Oregon and Mt. St. Helen’s in Washington) one could ever imagine in America, with millions of downed and rotting trees and cities laid to utter waste. The film never explains whether the destruction was wrought by man-made actions such as nuclear warfare (which appears to be the case, due to the fact that Mortensen’s voiceover says that “all the clocks stopped at 1:17 a.m.” and in a flashback to that moment, he sees walls of flame reflecting off the glass of his home) or an environmental catastrophe (a theory bolstered by the fact that at least one more major tree-felling earthquake takes place in the course of the film). No blame is placed on mankind in either case for the moment of destruction; it is left a disturbing mystery — at the back of viewers’ minds but in a way that heightens the sense of dislocation and uncertainty. Following the course of many storied desperate journeys, Man and Boy are heading in the vaguely defined direction of the ocean. The hope is that there, where the land ends, so does the destruction — that beauty will reappear and there will be an –CONTINUED ON PAGE 56

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opportunity to float away to a better life in an unravaged corner of the world. Yet this fragile hope is often overwhelmed by the constant fear and isolation they have to contend with along the way, never quite knowing who to trust. At one moment, they may be running for their lives from a roving band of cannibals that still look like normal, civilized humans. At another, they’re dodging a nasty rainstorm through a shivering night. Yet moments of joy come as well, as when they discover an underground nuclear shelter packed with edible food and warm beds and are able to have a semblance of their former lives for a few days — though they know it can’t last long.

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There are brief, powerful cameos throughout the film, highlighted by Robert Duvall as a man whose eyes are blinded by cataracts and soul is shattered by the loss of his own son, and Charlize Theron as the wife who gradually loses all hope amid a series of flashbacks. They are among the better people that Man and Boy encounter, but the lesser-known Michael K. Williams also has a pivotal role as The Thief, a man who robs Man and Boy and then forms the ultimate ethical challenge for Man in whether to extract revenge or forgive him for his desperate act. In the end, “The Road” is a modern-day parable about the need to maintain morals even when all moral framework seems lost. It is about maintaining a fire of righteousness even when surrounded by those who have gone wrong. And it is a film that, once seen, leaves a lasting imprint. ■

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OLD DOGS A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR JOHN TRAVOLTA, IN “OLD DOGS” THE ACTOR WORKS WITH HIS WIFE KELLY PRESTON AND DAUGHTER ella Bleu in key roles. The film also reteams Travolta with Walt Becker, director of “Wild Hogs” (which was panned but grossed an impressive $250 million). Robin Williams and Travolta play business partners and best friends whose lives take an unpredictable turn after Ben (Williams) learns he has fathered 6-year-old fraternal twins (Ella Bleu Travolta and Rayburn). Agreeing to care for the tykes while their mother (Preston) is away, the buddies hire a nice young man (Seth Green) as their helper, but still manage to wind up in a series of precarious situations, such as falling into a zoo’s gorilla enclosure. Williams has been making this sort of sentimental slush for eons, but it’s sad to see Travolta follow a similar path instead of reaching for quality. — Lisa Miller Directed by Walt Becker and starring Robin Williams, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Seth Green, Matt Dillon, Rita Wilson, Dax Shepard, Bernie Mac, Luis Guzman, Ella Bleu Travolta, Conner Rayburn, Lori Loughlin and Justin Long

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FIRST AMENDED SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) CASE NUMBER: (NUMERO DEL CASO): GC043439 NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: (Aviso al Demandado): Yin Lou limited partnership, dba Shiatsu of California; Does 1 to 10, inclusive YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (Lo esta demandando el

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Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: N/S. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Robert L. Carr Inc., 1031 Abbot Avenue, San Gabriel CA 91776. State of Incorporation or LLC: N/S.THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 7-82. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Barbara M. Carr. TITLE: President, Corp or LLC Name: Robert L. Carr Inc. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 11/19/2009. NOTICE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/26/09, 12/03/09, 12/10/09, 12/17/09

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 670037 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: CUFF IT; 3474 E. 1st Street, Suite 167, Los Angeles, CA 90063. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Gary Dunbar, 3474 E. 1st Street, Suite 167, Los Angeles CA 90063. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Gary Dunbar. TITLE: (blank). This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 11/5/2009. NOTICE - IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/12/09, 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/03/09

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME FILE NO: 20091 614071 FILING FEE $23.00 FILE NO: 20051903965 DATE FILED: 8/9/2005 Name of Business(es) ESPERANZA PROPERTY SERVICES Street Address, City, State, Zip code 1000 S. Fremont Ave., Suite 1110, Unit #33, Alhambra CA 91803 REGISTERED OWNER(S): Esperanza Charities, Inc., 1000 S. Fremont Ave., Suite 1110, Unit #33, Alhambra CA 91803 State of Incorporation/Organization California Business was conducted by A Corporation I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) REGISTRANTS NAMES/CORP/LLC Valerie Macias TITLE: Administrative Assistant. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of LOS ANGELES County on: 10/26/2009. I HEREBY CERTIFY THAT THIS COPY IS A CORRECT COPY OF THE ORIGINAL STATEMENT ON FILE IN MY OFFICE. DEAN C. LOGAN, LOS ANGELES COUNTY CLERK by: A. Rubalcava, Deputy Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/3/09, 12/10/09

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 585902 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: MEDIATION ASSOCIATES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 127 N. Madison Avenue, Suite 203, Pasadena, CA 91101-1715. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) 1. Janis K. Bush, 10 Los Coyote Drive, Phillips Ranch CA 91766; 2. Gerald W. Pearson, 1711 W. Mountain Street, Glendale CA 91201-1210.THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY Copartners. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A.

I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Janis K. Bush, Gerald W. Pearson. TITLE: Partners. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 10/20/2009. NOTICE - IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/05/09, 11/12/09, 11/19/09, 11/26/09

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 691668 Type of Filing: New Filings. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ONYX ARCHITECTS INC 96 N. Sunnyslope Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91107. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Articles of Incorporation or Organization Number: N/S. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Onyx Architects, Inc., 96 N. Sunnyslope Avenue, Pasadena CA 91107. State of Incorporation or LLC: California.THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY a Corporation. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 10/13/2000. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/ Onyx Architects, Inc.. TITLE: N/S, Corp or LLC Name: Onyx Architects, Inc.. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 11/10/2009. NOTICE - IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/26/09, 12/03/09, 12/10/09, 12/17/09

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 691091 Type of Filing: New. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. ORABOR, 2. ORABOR CREATIVE; 754 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Gregory Alan Ross, 440 Sequoia Drive, Pasadena CA 91105. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 04/1999. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Gregory Alan Ross. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 11/10/2009. NOTICE - IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/3/09, 12/10/09

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 543363 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: PRADA’S PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES; 834 N. Worcester, Pasadena, CA 91104. COUNTY: Los Angeles. Mailing continued on page 59


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 718026 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: SCOPE; 5029 O’Sullivan Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Chris Molldrem, 5029 O’Sullivan Drive, Los Angeles CA 90032. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: 11/13/2009. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Chris Molldrem. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 11/13/2009. NOTICE - IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/3/09, 12/10/09

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 637073 Type of Filing: New. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: 1. THINKWERKES, 2. MOTOWERKES; 1742 W. 147th St. #A, Gardena, CA 90247. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Lam John Huynh, 1742 W. 147th St. #A, Gardena CA 90247. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Lam John Huynh. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 10/29/2009. NOTICE - IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT

GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/12/09, 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/03/09

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 20091 659590 Type of Filing: Original. The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ZEE PROGRAM; 4300 Via Marisol Unit 766, Los Angeles, CA 90042. COUNTY: Los Angeles. REGISTERED OWNER(S) Alessandro Komadina, 4300 Via Marisol Unit 766, Los Angeles CA 90042. THIS BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED BY an Individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on: N/A. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. /s/: Alessandro Komadina. TITLE: Owner. This statement was filed with the LA County Clerk on: 11/3/2009. NOTICE - IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBDIVISION (a) OF SECTION 17920, A FICTITIOUS NAME STATEMENT GENERALLY EXPIRES AT THE END OF FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT WAS FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY CLERK, EXCEPT, AS PROVIDED IN SUBDIVISION (b) OF SECTION 17920, WHERE IT EXPIRES 40 DAYS AFTER ANY CHANGE IN THE FACTS SET FORTH IN THE STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 17913 OTHER THAN A CHANGE IN THE RESIDENCE ADDRESS OF A REGISTERED OWNER. A NEW FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE EXPIRATION. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business name in violation of the rights of another under federal, state, or common law (see section 14411 et seq., business and professions code). Publish: Pasadena Weekly. Dates: 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/3/09, 12/10/09

PROBATE NOTICES NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF DONNA ANN BARNETT CASE NO. BP119337 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DONNA ANN BARONET A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Holly N. Barnett in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Holly N. Barnett be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF:LOUIS ZIMMERLI CASE NO. GP014792 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of LOUIS ZIMMERLI. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by JEFFREY MICHAEL CLOW in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JEFFREY MICHAEL CLOW be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act . (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority.

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF:WAI LEE WOO AKA WAI LING WOO AKA WAI LING LEE WOO AKA WAI LING LEE CASE NO. GP014799 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the WILL or estate, or both of WAI LEE WOO AKA WAI LING WOO AKA WAI LING LEE WOO AKA WAI LING LEE. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by MARIA K. HOFFMAN in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES.

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626-798-5949 THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MARIA K. HOFFMAN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s WILL and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The WILL and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act with limited authority. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 12/18/09 at 9:00AM in Dept. A located at 300 E. WALNUT ST., PASADENA, CA 91101 IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code Section

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NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF ANDREW W. SPEARS III AKA ANDREW SPEARS III AND ANDREW SPEARS CASE NO. GP014796 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ANDREW W. SPEARS III aka ANDREW SPEARS III and ANDREW SPEARS A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Vicki Lynn Cummings in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Vicki Lynn Cummings be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on Dec. 4, 2009 at 9:00 AM in Dept. No. A located at 300 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objec-

tions or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: JOHN P POXON JR ESQ SBN 106200 GORTON JANOSIK & POXON LLP 909 E GREEN ST PASADENA CA 91106 CN828788

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF JAMES N. MAYNARD CASE NO. GP014800 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JAMES N. MAYNARD A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Susan Maynard in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Susan Maynard be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the continued on page 60

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Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on Dec. 18, 2009 at 9:00 AM in Dept. No. A located at 300 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: ANTHONY C GROSSMAN ESQ SBN 175408 SCHOFIELD GROSSMAN & LINDEN 201 S LAKE AVE STE 702 PASADENA CA 91101 CN828802

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF GRACE RAMSEY CASE NO. GP014809 To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of GRACE RAMSEY A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by Raven Simmons in the Superior Court of California, County of LOS ANGELES. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that Raven Simmons be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held on January 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM in Dept. No. A located at 300 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91101. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the deceased, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: PAUL H LUSBY ESQ SBN 105995 HORN & LUSBY LLP 2600 FOOTHILL BLVD STE 203 GLENDALE CA 91214 CN 829405

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TRUSTEE SALES NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE File No. 7104.13805 Title Order No. 4228267 MIN No. Loan No. 84124155 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 08/03/05. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in §5102 to the Financial code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. Trustor(s): Hector Aguirre, an unmarried man Recorded: 08/16/05, as Instrument No. 05 1960765, of Official Records of Los Angeles County, California. Date of Sale: 12/16/09 at 1:00 PM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA The purported property address is: 146 EAST MARIPOSA STREET, ALTADENA, CA 91001 Assessors Parcel No. 5835-036-004 The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $471,693.06. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mort-gagee’s attorney If required by the provisions of section 2923.5 of the California Civil Code, the declaration from the mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent is attached to the Notice of Trus-tee’s Sale duly recorded with the appro-priate County Recorder’s Office. The undersigned mortgage loan servicer declares that (1) it has obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code § 2923.52 and (2) the timeframe for giving notice of sale speci-fied in subdivision (a) of California Civil Code § 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to California Civil Code § 2923.52 or 2923.55 Date:11/21/2009 NORTHWEST TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC., as Trustee Julian Ojeda, Authorized Signatory 505 N. Tustin Avenue, Suite 243 Santa Ana, CA 92705 Sale Info website: www.USA-Foreclosure.com Reinstatement and Pay-Off Requests: (866) 387-NWTS THIS OFFICE IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE FEI # 1002.137080 11/26, 12/03, 12/10/2009. Pasadena Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TSG No.: 4229866 TS No.: 20099070817635 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/19/05. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On December 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM, First American LoanStar Trustee Services, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 09/23/05, as Instrument No. 05 2300838, in book , page , of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: VICTOR R. GRIEGO JR, LILY D. GRIEGO,. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona, CA.. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 5863 023 062. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 3613 LINCOLN AVENUE, ALTADENA AREA, CA 91001. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $865,042.71. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned

a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. The beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the Notice of Sale is filed and/or The timeframe for giving Notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. Date: 11/25/09, First American LoanStar Trustee Services, 3 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Original document signed by Authorized Agent, Chet Sconyers — FOR TRUSTEE’S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 530-6723033. First American Loanstar Trustee Services May be Acting as a Debt Collector Attempting to Collect a Debt. Any Information obtained will be used for that purpose. NPP0147658 11/26/09, 12/03/09, 12/10/09 Pasadena Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE TSG No.: 3443441 TS No.: 20079134007190 FHA/VA/PMI No.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/06/05. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On December 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM, First American LoanStar Trustee Services, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 05/13/05, as Instrument No. 05 1135613, in book , page , of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of California. Executed by: EXIE LEAGONS,. WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (Payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States) At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 W. Mission Blvd. Pomona, CA.. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN THE ABOVE MENTIONED DEED OF TRUST APN# 5726 018 035. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 676 LINCOLN AVE, PASADENA, CA 91003. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $709,058.98. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. The beneficiary or servicing agent declares that it has obtained from the Commissioner of Corporations a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the Notice of Sale is filed and/or The timeframe for giving Notice of Sale specified in subdivision (s) of California Civil Code Section 2923.52 applies and has been provided or the loan is exempt from the requirements. Requirements of SB1137 have been met pursuant to the Notice of Sale Declaration of record. Date: 11/20/09, First American LoanStar Trustee Services, 3 First American Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707 Original document signed by Authorized Agent, Chet Sconyers — FOR TRUSTEE’S SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 530672-3033. First American Loanstar Trustee Services May be Acting as a Debt Collector Attempting to Collect a Debt. Any Information obtained will be used for that purpose. NPP0148264 11/26/09, 12/03/09, 12/10/09 Pasadena Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-209031-C Loan No. 7427468426 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 2/16/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by the duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, pos-

session, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR:ADI WEINBERG, A SINGLE MAN Recorded 2/27/2006 as Instrument No. 06 0420099 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale:12/3/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the west side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, California Property Address is purported to be: 92 NORTH SAN MARINO AVENUE PASADENA, California 91107 APN #: 5746-010053 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $464,716.00, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. Date: 11/3/2009 ETS Services, LLC 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504-3120 Sale Line: 714-7302727 Omar Solorzano, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 3306509 11/12/2009, 11/19/2009, 11/26/2009 Pasadena Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. 437780CA Loan No. 3015534765 Title Order No. 181609 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 02/21/2008. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/02/2009 at 10:30 AM, CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 02/26/2008, Book , Page , Instrument 20080328557, of official records in the Office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, California, executed by: PATRICIA RUSS , A SINGLE WOMAN, as Trustor, WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BOULEVARD, 12720 NORWALK BLVD. , NORWALK, CA Legal Description: LOTS 62 AND 63, OF TRACT NO. 4806, IN THE CITY OF PASADENA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 52 PAGE 52 OF MAPS, IN THE OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY. EXCEPT THE WEST 71.25 OF LOT 62 AND THE WEST 71.22 FEET OF LOT 63. Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $569,712.62 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 1735 NORTH MADISON AVENUE PASADENA, CA 91104 APN Number: 5838-028-018 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. DATE: 1112-2009 DECLARATION PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 2923.54 Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54, the undersigned loan servicer declares as follows: 1. It has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.54 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; and 2. The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to

Section 2923.52 or Section 2923.55. CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY, as Trustee (714) 259-7850 or www.fidelityasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com CALIFORNIA RECONVEYANCE COMPANY IS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. DEBORAH BRIGNAC, VICE PRESIDENT ASAP# 3319617 11/12/2009, 11/19/2009, 11/26/2009 Pasadena Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 20090159908215 Title Order No.: 090459339 FHA/VA/PMI No.: - YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 06/12/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDEX WEST, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 06/16/2006 as Instrument No. 06 1330448 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of LOS ANGELES County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: HERBERT M. BRUNNER, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 12/09/2009 TIME OF SALE: 10:30 AM PLACE OF SALE: AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTHOUSE, DIRECTLY FACING NORWALK BLVD., 12720 NORWALK BLVD., NORWALK, CA. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 138 NORTH ALLEN AVENUE 2, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91106 APN#: 5746-017-136 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any , shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $348,137.40. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AGENCY SALES & POSTING 3210 EL CAMINO REAL, SUITE 200 IRVINE, CA 92602 714730-2727 www.lpsasap .com NDEx West, L.L.C. MAY BE ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. ASAP# 3333361 11/19/2009, 11/26/2009, 12/03/2009 Pasadena Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No. GM-200507-C Loan No. 4631 YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/17/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by the duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to satisfy the obligation secured by said Deed of Trust. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. TRUSTOR :ADRIANA STYLES, A SINGLE WOMAN Recorded 1/25/2007 as Instrument No. 20070155861 in Book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale:12/17/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the west side of the Los Angeles County Courthouse, directly facing Norwalk Blvd., 12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, California Property Address is purported to be: 305 SOUTH GRAND OAKS AVENUE PASADENA, California 91107-0000 APN #: 5330-011-026 The total amount secured by said instrument as of the time of initial publication of this notice is $772,506.00, which includes the total amount of the unpaid balance (including accrued and unpaid interest) and reasonable estimated costs, expenses, and advances at the time of initial publication of this notice. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [ 1 ] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current

and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [ 2 ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. Date: 11/11/2009 ETS Services, LLC 2255 North Ontario Street, Suite 400 Burbank, California 91504-3120 Sale Line: 714-7302727 Omar Solorzano, TRUSTEE SALE OFFICER ASAP# 3342089 11/26/2009, 12/03/2009, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly TS # CA-09-282251-RM Order # 30191093 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/17/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, will be held by duly appointed trustee. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. BENEFICIARY MAY ELECT TO BID LESS THAN THE TOTAL AMOUNT DUE. Trustor(s): MIGUEL A. VALLE, A SINGLE MAN Recorded: 11/22/2006 as Instrument No. 20062598764 in book XXX, page XXX of Official Records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California; Date of Sale: 12/9/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $449,869.97 The purported property address is: 1900 MENTONE AVENUE PASADENA, CA 91103 Assessors Parcel No. 5825-012-018 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the property address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. If no street address or other common designation is shown, please refer to the referenced legal description for property location. In the event no common address or common designation of the property is provided herein directions to the location of the property may be obtained within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale by sending a written request to MetLife Home Loans a division of MetLife Bank NA 4000 Horizon Way Foreclosure Dept. #6205 Irving TX 75063. Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: [1] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; [2] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does apply to this notice of sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee, or the Mortgagee’s Attorney. Date: 11/2/2009 Quality Loan Service Corp. 2141 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 645-7711 For NON SALE information only Sale Line: (714) 573-1965 or Login to: www.priorityposting.com Reinstatement Line: 619-645-7711 Quality Loan Service, Corp. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holder’s rights against the real property only. This notice is sent for the purpose of collecting a debt. This firm is attempting to collect a debt on behalf of the holder and owner of the note. Any information obtained by or provided to this firm or the creditor will be used for that purpose. As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. P634187 11/19, 11/26, 12/03/2009 Pasadena Weekly Loan No. 95036 ROBINSON RESS Order No. 73787 A.P. Number 5832-020-018 Notice of Trustee’s Sale Under Deed of Trust YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED April 22, 2009, UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given, that on 12/2/2009, at 10:30 AM of said day, At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA, Del Toro Loan Servicing, Inc., a California

Corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to the power of sale conferred in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Lynn A. Robinson, an unmarried woman recorded on 05/01/2009, in Book n/a of Official Records of Los Angeles County, at page n/a, Recorder’s Instrument No. 20090642279, by reason of a breach or default in payment or performance of the obligations secured thereby, including that breach or default, Notice of which was recorded 7/20/2009 as Recorder’s Instrument No. 20091088862, in Book n/a, at Page n/a, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, lawful money of the United States, evidenced by a Cashier’s Check drawn on a state or national bank, or the equivalent thereof drawn on any other financial institution specified in section 5102 of the California Financial Code, authorized to do business in the State of California, ALL PAYABLE AT THE TIME OF SALE, all right, title and interest held by it as Trustee, in that real property situated in said County and State, described as follows: Portion Lot 34, tract 5457, per book 101, page 16, of maps The street address or other common designation of the real property hereinabove described is purported to be: 7 West Las Flores Drive, Altadena CA. The undersigned disclaims all liability for any incorrectness in said street address or other common designation. Said sale will be made without warranty, express or implied regarding title, possession, or other encumbrances, to satisfy the unpaid obligations secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest and other sums as provided therein; plus advances, if any, thereunder and interest thereon; and plus fees, charges, and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of said obligations at the time of initial publication of this Notice is $259,502.44 Dated: 11/3/2009 Del Toro Loan Servicing, Inc., a California Corporation, as Trustee By: RESS Financial Corporation, a California corporation, Its Agent By: Bruce R. Beasley, President 1780 Town and Country Drive, Suite 105, Norco, CA 92860-3618 (seal) Telephone: (951) 270-0164 or (800) 343-7377 Fax: (951) 270-2673 Trustee’s Sale Information: (714) 573-1965 Beneficiary’s Declaration of Compliance with Civil Code 2923.54 (Addendum to Notice of Trustee’s Sale) I, the undersigned, am the beneficiary or authorized officer or representative of the mortgage loan servicer for the loan evidenced by, among other things, that certain deed of trust recorded on 05/01/09 as Instrument No. 20090642279 in the Official Records of Los Angeles County, California. I have read and am familiar with the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2923.54. I declare, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California, that the mortgage loan servicer for the above referenced mortgage loan (i) has / has not [strike one] obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code Section 2923.53 which is current and valid as of the date on which this Notice of Trustee’s Sale will be recorded; and, (ii) pursuant to the provisions of Civil Code Sections 2923.52 and/or 2923.55, the timeframe for giving notice of a Trustee’s Sale specified in subdivision (a) of section 2923.52 does/does not [strike one] apply to this Notice of Trustee’s Sale. This declaration is executed on October 30, 2009 at National City, California. Andrew Louis Signature Andrew Louis Printed Name President Printed Title P634836 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/2009 Pasadena Weekly Loan No. WASHINGTON RESS Order No. 73802 A.P. Number 5837-023-009 Notice of Trustee’s Sale Under Deed of Trust YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED February 23, 2009, UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. Notice is hereby given, that on 12/2/2009, at 10:30 AM of said day, At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA, Ress Financial Corporation, a California corporation, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to the power of sale conferred in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Carrie Washington recorded on 07/10/2009, in Book n/a of Official Records of Los Angeles County, at page n/a, Recorder’s Instrument No. 20091038486, by reason of a breach or default in payment or performance of the obligations secured thereby, including that breach or default, Notice of which was recorded 7/30/2009 as Recorder’s Instrument No. 20091168033, in Book n/a, at Page n/a, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, lawful money of the United States, evidenced by a Cashier’s Check drawn on a state or national bank, or the equivalent thereof drawn on any other financial institution specified in section 5102 of the California Financial Code, authorized to do business in the State of California, ALL PAYABLE AT THE TIME OF SALE, all right, title and interest held by it as Trustee, in that real property situated in said County and State, described as follows: Portion Lots 22 and 23, per book 12, page 86, of maps The street address or other common designation of the real property hereinabove described is purported to be: 305 East Penn Street, Pasadena CA. The undersigned disclaims all liability for any incorrectness in said street address or other common designation. Said sale will be made without warranty, express or


implied regarding title, possession, or other encumbrances, to satisfy the unpaid obligations secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest and other sums as provided therein; plus advances, if any, thereunder and interest thereon; and plus fees, charges, and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of said obligations at the time of initial publication of this Notice is $6,509.84 Dated: 11/3/2009 RESS Financial Corporation, a California corporation, as Trustee By: Bruce R. Beasley, President 1780 Town and Country Drive, Suite 105, Norco, CA 92860-3618 (seal) Telephone: (951) 270-0164 or (800) 3437377 Fax: (951) 270-2673 Trustee’s Sale Information: (714) 573-1965 Beneficiary’s Declaration of Compliance with Civil Code 2923.54 (Addendum to Notice of Trustee’s Sale) I, the undersigned, am the beneficiary or authorized officer or representative of the mortgage loan servicer for the loan evidenced by, among other things, that certain deed of trust recorded on 07-102009 as Instrument No. 20091038486 in the Official Records of Los Angeles County, California. I have read and am familiar with the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2923.54. I declare, under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California, that the mortgage loan servicer for the above referenced mortgage loan (i) has / has not [strike one] obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code Section 2923.53 which is current and valid as of the date on which this Notice of Trustee’s Sale will be recorded; and, (ii) pursuant to the provisions of Civil Code Sections 2923.52 and/or 2923.55, the timeframe for giving notice of a Trustee’s Sale specified in subdivision (a) of section 2923.52 does /does not [strike one] apply to this Notice of Trustee’s Sale. This declaration is executed on 11-02, 2009 at Altadena, California. E. C. Hopkins Signature E.C. Hopkins Printed Name Owner Printed Title P634837 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/2009 Pasadena Weekly T.S. No. 09-13099-11 Loan No. 40334005 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE A copy of California Civil Code Section 2923.54 (SB 7) declaration is attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 9/28/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a Deed of Trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Trustor: John T House, A Single Man, And Florice M House, A Widow As Joint Tenants Duly Appointed Trustee: The Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation Recorded 10/04/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2212595 in book , page and rerecorded on —- as —-, of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 12/2/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $479,465.96, estimated Street Address or other common designation of real property: 2806 Glen Avenue , Altadena, CA 91001 A.P.N.: 5829-041-014 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. Date: 11/12/2009 T h e Wolf Firm, A Law Corporation Irvine, California 92614 (949) 720-9200 Foreclosure Dept. Fax (949) 608-0130 Sale Information Only: (714) 573-1965 Maggie F. Salac, Foreclosure Officer DECLARATION TO NOTICE OF SALE AS REQUIRED BY CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE SECTION 2923.54 (1) The Mortgage Loan Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this Notice of Sale is filed. (2) The timeframe for giving notice of sale as specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55. Debra Lyman Signature Debra Lyman Print Your Name Vice President Print Your Title Litton Loan Servicing, LP Print Company Name Mortgage Loan Servicer P635892 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/2009 Pasadena Weekly

TS No. T09-53451-CA Notice of Trustee’s Sale YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/27/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, Cashier’s Check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a deed of trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer, or authorized agent, declares as follows: [X] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed and [X] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Trustor: Ka Wing Li, a Single Man Duly Appointed Trustee: CR Title Services, Inc. c/o Jutland Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92117 877-576-0472 Recorded 07/07/2006 as Instrument No. 06 1500947 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 12/3/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $270,184.77 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 385 South Oakland Avenue 105 Pasadena, CA 91101-3323 A.P.N.: 5734-005-028 Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. The Trustee shall incur no liability for any good faith error in stating the proper amount of unpaid balances and charges. For sales information please contact Priority Posting and Publishing at www.priorityposting.com or (714) 573-1965 Reinstatement Line: 877-576-0472 Date: 11/12/2009 CR Title Services, Inc. 1000 Technology Drive, MS 314 O’Fallon MO 63368 Jill Bryant, Trustee Specialist Federal Law requires us to notify you that we are acting as a debt collector. If you are currently in a bankruptcy or have received a discharge in bankruptcy as to this obligation, this communication is intended for informational purposes only and is not an attempt to collect a debt in violation of the automatic stay or the discharge injunction. P636800 11/12, 11/19, 11/26/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No.: 20090134007740 Title Order No.: 090565175 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Y O U ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 1/8/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDex West, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 01/18/2007 as Instrument No. 20070094817 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California. Executed By: Raffi Torossian, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check/cash equivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). Date of Sale: 12/9/2009 Time of Sale: 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Street Address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 1389 NORTH SIERRA BONITA AVENUE PASADENA, CA 91104 APN#: 5850-023-023 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust.

The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $678,823.80. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. For Trustee Sale Information Please Call: Priority Posting & Publication 17501 Irvine Blvd., Suite One Tustin, CA 92780 714-573-1965 www.priorityposting.com NDex West, LLC as Authorized Agent Dated: 11/9/2009 NDex West, LLC may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P637035 11/19, 11/26, 12/03/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No. 736667CA Loan No. 3018400592 Title Order No. 3206-242059 Notice of Trustee’s Sale YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 10/11/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/21/2009 at 10:30 AM California Reconveyance Company as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust, recorded on 10/17/2007, Book , Page , Instrument 20072363965 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Alfredo Lopez and, Maria D. Howard-Lopez, Husband and Wife as Joint Tenants, as Trustor, Washington Mutual Bank, FA, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $437,785.00 (estimated) Street address and other common designation of the real property: 870 Morada Place, Altadena, CA 91001 APN NUMBER: 5845-028-008 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. In compliance with California Civil Code 2923.5(c) the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary, or authorized agent declares: that it has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone; by United States mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by e-mail; by face to face meeting. See attached Exhibit Exhibit Declaration Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54 Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54, the undersigned loan servicer declares as follows: 1. It has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.54 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; and 2. The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or Section 2923.55. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Name: Ann Thorn Title: First Vice President Date: 11/20/2009 California Reconveyance Company, as Trustee (714) 259-7850 or www.fidelityasap.com (714) 573-1965 or www.priorityposting.com Deborah Brignac California Reconveyance Company is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Deborah Brignac, Vice President 9200 Oakdale Avenue Mail Stop N110612 Chatsworth, CA 91311 P637269 11/26, 12/3, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No. 11490CA Loan No. 1006681348 Title Order No. 186391 Notice of Trustee’s Sale YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/21/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/9/2009 at 10:30 AM MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation

DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 11/29/2005, Book , Page , Instrument 05 2895274 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Vartan Nazerian, a married man, as his sole and separate property, as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Indymac Bank, F.S.B., a Federally Chartered Savings Bank, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $695,578.81 The Street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 1978 Allen Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001 APN Number: 5854021-001 See Declaration, as required by California Civil Code Section 2923.54, attached hereto and made a part hereof. CALIFORNIA FORECLOSURE PREVENTION ACT DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE (California Civil Code § 2923.54(a)) The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary, or their authorized agent hereby declares under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California, as follows: [ ] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. Therefore, the mortgage loan servicer has waited an additional 90 days before giving notice of sale as required by Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52(a). [X] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date that the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. [ ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52 (a) does not apply because: [ ] The loan was not recorded between January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2008. [ ] The loan is not secured by residential real property. [ ] The loan is not secured by a first priority mortgage or deed of trust. [ ] The borrower did not occupy the property as his/her principal residence when the loan became delinquent. [ ] the loan was made, purchased or serviced by (1) a California state or local public housing agency or authority, including state or local housing finance agencies established under Division 31 of the Cal. Health & Safety Code and Chapter 6 of the Cal. Military & Veterans Code, or (2) the loan is collateral for securities purchased by any such California state or local public housing agency or authority. [ ] The borrower has surrendered the property as evidenced by either a letter confirming the surrender or delivery of the keys to the property to the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary or authorized agent. [ ] The borrower has contracted with someone whose primary business is advising people who have decided to leave their homes on how to extend the foreclosure process and avoid their loan [ ] The borrower has filed for bankruptcy, and the bankruptcy court has not entered an order closing or dismissing the bankruptcy case or granting relief from the automatic stay OneWest Bank, FSB By: Vicki Brizendine ATTACHMENT TO NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. Date: 11/19/2009 MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service, as Trustee Sales Line: (714) 5737777 (702) 586-4500 Dianne Burnett, President Meridian Trust Deed Service 4675 Macarthur Court Suite 1540 Newport Beach CA 92660 MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P638944 11/19, 11/26, 12/03/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No. 09-00572-4C Loan No. 4900007580 TRANMAR Title Order No. 09-00572-4 APN 5713-009-037 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED June 16, 2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On December 9, 2009, at 10:30 AM, at the front entrance to the Pomona Superior

Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA, Fidelity National Title Company, as the duly appointed Trustee, under and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust Recorded on June 28, 2006, as Instrument No. 06 1425106 of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CA , executed by: Tranmar Properties, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, as Trustor, in favor of United Commercial Bank as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER, in lawful money of the United States, all payable at the time of sale, that certain property situated in said County, California describing the land therein as: AS MORE FULLY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 233 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining unpaid balance of the obligations secured by and pursuant to the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust (together with any modifications thereto). The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligations secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of this Notice of Trustee`s Sale is estimated to be $4,864,107.55 (Estimated), provided, however, prepayment premiums, accrued interest and advances will increase this figure prior to sale. Beneficiary`s bid at said sale may include all or part of said amount. In addition to cash, the Trustee will accept a cashier`s check drawn on a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the California Financial Code and authorized to do business in California, or other such funds as may be acceptable to the trustee. In the event tender other than cash is accepted, the Trustee may withhold the issuance of the Trustee`s Deed Upon Sale until funds become available to the payee or endorsee as a matter of right. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. Beneficiary has elected and hereby elects to conduct a unified foreclosure sale pursuant to the provisions of California Commercial Code Section 9604(a)(1)(B) and to include in the nonjudicial foreclosure of the estate described in this Notice of Trustee’s Sale all of the personal property and fixtures described in the Deed of Trust and in any other instruments in favor of Beneficiary, which property is more particularly described in Exhibit “A” hereto. EXHIBIT “A” Personal Property Description T.S. No.: 09-00572-4C Loan No.: 4900007580 TRANMAR Capitalized terms not defined herein shall have the same meaning as those in the Deed of Trust. All right, title and interest which Trustor now has or may later acquire in, such real property and all appurtenances, easements, covenants, rights of way, tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any way appertaining thereto now or hereafter, and all of the estate, right, title, interest, claim, demand, reversion or remainder whatsoever of Trustor therein or thereto, at law or in equity, now or hereafter in possession or expectancy, including, without limitation, all mineral, oil, and gas rights and royalties and profits therefrom, all water and water rights and shares of stock pertaining to water and water rights, and all sewers, pipes, conduits, wires and other facilities furnishing utility or services to the real property (collectively, the “Land”); All right, title and interest which Trustor now has or may later acquire in and to all buildings, structures and improvements now or hereafter erected on the Land, including, without limitation, all plant equipment, apparatus, machinery and fixtures of every kind and nature whatsoever now or hereafter located on or forming part of said buildings, structures and improvements (collectively, the “Improvements”; the Land and Improvements being hereinafter sometimes collectively referred to as the “Premises”); All right, title and interest which Trustor now has or may later acquire in and to the land lying in the bed of any street, road, highway or avenue now or hereafter in front of or adjoining the Premises; Any and all awards heretofore or hereafter made by any governmental authorities (federal, state, local or otherwise) to Trustor and all subsequent owners of the Premises which may be made with respect to the Premises as a result of the exercise of the right of eminent domain, the alteration of the grade of any street or any other injury to or decrease of value of the Premises, which said award or awards are hereby assigned to Lender; Any and all unearned premiums accrued, accruing or to accrue, and the proceeds of insurance now or hereafter in effect with respect to all or any portion of the Premises; Any and all claims or demands which Trustor now has or may hereafter acquire against anyone with respect to any damage to all or any portion of the Premises; Any and all claims under and proceeds of any insurance policies by reason of or related to a loss of any kind sustained to the Premises, now or hereafter, whether or not such policies name Lender

as an insured and whether or not such policies are required by Lender, and whether or not such claims thereunder are characterized as personal claims; All goods, equipment, machinery, furniture, furnishings, trade fixtures, appliances, inventory, building materials, apparatus, utensils, vehicles, wiring, pipes, conduits elevators, escalators, heating and air conditioning equipment, chattels and articles of personal property, including, without limitation, any interest therein now or at any time hereafter affixed to, attached to or used in any way in connection with or to be incorporated at any time into the Premises or placed on any part thereof wheresoever located, whether or not attached to or incorporated in the Premises, together with any and all accessions, accessories, attachments, and replacements thereof, appertaining and adapted to the complete and compatible use, enjoyment, occupancy operation or improvement of the Premises; All instruments, investment property, deposit accounts, accounts, contract rights, general intangibles, and other intangible property and rights now or hereafter relating to the foregoing property, or the operation thereof or used in connection therewith, including, without limitation, all options, letters of intent, and rights of first refusal of any nature whatsoever, covering all or any portion of such property, together with any modifications thereof, and deposits or other payments made in connection therewith, existing and future development rights, permits and approvals, air rights, density bonus rights, and transferable development rights; all of Trustor’ s right title, and interest in and to any awards, remunerations, settlements, or compensation heretofore made or hereafter made by any and all courts, boards, agencies, commissions, offices, or authorities, of any nature whatsoever for any governmental unit (federal, state, local or otherwise) to the present or any subsequent owner of the foregoing property, including those for any vacation of, or change of grade in, any streets affecting the foregoing property and any and all licenses and privileges obtained by Trustor from nongovernmental sources; All leases of the Premises, Personalty, Fixtures, or any part thereof, now or hereafter entered into and all right, title and interest of Trustor thereunder, including, without limitation, cash or securities deposited thereunder to secure performance by the lessees of their obligations thereunder (whether such cash or securities are to be held until the expiration of the terms of such leases or applied to one or more of the installments of rent coming due immediately prior to the expiration of such terms); all other rights and easements of Trustor now or hereafter existing pertaining to ‘the use and enjoyment of the Premises; and all right, title and interest of Trustor in and to all declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions as may affect or otherwise relate to the Premises; All permits, plans, licenses, specifications, subdivision rights, security interests, contracts, contract rights, public utility deposits, prepaid sewer and water hook-up charges, or other rights as may affect or otherwise relate to the Property; All rents, income, issues and profits (subject, however, to the rights given in this Deed of Trust to Lender to collect and apply same), including, without limitation, the accounts, revenues, and proceeds of any business operation conducted by or on behalf of Trustor on or through the use of the Premises, prepaid municipal and utility fees, bonds, revenues, income, and other benefits to which Trustor may now or hereafter be entitled to, or which are derived from, the Property or any portion thereof or interest therein. END OF EXHIBIT “A” Beneficiary reserves the right to revoke its election as to some or all of said personal property and/or fixtures, or to add additional personal property and/or fixtures to the election herein expressed, at Beneficiary’s sole election, from time to time and at any time until the consummation of the trustee’s sale to be conducted pursuant to the Deed of Trust and this Notice of Trustee’s Sale. The property offered for sale excludes all funds held on account by the property receiver, if applicable. DATE: November 19, 2009 FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE COMPANY, TRUSTEE 135 Main St. Ste.1900 San Francisco, CA 94105 415247-2450 James Gips Authorized Signature Regarding the property that is the subject of this notice of sale, the “mortgage loan servicer” as defined in Civil Code § 2923.53(k)(3) declares that it has not obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Civil Code section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date this notice of sale is recorded. The time frame for giving a notice of sale specified in Civil Code Section 2923.52 subdivision (a) does not apply to this notice of sale pursuant to Civil Code Sections 2923.52 or 2923.55. Fidelity National Title Company, as Agent for the mortgage loan servicer as defined under California Civil Code section 2923.53 (k)(3) James Gips Authorized Signature SALE INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON LINE AT www.priorityposting.com AUTOMATED SALES INFORMATION PLEASE CALL 714573-1965 P638967 11/19, 11/26, 12/03/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No. 08-6494 Title Order No. G823500 APN 5732-020-048 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 6/15/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE

OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/9/2009 at 10:30AM, Old Republic Default Management Services, a Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company as duly appointed Trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust Recorded on 06/29/2005 as Instrument No. 05 1533623 of official records in the Office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Daniel Dingle, and Angela Dingle, husband and wife as community property as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee, as Beneficiary, Will Sell At Public Auction To The Highest Bidder For Cash (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, and state, and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 384 North Wilson Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to wit: $769,631.49 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.5(b) is attached hereto as Exhibit A. Exhibit A to Notice of Trustee Sale Trustee Sale No. 08-6494 Loan No. 2000140777 APN 3791-015-091 Declaration of Lender, Trustee or Authorized Agent under California Civil Code Section 2923.5(c) The undersigned is the lender, beneficiary, or its authorized agent under the Deed of Trust or Mortgage that is the subject of the Notice of Sale to which this Declaration is attached and made a part. In compliance with the requirements of California Civil Code section 2923.5(c), the undersigned does hereby declare as follows: (strike out or delete the option that is not applicable) 1. The borrower under said Deed of Trust or Mortgage has been contacted in order to assess the borrower’s financial situation and to explore options for the borrower to avoid foreclosure. Or, 12/20/07 7/30/08 8/17/09 2. No contact has been made with the borrower. (continue on attachment, if more space is needed). Date: 11/5/09 By: Shari Landram Default Coordinator (name of person signing and their corporate title) The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.54 is attached as “Exhibit B”. Exhibit “B” Servicer’s Declaration To Notice Of Sale Pursuant To California Civil Code Section 2923.54 Pursuant to California Civil Code §2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is recorded. The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52” I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. Date 6-30-09 Saxon Mortgage Services, Inc. By: Steven Roark Date: 11/13/2009 Old Republic Default Management Services, a Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee 500 City Parkway West, Suite 200 Orange, CA 92868-2913 (866) 263-5802 For Sale Information Contact: Priority Posting and Publishing (714) 573-1965 Tony Delgado, Trustee Sales Officer “We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.” P639059 11/19, 11/26, 12/03/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No.: 20090159908927 Title Order No.: 090537555 FHA/VA/PMI No.: NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 12/4/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. NDex West, LLC, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 12/08/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2726749 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, State of California. Executed By: Barton Webb, will sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check/cash equivalent or other form of payment authorized by 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of continued on page 64

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the United States). Date of Sale: 12/9/2009 Time of Sale: 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Street Address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 437 N SUMMIT AVE PASADENA, CA 91103 APN#: 5725-016-027 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $969,746.74. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located. For Trustee Sale Information Please Call: Priority Posting & Publication 17501 Irvine Blvd., Suite One Tustin, CA 92780 714-573-1965 www.priorityposting.com NDex West, LLC as Authorized Agent Dated: 11/16/2009 NDex West, LLC may be acting as a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P639188 11/19, 11/26, 12/03/2009 Pasadena Weekly T.S. No. T09-53567-CA Notice of Trustee’s Sale YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/8/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. A public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, Cashier’s Check drawn on a state or national bank, check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, or savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant to a deed of trust described below. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, with interest and late charges thereon, as provided in the note(s), advances, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee for the total amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer, or authorized agent, declares as follows: [X] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed and [X] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Trustor: Jana S Watkins, a single woman Duly Appointed Trustee: CR Title Services, Inc. c/o Pite Duncan, 4375 Jutland Drive, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92117 877-576-0472 Recorded 01/17/2007 as Instrument No. 20070086010 in book , page of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, Date of Sale: 12/21/2009 at 10:30 AM Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $544,581.79 Street Address or other common designation of real property: 133 West Manor Street Altadena, CA 910014715 A.P.N.: 5835-002-027 Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown above. If no street address or other common designation is shown, directions to the location of the property may be obtained by sending a written request to the beneficiary within 10 days of the date of first publication of this Notice of Sale. The Trustee shall incur no liability for any good faith error in stating the proper amount of unpaid balances and charges. For sales information please contact Priority Posting and Publishing at www.priorityposting.com or (714) 5731965 Reinstatement Line: 877-576-0472 Date: 11/26/2009 CR Title Services, Inc. 1000 Technology Drive, MS 314 O’Fallon, MO 63368 Jill Bryant, Trustee Specialist Federal Law requires us to notify you that we are acting as a debt collector. If you are

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currently in a bankruptcy or have received a discharge in bankruptcy as to this obligation, this communication is intended for informational purposes only and is not an attempt to collect a debt in violation of the automatic stay or the discharge injunction. P639507 11/26, 12/3, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly T.S. No.: 09-32978 TSG Order No.: 3380062261 A.P.N.: 5825-008-041 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 9/28/2006. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/16/2009 at 10:30AM, Old Republic Default Management Services, a Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company as duly appointed Trustee pursuant to the Deed of Trust Recorded on 10/10/2006 as Instrument No. 06 2243551 in book -, page - and modified by Loan Modification Agreement on 10/15/08 as Instrument No. 20081832404 of official records in the Office of the County Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Ileana Gonzalez a single woman as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as Beneficiary, Will Sell At Public Auction To The Highest Bidder For Cash (payable in full at time of sale by cash, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). At: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA, all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County, and state, and as more fully described in the above referenced Deed of Trust. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 396 West Montana Street, Pasadena, CA 91103. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made in an “AS IS” condition, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to wit: $543,494.06 (Estimated) Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. The Declaration pursuant to California Civil Code, Section 2923.5(a) was fulfilled when the Notice of Default was recorded on 5/22/2009 Date: 11/16/2009 Old Republic Default Management Services, a Division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, as Trustee 500 City Parkway West, Suite 200 Orange, CA 92868-2913 (866) 263-5802 For Sale Information Contact: Priority Posting and Publishing (714) 573-1965 April Sam, Foreclosure Specialist “We are attempting to collect a debt, and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose.” P639593 11/26, 12/3, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale # CA0844518 Loan# 902561137 Order # 4136782 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 8/28/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/21/2009 at 10:30 AM, MTC Financial Inc., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 09/06/2007 as Document No. 20072070177 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, Jose M. Cardoza, a single man, as Trustor, Ing Bank, FSB, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5727010-029 Lot 176 of Lincoln Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue tract, in the City of Pasadena, County of Los Angeles, State of California as per map recorded in book 17 page ( s ) 81 and 82 of miscellaneous records, in the office of the county recorder of said county. The street address

and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 475 West Washington Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee’s Sale is: $540,531.07 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary’s agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 I Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/26/2009 MTC Financial Inc. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: Ernie Aguilar, Trustee Sales Officer *TRUSTEE CORPS* 2112 BUSINESS CENTER DRIVE, 2ND FLOOR, IRVINE, CA 92612 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)573-1965, (714) 573-1965, (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 P639715 11/26, 12/3, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale # CA0844458 Loan# 9000409037 Order # 090345875 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 2/9/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/21/2009 at 10:30 AM, MTC FINANCIAL, INC., dba TRUSTEE CORPS as the duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 02/24/2005 as Document No. 05 0419254 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, CALIFORNIA, executed by, Zigmantas Pudzemis, And Vida Pudzemiene, Husband And Wife, as Trustor, Provident Savings Bank, F.S.B, as Beneficiary, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States, by cash a cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state). AT: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. All right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State describing the land therein: APN # 5731004-035 Lot(s) 8 of E. B. Allen’s subdivision of lot 5, Block “S” of San Pasqual Tract, in the City of Pasadena, County of Los Angeles, State of California, as per map recorded in book 12 page(s) 74 of miscellaneous records, in the office of the County Recorder of Said County. The street address and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 5605601/2,562-5621/2 N. LOS ROBLES AVE , Pasadena, CA 91101 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said Note(s), advances, if any, under the terms of the Deed of Trust, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable

estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Trustee’s Sale is: $571,452.98 (estimated amount). Accrued interest and additional advances, if any, will increase this figure prior to sale. If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The Beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the County where the real property is located and more than three months have elapsed since such recordation. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2924f: The Beneficiary or Beneficiary’s agent has indicated that the requirements of California Civil Code Section 2924f have been met. Compliance with California Civil Code Section 2923.52: 1. Pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.54 the undersigned, on behalf of the beneficiary, loan servicer or authorized agent, declares as follows: X Servicer does hereby state that Servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date of the notice of sale is filed. 2. Timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) Section 2923.52 I Does X Does not apply pursuant to section 2923.52 or 2923.55 Dated: 11/26/2009 MTC FINANCIAL, INC. DBA TRUSTEE CORPS, as Successor Trustee By: Ernie Aguilar, Trustee Sales Officer *TRUSTEE CORPS* 2112 BUSINESS CENTER DRIVE, 2ND FLOOR, IRVINE, CA 92612 FOR SALE INFORMATION CONTACT: (714)573-1965, (714)573-1965 (949) 252-8300 FOR REINSTATEMENT / PAY OFF REQUESTS CONTACT: (949) 252-8300 P639718 11/26, 12/3, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No. 11560CA Loan No. 1009048479 Title Order No. 187194 Notice of Trustee’s Sale YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 1/16/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/18/2009 at 10:30 AM, MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 01/24/2007, Book , Page , Instrument 20070145040 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Onecimo Ricardo Granados and Luz Marie Velez husband and wife, as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Indymac Bank, F.S.B., a Federally Chartered Savings Bank, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $586,377.39 The Street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 1015 North Hudson Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104 APN Number: 5730-022-033 See Declaration, as required by California Civil Code Section 2923.54, attached hereto and made a part hereof. CALIFORNIA FORECLOSURE PREVENTION ACT DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE (California Civil Code § 2923.54(a)) The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary, or their authorized agent hereby declares under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California, as follows: [ ] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. Therefore, the mortgage loan servicer has waited an additional 90 days before giving notice of sale as required by Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52(a). [X] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date that the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. [ ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52 (a) does not apply because: [ ] The loan was not recorded between January 1, 2003 and January 1,

2008. [ ] The loan is not secured by residential real property. [ ] The loan is not secured by a first priority mortgage or deed of trust. [ ] The borrower did not occupy the property as his/her principal residence when the loan became delinquent. [ ] the loan was made, purchased or serviced by (1) a California state or local public housing agency or authority, including state or local housing finance agencies established under Division 31 of the Cal. Health & Safety Code and Chapter 6 of the Cal. Military & Veterans Code, or (2) the loan is collateral for securities purchased by any such California state or local public housing agency or authority. [ ] The borrower has surrendered the property as evidenced by either a letter confirming the surrender or delivery of the keys to the property to the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary or authorized agent. [ ] The borrower has contracted with someone whose primary business is advising people who have decided to leave their homes on how to extend the foreclosure process and avoid their loan [ ] The borrower has filed for bankruptcy, and the bankruptcy court has not entered an order closing or dismissing the bankruptcy case or granting relief from the automatic stay OneWest Bank, FSB By: Vicki Brizendine ATTACHMENT TO NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. Date: 11/20/2009 MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service, as Trustee Sales Line: (714) 5737777 (702) 586-4500 Dianne Burnett, President Meridian Trust Deed Service 4675 Macarthur Court Suite 1540 Newport Beach CA 92660 MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P640642 11/26, 12/3, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly Trustee Sale No. 11777CA Loan No. 1010700068 Title Order No. 193430 Notice of Trustee’s Sale YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 11/16/2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/18/2009 at 10:30 AM MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service as the duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded 11/27/2007, Book , Page , Instrument 20072605588 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Los Angeles County, California, executed by: Bernave Bugarin a married man as his sole and separate property, as Trustor, Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Indymac Bank, F.S.B., A Federally Chartered Savings Bank, as Beneficiary, will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash, cashier’s check drawn by a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal credit union, or a cashier’s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state. Sale will be held by the duly appointed trustee as shown below, of all right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by the trustee in the hereinafter described property under and pursuant the Deed of Trust. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by the Deed of Trust, interest thereon, estimated fees, charges and expenses of the trustee for the amount (at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale) reasonably estimated to be set forth below. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. Place of Sale: At the front entrance to the Pomona Superior Courts Building, 350 West Mission Blvd., Pomona, CA Legal Description: As more fully described in said Deed of Trust Amount of unpaid balance and other charges: $330,969.55 The Street address and other common designation of the real property purported as: 3815 Blanche Street, Pasadena, CA 91107 APN Number: 5755-022-019 See Declaration, as required by California Civil Code Section 2923.54, attached hereto and made a part hereof. California Foreclosure Prevention Act Declaration Of Compliance (California Civil Code § 2923.54(a)) The undersigned mortgage loan servicer hereby declares under penalty of perjury, under the laws of the State of California, as follows: [ ] The mortgage loan servicer has not obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date that the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. Therefore, the mortgage loan servicer has waited an additional 90 days before giving notice of sale as required by Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52(a). [X] The mortgage loan servicer has obtained a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.53 that is current and valid as of the date that the Notice of Trustee’s Sale was filed or given. [ ] The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in Cal. Civ. Code § 2923.52(a) does not apply because: [ ] The loan was not recorded between January 1, 2003 and January 1, 2008. [ ] The loan is not secured by residential real property. [ ] The loan is not secured by a first priority mortgage or deed of trust. [ ] The borrower did not occupy the property as his/her principal residence when the loan became delinquent. [ ] The loan was made, purchased or

serviced by (1) a California state or local public housing agency or authority, including state or local housing finance agencies established under Division 31 of the Cal. Health & Safety Code and Chapter 6 of the Cal. Military & Veterans Code, or (2) the loan is collateral for securities purchased by any such California state or local public housing agency or authority. [ ] The borrower has surrendered the property as evidenced by either a letter confirming the surrender or delivery of the keys to the property to the mortgagee, trustee, beneficiary or authorized agent. [ ] The borrower has contracted with someone whose primary business is advising people who have decided to leave their homes on how to extend the foreclosure process and avoid their loan obligations. [ ] The borrower has filed for bankruptcy, and the bankruptcy court has not entered an order closing or dismissing the bankruptcy case or granting relief from the automatic stay. OneWest Bank, FSB By: Vicki Brizendine Attachment To Notice of Trustee’s Sale The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is being sold “as is”. Date: 11/25/2009 MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service, as Trustee Sales Line: (714) 5737777 (702) 586-4500 Dianne Burnett, President Meridian Trust Deed Service 4675 Macarthur Court Suite 1540 Newport Beach CA 92660 MTDS, Inc., a California Corporation DBA Meridian Trust Deed Service is a debt collector attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. P640677 11/26, 12/3, 12/10/2009 Pasadena Weekly NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No: F358515 CA Unit Code: F Loan No: 2000306800/JONES Min No: 100230900003424000 AP #1: 5829-006018 T.D. SERVICE COMPANY, as duly appointed Trustee under the following described Deed of Trust WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier’s, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to T.D. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property hereinafter described: Trustor: WENDELL JONES Recorded January 16, 2007 as Instr. No. 20070079835 in Book — - Page —- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County; CALIFORNIA , pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder recorded April 30, 2008 as Instr. No. 20080755265 in Book —- Page —- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County CALIFORNIA. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED JANUARY 5, 2007. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 3291 DABNEY STREET, ALTADENA, CA 91001-4231 “(If a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness).” Said Sale of property will be made in “as is” condition without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest as in said note provided, advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. Said sale will be held on: DECEMBER 9, 2009, AT 11:00 A.M. *AT THE WEST SIDE DOORS TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTS BUILDING, 12720 NORWALK BLVD, NORWALK, CA At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $510,958.40. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.5(c) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee’s or beneficiary’s authorized agent contacted the borrower to assess the borrower’s financial situation and to explore options for the borrower to avoid foreclosure. The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is filed; The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 or 2923.55 If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: November 11, 2009 T.D. SERVICE COMPANY as said Trustee, T.D. Service Company Agent for the Trustee and as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary CINDY GASPAROVIC, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 1820 E. FIRST ST., SUITE 210, P.O. BOX 11988 SANTA ANA, CA 92711-1988 We are assisting the Beneficiary to collect a debt and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose whether received orally or

in writing. If available, the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or you may access sales information at www.ascentex. com/websales. TAC# 872431C PUB: 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/03/09 THIS NEW NOTICE SUPERSEDES AND REPLACES ANY PREVIOUS NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU MAY HAVE RECEIVED UNDER T.S. # F358515 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE T.S. No: A360055 CA Unit Code: A Loan No: 1686747/KHAZEN AP #1: 5751-004-016 T.D. SERVICE COMPANY, as duly appointed Trustee under the following described Deed of Trust WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH (in the forms which are lawful tender in the United States) and/or the cashier’s, certified or other checks specified in Civil Code Section 2924h (payable in full at the time of sale to T.D. Service Company) all right, title and interest conveyed to and now held by it under said Deed of Trust in the property hereinafter described: Trustor: DIANA KHAZEN Recorded October 18, 2005 as Instr. No. 05 2501742 in Book —- Page — - of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County; CALIFORNIA , pursuant to the Notice of Default and Election to Sell thereunder recorded May 15, 2008 as Instr. No. 20080864837 in Book —- Page —- of Official Records in the office of the Recorder of LOS ANGELES County CALIFORNIA. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED SEPTEMBER 30, 2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. 2629 MEGUIAR DRIVE, PASADENA, CA 911071408 “(If a street address or common designation of property is shown above, no warranty is given as to its completeness or correctness).” Said Sale of property will be made in “as is” condition without covenant or warranty, express or implied, regarding title possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest as in said note provided, advances, if any, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. Said sale will be held on: DECEMBER 9, 2009, AT 11:00 A.M. *AT THE WEST SIDE DOORS TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURTS BUILDING, 12720 NORWALK BLVD, NORWALK, CA At the time of the initial publication of this notice, the total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the above described Deed of Trust and estimated costs, expenses, and advances is $809,957.70. It is possible that at the time of sale the opening bid may be less than the total indebtedness due. The undersigned mortgagee, beneficiary or authorized agent for the mortgagee or beneficiary pursuant to California Civil Code 2923.5(c) declares that the mortgagee, beneficiary or the mortgagee’s or beneficiary’s authorized agent contacted the borrower to assess the borrower’s financial situation and to explore options for the borrower to avoid foreclosure. The mortgage loan servicer has obtained from the Commissioner a final or temporary order of exemption pursuant to Section 2923.53 that is current and valid on the date the notice of sale is recorded. The timeframe for giving notice of sale specified in subdivision (a) of Section 2923.52 does not apply pursuant to Section 2923.52 If the Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidder’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return of monies paid to the Trustee and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Date: November 11, 2009 T.D. SERVICE COMPANY as said Trustee, T.D. Service Company Agent for the Trustee and as Authorized Agent for the Beneficiary NANCY YOUNG, ASSISTANT SECRETARY T.D. SERVICE COMPANY 1820 E. FIRST ST., SUITE 210, P.O. BOX 11988 SANTA ANA, CA 92711-1988 We are assisting the Beneficiary to collect a debt and any information we obtain will be used for that purpose whether received orally or in writing. If available, the expected opening bid and/or postponement information may be obtained by calling the following telephone number(s) on the day before the sale: (714) 480-5690 or you may access sales information at www.ascentex.com/websales. TAC# 872459C PUB: 11/19/09, 11/26/09, 12/03/09 THIS NEW NOTICE SUPERSEDES AND REPLACES ANY PREVIOUS NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE YOU MAY HAVE RECEIVED UNDER T.S. # A360055

ABC NOTICES NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Date of Filing Application: NOVEMBER 16, 2009 To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: ELEMENTS FOOD GROUP LLC THE The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 37 S EL MOLINO AVE PASADENA, CA 91101-5220 Type of License(s) Applied for: 47 - ON-SALE GENERAL EATING PLACE Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control 222 E HUNTINGTON DR, STE 114, MONROVIA, CA 91016 (626) 256-3241 LA151188 PASADENA WEEKLY 11/19, 26, 12/3,2009


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CHOICE EVENTS FOR THE WEEK OF 11.26–12.03 BY CARL KOZLOWSKI

THURSDAY 11.26.09 Chow down on the BOUNTIFUL HARVEST BUFFET with all the treats when Patina Catering hosts its annual Thanksgiving luncheon at noon and 2 p.m. at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Cost is $45 for the general public, $37 for members and $15 for ages 4 to 12. Call (818) 790-3663 for reservations or visit descansogardens.org.

FRIDAY 11.27.09 Explore some of the area’s finest homes on the “DESIGNER HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR” from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3 at Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids under 6 and museum members. Call (323) 225-5700 or visit heritagesquare.org.

SATURDAY 11.28.09 After two days with the family, you’ll want to poke someone’s eyes out, so get some pointers at the ANNUAL THREE STOOGES EXTRAVAGANZA at 2 and 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $11 for seniors, children and groups. Call (818) 243-ALEX or visit alextheatre.org.

SUNDAY 11.29.09 Head to Hollywood for the 80TH ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE, hosted by the immortal Erik Estrada, with actress Susan Lucci serving as Grand Marshal, starting at 6 p.m. at Orange Street and Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood. Tickets are $35 for reserved grandstand seating, free for curbside seating. Call (866) 7272331 or visit the hollywoodchristmasparade.com.

MONDAY 11.30.09 Enjoy a day at KNOTTS BERRY FARM without the driving stress by joining a day-long group trip to the amusement park, with attendees meeting at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia. Tickets are $62 for those over 12; $54 for kids 12 and under. Ticket price includes lunch. Call (626) 574-5113 or visit http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/docs/knotts_2009.pdf.

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WEDNESDAY 12.02.09 Enjoy some affordable food and fun sights each Wednesday at the city of Alhambra’s weekly “DATE NIGHT,” with street entertainment, numerous restaurant specials, great people-watching and more along the city’s Main Street from 5 to 9 p.m. (some galleries and restaurants stay open later). Visit datenightalhambra.com for weekly updates.

THURSDAY 12.03.09 You can give 2,000 kids marching in MONROVIA’S HOLIDAY PARADE all the attention they deserve, beginning 7 p.m. on Myrtle Avenue, between Olive and Palm avenues in Old Town Monrovia. Visit ci.monrovia.ca.us/images/content/front_content/ holidayeventflyerbacknov09e3.pdf for more information.

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Hear best-selling author VINCENT BUGLIOSI, the man who prosecuted Charles Manson, discuss his books, including the Manson-trial tome, “Helter Skelter,” and the 1,600-page “Reclaiming History” on the JFK assassination, for free at 7 p.m. at the Glendale Public Library Auditorium, 222 E. Harvard St., Glendale. Call (818) 548-2030.


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