Altadena Library Awarded $30,000 “Pitch An Idea” Grant

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News The Altadena Library has been awarded $30,000 from the Pitch an Idea grant, which is awarded annually by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and administered by the California State Librarian.The funds will be used to expand Altadena Library’s teen makerspace, the monthly DIY Club, at the main library. DIY Club kicked off January 2014, and it has continued to be a staple of teen programming ever since.The grant will pay for exciting new technology like Macbook Pros with film editing software, 3D printers, film making equipment, and sewing machines, all supplemented by print resources to increase the technological side of our makerspace, which has focused on lower-tech activities like string art, duct tape crafts, and hand sewing stuffed animals.“Our mission is to improve society, and specifically our community, through facilitating knowledge creation” said Mindy Kittay, the Libraries District Director. “We have been doing this, and I believe doing it well, on a shoestring budget. But now with these additional funds we will be able to create a more advanced place of learning and making for our teens.”The library will offer several workshop series to introduce the new technology. Our first workshop in a series is “Film Making 101” taught by Kent Yoshimura, film editor and producer on September 11th. We will offer monthly filmmaking workshops throughout the fall. We will also hold 5 sewing workshops, taught by Assistant fashion designer and FIDM graduate Koalani Walkoe. In the winter, the library will teach the art of taking oral histories, and hold 3D printing workshops.Altadena students in middle and high school will learn new skills that support STEM curriculum, help with finding vocations and strengthen their knowledge of and comfort with 21st century technology.This project is supported in whole or in part by a California State Library grant supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information about participating in DIY Club workshops please contact Teen Librarian Carrie Wilson at (626) 798-0833 ext. 108 or [email protected] Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff Community News Community News Altadena Library Awarded $30,000 “Pitch An Idea” Grant From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | 12:35 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Are Speed Records Wrecking the A.T.?

first_imgHow fast is too fast?It’s a common question on the Appalachian Trail. That was especially true when I hiked a section in mid-July, because I asked it of just about everyone I met.Harvey Lewis, a schoolteacher from Cincinnati, was just then wrapping up an unsuccessful assault on the A.T. thru-hiking record. Such attempts have become so frequent and well-publicized in recent years that the nation’s most revered hiking trail now sees double duty as an ultramarathoning track.So, is that okay?No, several hikers told me. The A.T. is not just a trail but a shrine to self-discovery and contemplation, a “refuge from the crassitudes of civilization,” according to Benton MacKaye, the conservationist who came up with the idea of the Appalachian Trail. If haste and competition are among those crassitudes, then bringing them to the A.T. can seem downright tacky.“The A.T. was built to be savored and enjoyed,” said Todd Engels, 53, a day hiker I met just north of the famous trail town, Hot Springs, N.C. Treating it as a racecourse “fails to appreciate the majesty for which and with which it was created by Mr. MacKaye.”Karel Sabbe AT Speed RecordKarel Sabbe Recently Set The New FKTOn a recent A.T. section hike, he said, the practice of racing on the trail “was a big topic of discussion at the shelters.” And when two teenage trail runners arrived at a campsite suffering from hypothermia, Engels’ fellow hikers helped them only grudgingly.“There was this general resentment towards them, like, ‘Why are you running the Appalachian Trail?’ There are other trails you can run,” he said.A refuge is just what the A.T. is, said Phil Ayres, 48, a pastor of a non-denominational church in Florida, at a campsite a few miles farther north. It’s a venue for connecting with both nature and with humans on different terms than at home.“You meet all these people and you don’t jump into politics and how you feel about Trump. It’s usually talking trail stories and gear. It’s about the adventure.”You can’t do that in a rush, Ayres said, and this being the weekend of the MLB All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby made a convenient point of comparison.“Baseball has a rhythm and it’s not fast paced and that’s what makes it great. The Home Run Derby is kind of fun, but it’s not baseball,” he said. “The trail running thing (on the A.T.) is kind of fun, it’s kind of interesting, but it’s not really hiking.”My preferred analogy is eating. A big hike, like a big meal, can be a good thing. But somewhere along the line, record chasers brutalizing their bodies with a succession of 50-mile days start to seem like Joey Chestnut packing his face with hot dogs. It’s clearly too much.Not if that’s how they want to hike, said Wayne Watts, 36. He teaches theory of knowledge at a Utah high school. His trail name, “Socks,” is a mangled abbreviation of Socrates.He hiked the middle section of the trail in 2016 shortly after his younger brother had committed suicide. Many of his fellow hikers had been through similar traumas and found peace in the trail’s greatest gift, he said, the freedom to “hike their own hike.”Watts said he met a backpacker with a heart condition who was happy to walk a few miles each day. “I also met this guy named Bambi and he was just hopping down the trail, dude. He was fast!” But after putting in a few 30-mile days, Watts said, Bambi “liked getting into town and getting into a bar and spending a week getting drunk. That was his hike and that was cool.”Joe “Stringbean” McConaughy, who set the overall speed record last year both unsupported and under the radar, is usually praised as the racer who stayed truest to the spirit of the trail. Famed ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, on the other hand, was widely criticized for his corporate sponsorships and the unseemly celebration of his 2015 record at the A.T.’s northern terminus, Mount Katahdin, in Maine.Watts wondered why anybody cared. “If I see Scott Jurek running by me for like two seconds, how the hell is that going to bother me?”Watts, who had recently put in a 29-mile day while wrapping up an eight-week “yo-yo” hike from Sam’s Gap north of Asheville to the southern end of the trail and back, also pointed out the obvious about hiking: physical challenge is part of the appeal.“I like the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a big, long day,” he said.Even pursuing the most extreme challenge doesn’t keep racers from loving and respecting the trail, said Aaron Saft, the owner of Asheville’s Foot Rx running store, whom I called after my hike.Saft has never attempted an A.T. thru-hike record but as one of the region’s top ultramarathoners, he appreciates the “amazing” level of fitness required. He also knows that these runners take as much pleasure in the “experience and the views as any thru-hiker does,” said Saft, 40, who is also a trail maintenance volunteer and race organizer.“We might not be stopping at an overlook and resting. We might just take a moment and take a look, but that’s part of the enjoyment, just being out on the trail and moving forward.”In fact, the fastest record seekers and the slowest backpackers are far more similar than they are different, said Morgan Elliott, 26, of Asheville, another of the area’s top trail runners.“They both enjoy being out in nature. They share a goal of pushing themselves. They both end up on the trail looking for something,” he said. “I’m going to call it happiness, because that’s what everybody is looking for.”Greater self-awareness is another common goal, and as I walked, I realized my hypocrisy in judging racers. To the extent that I am able, I’ve always been a bit of a racer, too.I started out this hike that way. My first full day was a big one, at least for me. But looking at the map in Hot Springs, I realized that I couldn’t go as far as I wanted in the next two days without subjecting my wife to a sketchy, late-evening pickup at a remote road crossing.So I settled into a 14-mile day, realizing that the advocates of moderation also have a point, that pushing for miles necessarily comes with downsides.The biggest of these, hands down, has been turning hikes into objects of dread for my now-grown sons. “Sounds miserable,” my younger one said when I’d told him about my plans for this trip.On the previous day’s hike, I’d put off stopping to tend to a hot spot until it grew into a bloody blister. Going light on water in the interest of speed had burdened me with worries about the distance to the next water source. That and other time-and-mileage-related matters was pretty much the extent of my interactions with other hikers.On my shorter day, I struck up most of the conversations I’ve recorded in this story. I took time to rest under a particularly inviting pond-side oak and stopped regularly to try to identify birds, mushrooms, and understory plants.It was a novelty, reaching camp in mid-afternoon with a sensation other than exhaustion. I cooked a decent meal and built up some good trail karma by helping another crew of hikers clean out a filthy shelter. Because my next day was my last day, and easy, I volunteered to pack out the trash.And if, as I headed out, Jurek had rushed by me, on his way to a night in an RV and a hot vegan meal, it wouldn’t have bothered me one bit.last_img read more

Region One males needle Kako in Heritage Football final

first_img– Paiwomak women defeat Kamarang in female finalBy Faizool DeoREGION ONE, represented by Moruca, iced the cake of a dominant 2019 Heritage Games by winning the male football title in the feature clash on Sunday night in front of thousands of onlookers from various parts of Guyana.Prior to the 1-0 win, Region Nine’s Paiwomak Warriors were able to register a 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Kamarang to claim their title as best indigenous female football team.Although the spectators, who flocked to the Everest Cricket Club ground, were from various regions and ethnicities, the majority were supportive of Region One.  On the field, the game proved a competitive battle with both teams having their fair share of possessions in the first half.  The attacks happened in waves and although there were a few half chances, the two keepers were too good.It was not until a heavy shower wet the ground in the second half that the pendulum swung. Ministers Sydney Allicock (second from left) and Valerie Garrido-Lowe (right) with president of the GFF, Wayne Forde (left) and the Paiwomak Warriors female team at the trophy presentation ceremony.A blunder by the Kako Cobra Sports Club goalie gifted defender Anand Rodrigues the perfect opportunity in the 18-yard box and he ensured that he made no mistakes off his right boot in the 55th minute.Region One continued to attack, but as time expired, they settled into a more conservative approach, which they played with a 4-4-2 format. Kako kept attacking and even decided to change things up when they took off striker Artherley Elliman in the late second half, but they still could not equalised.Prior to the male clash, the Paiwomak women were able to score twice in five minutes to win their game late in the second half.Kamarang had opened the scoring in the 50th minute of play via a Zulika McNaughton goal, but 20 minutes later, Paiwomak drew even off the boot of Jacklyn Williams, while in the 75th minute, Satuaka Sai sealed the victory. After the games, the winners of all five sports (football, volleyball, tapeball, softball and archery) that were played over the three days at the  Everest venue, received their trophies and cash prizes from Vice president and Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock and Junior Minister at the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe.Both heads of the GFF and Archery Guyana and executive members of the GVF were also on hand.last_img read more