Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Pioneering Photographs of the Mojave Road

by Rudolph d’Heureuse in 1863
Speaker: Jeff Lapides
Monday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.

On Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m., the San Marino Historical Society welcomes Jeff Lapides who will speak on Rudolph d’Heureuse, a photographer of the early American west and its deserts. A German immigrant, d’Heureuse was a surveyor, cartographer, civil engineer, mining engineer, oenologist, and inventor who set out on a momentous journey in 1863. He photographed the Mojave Road in the desert from the waters of the Pacific Ocean to the banks of the Colorado River. His subjects included San Bernardino, Cajon Pass, San Pedro to Fort Mojave on the Colorado River and the mines of Eldorado Canyon in today’s Nevada. He did this many years before anyone else took photos of the desert, its inhabitants and geographical features.

This presentation will reveal d’Heureuse’s world of 1863 and the newly-arrived, hopeful miners, as well as the locals comprised of Californios, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans, Mormons, and Union soldiers. Jeff Lapides is a photographer and a book designer. He designed San Marino: A Centennial History which won several design awards. He is actively involved in the history communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Copies of a companion book, The Mojave Road In 1863: The Pioneering Photographs of Rudolph d’Heureuse, will be available for sale after the lecture.

In its speakers series, the San Marino Historical Society presents quarterly history talks focusing on topics especially selected for San Marino.  No reservations are needed.  For information on the San Marino Historical Society call (626) 304-9375 or email smhistorical@earthlink.net.

Come to Crowell Library at 7:00 p.m. on Monday February 25 for a fascinating look at a groundbreaking photographer.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Dare to Be Aware: A Journey Into Mindfulness

Saturday, February 16, 10:00 a.m.

Anyone wanting to grow as a human being will want to come to Crowell Public Library on Saturday, February 16 for an exciting workshop on mindfulness.  Ron Serven will teach how to be present in one’s life and not just a spectator from afar.  Participants will learn how to become more self-aware, how to live one’s life and connect to others, to integrate mindfulness into life, as well as learn the basics and benefits of meditation. The tools that attendees will take away will greatly enhance their awareness so they can experience a total transformation that gives a better sense of who they are, allowing them to be present in life and give oneself permission to constantly move in the direction of being the best version of themselves for the rest of their lives. Participants will contemplate three profound questions:  Who Am I?  What do I want in my life? What is my purpose in life?  In addition, attendees will learn how to better manage their lives and strategize on a sometimes scary six letter word called “stress.”  

A former City Parks Division Manager, Ron Serven is currently Environmental Services Manager/City Arborist for the City of San Marino.  He is a Certified Life /Health Coach with the Health Coaching Institute.  He has also conducted the library’s rose pruning workshops for the past twenty-four years.
Learn how to live every moment of life with more connection, more confidence, more meaning and more happiness! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Rose Pruning Made Easy

Saturday, January 19th, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

 Ron Serven, Environmental Services Manager and San Marino City Arborist, will conduct his 26th annual rose pruning workshop on Saturday January 19, 2019, and give even the most inexperienced gardeners the knowledge to promote healthy, beautiful rose blooming when spring comes around.  Learn the techniques in one two-hour session and be ready to work in companionship with nature.

This is the perfect time to get out into the yard and manage rose bushes for maximum bloom and health. Ron makes it interesting and fun.  A former City Parks Division Manager, Ron’s expertise with roses is still visible throughout the city, particularly at beautiful Lacy Park.  Many rose lovers have benefited from and attended repeat performances of Ron’s workshop at Crowell Library.  He will demonstrate optimum rose pruning techniques such as what to do in cold weather, or how to deal with irregular rainfall.  Those who attend will be ready to go out into their own yards the very same day to get the job done.  Rose pruning promotes healthy roses by increasing air circulation that can help prevent disease. 

Attendees will learn a bit about how plants work, what makes them thrive and will soon be spending some enjoyable time in their home gardens, armed with the knowledge to keep it thriving and bursting with blooms.  Ron will wipe away the fear of damaging the plants or wasting precious time.  He is also very good about answering questions, so bring them on.

This workshop is free and reservations are not required, but if you have questions, please call the library (626) 300-0777