Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Food Allergies: for the Patient and the Family


with Dr. Karl von Tiehl
Monday, June 23, 7:00 p.m.

We are facing a new health epidemic in this country: that of food allergies. Over the past few decades, food allergy rates have skyrocketed to the point where now approximately 1 in every 13 children and 1 in every 20 adults are affected.1 In our grandparents’ time, nobody in their whole town had a food allergy, in our parents’ time, maybe one child in their school had a food allergy; now there’s two or three in every classroom with rates increasing even more from 1997 to 2007 (up 18%, to be exact).2 The reasons for it are unclear, and the general public’s (and even primary care physicians’) misunderstanding of the issue may put patients’ lives at unnecessary risk.3
San Marino’s and South Pasadena’s only allergist, DR. KARL VON TIEHL, will be coming to the Crowell Public Library on Monday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm to give an hour lecture on food allergies and to lead a round table Q&A discussion on this important topic. We encourage all patients with food allergies and all adult and older teenage family members of patients with food allergies to attend. The lecture will cover what is (and what is not) food allergy, which medical conditions are related to food allergy, which foods are responsible for most allergic reactions, which infant formulas are safe to use, when and how to first introduce different food allergens to a child, which vaccinations might cause reactions in patients with food allergies, what kinds of allergy testing are available, how to best avoid exposure to food allergens (including a discussion on the controversial “food allergy table” at school), how to treat allergic reactions when they happen and how to live life to its fullest with food allergies (including social issues).

Dr. Karl von Tiehl is a double board-certified Allergist/Immunologist, who trained at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Upon graduating, Dr. von Tiehl spent over three years as a faculty member of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s prestigious Division of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. von Tiehl grew up in Pasadena and enjoys helpings patients that suffer from allergic disorders, just like he did when he was a child.
Join us for a fascinating look at an important health issue Monday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barth Community Room at Crowell Library.

1Sampson H. Update on Food Allergy. J Allergy Clin immunol. 2004;113:805-19
2Branum AM and Lukacs SL. Food Allergy Among Children in the United States. Pediatrics. 2009;124[6]:1549-1555
3Gupta RS, et al. Food Allergy Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs of Primary Care Physicians. Pediatrics. 2010;125[1]:126-132

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Crowell First Library in the World to Offer Dakim Brain Fitness


For the past four months, Crowell Public Library in San Marino has been offering Dakim Brain Fitness on a trial basis to see if it was something patrons would utilize -- and utilize they did -- to such an extent the Library has acquired two Dakim Fitness setups, becoming the first library in the world to do so! Patrons are now welcome to come in for multiple sessions as the makers of Dakim recommend its use three to five times a week for 20 minutes. To schedule their sessions, they only need to call the Library at (626) 300-0777 extension 579.

Dakim Brain Fitness is an engaging software program specifically designed for people over 60 who want to exercise their brains. It can help revitalize mental acuity and has been shown in clinical tests to improve memory, attention, focus, and concentration. Recent retirees or seniors may find Dakim to be a great way to spend part of the day while giving their brains a little workout. There are five different levels, so users can find the one that suits them best. People who have already experienced some memory and cognitive loss may find that participating in the Dakim program improves their ability to focus.

Everyone’s heard the old adage, “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it,” and that is not only true of our muscles, but our brains as well. Dakim is designed to provide a comprehensive brain workout in just 20 minutes a day. It features vivid graphics, music, humor, movie clips, stories, and trivia to keep the program interesting, engaging, and fun. The touch screen environment makes it easy, even if the user hasn’t used computers in the past. No keyboard, no mouse are used. The user just listens, watches, and touches the screen to select a response.

The Library is still offering orientations that demonstrate Dakim. Call (626) 300-0777 and ask for the Reference Desk to sign up. After the orientation, patrons can schedule more sessions.

Pasadena Showcase House of Design: Stories Behind the 50th Anniversary Book


Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.

What weighs four pounds two ounces, took over two years and thousands of hours to create, and unveils intriguing facts about 50 of the most magnificent homes in the San Gabriel Valley? The answer: 50 Years of Pasadena Showcase Design Houses: Supporting the Arts Through Design, a commemorative book produced by 19 dedicated Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) members. Three of these members, Noel Jeffrey, Rary Simmons and Weta Mathies will join Book Committee Chair, Fran Biles at Crowell Public Library on May 28 at 7:00 p.m. to regale one and all with fascinating stories that were highlighted as the book was researched. They will lead attendees through architectural eras ranging from the mid- 1960’s to 2014, explain how a Showcase House is chosen, and may even reveal which home is said to have a ghostly resident.

The book also chronicles PSHA’s philanthropic work over the years. A visit to the Showcase Houses benefits the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the PSHA Music Mobile™, a Youth Concert, and the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. The PSHA volunteers are united by a belief in the power and beauty of music. Their collective desire is to fund programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, utilize music as a vehicle towards health and healing, and ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences.

For more information about PSHA, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, visit www.PasadenaShowcase.org. or call 626-578-8500.

Come to Crowell Library May 28th to learn about these architectural gems that have been highlighted through the fabulous work by one of Pasadena’s most treasured charities.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Free Concert: a Jazz Quartet


The Friends of Crowell Library and
San Marino Music Center present A Jazz Quartet
Thursday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.

The third installment of the Crowell music series sponsored by the San Marino Music Center and the Friends of Crowell Library will feature a quartet led by music instructors AMBER NAVRAN (alto saxophone, vocals), JASON GOLDAY (guitar), and VICTOR CARRACEDO (drums). The musicians, all from the San Marino Music Center, will be performing “straight ahead” jazz, including many different styles such as bop, swing, Bossa, Latin as well as some pop vocal standards. In that mix, you’ll likely hear tunes from such artists as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis and many others. This free concert will take place in the Library’s Barth Community Room, and all ages welcome. No reservations are necessary.

Amber Navran earned a Bachelor of Music from the USC’s prestigious Jazz Studies program and
has been teaching students of all ages since high school. Jason Golday studied Jazz and Classical Guitar at Indiana University in Bloomington, receiving his BM in Performance. He received his MFA in Jazz Guitar Performance from California Institute of the Arts. Jason has over fifteen years of public and private teaching experience and also composes music for commercials, short films and silent films. Victor A Carrracedo studied at L'AULA de Jazz de Barcelona under the mentorship of Quim Sole, where he graduated with honors in 2011. Victor graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Master of Music degree from Berklee. As an instructor, Victor stresses fundamentals such as technique and sight reading. His ultimate goal is to share his knowledge about drums with students and seeing them grow as musicians.

For more information on the San Marino Music Center, visit:
http://www.sanmarinomusiccenter.com/index.html.
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

PAWS TO READ!


Adult Summer Reading Program June 9 – July 19, 2014

At Crowell Public Library, the kids aren’t the only ones having fun this summer. Adults 18 years and up can register for the Adult Summer Reading Club, which has the theme Paws To Read this year. Registration is easy at the Adult Reference Desk where you’ll receive a Paws To Read goodie bag and all the information you will need for upcoming programs, prizes and movies:

PAWS TO READ! Register and win prizes!
Beginning June 9th, readers age 18 and up can register for the program at the Adult Reference Desk. Receive a PAWS goodie bag and learn how you can be eligible for weekly prizes.

PAWS To Watch!
The PAWS theme begins with movies to make you sit up and beg for more!

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 10:00 A.M.
Best in Show (2000)
Join the fun as a colorful array of competitors vie for the top prize at the Mayflower Kennel Club!
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 10:00 A.M.
Marley & Me (2008)
Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson unleash huge laughs as a young couple contemplating the
decision to start a family… and then came Marley...

PAWS To Learn… All About Pet Nutrition
MONDAY JUNE 16, 7:00PM
An owner's decision about what to feed his or her pet has become a more complex question than it once was. Dr. Stan Avezov from Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital will tell us what the two most useful pieces of information on a pet food label are and answer questions related to byproducts, raw diets and grain-free diets.

PAWS To Learn… All About the Pasadena SPCA
MONDAY, JULY 14, 7:00 P.M.
Learn all about the Pasadena Humane Society’s Animal Care Center and what great services are offered for pet owners in Arcadia, Glendale, La CaƱada-Flintridge, Pasadena, Monrovia, San Marino, Sierra Madre as well as Pasadena and South Pasadena.

PAWS To Give! Pasadena SPCA Wish List Drive
Bring a new, wrapped treat for a pet waiting to be adopted: dog biscuit treats, lamb and rice jerky dog treats, stainless steel cat or dog bowls (small or medium) litter boxes (low sided), dog waste bags (biodegradable and compostable), toys… full list available at Adult Reference Desk.

All participants of the summer reading program regardless of age are eligible to submit a Pet Portrait: get the details when you register. All library patrons are welcome to enjoy the programs and movies this summer at Crowell Public Library, but official PAWS readers interested in prizes must register at the Adult Reference Desk.

Please note during the summer the city parking lots next to the Library will be closed for resurfacing. Entrance to the Crowell Library parking lot can be made through the exit off West Drive. Please drive safely and enjoy your summer reading!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pasadena Showcase House of Design: Stories Behind the 50th Anniversary Book


Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.

What weighs four pounds two ounces, took over two years and thousands of hours to create, and unveils intriguing facts about 50 of the most magnificent homes in the San Gabriel Valley? The answer: 50 Years of Pasadena Showcase Design Houses: Supporting the Arts Through Design, a commemorative book produced by 19 dedicated Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) members. Three of these members, Noel Jeffrey, Rary Simmons and Weta Mathies will join Book Committee Chair, Fran Biles at Crowell Public Library on May 28 at 7:00 p.m. to regale one and all with fascinating stories that were highlighted as the book was researched. They will lead attendees through architectural eras ranging from the mid- 1960’s to 2014, explain how a Showcase House is chosen, and may even reveal which home is said to have a ghostly resident.

The book also chronicles PSHA’s philanthropic work over the years. A visit to the Showcase Houses benefits the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the PSHA Music Mobile™, a Youth Concert, and the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. The PSHA volunteers are united by a belief in the power and beauty of music. Their collective desire is to fund programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, utilize music as a vehicle towards health and healing, and ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences.

For more information about PSHA, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, visit www.PasadenaShowcase.org. or call 626-578-8500.

Come to Crowell Library May 28th to learn about these architectural gems that have been highlighted through the fabulous work by one of Pasadena’s most treasured charities.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Celebrity Illnesses: What They Mean to Us


Thursday May 22, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Celebrities are important in our lives and culture. They entertain us, amaze us, astonish us, and amuse us. When they become ill, it can almost seem like one of the family is stricken. Because they are in the spotlight, their illness can generate significant increases in fundraising for research and cures. Their challenges can also give reasons to examine one’s own health practices. DR. CARY PRESANT will discuss a roster of celebrities and their conditions, and give tips about how their struggles can inspire one to get better health care today. Last March, Dr. Presant presented an engaging and well-attended talk on Surviving American Medicine at Crowell Library that included a plethora of insights into our healthcare system.

A San Marino resident, Cary A. Presant, M.D., F.A.C.P., has been a practicing hematologist and medical oncologist in Southern California since 1979. He was the director of cancer programs at Washington University School of Medicine, the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Citrus Valley Health Partners, and St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. After being Director of Medical Oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center, he started a private practice in West Covina in 1982. In 2004, he merged his Center with Wilshire Oncology Medical Group, Inc. and is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. He received his medical degree in 1966 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed postdoctoral training at Columbia University in New York City, the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of Surviving American Medicine: How to Get the Right Doctor, Right Hospital and Right Treatment with Today’s Health Care, published by Bloomington iUniverse.

This program is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.