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April 1st, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

Body Language and Legends

I had never heard an Indian story teller before.
On March 15th, the Arcadia Historical Society presented one of the most fascinating and somewhat metaphysical telling of myths and legends ever of the Tongva Indian Triby by Mark Frank Acuña.
When he spoke of the eagle, he took on the look and movements of an eagle, the same of the raven and owl. Each story had a moral lesson, but the legends kept young and old watching with undivided attention.
The Tongva tribe are Indians of the San Gabriel Valley.
Mr. Acuña attended both San Gabriel Mission Grammar School and San Gabriel Mission High School, graduating in 1955. He received  his A.A. from Mt. San Antonio Community College in 1957, then spent a year studying at San Luis Rey Mission, and returned to school at California State University at Los Angeles and received a B.A. (1964) and an M.A. (1966) in English and art history, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
He taught English and California Indian Studies at Mt. San Antonio Community College for 32 years where he became an advisor to both the Chicano Student Union and the Native American Student Association. He was awarded Educator of the Year in 1986 and after retiring, received a Professor Emeritus Award in 1998.
He worked for the Gabrieleno-Tongva Tribal Council as "Dance Captain," retiring from that position in March of 2000. He was a tribal language teacher and was cultural liaison between the Council and the City of Santa Fe Springs and the Tongva Village Project, the City of San Gabriel and the Smith Park Expansion and the Red Box-San Gabriel Mountain Native American Interpretive Center, where he is presently the tribal ethnobotanist.
Refreshments were served by Society members at the conclusion of the meeting. President Ruth Dunlop thanked all who contributed to the successful program.

Sierra Madre Civic Club Hosts Fiesta Party

Ole! says Sierra Madre Civic Club, inviting you to a Mexican Fiesta as they hold their annual luncheon and auction Saturday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. This will take place in La Salle High School Auditorium, corner of W. Sierra Madre Boulevard and Michillinda Avenue.
An afternoon of fun and excitement is promised by co-chairs Nancy Fox, Vickie Vernon and Suzanne Decker. Highlighting the day is the auction with a variety of over 100 quality items that can be won for only a nominal donation. Returning is Anita Thompson, auctioneer extraordinaire, who keeps the action moving at a fast pace and always with her great humor. There will also be a silent auction and a gorgeous money hat designed by Sheila Woehler that will pay a whopping $250 to the lucky winner (a true Mexican hat dance).
Darlene Crook and Marlene Enmark have planned a menu of delicious salads for the lunch.
For tickets ($20 each) or more information, contact Fox at (626) 355-8696.

45th Annual Pasadena Showcase House to Open 4/19

Prominently situated on over two lush acres, the 2009 Pasadena Showcase House of Design was created by the renowned Pasadena architect, G. Lawrence Stimson. This magnificent Italian Renaissance Revival estate features many luxurious details, such as the grand marble staircase, acanthus scroll columns and exquisitely paneled ceilings.
A traditional teahouse with a koi pond and a wrap around creek grace one of the lovely garden areas. In addition to this elegant estate, Stimson is also famous for his design of the South Orange Grove Wrigley Mansion, headquarters for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
You are certain to be delighted by the magical transformation of the interior of the mansion by this year’s top designers. Afterwards, you are welcome to enjoy the gardens with a docent-led tour or leisurely explore them on your own. The gardens are a testament to the creative talents of our many landscape designers.
In 1943, aftwr 26 years of Stimson family ownership, the property was sold to the family of Dr. Charles H. Strub. As executive vice president of the Los Angeles Turf Club, Dr. Strub was known as the "guiding spirit" for the development of Santa Anita Park racetrack. The home was occupied by the Strub family until Mrs. Strub’s death in 1968.
Enjoy a snack, light breakfast, lunch or early dinner in the Restaurant at Showcase and meander through the Shops at Showcase as you hunt for unique items to purchase. The gardens, restaurant and shops are open to the public without a ticket any day during Showcase hours.
For information and tickets, log onto www.pasadenashowcase.org.

At Fremont Centre Theatre

Beneath Rippling Water, written and performed by Sybyl Walker and directed by Gregg T. Daniel, is a compelling, hilarious and disturbing trilogy about navigating the maze of secrets, life and love.
Utilizing drama, comedy, song and spoken word, Walker creates unforgettable portraits of three unique and fascinating women in love. As we meet them and 12 other men and women that inhabit their worlds, we are taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Journey into the depths of what lies beneath the surface of their lives – the joys and the vulnerabilities, and experience a very human story about hope, love and reclaiming oneself.
Beneath Rippling Water will run April 17-May3 and May 15-17, Friday and Saturday, at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., at Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro), South Pasadena. Tickets are $25; students and seniors $20. For reservations or more information, call (866) 811-4111 (Theratermania). Online ticketing available at www.fremontcentretheatre.com.

By Floretta Lauber

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