Happy March! May the Luck of the Irish be with you throughout the month!

Before we talk about March activities, I’d like to congratulate the One Book One City Committee: Catherine Addé, Leslie & Barry Ziff, Jane Zamanzadeh, Marta Capoccia, Rich Procter, Christine Smart, and Doreen Thomas. You coordinated an exciting, outstanding, and memorable month celebrating Barking to the Choir by Father Greg Boyle, SJ and the Homeboy Industries. So many people were able to participate in all of the events. I know that the evening talk with Father Greg and the Homeboy Industries Tour tickets went like hotcakes. Café Vida also packed the Sierra Madre Playhouse. The Third Thursday Book Club extended the circle to take over the Library’s main meeting area. Discussion at the book club was very enthusiastic and most admired Father Greg’s message and work regardless of their religious beliefs. Who can argue with trying to help others? Some attendees at the Father Greg talk wanted salsa tasting and were disappointed to hear that we had a wonderful tasting event the Thursday before it. (Hint – keep your eyes open for the Library’s “Taste and See” events AND read everything in the newsletter! This is an advantage of Friends membership). Many times during the events people mentioned that we needed more room to meet in our community. (Hint – a New Library is required to fill the need).

As many of you know, the Wistaria Festival is Sunday, March 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Friends will host a booth. Come by and visit with us. We would love to see you.

Also during March, we should have our Library Parcel Tax Signature gathering sheets ready to go for the placement on the November 2020 ballot. Please be sure to help get your neighbors’ signatures and sign them yourself. The Friends spent some of our hard-earned money to get the ball rolling by getting an architectural design started for our new Library. Patricia Hall is coordinating people to assist gathering signatures.

Save the date for upcoming Friends Events: Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, Sierra Madre Art Fair; Wednesday, June 17, Friends Annual Meeting and Dinner; and Sunday, August 9, Concert in the Park featuring “The Skinny Ties.” Hope to see you all at these events.

Julia Brady

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