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The City of Alhambra will present Alhambra Preservation Group with a congratulatory certificate marking APG’s 10th anniversary at its evening City Council meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017. You are invited to attend and help us celebrate Alhambra Preservation Group’s 10th anniversary.

Alhambra Preservation Group will host a dessert reception in the lobby of Alhambra City Hall before the presentation in City Council Chambers.

Alhambra Preservation Group Celebrates 10 Years

Monday, May 22, 2017

Celebratory Reception: 6:00 p.m.

City Council Presentation: 7:00 p.m.

Alhambra City Hall, 111 South 1st Street

Please join us as we celebrate Alhambra Preservation Group’s 10-Year anniversary. Please RSVP to info@alhambrapreservation.org or (626) 755-3467.


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Oscar Amaro and the late Katherine Hildreth founded APG in 2003.

Fourteen years ago this month, a small group of residents met at the Alhambra Historical Society’s Museum to talk about forming a new group. Led by Oscar Amaro and the late Kathy Hildreth, these Alhambrans expressed anger at seeing older homes razed and agreed that it was time to start fighting for the preservation and protection of Alhambra’s historic homes and quaint neighborhoods. And so began the story of Alhambra Preservation Group, or APG. Over time, APG grew from a small group of concerned residents into the successful non-profit organization it is today.

As Alhambra Preservation Group celebrates the 10th anniversary of becoming a non-profit organization, join us for a three-part series back to the not-so-recent past. We’ll celebrate APG’s achievements and milestones. We’ll share APG’s advocacy efforts and awareness-building programs. And, we’ll introduce you to the tight-knit group of members who make up the APG community today and continue to move our city towards the day when Alhambra’s historically and architecturally homes, schools, businesses and churches are recognized, preserved and protected.

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rain-barrel-65g-charcoal-pictureWow! Alhambra sure did receive a lot of rain in January. Don’t you wish you could have captured some of that rainwater to use in your garden during the coming dry summer months. Now you can by taking advantage of a rain barrel rebate program being offered by the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. If you are a resident of Alhambra, the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is offering a rebate up to $100 for the purchase of a rain barrel. Each service address is eligible for up to four (4) rain barrels and rebates.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with residential rainwater harvesting, here is a quick primer. A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores rain water from downspouts and rooftops for future outdoor watering needs. It is generally sized between 50 and 60 gallons and comes in a wide variety of materials, designs and colors. It is important to note that water from rain barrels should never be used for drinking – only use harvested rainwater for outside landscape purposes. Installing a rain barrel will help create a more sustainable community and environment, and it can reduce your monthly water bill. It takes less than a ½-inch of rainwater to fill a 55-gallon rain barrel and the collected water can be used for all your outdoor water needs. Just don’t drink the collected water!

Here’s how you can get your free rain barrel:

Step 1: Purchase your rain barrel at any hardware store, home and garden store or online. If you buy locally, you will be supporting our local economy.

Step 2: Download, complete and mail in the rebate application along with a copy of the sales receipt and mail it to:

Thinking Green Consultants
, P.O. Box 1011
, Truckee, CA 96160

Step 3: Receive a check in approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

For more information call (855) 512 -1221.

Photo courtesy of San Diego Drums and Totes.

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santa-reading-lettersWe’re pretty sure that Santa’s office looks a lot like APG’s new office at The Alhambra! Santa’s office probably features warm Mahogany walls, beautiful interior staircases and Mid-Century furniture…OK, maybe not the Mid-Century furniture…

As you may remember, Alhambra Preservation Group moved into its new office located at The Alhambra this past summer. Now is your opportunity to come by, take a peek at APG’s new location and enjoy The Alhambra’s Santa Night on Thursday, December 8. Here’s all you need to know:

Event: APG’s Open House and The Alhambra’s Santa Night

Location: The Alhambra, 1000 S. Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA  91803

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hours: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

We hope you’ll put this event on your calendar and visit us at our new office! We’d appreciate it if you could RSVP at (626) 755-3467 or info@alhambrapreservation.org. We’ll have cookies and coffee to share, you’ll get to explore The Alhambra’s historic campus and you may even get to meet St. Nick himself!

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IMG_1677Summer has been a sizzling hot season for Alhambra Preservation Group!

APG kicked off the summer with its event entitled Alhambra’s Amazing Architecture at the Civic Center Library on June 29. More than 100 residents attended the lecture that showcased the diversity of Alhambra’s architecture. “Many residents didn’t realize that Alhambra is one of the most architecturally diverse cities in Southern California,” stated Joyce Amaro, APG President. “From Victorian to Mid-Century Modern and everything in between, Alhambra boasts a rich architectural heritage – one that needs to be celebrated, preserved and protected,” Amaro continued. The event concluded with the introduction of an online Alhambra map created by APG documenting Alhambra’s historic homes. Take a look at the Google map and see if there are any historic homes in your neighborhood that should be added. Send us the address at info@alhambrapreservation.org, and we’ll see that the home is placed on the map.

In July, APG held a summer fundraiser dinner raising $262.50. This first-time event was held at Alhambra’s very own Diner on Main, a restaurant designed in the Googie-architectural style, which was popular in the mid-20th century. At one point, the restaurant was filled to capacity with APG members, enjoying good food and company for a great cause. We hope to do more of these at local Alhambra restaurants such as Twoheys, Blaze Pizza, Yogurtland, Souplantation and Shakey’s Pizza. It’s a great opportunity for some family fun and it benefits us all!

In August Alhambra Preservation Group began moving into its new office at The Alhambra thanks to a generous donation by The Ratkovich Company. APG has always been, and will continue to be, a grassroots organization, but the addition of a physical office enhances the work APG can do in Alhambra. August was also the month that APG kicked off its newly formed Advocacy and Action Committee. Their role will be to monitor and attend City meetings such as the Design Review Board, Planning Commission and City Council for issues needing APG’s attention.

Fall promises to be a busy season for APG as well. Alhambra Preservation Group is partnering with the League of Women Voters – Pasadena Area to host a Meet the Candidates Forum at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 at Almansor Court’s Lakeview Room, 700 South Almansor Street. This free event is open to the public and all Alhambrans are encouraged to attend. It’s an opportunity for residents to learn more about the candidates running for two open Alhambra City Council seats in November.

We are following up the candidates’ forum with a lecture in November by APG’s very own member, Denise Lawrence, who is a professor at the School of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona. Denise will present a talk on her recently published book Protecting Suburban America: Gentrification, Advocacy and the Historic Imaginary. We’ll close out the year with our annual membership campaign and an open house at our new offices at The Alhambra. Stay tuned for more details on all of these upcoming events!


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APG Is On The Move

The-AlhambraThis summer, APG is on the move! Earlier this month Alhambra Preservation Group began moving into its new home – an office located at The Alhambra, 1000 South Fremont Avenue, Suite 106 in Alhambra. The new office was generously donated to Alhambra Preservation Group for a year by The Ratkovich Company, which owns The Alhambra. The Ratkovich Company has a history of sensitively restoring and preserving historic buildings and sites. They purchased the former CF Braun site in the early 2000’s and have sensitively restored it to a beautiful and contemporary urban community, while preserving the historic nature of the campus.

Since its beginnings almost a decade ago, Alhambra Preservation Group has been a grassroots organization, conducting its business and meetings in members’ homes. “We are proud of the grassroots nature of APG and we’ll never lose that characteristic, but having this office represents a huge step for APG in its growth as an organization,” stated Joyce Amaro, President of Alhambra Preservation Group. “We are grateful to The Ratkovich Company for their generosity and look forward to holding future events at The Alhambra.”

Want a peek into APG’s new office? Follow us on Facebook and we’ll post photos as we get settled in. Once we get everything moved in and set up, we’ll invite members to an open house during the holidays.

Photo courtesy of parkwestinc.com.

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MUSE:IQUE.Gamble.House.Ben.Gibbs.PhotographyA unique experience blending music and architecture is coming to Alhambra on April 3, 2016, and we invite you to be a part of it!

MUSE/IQUE, a not-for-profit counter-conventional orchestra, will present their concert VOICES/RISING at Alhambra’s premier entertainment venue, The Granada LA, located at 17 South 1st Street, on Saturday, April 3, 2016.  The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m., with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. for pre-concert mingling. General admission ticket prices begin at $50 and can be purchased by visiting MUSE/IQUE.

As with every MUSE/IQUE concert, the April 3 event will explore a unique theme or idea.  The theme for this concert is the human voice.  It will include a wide breadth of vocal expression. From college groups to trios in the streets, from the women of Bulgaria to Tibetan monks, from Gregorian chant to Bluegrass, you will hear the most spectacular VOICES/RISING!

With masterful musicians creating magical experiences, MUSE/IQUE’s vision is to pioneer new musical experiences for people by creating educative live music events and outreach programs, all aimed at inspiring the creative spirit, engaging the community imagination and fostering new generations of music lovers.  Founded in 2011 by community leaders, MUSE/IQUE employs the city itself as an improvised venue for events in lieu of dedicated concert spaces.

Originally built in 1929 as the headquarters for the Los Angeles Gas and Electric Corporation, the building that houses The Granada LA is one of the few remaining examples of Renaissance Revival architecture in Alhambra and was featured on Alhambra Preservation Group’s Magical History Tour in 2013.

Alhambra Preservation Group proudly welcomes MUSE/IQUE to Alhambra. We encourage you to experience this unique blending of magical music with Alhambra’s beautiful architecture.

Photo courtesy of MUSE/IQUE and Ben Gibbs Photography.

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