Descanso Gardens Plans to Reopen Saturday

first_img The California Poppies have started flowering in the OakWoodland! Fun fact: This beautiful symbol of California is the only poppy represented amongst all the State Flowers #ExploreDescansoAfter careful consideration, Descanso Gardens has made the decision to re-open to the public on Saturday, May 16. In order to ensure that staff and visitors are safe, the Gardens have made some adjustments to how they operate. The public garden will put a variety of new social distancing rules in place including:• limiting the number of tickets they are selling to 30% of capacity• selling timed tickets to limit the number of people at the entry at any given time• reconfiguring the entry to make social distancing easier• closing all indoor spaces including the Sturt Haaga Gallery and Boddy House• adding hand sanitizing stations in the courtyard• closing drinking fountains• cleaning restrooms every half hour• there will be no programs, music or walks during this time…we will bring programming back as soon as it is safe.• seating has been removed in the courtyard to give space for social distancing• the Enchanted Railroad will be closed for now• wheelchair rental will not be availableTickets will go on sale Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., starting tomorrow. The new hours for the public will be 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Members have special access to the Gardens early, from 8am-9am, and they do not need tickets to visit during the day. All other visitors will need advance tickets. Tickets can be purchased at descansogardens.org or by calling the Visitor Center at 818-949-4200. If guests come to the Garden without a ticket, they will not be able to.Masks and social distancing between guests will be required. Descanso is asking visitors to take the same precautions at the Gardens that they do when they go out in public. The county guidelines say that safe distancing is 6 feet apart, which, in garden terms, is about 12 goslings or 4 rose bushes.Descanso’s restaurant, The Kitchen at Descanso (formerly Maple), will be open for limited hours. You can purchase drinks, which can be taken into the garden, or food, which must be eaten in the picnic area or taken home. Because the drinking fountains will not be operational, guests are advised to bring their own water or purchase drinks at the Kitchen.“We made the decision to close on March 19th due to an abundance of caution,” said Juliann Rooke, executive director, Descanso Gardens. “We have been monitoring state and county guidelines to inform our decision and feel that it is safe for us to re-open in a limited way. We feel that now, more than ever, people are searching for peaceful, relaxing places to go and we want to be able to provide that kind of tranquility for members and visitors. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!”About Descanso GardensFounded as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Descanso Gardens is open daily (closed Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and younger.Descanso Gardens is a member-supported garden accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Join Descanso Gardens and enjoy free admission and early entry year-round. Information: (818) 949-4200 or descansogardens.org. Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Student services adjust to virtual options to remain accessible

first_imgWhile instruction at Saint Mary’s has gone remote, the College itself has not closed. For the few students who were approved remain on campus, as well as the greater student body, services are still available, albeit many of them adjusted for remote use.Linda Timm, interim vice president for student affairs, said the administration is focused on creating programming that keeps students involved with the College.“One thing that we’re really trying to work on, certainly from the student affairs end of things, are ways that we can keep students engaged and not forgetting about campus itself and campus life,” she said.In order to accomplish this, Timm said various departments are working to adjust their services to make them accessible to students remotely.“At the Health and Counseling Center, counselors are still hosting virtual appointments,” Timm said. “For health services, students are still having virtual contact with a nurse if need be.”Other services housed in the Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex are working to make accommodations so students can still make use of them.“Athletics is putting together some wellness and exercise videos since Angela is closed,” Timm said. “These are things students could do from home.”The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) also plans to create programming students can access virtually, Timm said.One such program is a panel discussion, hosted in conjunction with Campus Ministry and the Wellness Program, that will take place via Google Meet on Monday, according to a Wednesday email sent to the Saint Mary’s community.Other services, such as dining, will continue to be adjusted. Regular dining services ended Wednesday, Timm said, and the College is exploring other options for the fewer than 20 students still living on campus.“There are, of course, delivery services and such that we can engage with,” Timm said. “There are grocery store deliveries … We’re going to have to be creative on how we can do this for students. It’s still a process, but we will definitely take care of students.”The library is also still open, Timm said, though its hours and services are more limited than usual.“IT is based [in the library],” Timm said. “IT is engaged with faculty in terms of assisting with what they need to get their classes going online. Trumper [Computer Center] has been open for the students that are here. Obviously, everyone has to observe the appropriate guidelines when using that facility.”One service that hasn’t changed much is the Career Crossings Office, as it is has always been open year-round, director Stacie Jeffirs said in an email. The office has maintained 99% of the appointments that were scheduled prior to spring break and has experienced an increased number of alumnae making contact in recent weeks.“Operations for Career Crossings are continuing as they always have and has moved virtual,” Jeffirs said. “We can provide nearly all of our services and resources virtually and have been meetings with students and alums using Google Meet, phone and email.”The office is maintaining its regular hours and can also set appointments outside of these times to accommodate people in other time zones or those who have schedule conflicts, Jeffirs said.“We want to reassure students and alums that we are here for them, no matter how far from campus they are,” she said. “I also think it is important that the office and the College maintain consistent contact with students and alums.”With most everything restricting hours, social distancing and people sheltering in place, life has already and will continue to feel isolating. Although virtual meetings cannot replace in-person contact completely, we hope that they will help keep students and alums connected to us and us connected to them.”Tags: Campus Closure, Dr. Linda Timm, remote learning, Student Affairslast_img read more