News and notes from our community
Climb to end addiction
On Wednesday, people who have raised money for a group fighting alcohol and drug addiction will have a chance to rappel down the side of the Westin Pasadena hotel.
The national group Shatterproof, which describes itself as “an organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease,” puts on the event, which it calls “Over the Edge.”
Participants who have raised pledge money for the group will have a chance to rappel down the structure at the corner of the Los Robles Avenue and Walnut Street.
The event, which meets federal and state standards and is staffed by highly trained industrial rope specialists, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit overtheedegusa.com or shatterproof.org.
Santa Anita Handicap
A month’s worth of great entertainment at Santa Anita Park begins Saturday with Big ’Cap Beer Festival, part of the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap.
Featured are a number of country-inspired acts, with food provided by Gus’s BBQ of South Pasadena and beer from area craft breweries.
In the track’s Chandelier Room Tequila Tasting, an invitation-only event features entertainment by actor Jeff Goldblum, as well as special tequila tastings served courtesy of Casamigos. Guests at this event are asked to enter through Gate 3 or 5
Music, beer and food will all be available to all patrons with the $5 general admission cost. A VIP Package that includes admission, a racing program, a tip sheet, a Santa Anita trucker hat, an exclusive Big ’Cap tee shirt, four drink coupons, half-off Happy Hour deals all day and day-long access to the VIP Area are all available for $100.
A $40 general package will also be available. It includes admission, a racing program, a tip sheet, a hat and two drink coupons.
On March 15, the track features the $1 million St. Pat’s Pitch, with a BBQ Championship set for March 22, and the Tokyo City Cup scheduled for March 29.
Gates open at 10 a.m. The first post is at noon.
For more information and special package discounts on Santa Anita’s Big ’Cap Beer Festival, please visit santaanita.com and enter promo code WESTERN.
Also on Saturday, St. Philip the Apostle School hosts an e-waste collection event, recycling a wide range of electronic items, from television sets and dishwashers to auto batteries and computer parts, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those dropping off televisions or monitors will be asked to leave their name and phone number, per California state requirements. The event is sponsored by California E-Waste (calew.com).
The school is located at 1363 Cordova St., Pasadena. Please enter parking lot off of Holliston Avenue for drop off.
For more information, call (626) 795-9691 or visit stphiliptheapostle.org.
Mayor Lutz named president
Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz has been named president of Foothill Unity Center, succeeding David Steinmeier, owner of Microjoining Solutions.
At its Feb. 24 meeting, Dina Zaklama, district manager for Wells Fargo, was elected vice president for the organization’s Community Action Agency, ands Robin Salzer, owner of Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena, was named vice president for fundraising.
Over the past year, the organization’s 25 part- and full-time employees were joined by more than 3,000 volunteers of all ages in providing a total of 61,806 client services, including 35,190 food services, 4,749 bag lunches to homeless individuals, and hundreds of support and medical referral services.
Current members reelected for terms through January 2017 were: Steinmeier; Secretary Carl Foote of Glenair, Inc.; Treasurer and Past President Rev. Terry Keenan of Santa Anita Church in Arcadia; Members at Large Ulises Gutierrez of the YMCA Youth Alliance, Terry Nichols, superintendent of Duarte Unified School District, and attorney and Arcadia City Councilmember Gary Kovacic.
For more about the Foothill Unity Center, visit foothillunitycenter.org.
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