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RESCUE RUN

No-kill animal shelter hosts Race For The Rescues Saturday at the Rose Bowl 

Animal lovers of all ages are invited to run, walk, shop or adopt to help save the lives of dogs and cats on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, as the no-kill, nonprofit dog and cat rescue center The Rescue Train hosts the 11th annual Race for the Rescues, presented by Audi.      

The day of fun includes 5k and 10k runs, a 1k Dog Walk and a Kids Fun Run, all centered near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 

There is also a “Couch Potato” Race for those that would like to donate from the comfort of their home. Participants can join as individuals or start a team.  Dogs and cats will be available throughout the event for adoption from local shelters, and the Lucy Pet’s Gnarly Crankin’ K-9 Wake Maker will be on hand to enable surfing dogs to audition for a spot on their 2017 Rose Parade float. 

The fun doesn’t end there, as the event will also feature a silent auction, kids’ face painting, a deejay and even a pet psychic, as well as food trucks. Registration opens at 7 a.m. 

Race for the Rescue is The Rescue Train’s largest annual fundraising event, having raised over $3.25 million over the past 11 years to help save the lives of thousands of homeless animals in Southern California. This year’s events will benefit 33 organizations.  

The Rescue Train hosts the 11th annual Race for the Rescues from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Rose Bowl-Area H,  Pasadena. Visit racefortherescues.org.

 

 

EMBRACE THE FUTURE  

UNA initiative raises funds for facilities and supplies for displaced school children 

The United Nations Association Pasadena will celebrate United Nations Day by launching its Adopt-A-Future initiative to raise funds to build facilities and donate supplies for displaced school children from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.  

In addition to live music and refreshments, the event will feature special guest speaker Katie Martin, a senior associate for global health advocacy with the Better World Campaign. Martin will be discussing educating a generation of refugee children. 

UNA Pasadena is teaming with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the fundraiser, sending 75 percent of all event proceeds to help build school facilities and donate supplies for children in one of the most under-resourced refugee camps in the world. The effort is timely, considering that over half of the world’s 65 million refugees are children and most have no access to education. 

The UNA Pasadena celebrates United Nations Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 3345 Marengo Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $35 general admission, $25 for UNA members and seniors, $15 for students, and $100 for sponsors. Visit unapasadena.org. 

 

 

FORGOTTEN HISTORY 

Thomas Paine Society screens documentary on overlooked American history at Castle Green

The Thomas Paine Society is known for bringing intriguing historic events to Pasadena’s Castle Green, and this will be no exception when it presents the documentary “American Freethought, Part 1: Freethinkers” as part of its “America’s Forgotten History” film series.  

The film recounts the strong influence the Freethinkers philosophical movement had on America’s founding through such members as Paine, Thomas Jefferson and Ethan Allen, and the continued influence Freethinkers have on the world today. 

There will be a Q&A after the film with producer and filmmaker Roderick Bradford, publisher-editor of The Truth Seeker, the world’s oldest freethought publication. 

The event begins at 6: 30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Castle Green is at 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Suggested donation is $5. Call (626) 796-4529 or visit thomaspainesociety.org. 

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Memorable Musician

Several ways to honor John Scott Finnell of Snotty Scotty and the Hankies 

The Pasadena music scene suffered a great loss Sunday when John Scott Finnell, lead singer of the band Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and key figure in the city’s long-running Doo Dah Parade, died from lung cancer at age 65. The timing was particularly tragic because the Hankies were scheduled to perform Saturday at the annual Doo Dah Queen tryouts at the American Legion Post 280 hall in East Pasadena, but parade co-producer Patricia Hurley of the Light Bringer Project says there are several memorial ideas in the works.      

“We’ll have a Day of the Dead-style memorial altar added to the Light Bringer Project’s ArtNight presentation at Day One Friday,” says Hurley. “The band won’t play at the tryouts this Saturday, but their guitarist Steve Bruen will play with the day’s other band, New Astroturf. 

“There will be a celebration of life for him at the American Legion hall after the tryouts,” Hurley continued. “And this year’s parade will be dedicated to Scotty, with the opening lap conducted in his memory.” 

Hurley also noted that further memorial plans will be announced after a private meeting of friends and family tonight, Oct. 20. 

The memorial altar for Finnell will be available for viewing from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Day One, located at 175 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. Visit artnightpasadena.org.

The American Legion Post 280 hall is located at 179 N. Vinedo Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 792-9938 or visit eastpasadenapost280.org.



‘Passion’ for Pasadena  

Women’s City Club opens its doors for ArtNight and exhibition reception 

For the first time, the Women’s City Club of Pasadena is participating in ArtNight, holding its opening reception Friday for an exhibit themed “Passion!” 

Friday’s free event at historic Blinn House, home of the Women’s City Club, includes live music, live art demonstrations, complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, tours of the 110-year-old historic clubhouse and opportunities to learn about membership and hosting events at the club.  

The art exhibit, “Passion!” was curated by member Kirk Smith, who invited local artists in addition to members of the Pasadena Society of Artists and the California Art League to participate. The theme “Passion!” reflects the civic passion of club members. 

The exhibition is from 6 to 10 p.m. at Blinn House, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Free parking is available by taking the second driveway south of Walnut Street on North Madison Avenue.

For more information, call Women’s City Club General Manager Rachimah “Rae” Magnuson at  (626) 796-0560. 



Family Affairs  

Conference looks for ways to strengthen youth and parents

A number of San Gabriel Valley government organizations and social services agencies are co-sponsoring Together We Are Stronger, an all-day educational summit focused on discussion and providing direct support approaches to strengthening the lives of area youth and their families.  

According to Yoland Trevino, executive director of Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL), “Community exploring and collaboration is what the event is all about. as it is through that kind of partnership that effective solutions evolve. And, gaining insight and providing mutual, community support is the event’s focus.”

Other co-sponsors include Day One, TCI, Montebello Housing Corp., the California Family Resource Association, Flintridge Center, Pasadena Unified School District, the Pasadena Health Department, Be Strong Families, Friends of the Child, the California Endowment and the Child Development Institute.

The event, which is open to the public, is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 500 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena (adjacent to McDonald’s). Although a donation is requested to help defray costs, youth with scholarships and their parents can attend without charge. 

For more information call PACTL at (626) 765-9150 or visit pactl.org. n

 

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