Lt. Dan Can

Actor Gary Sinise named Grand Marshal of 2018 Rose Parade

Actor Gary Sinise is best known for his beloved Oscar-nominated role as Lieutenant Dan in the classic film “Forrest Gump” and his starring turn on the CBS crime series “CSI:NY” for nine seasons. But he’s also renowned as a humanitarian who has worked in support of military veterans for nearly 40 years, making him the perfect choice for the honor of being the 2018 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal in the 129th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2018. 

His selection was announced in an Oct. 30 ceremony at the Tournament House, which emphasized his fitting next year’s theme of “Making a Difference.” He will ride in the parade, in addition to participating in the pre-game celebration of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game.

Sinise’s charitable endeavors have included co-founding the Vets Night program at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, which invites veterans to a free dinner and performance for each one of the plays produced at the theatre. He has also volunteered with the USO, performed at veterans events worldwide with his band Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band, and created the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor America’s defenders, first responders, their families and those in need.

Rhyme and Reason

8th Annual Los Angeles Limerick Fest raises money for cancer research tonight

One of the most inventively entertaining charity events of the year returns tonight, when the 8th Annual Los Angeles Limerick Fest is held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Eighteen Eighty One Club, 1881 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena. Centered around the “Laughs for a Cause!” showcase of limericks and comedy by Shelly Goldstein, Vanja Renee, Wub Savell, Jeff Goode, Helen Geller and many more, the evening will also feature music performed by Leslie Spring.

There will also be special guest appearances by 100.3 The Sound radio personalities Mary Price, Tony Scott, Tina Mica and Peace, Love & Sunday Morning’s Flower Child, Mimi Chen. An open mic for limerick readers only starts its signup at 6:45 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the cancer research organization A Case for the Cure, a nonprofit charity dedicated to help raise funds for cancer research and breast cancer. ACFTC has donated to City of Hope, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other cancer research clinics, but in 2017-2018, they will be helping to fund screening mammograms and diagnostic mammograms for women in LA County who cannot afford it. ACFTC will be partnering with private clinics and organizations in the LA and Orange County area.

Admission is $12 at the door. Call (626) 794-4577 or write acaseforthecure@gmail.com. Donations can also be made online at youcaring.com/acaseforthecure-979997.

Thank You for Your Service

Kidspace offers guardians in the military free admission on Nov. 10 

Kidspace Children’s Museum will pay tribute to US veterans and active-duty military by offering free admission to the museum next Friday, Nov. 10, when Veterans Day is observed. The offer is valid to both retired and current military personnel with an ID for up to four guests at the museum, located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena.

Serving over 335,000 guests each year, Kidspace is a unique children’s museum on almost 3.5 acres of both indoor and outdoor interactive environments that feature more than 40 hands-on exhibits with daily programs and monthly events. Kidspace encourages a child’s growth and development through kid-driven experiences like investigating science and trying new artistic forms of expression that captivate the inquisitive minds of children ages 1 to 10. Call (626)449-9144 or visit kidspacemuseum.org.