It has been a rough couple of weeks. The community continues to react to the suicide over at the high school in February. In response, the family is in the process of creating a foundation in their son’s name.
A fundraiser is planned on Sunday for Drew’s Voice over at Leo’s Sports Bar & Grill on Honolulu Avenue in La Crescenta. The day’s activities begin at 11 a.m., are family friendly and include a car show, music and information.
Turning the page in my calendar from February to March, it seems almost every square is full.
For those interested in having a voice in the ongoing conversation regarding the SR-710, two meetings have been arranged. One is today and the other on Saturday; both are in downtown Los Angeles. For details, check out our In Brief section on page 3.
Tonight is the Senior Parent Night at CV High School. This is the time when parents of seniors can hear all the things that are expected of and provided for their senior during their final weeks as a high schooler. The meeting is in the MacDonald Auditorium and I’ll be there to talk about Prom Plus.
Dunsmore Elementary is hosting their annual pancake breakfast and rummage sale on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at the school – 4717 Dunsmore Ave. in La Crescenta.
If you miss Dunsmore’s pancake breakfast, you’ll have another chance on March 10 when Rosemont Middle School at 4725 Rosemont Ave. hosts the Two Strike Memorial Wall pancake breakfast. For details, read Mary O’Keefe’s story in the News section of this paper.
I’m not an early bird, but the Downtown Dash on March 11 is something I’ll be lacing up for. Benefitting services for stroke victims in our area, the Dash is a 5K run/walk through the heart of downtown Glendale. According to the brochures, it offers “a fun, family atmosphere that takes participants down Brand Blvd, through the Americana and back up again. 100% of the proceeds from this event support GAMC Stroke Services for our community.” Registration is at 7 a.m. and there are medals and prizes. You can visit the Glendale Adventist Medical Center website or check out their ad in this week’s paper for more information.
One of my favorite events is the Day at the Races fundraiser benefitting the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce and CV Sheriff’s Support Group. This year it is being held at Santa Anita Racetrack on March 18 and promises to be fun – regardless of the weather (last year it poured rain). Schreiner’s Fine Sausages in Montrose provides the lunch, there’s a silent auction and of course the excitement of seeing the ponies pound the track! Tickets are just $25 and include lunch and parking. Rick Dinger of CV Insurance is again organizing the event. Call him at (818) 248-4500 for details.
One last thing I want to share with you: As many of you know, Mary O’Keefe was very involved with the story of Drew Ferraro. It was a hard story to write and she did an amazing job. Mary is also the primary adult volunteer at the Firehouse and is generally the one who opens it up for Tuesday nights and Thursday mornings. She’s been with a lot of kids from the area at the Firehose who are going through their grieving process and it’s been very emotional.
She told me that when she was over there one recent Thursday morning, she was coming down from the rear parking lot and there was a group of kids in a circle. It looked like a fight about to start. Mary said she was thinking that she couldn’t bear to hear of any more pain, but then all of a sudden one of the kids yelled, “One! Two! Three! Go!” and they took off to play hide and seek.
She said it was good to hear them playing and laughing.