The month of October offers plenty to enjoy while supporting some good causes.
By Mary O’KEEFE
CVTC Pancake Breakfast
Crescenta Valley residents will not have to worry about what’s for breakfast for a few weeks. Pancakes, sausage and community support will be on the menu.
The Crescenta Valley Town Council’s Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday in the quad at Crescenta Valley High School from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Unlike most things in this economy, the costs of the CVTC Pancake Breakfast tickets are not increasing. They remain at $5, $6 at the door, for pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.
“And we have an [opportunity drawing] for an iPad2,” said council member Dennis van Bremen, pancake chair.
The breakfast is a fundraiser that supports the community in two ways: The first is to support the CVTC. The council seats are an elected position, however those elected do not get paid.
“We are all volunteers,” van Bremen confirmed.
CVTC is the link between the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County/La Crescenta and the officials at the County. They meet with L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, L.A. County Public Works and first responders for the area on a variety of issues. When residents bring a street issue to the council, they work with officials to find a solution. During the Station Fire, President Cheryl Davis was receiving updates on the fire’s progress and relaying the information to the community. The council monitors everything from new water rates to building permits in the area.
CVTC also gives back to the community. A group started by former CVTC president Steve Pierce continues to meet on selected Saturdays to clean freeway off ramps. The council has a scholarship program that supports high school students in the Crescenta Valley area.
Part of the funds raised from the breakfast will go toward those projects including the scholarship program.
“Last year we gave about $4,000 in scholarships out to local students,” van Bremen said.
The second way the sale of tickets support the community is through the organizations that are selling them. CVTC invites many local non-profits to help presale tickets. Organizations get half of every ticket they sell.
“Everything always comes back to the community one way or the other. It is a win-win situation,” he said.
For tickets go to www.thecvcouncil.com, or buy at Crescenta Valley High School from local clubs.
CV Sheriff’s Station Volunteers Annual Rummage Sale
On Oct. 15, the CV Sheriff’s Station Volunteers’ Rummage Sale begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Each year bargain shoppers from all over Southern California make their way up Briggs Avenue bright and early for the rummage sale.
Items for the sale are donated throughout the year. Volunteers spend time cleaning, organizing and in some cases repairing items for the sale.
The volunteers support the sheriff’s station personnel with a variety of purchases. At present they want to buy voice recorders for new deputies assigned to the station, said Deputy Jorge Valdivia.
Every L.A. County agency is feeling budget cuts and the sheriff’s department is not immune. In the past, volunteers were able to purchase extra items for the station. Now they are filling some of the gaps left by cuts.
The volunteers also support the CV Sheriff’s Explorer program.
The annual rummage sale is one of the volunteers most successful fundraisers, however this year they are running short on donated items.
“We are really behind,” Valdivia said.
Valdivia urges anyone who has been thinking of cleaning out their garage or storage unit to remember the sheriff’s station sale.
“We will come and pick things up,” Valdivia said.
And again, the funds go back to the community by supporting the local sheriff’s station.
Anyone who has items they would like to donate can contact Deputy Jorge Valdivia at (818) 236-4021.
The Incredible Kiwanis Duck Race
On Oct. 15 the Kiwanis ducks will once again race down “Lake Glendale” at Verdugo Park in Glendale. The fundraiser is a great way to spend some quality time with family, watching a bulldozer dump thousands (over 30,000) of ducks into a pond. The plastic ducks move toward the top of a stream where they wait for the starting signal. Then they splash down the stream as kids jump and cheer. The ducks end their race, no worse for wear, at the bottom pond. The winner of the heat is determined and the race begins again.
The Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash (KIDS) is a fundraiser that will benefit the entire community and produced by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale. The funds raised will benefit primarily youth in the area.
Throughout the weeks leading to the Oct. 15 event local non-profit organizations are selling duck adoptions. Those organizations that sell the ducks share in the funds raised.
This year the first prize is $10,000. Ducks can be adopted individually, at $5 each. To adopt, look for the large duck around the community or go online to www.ducks4kids.com and click on Duck Buddies to find and donate through an organization. Adoption forms will also be available at several businesses around town including Crescenta Valley Weekly’s office, 3800 La Crescenta Ave., Suite #101.