Celebrating sense of community

“Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers.” Howard Thurman

The Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to wish one of our members, Valley View Vaulters, a happy 30th anniversary! Valley View Vaulters is a non-profit organization, founded in 1980, and is located at 11295 Orcas Ave. in Lake View Terrace. They teach vaulting, which is a world-class sport – international in scope – that combines choreographed gymnastics and the skill of horseback riding. It is fun, beneficial for everyone, and exciting to watch. At Valley View, they take pride in teaching vaulting to everyone, any age, and any ability, including special needs. By vaulting together they build teamwork, physical strength, coordination, discipline and self confidence. All of their vaulters have the opportunity to participate in competitions to compare their performances with those of similar abilities. They also participate in local parades and demonstrations. If you have time, you should stop by Valley View Vaulters tonight, Sept. 30, for their 30th anniversary ribbon cutting party at 4 p.m. and see for yourself the exciting things they do.

Another La Crescenta landmark is celebrating over 40 years of pizza, pasta and chicken parmesan. Frank and Carmella Russo, the original owners of Dominick’s Italian Restaurant, at 2948 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta, are still making sure the hometown feel of good, authentic Italian food shines through.  Carmella Russo learned to cook at the early age of 10 in Italy. At 21, she left Italy and moved to New York City and met her husband, Frank. They opened their first restaurant in 1960 in the heart of New York City and served pizza, spaghetti and sandwiches. In 1969, they decided to make their way west and, luckily for us, landed in La Crescenta, where they opened Dominick’s Italian Restaurant. Owners Frank and Carmella Russo are very community minded and host fundraisers for non-profit organizations and schools at Dominick’s and sponsor dozens of youth sports teams. Plan your next family meal at Dominick’s; you won’t be disappointed.

Please don’t forget to support another staple of our community, Bonners Equipment Rentals, for our “family friendly” business mixer on Oct. 13. It is co-sponsored by Mobile Game Train, which will have its customized gaming trailer at the event. The mixer is at Bonners Rentals, which has been serving the Crescenta Valley since 1939, at 6935 Foothill Blvd in Tujunga. Hope to see you and your children from 8 to 88-years-old at the mixer.

Important Chamber dates: Oct. 13 – Business mixer at Bonners Equipment Rentals. Please call our office for more details on any event. How to reach us:  818-248-4957 / crescentachamber@aol.com / www.LaCrescenta.org / 3131 Foothill Blvd., Ste. D.