In Brief

Grape Pickers Wanted

Join in the fun and camaraderie at the annual grape harvest at the vineyard in Deukmejian Wilderness Park on Sunday at 8 a.m. Bring a clean bucket, pruning shears, water for your needs, long pants, closed toe shoes or hiking boots.

The Alicante Bouschet is as big as last year, and the early burgundy is more than ripe. Connect with the earth … connect with history … connect with your friends.

Hosted by the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley through their sponsored group the Stonebarn Vineyard Conservancy.

Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 3429 Markridge Road, La Crescenta/Glendale

Sheriff Volunteers Holding Rummage Sale

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Volunteer group is having its annual rummage sale at Crescenta Valley Station on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The community is being asked to donate items that may be resold at the fundraising event.

This is an opportunity to clear out the garage and closet of items that are no longer needed. Items wanted include gently used clothes, toys, furniture, sporting equipment, housewares and electronic equipment. Proceeds go directly to the station volunteer fund which helps support the programs that the volunteers are involved in. Some of these include the Annual Toy and Food Drive during the holiday season, Volunteers on Patrol, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Arson Watch and other community events. This is the only fundraiser for the year.

Anyone with items to donate can drop them off at the Crescenta Valley Station located at 4554 Briggs Ave. in La Crescenta or schedule a pick-up by calling the Community Relations office at (818) 236-4021.

County Animal Care And Control and spcaLA

Join Disaster Response Forces

The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a mutual assistance agreement between their county animal control department and the non-profit animal welfare agency, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, also known as the spcaLA.

The agreement addresses assistance and resource sharing in times of emergencies in the county, according to Marcia Mayeda, director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control.

This partnership “infuses more trained staff and volunteers and emergency equipment into our operation enhancing our ability to respond and deploy into the communities more efficiently and effectively during a disaster,” Mayeda added.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control will be approaching other area animal services agencies and encouraging them to join this unprecedented mutual aid agreement among animal welfare agencies.

Screening Planned for Monday

The Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition is hosting a screening of “Race to Nowhere” on Monday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Crescenta Valley High School, 4400 Ramsdell Ave. in La Crescenta.

The highly lauded movie looks at the intense pressure that today’s students, parents and teachers face in public and private education.

Tickets are $10 online pre-sale, $15 at the door.

Aquatics Center Project at Castaic Sports Complex Approved

A $9.6 million contract with Perera Construction & Design Inc. to build the first phase of a state-of the-art aquatic center at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, announced Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich.

The 3.5 acre facility will include a 25-meter recreational pool for competitive swim training, a 21-foot by 75-foot shallow pool, and a “splash pad” play area for children as well as a 12,500-square-foot pool building and recreation office, granite walkways, and a 65-car parking lot.

Phase 1 will take approximately 20 months to build and is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2013. Operated by County Department of Parks and Recreation, the complex will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and hours may be extended for special events and private parties.