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Two false alarms at La Cañada banks during week

Sheriff's deputies responded to silent alarms that inadvertently were activated at two banks in La Cañada Flintridge during the past week. The first incident occurred on Sept. 23 at approximately 3 p.m. at Gilmore Bank in the 4500 block of Rinetti Lane, said Sgt. Ray Harley. The second alarm was accidentally set off on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Citibank in the 700 block of Foothill Boulevard.

"Once in a while, [the alarms] do get accidentally activated by an employee, but also, like with any electronic, there might be a glitch in the system itself," Harley said.


Registration opens for Thanksgiving Day Run, Food Drive

Runners and walkers are invited to register beginning Oct. 1 for the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive (formerly known as the "Run for the Hungry"), which will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at Memorial Park in La Cañada.

The run is the major fundraiser of the year for the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. In conjunction with the event, organizers are partnering with Allied Waste Services and the L.A. Food Bank for the food drive that gets underway during the weeks preceding the run.

"In past years, food donations have exceeded more than 10,000 cans, and this year the Center hopes to double that number by organizing the biggest food drive La Cañada has ever had," said Megan Nordvedt, executive director of the Community Center.

For registration and more information, visit http://www.cclcfrun.org. To learn how to become a sponsor or to volunteer during the event, call (818) 790-4353.


Crescenta Valley Arts Council plans 'Paint Out'

Plein-air artists are invited to paint Crescenta Valley settings during a four-week period, Oct. 9-Nov. 5 for the inaugural Crescenta Valley Paint Out. Judges will present awards at an artists' reception.

Public exhibition and sales of the works will take place Nov. 6-7 at St. Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church, 2563 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.

Registration for up to three works of art is $40 adults/$20 students in grades 7-12. Registration forms and details can be found at crescentavalleyartscouncil.org.

Grant proposal deadline nears for local nonprofits, schools

Nonprofit groups and schools with programs that benefit residents of the Foothills have until Oct. 8 to submit proposals for funding consideration from the Mary Pinola/Crescenta Valley Chamber Educational Endowment Fund.

The fund was established 20 years ago by Pinola, a La Cañada resident, in conjunction with the CV Chamber. It is managed and invested by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos. Grant awards will be announced in January.

For more information and proposal applications, go online to http://www.communityfoundationoftheverdugos.org or call (818) 241-8040.


Kiwanian honored for volunteer efforts

Dave Hemstreet, an active member of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada-AM, recently was presented with the club's Distinguished Service Award.

He was recognized for his participation in the club's food-delivery program for homeless people and others in need, his work in the Lanterman Kitchen Garden and his fund-raising efforts for Kiwanis House, a shelter for families caring for a hospitalized child.

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