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The Scarecrows Are Coming!

3rd place residential winner 2012, News Net file photo

Posted 8/25/16 – The Creative Arts Group presents its 5th Annual Scarecrow Festival in Sierra Madre, and now’s the chance for you to get involved.

Registration for this year’s scarecrow contest is now open!  When you enter the contest, your scarecrow will be given an ID tag, a web page and a post on Creative Arts Group’s Facebook page.  Your scarecrow will be judged by a panel of scarecrow enthusiasts from Creative Arts Group and will be entered into the People’s Choice contest as well.   The People’s Choice Award is given to the scarecrow who has the most Facebook ‘Likes” and paper ballot votes.  An awards ceremony will be held on Friday, October 21st honoring the creativity of our participants.

We encourage our contestants to also write a backstory to bring the scarecrows to life even more.  The story is placed on your scarecrow’s web page and included in the Facebook post.  When registering, if you choose to include a backstory, we ask that you include your final, edited version of your story in the form.

To enter the contest, fill in the form here by Saturday, September 17th (scroll down to see the form)

Instructions and Important Dates for Scarecrow Contestants:

  • September 10th - FREE scarecrow-building  workshop.  Click here to register (workshop only).
  • September 17th – Deadline for entering the contest.  Fill in the form at the link above or pick up a paper application and return to Creative Arts Group by 1pm on Sept. 17th.
  • September 24th –  All Scarecrows must be in place.
  • September 24th – September 30th – A photographer will be coming to take pictures of all of the scarecrows to be used on your scarecrow’s web page and Facebook post.
  • September 26th – October 1st – Pick up your ID tag at Creative Arts Group during office hours, M-F: 10-5pm, Sat. 10-2pm.
  • October 1st – All ID tags should be placed on your scarecrow.  People can use your ID tag to vote for the People’s Choice Award by scanning the QR Code on the ID Tag and clicking the Facebook “Like” button.
  • October 1st – Online map and printed Map/Ballots will be available.
  • October 1st – October 20th at noon – Voting and Judging takes place.
  • October 8th – Free shuttle tour of approximately 30 residential scarecrows.  Not all participating scarecrows will be visited on the tour.  This is due to the location of the scarecrow, duration of the tour and the buses ability to navigate safely and easily.  Click here to register (touronly).
  • October 21st – Awards Ceremony, 7:00pm, at Creative Arts Group.

Sponsors of this event include Canyon , City of Sierra Madre, Dilbeck Real Estate, Gem Plumbing, Kiwanis Club of ?Sierra Madre, Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce, and Sierra Madre Garden Club

Thursday August 25 2016

#PinkPatchProject to Promote Awareness in Fight Against Breast Cancer

#PinkPatchProject to Promote Awareness in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Press Release posted 8/25/16 - The #PinkPatchProject is a collaborative effort between the LA County Police Chief’s Association and over 30 law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the agency’s uniform patches. Officers from the participating agencies, including SMPD,  will be wearing these pink patches on [...]

Thursday August 25 2016

Free CERT Emergency Preparedness Classes Begin Sept. 10

Press Release posted 8/25/16 – During the week of September 10th, Sierra Madre CERT will be offering FREE comprehensive emergency preparedness training classes to the public.  Classes involve a mix of lecture and hands on exercises. The final day even includes a comprehensive disaster scenario!  For more information about CERT and about the classes check out [...]

Saturday July 09 2016

Spero Foundation Firecracker 5K Fun Run, 2016 – Photo Gallery and Video

Spero Foundation Firecracker 5K Fun Run, 2016 - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 7/9/16 - Each year, the Spero Foundation hosts the Firecracker 5K Fun Run.  Funds raised are used to benefit the Foundation’s philanthropy.  Enjoy these photos and video from the event. Note – photos are not entirely in chronological order, you will find some pre-race photos even towards the end.

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Monday July 04 2016

Pre-4th Party in the Park, featuring Groovy Lemon Pie – Photo Gallery

Pre-4th Party in the Park, featuring Groovy Lemon Pie - Photo Gallery

Posted 7/4/2016 – Video to follow…eventually

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Saturday July 02 2016

Sierra Madre 4th of July Events Schedule

Posted 7/2/16

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Saturday July 02 2016

2016 Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade Lineup

2016 Sierra Madre 4th of July Parade Lineup

Posted 7/2/16

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Tuesday June 28 2016

Celebration of Life for Lew Watanabe Thursday

Reprinted from SierraMadreWeekly.com – A Celebration of Life for Lew Watanabe will be held at Sierra Madre Elementary School auditorium on Thursday, June 30, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception at The Japanese Garden on the school grounds. The graveside service at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery will be held that morning at 11:30 a.m. [...]

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Tuesday June 21 2016

Fire Update from the City

Press Release posted 6/21/16 - FIRE UPDATE: The fire remains east of us with no threat at this time to the Sierra Madre Community. City officials will continue to monitor the fire events throughout the day. It is expected to be another hot day with very bad air quality due to the fires. We remind everyone [...]

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Monday May 30 2016

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service – Photo Gallery

VFW Post 3208 Memorial Day Service - Photo Gallery

Posted 5/30/16 – As always, Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 of Sierra Madre held its Memorial Day service at Pioneer Cemetery this morning.  I also have video, and will probably write something up about it, but figured I’d at least get the photos up for now.

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Sunday May 29 2016

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, page 3, Finishers 97 – 122

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, page 3, Finishers 97 - 122

Posted 5/29/16  - I’ll be adding more information over time, but wanted to start getting the pictures up for now. Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results

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Sunday May 29 2016

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 2, finishers 45 through 96

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 2, finishers 45 through 96

I’ll be adding more information over time, but wanted to start getting the pictures up for now. Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results

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Sunday May 29 2016

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 1, Finishers 1 – 43

2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Finishers, Page 1, Finishers 1 - 43

I’ll be adding more information over time, but wanted to start getting the pictures up for now. Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results

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Saturday May 28 2016

Adrian Diaz Wins 50th Trail Race in 1:01:35, Mireya Vargas Returns as Female Champ

Adrian Diaz Wins 50th Trail Race in 1:01:35, Mireya Vargas Returns as Female Champ

Official Trail Race page – www.MountWilsonTrailRace.com News Net main Trail Race page – with links to coverage of past years’ races Official 2016 Mt. Wilson Trail Race Results Finisher photo page 1, finishers 1 – 43 Finisher photo page 2, finishers 44 – 95 Finisher photo page 3, finishers 97 – 122 Posted 5/28/16 – Adrian Diaz [...]

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Thursday May 26 2016

VFW to Honor the Fallen Monday

VFW to Honor the Fallen Monday

News Net file photo, click twice to enlarge Press Release posted 5/26/16 - Sierra Madre Harry L. Embree VFW Post 3208 invites patriots, families and friends to attend our Memorial Day Ceremony honoring our deceased War Veterans at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery, Monday, May 30 at 11:00 A.M. Please arrive early to get a seat. In recent [...]

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Thursday May 26 2016

Parade Entry Open, Deadline is June 1st

Press Release posted 5/26/16   - There is NO FEE to participate in the parade this year thanks to a sponsorship from the The Kensington. Due to staging concerns, no late entries will be accepted. Please make sure to fill out all fields and hit the submit button! http://www.paradecloud.com/online_registration.php… sierramadre4thofjuly.com For questions regarding parade registration please [...]

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