$25,000 Reward in Conjunction with Zoo Drive Cyclist Hit-and-Run

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, with members of California Highway Patrol, announced a $25,000 reward in conjunction with information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit-and-run incident involving cyclist Damian Kevitt on Feb. 17, 2013.
The minivan is described as an older gray Toyota Sienna with a “for sale” sign posted in the rear window. Detectives are seeking the public’s help in solving this case, and a reward may motivate witnesses to come forward with more information.
Those with potential leads in this case may phone (323) 259-2010 to share them with the California Highway Patrol.

LaBonge Hosts Valley Community Meeting

Councilmember Tom LaBonge hosted a community meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 26, to speak with stakeholders in the Sherman Oaks area about local issues. In attendance as well were representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, and the Bureau of Sanitation. Councilmember LaBonge urged disaster preparedness, discussed local development, and shared information on the upcoming closure of Coldwater Canyon Avenue. The get-together held in Sherman Oaks is one of an ongoing series of meetings that Councilmember LaBonge will host in the coming weeks for local stakeholders.


Burbank Community Theater Meeting
Julia Swanwick, a Burbank resident, has started the Burbank Community Theater group to supply a creative outlet for theater-lovers in the area. The theater group is open to people of all ages throughout Burbank and surrounding cities. Come to their first meeting – all are welcome!

4150 Riverside Dr.
Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m.

For more information, call (508) 254-5304 or email BurbankCommunityTheater@gmail.com.


Fifth Annual Pasadena Festival of Women Authors
This prestigious event features four award-winning Southern California authors – Aimee Bender, Bo Caldwell, Gabrielle Pina, and Kathleen Sharp. Reyna Grande, who was chosen as the 2013 Writer-in-Residence for the program at Pasadena City College, will be the kick-off speaker. She was one of the Festival’s featured writers in 2010.

The Pasadena Festival of Women Authors brings together a group of diverse and well-published Southern California female authors to discuss their work with a group of enthusiastic people whose love of literature inspired the event. Their work includes fiction, non-fiction, and plays. The festival provides an intimate setting where authors and guests will be able to interact with each other and authors will be available to answer questions and sign their books for guests.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pasadena Senior Center and the Pasadena City College Writer-in-Residence program. In the last four years, the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors has generated nearly $90,000 in donations. Last year from proceeds of the event, $2,000 was given to Pasadena City College to fund their first Writer-in-Residence program. Tickets for the festival are $85 per person and include lunch. Reserved tables of 10 are $1,000.

Pasadena Senior Center
85 E. Holly St.
Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.

Visit pasadenafestivalofwomenauthors.org for more information.


Library Offers SAT Practice Test for Free
Teens and other interested adults who are preparing to apply to colleges are invited to attend a free practice test of the SAT. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Reference Desk at the library to do so at (818) 755-7873.

This opportunity is being provided through the generosity of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, who is also providing a small snack. Please plan to arrive at 9:45 a.m., as the test must begin promptly. This is an opportunity to prepare for a test that may influence one’s whole educational future.

Studio City Branch Library
Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.
(Test Begins Promptly) to 2 p.m.
12511 Moorpark St. (Corner of Whitsett Avenue and Moorpark Street)


Stray Cat Alliance and Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba Host Free Cat Clinic
A one-day only event offering free health care for cats, including no-cost vaccines, deworming, flea treatments, microchipping, spay/neuter, and even free cat food; for the humans there will be free hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, and face painting for kids.

Stray Cat Alliance has spearheaded a three-year program to provide L.A.’s poorest demographic areas with spay/neuter and other health services for cats and kittens, both owned and free-roaming in the neighborhood. The program began in 90037 and has since expanded to serve more communities in order to reduce intakes at the South Los Angeles shelter, where the kill rate for cats exceeds 80 percent.

Who Should Attend: Residents of 90037, 90018, 90062, 90047, 90044, 90003, 90011, and 90007 with cats of their own, or who care for stray, feral, or free-roaming community cats.

Pet Care Veterinary Center
2009 W. Slauson (just West of Western)
Sunday, March 10; appointments start at 8 a.m.; activities, food, and giveaways for the community begin at 11 a.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (323) 294-4030.


Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Celtic Music Festival

Photo by Joe Foley

From l, Ruth E. Daughters, Jane Elizabeth Friday, Myra Breen, Jessica Cannaday, and Joslyn LaMantia.

Jig on down to The 11th Annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Celtic Music Festival at Fairplex, produced by William Lomas of Pageantry Productions. This year’s event will feature over 100 performers on nine musical stages of Irish entertainment with 60 shows daily, including 19 bands and 17 additional entertainers and attractions. General Admission is $16 each; Seniors, Military, and Students (with identification) are $14 each; Group Rates (15 or more) are $12 each; Two-Day Passes are $25 each; Children ages 5—14 are $5 each and Children under five are admitted for FREE. Parking is $10 per day. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/154724777915663 and follow us on Twitter @irishfairla.

Pomona Fairgrounds, 1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, 10 a.m.—6 p.m. each day

For further information, please call the Irish Hotlines at (562) 618-5558, or (213) 305-9653. Buy tickets and check out the full fair lineup and schedule online at la-irishfair.com.

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