Don’t Forget to Register for the 4th of July Fun Run 2013

Firecracker Fun Run Registration

Fourth of July is less than a month away, which means the 3rd Annual Firecracker Fun Run hosted by the Spero Foundation and 4th of July Committee is fast approaching. This untimed, 5k fun run is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. The run begins at 8:00am on Thursday, July 4th. Adults are $20.00 and youth under 10 are $15.00 prior to June 21st, a t-shirt is guaranteed with registration. After June 21st all participants are $25.00 and a t-shirt is NOT guaranteed with registration. Register online at, keyword: fun run, or in person at the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd by July 1st.

Excursion - Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Join the Hart Park House Senior Center for an entertaining and educational excursion to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Downtown LA on Friday, June 28th, 2013. Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. The trip to MOCA includes an educator-lead guided tour which highlights the various exhibits in a fun and exciting way as well as provides the most information about MOCA’s collections and current exhibitions. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant, and it is recommended to bring $10-15 for lunch. The cost of this trip is only $25.00 and goes from 10:00 to 2:30pm.

For more information or to register for this excursion please contact the Hart Park House Senior Center at 626.355.7394. Registration can also be completed online at

Mount Wilson Trail Race 2013, Another Success

Mount Wilson Trail Race 2013 Start

This past Saturday, May 25th celebrated the 105th anniversary and 47th running of the Mount Wilson Trail Race. It was another successful year with great weather, stellar finishing times, and a lively crowd. Friday night race festivities included the Pasta Dinner and runner check-in. The Pasta Dinner was catered by Zugo’s Café with additional items provided by Stonefire Grill. On display was the 2012 race video, photos from prior races, and point of view footage on the mountain. Attendees were also able to purchase Mount Wilson Trail Race merchandise.

New City Hall Public Hours

At the May 28, 2013 City Council meeting, the City Council adopted new open hours for City Hall and the Community Recreation offices as a part of the fiscal year 2013-2015 bi-annual budget. Beginning July 1, 2013 the offices at City Hall and the Community Recreation centers will be open Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 5:30pm.

Increased Mandatory Water Conservation Measures, 5-29-2013

At the May 28, 2013, City Council meeting, the City Council implemented mandatory water conservation measures for all water customers in Sierra Madre, effective immediately. The dry winter Sierra Madre just experienced seriously affected the groundwater levels as did increased water consumption by the City’s water customers. Due to the lack of rain and increased consumption, the groundwater levels have not recovered, leading the Raymond Basin Watermaster to reduce the City’s groundwater pumping rights by almost 47%.

The City now requires that each water customer conserve a percentage of his or her July 2011 through June 2012 water use. The required percentage of conservation will vary, depending on the customer’s water use. Customers consuming 0-12 billing units of water (0-1,200 cubic feet) will be exempt from the conservation requirements. Customers using 13-17 billing units (1,300 – 1,700 cubic feet) are required to reduce their consumption by 10%. Customers using 18 units or more are required to reduce by 20%.