2013 Mount Wilson Trail Race - Youth Opportunities

Kids’ Fun Run
Join the Sierra Madre Community Foundation and CATZ Sports for the 2013 Mount Wilson Trail Race Kids’ Fun Run. The Kid’s Fun Run is an absolutely free event for youth ages 3-12 years of age. The Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Youth will have the opportunity to run up and down Baldwin Ave. and finish under the same banner as MWTR runners! Youth 3-6 years of age will run a ½ mile course, while youth 7-12 will run the full mile. All participants must sign up with a parent or guardian beginning at 7:00 a.m. in Kersting Court. The first 250 youth to sign up will receive a free T-shirt, compliments of Sierra Madre Community Foundation and will receive a ribbon for their participation.  

Joan Crow Chosen as Older ‘Sierra Madre’ American of the Year 2013

The City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department and the Senior Community Commission are happy to announce that Joan Crow has been selected as the Older American of the Year for Sierra Madre. Joan Crow is a longtime resident of Sierra Madre and active member of the Sierra Madre Civic Club for more than 30 years serving as president from 1983-1984. In addition to her community support through Civic Club, Joan is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Rita’s Catholic Church and has served as the Chair for the St. Rita Women’s Retreat and St. Rita Feast Day. Joan is a faithful supporter of the Friends of the Library, Creative Arts Group, Sierra Madre Playhouse, and much, much more.

April 2013 Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The Sierra Madre Police Department Participates with the Zero Tolerance Distracted Driving Enforcement Operation

Sierra Madre, CA. – As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Sierra Madre Police Department will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones for the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. In April 2012, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!”

Protect Yourself and Pets from Mountain Lions, 3-13-2013

It's extremely rare to see a mountain lion, but recently residents of Sierra Madre have reported a rise in sightings.

Mountain lions are solitary animals that would rather not have contact with us if at all possible, but living close to the foothills and hiking through areas where mountain lions live; sightings of the big cats are on the rise. They prefer secluded areas where there's plenty of cover and abundant game, mainly deer and elk. In the absence of larger prey; they turn to smaller prey, such as, frogs, rabbits, raccoons, bats, rodents and pets (dogs and cats). Mountain lions hunt during the day and night, but are most active at sunrise and sunset.

If you see a mountain lion on or near the trail, immediately stop walking, biking or running. Back up slowly and carefully. Keep your eyes on the cat so he is aware you have seen him and you're ready to fight if necessary, but you should avoid direct eye contact. You want the cat to see you as a threat and not as prey. Do whatever you can to make yourself look bigger and show the cat you are a force to be reckoned with to intimidate him. Keep your voice calm and talk loudly to the cat.