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Local preschool hosting 18th annual Western Round-Up fundraiser

February 23, 2011

The La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool is hosting its 18th annual Western Round-Up on Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the preschool. This western-themed fundraiser will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival games and prizes, a silent auction, a raffle drawing, an IN-N-OUT Burger wagon, a bake sale, balloon animals and an inflatable slide.

The Sheep, a local band, will perform. John Bishop, a member of the Sheep, is the father of a graduate of the preschool.

“The Western Round-Up is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Danielle Caputo, the preschool’s director. “The proceeds are applied to enrichment opportunities for the children and allow us to keep tuition rates down. It’s also a fun event for area families.”

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All are welcome to the preschool’s OK Corral at 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Game tickets and IN-N-OUT Burger meals are available for purchase at the school the day of the event. The Round-Up will happen rain or shine. For more information about this event or the La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool, call (818) 790-8687 or visit www.lcfccpreschool.com.

Sacred Heart students join “Shantytown” for good cause

Three Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy sophomores — Sophie Wellen, Cecile Sami and Natalia Zamudio — stayed the night in “Shantytown,” an experience for high-school and college students sponsored by Habitat for Humanity in the parking lot of Pasadena Nazarene Church on Feb. 4. The reality-driven fundraiser was organized to advocate for affordable housing and bring about awareness of the plight of the homeless.

“All we had were garbage bags, blankets and a cardboard igloo we built ourselves,” said Wellen, who is a member of the Youth United Leadership Committee for Habitat’s San Gabriel chapter, which helped organize the event.

More than 100 participants built a cardboard city out of boxes, listened to a family whose downturn in fortune had left them homeless, and watched the movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” the true story of a hard-working man who worked his way out of homeless shelters to run his own multi-million dollar brokerage firm.

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