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May 31, 2007
One week off its usual pace the Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby will take place this Saturday, June 2, on the 'Michigan Hill' (along the easternmost portion of Foothill Boulevard) in La Cañada. The annual event was previously staged during the long Memorial Day weekend, but this year was moved to June to accommodate commencement exercises for the Class of 2007 at St. Francis High School, which is adjacent to the hill. The Derby will be staged from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's the only day of the year when drivers ?
FEATURES
May 17, 2007
Youngsters between 8 and 17 who are interested in participating in the Eighth Annual Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby are urged to attend the final free car building clinics on May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rear of the La Cañada Sport Chalet on Foothill Blvd. Help in building the cars will be available from expert Kiwanian and California Family Soap Box Derby Association volunteers, who will also answer any questions. Car kits are available from Kiwanian Jack Dawson (818) 790-6592.
NEWS
September 8, 2005
Guest Column By Leticia Cheng LCHS Class of 2005 and Valley Sun Intern So school is officially back in session now for the entire tiny La Cañada world. And I decided to join them and go back to good ol' LCHS for their first day last week. Yes, that's right, even though I'm heading off to the much more exciting (semi) real world (aka college) pretty soon, I'm still incredibly attached to high school. Of course not. Actually, I was paid by this darling paper to get up at the obscene hour of 6:30 a.m. (I'd forgotten how crazy it was to get up that early.
NEWS
May 14, 2009
La Cañada?s famed ?Michigan Hill,? the long, sloping easternmost section of Foothill Boulevard, will again be the venue when the annual Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby returns to town on Saturday, May 30. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the only day of the year where unlicensed drivers can speed down Michigan Hill, exceeding the speed limit with no worries about law enforcement stopping them. The race is a ?licensed local? race sanctioned by the All American Soap Box Derby of Akron, Ohio.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Charly Shelton | January 12, 2006
The "Book of Daniel" on NBC last Friday has raised a few fundamentalist eyebrows. Some stations have even pulled it from their schedule. The uproar began before it was actually aired. The story is about an Episcopal priest, the church, his very dysfunctional family and an embezzlement. Oh, yes, there is one other thing, the priest has periodical visits from Jesus Christ. Let me first say I am a Christian and an Episcopalian. I enjoyed the first episode. Father Daniel Webster, played by Aidian Quinn, has a very disturbed family.
NEWS
April 19, 2007
Youngsters between 8 and 17 years of age who are interested in participating in the Eighth Annual Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby are urged to attend the first of three free car building clinics on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the rear of the La Cañada Sport Chalet on Foothill Boulevard. Help in building the cars will be available from expert Kiwanian and California Family Soap Box Derby Association volunteers, who will also answer any questions. Car kits are available from Kiwanian Jack Dawson, 790-6592.
NEWS
May 21, 2009
Join the community on Saturday, May 30, to observe civic leaders compete in the Soap Box Derby Races in La Cañada. Each year, as part of the Annual Greater Los Angeles All American Soap Box Derby, VIP races are scheduled. Participants are given engraved plaques suitable for display. This year there are three VIP races scheduled: Mayor Laura Olhasso will race La Cañadan of the Year Meredith Reynolds, La Cañada Community Center President-elect Joel Smith will race the other La Cañadan of the Year, Tom Reynolds.
NEWS
By Deborah Weirick | April 20, 2006
There is only one day of the year unlicensed drivers can drive 35 mph down Foothill Boulevard without the Sheriff stopping them ? Saturday, May 27, during the 7th Annual Greater Los Angeles All American Soap Box Derby. Hosted by the La Cañada Kiwanis Club and the California Family Soap Box Derby Association, this family-focused activity should definitely be on your "to-do" list for Fiesta Days Weekend. For those of you unfamiliar with soap box racing, as I was just a few short months ago, you don't really race in soap boxes with wheels on them (which would definitely present a problem, since soap boxes aren't made out of wood anymore)
SPORTS
April 27, 2006
Instead of writing about the seventh annual Greater Los Angeles All American Soap Box Derby that will be run in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, May 27th, Los Angeles Times sports reporters and local residents Bill Plaschke and Sam Farmer will participate in it as featured celebrity racers. "The opportunity to race down the famed Michigan Hill at nearly 35 miles an hour in a soap box derby car was just an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Farmer. "They have assured me that there is a brake.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sara Cardine | July 27, 2011
A couple of weeks ago while most employed America ns were returning emails and pushing papers, La Cañada resident Chip Dox was staging a car accident. He and his team were asked to create a full-scale collision, complete with steam and confusion, without causing as much as a single dent. This is par for the course for Dox, production designer for the popular daytime soap opera, “General Hospital.” For the past 12 years, he's been responsible for building and arranging sets, background scenes, homes and props for the show's motley cast of residents.
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SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall | June 9, 2010
A 10-year fixture of La Cañada came to an end last year due to a lack of community involvement. The annual Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby, put on by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, will not be rolling through the city in the foreseeable future, organizers said. May 30, 2009, marked the 10th, and last, year of the event. "It wasn't something La Cañada got behind and supported," said Mary Grant, a member of the La Cañada Kiwanis Club, which hosted the event. Racers were limited to boys and girls between age 8 and 17. Originally, the event appealed to a niche crowd and drew 40 to 50 racers.
SPORTS
By Seth Amitin | May 28, 2009
Soap box racers will test the limits of their cars in the Annual Greater Los Angeles All-American Soap Box Derby races this Saturday at 10 a.m. on Michigan Hill. The VIP races will feature local officials, such as Mayor Laura Olhasso, La Cañadans of the Year Meredith and Tom Reynolds and La Cañada Community Center President-elect Joel Smith. ?Challenge races? will also be available for children, and final sign-ups and car inspections for that will be at St. Francis in the parking garage at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $45. ?
NEWS
May 21, 2009
Join the community on Saturday, May 30, to observe civic leaders compete in the Soap Box Derby Races in La Cañada. Each year, as part of the Annual Greater Los Angeles All American Soap Box Derby, VIP races are scheduled. Participants are given engraved plaques suitable for display. This year there are three VIP races scheduled: Mayor Laura Olhasso will race La Cañadan of the Year Meredith Reynolds, La Cañada Community Center President-elect Joel Smith will race the other La Cañadan of the Year, Tom Reynolds.
NEWS
By Nicholas Louie | June 19, 2008
The first race of the Ninth Annual Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby didn’t begin until 10 a.m., but volunteers had been setting up long before then, the bulk of setup occurring since 7 that morning. Different local groups volunteered a hand to pull the derby together. The Flintridge Prep Key Club arrived early to sell morning pastries and coffee. Boy Scout Troop 502 kept lanes clear by towing cars in after they crossed the finish line. And the St. Francis High School football team loaded and unloaded cars onto a trailer that ferried cars up and down the hill.
NEWS
By Nicholas Louie | June 12, 2008
Michigan Hill, a natural race strip allowing 1,056 feet of gravity-inspired acceleration, will allow young racers to test their mettle this Saturday in the Ninth Annual Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada in association with the California Family Soap Box Derby Association. Soap box cars will soar down the hill at around 35 miles per hour. Race officials had to adjust the starting line to begin one-third of the way down as a safety precaution.
NEWS
May 31, 2007
One week off its usual pace the Greater Los Angeles Soap Box Derby will take place this Saturday, June 2, on the 'Michigan Hill' (along the easternmost portion of Foothill Boulevard) in La Cañada. The annual event was previously staged during the long Memorial Day weekend, but this year was moved to June to accommodate commencement exercises for the Class of 2007 at St. Francis High School, which is adjacent to the hill. The Derby will be staged from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's the only day of the year when drivers ?
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