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Special Meeting of Monrovia Council and Supervisor Barger

The Monrovia City Council and LA County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger will hold a special meeting  Friday, July 19, at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Monrovia Public Library. They'll discuss:

- rWMP Storm Water Program
- Youth Employment Services Program
- Homeless Response Program and Information
- Lucinda Garcia Park Improvements

https://is.gd/D845QY

- Brad Haugaard

DUI Checkpoint Tuesday Night, July 23 - Some Tips

Monrovia Police Department will be conducting a DUI / CDL checkpoint on Tuesday night, July 23. Vehicles entering the checkpoint will be stopped. Drivers will then be evaluated for being under the influence of alcohol and checked for having a valid driver's license.

Over the course of the past three years, there have been 127 DUI collisions with 32 of those collisions resulting in injuries, harming our citizens and neighbors of Monrovia.

In California, this deadly crime led to countless deaths, because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 29% of all deaths being caused by a drunk driver.

Monrovia Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun without a DUI:

• Always use a designated driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation.
• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take their keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
• Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
• Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not. Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Monrovia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Monrovia Police Department press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Honored for GoMonrovia Program

The City of Monrovia received the Chapter President's Award, by the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), for the GoMonrovia program.  On July 11, the annual awards ceremony celebrated individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in the public administration field.  The Chapter President's Award is presented to a recipient selected by the Chapter President.

Launched in March 2018, GoMonrovia leverages the strengths of the ride-share provider Lyft, in partnership with the City's dial-a-ride operator, to provide fast and affordable transportation throughout Monrovia.  Since its inception, over 23,000 individuals have signed up to use Lyft through GoMonrovia, making the program Lyft's most utilized transportation partnership.

This innovative program addresses suburban mobility challenges by creating a public-private partnership to provide fast, convenient and affordable transportation options around town.  With 30 percent of rides each month beginning or ending at the highly-utilized Monrovia Gold Line station or in Old Town Monrovia, the program fills the previous gap in reliable first and last mile transit connections, reduces parking demand and eases commuter parking shortages.  It has created a viable new model of suburban mobility and accessibility that other cities can replicate.  For more information on GoMonrovia, visit www.gomonrovia.com.

The American Society for Public Administration is a 9,000-member organization of government and nonprofit administrators, scholars, educators and students.  ASPA advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Lowe's Coming to Monrovia


In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ Lowe's is coming to Monrovia, at the former OSH on Huntington Drive, hopefully by this September. Lowe's, which owned OSH, plans for the new store to havean new "appliance-centric" concept, but also with the kind of home improvement items typically found in a Lowe's store.

~  Charter Communication will be installing underground communications conduit through this Thursday, which is affecting traffic on Lemon, just west of Myrtle.

~  Family Hike & Campout in Canyon Park. BBQ dinner, s'mores, a hike, story-time, and more. Dates: July 27-28, Aug. 25-26, Sept. 7-8, Sept. 28-29. Registration opens three weeks before each event. sign up early to get a spot. Cost: $50. For questions call Community Services at 256-8155.

~  Summer Movies in the Park. Bringa lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. Dates: July 20 - Incredibles 2 at Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue;
July 27 - Ralph Breaks the Internet at Julian Fisher Park; Aug. 3 - Mary Poppins Returns at Rotary Park; Aug. 10 - Wall-E at Library Park. Movies start at dusk.

- Brad Haugaard

Auditions for 'Lend Me a Tenor'

Auditions for the Jewish Federation's The JFed Players' Fall 2019 production of Lend Me a Tenor, directed by Joanne Karr, will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2-4 p.m;. Monday, July 29, 7-9 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. All auditions will be held at the Jewish Federation, 114A Lime Ave. For more information call 445-0810.

- Brad Haugaard

Amanda - Hypno-Cat


"Hi, I'm Amanda! Hey, are you listening? Or did you get lost in my eyes? It's OK, that's been happening a lot lately! I'm definitely a head turner, and on more than one occasion I've noticed volunteers stopping mid-walk and coming over to the glass to see me, as if hypnotized by my eyes. That volunteer with the camera was just here the other day, waving her fingers at me while I stared at her. I'm magnetic! And why wouldn't you want a cat that everyone loves? People will be coming by from far and wide to get a glimpse of me! You'll make so many new friends! But even if that's not true, and we live a quiet life without people lined up at the door to see me, I'LL be your friend. And I think that's pretty great!"

 

The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before being adopted.

 

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.


View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.


- Brad Haugaard

See Jupiter Tonight in Old Town

From before sunset tonight (at 8 p.m.) to about 9:30 p.m. a few Sidewalk Astronomers will be at the corner of Myrtle and Lime. If you are out and about they should be there to show you Jupiter, moon, possibly Saturn.

- Brad Haugaard

Francisco and Felix Gutierrez to Be Honored With Neighborhood Treasure Landmark



The next Neighborhood Treasure will be a four-sided statue honoring Francisco and Felix Gutierrez. It will be comprised of various materials, with two sides dedicated to Francisco and the other two to his son, Felix, to be placed at the southeast corner of Shamrock and Lemon.

Some detail:

The 1928 Monrovia Business Directory lists Francisco Gutierrez as one of only two Spanish-surnamed business owners, and he did a considerable amount of work to help build Monrovia. Of particular note, Francisco Gutierrez was responsible for installing the sidewalks around the former Monrovia Plunge (and the site of our current Monrovia Historical Museum), Immaculate Conception Church, and the tennis courts at Recreation Park, as well as at a number of private homes in the community. Common to that era, the company that poured concrete would imprint their business name into the sidewalk, and even today, there are numerous sidewalks throughout Monrovia with the Gutierrez imprint.

Francisco’s son, Felix J. Gutierrez, was born in 1918. Felix Gutierrez attended Pasadena Junior College to study art, and during that time, he started a newspaper called Mexican Voice. Launched from his home, Felix Gutierrez was the writer, artist, and editor of the paper, which provided an important voice for the Mexican American movement throughout the Southwest portions of the United States. In an editorial with political cartoons, Mexican Voice questioned the inequity that Mexican volunteers were considered “white” by the World War II draft board, but “colored” by school districts and neighbors. Felix Gutierrez’s efforts, through Mexican Voice, helped lead to the development of a better integrated, more tolerant and fairer society, both in Monrovia and beyond.

Source: https://is.gd/H8vzN4

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Examine Entryway Sign Design; Appropriate Money for Landmarks to Francisco and Felix Gutierrez

At a study session on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. the City Council will take a look at the design of an entryway sign on West Huntington Drive at Fifth Avenue. https://is.gd/qVZlZT

At its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., the council will consider appropriating up to $31,000 to make and install Neighborhood Treasures Landmark posts recognizing Francisco and Felix Gutierrez at the southeast corner of Shamrock Avenue and Lemon Avenue. The father and son team were cement contractors in early Monrovia, and the son published a newspaper advocating for equity in the treatment of Hispanics. https://is.gd/RxGUxU

- Brad Haugaard

Not the Antiques Roadshow (But Similar) Coming to Monrovia

Chris Shackelford, of Pasadena Architectural Salvage, knows pretty much everything about historic house parts. As seen on DIY TV.


On Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Monrovia Historical Society will present "Our answer to television's Antiques Road Show" (not the official TV Antiques Road Show) in the Monrovia Public Library's Community Room.

If you are wondering, How old is it? What's it worth?  How do you fix it? you may get your answers from the Historical Society's panel of local experts:

Chris Shackelford, Pasadena Architectural Salvage, antique house parts (hardware, fixtures)

Norm Haley, expert in antique automobiles and rehabbing old structures

Steve Baker, City Historian, antique furniture, Early American Glass and Monroviana

Also, "We may also have an expert from a major auction house or two."

You can bring 1-2 items you're curious about.  If it's large (like a desk or an airplane), or attached to your home, just bring a picture.

Free to Monrovia Historical Society members.  $5 donation requested for non-members.

Get an early place in line by RSVPing to monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or call/text 675-8323. More about the Historical Society: monroviahistoricalsociety.org

Source: Monrovia Historical Society press release

- Brad Haugaard

Neighborhood Treasures Project Will Honor Gutierrez Cement Contractors - But Where?

The next people to be honored through Monrovia's Neighborhood Treasures project will be Francisco ("Frank") Gutierrez, and his son, Felix Gutierrez, who opened a cement contracting business in Monrovia in 1925. However, there is a disagreement about where the monuments should be placed, Recreation Park or Library Park. https://is.gd/MdNSfc

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Copper Still Grill

Lunch at Copper Still Grill, on the east side of Myrtle just south of Colorado. Got the chicken quesadilla for $8.50 And a beer (Shiner Bock, which I like a lot) for $5.50  I gave the quesadilla an extra kick with some Tobasco and it was just right. 

- Brad Haugaard 

National Weather Service Warns of Hot Days for Monrovia Area

The National Weather Service is reporting that, "High temperatures of 95 to 103 degrees are expected across most of the Los Angeles County valleys today through Sunday." The eastern San Gabriel Valley is one of the areas with the highest predicted temperatures.

The service warns that, "The extended period of hot weather will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible, especially for the elderly and for people working outdoors."

What to do? "Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Never leave children or pets in parked cars, even with windows partially open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life- threatening levels."

- Brad Haugaard

Projects at Monrovia Schools

Monrovia Unified School District's vision of offering world-class schools for our world -class students is reflected in the work being done this summer in our facilities. While budgets remain tight, we were able to find matching grants and capitalize on past work to renovate the air-conditioning systems at Plymouth Elementary School and Clifton Middle School. Most exciting is the use of our restricted funds to renovate the track and field at Wildcat Stadium.

The turf, installed in 2011, was coming to the end of its life cycle. Thanks to the leadership of the Board of Education and the tenacity of the Business Department, the upgrade expected to occur a few years from now, is happening this summer. The project features several remarkable benefits.

First, the upgrades will cost our community a fraction of their cost. Materials used in the original, totaled almost $500,000. The contractor who installed the field stood behind its work and offered not only a free replacement, but a low-cost upgrade to a much higher quality field - and a new warranty extending coverage for eight years.

The more than $210,000 project will include smoothing out the field to eliminate uneven areas that had developed over the last eight years. The District also opted to upgrade the rubber pellet infill to a cool-fill product, which helps decrease the turf temperature. In addition to the turf replacement, contractors will relocate communication boxes to outer parts of the field, ensuring the continued safety of students.

Moving toward a wireless approach, the District is upgrading technology infrastructure by purchasing and testing Sling Studio, a wireless device that allows students to record and stream competitions without having to physically link with communication boxes.

Taken altogether, the project will ensure our athletes and the community can enjoy the field for 10 to 15 more years, while presenting our students with new learning opportunities.

Repairs began June 10 and are expected to be completed by July 19. At the completion of the project, the track will be cleaned and re-striped. At this time, summer practices for MHS sports are being held on alternative fields.

For more information, please call the District office at 471-2000.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

National Night Out: Meet the Men and Women Behind the Badge

On Tuesday, August 6th, neighborhoods throughout Monrovia are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for “National Night Out.” National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and cosponsored locally by the Monrovia Police Department, will involve millions of neighbors across thousands of communities from all 50 states.

Monrovia's National Night Out event will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Residents of Monrovia are invited to Library Park for a night of free food, music and unity. This is a night for Monrovian’s to meet the men and women behind the badge and learn more about why they chose this profession, what they are doing to keep this community safe, and ask questions they have always wanted to ask a police officer.

Source: Monrovia Police Department

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: OnStar Disables Stolen Car, Police Recover It; Motorcycle Thief Is a Bad Driver; Alcohol; Shoplifting; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 3-10. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 497 service events, resulting in 92 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 3 at 9:11 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of N. Madison. The victim called police to report his vehicle had been ransacked and several items were stolen. The vehicle had been parked in front of his residence overnight. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
On July 3 at 11:01 a.m., the South Pasadena Police Department called to request an area check in the 800 block of Alta for a stolen vehicle. The victim had reported the vehicle stolen and it was GPS located by OnStar on Alta in Monrovia. Officers responded and found the vehicle with its hazard lights flashing. OnStar had disabled the engine and activated the flashers to alert police. The victim responded and recovered his car. No suspects were located.

Warrants / Delaying a Peace Officer / Parolee-at-Large – Suspect Arrested
On July 3 at 8:14 p.m., a police sergeant saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the 500 block of W. Colorado and conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation. During the course of the traffic stop, the passenger provided false information. The sergeant was able to figure out who the subject actually was, and a computer check revealed the subject had two warrants, one for a drug offense and the other was a no-bail probation violation warrant. The suspect was arrested and held pending his court appearance.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 4 at 12:04 p.m., a caller reported a male subject lying in some bushes in the 500 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was found to be heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Outside Assist for Pasadena Police Department – Suspect Arrested
On July 5 at 11:23 a.m., Pasadena Police Department requested the assistance of the Monrovia Police Department. A suspect entered a department store in Pasadena and stole a $3,000.00 purse. The suspect was identified and located at a residence in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista in Monrovia. He was arrested at his residence and the purse was recovered.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On July 5 at 9:02 p.m., a caller reported a family disturbance was occurring in the 600 block of E. Olive. Officers arrived and located the family members. The cause of the disturbance was a male adult who was yelling and being verbally abusive. The subject was intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety and the safety of others. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 1:34 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Primrose and Walnut when he saw a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation. He conducted a traffic stop and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI. The subject was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 2:22 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle called to report a suspicious person. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was found to be under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 6 at 9:47 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Palm reported that his 1998, white Dodge truck was stolen from in front of his house sometime during the night. He does not know who took the truck. He advised officers his vehicle doors were locked and he has the keys. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 6 at 2:34 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Olive reported his two motorcycles had been stolen sometime during the night from his apartment carport area. One is a blue, 2002, Yamaha R1. The other is a silver, 2004, Yamaha R6. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 3:57 p.m., loss prevention at a grocery store in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported they were detaining a subject for stealing merchandise. The store desired prosecution for the theft. The suspect was arrested, taken into custody, and later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges. The items were all returned to the store.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 6:13 p.m., a female adult ran out of a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill with over $100 worth of merchandise. She was detained by employees until officers arrived. The merchandise was recovered and a private person's arrest was accepted. The suspect was released in the field with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On July 7 at 1:48 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Palm and Ivy when he saw a male adult staggering on the sidewalk and walking into the roadway. It was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 7 at 2:20 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Huntington when he observed a vehicle impeding traffic on the roadway. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI. The driver was held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication
On July 7 at 8:15 p.m., a resident in the 1800 block of S. Mayflower called to report a subject that was drunk and causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and located the subject. It was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for sobering.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 8 at 12:02 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 3000 block of S. Myrtle when he observed a vehicle make several vehicle code violations. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI. The driver was held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 8 at 6:44 a.m., a resident in the 1000 block of E. Lemon called to report that his vehicle had been burglarized. The driver-side window on his vehicle was shattered with a rock sometime during the night and a black bag and a blonde wig were taken from the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft From a Vehicle
On July 8 at 7:52 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Pomona called police to report a theft from his vehicle. Sometime during the night someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet containing cash, identification and credit cards. Fraudulent activity had already been discovered on one of the credit cards. Investigation continuing.

Attempted Burglary
On July 8 at 8:56 a.m., a security guard from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report that the front door locking mechanism had been tampered with and the glass door had been shattered. Investigation continuing.

Shoplifting / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – 3 Suspects Arrested
On July 8 at 2:43 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report that a male subject just shoplifted. The subject was confronted by loss prevention and he dropped the stolen merchandise and fled in a vehicle that was occupied by two additional subjects. Officers located and stopped the vehicle in the area. Further investigation revealed one of the subjects in the vehicle had a warrant for commercial burglary, another was in possession of narcotics and the third was arrested for shoplifting. All three were arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Providing False Information – Suspect Arrested
On July 8 at 7:49 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte called to report a subject acting erratic. Officers arrived and located the subject. The subject's actions led the officers to believe he was under the influence of drugs. The officer conducted an evaluation and determined the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested. During the booking process it was discovered that the subject provided false information to the officers in the field, which was added to the charges.

Traffic Collision / Stolen Motorcycle Recovered
On July 8 at 11:16 p.m., a caller reported that a motorcyclist went down in the middle of the intersection of Huntington and Monterey, and the rider ran from the scene. Officers arrived and discovered the motorcycle had been reported stolen earlier in the week. The suspect was not located and the investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 9 at 10:42 a.m., a motorist traveling west on Huntington failed to stop for a red light and collided into a vehicle traveling north on Myrtle. One driver complained of pain and was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. A traffic signal pole was also damaged in the collision. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Indecent Exposure
On July 9 at 8:34 p.m., a caller reported that a male adult in his 50’s exposed himself to a female at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The father of the victim followed the suspect out of the business and took pictures of the suspect and the license plate on his vehicle. The suspect drove away in the vehicle and out of sight. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On July 10 at 9:26 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Spanner called to report his vehicle was vandalized sometime during the night. The hood of his vehicle had numerous dents on it and the windshield was shattered. Investigation continuing.

Monrovia High School Recognized as a 'High Performing' School

Monrovia High School has been recognized by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) with a place on the 2018-19 California Honor Roll as part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.

The recognition is not one for which schools or districts may apply. In California, CBEE Honor Roll is based solely on objective achievement data from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The goal is to guide other educators to data-informed best practices for raising student achievement. For that reason, schools are informed about this accolade only upon their selection.

"At Monrovia High School, we are committed to ensuring each one of our students is meeting his or her academic goals and providing all students with the resources they need to be successful," Principal Kirk McGinnis said.

The honor roll highlights schools that show consistent high levels of student academic achievement, are leaders in getting students to grade-level proficiency, and have strong measures of college readiness.

"Preparing our students for college and careers is at the forefront of everything we do," Board President Ed Gililland said. "Monrovia Unified has a strong college-going culture that ensures students are prepared to be successful in all their future endeavors."

Monrovia High school will be provided with an Honor Roll banner and be recognized as a model for other districts and schools.

"Monrovia High School's selection by the CBEE validates the work done by the educators on campus, demonstrating that we are meeting our goal of preparing our students for the challenges of higher education and as contributing citizens of our increasingly connected world," Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. "We are proud of our students and are thankful for this recognition."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police to Be on Fatal Attraction; 25,000 In Town for Fourth of July

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ Monrovia Police Department will be featured on a crime documentary being filmed for a series called Fatal Attraction. Jupiter Entertainment will produce the show, which will tell the story of the LaJoya McCoy murder case from 2015. Filming will take place during the next few weeks and producers will interview those who were involved with the case, including Monrovia police officers.

~ Monrovia had 25,000 people in town for the 4th of July.

~ The city is working with the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts to post artwork created by MAFA members at the Monrovia Community Center. The details should be worked out within the next few weeks and "we will likely have new art pieces to display starting at some point this summer."

~  The Monrovia Community Garden Pilot Program  will hold its ribbon cutting  on Saturday, July 20, at 9 a.m. at 303  W. Colorado Blvd. Also, the project will hold free workshops. The first, Veggie Gardening 101, will be Saturday, July 27, at 9 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Outdoorsy Lexi Is a Fetch-aholic

Hello! My name is Lexi, and I hope you've got your throwing arm warmed up, because I'm ready to play fetch! I could play fetch all day! But I have other interests too, like did you know I'm pretty outdoorsy? I love hiking. The sights, the smells, the people-watching. It's all so much fun! And after a long hike, there's nothing better than coming home and playing fetch. See? I'm multi-faceted! If you're as outdoorsy and energetic as me, we'd probably get along great. What are you waiting for? There's so much to do, and see, and fetch!

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Free MAP-edu Community Meeting

There will be a free MAP-edu Community Meeting on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Game Room in the Monrovia Community Center. Learn the "Top 10 Secret Resources in Monrovia," meet city officials, community policing officers, and free food. RSVP at www.MAPedu.eventbrite.com

- Brad Haugaard