This weekend partake in a race against cancer, play a handful of games while supporting fire disaster relief and more. Gayle Anderson has all the details on how you can have fun this weekend while giving back in today’s ‘Gayle On The Go’.
Brittiana Smile for Life 5K Run/Walk @9am
Kenneth Hahn Park
4100 South La Cienega Boulevard
323 292 8527
BrittiCares International invites Southern California to join in on their race against cancer as they host their 9th annual Brittiana “Smile For Life” 5k run/walk.
The time-chipped race, will take place on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles. It will include a day of family fun-filled activities such as live entertainment, games, sports, raffles, arts and crafts, face painting, celebrity guests, photo booths and much more.
The Brittiana “Smile For Life’ 5k run/walk is BrittiCares’ largest fundraiser of the year and helps fund their ongoing programs that include:
• “Imagine Me” Bedroom Makeovers
• Blood and Marrow Drives
• Patient and Family Financial Assistance
• Patient Party Times
• New Patient Care Bags
• Holiday Adopt a Family & Dinners
• Hospital Assistance
• Celebrity Connection
BrittiCares has already helped hundreds of children with cancer across Southern California and is currently expanding its efforts to states such as Arizona and Tennessee.
About BrittiCares International:
Jamie and Shirell Henderson founded BrittiCares International after their 10-year-old daughter, Brittiana Rene Henderson, was diagnosed with bone cancer and later leukemia. Brittiana courageously fought the disease, never losing hope or faith, and always exuding love for others. Visiting children in the same hospital, reading to them and spending time with them, Brittiana took the focus away from herself and focused on others. Brittiana’s battle came to an end January 31, 2007, but not before becoming a forerunner in helping other children with similar challenges, get through their battle with hope, love, and lots of smiles.
1ST Fire Boot Classic @ 6pm
Fire Family Foundation
Santa Anita Race Track
285 West Huntington Drive
323 550 2208
If you enjoy a good game of Bingo or a hot hand of Poker, then you Santa Anita Race Track is the place for you, the for the Fire Family Foundation’s FIRST FIRE BOOT CLASSIC. Proceeds from the event benefit Fire Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that bridges the divide between disaster and new beginnings, providing immediate and direct assistance to firefighters and fire victims.
Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th
2014 Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational
University of Southern California
The Special Olympics Summer Games Invitational is the first of two championships held every year. This year’s event hosts more than 1,200 athletes and 370 coaches, traveling from all over Southern California as well as some 220 delegates from 13 countries around world. Competitions include aquatics, track & field, basketball, bocce, golf, and gymnastics.
The event is Friday, June 6th through Sunday, June 8th at the University of Southern California campus. The Summer Games Invitational is FREE and open to the public. More than 3,000 volunteers and 10,000 local dignitaries, sponsors and spectators are expected to attend.
Award ceremonies are held at all sports venues after the events. The Closing Ceremony is 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8th at the Special Olympics Festival in Alumni Park.
In addition to the competitions, there will be a Special Olympics Festival that features games, live entertainment, community and law enforcement exhibits, and more. Visitors can pick up Special Olympics souvenirs and merchandise at Rafer’s Boutique. Children with intellectual disabilities, ages 2.5 to 7, can participate in the Young Athletes Program demonstration, which focuses on activities important to mental/physical growth. The Young Athletes Program is an early introduction to sports and to the world of the Special Olympics. The Healthy Athlete Village offers FREE health screenings for athletes.
Obession: The Stadium Photography & Soccer Shirt Collection of Jim Dow
Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Avenue
951 684 7111
The Riverside Art Museum is proud to present, OBSESSION: The Stadium Photography and Soccer Shirt Collection of Jim Dow, a photography exhibition focused on facets of soccer/football culture through a documentary lens that includes stadiums, clubs, corner stores, and team jerseys from around the world.
This exhibition coincides with the 2014 World Cup tournament, featuring a team shirt installation that responds to the evolving dynamic of teams competing in the World Cup throughout its duration.
Dow first gained attention for his panoramic triptychs of baseball stadiums, a project that began with an image he made of Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia in 1980. Using an 8″ x 10″ camera, he has documented more than two hundred major and minor league parks in the United States and Canada, as well as soccer stadiums (his true love) in Argentina, England, Mexico, Scotland, the United States and Uruguay.
Summer of Wonder
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to experience its Summer of Wonder, which features new exhibits, interactive experiences and programs that take visitors on a journey from an exotic island in the South Pacific to the urban rivers of Southern California.
See and learn about several endangered species, including the Guam Kingfisher, one of the world’s most endangered species, which can no longer be seen in the wild. The Guam Kingfisher was nearly wiped out of existence by the invasive brown tree snake. Around the time of WWII, the snake slithered onto ships in the South Pacific. When the ships docked in Guam, the snakes invaded the island decimating its kingfisher population. The Guam Department of Aquatic Wildlife Resources, the Aquarium and Zoo Association (AZA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and several other institutions collected the remaining birds in Guam, and a recovery program for the species was established in 1984. The Aquarium of the Pacific is participating in an AZA program aimed at repopulating these birds in the wild. The Aquarium acquired its breeding pair of Guam Kingfishers through its partnership in the Species Survival Plan administered by the AZA. The Aquarium’s staff members collectively contributed more than $40,000 toward the new aviary for the Guam Kingfishers.
And, see the Aquarium’s Southern California Steelhead Story exhibit documents the resilience of the Southern California steelheads (Oncorhynchus mykiss), who were listed as an endangered species in 1997. Southern California steelheads are a form of rainbow trout that spend most of their adult lives in the ocean. Like salmon, the steelheads spawn in freshwater streams and rivers. Southern California steelheads have historically travelled up and down the Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and other local rivers to spawn and return to the ocean. At one time, the San Gabriel River was known as one of the best steelhead fishing rivers in the state. However, dams and water diversions, urban development, and livestock grazing have nearly decimated the southern steelhead runs. Only a few hundred make their yearly spawning pilgrimage. Additional information courtesy the Center for Biological Diversity.
Visitors will also discover the horseshoe crab, a 20 million-year arthropod species whose blue blood aids in medical care. Horseshoe crabs live in bacteria-filled habitats in which they are under the constant threat of infection. To survive in this environment, horseshoe crab’s blood contains LAL (Limulus Amebocyte Lystate), a blood-clotting compound that immediately binds and clots around fungi, viruses and bacterial endotoxins. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized the LAL test as an alternative to current methods of testing for endotoxins and now uses horseshoe crab blood to test every drug it certifies for bacterial contamination as well as pacemakers and prosthetic devices. Information courtesy PBS.
In addition to debuting these new exhibits during its Summer of Wonder, the Aquarium will feature a new bonnethead shark and cownose ray touch experience, behind-the-scenes looks at animal feedings, and the chance to make and drive a remotely-operated vehicle.
In June, there will be a morning penguin walk.
Pompeii: The Exhibition
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
323 724 3623
In the year 79 A.D., Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved.
Pompeii: The Exhibition features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, which offer a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle and tragic end of this ancient Roman society forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago.
From garden frescoes and marble statues to gladiator armor, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings — experience daily life in this once vibrant Roman city. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, culminating in the reveal of full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time. Through excavated artifacts, multimedia experiences, and hands-on science exhibits, guests will learn the science of archaeology, volcanology, and Roman engineering while exploring the ancient civilization of Pompeii.
Planes of Fame Air Museum
Planes of Fame Air Museum
7000 Merrill Avenue, #17
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day – the Allied Invasion of Normandy, we can meet five World War Two fighter pilots at LIVING HISTORY FLYING DAY at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino.
The historic event includes the appearance of the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. These powerful aircraft were used as escort fighters in both Europe and the Pacific.
Route 66: The Road and the Romance
Autry National Center of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
The Autry National Center brings together the lore and allure of Route 66, America’s Main Street, which was a road that ran from Chicago to Los Angeles. Learn why the Mother Road declined, in many ways a victim of its own success. The road was decommissioned in 1985. Learn what remains and where.
Gilmore Heritage Auto Show @ 11am
Mustangs at the Market
6333 West 3rd Street
323 933 9211
The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show at Farmers Market is a triple anniversary extravaganza. Mustangs at The Market, features a stable of Mustangs to celebrate that storied pony car’s 50th anniversary. It also marks the show’s 20th year and launches a number of summer activities celebrating Farmers Market’s 80th birthday.
More than 100 vintage and classic American cars on display on the Market Plaza and Gilmore Lane from 11 AM to 5 PM. The Gilmore Heritage Auto Show is free.
50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
323 930 2277
The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang continues at the Petersen Automotive Museum right down the street from Farmers Market.
The new exhibit: MUSTANGS FOREVER – 50 YEARS OF A LEGEND features everything from the first Mustang to customized Mustangs.
Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program
Time is running out for residents living within the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s jurisdiction to register for the 2014 Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program.
SCAQMD residents have an opportunity to help clean the air by exchanging an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchasing, at a discounted rate, a new electric lawnmower. This year, you have five models to choose from, with your cost being from $100 to $250 depending on the model you choose. Pre-registration is required There will be four exchange locations scheduled. Visit the website http://www.aqmd.gov registration and location information.
Riverside residents can get their hands on one of these non-polluting electric lawnmowers, Saturday, June 14th. Folks living in the Anaheim area, Saturday, June 28th. But, again, you must register FIRST at the website: http://www.aqmd.gov
Hooray for Hollywood @ 7pm
St. Stephen’s Grace Note Handbell Choir
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
15950 Chatsworth Street
And, witness the precision of the musicians who comprise the St. Stephen’s Grace Note Handbell Choir. This talented troupe performs tonight at 7pm at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Granada Hills.
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Have a GREAT Saturday!
Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 News.