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First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The Union Rescue Mission is going “over the edge” once again this year in the ongoing effort to fight homelessness with an urban rappelling event that will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2.Donors are encouraged to take a deep breath, step up to the edge and rappel 24 stories down the roof of the Hilton Los Angeles in Universal City as part of Union Rescue Mission’s “Take the Leap to Fight Homelessness” fundraising event.To participate, each participant must raise $1,000 or more by 6 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1. The goal is a $1 million total and, thanks to a generous donor, every dollar given to Union Rescue Mission for Over the Edge (up to $500,000) will be matched 100%.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. He was born and raised here and, last Thursday, Wes Reutimann returned to his hometown where he was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of San Marino’s weekly luncheon.Reutimann attended San Marino schools beginning in kindergarten at Valentine Elementary School until his 1998 graduation from SMHS. He received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College with a double major in political science and German studies before heading to the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he received a master’s degree in advanced European studies.All roads have since returned home for Reutimann, who has worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Day One before he co-founded ActiveSGV in 2010.

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The Chinese Club of San Marino invited the community last week to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a series of airline hijackings committed by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida against targets in the United States.In 1996, the Chinese Club of San Marino had instituted a day on which it acknowledged the city’s police officers and firefighters, choosing Sept. 11 as a reminder of the emergency telephone number 911. On Sept. 11, 2001, several members of the Chinese Club of San Marino were preparing for that year’s salute to local first responders when word of the attacks circulated.

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Valentine Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders recently attended the annual Bike Safety Rodeo, where students spent a portion of the school day brushing up on their bike safety knowledge and skills. Students also practiced riding and signaling with Valentine’s physical education teacher Wes Gonzales and listened to an informative safety talk provided by San Marino police officers.Brent Bilvado, a parent, organized the event and Principal Alana Faure and PTA President Erin Clougherty were present to cheer for the students.

The annual Stars for Tomorrow benefit, which will aid the after-school and mentoring programs offered by the nonprofit organization Stars, will be held on Friday evening, Sept. 17, at an Altadena estate.The benefit will be a “hybrid” event; guests can attend in person or watch the ceremony online. The event will begin with a social hour reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner from Celebration Entertainment Catering and wine from Asuncion Ridge Winery, as well as an auction.

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Sports photographer Andrew Bernstein, a local resident who was honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will be the featured speaker at the San Marino City Club meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21.With more than 40 years of experience in his craft, Bernstein has photographed and collaborated with many icons of the sports world. He will share his behind-the-scenes stories as well as the “Mamba mentality” it takes to succeed in the competitive world of sports photography.He will also discuss the process of building his content platform and weekly podcast, “Legends of Sport”.Bernstein is the director of photography for Staples Center and Microsoft Theater. Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography Inc. has been responsible for photography of all events at the L.A. Live complex since its inception in 1999. He is the key photographic contributor to NBA Entertainment’s global media platforms, which include NBA.com, all league publications and NBA licensed products.

The 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election ends Tuesday, Sept. 14, but there is still time to vote. For vote-by-mail, voters can return their ballots in the mail using the prepaid postage as long as it is postmarked by Sept. 14. Ballots may also be dropped off at designated drop-off boxes now until 8 p.m. on Sept. 14. In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines and language assistance to those who need it (address and hours are listed below). For any additional information on the election or voting locations, please visit the link: California Gubernational Recall Election. San Marino Vote Center Valentine Elementary School (Early Voting, Same Day Voter Registration & Ballot Drop-Off Location) 1650 Huntington Dr. San Marino, CA 91108 Hours: Sept. 13: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sept. 14: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Pasadena Symphony announces its 94th season with a seven-concert schedule that will introduce seven conductors who will serve as “artistic partners” from Oct. 16 through April 30, 2022.“The annual Composers Showcase for the 2021-22 season will feature works by both emerging and established contemporary composers at each concert, including one world premiere by Brett Banducci,” a spokesperson said.Music Director David Lockington will be on a leave of absence for the season.All concerts take place at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium with both matinee and evening performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The season also includes the annually sold out Holiday Candlelight Concert on Saturday, Dec. 18 with the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances at All Saints Church.

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. Almost one in five teenagers has experienced thoughts of suicide, according to a recent youth survey noted by the Centers for Disease Control. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents following unintentional and accidental injuries.International expert Dr. Jonathan B. Singer will help parents, students and educators to better understand and learn how to prevent these “youth tragedies” when he speaks during a virtual speaker series event hosted by the San Marino Unified School District’s Partnership for Awareness on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the San Marino Tribune. The Chinese School of San Marino hosted an unveiling of the Taiwan Center for Mandarin Learning on Tuesday morning at the school.The ceremony was held to acknowledge the cooperation between the school and the Overseas Community Affairs Council from the Republic of China (Taiwan) in establishing the center to promote traditional Mandarin learning with Taiwanese characteristics. The Chinese School teaches Mandarin and offers other classes that are conducted in that language.