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Whittier City Council issues special event permits

WHITTIER — The Whittier Community Foundation will conduct a five kilometer run Feb. 21 and the Whittier City School District Education Foundation will conduct a family fun run March 7.

The City Council Jan. 27 approved special event permits for the two fundraisers but rejected a request to waive city fees for the latter event.

Also denied was a request to waive fees for the Maddi’s Closet Mad Dash five kilometer run April 11. Maddi’s received a special event permit Dec. 9.

Fran Shields, director of parks, recreation and community services said the about 100 are expected to take part in the Community Foundation’s 5k along the Greenway Trail, the city’s four-mile pedestrian and bike path.

Set up will begin at 6 a.m. with the walk/run starting at 8 a.m. and finishing about 1 p.m. Regular use of the trail will not be affected and the Community Foundation has not requested a fee waiver, Shields said.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit group established in 2005 to raise funds for community events, programs and projects. Since 2010 it has donated $341,939 to various projects, she added.

About 800 are expected to take part in the run sponsored by the Education Foundation, a private group organized to raise funds for the local school district.

The family run will begin at 8 a.m. at Longfellow Elementary School, 6005 S. Magnolia Ave., and end there by 1 p.m., using the Greenway Trail for much of the event.

Shields said police will be needed to close off four streets for the run between 7 and 9 a.m. while Education Foundation volunteers will monitor six smaller intersections.

If police volunteers are not provided, regular officers will be used at the four streets at a cost of $872. Public Works staff will set up roadblocks at the locations at a cost of $950.

Maddi’s Closet, a nonprofit organization founded 10 years ago, raises funds to fight cancer. It is named after Madison Holmes, who died of a terminal brain tumor at the age of 4, said Donna Holmes, an officer of the group.

About 200 are expected to take part in the event, between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m.

In past years, the group has used the track at La Serna High School for its event, but this year it plans to use streets around the school, including Youngwood, La Serna, El Venado and Janine drives, Bogardus Avenue and Grovedale Drive, Shields said.

Estimated cost in the five-street division arte $1,297 for public works and $1,203 for police services, she added.

In action Jan. 27 concerning a fourth fund raiser, the council waived a $510 rental fee for use of the Community Center Theatre Oct. 28 and 29 by the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Center.

Founded in 1977, the organization offers women and children who are victims of domestic abuse shelter and help in starting a new life, said its executive director, M. Dolores Salomone. Counseling and group therapy are offered as is on-site schooling for children aged 5 to 13.

Planned is a “lip sync” program, she said.