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Six Flags Magic Mountain Hosts Arthritis Walk May 16

This is a regular feature on philanthropic activities by Valley-area businesspeople and companies. Six Flags Magic Mountain Hosts the sixth annual Arthritis Walk May 16, in Santa Clarita. Registration begins at 7 a.m., the walk begins at 9 a.m., while a festival zone, kids zone entertainment and refreshments will go from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Walkers can walk either a one or three-mile route. If you raise $100 or more, runners get a T-Shirt and walkers who raise $250 or more get entry into the park following the walk. For more information and to register call (818) 935-4502 or visit www.magicmountainarthritiswalk.org. Recycling Challenge As part of their Aluminum Can Challenge, a contest aimed to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, two Valley-based companies partnered to collect and recycle over 29 million aluminum cans. The contest saw Chatsworth-headquartered Rexam (which manufactures beverage cans for Coca Cola, Anheuser Busch, and Arizona Ice Tea in California) and Valley Recycling Center partner up and compete with other Rexam locations countrywide in an effort to collect the most pounds of recyclable aluminum cans, with the winning prize of $5,000 to be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. The non-profit Habitat for Humanity will use the money in their continued effort to provide affordable housing to low-income families. Joining Rexam and Valley Recycling Center in the Aluminum Can Challenge were several local schools, including Alemany High, Calabasas High, Valencia High, John Burroughs High, El Camino Real, College of the Canyons, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, and Pierce College. Many companies, such as Micro Solutions Enterprises in Van Nuys and Cardinal Health in Valencia, helped in getting all their employees – as well as family and friends – involved by implementing can-collection initiatives at their locations. In addition, Habitat’s Marketing Committee, along with Rexam and Valley Recycling, initiated a campaign to get local schools, churches, police stations, fire stations, hospitals, and public libraries involved in the challenge. Rexam, the industry leader in aluminum can production, has had a long-lasting relationship with Valley Recycling Center and together chose to award the prize of $5,000 to the San Fernando Valley/Santa Clarita Habitat for Humanity, as the companies endorse Habitat’s mission to try to provide affordable and, whenever possible, energy-efficient housing to the estimated nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in slums and the estimated 100 million homeless. Valley Recycling offered their Chatsworth facilities as a collection point during the drive, and also provided collection equipment, as well as the actual collection of the aluminum cans (at no cost) at Habitat for Humanity fundraising events. Police Foundation An evening of surf and turf at the Simi Valley Police Foundation’s Hawaii 5-OH Twelfth Annual Banquet, is slated for Saturday, May 15 at Lost Canyons Golf Club. Lost Canyons will be transformed into a Hawaiian beach, complete with sand, surf boards, Hawaiian cuisine, a special Hawaiian signature cocktail, and beach music courtesy of DJ Bill Bettis. The banquet will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m., dinner served at 7:15 p.m., followed by a special awards presentation, live auction, and music and dancing. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on live auction items, such as a gourmet dinner for 10 prepared by some of Ventura County’s “Top Cops” – including Simi Valley Police Chief Mike Lewis; private at home K-9 demonstration; and a visit from a motor officer at your next birthday party. To purchase tickets send a check to S.V.P.F., P.O. Box 715, Simi Valley, CA 93062-0715 or purchase online at www.svpf.org. For more information about sponsorship opportunities please call 805-581-2743. Proceeds from the event will help to fund such programs as – K-9s, Citizens’ Patrol, D.A.R.E. and Citizens’ Academy. The Simi Valley Police Foundation provides financial and other assistance in support of the Simi Valley Police Department for unfunded programs, services, and technology to promote public safety and encourage citizen participation. Club de Cuba The Boys and Girl Club of the West Valley hosted its Club de Cuba event, May 7 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills to support its programs. The event featured casino gaming, music, dancing, a silent and live auction and dinner for $100. Live Auction Items included a VIP trip to British Columbia and Newport Beach, a Cher concert in Las Vegas and a chance to walk the red carpet at the Emmys.

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