Greetings fellow Santa Claritans, and welcome to a column that’s all about having fun around town! We’re fortunate enough to live in one of the great entertainment meccas of the world. Join me as we celebrate all the area has to offer!
Here’s what I got up to this week: A tricycle race (for big kids) at Wolf Creek Brewery, and a birthday celebration at Dodgers stadium.
In addition to BMW of Valencia, Mercedes Benz of Valencia (their arch tricycle rivals), Allstate Insurance, Lentini Insurance and Investments, and Martin & Company Tax and Wealth Advisors (the reigning champions) were all regaled in crazy costumes to burn up the pavement for a good cause. I myself was enlisted by Nicholas Lentini, (who was also in charge of the event now in its third year running), to be on the ‘Rotary Rodeo’ team.
All teams were co-ed and comprised of four racers. At the sound of the bullhorn we had to pedal as fast as we could around an extremely sharp loop (without toppling over) and then hand the trike off to the next teammate as fast as possible (without toppling over) so they could give it a whirl. It was harder than you’d think! In a three race elimination we came in fourth, which we didn’t think was too bad considering the steep competition on the track that day.
Child & Family Center also had a couple of teams in the race completely comprised of be-goggled Minions with yellow shirts and blue overalls from the animated movie Despicable Me. Jurassic Park was also represented by the Wolf Creek team in the form of four inflatable dinosaur costumes whose riders could barely make their way around the course. (T-Rexes have such tiny hands.) Not something you see everyday, folks! Hilarious!
Martin & Company Tax and Wealth Advisors (dressed as the Ghostbusters) took home first place barely beating out Allstate Insurance. Their streamlined tricycle, impeccable dismounts, seamless hand offs and perfect barrel turns were well practiced, well executed, and as it turns out, hard to beat. So take notes for next year, folks!
Another highlight of the delightful event was the dunking booth in which Assemblymember Christy Smith allowed constituents to take turns (for a donation to Child & Family Center) tossing balls at a bullseye in hopes of dousing her…and she had a long line of hopefuls! She was a great sport as several folks were successful in dunking the Assemblywoman, including one boy who was so excited he went off leaping for joy before Christy could give him a high five.
And all of this for an organization that is truly out to make our community a better place. The Child & Family Center’s mission is to change lives and heal relationships by helping people struggling with addiction or abuse to thrive through education, treatment, prevention and advocacy. These are the kinds of people that make the world go round, friends. They bless our community with their work and it was a blast to go around their tricycle track to make some small contribution. I’ll see you all there next year!
And speaking of the passage of time, my better half had a birthday this past weekend and she wanted to spend it at Dodger Stadium. That’s right, and this is only one of many reasons why this woman is a dream girl! We were able to get amazing seats right next to Cody Bellinger on first base, and it was a thrill. My wife walked away with some new best friends (which apparently happens when you give the people sitting behind and in front of you free food), a slight belly ache, and a huge smile on her face.
Until next time, bon voyage, break a leg, and bon appetit!