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Crescenta Valley Briefs: Memorial Day events, tour to teach food and medicinal uses of native plants

There will be two local events commemorating Memorial Day on Monday.

The Montrose Chamber of Commerce will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 8 a.m. in front of the Vietnam War Memorial at Honolulu Avenue and Oceanview Boulevard in Montrose.

Built in 1968, the memorial bears the names of 19 local military personnel who lost their lives while serving in Vietnam.

Another ceremony will be held at the same time at the Two Strike Park Memorial, 5107 Rosemont Ave. The Two Strike memorial bears the name of fallen military personnel from the Crescenta Valley.

Native American expert Jim Adams will lead a free tour about medicinal and food uses of native plants at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Rosemont Preserve.

The preserve is located at the north end of Rosemont Avenue. Park at Two Strike Park, located at 5107 Rosemont Ave.

For more information, call (626) 796-0782.

Registration is open for the 39th annual Fiesta Days Run, which will kick off at 8 a.m. on Monday at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive.

In addition to 5K and 10K runs, there will also be a 5K walk. All three have a $36 entry fee. The event, presented by the YMCA of the Foothills, will also feature a 1-mile family run for $48.

For more information and registration, visit

Tickets are still available for a casino night fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive.

Tickets to attend only the poker tournament are sold out, but general admission tickets, which include dinner, desserts, two drink tickets and $100 worth of playing chips, can be bought at the door for $55.

There will also be raffle prizes. No one under 21 will be allowed.

For more information, call (818) 790-4353.

A musical tribute to veterans will be presented at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd. The church's orchestra and chancel choir will be performing.

General admission is $15 and reserved seating is $20. Tickets are available in the church office and at the door.

For more information, call (818) 790-6708, Ext. 251.

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