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Special Events

The Community Services Department hosts a variety of special events for the Sierra Madre community throughout the year. Annual Events include: Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout, Mount Wilson Trail Race, Fourth of July Parade, Oktoberfest Golf and Tennis Tournament, and Halloween Happenings. Contact the Community Services Department at 626-355-5278 for more information.

Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout
Date: Friday through Sunday in late March or Early April

The Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout are held every year in late March or early April. This is a great opportunity for outdoor family fun! Families can spend a night under the stars and roast marshmallows at the campout, and then wake up the next morning to catch a rainbow trout! The Campout portion of the event is held on Friday, the Fishing derby follows on Saturday morning, and family fishing takes place Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. Campout registration begin in February and pre-registration is required. Registration for the fishing derby and family fishing is done the day of the event. For more event information contact the Community Services Office at 626-355-5278.

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2014 Huck Finn Fishing Derby Winners!

Mount Wilson Trail Race
May 24, 2014

The Mount Wilson Trail Race (MWTR) is the second oldest trail race in California and is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Every year 300 runners challenge the Mount Wilson Trail and race 8.6 miles on a course that features an elevation gain of 2,100 feet. This challenging race sells out every year, so be sure to register early! Registration information can be found at in January. In addition to the main race, the MWTR features a pasta feed dinner the night before, Kids' Art Show and Race, beer garden, vendor booths and hundreds of race enthusiasts cheering our runners.

2014 Mount Wilson Trail Race Registration Information

Fourth of July Parade
Date: July 4th unless it falls on a Sunday

Every 4th of July come to Sierra Madre and celebrate America's birthday in style! The City of Sierra Madre hosts a parade along Sierra Madre Boulevard that has been an annual tradition for generations. Prop a chair or two along the Boulevard to enjoy the small town charm of the parade entries! After the parade you can continue the fun at Memorial Park and enjoy a festive band, beer garden, games and food!

Concerts in the Park

Join the City of Sierra Madre this summer for the Concerts in the Park, beginning Sunday, June 23, 2013 and occurring every Sunday through August 11, 2013. The concerts are FREE thanks to the support of Kensington Assisted Living Facility, along with numerous community hosts. Concerts begin at 6:00pm and run through 8:00pm. All concerts will be held at the Memorial Park Bandshell, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. next to City Hall. Seating is on the green so remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Alcohol is prohibited. Spectators are encouraged to support local organizations that may provide refreshments. For additional information please contact the Community Services Department 626-355-5278.


The Community Services Department offers a variety of excursions throughout the year, such as Whale Watching and Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters. For information regarding excursions please check the latest edition of the Wistaria Vine.

Day Adventures and Excursions

Join us each month for a different out-of-town adventure.  Trips depart from and return to the Hart Park House in Memorial Park unless otherwise noted in the advertising of the event.  Reservations must be made in advance either in person or online at More information is published in the local paper, Senior Moments newsletters or available online.  Feel free to contact the Community Services Department at 626-355-5278 Ext. 227.


The City of Sierra Madre has for over 100 years been the setting for numerous productions, motion and still photography. This picturesque town has appealed to all genres from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to the hit television series Glee (2010). Filming in Sierra Madre provides future generations a glimpse of Sierra Madre today and affords student filmmakers the opportunity to shoot school projects at a lesser cost.

Every Film Permit Application is reviewed by the City's Film Monitor, Police Captain, Fire Marshal and the Community and Personnel Services Director to ensure the integrity of the City as well as to address any and all conditions specified. After a Film Permit is issued the Film Monitor will be on site monitoring each companies conduct. An FSO (Fire Safety Officer) and police officer will also be on location if the reviewers deem it necessary. Together with the residents let's continue to have the City captured in film!



Thank you for your interest in being a Contract Instructor for the City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department. 


A Contract Instructor is an Independent Contractor for the City, not an employee.  A Contract Instructor signs a contract with the City to provide classes as described in the contract proposal.  Instructors do not rent our facilities, however a portion of the fees collected are retained by the City to cover facility usage, registration, administration and promotion of your class.


  • The City agrees to pay the contractor 65% of the registration based on the class participants. Payments will be processed three weeks after the class session begins. The remaining 35% will be used to cover costs of facilities, marketing, registration and ActiveNet processing fees for the City.  For off-site classes, the spilt is 80% contractor and 20% City.
  • All instructors are required to carry liability insurance for the classes they instruct through the program as well as have a Sierra Madre Business License. 
  • A current copy of your insurance policy and business license will be required when you submit your Instructor/Services Agreement and Contract Class Proposal. 
  • All Instructors/substitutes/aides and assistants teaching classes must be fingerprinted.  Fingerprinting can be arranged through the City of Sierra Madre Human Resources Department.
  • Community Services staff receives and processes all class/activity registration. 

If you would like to receive a contract instructor packet, please send an email request to or call (626) 355-5278.

Older Sierra Madre Americans of the Year, Chosen

The City of Sierra Madre Community & Personnel Services Department and the Senior Community Commission is happy to announce that Jerry and Nan Carlton have been selected as the Older Americans of the Year for Sierra Madre 2012. Jerry and Nan are longtime residents, active members of the Sierra Madre Friends of the Library, Mt. Wilson Trail Race and Wine & Jazz Walk volunteers, past Sierra Madre Athletic Association Board members, strong supporters of the Sierra Madre Civic Club & Senior Lunch Program and much, much more.