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Around Town- October 10, 2012

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October is the month that has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Representative Judy Chu, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center and local women’s shelters, on Friday, September 28, 2012 had a kick off of a month-long project to benefit survivors of domestic violence.   The collection drive, scheduled to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, will collect  new and gently used women’s and children’s clothing, household cleaning products, toiletries, school supplies and used cell phones that will benefit domestic violence survivors served by shelters throughout Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. The kick-off event included various speakers from the Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, Verizon Wireless, representatives from local  shelters who will be receiving the donated items and Representative Chu.  The official start of the month-long drive began October 1, 2012 with collections sites at Kaiser Permanaente Baldwin Park Medical Center located at 1011 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park and it’s medical offices in Diamond Bar, Montebello, San Dimas and West Covina.    A day-long collection event will be held at Westfield Shopping Mall, West Covina on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Additional sites will also be hosted by participating groups such as Soroptimist International Alhambra/San Gabriel/San Marino and the Covina Women’s Club Domestic Violence Action Coalition.  All items  from the collection drive will be donated to the Asian Pacific Women’s Shelter, Haven House, House of Ruth, San Gabriel Valley Center and YWCA San Gabriel Valley WING The El Monte Women’s Club is again participating in this project.  If you have donations and cannot get to the collections sites, call President Lorene Gutierrez at 626-444-0233 to arrange for a pick up or the office of Congresswoman Judy Chu at 626-448-1271.

If you are a recipient of Medicare and/or Medi-Cal be advised that you need to be aware of upcoming changes.  On October 10, 2012 and informative meeting will be presented at the Jack Crippen Senior Center, 3120 Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  For further information phone 888-606-6333.

The Healthy El Monte Kids Campus Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, October 13 & Saturday, October 27 @ 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., meet at the Kids Campus Youth Center, 4316 Peck Road, El  Monte, California. For further information phone 626-329-0860.

A Sunset Bat Hike, for the whole family will take place on Friday, October 12th at 5:00 p.m.  In the late afternoon light you can watch for emerging bats in the skies, get to see bat houses and discuss bat feeding habits and benefits.  This is just in time for Halloween!  For more information call 562-945-9003 or visit

The El Monte City School District is now enrolling for the 2012 – 2013 Head Start – State Preschool program.  A wonderful headstart for a 3 to 5 year old child which includes not only education, but meals and snacks, health, nutritional and family services.  Full day, part day and home based classes are available.  For more information contact the Head Start State Pre-school office at 2131 Loma Avenue, South El Monte or phone 626-452-9164, ext. 3150.

Lots of events and things to do in our community. See you soon, someplace AROUND TOWN

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town- October 10, 2012