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Around Town – Spookiest Night of the Year

Left to right: (sitting) Mary Jo Kolakoski, Bobbie McGowan, David Siegrist, Esthela Siegrist, President Rita Cazares, Larry Giangreco, Mavis Hansen, Sandy Fout and Steve Heimple

By Mavis Hansen

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Are you ready for the spookiest night of the year?  Or are you just ready for some free ‘Trick or Treat’ candy?   Dressing up in a costume and/or opening the door and handing out Halloween treats,  have a spooktacular evening…..Enjoy!

Very soon we will celebrate Thanksgiving and then the Christmas Season will begin.  This month of October will be gone.  October, for many years, has been designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness month.  The wearing of a small purple ribbon is the symbol for domestic violence awareness.  Unfortunately, domestic violence occurs 12 months a year and 24 hours of each day.   A domestic violence awareness program coalition, DVAC, has been formed, not only to promote awareness, but also to support and help the victims of this cruel abuse in many different ways such as donations of womens items, clothing, legal help and close contact with shelters.  DVAC meets the third Monday of each month in Covina, California at the Covina Woman’s Club.  Many women’s clubs have programs in support of Domestic Violence Awareness.  The El Monte Women’s Club presented a Domestic Violence Awareness program this month.  The speakers were Kim Plater and Alice Slaughter, the women who started DVAC.  The El Monte W.C. and Covina W.C. both joined forces with Kaiser Permanente and Congresswoman Judy Chu in the 9th Annual Collection Day and over $1000.00 dollars of items were donated.   Many women joined forces with House of Ruth, at a vigil,  to pay respect to domestic violence victims who lost their lives in 2011.  If you are interested in helping and are interested in joining DVAC, or would like a speaker for your club or group, contact Kim Plater at

Flu season is here! Now is the time to get your flu shot.  If you are 6months to 18 years of age, 60 years or older, or have a chronic illness, such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or kidney disorder, you are eligible to receive the Los Angeles County Influenza vaccine at no charge.  For further information please call the City of El Monte, Community and Senior Services Division at 626-580-2210.

El Monte Friend O’Garden Club members gathered together on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 for a trip to Cal Poly Pomona.    Members met at the home of Sandy Fout and car-pooled to the campus.  A delicious lunch was enjoyed in the Culinary School Dining Room.  On entering the building, one side of the lobby has a glass wall where you can watch the chefs/cooks prepare the daily  meals.  A delicious experience!    Before heading home we went to  the huge Pumpkin Patch  where pumpkins of all sizes are for sale,  from very tiny to extremely large.  A visit would not be complete without going into the Farm Store, where a variety of items are sold.  From fresh fruit and vegetables (all kinds of pumpkin and squash), fresh honey, jams, candy, nuts, all kinds of kitchen items and a large variety of gift items.  Friend O’Garden club does not meet for regular meetings in November and December, but members will meet at President Rita Cazares home for a Christmas party.  The next regular meeting will be held in January or 2013.

Sadly, I report that friend to many, Frances Lara passed away, very suddenly, on Thursday, October 25, 2012.  Viewing will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012, 7:00 PM, at Nativity Church,  3743 Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California.  On Monday, November 5, 2012, 11:00 AM,  Mass will be at Nativity Church and funeral at the Resurrection Cemetery, 966 Potrero Drive, Montebello.  A reception will be held at the South El Monte Senior Center.   Sincere sympathy to the family.

Remember to Vote Nov.6.2012.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Around Town – Spookiest Night of the Year