AROUND TOWN

By: Mavis Hansen

Tis’ the time for the of “Wearing O’ the Green”.  Saint Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  Irish or not, nearly everyone celebrates with some type of festivity.  This is Ireland’s greatest national holiday as well as a holy day. This date marks the anniversary of the death of the missionary who became the patron saint of Ireland.  It is a happy holiday for the Irish, wherever they may be, in Dublin or somewhere in the United States.  The day is celebrated with parades, speeches, festive dinners and dances.  Many enjoy candy and other foods colored emerald green, even green beer!  Green, the national color of Ireland is the color of the day.  Many Irish also wear shamrocks, the country’s national symbol.  According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrocks three leaflets to explain the concept of the Trinity to the Irish people.  My earliest memories of Saint Patrick’s Day are that if you didn’t wear green, then you got pinched!  So remember to wear green and have lots of fun.

The Tea and Chat Reading Society for Women Who Love to Read is quite a fancy name for a book club, never the less that is exactly what a group of women who get together on the third Friday of each month do.  The March meeting will be held on Friday, the 15th at 11:30 a.m. Each month the group meets at a different restaurant for lunch and discussion.  The March meeting will be held at the Cielito Lindo Restaurant, 1612 Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte, California.  The books for this month are:  “I Didn’t Ask To Be Born (But I’m Glad I Was)”, author is Bill Cosby and “The Immortal Life of Henrrieta Lacks”, author Rebecca Skloots.  Chairman of The Tea and Chat Reading Society for Women Who Love to Read is Lavonne Moore.  Everyone is asked to wear green for this meeting!  Membership is open to those interested in reading and guests are always welcome.  For further information contact Lavonne Moore at 562-278-4942.

The El Monte Women’s Club has selected Rita Cazares as their 2012 Citizen of the Year.  Rita has been an excellent and very active member.  She is a willing helper to everyone, within the club and in her community, social and personal life.  After retirement as an elementary school principal, Rita decided to contribute her time volunteering as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) advocate.  She works with children who have special issues and problems, attending many meetings with therapists, doctors, social workers, teachers and all others affecting the welfare of the child and seeks ways to resolve the needs of the child assigned to her.  Rita is currently the President of the El Monte Friend O’ Garden Club, one of the oldest clubs in El Monte.  She is an avid gardener and her yard is an asset to the community.  She is also active in the Arboretum District of Garden Clubs which belongs to California Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Rita has a great interest in Domestic Violence Awareness and seeks to help eliminate domestic violence and help domestic violence survivors.  This award is given to a club member who has demonstrated personal excellence as a volunteer in her community, outside of federation, as well as commitment to her family.  The period covered is the previous year (2012).  All nominees from the clubs in the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs are invited to attend the Citizen of the Year Awards Luncheon on April 13, 2013 at the San Gabriel Valley District Convention where they will be recognized in a special ceremony.  Congratulations, Rita!

El Monte’s Family Adventure Shuttle to Knott’s Berry Farm Market Place will make the trip on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  Departure from the El Monte Trolley Station will be at 10:30 AM and the return shuttle from Knott’s Berry Farm will be at 3:00 PM.  Knott’s Berry Farm Market Place is an area for shopping and dining only.  The cost for the shuttle ride is only $5.00 per person.  No driving or parking worries!  Tickets must be purchased in advance and the last day to purchase tickets is March 21st.  For further information contact the City of El Monte Public Works Department, Transportation Services Department at 626-580-2217.

This year the El Monte Women’s Club Fashion Show theme will be “A Western Round Up” and held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the El Monte Community Center, 3130 N. Tyler Avenue, El Monte, California.  The cost is $25.00 per person.  Fashions will be provided by Magnolia, 124 E. Foothill, Arcadia California.  Doors will open at 10:15 am for social time and vendor shopping.  Lunch will be at 11:30 AM and the Fashion Show presented at 12:30 PM.  There will be lots of fun and many door prizes and opportunity drawings.  Chairman is Pat Wallach.  For tickets or further information you may call Pat at 626-444-9968.

There are always lots of fun events in our community.

See you soon, Someplace AROUND TOWN

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